The JoeSportsFan Show

The JoeSportsFan Show is a weekly podcast that celebrates the underbelly of St. Louis sports through comedy and candor. It is hosted by Matt Sebek, Josh Bacott and Chris Files and features a unique take on the St. Louis sports media, fans and teams.

From interviews to original audio bits and topical fodder, The JoeSportsFan Show is sure to challenge the intellect, while questioning maturity.

We welcome you to the digital jamboree and thank you for supporting this production through a successful Kickstarter venture.

What it is:

  • Hosted by Matt Sebek, Josh Bacott & Chris Files
  • 40-minute recap of our favorite stories from the week in St. Louis sports
  • Interviews with creatures that are usually neglected by the mainstream media
  • Released every Friday on JoeSportsFan.com
  • Available (for free) via iTunes

Subscribing to the show through iTunes (or the raw RSS feed) ensures that new episodes are downloaded to your computer of mobile device of choice (e.g., iPod, iPhone) automatically. That means you can listen in your car, on a jog or on the toilet.

Or if you prefer to listen to weekly episodes here, that’s fine too. Kick back and enjoy yourself.

JSF31: The One with Bob Forsch (and Steve Savard)

This week, we bring Steve Savard into the digital dojo known as The JoeSportsFan Show.  Savard is the voice of the St. Louis Rams and the Sports Director for KMOV.   But most importantly, he’s the featured subject in those “Hey, Steve!” promos that showed up on your television any time Channel 4 went to a commercial break about five years ago.

We get his thoughts on the Rams, the worst names to come across his teleprompter and the pressure of replacing Zip Rzeppa.  We also pay homage to the man who wore #31 for the Cardinals throughout the 80′s, Bob Forsch.

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JSF30: The One with John Tudor (and Brad Thompson)

Brad Thompson pitched five years for the Cardinals, but currently co-hosts the afternoon show on 101 ESPN. He’s insightful, self-deprecating and has a cornucopia of Chris Duncan stories. That mix of talent is certainly worthy of the JoeSportsFan Show.

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JSF29: The One with Stubby Clapp (and Joe Strauss)

Joe Strauss recently transitioned into the #2 columnist slot after serving as the lead Cardinals honcho since coming to the paper in 2002. We brought him aboard this digital jamboree to chat about his promotion, his favorite athlete to cover, the best press box in the country and where the industry is headed.

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JSF28: The One with Bob Bassen (and Aaron Perlut from RallySTL)

He’s a frequent contributor to JoeSportsFan and he’s appeared a number of times on ESPN as the founder of the American Mustache Institute, a brave organization fighting against the oppression of mustached-Americans. Locally, he’s the founder of a creative agency named “Elasticity” and the proprietor of the movement entitled “RallySTL“.

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JSF27: The One with Lonnie Smith (and 101ESPN PD Kent Sterling)

We certainly have our critiques of the local media, but 101 ESPN Program Director Kent Sterling is a guy that many consider a student of the game. He’s incredibly passionate about the industry and forthright about its successes and failures. Given our affinity to talk shop every now and then, we were happy to welcome him aboard the ship to talk about St. Louis, his media “wish list” and Chris Duncan’s recent battle with a brain tumor.

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JSF26: The One with Tony Peña (and Busch Stadium’s Sign Guy)

We’ve been known to unearth the underbelly of St. Louis fan legends on the JoeSportsFan Show and Busch Stadium’s “Sign Guy” is at the top of that pyramid. We’re happy to have him this week, to learn a little more about the man behind the magical Sharpie markers.

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JSF25: The One with Milt Thompson (and Torty Craig)

The @TortyCraig Twitter account tells stories from the Cardinals clubhouse from the vantage point of a tortoise. It’s complicated, important stuff. He’s racked up over 25,000 followers and every media entity in St. Louis has tried to get an interview with the man behind the Twitter account and have been unsuccessful. Until today.

We also welcome Alex Fritz (@boxcar_fritz) onto the show as a guest host.

