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July 30th, 2020    

Blockbuster Rewind #2 - Deep Impact & Armageddon

On the second episode of Blockbuster Rewind, co-hosts Andy Atherton, Scott Shifflett & Eric Eells are joined by guest Jennifer Smith to discuss a couple of similar blockbusters that were both released in the summer of 1998: Deep Impact & Armageddon. They go through each of the films and talk about their favorite scenes, best and worst characters, the science facts and fictions, rate the main character deaths, reveal what they would do if faced with the same situations and question some of the ridiculousness that permeates the movies. As a bonus, they chat about a couple of other films in the genre: Melancholia & Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.

July 29th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #77 & 78): The WTF Stories of Unsolved Mysteries & The Hollywood Game

Join us on It Was A Thing on TV this week as perhaps you can help us solve a mystery.
First, everybody loves Unsolved Mysteries.  In honor of the recent reboot on Netflix, we look at a dozen of the more bizarre stories from the original series including stories involving a magic rock, lightning strikes, and a death chair.
Then, from a listener request, we look at the very short-lived CBS entry from summer 1992, The Hollywood Game, where your knowledge of movies past and present could pay off handsomely.
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July 28th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Mike Trombley

Today's Diamond Conversation features a very fun conversation with former Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles reliever, Mike Trombley. Trombley shares his journey to the majors as well as the ups and downs that come with switching organizations and how sometimes you never exactly know who will be the key voices behind your career success. 

July 23rd, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #28 - Back To School With Steve Bennett

In the twenty-eighth episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Steve Bennett (The Sports-Casters) to do a live watch of the 1986 comedy, Back To School. The guys discuss bad report cards; William Zabka’s filmography; the importance of Polaroids; weird roommates; widgets; Sam Kinison’s greatness; required reading; 80’s toys; changes to the legal drinking age; Wurlitzer Jukeboxes; tournaments; school mascots; college deans; tall girls & the physics of The Triple Lindy.  So, remember, don’t joke about dives and that’s what I call marine biology. Say it! Say it! Say it!

July 22nd, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #75 & 76): Video Power & Xavier: Renegade Angel

Break out the NES while we head out on a journey into the desert for this week's topics on It Was A Thing on TV.
First, Video Power--is it a video game cartoon or a video game game show?  ¿Porque no los dos?  This might be the only show we will cover which can be classified as a show in two different genres, while keeping the general premise intact.
Then, we hit the most bizarre show we'll ever cover on this show (yes, more bizarre than Cheap Cheap Cheap) as we look at the 2007-09 Adult Swim cartoon "Xavier: Renegade Angel". Greg took copious notes on each of the 20 episodes of this Adult Swim series which makes Aqua Teen Hunger Force look straight-laced.  
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July 21st, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Kyle Farnsworth

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees star reliever, Kyle Farnsworth. Kyle is here to discuss Adrenaline Outdoors, who is redefining the outdoor experience by focussing on God, Family, and the Great Outdoors. In this interview, Kyle discusses the bond he had with his father growing up and how the outdoor experience led to so many positive moments and memories in his life. He also provides an in-depth look at some key moments from his Major League Baseball career and shares stories of success and times where his true spirit for the game shined through. Follow more from Adrenaline Outdoors by visiting their website

July 20th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater Special #7 - Can’t Hardly Wait

On the latest Laugh-In Theater Special, host Andy Atherton is joined by Tim Capel, Jacob Williams, James Gruenberg & Mirandia Berthold to do a live watch of the 1998 comedy, Can't Hardly Wait. The gang discusses 90's stereotypes; Strawberry Pop Tarts; impovershed actors; signing yearbooks; Smash Mouth; graduating class sizes; wasting flavor; enormus jeans; creepy cousins; hot foreign exchange students; whippets; wine coolers; stage fright; watermelon caressing & night masks. So remember to please sign my yearbook, give Barry Manilow a call and the second floor is off limits!

