Jack Vita Show

Jack Vita Show

Join Jack Vita, sportswriter (jackvita.com), journalist and Valparaiso alum each week for an in-depth recap of the latest news, stories and scores from the world of sports, featuring thoughtful, fun and entertaining analysis, and exclusive conversations with a wide variety of guests, including professional athletes, reality TV personalities, musicians, writers, podcasters, friends and other interesting folks! In addition to his weekly sports recaps, Jack will occasionally discuss a Chex Mix of other topics, such as reality competition shows (such as Survivor, The Challenge and The Amazing Race), television, music, movies, entertainment, food, faith and life. While Jack doesn't strictly "stick to sports", he does steer clear of any and all political conversations. If you're tired of the screaming matches, political partisanship and noise, that are infecting the sports media, this is the show for you!

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July 18, 2022 90 min

Baseball fan Tabitha Bingham visits the Jack Vita Show for a mid-season checkup. She and Jack assess the 2022 MLB All-Star rosters and discuss who the biggest snubs were, then they do a Home Run Derby draft, making their selections for Monday night's Home Run Derby. After that, they share their mid-season awards winners for AL and NL MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. Tabitha is a lifelong Cubs fan; she ...

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Survivor legend, reality television icon, decorated soccer coach, musician, orchestra conductor and renaissance man Coach Benjamin Wade visits the Jack Vita Show. Coach discusses his time and experiences on Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: South Pacific, his life outside of Survivor, how young people can improve their lives and find meaning, coaching soccer and leadership, his faith, his upcoming pr...

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Minor league baseball wife, former 'The Real World: Portland' cast member, and four-time Challenger (on MTV's 'The Challenge') Jessica McCain France visits the Jack Vita Show for an in-depth conversation covering a wide variety of topics.

Jessica's husband, J.P. France, is a AAA pitcher in the Houston Astros' farm system. J.P. was recently named the Sugar Land Space Cowboys' player of the month for t...

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Chad Vautherine returns to the Jack Vita Show to share his MLB All-Star selections with Jack. Jack and Chad debate over many positions, while Jack shares his picks as well. But first, Chad and Jack discuss Bryce Harper's thumb injury and how it will impact the Phillies' playoff hopes this season, a crazy brawl between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners from the weekend, and Ole Miss winning its first col...

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USA Today veteran baseball writer Bob Nightengale visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss the latest from the world of baseball, and answer the question, should there be a category for utility players on the MLB All-Star ballot, as Buck Showalter suggested over the weekend? Bob and Jack discuss whether adding a utility man column to the ballot would make sense. Bob also adds what he would change about the All-Star Game. Should we be m...

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7-year Major League Baseball outfielder and Northwestern and New Trier product Michael Huff visits the show to reflect on his big league career and break down the latest news from around the league. Michael discusses his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, telling stories from his playing days and reliving some of his favorite experiences from 90s MLB - such as his first bi...

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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 answe...

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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 ...

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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 call...

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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...

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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,...

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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 goodb...

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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 trad...

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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, ...

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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 te...

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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 basketba...

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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 an...

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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?

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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 watch...

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March 13, 2022 111 min

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!

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