The Debacle in Dallas: Ryan’s turnover triple crown, defense finally caves, and the Colts’ head coaching search resumes
December 06, 2022
Following the most lopsided Colts' defeat since Week 1 of the 2017 season (first game of Chris Ballard tenure) Charlie and Petar Hood of All Indiana Bets return to divulge the ugliest numbers from Sunday Night Football in Dallas. Let's start with the good: A trio of rookies from the 2022 draft class were three of the team's top performers against the Cowboys. The bad again started at the quarterback spot, but Charlie and Petar disagree on how to proceed over the final four weeks of the season. Most importantly, Jeff Saturday's approval rating as interim head coach has plummeted, and Jim Irsay will now pay close attention to the effort on the field over the final four games. Saturday accepted an impossible position, and now reality is setting in as the Colts continue to climb in the 2023 NFL Draft Order. Which young Colts deserve more playing time down the stretch? And what does all mean for Colts GM Chris Ballard? That discuss begins now. Thank you for listening!
Sleep walking early, two-minute nightmare late: Colts drop MNF vs. Steelers
December 01, 2022
After three games under the command of Interim Head Coach Jeff Saturday, the Colts' offense is officially still broken after a no-show in the first half against Pittsburgh's 30th-ranked pass defense. From the Matt Ryan interception early to the crucial fumble on the one-yard line between Ryan and Jonathan Taylor in the second half, once again the Colts' offense failed to find any rhythm on consecutive drives. All Indiana Bets Petar Hood rejoins Charlie to explain why the offensive line doesn't shoulder the majority of the blame this week. Plus: A concerning trend is emerging on the Colts' top-ten defense, and there is a clear answer as to why this is happening. Will Hood's bleak Colts' prediction down the stretch this season come true? And how lopsided does this matchup with the Cowboys' pass rush appear on paper? Brace yourselves for these numbers Colts fans.
Hurts stuns Colts, the Matt Ryan question, and an early sleeper at QB for 2023
November 22, 2022
The Colts squander a chance at a legitimate season-changing victory in Week 11 to the Eagles, and Philadelphia Head Coach Nick Sirianni didn't miss his chance postgame to take a swing at the pinata that is Jim Irsay's franchise at the moment. This episode begins with Sirianni's pointed comments directed toward the Colts owner, and is followed by a discussion of the latest offensive letdown on Matt Ryan's offense specifically the interior of the offensive line. After putting the 17-16 loss to rest, Charlie and All Indiana Bets Petar Hood discuss Matt Ryan's future in Indianapolis beyond this season, and also a collegiate gunslinger who may catch the eye of Colts brass as bowl season nears. Plus: How many games does Jeff Saturday have to win to lock down the Colts head coaching spot for the long-term? With six weeks to go and the Colts playoff odds currently at (yikes!) percent, it is time to start the discussion on the future in Indianapolis. Thanks for listening!
Saturday’s debut, What’s next for Reich? & A reunion with Sirianni
November 17, 2022
Jeff Saturday's first week in Indianapolis resulted in arguably the most jubilant Colts postgame locker room scene this season, with Jim Irsay delivering a ceremonial game ball to the interim head coach he tabbed, reportedly, over the advice of General Manager Chris Ballard and other team executives. What were the telling signs pregame and postgame in Las Vegas that bold well for Saturday long-term? Plus: Which Colts individual performances against the Raiders earned top reviews from Pro Football Focus (hint: offensive line). Before former Colts assistant coach, Nick Sirianni, returns with the Eagles what is likely next for former Colts Head Coach Frank Reich? Charlie and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood break it down in this episode. Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday?! Irsay fires Reich, keeps Ballard, and calls Jeff Saturday to save the Colts
November 10, 2022
The Jeff Saturday era is underway in Indianapolis following Frank Reich’s firing after four-plus seasons with the Colts. On Thursday, Saturday holds his first practice with the team that now must travel to Las Vegas this weekend in hopes of avoiding a fourth consecutive loss. On this episode, Petar Hood of All Indiana Bets joins Charlie to walk through the timeline of Reich’s firing and the hiring of Saturday beginning with an odd postgame scene Sunday evening in New England. Is General Manager Chris Ballard the next to go or has Owner & CEO Jim Irsay realized something completely different? Also, how does Peyton Manning play into all this? Either way, a seismic shift in Irsay’s approach is evident, and according to Irsay himself — it is straight out of late Raiders Owner Al Davis’ playbook. That story is on the way too. Thanks for stopping by!
Ehlinger’s debut, a Commanders comeback, and Indy’s dwindling AFC playoff odds
November 01, 2022
The Sam Ehlinger era is underway in Indianapolis is underway and the 3-4-1 Colts are officially looking at the most daunting path toward the postseason of the Frank Reich era. Unlike 2018 with the elite throwing game behind Andrew Luck, and this past season with the record-setting rushing attack led by Jonathan Taylor, the Colts simply aren’t dynamic in any fashion on offense in 2022. On this episode, we investigate the one number that illustrates this fact more than any other. Ehlinger’s solid debut bolds well for the longterm, and a full breakdown of his first NFL start is on the way. Plus: despite Shaquille Leonard’s interception, the concerning Pro Football Grades for the Colts all-pro linebacker and another star teammate are in for Week 8. All Indiana Bets Petar Hood rejoins the pod to review a rollercoaster Week 8 in Indianapolis.
Sound the alarm: Colts QB Matt Ryan benched for Sam Ehlinger
October 26, 2022
After just seven games it appears the Matt Ryan experiment is over in Indianapolis following a lackluster 3-3-1 start headlined by the NFL's third-lowest scoring offense. On Monday, Colts Head Coach Frank Reich dropped the bombshell during his weekly zoom call, leaving second-year quarterback Sam Ehlinger at the controls of the Colts offense going forward. Reich shared that the team's plan is make Ehlinger the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season with Ryan's role going forward still to be determined. Was this the right time to make the seismic shift under center? Should the Colts have played this hand slightly differently, leaving the door open for a Ryan return if Ehlinger struggles out of the gate? And most importantly, where does this leave a locker room filled with talent and postseason expectations? All Indiana Bets Petar Hood rejoins the pod to discuss a wild start to Week 8 in Indianapolis.
Ryan’s historic day, Pierce’s breakout moment & the O-line’s revenge on Jags
October 17, 2022
On this episode WISH-TV’s Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets Petar Hood deliver a full breakdown on the Week 6 Colts 34-27 win over Jacksonville. Matt Ryan goes off, and Petar shares the advanced numbers on what clicked for gunslinger. The Colts playmakers at receiver put together the best performance of the Ballard-Reich era, including details on progress for Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, and the late hero Alec Pierce. What made the difference on the Colts offensive line which allowed zero sacks? The Pro Football Focus grades are in for that unit. Plus: A look at an uncharacteristic day for the Colts run defense that is overshadowed by change that is likely coming to starting lineup next week at Tennessee. Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy!
