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What do two Catholic men who believe in God and love the Church sound like when they have a conversation? Listen to ‘"A New York Catholic Conversation" to hear for yourself. For several years every Thursday morning, Frank Alagia and Deacon John Catalano would have breakfast after the 7am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and they would talk about things they cared about; the daily Gospel message, the Sacraments, Holy Days, forgiveness, and any number of topics of interest to Catholic people. ...
 
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The Plant-Based Athlete: A Game-Changing Approach to Peak Performance (HarperOne, 2021) by Matt Frazier and Robert Cheeke reveals the incontrovertible proof that the human body does not need meat, eggs, or dairy to be strong. Instead, research shows that a consciously calibrated plant-based diet offers the greatest possible recovery times, cell oxi…
 
In July 1947, not even three months after Jackie Robinson debuted on the Brooklyn Dodgers, snapping the color line that had segregated Major League Baseball, Larry Doby would follow in his footsteps on the Cleveland Indians. Though Doby, as the second Black player in the majors, would struggle during his first summer in Cleveland, his subsequent tu…
 
Larry Davis was named Mr. Basketball in South Carolina, was recruited to UNC, transferred to The University of South Carolina and scored over 1000 points in two years in a Gamecock uniform. He followed that up with a long and successful career playing overseas. Needless to say, Larry Davis was a great player. Here in this episode how he has become …
 
Conventional wisdom about running is passed down like folklore (and sometimes contradicts itself): the right kind of shoe prevents injury—or running barefoot, like our prehistoric ancestors, is best; eat a high-fat diet—and also carbo load before a race; running cures depression—but it might be addictive; running can save your life—although it can …
 
We’re taking a little bit of a diversion from our normal basketball content today and we talk with the great Andrew Kitick. Andrew is a former Sports Information Director for the University of South Carolina. He tells us about some incredible Gamecock games as well as the leadership characteristics of Coach Ray Tanner. Andrew works for the Evans Sc…
 
Coach James Pulliate has had a fascinating journey from through college and high school basketball to now being an assistant coach at Emerson HS with the great John Ziemba. This episode takes a deep dive into the idea of a team truly being a family. Thanks Coach Pulliate for being an awesome guest! Before going any further, please make a donation h…
 
Today we are joined by Philippe Vonnard, Senior SNSF Researcher at the University de Lausanne, and the author of Creating a United Europe of Football: The Formation of UEFA (1949-1961) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). In our conversation, we discussed the role UEFA played in the production of European identity, the global origins of the European confede…
 
In the Cards is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Fred Gitelman, world-champion bridge player and co-founder of Bridge Base Online. This wide-ranging conversation provides behind-the-scenes insights into the world of professional bridge, the psychological stress of top-flight competition, and how the human mind can …
 
How is it possible for a town to exist where the median household income is about $73,000, but the median home price is about $4,000,000? In Aspen and the American Dream: How One Town Manages Inequality in the Era of Supergentrification (U Chicago Press, 2021), Dr. Jenny Stuber digs into the "impossible" math of Aspen, Colorado by exploring how mid…
 
Coach Brian Dunn of Northern Valley Old Tappan joins us for this week’s episode of The Greatest Games Podcast! Coach Dunn is both the head coach of the girls basketball and football teams there and has led them both to multiple sectional titles. Coach tells us about an incredible sectional game in 2018 vs. Pascack Valley and the great Jeff Jasper (…
 
Who is the most interesting man in the world? The guy from the Dos Equis beer ads? Nope, it’s Buzzy Kerbox. This haole kid from O’ahu, Hawai’i burst into the professional surfing scene as a teenager in the mid-1970s and won the World Cup of Surfing in 1978, one of the first surf contests to be broadcast on ABC’s “Wide World of Sports”. Buzzy was pa…
 
Today we are joined by Richard Mills, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia, and the author of The Politics of Football in Yugoslavia: Sport, Nationalism and the State (I. B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of football in Yugoslavia, the missed possibilities for postwar Yugoslav unity th…
 
