The Original Sports Podcast with Mark Maradei

The Original Sports Podcast with Mark Maradei

From teacher to coach to sports podcaster. It's always been a dream to do sports communication and now I'm finally making it come true. Though I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and will always be a Steeler/Penguin/Pirate Fan--my podcast is about the love of ALL SPORTS. Join me weekly for guests, takes, and other news tidbits about the wonderful world of sports.

Episodes

July 11, 2024 65 mins

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The summer usually is all about being outside and swimming, BBQing, relaxing and just enjoying the sunshine. However, this summer adds a bit different element from a sports stand point. Baseball, football gearing up, drafts in the NHL and NBA but add to that the WNBA hype and the Olympics in Paris and the dynamics change. We are going to dive into these areas and much more on this episode includ...

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Freedom, Independence, Fireworks, Hot Dogs, Apple pie! Am I missing anything? On this episode we are celebrating our nation’s official freedom from Britain’s rule well over 200 years ago. Our discussions will be inclusive and if Chops has anything to say about it deep in thought. 

What’s that I hear a can opening… someone’s ready to start this thing… let’s roll…

 

Spontaneous reac...

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One of the oldest sports known to man will be featured tonight on the Original Sports Podcast. Our guest is ultra successful Michael Rabil. Yes, that Michael Rabil of the Premiere Lacrosse League fame. He will talk about how he and his brother, Paul, have made Lacrosse a household sports name over the last several years and what the plan is going forward to continue the growth. We are excited to learn all about America...

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While Juneteenth's significance primarily lies in its historical and cultural context, some prominent Black athletes have contributed to its recognition and celebration through advocacy and community engagement. We will look at the top black athletes throughout time, advocates for equality today among black athletes, and why Juneteenth plays such an important role from a variety of angles. 

 

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On this episode of the OSP with the BSC we divulge into current sports topics that have hit the market fresh and ready to be dissected. Mike Tomlin's new contract that will run through 2027 is a hot topic. Darren Waller's sudden retirment from the NFL and the New York Giants. What was the real cause? Caitlin's erroneonsly being left off of the USA Olytmpic Women's Baseket ball team, was it a long term good idea? NHL and NBA playoff...

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Nothing says Pittsburgh Steelers than someone who is able to share their in depth insights from the Steel City itself than Smitty from the Around the 412 podcast. There is no downtime in the NFL so we will talk with Smitty about free agency thus far, the draft and rookie camp, OTA's and of course the pending summer camp to officially kick things off for the 2024 season, in my opinion. Grab an Iron City and a Chipped Ha...

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Bill Walton: 21/22 from the floor during an NCAA Champions. 86-4 at UCLA. Most notably to me was his passion for the Grateful Dead. 

 

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All great baseball teams have amazing minor league systems where development and preparation for the show are the focus. The OSP is thrilled to have Indianapolis Indians broadcaster, Jack McMullen joining us on this episode. The Indians are the Pittsb...

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OSP 5/26 Memorial Day Special episode 10 



Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have served in the military, so it might be fitting to tie in sports themes that honor and respect the sacrifices of service members.We will be honoring Memorial Day through the lens of sports, whether by celebrating veterans in athletics, examining the connections between sports and military service, or refl...

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Now that the dust has finally settled on the much ballyhooed 2024 NFL schedule we decided since we are all NFL amateur experts to randomly choose teams and dissect their potential wins and losses for the 2024 season. We are adding our own flare so stay tuned to see if we select your team and what the future holds for them based on the crystal ball of the Original Sports Podcast. 

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As we work towards summer at a fast and furious pace our show finds itself at a crossroads of sports. Playoff basketball and hockey are in full swing, baseball has reached the quarter point and we are well underway with the golf majors and football mini camps. Sometimes I think I am swimming with all the stuff I have to preoccupy myself from the craziness of the real world. 

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A sense of optimism comes over every NFL fan after the draft happens. Every analyst paints a great picture of the latest and greatest rookies that each team has selected and winning the Super Bowl seems to be a realistic possibility for each team in every division. Is it really though, come one! Our guest this evening is Sports Illustrated writer Noah Strackbein. He will help us to dissect how things unfolded. Who help...

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It's early April and we have been talking draft since the final gun of the Super Bowl. So much has been made of so many players. Some climb the ladder to earlier selection slot and others well they fall like rocks into the abyss. Our guest is none other than a man who makes a living doing draft previews and analysis, Matt Miller of ESPN. He will give you some tidbits and thought provoking insigh...

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Everyone thinks they know what every team is going to do year in and year out in the NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr hasn’t hit on a draft pick ever I don’t think. Some people do multiple mock’s and still don’t get it right. Today the Crew and I will take our own shot the first round and how we think it will fall. Chops will do some commentary to add a little zest to the mix. Enjoy and see if you agree with our picks. Honestly...

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The OSP is honored to have former first round pick and 27th overall Jumaine Jones join this week. We will talk about the NBA past, present and future with him along with his journey post basketball career. His transformation and daily battles make this show an inspirational and must listen. 

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Coach Prime's influence

NHL's Top 25 since 2000

The Ohtani Debacl...

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Welcome everyone to our first show of season 5 of the OSP. When I started doing this in March 2020 I never thought for a second I would still be going in 2024 but here I am. There have been revisions, changes and gaps along the way but I feel like I’ve finally settled into a good place with it. Thank you to my Barbershop Crew: Rashene, Terry, Neub, Mikey, Schmitty and Kwatt for being an active p...

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OSP “Yinzer Special”

Nothing but Black and Gold and a ‘Burgh” thing. Us Pittsburghers would be remiss if we did not completely dedicate a show to the Steel City. 

Steelers:

Russell Wilson yes or no and why…

Justin Fields is he the future starting next year?

Kenny Pickett showed his true colors in the end……

Queen, Elliott, Van Jefferson(?) :...

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Complete vision and purpose! It's tough to do but we manage to keep the ship steering straight ahead as we embrace a wealth of sports happenings in the world. Why do we love sports? We will talk about that so you can see that our reasoning for doing this podcast is mental health for us and others.....This week’s show is the last of season 4 and we are dedicating to female athletes after all we a...

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I told you guys the NFL never ,ever goes away right. We get this weeks show rolling with a special guest who will talk basketball, his career and the Big Dance. Next, we roll out our views on the NFL combine and who made a case for themself and who, well, created question marks. Spontaneous Reactions, T-Sizzle Quizzle and "The Dream" question are all that again makes up episode 38 of season 4. 

 

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OSP 3/2 Live at Il Forno

 

We are coming to you Live this first Saturday in March of 2024 from iL Forno Pizza/Vanish.

When we get out like this it’s a whole new world. We’d like to thank JP and everyone at iL Forno for having us out here again. The food and beverages you can not beat. It will be a sports smorgasbord of the sports today. So much to dive into we don’t know where to start but we ...

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OSP 2/20

Look let me put this to you straight, the NFL season never ends. It goes into hibernation to a certain degree for a few weeks but it is year round. We will continue to visit current happenings but it’s time we start turning our attention to things like basketball, especially college, some NHL action and spring training. Baseball used to be known as America’s Game but not so much anymore. We will m...

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