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  • NFL Hall of Fame linebacker and Chicago Bears great Brian Urlacher visits the Jack Vita Show to reflect on his 13-year Hall of Fame career with the Bears, and take a trip down memory lane. Brian shares his pick for best Bears quarterback of the new millennium, shares stories from playing on one of the greatest defenses of all-time, and shares his thoughts on the franchise now, the modern NFL and modern college football. Brian answers a wide variety of questions submitted by the listeners. He talks playing for Lovie Smith, living in Chicago, retirement, autograph signings, Jack's idea to get Brian on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, his interactions with Chicago-born celebrities, where the Bears have gone wrong, his love for movies and TV shows, and much more!

  • 11-year NBA player and 2008 NBA champion Scot Pollard visits the Jack Vita Show to talk his time with the Kansas Jayhawks, the new Big 12 (and Kansas' future in the Big 12), dealing with internet trolls, his hilarious "Kids, do drugs" joke from 2007, his time on Survivor's 32nd season (Survivor: Kaoh Rong), his time playing with the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, as well as many other topics along the way and stories from his time in the NBA. Scot fouled out of game 6 of the 2002 NBA Finals, a game that was accused by disgraced NBA official Tim Donaghy of being "fixed" by the league. What are Scot's thoughts on what may or may not have gone down that night in Los Angeles? Scot was also on hand for the 2004 'Malice at the Palace' as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Hear Scot's thoughts on the melee that ensued and the 2021 Netflix documentary on one of the worst nights in professional sports history. How does Scot feel about the reputation of the 2007 Cleveland Cavaliers that went to the NBA Finals? Panned by many as "one of the worst teams to reach the Finals, that was carried by LeBron James", Scot was a member of the team. What are his thoughts? Scot shares about playing with the 2008 Celtics, after playing with Paul Pierce at Kansas, and much more!

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  • Elise Menaker (@EliseMenaker on Twitter and Instagram) is a reporter, analyst and host on the Big Ten Network as well as the Chicago Cubs' television network, Marquee Sports Network. She played softball professionally in Sweden, is a member of the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame, and last year made history as a member of the second-ever all-women Major League Baseball broadcast, when she, Melanie Newman and Alanna Rizzo called the Cubs-White Sox game on YouTube last summer. Elise also attended New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, the same high school Jack attended! Elise and Jack talk New Trier (which happens to be the high school Mean Girls was based off of), Elise's broadcasting career, women in sports broadcasting, the Cubs' start to their season, the emergence of Seiya Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera getting his 3,000th hit, Albert Pujols' final season, the Mets' impressive start, an ugly scene from Saturday's Yankees-Guardians game, and plenty more baseball along the way!

  • We've reached the final leg of our six-part MLB Preview Series! In the final chapter, Jake Paliga and Jack preview the AL Central and share their playoff and World Series picks, as well as their bold predictions for the 2022 season. The Minnesota Twins finished dead last in the Central a year ago. After a very active offseason that brought in Carlos Correa, Sonny Gray, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela, will the Twins turn it around in 2022 and go from worst to first (0:00 - 21:40)? The Kansas City Royals haven't put together a winning season since 2015. With top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. opening the season with the Royals' big league club, will Kansas City finally buck that trend (21:40 - 31:55)? The Detroit Tigers also improved their team, adding Javier Baez, Austin Meadows and Eduardo Rodriguez to their promising, young nucleus. Will the Tigers turn a corner in 2022 (31:55 - 43:40)? The Cleveland baseball team enters its first season as the "Guardians"? The Indians won 80 games last year, but didn't do much to improve their lineup. What exactly is the plan in Cleveland, and how will the team perform (43:40 - 1:00:55)? The Chicago White Sox won the AL Central in 2021. Now, with a healthier roster, the Sox look to repeat as division champs and make a move towards an AL pennant. How far will they go in 2022 (1:00:55 - 1:11:20)? Finally, Jake and Jack share their playoff picks, Jack's win total revisions (from earlier in the preview series), Division Series, Championship Series and World Series picks. They also share some other bold predictions along the way. Episode complete with win total projections for each team in the AL Central!

  • The 2022 NCAA Tournament is over, and with it, we have a champion. The Kansas Jayhawks are world champions for the first time since 2008! Stonehill College assistant basketball coach Jason Karys calls in to the Jack Vita Show from the Final Four in New Orleans, primed to discuss the weekend's games, including Kansas-North Carolina, a Duke-North Carolina game for the ages, the 2022 NCAA Tournament as a whole, One Shining Moment, the Valparaiso basketball alumni competing in The Basketball Tournament, and more!

