The Ryen Russillo Podcast
About this podcast
Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in sports.
About this podcast
Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in sports.
The Ryen Russillo Podcast
Draft Day Stories: Part 1 With Julius Erving, Damien Woody, Trent Dilfer, and Danny Kanell. Plus, First-Round QBs Ranked With Chris Simms.
Russillo is joined by Chris Simms of NBC Sports to discuss the top QB prospects in the 2021 NFL draft, including Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields (5:45). Then, in Part 1 of a three-part series, Ryen talks with Damien Woody, Danny Kanell, Trent Dilfer, and "Dr. J" Julius Erving about their draft experiences (45:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:20:00).
Why Do We Lie to Ourselves? Plus, Adnan Virk on Movies and Baseball, and the Rockets' Anthony Lamb.
Russillo talks about this weird trend in which we lie to ourselves about stories in the sports world (2:30). MLB Network host and new play-by-play guy for the WWE Adnan Virk stops by to talk about wrestling, movies, and baseball (14:15). Then, Rockets player and Vermont alum Anthony Lamb discusses being the first UVM guy in the NBA and trying to make it in the league (47:45). Finally, Ryen closes it out with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:02:00).
Masters Recap and Life Advice With Scott Van Pelt. Plus, Keeping an Eye on the Nuggets.
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Denver Nuggets and where they may end up in the playoff seeding, among other NBA thoughts (2:20). Then ESPN's Scott Van Pelt joins the show to discuss Hideki Matsuyama's Masters win, the juxtaposition between the 2020 Masters in November and the 2021 Masters with the return of some patrons and the famous azaleas, and more (19:00). Finally, Scott joins Ryen in answering some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (45:30).
Teams That Can Win the West. Plus, Chris Long on Darnold to the Panthers and This Week on the Internet.
Russillo shares his thoughts on teams he can see winning the Western Conference finals (2:20) before talking with two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long of Chalk Media and the 'Green Light' podcast about some internet highlights, NFL free agency, what it’s like being the “new guy” in the locker room, Sam Darnold on the Panthers, and more (19:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (59:30).
Doug Gottlieb on Baylor Winning Its First Men's Title, Plus Life Advice
Russillo shares his thoughts on Baylor’s blowout win over Gonzaga in the men's NCAA title game and the simplistic beauty of the NCAA tournament (2:15). He then brings on Doug Gottlieb of Fox Sports to talk about why Baylor was so overwhelming, how Scott Drew built the program, and how he sees guys like Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, and Evan Mobley projecting to the NBA (15:45). Then Ryen closes the show with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (48:15).
ABA Stories: Part 2 | With Bob Costas, Artis Gilmore, and Rod Thorn
In Part 2 of a two-part series, Ryen Russillo talks with basketball legend Rod Thorn about his time with the New York Nets, Julius Erving, his wild experience as head coach of the Spirits of St. Louis, wrangling ABA legends Wendell Ladner and Marvin Barnes, the NBA-ABA merger, and more (2:00). Then Ryen Talks with ABA MVP and six-time NBA All-Star Artis Gilmore about choosing to play in the ABA over the NBA, playing with the Kentucky Colonels, defending a young Moses Malone, scrapping with Mo Lucas, transitioning to the NBA post-merger, and more (35:00). Finally, Ryen is joined by sportscasting legend Bob Costas to discuss starting his career with the Spirits of St. Louis at the age of 22 in 1974, the rough-and-tumble nature of the ABA, hanging with Marvin Barnes, teams folding financially, the importance of keeping these ABA stories alive, the Dropping Dimes Foundation, and more (56:15). If you would like to donate to the Dropping Dimes Foundation click HERE
ABA Stories: Part 1 | With Julius Erving and Terry Pluto
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Ryen Russillo talks with Basketball Hall of Fame legend Julius Erving about his time playing for the Virginia Squires, his famous Atlanta Hawks exhibition games, the "Ice Man" George Gervin, ABA fist fights, winning an ABA title with the New York Nets, and finding his basketball “home” in Philadelphia (3:30). Then Ryen talks with Terry Pluto, renowned sportswriter and author of ‘Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association,’ about the fast-and-loose ABA, its aggressive competition with the NBA, chaotic drafts, money troubles, ever-present merger rumors, and so much more (40:15). If you would like to donate to the Dropping Dimes Foundation click HERE
NFL Offseason Awards With Kevin Clark. Plus, Something You Probably Didn’t Know About Lottery Picks.
