Back in the podcasting game

The new SportsMyriad podcast features me ranting about the U.S. women’s soccer roster, curling, Rio 2016 prep, youth soccer getting too serious, and of course, the bizarre lawsuit filed against Ronda Rousey by a guy who apparently lives at White Castle.

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Please let me know what you think. Yes, it goes too long — future podcasts will either be shorter or will have an interview segment.


SportsMyriad podcast, the first: Lori Lindsey’s perseverance

Lori Lindsey’s retirement provoked a lot of good discussion. Would a young player coming through the ranks today stick around in amateur soccer to work her way into the national team? Who else makes that great through pass down the center?

What a great time to experiment with podcasting!

I’ve been thinking about podcasting for a while, and with my left hand in a splint that slows down my typing, it’s the perfect time. And it gives me a good excuse to put all the interviews from Lindsey’s home finale in one big audio file.

I’m learning on the fly, and I’m open to constructive feedback. If you’d prefer to skip around and listen only to the parts that interest you, here’s a quick guide:

3:20 Olympic sports recap

9:05 Setting up interviews on Spirit-Sky Blue game

10:15 Jim Gabarra’s comments on Sky Blue’s season. Techncal difficulties erased Mark Parsons’ comments on the game — basically, the occasion got to them, and everyone was trying to hit one big heroic pass instead of combining intelligently.

11:30 Me on Lori Lindsey’s history in Washington. Somehow, I worked Landon Donovan into it.

18:00 Setting up the rest of the interviews:

18:38 Virginia coach Steve Swanson telling an old anecdote on Lori and paying tribute to her attributes that many younger players do NOT have.

(Incidentally, I don’t think that’s me laughing on this one and other interviews. Maybe Kevin Parker? Maybe the other man who was there? We had a group of about 8 people.)

20:38 Christie Rampone on Lindsey’s ability to play a direct ball with great vision

21:15 Spirit coach Mark Parsons on how Lindsey filled a couple of different roles on a playoff team this year and a last-place team last year. Also, there’s some dispute over who won a danceoff in 2013. (It was Toni Pressley, as recorded in my book.)

24:45 Ali Krieger on the Spirit wanting to win for her

25:25 Lindsey on her retirement and favorite moments

31:00 I sign off and show off my mad GarageBand skills.

Enjoy, and tell me how I can do it better.