October 11, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford connects with a 68-year-old guy, who for the first time since 1975, spent a summer back home near Hazleton, PA. His name is Joe Maddon, Major League Baseball’s mad scientist manager who over the past 15 plus-years used unconventional tactics on the and field and off to ignite two of the game's most hapless franchises. You may have heard what happened in Chicago in 2016? We’ll get into that in a moment. First, 2007 in Tampa Bay, after 27 years as a pro baseball coach, Maddon finally received his first shot at managing in the big leagues. 27 years. The catch? The Devil Rays were the 'Bad News Bears.' The franchise, existing at the time for just 9 seasons, had finished above last place in the American League East Division just once. Plus, they were coming off the worst season in club history. 61 wins. 101 losses. More people were going to minor league games across America than showing up to watch these guys. Welcome to Tampa, first time skipper Joe Maddon. Immediately things got weird, but in the best way. On the cutting edge of the analytics tidal wave about to sweep over the game, Maddon routine played a new lineup nearly every night. His team dress code? “If you look hot, wear it.” The clubhouse, turned into a madhouse. Maddon’s philosophy, "The crazier the better." Perhaps the best story of Maddon’s stress-free approach came a few seasons later. Tampa, off to an 0-6 to start the season, was flying to its third series of the year and here comes shots of booze for the entire plane. Maddon from the cockpit ordered over the loudspeaker a toast to the "Best 0-6 team in the history of baseball." That’s Joe. As one former player put it, he is "The all-time ambassador of fun." In Maddon’s second season in Tampa the team broke the major league record for biggest improvement by a team who finished with the league’s worst record just one season previous. And that wasn’t the best part. The Tampa Bay Rays were in the World Series after beating the reigning champion Boston Red Sox in 7 games to win the American League. Maddon’s Rays, with a total payroll less than one quarter of what the Yankees spent that season were playing in the World Series. This is when Joe Maddon was no longer the small-town star quarterback from a struggling coal mining Pennsylvania town, no longer the unheard-of catching prospect at Lafayette college, no longer the failed minor league player, no longer the corky coach in the Angels system who couldn’t catch his big break. Instead Joe Maddon, undeniably, was the best manager in baseball. Why didn’t give up long before this? How did he acquire a PHD in people skills without a college degree? How did he help break the most infamous professional sports curse on Earth? These are some of the questions I asked Joe in this conversation. He joins us on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Sugar Loaf, PA, not far from the friendly diner his 90-year-old mom Beanie worked at until just recently. His late dad Joe, a local plumber, surely serviced countless homes around the neighborhood his oldest son spent this summer golfing and figuring out what’s next after being let go as Los Angeles Angels manager mid-season. Oh yeah, and he wrote a book. It’s Called The Book of Joe. You can pre-order it now wherever you get your books. It’s really good. With the help of the best baseball writer in the game, Tom Verducci, Maddon shares his life story, advice on leadership, coaching, and his favorite tales that came with being one of the more unique people to ever put on a baseball uniform. Think of this interview, coming your way right now with Joe Maddon, as the first pitch. There is so much more in that book. As we always say, there are stories to tell. And my only question for you, is Who’s Got Next?! Thanks for stopping by!
Colts escape Denver, offense hits new low, Russell Wilson done?
October 10, 2022
In this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood recap the Colts 12-9 OT victory over the Broncos on Thursday Night Football. In what was the opposite of a "primetime thriller" Quarterback Matt Ryan ran for his life as the Colts offensive line changes backfired from the start. What can be done to fix the worst pass protection unit in the NFL? It's the only question worth spending a considerable amount of time on at the moment in Indianapolis as the Colts defense and special teams units continue to impress. Join Charlie and Petar for a discussion on what Head Coach Frank Reich will do on the offensive line for Week 6 against the Jaguars. Thanks for stopping by!
Week 4: Colts offensive line disaster, Ryan’s fumbles, Titans dominance continues
October 03, 2022
In this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood recap the Colts 24-17 Week 4 loss to the Tennessee Titans. A full breakdown of the worst run blocking performance of the Frank Reich era is on the way, complete with grades for every member of the Colts offense. The numbers inside Matt Ryan's day, from his lights-out second half, to a historically bad fumble trend, and the offense's first quarter struggles are also included. Petar sprinkles in a few more eye-popping concerns for the Colts offense, starting with its inability to score at any juncture in games. Plus: a full breakdown is on the way of Shaquille Leonard's 16 snaps of action before a frightening collision knocked the all-pro linebacker out of the game. A quick turnaround is ahead with Thursday Night Football in Denver, and an update on Jonathan Taylor, who exited the loss to the Titans late with an ankle injury, is ahead in this episode. Thanks for stopping by!
Austin Collie & Colts-Titans Preview
September 29, 2022
In this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood connect with former Colts and Patriots wide receiver Austin Collie. Collie, who still stands as BYU's all-time leading receiver, burst onto the NFL scene in Indianapolis in 2009. As a rookie, the fourth-round pick helped Peyton Manning and the Colts to a 14-2 regular season. A Super Bowl appearance followed which included two stellar playoff performances from Collie (vs. Bal vs. NYJ). His second season was even more impressive, posting 163 receiving yards in the opener against the Texans and a career-high 173 receiving yards in a Week 3 visit to Denver. However, his stellar 2010 season halted following one of the most frightening concussions in NFL history suffered against the Eagles in Philadelphia. This concussion was the first of a handful of serious injuries that ultimately cut Collie's NFL career short. In this interview, Collie revisits the highs and lows of his time with the Colts, the impact Peyton Manning had on his life, his favorite stories of playing alongside Reggie Wayne, and the special connection he still has with Indianapolis. Collie also dishes on his one season in New England, which coincidentally ended one win short of another Super Bowl trip thanks to Manning's Denver Broncos. This episode also includes a full preview of the Week 4 AFC South clash between the Colts and Texans. Thanks for stopping by!
Week 3: Colts stun Chiefs 20-17
September 26, 2022On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood review the Colts thrilling 20-17 comeback win over Kansas City. Which players on defense graded out the highest following the unit's major statement against Patrick Mahomes? Those numbers plus a handful of mind-blowing statistics behind the Colts defensive effort on Sunday. On offense, a 16-play game-winning drive may have just changed the season in Indianapolis. The grades and snap counts for each player on offense are in. Plus: We hand out our game balls and critiques on the positional units that fell short in Week 3. Thanks for stopping by! Join us midweek for a Week 4 Colts-Titans preview and a visit from a former popular Colt pass catcher.
Colts vs. Chiefs preview with Jimmy Cook
September 21, 2022On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood are joined by Jimmy Cook of the Dan Dakich Show on 107.5 FM The Fan to size up Patrick Mahomes' first visit to Lucas Oil Stadium. Cook, a diehard Chiefs supporter, details the changes to Kansas City's high powered attacked following star wide receiver Tyreek Hill's departure, what makes the Chiefs consistent on defense, and Mahomes' freakish career numbers in September. (Teaser: they. are. insane.) Charlie and Petar explain why the Colts are not as lost as many believe, and debate what needs to change the most in order for this team to have a chance on Sunday against one of the AFC favorites. Thanks for stopping by and please check back in on Monday for a full recap of Week 3. Enjoy!
Week 2: Colts trounced 24-0 in Jacksonville
September 19, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood recap the second-largest defeat of Frank Reich's tenure in Indianapolis. The 24-0 shutout loss in Jacksonville confirmed concerns from position groups across Indianapolis' roster, starting with the play in the trenches which was, as a whole, the worst performance under Reich's watch since his opening month as coach in 2018. Without top WR Michael Pittman Jr. and top defensive playmaker Shaq Leonard, neither unit found a rhythm at any point on Sunday, and debates on adjustments at wide receiver, tight end, both offensive tackles, and the defense's entire philosophy are on the way. Thank you for stopping by and please circle back mid-week for a full preview of Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's Week 3 visit to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Week 2: Colts vs. Jaguars Preview w/ Ashlyn Sullivan
September 14, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood connect with Jaguars Team Reporter Ashlyn Sullivan from Jacksonville to size up the Colts Week 2 matchup. Is there more doom in Duval County on the way for Indianapolis? The Colts last victory in Jacksonville was 2014, and Ashlyn explains why this Sunday may be one of the loudest Jags crowds in recent memory. A full look at Quarterback Trevor Lawrence's Week 1 performance, plus a re-introduction to two key Jaguars playmakers is on the way. Plus: Charlie and Petar react to the Colts dismissing kicker Rodrigo Blankenship and the decision ahead at kicker for Week 2. Thanks for stopping by and please check back in this coming Monday afternoon for a full Week 2 recap!
Week 1 Recap: Colts – Texans tie?!
September 12, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood recap the bizarre Colts - Texans Week 1 *tie* in Houston. From an atrocious start for Indianapolis, to the fourth quarterback comeback that left Colts fans momentarily with a small taste of Peyton Manning's 2003 Monday Night Miracle in Tampa, the game ultimately was on the right foot of Rodrigo Blankenship from 42-yards out. You know what happened from there, and now the discussion around Indy turns to what needs to be fixed ahead of a crucial trip to Jacksonville in Week 2. On offense, Charlie and Petar breakdown Matt Ryan's sharp debut throwing the football, the up and down day at wide receiver, and lingering concerns on the offensive line. On defense, Coordinator Gus Bradley's debut left Charlie and Petar with split opinions on the overall grade for this unit. And special teams, well, it was mess. Thank you for stopping by and join again on Wednesday with a full Jaguars - Colts Week 2 preview!
