“Top Stories of the Early 2014 Baseball Season”

May 15, 2014 — GET SHOW HERE: In order to recover from our week-long bender on football and the NFL draft, The Sports Train turns its attention to baseball with our first look at the 2014 season. As we reach the quarter-mark of the lengthy campaign, a few teams continue to surprise like Jake’s Milwaukee Brewers, while some others disappoint, like our own Tampa Bay Rays. In this 17-minute show, we take a look at some of the most memorable stories and players so far.

“Who Ya Want? The Sports Train 2014 NFL Draft Preview!”

May 8, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE : It’s Christmas morning for NFL junkies with the 3-day spectacle of the NFL Draft set to commence. Will defensive stud Jadeveon Clowney go number one to the Texans or is a shake-up on the way? And what team is bold enough to grab Johnny Football? We’re not smart enough to break down the 5th round, but Jeff and Larry take a look at some of the top picks — and a few local Southwest Florida products too — in this 16-minute Sports Train draft preview show.

“The Sports Train 2014 MLB Predictions”

April 7, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: In this 13 minute episode, Jeff goes on record with his 2014 MLB predictions. It is an annual tradition here at The Sports Train, even though the picks typically turn out dreadfully wrong. Not this time! Jeff is certain he nailed this year’s choices and offers a surprising cross-town rivalry for his World Series selection. Find out which pair of teams will be playing in late October and also the outlook for our hometown Tampa Bay Rays. Spring is here and the game we love is back. Don’t miss this baseball show!

“Interview with USA Luge Olympians Kate Hansen & Erin Hamlin”

February 8, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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.

“Interview with AMA Motorcycle Racer Brad Baker”

January 24, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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.

“Interview with NFL QB Prospect Jimmy Garoppolo”

January 18, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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.

“Interview with NFL QB Prospect Jeff Mathews”

January 18, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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.

“Sports Train Interview with Former NFL Player Vernon Turner”

January 13, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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!

“NFL Playoffs: Picks for the Year’s Best Weekend of Football”

January 11, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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!

“A Big Shame at the Baseball Hall of Fame”

January 9, 2014 – GET SHOW HERE: 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!