Each week, Ryen Russillo will break down the biggest topics in sports.
Here's the Latest Episode from The Ryen Russillo Podcast – The Ringer:
Russillo shares his thoughts on “player lists," more specifically the NFL Top 100 (3:15), before he is joined by longtime NBA referee and head of referee and development training Monty McCutchen. McCutchen tells some stories from his long career as a referee, and the two get into the weeds on flops, charges, and blocking fouls, the values Monty tries to instill in NBA refs, and more (15:04). Then Ryen talks with SI’s Chris Mannix, who is currently in the Orlando bubble awaiting the NBA restart. They discuss some buzz around the Bucks, Clippers, Rockets, 76ers, Celtics, Thunder, and more (52:08). Finally, Ryen talks about Joe Kelly’s eight-game suspension for throwing at Alex Bregman, leading to a melee, before answering a listener-submitted “Life Advice” question (1:21:37).
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Knicks bringing in Tom Thibodeau as head coach (3:03). Then Ryen talks with Mike Sando of ‘The Athletic’ about his 2020 QB tiers, the evaluation process, QBs who made a notable shift in tiers from years past, and more (13:12). Finally Russillo answers a listener-submitted Life Advice question (1:02:20).
Russillo kicks off the show with his takeaways from the first NBA scrimmages (01:00) and the media taking the dramatic angle in covering Mookie Betts’s contract extension (10:00). Then, private basketball coach Drew Hanlen joins the show to discuss his journey from hardworking college basketball player to coaching Bradley Beal (18:00), whether Jayson Tatum can be a top 5 NBA player (31:30), and traveling with Joel Embiid (38:15). The show wraps up with some life advice (01:08:00).
Russillo goes through Mike Sando’s "QB Tiers" from 2019 (04:45) before ESPN’s Malika Andrews joins the show to discuss the ever-changing NBA bubble (20:00), the arrogance of the Clippers (30:00), the Lakers’ hotel decoration controversy (43:00), Dwight Howard partying (47:00), and more.
Russillo opens the show discussing claimed college football championships (03:00), before former Patriot Willie McGinest joins the show to discuss the transitions from Parcells to Carroll to Belichick (18:15), Cam Newton's potential uses in New England’s offense (28:00), and his work with Julian Edelman for the Be the Change campaign (33:00). Lastly, Russillo gives some Life Advice before signing off (36:00).
Russillo looks at Cam Newton’s conversation with Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Todd Gurley about replacing Tom Brady (03:00), before New Zealand Breakers CEO and former NBA player Matt Walsh joins the show to discuss R.J. Hampton’s play in the NBL (12:00), Matt’s time on the Heat with Shaq (21:45), and getting banned from the G League (26:30). Lastly, Russillo wraps up the show with Life Advice (44:00).
Russillo is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to discuss some things we may have forgotten about the NBA in its three-month hiatus that will be interesting to see come playoffs time (1:20). Then Ryen talks with Rebecca Cutter, creator of the Starz series ‘Hightown,' a show about the opioid epidemic and organized crime in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They discuss the show's inception, the process of shopping it around to different studios, the attempt to capture life on the cape, and more (35:00). Finally Ryen answers a listener-submitted 'Life Advice' question (1:00:20).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Patrick Mahomes’s massive contract (2:38), before talking with president of Quarterback Takeover, Quincy Avery, about his winding path to training some of the top college and NFL QBs including DeShaun Watson, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields, and more (14:55). Then Ryen debuts a new segment titled “Ryen vs. The Internet” and answers a listener-submitted "Life Advice" question before signing off (51:40).
Russillo is joined by NFL analyst Andy Benoit to discuss the Patriots’ signing of Cam Newton, best NFL defensive players, and Andy’s research on every interception and interceptable pass from the 2019 NFL season.
Russillo shares his thoughts on the MLB 60-game season (1:59), before talking with former 3x MLB All-Star pitcher Dan Haren about the format of the 2020 MLB season, the ups and downs that come with being an MLB pitcher, stories from the mound and more (9:39). Finally Russillo answers some listener submitted 'Life Advice' questions (43:00).
Russillo is joined by film producer Basil Iwanyk to discuss his winding path from aspiring basketball player at Villanova to film producer in Hollywood; what, exactly, a producer does; raising money for films; working with Ben Affleck on ‘The Town,’ Keanu Reeves on the ‘John Wick’ franchise, Benicio del Toro on ‘Sicario’; set stories; Hollywood tough guys; and more.
Russillo shares his thoughts about the NBA playoffs format and whether he thinks "older" teams will be at a disadvantage (4:10). Next he catches up with his old friend and host of 'SportsCenter' Scott Van Pelt about continuing to produce 'SportsCenter' with almost no live sports; recognizing student athletes with Senior Night;.moving from ESPN HQ in Bristol, CT, back to Washington D.C.; the NBA "Orlando bubble"; MLB misfires; and more (10:15).
Russillo shares his thoughts on some of the players' concerns about resuming the NBA season, recalls the 1998 NBA lockout, and wonders whether NBA players could successfully start a league of their own (1:15). Then Ryen is joined by NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah to discuss his top prospects for the 2021 NFL draft, as well as some stories from his time as an NFL scout (15:20).
Russillo shares his thoughts on the new info about the NBA’s return in the “Orlando bubble” (4:30), before talking with Super Bowl 54 champion Mitchell Schwartz about training at home for the 2020 NFL season, offensive lineman being a thankless job at times, transitioning from the Cleveland Browns to the Kansas City Chiefs, Mahomes as a leader, playing for Andy Reid, and more (16:45).
