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The Podcass by Ian Casselberry
Stories, reviews, rants, interviews: Ian Casselberry talks to himself, hoping someone will listen.
Jul 22, 2020
Podcass Sporto: Play ball? Or will COVID-19 call baseball out?
Turning the lights back on and brushing away the cobwebs! The Podcass returns with a “Sporto” edition of sports radio clips focused on the return of baseball. After a how-do-you-do, a chat with Clint Domingue on Louisiana's 103.7 The Game (08:47) on how exciting this 2020 season could be. Then, more baseball talk on Asheville's WISE Sports Radio (24:46) with a preview of the shortened, 60-game campaign. Thank you for listening! Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts.
Apr 22, 2020
Relaunching from quarantine! With proper social distancing!
And we're back! Yes, The Podcass has returned after an ashamedly long hiatus. No, we didn't just decide to podcast while sheltering at home from COVID-19. We've done this before! Really. What have we been doing in quarantine (2:03)? How closely has the coronavirus crisis hit (14:15)? And is baseball's plan for a season completely wacked (27:33)? Thank you for checking back in to listen! Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts!
Nov 29, 2019
Mister Rogers, fast cars, and Huey Lewis in the neighborhood
Thankful for a new Podcass? We’re thankful for you listening! First, we review the Mister Rogers movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (06:45). Then, some WISE Sports Radio talk on Major League Baseball’s bold proposal to cut down the minor leagues (13:20). One more movie review, catching up with Ford vs. Ferrari (25:57). And we close out with some love for Huey Lewis and the News (34:03). Thank you for listening! Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts!
Nov 15, 2019
Astros’ sign-stealing, Parasite’s life-stealing, and never read the comments
Stepping into controversy, sign-stealing, and life-stealing on The Podcass! First, a brief response to an Awful Announcing article I wrote (02:41). Then, baseball talk on WISE Sports Radio with the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal and MLB awards (09:18). We change it up with a review of Bong Joon-Ho’s new film, Parasite (24:39). And close it out with sports radio football chatter, digging into Colin Kaepernick’s workout and other Week 11 NFL headlines (31:34).
Nov 8, 2019
Watching Watchmen and Terminator’s dark fate
After talking about a new job (which was an old job), we review the latest Terminator flick, Terminator: Dark Fate, and wonder if we’ve already seen this movie (05:34). Then, we finally get to Watchmen, HBO’s new series that is already fascinating, challenging, and intriguing (16:18).
Nov 7, 2019
Radio, sports radio! Top MLB free agents, NFL Week 10 headlines
Baseball and football on this Podcass! First, a look at some early storylines like top free agents and Hall of Fame balloting as MLB slides into the offseason (02:50). Then it’s on to the NFL and Week 10 headlines, most of which concerned off-the-field news like quarterbacks and franchises possibly moving (20:57).
Nov 2, 2019
Congrats Nats, Browns down, and Mr. Biscuit
The Nationals won the World Series! We cover the events leading up to Game 7 between the Nats and Houston Astros on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (01:50). Then, thoughts on 15 seasons of Nationals baseball (18:52), followed by reflection on that surprise championship with Edmonton’s TSN 1260 (31:47). Football talk closes us out as we shovel dirt on the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Mitchell Trubisky (39:14).
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Oct 29, 2019
Movie tickets rant, Springsteen Cowboy, Astros awaken
It’s good for the soul to let out a good rant once in a while, and my experience buying advance movie tickets online recently provided just such an opportunity (0:36). Then, we review Bruce Springsteen’s new concert film, Western Stars (09:57). And our WISE Sports Radio segment from Monday recaps the drastic turn in the World Series with the Houston Astros taking control (19:14).
Oct 26, 2019
Mini-Pod! Brady, Harbaugh, Cam, NFL Week 8
We’re all sports this time around with our NFL segment from WISE Sports Radio (06:45). We discuss the possibility that this is Tom Brady’s last season, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh shooting down speculation that he’ll return to the NFL, whether or not the Carolina Panthers could trade Cam Newton, and other Week 8 storylines to watch.
Oct 23, 2019
Zombieland 2 and a baseball triple tap
Baseball and zombies! We review Zombieland: Double Tap (11:31), then preview the World Series with Edmonton’s TSN 1260 (03:21) and Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (18:58). Then we close out with a chat on Baseball America’s report of a proposal to eliminate 42 minor league teams (28:00).
Oct 18, 2019
Double Will Smith, NFL Week 7, and the Nats!
Sports-heavy on The Podcass this week! But first, a review of Will Smith’s double-take in Gemini Man (23:38). And it’s a week with two segments from WISE Sports Radio on our Friday show. First, we preview the big storylines going into Week 7 on the NFL schedule, including Jalen Ramsey getting traded to the Los Angeles Rams (04:37). Then, we close out with baseball talk, focusing on the amazing, improbable run of the Washington Nationals and the Yankees-Astros ALCS (33:59).
Oct 15, 2019
Lions suffer larceny at Lambeau
Some near-instant response to the Detroit Lions’ 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football (0:32). Then, our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment covers big wins by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in the MLB playoffs over the weekend (16:21). Did you miss those amid all the football action?
Oct 11, 2019
Gym rants, Braves and Dodgers collapse, Prodigal Son and Emergence talk
First, grievances fuel motivation at the gym (01:29). From WISE Sports Radio, we cover the playoff collapses of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Philadelphia Phillies firing manager Gabe Kapler. On the football side, we dig into the disastrous Washington Redskins and their dismissal of coach Jay Gruden, along with other NFL Week 6 storylines (07:33). And finally some TV talk on Fox’s Prodigal Son and ABC’s Emergence (31:32).