  • For our fifth installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Survivor contestant and baseball coach Albert Destrade (@Zero_Votes on Twitter) returns to the Jack Vita Show to preview the NL West! The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team in the National League a season ago. After extending infielder Ketel Marte, what will 2022 look like for them (0:00 - 24:15)? Over the last 15 months, the Colorado Rockies have said goodbye to stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. A few weeks ago, they said hello to Kris Bryant. What should fans expect from Bryant this season, and how will the Rockies perform (24:15 - 46:00)? The San Diego Padres are coming off an extremely disappointing 2021. Picked by many to win the NL West, the Padres finished 79-83, in third place of the division. What needs to happen in order for the Padres to breakthrough and get back to the postseason for the first time in a non-COVID season since 2006 (46:00 - 1:06:35)? The San Francisco Giants greatly exceeded expectations in 2021, winning 107 games, and with it, the NL West crown. After losing Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman and Buster Posey, how much regression will be see from the Giants, or will the Giants repeat as division champs (1:06:35 - 1:19:15)? The Los Angeles Dodgers are hungry for another World Series, and added the best first baseman on the planet Freddie Freeman to an already potent lineup. How will the Dodgers look in 2022 (1:19:15 - END)? Episode complete with win total projections for each team.

  • In the fourth installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, Cincinnati Reds fan Ryan Pacatte returns to the show for a comprehensive preview of the NL Central. Had Major League Baseball expanded its postseason to include six playoff teams in each league, the Reds would have made the playoffs in 2021. Over the winter, the Redlegs lost three big bats from their lineup, as Nicholas Castellanos signed with the Phillies, and the Reds traded Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to the Mariners. They also lost pitchers Sonny Gray, Wade Miley, Amir Garrett and Michael Lorenzen. Ryan sets the table for the 2022 Reds, and he and Jack estimate how they might perform in 2022 (0:00 - 28:45). The Pittsburgh Pirates are in full-rebuild mode. What should baseball fans watch for from the Buccos this season (28:45 - 37:25)? The Chicago Cubs are also rebuilding. After gutting the heart of their order last year at the trade deadline, what happens next on the North Side (37:25 - 54:35)? After firing their manager Mike Schildt and ending the 2021 regular season as baseball's hottest team, what's the trajectory for the St. Louis Cardinals entering 2022? And how should Major League Baseball recognize Albert Pujols' final season (54:35 - 1:11:45)? The Milwaukee Brewers won 95 games a season ago; will they repeat as division champions (1:11:45 - END)? Episode complete with win total projections for each team.

  • In the third edition of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini and his son Jordan Morandini visit the Jack Vita Show to tackle the NL East. The NL East is consistently the most highly touted National League division, but it has a tendency to underdeliver. Will it truly live up to its billing this year, as the Phillies, Mets and Marlins all look for significant improvement in 2022, and the Braves defend their World Series crown? The Nationals took a big step backwards last year, and appear to be in a rebuild; where will they stand in 2022 (0:00 — 15:25)? After a disappointing 2021 season, the Marlins have a lot of young talent coming up through the pipeline; could they be a sneaky dark horse team (15:25 — 27:30)? After adding Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Mark Canha and Starling Marte, will the Mets *finally* turn a corner this season (27:30 — 41:05)? Mickey and Jordan give a full break down of the Phillies and share why they remain optimistic, despite the club currently being the NL team with the longest postseason drought (41:05 — 1:03:05). Finally, the defending world champions enter 2022 in an interesting spot, having replaced Freddie Freeman with first baseman Matt Olson. How big of an impact will the change make for the Braves, and how will the team perform in what looks to be a highly competitive division, with Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. returning to the club? Episode complete with win total projections for each club!

  • In the second installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, Yankees fan Jonathan 'JJ' Jaggard visits the show to put the AL East under the microscope. The AL East was baseball's best division last year, and there's no reason it shouldn't be in 2022. The Yankees and Red Sox shook up their rosters, while the young Rays and Blue Jays are another year older, another year wiser. JJ and Jack take a close look at each team, while providing their win total projections. After signing Trevor Story, how will the Red Sox follow up their 2021 season, in which they got all the way to the ALCS? Why Story at second base instead of Bogaerts (0:00 – 22:15)? The Blue Jays lost the reigning Cy Young Robbie Ray, while trading for all-star third baseman Matt Chapman. With Vladdy Jr., Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez entering their prime, will the Blue Jays reclaim the AL East crown for the first time since 2015 (22:15 – 38:50)? The Baltimore Orioles lost 110 last year. With more young talent joining their big league roster, how many will they lose in 2021, and how far away are they from making a move in this division (38:50 – 55:15)? After parting ways with Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela and bringing in Isaiah Kiner-Falefa and Josh Donaldson, how might the Yankees improve in 2022 (55:15 – 1:19:55)? Will the Tampa Bay Rays three-peat the AL East (1:19:55 – END)?

