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By Walter Villa, Andre C. Fernandez and Manny Navarro
Miami based sports writer Walter Villa (former Miami Herald editor, freelance writer for ESPN, D1-Baseball) shares his views and stories on things he finds interesting. Plus, interviews with athletes, coaches and other sportswriters who have covered sports in South Florida and nationally. Twitter: @QuePasa305 (Questions); @FrontPage305 (Links)
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April 20, 2021 - FIU basketball coach Jeremy Ballard, Bally Sports' Jessica Blaylock
Host Walter Villa brings on a special guest from the high school ranks to share her story and then welcomes FIU basketball coach Jeremy Ballard to talk about race relations and Bally Sports TV's Jessica Blaylock to discuss Florida Panthers hockey and Marlins baseball. It's riveting. April 20, 2021.  
59:00
April 20, 2021
April 6, 2021 - College baseball, football, N.Y. Jets and Miami Hurricanes
Host Walter Villa welcomes two guests from D1 Baseball including editor Aaron Fitt, Champagnat football coach Hector Clavijo and sports writers Corey Long (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Manny Navarro (The Athletic) to talk New York Jets and Hurricanes spring football. April 6, 2021. 
54:50
April 17, 2021
March 23, 2021 - Panthers, FSU baseball, Miami crime
Host Walter Villa interviews Craig Minervini on the Florida Panthers, a Miami Herald crime reporter and FSU baseball star Mat Nelson. 
59:53
March 26, 2021
March 2, 2021 - Marlins prospect Griffin Conine, high school basketball, baseball in Australia
Host Walter Villa interviews Marlins prospect Griffin Conine, discusses the story of the year in high school basketball in South Florida and talks baseball in Australia. March 2, 2021
56:22
March 03, 2021
Jan. 26, 2021 - Manny Navarro joins Walter Villa
Recorded Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. 
48:51
February 03, 2021
Episode 24 - Josh White, Jacob Shaw and what chicken McNuggets mean to hip people
Miami-area journalists Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez talk sports. Jan. 19, 2021. 
56:14
January 19, 2021
Jan. 5, 2021 - Manny Navarro reunites with the boys
The Athletic's Manny Navarro rejoins hosts Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez to talk Miami Hurricanes football, weight loss and more. St. Thomas University president David Armstrong joins the guys to talk about his beloved Cleveland Browns making the playoffs and Frankie Ruiz, a 10-time state championship winning running coach from Miami Belen shares insights. 60 minutes. Jan. 5, 2020
49:40
January 06, 2021
Episode 23 - Bill Daley, Chris Caputo and Lindsay Holder
Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez interview High School Sports Writer Bill Daley, Miami Hurricanes basketball assistant coach Chris Caputo and nutritionist Lindsay Holder. Dec. 15, 2020. 60 minutes.
58:21
December 15, 2020
Episode 22 - 'Crootin
Hosts Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez talk to former NFL player E.J. Biggers, Florida State beat writer Antwan Staley and local recruiting guru Larry Blustein of WQAM. Dec. 8, 2020. 58 minutes.
58:55
December 08, 2020
Episode 21 - Women can kick
Walter Villa and Andre Fernandez talk to a local high school kicker and talk Canes, Heat, Marlins, Dolphins and much more. Dec. 1, 2020. 
57:35
December 04, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Nov. 24, 2020
Walter Villa (Miami Herald) and Manny Navarro (The Athletic) wrap up the 2020 football season with coach Bill Rychel, running back Robert Armes and quarterback Tyler Thomas. The Bobcats ended the season with three consecutive victories. Armes is the first 1,000 yard rusher in STU program history and was named the Mid-South Conference Sun Division Player of the Week for the second time in his career. Thomas took over at quarterback at mid-season for STU and combined for 11 touchdowns in five starts. Thomas averaged 129.3 yards-per-game, 10 passing touchdowns and had a rating of 116.1, while throwing for 776-yards. 28 minutes.