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JSF24: The One with Rick Ankiel (and Rene Knott)

Rene Knott is a guy who most people see for a few minutes here and there on KSDK telecasts. We were pleased to have him on the show this week and provide the JSF contingent a chance to hear him away from the bounds of a news teleprompter.

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JSF23: The One with Fernando Tatis (and Brian Killingsworth)

We’re happy to welcome a man in charge of the Rams off-the-field transformation on to The JoeSportsFan Show. He is Brian Killingworth, the Rams VP of Marketing and Brand Strategy and we discuss everything from the #FisherStache campaign to James Laurinaitis’ massive neck.

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JSF22: The One with David Eckstein (and Bo Hart)

In an episode where we paid homage to David Eckstein, we figured it was only proper to bring one of his scrappy counterparts onto The JoeSportsFan Show and test his podcasting tenacity. Bo. Hart.

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JSF21: The One with Tito Landrum (and Clay Travis)

Tomorrow Mizzou formally enters the cauldron that is SEC football and we figured there was no better guest to prepare us for what Tiger fans may encounter than the man behind OutkicktheCoverage.com, and author of bestseller Dixieland Delight, Clay Travis. Toss in his rocky history with Rams coach Jeff Fisher and this week’s guest had all kinds of tidbits to tickle your ears.

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Episode 20: The One with Tim McCarver (and Batting Stance Guy)

His real name is Gar Ryness, but more affectionately, he’s known across the interwebs as “Batting Stance Guy”. Most of our listeners have seen his videos and we were excited to welcome him into the digital dojo to test his knowledge of past Cardinals batting stances. We also pay tribute to Tim McCarver’s ambition as a player to wear every hallowed Cardinals number.

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Episode 19: The One with Brendan Shanahan (and Andy Van Slyke)

The last two episodes, we briefly talked about the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Episode 17, we dissected the Pirates chance of finishing over .500 for the first time since 1992. And in Episode 18, we gave Episode 18’s namesake to Andy Van Slyke, who wore #18 for four years in St. Louis and throughout his career with Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Philadelphia. This week, we welcome Andy Van Slyke onto the JoeSportsFan Show.

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Episode 18: The One with Andy Van Slyke (and The Cardinals Cowboy)

The response from last week’s show with Bernie Miklasz was tremendous. It was a bit of a serious slant to The JoeSportsFan Show as we spent nearly 20-minutes talking about the state of the industry, where its been and where its headed.

Seven days later, we come back with an interview with Cardinal Cowboy.

Admittedly, it’s a bit of a curve ball. But it’s part of our promise to bring some of St. Louis’ finest superfans out of the woodwork and into your eardrums. Just like we did with St. Louis Superman and Rasmus Girl. The Cardinal Cowboy is a staple of the Busch Stadium bleachers. He’s a grown man who wears a baseball jersey, baseball pants, a cowboy hat and is usually carrying around a fake World Series trophies. We had to hear about the method behind the madness.

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Episode 17: The One with Joe Garagiola (and Bernie Miklasz)

We talk frequently about the intersections of traditional media and new media on The JoeSportsFan Show and one local guy that has walked down both aisles professionally and successfully is Bernie Miklasz. Most notably, he’s the lead sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and host of his own midday radio show on 101ESPN. Less notably, he made a guest appearance on the JoeSportsFan Show Kickstarter video.

It was time to bring the titan of the St. Louis sports media into the digital dojo to discuss everything from the media landscape…to press conference bouts with Tony La Russa…to drinking Busch beer in Whitey Herzog’s office.

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Episode 16: The One with Ray Lankford (and Matthew Leach)

Prior to this season, Matthew Leach ran the Cardinals beat. His tenure lasted ten seasons before moving on to the MLB.com mothership in New York City this season. Ten seasons is a long time. Plus post-seasons. The guy knows St. Louis well. To put it into perspective, when Leach began his tenure at Spring Training in 2001, Rick Ankiel was on the mound, JD Drew was expected to be healthy, Dave Veres was three years away from retirement and everyone was getting their first glimpse of a rookie named Albert Pujols. We talk to Leach as well as the CEO and founder of Lockerdome.com, Gabe Lozano. We also introduce a new game we like to call ‘Asking Sports Trivia Questions to Hobos.’