Russillo shares his thoughts on spending my university programs, specifically about coaches’ severance pay (1:35). Then Ryen is joined by writer, sports analyst, and former president of the NFLPA Domonique Foxworth to discuss collective bargaining negotiations; the leverage disparity between the players union and the owners; Domonique’s career path from NFL player, to business graduate, to president of the NFLPA, to COO of the NBAPA, to sports media, and more (16:28). Finally, Domonique addresses Ryen’s comments from last week’s episode of ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ (42:50).
Russillo is joined by Andy Staples and Bruce Feldman to discuss the important questions surrounding the start of the CFB season, including: protocols, testing, nonconference games, home-and-homes, ticket sales/fan presence, the return of academics, and more.
Russillo shares his thoughts on the rocky negotiations between MLB owners and the players association (1:55), before talking with 12-year MLB infielder Todd Walker to discuss his time on the 2003 Boston Red Sox, becoming fast friends with Pedro Martínez, the tension-filled 2003 ALCS, and their crushing loss to the Yankees in Game 7. Finally, Todd shares his thoughts on the negotiations about how to start this season (20:35).
Russillo shares his thoughts on “bad optics” surrounding the return of certain sports (1:13), before he is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to examine the NFL’s young QBs including Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Kyler Murray, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones, Jimmy G, and more (10:00). They also talk about Dak Prescott’s contract ambitions, how the coronavirus pandemic may affect the salary cap, the success of "The Match 2” and the pros and cons of having athletes mic’d up for live sports events, and more (42:57).
Russillo shares some thoughts on moving houses, Dak Prescott’s contract negotiations, and takeaways from ‘The Last Dance’ (1:40). Then pro golfer Max Homa joins to discuss his 2019 PGA Tour win at the Wells Fargo Championship, the spectrum of golf course vibes, losing and regaining his PGA Tour card, overthinking on the course, people lying about their drive distance, PGA Tour stories, and more (11:44) before they answer some listener-submitted questions (1:02:50).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell's comments regarding the possibility of players taking a pay-cut for a shortened MLB season (0:55), before he is joined by ESPN's Jeff Passan to discuss the issues surrounding proposed changes to the MLB revenue split in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety protocols, Baseball's opportunity to gain a new audience, and potential consequences of not reaching an agreement in time (19:40).
Russillo talks about Scottie Pippen's refusal to check-in during the 1994 playoffs versus the Knicks (3:50), before talking to author of 'American Kingpin,' Nick Bilton, about the Silk Road, an Amazon-style internet marketplace created by Ross Ulbricht that featured illegal drugs and other items. They talk about the rise and fall of the Silk Road, Ulbricht's capture and trial, and more (13:09). Finally Russillo answers some listener-submitted questions (47:25).
Russillo is joined by his old friend and UFC commentator Jon Anik to discuss the logistics of putting together a live television event today; UFC 249 results, including Greg Hardy vs. Yorgan De Castro, Francis Ngannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje; Conor McGregor’s post-fight comments; and more.
Russillo is joined by Premier Lacrosse League cofounder and player Paul Rabil to discuss the return of professional lacrosse in the form of a 16-day quarantine tournament (1:20). Then Ryen talks with Bill Simmons and longtime Bullets/Wizards fan Joe House about Game 2 of Round 1 of the 1997 playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Bullets (27:28).
In part two of a two-part series, Russillo is joined by former collegiate and pro athletes to run through some of their best recruiting stories.
Russillo answers some listener-submitted questions about buying a home, switching jobs, balancing sports with relationships, and more (1:12), before talking with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis about today’s media landscape, how it has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, covering entities like ESPN, starting out as a young journalist, and much more (23:10).
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Russillo is joined by former collegiate and pro athletes to run though some of their best recruiting stories.
On this special post-draft episode, Russillo is joined by Chris Long to talk about some of the key takeaways from this year's NFL draft, including Green Bay's QB pick and what it means for Aaron Rodgers, as well as where the other top prospects landed (00:10). Later, Russillo shares what he thinks the aftermath of the draft will mean for teams going forward (41:12).
Russillo examines similarities and differences between the average work environment and that of the pro athlete (1:40) before he is joined by Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer to discuss some 2020 NFL draft prospects, including Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love, Jalen Hurts, and more (21:10).
Russillo talks about the uncertainty surrounding when pro sports will return (1:40) before he is joined by legendary hip-hop DJ and producer DJ Whoo Kid to discuss coming up in Queens, New York, navigating the music industry at a young age, working with Russell Simmons, 50 Cent, G-Unit, Mobb Deep, Eminem, D12, Capone-N-Noreaga, and some incredible stories from the road (8:55).
Russillo evaluates himself as a roommate (1:45) before he is joined by his old producer Steve Ceruti to discuss having roommates, working in media, and some NBA topics contingent on the 2019-20 season being canceled (14:15). Finally, they answer some listener-submitted mailbag questions, including on navigating office politics, dating coworkers, internet dating, and more (1:00:00).
Russillo runs through which NBA teams he thinks are really destination jobs for a GM (3:45), before talking with world-renowned jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah about the New Orleans jazz community, touring as a teenager, pushing musical boundaries, and much more (14:30). Finally, Russillo answers some mailbag questions (56:58).
Russillo talks about scandals in sports after watching the HBO documentary 'The Scheme' (2:05) before he is joined by Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA president J.C. Tretter to discuss the election process for president of the players association, the recent CBA, the 2020 NFL season, and more (20:43).
