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!

Episodes

July 30, 2021 80 min

Jack welcomes Ryan Pacatte to the show for a full recap of the 2021 MLB trade deadline. Sit back, relax, and let Jack and Ryan catch you up on every trade that happened this week, just before the deadline, including a full rundown of what may have been the most action-packed and exciting trade deadline of all-time. Find out how each of these trades impact the MLB playoff picture. Jack shares his thoughts on the Cubs' fire sale ...

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A bombshell of a college football story dropped over the past few days. Oklahoma and Texas will be leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC. Jack and Andrew Stem discuss what it means for both programs, schools, conferences, and college sports as a whole. Why are Texas and Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC? What will happen to the Big 12 as a result? Will the Big 12 teams band together and add new schools, or will the r...

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Jack Vita and Andrew Stem are reunited once again upon Jack's return from his weekend ballpark road trip, where he went to three baseball games in three days. Jack shares his thoughts on the new MLB ballparks he visited (Cleveland and Cincinnati) and ranks the 11 ballparks he's been to (0:00 - 26:45). He also collected a good amount of feedback on the Cleveland Indians' new team name, the "Guardians" from Clevel...

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Jack welcomes back Paul Oren (@nwioren on Twitter) from the Northwest Indiana Times to the show to talk NBA Finals (0:00 - 18:15), MLB (18:15 - 37:45) and the Jack Vita Show "Best Sports Movie of All-Time" bracket (37:45 - END). Paul grew up in Milwaukee and is a lifelong Bucks fan. He weighs in on the NBA Finals, following the Bucks' epic game 5 win. Jack shares why the Phoenix Suns peaked his interest in the NBA F...

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Midway through the 2021 MLB season, Anthony Franze visits the Jack Vita Show for a midseason check-up. Jack and Anthony talk MLB draft and the ascension of Shohei Ohtani (0:00 - 18:15), then share their midseason awards picks for AL and NL Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year and MVP (18:15 - 33:10). They also run through the MLB All-Star rosters and share their own selections for All-Star starters. Jack shares his ide...

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Jack welcomes back Andrew Stem, who is a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and has been at the College World Series all week. Andrew helps break down the shocking news that eliminated the North Carolina State Wolfpack from the College World Series, declaring Saturday's game a non-contest, and advancing the Vanderbilt Commodores to their second-straight  national championship. Andrew and Jack share their opinions on the whole o...

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Former Bachelorette contestant and current golf pro Garrett Powell returns to the Jack Vita Show to recap the US Open and the latest from the worlds of golf and baseball. Later, he answers some questions from the listeners about life, his Christian faith, and his time on The Bachelor franchise.   Garrett and Jack discuss the 2021 US Open, Jon Rahm's first major win, and the wild story behind Jon Rahm's last tournament a...
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Dario Medrano, formerly a contestant on MTV's The Challenge and Are You The One? and a former Division I college baseball player, visits the Jack Vita Show to talk college baseball, MLB news, pitchers using foreign substances for spin rate and MLB's attempt to crack down on it, the College Football Playoff's proposed expansion and its implications, and Dario's time on The Challenge. Dario and Jack take a look at the...

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Former MLB player and current Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster Orestes Destrade visits the Jack Vita Show. Orestes is in his 11th year with the Rays. Prior to joining the organization, he played four seasons in the bigs, along with several years playing professionally in Japan, where he won three straight home run titles. After his playing career ended, Orestes moved into the broadcasting booth, and worked at ESPN for five years, where h...

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With Valparaiso University ditching the "Crusaders" team name and mascot, Jack is joined LIVE by Valparaiso alumni Andrew Stem and Parker Gatewood for a brainstorming session, hoping to help Valpo find a new team and mascot! Tweet Jack (@JackVitaShow), vote in his Twitter poll and let us know what Valpo's new team name should be!

