Episode 82: Yortuck Diskerud

Clarence joined late, but otherwise we had the usual four-man contingent for this one. Among the topics discussed:

  • Vikings predictions
  • Thank you for noting that you are against child abuse, columnists of America
  • Mark Dayton Broxey
  • Our few-and-far-between sources of hope
  • A surprising amount of Philadelphia 76ers talk
  • Jon and Brandon’s five-year bet
  • Why isn’t Mikko Koivu getting more heat?
  • How can Stu miss us when we won’t leave?
  • Open Mic Night
  • We’re pro-umlaut!

It’s good to be back, and not yelling at each other for once.

Episode 81: The Utah Beach of NFL Fields

We tried a little something different for Episode 81, as Stu and Jon met up at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis to record a Saturday evening version of the podcast. Among the topics:

  • The Gophers lose to Ohio State
  • We try to make sense of the Wolves and Gopher basketball despite not watching either
  • Stu talks about the much better podcasts that he’s involved with at his day job
  • The Vikings-Bears game, BUT NOTHING ABOUT THE COACH

See what you think, and leave us some feedback by tweeting @sportivepodcast. We’d appreciate it.

Episode 80: The Priory of Sion Offense

We missed Stu this week, but he sent in enough hot takes to keep us going for one of our more contentious episodes ever. On the agenda:

  • Which is more likely, the Wild missing the playoffs, or the Vikings making the playoffs?
  • How are the Gophers going to do on Saturday against Ohio State?
  • The Bears are going to beat the Vikings, right?
  • NOTE: At this point the podcast devolved into a long discussion of who was most responsible for the Vikings offense. We never really stopped talking about it. We tried to move on, but didn’t really.
  • Ricky Rubio, Sadness Factory
  • Who could possibly care about Gene Glynn
  • Your weekly Wild depression therapy

By the end, Brandon was ready to join a different podcast. We need more therapy.

Episode 79: Nice Soft Terry-Cloth Feel

It’s the first show from the newly-minted Sportive HQ 2.0! Brandon’s back in the hosting chair and the rest of the idiots are joining as usual, as we broadcast now from western Uptown / the suburbs (depending on your preference).

On the podcast tonight:

  • The Molitor hiring (sigh) (sigh) (giant glug of beer)
  • Molitor enters the Keith Millard Hall of Fame
  • Joe Mauer is the most Sportive?
  • Jim Pohlad: Team Lazy vs. Team Incompetent
  • Ted-ee, Ted-ee, Ted-ee, TED-EE
  • T-and-R with the best of them
  • Anthony Barr and shrewd draft-night moves
  • Some light Rick Spielman-related trolling of Clarence
  • Hate/loving the Patriots… and AJ Pierzynski?
  • The Rubio Contract
  • Jon has his Wild expectations set way too high
  • The reason you should watch sports
  • What liking Christmas music says about you

Episode 78: This Infinite Nothing

We’re missing the Texas-bound Brandon tonight, but Patrick Donnelly (@donnelly612) stepped in for him and did his usual fine New Ulm job. Among tonight’s topics:

  • The latest Gopher football letdown, and just how much of a letdown it really is
  • Jon accidentally locking his wife out of the house during the podcast and how this was endlessly hilarious to Stu
  • The Mitch Moss Sports Toilet’s ongoing feud with Marty Cordova (NOTE: alternate title for this episode was “Feuding with Marty Cordova”)
  • Clarence’s audio slideshow of his trip to Nashville
  • The Wolves lost! (NOTE: This is a transcription of all of the Wolves talk.)
  • The ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, poorly broadcasted
  • The Wild power play and why they just won’t listen to us
  • A Vikings win nobody cares about, following a tortured sports metaphor
  • Patrick Donnelly direct quote: “I don’t know, I’m not in your brains.”
  • Michael Russo = kd lang

In other words, the usual to-the-point sports talk you’ve come to expect.

Episode 75: Watch Out For Finns

It’s a hockey preview episode of the Sportive this week, as Clarence joined Jon at Sportive HQ to talk Wild and Gopher puck for an entire episode. Brandon was not allowed to attend. Stu called in.

In between a pretty detailed breakdown of the Wild and a somewhat less detailed breakdown of the Gophers, we managed to talk about such topics as:

  • Finns are the orneriest people on earth
  • Living in Madison, MN
  • Fargo in March: the Venice of the North
  • Farm permits
  • Dickinson, ND

Plus, at the end, Stu and Clarence make a real live bet.

Episode 59: You Leave Bob Out Of This

Brandon was out of town this week, so we turned to Emergency Podcast Guest (and Jon’s brother) Dave Marthaler to fill in with the rest of the gang.

After Dave confirmed that the podcast is not, in fact, just Jon sitting around a table with a bunch of stuffed animals, imitating their voices, he joined in the talk about some and perhaps all of the following:

  • The Vikings draft (which was like a month ago, but we haven’t recorded a podcast in awhile)
  • Speculating on what Brandon might think about Kevin Love
  • The end of the Wild season
  • Gopher football
  • Are the Gophers better off than they have been in years, overall as an athletic department?
  • Landon Donovan being left off the USA’s World Cup roster

There was some other stuff in there, too. It got strange at times, not least because both Marthalers sound the exact same.

Episode 52: The David Backes Drawing Card

Brandon didn’t make it this week, and neither did our planned guest, and so Stu, Clarence and Jon were left to discuss whatever happened to float through their heads. That included:

  • Glen Perkins being the most One of Us person since Kent Hrbek
  • Whether Aaron Hicks should begin the season at Triple-A
  • Pretending to care about Vikings free agency
  • What to burn if the Vikings don’t take a quarterback in the draft
  • Clarence firing everyone associated with the Wild (it led to a 6-0 win)
  • If Gopher hockey wins a conference championship and nobody cares, does it make a sound?
  • Jon getting progressively more worked up as Clarence disagrees with all of his points about college hockey
  • Stu zoning out and naming his best Steely Dan song ever
  • Whether Justified or The Americans is a better show
  • Terrible March Madness picks

In other words: A pretty typical bunch of nonsense.

Episode 46: Gleeman, Bonnes, and the bar

For this week’s Sportive, we actually got out of the house and recorded at a bar, Gleeman and the Geek style – so we figured that we might as well invite Aaron and John on the podcast, as well.

We talked about whether becoming more mainstream had changed anything for the two of them. We also tried to find out if John likes anything besides baseball and Aaron likes anything besides whiskey.

There must have been a few other things discussed, because we went for way over an hour. I can’t remember most of them, but I do recall that towards the end, Stu quits listening to what we’re saying and starts participating in bar trivia. It’s delightful.

The Christmas Episode

Two days after Christmas, we all went over to Aaron Gleeman‘s house and recorded a podcast. Because of the noise, and the echoes in Aaron’s unfurnished basement, the result is virtually unlistenable, but we had an excellent time doing it. Brandon was actually in the studio for once, Stu was in fine form, and Jon was wearing headphones for some reason for the whole time. Also, thanks to the following people for being guests:

Please pardon this disaster, and merry Christmas!