Russillo does a new segment called Worst Take (3:05) before he is joined by the creator of ‘Scrubs’ and cocreator of ‘Cougar Town’ and ‘Spin City,’ Bill Lawrence, to talk about doing stand-up comedy as a young man in L.A. and getting fired from ‘Friends,’ ‘Boy Meets World,’ and other shows before cocreating ‘Spin City.’ They discuss how to get stuff made in Hollywood, the differences between writing your own show and writing on someone else’s, pickup basketball, bad TV show pitches, and more (12:34).
Russillo is joined by Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan to revisit the 1998 NBA draft and some of the legends in that draft class, before redrafting the first 15 picks.
Russillo talks about some free agent QBs including Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, and Joe Flacco (3:50). Then Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Van Lathan to discuss his upcoming podcast with Jemele Hill about ‘The Wire.’ They also discuss their mutual love for LSU, moving to Los Angeles, Van’s time at ‘TMZ’, celebrity stories, and much more (16:20).
Russillo is joined by Kevin Clark to discuss the Colts' QB situation with Phil Rivers and Jacoby Brissett, as well as trading for DeForest Buckner. They talk Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, and the Chargers; ask, "What are the Patriots going to do?" and "Will Foles end the Trubisky era in Chicago?"; and ponder the market for Jadeveon Clowney, and much more (2:09). Then Ryen talks with ESPN's Seth Wickersham about his article "The story behind the split of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots" (40:13). Finally, Russillo shares a few thoughts about the new Netflix docuseries 'Tiger King' (56:13).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long and Big Cat of Barstool Sports for the first-ever Music Festival Fantasy Draft (1:30). Then Chris and Ryen discuss Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1:10:10).
Russillo is joined by the head coach of the national champion LSU Tigers, Ed Orgeron, to discuss how football operations are affected by COVID-19, revisit LSU's title run, talk about reloading for the 2020 season, and more (7:33). Then Russillo breaks down the salary cap for the NBA and NFL and how it all ties in with CBAs, TV deals, and more (18:35).
Russillo shares some thoughts about COVID-19 (1:15) before talking with NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah about the NFL combine, Tua Tagovailoa vs. Joe Burrow, an awesome WR class, some mock draft picks, stories from the war room, and more (15:18). Then Ryen talks to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and 'The Athletic' about COVID-19's effect on college football programs, Jalen Hurts at the NFL combine, prospects who are getting NFL scouts' attention, 2021 draft narratives, and more (38:35).
Russillo and Borrego discuss the young Hornets’ competitive play, having Michael Jordan as a resource, Borrego’s time playing college ball for San Diego, learning from Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, and more (2:20). Then Ryen briefly discusses Stephen Curry’s return to the Warriors' roster (39:17).
Russillo hits on five NBA topics including MVP, salary cap, and more (1:50), before talking with Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston about Tom Brady’s looming decision about where he will play in the 2020 NFL season (28:50). Finally Ryen recaps his trip to Park City, Utah (45:40).
Russillo is joined by the inimitable Craig Kilborn to talk about playing NCAA basketball, hosting 'SportsCenter' in the early '90s, and leaving to host 'The Daily Show.' They also discuss late-night talk shows, the NBA, "5 Questions," and much more!
Russillo is joined by Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury to discuss his departure from Texas Tech, going to the Arizona Cardinals, Kyler Murray's NFL debut, coaching Patrick Mahomes, his time in the NFL, and more (6:53). Then Ryen runs through some NBA games he's watched, including Cavaliers-Heat and Bucks-Wizards. He talks Duncan Robinson, plus-minus, Brook Lopez, and more (36:30).
Russillo breaks down the current climate surrounding the Astros sign-stealing scandal into three parts: punishment, apology, and defense (4:05). Then Ryen is joined by Adnan Virk to discuss MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s approach toward the team (20:05) as well as 2020 Oscar movies, including: ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Parasite,’ ‘Ford vs. Ferrari,’ ‘1917,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Marriage Story,’ and more (37:20).
Russillo is joined by Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports to discuss becoming neighbors, working at ESPN and Fox, doing solo radio, handling tips from sports organizations, politics, fantasy radio cohosts, and MUCH more!
Russillo shares his thoughts on the 76ers' win over the Clippers and the Rockets' small-ball victory over the Celtics (3:30). Then Ryen talks with ESPN’s Jeff Passan about the proposed changes to the MLB playoff structure, developments in the sign-stealing scandal, and more (28:38).
Russillo shares some quick-hit NBA thoughts on the Raptors, Lakers, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum, and more (2:25), before he's joined by ESPN's Steve Levy to discuss his new gig as XFL broadcaster, the first week of games, starting out in radio, and more (11:15). Then Ryen talks with Fox Sports and The Athletic's Bruce Feldman to discuss Michigan State football head coach Mark Dantonio's retirement and the team's coaching search, as well as Mike Leach taking the Mississippi State head-coaching job (38:10).
Russillo examines the Red Sox trading Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers (1:55) before talking with Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson about starting out in media, working at Fox, ESPN, and 'Extra,' stalkers, being hacked, meeting celebrities, and more (16:25). Finally Ryen talks about some NBA trade deadline moves including an intricate four-team trade (1:06:40).
In his last podcast of the NFL season, Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to recap the Chiefs' 31-20 Super Bowl win over the 49ers. They discuss some key plays, headlines, coaching legacies, stories from on the ground in Miami, and more!