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Jack is pleased to welcome rising sports media star and writer at Outkick.com, Gary Sheffield Jr., to the podcast, to help recap the weekend that was in the world of sports. Phil Mickelson has shocked the world and won the PGA Championship at the age of 50 (0:00 - 12:20); Gary and Jack share their thoughts. Then, they make way for a lengthy discussion centered around the Chicago White Sox and manager Tony La Russa, who received a l...

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Jordan Kimball, star of 'The Bachelorette' and 'Bachelor in Paradise' visits the Jack Vita Show for an unforgettable interview. Jordan tells the story of how he was cast on Becca Kufrin's season of The Bachelorette (season 14), how he was depicted as the season's villain, how he was supposed to be cast on the most recent season of MTV's The Challenge, 'The Challenge: Double Agents', how he became...

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Back from Texas, Jack has a lot to recap and share his thoughts on from the world of Major League Baseball! After being released by the Angels, Albert Pujols has signed with the Dodgers, with the Angels paying him the remaining $30 million on his contract. Jack shares why he believes Pujols' retirement tour should be receiving the same amount of attention that Derek Jeter's did. He also discusses the impact Pujols will have...

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Jack welcomes a very special guest to the show; it's golf pro Garrett Powell, contestant and fifth-place finisher on season 15 of The Bachelorette (Hannah Brown's season)! Garrett not only collected roses on national television, but he's also a huge sports fan! Garrett weighs in on day 1 of the NFL Draft (00:00 - 27:05). He and Jack attempt to project how each of the five quarterbacks selected in round one of the Draft ...

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Brian Cohen, cohost of The Challenge RHAP-Up podcast on the Rob Has a Podcast network, visits the Jack Vita Show for a lively conversation centered around the past week in baseball action. Brian is a diehard Yankees fan that is very frustrated with his team. The Yankees (5-10) own the worst record in the American League, after the Rays swept them in New York over the weekend. Brian provides his assessment of the Yankees, the Rays, ...

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Jack is back for a one-man episode, recapping the latest from the world of sports, including: Hideki Matsuyama wins the Masters, Major League Baseball moves its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver (don't worry - Jack remains apolitical), the New York Yankees' struggles in Tampa Bay over the weekend (is there cause for concern with the Bronx Bombers?), Joe Musgrove throws the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres' organiz...

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The NCAA Tournament is over, and Jack is back on a livestream with Andrew Stem, once again, to break it all down. How did Baylor win it all this year? What happened to Gonzaga? Was Gonzaga overrated? Did UCLA beat Gonzaga for Baylor (0:00 - 30:25)? We also provide the latest updates on the NCAA men's basketball coaching carousel, with Roy Williams retiring, Hubert Davis taking over North Carolina, Chris Beard moving to Austin t...

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In the spirit of Holy Week and Jesus coming back to life, Jack welcomes Seth Foor of 'The Traveling Team' to discuss the greatest sports comebacks of the last 20(ish) years. Before running through Seth's top 10 list (15:00 - 44:25), Jack reveals the listeners' favorite sports comebacks, submitted to him on Twitter (0:00 - 15:00). Later, Jack and Seth discuss why Jesus coming back to life and conquering the grave was...

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All the way through the Elite Eight, only four teams remain in the NCAA Tournament! Jack once again teams up with Andrew Stem (sports reporter at the Omaha World-Herald) to recap the Elite Eight (Houston Cougars-Oregon State Beavers, Baylor Bears-Arkansas Razorbacks, Gonzaga Bulldogs-USC Trojans, Michigan Wolverines-UCLA Bruins), discuss head coaching changes (Mike Woodson taking over the Indiana Hoosiers, Shaka Smart moving to Mil...

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In the grand finale of the Jack Vita Show's 2021 MLB Preview Series, Jake Paliga and Jack cover their final division: the American League Central. How will the Central stack up comparatively this season? Can the Tigers and Royals take a step in the right direction towards competition? Without Lindor, will the Indians remain a player for the division title, or will the Royals or Tigers surpass them this summer? Twins or White So...

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