The Sports Casters on Sweetness, Marlins and Kings

On the twenty-second episode of the second season of The Sports-Casters, hosts Steve Bennett and Don Russ welcome Albert Chen (Sports Illustrated, SI.Com), Jeff Pearlman (author), and Matt Reitz (View from My Seats) to the podcast. Kicking off the show with 3Things, Steve and Don talk about the heartwarming story of Brian Banks, reflect on the career of Nick Lidstrom, and debate the relevance of the triple crown.


Albert Chen is making his first appearance on the podcast to chat about some of his recent work for Sports Illustrated and SI.COM. Albert and Steve chat about the impact Matt Kemp could make on the African-American community, the effect young stars are having on baseball, and rooting for Josh Hamilton. Chen also explains why he isn’t on Twitter, announces that he is returning to Twitter, and previews a story he is writing for the website about Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton.

Walter Payton

Jeff Pearlman makes his second appearance on the podcast to chat about his book “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton.”  Pearlman speaks honestly about the frustrations he felt when his book was criticized for being a smear job in Chicago and by some in the media who didn’t even read the book. Pearlman also talks about his book about the ‘86 Mets, what he would change about Gary Carter, and why he decided not to write a new chapter for the paperback version of Sweetness.

Matt Reitz makes his second appearance on the podcast to talk about the Los Angeles Kings and the city of LA’s new love affair with their hockey team. Reitz talks about the emergence of Jonathan Quick, the greatness of Drew Doughty, and the toughness of Jordan Nolan. Reitz also talks about the Kings slow rise into the consciousness of the non-hockey fan in Southern California, the Gretzky effect from 1993, and the strong play of Anze Kopitar. Despite the Kings only being up 3-0 in the series, much of the interview is conducted on the assumption that the Kings will win the Stanley Cup. If they don’t, and we jinx them, blame Matt and not us.



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