Live from radio row in Miami, Russillo is joined by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski to talk about what we can expect from the upcoming NBA trade deadline, getting to know Kobe Bryant toward the end of his career, and more.
Russillo shares his thoughts on Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing (1:19) and then is joined by NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico (20:16) and ESPN’s Bobby Marks (39:43) to further discuss the Lakers legend’s life and legacy.
Russillo is joined by ESPN’s Royce Young to discuss Zion Williamson’s first regular-season NBA game vs. the Spurs, his impressive run in the fourth quarter, restricted minutes, how Zion will affect Brandon Ingram, and more (9:14). Then Ryen continues on about hype, questions surrounding Zion’s body, and load management (32:30).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to recap 49ers-Packers and Chiefs-Titans and preview Super Bowl LIV. Then they review the film '1917,' offer a bit of a history lesson including a brand-new segment called War or Prison, and much more.
Russillo tries to make sense of the MLB cheating scandal (3:25) before talking with The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor about the Bucks' improvement, the Celtics' schedule, the Lakers, Clippers, and Rockets, Brandon Ingram's leap, Chris Paul and the Thunder, trade deadline rumors, and more (19:20). Finally, Ryen shares some thoughts about the new Netflix documentary, 'Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez' (57:45).
Fresh off a plane from New Orleans, Russillo talks about LSU's National Championship win over Clemson (1:30), before talking to Matthew Polly, the author of 'Bruce Lee: A Life,' about the legend of Bruce Lee, his journey to America, some of his grandiose stories and infamous fights, his untimely death, and much more (11:15).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long on the ground in New Orleans just before the CFP National Championship Game to recap the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, discuss restaurant etiquette, describe game day in New Orleans, and share thoughts on the upcoming National Championship Game.
Russillo is joined by 2004 Heisman-winning QB Matt Leinart to discuss the CFP national championship matchup between Clemson and LSU, Leinart's time at USC, a ruling on a gym altercation, and more (4:08). Then Russillo talks NBA trade exceptions, trade rumors, and the market for Ben Simmons (43:15).
Russillo talks about the recent NFL head coach hires, including Ron Rivera to the Redskins, Mike McCarthy to the Cowboys, Joe Judge to the Giants, Matt Rhule to the Panthers. He also asks, "What will the Browns do?" and more (2:00). Then Ryen is joined by Eagles backup QB Josh McCown to discuss the wild-card playoff game vs. the Seahawks, his playoff debut, what's next for him, and more (27:25).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss Round 1 of the NFL playoffs, including the Seahawks' win in Philadelphia and Carson Wentz's exiting the game with a head injury, another painful Saints playoff loss, Titans-Patriots, and Bills-Texans. They also discuss Kyle Long’s retirement, possible shifts in the Patriots organization, Mike McCarthy as the new Cowboys coach, and more.
Russillo talks bowl games and how the Power 5 conferences stack up with each other (2:40). Then Ryen talks with novelist and sportswriter Jack McCallum about working alongside David Stern, how Stern grew the NBA in the 1980s and '90s, some never-before-told stories, and more (18:42).
It’s the end of the NFL regular season, and Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss Week 17. They discuss 49ers-Seahawks, Lions-Packers, Patriots-Dolphins, Eagles-Giants, Jameis Winston’s future, head coach turnover, and Round 1 projections. Plus, Chris Long shares some Week 17 stories from his career and more (8:50). Then Chris and Ryen are joined by Big Cat of the ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast to talk about male fashion trends in 2020 and what gems from the past they would like to bring back (1:18:25).
Russillo hits on the NBA Christmas games, including Lakers-Clippers (2:30), Nuggets-Pelicans (14:40), Bucks-76ers (26:42), and Celtics-Raptors (35:00). Then Ryen is joined by 12-year-old point guard Sully Miller to discuss his top 5 NBA players, among other basketball topics (50:55).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 16. They discuss the latest development in the NFC East saga, the Eagles' win over the Cowboys, Rams-49ers, Bills-Patriots, Cardinals-Seahawks, Bengals-Dolphins, Ravens-Browns, “Who won the decade?,” and more.
Russillo rants about the Milwaukee Bucks and the people vs. the NCAA vs. James Wiseman (3:30), before he is joined by ESPN's Todd McShay to discuss the 2020 NFL draft. They discuss Joe Burrow vs. Tua Tagovailoa, a potentially loaded wide receiver class, Chase Young, upcoming bowl games, and more (21:50).
Russillo hits on LeBron James and Doc Rivers’s recent comments on load management (4:27), before talking with NFL Network’s and 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas about the Browns' disappointing season, generational changes to offensive lineman, identifying NFL-ready college QBs, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, “Who could you beat up?,” and more (20:40). Finally Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to discuss his trip to the Raiders’ final home game in Oakland, as well as their future in Las Vegas (45:23).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 15. They talk Bears-Packers, Philly-Dallas, and much more. Along with the finding out the favorites of the NFC, they also talk about some middle-aged fashion choices along with their love of movie and video game rentals.
Russillo talks about attending Thursday night’s Sixers-Celtics game in Boston (01:30). Then, ESPN’s Jeff Passan calls in to discuss the latest in the world of MLB free agency (11:00) and Ryen wraps up the show with his thoughts on the College Football Playoff system (52:00).