July 17th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Simon Rosenblum-Larson

Simon Rosenblum-Larson is a current minor leaguer in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. In 2019, Simon went 2-3 with a 3.13 ERA, eight saves, and 74 strikeouts for the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High A Florida State League. Before getting drafted in 2018 by the Rays, Simon pitched for The Harvard Crimson baseball team at Harvard University for three seasons. Simon is also the President and Director of Player Personnel for More Than Baseball. More Than Baseball provides a diverse group of services to minor league players and their families and works to improve the economic and working conditions at the minor league level.

July 16th, 2020    

Pop Goes The Classics - Bambi

On the fifth installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Mirandia Berthold & Steve Riddle look at 1942’s Bambi. They discuss the many aspects of the film including the beautifully animated forest; the usage of music to tell the story while the dialogue is minimal; the friendship between Bambi, Thumper & Flower; the danger of The Meadow; the death of Bambi’s mom; getting Twitterpated; the similarties that we will see in later Disney movies; and the film’s enduring legacy.

July 15th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #73 & 74): The 20/20 Premiere & Password All-Stars + Password ‘75

This week on It Was A Thing on TV, the gang looks at a pair of popular TV shows that had some problems during the 1970's.

First, 20/20 has been a television staple for over four decades. Its start was a different beast than the 20/20 we have seen for years, from a graphic expose to words and their definitions to Claymation animations.

Then, Password is a timeless classic which came off as dated in 1974. What's a show to do? Raise the stakes, upgrade the set, and for a brief while in 1974 and 1975, turn it into a celebrity tournament. These changes didn't help, as the show was off the air by mid-1975.

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Courage, we're all in it together.

July 14th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Comedian, Steve Hofstetter

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes Comedian, Steve Hofstetter. A long time die-hard Mets fan and being a Comedian are quite the character attributes of Steve who discusses his long time affinity for the New York Mets and how he became a HUGE baseball fan as well as explaining how his stand-up career and baseball have had such an odd year battling the worldwide Pandemic. We talk about our favorite all-time Mets, how the Mets will fare in a shortened season and whether or not the future of baseball in 2020 will be short lived.  

July 10th, 2020    

Piece of the Action #3: The Expendables

In the latest episode of Piece Of The Action, Matt welcomes Scott Criscuolo to the podcast to watch The Expendables! Listen to Matt and Scott talk about Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke’s unique look in this movie, Vilena, bad plastic surgery, cauliflower ears, and so much more on episode three of Piece Of The Action!

July 9th, 2020    

Laugh-In Theater #27 - Back To The Future With Lee Elias

In the twenty-seventh episode of Laugh-In Theater, host Andy Atherton is joined by Lee Elias (Geeks Who Like Sports) to do a live watch of the 1985 comedy, Back To Future. The guys discuss the many Easter eggs throughout the movie; Pizza Hut outfits; peanut brittle; The DeLorean; time-travel movies; costumes for dogs; driving safety tips; purple underwear; Frankenstein; Biff’s running buddies; rhythmic ceremonial rituals; building models to scale; spiked punch; and guitar solos. So remember, it you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

July 8th, 2020    

It Was A Thing on TV Twin Pack (Episodes #71-72): Herb Abrams’ UWF (Director’s Cut) and Go

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This week Mike, Chico and Greg bust out the Baby Oil and Funko POP's for today's two topics.

First, back in May on the PTBN Wrestling feed, the gang looked at the Herb Abrams' Dark Side of the Ring episode on Herb Abrams. In the first episode, they go deeper into Herb's feeble attempt to topple the WWE empire with the Universal Wrestling Federation.

Following that we look at a short lived NBC word game from Late 1983-Early 1984 called "Go". Go was in the death slot of Noon and had a very short life, despite being an exciting, action packed game. All three of us look at how the game was played with the assistance of Funko POP dolls. (You wish this episode was a video podcast.) Also bad impersonations of Johnny Olson.

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July 7th, 2020    

Diamond Conversations: Marvin Freeman

Today's Diamond Conversations welcomes former Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies pitcher, Marvin Freeman. With an awesome look back to players of the 80s, Marvin Freeman talks some of his most memorable pitching moments, players he had the most success against and his first MLB win vs. the Mets in 1986. We also discuss his Freeman Baseball academy and the Marvin Freeman Youth Foundation.

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