Russillo talks about attending Thursday night’s Sixers-Celtics game in Boston (01:30). Then, ESPN’s Jeff Passan calls in to discuss the latest in the world of MLB free agency (11:00) and Ryen wraps up the show with his thoughts on the College Football Playoff system (52:00).
Russillo rants about having patience with CFB coaches (7:07). Then Ryen is joined by The Athletic's Ethan Strauss to discuss the NBA ratings decline (16:48), as well as his upcoming book 'The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,' Kevin Durant's exit, and the Warriors' plans for the future (43:00).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 14. They talk 49ers-Saints, Chiefs-Patriots, Rams-Seahawks, Colts-Buccaneers, and Raven-Bills. They also do a little college football, including Virginia-Clemson and LSU-Georgia, followed by top five AFC teams, doing stuff by yourself, and time-travel sporting events.
Russillo runs through some NBA thoughts on the Lakers, Heat, Raptors, Bucks, 76ers, Carmelo Anthony’s return, and more (9:10). Then Ryen is joined by ESPN’s Royce Young to discuss Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, a deep dive into Paul George’s departure from the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook’s move to the Rockets (32:00).
Russillo sits down with Bill Simmons to discuss Rockets-Spurs, a blown call, and why the Rockets are so polarizing. They also talk about the Nets, Raptors, Heat, and 76ers (2:29). Then Ryen is joined by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman to discuss USC’s coaching situation, Greg Schiano's return to Rutgers, Ryan Day’s success at Ohio State, Florida State speculations, the College Football Playoff, and more (56:40).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 13. They talk Ravens-49ers, Patriots-Texans, Tom Brady stories, Eagles-Dolphins, Bills-Cowboys, Steelers-Browns, a history lesson, nude beaches, and more.
Russillo talks about how schedules can fool us into false narratives about certain teams (7:45). Then Russillo is joined by TV producer Christo Doyle to talk about some of his shows, including “Gold Rush,” “Monster Garage,” and “American Chopper,” wrangling reality TV talent, pitching shows, and more (21:30).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 12. They talk Patriots-Cowboys, CFP rankings for NFL teams, best/worst plane rides, Eagles struggles, Dwayne Haskins’s selfie, and a Myles Garrett update, before they guess celebrity net worths.
Russillo is joined by CFP selection committee chair and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens to discuss this year’s selection process (3:05) before sharing some more CFB thoughts on Ohio State and LSU (26:47). Then Russillo talks to Kevin Clark from the Gillette Stadium parking lot about where the Patriots offense is headed, the Ravens success, teams that haven’t lived up to expectations, the 6-1 defense, Eagles, Chiefs, and more (34:39), followed by Tales From the Couch, where Russillo shares some thoughts on Warriors-Mavericks, Clippers-Celtics, and Rockets-Nuggets (1:06:15). Finally, Russillo touches on a recent development in the Myles Garret–Mason Rudolph situation (1:31:54).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 11. They talk headlines, best/worst plane rides, position coaches, the NFC playoff picture, Kaepernick's workout, Patriots-Eagles, Ravens-Texans, the Motorola Razr comeback, Nicholas Cage's movie about Nicholas Cage, and 'Joker,' a movie review.
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Steelers-Browns melee (1:00) before talking with NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah about the recent Alabama-LSU game, top 2020 draft prospects, a hypothetical Ohio State–LSU matchup, stories from an NFL front office, and more (15:50).
Russillo shares some NBA thoughts on 76ers-Cavs, Lakers-Suns, best/worst defensive teams, Trae Young, Nets-Jazz, usage rates, and more (0:45). Then Russillo talks to Lakers forward Jared Dudley about joining the team this season, team chemistry, Dwight Howard’s impressive play, China stories, his NCAA days, and more (22:28).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 10. The two talk headlines, best/worst plane rides, Cowboys-Vikings, Alabama-LSU, Lamar Jackson torching the Bengals, and the Browns' first home win. They also introduce a new segment called Confessionals, give a quick history lesson on Big Bill Rockefeller, and more.
Russillo reacts to the CFB rankings (4:35) before he is joined by his former ESPN producer Steve Ceruti, who now cohosts 'Scal and Pals' on Radio.com. They discuss transitioning from production to on-air talent, NBA lists, and more (18:08).
