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Episode 79 – John Altobelli – More Than a Coach, Media Circus Demands Answers from Astros, & XFL's Case to Stick Around


Episode 79 begins with Scott’s heroic tale of re-connecting a lost child with his mother in the mean streets of Issaquah. Then, Mitch describes the toll on his family the loss of their dog Sadie has taken and the gradual recovery. Also, they chat about the lousy response to baseball brass the Astros demonstrated in the early days of Spring Training regarding the sign stealing scandal. Guests include Orange Coast College baseball alum Ryan Evans who shares his reverence for the late John Altobelli who lost his life in the helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant, Britt Ghiroli on the first few days of media scrutiny toward the Houston Astros upon their arrival to Florida for Spring Training, Dr. Patrick Rishe on the XFL’s long-term viability potential, and Jeff Goodman for a college hoops update. The “other stuff” segment hits on two incidents regarding racially insensitive backlash, an arrest of a former Kentwood HS baseball player, and listener feedback on the recent interview with helicopter pilot Matt Johnson in Episode 77.


  • Ryan Evans | Orange Coast College baseball alum
  • Britt Ghiroli | MLB writer for The Athletic
  • Dr. Patrick Rishe | Washington University sports business
  • Jeff Goodman | College basketball analyst


4:29 | It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Hotshot Scott to the rescue outside the Issaquah basketball gynamisum!

11:06 | The relatievely shabby list of 79s is revealed as potential candidates for episode naming rights.

12:30 | Mitch shares some thoughts on the passing of his dog Sadie earlier this week.

20:27 | A petty passenger caught on film has Twitter abuzz about in-flight etiquette.

23:13 | Mitch proposes an interesting twist to the 3 point shooting contest for NBA All-Star weekend.

28:40 | Is the lack of effort from opposing teams artificially inflating Zion Williamson’s starts to begin his promising career?

30:46 | The Astros were bombarded with media attention upon their arrival to Spring Training and were wildly unprepared for the onslaught.

33:30 | GUEST: Former Orange Coast College baseball player Ryan Evans shares his compelling story and the lasting impact John Altobelli made on his life.

51:42 | GUEST: Britt Ghiroli paints the picture from the first few days in West Palm Beach as the Astros reported to Spring Training with throngs of media reps awaiting.

1:04:23 | GUEST: Dr. Patrick Rishe outlines the recipe for this iteration of the XFL to have long term success.

1:20:13 | GUEST: Jeff Goodman returns for a college hoops update as March approaches and top seed candidates are beginning to materialize. 

1:34:50 | Even with his indefinite suspension lifted, Miles Garrett is doubling down on his allegation that Mason Rudolfph used a racial slur during the violent exchange between the Steelers and Browns

1:38:15 | FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans is under scrutiny for singing along to the racially insensate lyrics played over the locker room speakers

1:43:01 | Manchester City may be lose their 2014 Premier League title pending an investigation that alleges they cooked the books.

1:43:58 | Blue Jays prospect and Kentwood HS alum Reese McGuire was arrested for indecent exposure in a Dollar Tree parking lot

1:47:00 | Mel Tucker is under major scrutiny for his change of heart to leave Boulder for East Lansing…do you blame him for opting to earn a few extra million bucks?

1:50:10 | A listener shared a strong opinion about the interview with helicopter pilot Matt Johnson in episode 76 and his commentary on the crash that claimed Kobe Bryant’s life.

Episode 78 – NFL Season Post Mortem, Kraken Rumors Rile Up Hockey Fans, & Coronavirus 101


The guys begin today’s show with the latest shenanigans in Scott’s Daughter’s youth hoops league. Then, they move to some college hoops chatter including an incredible stat about the Duke/UNC rivalry and Bobby Knight’s return to Bloomington. Interviews include Jason La Canfora, Seattle hockey reporter Andy Eide, Hoosiers writer for Indy Star Zach Osterman, and Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding from Harvard University to discuss the coronavirus outbreak. The “other stuff segment” features some Twitter talk, media turmoil regarding Kobe Bryant, and the unusual fashion trends! 


  • Jason La Canfora | CBS Sports NFL national columnist
  • Andy Eide | Seattle hockey writer
  • Zach Osterman | Indy Star
  • Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding | Harvard University


1:01 | Hotshot reads a few colorful reviews from the Mitch Unfiltered mailbag.

13:00 | Some of the great athletes that wore number 78 are revealed as nominees for Episode naming rights.

16:37 | There is some shadiness with Scott’s Daughter’s youth basketball league.

21:10 | The first Seattle Dragons game is in the books and the result was not so hot. 

25:40 | Brace yourself for one of the most unbelievable sports statistics you may ever hear that made the rounds over the weekend.

30:13 | Notorious college basketball coach Bobby Knight made an emotional return to the Hoosier faithful on Saturday twenty years after his heated departure.

40:38 | GUEST: Jason La Canfora puts a bow on the 2019-2020 NFL season with thoughts on the Chiefs championship and a look ahead to the offseason QB free agent market.

59:14 | GUEST: Andy Eide provides an update on the status of NHL in Seattle including team name rumors, arena construction progress, and projected ticket prices.

1:17:13 | GUEST: Zach Osterman discusses how Indiana basketball has reunited with its historic coach Bob Knight following his firing two decades ago.

1:37:16 | GUEST: Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding shares details of the deadly coronavirus outbreak which originated in China and has spread to the United States.

1:50:47 | Scott has two new Twitter followers he is quite proud of.

1:56:13 | Was Gayle King out of line for re-hashing Kobe Bryant’s rape trial in 2003 in the wake of his death?

2:10:13 | Mitch is fascinated with the fashion trends of today’s youth which he observes in his own household. 

2:15:15 | For the second straight week, an “Anti-Athlete of the Week” Award is divvied out in addition to the standard “Athlete of the Week” honors.

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