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Mike Asti speaks the truth and drops the mic. Join Mike as he opines on a variety of Pittsburgh and national sports topics, covering the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, WVU, and more.
1 day ago
Mike Asti Recaps Pitt Win, Dives into Texas Tech Matchup on WKMZ
After conquering adversity and winning the Backyard Brawl over Pitt, the plan for WVU football has to be to keep winning as much as possible the rest of the season. WV Sports Now's Mike Asti talked to Alex Wiederspiel on WKMZ about if West Virginia can avoid a let down against Texas Tech and why the Red Raiders have owned the Mountaineers throughout Neal Brown's tenure.
Sep 15, 2023
Mike Asti Puts Backyard Brawl into Perspective on Sirius XM’s Big 12 Today Show
A rivalry as big as the Backyard Brawl extends beyond just the region. This meant Mike Asti appeared on Sirius XM’s Big 12 Today show to preview the game. Asti put the matchup into perspective, emphasized how much WVU and Neal Brown need the win and talked some key players to watch out for on Saturday night.
Sep 15, 2023
West Virginia-Pitt 2023 Backyard Brawl Preview Show
To continue the complete Sports Now coverage of the 106th edition of the Backyard Brawl, Mike Asti and Karl Ludwig got together to preview the game and discuss the storylines entering this particular matchup. Asti and Ludwig talked about what this year's game means to both Pitt and West Virginia, argued about when this rivalry game should be played and then broke down the strengths and weaknesses of each team.
1 hr 2 min
Sep 7, 2023
Lindsay Rhodes Covers NFL Players Under Pressure, Fantasy Tips, How Aaron Rodgers Thinks
This was a fun conversation from start to finish. Lindsay Rhodes, who many may know from NFL Network and now a host on Sirius XM Fantasy, joined Mike Drop to cover several key NFL topics as the season gets underway. Rhodes and host Mike Asti talked Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, Kenny Pickett, Najee Harris, Saquon Barkley, the reality of the value of running backs and they even tried to do the unthinkable - dive into the mind of Aaron Rodgers. There's plenty more on this show that also offers tips for fantasy owners everywhere.
1 hr 22 min
Aug 31, 2023
Breaking Down West Virginia vs Penn State Under the Beaver Stadium Lights
West Virginia and Penn State might be two programs in different current situations, but they are also two programs with long histories meeting for the first time in three decades to ignite the 2023 season. Mike Asti and Joe Smeltzer break down the Mountaineers and Nittany Lions and how they see the game playing out. What will have to happen for WVU to do the unthinkable? How much pressure is on Penn State to make a statement in week 1?
Aug 30, 2023
Mike Asti Answers if West Virginia Can Beat Penn State
Does WVU really stand a chance against Penn State? That was the theme of the conversation when WVSN's Mike Asti joined Cory Giger on his Sports Central show. Giger asked Mike about the markup of the West Virginia defense, what Neal Brown's strategy will be on offense and what the vibes have been like from the West Virginia perspective heading into this big season opening game and a very important season for the future of the program.
Aug 29, 2023
Mike Asti Talks Expectations for WVU Football, Pressure on Neal Brown on Sirius XM
As part of a preview of the Big 12 on the “Big 12 This Morning” show for Sirius XM’s college football programming, WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti talked the WVU football season, the pressure on Neal Brown and what needs to happen for West Virginia to have a successful year. Expect to hear about which players will make an impact, who are the possible unsung heroes and if WVU actually has a new rival coming to the conference.
Aug 23, 2023
Mike Asti Previews WVU Football Season on WKMZ
Can the Mountaineers exceed the low expectations for this year’s WVU football team from around the country? What style of offense will Neal Brown run in 2023? Who will be some of the impact players on both offense and defense? WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti answers all of those questions and so much more while appearing on WKMZ to preview the upcoming West Virginia season with Alex Wiederspiel.
Aug 14, 2023
Mike Asti Talks the Good, Bad and Wacky of Conference Realignment with CBS Sports Analyst
There's no current topic in sports as polarizing as conference realignment. To fully dissect every angle of the ever-changing landscape in college football and beyond, Mike Asti welcomed Shehan Jeyarajah of CBS Sports on this episode of Mike Drop. They gave their opinions, talked how we got here, possibilities for the future and if this is all good or bad for the game.
1 hr 48 min
Aug 1, 2023
Mike Asti and Ahman Green Debate Value of NFL RB
Since everyone is debating the value of running backs in the NFL, Mike Asti talked to a former star in an honest discussion about the perception of the position. On this episode of Mike Drop, Asti was joined by former NFL Pro Bowl running back Ahman Green. The Green Bay Packers great offered his thoughts on Saquon Barkley agreeing to a one-year deal, why NFL owners are hesitant to give big deals to running backs when that was not the case in the past, what's changed from when he played to now and so much more. Green even revealed what was said to him by a Packers staff member after he watched his old teammates win a Super Bowl without him and how different he thinks his career would've been if he stayed in Green Bay.
Jul 24, 2023
Why Didn't Devin Carter Put Up Bigger Numbers at North Carolina State?
