In Episode 6 of the Talking Grammer podcast I have two interviews to share with you, one with former NBA All Star and former Lobo great Danny Granger and the second with my daughter, New Mexico’s other Talking Grammer, Jaedyn.
All past episodes of the Talking Grammer podcast can be found on my podcast page HERE.
The first interview in this episode with Danny Granger was from the side of Interstate 25 outside of Fort Collins, Colo., on the speaker phone of my iPhone while Danny was working in a sometimes loud television studio in New York City. He called and with a busy schedule for both of us with March Madness upon us, I figured we should just get it done there, so we did.
He sounds off on his time as a Lobo, his great 2005 Mountain West Tournament MVP run when the Lobos beat nationally-ranked Utah, and Andrew Bogut, in the title game, his connections with several current Lobo staffers and former teammate David Chiotti, and his opinions on the current FBI probe into college basketball, including when he was in school and couldn’t afford McDonalds but was looking at a billboard in Albuquerque with his picture on it selling the Lobos program to the community.
I also wrote a feature a week later that published in the March 7 edition of the Journal from portions of the podcast focusing on the Mountain West Tournament as this year’s Lobos were about to play in the tournament. That article can be read HERE.
The second part of this episode is a conversation with my 8-year-old daughter, Jaedyn, who is beating her old man at picking college basketball games this season when all she does is flip a coin from her piggy bank. I post the picks on social media all season and coaches and fans across the Mountain West are pulling for #TeamCoin as she continues to beat me as the season winds down. And I hate it. But I do give her a chance to talk a little trash to her dad and give the secret to her success so sports bettors everywhere can make their fortunes following my daughter’s picks. (Spoiler alert: Her advice is to just get a coin and flip it).
Here’s a breakdown of this episode:
• 4:20 – Danny Granger interview • 7:00 – Danny on FBI probe into college hoops • 10:40 – Danny on Lobo hoops and connections with the staff • 15:50 – Relationship with former teammate David Chiotti, now on UNM staff • 21:00 – On his 2005 Mountain West Tournament run • 25:25 – Off the court for Danny Granger • 28:20 – Interview with my daughter
And, as always, let me know what you think of the poodcast, or any of the past ones, via email at email@example.com or on Twitter @GeoffGrammer.