Imagine for a moment you are a young head coach and your team is facing off against a living legend...a legend you have admired and respected for many years. And, oh by the way, he’s gunning for his 1000th win. That’s the scenario Dan Burke describes in this epic episode. Coach Burke is the head coach of the Wilmington University Wildcats in Wilmin…
 
Today we are joined by Greg Larson, author of Clubbie: A Minor League Baseball Memoir (University of Nebraska, 2021). In Clubbie, Larson shares his unique perspective from his two-year stint as clubhouse attendant for the Aberdeen IronBirds, a Class A short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Larson’s starry-eyed perceptions about the game w…
 
This week’s episode is a repost of the dynamic Yusuf English of Hartsville HS. Coach English was nice enough to invite Brian on his podcast to record this week (The Staley Kurtz English Show) so we wanted to make sure our listeners caught this highly-entertaining episode with Coach English. Check out his brand: www.unfilteredforever.com and his oth…
 
WHO CAN RECEIVE? Baptized Catholics who have fasted for one hour, and who are in the state of grace, can receive. But beyond the stated requirements, we as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church must recapture and re-establish the deeper meaning of the "Worthy Reception of Holy Communion." Join the conversation: anycatholicconversation@gmail.com…
 
Coach Melvin Watson, a former SEC Champion with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, talks about a couple of his greatest games. From several times coming up short as player as a coach to earning a state championship as a head coach, Coach Watson weaves a beautiful story of redemption in this episode. Before going any further, please make a …
 
The Eastern Professional Basketball League (1946-78) was fast and physical, often played in tiny, smoke-filled gyms across the northeast and featuring the best players who just couldn’t make the NBA—many because of unofficial quotas on Black players, some because of scandals, and others because they weren’t quite good enough in the years when the N…
 
You know Coach Dave Cieplicki as the legendary head girls basketball coach at Dumont High School in Bergen County, NJ, but after listening to this episode you will truly know the heart behind the legend. Hear Coach talk about how he has stayed true to who he is as a person and as a coach, and learn how to have high expectations while building lasti…
 
Today we are joined by Stephen Allen, Associate Professor of History at California State University, Bakersfield, and the author of A History of Boxing in Mexico: Masculinity, Modernity and Nationalism (University of New Mexico Press, 2017). In our conversation, we discussed the origins of boxing in Mexico, the local and transnational logics of its…
 
Today we are joined by Alan McDougall, Professor of History at the University of Guelph, and the author of Contested Fields: A Global History of Modern Football (University of Toronto Press, 2020). In our conversation we discussed football’s role in global migrations from the 19th to the 21st century, global football’s changing economic conditions …
 
On June 24, 2021 the very first The Greatest Games Coaches Social was held at Miller’s Ale House in Paramus, NJ. We can’t thank everyone enough for coming out and having a great time with us. What an honor it was to connect with coaches, share stories and laugh together for a few hours. The basketball community is special. It is filled with kind, l…
 
Mark Mitchell tells us all about his amazon journey from growing up on the streets of Newark, NJ to starting as a middle school coach to his current position as the Head Women’s Coach at St. Peter’s University. Coach Mitchell tells us all about how hard work and taking no shortcuts has led to his unbelievable success. To this day, Mitchell remains …
 
We welcome back one of our favorite guests, coaching veteran Bruce Hamburger. Coach sheds some light on what it is like to be a college coach in search of a job. He tells us all about the steps he is currently taking to land his next job. Coach takes us inside his daily routine of phone calls, emails and the endless waiting game. As always, we are …
 
Shake and Bake is the story of Archie Clark, one of the top playmaking guards in the 1970s pre-merger NBA. While not one of the game’s most recognized superstars, Clark was a seminal player in NBA history who staggered defenders with the game’s greatest crossover dribble (“shake and bake”) and is credited by his peers as the originator of today’s p…
 
