Trail Blazers sideline reporter Brooke Olzendam dropped by the Hoops and Talks podcast to talk to Cassidy and Tara about how she is passing the time while the league is suspended. Learn more about the English Muffin Challenge, “Olzengrams”, and what sports stories everyone is enjoying while we wait for NBA basketball to return.
1:00 Brooke’s English Muffin challenge
2:51 What is a favorite random sports fact? Invention of basketball, the invention of the High Five, and did Rocky Marciano really invent the fax machine?
9:15 What is fun about her job? Telling player stories. For example, talking to CJ McCollum’s high school coach to find out if he imagined McCollum would have such a successful NBA career.
11:30 We enjoyed McCollum tweeting the replay of the Denver Nuggets playoff game.
12:00 How has Brooke been spending her time? With family, keeping track of her mom, doing puzzles with her son.
20:00 “Olzengram Live” with Damian Lillard and Damian Lillard Jr. It is fun to see the players at home.
21:00 What it was like for Brooke to get to know Carmelo Anthony.
23:00 Favorite sports movies.
28:00 Favorite TV shows.
32:00 We’re going to miss watching the Olympics.
36:00 We are loving the rise of Jamie Hudson in the local media. We want to hear Jamie and Brooke call a game!
38:00 Favorite sports books.
45:00 Upbeat songs that make us feel good.
Here are our picks, what are yours?
Favorite Sports movies
- Tara: Miracle
- Cassidy: Cool Runnings
- Brooke: Karate Kid, Varsity Blues, Hoosiers
Favorite Sports Books
- Tara: Loose Balls by Terry Pluto, The Secret Game by Scott Ellsworth, Boom Town by Sam Anderson, The Bounce and The Echo by Ian Johnson
- Cassidy: Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
- Brooke: Basketball and Other Things by Shea Serrano, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, Joan Ryan.
Favorite Sports TV shows
- Tara: Friday Night Lights
- Cassidy: Sports Night (1998)
- Brooke: The Jump, The Olympics
Favorite Sports Documentary
- Tara: Battered Bastards of Baseball
- Cassidy: Women of Troy and Finding Big Country
- Brooke: The Marinovich Project (30 for 30), The Dream Team (30 for 30)
- Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi
- Good Vibrations, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
- Walkin’ on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
- I’ve Got To Use My imagination, Gladys Knight and the Pips
- Carry On, Martha Wash
- Brave Face, Frank Turner
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.