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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 3.6 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Jul 31, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from former 6-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman and current ESPN NFL Analyst Jeff Saturday.  He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in December 2018. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jul 29, 2022

Ty Summers is a linebacker with the Packers. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft by Green Bay (226th overall) and has found himself as a core special teams player in the NFL. 

In college at TCU, Summers received second team All-Big 12 honors in 2016 and honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2017 and 2018. He was selected as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after finishing with a career-high 23 tackles (seven solo) in a 28-21 double-overtime victory vs. Baylor on November 27, 2017. He was named one of the TCU Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bob Lilly Athletes of the Year award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Ty about growing up a Dallas Cowboys fan, being a perfectionist, leading Bible studies and the importance of taming your tongue. 


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Jul 27, 2022

Maggi Thorne is a mother of 3 and an American Ninja Warrior 7x competitor. She was the second mom up the warped wall and the first to beat the salmon ladder. In 2013, she placed second at The Worlds Toughest Mudder running 75 miles and completing 330 obstacles in 24 hours.

Thorne has also served as a Global Ambassador for feedONE traveling the world in an effort to further the mission of giving others the gift of a nutritious meal. She's also the CEO of JoyFlowCo, helping active women of all ages by empowering, equipping and encouraging other females.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Maggi about going from being an atheist to a follower of Christ, coping with the loss of her brother, how she came to participate on American Ninja Warrior, and the goal she has to use her platform to love and serve others like Jesus.


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Jul 25, 2022

Josh Manson is a defenseman Colorado Avalanche. He was a member of the 2021-22 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche team that beat Tampa in six games. Manson was a key contributor for the team, including scoring a goal in Game 2 and setting up the eventual game winning goal in the Game 6 clincher. On July 13, Manson agreed to a new four-year contract to return to Colorado.

Josh’s father, Dave Manson, was a first-round pick and played in the NHL from 1986-2002.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Josh Manson about being traded mid-season to Colorado, winning the Stanley Cup, the pressure of playoff hockey, the experience of the championship parade in Denver, staying connected to God during the playoff run and preparing for the birth of his second daughter.


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Jul 24, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from MLB broadcaster and one of the first female play-by-play announcers in baseball, Melanie Newman. She appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in October 2019. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jul 22, 2022

Matt Stinchcomb is currently a college football analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN. Prior to his broadcasting journey, Stinchcomb was a professional football player. He was selected 18th overall in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Raiders. He would play four seasons in Oakland and then two with Tampa Bay before injuries ended his playing career at the age of 29. 

In college, Stinchcomb was a standout offensive lineman at the University of Georgia, where he was named First-team All-American in back-to-back seasons in 1997 and 1998. In 2018, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Matt about his surprising broadcasting career, watching Georgia win the National Championship, the shortened NFL career that ended with injuries and finding his identity and trust in Jesus Christ to guide his life. 


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Jul 20, 2022

Jamie Whitmore is a two-time Paralympian (2020, 2016) as a road cyclist and track cyclist. In 2016 at the Rio Paralymics, she won a gold medal (road race) and silver (track pursuit). She also competed in 2021 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics where she placed 7th in road race and 8th in individual pursuit.

As a World Championship participant, Whitmore has taken home 20 medals including 11 gold medals (2013, 2015, 2017). She was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame in 2012 and won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athletes with a Disability in 2014. In 2008, Jamie overcame a cancer battle and became a mom to twin boys.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jamie Whitmore about her faith, the trials she's had to overcome, competing in the Paralympics, the gratitude she has and the importance of Jesus as her Lord.


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Jul 18, 2022

Megan Gustafson is a basketball player in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury. She was selected in the second round of the 2019 WNBA Draft by Dallas and played the 2019 and 2020 season with the Wings. In 2021, she spent time with the Washington Mystics and moved to Phoenix in May 2022. 

In college, Gustafson achieved a lot of success at the University of Iowa. In her senior year, she won the Naismith Player of the Year award in women's college basketball and was also named AP Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. Her number 10 was retired by Iowa in 2020. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Megan about her journey of basketball, how she handled fame and praise, and the importance of staying grounded in her walk with Christ. 


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Jul 17, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop and two-time National League Gold Glove winner. He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in March 2020. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jul 15, 2022

Troy Walters is currently the wide receivers coach with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2021, he helped rookie receiver Ja'Marr Chase break many NFL records and was a part of a team that won the AFC championship and played in Super Bowl LVI.

