Mike Pesca http://wvasfm.org en Out Of The Closet And Into The Draft: Michael Sam's NFL Prospects http://wvasfm.org/post/out-closet-and-draft-michael-sams-nfl-prospects Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Michael Sam, a star linebacker at the University of Missouri, will enter the NFL draft this spring. He was expected to be picked in the middle to late rounds, that is before he publicly acknowledged yesterday that he is gay. This is not news to his teammates at Missouri, where Sam played a vital role in the team's success. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42822 at http://wvasfm.org Seahawks Dominate Broncos For Super Bowl Victory http://wvasfm.org/post/seahawks-dominate-broncos-super-bowl-victory Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Super Bowl was supposed to pit the best offense in pro football against the best defense. Turned out the dominant offense and defense were both on the same team. The final score was Seattle 43, Denver 8.<p>NPR's Mike Pesca reports on the game that was played between last night's commercials.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Here's a theory. Denver doesn't understand the concept of the point spread. Word was out that they were minus two versus the Seahawks. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42365 at http://wvasfm.org 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl http://wvasfm.org/post/5-points-help-simplify-sundays-super-bowl The chatter, hype and jargon in the weeks leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII is more impenetrable than the Seahawk's secondary.<p>Perhaps you've heard the Seattle Seahawks have a running back who enters "Beast Mode." Maybe you've heard that the Denver Broncos' counter to Beast Mode is a defensive lineman <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/from--beast-mode--to--pot-roast--to--pig---a-primer-on-super-bowl-nicknames-011914808.html">nicknamed</a> "Pot Roast."<p>Vociferously debating Beast Mode versus Pot Roast is no longer the exclusive domain of a <a href="http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Su Sun, 02 Feb 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42321 at http://wvasfm.org 5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl In Super Bowl Week, Hall Of Famers Return — As Salesmen http://wvasfm.org/post/super-bowl-week-hall-famers-return-salesmen Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, BYLINE: In the run up to the Super Bowl, demand for former players and coaches to interview is high. Dozens of sports radio stations have set up camp in New York City's Radio Row. Many interviewees have leveraged that demand into short-term celebrity endorsements. NPR's Mike Pesca caught the pitches.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Radio Row, Sheraton Hotel, New York City. A station that called itself The Team is here. So is The Ticket. There are a few fans, a sports animal and a sports carnivore. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42267 at http://wvasfm.org Cold Super Bowl Could Lead To More Turnovers http://wvasfm.org/post/super-bowl-sunday Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This Sunday's Super Bowl features the number one defense, the Seattle Seahawks, against the number one offense, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. That is a surprisingly rare matchup, number one defense against number one offense. It's only happened a few times in all the Super Bowls to date. But of course that means there is a defense and an offense in the game that are not number one. NPR's Mike Pesca looks at what having greatness in one phase of the game does to the rest of the team.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: This year the Denver defense was OK. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42145 at http://wvasfm.org The Man Who Turned His Back On Two Super Bowl Teams — And Why http://wvasfm.org/post/man-who-turned-his-back-two-super-bowl-teams-and-why Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Offensive lineman John Moffitt played pro football for the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. Those are the teams playing in this Sunday's Super Bowl. In fact, Moffitt was on Denver's roster this year until he decided to walk away mid season. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42122 at http://wvasfm.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point http://wvasfm.org/post/closer-look-nfls-most-taken-granted-point The extra point might just be the most unexciting play in football. After all, the post-touchdown, 1-point kick is successful 99.5 percent of the time — so successful that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/0ap2000000315795/Goodell-talks-possible-elimination-of-extra-points">recently talked about eliminating it</a>.<p>Like the phrase "after-dinner drink," the extra point defines itself in relation to another entity. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:55:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 42007 at http://wvasfm.org A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point Seahawks To Face Broncos In Next Month's Super Bowl http://wvasfm.org/post/seahawks-face-broncos-next-months-super-bowl Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Super Bowl is set. The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos. The Broncos handily dispatched the New England Patriots. Seattle, in an extremely close game, beat the San Francisco '49ers. NPR's Mike Pesca is here to give us some game day details. Good morning.<p>MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.<p>MONTAGNE: Tell us about the Seahawks versus '49ers game. It came down to a rather amazing defensive play.<p>PESCA: Oh, yes. It came down to that play. This was a great defensive game, in fact, in the first half. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 41565 at http://wvasfm.org Federal Judge Rejects The NFL Concussions Settlement http://wvasfm.org/post/federal-judge-rejects-nfl-concussions-settlement A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a preliminary settlement between the National Football League and retired players and their families over concussion-related injuries. The judge doubted that the $765 million settlement would adequately cover all of the retired players potentially eligible to be paid. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 41251 at http://wvasfm.org Two Long-Time Braves And A Slugger Go To The Hall Of Fame http://wvasfm.org/post/two-long-time-braves-and-slugger-go-hall-fame Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux were Atlanta Braves teammates, Cy Young Award winners and, as of this afternoon, they are the newest members of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. Also making the hall was the slugger known as the Big Hurt, Frank Thomas.<p>But some of the game's most notable players were kept out again this year by the baseball writers, the taint of performance-enhancing drugs still overshadowing their careers. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 23:53:00 +0000 Mike Pesca 40901 at http://wvasfm.org