Russillo runs through some rapid-fire NBA thoughts (2:25) before talking with CNN's Chris Cillizza about the 2016 presidential election and how it shaped the buildup to the 2020 election, dealing with politicians, pickup basketball, and more (12:50).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 9, including the Ravens' taking down the Patriots, Gardner Minshew II's regression, the Chargers-Packers blowout, MVP talk, the Raiders' exceeding expectations, another Browns loss, when athletes lose it on internet trolls, Chris Long’s draft day, and more.
Russillo talks about Baker Mayfield and Jamal Adams (5:25), before taking with Trent Dilfer about coaching high school football; athletes' airing grievances to the media; young QBs including Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Mitchell’s Trubisky, Gardner Minshew II, Jimmy G, Jacoby Brissett, Kyle Allen, and Baker Mayfield; where Tom Brady is in relation to “the cliff"; and more (19:20).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Kyrie Irving vs. the Nets culture (1:18) before talking with UFC commentator Jon Anik about the upcoming Masvidal vs. Diaz card, the depth at the welterweight division, and other UFC favorites, including Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, and more (8:52). Finally Russillo sits down with The Ringer's Chris Ryan to discuss what the 76ers have shown in their first three games of the NBA season before they take a look at HBO's 'Succession' a few weeks removed from the Season 2 finale (48:45).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 8, including the biggest headlines, best/worst plane rides, Cleveland’s coaching problem, QB regression, the Chiefs-Packers nail-biter, players-only meetings, a WWII history lesson, time travel, and much more.
Russillo explains how every CFB team can be (ir)rationally doubted (0:50), before he talks with The Athletic's Bruce Feldman about Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan State, and more (10:10).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 7, including the feel-good Colts, the Ravens' making a statement win over the Seahawks, the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys, Saints dominance, Vikings-Lions, and more. They also introduce a new segment called Back Porch, and this week they tackle “best coaches to get drunk with.” Plus, Russillo begrudgingly gives the Chargers compliments, NFL stories with Chris, and more.
Russillo is joined by journalist and co-author of New York Times bestseller Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World Tom Wright, to discuss the story of Jho Low, a businessman from Malaysia who pulled off a 5 billion dollar scam. His story is riddled with fraud, money laundering, politics, celebrities, and more!
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Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 6, including Deshaun Watson and the Texans pulling out a win at Kansas City, the Cowboys' loss to a scrappy Jets team, questionable officiating, best/worst plane rides, an NFC East check-in, “What’s wrong with the Chargers?,” possible trades as the deadline approaches, the undefeated 49ers, and more.
Russillo discusses missing the LSU-Florida game and Clayton Kershaw’s meltdown (04:45) before jumping on the phone with DAZN’s Adnan Virk to have a (spoiler-free) talk about ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Joker,’ and life after ESPN (17:30).
Russillo examines the situation between China and the NBA after Daryl Morey's tweet regarding Hong Kong (2:50) before he is joined by Joey Ingram of 'The Poker Life' podcast to discuss the cheating scandal rocking the poker world (16:15).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 5, including Packers-Cowboys, the Colts' upsetting the Chiefs, Jay Gruden’s 5 a.m. firing, the Raiders' pulling off a win in London, the best defense in the league, the Jalen Ramsey trade saga, cannabis and the NFL, and more.
Russillo reacts to the new HBO documentary ‘Diego Maradona’ (2:00) before he is joined by Danny Kanell to examine some of the top college football teams, including Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas (13:30), before discussing the recently passed California bill allowing college athletes to be paid off of their likeness (48:00).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 4, including the Buccaneers hanging 55 points on the Rams, Bills-Patriots, Browns-Ravens, a Chiefs-Lions nail-biter, Saints-Cowboys, and more. They also share some space movie reviews, celebrity stories, and Russillo’s Mike Jones concert experience.
Russillo addresses the state of the instant replay in sports (1:47) before he’s joined by two-time Super Bowl champion and 'Monday Night Football' analyst Booger McFarland to discuss the Bears' win over the Redskins on Monday night, an awesome Aaron Rodgers performance, leading a football team, and some stories, including playing with Warren Sapp, being traded to the Colts, college recruitment, and more (13:45).