27:04
November 27, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Nov. 18, 2020
Walter Villa (The Miami Herald) and Manny Navarro (The Athletic) talk to football coach Bill Rychel about his team's come-from-behind 27-20 overtime victory over Warner University including a standout performance by freshman Sydney Porter, the National Defensive Player of the Week. Then they turn the focus to baseball and outfielder Gus Guerra, who shares his story about rescuing his dog Chance. Coach Jorge Perez discusses the state of the baseball program, which is ranked No. 4 nationally. 34 minutes.
33:36
November 19, 2020
Episode 20 - Hoops, gold medals and Fins talk
Walter Villa, Andre Fernandez and Santos Perez talk about the NBA Draft with Miami Heat beat writer Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Plus, an Olympic gold medalist Lyndsay Shoop joins the program to discuss weight loss. Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. 
59:44
November 17, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Nov. 11, 2020
We catch up with football coach Bill Rychel before St. Thomas' second annual homecoming game Saturday against Warner University at 2 p.m. He gives us his grade for his 2-3 team to this point and discusses the challenges in recruiting during the pandemic. We then chat with volleyball coach Whitney Battoe, who in her first season as coach has led STU to its first winning season since 2017. St. Thomas begins the Sun Conference Tournament with a quarterfinals matchup on Friday against Warner University. We also speak with sophomore Kyleigh Beecham, who currently leads the Sun Conference in assists (482) and ranks 19th nationally. 29 minutes.
28:25
November 11, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Nov. 5, 2020
Bobcats head football coach and athletic director Bill Rychel joined us to recap last Saturday's 24-13 win Ave Maria and swimming and diving coach Keith Coghlan joined us to discuss the latest with his program. 30 minutes. Recorded Nov. 4, 2020. 
29:58
November 05, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Oct. 28, 2020
Host Walter Villa (Miami Herald) catches up with St. Thomas University men's basketball coach DP Harris and Kayla Slovenec, who is a graduate assistant coach and just the third woman in the nation this year who is coaching men’s hoops.  Walter then chats with women's basketball coach Candace Walker, whose team opened the season with a win over Johnson University. 30 minutes.
30:29
October 29, 2020
Episode 19 - Tua's debut, World Series and Canes roundtable
Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez talk to Saturday Down South columnist Connor O'Gara about former Alabama and current Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, breakdown the World Series and then talk to Manny Navarro (The Athletic) and David Furones (Sun-Sentinel) about the Miami Hurricanes at the midseason point. 58 minutes. Oct. 27, 2020
56:36
October 28, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Oct. 21, 2020
We catch up with current LSU and former St. Thomas University baseball coach Paul Mainieri and current Bobcats baseball coach Jorge Perez to talk about their trip to Cuba with Team USA, Paul's history at St. Thomas University and growing up in Miami and how they've tried to manage their respective teams through COVID-19 pandemic. 38 minutes. 
38:36
October 21, 2020
Episode 18 - It's finally Tua time!
Tua Tagovailoa has been named the Dolphins new starting quarterback. The guys talk about that and Andre's accurate World Series prediction of the Dodgers-Rays. Walter Villa and Andre Fernandez do their first show without the great Manny Navarro -- and yet still call Manny in the second segment to talk Canes. 60 minutes. Oct. 20, 2020
56:45
October 20, 2020
St. Thomas University Bobcast - Oct. 14, 2020
We chat with wrestling coach Jake Patacsil, a former All-American at Purdue and St. Thomas Aquinas High school grad in Fort Lauderdale, about getting the school's new program off the ground. Jesus Perez, the team's first signee who wrestles in the 197-pound weight class, talks to us about his path from Hialeah Gardens to minus-30 degree temperatures for college wrestling and then his trip back home to help start STU's new program. Plus, media relations coordinator Jonathan Leatherman stops by to share his insights on the other programs at STU and how they are doing during this football bye week. 36 minutes. Oct. 14, 2020.  
36:08
October 14, 2020
Episode 17 - When will it be Tua time?