Russillo shares his thoughts on NBA trade deadline rumors as well some surprising statistics about NBA draft lottery picks (2:00). He's then joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to give out some made-up NFL offseason awards (14:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (46:15).
Latest on the NBA Trade Deadline, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington on QB Movement, Plus Life Advice
Russillo shares his thoughts on some of the NBA trade rumors as we approach Thursday’s trade deadline, including Bradley Beal, the Celtics, and more. Plus, he gets Steve Ceruti’s thoughts on all the Aaron Gordon talk (2:00). Then Ryen is joined by ESPN’s Jeff Darlington to discuss all the quarterback movement this offseason, why he doesn’t believe the Russell Wilson saga is over yet, Tua Tagovailoa’s future in Miami, and how many starting quarterbacks he can call at any time (17:00). Finally, he closes it out with some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (41:30).
Intel on First-Round Picks With Bruce Feldman. Plus, Shep Rose of ‘Southern Charm’
Russillo shares his thoughts on Anthony Edwards’s 40-point game in the Timberwolves’ win over the Suns, as well as LaMelo Ball’s impressive rookie season (11:30), before talking with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and The Athletic about the top 2021 NFL draft prospects (24:45). Then Ryen talks with Shep Rose of Bravo’s ‘Southern Charm’ about his new book ‘Average Expectations: Lessons in Lowering the Bar,' how he wound up in reality TV, behind-the-scenes stories, traveling, and more (54:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:21:45).
NFL Free Agency Roundup With Warren Sharp, Tom E. Curran, and Dianna Russini
Russillo shares some thoughts on Jazz-Celtics and Pelicans–Trail Blazers (2:00) before talking with Warren Sharp about the Bears signing Andy Dalton, the Patriots re-signing Cam Newton, the Bills signing Emmanuel Sanders, and more (13:00). Then Ryen is joined by Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston to discuss the Patriots' spending spree (34:00) before talking with ESPN’s Dianna Russini about the Saints' QB battle between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Washington, unsigned WRs, questions surrounding Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson, and more (54:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:11:00).
Bill Simmons on Remembering Marvin Hagler. Plus: Jeremy Lin
Russillo rebrands a segment and shares his thoughts on Victor Oladipo, Donovan Mitchell, and Deandre Ayton (2:00) before talking with Bill Simmons about the great Marvelous Marvin Hagler (14:00). Then Ryen talks with Jeremy Lin about his career, remembering "Linsanity," playing in the NBA G League, and working to return to the NBA (54:30). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:19:20).
Harrison Barnes, Nate Bargatze Returns, and Life Advice
Russillo is joined by Kings forward Harrison Barnes to discuss the Kings’ season, his teammates De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton, Harrison’s new position as treasurer for the NBPA, trade rumors, and more (2:15). Then comedian Nate Bargatze returns to discuss his new Netflix special ‘The Greatest Average American’, which premieres March 18. Nate talks about coming up in comedy with Pete Holmes and Hannibal Buress and shares some stories from the Comedy Cellar in NYC before Ryen pitches Nate some jokes (18:30). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (52:30).
