- Episode 186: Black Friday, Gold Thursday
- Episode 185: Any Given Saturday
- Episode 184: Monte Carlo Terre Haute
- Episode 183: Yea or Nay?
- Episode 182: New York City Marathon Recap
- Episode 181: New York City Marathon Preview
- Episode 180: Hall Bearers
- Episode 179: Chicago Recap
- Episode 178: Chicago Marathon Preview
- Episode 177: Berlin Marathon Recap and NCAA Cross Country Preview
- Episode 176: Interview with agent Dan Lilot
- Episode 175: Interview with Professional Rabbit Matt Scherer
- Episode 174: So Long Sweet Summer
- Episode 173: Zurich Recap
- Episode 172: Interview with the author of “The Sports Gene,” David Epstein
- Episode 171: World Championship Grades with Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk
- Episode 170: Midway in Moscow
- Episode 169: World Championship Preview Part 2
- Episode 168: World Championships Preview: Part 1
- Episode 167: On the Road
Jason and Kevin are joined by agent Dan Lilot to discuss the business side of track and field, Dan’s origins in the profession and why the public is so interested in Kara Goucher. Dan also gives his take on athlete logo restrictions, the Competitor Group and appearance fees in road racing.
Also, Jason and Kevin preview the Berlin Marathon, recount Sally Pearson’s obscure world record and try to wrap their heads around the story of an Italian runner using a fake penis to avoid a doping positive.
Jason and Kevin are joined by Matt Scherer to discuss Matt’s experiences as a mid-distance rabbit, the keys to good pacemaking and his future in the sport.
Also, Jason and Kevin breakdown the results from the Great North Run, debate where Mo Farah belongs in the “greatest of all-time” discussion and mourn the proposed elimination of selfies at a big city marathon.
Jason and Kevin review the results of the Brussels Diamond League meeting, debate the top candidates for Athlete of the Year, mull over the Usain Bolt “retirement” announcement and look ahead to the fall marathon season.
Jason and Kevin discuss the results from Zurich and Berlin, debate the decision by Competitor Inc. to cut elite athlete funding, hypothesize the outcome of a race between Mo Farah, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele and look ahead to the final Diamond League meet in Brussels.
Jason and Kevin are joined by writer David Epstein to discuss Epstein’s first book, “The Sports Gene.” David touches on a wide range of topics including:
-How much of Kenyan dominance in distance running is attributed to genetics?
-Why Jamaican success in sprinting has a foundation in both nature and nurture?
-What impact trainability will have on the coaching profession?
-Why the definition of “talent” is more complex than anticipated?
David also discusses the current doping cases of Sherone Simpson, Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell and handicaps a 600-meter race between himself and Malcolm Gladwell.
Kevin is joined by Nick Zaccardi of NBC Olympic Talk to give out grades for the IAAF World Championships. The guys discuss the performances by the American sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s dominance, Alysia Montano’s front running and the future of Mary Cain. Also, Nick shares his opinion on Olympic mascots and the chances that Lolo Jones makes the Olympic bobsled team.
Jim McDannald of TrackFocus and the Daily Relay calls in from Moscow to discuss Nick Symmonds’s silver medal run in the 800, Yelena Isinbayeva’s electrifying performance and the atmosphere around the stadium in the first four days of competition.
Jim also shares his interactions with Russian security, his mindset leading up to the media race and how he landed an interview with the photographer of the now famous Usain Bolt lightning picture.
Jason and Kevin preview the running events for the World Championships and America’s medal chances in each and every discipline. Also, the guys dabble in some Mo Farah/Usain Bolt 600-meter talk.
With the help of a trio of guests, Jason and Kevin preview the field and multi events for the upcoming World Championships.
First, the guys are joined by multi event expert Frank Zarnowski to discuss Ashton Eaton, Jessica Ennis and all the athletes to watch in the heptathlon and decathlon competition. Then, Jesse Squire hops on to chat about the world record possibilities and American medal chances in the jumps and pole vault. Finally, Martin Bingisser breaks down the throws and also explains why higher qualifying standards don’t always equate to an improved competition.
Note, this episode was recorded on July 24th.
Jason and Kevin record in the car on the ride from LA to the Bay Area for Kevin’s wedding. The guys talk some of the big performances from Monaco, Rudisha and Blake officially out for Worlds and continue the doping discussion.