Sports Nerds Podcast

Sports Nerds LogoIn Fall 2016, I launched Sports Nerds with my good friend and frequent co-author Dr. Brian Schrader.  Our weekly podcast can be accessed through iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and YouTube, and offers critical readings of popular sports not offered by traditional sports talk radio, ESPN, or other sports podcasts.

Take That for Data! (April 24, 2017)

On this week’s podcast, Sam and Brian discuss Serena’s pregnancy and gender, the NFL Draft and racist clichés, and the PGA without Tiger Woods.

Clay Travis is a Turd (April 10, 2017)

We discuss the University of Denver’s eighth NCAA hockey title, the US Women Soccer’s new labor deal, and claims that ESPN is getting too ‘liberal.’

Gender on Ice (April 3, 2017)

Brian and Sam talk about US Women’s Hockey, the Raiders’ move to Sin City, and the NCAA dropping the (rubber?) hammer on North Carolina. Sports, hockey, NFL, the Bathroom Bill…. all in one package!

March Sadness (March 27, 2017)

This episode features conversations about the impact advanced analytics are having on the NBA and NCAA game, commentary on LaVar Ball and sports parents, and criticism of MLB rule changes for 2017, including changes to the intentional walk. *

* This was our first attempt at including video (my first stint with Adobe Premier since my freshman year at Iowa and Brian’s first time recording with QuickTime). With great confidence, we can say our future vlogs attempts will be better.

Academic Work

Type and BrainJay, S.M. (2015). “Power Through the People: ESPN and the Impact of User-Circulated Emotional Value on News Efficacy.” In J. McGuire, G. Armfield & A. Earnheardt, (eds.), The ESPN Effect: Exploring the Worldwide Leader in Sports. New York, NY: Peter Lang, 197-208.

This article examines the role of Twitter users in circulating significant sports news, finding that social media influencers are connected to established media brands (like ESPN) and that the ability for a stand alone individual to impact sports discourse is rare.

Jay, S.M. (2016). “The Capable American: Ethos, Pathos, and the Governance of Education.” In K. Nguyen (ed.), Rhetoric and Neoliberalism. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 87-108.

This article looks at how the Department of Education was able to govern state and local education agencies through the economic incentives packages within various education reform legislation.