After a bit of a hiatus, Caleb Turrentine and I are back.
I’m excited to say we have officially launched Season 2 of Inside the Lines Podcast, the first episode of which is now available on all the TPI websites, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
After a long football season (thank you, Reeltown), Caleb and I needed a small break. We wanted to focus on coming up with new ideas and ways to make our podcast best serve you.
There’s no question about it: Football rules in Alabama.
So we could talk about why footballs have such a funny shape and y’all would probably tune in.
But with basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball, it’s a little more challenging. Don’t even get me started on how to get y’all to consume our golf, track and field and soccer coverage, but you should. I mean, I just don’t get it — some of these sports can simply just be more exciting than football, especially with the teams we have around here.
It’s no secret it was a down year for football in our area (except Reeltown, of course), but y’all still eat it up like chocolate cake.
And I’m not hating on that; by all means, keep on eating.
But for these other sports — which in a lot of ways around these three counties will present a lot more wins — we can’t just keep giving you the basic content of reviewing the best parts of last week and what’s coming up this week. Besides, no other sport besides football lends itself well to that schedule anyway.
So what do you want to hear? What do you want to talk about? What debates can we have?
Those are all things Caleb and I considered before launching Season 2. We don’t want you to get bored and stop tuning in, and we also want to cater to a wider audience like somehow that one Reeltown preview episode did during the playoff run.
With this week’s season premiere, we did want to give y’all a review of basketball. It was a great season. We had three teams — Dadeville and Tallassee boys and Reeltown girls — advance to Montgomery and we had several more area champions. We had teams that showed vast improvements — Holtville’s girls broke their long losing streak, for one — and we had several new coaches — Jeremy Freeman is going to bring Benjamin Russell to glory one day, mark my words.
So before just jumping into our new format, we wanted to review the highs of the hoops season. Plus, it wouldn’t be Caleb and I without a little debate, so of course we discussed what the AHSAA should do about the postseason format in basketball, which also applies to softball.
And, don’t worry, we’re bringing back our game of Would You Rather Sports Style.
But starting next week, we’re going to dive into more issue-based topics. How does Chloe Baynes’ season-ending injury affect Tallassee? Is Reeltown too behind the eight ball to catch up? Was Elmore County doing so well only because of the competition it was playing?
We’re also going to release an episode hopefully once a week that’ll be just an interview. We know listening to us can get boring sometimes, so we want you to hear from coaches, players, officials, maybe even some fans, about the most important issues for them.
By all means, as always, reach out and let us know what you want to talk about. Do you have a burning question you’ve always wanted answered? Do you want to hear Caleb and my opinions about a hot-button topic in the world of sports?
Whatever you want to know, we’re here for you. That’s what Inside the Lines Podcast Season 2 is all about — you, the listeners and the readers. So help us help you and we’ll make this the best season yet.