Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum is an interview driven podcast that features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Oct 30, 2017

James McCann is a major league baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers. He made his MLB debut in September 2014, and just finished his third full season in the big leagues in 2017. 

In 2017, he hit .253 with 13 HR and 49 RBI but it was his second half that really impressed people around baseball. In July, McCann batted .396 (19-for-48) with a .473 OBP, seven extra-base hits and 11 runs batted in. His hitting streak would extend to 14 games before ending on August 5.

McCann has been married to Jessica for 3 years and together, they're expecting twin boys in early 2018. 

On this episode of the podcast, James shares what its like to catch Justin Verlander, what he learned in 2017 on and off the field, the importance of accountability partners during a long MLB season, how he's preparing for fatherhood, and the incredible story of when his birth and how doctors gave him a 25% chance to survive. 

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Oct 26, 2017

Ted DiBiase is a former WWE wrestler, who was inducted into their hall of fame in 2010. 

Known as "The Million Dollar Man," DiBiase was regarded as one of the greatest villains in pro wrestling history.

In his 25 year career in the wrestling industry, Ted wrestled in some of the biggest venues in the world: Madison Square Garden, The Superdome, The Skydive, The Tokyo Dome and Wembley Stadium. 

Today, Ted is a full-time evangelist and motivational speaker. Officially ordained into the ministry, he speaks to churches, youth groups, men's meetings, businesses and in public schools and universities all over the world. Ted is also a spokesman for THE SUNSHINE FOUNDATION, an organization that grants wishes to terminally ill and handicapped children

Ted is married to his wife Melanie and has three sons, Michael, Ted Jr, and Brett. 

On November 7, Ted is releasing a documentary on his life, "THE PRICE OF FAME." It is available in theaters one night on November 7th. For more details, check out

On this episode of the podcast, Ted shares his incredible journey to the WWE, living the lavish life of a celebrity, almost losing his wife and family, how he turned from selfish to selfless, and why he decided to share his flaws and sins to the world in a new documentary.  

You can follow Ted on his twitter page @MDMTedDiBiase

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Oct 23, 2017

Geoff Blum played 14 MLB seasons with Montreal, Tampa, Houston, San Diego, Chicago and Arizona. He was a World Series hero in 2005, hitting the game-winning home run in the 14th inning of Game 3, leading the White Sox to a victory and their first championship in 88 years.

Blum is currently a TV analyst for his former team, the 2017 American League champion Houston Astros.

Geoff is a husband to Kory and a father to 4 girls including a set of triplets. 

On this episode of the podcast, we preview the 2017 World Series with Blum, look back at his own World Series memory from 2005, why he is loved and hated in the city of Houston, why his faith in Christ was something he struggled to share with others during his MLB career, and the emotional moment when he was baptized with his wife in November 2012. 

You can follow Geoff on twitter and Instagram @Blummer27

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You can follow Geoff on twitter and Instagram @Blummer27

Oct 19, 2017

Jordan Rogers is the North America Brand Manager for Nike Football. He's living the dream working for one of the biggest companies in the world. He's also a husband, and a dad. Life is good. 

But it wasn't always that way.

Starting at the age of 15, Jordan struggled with addiction to drugs including heroin. He was incarcerated for 13 months, homeless, and had no hope to live. 

But Jordan was able to find hope in Christ, and get sober. He's now 14 years clean and continues to use his story to impact others.

On this episode of the podcast, Jordan Rogers shares how he was first introduced to heroin, the struggle to stay sober, his rock bottom moment on the floor in a hotel room, putting his faith in God, and the new struggle that he and his wife went through after getting clean. 

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Oct 16, 2017

Justin Wren known for his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. Early in his career, he appeared on the Spike TV reality show "The Ultimate Fighter."

Growing up, Justin experienced large amounts of bullying, which led to depression and suicidal thoughts during his teen years. 

Justin's life began to hit rock bottom when he disappeared for eight weeks without anyone knowing where he was. Drugs, depression, addiction, anger, his life was spiraling out of control. 

After a life-changing experience in 2011, Justin founded Fight for the Forgotten, a nonprofit dedicated to securing land, freedom and clean water for the formerly enslaved Mbuti Pygmy tribe in the Ituri rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2015, Water4 helped him expand beyond the DRC to bring clean water and economic security to thousands across the region.

On this episode of the podcast, Justin shares his incredible story from brokenness to redemption, how he overcame bullying, drug addiction and depression and is now using his message and platform to impact the world. 

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Oct 12, 2017

Emily Austen is a former reporter for Fox Sports. She also had stints at the Golf Channel and as a digital reporter with the Boston Celtics. 

In 2016, she was fired from her job for making offensive remarks on a Facebook LIVE interview with Barstool Sports. Her firing went viral and her story made national news. 

In the immediate aftermath, after apologizing, Emily went to a very dark place.

Emily has since rebounded and has been determined to turn her mess into a message of positivity by renewing her faith in Christ and speaking to colleges about the mistake she made and the importance of words and what we say about others. 

On this episode of the podcast, Emily shares why her dream was to become a sports reporter, how the incident with Barstool Sports came about, what she learned, how her faith in Christ was renewed and what she is doing now to change the narrative and be a positive light to college students. 

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Oct 9, 2017

David Johnson is a running back with the Arizona Cardinals. He was selected in the 3rd round (86th overall) by Arizona in the 2015 NFL Draft.

In his first two seasons, he's rushed for over 1,800 yards, 32 total touchdowns, and in 2015 was named 1st-team All-Pro and selected to his first Pro Bowl. 

Johnson dislocated his wrist in the 3rd quarter of the first game of the 2017 NFL season. He's expected to be out 2-3 months and possibly return at the end of the year.

Spending four seasons at Northern Iowa, Johnson rushed for over 4,600 yards and had 63 total touchdowns setting numerous records including career rushing yards, career rushing touchdowns, and career all-purpose yards. 

On this episode of the podcast, David Johnson shares how he's dealing with a broken wrist, whether he questioned God when he was injured, how he came to faith in Christ, becoming a Dad and what his biggest spiritual struggle is right now. 

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Oct 5, 2017

Chris Broussard is former ESPN NBA Insider who now works as a sports commentator at Fox Sports. 

Broussard started his broadcast career in 1990 at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. After stops with the Akron-Beacon Journal, and the New York Times, Chris landed with ESPN in 2004. 

In the Fall of 2016, Broussard departed ESPN for a new venture with Fox Sports as a sports analyst. He also co-hosts a Saturday Night radio show on Fox Sports Radio and hosts a weekly NBA podcast called "In the Zone."

In 2009, Broussard introduced the idea of the K.I.N.G. Movement to Malik Carey, the youth minister at Bethany Church in West Orange, N.J. They started building and attracting support for the movement, and today it has approximately 150 members nationwide.

The name K.I.N.G. is an acronym for Knowledge, Inspiration and Nurture through God.

On this episode of the podcast, Chris shares his amazing story of coming to faith in Christ, why he left ESPN for FOX, who he likes in the 2016-17 NBA Finals, and if he regrets what he said in 2013 on ESPN's Outside the Lines regarding the Bible's view of homosexuality. 

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