Devin Carter is West Virginia's new number one wide receiver, but will he be a good one? Mike Asti talks with Ethan McDowell of the Wolfpacker and On3.com to learn more about Carter's time at North Carolina State. Ethan explained why Carter was never able to put up big numbers, what was expected of him at N.C. State, what happened last season and what he feels Carter needs to work on to get to the NFL. They also briefly touch on the bizarre nature of Carter's exit from the Wolfpack.
Jul 11, 2023
Mike Asti Details Bob Huggins Drama on Sirius XM
The ongoing battle between Bob Huggins and WVU is being discussed all over the country and it garnered another appearance for Mike Asti on Sirius XM's college sports channel. Asti offered his insight about where things stand, how they got so bad and what a resolution may look like.
Jul 7, 2023
Mike Asti Previews the 2023 WVU Football Season on KMA Radio
As the WVU football season inches closer to kickoff, WV Sports Now's Mike Asti was asked to appear on a radio station looking to preview 70 of the top brands in the country. Asti joined host Trevor Maeder of KMA (99.1 FM, 960 AM) in Shenandoah, Iowa to talk West Virginia and provide his thoughts and insight about what he realistically expects from the Mountaineers in 2023. The conversation also then moved to the prediction for the Bi 12 champion and the future of the WVU program if it does move on from head coach Neal Brown.
Jun 22, 2023
Mike Asti Goes One-on-One with WVU HC Neal Brown
It's no secret 2023 is a make or break year for Neal Brown at WVU. With that being the case, Mike Asti was joined by Brown to discuss the past, present and future of the West Virginia program. Does Brown have any regrets? What would he have done differently? How does he view his current team? Why should fans trust the climb? The Backyard Brawl, the QB battle, his relationship with AD Wren Baker, recruiting and so much more as Asti talks with Brown in this one-on-one interview.
Jun 19, 2023
Mike Asti on WKMZ to Discuss Bob Huggins' Legacy, State of WVU Basketball
In the wake of Bob Huggins resigning after being arrested for another DUI, Mike Asti appeared on WKMZ 103.3 in Clarksburg with Alex Wiederspiel. The conversation focused on Huggin's legacy and where the WVU basketball program goes from here.
Jun 16, 2023
Pitt Recruiting Talk: How Have Panthers Built Such a Strong 2024 Class?
There's a lot to like about Pitt's 2024 recruiting class. Mike Asti, Mike Vukovcan and Karl Ludwig are here to talk about it all. What's allowed Pitt to improve gain so many commitments already, currently standing as more than any other program? Who are some of the key players locked in? What work still needs to be done and which members of the Pitt staff should receive the most credit?
Jun 12, 2023
Talking the Start of the Kyle Dubas Era for the Penguins with Rob Rossi
After a period of uncertainty, the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise has a new direction. On this episode of Mike Drop, host Mike Asti talks with long time Penguins reporter Rob Rossi of the Athletic about the end of the Brian Burke-Ron Hextall era, why the Penguins love Kyle Dubas so much and what led Pittsburgh to their new President of Hockey Operations.
Jun 3, 2023
NBC Sports' Eric Froton on Deion Sanders, Over/Under Win Totals for Pitt, WVU, PSU
The college football season is months away, but the anticipation and hype around it is already here. To that end, Mike Asti was joined by Eric Froton of NBC Sports on the latest episode of Mike Drop to discuss some recent talking points like Pat Narduzzi calling out Deion Sanders for how he's using the Transfer Portal and play an over/under game with the win total projections for West Virginia, Pitt and Penn State.
1 hr 1 min
May 17, 2023
Mike Asti Joins 103.3 WKMZ to Cover WVU Keeping Bob Huggins
To follow up his coverage, Mike Asti appeared on 103.3 WKMZ with Alex Wiederspiel to discuss how a WVU donor is reacting to Bob Huggins staying on as head coach of the Mountaineers and share his views about how the situation was handled.
May 11, 2023
Can Bob Huggins Ever Repair His Legacy?
The decision has been made and Bob Huggins will remain West Virginia's head coach. There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the case. Mike Asti and Ethan Bock discuss what Huggins said, how they truly feel about it and how this situation was handled by WVU. Every episode of Mike Drop can be heard on the Bleav Network and on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and anywhere you can hear podcasts.
May 1, 2023
Why Does Everyone Love the Steelers 2023 Draft Class So Much?
Why does everyone love the Steelers 2023 draft so much? Mike Asti brings on his colleague Nick Farabaugh on this NFL Draft recap edition of Mike Drop on the Bleav Network. Nick explains why there will be some growing pains with Broderick Jones, why the Steelers couldn't resist Joey Porter Jr. once he slid to the second round and the value of the rest of the draft picks. Why was Omar Kahn so aggressive? What player has the greatest bust potential? Would Nick buy on Porter's Defensive Rookie of the Year odds? They get into everything that unfolded for the Steelers. Image credit to Ed Thompson You can find every episode of Mike Drop on the Bleav Network and through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and everywhere else you can get podcasts.
