by Chris Molicki
What do you do on your daily commute? Do you read? No, you probably don’t know how to read. What about browse social media? Checking Snapchat 102 times a day is not healthy, trust me. Perhaps you watch Netflix? Psh, right. If you want to say goodbye to all your data (trust me on that one too).
No, you listen to podcasts. And if you’re not, frankly, you’re doing it wrong. Podcasts are entertaining, don’t use much data, and there’s something out there for anyone. While this list is entirely sports related, if you’re on this site, I’m guessing that’s what you’re looking for. Here’s my top 5 podcasts for you to listen to.
- The Lowe Post: If you’re an NBA fan, this podcast is a must. Zach Lowe is the best basketball writer in the country, and he’s excelled at transferring his written word into the podcast game. Lowe is a true basketball nerd–a guy who eats film for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you know he’s well-informed. That’s much different than your average sports media member, who draws his opinions from simple box scores or a small sample size viewing. Lowe understands the game so well and breaks it down for those who don’t. And he generally gets the best of the best from ESPN on his show, only enhancing his content.
- The Bill Simmons Podcast: I’ve been a Bill Simmons fan for quite some time now, and while people may have mixed emotions about him, you can’t deny he’s got a knack for this sports thing. Simmons is arguably the top sportswriter in America; his brain works on a different plane than normal people, and the voice in his writing is like nothing else. But even though his TV show was canceled, Simmons kills the podcasting game. Guessing the Lines with Cousin Sal and Friday Rollin’ with Joe House are weekly appointments for me, consisting of Simmons’ friends who manage to provide laughs and sports takes as entertaining as most comedians and sportswriters. And when he has sports media members on, Simmons does incredible work morphing a normal interview into an intense and profound sports conversation
- The Section 10 Podcast: So there may be some bias here because this is a Red Sox podcast and I am a Red Sox fan, but the show is so funny on its own, it deserves a spot in the rankings. Jared Carrabis of Barstool Sports provides excellent knowledge, opinions, and comedy on the Red Sox and all things baseball. Steve Perrault produces the hell out of the show and has plenty of baseball nuggets of his own. Pete Blackburn is….just kind of there….but his apathy and dry sense of humor works so well and actually ties the show together. The trio works perfectly together as just a bunch of guys being dudes. If you’re a Red Sox fan, you’re really missing out if you don’t listen.
- Pardon My Take: Headlined by Big Cat and PFT Commenter (and Hank), this podcast is the true GOAT. The PMT boys have the hottest takes in sports, but in reality, they’re just making fun of the rest of the sports media. The satire they use is pure genius, and the show is just flat-out hysterical, with plenty of recurring segments, guests, and jokes. I love sports, but if you take it too seriously, you’ll forget there are more important things in life. PMT injects a heavy dosage of humor that’s nearly impossible to compete with.
- The Sports Brunch: What were you expecting? The best sports podcast out there, Joe and I…I mean Chris…tell it like it is in the sports world. Whether it’s NFL, March Madness, or MLB, The Brunch knows its bread and butter and sticks with it. Too often do people listen to talking heads on TV and radio who only have their outlandish opinions to get attention and ratings. On The Brunch, we…I mean, they…know what they’re talking about and have the evidence to back it up.