Russillo rants about having patience with CFB coaches (7:07). Then Ryen is joined by The Athletic's Ethan Strauss to discuss the NBA ratings decline (16:48), as well as his upcoming book 'The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,' Kevin Durant's exit, and the Warriors' plans for the future (43:00).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 14. They talk 49ers-Saints, Chiefs-Patriots, Rams-Seahawks, Colts-Buccaneers, and Raven-Bills. They also do a little college football, including Virginia-Clemson and LSU-Georgia, followed by top five AFC teams, doing stuff by yourself, and time-travel sporting events.
Russillo runs through some NBA thoughts on the Lakers, Heat, Raptors, Bucks, 76ers, Carmelo Anthony’s return, and more (9:10). Then Ryen is joined by ESPN’s Royce Young to discuss Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, a deep dive into Paul George’s departure from the Thunder, and Russell Westbrook’s move to the Rockets (32:00).
Russillo sits down with Bill Simmons to discuss Rockets-Spurs, a blown call, and why the Rockets are so polarizing. They also talk about the Nets, Raptors, Heat, and 76ers (2:29). Then Ryen is joined by The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman to discuss USC’s coaching situation, Greg Schiano's return to Rutgers, Ryan Day’s success at Ohio State, Florida State speculations, the College Football Playoff, and more (56:40).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 13. They talk Ravens-49ers, Patriots-Texans, Tom Brady stories, Eagles-Dolphins, Bills-Cowboys, Steelers-Browns, a history lesson, nude beaches, and more.
Russillo talks about how schedules can fool us into false narratives about certain teams (7:45). Then Russillo is joined by TV producer Christo Doyle to talk about some of his shows, including “Gold Rush,” “Monster Garage,” and “American Chopper,” wrangling reality TV talent, pitching shows, and more (21:30).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 12. They talk Patriots-Cowboys, CFP rankings for NFL teams, best/worst plane rides, Eagles struggles, Dwayne Haskins’s selfie, and a Myles Garrett update, before they guess celebrity net worths.
Russillo is joined by CFP selection committee chair and Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens to discuss this year’s selection process (3:05) before sharing some more CFB thoughts on Ohio State and LSU (26:47). Then Russillo talks to Kevin Clark from the Gillette Stadium parking lot about where the Patriots offense is headed, the Ravens success, teams that haven’t lived up to expectations, the 6-1 defense, Eagles, Chiefs, and more (34:39), followed by Tales From the Couch, where Russillo shares some thoughts on Warriors-Mavericks, Clippers-Celtics, and Rockets-Nuggets (1:06:15). Finally, Russillo touches on a recent development in the Myles Garret–Mason Rudolph situation (1:31:54).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 11. They talk headlines, best/worst plane rides, position coaches, the NFC playoff picture, Kaepernick's workout, Patriots-Eagles, Ravens-Texans, the Motorola Razr comeback, Nicholas Cage's movie about Nicholas Cage, and 'Joker,' a movie review.
Russillo shares his thoughts on the Steelers-Browns melee (1:00) before talking with NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah about the recent Alabama-LSU game, top 2020 draft prospects, a hypothetical Ohio State–LSU matchup, stories from an NFL front office, and more (15:50).
Russillo shares some NBA thoughts on 76ers-Cavs, Lakers-Suns, best/worst defensive teams, Trae Young, Nets-Jazz, usage rates, and more (0:45). Then Russillo talks to Lakers forward Jared Dudley about joining the team this season, team chemistry, Dwight Howard’s impressive play, China stories, his NCAA days, and more (22:28).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 10. The two talk headlines, best/worst plane rides, Cowboys-Vikings, Alabama-LSU, Lamar Jackson torching the Bengals, and the Browns' first home win. They also introduce a new segment called Confessionals, give a quick history lesson on Big Bill Rockefeller, and more.
Russillo reacts to the CFB rankings (4:35) before he is joined by his former ESPN producer Steve Ceruti, who now cohosts 'Scal and Pals' on Radio.com. They discuss transitioning from production to on-air talent, NBA lists, and more (18:08).
Russillo runs through some rapid-fire NBA thoughts (2:25) before talking with CNN's Chris Cillizza about the 2016 presidential election and how it shaped the buildup to the 2020 election, dealing with politicians, pickup basketball, and more (12:50).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 9, including the Ravens' taking down the Patriots, Gardner Minshew II's regression, the Chargers-Packers blowout, MVP talk, the Raiders' exceeding expectations, another Browns loss, when athletes lose it on internet trolls, Chris Long’s draft day, and more.
Russillo talks about Baker Mayfield and Jamal Adams (5:25), before taking with Trent Dilfer about coaching high school football; athletes' airing grievances to the media; young QBs including Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Mitchell’s Trubisky, Gardner Minshew II, Jimmy G, Jacoby Brissett, Kyle Allen, and Baker Mayfield; where Tom Brady is in relation to “the cliff"; and more (19:20).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Kyrie Irving vs. the Nets culture (1:18) before talking with UFC commentator Jon Anik about the upcoming Masvidal vs. Diaz card, the depth at the welterweight division, and other UFC favorites, including Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, and more (8:52). Finally Russillo sits down with The Ringer's Chris Ryan to discuss what the 76ers have shown in their first three games of the NBA season before they take a look at HBO's 'Succession' a few weeks removed from the Season 2 finale (48:45).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 8, including the biggest headlines, best/worst plane rides, Cleveland’s coaching problem, QB regression, the Chiefs-Packers nail-biter, players-only meetings, a WWII history lesson, time travel, and much more.
Russillo explains how every CFB team can be (ir)rationally doubted (0:50), before he talks with The Athletic's Bruce Feldman about Ohio State, LSU, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan State, and more (10:10).
Russillo sits down with Bill Simmons as part of The Ringer’s 2019 NBA Previewpalooza to give their thoughts before the tipoff of the NBA season.
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 7, including the feel-good Colts, the Ravens' making a statement win over the Seahawks, the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys, Saints dominance, Vikings-Lions, and more. They also introduce a new segment called Back Porch, and this week they tackle “best coaches to get drunk with.” Plus, Russillo begrudgingly gives the Chargers compliments, NFL stories with Chris, and more.
Russillo is joined by Bill Simmons and Joe House for the annual NBA over/unders podcast. They make their picks for win totals in the Eastern Conference for the 2019-20 season.
Russillo is joined by journalist and co-author of New York Times bestseller Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World Tom Wright, to discuss the story of Jho Low, a businessman from Malaysia who pulled off a 5 billion dollar scam. His story is riddled with fraud, money laundering, politics, celebrities, and more!
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 6, including Deshaun Watson and the Texans pulling out a win at Kansas City, the Cowboys' loss to a scrappy Jets team, questionable officiating, best/worst plane rides, an NFC East check-in, “What’s wrong with the Chargers?,” possible trades as the deadline approaches, the undefeated 49ers, and more.
Russillo discusses missing the LSU-Florida game and Clayton Kershaw’s meltdown (04:45) before jumping on the phone with DAZN’s Adnan Virk to have a (spoiler-free) talk about ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Joker,’ and life after ESPN (17:30).
Russillo examines the situation between China and the NBA after Daryl Morey's tweet regarding Hong Kong (2:50) before he is joined by Joey Ingram of 'The Poker Life' podcast to discuss the cheating scandal rocking the poker world (16:15).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 5, including Packers-Cowboys, the Colts' upsetting the Chiefs, Jay Gruden’s 5 a.m. firing, the Raiders' pulling off a win in London, the best defense in the league, the Jalen Ramsey trade saga, cannabis and the NFL, and more.
Russillo is joined by ESPN's Scott Van Pelt to discuss time travel, LSU vs. Ohio State, CFB playoff outliers, annoying conversations, best summer housemates, and more.
Russillo reacts to the new HBO documentary ‘Diego Maradona’ (2:00) before he is joined by Danny Kanell to examine some of the top college football teams, including Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas (13:30), before discussing the recently passed California bill allowing college athletes to be paid off of their likeness (48:00).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 4, including the Buccaneers hanging 55 points on the Rams, Bills-Patriots, Browns-Ravens, a Chiefs-Lions nail-biter, Saints-Cowboys, and more. They also share some space movie reviews, celebrity stories, and Russillo’s Mike Jones concert experience.
Russillo addresses the state of the instant replay in sports (1:47) before he’s joined by two-time Super Bowl champion and 'Monday Night Football' analyst Booger McFarland to discuss the Bears' win over the Redskins on Monday night, an awesome Aaron Rodgers performance, leading a football team, and some stories, including playing with Warren Sapp, being traded to the Colts, college recruitment, and more (13:45).
Russillo discusses media reactions to rookie QBs' NFL debuts (2:25) before talking with ESPN's Todd McShay about new ways to gauge how a college QB's skills will translate to the NFL, 2020 first-round prospects, Stanford's offensive line issues, Jim Harbaugh's rocky season, Texas vs. Oklahoma, Nick Saban stories, and more (14:55).
Russillo and two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long break down Week 3 of the NFL, including the legitimacy of the Bills, the Rams going 3-0, Baker Mayfield’s Sunday, Daniel Jones and the Giants, Antonio Brown’s goodbye, and more.
Russillo talks about the difference between teams overtly tanking and covertly tanking (1:30). Then he is joined by The Athletic's Andy Staples to discuss the college football landscape, including the lack of parity with Nick Saban's unprecedented run at Alabama and Clemson's meteoric rise. They also talk Chip Kelly at UCLA, Utah, possible landing spots for Urban Meyer, paying college athletes, and more (11:18).
Russillo examines the difference in player empowerment between the NBA and the NFL (5:10) before sitting down with Bill Simmons to discuss NFL contract negotiating, Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, parity, Eli Manning, the NFL Hall of Fame, Bill’s time at the Boston Herald, and more (11:14).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss NFL Week 2, including another questionably officiated Saints-Rams matchup, a couple of major injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, Jaguars-Texans, Broncos-Bears, Packers-Vikings, loud-mouth refs, UVA’s win over Florida State, incredible nicknames, and more.
Russillo examines the Dak Prescott contract discussion (5:35). Then he talks with Trent Dilfer about his take on Lamar Jackson’s Week 1 performance in the new Ravens offense, the rifts that can occur between players and coaches, the Air Raid offense, "diva" wide receivers, Trent's first year coaching at the Lipscomb Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, and more (20:18).
Russillo discusses the Antonio Brown allegations (3:42) before he is joined by SI's Andy Benoit to discuss Lamar Jackson's performance against the Dolphins, the Browns' disastrous start to the season, the Patriots' supercharged offense, Packers-Bears, Jaguars backup QB Gardner Minshew II's impressive display, Kyler Murray, Deshaun Watson, and more (11:50).
Russillo is joined by two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long to discuss a wild slate of Sunday games including Patriots-Steelers, Ravens-Dolphins, Lions-Cardinals, Browns-Titans, and more. They talk what's real and what's not from Week 1, Matt McConaughey, bar fights, and more.