The guys discuss the Miami Dolphins' 43-17 win at San Francisco and wonder when Miami's rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will finally get a shot to play. Also, what should we make of the Hurricanes' 42-17 loss at No. 1 Clemson and Manny Diaz saying his team has to stop thinking arrogantly when it comes to competing with the rest of the ACC. Plus, do the Heat need to pair Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo up with another superstar? 58 minutes. Oct. 13, 2020.
57:54
October 13, 2020
Interview with Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh TribLive.com sports writer
DiPaola previews Saturday's game between the Pittsburgh Panthers (3-2) and Miami Hurricanes (3-1) at Hard Rock Stadium and tells us why Walter Villa is a great guy. Oct. 12, 2020. 50 minutes.
47:38
October 13, 2020
St. Thomas University Sports Show - Oct. 7, 2020
Football coach Bill Rychel joins the show to talk about his team's 38-6 win over Warner University last Saturday and how the Bobcats played well in all three phases. School president David Armstrong then joins the program to discuss his long-term vision for the school and athletic programs as well as who he is rooting for in this year's NBA Finals. 39 minutes.
39:09
October 07, 2020
Episode 16 - Where does Jimmy Butler's Game 3 performance rank all-time in Miami sports history?
We preview the Marlins-Braves series in the National League Division Series, talk Canes-Clemson and dig into the Heat's run to the NBA Finals and whether or not Jimmy Butler's Game 3 performance ranks second all-time among individual performances by an athlete in Miami sports history. 60 minutes.
59:15
October 06, 2020
St. Thomas University Sports Show - Sept. 29, 2020
We catch up with football coach Bill Rychel to talk about his team's 42-10 loss to Keiser, the No. 9-ranked NAIA team in the nation.  We also chat with women's volleyball coach Whitney Battoe, a 24-year-old STU grad, and the reigning Sun Conference  Attacker of the Week Arianna Bolinger. 25 minutes. 
25:45
September 29, 2020
Episode 15 - Are our eyes deceiving us?
The Miami Heat reached the NBA Finals, the Miami Marlins are in the playoffs and the Miami Hurricanes are ranked in the top 10. Which of these teams is really good or a product of the COVID-19 pandemic's affect on the sports world? We debate and preview Marlins-Cubs, Heat-Lakers and Miami's game at No. 1 Clemson on Oct. 10. 
56:21
September 29, 2020
St. Thomas University Sports Show - Sept. 23, 2020
The guys talk to St. Thomas University football coach Bill Rychel about the second-year NAIA football program following its Week 1 loss to  Southeastern University.  We also talk to center Joey Suarez about his return from injury and linebacker Donnell Bennett, the son of former Miami Hurricanes and NFL running back Donnell Bennett Jr. 30 minutes.
30:06
September 23, 2020
Episode 14 - Is Jose Borregales the new Chuck Norris?
The guys talk Miami Hurricanes football including kicker Jose Borregales' claim he can make a field goal from 70 yards out. Plus, they delve into the Marlins' playoff hopes, what the Heat has to do to win a championship, and why Manny has a shady looking body bag behind him. 50 minutes. Recorded Sept. 22, 2020.
55:26
September 22, 2020
Interview - Judy Sanchez, wife of former Marlins All-Star first baseman
We caught up with our friend Judy Sanchez, a former freelance writer for the Miami Herald, All-County softball and basketball star at Southwest High and mother of three. She's the wife of former Marlins All-Star first baseman Gaby Sanchez and shares what it is like to be the wife of a major leaguer behind the scenes. 51 minutes.
50:54
September 19, 2020
Episode 13 - Why the Marlins are going to win the World Series
The guys discuss the greatest rotation ever assembled, preview the Eastern Conference Finals and discuss Hurricanes football. 56 minutes. Recorded Sept. 15, 2020. 
53:26
September 17, 2020
Interview - Patrick Surtain, former Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl cornerback
The guys catch up with Surtain, who is the head coach at Plantation American Heritage School, to talk about Miami Hurricanes recruiting, defensive tackle Nesta Silvera, his son Patrick Jr., who is a star cornerback at Alabama, the Miami Dolphins 2020 season and his relationship with Miami Hurricanes cornerback coach Mike Rumph. Recorded Sept. 10, 2020. 
