July 23, 2014

Ben Martin joins SportsTalk to discuss Open Championship (AUDIO)

Ben Martin joined SportsTalk Wedneday to talk about the Open.

Ben Martin joined SportsTalk Wedneday to talk about the Open.

Wednesday night we welcomed into the program former Clemson All-American golfer Ben Martin to preview his trip across the Atlantic next week where he’ll be competing for a Major title at the Open Championship.

AUDIO: Ben Martin [9:37]

Martin qualified for the Open Championship when he finished tied for third at Congressional for the “Quicken Loans National” recently.  He explained the PGA’s new system and how it landed him a spot with a chance to win a Major.

Martin, a Greenwood native, also expressed how his home state tournament, the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town, was where he saw the level of his play spike, as evidenced by his third place finish.

Martin elaborated more on his eventual trip with us as well, in terms of when he’s making the trek over the ocean, how he’ll get acquainted with Royal Liverpool, who’s making the trip with him, and much more.

College of Charleston’s Monte Lee discusses staying put SportsTalk (AUDIO)

CofC's Monte Lee joined us Wednesday night to talk about his contract extension at his Alma Mater.

CofC’s Monte Lee joined us Wednesday night to talk about his contract extension at his Alma Mater.

College of Charleston head baseball coach Monte Lee helped advance his Cougar program out of the Gainesville regional and into the field of 16 in 2014, good enough for the best run out of all the talent-laden programs in the state of South Carolina this season.

For his efforts, we’ve had coach Lee on the program a lot lately, documenting their incredible run as a four-seed.

The Cougars run also meant that his name was inevitably going to be tossed around for consideration for some high profile jobs.  Arizona State showed serious interest in luring Lee away from the coast of South Carolina, but Lee ultimately stayed put and signed an extension with the “College of Knowledge.”

Tonight we talked with Coach Lee about weighing overtures, and what it means to him to remain at his Alma Mater, coaching the Cougars, and much more.

AUDIO: Monte Lee [9:35]

Furman’s Doug Allison talks Dempsey, World Cup with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Furman's Doug Allison joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the World Cup and his former player Clint Dempsey.

Furman’s Doug Allison joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the World Cup and his former player Clint Dempsey.

Here at SportsTalk we’re admitted novices when it comes to our understanding of soccer as opposed to the “big three” sports we constantly bicker about year round.

But, like many around these parts, we (except for Kornblut) become big time fans of the game and support our country every four years for the World Cup.

It’s also a nice addition for us here in the state that team captain Clint Dempsey attended Furman to play his college ball.

Over the past couple of years Dempsey has become the face of the national team and the most reliable goal scorer, scoring in three World Cups in a row, including goals in both the Ghana game last Tuesday and in Sunday’s thrilling tie against Portugal.

Since many of the nuances of the game are, well, beyond our amateur grasp, we decided we’d reach out to someone who could provide us quality insight into the U.S. late game breakdown against Portugal, and also give us some personal background into the life of America’s biggest soccer star.

Furman soccer coach Doug Allison coached Dempsey in college, and obviously possesses the credentials to analyze Sunday’s match.  We were glad to welcome him into the program Monday night to learn us a little soccer.

AUDIO: Doug Allison [9:12]

 

 

 

 

A SportsTalk conversation with George Rogers, Hugh Green (AUDIO)

Former Pitt great Hugh Green lead of for George Rogers tonight on SportsTalk.

Former Pitt great Hugh Green lead of for George Rogers tonight on SportsTalk.

As Producer of SportsTalk, one handles everything behind the scenes.  When I say everything, I mean everything.  All sounds, microphones, timing, promotions, cosmetics and hell, even our new internet video feed (<–us radio guys, generally speaking, are fairly camera shy…so much for that).

Most of the aforementioned things are just part of the profession, but the endearing part of the job comes in the personal, behind the scenes conversations that take place when you’re prepping a guest to get ready to join us on the program.

Depending on the individual, and the regularity with which they join us on the show, you can develop quite the relationship with the sports figures that matter most in the state.

Some are strictly professional before they hit the airwaves and some let loose just a bit.   Such is the human condition.

Friday night, for the first time in 4+ years as Producer of SportsTalk, I had a unique experience trying to get USC legend George Rogers lined up to join us.  Anybody that knows Rogers knows of his extremely exuberant nature.

First call, no answer (never a good sign in production land).  As soon as the second attempt was headed to voicemail an unfamiliar voice answered the phone.  It wasn’t George.  “George stepped away and left his phone.”  Slightly taken aback I tried my best to explain what was going on to the gentleman I was speaking with concerning Rogers.

“This is Hugh Green, I’ll join you until he gets back if that works for you?!”

The runner-up to the 1980 Heisman Trophy preceding the winner of said trophy, who happens to be one of the greatest athletes ever to grace our state, joining us live on the program?  Yes, Hugh, that’ll do just fine.  Thanks.

AUDIO: Hugh Green & George Rogers [15:30]

CofC’s Monte Lee recaps tournament run, season, with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

CofC's Monte Lee joined us one final time Monday night to wrap up the 2014 campaign.

CofC’s Monte Lee joined us one final time Monday night to wrap up the 2014 campaign.

The College of Charleston was the last in-state school standing in the baseball playoffs, coming from a state loaded with talent and an abundance of pride on the diamond.

Unfortunately the Cougars could not get anything generated at the plate in Lubbock, Texas, where they were located for their super-regional matchup with Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders took both game 1 Friday and game 2 Saturday by the same score:  1-0, erasing the Cougars dreams of heading to Omaha and playing in the College World Series.

Cougar head coach Monte Lee has been kind enough to give us plenty of access during his squad’s run through the Gainesville Regional, and beyond.

Tonight he joined us one final time this season to wrap up a quality year by his program, telling us what went wrong with the bats out in Texas. He also enlightened us on the lessons learned from the experience headed into 2015.

AUDIO: Monte Lee [8:40]