Over the past decade or so, there has been the birth of a media critic and fan. A role that was once reserved for an ombudsman has splintered off into a series of media blogs, websites and reporters. Like politics, sports or business, media has become a beat unto itself.
With that in mind, Anthony and Adam take a deep dive into the current sports media landscape. They discuss ESPN reuniting with Keith Olbermann, Nate Silver joining the Worldwide Leader and what the future looks like for Fox Sports 1. They also talk about TheMMQB.com, the new website helmed by the most popular voice covering the NFL, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. The site is another example of a journalist capitalizing on their personal brand and (at least in media circles) celebrity. Is it good that journalists are able to capitalize on individual brands or does it promote a celebrity-journo culture that contradicts some of journalism’s fundamental tenants?
The fellas answer that in more in Episode 53 of the Double A Podcast.
Summer is a strange time for television. Networks and cable channels take chances on shows that may not play well in the fall, often to critical acclaim. (See: Breaking Bad). This year, there are plenty of interesting options, from Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” to CBS’s “Under the Dome” and Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black”. Adam and Anthony take a look at those and more from this summer’s TV offerings. Then the guys discuss the Emmy’s and whether or not they matter, who got snubbed and which person should be a lock to win.
For 23 years, Adam has been in a non-committal relationship with soccer. He played the sport competitively until college but never pledged his allegiance to a club, either internationally or domestically. But at last, he has decided that it’s time to right this wrong. With Anthony as his soccer sherpa, Adam is guided through the wonderful world of European soccer in an attempt to determine which team he wants to pledge his unflinching loyalty to. Will he go with a perennial EPL powerhouse like Manchester United? Or perhaps a squad from Bundesliga or Serie A?
Adam and Anthony discuss the pros and cons of those leagues plus the MLS before bringing in Brett Compton and Matt Pentz WeFollowFutbol.com to help with the decision. The gentlemen make compelling cases for a few teams while also using their MLS expertise to entice Adam into following a few MLS teams.
Find out which team Adam chose and share your thoughts in the comments below or e-mail them to DoubleAPod@gmail.com
So far the summer movie season has been pretty underwhelming. Iron Man 3 was a box office success but didn’t resonate with certain fans (read: Adam). The Great Gatsby carried huge expectations based on its star power, but ultimately fell flat of achieving anything beyond trippy visual imagery. Will Smith’s ode to scientology was historically poorly received by both critics and fans, failing to earn back even half of the reported $130 million budget. Hell, if it wasn’t for Dom Torretto and the Fast gang, this blockbuster season may be a dud to this point.
But most the blockbuster season can’t be fully judged until July 4th weekend. Continue reading →