In college, Walters was a standout receiver at Stanford and in his senior season of 1999, he was named first-team All-American and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as college football's outstanding receiver. He would go on to be a fifth round selection of the Minnesota Vikings and play eight NFL seasons with the Vikings, Colts, Cardinals and Lions.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Troy Walters about the 2021 Bengals run to the Super Bowl, finding the positive in the midst of a tough season-ending loss, seeing coaching as a calling and how he's grown in his relationship with Jesus during his football playing and coaching career. 


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Jul 13, 2022

Chantel McCabe is a media personality who covers the sport of golf for SiriusXM, PGA Tour Live and ESPN. She has previously worked with The Golf Channel as an anchor and reporter on-site at PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour events, NCAA golf events, World Long Drive event and with Fox Sports Carolinas covering the Carolina Hurricanes NHL franchise as the network’s pre-game show host and rink-side reporter, where she also served as producer. 

McCabe’s broadcasting career began in college at the University of New Hampshire with New England Sports Network (NESN) as an on-air and online reporter.

Today on the podcast, Chantel McCabe talks about her media career covering golf, losing and regaining her faith, the importance of intentional prayer, covering the Masters and finding new purpose in her job. 


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Jul 11, 2022

Jonathan Isaac is a professional basketball in the NBA with the Orlando Magic. He was selected 6th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft our of Florida State, where he excelled in his one season with the Seminoles.

In 2019-20, Jonathan had a breakout season averaging 11.9 pts, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game but it was 2 injuries to his knee that shortened his season and has caused him to miss the entire 2020-21 and 2021-22 NBA seasons. Jonathan is also an author and his new book "Why I Stand" released in May 2022.

Today on the podcast, we welcome Jonathan Isaac back to the podcast to discuss his decision to stand during the National Anthem in the 2020 NBA bubble, the ramifications from that decision, why he wants to simply point to Jesus in all that he does and how his injury has given him a new perspective on the game of basketball.


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Jul 10, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from NFL QB Nick Foles, Super Bowl LII MVP and currently with the Indianapolis Colts. He appeared on Sports Spectrum's Podcast in July 2018. You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jul 8, 2022

Dustin Hopkins is an NFL kicker with the Los Angeles Chargers. He was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after a standout career in college at Florida State where he set a Division One FBS record in 2012  for career points by a kicker with 442 points and was named an All-American.

After coming to the NFL, Dustin played in 2013 with Buffalo but after an injury, was released by the Bills, signed with the Saints to their practice squad but found a home in Washington in 2015 and spent six seasons with the Commanders until his surprise release in 2021. After being picked up by the Chargers, Hopkins had a great finish to last year and signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Los Angeles.

Today on the podcast, we talk about his faith in Jesus, getting released by Washington 2021, trusting in God's plan, lessons from his former coach Bobby Bowden and the importance of praying in all aspects of his life.


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Jul 6, 2022

Alex Demczak is a former SEC quarterback for the Missouri Tigers. He graduated with a degree in Communication and a minor in Business and used his time at Missouri to catapult him into writing books and speaking. 

He is the author of Thrive U and his latest book, "The Sale" released earlier this year. Alex is also a top keynote speaker and trainer for the Jon Gordon Companies. He frequently delivers keynotes and conducts training programs based on The Power of Positive Leadership and The Power of a Positive Team with the goal of helping leaders transform their teams and change the world. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Alex about his new leadership book, his time with Missouri, the moment that changed his life forever, and why his faith is the compass that he leans into everyday. 


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Jul 4, 2022

Lance Berkman played 15 seasons in the major leagues (1999-2013), where he was named to six All-Star Games and won a World Series in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was recently hired as the head baseball coach at Houston Baptist University.

Today, we talk to Lance about his new role as a baseball coach, why he decided to say yes to Houston Baptist, the role he has as a dad, and why his faith in Jesus remains the central focus of his life. 


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Jul 3, 2022

Welcome to the Sports Spectrum Minute. A new segment featuring a short clip of inspiration from a previous Sports Spectrum Podcast interview.

Today we hear from Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae. He appeared on the Sports Spectrum Podcast in September 2020.  You can listen to the entire interview here


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Jul 1, 2022

Josh Wells is an offensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went undrafted in 2014 after a successful college career at James Madison and immediately signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent five seasons with the Jaguars from 2014-2018 and then after being released, signed with Tampa in 2019.

In 2021, Wells was a part of the Buccaneers championship team that won Super Bowl LV, 31-9 over the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2022, he signed a one-year deal to return to Tampa.

Today on the podcast, we talked to Josh Wells about returning to Tampa in 2022, winning the Super Bowl in 2020, being a teammate of Tom Brady, how his faith became real to him, finding his true identity and the growth that he has made as a follower of Christ.


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