Monday, June 30, 2008

Best Of

I'll be taking a much needed vacation this week, so Sports Byline will run a "Best of Through the Ropes" program. I'll be back on the 10th with more great guests.

Over the past few weeks, we've had a couple of members of the USA Olympic boxing team. Do you want more coverage and interviews of team members or should we stick to the pros.

Please take a moment to fill out the poll to the right and leave any comments below.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Tony The Tiger

Sorry, this is so late but we just got the show booked. I like to have everything confirmed by Tuesday when possible, Wednesday at the latest. And I usually have no problem hitting my self imposed deadline. But this week was tough. For some reason I couldn't get calls back, even from people who seem to pitch me on a weekly basis.

The good news is heavyweight Tony Thompson will be on the show. He is the guy I wanted for tonight as he leaves for Germany next week to face Wlad Klitschko on July 12th. There are a lot of people, myself included, who think he has a real chance at pulling off the upset. He's tall, a southpaw and very awkward. If Wlad doesn't lay him out early, the champ could be in for a long night.

Also, my verbal sparring partner Flattop will join us as well.

We are broadcasting tonight's show from the mothership in San Francisco, so the call in number is 415-434-2844.

Talk to you tonight.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

David Diaz

This week we have lightweight champ David Diaz on the show. He faces Manny Pacquiao June 28th. We've had Pac-Man on before and he was one of the worst interviews in the history of broadcasting. Nice enough guy but terrible radio.

We also hope to have another Olympian with a remarkable story. I'll update the blog once he's booked.

And Xbox 360 players -- we'll be giving away a copy of Don King Presents Prizefighter. So be sure to listen Thursday night from 9 -10 p.m. ET for your chance to win.

UPDATE: We're on for Thursday with Deontay Wilder. He is the United States' heavyweight on the Olympic team and he has an incredible story you don't want to miss. Let's just say he's a very unlikely Olympian.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Going for Gold

As many of you know, one of the goals of Through the Ropes is to give boxers and their compelling stories exposure. This week we kick off what I hope will be a regular segment leading up to the Beijing Olympics. Going for Gold will introduce listeners to the members of the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

Our first Olympian will be Sadam Ali, a Brooklyn based lightweight that a lot of people are talking about.

For our other segments, we've got calls out to some A list people. We'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Bradley & Bernstein

No, it's not the name of a law firm, it's the name of our two guests tonight -- Jr. Welter champ Timothy Bradley and Showtime's Al Bernstein.

For those who've inquired, yes I did get to work Saturday night.

Talk to you all tonight.