Russillo discusses media reactions to rookie QBs' NFL debuts (2:25) before talking with ESPN's Todd McShay about new ways to gauge how a college QB's skills will translate to the NFL, 2020 first-round prospects, Stanford's offensive line issues, Jim Harbaugh's rocky season, Texas vs. Oklahoma, Nick Saban stories, and more (14:55).
Russillo and two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long break down Week 3 of the NFL, including the legitimacy of the Bills, the Rams going 3-0, Baker Mayfield’s Sunday, Daniel Jones and the Giants, Antonio Brown’s goodbye, and more.
Russillo talks about the difference between teams overtly tanking and covertly tanking (1:30). Then he is joined by The Athletic's Andy Staples to discuss the college football landscape, including the lack of parity with Nick Saban's unprecedented run at Alabama and Clemson's meteoric rise. They also talk Chip Kelly at UCLA, Utah, possible landing spots for Urban Meyer, paying college athletes, and more (11:18).
Russillo examines the difference in player empowerment between the NBA and the NFL (5:10) before sitting down with Bill Simmons to discuss NFL contract negotiating, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, parity, Eli Manning, the NFL Hall of Fame, Bill’s time at the Boston Herald, and more (11:14).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 2, including another questionably officiated Saints-Rams matchup, a couple of major injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, Jaguars-Texans, Broncos-Bears, Packers-Vikings, loud-mouth refs, UVA’s win over Florida State, incredible nicknames, and more.
Russillo examines the Dak Prescott contract discussion (5:35). Then he talks with Trent Dilfer about his take on Lamar Jackson’s Week 1 performance in the new Ravens offense, the rifts that can occur between players and coaches, the Air Raid offense, "diva" wide receivers, Trent's first year coaching at the Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and more (20:18).
Russillo discusses the Antonio Brown allegations (3:42) before he is joined by SI's Andy Benoit to discuss Lamar Jackson's performance against the Dolphins, the Browns' disastrous start to the season, the Patriots' supercharged offense, Packers-Bears, Jaguars backup QB Gardner Minshew II's impressive display, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, and more (11:50).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss a wild slate of Sunday games including Patriots-Steelers, Ravens-Dolphins, Lions-Cardinals, Browns-Titans, and more. They talk what's real and what's not from Week 1, Matt McConaughey, bar fights, and more.
Russillo shares his 2019 NFL backup QB research (3:50) before talking to SI's Albert Breer about Antonio Brown's possible suspension and earlier turmoil since joining the Raiders, Ezekiel Elliott's new contract, Cam Newton at 30 years old, the Browns hype train, way-too-early playoff picks, and more (18:15).
Russillo talks about the SEC's shaky opening week with losses by South Carolina and Tennessee. He hits Boise State's wild comeback, Hugh Freeze's coaching Liberty from his hospital bed, Michigan's defense, and more (2:25). Then Ryen is joined by Bruce Feldman to discuss Auburn's win over Oregon, Pac-12 implications, Alabama's injuries, Clemson vs. the ACC, Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, and more (17:40)!
Russillo briefly rants on why CFB fandom is an annual kick in the teeth (2:35), before setting the stage for the 2019 NCAA season (12:25). Finally, Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to discuss Andrew Luck’s career, his retirement, the conversations it incites; They talk Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors, celebrity flag football games, and more (26:50).
Russillo rants about "football guy" during NBA free agency before asking SI's Andy Benoit and The Ringer's Kevin Clark a series of questions about the 2019-20 NFL season. They talk Todd Gurley, the biggest gap between front office and head coach, Tom Brady's 2018 season, Cleveland Browns hype, the first coach fired, Pat Mahomes II, hilarious headlines, and more.
Russillo talks with The Ringer's Robert Mays about the position of an NFL GM, how the job compares to GM positions in other leagues such as the NBA and MLB, and how sharing executive power with coaches can affect the job (0:10). Then Russillo talks about the NCAA transfer rules, and both sides of the coin when players lose their eligibility when switching schools (23:05).
Russillo is joined by SI's Albert Breer to discuss rumors surrounding the NFL collective bargaining agreement coming in 2020, whether or not the Rams should extend Jared Goff this year, the Todd Gurley contract, how Andy Dalton will fare under a new head coach, and more (2:53). Then, Ryen talks about the NFL rule change on pass interference (34:40).
