The Steam Room

The Steam Room

After 20 years together on Inside The NBA, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley still have a lot to talk about. The Steam Room podcast is the new platform for EJ, Chuck, and weekly guests to explore conversations beyond the world of basketball. Grab your bracelet and step into The Steam Room every Thursday… and please, remember to keep your towel on.

Episodes

May 10, 2022 57 min

In the Season 3 Finale, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen stops by to talk about competing in The Match on June 1st alongside Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, and Aaron Rodgers. Allen also dishes about his (gross) pregame routine, gambling with Chuck in Tahoe, and why Frank Sinatra is the secret to his success on the gridiron. The Legendary TK pits Ernie and Charles against each other in a Season 3-inspired Quiz Game. And Chuck's Answerin...

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Yay-yuh! Hall of Fame hurler Pedro Martinez drops by the Steam Room and delivers his best stuff on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, modern day pitching, and throwing BP to a Montreal Expos draftee named Tom Brady. Chuck's Answering Machine goes global, Ernie gives a lesson in steak-cutting etiquette, and Charles foolishly tries to defend his position on swallowing gum.

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April 19, 2022 64 min

Charles’ golfing buddy, Roy Green, surprises The Chuckster in an episode filled with laughs, insults, and an insider account of the "evolution" of Chuck's golf game. TK challenges the guys to a game of 'guess the famous person's real name'. Chuck’s Answering Machine features a call from Amsterdam, a Buc-ee's review, and the wildest thing Chuck did (or didn't do) during his time at Auburn.

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April 11, 2022 63 min

Chuck and Ernie are back in full swing. Emmy-Award nominated host Taylor Rooks steps inside the Steam Room to talk about her rise in the industry and blocking out the noise. The outstanding interviewer even has a few questions of her own for Charles & EJ. The Chuckster answers a burning question on Chuck’s Answering Machine…has he ever worn Spanx?

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March 11, 2022 65 min

Clark Kellogg brings his contagious excitement for March Madness into the Steam Room and gets our very own Auburn homer prepared for the D1 Men’s College Basketball Tournament. The CBS analyst shares his sleeper teams, talks player potential and even gives some Grandfatherly advice to the Chuckster. Charles and Ernie share their thoughts on Calvin Ridley’s suspension from the NFL and dive deep into your calls on Chuck's Answeri...

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March 4, 2022 49 min

Olympic Gold Medalist Suni Lee joins the Steam Room to chat about her historic freshman season with Auburn gymnastics. SVP of Turner Sports Tara August comes on to set the record straight about Chuck's' claim that Kobe Bryant nearly signed with NBA on TNT. The Answering Machine posits a question none of us were wondering: what's the weirdest thing Charles Barkley has ever eaten?

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February 25, 2022 60 min

Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins drops by The Steam Room after a thrilling weekend celebrating the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in Cleveland. The 2x Slam Dunk Champion talks what it means to be named one of the leagues’ 76 greatest legends, how he ended up a Bulldawg and what can be done to refine the Dunk Contest. TK is still in the Olympic spirit with a chilling story you’ll just have to hear.

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February 4, 2022 54 min

Stephen A. Smith finds his way in to The Steam Room and Charles cuts right to the chase. The two discuss the lack of Black head coaches in the NFL and the recent allegations made by Brian Flores, in addition to Kyrie, Ben Simmons & Super Bowl predictions. Ernie has a hard time believing Chuck's new diet plan and TK can't help but remind Chuck of his unicorn business opportunity that got away. Chuck’s Answering Machine i...

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January 28, 2022 60 min

Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller shares his story of redemption and forgiveness after revealing a 56-year secret. After one of the wildest weekends in NFL history, TK gauges Chuck and Ernie’s thoughts on the league's overtime rules and suggests a formula for picking conference championship winners. Chuck’s Answering Machine’s got swag and first-time dad advice for one of our very own.

