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RNR Preview Part 2 with Smidge the Doorman

Can’t get enough RNR? We couldn’t preview Rough N’ Rowdy without Providence legend Smidge the Doorman, who seeks his 4th win tonight in West Virginia against Heartbreaker.  Smidge brings up his RNR beginnings after getting drunkenly signed up at a bar.  We discuss his preparation, riding to the venue with his opponent, and what to expect afterwards. Side note: whoever wants to join us for a pint at Harry’s on the Hill is more than welcome…

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Publish Date: 5/20/2022


BEERS: We haven’t done a live episode in a hot second, so to celebrate we review some beers live too! Will reviews a Finback-Narragansett collab in “Neighbor Neighbor,” a sea salt lager to kick off Summer Beer Season. Jake reviews Whammy, a double dry hopped IPA from one of New York’s finest, Singlecut Beersmiths.

BUSINESS: What better way to transition segments than a “beer business” story?  Nothing like a LaGuardia Airport story to piss everyone off! Apparently a restaurant at New York’s worst airport is accused of price-gouging after multiple merchants were charged $27 for a Sam Summer Ale. Is this intentional or an honest error?

BALLS (25:30): Bobby “Lights Out” Laing is Rough N’ Rowdy’s favorite fighter, and for good reason. The Pride of Braintree, Massachusetts is an undefeated 6-0 in RNR fights, including a beatdown in Providence back in 2019. This week, Lights Out looks to clean the clock of Big Dick Booty Daddy, who’s had quite the mouth in preparation of the fight. Bobby talks with us about training, preparation, and his Tale of the Tape podcast.

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Publish Date: 5/20/2022


The House Enterprise collab you've been waiting for. Our guys at “Small State Big Takes” join the show!  It’s been over a year since Mike Gilligan and Oliver Martel hopped on our show to talk college hoops back on Episode 43, and now Stephen O. Scott joins in on the fun.  The guys start off with baseball, and SSBT is not happy about the Red Sox’ season so far.  Where do the problems begin, and how do they get solved? Where will Xander Bogaerts end up?  Who should be the closer?  We move to the Yankees, where two big questions stand out: does Aaron Judge stick around, and is it World Series or bust?  We make our House Parlay for baseball picks this week, and although it’s a long shot, we’re all in.  We finish with NBA talk: everything from the Celtics and trading Russell Westbrook to the Knicks, to a potential LeBron swap to Oklahoma City.

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Publish Date: 5/11/2022


The House Enterprise collab you've been waiting for. Our guys at “Small State Big Takes” join the show!  It’s been over a year since Mike Gilligan and Oliver Martel hopped on our show to talk college hoops back on Episode 43, and now Stephen O. Scott joins in on the fun.  The guys start off with baseball, and SSBT is not happy about the Red Sox’ season so far.  Where do the problems begin, and how do they get solved? Where will Xander Bogaerts end up?  Who should be the closer?  We move to the Yankees, where two big questions stand out: does Aaron Judge stick around, and is it World Series or bust?  We make our House Parlay for baseball picks this week, and although it’s a long shot, we’re all in.  We finish with NBA talk: everything from the Celtics and trading Russell Westbrook to the Knicks, to a potential LeBron swap to Oklahoma City.

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Publish Date: 5/11/2022


Frank “The Tank” Fleming, Barstool Sports (39:00 mark) 

BEERS: It’s back to Boston this week, as we both take a crack at some of the City of Champions’ most popular spots.  Jake stops at North Shore favorite Lord Hobo’s new location in Seaport, and comes home with an exclusive mixed four-pack that can only be purchased at their location. This time around, it’s “DROP,” a milkshake double-IPA.  It’s got punch, it’s got flavor, and it’s got substance…what will Jake’s rating be?  Will talks the Trillium Fort Point dilemma; while it’s full of good craft beer to please everyone’s appetites, it’s become a bit too much of a “pregame” spot for all the wrong reasons.  Really Big Bird, however, is a HUGE standout beer that is definitely contributing to the out-the-door lines.

BUSINESS: In our two years of podcasting, we feel like every single business segment has been leading to this. Elon Musk has officially reached a deal with Twitter, buying the social media company for a whopping $44 billion. How did the king of memes - the same guy who built two of the most promising companies in Tesla and SpaceX - become the owner of social media’s biggest platforms?  We discuss the Paypal Mafia, who could potentially be in Elon’s C-Suite, and make bets on when (or if) this purchase actually goes through.  In other news, Amazon has seen better days - they’re down 26% in the past month alone due to labor crises, supply chain issues, and a disappointing earnings call.  Is now the time to buy Amazon stock, or has the window come-and-gone?

BALLS (presented by Manscaped): It’s not every day you get the chance to talk with a character like Frank “The Tank” Fleming.  From soda & hot dog reviews, to tireless rants about the Mets & Nets, you’ve seen Frank’s musings on social media before.  We discuss how far the Mets can go, why “Steve Trash” should be fired in Brooklyn, and who the New Jersey Devils should be building around in the coming years.  Frank also needed to express his extreme dissatisfaction with NJ Transit.  In other news, the Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, and they’re right up there with their Big Apple counterparts in the Mets.  We debate if we actually want a Subway Series Fall Classic.  We also give our NFL Draft recap and declare our draft winners & losers.

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Publish Date: 5/3/2022


Our two-year anniversary is here!  We cannot thank our loyal listeners enough for two years of support, love, and listens. We started this podcast as a passion project in the early stages of Covid, and with your help, have grown it to new heights. We'll always stay true to our core of discussing some of our favorite things: craft beer, the latest business news, and sports & entertainment across the world.  Thanks for listening, we love you all!  We bring back two all-time guests to celebrate our two years of existence, and we crown them House Enterprise Hall of Famers.

Dave Silverman (3:04)  nearly had his livelihood as a sports photographer taken away from him when Covid hit.  Now, two years after he became the first ever BBB guest, he rejoins the show with too many gigs to count.  We discuss going zero-to-a hundred after sports started again, the Patriots' future with Mac Jones, Tom Brady's dilemma in Tampa Bay, and much more.

John Fanta (57:21) is everyone's favorite college basketball announcer, and for good reason.  After years of hard work, he found his way to millions of cable TV sets this year, getting the call for nationally-televised broadcasts of Big East basketball this year.  We welcome John back to the show as a four-time guest.  John tells us the stories of his favorite basketball moments this year, including breaking the news of Jay Wright's retirement and calling games with legendary analyst Bill Raftery.  We discuss Cleveland sports, the DeShaun Watson & Baker Mayfield saga, and the NBA's problem with effort. Fun fact: John also holds the record for most beers consumed in an episode, but sadly that record was not touched today.

POSITIVITY CORNER: Charlie Capalbo showed the world what it meant to be a fighter.  The 23-year-old passed away on Sunday after a five-year battle with cancer, but left a lasting impact on the world for all across the nation to remember. We shine light on the incredible stuff that Sigma Chi at Bryant University is doing this week to becoming 'The Generation To End Cancer'. 

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Publish Date: 4/26/2022


BEERS: Brato Brewhouse in Boston is putting a new spin on New England IPA’s. Will tries Brighton Hoppy #7, which holds its own for a new style of IPA. Can NEIPA’s with Eastern European influence make a solid beer? Jake returns to Dockside Brewery in Milford, Connecticut, and they’ve loaded up their menu. Docksicle is the selection today, and it’s a beauty. Should all breweries have the food menu that Dockside does?

BUSINESS(26:23): We wrap up our Founders and Friends live interview series! Adam Alpert knew there had to be a better way to leverage the amount of talent coming from colleges. So he built Pangea.app, a freelance market connecting college students with opportunities. Adam and the guys discuss building an app, going through Y Combinator, and what’s next for Pangea.

BALLS (presented by Manscaped):  Week 2 of the MLB is in the books. What did we learn? For Jake, it’s that the Mets are (regrettably) good. For Will, the Dodgers are coming into their own as possibly the best team we’ve seen in years. We discuss the Yankees’ less-than-ideal start to the season and what’s making them so horrible. We also select our Cy Young favorites. Plus some NBA playoff coverage and a hat tip to DPOY Marcus Smart. 

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Publish Date: 4/19/2022


EPISODE 83: Moerlein Lager House & Forbes 30-Under-30’s Pierre Lipton of 1440 Media plus The BBB Pod turns 2!

BEERS (9:34): While prohibition closed the doors of many breweries in America, it only made the story of the Christian Moerlein brand stronger.  We sit down to discuss the evolution of Moerlein beer with head brewer Curtis Eulberg and Brewers Association member/award-winning homebrewer Roxanne Westendorf, live from the Moerlein Lager House at Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati.  Bavarian immigrant Christian Moerlein loved to brew hearty European beers, and his product quickly made its way across the world. While prohibition halted most new beers in the early 1900s, Moerlien couldn’t be stopped; they re-opened in 1981 and pioneered the resurgence of craft beer in Cincinnati. We discuss with Curtis & Roxanne the importance of staying true to the original German recipe, the location in downtown Cincinnati, and the different Bock-style beers from the weekend.

BUSINESS (43:10): Forbes 30-Under-30 winner Pierre Lipton was troubled by the fact that two people of slightly differing beliefs could have fundamentally different understandings of what’s happening in the world, in large part due to their media diet. So in 2017, he founded 1440 Media, a free direct-to-email newsletter to make the news fact-based and easy to digest.  1440 Media saw $7 million in revenue in 2021, but they’re not done growing. Pierre sits down with us live from Long Live Beerworks in Providence to discuss his explosive growth and the future of 1440 Media.

BALLS (presented by Manscaped): Kansas makes history by staging a 15-point comeback in an epic National Championship game. The Bryant Bulldogs make a mark of their own, though, landing some key transfers thanks to Peter Kiss’ ambassador skills. Now that baseball is back, we revisit our picks from last week. Are the Dodgers really that good? What’s in store for the Yankees after an opening series win over the Red Sox?  We make our picks for Rookie of the Year.  25-year-old Scottie Scheffler is on a tear, and his latest stop is the Masters. Is Tiger Woods overdue to hang up the golf shoes?  We close with predictions for the NBA Playoffs.

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Publish Date: 4/12/2022


BEERS: Revival is both one of Rhode Island’s staples and up-and-coming locations. Now, with new beers and a new buzz, Will tries the brand-new Extra Thirsty IPA. At 10.5%, where does this stack up among the region’s triple IPA’s? Everyone loves Trader Joe’s, and we’re no exception, so Jake takes a crack at one of their thirteen beers you can find in a state where alcohol in grocery stores is legal.  Josephsbrau PLZNR is today’s choice, and while it’s certainly not the best pilsner on the market, Jake’s glad he tried it.

BUSINESS: It’s been a long while since we’ve had any significant Amazon news, but the recent vote by its front-line workers might have just made up for it.  Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse will be the first in company history to unionize, and it’s sending ripples across the world. Amazon has fought labor unions in its workforce, but now it faces a critical dilemma and still remains at the forefront of the labor crisis - will this throw lead times, staff, and same-day-deliveries into a spiral? Also, we crown our first Entrepreneur of the Week to a German man that was vaccinated 90 times so he could sell the vaccination cards. Kudos…

BALLS (27:31): Former NBA player and Duke National Champion Chris Duhon joins the show. We discuss his journey to getting a full scholarship at Duke, being recruited by Coach K, and winning the national championship with Carlos Boozer & Jay Williams in 2001.  Chris tells us some of the lessons he learned from Coach K, his philosophy on how the Duke teams should operate, and some of the things that truly make him the best coach of all time.  We also discuss his 9-year NBA career as a reliable point guard, including on the 2012-13 “Superteam” LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant.  Now an assistant coach at Bryant, Chris tells us about the Bulldogs’ first ever conference championship in March, and his first time back at March Madness since 2004.  We close the show with a recap & predictions for the NCAA title game on Monday night, and preview the beginning of the MLB season.

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Publish Date: 4/4/2022


BEERS (11:42) : Our Cincinnati journey continues! For our next stop, we hit a local (and even national) favorite in Rhinegeist Brewery. Located in the historic Over-The-Rhine district, Rhinegeist’s home was a pre-prohibition bottling plant, and has since evolved into a beer brand loved by Ohioans across the state. Assistant GM Aislinn Brown and Director of Education Chris Shields sit down with us over a few pints of Rhinegeist beer. We discuss the role that Cincinnati played during prohibition and the German influence on the taproom & beer style. We also try Rhinegeist’s flagship IPA, Truth, which made the list of top 100 beers in the world in 2014.

BUSINESS (41:34): Bradley Adams and Ali Bozzutto found a real problem upon which they built Aerogami - the accessibility of information.  Picture this: you get into a small fender-bender, and you exchange information with the other party. But there’s only one problem; since you have your insurance policy information on the app, and you’re in an area with no service, you don’t know your policy number!  Aerogami’s products aim to solve many different challenges in a “no-code” fashion - from travel and insurance to public safety. We chat with Bradley and Ali at the Founders & Friends event at Long Live Beerworks in Providence, RI.

BALLS (Presented by MANSCAPED): The Final Four…er, the Blue Bloods Classic…has arrived!  Kansas, Duke, Villanova, and North Carolina are the last teams standing in a year that’s featured more mayhem than recent seasons. Duke and UNC are set to meet for the first time in March Madness history; what kind of fireworks should we expect? Is this Coach K’s destiny? Can Villanova get back to the championship? Now that baseball’s within reach, we set the stage for the return of the MLB.

BBBBONUS: If you have a phone, you saw Will Smith slap the shit out of Chris Rock. Staged or real?

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Publish Date: 3/29/2022


Two Part Interview: We continue our coverage of the Founders and Friends live show, plus we kickoff our interview series from Bockfest. 

Beers (10:53): Every founder has a story. Mike Neilan's story comes from an accident. After a skateboarding injury that took him out, Mike picked up a camera in 2009 and hasn't turned back since. With a new passion, Mike went to college, gained experience, built his portfolio, and years later met his Co-Founder (ironically named Mike). The two met at a job and instantly hit it off. They knew their talents meshed well, and were ready to make a brand for themselves.It wasn't until 2018 where their dreams became a reality. Now a few years later, over 50 clients worth of work,  a new office space, and a team being built, Focus Forward Media has taken the Ocean State by storm. We sit down with Mike to talk about starting a company in Rhode Island, how to take a leap of faith, and what the future looks like for Focus Forward Media

Business (35:26): Everybody knows the conglomerate called The Boston Beer Company. Founded in 1984 with their first brand of beer being Sam Adams, they are now considered the fourth largest brewer in the United States. Boston may be in its name, but the company has deep roots within the Cincinnati community. Founder Jim Koch, the craft beer pioneer, grew up in Cincy, where his father and grandfather were both employed at local breweries. In 1997, Koch purchased the Hudepolh-Schoenling brewery on Central Parkway, Cincinnati. Generations of Koch brewers had worked their and they revolutionized it to be the main production brewery for Samuel Adams beers. In 2018, the OTR Taproom opened, and since then has blessed the community with a variety of Sam Adams favorites and exclusives. "Beers, Business, and Balls" Podcast had a chance to sit down with Keith McEly, who is the General Manager of the Cincy Taproom. He goes over their list of what's on tap, the rich history of the Ohio Beer scene and Sam Adams, and how the space has grown over the years.

Balls: Our brackets have been busted for quite some time, but we recap the first two rounds of the tournament and talk about what's in store. We also dive into NFL and MLB free agency, and drop our favorite signings and biggest surprises. 

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Publish Date: 3/22/2022


THREE-FOR-ONE: Founders and Friends Recap Episode Part 1 and Bonus Bryant Hoops + Live Reaction of the Yankees trade

BEERS (4:32) : It’s not every day that a titan of the New England beer industry is willing to discuss their craft. In this week’s episode, we sit down with Veronica Pesak, the Taproom Manager at podcast favorite Long Live Beerworks. We discuss some of the new beers Long Live has been brewing, the importance of adapting and finding new customers (especially during COVID’s early days), and some future plans for Long Live Beerworks.

