I’m changing up the podcast a bit this week, veering from straight sports talk to entertainment slash sports with actor Jerry O’Connell. If you’re a movie fan, you surely remember him from Stand by Me. Or his cameo on Can’t Hardly Wait or Jerry Maguire or perhaps the TV show Sliders. O’Connell is a huge Jets fan, also likes the Knicks and Yankees (which just happen to be my three favorite teams), and he’s married to Rebecca Romijn, who once was on the cover of the SI Swimsuit issue. A brief synopsis of our 30 minute chat:
* Jerry O’Connell, he’s just like us: He was late for the podcast because he had to move his car in NYC for street sweeping.
* He has been a reader of The Big Lead for many years. He has questions/concerns about the acquisition by USA Today.
* He thinks I write about the Jets way too much on the site.
* He rides the Subway in New York and people shout, “hey, Trip McNeely!”
* Sure, he played a QB in Jerry Maguire, but O’Connell was actually on the fencing team in NYU. What’s it like picking up chicks as a college freshman if you’ve been in movies?
* We discuss “wild” Kari Wuhrer, his former co-star on Sliders.
* He nearly got the job as “Bailey” on Party of 5.
* He attended The Reggie Miller game in the Garden. You know the one. He was leaving early when people stopped him and told him to return.
* He’s a fantasy football geek.
* The Dads reading this will understand – O’Connell has battles with his wife over watching football on Sundays.
Episode 20: Peter King of SI Talking About his New Site, The MMQB
Episode 19: Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle
Episode 18: ESPN Radio Host and TV Analyst Dan Dakich
Episode 17: Dick Vitale of ESPN
Episode 16: Dan Wolken of USA Today Sports
Episode 15: Talking Sports Media with Dan LeBatard the Columnist/Radio Host/TV Host
Episode 14: Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
Episode 13: Manish Mehta of the Daily News and Judy Battista of the NYT Talk Jets, Tebow and Sanchez
Episode 12: Evan Silva and Josh Norris of Roto World Talk About the NFL Draft
Episode 11: NFL Podcast with Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Who Hates the Draft
Episode 10: Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports on the NFL Draft and College Football
Episode 9: NBA Playoff Talk with Howard Beck of the New York Times
Episode 8: Talking Michigan-Louisville and the NBA with Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks
Episode 7: NFL Draft Talk with ESPN’s Todd McShay
Episode 6: Kevin Ware Reaction, with John Ourand, Dan Steinberg & Clay Travis
Episode 5: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network
Episode 4: Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports
Episode 3: Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports
Episode 2: Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports
Episode 1: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors