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Sliders & Curveballs

Sliders & Curveballs

By Mike & Joseph
A Father and his now 9 year old son are figuring out the sports world together. Forty years of experiences separate Mike and Joseph. Both will try and tackle history’s classic debates and the modern sports landscape. Everything’s fair game. It’s their perspective. They’re probably horribly wrong.
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Courtside Experiences
What’s it like watching a game from floor seats? Joseph and I take you inside the sounds of the game as the UConn Huskies battle the Red Storm and the Boston Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls. Both games were thrillers in the final seconds. Two wins in one week! Experience how it all unfolded with us.
38:51
January 16, 2022
Mickey Mouse vs. The Boston Celtics
NBA insider, Keith Smith, from the Celtics Blog, explores the Boston Celtics past, present, and future on the show. We know who can win the 21/2022 NBA title and learn Keith doesn’t own anything in the colors purple or gold.
46:33
January 08, 2022
Party Like It’s 1999
Kevin Freeman, 1999 UConn NCAA Champion, takes us inside the locker room. Experience his recruiting process. Feel what the first Coach Calhoun practice was like. Kevin’s favorite countries, foods, and championship teammates. A player view of Connecticut’s first Final Four and that incredible Monday night game vs Duke. Plus, Joseph loses his tooth on air!
37:32
November 17, 2021
32,292
The shrug, the shot, the flu game, the sneakers, and six NBA championships. Get to know the world’s most famous athlete through the eyes of his biographer, Roland Lazenby. Michael Jordan- The Life.
38:24
October 17, 2021
On The Diamond
Wall Street Journal, MLB writer, Jared Diamond, previews the 2021 baseball playoffs and his book~Swing Kings. The hitting instructors that launched JD Martinez and Justin Turner into elite home run machines. A colorful cast of outsiders changed the game. Plus, we know the World Series Champion.
30:30
September 25, 2021
Supersonic
Author, Jon Finkel, uncovers how a stolen team’s legacy gave rise to the NBA’s secret empire. Hoops Heist. Seattle. The Sonics. Plus, who are the top 10 greatest basketball players of all time?
25:11
August 24, 2021
Superfan Roundtable
Three generations of UConn fans, including Conor Geary and Jared Kotler, explore our Championship history and the future of the Men’s basketball program playing in Storrs, Connecticut.
39:56
August 16, 2021
MVP
He’s a World Champion and two time NBA MVP. Listen to author, Mirin Fader, share with us the fairy tale story of Giannis Antetokounmpo- “The Greek Freak.” An improbable rise to super-stardom.
22:52
July 22, 2021
Top Dog
We go behind the scenes with UConn Athletic Director, David Benedict. Our discussion includes the return of fans, life of an AD, Hall of Fame coaches, scouting reports, NIL law, and more from Storrs, CT.
31:05
July 09, 2021
Reaction Time
NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, & Topps card collecting. Joseph’s ready to share his opinion on all the hottest players, teams, and Summer sports topics.
35:29
July 01, 2021
Surprise!
Join the party! It’s my cohost, Joseph’s, 9th Birthday and everybody stops by the show to celebrate and wish him a great day and year.
16:06
May 11, 2021
Cooperstown Collection
SABR member, Ralph Carhart, joins the show to discuss his book The Hall Ball. One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball.
54:04
March 31, 2021
Marching Towards Madness
John Fanta, pxp voice, of Fox College Hoops and the Big East Shootaround takes us from Madison Square Garden in NYC to the 2021 NCAA Tournament host state of Indiana. Together we’ll find out what UConn’s strategy should be for another magical March run.
44:42
March 09, 2021
You Can’t Topps This
We’re celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Topps Baseball Cards with professional fine artist, Paul Jennis. Take a closer look at his incredible 2021 Game Within The Game Topps cards. Plus, we announce our first “Pitch Us A Question” baseball card contest winner.
18:14
February 17, 2021
If You Build It
Two guests. Double the fun. First, the Husky Ticket Project, stops by to talk UConn and their special youth game experiences. Then, baseball’s preeminent architect, Janet Marie Smith, takes us behind the scenes of her iconic projects including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and the brand new Polar Park.
44:07
January 30, 2021
Hot Stove Trivia
Kicking off season 3 with former Baseball Almanac contributor, Adam C. MacKinnon. Adam helps us keep America’s pastime red hot as we learn about his new book. Test your baseball knowledge on today’s show.
42:46
January 15, 2021
Batter Up
Join us for an after hours, wood bat factory tour, with owner, Kyle Drone, of Dinger. We’ll learn how bats are made and which MLB players are breaking records hitting them.
25:19
November 16, 2020
Chemistry Class
Best selling author, Joan Ryan, educates us on the power of team chemistry. Her new book entitled Intangibles, is a masterclass for high performance, teamwork, and winning at school, work, and in a ballgame. 
42:34
November 09, 2020
Anchors Aweigh
Excited to be joined by NBC CT, news anchor, Kevin Nathan. Hear his incredible stories from behind the scenes at the Olympics, Final Fours, the World Series, and Super Bowl.