BUSINESS (15:33): Nick Cianfaglione dropped out of Bryant to take the entrepreneurial plunge. When we last chatted with him in 2021, he was the Founder of Artist Republik, a revolutionary product for the music industry…and now, he’s been acquired and enjoying the proverbial 9-to-5 life. Nick is giving back to the startup community that helped him launch his venture by founding StartupRI, a group for founders based in Rhode Island to collaborate and share ideas. We discuss his future plans live from Long Live Beerworks.

BALLS (37:10) : For the first time in program history, the Bryant Bulldogs are Northeast Conference Champions!  America’s favorite walk-on Timmy Kiggins joins the show after a few days of celebrating to take us through the last few days of life as a champion.  We discuss what he’s learned from working with the nation’s leading scorer in Peter Kiss, what it means to be a crowd favorite, and the attitude in the Bryant locker room that’s prepared them for March Madness. The Bulldogs travel to Dayton to take on Wright State in the First Four; the winner gets a tough test against #1-seed Arizona.

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Publish Date: 3/14/2022


THREE-FOR-ONE: Founders and Friends Recap Episode Part 1 and Bonus Bryant Hoops + Live Reaction of the Yankees trade BEERS (4:32) : It’s not every day that a titan of the New England beer industry is willing to discuss their craft. In this week’s episode, we sit down with Veronica Pesak, the Taproom Manager at podcast favorite Long Live Beerworks. We discuss some of the new beers Long Live has been brewing, the importance of adapting and finding new customers (especially during COVID’s early days), and some future plans for Long Live Beerworks. BUSINESS (15:33): Nick Cianfaglione dropped out of Bryant to take the entrepreneurial plunge. When we last chatted with him in 2021, he was the Founder of Artist Republik, a revolutionary product for the music industry…and now, he’s been acquired and enjoying the proverbial 9-to-5 life. Nick is giving back to the startup community that helped him launch his venture by founding StartupRI, a group for founders based in Rhode Island to collaborate and share ideas. We discuss his future plans live from Long Live Beerworks. BALLS (37:10) : For the first time in program history, the Bryant Bulldogs are Northeast Conference Champions!  America’s favorite walk-on Timmy Kiggins joins the show after a few days of celebrating to take us through the last few days of life as a champion.  We discuss what he’s learned from working with the nation’s leading scorer in Peter Kiss, what it means to be a crowd favorite, and the attitude in the Bryant locker room that’s prepared them for March Madness. The Bulldogs travel to Dayton to take on Wright State in the First Four; the winner gets a tough test against #1-seed Arizona. MANSCAPED: We’re proud to present Manscaped as our latest partner! What guy wouldn’t want The Right Tools for The Job?! Head over to manscaped.com/house, or use the code HOUSE at checkout for 20% off AND free shipping on your order. Thanks for listening! Remember to hit the follow button on Spotify, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 3/14/2022


THREE-FOR-ONE: Founders and Friends Recap Episode Part 1 and Bonus Bryant Hoops + Live Reaction of the Yankees trade BEERS (4:32) : It’s not every day that a titan of the New England beer industry is willing to discuss their craft. In this week’s episode, we sit down with Veronica Pesak, the Taproom Manager at podcast favorite Long Live Beerworks. We discuss some of the new beers Long Live has been brewing, the importance of adapting and finding new customers (especially during COVID’s early days), and some future plans for Long Live Beerworks. BUSINESS (15:33): Nick Cianfaglione dropped out of Bryant to take the entrepreneurial plunge. When we last chatted with him in 2021, he was the Founder of Artist Republik, a revolutionary product for the music industry…and now, he’s been acquired and enjoying the proverbial 9-to-5 life. Nick is giving back to the startup community that helped him launch his venture by founding StartupRI, a group for founders based in Rhode Island to collaborate and share ideas. We discuss his future plans live from Long Live Beerworks. BALLS (37:10) : For the first time in program history, the Bryant Bulldogs are Northeast Conference Champions!  America’s favorite walk-on Timmy Kiggins joins the show after a few days of celebrating to take us through the last few days of life as a champion.  We discuss what he’s learned from working with the nation’s leading scorer in Peter Kiss, what it means to be a crowd favorite, and the attitude in the Bryant locker room that’s prepared them for March Madness. The Bulldogs travel to Dayton to take on Wright State in the First Four; the winner gets a tough test against #1-seed Arizona. MANSCAPED: We’re proud to present Manscaped as our latest partner! What guy wouldn’t want The Right Tools for The Job?! Head over to manscaped.com/house, or use the code HOUSE at checkout for 20% off AND free shipping on your order. Thanks for listening! Remember to hit the follow button on Spotify, and leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 3/14/2022


BEERS: Will took an excursion to Tree House’s Cape Cod location. While the vibe didn’t match the original Tree House, it was definitely an experience to remember.  He had Galactic Storm Peach, Very Hazy Mango, and Oreo And Miles To Go Before I Sleep, all with some raving reviews.  Jake took it up to Massachusetts, too, and Notch Brewing in Salem was this weekend’s selection.  We can’t remember when the last time either of us has had a Dunkel, but Voll Projekt Dunkel Weisse breaks the curse and has some surprisingly good tastes.

BUSINESS: Gary Goldberg was a third-generation textile manufacturer who knew the ins-and-outs of the industry.  When he realized that the sports industry was “stuck in the 90’s,” he knew something had to change. Enter SquadLocker - Rhode Island’s #1-ranked startup - disrupting the hyper-local, intensely-fragmented athletic apparel market.  Gary discusses the growth of SquadLocker from an apparel manufacturer to a tech leader, raising more than $40 million, and adding former Super Bowl winners & pro athletes to the team.  SquadLocker is the official merch partner of House Enterprise. (12:00)

BALLS: Was the Super Bowl boring or good? We discuss our performances at the kiosk, and what wagers paid off.  With baseball seemingly at a standstill, all eyes are on college basketball. We break down Juwan Howard’s suspension for hitting Greg Gard in the face.  We also discuss the current Big East standings, and with 2 wins to go for the regular season title, Providence is in the driver’s seat after Villanova’s loss to UConn on Tuesday.

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Publish Date: 2/23/2022


In honor of the big top-10 match up today between Providence and Villanova, we have Terrance Oglseby joining us on the pod! A college hoops analyst with ‘Field of 68’, TO is a former Clemson guard and 8 year pro. He dives into his career, his love for the game, and why the Friars are legit this season.

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Publish Date: 2/15/2022


We recap an amazing time at the Rhode Island Brew Fest this past weekend. The final count was just under 70 tasters of beer over the many vendors in attendance!  We each shout out some of our favorites from the weekend - including a light coffee porter, a juicy New England IPA, and a cucumber lime seltzer from a popular RI beer company.  We also catch up with Matt Gray, the founder of the RI Brew Fest & Ragged Island Brewing Company, to discuss the significance of this event to local breweries and what’s in store for the future.

The Super Bowl is finally here! Who are we backing on Sunday? Can Joe Burrow ride his nationwide fame to a victory, or will Matt Stafford finally get the ring he’s been chasing his whole career? We break down some must-bet props that you should be considering at the window this week.

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Publish Date: 2/11/2022


BEERS:  All snow storms are just an opportunity to try some craft beers deep in the fridge. With almost 2 feet of snow coming down in Rhode Island and Will’s birthday this weekend, we jumped right to the task. Will reviews Winter Warmer from our friends at Moniker - it’s a different take on one of the most popular cold-weather beer styles in the region with a hint of hot peppers. Jake gives his review on Rhode Island powerhouse Grey Sail’s take on an eggnog beer - “Kegnog” - and has mixed reviews.

BUSINESS: Fifteen years ago, Jesse Cole (18:23) went to play baseball at a small school in South Carolina. Now, he’s the brains behind one of America’s fastest-growing baseball brands.  The Savannah Bananas are rewriting the rules on what it means to be a sports team; they sing their walk-up songs, they take batting practice on stilts, and they dance the night away…all during the game.  Jesse Cole, who has owned the Bananas for 6 years now, joins us this week to discuss how he turned a failing minor league team into the greatest show in baseball.

BALLS: We’ve finally got a Super Bowl matchup.  In a crazy weekend of football, the Bengals took advantage of their opportunity and picked off the Chiefs in overtime - RIP Jackson Mahomes!  Meanwhile, the 49ers couldn’t add onto their streak of beating the LA Rams, and are going home empty-handed, while the Rams will become the second team ever (and second straight, too!!) to play a Super Bowl on their home field. We give our gut reactions to the Rams-Bengals matchup.

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Publish Date: 1/31/2022


We’re bringing “Bachelor with a Bro” to the BBB Pod!  You know Jesse Palmer (13:15) from his days as a backup quarterback in the NFL, and his studio analysis for College Football on ESPN.  Now, he ventures off into hosting one of the most popular reality shows in the world! Jesse joins us to discuss what’s on tap for Season 26 of The Bachelor, as former pro football player Clayton Echard searches for love. Jesse teases some of the major storylines to look out for in this week’s episode, and leaves a trail of breadcrumbs for what Clayton might be looking for in a partner.  Jesse also tells us how his career in sports broadcasting has prepared him for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

BEERS: Our Bachelor with a Bro pioneer, Zach Mastrianni, joins the show this week to have some beer.  Zach reviews RI’s own Shaidzon Brewing Company with Buffalo Czech, a Pilsner that has him reminiscing on the glory days of studying abroad in Prague. Will takes a bite of Cookie Hour, a new pour from RI favorite Long Live Beerworks.  Jake is still reviewing beers from his December trip to Florida, as he plugs Riptide Brewing Company’s take of a fruit ale called “Gango Muava.”

BUSINESS: If you haven’t been up-to-date on the outburst from Vishal Garg, the CEO of Better.com, type his name into your favorite social media app and see what you find.  You pissed yet?  Well, just a few weeks after he decided to “step away for a while,” he’s back at the helm of his company. How long does he survive?  We play “Like It or Leave It” for what we thought was everyone’s favorite new fit-tech product in Peloton, who has suffered from a brutal couple of months with dwindling sales and crushed demand.  We also break down the proposed Microsoft-Activision merger that would instantly become history’s biggest tech deal.

BALLS: It’s Upset City in the NFL! Could this be the best NFL Divisional Round in the history of the sport? The Cincinnati Bengals will play the rollin’ Kansas City Chiefs next week, while the Rams get their redemption game against the 49ers at home. Meanwhile, Tom Brady & Aaron Rodgers are on the outside looking in; what does the future hold for the two vets?

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Publish Date: 1/24/2022


EPISODE 73 - Yvan Demosthenes and Christine Hall, Dead Low Brewing Company

BEERS: Will gives the latest update on Providence Brewing Company’s grand re-opening on the West End of the Creative Capital.  They’ve got a great new spot inside Farm Fresh RI, an open-concept market with lots of room for expansion. More importantly, their beer is great, too! Will reviews Pound Town, a New England IPA already garnering great reviews. Jake recaps his Christmas trip to Florida, where he surprisingly had more good beer than he thought existed there.  He reviews Miami Weiss (pronounce it exactly like you think it sounds), a Hefeweizen by MIA Beer Company that stacks up well in can art.

BUSINESS (and Beers): Yvan Demosthenes and Christine Hall are thriving as part of the founding team of Dead Low Brewing Company.  Christine founded Dead Low in 2019 with her family members, and Yvan came shortly after as an investor; what brought him into such an exciting beer brand?  We discuss the sneakily booming craft beer industry in Cincinnati (80+ craft breweries and growing), starting a brewery in the midst of COVID-19, and even snagged an invite to Bockfest in March 2022! One thing is for sure; you need to get to Cincinnati if you are a craft beer lover like us. (16:29)

BALLS: It’s the end of the football season, and we have some bold thoughts. Is Super Wild Card Weekend a good idea? Should the NFL rethink Week 18? We make our divisional round predictions. We also recap the CFB Championship, where Georgia got revenge and rinsed ‘Bama; did the better team win? In the baseball scene, there is nothing even close to suggest an ending to the lockout. And finally, in college hoops: is Auburn or Gonzaga the best team in the nation right now?

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Publish Date: 1/18/2022


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BEERS: Will highlights our own creation in Grocery Store Joe - House Brewing Company’s newest creation.  Our newest milkshake IPA is one that we make some ambitious claims on.  Jake reviews an old favorite from Long Live in Peanut Butter Mallow Bites, one that he ranks one of the best of 2021.

BUSINESS: Jeff Bezos is accused of being “tone deaf” after posting a picture of Blue Origin’s 6th space mission on the same day that tornadoes ripped through the Midwest. Is Bezos truly tone deaf or is this an overreaction?  Buzzfeed’s IPO has gone sour after several blank-check SPAC’s withdrew from their investments. What’s in store for Buzzfeed?

BALLS (presented by Manscaped): In the NFL,the Buffalo Bills are on a horrible streak of losses; is something broken? Gillette Stadium gets some long-overdue renovations, and the Broncos honor the late Demariyus Thomas.  College basketball is back, and so are buzzer beaters: Rutgers knocks off #1 Purdue at the RAC!  What’s next for the Big East, the Providence Friars, and the Bryant Bulldogs, and are the Villanova Wildcats really the #1 team in the nation?

BOOKIT (21:00): One of the most entertaining gambling personalities on social media joins the show this week. You know BookItWithTrent from his wild parlays on TikTok & others, but how did this aspiring reporter end up as a degenerate gambling content creator? We discuss Trent’s rise to fame after he botched a question to Russell Westbrook, his perception online as a gambling creator, and his new venture - BookItSports - which promises to be a first-of-its-kind in the gambling community.

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Publish Date: 12/14/2021


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BEERS: Two out of season beers are back in the first full week of December. Who would’ve thought? It’s a fruited sour from Greenport Brewing Company for Will, and for Jake, a new take on Southern Tier’s Pumking with Cold Brew Coffee and a smooth, thick nitro back.

BUSINESS: “The future is free” takes a whole new meaning with FreeWater, the world’s first free beverage company.  Josh Cliffords is a serial entrepreneur, a veteran, and one of the most well-traveled entrepreneurs we’ve chatted with on our show.  We discuss how FreeWater pays for itself with advertisements, how they’ve been getting their water to consumers, and what other products could be “free” in the future. (18:15 mark)

BALLS: The NFL is officially in mayhem mode. No old takes are exposed for us as the Pats knock off the Bills in MNF, but we break down all the wild games that took place in Week 13 - the Lions getting their first win, the Chargers thumping the Bengals, and the Chiefs winning a rock fight against the Broncos. We break down who’s good and who’s not in the NFL, and preview the College Football Playoff coming up in a few weeks.

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Publish Date: 12/7/2021


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BEERS: It’s always a good time when Bissell Brothers enters the chat, and this week Will takes a stab at reviewing this titan of beer in Maine.  Jake reviews a “fruited pancake” brown ale from Reverie Brewing Company in Newtown, Connecticut. Both beers this week should be on your list.

BUSINESS: Jack Dorsey has been running Twitter since its inception in 2006, but announced to the world that he will be stepping down from his post as the CEO & Chairman effective this upcoming May.  Is this good for Twitter, or did Dorsey take the fall for others that are spearheading the censorship there?  Black Friday has come and gone, and the numbers are in - sales are 48% higher than last year, but 28% down from 2019 levels.  Will Black Friday ever be the same?

BALLS: Ed Cooley had humble beginnings when he grew up on the south side of Providence - but years later, he returned to his hometown to become the head coach of the Providence Friars and establish a legacy of his own.  Coach Cooley joins the show (33:22) to discuss his upbringing in the Creative Capital, his academic and athletic success at Stonehill, and his learnings from teaching high school history in Bridgewater.  Cooley takes us through his early lessons as a head coach in Fairfield, building a program at Providence, recruiting, weight loss, and good eats around the 401.