Week 1: Colts vs. Texans Preview w/ Vanessa Richardson
September 07, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood are joined by ESPN Radio Houston's Vanessa Richardson for an in-depth breakdown of the Colts and Texans Week 1 matchup. The first line item: Who the heck are the Houston Texans? This discussion, plus we learn the Jonathan Taylor draft day story that still haunts Houston, and pencil in a fantasy football sleeper who suits up for the Texans. On the Colts side, the debate starts with expectations for Matt Ryan's debut, another potential historic day ahead for Jonathan Taylor, and which pass catcher not named Michael Pittman Jr. will finish Sunday with the most passing yards. Oh, and that Week 1 losing streak? What happens if.... it doesn't...end Sunday? Nightmare scenarios are included here. Thanks for stopping by!
Breaking down Colts GM Chris Ballard’s preseason recap
September 01, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood huddle following Colts General Manager Chris Ballard's media session on Wednesday. Charlie and Petar debate when Colts All-Pro LB Shaq Leonard (back) will make his season debut following his return to practice, whether a contract extension for All-Pro LG Quenton Nelson is an absolute must for both sides, and the odds of an in-season addition (T.Y. / OBJ) to the Colts' unproven wide receiver room. The countdown to Week 1 of the 2022 season is officially underway! Thanks for stopping by!
What we learned at Colts training camp
August 26, 2022
On this episode, WISH-TV's Charlie Clifford and All Indiana Bets' Petar Hood debate how the Colts look leaving training camp ahead of the 2022 regular season. Does Matt Ryan have enough playmakers to contend in the loaded AFC? Is Chris Ballard's ambitious plan at left tackle going to hold up? Will new Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradley's scheme produce results in crunch time? Those conversations, plus Charlie and Petar's disagreement on the Colts 2022 over/under win total is on the way on this episode. Thanks for stopping by!
IndyCar insanity as Palou bolts for McLaren
July 13, 2022
On this episode, Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' Josh Steigman discuss the insanity unfolding inside the middle of the 2022 IndyCar season, as teams, drivers, media, and fans are watching one of the more bizarre off-track stories in the sport's history. At the moment, everything centers on reigning series champion, rising Spaniard star, Alex Palou. Just before 4 P.M. EST on Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou's current team, posted to twitter that it is exercising the option to renew Palou's contract for next season. This came as no surprise at all. Palou owns 12 podium finishes in just 25 career races, and is fourth in this year's championship standings. Back-to-back titles are still very much a possibility. The chances the No. 10 team pull it off, however, plummeted just hours later. Tuesday night, Palou shared on social media that he *did not* approve of his team's press release, instead stating, for personal reasons this will be his final year with Chip Ganassi Racing. 13 minutes later, McLaren, a rival IndyCar team announced Palou was joining for the 2023 season. An absolutely crazy situation with so much to breakdown and debate regarding what will happen next. It's all on this episode. Enjoy!
July 09, 2022
On this episode, Charlie sits down with the Indiana Pacers top draft pick Bennedict Mathurin. Mathurin's remarkable journey to the NBA starts in Montreal, before leaving for Mexico City as a 16-year-old high school basketball prospect. Ultimately, a standout sophomore season at the University of Arizona lands the 20-year-old in Indiana as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Mathurin wowed the NBA Summer League crowd with an impressive debut, but behind the scenes a silent motivator continues to push this promising young talent. The details on this story are ahead in this conversation. Enjoy!
IndyCar Detroit & Road America Recaps + Josef Newgarden Interview
June 17, 2022
On this episode of Who's Got Next?! Charlie tracks down 'The Car Cuz' Josh Steigman for a full breakdown of IndyCar's back-to-back wild weekends following the Indianapolis 500. What did we learn from Will Power's near perfection at Belle Isle? How did Josef Newgarden outduel Alexander Rossi at Road America? These debates plus an in-depth look at the current season championship standings are jammed packed into this episode. Enjoy!
IndyCar Detroit & Road America Recaps + Josef Newgarden Interview
June 17, 2022
On this episode of Who's Got Next?! Charlie tracks down 'The Car Cuz' Josh Steigman for a full breakdown of IndyCar's back-to-back wild weekends following the Indianapolis 500. What did we learn from Will Power's near perfection at Belle Isle? How did Josef Newgarden outduel Alexander Rossi at Road America? These debates plus an in-depth look at the current season championship standings are jammed packed into this episode. Enjoy!
Indianapolis 500 recap / IndyCar news and updates
June 02, 2022On this episode, Charlie reconnects with "The Car Cuz" Josh Stiegman at MotorVault in downtown Indianapolis to relive the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. From the details on the crowd of over 325,000 race fans to Marcus Ericsson's thrilling victory, Josh and Charlie cover the top takeaways from the biggest race in the world. Plus: IndyCar drivers are already on the move for the 2023 season. How will these newly announced changes impact next year and beyond? The discussion starts now on 'Who's Got Next?!'
Indianapolis 500 Preview
May 25, 2022
On this episode, Charlie breaks down the field of 33 ahead of Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is expected to welcome its second largest crowd ever with a total attendance estimated to be well over 300,000 people. This year’s field is loaded with talent and arguably the fastest IndyCars since the late 1990s. This past weekend, pole sitter Scott Dixon’s qualifying speed of 234.046 MPH broke the Indianapolis 500’s previous pole day record which stood since 1996. A full breakdown of the favorites, long shots, and each entry in between is here on this episode!
NFL Draft Prospect WR Danny Gray (SMU)
April 23, 2022
On the final episode of ‘Who’s Got Next?!’ 2022 NFL Draft prospects mini-series, Charlie connects with a young man who is emerging as an impressive role model for all of south Dallas. Star SMU Wide Receiver Danny Gray joins Charlie to discuss his unlikely path from JUCO to one of the fastest prospects at this weekend's NFL Draft. Gray discusses his breakout senior season at SMU, the billboard his mom can't stop smiling at, and the lessons of rising through the college football ranks despite incredible odds. Thank you for listening and good luck to Danny Gray!
NFL Draft Prospect DL Chris Agyemang (Ball State)
April 22, 2022
On this episode, Charlie continues the 'Who's Got Next?!' mini-series with 2022 NFL Draft prospects. This episode? A Ball State defensive force who's built for the NFL. Cardinals lineman Chris Agyemang joins Charlie to discuss his impressive journey off the field, working his way up from FCS football at Sacred Heart to Ball State, and the inspiration from his family that is driving this story toward the NFL. Thank you for listening and good luck to Chris Agyemang!
NFL Draft Prospect LB Sterling Weatherford (Miami OH)
April 21, 2022
On this episode, Charlie kicks off a new 'Who's Got Next?!' mini-series with 2022 NFL Draft prospects. First up? A small-town Indiana kid who hustled his way to a stellar performance at the 2022 Senior Bowl earlier this year. Former All-State Hamilton Heights star Sterling Weatherford joins Charlie to discuss his career at Miami of Ohio, a pro day that rivaled the other most nerve wracking day of his life, and making the change from safety to linebacker in the NFL. Weatherford put up monster numbers with Chuck Martin's defense in Oxford and is ready to grind out a spot at the next level just like he had to in college. Thank you for listening and good luck to Sterling Weatherford!
Future Eastern Kentucky Colonel Tayshawn Comer
April 19, 2022
On this episode, Charlie connects with Cathedral High School's Tayshawn Comer to discuss the Irish's Class 4A IHSAA State Championship. Comer turned on the jets at the end of the season, leading Cathedral to its first Class 4A crown in program history. Deemed undersized by some division 1 programs, Comer pound for pound is the best point guard in the state of Indiana. That is great news for Eastern Kentucky and Colonels Head Coach A.W. Hamilton who was in on Comer's recruitment early, and landed the point guard inside their 2022 class heading to Richmond, Ky. Comer dishes on why EKU was the perfect fit, the future of Cathedral's other division one stars, and the moment with his mom from this season that the family will never forget. Thank you for listening and good luck to Tayshawn Comer!
Future Bellarmine Knight Pete Suder
April 12, 2022
On this episode, Charlie connects with Carmel High School's two-time IHSAA basketball state champion and future Bellarmine Knights guard Pete Suder. Suder lost one postseason game his entire prep career, and cemented himself as one of the finest all-around players in Carmel's prestigious program history. The 6-foot-4 guard reflects on the success of Greyhound's senior class, playing for decorated Carmel Head Coach Ryan Osborn, and why Bellarmine is the perfect fit. Will the Knights, who fully transition to NCAA D1 play this coming season season, be dancing next March? Thank you for listening and good luck to Pete Suder!