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January 21, 2022 57 min

2x WNBA Champion, 2021 AP Female Athlete of the Year & loyal steamer Candace Parker makes her way in to The Steam Room to celebrate her incredible year and brainstorm a few baby names. TK has travel on his mind which leads Chuck down a road we never saw coming… is tuna really a delicacy? After ‘ole brown eyes’ big performance last week, Chuck’s Answering Machine was flooded with some not-so-positive reviews.

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In a Dawg-filled celebration, Ernie and Charles are treated to “house band” as the University of Georgia graduate Quentin Smith plays our beloved theme song, "Glory, Glory," Lizzo (Chuck's favorite) & more. Georgia Offensive Lineman & 2021 National Champion Jamaree Salyer drops by to relive the championship game and provide prospective on the future. And thanks to our very own stand-up bass player, TK has someth...

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January 7, 2022 49 min

The fellas are back and eager to start 2022 on the right foot. Peloton Senior Instructor, and one of Ernie’s personal favorites, Alex Toussaint rides in to share his inspirational story, celebrate EJ’s 200th ride and try to get Charles off the Chuckcyle 5000 and onto the Peloton. Chuck’s Answering Machine has a little bit of everything, from ‘interesting questions’ to humbling nods - Ernie and Charles are full of stories and life a...

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December 15, 2021 44 min

Charles, Ernie and TK react to the media frenzy Chuck created after announcing he named his daughter after a mall. Chuck’s Answering Machine received a record number of calls, which inspires conversations surrounding everything from parade appearances to jersey etiquette and the music Sir Charles is bumping in his headphones.

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December 9, 2021 49 min

Paul Finebaum stops by The Steam Room to breakdown the College Football Playoff, the Dawgs' QB conundrum and shares stories about covering a young Charles Barkley in Alabama. Inspired by Brian Kelly, The Chuckster demonstrates a few, uh, 'unique' accents. Ernie raises his hands, closes his eyes and mouths "Stop" when Chuck reveals the origin behind why he chose his daughter's name.

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We go way back with Charles (or Wade as he’s better known in Leeds, Alabama) with a surprise appearance from his prom date, Amy Shorter. The pair exchange memories about their time spent together and how the Chuckster broke her heart on his quest for the Homecoming Queen. TK presents a controversial conversation from another legendary TK, Tony Kornheiser - should sand be in the Toy Hall of Fame? Chuck’s Answering Machine has calls ...

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November 18, 2021 38 min

7x Super Bowl Champion & Executive Producer of The Match Tom Brady stops by The Steam Room to look forward to the rest of the Bucs’ season and look back at why he never needed a plan B. TK rewinds the tape for some of Chuck’s most hilarious media run-ins through the years and prompts the question - what is the best press conference of all time? The Chuckster can’t contain his excitement for Thanksgiving or Brooks Koepka vs. Bry...

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November 10, 2021 46 min

On this episode of The Steam Room, we celebrate the life of Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, who passed away in October at the age of 33. Hall of Famer Peyton Manning stops by to chat about the success (or curse?) of the ‘Manning Cast’, the hardships of winning and the recipe for success for today’s quarterbacks. TK poses a question straight off the Twitter timeline and Chuck’s Answering Machine is sure to soften the heart.

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October 27, 2021 47 min

Curtis Granderson hops into The Steam Room with the World Series underway. The former MLB star gives his Braves-Astros predictions & his thoughts on how to market the game to the next generation. Chuck is in mid-season form as TK makes his return to catch up with the guys. Chuck’s Answering Machine sparks a delicious surprise.

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October 22, 2021 50 min

It’s HOT in the Steam Room as Ernie and Charles tip off Season 3 with none other than Wayne Gretzky. The Great One talks everything from his new gig at the NHL on TNT desk, Alexander Ovechkin’s record chase and his short stint on the basketball court. Charles doesn’t hold back on his thoughts surrounding Ben Simmons & Kyrie Irving. Chuck’s Answering Machine makes its return with even more spontaneity and sincerity.

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In this bonus episode of The Steam Room, Producer Kap and a few of our loyal steamers take us through some of the hilarious, creative and impactful messages from Chuck’s Answering Machine in Season 2.

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