  • Lexus Williams is the assistant to the head coach, Leon Rice, at Boise State. He previously played at Boise State and Valparaiso. He's best known for his game-winning half-court shot that he hit at the buzzer at Oregon in 2018, ending the Ducks' 28-game home win-streak. Lexus visits the Jack Vita Show for the first time to recap the second weekend of the 2022 NCAA Tournament's games, talk Boise State's best basketball season in school history, reflect on Valpo basketball memories (and his big shot vs. Oregon), and hype Valparaiso's alumni team in The Basketball Tournament, The Cru, which is hoping to get the call to TBT this summer. Hear Lexus and Jack's thoughts on the best and worst games of the weekend, as well as set the table for the Final Four.

  • The 2022 MLB Preview series is here! In the first edition, Anthony Franze (chief meteorologist at NewsWest9 in Midland, Texas) and Jack put the AL West under the microscope. But first, they provide a quick summary of Major League Baseball rules changes, playoff expansion, and more from the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you were wondering what you missed and what's new, you've come to the right place. Anthony and Jack share some thoughts on the league's changes (0:00 - 20:30), then dive right into previewing each team's season. Anthony is a diehard Rangers fan who is VERY excited about what the Rangers did this past winter, adding Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Mitch Garver; how many wins better will the Ranger be from 2021, when they finished a dismal 60-102 (20:30 - 38:00)? How will Shohei Ohtani follow up his historic 2022 season, and how will the Angels fare with a healthy Mike Trout returning to their team (38:00 - 48:30)? The Oakland A's are in the process of wildly making over their team and reloading their farm system. Why did the A's move Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, and what would it take in order for the A's to become a bigger spender in the future (48:30 - 1:00:10)? The Seattle Mariners improved their roster and have even more high-level prospects on the way. Are they ready to compete for the division crown (1:00:10 - 1:13:25)? After losing Carlos Correa, is the Astros' window slowly closing? What should we expect from Houston in 2022 (1:13:25 - 1:24:45)? Jack and Anthony provide win total projections for each team. Finally, Mario Lanza, creator of Funny115.com and host of the podcasts Staff Picks and Survivor Historians leaves a voicemail with his outlook for the 2022 Seattle Mariners' season, a season that he is very excited about.

  • Valparaiso men's basketball associate head coach Luke Gore returns to the Jack Vita Show to recap the first weekend of the 2022 NCAA Tournament! Listen as Coach Gore and Jack break down the first weekend's most thrilling moments, shocking upsets, best games and more! Later, Coach Gore talks Valpo basketball, coming off a disappointing 2021-22 season. What happens next, and how will the Beacons move forward in 2022-23?

  • Not all who fill out NCAA Tournament brackets are college basketball junkies. In fact, year in and year out, casual fans that tend to not watch much college basketball prior to the Tournament are the ones that win their office pools. Jack brought on a non-college basketball fan to have on the show, and have them fill out their bracket on-air. Today he is joined by his cousin, Mia Jeffery for that very purpose. Mia, who has watched a total of seven minutes of college basketball this season, takes us through her bracket and explains how she arrives at the decisions she's come to. Last year, Mia's sister Zoe joined us for March Madness for Dummies, and somehow picked the NCAA Tournament champion, the Baylor Bears! She picked Baylor because she thought the name "Baylor Bears" was cute. How will Mia fare?

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  • Minutes after the Selection Show, Jack and Ryan Pacatte are LIVE to provide a full, comprehensive preview of the field of 68 in the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament! Get a first look at the round of 64 matchups, potential upsets, sleeper teams and hear who Ryan and Jack are favoring heading into the Tournament! It's an episode you will NOT want to miss!