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Publish Date: 11/30/2021


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Episode 69 (nice) features one of the OG guests and now a two-time recurring feature on our show, Eric Dunn.  Some knew him from Vine & Snapchat, but now many more know him for his podcast “Dunn & Drew” and the content he’s been creating for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  We discuss the NFL scene, the fate of the Jags, the future of Trevor Lawrence, and debate if the Detroit Lions will ever win a game.  We also catch up on Eric’s new ventures in content creation & what’s next.

At the beginning of our show, we break down our recent trip to the happiest place on earth: Tree House Brewing Company.  It’s been a while since we took the trip up to the shining beacon on a hill in Charlton, MA, but it was well-worth it.  We review the new “Julius 4-Ways” mixed pack, which features four different versions of America’s favorite beer, Julius.  Will takes us through his thoughts on Julius Mango, and Jake has nothing but great things to say about Creamsicle, making an outrageous claim at the segment’s end.  To finish the show, we give our predictions on Thanksgiving Football spreads and over/unders, and build our perfect Thanksgiving plates.

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Publish Date: 11/24/2021


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BEERS: Our first guest on the art side of the beer world joins the show! Jim McCune co-founded the Craft Beer Marketing Awards in 2019, only to have COVID delay its launch in the way he would’ve hoped. Now, he’s created one of the most popular awards among beer creators in “The Crushies,” which are given to those making a splash in the craft beer marketing scene.  We discuss Jim’s career as a graphic designer, his lessons learned from working at Blue Point Brewery in New York, and what’s next for the CBMA’s.

BUSINESS:So much for anonymity!  Two men are going to trial with the same goal: to prove that they were the one true founder of Bitcoin. With $66 billion in BTC on the table, the stakes are higher than ever in this first-of-its-kind legal battle. How can Ira Kleiman and Craig Wright each legally prove that they own the pile of cryptocurrency up for grabs.  If that’s not enough crypto news for you, we’ve got more: an investor group is raising money to buy one of the only certified copies of the US Constitution.

BALLS (presented by MANSCAPED):  College basketball is here! What did we learn in week 1? Is Gonzaga the team to beat? Is Loyola moving to the A-10 a good call?  In NFL news, the Los Angeles Rams are the team to beat, but got trounced by the 49ers with their new-look team; what went wrong? As for a quick check on the NBA, the Golden State Warriors are red-hot with a 11-2 start, seemingly out of nowhere.

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Publish Date: 11/17/2021


A loaded show kicks off two guests who are family of the House Enterprise crew.

You’ve seen his “Morbid Facts” and “Insane Coincidences” on TikTok.  You’ve retweeted his early pics of the Loch Ness Monster, and you most certainly recognize his mustache. Connor Krajcsik (known as @con_spiracy on TikTok) was our 2nd guest ever, and now he rejoins us more than a year and a half later to discuss the latest in a crowded conspiracy world.  We debate if aliens exist, and if so, how they interact with us.  We break down the new rumors about Anthony Fauci dumping fuel on the fire that has been COVID-19, and learn about his troubled past in public health.  We also discuss Elon Musk’s success as a personality and a businessman in recent times, and make our bets on when he’ll inevitably become the world’s first trillionaire.

In the sports world: Josh Adams founded College Hoops Digest in 2012, and now is kicking off Season 12 with a bang. We’re proud to announce that House Enterprise and College Hoops Digest are joining forces for this upcoming year. Josh joins us to discuss what consumers can expect on this next edition of the site.

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Publish Date: 11/9/2021


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BEERS: As sure as the sun will shine, we went back to Malted Barley, Providence’s best beer bar.  Will went for the IPA’s on our Saturday trip, and reviewed Virid - a staple from Connecticut’s own Fox Far Brewery. Jake informally kicks off #StoutSzn with the onset of November with Left Hand’s famous Peanut Butter Milk Stout that will leave you craving a piece of pie or your favorite dessert.

BUSINESS: Nobody likes to think about what it’ll be like when they die, but after she lost three loved ones, Emily Cisek knew the process had to change. So after a solid career in public relations and marketing, Emily founded The Postage Inc., a full-service platform to digitize legacy planning. Emily talks with us about her formative days at Bryant University, her big move to Texas, and how she’s been able to pass on this important message of The Postage to investors.

BALLS (presented by MANSCAPED): Mayhem in the NFL this week! The New York Jets won another game...is Mike White is the second coming?  The Arizona Cardinals are no longer undefeated, and Aaron Rodgers looks to be as good as new. Are the re-tooled Rams the team to beat in the NFC? In the MLB world, the Atlanta Braves sit on the cusp of a World Series victory, just needing one win to clinch. Can they fend off the pesky Houston Astros in their home park? And finally in the hockey world, there are 3 undefeated teams left a couple weeks into the year...are any of them for real? Jake declares his fandom for the Islanders.

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Publish Date: 11/2/2021


BEERS: The guys are back on the road!  We make the short trip to one of Providence’s newest breweries, Moniker, to interview the masterminds behind it all: Jeff Goodno and Bryan Benedict.  In this on-site interview, Jeff and Bryan discuss their past experiences on both the brewing and branding/sales side of the brewery process, and what ultimately led them to create a new venture together. We discuss the start-up of Moniker, why they chose a former auto body shop as their destination, and what they looked for in hiring their head brewer. We also discuss their partnership with Southern-style comfort-food joint Bucktown, their close proximity to a fellow brewery (and recent podcast guest) Beer on Earth, and what’s next for Moniker.

BUSINESS: Bitcoin is rallying back! After being clamped by China a few weeks back, $BTC is showing resilience in the face of adversity. Some believe this is due to the SEC approving a Bitcoin-related ETF (ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF) which starts trading Tuesday. Could this be a wise investment?  In the world of sports betting, the state of New Jersey has eclipsed $1.01 billion in wagers in a single month, shattering the previous record of $966m. Revenue is up 40% from 2021! What’s next for sports betting?

BALLS: Rapid fire!! The Yankees were bounced from the MLB playoffs, and now it has come down to 4 teams; the Red Sox, Astros, Braves, and Dodgers - who takes the crown?  Who is the best team in the AFC?  The Raiders roar over the Broncos in their first game without Jon Gruden; are they legit again?  Hockey and basketball are back, and the College Basketball AP Top 25 Poll is out; our guys give instant reactions.

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Publish Date: 10/19/2021


BEERS: Jake goes first in a stunning twist: he’s back at Bad Sons Brewery in Derby, Connecticut. Although most of the time, Bad Sons has failed to deliver on good beer, its new fruited sour Golden Ticket is righting the course. Fresh-off a trip to Nikki’s Liquors, Will tries Synder Bier Pretzel Marzen, a new collaboration between Snyder and popular Northeast beer brand Captain Lawrence.

BUSINESS: Just about everyone on the planet was impacted by Monday’s business storyline. Facebook and Instagram both went down due to an outage on Facebook’s servers. This comes with suspicious timing, as director of security Antigone Davis went on CNBC only a few hours earlier to defend an accusation that Facebook prioritizes “profit over safety.” It was the worst outage in over two years for a social media group. We discuss exactly what went down on Monday and give a stab at what could’ve been the culprit.

BALLS: If you’re a fellow member of Yankees Twitter, you are definitely a loyal follower of Nick Costanzo, popularly known as Stanzo among the Twitter community. We invite Stanzo to discuss Tuesday’s big Wild Card game between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park. It’s been a wild season, and somehow it produced the same results...both teams finishing with 92 wins and 70 losses. Now, it comes down to one game - one team will move onto the ALDS against the Rays, and the other is heading home. What do the Yankees have to do in order to survive and advance at Fenway Park tonight? We also discuss Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium and review our “locks” of last week.

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Publish Date: 10/5/2021


EPISODE 63

BEERS: You already know what time it is...fall beer season.  Will takes it to Newport Craft to try Ungourdly Hour. You’d think this sounds like a lighter pumpkin beer, but this Strong Ale is certainly off the beaten path for fall beverages. Spicy and strong, this 9.5% beer is an interesting choice as we head into the fall months. More traditional pumpkin beer lovers might identify more with Jake’s review, as he breaks down Shipyard’s “Smashed Pumpkin” in the Pugsley Signature Series.  Still standing strong at 9%, Jake takes a stab at the perfect formula for a pumpkin beer.

BUSINESS: Everyone knows the name Marvel. Whether it was the movies, the comics, or the action figures, Marvel was more than likely in your life as a child.  Now, Marvel is taking the motion picture scene by storm; Shang-Chi is now the top-grossing movie in North America ($187m), just ahead of Black Widow, which dominated the box office for a good chunk of the year.  Is Marvel the best motion picture company ever? How much will movies rally this year? Will this raise Disney stock ($DIS) even further? We discuss the impact Marvel has had on the movie scene and beyond.

BALLS: Two-time Super Bowl champion Dan Koppen and former MLB draft selection Tip Fairchild join the show.  The two former pros join the show to discuss their new venture, the “Past Our Prime” podcast, presented by Squadlocker. We take a journey down the path of Dan’s decorated career as an Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the New England Patriots, having his number retired at the same high school as Saquon Barkley, and break down what makes Tom Brady so great.  We talk baseball shop with Tip, including his professional experience playing for Sparky Lyle, alongside Roger Clemens, and his favorite moments of his career. 

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Publish Date: 9/28/2021


BEERS: This weekend, we both went south to the Mid-Atlantic region, and you know what that means: great beer. Will starts with a selection from Collusion Tap Works in York, Pennsylvania that has far reach into the beer scene. Despite being just a small brew pub in the middle of nowhere, Collusion boasts some of Pennsylvania's best beer.  Will has great things to say about Xerion Matrix, a New England style IPA for which he gives a high rating. Jake takes us to Star Hill Brewery, who just released its new beer garden in McLean, Virginia; it's a must-visit.

BUSINESS: The gambling show!! With Michael Jordan declaring that he’ll be investing in sports gambling data company SportRadar, we discuss if we’re about to see major sports stars venture into the betting world. Between ESPN’s $3 billion funding call on their sportsbook rights & licensing, to more sportsbooks popping up in venues across the nation, it’s a no-brainer.

BALLS: The Saturday’s & Seltzers podcast joins the show! (18:30) We have Kendra Middleton and Sarah Griffin on the show to discuss the brand they’ve built in just a few months.  Both self-proclaimed PLL experts, we discuss this past weekend’s Chaos-Whipsnakes Championship game - full disclosure, we recorded before the game, so you are definitely allowed to @OldTakesExposed us.  We break down what’s next for the game of lacrosse, content creation, and even some baseball.

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Publish Date: 9/21/2021


BEERS: Will tries a very unique beer...so unique, it’s been named “America’s Best Light Lager” at this year’s World Beer Awards. Chair 2 is a Sons of Liberty creation, established in South Kingstown, but distributed nationally under its own brand...very similar to what SOL has done with Loyal Lemonade (which is DELICIOUS). Will has high praises for this new beer.  Jake reviews a North Shore selection from “Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin...you don’t come out the way you came in.”  Bent Water Brewing Company, a hidden gem in a warehouse right off the Lynnway, hits a home run with Sluice Juice, a New England IPA that has more hops than you knew existed.

BUSINESS: The iPhone 13 is coming!! Along with new Apple Watches and AirPods, Apple will release products at its world release events this week. When does phone technology hit its limit? Are we ever going to get the hologram keyboard that was promised to us like 10 years ago?!  How will the releases affect Apple stock; is now a good time to buy, or should you wait until after the event? Also, COVID tests are coming to brick and mortar stores; they’ll be in stores at around a 35% discount off what you can normally buy them for.  We debate; would you buy a covid test in a store if you were in a pinch?

BALLS: A long overdue show, but our “Writers’ Room” makes its debut!  We have our in-house writers James Mas, Sam Basel, Jordan Laube, and Eddy Szalan on the show to discuss their NFL teams’ performance in Week 1.  We break down the Eagles & Cardinals wins over the Falcons and Titans, and then discuss the losses...there was much sadness to go around between the Giants, Pats, and Jets.  We recap Sam Darnold’s revenge game with the Panthers, Corey Davis’ new addition to the Jets receiving core, and predictions for Mac Jones’s second game. We finish with giving our locks of the week, and the top fantasy performer for next week.

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Publish Date: 9/14/2021


Who doesn’t love The Wonton Don?! Our Episode 60 guest is the one and only Donnie Does, who made his name on traveling the world and discovering new cultures. You’ll recall that just a few months ago, Donnie put out a plea for someone to make him a “breakfast beer,” and this summer, we delivered plenty of fresh “Don’s Early Light” to the Barstool Sports HQ2. Donnie joins us for a quality hour of beer reviews, perspectives from his life as a content creator, and his upcoming trip to the Balkans. We also talk about his recent trip to Woonsocket, Rhode Island and all its “hidden gems.” We discuss how content creation has changed over the years, and what’s next for Donnie & the rest of the Barstool Sports crew.

We finish our show after Donnie’s interview with some rapid fire news. El Salvador is adopting Bitcoin as an official currency; is this brilliant or dumb? College football is back, and the NFL’s return is on the horizon; we make some moneyball picks for Week 1.

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Publish Date: 9/7/2021


BEERS: What if we told you there were two successful breweries across the street from each other?  We travel to Beer on Earth for this live segment with founder Adam Henderson.  Beer on Earth isn’t the biggest brewery space in Rhode Island, but Adam shares his story of turning his passion into his career...much like our friends at Side Hustle in Episode 57.  As an award-winning homebrewer, Adam initially planned to start a brewery in Texas, but eventually Beer on Earth came to life in the Creative Capital. We discuss Beer on Earth going to market, where consumers can find their beer, and the competition landscape growing in Rhode Island & beyond.

BUSINESS: Chicago is putting Grubhub & DoorDash on blast. City officials are accusing DoorDash and Grubhub of harming the city’s restaurants with high fees and other deceptive practices. Can this hold up in court, and how will it affect the delivery business?  We discuss the reality that Uber and Lyft might be using our battery information to hike rates on us, and Apple CEO Tim Cook’s massive 10-year-anniversary payout.

BALLS: Rapid fire is back! Our Yankees go on a thirteen game win streak & are back in the playoff race, can they sustain it?  Michigan wins the Little League World Series, but is the bigger story the elite pitching rotation of South Dakota not making it to the finals? Former NFL defensive back Pacman Jones loses a fight to Bobby “Lights Out” Lang, and “Patty Ice” Cantlay beats Bryson Dechambeau in a 6-hole playoff after Bryson tells him to “please stop walking…”

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Publish Date: 8/30/2021


BEERS: Will reviews a visit to a pop-up of a solid New England player in Widowmaker Brewing Company.  Their IPA’s can be found on the taps of most Boston-area beer bars and in the cans at most local liquor stores, so Will breaks down his experience getting Widowmaker’s flagship Blue Comet straight from the source.  Jake’s trip to Texas a few weeks back meant loads of craft beer, and “The Temptress” by Lakewood Brewing Company lived up to expectations. Although a 9.1% milk stout doesn’t sound ideal in the Texas heat, Temptress poured smooth and refreshing, and even sat well before a night out on the town.

BUSINESS: If you’re on OnlyFans, chances are you’re there for the suggestive content...for now, anyway. The subscription-based app has decided to ban all “sexually explicit content” on their platforms. This will certainly be a crushing blow to content creators; OnlyFans paid out $5 billion to more than 1.5 million users in its 5 years of existence.  Will their 150 million + users take their preferences elsewhere?  We also discuss Amazon’s double-down effort to get into brick-and-mortar models, and Elon Musk’s scary humanoid AI robot that is “naturally friendly.” GTFOH with that.

BALLS: She’s crushing her baseball coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area, she’s the host of the “All A’s” podcast, and she’s on our shortlist of recurring guests!  Jess Kleinschmidt re-joins the show to catch up on what’s been a crazy baseball season so far. Of course, we take a deep-dive on Jess’ Bay Area teams, and how the Giants & A’s are climbing the ranks in their respective divisions. We discuss the rise of the Yankees, the Cubs selling off basically their entire roster, and how each frontrunner can fare up in the playoffs.

