One of the most compelling stories for 2013 as NFL training camps approach is that of Brian Banks, who will battle for a spot on the Atlanta Falcons roster. Here’s the summary of the podcast from NFL.com. “Atlanta Falcons linebacker Brian Banks stops by the “Rich Eisen Podcast” for a discussion with Rich about his [...]

“Viva Puig!” It’s a battle cry heard across Los Angeles as the Cuban defector leads the Dodgers back into NL West contention. Across the United States, that sentiment is shared by fantasy owners who won the bidding war for Puig’s services. For the past several days, Major League Baseball pundits, former players and fans have [...]

This past week, the Stanley Cup Final concluded with a Blackhawks victory over the Bruins in Boston. The next big event on the sports calendar was the NBA Draft and with it, myriad questions about trades and free agency. And, of course, there was some drama regarding the No. 1 pick. The Cavaliers shocked the [...]

Don’t forget. There was some reality involved in “Goodfellas.” Here’s a piece from The New York Post talking about the need to dig up the driveway of the person portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the classic Martin Scorsese film. Jimmy “The Gent” Burke, known as Jimmy Conway in the film, was a Luchese family associate. [...]

Harmon’s back at the microphone for the ITSD Podcast 6.17 – talking Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Finals, a bit of MLB and “Wins” with the usual potpourri of pop culture brilliance. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

I’m a sucker for these type of shows, as longtime readers/listeners know. Here’s one from a series of chats put forth by The Hollywood Reporter featuring comedic actors. It’s a collection of actors that includes some of the biggest shows on television in the past twenty years. You’ve got “Friends” (Matthew Perry), “Modern Family” (Eric [...]

Anyone who has perused the pages of SwollenDome.com or listening to me ranting on the radio or podcasts knows my affinity for the business side of everything I watch. I love watching dollars move in sports and entertainment, from ticketing to merchandise to the super-sized TV rates charged to the networks. One of the shows [...]

You know that I love all forms of this fantasy universe. Here’s another quick-hit offering to get you involved and excited. Northwestern Mutual is at it again, sponsoring another collegiate fantasy offering. It’s a new fantasy bit – the Northwestern Mutual College World Series – bracket challenge. Registration continues through Saturday on the NCAA D1 [...]

It’s time for ITSD: Harmon’s Podcast 6.13 . Today, I’m talking Stanley Cup Final and Andrew Shaw’s game-winner — “The Pinball Wizard” — NBA Finals Game 4, Jason Kidd’s new job and summer movies. Lock it in. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

The top headline of the night came from Los Angeles. No, Yasiel Puig didn’t add to his gaudy first-week stats. Rather, the Cuban sensation was at the heart of a bench-clearing donnybrook between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Fantasy owners should note that Kenley Jansen displaced Brandon League in the closer role and finished off the [...]

Harmon’ back at the microphone to wrap Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and LeBron James’ push to the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. James’ tag-team partner, Dwyane Wade, emerged from his long Eastern Conference Finals hibernation to score 21 points. Jump into some Stanley Cup Final talk, the loss of Deacon [...]

“Mohr Stories,” the podcast from actor, comedian and FOX Sports Radio host Jay Mohr, welcomed former Guns N’ Roses bassist this past week. With Loaded, The Neurotic Outsiders, Velvet Revolver and the forthcoming Walking Papers tour, McKagan’s been dominating the stage for years. He’s written for ESPN.com, Seattle Weekly and is noted for his love [...]

Every once in a while, you see a note about a unique piece of sports memorabilia that makes you take pause. Sometimes, it’s a bat used to slam a franchise-identifying home run. Sometimes, it’s a jersey, a helmet or a baseball that fans blow up. And then, I saw a reference to this gem from [...]

When I walk into Disneyland with my family, I get those heart-swelling, feel-good moments while I see the sea of smiles and squeals of delight from the throng of children. It takes about 20 minutes for my inner cynic to take over before those faces become dollar signs. Think about it the next time you [...]

Poll your friends the next time you’re out at the local watering hole and pondering the music playing over the speakers. If you sit long enough to consume multiple beverages or a round of karaoke breaks out, then you’ll likely hear the well-traveled Jimmy Buffett tunes. The inevitable debate regarding the merits of “Margaritaville” will [...]

Peyton Manning has long thrilled football fans, from his time as a member of the Tennessee Volunteers to Indianapolis to Denver. He’s given us countless laugh-out-loud moments as a pitchman, and his Saturday Night Live hosting gig is on the medal stand for athlete appearances (see an example below). I give Manning the Fantasy Man-Crush [...]

Jake Davidson made national news and went viral when he invited Kate Upton to prom in the greater Los Angeles area. Alas, Ms. Upton was otherwise engaged. However, her SI teammate, Nina Agdal, stepped into the mix and will accompany Davidson to the prom. Check out the full story here. The original pitch got over [...]

Embattled Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked why outfielder Andre Ethier was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s matchup against the Brewers. Mattingly’s answer was posted on the am570radio website. He talked of wanting a team that he could “trust would fight and compete the whole day.” The reporter asked about Ethier against specifically, [...]

“Inside The Swollen Dome” — Harmon’s Podcast — returns for Tuesday with a discussion of the NBA Draft Lottery, Super Bowl destinations, Vinny Del Negro’s firing and the coaching rumor mill, continuing woes in Los Angeles baseball and much, much more. Listen to internet radio with Swollen Dome on BlogTalkRadio

The Twitterverse, social media and 24-hour news cycle this week was replete with punchlines about former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young and a trio of arrests. Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press spoke with Young’s father, who advised of a long-running attempt to get the troubled wide receiver help and support at offsite [...]

On Sunday Morning, “The Fantasy Freaks” show on FOX Sports Radio welcomed John Caputo, part of a group called Bold City Brigade, an organization designed to build pride and grow the Jaguars fan base. Caputo talked about the organization and the “Even If He’s Released” movement, offering a long explanation of why the addition of [...]

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Perhaps you’re still basking in the glory of your NCAA Men’s or Women’s Basketball bracket victories. Maybe you tore up your bracket when the favorites in the West region were upset, one after another. With Fantasy Football still on the horizon, you have two new options to fill your fantasy sports needs and to compete [...]

In the end, does it matter? The Twitterverse was buzzing on Sunday as the sporting world awaited the “results” of the 2012-13 NBA MVP balloting. There was no drama. The games had already been played, so the coronation was the only thing awaiting the well-rested LeBron James. Truly, there could not have been a less [...]

Wrestling legend Ted DiBiase used to shout out “Everyone’s got a price … for the Million Dollar Man!” The bit was that DiBiase would offer someone out of the crowd cash to do something and then mock their efforts. “Doing your best just isn’t good enough … for the Million Dollar Man.” Would you get [...]

I was going to give the “Fantasy Man-Crush” nod to Nate Robinson following his brilliant performance in the triple-OT win over the Nets on Saturday. With Derrick Rose still OUT and Joakim Noah ailing, the sometimes-maddening Robinson took over the game in the final minutes of regulation and owned the highlight shows — even with [...]