19:21
September 10, 2020
Episode 12 - Football is back!
We preview the Miami Hurricanes' season opener against UAB on Thursday, examine the NFL 53-man rosters and talk about where the Hurricanes stand with UF, FSU and the other state schools and then raise the question: Is Giannis Antetokounmpo even a top 5 player in the NBA? Plus, Marlins playoff talk! 60 minutes. 
56:41
September 09, 2020
Episode 11 - Playoff Jimmy & shopping for bikinis with Serena & Venus
The Heat opened their second round series with Milwaukee with a blaze of Jimmy Butler glory; longtime tennis writer Sandy Harwitt takes us bikini shopping with Venus and Serena Williams; the Marlins made trades.  Recorded Sept. 1, 2020. 
53:38
September 01, 2020
Interview: Dolphins beat writer Josh Tolentino (The Athletic)
The Miami Dolphins are less than two weeks away from their season opener and we've got The Athletic's Josh Tolentino on to talk about what's been going on in camp -- while trying to make sure he doesn't get in trouble for it. We also hear about that time Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes embarrassed Josh on the basketball court. 47 minutes. 
49:44
September 01, 2020
Interview: Santos Perez, Hall of Fame boxing writer
We catch up with Miami-based sports writer Santos Perez to talk boxing, baseball, Walter Villa's free croqueta tactics and more. 45 minutes. 
44:43
August 27, 2020
Episode 10 - Just a bunch of punk-ass white boys
The guys discuss the incident involving Montrezl Harrell and Luka Doncic over the weekend, the debut of Marlins top prospect Sixto Sanchez and more. Recorded at noon Aug. 25, 2020 on SiriusXM radio.
59:10
August 25, 2020
Interview: Jonathan Rodriguez, Puerto Rican basketball star
The guys catch up with Jonathan Rodriguez, who had a stellar high school career at Calusa Prep in Miami, where he led the team to a state championship in 2005 and then played at Campbell University. Rodriguez has spent the last few years playing professionally overseas and talks about the NBA playoffs, the life of a professional basketball player and what it was like to play against OJ Mayo and Kevin Durant. 26 minutes.
26:25
August 21, 2020
Episode 9 - Can you feel the Heat?
The guys recap the Hurricanes' first scrimmage of the fall, preview the Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers series with longtime Spanish radio voice Jose Paneda and get their Behind Las Cortinas segment from Miami Herald Sports editor Alex Mena. 
57:59
August 21, 2020
Interview: Alex Mena, Miami Herald Sports Editor
We caught up with Miami Herald Sports Editor Alex Mena, who like Manny and Andre started working for the newspaper when he was very young and worked his way up the chain to the leader of the department. Mena, a Hialeah-Miami Lakes and FIU graduate, was born in Nicaragua and share his inspiring story of how he made an important decision to leave his post working at Subway to get into the newspaper business. 
19:00
August 18, 2020
Interview: Walter Alvarez, father of Marlins rookie Eddy Alvarez
We caught up with Walter Alvarez, 70, last Friday to talk about his son's first week in the major leagues. Eddy Alvarez, a former silver medal-winning speedskater at the Sochi Olympic games, picked up his first hit off New York Mets two-time Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom and his girlfriend, Gaby Pearson, is set to give birth to the couple's first child sometime this week. Walter Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant, owns a construction business and was a boxing promoter for many years in South Florida. 
16:30
August 17, 2020
Episode 8 - We didn't start the fire
The guys talk about the scheduling mess facing college football, the good start on the field the Marlins have gotten off to in 2020 and then talk to George Richards about what went wrong with the Panthers this season and Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald about the Miami Heat's upcoming off-season decisions with free agents. Recorded on SlamMiami SeriusXM Channel 145 at noon on Aug. 11, 2020. 
58:34
August 13, 2020
Interview: Chris Perkins, local sports writer
The guys catch up with longtime local journalist Chris Perkins to talk about his Texas roots, covering the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat and Hurricanes football and get a good Behind Las Cortinas story about Eddie Jones. 40 minutes. 