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Publish Date: 8/23/2021


BEERS: Mike Palmieri and Lee Holyoak had unlikely paths into the beer world; Mike was an executive at AT&T, while Lee was a tennis pro at the Long Cove Club.  But their passion for good beer (and Lee’s homebrewing competition medals) brought them together to form Side Hustle Beer Company, and they set up shop in a popular area of Hilton Head Island.  Mike and Lee give us a glimpse into their founding, and how they turned their “side hustle” into full-time jobs.  We discuss opening & scaling a brewery, getting product into people’s hands, and what they want their guests to experience when they have a Side Hustle beer.

BUSINESS: Famed investor Warren Buffett is back in the picture! Berkshire Hathaway has upped its stake in Kroger, one of the nation’s most profitable supermarket chains. Many follow Buffett’s investment advice simply based on his track record of wildly-profitable success; is this an omen of more lockdowns to come?  We make our bets on what industries are going to thrive for the remainder of 2021.

BALLS: The NFL is coming!  Preseason games are underway, and we discuss what they’re excited about. We also make our picks for the most exciting Hard Knocks hypothetical seasons.  The Field of Dreams game last week was nothing short of a wild hit, as the White Sox and Yankees ended in a walk-off home run followed by a firework show.  Should this be an annual event for the MLB?  We also discuss the NBA Summer League & recap the USA Basketball team’s big gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Publish Date: 8/17/2021


BEERS: Apponaug Brewing Company is re-defining what it means to be a brewery.  When Tamara McKenney founded Apponaug, she envisioned a place that would intertwine craft beer, community, and great food: as she calls it, the “tripod.”  When she hired Mike Webster as her head brewer - who made stops at Tree House and Fox Farm - and a head chef to design a menu from the ground up, her dream was in motion.  This segment is our first live interview of 2021; Will and Jake head down to Warwick to interview Tamara and Mike in person, enjoy some good beer, and top it off with their favorite - sweet potato poutine.  We discuss the founding and original vision of Apponaug, the evolution of the beer program, and what’s next for Rhode Island’s quickest-growing brewpub.

BUSINESS: Snapchat is back! The social media titan recently announced it has nearly 293 million daily active users, and reported its biggest growth quarter in four years (24% from previous quarter). Lockdowns lifting and more people traveling means more posts, more engagement, and more filters! What’s next for Snapchat, and why are they crushing it among the younger crowds?

BALLS: Tokyo 2020 (or 2021? Who knows) is underway! While Basketball's 7-point loss to France is making headlines, the US has 7 gold medals at the time we recorded this episode. What’s on tap for the US olympic teams, and who’s in line to get medals?  The guys rank the new additions to the olympic lineup this year - karate, surfing, sport climbing, and skateboarding.  We also react to the “Guardians” becoming the new name of the Cleveland baseball team, and give some light analysis on the 2021 NBA Draft this Thursday.

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Publish Date: 7/26/2021


BEERS: Where else but Long Live?!  Will swung by the Providence favorite this weekend to try their newest collaboration, “DDH Sea Life,” made in partnership with South Shore-based Vitamin Sea Brewing.  With the engagement of so many users on Untappd and beyond, the guys turn this into a discussion on marketing for breweries - how can beer brands use social media to get more customers coming back?  Jake reviews Brick Alley House Ale, from the notorious Brick Alley Pub in Newport.  A good selection for a humid summer day is awarded the first “situational” ranking in podcast history (we think).

BUSINESS (17:17): When David Woodley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Economics, he never would’ve imagined the way his career turned. From selling advertisements at popular satire outlet The Onion, to becoming a partner and advisor to large hospitality and podcasting mediums, David has picked up a wealth of knowledge over his journey in corporate America. It’s now led him to become the Chief Content & Revenue Officer at Playmaker: a sports media, events, and merchandise company with a 12+ million-follower social footprint.  David discusses why Playmaker has been able to garner a titanic following on social media, why their content resonates so well with their followers, and what’s next for the brand.  David also breaks down Playmaker’s endeavors in athlete representation: from Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson, to college athletes getting a piece of the pie, there’s much to be excited about from Playmaker.

BALLS: Since we last recorded, the Milwaukee Bucks are 3-0!  Are we their X-factor?  We predict the results of Game 6 (and potentially Game 7), and break down the Suns’ chances of pulling off a solid two-game comeback.  The NHL Expansion Draft takes place on Wednesday, which means the Seattle Kraken will officially have a roster. Is the current format of the draft causing more harm than it is good?  Finally, Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo was plunked with a ball thrown from the crowd mid-game; the fan that hit him has been banned for life at all 30 MLB stadiums. Is this an overreaction or a fitting punishment?

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Publish Date: 7/19/2021


BEERS: Maine Brewing Company is always a favorite of ours, and this week, Will reviews Lunch...you can have it for lunch OR dinner (or breakfast) and it’ll hit different regardless. Will also tells us why Peroni on draft is an elite beer.  Jake reviews Affluente, a beer we received courtesy of our friends at Blackstone Valley Brewing Supplies in Woonsocket.  This Italian pilsner from Tributary Brewing Company (Maine) is a nice summer selection that will have you craving more.

BUSINESS: Where did Richard Branson come from?! The billionaire CEO of Virgin Galactic embarked on a trip that sent him more than 50 miles above the Earth’s surface in a test-run before commercial flights to space launch in the US.  What does this mean for Virgin’s stock ($SPCE) and how does it fit in to a now-crowded space market?  If you thought that was the most bizarre news you’ll see this week, how about “The Mooch” coming back!  Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House Chief of Staff for about a week, announced on a podcast that he launched an ethereum fund and has filed for an ETF.  He also received a “mystery investment” for $6 million; who could possibly be joining forces with The Mooch?!

BALLS: (18:46) Andy Katz has done it all in his long career; from highs of filling out 8 March Madness brackets with Barack Obama, to lows of being a victim of the 2017 ESPN layoffs, it’s safe to say Andy is one of the most well-traveled college basketball experts of our generation. Andy discusses his entry into the college basketball world, idolizing Peter Gammons and other Boston-area sports journalists, and some of the relationships he made to get to ESPN.  With name, image, and likeness regulations being eased in the college sports world, we discuss how college basketball could be affected, and what challenges present in its wake.  The guys talk Shaq, the best spots to eat in Rhode Island, and his tennis career. Will & Jake finish with a quick rapid-fire on a jam-packed week in sports.

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Publish Date: 7/12/2021


BEERS: With June 21st comes summer, and with summer comes outdoor beer!  It’s Sour Season once again, and the guys are coming in HOT out of the gates. Will recaps his visit to Narragansett Brewing Company’s new taproom at India Point Park in Providence, and reviews Dragonfruit Sour - an awesome summer sour that’ll leave you coming back. Jake reviews Summer Ginger Sour by Brewport, an up-and-coming spot in Bridgeport, Connecticut. If you like ginger, this is your beer; the guys follow it up with how great this would be in a cocktail.

THIS WEEK’S GUEST: Zac Stuart-Pontier might not be a household name, but you’re more than likely familiar with his work.  The two-time Emmy Award winner was recognized for his editorial work in The Jinx, Catfish, and other blockbuster films with HBO.  Zac was the brains behind Crimetown, a podcast series highlighting Buddy Cianci and the history of organized crime in Providence’s “glory days.”  Zach sits down with the guys to discuss his entry into the film career, getting people to trust him with such a “taboo” topic, playing a key role in pioneering the podcast game, and his favorite eats in Rhode Island.

BUSINESS: Crypto Crash 2.0 is here! This week, China banned financial firms from actively aiding in mining Crypto, causing Bitcoin to hit rock bottom...losing 15% of its value in June. Does this dip make an attractive buy scenario?

BALLS: The big, bad Philadelphia 76ers got bounced by the Atlanta Hawks, and are eliminated from the playoffs. Where does Ben Simmons (now definitely considered a “true bust”) end up after a disappointing NBA playoff series?  The guys run through their predictions as the Conference Finals are underway.

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Publish Date: 6/24/2021


BEERS: It’s the first week of June, and the summer days are coming! That means outdoor afternoon beers are BACK! We pregamed the Newport Polo event with a couple of drinks at Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling (compliments of our friend Brendan O’Donnell), and what a time it was.  Will reviews the “Annual 20” selection, a special-release farmhouse ale that comes out once a year (as the name suggests). Jake tries “Castle Hill Windward Weiss,” a light Hefeweizen perfect for the hot summer months. Head to Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling whenever you’re in southern Rhode Island!

BUSINESS: We talk about crypto every single episode, and our Episode 52 guest is no exception.  Kyle Seyboth, one of New England’s top-performing realtors, made real estate history when he became the first known person to sell a plot of land for Dogecoin. How did he pull off the transaction, and why was crypto the preferred method of selling?  We discuss Kyle’s rise to “real estate royalty,” the lessons he’s learned along the way, and why he believes he’s been so successful. The guys get Kyle’s opinions on sports & gambling, and uncover why his only drink of choice is Captain Morgan...with a splash of Coke.

BALLS: The Yankees are hurting the guys’ hearts more than they’re stinking up the AL East standings. They’ve lost 10 of the last 13 contests, and have just been swept by their sworn enemies in the Boston Red Sox. What gives, and what has to change?  One thing is for sure; the NBA Playoffs might be more appetizing for our hosts. With one round in the books, what have we learned and what’s surprised us?  What’s to make of the LA Lakers losing to the red-hot Phoenix Suns in the first round, the Knicks getting bounced by the Hawks, and the Clippers taking a hard-fought Game 7 against the Mavericks?  We finish with playoff hockey and the Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul fight on Sunday night; good entertainment or a fraud?

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Publish Date: 6/8/2021


BEERS: Morgan Snyder, the founder and head brewer of Buttonwoods Brewery, brings a unique perspective to the beer world. Buttonwoods, one of Rhode Island’s newer breweries (approaching 4 years of age), specializes in well-hopped IPA’s and out-of-the-box saisons, and it all stems from Morgan’s commitment to passionate & well-thought-out brewing processes. We discuss Morgan’s background in hospitality, making the jump to the beer world, and try “Sense of Place,” Buttonwoods’ signature peach saison...the logo was made by his mom! BUSINESS: Just when we thought travel is coming back to normal, a European airline runs into some trouble; Ryanair, the low-cost Irish airline, thinks the country of Belaurs legitimately hijacked their plane this week! On a flight from Athens, Greece to Lithuania, the plane was intercepted and forced to land by Belarus fighter jets. It turns out, a passenger on the plane was wanted on multiple charges in Belarus; when they landed, he was arrested, but MULTIPLE people did not return to the plane when it re-boarded. Is this a coincidence, or did we just witness one of the most crazy hijacking attempts of all time? In the crypto world, things are more saturated than ever with plenty of new memes-turned-currencies. Will and Jake give a shoutout to 3 of their favorite “Shitcoins,” all of which are sweeping the internet. BALLS: We made it to NBA Playoff season, which obviously means we need to debate if the play-in tournament is good or awful for the game. Should the NBA keep the same format that knocked out the Warriors & Pacers, and put the Grizzlies & Wizards as 8 seeds? How can the NBA fix its playoff system? We also discuss the rise of no-hitters in the MLB; there are now six no-no’s this year, only one away from tying the record for an entire season. Is this good for the game of baseball, and can it help its dying reputation? Beers, Business, and Balls is brought to you in part by Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies - a convenient and delicious way for everyone to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily health routine. Taste the Apple, Not the Vinegar. Go to Goli.com and use the code THEBBBPOD to get 10% off your order of Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 5/25/2021


The Big Apple - stand up! It’s New York Rangers prospect Brett Berard joining the show this week. The product of East Greenwich, Rhode Island joins us from his dorm room at Providence College to discuss his hockey journey so far, and what’s to come. Brett recaps his time with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, foregoing his high school career to chase his dream. We discuss being born & raised in a hockey family, having to choose between his dad’s program and PC, and playing alongside future NHL stars. Brett also discusses his time on the USA National Team this past winter, scoring a goal against Slovakia en route to a World Championship gold medal.

BEERS: Two favorite breweries are back! Will reviews Far Out There, a selection from his hometown Greenport Harbor Brewing Company. “Big and juicy,” as the can says, this one will have you ready for summer; plenty of Citra and Mosaic hops are the stars, and the melon & orange notes will have you licking your lips for more. Jake returned to Bad Sons Brewery in Derby, Connecticut for the new edition of Light Rider, an easy-drinking lager. Now that they’ve changed the recipe, this one gets some high praises from the craft beer community in New England; they added a tiny hint of Chardonnay to make it sweeter to the palate.

BUSINESS: So many happenings in the crypto world that it’s getting hard to keep up with it.  After 52-week highs across the board, cryptos took bad losses the past week for many reasons; and all of them are about Elon Musk. Dogecoin ($DOGE) suffered nearly 40-percent losses when it was shorted by investors after Elon’s SNL appearance, and just a few days later, he told the public that Tesla would rethink using Bitcoin ($BTC) for car purchases while they evaluate its carbon emissions. Dave Portnoy is sending Safemoon into a frenzy after selecting a random “Shitcoin” to invest $40k, and “not sell no matter what.” What’s next in this wild crypto ride?

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Publish Date: 5/18/2021


It’s one of the most complete interviews we’ve ever done on Beers, Business, and Balls: we welcome Brendan O’Donnell to the show this week.

Brendan’s path to the beer industry was one of the most unconventional, yet interesting stories we’ve ever heard. Brendan started school at Roanoke College in Virginia with nothing more than an interest in business and his Sigma Chi fraternity brothers. After working in finance for a few years, he finally decided he wanted more out of his life, and began his journey into craft beer.

Brendan purchased then-Newport Storm Brewery; a brand that was doing well, but needed work. Since then, Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Company has blossomed into a household name throughout New England. What is making Brendan so successful, and how is Newport Craft growing their market share in the Northeast? We discuss Brendan’s new acquisitions of Radiant Pig and Braven, his new endeavor onto the New York Stock Exchange, and a rum partnership with the New York Mets.

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Publish Date: 5/4/2021


BEERS (4:22): Sending it back to New Hampshire for this one! Will reviews “Face Plant Into Rock” by Granite Roots - this Belgian Tripel will have you face planting into some of your own rocks if you aren’t careful.  Jake reviews Common Man IPA, a staple of New Hampshire convenience stores...a good selection for a neutral setting. BUSINESS (10:47): We catch up with Scott Greenberg, an entrepreneur finding success in an unlikely market.  Scott recently founded StarStock, a marketplace for sports trading card buyers and sellers; customers list the cards on a portal, ship them to a secure vault, and earn money as a player’s “stock” rises.  StarStock now has over 800k cards in the vault, 600k traded, and adds 50k cards to its site every week. Scott discusses how he built one of the fastest-growing sports marketplaces, pitching to investors like NBA All-Star Trae Young & Twitch co-founder Justin Kan, and what’s to come in the future. BALLS (44:57): The NFL Draft is finally here - one of the most anticipated drafts in recent history!  Where do the quarterbacks go? Who will trade up to get their franchise star? We give our dream picks for both the Giants and Patriots.  We also discuss the baseball happenings of the week...from Trevor Bauer & Fernando Tatis Jr. dueling, to Shohei Ohtani’s historic start to the year.  We finish with the miracle season that the New York Knicks are off to. Beers, Business, and Balls is brought to you in part by Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies - a convenient and delicious way for everyone to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your daily health routine. Taste the Apple, Not the Vinegar. Go to Goli.com and use the code THEBBBPOD to get 10% off your order of Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 4/27/2021


ONE YEAR! We finally made it! On behalf of all of us at House Enterprise, we’d like to thank each and every one of you that engages with our content and listens each week. We couldn’t do it without you! For our one year anniversary episode, it was only right to bring back two guests who were with us from the very beginning.