1 hr 5 min
Apr 9, 2023
The Dawn Plitzuweit Drama Led WVU Women's Basketball to Mark Kellogg
The WVU women's basketball program has moved on from all the drama to find its new head coach, but that doesn't mean there aren't still questions stemming from everything that happened. Mike Asti is joined by Mitchell Northam to discuss the bizarre nature of Dawn Plitzuweit's departure and what they believe really happened. They then transition to talking about Mark Kellogg and why he's the right fit for the Mountaineers.
Apr 3, 2023
Mike Asti and Shane Hallam Discuss Steelers Draft Needs, Value of Pitt, WVU, PSU Prospects
The NFL Draft is now weeks away and that means Mike Asti is here to deliver draft talk on his show Mike Drop show what's relevant to the Pittsburgh sports region. Asti is joined by Shane Hallam, the managing partner and NFL Draft analyst with Draft Countdown, to discuss what the Steelers may do with their first round pick and what they must accomplish in this important draft for the franchise. Beyond the Steelers, Mike and Shane project where the top prospects out Pitt, West Virginia and Penn State where will be drafted and what type of NFL potential they may have.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 15, 2023
2023 NCAA Tournament First Round Preview Show: Is Maryland a Favorable Matchup for West Virginia?
After a back and forth season, West Virginia managed to make the NCAA Tournament with now a first round matchup with Maryland ahead on Thursday afternoon. Mike Asti is joined by friend and colleague George Gerbo, who covers the Terrapins for the Washington Times, to preview this game and learn about this Maryland team. Mike and George discuss the difference in how these teams got to this point and what they expect the keys to the game to be.
1 hr 9 min
Mar 13, 2023
Selection Sunday Reaction Show: Pitt, WVU, PSU All Make NCAA Tournament
With Pitt, West Virginia and Penn State all making it in the 2023 NCAA Men's Tournament, that means every major college site throughout the Sports Now family of networks is represented. Mike Asti guides George Michalowski, Ethan Bock and Joe Smeltzer through a live reaction show to discuss the seed lines for both WVU and PSU and Pitt having to advance beyond the First Four to reach the true field.
1 hr 13 min
Mar 3, 2023
WVU Bubble Talk: Are the Mountaineers Poised for a March Run?
You never can feel too secure on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but Mike Asti and Ethan Bock discuss why West Virginia is now sitting pretty comfortable and all but assured to be part of the madness of March. They also get into how far the Mountaineers can truly go and which player needs to step up for a deep run to be possible.
Feb 23, 2023
Mike Asti Details WVU's NCAA Tournament Hopes on Sirius XM Big 12 Show
Since the Mountaineers are firmly on the bubble, WVSN's Mike Asti appeared on "Big 12 Today" on the college sports side of Sirius XM to discuss what West Virginia needs to do to get into the NCAA Tournament and if they also even deserve to be there. Asti was also asked to touch on the current outlook for WVU football in the offseason.
Feb 21, 2023
How Much Impact Has Joe Mazzulla Actually Had on Celtics?
On this episode of Mike Drop, host Mike Asti gets the scoop of just how much impact former Mountaineer Joe Mazzulla has really had on the Celtics. Asti talks with Josue Pavon, who covers the Celtics for CLNS Media, about why the Celtics decided to remove the interim tag from Mazzulla and name him the full-time head coach before the end of the regular season. Why did they not want to wait and evaluate after the playoffs? They also talk how much pressure is now on Mazzulla, how he's changed as a coach throughout the season and what he still can improve upon.
1 hr 6 min
Feb 7, 2023
Mike Asti's Shrine Bowl, Pro Bowl Takeaways
After spending a week and a half in Las Vegas covering the East-West Shrine Bowl and the NFL Pro Bowl, Mike Asti took to his "Mike Drop" show to offer his thoughts about the two WVU players in the Shrine Bowl and Geno Smith's weekend as a Pro Bowler. Asti touched on why Dante Stills stood out among so many great NFL Draft hopefuls, explained what Bryce Ford-Wheaton encountered that he had never seen before and then talked Smith soaking up the love to cap off a remarkable season as the Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback.
Jan 27, 2023
Does Bryant McFadden Believe in Future of Steelers with Kenny Pickett?
In the midst of the NFL about to send two teams to the Super Bowl, Mike Asti is back with another edition of Mike Drop to discuss a team that's been home for awhile now - the Pittsburgh Steelers. Asti welcomes two-time Super Bowl champion and current football analyst with CBS Sports Bryant McFadden to the show to get his evacuation of the 2022 Steelers season and discuss where the franchise should go from here. Does McFadden believe Kenny Pickett is the real deal? What position does he think the Steelers need to prioritize in the upcoming NFL Draft? Does Brock Purdy's success add any pressure on Pickett? They also talk George Pickens, Diontae Johnson, Najee Harris, if his old coach Mike Tomlin got snubbed by not being named a finalist for Coach of the Year and so much more.
Jan 19, 2023
Why Steelers Kept Matt Canada, WVU Transitioning Eras, Pitt Hoops as Contenders, Penguins
Mike Asti took this edition of his Mike Drop podcasts to the fans. Asti conducted a live chat to discuss the latest news around the Pittsburgh sports region. He offered his thoughts on the Steelers keeping Matt Canada as OC, West Virginia basketball dismissing longtime assistant coach Larry Harrison and then bringing in DerMarr Johnson, the surprising success of Pitt hoops and even if the Penguins can get any better than they've been showing this season. Download and subscribe to Mike Drop, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, TuneIn and everywhere you can find podcasts.