Undecided small forward Tae Davis
April 07, 2022
On this episode, Charlie connects with D’Ante “Tae” Davis who broke Warren Central’s single-game scoring record this past season putting up 44 points against his former school Lawrence Central. Davis recently decommitted from the University of Louisville, and is weighing offers from the Cardinals and other power five programs across the country for this upcoming season. The 6-foot-7 small forward dishes on who has called since his decision to deommit, his daily workout routine, and what sets him apart from other top prospects in the high school basketball class of 2022. Thank you for listening and good luck to D’Ante Davis!
Future Purdue Boilermaker Braden Smith
March 31, 2022On this episode, Charlie connects with future Purdue Boilermakers guard Braden Smith who just capped off an electrifying postseason run with Westfield High School's first ever boys basketball sectional championship. Despite missing time due to a foot injury that dated back to the start of his junior season, Smith returned to the Shamrocks lineup and led the team through the Class 4A IHSAA playoffs. The senior guard started his postseason run with a trio of scoring performances of 28, 22, and 22 points in consecutive outings. On this episode Smith dishes on his daily workout routine, the story behind elite ballhandling and three-point shooting skills, and the message Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter already cemented in the back of his mind. Thank you for listening and good luck to Braden Smith!
Future Indiana Hoosier CJ Gunn
March 28, 2022
On this episode, Charlie tips off a new mini-series on 'Who's Got Next?!' with interviews from the top high school basketball players in Indiana's 2022 senior class. Up first? Indianapolis' powerhouse Lawrence North's latest star CJ Gunn. Gunn averaged over 23 points per game this season for legendary Wildcats Head Coach Jack Keefer, and now turns his focus to being ready to play for Indiana University as a freshman in Bloomington. Gunn dishes on the stellar close to his senior season, what Hoosiers Head Coach Mike Woodson wants him to focus on this summer, and the big sister who also can play some serious hoops! Thank you for listening and good luck to CJ Gunn!
NCAA Tournament: Indiana – Saint Mary’s preview from Portland
March 16, 2022
On this episode, Charlie dives into the (12) Indiana vs. (5) Saint Mary's match-up from Portland, Ore. Charlie is on the road with the Hoosiers out west following their victory over Wyoming Tuesday evening in Dayton, and connects with the voice of the Gaels Alex Jensen to preview what is in store for Thursday night. Who will Saint Mary's throw at Hoosiers' star forward Trayce Jackson-Davis in the post? And what advantages do the Gaels have ahead of tip-off? Join Charlie and Alex for this pregame discussion as March Madness picks up across the country! Enjoy the drama!
Tom Downey on Colts Quarterback options in 2022 NFL Draft
March 15, 2022
On this episode, Charlie debates with Chat Sports Dallas Cowboys Host Tom Downey on the future of the Colts quarterback position. Tom, an NFL Draft guru, checks in from Dallas with the latest on the 2022 quarterback class, and lays out a few options that may make sense for Colts GM Chris Ballard this April. What is becoming very apparent is 49ers Quarterback jimmy Garoppolo is one of the last dominos standing in the current available quarterback free agency/trade pool. Join in on Charlie and Tom's discussion that is headlined by Indianapolis aiming for a rookie gunslinger to join the Colts this April.
IndyCar 2022 race recap: St. Pete Grand Prix
February 28, 2022INDYCAR is BACK! On this episode Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman breakdown the first race of the 2022 season -- The St. Pete Grand Prix. Team Penske's second-year driver Scott McLaughlin conquered the street course for his first IndyCar victory. McLaughlin is a three-time Australian Super Car Champion and this is exactly what Roger Penske envisioned for Scotty Mac in the states. Discussions on each team and the top 15 finishers in the field at St. Pete are on the way. Enjoy!
IndyCar 2022 season preview
February 24, 2022Our Who's Got Next?! IndyCar race recaps are back! Ahead of Sunday's 2022 season opening race in St. Petersburg, Fl. Charlie connects with 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman at MotorVault for a full breakdown of the season ahead. From Helio Castroneves shot at a record setting fifth Indianapolis 500 victory, to Andretti Autosport's addition of Romain Grosjean, and Jimmie Johnson ready to spin it on ovals across the series -- 2022 will not disappoint.
Kevin Bowen on Carson Wentz’s future + SB LVI Recap
February 14, 2022Is Carson Wentz's tenure really about to be one-and-done? 107.5 The Fan's Morning Show lead host Kevin Bowen joins Charlie to discuss the Colts quarterback situation ahead of the start of the NFL's 2022 free agency period. KB and Charlie debate what happens next with Wentz, the options at quarterback if a split happens, and the irony of Matt Stafford capturing Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles last night with the Rams. Plus: If quarterback is *the* problem in the mind of Colts Owner Jim Irsay, where does the current Colts pass catching unit stand in the eyes of management?
Super Bowl LVI preview w/ NESN’s Sammy P
February 11, 2022
On this episode NESN betting analyst Sammy P checks in from Boston ahead of Super Bowl LVI for the latest rumblings around the numbers that America is fixated on Sunday in Los Angeles. Who is the easiest bet for Super Bowl MVP? Are the Rams going to run away with the Lombardi Trophy early? Plus: Why some folks may cash in BIG TIME at halftime. Sammy P joins Charlie to break it all down. Enjoy & have a phenomenal Super Bowl Sunday America!
AFC Championship preview & Bengals fever with Jed DeMuesy
January 26, 2022Ahead of Sunday's NFL Conference Championship Weekend, Charlie examines Colts Owner Jim Irsay's latest comments on social media, Bengals fever in Cincinnati, and another dose of sheer brilliance from Kansas City Quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Jed DeMuesy rejoins Charlie to discuss Joe Burrow's early similarities to Peyton Manning, the loveable story behind Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor, and what it will take for Cincinnati to upset Kansas City this Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. Plus: The first change to Frank Reich's coaching staff is announced, and a fan favorite from HBO's Hard Knocks is heading out of Indianapolis.
Derek Schultz on Colts GM Ballard’s season ending address, will Wentz be back?
January 14, 2022
On this episode Charlie connects with Derek Schultz of the Query & Schultz Show on the ISC Sports Network & the Schultz Star Show Podcast at the Indianapolis Star for a full breakdown of Colts General Manager Chris Ballard's season-ending press conference. This discussion includes:
-GM Chris Ballard's carefully chosen words on Carson Wentz's future
-Owner Jim Irsay's clear directions to Ballard & HC Frank Reich on another QB search
-Passing offense's downfall
-Is wide receiver and tight end just as big of a concern as quarterback?
-Another gamble coming in 2022 at left tackle
-A different tone from Ballard when discussing the Colts WR talent vs. pass rush talent
-Potential QB trade partners
-Is a shift in roster building (i.e. free agency aggressiveness) on the way?
An inside look at Colts RB Jonathan Taylor’s remarkable season
January 07, 2022
On this episode Charlie connects with Colts pro bowl running back Jonathan Taylor's former high school football coach Montrey Wright for special insight into his stellar season in Indianapolis. Ahead of the Colts regular season finale in Jacksonville on Sunday, Charlie and Coach Wright look back on how Taylor laid the foundation for success back on Friday nights in the small town of Salem, New Jersey (Pop: 5,146). How did Taylor train his mind, body, and soul to reach these heights this soon? The details on the MVP candidate's road to success are spotlighted during this interview.
Colts – Patriots preview w/ Pats reporter Morey Hershgordon
December 13, 2021
This Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium the bitter rivalry between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts returns to the forefront of the conversation in the AFC. Bill Belichick returns to Indianapolis riding a seven game win steak, and eight consecutive head-to-head victories over the Colts. Frank Reich comes back from a week off with a 6-2 mark over the past eight weeks. In summary: 'The Rivalry' feels REAL again in Indianapolis. On this episode WPRI Sports Director Morey Hershgordon joins Charlie to breakdown the matchup. From rookie Quarterback Mac Jones' dazzling recent run to Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels returning to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since backing out of the Colts head coaching job in 2018 -- this showdown will deliver the best storylines of the season in Indy. Join Charlie and Morey and get ready for kickoff early this week!