Russillo shares his 2019 NFL backup QB research (3:50) before talking to SI's Albert Breer about Antonio Brown's possible suspension and earlier turmoil since joining the Raiders, Ezekiel Elliott's new contract, Cam Newton at 30 years old, the Browns hype train, way-too-early playoff picks, and more (18:15).
Russillo talks about the SEC's shaky opening week with losses by South Carolina and Tennessee. He hits Boise State's wild comeback, Hugh Freeze's coaching Liberty from his hospital bed, Michigan's defense, and more (2:25). Then Ryen is joined by Bruce Feldman to discuss Auburn's win over Oregon, Pac-12 implications, Alabama's injuries, Clemson vs. the ACC, Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, and more (17:40)!
Russillo briefly rants on why CFB fandom is an annual kick in the teeth (2:35), before setting the stage for the 2019 NCAA season (12:25). Finally, Ryen is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin Clark to discuss Andrew Luck’s career, his retirement, the conversations it incites; They talk Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors, celebrity flag football games, and more (26:50).
Russillo rants about "football guy" during NBA free agency before asking SI's Andy Benoit and The Ringer's Kevin Clark a series of questions about the 2019-20 NFL season. They talk Todd Gurley, the biggest gap between front office and head coach, Tom Brady's 2018 season, Cleveland Browns hype, the first coach fired, Pat Mahomes II, hilarious headlines, and more.
Russillo talks with The Ringer's Robert Mays about the position of an NFL GM, how the job compares to GM positions in other leagues such as the NBA and MLB, and how sharing executive power with coaches can affect the job (0:10). Then Russillo talks about the NCAA transfer rules, and both sides of the coin when players lose their eligibility when switching schools (23:05).
Russillo talks with Eric Winston and DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association about the upcoming collective bargaining agreement set to take effect after the 2020 season.
Russillo is joined by SI's Albert Breer to discuss rumors surrounding the NFL collective bargaining agreement coming in 2020, whether or not the Rams should extend Jared Goff this year, the Todd Gurley contract, how Andy Dalton will fare under a new head coach, and more (2:53). Then, Ryen talks about the NFL rule change on pass interference (34:40).
Russillo talks with The Athletic's Bruce Feldman about the Pac-12 conference, including questions surrounding commissioner Larry Scott's salary, its declining revenue, and how it plans to get back on track. They also discuss the 15-year saga of the Miami Hurricanes finally returning to the CFB spotlight, where they went wrong in past seasons, and what it will take before "The U" is officially back (6:34). Then Russillo talks with The Ringer's Kevin Clark to discuss the New York Jets' firing of GM Mike Maccagnan, Sam Darnold's development, the Jets' GM search, and more (29:26).
Russillo talks with SI's Andy Benoit about the 2019 NFL draft, teams that addressed needs and those that didn't, the Josh Rosen trade, the Giants' first-round decisions, draft sleepers, and more (1:40). Then, Russillo talks about mock drafts, the first-round QB bust ratio, trains, and more (38:30).
The Ringer's Danny Kelly and Kevin Clark join the show to discuss if there is any real drama with the first pick of the draft, Daniel Jones's value, trustworthy GMs, which prospect will have the best career, and the best player at each position.
In Part 4 of a four-part series, Russillo talks with NFL QB Josh McCown about leaving SMU his senior year to play for Sam Houston State, getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, learning from Jake Plummer, and stories from his time with Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell on the Raiders under Lane Kiffin. He also recounts battling for a spot with Chad Henne in Miami, backing up Jake Delhomme, playing in the UFL, playing in Chicago with Jay Cutler, his time in Cleveland, his highlight season with the Jets, and more!
In Part 3 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Super Bowl champ Trent Dilfer about his rocky NFL start on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his Super Bowl win with and subsequent exit from the Baltimore Ravens, backing up Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle, his short stint in Cleveland, mentoring Alex Smith in San Francisco, and being called up for one last ride.
Russillo talks with 11-time Pro Bowl tight end and former 'Monday Night Football' analyst Jason Witten about his season in the 'MNF' booth and his departure to play football again with the Dallas Cowboys.
Russillo talks with Kevin Clark of 'The Ringer NFL Show' about the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, Antonio Brown to the Raiders, dead money, why players rarely make it to free agency, NFL draft rumors, and more.
In Part 2 of a four-part series, Russillo talks to Danny Kanell about his story as a former NFL QB, from reluctantly playing football at a small Florida high school, to winning the Orange Bowl with Florida State, to a playoff run with the New York Giants, arena football, and more. They also discuss why Kanell's football career ultimately didn't work out.
In Part 1 of a four-part series, Russillo goes through former NFL and MLB player Drew Henson's story, from his time at Michigan to his time with the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys, and more, to talk about why it ultimately didn't work out.
Russillo talks with two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Long about NFL defensive metrics; Zion Williamson and "amateurism"; and his nonprofit, Water Boys, and its Conquering Kili program, in which combat veterans and NFL alumni climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This episode also features a surprise visit from Barstool Sports' Big Cat.
Russillo talks with SI's Albert Breer about the Belichick coaching tree, Brian Flores coaching the Dolphins, and Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins (1:55). Then The Ringer's Kevin Clark joins for some rapid-fire questions regarding the 2019 NFL season (17:10). Finally Russillo recaps his trip to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII (48:05).
Russillo goes through some of his Super Bowl memories in honor of Sunday's game (4:44), then he calls up Kevin Clark who is on the ground in Atlanta, GA to recap their NFL playoffs draft, and talk about some key factors in the Rams-Patriots matchup (20:27). Finally Russillo sits down with Chuck Klosterman to talk regional fandom, the CFB playoff structure, instant replay, and more (37:28).
