Joe Buck is back again. His last visit was on Episode 6. Joe recently published the book Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV. Joe is the son of famous sportcaster Jack Buck. He has won numerous Sports Emmy Awards and is primarily known for his role as a play-by-play announcer for NFL and MLB games including main events such as the Super Bowl and announcing plays at the World Series as he’s done for the last 17 consecutive years and 19 times total (so far). Joe will be announcing at this year’s Super Bowl in February as well.
Josh was drafted in 2008 as a guard and started 110 out of the 112 regular season games that the Packers had played since becoming a full-time starter on the offensive line in 2009. In just the past four seasons he was voted to the Pro Bowl three times (2012, 2014-15) and voted first-team All-Pro for three straight years (2013-15). On September 4, 2016 he signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears.
Follow Josh on Twitter @jsitton71
James Laurinaitis is a career linebacker, most recently with the New Orleans Saints. He’s an Ohio State Alumni and three-time All-American for the Buckeyes. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2009 and is currently 1st on the franchise’s all-time tackle list after playing with them for 7 seasons. James also happens to be the son of WWE professional wrestler Animal of The Road Warriors tag-team duo. We talk some about his upbringing, reminisce in some Buckeye locker room stories, and have a good discussion about important leadership qualities and those he’s encountered who possess them.
Follow James on Twitter @JLaurinaitis55
Mike Nolan has been a coach in one form or another since attending the University of Oregon where he played Safety. Most notably he was the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers from 2005-2008, a defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and most recently the linebacker coach for the San Diego Chargers in 2015. In this episode we discuss his approach to having players and other coaches deal with media. We talk about the current state of the Packers, since Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator under Nolan when he was head coach for the 49ers. We share some experiences with guest speakers for teams. Mike even elaborated on some on the details surrounding his final days with the 49ers and the transition back into coaching without being in the role of head coach. We discuss the importance of being a good soldier for all team members. We even touched on the 49ers selection of Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft.
You can find Mike on Twitter @MikeNolanNFL
Listen in on his radio shows too on Sirius Friday mornings from 7-10am “The Opening Drive” where he co-hosts with Bob Papa and 7-11pm on Saturdays with Zig Fracassi on “The End Zone”.
This is the second talk with Mike. We spoke on Wednesday November 9th after Donald J. Trump became President-Elect and discuss that outcome and some of the issues surrounding it. We also cover the story behind the playing of the Price is Right song during coin tosses among many other topics. It’s always great getting a chance to talk with Coach Leach. You can see our last chat back on episode 75. He’s the head coach of the Washington State Cougars football team who at the time of this recording have a record of 7-2, 6-0 in Pac-12. Mike was previously the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders where he coached Kliff Kingsbury who was on episode 73. Mike is also an author and published the book Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life with Bruce Feldman. He’s famous among fans for his fascination with 18th-century pirates such as Blackbeard and Calico Jack and he’s known for lecturing his players on the history of pirates while telling them before games to “swing their swords.”
You can buy Mike’s book online here: http://ow.ly/Acg13039URQ
Petros will be my wingman in the booth Saturday, November 5th, for the Stanford vs. Oregon State football game on FS1. He is the radio co-host of the Petros and Money Show on Fox Sports Radio. Formerly a tailback and team captain for the University of Southern California Trojans he refers to himself as “captain of the worst team in USC history.” Also known as The ‘Ole P, Papadakis even hosted 3 seasons of the hit Spike TV show Pros vs. Joes. He has been featured on several television networks including KTLA, VH-1, GSN, ESPN and E!. In 2005, he guest starred on the CBS hit series CSI: NY, where he conveniently played a sports talk radio host.
Amy Jo Martin, author of New York Times best-seller Renegades Write the Rules, founded Digital Royalty in 2009 to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with world-renowned brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal to successfully humanize their presence. Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos.
Amy Jo herself has a social media following of more than a 1.1 million people and was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes. Amy Jo believes the future of technology is the future of humanity. She conducts clinical research studies and travels the world to speak about this topic and many other topics. She recently spoke an audience of 10,000 people.
Amy Jo is also a contributor to news outlets including the Harvard Business Review and Sports Business Journal. She has been featured in top-tier media outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN SportsCenter, USA Today, MSNBC and Newsweek.
Brady is a former NFL linebacker who played for the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Brigham Young University. Brady is a fantastic story teller and competitor who can now add author to his resume with the release of his book titled “The True Spirit of Competition”. He shares some great stories on this podcast episode including one about special guest Aaron Rodgers who also appears as a surprise.