42:47
October 05, 2020
Hall Of Fame Advice
We’re honored to host, Coach Jim Calhoun, on today’s show. A tribute to a lifetime in coaching, his family of players, and the memories of a Hall of Fame career.
27:48
September 21, 2020
Live From The NBA Bubble
National NBA writer, Ben Golliver, from the Washington Post, joins us live from Orlando, Florida. We host a VIP look inside the NBA’s exclusive 2020 campus plus we preview Ben’s upcoming book- BUBBLEBALL.
26:25
August 25, 2020
That’s Amore
The Hartford Courant’s, Dom Amore, previews the UConn Men’s Basketball Season with us on the show today. Enjoy an insiders look at the coaches, players, and stories from The Basketball Capital Of The World, Storrs, Connecticut.
42:54
August 04, 2020
Legend
Joined by John Shea, from the San Francisco Chronicle,  Co-author with Willie Mays of  "24: Life Stories And Lessons From The Say Hey Kid."  We'll hear the stories of Willie's extraordinary Hall of Fame baseball career.  We have your ticket to the Polo Grounds, Seals Stadium, and Candlestick Park to experience the life of a Legend. 
32:16
July 12, 2020
Joe D. Meets Joe D.
Joe D’Ambrosio, veteran play by play voice of the UConn Huskies, joins us on the podcast today. Four Men’s National Championships, unforgettable buzzer beaters, dual title memories, advice for our 8 yr old sportscaster, plus his favorite Coach Calhoun stories.
41:28
May 28, 2020
Swing For The Fences
Glove, bat, and eye black ready. How can you celebrate a Spring birthday without baseball? We dig into the history of the game.
01:03:07
May 09, 2020
Meet The Wax Packers
Today our guest is Brad Balukjian, author, of The Wax Pack. On The Open Road In Search Of Baseball’s Afterlife. Learn what happens when he vows to track down the players from a single pack of 1986 baseball cards. The journey of a lifetime.
28:40
April 25, 2020
The Who Am I Game
Can you beat my 7yr old, Joseph, in sports trivia? We select 40 players throughout history in baseball, basketball, football, and other sports. We mix in 10 fake names. Let’s learn who’s who. Grab a pad and keep your score.
58:04
April 18, 2020
One Shining Mess
We create a wild finish to a fractured NBA season and crown a Champion. It’s a Bitter 16 tournament. One & done. Plus, we play What if? How many titles would the UConn Men have won if they played those games best of 7.
34:12
April 04, 2020
March Sadness
We’re having an NBA Royal Rumble. The top 32 scorers, so far in 2020, play one on one. Who survives?
44:20
March 14, 2020
Gas Up The Car
Studio guest, Muneesh Jain, drove 17,000 miles in 95 days to see a game at all 30 MLB parks. Let’s revisit them together!
01:13:44
March 01, 2020
Three Jobs One Bob
Sports fanatic, Bob Sokolowski, joins us in studio to discuss dream jobs. Plus our Twitter challenge to Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.
42:49
February 09, 2020
Banners In Beantown
Our family’s first visit to Boston includes the Celtics beating both the Warriors and Sixers. Plus we podcast in the TD Garden rafters, beside the Championship banners, with the curator of The Sports Museum.
20:33
February 02, 2020
NFL Championship in 12 Minutes
We know who wins the Super Bowl.
12:20
January 10, 2020
Let’s Play Pepper
Season 2 pod 1- Ring in 2020 with us. It’s nearing NFL Wildcard weekend and we know who’s moving on. What’s New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole’s value, plus Joseph’s Twitter Challenge goes local. Happy New Year!
50:35
January 01, 2020
Records On Fire
In our final podcast of season one, we list Dad’s top 10 favorite sports records and recap our visit to Gampel Pavilion.
47:43
November 29, 2019
Road Warriors & Robots
Pod6 Today we share our World Series thoughts, send a Twitter challenge to superstar Stephen Curry, and learn about electronic strike zones in baseball.
25:27
November 15, 2019
Podcast Trailer
A Father and his 7 year old son are figuring out the sports world together. Forty years of experiences separate Mike and Joseph. Both will try and tackle history’s classic debates and the modern sports landscape. Everything’s fair game. It’s their perspective. They’re probably horribly wrong.
00:55
November 09, 2019
Commissioners For A Day
Pod5 The NBA’s Adam Silver has the day off and we step in with an overhaul to the season. Plus, we challenge future Hall of Famers Dwayne Wade & Dirk Nowitzki on Twitter.
30:20
October 20, 2019
NBA G.O.A.T
Who is the greatest NBA player of all time & why? We created a blind resume to find out.
20:31
October 16, 2019
Batman & Robin
Pod3 We talk listener feedback, designated hitters, & the NBA season. Plus a Twitter Challenge!
36:07
October 06, 2019
MLB Champion in 6 minutes.
Pod2 We know who wins the World Series!
05:43
October 01, 2019
Welcome to Sliders & Curveballs
Hello world, protective netting & peanut free baseball parks, Pete Rose, & Colin Kaepernick are the topics for today.
36:30
September 30, 2019