1 hr 1 min
Jan 5, 2023
Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg on How He Explains NFL Risk to Clients
Longtime sports agent and author Leigh Steinberg joined Mike Asti to give his thoughts about the Damar Hamlin situation. Asti and Steinberg compared the scene around what happened to Hamlin to when other players suffered serious injuries during games in the past. Steinberg discussed how he's explained the risk of the game to his clients and the two speculated on how the NFL will handle the schedule now.
Dec 23, 2022
Mike Asti Talks with Rodney Gallagher, Jahiem White on Bond of Class, WVU Program
Hearing from someone who covers the team is one thing, but on this show Mike Asti is offering Mountaineer Nation a chance to hear from two of WVU's top recruits in the 2023 class. Asti spoke with Rodney Gallagher and Jahiem White about why they decided to sign with West Virginia, the bond they have with the rest of the class, their view of the program, why they love head coach Neal Brown so much and even their thoughts about the upcoming quarterback battle between Garrett Greene and Nicco Marchiol.
Dec 21, 2022
National Signing Day Show: Evaluating Pitt, WVU, PSU's 2023 Recruiting Classes
Mike Asti and Mike Vukovcan guide the College Sports Now Network's live Nation Signing Day show, talking with contributors Karl Ludwig of Pittsburgh Sports Now, Ethan Bock of WV Sports Now and Joe Smeltzer of Nittany Sports Now about how each program performed recruiting wise and how it will impact the futures of Pitt, WVU and Penn State.
1 hr 28 min
Dec 10, 2022
Are the Steelers in the Hunt?
Are the Steelers actually back in the hunt? As winning hasn't meant less drama, Mike Asti welcomes colleague Alan Saunders, who covers the Steelers for Steelers Now, on this episode of Mike Drop on the Bleav Network. Alan answers "big deal" or "no deal" about George Picken screaming for the ball, they talk Kenny Pickett's progress, what's been wrong with Diontae Johnson, if Najee Harris can ever legitimize his draft position and if any betters should jump at the new odds for if Pittsburgh will make the playoffs.
Dec 9, 2022
Mike Asti Interviews West Virginia AD Wren Baker
West Virginia's new athletic director Wren Baker joined Mike Asti for a chat about what's surprised him about WVU so far, what he feels should be the expectations for the football program each season, how he plans to evaluate Neal Brown, his thoughts on dealing with the transfer portal, NIL, the student section placement at games and so much more.
Dec 5, 2022
Rasheed Marshall Sees Both Sides to WVU's Relationship with Alums
With so much talk about the state of relationships between the West Virginia athletic department and former notable athletes, this final episode of All Three Phases for the 2022 season gives Mountaineer Nation a chance to hear from a legend about where he feels he stands with the football program and his thoughts on why others might be upset at their school. Mike Asti asks Rasheed Marshall his opinion of new athletic director Wren Baker so far, the decision to keep Neal Brown as head coach, who should start for WVU at quarterback next season and so much more.
Dec 1, 2022
Who is West Virginia AD Wren Baker?
Who is Wren Baker? He's West Virginia's new athletic director, but why is WVU sold him as the right guy to take over the athletic department guide it, in particular the football program, into the future? Mike Asti spoke with Brett Vito, who serves as the North Texas beat writer for the Denton Record-Chronicle, about Baker's time at North Texas, his career story and how he was able to have so much success and become a rising star in college administration.
Nov 26, 2022
WVU Postgame Show: What's Best Path Forward for West Virginia After Poor 2022 Season?
In fitting fashion, West Virginia capped off a disappointing season with a rare win over Oklahoma State. Mike Asti chatted with fans on this final football postgame show. Asti talked what went wrong during the miserable 2022 season and then went into the many questions looming over the future of the program.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 18, 2022
Mountaineer Live Chat: The Future of West Virginia Football, Basketball
Our Mike Asti talked with fans about the latest news in West Virginia football and basketball. Asti touched on the search for a new athletic director, Neal Brown's future, responded to some Bob Huggins criticism from someone in the chat and discussed what's to come the rest of the football season and the basketball season ahead.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 16, 2022
What Does Losing Kenny Minchey Mean for the Pitt Football Program?
What does losing Kenny Minchey mean for the future of the Pitt football program? Mike Asti and Mike Vukovcan tackle that lingering question and talk if Kedon Slovis coming back for next season would be good or bad for the team on the latest episode of the Pitt Stop.
Nov 10, 2022
Basketball Backyard Brawl Preview Show: How Different is Matchup from Last Year?
It may not rise to the level of the football rivalry, but the Backyard Brawl also exists on the basketball court. Mike Asti talks with George Michalowski of Pittsburgh Sports Now and Ethan Bock of WV Sports Now to preview the upcoming game between Pitt and West Virginia and discuss how different both of these teams look this year. What are the keys to the game from both sides? Why is this rivalry being downplayed basketball wise? All that and more...