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Episode 15: The One with Darrell Porter (and The Rasmus Girl)

A few weeks ago, we promised to bring some of the infamous St. Louis sports fans onto the show and this week is no different. While most of these characters’ claim to fame is at live sporting events, this one’s platform is (or, was) the internet. She’s known simply as ‘Rasmus Girl’ and her ‘Colby Fire Burning in the Outfield’ song video has accumulated nearly 200,000 views since it debuted in 2009.

With Colby excelling in Toronto and his younger brother making his way through the Cardinals organization, it was time to bring her on the show to figure out the process behind creating one of the hottest (+1 fire pun) Cardinals fan videos of all-time.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Moments, Thus Far

For this week’s show, we recall our ten favorite moments on the show thus far. We’re only 14 episodes in, but we’ve come a long way. As we talked about in our very first episode, this show is going to evolve and we’re going to grow. Sharing some of the hilarity (and embarrassment) behind the scenes is part of that.

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Episode 14: The One with Paul Cavallini (and Derrick Goold (and Superman))

People often ask us, “Who is the biggest Cardinals fan in St. Louis?” It’s debatable. It’s a lot like asking, “What’s your favorite movie?” There are so many different flavors of fans, you really have to define your genre. If you’re looking for a pure attention whore and total television time, you’re probably going to land on Sign Guy. But there are many other characters out there that Cardinal fans know and love. Over the course of the next few shows, we’re going to unearth and talk to some of these characters that you’ve seen down at Busch Stadium; you know, to find out what makes them tick. First up tonight is a guy that goes by the name “St. Louis Superman”.

Oh, and we also talk to one of the best in the industry, the purveyor of STLToday’s “Bird Land”, Derrick Goold.

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Episode 13: The One with Kurt Warner (and Scott Rovak)

While you may not be familiar with the name, we’re sure most St. Louis Cardinal fans have seen Scott Rovak’s work; it’s everywhere, from the epic shots that make covers of magazine to player headshots that are displayed on the jumbotron and Busch Stadium. He’s the man behind the camera. He’s also has the best seat in the house: the exclusive camera pit next to the Cardinals dugout.

Sitting next to Mike Matheny with a zoom lens? Male or female, that’s something we can all appreciate.

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Episode 12: The One with Tony Banks (and Mike Laga)

We have a lifetime of questions piled up for Mike Laga and the miraculous event that has little so few answers. Even though he only spent three years in St. Louis, sending a baseball into a different stratosphere wasn’t the only bizarre event during his tenure. Mike Laga is also featured on arguably the most atrocious baseball card ever produced by Topps. This week he celebrates his 52nd birthday, so we decided to track him down for Episode 12 of the JoeSportsFan Show.

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Episode Eleven: The One with Jose Oquendo (and Chris Duncan)

This week, we welcome a JoeSportsFan favorite into the digital dojo: Softball Guy. With summer leagues starting up, we bring in our resident expert to explain what’s necessary to become a dominate force amongst other out-of-shape adults on any given Wednesday night. We also chat with a former Cardinal and current on-air talent for 101 ESPN who probably isn’t too shabby on the softball diamond himself: Chris Duncan.

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Episode Ten: The One with Rex Hudler (and also, Rex Hudler)

Sure, he was a little tall at 6’1″. But his whiteness, positional versatility, extreme hustle and a funny name certainly provided the attributes to quality as “Scrappy”. In fact, some (read: us) label this week’s episode namesake the “Godfather of Grit” in St. Louis. Rex. Hudler. Heck, we love Rex Hudler so much that we not only paid homage to his #10 jersey number, we invited him in as our featured guest this week. We did this by also adopting a few tricks from terrestrial radio. Sure, it’s a podcast, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a lead from the best. Callers, traffic breaks, time checks and live reads. It’s all here.