38:31
August 11, 2020
Interview: Shane Larkin, former Miami Hurricanes basketball star
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) and Walter Villa catch-up with former ACC Player of the Year and Miami Hurricane Shane Larkin, who has become a star in Europe. Larkin, 27, was the Turkish League Finals MVP in 2019 after leading Anadolu Efes to the championship. He talks about becoming a Turkish citizen, growing up with a Hall of Fame baseball player for a father, his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder and what might be next for him including a venture back to the NBA. 36 minutes.
38:38
August 08, 2020
Episode 7: We're Live!
We hosted our first live podcast on SiriusXM Channel 145 Slam Miami and talked Marlins, Heat and shared some of the highlights from our weekly interviews including FIU coach Butch Davis. 54 minutes. 
56:24
August 04, 2020
Interview: FIU coach Butch Davis
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) and Walter Villa catch up with FIU football coach Butch Davis to talk about the Panthers' win over the Miami Hurricanes in 2019 and how it is still helping the program today. We also get into why Butch is so good at evaluating talent, what he learned from Jimmy Johnson and what FIU hopes to accomplish this season with a new quarterback. Plus, did you know Butch was a kicker in college? We didn't either. 25 minutes. 
26:13
August 04, 2020
Interview: Ruthie Polinsky, NBC6 Sports Anchor
The guys caught up with new local NBC6 Sports Anchor Ruthie Polinsky who started in March right in the middle of the pandemic and only got to cover one Miami Heat game. Polinsky, who was raised in St. Louis and is a Michigan grad, covered the New England Patriots for three years when she worked in Providence and has some good Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick stories to share. We also got her to dish on her favorite shows, why she's listening to Taylor Swift and her guilty pleasure. 53 minutes.
52:55
July 31, 2020
Interview: Miami Suns coaches on Sylvia Fowles
We catch up with longtime Miami High girls' basketball coach Sam Baumgarten Jr. and Miami Suns AAU program director Miguel Diaz to talk about Miami native Sylvia Fowles becoming the WNBA's all-time leader in rebounds and all of her great accomplishments. Fowles was a standout at Miami Edison High and Gulliver Prep and once kicked Manny Navarro's butt in a 1-on-1 game. We also talk about the three local starts playing in the WNBA including former Miami Hurricane Beatrice Mompremier. 42 minutes.
41:39
July 30, 2020
Interview: Baseball America's Matt Eddy on Marlins prospects
Baseball America's co-executive editor Matt Eddy joins to guys to talk about the Marlins farm system, which could get put to use here soon because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some of the best baseball prospects to come out of South Florida. 25 minutes.  
26:00
July 30, 2020
Episode 6: Did the Marlins just screw this up for everybody?
The guys tackle the big story involving the Marlins and COVID-19, high school sports and if Miami-Dade high schools would be better off breaking off from the FHSAA and share Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards' funny Behind Las Cortinas story. 60 minutes.
59:13
July 28, 2020
Interview: Mark Schusterman, FHSAA Board of Directors and co-Athletic Director at Riviera Prep
The guys caught up with Mark Schusterman, the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame coach who now serves on the board of directors of the FHSAA and has votes on major decisions including the sports calendar and how school athletic programs are adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Schusterman played a role in the FHSAA's decision to delay the start of the sports calendar to August 24 after the organization initially voted to maintain its start time of July 27. Schusterman discussed what the FHSAA is doing and what it might do moving forward when it comes to dealing with the pandemic. 
26:08
July 27, 2020
Interview: Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards
The guys catch-up with former Miami Herald teammate and longtime Panthers beat writer George Richards to talk about the return of the NHL, covering high school sports in Broward, famed St. Thomas Aquinas football coach George Smith, his best Behind Las Cortinas story and why Brother's BBQ in Lakeland was the best. 