Nov 5, 2022
All Three Phases: Does Rasheed Marshall Want Rich Rodriguez to Return to WVU?
Why has West Virginia been so inconsistent? How do you prevent a team from playing down to opponents? These are a couple of the questions Mike Asti asks Rasheed Marshall on the latest edition of the All Three Phases podcast. Another subject they discuss are the rumors of Rich Rodriguez returning to coach WVU. What are Rasheed's feelings about his former head coach? Does he think Rich Rod back withe Mountaineers would work? The meat of this particular show is a hypothetical, but an interesting conversation nonetheless.
Nov 3, 2022
Will the Real Pittsburgh Penguins Please Stand Up?
While football owns the headlines, it's also hockey season in the Pittsburgh area. Mike Asti is joined by Jesse Marshall of The Athletic and McKeens Hockey to dissect the Penguins early season confusion. Are the real Penguins more the team that was red hot and winning the first week of the season or the team now in the midst of a losing streak? What can be done to fix their issues? Is it insulting that Sidney Crosby is so far down most oddsmakers lists for MVP or does it just signify the end of his era in the NHL? They even talk the polarizing perception of Evgeni Malkin.
Oct 26, 2022
Mike Asti Appears on Sirius XM Big 12 Show to Talk Present, Future of WVU
With the West Virginia football being talked about nationally, for better or worse, WVSN's Mike Asti was asked to appear on a national show to discuss the future of the program. Asti joined "Big 12 Today" on the College Sport side of Sirius XM on Wednesday morning. He offered his thoughts on the current vibes among WVU fans, what's gone wrong this season, the status and tenure of head coach Neal Brown and where the program goes from here. Big 12 talk can be heard on Sirius XM's channel 375.
Oct 21, 2022
Mountaineer Live Chat: Why is Bob Huggins so Excited? Can WVU Football Defense Keep it Up?
Mike Asti talked some WVU football, basketball and whatever else was on the mind of Mountaineer Nation on this live edition of Mike Drop. Why is Bob Huggins so excited about this year's team? Are they getting disrespected nationally based on preseason predictions? How much better do you reasonably expect them to be than last season? Will the defense keep it up and can they repeat the Baylor game in terms of forcing turnovers? How much of an impact can Charles Woods now have?
Oct 19, 2022
Is a QB Controversy Masking Other Steelers Issues?
The perpetual soap opera that is the Pittsburgh Steelers is the focus of this episode of Mike Drop on the Bleav Network. Host Mike Asti is joined by Neal Coolong, who serves as the managing editor of the USA Today's NFL Wire sites, to discuss and debate the quarterback controversy between Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett, if the reported outburst by Diontae Johnson is a big deal and what to make of the spread of the Steelers upcoming matchup with the Dolphins.
1 hr 13 min
Oct 6, 2022
The Pitt Stop: Johnny Petrishen Compares Pitt's Current Adversity to Last Season's
As a former Pitt Panther gets ready for one of the biggest games of his life, the current Pitt teams looks to rebound after one of their worst. On this episode of the Pitt Stop, Mike Asti and Mike Vukovcan talk what happened to Pitt against Georgia Tech and what it now means for the rest of the season. They also welcome in former Pitt linebacker Johnny Petrishen to the show to compare the adversity his team dealt with early last season to what the current group has to endure now. Petrishen also touches on training in Florida during a hurricane and his own NFL future. Before closing the show, Mike and Mike offer their expectations for the beginning of the Pickett era with the Steelers.
Oct 3, 2022
Does Wisconsin Firing Paul Chryst Impact Neal Brown's Status at WVU?
Since West Virginia is in the midst of a bye week and coming off another loss, Mike Asti went live to offer a vent session for fans and discuss the future of the program. Mike responds to the news of Wisconsin firing Paul Chryst despite a solid resume and a big buyout and asks if that changes anything in regards to Neal Brown's status at WVU. Viewers also throw Graham Harrell's name into the mix, debating if he fits the right mold to be the next head coach in Morgantown.
Sep 28, 2022
Dissecting College Football Rankings, Early Playoff Projections
Since we now have enough data to be able to evaluate the college football season, Mike Asti welcomed Bill Bender of the Sporting News to his Mike Drop show to discuss the current rankings and the outlook for Pitt, WVU and Penn State the rest of the season. Bill also gives his current top 4 and which teams have surprised and disappointed based on what he thought before the season got underway.
Sep 22, 2022
A Conflicting Pitt Report, Who's More to Blame for Steelers Struggles?
This episode of The Pitt Stop is jam packed with Pitt, Steelers, Pirates and even West Virginia talk and includes a guest appearance by Chris Mueller of 93.7 The Fan and Audacy Pittsburgh. Mike Asti starts out by asking Mike Vukovcan to address his report about the status of Pitt defensive lineman Dayon Hayes, which was then later disputed by head coach Pat Narduzzi. Will Mike retract his report and has his stance shifted? Once Chris joins Mike and Mike, they all discuss who is most to blame for the Steelers offensive struggles, how much rope should Matt Canada have and then preview Thursday Night Football against the Browns. Chris is even asked about the state of the Pirates. The show then wraps up with predictions for West Virginia-Virginia Tech and an evaluation of WVU quarterback JT Daniels to this point.