Colts Defensive Tackle Taylor Stallworth
December 03, 2021
On this episode Charlie tracks down one of the best personalities in the Colts locker room, defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth. A native of Mobile, Ala. Stallworth's reputation is backed by leadership awards both at Murphy High and the University of South Carolina. After going undrafted as a rookie, Stallworth landed with the Saints, and quickly found himself on the field just a few plays from the Super Bowl. (Wild story). After two seasons, he was left stunned being let go by New Orleans (another wild story), and was scooped up by Colts GM Chris Ballard. After flashing this past season, Stallworth has taken it to a new level in 2021 (3.0 sacks, 4.0 tackles for loss). Get the full behind the scenes story of Taylor Stallworth on this episode. Enjoy!
Colts vs. Buccaneers preview with Bucs reporter Kevin Lewis
November 23, 2021On this episode Charlie connects with Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter Kevin Lewis (@TheKevinLewis) for the latest on Tom Brady and the reigning world champions ahead of their visit Sunday to Lucas Oil Stadium. Everywhere Brady and the Bucs go a circus ensues, and this week in Indianapolis certainly feels like something extra is on the line. What can slow down Brady's passing attack? Where is the weakness on Todd Bowles impressive defense? Kevin sheds light on how things appear in Tampa Bay ahead of Week 12. Plus: Charlie and Kevin discuss Colts star running back Jonathan Taylor's MVP candidacy. Is JT in the right place at the right time to claim the greatest individual honor in the game? The debate begins now on 'Who's Got Next?!'
ESPN’s Hannah Storm
November 01, 2021
On this episode to kickoff the month of November Charlie is joined by decorated SportsCenter Anchor Hannah Storm who will lead this week's Thursday Night Football broadcast on Amazon Prime Video between the Jets and Colts in Indianapolis. Storm's ties to Indy are about as cool as they come. Her late father Mike Storen served as first General Manager in Pacers franchise history, leading the organization from 1967 to 1973 before becoming league commissioner of the ABA. On this episode Storm dishes on her favorite memories as a kid in the Hoosier State and her wild professional schedule that includes national hosting and play-by-play responsibilities. Enjoy and don't forget to catch Storm and the great Andrea Kramer on Amazon Prime Video this Thursday Night!
Tad Starsiak of HGTV’s ‘Good Bones’
October 26, 2021
On this episode of WGN, Charlie connects with an inspirational person in Indianapolis YOU SHOULD KNOW. Tad Starsiak, born and raised in the Indianapolis area, is now a key piece of HGTV's television series 'Good Bones' a show centered on housing revitalization projects in and around downtown Indianapolis. At a young age, Tad was met by a string of unfathomable family tragedies. Remarkably, Tad has created a path not only for himself but for others to walk toward success, happiness, and love in life. We can't thank Tad enough for his time. Below is the rundown of the interview! Enjoy!
0:00 Growing up in Indianapolis and getting into the demolition game in EIGHTH grade
3:30 How television has changed his personal life
5:00 A car accident that led to serious back injury ahead of pilot episode of 'Two Chicks and a Hammer'
7:30 Chasing a dream as opposed to perception
10:00 Daily routines that provide personal compound interest
12:00 Shoutout to power and benefits behind F45 training (where we met)
14:25 The unique aspects and hidden gems of Indianapolis
16:29 The unfathomable tragedies that led to the beautiful genesis behind the brand 'Love Heals'
20:30 Goals moving toward intertwined between demo, design and 'Love Heals'
22:00 On finding inspiration in daily life
IndyCar 2021 Season Recap
October 06, 2021
For the final time in 2021, Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman settle in to sort through all of the IndyCar mayhem on and off the track. Charlie shares his takeaways following an interview with 2021 season champion Alex Palou, and Josh breaks down the driver changes we are likely to see this offseason inside IndyCar's most powerful teams. Plus: Why 7x NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson along with Formula 1 veteran Romain Grosjean are both now one step closer to competing at their first Indianapolis 500's this coming May. Thank you for listen along, subscribing, and telling a friend about our IndyCar chats all season. Cheers to 2022 and beyond.
Colts week 3 QB dilemma + IndyCar season finale preview
September 23, 2021On this episode Charlie breaks down the predicament the Colts (0-2) are in heading to Tennessee on Sunday to see the Titans (1-1). Carson Wentz missed practice again on Thursday and barring a Brett Favre-esk miracle return the expectation is the Colts new franchise quarterback's injured ankles (yes, plural) will keep him out of action for Week 3. That means Jacob Eason, the second-year quarterback from Washington, and winner of the backup quarterback battle at training camp steps in. OR DOES IT? Veteran quarterback Brett Hundley, who was signed this July only *after* Wentz injured his foot at training camp, suddenly is very much in the conversation to play on Sunday. The latest details on this situation + 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman is back to preview IndyCar's season finale at Long Beach. Can Alex Palou hang on to his first career IndyCar Season Championship? The debate starts now.
NFL Week 1 & The Manning duo on MNF + IndyCar Portland recap
September 14, 2021
The NFL is back and so is a good friend of the show Jed DeMuesy who rejoins Charlie from Cincinnati to sort out what went down during Week 1. The fellas begin by diving into ESPN 2's new Peyton & Eli Manning Monday Night Football simulcast which debuted with last night's Raiders-Ravens game in Vegas. In short, it was brilliant. Peyton and Eli sitting on the couch, talking ball in real time, with the help of three big-name guests who visited throughout the game. Just a joy from start to finish, which ironically finally arrived after the most bizarre overtime sequence we may witness all season. Reaction on what went down with the Colts, Bengals, Aaron Rodgers, Urban Meyer and Big Ben is also on the way. Plus: The 'Car Cuz' Josh swings in a little later to size up Indycar's 2021 Season Championship chase which just became even more bonkers after Alex Palou's victory this past weekend at Portland.
College football is back with viral ESPN College GameDay fan ‘Mayo Man’
September 07, 2021You may have watched it live on ESPN College's GameDay from Charlotte. You may have stopped scrolling on Twitter because you fell out of your chair. You may have heard rumblings around your college football inter-circle. The 'Mayo Man' earns the distinguished honor of being College Football's most outrageous fan for the anticipated return of the greatest Saturday's of the calendar year. The dude who dumped the giant tub of Duke's Mayonnaise on himself in front of the entire country on ESPN's College Gameday? Oh, he ended up having an EPIC night. The act itself was one of the most bizarre scenes in the history of the show. But what happened after makes this an all-time classic college football gameday story. We connect with Juan, avid Clemson Tigers fan from Greenville, South Carolina aka 'The Mayo Man' for the entire tale. To everyone else in the country: What can you do to top 'The Mayo Man' this season?
Metta Sandiford-Artest (formerly Ron Artest)
August 27, 2021
On this episode, Charlie tracks down former NBA All-Star and World Champion Ron Artest (now Metta Sandiford-Artest) to discuss his thoughts on the recent Netflix documentary 'UNTOLD' which revisits the notorious 2004 Indiana Pacers - Detroit Pistons brawl. Artest had a hand in the production of the critically-acclaimed documentary which brings a new perspective to one of the most controversial scenes in American professional sports history. Artest, now retired and 41-years-old, reflects on the night that changed his life forever, the fallout with a championship-ready team in Indiana, and ultimately finding his footing on the court and in life. A proud father with four kids off at college this fall, Artest sits back and rewinds one of the most enigmatic journeys the basketball world will ever see. The best part? It belongs solely to him.
IndyCar-NASCAR tripleheader recap + Monterey Car Week
August 18, 2021
On this episode, Charlie is rejoined by 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman following his epic trip to Monterey Car Week, the most exclusive car auction in North America. Josh details the incredible sights and rides from the California coast along with a few vehicles from the Hoosier State that went up for auction. Also, Charlie and Josh relive the action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as three races took on the 14-turn road course. Will a bizarre ending to the NASCAR Cup Series first-ever run on the road course change future plans for the event? The debate begins on this episode.
IndyCar Nashville Recap + Indy’s IndyCar-NASCAR triple-header preview
August 13, 2021
Is the next go-to road trip a cruise to Nashville to catch IndyCar flying at 200 MPH+ around downtown? It certainly felt like a monumental weekend for the IndyCar series, with a mammoth television rating to back it up. On this episode Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman breakdown scene in Nashville on and off the track, plus a full preview of IndyCar & NASCAR's triple-header weekend on tap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The most dramatic stint of the racing season is here and there is no better place to get the top two series in North America together than Indy. Thank you Roger Penske!
