June 18, 2013: Each summer the NFL Network stokes yearning for the return of football with a countdown of the league’s top players. Last year, Aaron Rodgers earned the top spot and quarterbacks always make a strong case. With only the final 20 spots yet to be revealed, who will be this year’s best player? In this 12 minute show, The Sports Train offers its choice for number 1 and breaks down this fun list.
June 11, 2013: Whatever happened to the fundamentals? Missed free throws. Loafing to 1st on a grounder. Failing to secure the pigskin with two hands. We could go on. It’s an old question uttered by grumpy fans in moments of frustration. But is there anything to the complaint? Does it reflect a failing of coaching? Have players really changed? The Sports Train examines these broad questions in this 15 minute show.
June 7, 2013: The San Antonio Spurs are back in the NBA Finals and even shocked the world by stealing Game 1 in Miami. The Sports Train takes a look at this juggernaut that has captured four NBA titles in the past 14 years. It’s a dynasty like few others in modern sports. Jeff & Jake examine the Spurs’ prospects in the Finals, where Tim Duncan ranks among basketball’s all-time greats, and other teams that can compare to San Antonio’s legacy of success during 10 minute episode.
May 30, 2013: Despite serving as the trendiest spot on the planet every winter, the NFL showed no love for South Beach, as Miami was denied the chance to host Super Bowl L in 2016. The game was instead awarded to the sexy locale of Santa Clara, California, with Houston grabbing the honor in 2017. What message does this decision send? Are municipalities fighting back against constant demands for publicly financed stadiums? Who’s winning? Who suffers? The Sports Train has the answers in this 15 minute show!
May 25, 2013: The Sports Train ventures outside of usual territory and offers a preview of the 97th Indianapolis 500 in this 10 minute show. Can pole sitter Ed Carpenter pull off the upset or will a familiar name like Dario Franchitti or Helio Castroneves end up in victory lane? Then the guys take a look at what makes this race is so special and where it ranks on their own sports bucket lists.
May 23, 2013: After a highly praised 13 year career, linebacker Brian Urlacher gracefully retired from football. While many laud his longtime contributions to the Chicago Bears feared defense, others wonder if he was celebrated a bit too much. The Sports Train asks the tough question: If you could choose just one word, was Urlacher “great” or “overrated?” Not surprisingly, Jeff & Jake butt heads over the answer in this 15 minute episode!
May 17, 2013: Guess who wants to talk Tim Tebow? Yes, the Gator hater himself, Jake Klossner, can’t wait to throw salt on the wound, as fans face the prospect of an NFL without Tebow. The Sports Train takes a look at what went wrong with the much-hyped quarterback. Jeff can’t resist bringing the news of NBA player Jason Collins into the discussion. Why is Tebow mocked for his public expressions of faith, while Collins’ public expressions of sexuality are lauded? Things get a little heated in this 20 minute show!
May 13, 2013: We’re over a month into the 2013 baseball season and, not surprisingly, there has already been plenty of surprises! From the worst-to-first turnaround by the Boston Red Sox, to Josh Hamilton’s struggles to avoid the Mendoza line, to the breakout campaign by little-known hurler Matt Harvey, The Sports Train takes a look at some of the best stories in the game during this 25 minute show.
May 9, 2013: What’s going on with these umpires? Sure it’s always been fun for managers to argue with the ump and for fans to complain about their bad calls. Yet, the stakes have been raised and these guys are actually fighting back. Plus their decisions are somehow getting worse, even with the aid of instant replay! In this 15 minute show, Jeff & Jake take the reins from Bud Selig and offer a few suggestions on how to clean up this mess.
May 1, 2013: Talent or strategy? The Sports Train explores an old debate with a new name. As fans, what in sports do we admire most? Do you prefer rooting for teams that demonstrate athletic talent at its highest level or would you rather cheer for overachieving squads using superior planning and timely fortune to earn success? We offer answers to those questions and more in this 20 minute episode.