Sep 16, 2022
All Three Phases: WVU Football Legend Rasheed Marshall Offers Thoughts on State of Program
This show was initially offered on WV Sports Now and is now available here on Bleav too. Curious how a distinguished alum feels about the state of the West Virginia football program? Well, you're in luck because Mike Asti has Rasheed Marshall back for another episode of their "All Three Phases" podcast. Mike asks Rasheed his advice to the team, how he would handle this type of adversity, his thoughts on the Neal Brown era and if a change is needed and what type of qualities he would want in a head coach at WVU.
Sep 12, 2022
Where Exactly is the West Virginia Program Headed?
Neal Brown said it wasn't good enough, and he was surely right as the Mountaineers lost to Kansas. Mike Asti recaps the miserable night in Morgantown and talks where the programs goes from here.
Sep 9, 2022
Why You Don’t Bet A QB Who’s Not Starting
Do you believe (pun intended) in the Steelers? That may depend on who you ask and what are the answers to some lingering questions this season? Mike Asti talks some Steelers odds and all things quarterback drama on this episode of Mike Drop on the Bleav Network with Noah Strackbein of All Steelers with SI Fan Nation.
Sep 4, 2022
Controversy Adds Fuel to Backyard Brawl Rivalry
It had rowdy fans. It had big plays. It had big mistakes. It had controversy. The 105th edition of the Backyard Brawl had everything. Mike Asti chatted with fans after Pitt's 38-31 win. He discussed the controversy of the no catch at the end, evaluated both Kedon Slovis and JT Daniels, talked who won the battle of the trenches and where both of these teams go from here.
Aug 27, 2022
Handicapping Steelers Season Odds with Tank Williams
It's a new era for media personality Mike Asti's show Mike Drop, making its debut as part of the Bleav Network. Yahoo Sports NFL analyst and former player Tank Williams joins Mike to talk Steelers and discuss the current odds set for team MVP, if Mike Tomlin's team will make the playoffs and an over/under win total. They bring up some sleeper players and Tank warns Mike about slurping too much of the Kool-Aid on enticing odds about the AFC North division.
Aug 5, 2022
College Football Needs the Backyard Brawl
Pitt and WVU fans are jawing back and forth with the rebirth of the Backyard Brawl fast approaching, and that's not only great for both programs, but it's great for college football as a whole. On this episode of Mike Drop, Mike Asti talks to every fan and explains why the Backyard Brawl needs to happen every year, especially in the midst of a conference chaos landscape that's all about money.
Jul 14, 2022
How to Read West Virginia's Initial Preseason Depth Charts
Mike Asti discusses what messages Neal Brown is sending with his initial preseason depth chart and what position battles actually exist before the Mountaineers kickoff a new season against Pitt.
Jul 7, 2022
National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell Joins Mike Asti to Talk Viability, Future of WVU
Since there's so much debate about where West Virginia stands as a program, Mike Asti welcomed national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell on to offer his insight on how attractive WVU is in the overall landscape of college football and what the Mountaineers need to do to make sure the program is taken care of in the midst of conference realignment.
Jul 5, 2022
Would WVU in SEC be Good or Bad for Program?
With West Virginia fans busy debating the future of the program, it's been common for conversations to wonder to the hypothetical. One hypothetical scenario some are discussing has Mike Asti very confused. There are fans who seem to want WVU to eventually end up in the SEC. Asti offers one big "Mike Drop" in response to that opinion, explaining why the Mountaineers in the SEC would NOT be in the best interest of the program.
Jun 30, 2022
Evaluating, Analyzing Neal Brown, WVU Football Off-season
Since calling this off-season for Neal Brown and West Virginia football a roller coaster would be an understatement, Mike Asti wanted to evaluate and analyze where the program currently stands. Asti was joined by WVSN's Logan Carney to give their letter overall letter grades to this point, discuss what the expectations should be for this coming season and what the future of the team may look like.
Jun 25, 2022
Bryant McFadden on Mike Tomlin, Brian Flores, Diontae Johnson, More
Who better to react to what Mike Tomlin recently said to Ryan Clark on The Pivot than one of Clark's former Steelers teammates who also played under Tomlin? Host Mike Asti welcomed two-time Super Bowl champion, football analyst with CBS Sports and co-host of the "All Things Covered" podcast Bryant McFadden on this episode of Mike Drop. Bryant told Mike what surprised him the most about what Tomlin said on the show and also gave his thoughts on Antonio Brown, the Brian Flores hiring and if there's any validity to his claims, what type of punishment Deshaun Watson deserves, how he feels about the outlook of this Steelers team and if Dionate Johnson deserves big money.
Jun 16, 2022
Neal Brown Should be on Hot Seat at WVU
It's no surprise Neal Brown is under pressure to turn things around at West Virginia, but on this episode of Mike Drop, Mike Asti goes one step further and details why Brown must be fired if signs of improvement are not evident.