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Episode Nine: The One with Terry Pendleton (and Jack Clark)

We bring “The Ripper” into the JoeSportsFan Show to talk about Tony La Russa, steroids, the number 22 and welcome any and all references to 80′s Cardinals baseball. We also pay homage to one of Jack Clark’s teammates, Terry Pendleton.

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Episode Eight: The One with Gary Gaetti (and Will Leitch)

We begin Episode 8 by paying homage to the finest athlete to ever attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL. Gary “The Rat” Gaetti. We also bring in another man with roots in Mattoon, Will Leitch. In the midst of founding Deadspin and writing at New York Magazine, GQ and the New York Times, Mr. Leitch is a staunch Cardinals fan. In this week’s episode, we also gain exclusive access to some of the Rams stadium renovation talks.

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Episode Seven: The One with Tripp Cromer (and Ozzie Smith)

Ozzie Smith is a 13-time Gold Glove winner, an MLB Hall of Famer and finally involved in the Cardinals organization after a sabatical during the Tony La Russa era. For whatever reason, he decided to grace us with his presence on Episode Seven of The JoeSportsFan Show. In this very special episode, we also break out a new feature entited, “Great Moments in Fan History”.

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Episode Six: The One with Jack Rothrock (and Towel Man)

Through five episodes, we’ve had the ability to get some guests of substantial magnitude on The JoeSportsFan Show and we have many more planned and scheduled. But one interview stands out amongst the rest, in terms of listener response. And that’s Ray Vinson. We were tickled by that response because one of the things we want to do on this show is talk to people in and around the St. Louis scene that you don’t normally get to hear from on other shows. This week supports that claim. With the St. Louis Blues in full postseason swing, we brought in the guy simply known as “Towel Man”.

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Episode Five: The One with Garth Butcher (and Jimmy Traina)

Sometimes you just have to pay tribute to Garth Butcher, the former Blues defensive who looks like Mike Myers and still has one of the finest hockey names in history. Sometimes you also have to chat with the purveyor of Sports Illustrated’s “Hot Clicks”, one of highest read daily columns on the internet. And, of course, sometimes you have to imagine new ways to save terrestrial media. Someone has to.

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Episode Four: The One with Rick Zombo (and Ray Vinson)

In Episode Four of the JoeSportsFan Show, the fellas talk to a man that gets more television face-time during Cardinals games than most bench players: the owner of Vinson Mortgage, Ray Vinson. Oh, you got that right. They also talk with their resident MLB insider, Skeeter Rosin, discuss the influx of St. Louis Blues rap songs and provide a roadmap for saving the newspaper industry.

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Episode Three: The One with Khalil Greene (and Adam Carolla)

In Episode Three, JoeSportsFan pays homage to Khalil Greene and his rapping abilities. They also chat with Adam Carolla about the radio industry and his affinity for Rams football. The annual Home Opener fan scavenger hunt is also constructed and the guys take a deeper dive into the creation of analogy-laced Cardinals commercials.

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Episode Two: The One with Carl Rose (and Dan McLaughlin)

The sophomore episode features a chat with Dan McLaughlin and exclusive audio from inside the St. Louis Blues Bandwagon. We also bring back a familiar JSF favorite: “Thoughts from a Message Board” – featuring internet responses about SLU’s Brian Conklin weeping like a child after his team lost in the 2nd round of this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Episode One: The One with Pat Jablonski (and David Freese)

JoeSportsFan kicks off the digital jamboree by talking St. Louis Blues players who have last names that sound like euphemisms for taking “taking a dump”. Then, we bring in World Series MVP David Freese as the inaugural guest for our weekly “Tailgate Talk” segment. We also cover a variety of questions about our Kickstarter campaign and give away a new Rawlings baseball glove to one lucky contributor.

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