You know Dave Silverman from Episode #2, but mostly from his role as the New England Patriots team photographer.  Dave joins us to reminisce on his stories from shooting some of the greatest football moments of all-time, break down Julian Edelman’s retirement, and relive his experience swimming with sharks in Mexico.

John Fanta - what more can be said? The undisputed #1 Sam Adams fan in New Jersey joins us to crush a few beers and recap the last few months we’ve been apart - after all, John is the only 3-time guest in BBB history!  John catches us up on all his accomplishments in the college basketball world - from being the youngest Play-by-Play Announcer on the FOX Sports roster this year, to covering the NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indiana, John has been quite the well-traveled figure this year. We also break down the Cleveland sports scene; the Browns’ rise to the top, and the Indians’ uncertain future ahead.

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Publish Date: 4/21/2021


BEERS: With baseball back and in full swing, Will reviews Pinstripe Pils by Blue Point Brewing Company. With a can decked out in Yankee pinstripes, it’s hard not to picture yourself at the stadium crushing a few light beers. Jake reviews a collaboration from Revival Brewing Company and Union Station Brewery after visiting their new location on Sims Street in Providence.  A blueberry-vanilla sour, Phoenix Rising is a must-have in the Rhode Island area if you like sours.

BUSINESS: Kim Anderson, the founder of plant-based restaurant and marketplace Plant City, joins us to discuss what she is building in Providence and beyond.  Plant City started as an idea: what if plant-based eating was an experience, rather than a diet or fad?  Now, Plant City has become one of the fastest-growing entities in New England; they’ve served 700,000 guests in their 2 years of existence, saved 361 million gallons of water and 300,000 animal lives - all while sourcing their ingredients locally.  We discuss Kim’s drive to make the world a better place while being able to turn a profit, and why every entrepreneur must have a degree of social responsibility.

BALLS: The NCAA tournament like no other has come to a close.  What did we learn, who surprised us, and what’s next?  The guys are loving UCLA and what’s to come, and recap their historic run.  In other news, baseball!  Opening Week started off with a bang - the Reds’ Nick Castellanos was ejected and suspended after having some choice words with a Cardinals pitcher, Detroit’s Akil Baddoo made an incredible splash in his MLB debut, and the White Sox’s Yermin Mercedes started the year going 8 for 8.  Did Eloy Jimenez die, or are the White Sox just beyond extra? We also give some betting favorites for The Masters, scheduled to tee off on Thursday morning.

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Publish Date: 4/8/2021


MARCH MADNESS IS BACK! We officially have a bracket, so there’s no better way to break it down than with Twitter’s favorite college basketball personality, Captain Xavier.  We also bring in our House writer (see what we did there?), Sam Basel, who’s been killing it all year covering the A-10 and NYC-area college hoops for us.  Cap is sad about the brutal end to the season for the Musketeers, who were bounced in the first round of the Big East tournament by Butler - but he’s very much looking forward to making some wild predictions for this year’s Big Dance.  We discuss our initial reactions to the bracket, which #1 seed has the easiest path to the Final Four, and which Big East team is most likely to make a run at the title.  We also give our traditional Bracket Buster pick, and add in our “psycho picks” - the upsets that no one will see coming. We end with Cap’s Mount Rushmore of College Basketball Twitter personalities.

BEERS: The guys recap a trip to northern New Hampshire, which is one of the most densely-populated states for breweries in the nation.  They first break down their visit to New Hampshire Wine & Liquor Outlet - a total tourist trap, but cheap beer and wine will always be a must-hit.  Will, who just hit 1,000 unique beers on UnTappd, celebrates with a 6-glass flight at One Love Brewery in Lincoln, NH.   Mixed vibes for sure - a garden meets a sports bar, but their beer was right in the middle of the road. Jake reviews a New Hampshire selection from Woodstock Inn Brewery called “Old Man Oatmeal Stout,” which he paired with a few Short Rib Tacos outside at the makeshift “igloos'' on the patio.  He thinks it was a nice, easygoing craft choice for a colder day, but might reach for something else if offered.

BUSINESS: Introducing LeRedSox!  LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter have reportedly bought a $6 million stake in Fenway Sports Group, the holding company that owns the Boston Red Sox. Many believe this is LeBron’s first step towards owning a professional team of his own. How involved will LeBron be with the Crimson Hose?  We also discuss Elon Musk’s latest escapade: changing his official title to TechnoKing, and dragging his CFO into the fire with him as the new “Master of Coin.” Genius or sorcery?

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Publish Date: 3/17/2021


Email is traditionally not the “sexy” way to start a product, but if you ask Front Office Sports Founder & CEO Adam White, it’s what makes him who he is. Adam joins the show to divulge how he built a titan social media presence around the $615 billion business of sports. We discuss the origins of FOS, all the way from when he was a student at Miami...working as a teachers assistant and at a bar to pay the bills. Now, with FOS being named to Fast Co.’s Most Innovative Companies, Adam lays out what he believes is next for the future of sports media, content creation, and the business of sports. We get Adam’s thoughts on NBA Top Shot and other NFT’s, his early March Madness predictions, and his predicament with rooting for Phoenix-based teams. Adam is with us for both Business & Balls this week. BEER: Will somehow thought it’d be a good idea to have a beer that has coconut and pineapple, two flavors that he’s not keen for. While Kokoanana wasn’t for him, he can appreciate that anything Long Live Beerworks makes is an objectively good beer. Jake reviews M-43 by Old Nation Brewing Company - this nice NEIPA selection made its way to the Ocean State a few months ago. If you’re lucky, you can find this gem at Thirsty Beaver Cranston & Smithfield. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 3/11/2021


The crossover pod you’ve been waiting for! This week, Mike Gilligan and Oliver Martel from “Small State Big Takes” join us for our first ever collab show. In the true spirit of collaboration, we start this week’s show as the SSBT guys do every week: with our “big take” of the day.  The takes were big, controversial, and raunchy…ranging from Damian Lillard to how you like to eat your muffin.

BEERS: We start as we always do: searching for the best craft beer on the planet.  Will and Jake return to their Tree House roots and review two classics: Moment of Clarity and Curiosity Fifty Seven.  Gilli, who just moved to Philly (yes, we know it rhymes) stops at a Pennsylvania classic, Yards Brewing Company, to review Philadelphia Pale Ale.  Oliver keeps it simple with a classic Blue Moon.

BUSINESS: The rage over non-fungible tokens, or NFT’s, has grown significantly in the last few weeks.  Second-to-none is NBA Top Shot, the nation’s hottest marketplace to own “moments” from all sorts of basketball players. Will these NFT marketplaces replace the thrill and wonder of a good-ole-fashioned pack of trading cards? What’s next for digital memorabilia? The guys also react to the news that Mark Cuban will allow Mavericks fans to pay for tickets and fan gear in Dogecoin, a viral cryptocurrency that’s gained significant exposure. Is it a pure publicity stunt or secretly genius?

BALLS: Our inaugural Pod vs. Pod Conference Pick ‘Em Challenge is on!  Both podcasts will pick the winners of seven conference tournaments. We’ll compete for bragging rights, switching our Twitter profile pics for 24 hours, and a small donation to the opposing podcast’s charity.

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Publish Date: 3/5/2021


If you’re a baseball person, you know Bobby V. But even if you don’t keep up with America’s pastime, there’s still a chance you know this week’s guest for a few reasons: as an ESPN analyst, a restaurant owner in southern Connecticut, or most notably,  a “master of disguise.”

We are honored to have Bobby Valentine on our show this week to reflect on a career with a plethora of accomplishments.  We recall Bobby’s days at USC - from rooming with future Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, to his time in the Sigma Chi Fraternity with 3-time Super Bowl Champion coach Mike Holmgren.  Bobby reminisces on nearly stealing home his Major League debut, playing a role in 3 of Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters, and his “catcher’s balk” disguise incident in 1999 as the manager of the New York Mets.  We break down Bobby’s opinions on the future of the game of baseball and the inevitable universal designated hitter rule.  We shift gears to chat with Bobby about his role as the Athletic Director at Sacred Heart University, the gaps he had to fill going from professional to collegiate athletics, and what’s to come for the SHU Pioneers in the near future.

BEERS:  Vermont is known for its skiing scene and scenic outdoor activities, but its craft beer market is one of the best in New England. Will tries Big Bang by Foley Brothers Brewing - an unfiltered single IPA with some of our favorite hops, he thinks this is one you should have on the list.  Jake goes back to his Connecticut roots and reviews a classic - Sea Hag by New England Brewing Company.  A staple at any gathering and a great contribution for a friend’s party, Sea Hag is one of the most crushable IPA’s in the region.

BUSINESS:  Texas suffers its worst nightmare: after basically freezing over, there are still millions without power, thousands in need of shelter, and hundreds dead.  Why wasn’t Texas prepared for a winter storm in the same way that the Northeast or Midwest would’ve been?  We break down some potential factors, and look into some stocks you might be able to take advantage of...if they can make it out of this mess alive.

BALLS:  San Diego Padres standout shortstop Fernando Tatis inks himself a HUGE deal for $340 million over 13 years. How does this change the game for young stars that will hit free agency in the first few years of the 2020’s?

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Publish Date: 2/23/2021


While the Super Bowl is over, we have more football content for you!  Jake Wallach, or “JWall” as his fans affectionately know him, won the Madden Club Championship on February 9th - he joins the show to relive his big victory.  JWall takes us through the process of qualifying for a competitive Madden tournament, his 14-6 win over one of the best Madden players in the nation, and his strategy to take him down.  We also discuss JWall’s love for the Detroit Lions, and Calvin Johnson’s recent Hall of Fame induction.

BEERS:  Brewery Ommegang: “where heaven met earth,” according to its website, isn’t really a far stretch.  Will reviews Neon Rainbows from the Cooperstown brewer, and his rating is probably worth you heading to Untappd.com to find out if you’re one of the 47 states that Ommegang distributes to.   Jake takes a trip down the Pawtuxet River to Apponaug Brewing Company in Warwick, RI.  To the naked eye, it’s a “come for the food, stay for the vibes, and drink some beer in the meantime” vibe...but is Apponaug actually a hidden gem in Rhode Island? Jake reviews “Lakerunner,” a West Coast pale ale that might have him coming back sooner than he thought.

BUSINESS:  With plenty of high tensions in the market over the past few weeks, it’s refreshing to hear about a trailblazing entrepreneur making moves.  Whitney Wolfe Herd is officially the youngest self-made female billionaire in history after she led Bumble to its IPO this past week; it’s already up around 5% in the first few days of trading. We break down Bumble’s attractive case to buy, and Whitney Wolfe Herd’s long journey to bringing her company public.

BALLS: Are you lost without football? We are. We reminisce on a game that shocked many, as Tom Brady collected his 7th Super Bowl ring.  What’s next for Brady? Who will the Buccaneers retain as the free agency rumors begin?  After demanding a release from the Houston Texans, where will JJ Watt look to play football in 2021?  We also break down the recent success of the New York Knicks, who currently enjoy a 6th-place marker in the Eastern Conference.

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Publish Date: 2/17/2021


EPISODE 40

Super Bowl Sunday has finally arrived! It’s the Chiefs and the Bucs - can Tom Brady separate his legacy from the New England Patriots and win yet another title, or will it be Patrick Mahomes’ time to take over as the face of the NFL?  We bring in former NFL safety Quintin Demps to discuss his career, what he learned from Andy Reid, and what to expect this weekend.

BEERS

Is it IPA season again?  Will reviews “Totally Tubular” from Orono Brewing Company in Maine, and its tropical notes have us dreaming of warmer places...well, anywhere that doesn’t have a foot of snow on the ground. Jake reviews “Peeptoad” from nearby Tilted Barn Brewing, to which he makes a comparison to another Rhode Island staple.

BUSINESS

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of what’s going on in the stock market these past few weeks, and who better than our friend Zaid Admani to discuss it!  In a relentless battle of “Bros vs. Suits,” the stock market endured a “short squeeze,” in which a group of Reddit users convinced many retail investors to pump up stocks in order to inflict massive losses on hedge funds who had “shorted” their share of these companies. GameStop, AMC, and BlackBerry had all benefited from the short squeeze - some users report gaining as much as 1700% on their positions.  We break down the events of last week and ponder if this could be the new norm. We also discuss the recent resignation of Jeff Bezos, and what it could mean for the future of Amazon.

BALLS

Quintin Demps grew from a city kid growing up in San Antonio with a single mother to a standout defensive back at UTEP.   He earned himself a 4th-round draft pick to the Eagles, was mentored by 9-time Pro-Bowler Brian Dawkins, and quickly found himself one win away from the 2009 Super Bowl...only to be walked off by a last-minute touchdown pass from Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.  Demps reminisces on his memories of the league, the lessons he learned from now-Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during his time in Philadelphia, and being carved apart by Tom Brady during the four times in his career they played each other.  We also discuss the mental and financial struggles with life after football, how to fix the Texans, what Deshaun Watson’s mentality should be going forward, and if Patrick Mahomes has a legitimate claim to the “Face of the NFL” title with a win.

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Publish Date: 2/4/2021


The Bryant Bulldogs are taking the entire Division I basketball landscape by storm in 2021, so we thought it’d only be right to sit down with the architect of one of the best turnaround stories in the 21st century (starts at 19:31).   Jared Grasso knew he was a basketball guy from the minute he picked one up (22:16); the son of a coach, he went on to become a 4-year starter and 2-year captain at Quinnipiac (23:30), where he ranks 23rd on the Bobcats’ all-time scoring list.   Grasso talks with us about his tactics to build a championship at Iona (27:49), and going to the NCAA Tournament five times.  Grasso takes us through his decision to seek greener pastures at Bryant (33:09), his mentality of turning a 3-28 program into an NEC competitor, and purging recruits from powerhouse programs like Rutgers.  We play “Break Down the Quote,” as Coach breaks down his three favorite phrases…or “Grasso-ism’s,” some may say (47:49).  We also discuss the game Grasso scored 30 points against Ben Gordon (25:40), the best places to eat on Long Island, and his close relationship with CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein (and his machine-like eating habits - 49:44). BEERS Will tries a new selection from Moniker Brewery, a new establishment on Fountain Street in Providence, Rhode Island.  Jeff Goodno and Bryan Benedict, the two founders, enjoyed success at Beer’d Brewing Company in Connecticut, and are now off-and-running on their new venture in Providence.  Jake reviews Spectrum by New Park Brewing - a brew that gets some pretty high praise in a crowded Connecticut beer market. BUSINESS Gamestop - that place you used to go when you were 8 years old may have just made you rich!  Even though Gamestop is more than likely forecasted to lose money this year AND next year amid the closure of brick & mortar stores and the evolution of buying new video games, their stock soared more than 300% over the past week.  How did a group of Redditors inflate the stock price? What does it mean for day traders? BALLS We could not have even imagined both games in Championship Weekend to end the way they did.  The Super Bowl will be Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes - a matchup that earned the Chiefs a 27-24 win over Tampa Bay in Week 12.   We recap both games and offer some thoughts before our Super Bowl breakdown next week. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 1/26/2021


When you think of the wine industry, you probably think of the rolling Tuscan hills, old money, and dressing to the nines for a fun Saturday fall afternoon with your friends. But it means far more to Sigma Chi alumnus Brandon Chaney, who left his career to pursue winemaking full-time. The proprietor and founder of Fairwinds Estates Winery in Napa Valley, Brandon is an accomplished tech entrepreneur who left his job to chase his passion for making (and drinking) great wines. As Brandon tells us, it certainly has not been all sunshines and rainbows - Fairwinds lost most of their property to the lethal Glass Fires in October 2020.  How did the experience change Brandon's outlook on his passion, and how are they rebuilding? We unpack a lot in our "Business" segment with Brandon Chaney this week, and we're excited to share his story with you.

