February 8, 2014: Calling into the show from Europe on the eve of the Olympics, The Sports Train is honored to be joined by American athletes Kate Hansen and Erin Hamlin. Coming off recent success in international competition, the duo is attempting to give USA Luge its first gold medal in history at Sochi. In this 23 minute interview, Jeff explores the thrilling sport of luge, Erin and Kate’s road to the Olympics, their excitement for the games, the team’s state-of-the-art sleds from Dow Chemical, and prospects for a medal.
January 24, 2014: In this special 12 minute interview, Jeff chats with motorcycle racer Brad Baker. The 20 year-old sensation made headlines becoming the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion in 2013. Now Brad has teamed with Harley-Davidson to showcase the thrilling sport of ice racing at the Winter X Games. Calling into the show from Aspen, Colorado, the racer takes you behind the scenes of this fun sport, talks about his new Harley-Davidson Street 750 bike, and explains how fans can make this a medal event at next year’s X Games using the Twitter hash-tag #XGIceRace.
January 18, 2014: In a post-game interview from Tropicana Field, Jeff talks with QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who was named offensive MVP of the 2014 East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg. Following a prolific season of more than 5,000 passing yards and 53 touchdowns, the Eastern Illinois senior is expected to be a top prospect in the NFL Draft. Find out Garoppolo’s thoughts on his stellar performance in the Shrine Game and the growing anticipation for his future in the NFL.
January 18, 2014: In this post-game interview from Tropicana Field, Jeff chats with QB Jeff Mathews, who competed in the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game. By throwing for 67 TDs over the past 3 seasons, Mathews’ powerful arm has gotten plenty of attention, as he thrived leading Cornell in Ivy League competition. Can Mathews become the next Ryan Fitzpatrick? Learn his thoughts on being part of this historic all-star game, on playing college football for a small school, and the crazy process of trying to earn a job in the NFL.
January 13, 2014: In a special episode of The Sports Train, Jeff sits down with former NFL player Vernon Turner, who returned to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa to coach in the prestigious Blue Grey High School All Star Game. The former running back reflects on his time with the Bucs — where he became the first player in team history to return a punt for a touchdown — and various stops during an 8 year career. Other topics include: defying the odds to reach the NFL, playing with legends like Barry Sanders and Jim Kelly, Vernon’s unique perspective on coaching, and publishing his autobiography “The Next Level: A Game I Had to Play.” Don’t miss this compelling 25 minute show!
January 11, 2014: Are you ready? This should be the best weekend of the year for NFL football. The weekend is packed with 4 divisional round playoff games that will showcase many of the game’s brightest stars. Is there an upset in the making? Who will be a step closer to Super Bowl glory? And what about the lines out of Vegas? Is there a number way off the mark? Find out the scoop in this 13 minute show, where The Sports Train previews all the action!
January 9, 2014: With news of their forthcoming enshrinement in Cooperstown, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas highlight baseball’s Class of 2014 for Hall of Fame induction. In this 16 minute show, Jeff and Larry examine the selections and question if the writers got it correct. But the story doesn’t end here. The drama behind this year’s choices is thicker than ever. Who got snubbed? How should steroid use affect the Hall? And does the voting process itself need to be reformed? As usual, The Sports Train has all the answers!
January 3, 2014: Better late than never! The Sports Train begins a new year with its annual anniversary show. In this 10 minute show, Jeff and Larry look at the 5 biggest stories in the history of The Sports Train. Fear not: this is not ESPN so it’s a Tim Tebow free show. What are the top headlines that got Jake & the boys going during the past two years? Find out in the latest edition of the always fun, and sometimes crazy, anniversary show!
December 26, 2013: Leading his team into the third round of the playoffs, 2013 was a memorable year for the Port Charlotte Pirates. Accumulating an impressive 10-2 record, the upstart squad made history by capturing the school’s first-ever district championship and racking up a pair of post-season victories. In this 13 minute show, Jeff chats with Coach Jordan Ingman about these accomplishments and looks ahead to next season.
December 13, 2013: It’s been a mixed year for college football in the Sunshine State. While the Florida State Seminoles prepare to play for the national championship, the rival Florida Gators have missed the post-season for the first time in more than 20 years. With five major programs annually attempting to compete for BCS glory, where do the schools rank? We can’t overlook Miami, South Florida, and Central Florida. In this 13 minute show, Jeff and Larry grade the teams and reflect on the state of college football in Florida.