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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 2.5 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Now displaying: January, 2022
Jan 31, 2022

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is our guest today on the podcast. We talk about winning the World Series, facing pressure in a big sports moment, the importance of his spiritual and mental health and getting engaged. 

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Jan 30, 2022

Jamy Bechler is the host of the popular "Success is a Choice" podcast. He is the author of multiple books including "Bus Trip" and his latest "The Captain."

Utilizing his background as a high school athletic director and college basketball coach, Jamy works with high-level sports teams, organizations and businesses helping them maximize their results.

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Jan 28, 2022

Vinny Rey is a former linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals who is now the Bengals team chaplain.

Today, Jade McCarthy talks to Vinny Rey about becoming the new Bengals chaplain, the AFC championship game, the playoff run for Cincinnati and the message that he hopes to share with at chapel before Sunday's game.


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Jan 26, 2022

Dan Dickau is a former college basketball player with Gonzaga who was named a first-team All-American in his senior year with the Zags in 2002. The 2002 WCC player of the year was selected 28th overall in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. Dickau played six seasons in the NBA with six different teams and was traded eight times in his career.

After retirement, he spent time as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers and is currently a college basketball broadcaster, working for CBS Sports Network, Pac-12 Network and Westwood One. He's also involved with Scorebook LIVE, SB LIVE and helps lead the Dan Dickau Basketball Academy in Spokane, Washington.  

Today on the podcast, we talk to Dan Dickau about his time with Gonzaga, the success of the Zags, being drafted to the NBA, playing against Michael Jordan and how a trip overseas with Athletes in Action helped deepen his faith in God. 

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Jan 24, 2022

Sammie Smith is a former standout running back with the Florida State Seminoles. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft (9th overall) and would play four NFL seasons with Miami and the Denver Broncos. 

Legal problems led to Smith's short NFL career and in 1996, he was convicted on two counts of possession and distribution of cocaine. He would spend seven years in prison and it was during this time that Smith found his true calling and purpose. 

Today, Sammie Smith serves with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the director of character development with the Ole Miss football program. He also shares his powerful story across the country speaking to audiences small and large at churches and other gatherings.

On the podcast today, Sammie Smith shares his story of faith and redemption and how God helped him find his true purpose during a difficult season of life in prison. Smith also shares about the lessons learned from playing under legendary coaches Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along his current role with Ole Miss and his desire to see young people learn from the mistakes he made and find their true value in Jesus. 

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Jan 23, 2022

Tim Fanning is the baseball coach at Glenwood Gators High School in Phenix City, Alabama. He has led his club to 8 state championships. He is the author of two books: "Serve to Lead" and "Serve to Lead 2

Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer on July 30, 2019, Tim has used his story of triumph and trials to encourage others. 

You can learn more at ServetoLead2.com

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Jan 21, 2022

Reid Ferguson is in his 6th season with the Buffalo Bills as their long snapper. He played his college football at LSU before signing as an undrafted free agent with the Bills in 2016. 

Today, Brock Huard talks to Reid Ferguson about their playoff victory over the Patriots, preparing for their divisional matchup with the Chiefs, his journey of faith in Christ, being in the NFL with a brother who plays for the Dolphins, and what discipleship has looked like in the Bills locker room this year.

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Jan 19, 2022

John Cooper is the founder and lead singer of the successful rock band Skillet. The two-time GRAMMY Award-nominated 12x platinum band was recently invited into Pandora’s Billionaire club after garnering 2 billion streams.  Between selling out arenas on four continents, Cooper has found time to launch his own podcast, COOPER STUFF PODCAST, and released his first book, "Awake and Alive to Truth" in 2020. 

Skillet's latest album "Dominion" released on January 14th and the first single, "Surviving the Game" has reached over 3.6 million views on YouTube. Skillet's music has been featured on ESPN, MARVEL, MLB, WWE, NFL and the NHL. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to John about the heart behind Skillet's new album, having his music featured on the World Series or ESPN and his love for Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics as a kid. 

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Jan 17, 2022

Mitch Canham is the head baseball coach for the Oregon State. In 2021, he led the Beavers to 37-24 record and reached the NCAA Regionals. 

As a player, Canham was a member of the back-to-back College World Series championship teams with Oregon State in 2006 and 2007. He was selected with the 57th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres and played 9 seasons of minor league baseball reaching as high as Triple-A. 

Canham has also overcome multiple moments of tragedy losing his mom to a drug overdose as a freshman in college and a few years later in 2008, losing his brother Dustin, who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Mitch about coaching at his alma mater, coming to faith in Jesus and trusting in God amidst tragedy. 

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Jan 16, 2022

Chris Caulk grew up a huge USC football fan. HIs dream was to play college football at USC. After attending junior college out of high school and 3 rejections from the Trojans, he was accepted to USC and tried out for the football team. With faith guiding him, Chris fulfilled his dream. 