Remembering broadcasting icon Bob Jenkins with IndyCar’s Jake Query
August 10, 2021
On today's episode Charlie is joined by the IndyCar Radio Network's Jake Query to honor and remember late motorsports broadcaster Bob Jenkins. Jenkins passed away on Monday at 73-years-old following a battle with brain cancer, and an outpouring of tributes have followed in the past 24-hours from around the racing world. Jenkins' broadcasting career began with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network in 1979, and he quickly rose to the lead anchor for NASCAR on ESPN from '79 to 2000. Locally, Jenkins' role as the radio voice of Indianapolis 500 from 1990 to 1998 is highlighted by the 1992 finish -- still the closest in 500 history.
Big Ten Media Day with Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr.
July 23, 2021A tremendous two days of Big Ten Football buzz is wrapping up in Indianapolis. Lucas Oil Stadium rolled out the red carpet hosting the conference's media days for the first time. On this episode Indiana's All-Big Ten Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. joins Charlie to discuss the excitement around the 2021 season in Bloomington. Penix Jr. returns from his second ACL tear suffered during the Hoosiers' historic run last season. Wins over Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, plus a near immaculate comeback at Ohio State have Hoosier nation hyped for this fall at Memorial Stadium. Also on this episode we dive into Purdue Football updates, Indianapolis potentially losing the Big Ten Football Championship Game, and Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald's take on the NIL situation around college athletics.
Purdue’s Jaden Ivey
July 12, 2021The USA grabbed a gold medal Sunday in Latvia and Purdue's sophomore-to-be Jaden Ivey is at the center of this story. The under-19 (year-old) team held off France 83-81 in the gold medal game to complete an undefeated run at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup with Ivey (16 points) pacing the red, white & blue. This is just one chapter of a big summer for the Boilers promising wing. On this episode, Charlie connects with Ivey to discuss his freshman season, a special relationship with Head Coach Matt Painter, his rising stock in the eyes of NBA scouts & much more. Plus: Is this *THE* year for the Boilers? Ivey shares an inside look on why March of 2022 may spell magic for this storied program.
Pacers Introduce HC Rick Carlisle
June 30, 2021On Wednesday Rick Carlisle officially started his latest Pacers tenure with a zoom call. Sign of the times for the former head coach in Indiana who *thought* he had seen it all. On this episode, listen to Carlisle's 4:00+ minute opening statement plus Charlie breaks down the entirety of the near one hour long Pacers press conference (Carlisle + Pritchard). Carlisle's take on his new roster, old pals Larry Bird & Donnie Walsh, the lingering effects of the Malice at the Palace + much more all on this special pod. Rick. Is. Back.
IndyCar’s winner at Road America Alex Palou
June 22, 2021Charlie is joined by IndyCar's new season championship leader Alex Palou to breakdown the 24-year-old Spaniard's thrilling victory at Road America. Palou won the opening race of the 2021 season at Barber and later finished runner up at the 105th Indianapolis 500, solidifying his spot as a IndyCar title contender this season. Then on Sunday at Road America in Wisconsin Palou proved he was ready to strike when luck found the No. 10 car with three laps left. Team Penske star Josef Newgarden's latest misfortune opened the door and Palou didn't look back late to capture his second victory of the season. Palou delivers his take on a lightning quick IndyCar ascension, nearly capturing the Indianapolis 500, and honoring the tradition of his favorite victory meal.
IndyCar Road America Preview + Detroit Doubleheader Recap
June 19, 2021Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman are back to relive all the insanity at IndyCar's doubleheader in Detroit. Cheers to the AMR Safety Team for keeping Felix Rosenqvist safe after a nasty accident on Saturday. As for the final stints of each race? Well, there is plenty to debate and sort out, beginning with Will Power's epic post race interview on Saturday. Plus: Josef Newgarden claims the pole this weekend at Road America. A full preview + predictions of the action on Sunday in Wisconsin is ahead on this episode!
PGA Pro Chris Baker’s insane underdog story at the U.S. Open
June 17, 2021Ahead of Thursday's opening round at the U.S. Open, Charlie tracks down one of the best individual stories this weekend at Torrey Pines in San Diego. After nearly having to give up the game years ago, PGA Pro Chris Baker makes his first appearance at a major championship after qualifying this past week for one of the final spots in the field. Baker's story began in tiny Brownstown, Ind., and continued on golf courses in countries you likely never heard of. Most importantly, the dude never gave up. This story of perseverance is rewarded this week, on a course he has already competed under *more* pressure than he will see Thursday. Hint: Tiger. Enjoy the interview and we know you'll join us in pulling for Chris Baker big time this weekend.
Pacers fire HC Nate Bjorkgren, coaching search begins w/ Scott Agness
June 10, 2021The decision is in & the Pacers are officially moving on from Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren after just one season on the bench in Indiana. What went wrong behind the scenes? Who is the top candidate to take over a roster ready to win, yet desperate for an identity? Pacers beat reporter Scott Agness of The Fieldhouse Files joins Charlie with new intel on Bjorkgren's departure and the team's key decisions ahead this offseason.
Reliving an epic Indianapolis 500
June 02, 2021
Charlie and 'The Car Cuz' (Motorvault's Josh Stiegman) return to relive the epic 105th Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves claims his record-tying fourth career 500 victory. This chapter simply feels different in Indy, with the 46-year-old Castroneves displaying a post race celebration for the ages on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon inside the Racing Capital of the World. Join us on this episode for a fully caffeinated Indy 500 recap.
Indy 500 preview with special message from Bob Jenkins
May 24, 2021
The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as race fans return to the biggest one day sporting event in the world for the first time in two years. A loaded field of 33 talented drivers is headlined by Scott Dixon, a pole sitter for the fourth time at Indianapolis (tied second most all-time). The 'Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman from MotorVault in downtown Indianapolis is back to break down the top storylines across the field. Plus: Beloved racing broadcasting icon Bob Jenkins thanks race fans everywhere for the outpouring of support as he battles brain cancer. On this episode, Bob shares a special message to the fans ahead of the 105th Indianapolis 500.
Mother’s Day conversation with Linda Reich & Kristin Ballard
May 10, 2021
To celebrate Mother's Day, Charlie connects with Colts Head Coach Frank Reich and General Manager Chris Ballard's best teammates -- Linda Reich and Kristin Ballard. Together, Linda and Kristin are making a major impact across the state of Indiana, ironically both following their passion for helping children. Linda's Knot Today Foundation is a growing force against the evils of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. Kristin continues to be a role model and spokesperson for the foster care community, having fostered and adopted two of her own children. This conversation explores the struggles all parents are going through during the pandemic, the best gifts of being a mom, and the quest to give every child a loving, nurturing role model.
IndyCar Texas Race 2 recap with winner Pato O’Ward
May 03, 2021
Charlie connects with Inydcar's electrifying Pato O'Ward who just days before his 22nd birthday captures his first career victory on the series. Backed by a fearless driving style, O'Ward put on a show Sunday evening at the Texas Motor Speedway holding off two-time IndyCar season champion Josef Newgarden down the stretch. Join us for an entertaining post-race conversation with one of the top personalities on the IndyCar series. Plus: the 'Car Cuz' Josh Stiegman is back with a full recap of the doubleheader at Texas.
IndyCar 2021 Race 2 recap with St. Pete winner Colton Herta
April 26, 2021
On this episode is a full breakdown of the scorching Sunday in Florida as Andretti Autosport's rising star Colton Herta caps off a dominating weekend with his fourth career IndyCar victory. Colton joins Charlie to discuss starting on pole at St. Pete, 16-years after his father Bryan did the same very thing. On Sunday, Bryan was standing on the No. 26 pit box, helping his 21-year-old son navigate extreme temps in the cockpit, blistered hands, and a charging pack of Team Penske drivers. Colton reflects on his work this offseason, putting Andretti's first victory on the board in 2021, and the special moment with his pops post-race. Plus: The Car Cuz Josh Stiegman joins IN-STUDIO for the first time on WGN to rehash all of the drama on Sunday.
New Indiana Hoosiers Forward Miller Kopp
April 22, 2021
Charlie tracks down Miller Kopp, the versatile, 6-foot-7 wing who takes his basketball talents from Northwestern to Indiana this coming season. Kopp is an intriguing addition for the Hoosiers, and his personal story starts with an incredible bond between four brothers. Miller dishes on why the Kopp crew is chasing down four-time Super Bowl Champion Rob Gronkowski, a legendary workout regimen from his time at Northwestern, and why he ultimately chose to link up with Coach Mike Woodson at Indiana.