Russillo talks with The Athletic's Bruce Feldman about the Pac-12 conference, including questions surrounding commissioner Larry Scott's salary, its declining revenue, and how it plans to get back on track. They also discuss the 15-year saga of the Miami Hurricanes finally returning to the CFB spotlight, where they went wrong in past seasons, and what it will take before "The U" is officially back (6:34). Then Russillo talks with The Ringer's Kevin Clark to discuss the New York Jets' firing of GM Mike Maccagnan, Sam Darnold's development, the Jets' GM search, and more (29:26).
Russillo talks with SI's Andy Benoit about the 2019 NFL draft, teams that addressed needs and those that didn't, the Josh Rosen trade, the Giants' first-round decisions, draft sleepers, and more (1:40). Then, Russillo talks about mock drafts, the first-round QB bust ratio, trains, and more (38:30).
The Ringer's Danny Kelly and Kevin Clark join the show to discuss if there is any real drama with the first pick of the draft, Daniel Jones's value, trustworthy GMs, which prospect will have the best career, and the best player at each position.
In Part 4 of a four-part series, Russillo talks with NFL QB Josh McCown about leaving SMU his senior year to play for Sam Houston State, getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, learning from Jake Plummer, and stories from his time with Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell on the Raiders under Lane Kiffin. He also recounts battling for a spot with Chad Henne in Miami, backing up Jake Delhomme, playing in the UFL, playing in Chicago with Jay Cutler, his time in Cleveland, his highlight season with the Jets, and more!
In Part 3 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Super Bowl champ Trent Dilfer about his rocky NFL start on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his Super Bowl win with and subsequent exit from the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle, his short stint in Cleveland, mentoring Alex Smith in San Francisco, and being called up for one last ride.
Russillo talks with 11-time Pro Bowl tight end and former 'Monday Night Football' analyst Jason Witten about his season in the 'MNF' booth and his departure to play football again with the Dallas Cowboys.
Russillo talks with Kevin Clark of 'The Ringer NFL Show' about the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, Antonio Brown to the Raiders, dead money, why players rarely make it to free agency, NFL draft rumors, and more.
In Part 2 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Danny Kanell about his story as a former NFL QB, from reluctantly playing football at a small Florida high school, to winning the Orange Bowl with Florida State, to a playoff run with the New York Giants, arena football, and more. They also discuss why Kanell's football career ultimately didn't work out.
In Part 1 of a four-part series, Russillo goes through former NFL and MLB player Drew Henson's story, from his time at Michigan to his time with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, and more, to talk about why it ultimately didn't work out.
Russillo talks with two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long about NFL defensive metrics; Zion Williamson and "amateurism"; and his nonprofit, Water Boys, and its Conquering Kili program, in which combat veterans and NFL alumni climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This episode also features a surprise visit from Barstool Sports' Big Cat.
Russillo talks with SI's Albert Breer about the Belichick coaching tree, Brian Flores coaching the Dolphins, and Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins (1:55). Then The Ringer's Kevin Clark joins for some rapid-fire questions regarding the 2019 NFL season (17:10). Finally Russillo recaps his trip to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII (48:05).
Russillo goes through some of his Super Bowl memories in honor of Sunday's game (4:44), then he calls up Kevin Clark who is on the ground in Atlanta, GA to recap their NFL playoffs draft, and talk about some key factors in the Rams-Patriots matchup (20:27). Finally Russillo sits down with Chuck Klosterman to talk regional fandom, the CFB playoff structure, instant replay, and more (37:28).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Saints-Rams and Patriots-Chiefs (3:30) before talking with NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran, NFL Network's Mike Giardi, and former NFL quarterback Drew Henson about some of their best Tom Brady stories (22:00). Finally Russillo unleashes his rant on 'The Bachelor' ... you're welcome, America (50:35).
In a jam-packed episode, Russillo talks with Bill Simmons about Tom Brady's impressive performance against the L.A. Chargers in the NFL divisional-round playoff (3:06) before talking with former MLB and NFL player Drew Henson about being a dual-sport professional athlete as well as his take on Kyler Murray's decision to declare for the NFL draft (21:55). Russillo shares his own opinion about Murray (41:10) before talking with Eagles fan Chris Ryan about Philly's postmortem playoff hopes (52:25).
Russillo discusses the national championship game with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and 'The Athletic' (11:50), before talking with The Ringer's Robert Mays about wild-card weekend results and looking ahead to the NFL divisional playoff round (31:10).
