North Carolina won the NCAA Tournament by defeating Gonzaga in one of the ugliest championship games you’ll ever see. Hence, we’ll be talking baseball (and Tony Romo) this week.
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of ‘A tradition unlike any other’ coming to an end – the Jim Nantz tie award (2:16).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who will win the World Series and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest was Matt Snyder, an MLB writer for CBS Sports. Matt has an interesting path to becoming a baseball writer, so we’ll talk about that, being a Cubs fan while also covering them winning the world series, how he’d vote for the Hall of Fame, and perhaps the best of it all, the best stadium food and promotions you can find in 2017. Yeah, yeah, we’ll talk about this season as well.
- You can follow him on Twitter @MattSnyderCBS. The interview starts at the 9:10 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
How he went from a political science and government degree to writing about baseball (9:57), if there was ever a low point while becoming a writer (12:13), his favorite World Series to cover (13:54), how he’ll vote for the baseball Hall of Fame (17:10), how he goes about picking story ideas (21:10), if the current state of baseball is okay (22:15), if the World Baseball Classic showed the sport how it can be fun (24:22), the best ballpark items available in 2017 (26:25), the best promotions available in 2017 (27:49), why he picked the Cleveland Indians to win this year’s World Series (28:54), if last year’s World Series champ should host a game on opening night (31:17), if there’s a surprise team that could make a playoff run (32:43), what team has the most pressure this year (33:39), if the American League is up in the air (35:46) and if he enjoys watching the accomplishments of individual players (37:06).
- “Fresh Produce” brought in Eddie Ocasio, the famed fictitious producer of The Bridge, to chat about the trending topics of the sports world. Since Eddie is a life-long Dallas Cowboys fan, this week’s discussion centered around the retirement of Tony Romo.
- You can follow Eddie on Twitter @Captain_EdO. The segment starts at the 39:18 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
Immediate reaction to his retirement announcement (40:28), if there was a sense that this was coming (41:17), what Tony Romo means to Cowboys fans (42:27), how the makeup of the current team might make this retirement a little bit easier (45:01), his first Tony Romo memory (46:59), skipping out on Hamilton tickets to watch Tony Romo play from his couch (47:59), his best memories of his play on the field (49:53), what his legacy will be with the Cowboys (51:07) and if we’ll miss Phil Simms (55:50).
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