Jun 11, 2022
Diontae Johnson Belongs Outside, Chase Claypool in Slot
It's pretty clear where Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool best fit for the Steelers offense, says Mike Asti on this edition of Mike Drop. Asti details why Johnson belongs on the outside and Claypool makes sense in the slot.
Jun 4, 2022
The NFL Should Have Enough to Suspend Deshaun Watson
The NFL needs to have seen enough and heard enough when it comes to Deshaun Watson, says Mike Asti in an epic rant about how the NFL should handle the accused Cleveland Browns quarterback, especially after Rusty Hardin's recent comments in an attempt to defend his client.
Jun 1, 2022
Steelers Live Chat: Responding to Stephon Tuitt Reaction, Debating Where Steelers go from Here
To no surprise, the news of Stephon Tuitt deciding to retire sparked a strong reaction from Steelers Nation and beyond. Mike Asti responds to that reaction and then chats with fans about how the Steelers should now move on.
May 31, 2022
Is Diontae Johnson Skipping OTAs a Big Deal?
Diontae Johnson skipping OTAs is not a big deal, but he will be under tons of pressure this season, says Mike Asti on this episode of Mike Drop. Why is Johnson under pressure besides just needing to perform to warrant a bigger contract?
May 25, 2022
Why Omar Khan and Andy Weidl Make Perfect Front Office Duo
Now that the new era of the Steelers front office is clear, Mike Asti gives his initial reaction to the combination of Omar Khan and Andy Weidl.
May 19, 2022
Defending Najee Harris Against PFF, Nick Saban is Right but Wrong Messenger
It is possible to criticize the Steelers taking a running back in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and have that not be an indictment of Najee Harris as a player, says Mike Asti. Mike defends Harris against Pro Football Focus and then explains why Nick Saban is right, but the wrong guy to be mad at the state of college football.
May 12, 2022
Instant Reactions to Schedule, Extremely Early Bold Predictions for Steelers Season
There's only one logical thing to do right after an NFL schedule is unveiled - offer an extremely early reaction and season preview. Steelers Now's Mike Asti and Nick Farabauh break down the Steelers schedule, debate if the tough stretch to open the season will impact the quarterback battle, analyze the biggest games of the year and give some bold predictions for what they believe will happen.
May 1, 2022
Pros, Cons of Steelers 2022 Draft
To fully complete his coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft, Mike Asti dissects the Steelers draft class and offers his evaluation and grade of Pittsburgh's picks, even though he admits it always takes time to truly know if a draft pick was worth it.
Apr 15, 2022
Impact of JT Daniels on West Virginia Football Program
Since the move could completely change the immediate future of the West Virginia football program, Mike Asti tackled every aspect of the impact of Neal Brown adding quarterback JT Daniels. Mike even responded to those WVU fans who don't seem to be appreciating the move.
Apr 14, 2022
Mike Asti Selects Kenny Pickett to Steelers in Media Mock Draft for Audacy Station
With the NFL Draft fast approaching, Steelers Now's Mike Asti was asked to give the Steelers pick in a media mock draft. Mike appeared on The Fan Upstate, which is an Audacy station in Greenville, South Carolina. Based on the board in front of him and feeling as if the Steelers could not pass up the opportunity, Mike selected Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th pick of the first round. Mike detailed his reasoning and also discussed the current state of affairs of a franchise still grieving the loss of Dwayne Haskins.
Apr 13, 2022
NFL Did Not Need to Change OT Rules for Playoffs
The NFL gave into the backlash and complaining from fans, but Mike Asti drops this edition of Mike Drop to explain why the league did not need to, and should not have, changed the overtime rules for the playoffs.
Mar 21, 2022
Steelers Live Chat: Evaluating Key Moves, Browns Adding Watson
Spring may be in the air and the madness may be upon us, but that hasn't sopped the NFL news from slowing down by any means. Mike Asti engages with fans and subscribers to evaluate the Steelers offseason to this point, most notably signing Mitch Trubisy and the departure of fan favorite Juju Smith-Schuster. Mike even touches on the controversy surrounding the rival Browns addition of Deshaun Watson.
Feb 20, 2022
Steelers Live Chat: Impact of Adding Brian Flores to Mike Tomlin's Staff
Due to some the breaking news of Mike Tomlin adding Brian Flores to his staff, Mike Asti fired up an impromptu live chat to offer his instant reaction and chat along with fans about the news and other NFL related topics.
Feb 11, 2022
Would a Ring Make Aaron Donald the Greatest Pitt NFL Player Ever?
Mike Asti argues why a ring would make Aaron Donald the greatest Pitt product player in NFL history. Asti goes over why Donald is building a legacy that surpasses Ditka, Marino, Fitzgerald and Dorsett’s.
Jan 24, 2022
Will Baseball Hall of Fame Finally Welcome Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens?
Since two of the most controversial and polarizing players in baseball history are in their final year on the ballot, Mike Asti and Cody Potanko just had to offer a show previewing this year's Baseball Hall of Fame results. They discuss the final ballot fates of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens while also debating what should happen with the rest of the ballot. Mike and Cody offer their opinions, try to make sense of the hypocrisy of the voters and dissect which players deserve to be enshrined, including some not getting nearly enough support.
