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Talking Grammer podcast: Conversations from the sports beat

Journal staff writer Geoff Grammer shares some of the conversations he has on the beat covering a wide variety of sports in New Mexico, primarily UNM Lobos basketball, through his Talking Grammer podcast. For those fans of the written word, check out Geoff’s articles published in the Journal.


Here is a list of past episodes of the Talking Grammer podcast with most recent episode at the top.

Talking Grammer, Episode 9: Rus Bradburd, Shawn Harrington and “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed”
I veer off course from the usual Lobo hoops podcasts and talk to the author of “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed” and the central figure of that book, former NMSU Aggie point guard Shawn Harrington, who in 2014 was shot while taking his daughter to school on the West Side of Chicago. Rus Bradburd, an NMSU professor and former Aggies coach who recruiting Shawn to Las Cruces in the 1990’s, talks about why he wrote the book and his relationship with his former player. Shawn walks us through that tragic morning and talks about what he hopes people take from the book. (Posted May 3, 2018)

Read more about the conversations with Rus Bradburd and Shawn Harrington and the book “All The Dreams We’ve Dreamed.”


Talking Grammer, Episode 8: Lobo transfers JaQuan Lyle and Vance Jackson
In Episode 8, I talk with Lobo basketball transfers JaQuan Lyle, the former two year starter at Ohio State, and Vance Jackson, who started as a freshman last season at UConn. The two sat out this season for UNM per NCAA transfer rules so we talked about how hard it was to watch their teammates, how hard UNM’s conditioning program is, the future of Lobo basketball and who actually won more games when the two played one-on-one over the past six months. (Posted March 24, 2018)

Read more about the conversations with JaQuan Lyle and Vance Jackson


Talking Grammer, Episode 7: Lobo coach Paul Weir and Lobo seniors — Antino Jackson and Joe Furstinger
Three Lobos play their final home game off the season March 3 in the Pit — Joe Furstinger, Antino Jackson and Sam Logwood. I talk with two of those three (Logwood couldn’t make the interview) about their memories and the legacies they hope to leave. I also talk with Paul Weir about the foundation these seniors have helped leave for not only the longterm, but just over the next week or so this season and how grateful he is for them taking a chance on him in his first year coaching the team when they could have moved on. (Posted March 3, 2018)

Read more about the conversations with Weir and the Lobo seniors


Talking Grammer, Episode 6: Former Lobo Danny Granger and my 8-year-old daughter, Jaedyn
Former NBA All Star and Lobo legend Danny Granger checks in on the podcast to talk college hoops, the FBI investigation into the sport, lots of Lobo memories and stories and what it’s like now working with the CBS Sports Network covering the game as an analyst. I also chat with my daughter, Jaedyn, about how she’s been beating me picking college basketball games all season by flipping a coin and how coaches and fans all across the conference now ask me all the time who she’s picking rather than who I think will win games. (Posted March 2, 2018)

Read more about the conversations with Danny Granger and my daughter


Talking Grammer, Episode 5: Lobo associate head coach Chris Harriman
Chris Harriman, the third season Lobo associate head coach and the one assistant coach hold over from the Craig Neal era, dishes on his time learning from Rick Majerus and Tim Miles, his addiction to coffee and the perspective gained from watching his 10-year-old son, Avery, battle cancer since the age of 2. (Posted Feb. 18, 2018)

Read more about the conversation with Chris Harriman


Talking Grammer, Episode 4: Lobo strength coach Tyler Stuart
The Lobos basketball team insists it’s all about hard work and intense conditioning enabling it to press for 40 minutes and run throughout each game to wear down opponents. Who’s the man behind the Lobo conditioning and what is his approach to getting the team in top physical shape? (Posted Jan. 30, 2018)

Read more about the conversation with Tyler Stuart


Talking Grammer, Episode 3: Lobos junior shooting guard Anthony Mathis
UNM junior Anthony Mathis, fresh off his heroics in helping the Lobos rally in the final minute to beat UNLV on the road, talks about his decision to remain with the program after first wanting to transfer before Paul Weir was hired, getting into shape and shooting with confidence. (Posted Jan. 20, 2018)

Read more about the conversation with Anthony Mathis


Talking Grammer, Episode 2: UNM staffers Brandon Mason and David Chiotti
Brandon Mason, the former Aggies basketball star and now UNM Lobos assistant, and David Chiotti, the onetime Lobos great now breaking into the coaching profession as a support staff member on Paul Weir’s Lobos’ staff, talk about this year’s team, playing professionally overseas and some battles against each other in the Rio Grande Rivalry between UNM and NMSU. (posted Aug. 23, 2017)

Read more about the conversation with Brandon Mason and David Chiotti


Talking Grammer, Episode 1: Weir’s Science
On the heels of the Journal publishing a four-part series called Weir’s Science laying out some of the major building blocks first year Lobos basketball coach Paul Weir has in mind for the program, Weir sits down with us to talk about his philosophy for building the program. (posted Aug. 16, 2017)

Read more about the conversation with Paul Weir