BEERS: Craft beer without the hangover? Sign us up. For years, the non-alcoholic beer industry has remained stagnant - no one is reaching for the O'Douls, St. Pauli Girl, or Beck's anymore. Athletic Brewing Company is on a mission to redefine craft beer by providing an easy-to-drink craft beer without the health risks & the unavoidable hangover. We certainly love our craft beer, but we enjoyed giving Athletic Brewing a shot. Head over to athleticbrewing.com to check out their products today.

BALLS: We give some rapid-fire predictions for the 2 games in the upcoming NFL Championship Series, and digest all that's been going on in the baseball world.

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Publish Date: 1/21/2021


Our first show of 2021 kicks off with a bang!  Bryan Hoch, longtime New York Yankees beat writer on MLB.com, joins the guys for our first episode since December 22 (interview starts 16:46). Bryan has a decorated career in sports journalism, particularly in baseball - from his humble beginnings starting a Mets blog in high school, to covering the most storied franchise in sports, Bryan shares memories & highlights from an extremely rewarding career. We discuss his favorite Yankees to cover, the pure shock of watching his team win the 2009 World Series, and the eerily methodical pregame routine of Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter.  Bryan recalls his base hit off former pitcher Jeff Nelson, his favorite Topps baseball cards he’s pulled over the years, his favorite Ron Burgundy quotes, and gives his bourbon of choice. BEERS: Massachusetts, we’re back!  Will reviews Cloud Candy by Mighty Squirrel - he’s all-in on the Boston-area favorite.  Jake tries Secret Batch #292 (not so secret anymore) from True North Brewing Company, another staple of the Massachusetts craft beer scene. BUSINESS:  Twitter is still facing fallout from banning President Trump from the platform after the storming of Capitol Hill last week. Shares have declined more than 12% since banning the President; Wall Street analysts are estimating massive financial risk for Twitter due to Trump supporters no longer engaging with the platform, and sparking conversations on social media censorship. That, analysts say, will become less appealing for advertisers to set up shop on Twitter. Should we expect more of this from other Big Tech firms, and what are the possible implications if you’re a shareholder? BALLS: We break down our biggest surprises from the NFL Wild Card Weekend, and give some rapid-fire predictions for the 4 games in the upcoming Divisional Round. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beersbusinessandballs/support

Publish Date: 1/13/2021


If the names Dooley, Fringe Guy, Jimmy Heaters, or the Rally King mean anything to you, then buckle up. Although it started as a meme page on Instagram, Friday Beers has become more of a rallying cry for the 9-5 corporate worker - wherever you are in the world, and whatever time it is, the feeling of a Friday Beer just "hits different."  In Episode 36, Jake & Will sit down with Jack and Max Barrett (starts 3:44), the masters behind one of social media's fastest-growing brands.  We discuss their rise to Instagram & Twitter royalty (10:15), their inspiration behind "The Squad” (12:48), and their endeavor into the craft beer scene (28:13).  We trigger some nostalgic - but painful - memories of their breakup with Dua Lipa (17:23), and their subsequent partnership with their new sole followed account...Hailee Steinfeld. NOTE: Please help Friday Beers give back to NYC restaurant workers by visiting ROAR NY at https://www.roarnewyork.org/. This is a phenomenal opportunity to give to someone in need this holiday season. If you can contribute, please do - any amount makes a difference! Rapid fire this week from our portion of the show: BEERS (51:50): We review selections from Long Live Beerworks (our favorite), and Loophole Brewing Company, a new selection you can more than likely find in a New England liquor store. Will has also made NO progress in his quest to 1K check-ins on Untappd...can he drink 33 new beers in 9 days?! BUSINESS (54:58): The vaccine and stimulus package approvals promised solid gains, but they were quickly thwarted by news of a new COVID-19 strain...only to rise again near market close. How long will this continue? BALLS (58:34): "DA GOD DAM JETS" won a game! What does this mean for the future of the franchise? We also select our Week 15 teams for Contenders & Pretenders (60:37). POSITIVITY CORNER (66:28): Dr. Anthony Fauci says he went to vaccinate Santa Claus a few weeks ago - should be you concerned of the Big Man climbing down your chimney this Christmas? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 12/22/2020


Can’t get enough Bryant Bulldogs breaking barriers and re-inventing entire industries?  Nick Cianfaglione joins us this week to discuss his founding of Artist Republik, a platform for independent artists & musicians.  We discuss his method of tearing down barriers for creators to monetize and market their products, and the ordeal that artists usually encounter with their “managers.” How can an independent musician monetize their work without coughing up a large chunk of their earnings to their managers’ pockets? What’s the best way to distribute songs on a low budget?  Nick gives us answers that every artist should be dying to know.  We also discuss how he built a duct-tape wallet empire in his middle school days, and his desperate plea to the creators of Fortnite.

BEERS: Tree. ******. House. We brought back a haul from the “Brewery on the Hill” in Charlton this past weekend, and it certainly did not disappoint. Jake reviews “Juice Project” with Citra and Mosaic hops; his rating will leave your jaw on the floor.  Meanwhile, in his quest to break 1,000 beers before 2021, Will reviews the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter by Lexington Brewing Company. He’s got 37 left to go in just 14 days – can he do it?

BUSINESS: As we mentioned last week, AirBnB was one of the most highly anticipated IPO’s of our time. We expected the stock to rise after officially being listed on the markets last week, but how did they pull off more than a 100% increase in less than 2 days?  The guys evaluate if AirBnB could be one of the stocks you wished you bought 5 years from now.

BALLS:  Both the Giants and the Patriots suffered tough losses against powerhouse opponents this week, and – although we don’t want to – we break down what went wrong for the increasingly-less-likely playoff hopefuls.  Contenders and Pretenders reprises itself for another week – who is legit, and who is just here for the ride? Our choices might surprise you.

POSITIVITY CORNER: If you are in the giving spirit, please consider writing a letter to the family of Keyontae Johnson, who remains in critical condition after collapsing on the court on Saturday.  Send a message of hope & goodwill to PO BOX 14485, Gainsville FL 32604.

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Publish Date: 12/15/2020


BEERS: We are beyond excited for you to get to know our newest beer reviewer, Kris Savage! Kris tells us the story of how she created Basic Girl Brew Review on Instagram with her best friend.  Kris and the guys try a few of our favorite local selections (hint hint, Tree House may be included) live on the show, and debate whether or not the Midwest craft scene can stack up against the formidable New England titans of industry.

Big shoutout to our friends at Long Live Beerworks, too - they launched their new renditions of Frozie Cup and Jenny Graham, both available at their Providence location.

BUSINESS: It’s day trading heaven!...or is it?  AirBnB is expected to list itself on the New York Stock Exchange this Thursday, and all eyes are on the app that changed tourism forever.  After changing its expected sell price multiple times, it appears CEO Brian Chesky has come to an agreement with the SEC and investment banks that they’ll hit the exchange at $60 - up from $44, $50, and $56.  What’s in store for AirBnb? Should you buy it as soon as it hits the market, or wait for it to settle?

BALLS: Contenders and Pretenders, Week 13 edition!  Who disappointed in Week 13, and who solidified themselves as contenders? After another weird week of football and plenty of upsets (shoutout Giants, Pats, and Washington), our teams in the top tier may surprise you.  We also discuss the blockbuster Westbrook/Wall trade, and what it means for the futures of the two highly-touted (and overpaid) point guards.

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Publish Date: 12/8/2020


He’s beer royalty!  If you are a craft beer drinker like us, you know how important the Untappd app is. Join the guys and The Boston Beer Guy as we sit down with the Untappd founder, Greg Avola, who takes us through his journey of creating the most popular beer app in America.  We discuss his passion for computer science & coding, his corporate experience at KPMG & Morgan Stanley, and his leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship.  Greg also highlights some of the key new initiatives & features we should be looking to see from Untappd, and makes a plug for some of the best beers in New England.

Our conversation with Greg should get your fill of Beers AND Business this week (we also talk a bit of sports too!), but we close with a recap of Tyson-Jones Jr. on Triller this past weekend, and some football surprises.

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Publish Date: 12/1/2020


He’s beer royalty!  If you are a craft beer drinker like us, you know how important the Untappd app is. Join the guys and The Boston Beer Guy as we sit down with the Untappd founder, Greg Avola, who takes us through his journey of creating the most popular beer app in America.  We discuss his passion for computer science & coding, his corporate experience at KPMG & Morgan Stanley, and his leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship.  Greg also highlights some of the key new initiatives & features we should be looking to see from Untappd, and makes a plug for some of the best beers in New England. Our conversation with Greg should get your fill of Beers AND Business this week (we also talk a bit of sports too!), but we close with a recap of Tyson-Jones Jr. on Triller this past weekend, and some football surprises. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 12/1/2020


It’s officially college basketball season - so who better than Kevin McNamara to talk shop with us this week! All things considered, there’s nothing Kevin hasn’t covered in the college basketball world. A 30-year veteran of the Providence Journal before his departure this summer, Kevin has reported the beat for both the Providence Friars and the Rhode Island Rams, broke some of the nation’s biggest college basketball headlines, and sat on press row at the most renowned sports venues in America. Kevin chats with us about his rise to gaining national impressions, some characters he met along the way, and some storylines to look out for in this year’s campaign for the Friars & the BIG EAST.

BEERS: Is there really any bad time for a stout or a sour? This week, you get both! Will cracks open a golden stout courtesy of our friends at North Fork Brewing, while Jake recaps Electric Plankton by FAB, one of the newer brands in Massachusetts.

BUSINESS: Congratulations are in order if you were an owner of anything “new tech” last week! But the real winner goes to Disney, who is seeing all-time highs once again. With more than $2.4 billion in lost revenue from park visitors, how is Disney growing so much? We break down the wild success of its streaming platform and how it’s contributing to the rising Disney stock price.

BALLS: The Ravens SUCK! We said it! After losing in overtime to the Tennessee Titans, is Baltimore on a fast track to hell with a Turkey Day matchup against the Steelers? We also officially declare the New England Patriots as a “Bad Team” (can we trademark that?) and prepare their eulogy.

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Publish Date: 11/24/2020


It’s officially college basketball season - so who better than Kevin McNamara to talk shop with us this week! All things considered, there’s nothing Kevin hasn’t covered in the college basketball world. A 30-year veteran of the Providence Journal before his departure this summer, Kevin has reported the beat for both the Providence Friars and the Rhode Island Rams, broke some of the nation’s biggest college basketball headlines, and sat on press row at the most renowned sports venues in America. Kevin chats with us about his rise to gaining national impressions, some characters he met along the way, and some storylines to look out for in this year’s campaign for the Friars & the BIG EAST.

BEERS: Is there really any bad time for a stout or a sour? This week, you get both! Will cracks open a golden stout courtesy of our friends at North Fork Brewing, while Jake recaps Electric Plankton by FAB, one of the newer brands in Massachusetts.

BUSINESS: Congratulations are in order if you were an owner of anything “new tech” last week! But the real winner goes to Disney, who is seeing all-time highs once again. With more than $2.4 billion in lost revenue from park visitors, how is Disney growing so much? We break down the wild success of its streaming platform and how it’s contributing to the rising Disney stock price.

BALLS: The Ravens SUCK! We said it! After losing in overtime to the Tennessee Titans, is Baltimore on a fast track to hell with a Turkey Day matchup against the Steelers? We also officially declare the New England Patriots as a “Bad Team” (can we trademark that?) and prepare their eulogy.

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Publish Date: 11/24/2020


Another live on-site interview for you this week! Nichole Pelletier, founder and owner of Crooked Current Brewery joins the show from her venue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  In one of the more detailed and insightful conversations we've had on the show to date, Nichole lays out her long journey from a criminal justice student to the owner & operator of one of Lil' Rhody's most up-and-coming beer brands.  We discuss her strategy of "keeping the circle close" by not distributing Crooked Current beer, the potential challenges ahead, and the significance of being one of the only female head brewers in the state. We also taste & rate three beers, straight from the source - Pumpkin Maple Ale, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Mango SMASH IPA. You should stop what you're doing and rate all 3.

BUSINESS: In a surprise move on Monday, Tesla announced it will list itself on the S&P 500 beginning on December 21. What does this mean for the stock, and when should you buy it?

BALLS: Kim Ng, a seasoned baseball executive, becomes the first female general manager in her new role with the Miami Marlins - a long overdue move for the sports world.  In the basketball scene, we break down the move of Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, and discuss drawbacks of a potential James Harden trade to the Brooklyn Nets.

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Publish Date: 11/17/2020


Brett Johnson is this week’s guest – because is just one interview with the owner of an expansion franchise really enough?! Brett, who is a Rhode Islander through-and-through, is the founder of USL Rhode Island, which will be the Ocean State’s second professional team when it starts competing in Pawtucket in 2023. We discuss Brett’s undergraduate days at Brown University, his impressive business career, and the future of soccer in both the USA and abroad. BEERS: Jake and Will recap a weekend full of beers in Killington, Vermont. The guys break down some selections from the more well-known breweries in the Green Mountain State…Zero Gravity, and Lawson’s Finest Liquids (and no, it’s not Sip of Sunshine again). Will reviews 40 Thieves – which has some of the most impressive can art you’ll ever see – and Jake tries Super Session #2 with Amarillo hops. BUSINESS: With news of Joe Biden being appointed President-Elect, and with COVID-19 vaccine trials reporting over 90% confidence, analysts showed a great deal of confidence in virtually every sector. Tech, energy, tourism, you name it – lots of green on the board to start the week. How long does it last? Is it too late to hop in, or should you consider investing some extra cash (maybe from a hypothetical stimulus payment)? We also discuss Pfizer’s recent announcements and how they’ll affect their competitors. BALLS: Contenders and Pretenders are back! Learn why the Bills proved Jake wrong, and why the Packers notched some redemption in Will’s eyes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 11/10/2020


You are in for a TREAT with our guest this week. Episode 29 features Jessica Kleinschmidt (40:50) who many of you know for her baseball coverage for NBC Sports (please get away if you are one of her Twitter simps). We discuss her new podcasts; “Balk Talk,” featuring exclusive interviews with MLB stars, and “Cork’d Up” with MLB agent Rachel Luba. We reminisce on her path to where she is now, dating all the way back to her first Oakland A’s game. We break down the crazy ending to the 2020 MLB season, her most memorable experiences covering baseball, and the advice she has for every woman who wants to work in sports. Our good friend Bennett Allen joins us for our segment of the show! BEERS: Will highlights his experiences with Ravenous Brewing Company in Cumberland, Rhode Island this past weekend. Located right off I-295 in an open-air warehouse, is Ravenous worth the stop? Jake reviews “Ghost” by Skyroc Brewery after a visit to Attleboro, Massachusetts this past weekend. With a cool physical location and an interesting story, Skyroc seems to be on the list of places to try for every New Englander - so we gave it a shot. Our special guest Ben takes a crack at The Craft: Rhode Island special from Foolproof - too much pineapple or not enough? BUSINESS: Two big acquisitions this week: Inspire Brands picking up Dunkin’ Donuts in an all-debt deal worth $11.3 billion (!!), and Business Insider buying Morning Brew for $75m, all in cash. We discuss why these two buyouts will benefit those groups, and what to expect going forward for the brands we affectionately call Dunks and The Brew. BALLS: Contenders and Pretenders, Volume 2! Who disappointed in Week 8, and who solidified themselves as contenders? We break down who remains on the Trust Tree after a weird week of football. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 11/2/2020