Russillo shares his thoughts on Saints-Rams and Patriots-Chiefs (3:30) before talking with NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran, NFL Network's Mike Giardi, and former NFL quarterback Drew Henson about some of their best Tom Brady stories (22:00). Finally Russillo unleashes his rant on 'The Bachelor' ... you're welcome, America (50:35).
In a jam-packed episode, Russillo talks with Bill Simmons about Tom Brady's impressive performance against the L.A. Chargers in the NFL divisional-round playoff (3:06) before talking with former MLB and NFL player Drew Henson about being a dual-sport professional athlete as well as his take on Kyler Murray's decision to declare for the NFL draft (21:55). Russillo shares his own opinion about Murray (41:10) before talking with Eagles fan Chris Ryan about Philly's postmortem playoff hopes (52:25).
Russillo discusses the national championship game with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and 'The Athletic' (11:50), before talking with The Ringer's Robert Mays about wild-card weekend results and looking ahead to the NFL divisional playoff round (31:10).
Ryen Russillo is joined by Kevin Clark of 'The Ringer NFL Show' to draft the 12 NFL playoff teams and discuss the NFL salary cap, Antonio Brown, and more (3:18). Then, Russillo calls up SI's Andy Benoit to talk wild-card weekend (33:05).
Russillo shares his active NFL QB tiers before talking with Super Bowl champion and analyst Trent Dilfer about Tom Brady's season, Aaron Rodgers in a new system, Rams, Saints, Patrick Mahomes II, and more.
Russillo talks with Todd McShay about next year's NFL draft prospects in a very defense-heavy draft class before hitting on various NFL happenings and making a ruling on Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins, and the Minnesota Vikings.
Russillo calls Rob Mullens, athletic director of the University of Oregon and chairman of the CFP selection committee, to discuss the committee's decision on giving Oklahoma the highly coveted fourth seed over Georgia and Ohio State. Then Russillo pivots to five NFL observations, which cover the Titans, Patriots, Mike McCarthy, the NFL playoffs, and more.
Russillo breaks down the Baker Mayfield–Hue Jackson post-game interaction Dick Wolf–style before talking with Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd about Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady. Cowherd sticks around to discuss the latest CFB playoff rankings, and Russillo shares some parting thoughts about Ohio State.
Ryen Russillo discusses the NFL MVP race and talks with football analyst Booger McFarland about the historic Chiefs-Rams matchup on this week's 'Monday Night Football.' Russillo closes the show with thoughts on the CFB playoff rankings.
Russillo hits on Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers before talking with Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports about Alabama, fixing USC, and a strange story surrounding Ohio State. Then Russillo talks about his recent trip to Vegas before this week's Chris Fowler Trivia.
Russillo forms a committee of one and predicts the final four NFL playoffs teams without conference bias. He then talks with chairman of the CFP selection committee, Rob Mullens, about Tuesday's rankings and how the selection committee operates.
Russillo is joined by Sirius XM radio host Danny Kanell to discuss the College Football Playoff rankings just after their release. Then Russillo talks about the Cleveland Browns firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley and concludes with another edition of "This Tweet Pissed Me Off."
On a solo pod, Russillo hits on Ohio State, Texas, Alabama-LSU, and targeting penalties before a new segment called "This Tweet Pissed Me Off." Then he examines some NFL teams in precarious quarterback situations.
Russillo talks CFB rankings and why some schools should get the benefit of the doubt, before being joined by Bill Simmons to discuss the Chiefs-Pats Sunday-night shootout, NFL offenses of the future, and Bill's wild take on Saquon Barkley, capped off by some mailbag questions.
Ryen Russillo discusses Drew Brees becoming the all-time passing leader and answers some mailbag questions. Then he talks college football playoff implications with Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples.
Russillo talks with Super Bowl champion and analyst Trent Dilfer about the red-hot Patrick Mahomes II, how to implement a rookie QB, and two fantastic stories from Trent's time in the NFL, before hitting on Le'Veon Bell's supposed return to the Steelers rotation, Russillo's trip to Penn Sate–Ohio State, and more.
Russillo hits on the NFL penalty outrage and college football's top 10 before talking with sportscasting legend Joe Buck about the Cleveland Browns' first win in 635 days, Baker Mayfield's debut, and the perils of national sportscasting.
Ryen Rusillo sits down with Bill Simmons and Kevin Clark to discuss the New England Patriots' addition of Josh Gordon. Then Robert Mays joins for a discussion of who the best QB will be in 2021. Russillo also recounts his trip to the Texas-USC game and his run-in with Matthew McConaughey before addressing the Nike stock conversation.
Russillo is joined by SI sportswriter Andy Benoit to examine some of the young NFL quarterbacks, including Deshaun Watson, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, and others. Then, Russillo hits on a few NFL happenings, including Aaron Rodgers's crazy comeback, Sam Darnold's NFL debut, and Le'Veon Bell's absence before running though a college football update.
Russillo is joined by Colin Cowherd to take a hard look at the SEC, Texas football, the Big Ten, and the business of sportscasting. Then Russillo shares a few thoughts on Colin Kaepernick's Nike deal before he runs through every backup QB in the NFL.
In his debut Ringer podcast, Ryen Russillo is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss Tom Brady's phone interview, Jimmy G's trajectory, and Gruden's coaching return, plus Todd McShay talks NFL rookie QBs, Clemson's roster, and way-too-early playoff predictions.
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