Welcome to a new venture. This morning, WSB’s Zach Klein and I are excited to launch the, “We Never Played The Game” podcast.
The name comes from the occasional all-knowing, all-powerful professional athlete or coach who will look at you as if you’re six years old when trying to explain the intricacies of life’s most complex endeavors — you know, like football and nuclear physics. (For the record, most aren’t that way, so it’s easy to remember who they are.)
You can find a link to the first “We Never Played The Game” podcast here. Or go to the iTunes store home page and search, “We Never Played The Game,” and we should populate. You can subscribe and each episode will show up in your feed.
That’s right. Zach and I are searchable on iTunes, just like Springsteen and Beyoncé, only without all of those pesky numbers to the left of the decimal point.
Podcasts have become popular for a reason. They somewhat bridge the gap between broadcast and print journalism — in-depth interviews but unedited, raw and conversational — with a news feel to it. They’re also perfect for today’s world because you can download them and listen to them whenever and wherever you like.
Or you can listen to them at work and be unproductive like the rest of us.
Our hope is that you can hear the subjects as they really are, not edited and cut-up or interrupted by commentary.
Some “We Never Played The Game” podcasts will have Zach and I spouting on hot topics. Others will have interviews with top news-makers, like our first subject: Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Our interview with Blank was broken up into two parts. Part I runs today and Part II will run Monday. New podcasts will appear every Monday and Thursday.
If there is anybody you would like us to interview for the podcast, please let us know. You can comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Zach.Klein@wsbtv.com
We covered a variety of topics with Blank. Part one will delve into his wealth, the idea for a big box store like Home Depot, his early failures and low-level “business lunches” at Wendy’s with former partner Bernie Marcus and the lessons he learned about patience.
Blank admits he struggles with patience as the Falcons owner more than he did as a business owner.
In Part II, Blank shares some great thoughts about whether he plans to sell the team one day or will hand it down to one or more of his children. He also discusses his feelings about Michael Vick and — my favorite — where he was and what he was doing at the time he heard coach Bobby Petrino quit the team in the middle of the season to become the coach at Arkansas.
We hope you enjoy it. Please give us feedback to let us know what you think.
Again, you can go to iTunes to find us and play it there or download the link. Thanks.
Some recent ramblings
- Positive vibes about rebuild aside, Braves still need starting pitching
- Snitker was good but Bud Black may be Braves’ choice for manager
- View in NFC South isn’t what most expected: Falcons on top
- It’s early but Falcons are looking legit
- Will optics of Mark Richt (4-0) vs. Kirby Smart (3-2) get better for Georgia?
- Mark Richt makes his return and looks right at home again at Georgia Tech
- Best Braves memory at Turner Field: 2010 and Bobby Cox’s final season
- Weekend Predictions: And now for something completely different — Dogs win
- Falcons’ Deion Jones runs for glory, not survival, in return home
- Falcons create a new memory for themselves in New Orleans
- Falcons can’t create more happy memories for Saints
- LSU just fired Les Miles — this is what lunacy looks like
- New Georgia looks a lot like the old Georgia
- Jacob Eason wasn’t good but this isn’t time to blame quarterback
- Weekend Predictions: NCAA over Ole Miss but Ole Miss over Dogs
- Credit Georgia Tech for going after the right choice in Stansbury
- Overreaction Monday: Everybody wins! What can possibly go wrong?
- Falcons’ 35 points, 528 yards should quiet criticism of Shanahan
- Falcons put on an offense show — and, yes, win
- Falcons try to avoid going from 0-1 to off the rails
- Weekend Predictions: Dogs rebound, Jackets win, Falcons fall
- Coppollella acknowledges on Twitter starters have been disappointing
- Politicians need to understand: Sports has a hammer — get used to it