The Sports Virus

The Sports Virus

Sportscaster Joe Castellano talks to a variety of sports figures from around the country about the latest news. These in-depth conversations take you inside the personalities of the people involved in the sports we love to watch, listen and read about.

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June 19, 2024 32 mins

Willie Mays was more than just numbers and All-Star games. We reminisce about some of the great moments in his career and discuss who takes over the title as "greatest living ballplayer."

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Ray tells some great stories about Jerry West and his trip to Yellowstone, while Joe can relate to putting on the greens at Pinehurst #2 and has a couple of Steve Kline (former Giants pitcher and current head coach of D2 Indiana University of Pennsylvania) quirks to ponder. We tackle the question of whether or not the Giants should be buyers or sellers later this summer at the trade deadline.

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Ray and Joe talk some golf as Scottie Scheffler holes one for an eagle on the first hole during the podcast. They discuss the state of the San Francisco Giants and analyze the 49ers schedule.

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Mike Yastrzemski homers at Fenway right in the middle of the podcast which spurs a conversation about his grandfather Carl, who was a Hall of Fame player for Boston.

Somehow Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield becomes a conversation piece.

Ray reminisces about Candlestick Park and Hank Greenwald broadcasts. Joe wants to see more of Shawn Estes on Giants game telecasts and George Kontos added to the mix.

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Could it be the last game that Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson play together? We review the 2023-24 season and discuss where the Warriors go from here. The Giants are lacking speed and clutch hitting so far. Will Blake Snell get on track? Real-time baseball talk while San Francisco finishes its series in Miami.

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What is the best sports April Fool's joke ever? Maybe Sidd Finch almost 40 years ago. Certainly the Giants rotation is no joke and we talk about how San Francisco is equipped to compete in 2024. The Shohei Ohtani situation is on the table for discussion. The Final Four is around the corner so we size up some of the top players. And, the Warriors are counting on Draymond Green to keep his cool and join Steph and Klay on a playoff ru...

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While it didn't work out so well for Davis who lost millions of dollars, how does the Giants plan look as the regular season approaches? We admire the play of Trayce Jackson-Davis as the Warriors try to move up in the standings with time running out before the playoffs.

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The headlines are on the table for Joe and Ray to chat about; Steve Kerr gets a contract extension, while Brandon Crawford heads to St. Louis and the Panda returns. Plus, admiration for Steph Curry as he heads to Madison Square Garden, the site of his coming out party 11 years ago.

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Ray and Joe play a game of what ifs when reviewing Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas. A fumble, a muffed punt and a blocked extra point were three key mistakes that the 49ers made as they lost to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, again. Should they have taken the ball first in overtime? How justified is the narrative surrounding Kyle Shanahan that he can't win the big game?

The discussion moves to the hardcourt and why the Warriors are in m...

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The 49ers made an incredible second half comeback in the NFC Championship to beat the Lions and reach the Super Bowl. Joe and Ray give their thoughts on the key plays in the game and discuss everything from Dan Campbell's decisions to Brock Purdy's running ability. They preview the matchup with the Chiefs in Las Vegas and Ray states his opinion on the Taylor Swift hoopla. Then it's on to some Warriors talk including whether or not ...

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Ray Woodson gives his thoughts on the Chiefs/Eagles matchup in the Super Bowl which will be played right there in his backyard in the state of Arizona. We dive into the 49ers quarterback situation, discuss the Warriors possibly moving James Wiseman before Thursday's NBA trade deadline and preview the Giants before pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week.

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Kontos explains why signing Correa is a good move for San Francisco and tells us how he will fit into the clubhouse. He also reveals what he thinks the Giants need to add before the season. We discuss Brandon Crawford's position change and what losing Carlos Rodon does to the rotation.

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Stan Van Gundy analyzes the Golden State Warriors at length on TheSportsVirus Podcast. We dig deep into how they got past the preseason Draymond Green/Jordan Poole incident and discuss what makes Green great for the Warriors. Van Gundy gives his thoughts on what it's like to be an NBA coach and player in this day and age of social media scrutiny. We also get into his relationship with younger brother Jeff, also an analyst for ESPN.

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Steve Lenox from ESPN Radio gives his thoughts on MLB banning the shift and picking up the pace of play. We touch on Jeff Saturday getting the Colts head coaching job and what's happened to the New Jersey Nets. We also learn about Steve's career and how he ended up in Bristol.

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October 26, 2022 31 mins

The 49ers are off to a 3-4 start and former KNBR talk show host Ray Woodson gives us his assessment of the season so far. We also chat about the Warriors' depth and how Steve Kerr will go about setting his rotation early in the season. How did Golden State get past the Draymond Green/Jordan Poole incident? What makes new Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy a great manager? It's all here on this addition of TheSportsVirus Podcast.

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Whether it was the NFL, college sports, golf or the Olympics, Verne Lundquist was on the microphone for amazing historical moments. We reminisce about those calls and special events including "The Catch," the Christian Laettner shot and the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan Olympic figure skating saga. We talk about his analysts and even his long-time statistician during this fun-filled conversation with an incredibly versatil...

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Cross talks about what it takes for a quarterback to survive in the NFL these days and why Trey Lance has the tools to succeed. He also tells some stories about Joe Montana, The Catch, The Drive and other great memories from his time in San Francisco.

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Ray Woodson and Joe Castellano do a thorough examination of the Niners quarterback situation now that Jimmy G remains with the team as the backup to Trey Lance. Can it work out without being a distraction or will it be a full blown soap opera? Also, what happened to the San Francisco Giants and what can they do to improve in 2023?

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Scott Reiss is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster who served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Stanford Cardinal. He was also an anchor/reporter for KTVU in San Francisco as well as a host for Comcast SportsNet. Scott gives us his thoughts on the Bay Area teams, USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 Conference and he explains why he's moving on to his next opportunity in Kansas City.

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Vin Scully spent a lifetime in the broadcast booth with the Dodgers (67 seasons) and on network broadcasts including the World Series. Joe and Ray take a look back at some of the great moments as they reflect on a Hall of Fame career and discuss what made Scully so great.

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