This week, we are talking business with two young entrepreneurs. Corey Nobile and Nick Oliveri started Impact Snacks to make “everyday snacking sustainable,” but how did they launch a popular brand? We discuss their founding story, their Kickstarter campaign, and their journey of launching a delicious plant-based “superfood snack” with sustainable and environmentally-friendly packaging. BEERS: Back to Long Live Beerworks we go! Jake reviews “Rude Boy Rude Girl,” which is the latest Long Live creation. Hazy, juicy, and fruity, Jake has nothing but high praises for this IPA. Will dives into Connecticut Valley Brewing Company’s new rollout of fruit beers - are they seltzers or ales? We may never know. BUSINESS: Holy down! With virtually no positive news coming this week, the S&P had one of its worst days in recent history, with nearly every stock following its lead. Is it too early to liquidate, or should you get out now while you can? BALLS: Against all odds, the MLB is approaching the finish line of its abbreviated season. Can the Dodgers finish it out in 6 games, or will the Rays live to see another day? Will Rays rookie Randy Arozarena distance himself from other MLB legends in the single-postseason home run record race? We also break down the NFL Week 7 results, and declare our “Contenders and Pretenders.” --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 10/27/2020


The Pirates are back! This week, we are live at the inaugural Providence Pirates combine. We sit down with 3 members of the front office staff - Vic Kash (Marketing), Serçan Fenerci (Founder), and Shaun Lavoie (Broadcast/Marketing). We discuss the process of founding an expansion franchise, evaluating the talent on the court, and what we should expect next from the Pirates. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 10/20/2020


Baseball, SPACtober, and Le’Veon Bell. What more could you ask for? We bring in Alex Feuz of A Whole New Ballgame to break down the baseball postseason so far, and what to expect going forward. BEERS: Pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin! Will tries Jack-O from Sam Adams for the first time, and gives it high praises. Jake took another stab at Bad Sons Beer in Connecticut, and rates their newest IPA release, Mischief. BUSINESS: SPACtober is here! Have you heard of a special purpose acquisition company? If not, you may be doing yourself a disservice. We break down which SPACs you should be considering adding to your portfolio, especially with some upcoming mergers this week. Forum Merger II ($FMCI) is our Stock of the Week - come listen why. BALLS: Tondo’s prophecy is fulfilled - the Lakers have defeated the Heat in 6 games. What do both teams need to do in the offseason to stay at the elite level they’re at? Will & Jake take their stabs at two controversial topics: LeBron’s best teammate ever, and the best player in the NBA to never win a ring. We also break down Le’Veon Bell’s abrupt release from the New York “Football” Jets (is that title giving them too much credit?), and where he could end up. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 10/14/2020


If you loved Vine, you’ll love this week’s guest! Our friend Eric Dunn joins the show to talk Jags football and make some predictions for the NFL’s Week 5 slate. Eric is now the host of Jags@Home, the weekly watch party for Jaguars games, and the host of Dunn & Drew, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Between his modeling and voiceover endeavors, Eric Dunn has really done it all. BEERS: We are shouting out two selections from Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, which is a candidate for our new favorite place in Providence. A+ fried chicken and an elite beer list? Sign me up. Two Massachusetts beers from Chomp are on tap this week - Will tries a DIPA from Widowmaker Brewing Company in Braintree, while Jake reviews an IPA from True North in Ipswich. BUSINESS: What on earth is going on with Bed, Bath & Beyond? They’re up 50% over the last month, and rose 40% last week alone after reporting their highest in-store sales since 2016. Seriously?! We discuss what made their sales grow while their competitors suffered miserably. BALLS: Our MLB playoff bracket is busted, but that certainly doesn’t mean we’re not excited for the Division Series this week. We break down each matchup and discuss how each team stacks up for the second round. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 10/6/2020


If you’re a Rhode Islander, you know and love restaurants like Thirsty Beaver, Hucks Filling Station, and Pink Pig. This week, we sit down with Ed Brady, the mastermind behind your favorite local dining experiences. Ed talks with us about his journey to becoming a restaurant entrepreneur; from his upbringing as a caddy to help pay the family’s bills, to his attempt to become an actor in Los Angeles. Ed gives great advice for every aspiring entrepreneur that wants to leave a legacy behind. BEERS: Will finally reviews one of 3 beers he gave a perfect score on Untappd - Pumpkin Maple Ale by Crooked Current (RI). As only Will can say…it’s like tasting a pumpkin pie with a spoonful of maple syrup. Jake breaks down Streamside by Drowned Lands (NY), a “Brett IPA” brewed using an uncommon yeast strain that gives an IPA a wildly fruity, farmhouse-like tang. BUSINESS: Get ready for Echo’s galore! Amazon announces Prime Day will be October 13-14th; they had to push it back a few times because they were doing TOO well (unlike many businesses), and couldn’t handle further demand. They’re on pace to CRUSH the $280.5 billion in sales they did last year. So, will high demand impact your ability to take advantage of some sweet deals on Prime Day? We also declare Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) as the Stock of the Week after POTUS name-drops them in his Tuesday night debate. BALLS: Baseball’s “October Madness” playoff schedule is in full swing with the Wild Card series getting underway on Tuesday. Who makes it out alive? We give a full breakdown of the MLB bracket and make predictions on who we think will raise the trophy at Globe Life Field this year. We also take a stab at the winner of the NBA finals, recap the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup win, and review some NFL Week 3 results. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 9/30/2020


GUESS WHO’S BACK?! Our resident college basketball expert John Fanta is enshrined in the BBB Hall of Fame, as he becomes our first recurring guest...give the man a plaque, already. John & the guys dive into the 1-1 start to the year for the Cleveland Browns, the Grim Reaper’s visit to running backs & defensive linemen across the league, the Indians’ shot at the MLB playoffs, and the November 25th return of college basketball. BEERS: Is it too early for pumpkin? Will takes a stab at “Butternut the Hutt” by North Fork Brewing Company, brewed with spices and yams. Jake tries “Foggiest Window” by New England titan of beer Trillium Brewing on site from their lawn area near Fenway Park in Boston. BUSINESS: If you don’t like Tesla or TikTok coverage, you might wanna stay away from us for a bit. Tesla’s long-anticipated Battery Day will take place on 9/22 - buckle up for what’s sure to be a ride that has plenty of ups and downs. Also, TikTok seems to be in limbo with the US government and its private sector partners - while Oracle and Walmart seem to be in agreement to create a joint venture with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, we really still have no idea what the distribution of responsibilities are between the 3 groups. Time will tell if the fate of TikTok can be saved. BALLS: Two words: injury bug. Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery, and Nick Bosa are just a few of the elite players on a LONG list of Week 2 injuries. We recap the Patriots-Seahawks primetime showdown (it certainly didn’t disappoint), and the Giants’ fall to 0-2 after their near-late-game comeback against the Bears. We also dive into the NBA Conference Finals, and make a few predictions for who we’d like to see in the championship...just two week’s time. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 9/22/2020


A craft beer movie? How awesome is that?! We’re joined by Dave Ricci, director of The Craft: Rhode Island, a movie detailing the hardworking entrepreneurs and brewers in the Ocean State. We talk about his upbringing in Lil’ Rhody, his path from a social studies teacher to moonlighting as a film director, and realistic paths that working professionals can undergo to start their own brewery. BEERS: “ICE COLD BEER HERE!” Two selections you can normally find at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park (if they ever have fans again). We’ll give you a hint: Blue Point and Lord Hobo are the brewers. BUSINESS: Oracle wins the TikTok sweepstakes? Not so fast. We discuss the proposed partnership between the most viral app on the market and a titan of cloud computing, and its implications on American commerce & social media. We also talk DraftKings, which you should have your eyes on as a partnership with ESPN and the exploding popularity of sports betting may send DraftKings into all-time highs. BALLS: SPORTS! Football is back! We break down some findings from Week 1; diving into Cam Newton’s debut with the Pats, a confusing loss for the Giants, and some other big storylines in the NFL this year. We talk NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup, and the Yankees’ little win streak after creating misery for all who watched them this past week. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 9/15/2020


Ever wonder what it’s like to build a franchise from the ground up? Sercan Fenerci, a known face in the New England basketball market, sits down with us this week to discuss his plan for building the Providence Pirates, an expansion franchise in the American Basketball Association (ABA). We talk about his experiences as a coach for the Turkish Basketball Federation, his idea to create a new program in Lil Rhody, and his 5-year plan for the future of the Providence Pirates. BEERS: Will just can’t stay away from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company – their new selection with blueberries and lemons will make you want to keep coming back, too. Jake buys into the hype of Mighty Squirrel in Waltham, Mass., and rates a New England up-and-comer in Cloud Candy. While the guys break down their beer reviews, they have a pumpkin ale brewing up in the background…it may or may not have overflowed on the stove. BUSINESS: Did we predict the future with Zoom (ZM)? Less than 24 hours after we declared it the Stock of the Week, it soared more than $130 after earnings were reported as expected. We’re hoping for similar luck this week with Workhorse (WKHS). An electric vehicle company, Workhorse isn’t necessarily gunning for Tesla’s revenue, as they’ve taken a little bit of a different approach to the EV market. Now, with a few big contracts at play, Workhorse may be primed to make a big run next week. BALLS: Rapid fire edition! Do the Miami Heat have a legitimate run at the title in them? Do the Yankees just pack it in for the rest of the season? And finally, the NFL starts up this week after a long, dreadful offseason without football – what are the Week 1 games you should have your eyes on? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 9/8/2020


Happy deadline day, everyone! It’s the last day for MLB teams to make trades - so naturally, we brought on Jack Jokinen, who many of you know as “JJ,” talk all things Yankees during our “Balls” segment. Without dropping hints, Aaron Judge’s name comes up quite a bit! His interview starts at 16:50. BEERS: Will selects an orange/citrus flavored can from Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, and Jake gives you the lowdown in one of Tree House’s lesser known light beers. BUSINESS: Why did the S&P 500 and DOW do so well again this week? Chalk it up to the Big Tech stocks: ¼ of everything in the S&P 500 includes Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. All of these have skyrocketed over the COVID-19 period due to strong usage numbers...and it ain’t going away anytime soon. The Stock of the Week, as such, is Zoom Video Communications (ZM on NASDAQ). They are expected to report earnings of a phenomenal Q2 this week, so there’s still some time to get in. BALLS: Join Jack Jokinen as Will & Jake break down some reasonable trades we should expect at the deadline. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 8/31/2020


If you’ve followed college basketball in any way, shape, or form, you’ll recognize our guest this week – Jeff Goodman of Stadium! Goodman worked his way up the ranks at CBS, FOX, and ESPN before his new venture as the College Basketball Insider & Expert for Stadium. We talk about his rise to fame, his time at ESPN covering the Ball family (yes, lots of LaVar talk), and potential outcomes for the upcoming NBA draft. Beers, Business, and Balls is brought to you by Dugout Creative, the newest entry into the concept merchandise market. For the best new baseball jerseys, shirts, and hats on the market, go to DugoutCreative.com and use the code BBBPOD for fifteen percent off your purchase. Dugout Creative has also started a new fundraiser for the MambaOnThree Fund, benefiting Kobe Bryant and his family. BEERS: Jake picks Smooth Beats Miami, a selection from New York’s finest craft brewery, Finback. A New England IPA with coconut, Jake has some strong opinions on where it stacks up in the IPA world. Will is gifted a selection from a Colorado staple, Pike’s Peak Brewing Company – how good can a New England IPA from the Midwest taste? BUSINESS: We’ve continued to see conflicting thoughts on travel and hospitality industries. Just one week after we declare Royal Caribbean the “Stock of the Week,” American Airlines cites that there is weak travel demand; experts say it will not rebound for years. What gives? We also break down the changes to the Dow Jones Industrial Average – are they making a play to try to weaken Apple? Also, ring the bells – cheers to the S&P 500, as they finally hit their all-time high, eclipsing $3,400. BALLS: “Playoff sports” are in full swing. LeBron & his “dream team” look to put Damian Lillard and a red-hot Blazers team to bed, Giannis wins Defensive Player of the Year, and 3 teams in the Eastern Conference have completed sweeps in their first round tilts. We discuss our predictions for the remainder of the NBA finals. Leo Messi has decided he’s packing his bags in Barcelona after a long career with the La Liga titan – what will it take for him to end up in America? We also talk Mike Trout’s rookie card selling for nearly $4 million, Earl Thomas getting released by the Baltimore Ravens after punching his teammate in the face, and the NHL’s remaining schedule. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 8/26/2020


NEW PARTNER ALERT! We’ve teamed up with Dugout Creative, the newest entry into the concept merchandise market. For the best new baseball jerseys, shirts, and hats on the market, go to DugoutCreative.com and use the code BBBPOD for 15% off your purchase. Matt Wilson of Under30CEO & Under30Experiences joins us this week to talk about life, travel, and making your own path! Matt is the author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook, available on Amazon now. If you want inspiration, folks…you’ve got it. BEERS: Beer on Earth is our selection this week, as both Will and Jake made a trip to review some craft beer on their makeshift patio in Providence. The consensus? You need to get it on your radar if you like IPA’s. BUSINESS: The S&P may close at an all-time high – it came very close last week after consumer data suggested that people have returned to spending at pre-COVID levels for the first time in 4-5 months. Economists do say that since unemployment benefits have run dry, it may be difficult to sustain. Will makes a valid point that we dive into a bit – is the market inflated with “fake money?” In the gaming world, Epic Game’s treasured child, Fortnite, has picked itself a war with Apple and Google, who Epic Games alleges is trying to “swoop in” on Fortnite’s profits. Now, Apple & Google find themselves on the hook with a massive lawsuit against them. Who will emerge successful?! For the stock of the week, we select a cruise line who claims they’ve generated “remarkable” demand for 2021. BALLS: The Yankees are cooking! They are 10-0 at home, and undefeated in the last 10 against the Red Sox. Is the treasured rivalry dead? In the hockey world, we already have some major surprises. Most notably, the New York Islanders are leading the series against the 2018 Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, and are looking for the sweep on Tuesday night. Could the Islanders be a legit threat? We also discuss Bruins’ goalie Tuuka Rask opting out of the season, citing “family concerns.” Normally, we wouldn’t bat an eye here…but after playing 5 games, it’s hard not to wonder if there were other factors – such as his performance – at play. In the NFL world, preseason training camps have officially kicked off! But there are two major points that the league has not really addressed yet – the frequent travel of teams from one coast to another, and the fact that FANS might be in the stadiums. Is this realistic? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 8/18/2020


A must-listen episode! We are joined by Aimy Steadman, the co-founder of Beatbox Beverages, a staple at any party or social gathering (RIP to crowding together in a tight place!). Aimy talks with us about her journey to the United States as an immigrant from the Middle East, how she revolutionized the liquor industry, and convincing entertainment & lifestyle titan Mark Cuban to invest $1 million in her product on ABC’s Shark Tank. (Skip to 14:00 for Amy’s interview!) BEERS (4:05): Three words – Long. Live. Beerworks. Both Will and Jake take a crack at some of the newer brews from Long Live – Will reminisces on Here Comes The Wave from earlier this week, and Jake cracks open DDH Prissint live for the first time. BUSINESS (8:40): A quick dive into Apple’s success last week will have you wondering if you should’ve been invested a long time ago. Between an upcoming stock-split and record-high sales, Apple is something you should have on your radar. BALLS (53:36): Everyone loves gambling – especially on college football (seeing as it’s technically not allowed by the NCAA, it makes it that much more appealing!). Unfortunately, the growing sentiment is that we may not see a college football season at all this year. We discuss a few points that every athlete and administrator should be thinking about. Will players have more access to health & well-being resources at school rather than at home? Can they pull it off in a bubble-style format? What will Trevor Lawrence do, given his activism on Twitter? We also discuss some hockey – the New York Rangers have somehow defied all odds and landed the first-overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, essentially entitling them to Alexis Lafrenière, who some are calling the next Sidney Crosby. In baseball, there’s more hate to go around for the Houston Astros, who got into a scuffle with Ramon Laureano after some choice words were exchanged between him and the ‘Stros coaching staff. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 8/11/2020