Dak’s Deal, NBA Title Contenders, and Life Advice With Jon Kitna and Tim Legler
Russillo breaks down Dak Prescott’s $160 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys (2:20) before talking with former NFL QB and current Burleson High School head coach Jon Kitna about working with Dak Prescott during his time as QB coach for the Cowboys, playing QB for the Bengals, mentoring Cason Palmer, the joy of coaching young athletes, and more (11:00). Then Ryen talks with ESPN’s Tim Legler about his NBA career; winning the 1996 3-point contest; the ’95 Bullets with Chris Webber, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, and Juwan Howard; ex-player coaches and Tim’s interest in an NCAA head coaching job; the Brooklyn Nets and Utah Jazz as NBA title contenders; and more (30:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:01:00).
Letting Go of Watson, the Jets' Reset, and Free Agency Primer With Peter Schrager
Russillo shares his thoughts on the 76ers' win over the Jazz and NBA fourth-quarter shooting numbers (2:15) before talking with Fox and NFL Network's Peter Schrager about the upcoming NFL draft, the Jets looking to add offensive security for whoever will be their starting QB for 2021, Russell Wilson's wishes to be traded, the Deshaun Watson trade standoff, free-agent QBs, New England's plan to remain competitive, and more (15:00). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (51:30).
New York's Basketball Moment, ’90s Knicks Stories, and the End of Locker Room Access? With Frank Isola
Russillo shares his thoughts on Ja Morant and the Grizzlies after their win over the Wizards (2:00) before he talks to Frank Isola of ESPN and SiriusXM about the Knicks' success under coach Tom Thibodeau, covering then–Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy in the ’90s, today's NBA replay reviews, the Brooklyn Nets, sports beat writers and locker room access, and much more (7:45). Finally, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (57:00).
Discussing New Notorious B.I.G. Doc With His Manager and the Director. Plus NFL Free Agency Primer With Sheil Kapadia and “Is This NBA Season a Mess Defensively?”
Russillo shares his thoughts and some statistics on what makes this NBA season unique (2:00), before talking with The Athletic’s Sheil Kapadia about names to watch in NFL free agency, including Von Miller, Melvin Ingram, Allen Robinson, Cam Newton, and more (15:00). Then Ryen talks with the Notorious B.I.G.’s manager, Wayne Burrow, and the director of the new Netflix documentary ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell,’ Emmett Malloy, about the inception of the documentary, Biggie’s musical influences, meeting with Biggie’s mother, ultra-rare footage in the doc, the escalation of the “beef” between Biggie and 2Pac, and more (41:00). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:17:00).
Seth Wickersham on the NFL's Balance of Power. Plus, Life Advice With a Fitness Model (Male).
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Russell Wilson trade rumors heating up (1:30) before talking with ESPN’s Seth Wickersham about NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, negotiating for a 17-game season, maintaining a balance of power in the league, and much more (9:00). Then, Ryen is joined by executive VP of BPI Sports Whitney Reid to answer some listener-submitted fitness Life Advice questions (43:00).
Tim Duncan, Old Big East, and Denzel Washington Stories With P.J. Carlesimo. Plus, ‘A Tale of Two Seasons’ and a New Internet-Based Segment
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Washington Wizards' recent winning streak as well as the Lakers' recent struggles (1:30) before talking with longtime basketball coach and broadcaster P.J. Carlesimo about the "Old" Big East, his time at Seton Hall, deciding to leap to the NBA, working with coach Gregg Popovich on the Spurs, Tim Duncan stories, coaching Denzel Washington at Fordham University, and more (18:00). Then Ryen introduces a new internet-based segment (1:12:00) before answering some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (1:23:00).
The Wentz Trade and How It Affects the Eagles' Draft, Plus Darnold, Watson, and Garoppolo Rumors With Albert Breer
Russillo shares his thoughts on NBA All-Star voting (1:30), before talking to SI's Albert Breer about every angle of the Carson Wentz trade and how it will impact the Eagles in the NFL draft. They also discuss first-round draft QBs, NFL trade rumors, Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, and more (6:00). Finally Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions (50:00).