IndyCar 2021 Race 1 recap with Barber winner Alex Palou
April 19, 2021
Charlie goes one-on-one with Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou after his incredible performance at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Palou, who joined CGR this offseason, showed his strong finish to 2020 was no fluke. The 24-year-old Spaniard used a two-stop strategy to land his first victory on the IndyCar series, celebrating alongside teammate Scott Dixon who finished third. Palou dishes on the victory, teaming up alongside Jimmie Johnson for the 7-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion's IndyCar debut and his underdog quest racing across the world to reach this moment. Plus: The Car Cuz Josh is back all season! His first race recap of 2021 is a must listen.
2021 Masters recap with PGA Tour’s Patrick Rodgers
April 12, 2021
Following Hideki Matsuyama's triumph Sunday at The Masters, Charlie and PGA Tour professional Patrick Rodgers relive the drama at Augusta National Golf Club. Rodgers shares insight on the reaction from inside PGA Tour circles on this historic victory and the magnitude of this moment for the game of golf going forward. Join us for an inside look at Matsuyama's rise to stardom and the incredible pressure he deals with on a weekly basis on tour. Plus: What happened to some of golf's biggest stars this past weekend? From Dustin Johnson to Bryson DeChambeau, Augusta was not kind to the odds on favorites and Rodgers points out why this challenge was much different than the one we watched last fall. Before signing off, Rodgers also shares his special bond with a childhood friend and how the relationship recently came full circle on the PGA Tour.
2021 Masters preview with Bryson DeChambeau’s Coach Chris Como
April 07, 2021
The Masters week is here and patrons return to Augusta National Golf Club for the first time in two years. As reigning champion Dustin Johnson returns as the odds on favorite, Charlie zeroes in on the biggest story on and off the course: Bryson DeChambeau's quest for his first Green Jacket. On this episode, Charlie connects with DeChambeau's Swing Coach Chris Como to break down the exciting weekend ahead. Como works with golfing stars across the PGA and LPGA tour, including a previous run with Tiger Woods from 2014 to 2017. Can DeChambeau and Como conquer the greatest tournament in golf? Either way, the buzz on the range once again centers on the longest player in the game.
Jared Jeffries on Indiana’s coaching search, MJ stories & more
March 22, 2021
Charlie tracks down former Indiana University All-American forward Jared Jeffries for his take on the search for the next head basketball coach in Bloomington, Ind. Jared shares his take on whether Indiana should pursue someone with direct ties to the Bob Knight era, and sorts through additional potential rumored candidates. Charlie and Jared also retrace NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 history, reliving Indiana's thrilling upset of No. 1 seeded Duke in 2002 en route to the Hoosiers national championship game appearance. Those stories, along with Jared's upcoming fishing expedition with long-time friend and former NBA teammate Michael Jordan are all ahead on this episode. Plus: a full look back at a wild opening weekend of March Madness in Indy!
Inside the March Madness Bubble with Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey
March 14, 2021
Charlie tracks down decorated Winthrop Men's Basketball Head Coach Pat Kelsey, who is one of the first to arrive inside the NCAA Tournament Bubble in Indianapolis. From the special scene at the airport to COVID-19 testing and getting situated inside the bubble, Kelsey breaks down what the first 24 hours is like for his team in Indy. Plus: If you need a sleeper pick this March... these Eagles may be your answer. The story behind the Big South Champs and a special connection between Charlie and Coach Kelsey are on the way in this episode.
Romain Grosjean on miraculous comeback, transition from F1 to IndyCar
March 13, 2021
Charlie connects with racing star Romain Grosjean who owns one of the best comeback stories of 2021. Grosjean, a veteran of the top racing series in the world, Formula One, is heading to the United States this spring to race on the IndyCar circuit for the first time. The 34-year-old's final race of the 2020 F1 season ended in a horrifying, fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Pinned inside the cockpit and engulfed in flames, Grosjean miraculously escaped the scene. Despite severe burns to his hands, Grosjean made a fully recovery and is set to return to racing with IndyCar's season opener next month at Baber. On this episode, Grosjean shares with Charlie how the terrifying crash has changed his life, in addition to his first impressions of the IndyCar world.
ESPN Sports Poll creator Dr. Rich Luker
March 01, 2021Charlie sits down for an insightful conversation with renowned social psychologist Dr. Rich Luker. The best part? This episode centers on YOU! For decades Dr. Luker has studied sports fans and what makes them tick. His creations include the original ESPN Sports Poll and countless studies across societal trends. As we come out of this evil, global pandemic, Charlie presses Dr. Luker on how this time period will change sports fanatics both now and into the future. Is the golden age for the teams and leagues we love over? Dr. Luker's data shares an alarming story.
Super Bowl & Waste Management Open recap with CBS’ Jed DeMuesy
February 08, 2021
Charlie chats with our good pal Jed DeMuesy, reliving the oddest moments of Super Bowl LV, the Buccaneers convincing victory, and Tom Brady’s latest preposterous feat. We debate The Weeknd’s halftime performance, the best commercials of Super Bowl Sunday, and whether Bill Belichick tuned in to watch Brady and Rob Gronkowski hoist the Lombardi trophy yet again. Plus: Reaction to the PGA Tour drama at the Waste Management Open, including the latest details on Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth’s interesting weekends.
February 06, 2021
Charlie chats with Andretti Autosport’s rising IndyCar star Colton Herta ahead of the 2021 season. The 20-year-old already proved he is a winner, and on this episode we break down why 2021 may be another massive jump for the California native. Also, the two discuss the best prank behind the scenes at the 104th Indianapolis 500 that Herta *may or may not* have been involved with. Plus: “Car Cuz” Josh returns with the latest updates around racing’s wild offseason including new details on driver changes in IndyCar, NASCAR, and Formula 1.
Podcast: Colts running back Nyheim Hines looks back at the 2020 season
January 22, 2021Charlie and Colts running back Nyheim Hines discuss this week's major NFL news: The retirement of quarterback Philip Rivers. Hines shares stories from Rivers lone season in Indianapolis, including the hilarious behind the scenes moments that the 2020 Colts roster will share for years to come. As a youngster Hines, a Garner, NC native, watched Philip Rivers lead the North Carolina State Wolfpack and morph into a legend in the Raleigh area. Ironically, Hines later starred at running back for NC State and finished Rivers' final NFL season as his leading pass catcher, in terms of receptions, in Indy. From Rivers' trash talk on the golf course, to the cornhole setup in the Colts locker room -- Hines' stories are worth a listen. Plus: We discuss Colts General Manager Chris Ballard's challenging offseason ahead, as the fifth year general manager is officially on the hunt for his fifth different Week 1 starter at quarterback.
Bill Polian + Colts offseason preview
January 13, 2021
Charlie connects with Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian to discuss his NFL days working alongside Frank Reich. From Buffalo to Carolina and later Indianapolis, Polian shares his thoughts on Reich's incredible journey across the NFL. He also address a couple of hot topics regarding the Colts future in 2021 and beyond. Plus: Charlie breaks down the Colts offseason agenda, beginning with the looming decisions on quarterback Philip Rivers' future, a replacement for Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, and star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton entering free agency.
NFL Wildcard Weekend Preview with Kevin Bowen
January 07, 2021Charlie sits down with 93.5 & 107.5 The Fan's Kevin Bowen to discuss the six games ahead on the NFL's *super* Wildcard Weekend. The pair discuss the Colts and Bills game at length, as 39-year-old, future Hall of Fame quarterback Philip Rivers meets MVP candidate Josh Allen in Buffalo. Can the Bills snap their playoff drought of 25 years? Or will Rivers ride off into the sunset with an underdog run through the AFC with the Colts? Charlie and Kevin break it all down here.
Indiana Pacers Forward Kelan Martin
December 15, 2020
Former Butler Bulldogs star and current Indiana Pacers small forward Kelan Martin joins Charlie to discuss his return to Indiana following a whirlwind professional basketball journey over the past two seasons. Martin, Butler University's second all-time leading scorer, departed campus and traveled 4,400 miles from home in order to keep his NBA dream alive. This past season, he earned a spot on the Minnesota Timberwolves bench, later being reunited with childhood friend and fellow Louisville, Kentucky native D'Angelo Russell. Together, along with Timberwolves star Center Karl-Anthony Towns, the trio spent the beginning of the 2020 NBA shutdown living and working out together. We'll discuss those stories, along with Martin's unique connection with Pacers rookie Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren.