Hard to believe we’ve done 16 episodes at this point! Thanks for listening. We sit down with Fred Segal, Twitter influencer and the founder of Freezing Cold Takes. We discuss how he created the idea, how he’s building and managing his now wildly-popular brand, and even dive into a rapid-fire take session towards the end. BEERS: Jake is coming for people’s neck after they’ve unfairly chirped him giving a good rating on Camp Wannamango from Harpoon! He dives in to what went into it and why it should be in your fridge. Will tries “It’s Complicated Being A Wizard” and rates it live...a sleeper candidate for a hazy NEIPA that should also be stocked in your fridge this summer. BUSINESS: We talked about TikTok last week, and its potential ban from American soil. Over the weekend, the White House officially called for its removal from the App Store in the USA, citing security risks & concerns of data sharing. Will this kill the careers of thousands of high school influencers? Spoiler...we say yes. We also name Microsoft the Stock of the Week for their interests in buying TikTok’s rights in the USA...you should keep your eyes on the computer typhoon. Also, we welcome back Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley from their SpaceX mission aboard the ISS, as they successfully landed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. BALLS: A quick session on opt-outs before we head into the interview. Yoenis Céspedes of the Mets didn’t show up to his team’s game on Sunday, and then later decides he’s not playing for the rest of the year. Is this a bad look for him? In the NFL, the Patriots have now received 8 opt-outs from key players for the upcoming year. Despite landing Cam Newton to take over at Quarterback, can the Pats field a competitive team this year? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 8/3/2020


Back again for your weekly dose of Beers, Business, and Balls! Lots to discuss this week about the downward trend of the market, return of sports, some quarantine violations. BEERS: Both of us are fresh-off some New England vacations, and naturally we had to get some craft beer for the fridge! Jake, who ventured to Cape Cod this weekend, picks a spicy beer from Bad Martha in East Falmouth and was pretty surprised by how well it held up…check our Instagram for the beer review! Will, coming straight down I-91 from Vermont, stopped in at Long Trail – a house favorite – and brought back Little Anomaly IPA. BUSINESS: The stock market, after having some of its best performances since COVID-19, slowed to a stop last week. We discuss the impacts of heightening political tensions between the US and China, and why the fact that two leaders cannot is being thrown out of whack. In Washington, Dr. Anthony Fauci makes an MLB first-pitch debut for the record books, and then follows it up with some less-than-desirable news about when the American people should expect a coronavirus vaccine. Our stock of the week may just have something to do with beer – Sam Adams fans will LOVE our selection. BALLS: Baseball! It’s back! (Disclaimer: we recorded this before 9 billion people on the Marlins got coronavirus) We digest a full weekend of Yankees baseball, and go over the good/bad/ugly from the Bronx Bombers 3-game set with the defending world champion Washington Nationals. Are Stanton and Judge the X-factors for the Yankees’ success? Time will only tell, but if they play anything like they did this weekend…look out. We also discuss Nelson Cruz’s resurgence from the dead, the god awful “pitching staff” that the Red Sox sent out this year, and some other potential storylines to keep your eyes on. We quickly check back in on the NBA bubble, and everyone is behaving nicely…but, there’s always one, right?! Lou Williams, touted sixth-man and Drake’s favorite name to drop in his songs, decided to “get dinner” at a strip club in Atlanta while away on bereavement leave. The best part? He didn’t even blow his cover…rapper Jack Harlow did! We discuss “What’s Poppin?” in Atlanta this past weekend and what Lou Will’s punishment should be. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 7/27/2020


Let’s go Inside the NBA Bubble! We catch up with Tim Sinclair, who is now serving as the Voice of the NBA Summer Games in Orlando, Florida. Tim is fresh off a 7-day room quarantine at the Coronado Springs Hotel on the Disney campus; he gives us an inside look of the isolation that staff & players are currently living in, and how they are keeping busy. BEERS: Will gives a beer a “3.75 to keep it alive” – he reviews “Lions, Tigers, and Bears” in honor of the fallen Barrage Brewing Company in New York. Jake discusses his experience with Oxbow Brewing Company’s “Luppolo,” a double dry-hopped pilsner that clashes many cultures…European malts, an Italian name, and American-brewed in Newcastle, Maine. BUSINESS: If you love it, you must let it go: the shocking reality of TikTok being banned on US networks is rapidly increasing. Could this be the end of the Renegade, The Git Up, and “Say So?” Charli Damelio fans certainly hope not. We discuss this week’s viral attack on Twitter’s most well-known accounts, in which hackers were able to post fraudulent links to fake Bitcoin buying sites from the pages of Elon Musk, Barack Obama, and more! In this week’s look at the market, we evaluate a volatile performance from Tesla and name an up-and-coming player in the COVID-19 vaccine our Stock of the Week. BALLS: It’s all Bubble Life today! We take you straight into the NBA Bubble with Tim Sinclair. We close with Positivity Corner; you’re going to want to hear the story of Bridger Walker and his brave attempt to save his sister’s life. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 7/20/2020


After 2 weeks on the injured list during tonsillectomy recovery...Will’s back! Send him your love in the reviews and Instagram DM’s. BEERS: We start off by reviewing 2 craft beer selections from Long Island...one from Greenport Harbor and the other from Shelter Island. Both are picks that you’ll want to try to grab when you’re on the North Fork. We also tell you about our upcoming home brews! BUSINESS: Is there seriously a crypto named after a meme?! We dive into the resurgence of Dogecoin - correct, that Doge - and what it could mean for the crypto world if it reaches $1. We discuss the big weeks for Peloton and Tesla, and how each stock might develop even further over the coming weeks. Also, keep your eyes on OCTF - our potential stock of the week. BALLS: Folks, we got our wish...sports are back! But...it’s not without its flaws. We discuss both the NBA’s return to the “bubble life,” the rising amount of COVID cases in baseball, and UFC’s “Fight Island” in the UAE. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 7/13/2020


Our friend John Fanta might be the biggest college basketball fan and personality in the entire nation! A Seton Hall graduate, John is currently a Digital Correspondent for the BIG EAST, and a Play-by-Play Announcer for college basketball on FOX Sports. We talk about his rise to fame in the college basketball universe, his favorite moments as a broadcaster, and of course, the best picks for a take-out meal in Northeast Ohio. Before the interview, we are joined by Fordham alumni Frank Perez (did Tondo lose a bet?) who breaks down some stocks to keep your eyes on after solid performances last week. We also react to the fresh news of Cam Newton heading to the New England Patriots...we discuss how he might fit in with the offense, and how the Patriots might’ve just finessed the system all over again. DISCLAIMER: Any financial recommendations are not necessarily reflective of our employers. Investors should always be cautious about any & all stock recommendations and should consider the source of any advice on stock selection. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/29/2020


BASEBALL IS BACK! Since Will’s voice isn’t up to par, Jake brings in a friend of the show - James Mas - to discuss the return of baseball. We talk about the proposed schedule, the rule changes that will be implemented, and finish with some bold predictions for the season. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/24/2020


Episode number one without Will Tondo, as he’s out on the 2-week IL for tonsil surgery recovery. Never fear though, we have a full episode dedicated to one-third of this show…Beer! Join us as we talk shop with Mike O’Toole from The Wort Podcast, and Ryan Densen, who many of you know as “The Boston Beer Guy.” We have more than ONE HOUR of A+ content on how they rose to fame, trends to keep your eyes on, and some takes on the best beers in the region. Jake hops on for a bit in the beginning to recap some business & sports news. There’s still no progress in the MLB – it looks as though we’ll have a season, but who knows what kind of season we’ll have? Other sports are progressing nicely, as soccer is in full swing in Europe and golf has returned in the USA. We also talk about Ideanomics ($IDEX); is the hype they’re experiencing going to be grounds to buy? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/22/2020


We are back in full force for Episode Ten as our good friend Marques Ogden joins the show! Marques played offensive line for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, and more NFL teams, before venturing into construction. He lost nearly every penny he had after business deals gone awry, and had to essentially re-start his life and career. Marques has now made a career from public speaking, consulting, and career counseling. Our paths crossed when we recruited him to speak at Bryant University back in 2016, and his career has taken off immensely since then. Marques has worked with 15 Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, colleges across the country, and many more private clients. In this week’s episode, we have a great discussion on his rise to fame, business advice that every young professional should take, and when we can expect to see fans in NFL seats. In Beers, Will goes to his “ol’ reliable” Greenport Harbor, and Jake finally picks an in-season beer…better yet, a homebrew selection. In Business, we recap the market’s performance last week and evaluate the coming days as a potential buy period. We also name our stock of the week – hint, they may be doing the COVID-19 screenings at airports. In Balls, we discuss the MLB returning (or not returning…), the Yankees’ slouch of a “cheating scandal” (lol), and name our “Way Too Early” College Football Top 25. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/15/2020


Join us for a discussion on the recent events in America. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/8/2020


If you’ve seen Admani Explains on TikTok, you love his direct and “no-BS” re-enactments of business news. We get his thoughts on what’s going on the business world now, why TikTok is just more than attractive girls dancing and teenagers doing dumb stuff, and his encounters of football players on the Texas campus. In Beers, Jake picks yet another out-of-season fan from Tree House, and Will picks a beer from a lesser-known Connecticut brewery that you should keep your eyes on. Our Balls topics are aplenty - we discuss hundreds of MLB minor leaguers getting released from their teams, and how bad of a look this is for the MLB. With the news that 64 straight hours of Derek Jeter coverage aired on MLB Network, we dive into what exactly makes everyone hate one of the best shortstops of all-time. We also discuss the proposed return of the NBA playoffs, a new deal between EA Sports and the NFL, and maybe we’ll even sprinkle in some prophesy of Cam Newton joining the Steelers... --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 6/1/2020


If you don’t follow @BoredBrackets on Instagram, you’re missing out! We catch up with fellow Bryant alum Mark Dyer about his new venture into determining the best (and worst) of pretty much every topic known to man. Connected by the bonds of our accounts being “born-in-quarantine,” we also talk about virality on social media, and what good content is really all about. In Beers, Jake is taking it easy with a 3.8% IPA (what?!) and Will chooses another Rhode Island classic. Business features some talk on the new iPhone SE, developments in Hong Kong’s conflict with their parent Chinese lawmakers, and how both of these can & will affect the American economy. We also talk about Facebook, and how quite a bit of good news has allowed their stock to grow significantly over the past week. In Balls, we break down some of the news on sports leagues coming up with a bit more of a solid plan to return to competition in 2020. But, can you call yourself a champion with a shortened/incomplete season? We also discuss some landing spots for the remaining free agent NFL quarterbacks - HINT: a LOT has to do with Cam Newton. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 5/26/2020


This week, we’ll let our two awesome guests do the talking! Two loyal Bryant alumni get the stage for this episode, as John Duke Logan and Target Tori are Episode 6’s guests. John Duke Logan has really done it all - performed magic on America’s Got Talent, gave a TED talk, done card tricks for Tom Brady & Gronk, and toured the nation with Todd Gurley. We talk with JDL about his rise to fame, but most importantly, we talk about his mission and why he works on the things he does. We also discuss his journey to trademarking his life motto, “Impossible Is Just A Word.” In Positivity Corner, we have the segment’s first guest in podcast history. You’ve probably seen her on Twitter @RealTargetTori, but if not, you’re going to want to hear her story. Tori hops into her experience with a frustrated customer, and her subsequent rise to social media virality. We discuss why she chose to be positive, and how it’s affecting many across the nation. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 5/18/2020


Finally giving you what you bargained for - a full hour of raw, unedited, uninterrupted audio of Jake & Will. Lots on the agenda as we had plenty to discuss in a very active week in the market and in the sports world. In Beers, Will selects a beer that many call the best IPA in New England, while Jake is switching up the vibe for #SeltzerSunday. In Business, we dive into some cases of the world’s most disruptive and high-growth services, and the hard times they’re going through. We’re also talking JCrew’s bankruptcy and how it helps/hurts brick and mortar stores, a big move in the crypto world, and the potential summer return of cruise lines. You didn’t think we’d forget about Elon Musk, did you?! We have an exclusive interview with his son, X Æ A-12 Musk in today’s episode (wouldn’t that be hilarious?). But real talk, we’re diving in to what’s making Elon lose his mind over the naming of his son and his potential threat to move Tesla’s HQ1 from California to greener pastures...i.e. anyone that gives him a tax break. We talk some stocks to keep your eyes on, and throw it back to the medical industry for the Stock of the Week. Lots to digest in Sports as well, as the KBO is being streamed on ESPN and UFC 249 took place last night - both without fans. Life isn’t so great for Ravens safety Earl Thomas and former Bears QB Jay Cutler, as they’re both in hot water with their wives. We’ve also got 2 hot college basketball stories...Zion allegedly took money from Adidas and Nike (wow, shocking!) and a 4-star recruit stabs Seton Hall in the back, decides to get his high school degree a year early, and head to UConn on a fast-track to the NBA. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 5/11/2020


Missing baseball? Us too. We brought in Barstool Sports’ own Eric Hubbs, the host of The Short Porch podcast, about all things Yankees. We dive in and discuss Yankee greats (shoutout Hideki Matsui), our reactions to MLB insider Jeff Passan’s report that baseball will be back at some point this year, and feed into Hubbs’ woes of the Green Bay Packers selecting another quarterback instead of a weapon for Aaron Rodgers. This Beers segment might’ve been our best yet. Courtesy of his wifey’s dad, Tondo copped a can that beer experts call one of the top 10 in New England, and Zimmer makes a plea to the listeners to help select a name for House Brewing Company’s new IPA (seriously guys, we need your help - please help us - we’re stuck…). In Business, we discuss yet another weird week for the market. Our portfolios did pretty well overall, but can you guess whose portfolio shot to a 108% increase this week? Embarking on a quick rapid-fire round of Balls, we discuss the Red Sox punishments (which were WAY too light), the surprise new entertainment icon that’s making a bid to own the New York Mets, and our thoughts MLB The Show Players’ League (congrats to #Snellzilla). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 5/4/2020


We’re talking conspiracy theories, the potential existence of aliens, unsolved airplane hijackings, and Tupac! Our in-house conspiracy theorist, “Kuantom,” makes his debut on the podcast; if you follow @Unexplained on Twitter or @The.SketchFator on Instagram, you’ve seen Kuantom’s work. Jake & Will take it local in the Beers segment once more - some great selections from CT and NY. Business brings some interesting insights into the oil price tanking during the end of last week, and Stock of the Week features a few investments you may want to keep your eyes on during this unprecedented economic time. Balls brings a recap of the ONE sports event of the week...the NFL Draft. The New York Football Giants get their offensive tackle, and the Pats get their...2 TE’s? Three-Percenter Kicker? Who knows. We grade both teams and look for what they both might be adding over the next few weeks. We finish discussing the “Tompa Bay Gronkaneers” - a trade that changed quite literally changed the NFL, as Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement to be traded to play with his main man, Tom Brady. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 4/27/2020


It’s true folks...we’ve survived 2 episodes...and you won’t want to miss our guest! He’s a Super Bowl champ, a great friend, and one of the most recognizable faces in the New England sports scene. Patriots photographer Dave Silverman joins us to talk his career, stories about the players & government leaders he’s photographed, and the economic situation of sports freelancers across the nation. We start off with the Beers segment, in which we cover some local breweries in the Long Island and Rhode Island areas, and discuss the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic to the local craft scene. In Business, we might just be confused...why is the market not responding at all to the wild economic situation? We talk about some tourism & lifestyle stocks that you should keep your eyes on, and of course we make our pick for stock of the week. In the Balls segment, we hop right into just about the only current event in sports...the NFL draft. Tondo divulges some theories on how to fix the Giants and build a solid group around Danny Dimes, while Zimmer sheds some light on the many gaps to fill in a once-stacked Patriots roster. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 4/21/2020


Our first episode! Get to know the guys. We talk about how our podcast works, our sports allegiances, and what our plans are for the future. We also debut the “What If?” and “Stock of the Week” segments, and run through the entire bracket to compare results on who would’ve been crowned this year’s NCAA champion. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Publish Date: 4/7/2020