Oct 8, 2019
More Joker talk, MLB postseason, and Sports Illustrated’s slide
More Joker talk (01:10), followed by some baseball talk from WISE Sports Radio (11:42), including the Chicago Cubs’ managerial search. Then the show wraps up with thoughts on what’s happened to Sports Illustrated (25:20).
Oct 4, 2019
Everybody smile! It’s Joker time!
Joker is the big movie release of the weekend and drawing a lot of buzz, so we have a review for you (2:11). Then baseball and football radio segments from WISE Sports Radio. Up first is a preview of the 2019 MLB postseason (15:05), followed by a look at Week 5 in the NFL (27:33).
Oct 1, 2019
Lions are good, Zellweger is great, and Spidey’s back
We get a little geeky, talking about Sony and Marvel realizing they’re better together with Spider-Man (03:06). Then, how about those Detroit Lions, hanging with the Kansas City Chiefs and almost beating them (07:45)? We also review Renee Zellweger in Judy (13:44) before jumping into my radio segments. I appeared on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 to preview the MLB postseason (18:27) and dug into the Cubs-Joe Maddon split and the Angels firing manager Brad Ausmus on Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio (26:36).
Sep 28, 2019
Brad Pitt in Space, Cam Newton’s foot, and Rambo in Mexico
Catching up on some movies, we review Ad Astra (01:51) and Rambo: Last Blood (29:07). In between is my WISE Sports Radio NFL segment (10:24) and a couple of corrections from the last episode (37:06).
Sep 25, 2019
Not Podfade Away
We break out of “podfade,” recapping our summer absence (3:31), the shutdown of the Amusement Park Podcast (6:55), and a brief fling with an NFL writing gig (15:25). Also, my radio baseball segment (21:00), catching up on what we would’ve talked about over the past four months (30:32), and a handful of sad goodbyes (32:40). Thank you for listening!
Sep 20, 2019
Breaking the seal
No, this is not a glitch. The Podcass is back! First, some baseball, including what’s going on with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals (7:12). Then we hit the NFL, particularly the current mishegas with the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey and Patriots’ Antonio Brown going into Week 3 (19:05). Hopefully, we’re back on track and will have a full regular episode next week. Thanks for sticking with us!
May 15, 2019
Endgame’s endings, Def Leppard fame, and Miguel Cabrera complaints
Cleaning up on topics from the previous week including Avengers: Endgame and its many endings for beloved characters (04:58), Def Leppard’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and redemption (18:19), the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera blaming others for his lack of home runs (25:19), and the passing of the legend inside the Chewbacca suit, Peter Mayhew (01:55).
May 1, 2019
Free Comic Book Day and favorite Pastimes
Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 4, and we talk to Scott Russell of Pastimes Comics and Games in Asheville, North Carolina about the business of running a comic book shop, how Free Comic Book Day affects it, and the overall health of the comics industry. Then Scott’s podcast co-host, Miles Rice, joins us to talk about their show, The Expendable Opinion Podcast.
Apr 23, 2019
Hold the door, La Llorona – Steve Yzerman is back!
How long should you be expected to hold a door open for someone? Also, a review of The Curse of La Llorona, a movie I never would’ve watched had I not been assigned a review. And Steve Yzerman — The Captain — returning to the Red Wings as general manager provides some hope for Detroit sports fans.
Apr 15, 2019
Hellboy and Lighten Up, Francis
On the latest Podcass, a review of Hellboy, which is just killing time at the movies until Avengers: Endgame is unleashed upon pop culture. But before that, I need to cool out a little bit. I've been wound way too tight lately, and maybe that's what got me sick. Please give The Podcass a like on Facebook. We're also on Twitter and Instagram. - Casselbloggy: Unfortunately, the new Hellboy is noise and gore signifying nothing - Asheville's WISE Sports Radio streaming (Ian's on Tuesdays and Thursdays talking baseball at 4:25 ET, movies on Wednesdays at 3:40) Thank you for listening!
Apr 10, 2019
Shazam! and some Uncle Ian stuff
And we're back! After fighting the cold I managed to avoid all winter long, The Podcass is back on track. First, Uncle Ian explains how he's now driving a minivan school bus for his beloved nieces and we review the new superhero movie sensation, Shazam! Please give The Podcass a like on Facebook. We're also on Twitter and Instagram. - Casselbloggy: Shazam! stands out by embracing what makes the superhero fun - Pastimes Comics and Games in Asheville, NC - The Expendable Opinion Podcast Thank you for listening!
Mar 31, 2019
The rhythm of the past week was thrown out of whack by an unexpected development. My baby niece hasn't been feeling well and showed symptoms that prompted a trip to the emergency room. And that meant an hours-long wait in the ER. No worries. My niece is fine. My sister, mother and I are a bit sleep-deprived, but we're fine. But the waiting. And the waiting room... Saturday Night Live: "Waiting Room" - 02/25/95
Mar 29, 2019
Us is the movie sensation sweeping the nation. Jordan Peele is considered by many fans and critics to be the new master of horror, and his second film does nothing to dispute that. Some might not like Us as much as Get Out, but there's a whole lot to think about and interpret long after you've seen the film. And the imagery could haunt you for a while. Find somebody to talk to about this movie!
Mar 21, 2019
It's a teaser!
Hello and welcome to The Podcass! Thank you for listening and downloading. My name is Ian Casselberry, and I'm a writer, editor and podcaster. You might know me from such outlets as Awful Announcing, The Comeback, Big League Stew, MLive and Bless You Boys. This is an audio version of my blog, with stories, rants, reviews and interviews. * Jim on Things: Requiem for the Hot Stove