City Pages Names Us “Best Sports Podcast”

We’re not entirely sure how it’s possible, but The City Pages released its annual “Best Of” list today, and The Sportive was named the Best Sports Podcast.

They describe us as “a disorganized train wreck,” “sarcastic,” and use the word “ineptitude,” so we’re pretty confident that they didn’t confuse us with somebody else.

The funniest part of the whole thing is literally minutes before we found out about the award, we realized that we had forgotten to plan to record an episode this week. Whoopsie doodle!

All kidding aside, we feel very honored, and vow that we will continue to bring our particular brand of angry, drunken ranting to the internet airwaves for as long as we are able. Assuming we actually manage to record without losing anything. That’s always touch and go.

Episode 97: The Look It Up Episode

This week, Brandon went to Las Vegas instead of calling in, leaving the rest of us to flounder through. We even resorted to actually looking up facts, for the first time in the history of the podcast, so listen to us type the following into Wikipedia:

  • Just how bad was Gopher basketball this year?
  • Why Devan Dubnyk maybe doesn’t need as much of a rest as some seem to think
  • The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
  • No, seriously, that was a thing we looked up
  • Our anti-Iowa and anti-Wisconsin NCAA tournament rooting interests
  • Northern Iowa, the Quinnipiac of the Midwest
  • Soccer? Soccer!

Come back soon, Brandon. We miss you.

Episode 96: Going Towards Vince Ferragamo

Brandon, Stu, and Jon head for Grumpy’s in Roseville to have a Bloody Mary and discuss:

  • What’s the best suburb?
  • Matt Cassel, Shaun Hill, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, and how much Clarence loves Rick Spielman (Clarence wasn’t there)
  • What can we find to be mad about, with the Twins?
  • Brandon is going to Vegas to watch hoops
  • New Minnesota soccer web site Northern Pitch, and how you should be reading it, and how it’s breaking news
  • Why Devan Dubnyk will never be the MVP but probably should be
  • Things are looking up for Minnesota hockey
  • Benjamin Booker, the best new music

It was a good brunch crowd. Why we didn’t invite Aaron Gleeman is beyond me.

Episode 91: I’ve Always Loved the Maritimes

Guess what? We had audio issues. Our recording app failed to record around 30 minutes of this podcast, leading to two large gaps in what were some spectacular #AskSportive answers from our good friend, national champion tweeter Zach Floyd (go follow him at @floyding).

We talked about the Wild and Wolves a little bit, but most of this episode was given over to your random questions. Which we, you know, lost some of.



Episode 88: Martin Luther Swamptown’s 95 Theses

Brandon wasn’t in town, but Michael Rand of the Star Tribune joined us instead. Among the topics:

  • New Wild goaltender Darryl Dawkins
  • Assigning 250% of the blame for the Wild being terrible
  • Gopher hoops finding new and ridiculous ways to lose
  • The utter happiness brought to us by Mo Williams
  • Bobby Bell on desk maintenance
  • Rick Spielman role-playing
  • Fixing Metro Transit: Lower cost, higher big-city feels!
  • Who are the best quotes in town?

It should also be known that Mike recorded this episode from his basement, while wearing a hoodie and holding a pug. #behindthesportive

Episode 87: Pure Black Nihilism

After an enjoyable non-podcasting Christmas, the podcast is back, as Brandon, Stu, and Jon met up at Stout’s Pub to record the first episode of 2015. Among the topics:

  • Let’s not get too excited about Gopher football after a five-loss year
  • After a mediocre year, the jury’s still out on Mike “Mustache-less Jeff Fisher” Zimmer, too
  • What can we possibly get excited about with the Wolves? (Answer: Ricky Rubio and Jeff Adrien, who Brandon might have made up.)
  • The Wild are god-awful
  • Jim Souhan is stealing from us
  • Gopher hoops is headed for a repeat
  • Gopher hockey are losers and the Big Ten is terrible at hockey
  • Some New Year’s resolutions

In other words, a really upbeat episode! It’s good to be back.

Episode 85: The Soundtrack to My Strife

Twins writer and bullet-crusher Parker Hageman dials in to the hotline as we discuss:

  • Would the Vikings be a playoff team with AP?
  • The number of people who want Clarence dead
  • Ervin Santana rumors. Exciting and also likely irrelevant by the time this is published
  • People doubted us but we found a way to bitch about the Twins again
  • Wolves 25% of the way through the season review (aka intermission)
  • Stu’s top songs of 2014
  • Jon’s delightful Adam Weber story

Episode 84: Anti-Resistance Skates

Hockey stathead extraordinaire Hans Van Slooten joins us to discuss:

  • Torii Hunter signing & press conference
  • Whether or not Mike Berardino is a prick
  • This week in media homers
  • Flip Saunders is the devil
  • The latest & greatest hockey stats
  • Brandon outdoes himself with the worst hockey idea of all time

We should also note we had a short baby shower at the beginning. Feel free to skip ahead 8 minutes or so to get to the ball talk.

Episode 83: The Breeze is a Harsh Editor

First off, congratulations to Brandon, who had his second child on Monday. We hoped he would call in from the hospital, but as it turns out, he couldn’t QUITE make it. Jon, Stu, and Clarence (who dropped out and re-joined about forty times) were left to discuss:

  • Gopher football: everything we ever wanted
  • Thanks for listening, Mike Russo. Welcome to the party!
  • Stu is a cuckold
  • Matt Kalil is terrible and Mike Priefer’s dad is a crusty old fart
  • The Wolves are a train wreck…
  • … but not as big of a train wreck as Big Ten hockey
  • Eaves is jail, but Hakstol is prison

And so on and so forth. We’re still the hardest-working podcast in show biz.

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.