  • Jack is back with 9-year NFL tight end (and former Bachelorette contestant) Clay Harbor for a special emergency podcast in the wake of Tuesday's super-trade that sent quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos for two first round picks, two second round picks, and three starters, including budding star Noah Fant. Clay joins Jack to break down the trade from both sides. Who won the trade? Is it a win for both parties? Much to Clay's chagrin, Aaron Rodgers is staying put in Green Bay and plans on owning Clay's Bears for the foreseeable future. Carson Wentz has been traded from Indianapolis to the Washington Commanders. Jack and Clay provide an update on the ongoing MLB labor dispute, and Clay offers his perspective as a former NFL player that had to sit through the 2011 NFL lockout.

  • Survivor: Africa contestant, army officer and sports radio veteran Clarence Black visits the Jack Vita Show to talk Michigan head coach Juwan Howard swinging at Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft and Howard's five-game suspension, the MLB lockout, the Detroit Tigers' exciting future, memories from the 2004 Detroit Pistons' championship season, former Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford collecting a Super Bowl ring, Clarence's love for America and his Christian faith, Clarence's time on Survivor, his casting story, his place in reality TV history, his side of #beangate, and much more!

  • Jon Root (@JonnyRoot on Twitter and Instagram), host of the sports show Breakaway on Turning Point USA, visits the Jack Vita Show to chat about Major League Baseball's lockout, a flurry of NFL head coaching changes across the sport, how we could improve the Pro Bowl, storylines entering Super Bowl LVI, his Christian faith and the importance of reading the Bible, and plenty more along the way! With spring training scheduled to start in a matter of days, what gives? Why doesn't Major League Baseball have a deal in place for the 2022 season? Between the players and the owners, who is responsible for this mess? Jon and Jack share which NFL head coach hires they are the most intrigued by, and which ones raise the most questions. Jon shares about his recent conversation with Rams' long snapper and former college teammate Matthew Orzech from his latest latest episode of Breakaway, as he and Jack provide their Super Bowl picks. Lastly, Jon discusses the importance of reading the Bible and finding hope in his relationship with Jesus Christ, in a time when people don't know where to find hope. Join us for a very fun and enlightening conversation you won't be able to find anywhere else!

  • Former Bachelorette star, current golf pro and fan favorite on the Jack Vita Show Garrett Powell returns to the show in the wake of Tom Brady announcing his retirement. Garrett is a lifelong Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and along with Jack, discusses how he thinks Brady arrived at his decision to move on, his impact on the sport of football, and what happens next for the Bucs at the quarterback position. Garrett and Jack recap the weekend's AFC and NFC conference championship games, talk storylines entering Super Bowl 56, Matthew Stafford's underrated (Hall of Fame?) career, Joe Burrow's swag, what did the Chiefs in and more. Later, they talk Jim Harbaugh potentially leaving Michigan for the NFL, Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL, MLB Hall of Fame voting (and the age-old steroid question - is the Hall broken?) and Garrett's confrontation with Luke P on their two-on-one date on The Bachelorette (Hannah Brown's season).

  • Jake Paliga returns to the Jack Vita Show to break down the College Football Playoff national championship game (0:00 - 19:30) and Sunday Night Football's near-tie game that almost sent both the Raiders and the Chargers to the playoffs (19:30 - 30:10), talk NFL coaching and front office firings from "Black Monday" (30:10 - 47:45), and preview the Super Wild Card Weekend of the NFL Playoffs (47:45 - END). Along the way, they discuss the Vikings', Bears', Dolphins', Jaguars', Seahawks and Giants' situations, as each team enters the offseason with a number of questions. What are Jack and Jake's thoughts on the firings of Ryan Pace, Matt Nagy, Joe Judge and Brian Flores, and what happens next for the franchises they are departing? Will Russell Wilson or Kirk Cousins be moved this offseason? Jack and Jake also rank this weekend's games from "Super Wild Card Weekend", and give their picks for the weekend.

  • In the first episode of the Jack Vita Show of 2022, Andrew Stem returns to talk bowl season. The College Football Playoff semifinal round has concluded, and the National Championship stage is set. What are Jack and Andrew's takeaways after yet another lame college football Final Four round? They also talk best bowl games of the 2021-22 bowl season and the best and worst conference showings from bowl season. Which conferences surprised and which ones disappointed? Matt Corral has taken a beaten on social media for his decision to play in the Sugar Bowl, a game in which he left with an ankle injury, potentially jeopardizing his draft stock. Jack defends Matt Corral's personal decision to play, and Andrew reacts. What is the future for draft prospects playing and sitting out of bowl games, and how can college football keep its best players from opting out? Finally, Jack and Andrew preview Monday's National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.