What a fun and unique episode this week. Ashley Cieplicki is the Head Women's basketball coach at Rutgers University-Newark and her husband Phil Stern is the AD and Head Women's basketball coach at The College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York. These two great coaches share how the role of a coach has changed even over the past decade i…
 
In 1976, the San Francisco Giants headed north of the border and became the Toronto Giants - or so the sportswriters of the time would have you believe. In The Giants and Their City: Major League Baseball in San Francisco, 1976-1992 (Kent State UP, 2021), the journalist and scholar Lincoln Mitchell explains how the team and the city narrowly avoide…
 
Working Out Desire: Women, Sport, and Self-Making in Istanbul (Syracuse UP, 2020) examines spor merakı as an object of desire shared by a broad and diverse group of Istanbulite women. Sehlikoglu follows the lat­est anthropological scholarship that defines desire beyond the moment it is felt, experienced, or even yearned for, and as something that i…
 
At almost any international sporting event in which the US competes, it is now common (and appropriate) to remark on the composition of the American team’s ethnic and racial diversity. It is now accepted that a competitor with “USA” on their jersey/uniform does not have to “look” a certain way in order to represent the country . They can be African…
 
John Ziemba, guest number 38 on The Greatest Games Podcast, returns in this week’s episode to talk about possible legislative changes within the NJSIAA that would affect basketball season as well as other sport’s seasons. Click here to read an article on NJ.com about the proposed changes. This episode shows the power of collaboration between coache…
 
Today on New Books in History, Juergen Martschukat, professor of North American History at Universitat Erfurt, talks about his new book, The Age of Fitness: How the Body Became a Sign of Success and Performance (Polity Press, 2021), to celebrate its translation into and publication in English with Polity Press, this year, 2021. The book was origina…
 
Today I talked to Dave Seminara about his book Footsteps of Federer: A Fan’s Pilgrimage Across 7 Swiss Cantons in 10 Acts (Post Hill Press, 2021) Dave Seminara is a writer, former diplomat, and passionate tennis fan. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other publications. His two previous books a…
 
Rex Walters has been an incredibly successful player and coach on the college and professional levels, and has been known as a hard-driving player and coach. But what did we find? Coach Walters is HIGHLY entertaining, genuine and FUN. Of course he wants to win, but fans will hear his enormous personality come through loud and clear. He shares some …
 
We’re reposting one of our best episodes to date about our boy Tacauma Lettsome. We’re reposting for several reasons, but this Saturday Ridge View HS will be hosting an All Star game in his honor and he’ll be in attendance! We’re super-pumped to have him back on campus once again and can’t wait to honor him and raise funds for him and his family du…
 
Vietnam Veteran? Check. The first girls basketball coach in NJ history to reach 1,000 wins? Check. One of the most entertaining and engaging guests on The Greatest Games Podcast? Check! Join us for this week’s episode of The Greatest Games Podcast as the legendary Coach Jeff Jasper of Pascack Valley High School tells us about his incredible journey…
 
Coach Bruce Hamburger has been recommended to us time and again, and let’s be honest: HE DELIVERED in this podcast. Coach Hamburger is a highly-entertaining storyteller and one of the really great guys in the business. We can’t thank him enough for joining us on the show to tell us about his story and all about the run Seton Hall made to the 1989 N…
 
In the spring of 1942, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes in California, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona and sent them to incarceration camps across the West. Nearly 14,000 of them landed on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, at the base of Heart Mountain. Behind barbed wire fences, they faced racism, cruel…
 
Bill Zotti has a familiar journey that we have heard on The Greatest Games Podcast working his way up from a student manager to a Division I assistant coach. He tells us about a game during the early days of UMBC basketball (well before the Retrievers knocked off the #1 seed Virginia Cavaliers). Even though he is currently retired, Coach Zotti coul…
 
On October 2nd, 1977, Glenn Burke, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made history without even swinging a bat. When his teammate Dusty Baker hit a historic home run, Glenn enthusiastically congratulated him with the first ever high five. But Glenn also made history in another way--he was the first openly gay MLB player. While he did not come …
 
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