1 hr 18 min
Dec 28, 2021
From the Other Side: Pitt-Michigan State Peach Bowl Preview Show
Pitt is not the only program capping off a special season in the Peach Bowl, Michigan State is too. Mike Asti was joined by Detroit sports personality (and former Pittsburgh sports reporter) Justin Rose to get the Michigan State perspective heading into the January first showdown between the Panthers and Spartans. Will Kenny Pickett or Kenneth Walker be a bigger loss for their respective team? Can Michigan State's defense handle Pitt's offensive attack, even without Pickett? Which program needs this win more?
Dec 27, 2021
From the Other Side: Penn State-Arkansas Outback Bowl Preview Show
James Franklin's team may not have had the season they hoped for, but they do have a chance to show they can be better one final time with this group. With Penn State set to face Arkansas in the Outback Bowl, Mike Asti welcomes Jourdan Black of 40/29 News in Northwest Arkansas to give Nittany Lions fans some background about Arkansas, preview the matchup and discuss where both programs are headed next year and beyond.
Dec 27, 2021
From the Other Side: West Virginia-Minnesota Guaranteed Rate Bowl Preview Show
West Virginia has one game left before officially capping off their roller coaster 2021 season - the Guaranteed Rate Bowl against Minnesota. Mike Asti is joined by Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press to preview the game, get the opposing perspective, compare the state of both programs and talk the keys to the Mountaineers winning back-to-back bowl games.
Dec 3, 2021
Mike Asti Previews ACC Championship Game with 24/7's Les Johns
Much like Pitt, not many expected Wake Forest to be playing for the ACC championship before the season. Mike Asti talks with Les Johns, who covers Wake Forest as publisher of the Demon Deacon Digest as part of 24/7 Sports, to preview the ACC Championship Game and discuss the contrasting paths that led both Pitt and Wake Forest to this point. They touch on the keys to the game and Les answers if he feels the Deacons defense can handle Kenny Pickett and the Panthers offense.
Nov 24, 2021
What's Kenny Pickett's True NFL Potential?
Saying Kenny Pickett has been great for Pitt this season is an understatement at this point. Pickett has developed into an elite college quarterback with a legendary Pitt legacy. With all that said, Mike Asti focuses on Pickett's true NFL potential since college success doesn't guarantee success at the next level. To have that discussion on this edition of Mic Drop, Mike was joined by Draft Countdown's Shane Hallam. Shane offers his evaluation of Pickett and what he believes is the Pitt all-time great's ceiling in the National Football League.
Nov 19, 2021
Former NFL All-Pro Shawne Merriman Talks Chargers, Almost Joining Steelers, Career Regrets
Mike Asti electrifies this edition of Mic Drop with guest former NFL All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman. The Chargers great tells Mike when he knew Justin Herbert would be a star, his experiences playing against Ben Roethlisberger, the impact a linebacker like LA's Joey Bosa or Pittsburgh's T.J. Watt can have on a game and if he has any regrets from his playing days.
Nov 17, 2021
Did a 4-Star Recruit Lose Trust in West Virginia's Climb?
Did losing trust in West Virginia's climb cause a 4-star recruit to de-commit? That's the main question host Mike Asti asked WVSN's Karl Ludwig about shocking news of Kevin "KJ" Thomas announcing he is no longer committing to WVU. What kind of hit is this for Neal Brown and the future of the program? Could this lead to other recruits also deciding to offer their services to another school? How much of an impact has WVU's poor season had on keeping the upcoming recruiting class intact? How much pressure does this now put on Brown? Mike and Karl attempts to answer those questions and more.
Nov 10, 2021
Backyard Brawl Preview, Pitt and WVU Basketball Expectations
With a Backyard Brawl taking place on the court, it's only fitting Mike Asti delivered a broadcast version. Mike was joined by Pittsburgh Sports Now's George Michalowski and WV Sports Now's Ethan Bock to talk about what the importance of the rivalry to both programs and why it may not mean as much as in the past. They both offer their realistic expectations for both Pitt and West Virginia, two teams many feel are headed in two completely different directions.
Nov 9, 2021
Why West Virginia-Maryland is NOT a Rivalry
Can geography be enough to make a rivalry? Mike Asti says no when he explains why the West Virginia and Maryland matchup is not a true rivalry. Asti covers the lack of a big game, big moment and any bad blood between the two schools on this edition of Mic Drop.
Nov 7, 2021
Mike Asti and Dorin Dickerson Talk Racism in the NFL
Mike Asti welcomes former Pitt All-American, former NFL player and media colleague Dorin Dickerson on the show to have a serious discussion about racism and the NFL. Dorin tells Mike his thoughts on how he would've handled being a teammate of someone he believed to be racist, if Colin Kaepernick should be back in the NFL and what the league can do to truly make an impact.
Nov 7, 2021
Can Ben Roethlisberger Overcome Steelers Offensive Line?
Despite some wanting to use the excuse of the Steelers offensive line as why quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was struggling to start the season, Mike Asti explains why it’s time to just face some harsh facts about the future Hall of Fame quarterback. Mike gives his thoughts on if it's even possible for this version of Roethlisberger to overcome this offensive line.