His story is a modern day version of the movie "Rudy."

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Jan 14, 2022

Ben Hartsock played 10 years in the NFL as a tight end with the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. He won a national championship in college with the Ohio State Buckeyes back in 2002. 

Today, Brock Huard talks to Ben about Georgia’s win over Alabama, his journey of faith, being a Romans 12 man and the life lessons that college football teaches.

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Jan 12, 2022

Kristin Wodrich is the women's head basketball coach for the University of Indianapolis. After earning her first head coaching position in the spring of 2016, Wodrich guided the Greyhounds to a seven-win improvement in 2016-17. winning 17 games and  culminating in an appearance in the GLVC Tournament semifinals. 

Wodrich and the Greyhounds had one of their best seasons yet in 2019-20, earning a 19-10 overall record and the sixth seed in the GLVC Tournament. The record marked the highest win total during Wodrich’s tenure, including their 12-8 record within the conference. 

As a player at UMBC, Wodrich was a four-year letter winner for University of Maryland Baltimore County from 2004-2008 and helped guide the team to the 2007 America East championship and a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament. She was named to the America East All-Conference Third Team as a senior in 2008 after averaging 11.4 points per game. She graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in broadcast communications and exercise physiology.

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Jan 10, 2022

Terry Evans is the team chaplain for the Atlanta Braves. He also serves with UPI, Unlimited Potential Inc, with a desire to teach and equip baseball players to grow deeper in their walk with Jesus Christ. 

Before becoming a chaplain, Terry was a pro baseball player. He was selected in the 47th round of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and six years later, would make his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels in June of 2007. His pro career ended in 2012 and soon thereafter, Evans found himself becoming the chaplain for the Braves the following year in 2013. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Terry Evans about the World Series, why he missed attending the Braves clinching win over the Astros, how he became a team chaplain and his mission to help baseball players become followers of Christ. 

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Jan 9, 2022

Bhrett McCabe, Ph.D is a clinical and sports psychologist, author and former LSU baseball player. He is a member of 2 National Championship teams and 3 College World Series teams with the Tigers and earned his doctorate at LSU in clinical Psychology. 

Currently, he is the Sports and Performance Psychologist for the University of Alabama Athletic Department, providing services to all sports, including the 2015, 2017, and 2020 National Championship Football Teams.

Over the past 10 years, Dr. McCabe has become a trusted resource for amateur, collegiate, and professional golfers on the PGA, LPGA, and Korn Ferry Tours. In 2019-2020 season and so far in 2020-2021, his professional clients have amassed over $17 million in earnings.

He is the author of  “Break Free from Suckville” and "The MindSide Manifesto: The Urgency to Create a Competitive Mindset" and the host of The Secrets to Winning podcast highlighting guests across sports, business, entrepreneurship, and organizational culture.

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Jan 7, 2022

Mike Smith is a longtime football coach who was the head coach of the Falcons from 2008-2014 and led Atlanta to the postseason in four of his seven seasons. He was named the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year and led Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game in 2012.

As an assistant coach with the Baltimore, Mike Smith helped the 2000 Ravens to a Super Bowl championship.  

Today on the podcast, Jade McCarthy talks to coach Smith about his role coaching in the 2022 Hula Bowl, his NFL coaching career, the 2021 season and the importance of his faith in the Lord.

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The 2022 Hula Bowl airs on Saturday January 15, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EST on CBS Sports Network. You can learn more at http://HulaBowl.com

Jan 5, 2022

Jay McAuley is the men's head basketball coach with Wofford University. In college, Jay played basketball with the University of Georgia and went into coaching upon graduation. After assistant coaching stops with Wofford, Gardner-Webb and Furman, Jay returned to Wofford and was named head coach on April 14, 2019.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jay about his coaching journey, his game day routine, creating a successful culture, the importance of prayer and the importance of God's timing in his life. 

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Jan 3, 2022

Damien Woody is a two-time Super Bowl champion who played 12 seasons with the Patriots, Lions and Jets. He was selected 17th overall by the New England Patriots in the 1999 NFL Draft and played five seasons with the Pats, four with the Lions and three with the Jets. He announced his retirement from the NFL in July of 2011 and joined ESPN as an NFL analyst a few weeks later. 

During his career, Woody played with and blocked for legendary quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tom Brady and was a member of two Super Bowl winning teams in 2001 and 2003 with the New England Patriots. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Damien about his NFL playing career, his transition to broadcasting, his journey of faith, why he has a heart to give back to children and how he became an NHL super-fan with the New York Islanders. 

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Jan 2, 2022

Kyle Idleman is the senior pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He speaks to more than 30,000 people each weekend. He is the author of the bestselling book, "Not a Fan" and "Grace is Greater" 

His new book "ONE AT A TIME: The Unexpected Way God Wants to Use You to Change the World" releases January 11, 2022. 

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