Last Man Up – Episode 31: Dan McLaughlin of Fox Sports Midwest

Dan McLaughlin/Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals TV play by play announcer Dan McLaughlin (@dannymactv) joined the guys on the podcast to discuss the Cardinals season, and what he thinks is going to happen during the off-season. Dan breaks down several topics most notably Bryce Harper and what the Cardinals do with their outfield if they sign him. 

We also have a little fun with Dan, of course. We talk about him recording St. Louis Blues play by play into a tape recorder at the end of the press box in the late 90s. The guys want to know where those tapes are. 

We also talk a little NFL, NBA and NHL and wrap the show up with the Top 5 Sports Takes from around the world.

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Last Man Up – Episode 30: Mike Morreale of NHL.com

Mike Morreale/NHL.com

Episode 30 is chocked full of small stories that need to be addressed. We take a tale of the tape on Los Angeles and Boston because both teams are in the World Series. Which city has it better in sports right now?

Berger and Andy are old and are too old to go to the club. Even Clay feels old at Wheelhouse. Berger tried to do a remote from 360 on Friday Cardinal games. They weren’t interested in his hot takes.

College football talk.

NHL.com beat writer Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) joins the show to talk all things hockey and tries to help us understand why the Blues are having a hard go at it.

We wrap up the show with the Awful Announcing Top 5 hot takes of the week.

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Last Man Up – Episode 29: Benjamin Hochman & Peter Vecsey

Benjamin Hochman
Peter Vecsey
The new home of the Golden State Warriors – Chase Center/San Francisco

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) joins the show to discuss the MLS, the Cardinals off-season, and the St. Louis region.

Veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey (@petervecsey1) stopped by to talk a little NBA.

Last Man Up – Episode 28: Jeff Chadiha and Danny Jones

Jeffri Chadiha /NFL Network
Danny Jones/Columbia Daily Tribune

Journalists Jeffri Chadiha (@jeffrichadiha) and Danny Jones (@daniel_m_jones) join the Last Man Up podcast to discuss both the NFL season and Mizzou’s trip to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama, respectively. 

The boys also break down the huge announcement in St. Louis this week regarding a new ownership group for a MLS team in the city, and we have the Top 5 Hot Takes of the Week.

Last Man Up – Episode 27: Cam Jannsen from KFNS and Jim Hayes from Fox Sports Midwest

Jim Hayes
Blues Alumnus Cam Jannsen

Episode 27 opens with some heavy Mizzou talk. Will Kurt Russell show up in the Mizzou locker room during the pre-game to get the guys fired up for the game?

Blues Alumnus and host of The Cam Jannsen Show on 590 The Fan KFNS in St. Louis Cam Jannsen (@camjannsen25) joins the show to help get you ready for the Blues season.

For the third year in a row, there won’t be any post-season baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. The host of The Morning After on 590 The Fan KFNS and regional cable journalist extraordinaire Jimmy “The Cat” Hayes (@thecatonfox) joins the show to wrap up the season. We also dig a little into what Jim is like off the air. We discuss his Hall of Fame elementary school basketball coaching career and just how talented the rest of his family is!

Continuing our newest tradition, we cover the five hottest takes of the week and give our own hot takes on the hot takes. It’s a hot take extravaganza.

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Last Man Up – Episode 26: HOF Nominee London Fletcher and author Jeff Pearlman

Author Jeff Pearlman
Former Ram, NFL Ironman, and HOF Nominee London Fletcher

We kick episode 26 off talking about the Cardinals and the future of Adam Wainwright.

Former St. Louis Ram and 2018 Hall of Fame Nominee London Fletcher joins the program to talk NFL and his time in St. Louis. The conversation starts with talking about all of the Roughing the Passer penalties in the first three weeks of the season. Fletcher was an “iron man” of the NFL by playing in 256 games and starting 215 games. London agrees that Jeff Scanina had the biggest calves in the NFL, and that his calves alone could injure someone.
Fletcher was an undrafted free agent signed by the Rams in 1998. Charlie Armey liked his speed on the field, and that’s what really gave him his big break in the NFL. Like Berger, London is also a big fan of Amy Trask who is his co-host on The Other Pregame Show on the CBS Sports Network.
London further recalls his time as a Ram – The Greatest Show on Turf, the dome rockin, and the fantastic fan support even during the 4-12 1998 season.

The author of Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman)  joins the program to discuss the USFL. He recalls his memories as a fan of the fantastic Mets/Cardinals rivalry in the mid-80s. You can find buy his book here.

Finally, we wrap the show up with the Top 5 Hot Takes of the week (courtesy to Awful Announcing).

Last Man Up – Episode 25: Tara Wellman

Tara Wellman

Birds on the Black contributor @tarawellman joins the program to break down the Cardinals season so far, talk possible post-season, and what changes could be coming this off-season.

In celebration of our 25th episode, we find the five hottest takes of the week and give our hot takes on the hot takes. 

Last Man Up – Episode 24: Hot Take Central

Lots of stuff has happened since we last recorded. Nike started a new ad campaign with Colin Kapernick.
Hot takes on Internet keyboard gangsters. What have the guys said to girls to get some? Andy was an agent. Clay was a hockey player. Berger denied being a baseball player in the George Costanza moment of his life.
Clay would never date a woman who could dunk on him.

Adam Wainwright gets another start on Sunday against the Dodgers. Is the nostalgia start going to come back and bite the Cardinals in the butt come playoff time? Is it the best move for the organization at this point in the season? The guys give their Cardinals playoff predictions with 24 games remaining in the season.
Missouri is heading to West LaFayette, IN to take on Purdue. Mizzou is looking for revenge after last year’s schlacking at the hand of the Boilermakers. It’s important to go into the Georgia game 3-0. Mizzou got screwed on starting time by CBS and the SEC. Arkansas and Auburn get the call for the SEC game of the week.
Biggest surprises of the first week of the NFL season?
NFL ratings drama due to Peyton Manning not playing?

Last Man Up – Episode 23: Adam Spencer and Howard Balzer

Adam Spencer (@adamspencer4) from Saturday’s Down South to recap the first weekend of the college football season. He spends some time talking about Mizzou’s offense and defense, Nick Saban being a complete jerk again, and a quick run around the SEC. Texas lost to Maryland. Is Texas still a powerhouse in the SEC?

Howard Balzer (@hbalzer721) with the NFL channel on Sirius XM joins the program to preview the 2018 NFL season. H gives his breakdown of the Khalil Mack trade to the Chicago Bears from the Oakland Raiders. Are the Bears trying to bring back to a vintage defense? H thinks the NFC Central is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season.
Mack, Aaron Donald, and Aaron Rodgers all signed contracts with huge guaranteed money. H gives his take on contracts moving forward in the NFL.
H lets us know his big questions of the 2018 season – with one of the bigger questions being the rookie quarterbacks.
What’s going on with the Rams in Los Angeles? H says the Rams are the team to beat in the NFC West.
H talked to Roger Goddell during the HOF weekend about the lawsuit between the City of St. Louis and the NFL and the Rams. The answer may or may not shock you.

Last Man Up – Episode 22: Matt Lutovsky of the Sporting News

Breaking down the Cardinals August resurgence. 

Fantasy football writer Matt Lutovsky joins the show to talk fantasy football.

Clay created a new Facebook page for the show! Make sure you like it!

Should we do a live call in show? Let us know!

And we all give little rants to end the show.