48:49
July 24, 2020
Interview: Dr. Steve Gallon, Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade County Public School Board
Regardless of what the Florida High School Athletic Association decides to do with the upcoming fall sports season and high school football amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 'genie is already out of the bottle' and Miami-Dade school administrators are entertaining the idea of creating their own association and more equitable revenue streams for their athletic programs after years of feeling shortchanged. Not only have other school leaders in different parts of the state reached out to Gallon and Miami's leaders about breaking away from the FHSAA, but so have some private investors who are interested in helping make it happen. Our Manny Navarro and Andre C. Fernandez caught up with Dr. Gallon, the former principal at Miami Northwestern, who is making moves behind the scenes on this front to talk about what's next and the school board agenda item he will present on Aug. 12 and what it all could mean long term. 27 minutes.
24:09
July 23, 2020
Episode 5: Getting SIRIUS
The guys make their SIRIUSXM debut on Ch. 145 SLAMRadioXM at and Walter Villa is all jacked up. He's worn a sleeveless t-shirt for some weird reason to celebrate the moment. As the MLB and NBA season are set to begin, the guys discuss if beer-chugging Miami Heat big man Meyers Leonard should have his own TV show,  if the Miami Marlins should play the young guys and forget about those free agents they signed to buy their minor league system time to grow this season, and where the Miami Hurricanes stand in recruiting after picking up recent commitments from 4-star safety Kamren Kinchens and 4-star defensive end Jabari Ishmael and the coveted Palmetto 5. Twitter: @QuePasa305 (Questions); @FrontPage305 (Links)
59:56
July 20, 2020
Interview: 3-time Gold Glove winner Placido Polanco
With the baseball set to start soon, the guys caught up with 16-year MLB veteran and 2006 ALCS MVP Placido Polanco, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1998-2002), Philadelphia Phillies (2002-05, 2012-15), Detroit Tigers (2005-2009) and Miami Marlins (2013). Polanco, 44, retired from baseball in 2016 as one of the best fielders the game has ever seen, a 3-time Gold Glove winner and 2-time All-Star. He became eligible to make the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. The Dominican native, who attended Miami-Dade College and calls South Florida home, works in the Dodgers organization now.  28 minutes.
27:53
July 18, 2020
Interview: Author Carolina Cardona (Andújar: The Robot Gentleman of San Juan)
We catch up with South Florida-based author Carolina Cardona, a travel and lifestyle writer who wrote a steampunk romance novel entitled Andújar: The Robot Gentleman of San Juan (released May 2020). Carolina fields some questions from us about some crazy things parents have done when it comes to sports including a Canadian mother who flashed her boobs during her 11-year-old son's hockey game to distract the other team. Follow Carolina at TheTropicalEccentric on Instagram. 7 minutes. 
07:30
July 18, 2020
Episode 4: We Fixed Sports. So, listen up
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) and Miami-based sportswriters Walter Villa and Andre C. Fernandez discuss if baseball might be better served by this new 60-game season it is about to start and Walter pitches his idea to make the NBA better, which could make Shaq happy. We tackle Patrick Mahomes' new $500 million contract, share stories about losing our virginity (in journalism) and highlight our interviews with Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton and AL.com columnist Joseph Goodman. 60 minutes. 
01:00:07
July 15, 2020
Interview: AL.com columnist Joseph Goodman (2 of 2)
We wrap up our conversation with Joe by talking about Miami and Alabama's 2021 season opener, the great Willie Mays, an Alabama native, and how in today's age he might have been a quarterback and not a Hall of Fame outfielder, and why former Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will not be a bust for the Dolphins. Part 2 of 2. 24 minutes. 
24:09
July 15, 2020
Interview: FSU basketball coach Leonard Hamilton
The 71-year-old former Miami Hurricanes men's basketball coach (1990-2000) spoke to our Walter Villa about his memories coaching the Hurricanes, living in Miami and why he would not drink Cuban coffee, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Leonard led the Seminoles to a 26-5 record and the ACC title this past March. 20 minutes. 