Ryen Russillo is joined by Kevin Clark of 'The Ringer NFL Show' to draft the 12 NFL playoff teams and discuss the NFL salary cap, Antonio Brown, and more (3:18). Then, Russillo calls up SI's Andy Benoit to talk wild-card weekend (33:05).
Russillo shares his active NFL QB tiers before talking with Super Bowl champion and analyst Trent Dilfer about Tom Brady's season, Aaron Rodgers in a new system, Rams, Saints, Patrick Mahomes II, and more.
Russillo talks with Todd McShay about next year's NFL draft prospects in a very defense-heavy draft class before hitting on various NFL happenings and making a ruling on Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins, and the Minnesota Vikings.
Russillo calls Rob Mullens, athletic director of the University of Oregon and chairman of the CFP selection committee, to discuss the committee's decision on giving Oklahoma the highly coveted fourth seed over Georgia and Ohio State. Then Russillo pivots to five NFL observations, which cover the Titans, Patriots, Mike McCarthy, the NFL playoffs, and more.
Russillo breaks down the Baker Mayfield–Hue Jackson post-game interaction Dick Wolf–style before talking with Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd about Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. Cowherd sticks around to discuss the latest CFB playoff rankings, and Russillo shares some parting thoughts about Ohio State.
Ryen Russillo discusses the NFL MVP race and talks with football analyst Booger McFarland about the historic Chiefs-Rams matchup on this week's 'Monday Night Football.' Russillo closes the show with thoughts on the CFB playoff rankings.
Russillo hits on Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers before talking with Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports about Alabama, fixing USC, and a strange story surrounding Ohio State. Then Russillo talks about his recent trip to Vegas before this week's Chris Fowler Trivia.
Russillo forms a committee of one and predicts the final four NFL playoffs teams without conference bias. He then talks with chairman of the CFP selection committee, Rob Mullens, about Tuesday's rankings and how the selection committee operates.
Russillo is joined by Sirius XM radio host Danny Kanell to discuss the College Football Playoff rankings just after their release. Then Russillo talks about the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley and concludes with another edition of "This Tweet Pissed Me Off."
On a solo pod, Russillo hits on Ohio State, Texas, Alabama-LSU, and targeting penalties before a new segment called "This Tweet Pissed Me Off." Then he examines some NFL teams in precarious quarterback situations.
Russillo talks CFB rankings and why some schools should get the benefit of the doubt, before being joined by Bill Simmons to discuss the Chiefs-Pats Sunday-night shootout, NFL offenses of the future, and Bill's wild take on Saquon Barkley, capped off by some mailbag questions.
Russillo talks with Super Bowl champion and analyst Trent Dilfer about the red-hot Patrick Mahomes II, how to implement a rookie QB, and two fantastic stories from Trent's time in the NFL, before hitting on Le'Veon Bell's supposed return to the Steelers rotation, Russillo's trip to Penn Sate–Ohio State, and more.
Russillo hits on the NFL penalty outrage and college football's top 10 before talking with sportscasting legend Joe Buck about the Cleveland Browns' first win in 635 days, Baker Mayfield's debut, and the perils of national sportscasting.
Ryen Rusillo sits down with Bill Simmons and Kevin Clark to discuss the New England Patriots' addition of Josh Gordon. Then Robert Mays joins for a discussion of who the best QB will be in 2021. Russillo also recounts his trip to the Texas-USC game and his run-in with Matthew McConaughey before addressing the Nike stock conversation.
Russillo is joined by SI sportswriter Andy Benoit to examine some of the young NFL quarterbacks, including Deshaun Watson, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, and others. Then, Russillo hits on a few NFL happenings, including Aaron Rodgers's crazy comeback, Sam Darnold's NFL debut, and Le'Veon Bell's absence before running though a college football update.
Russillo is joined by Colin Cowherd to take a hard look at the SEC, Texas football, the Big Ten, and the business of sportscasting. Then Russillo shares a few thoughts on Colin Kaepernick's Nike deal before he runs through every backup QB in the NFL.
In his debut Ringer podcast, Ryen Russillo is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Tom Brady's phone interview, Jimmy G's trajectory, and Gruden's coaching return, plus Todd McShay talks NFL rookie QBs, Clemson's roster, and way-too-early playoff predictions.