Carolina Panthers Safety Jeremy Chinn
December 02, 2020
Panthers star rookie safety Jeremy Chinn joins Charlie to discuss his instant NFL success, a historic two-touchdown defensive performance this past Sunday against the Vikings, and his promising candidacy for the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Chinn also weighs in on his personal underdog story, from nearly giving up on football all together after high school, before ultimately changing positions and working his way towards stardom at a tiny NCAA Division I program.
2020 IndyCar Season Recap with Scott Dixon & Car Cuz Josh
November 21, 2020
Charlie is joined by IndyCar's 2020 Season Champion Scott Dixon, who capped off a dominating year with a third place finish at St. Petersburg to clinch his sixth title on the circuit. Dixon is now in reach of America's all-time open wheel racing record holder A.J. Foyt, and his incredible mark of seven season championships. The 'Ice Man' discusses his respect for 2020 runner-up Josef Newgarden, the bizarre twists and turns of the shortened season, and his drive to keep winning at the highest level well into his 40s. Plus: The 'Car Cuz' Josh pops in to breakdown the 2020 IndyCar drama, team by team, as we look ahead to an exciting 2021 for IndyCar, NASCAR and Formula 1.
2020 Masters Preview with CBS’ Jed DeMuesy
November 10, 2020Charlie and Jed take you on a stroll of Augusta National Golf Club, as the famed property hosts The Masters during November for the first time. How will reigning U.S. Open Champion and long drive extraordinaire Bryson DeChambeau handle the pressure of being the odds-on-favorite? Will 44-year-old Tiger Woods once again return to form and contend for a sixth Green Jacket? Plus: A breakdown of the big names still gunning for their first victory at Augusta. This year's tournament, certainly, is worth the wait. Charlie and Jed cover all the changes you can expect to see beginning Thursday morning on the first tee.
Tamika Catchings on Election Day 2020, memories with the late Kobe Bryant
November 02, 2020
Charlie visits with the Indiana Fever General Manager and 2012 WNBA Finals MVP Tamika Catchings for a wide ranging conversation ahead of Election Day 2020. Catchings is volunteering as a poll worker on Tuesday, coincidently helping voters at her former home -- Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This is not a conversation about politics. This is about the importance of using your vote and your voice. Additionally, Catchings shares her memories of the late Kobe Bryant. The pair were childhood friends, dating back to their father's professional playing days overseas. Catchings opens up on Kobe's legacy, on and off the basketball floor, including his support of the WNBA and women's basketball everywhere.
IndyCar St. Pete Preview with Simon Pagenaud & The Car Cuz
October 24, 2020
2019 Indianapolis 500 Champion Simon Pagenaud joins Charlie ahead of IndyCar's 2020 season finale Sunday at St. Petersburg. The Frenchman shares his thoughts on an up and down season for Team Penske, Scott Dixon's dominant 2020 run, and his relationship with IndyCar newcomer Scott McLaughlin and his old boss -- Roger Penske. Then the Car Cuz Josh hops back in with a full St. Pete preview. Plus: Josh shares new details on the drivers across all racing series who already are on the move to new teams in 2021.
Indiana Pacers heir Steve Simon
October 19, 2020
Charlie sits down with Steve Simon, the eldest son of Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon. Steve’s impressive background outside of basketball ranges from private equity to combating climate change. This wide ranging discussion includes Steve’s thoughts on the Pacers’ centerpiece Victor Oladipo, entering the final year of his contract with club amid rumors he is ultimately set on finding a new home in 2021. A pivotal head coaching search that enters its final stages and the looming 2021 NBA All-Star Game heading to Indianapolis in the middle of what appears to be another season dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus an introduction to TechStar’s Sports Accelerator based here in Indianapolis.
NFL Week 5 Preview with NBC Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich
October 08, 2020
Charlie and Sam breakdown the NFL Week 5 betting lines ahead of Thursday Night Football in Chicago between the Bears and the Buccaneers. Sam shares why he isn't touching the majority of the Week 5 board, as a pile of blowouts are on the horizon for the first time during the 2020 season. Plus: Can the Colts get past the Browns in Cleveland despite a growing list of injuries to star players?
ESPN’s Chris Fowler
October 05, 2020Charlie chats with ESPN's lead collage football and professional tennis play-by-play voice Chris Fowler. For 35-years Fowler has been a key piece of some of the network's biggest moments. As we find out, his personal story is one for the record books as well.
September 25, 2020
Charlie connects with Reggie Wayne, one of the most beloved figures in Colts history, to discuss a wide range of items including his first impression of Philip Rivers in Indy, his conversation this week with a slumping T.Y. Hilton, missing being around Andrew Luck, and insight on the Colts taking action for racial equality. The NFL's 10th all-time leading pass catcher (yards, receptions) also dishes on the state of the wide receiver position across the league and his pal Edgerrin James' big plans for 2021 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Plus: Reggie's quest to win big this weekend for the American Heart Association during DraftKings Reignmakers competition.
Matt Overton & NBC Sports’ Sam Panayotovich
September 22, 2020
NBC Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich returns to relive a wild Week 2 across the NFL. Plus: Indianapolis Colts fan favorite Matt Overton joins to discuss his former team's blowout of the Vikings, his old pal Adam Vinatieri, and Charlie's latest conspiracy theory involving two college football special teams units.
NFL Week 1 Recap with NBC Sports Betting Analyst Sam Panayotovich
September 14, 2020
Charlie reconnects with one of NBC Sports most trusted gambling insiders after a wild NFL opening weekend. From the top upsets, to the teams and players that are already moving the betting lines for the rest of 2020 -- Charlie and Sam share their takeaways from each Week 1 matchup.
The NFL is BACK with Kevin Bowen
September 11, 2020
Trusted 93.5 & 107.5 FM "The Fan" voice Kevin Bowen joins Charlie to banter on the best moments from the NFL's 2020 season opener in Kansas City, the start of the Philip Rivers era in Indy, and a full assessment of the Colts rebuild heading into season four under General Manager Chris Ballard.
Ohio State Head Basketball Coach Chris Holtmann
August 31, 2020
Buckeyes Head Men's Basketball Coach Chris Holtmann joins Charlie to retrace his remarkable coaching journey through the college basketball, beginning at tiny Taylor University (NAIA). Chris lends advice to young coaches, professionals, and dreamers who are searching for their passion in life. Plus: Chris comes clean about his run as the "worst hall director" in the history of campus life.
Amp Harris on NBA boycotts, George Hill’s leadership
August 28, 2020
Over the past 24 hours, 31 professional sporting events have been boycotted in the wake of Sunday's police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. The individual who sparked star athletes heading to the sidelines? Milwaukee Bucks guard and Indianapolis native George Hill. Hill's good friend, promoter Amp Harris, rejoins the podcast to discuss Hill's actions and the impact the sports world is having on the fight to end systematic racism.
Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato
August 25, 2020
Charlie is joined by the winner of the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 Takuma Sato. Sato discusses the drama behind Sunday's victory, the empty stands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and his IndyCar legacy. Plus: "Car Cuz" Josh Stiegman visits for a full Indy 500 race recap.
Indianapolis 500 Preview & Pole Day interview with Marco Andretti
August 19, 2020
Charlie shares his interview with Marco Andretti after he claimed the pole position for the 104th Indianapolis 500. "Car Cuz" Josh joins for a full breakdown of qualifying and the drama ahead at the greatest race in the world -- set for Sunday, August 23rd.
Graham Rahal and the “Car Cuz” Josh
August 13, 2020
INDYCAR star Graham Rahal joins Charlie to size up the 104th Indianapolis 500, a historic two-week stretch at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and his lucky mustache that dates back to a May afternoon in 1986. THAT stache changed his family's life forever. Plus: The "Car Cuz" Josh returns for a full recap of Day 1 of Indy 500 practice.
Western Amateur Champ & Texas Longhorns golfer Pierceson Coody
August 06, 2020
Pierceson joins Charlie to discuss his thrilling victory last week at the toughest test in amateur golf, a unique relationship with PGA star Bryson DeChambeau, and his grandfather's storied past at The Masters.