19:25
July 14, 2020
Interview: AL.com columnist Joseph Goodman (1 of 2)
@JoeGoodmanJr covered the Miami Heat during the Big 3 era with LeBron James, the Florida Gators when they won two national titles with Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer, and now he's the man who drives Nick Saban up a wall at Alabama.  We caught up with Joe on Thursday, July 9, 2020 to talk about why he was wearing a Birmingham Black Barons hat on our Zoom call (hint: He's showing support for Negro League baseball), his fondest memories of covering the Heat despite not knowing a thing about the NBA when he got the job,  his battle with COVID-19, and why Alabama keeps taking great wide receivers from Miami's backyard. Part 1 of 2. 27 minutes.
27:15
July 10, 2020
Interview: Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas
Our Andre C. Fernandez caught up with Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas right before the team got together for their first official workouts in July and Miggy shared some insights on how players are adjusting to COVID-19, playing the 2020 season and his Mom's battle with cancer. 30 minutes.
29:34
July 10, 2020
Episode 3: Ego Check
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) and fellow Miami-based sportswriters Andre C. Fernandez and Walter Villa get a tough report card after Episode 2 and it leaves Walter a little shaken. The guys unveil their 'Outlandish Predictions' for the 2020 sports seasons, share a few good locker room stories, discuss Native American sports team nicknames and breakdown why the Miami Hurricanes could go from 6-7 to national champions in one year. Meanwhile, Raul from Hialeah remembers LeBron James on the 10-year anniversary of 'The Decision.' 70 unfunny minutes.
01:10:54
July 09, 2020
Interview: Former Heat guard Tim Hardaway
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) catches up with Hardaway, 53, on June 22, 2020 to talk about the restart of the NBA season, his son, his memories of the heated Heat-Knicks playoff series, Pat Riley and much more in this 27 minute conversation. 
27:15
July 07, 2020
Interview: Recruiting guru Larry Blustein (2 of 2)
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) talks to local recruiting guru Larry Blustein about the Miami Hurricanes' recruiting efforts -- the 16 commitments and the local targets -- with the 2021 signing class. 
54:33
July 07, 2020
Interview: Recruiting guru Larry Blustein (1 of 2)
Manny Navarro (The Athletic) catches up with South Florida's own Larry Blustein, who has been covering high school football for the last 50 years in South Florida and across the state. Part 1 of the interview focuses on how Larry broke into the business, began cutting up clips for his friends and helping players get recruited. Blustein and Manny talk about the greatest players Larry's seen play in person as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed things during what would be a very busy time normally for the 64-year-old legendary sportswriter and radio show host. 
12:49
July 07, 2020
Episode 2: The Next Episode
Miami-based sportswriters Manny Navarro (The Athletic), Andre Fernandez (formerly of The Athletic and Miami Herald) and Walter Villa (former Miami Herald sports editor and freelance writer) are back after their smashing debut episode to talk about whether or not Miami's sports teams have a shot to win big during the upcoming COVID-19 affected sports seasons. Andre interviews Marlins shortstop and team captain Miguel Rojas before he and the rest of baseball return to begin preparations for the start of a 60-game MLB season. Then, the guys discuss if this Heat team as currently constructed can win an NBA title, how D'Eriq King has the potential to make Miami Quarterback U again, and if the Dolphins could somehow sneak into the playoffs with Tua Tagovailoa this coming season. We also get our first installment of Raul's Rant from his favorite coffee stand on West 49th Street in Hialeah. 
01:27:48
July 01, 2020
Episode 1: Que Pasa, 305?
Miami-based sportswriters Manny Navarro (The Athletic), Walter Villa (former Miami Herald editor and freelance writer for ESPN, D1Baseball) and Andre C. Fernandez (formerly of Miami Herald and The Athletic) reintroduce themselves and explain why they are launching a new podcast. Manny interviews former Heat guard Tim Hardaway on COVID-19, his son, the NBA’s restart plan, the Hall of Fame and the Heat-Knicks rivalry that was. The guys wonder if the Marlins are rebuilding the right way, if the Miami Hurricanes can ever have an offensive line as good as Wisconsin’s and discuss NFL coach rankings and why former Dolphins coach Adam Gase is 32nd. Plus, TV binge-worthy shows and a look ‘Behind Las Cortinas.’ 81 minutes of entertainment.
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