Give Me A Sense With Mike Yam



Shorter than a book, but more compelling than a generic soundbite. Host Mike Yam presents a series of entertaining interviews with notable members of the sports and entertainment world. Their stories will take you onto the field, into the locker room and explain "the business" of entertainment.


  • E 37. Kevin O’Neill Former Toronto Raptors head coach and Arizona/USC basketball

    28/02/2017 Duración: 01h02min

    Kevin O’Neill spent 25 year coaching college basketball with stints as a head coach at Northwestern, Marquette, Tennessee, Arizona and USC. Along with his college experience he was he head coach of the Toronto Raptors and spent time as an assistant with numerous teams. KO explains how coaches get jobs, how common he thinks cheating is in college basketball, and some of his best memories from the NBA. Some of those moments include beating Allen Iverson and the 6er’s when he was with the Pistons and coaching Vince Carter. Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam on Twitter and Instagram @GiveMeAsense

  • E.36 Portland Trail Blazers TV Analyst Lamar Hurd

    21/02/2017 Duración: 58min

    Portland Trailblazers TV analyst and former Oregon State basketball star Lamar Hurd had a dream of playing in the NBA. On The Give Me a Sense podcast, Hurd shares his story of moving away from home in the 6th grade to dedicate his life to the game. His journey found him turning down Baylor after committing, landing at Oregon State and having what he describes as a “rollercoaster” career in college. Lamar played overseas and when he was on the verge of potentially making the NBA, he walked away to coach kids. He has a fascinating story and after hearing him you’ll understand what passion really is. Lamar Hurd: @L_Hurd Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam // @GiveMeAsense

  • E35. Eric Byrnes 11 year MLB veteran

    14/02/2017 Duración: 01h12min

    Eric Byrnes was an electric baseball player who spent 11 years in the major leagues. He’s the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. He shares some great stories from playing in the bigs - the highs and lows and the run in he had with A’s GM Billy Beane in the parking lot after he was sent down to the minors. Byrnes has made the successful transition from baseball to a new sport; he competes as an ultra marathon runner. Eric created a documentary on running the Western States Endurance Run, which is a 100 mile race completed in 1 day.  It’s an amazing story which includes hallucinations, torn up feet and Lance Armstrong. You can find the documentary on vimeo here: All portion of the proceeds go to the Pat Tillman Foundation. Eric on Twitter: @byrnes22 @Diamond2Rough Instagram: @ebyrnes22 Facebook: Eric Byrnes   Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E34. Hall of Fame Coach Mike Montgomery

    07/02/2017 Duración: 54min

    Mike Montgomery is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. Montgomery was a powerhouse coach making Stanford into a consistent force in college hoops. Over his 32-year collegiate coaching career with Stanford and Cal, Montgomery made 16 NCAA Tournaments, captured 6 conference championships, and piled nearly 700 victories. After his time at Stanford, he made the jump to the NBA, taking over the Warriors. Montgomery is honest about his time with the team and the challenges he faced with at that level.  If you’re a basketball fan, you’ll love hearing his stories. @GiveMeAsense @Mike_Yam on twitter and instagram. Facebook: “Mike Yam”

  • E33. Chad Brown 3x Pro Bowl LB with Steelers, Seahawks, Patriots

    24/01/2017 Duración: 01h01min

    Chad Brown kicks off season 2 of The Give Me a Sense Podcast. After winning a national championship at Colorado, Brown was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL draft by the Steelers. Brown explains what made Bill Cowher, Mike Holmgren and Bill Belichick different, but successful. You’ll have a much better understanding of why the Patriots win as much as they do.   In our conversation you’ll hear what life is like in the NFL, the adjustment to life without football and how close “Ballers” on HBO is to being real. Chad Brown: @ChadBrown94 Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam on Twitter and Instagram 

  • E32. Rick Nueheisel former Colorado, UW and UCLA Head Football Coach

    13/12/2016 Duración: 38min

    Rick Neuheisel was a Rose Bowl MVP quarterback at UCLA, who made a successful transition from playing, to coaching and now broadcaster. I was fortunate enough to work with him for 3 seasons at Pac-12 Network and we swapped some stories about the first few years after we launched. Rick explained how he built cultures when he arrived at a program, what some of the best wins felt like and how the losses were crushing. Unlike the pros (he was the offensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens), he had to recruit players out of high school and told some funny stories including jumping off a cliff in Hawaii with Manti Te’o.  If you’re a sports fan I can guarantee you’ll enjoy this conversation.   Rick Neuheisel: @CoachNeuheisel Mike Yam: Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam  Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E31. Jeremy Affeldt 3x World Series Champion

    06/12/2016 Duración: 01h00s

    Out of high school Jeremy Affeldt set his path to become a major league baseball player. Bypassing college, he remembers life in the minors, which wasn’t always easy, being married while having roommates and eventually getting a chance in the bigs. He shares some of his best moments playing and winning World Series with the Giants. On The Give Me a Sense podcast Affeldt explains why he hated the game and wanted to quit. His encounter with a 16 old homeless girl not only gave him new perspective on his life, but has sparked him to work with Generation Alive.  Jeremy Affeldt on twitter: @JeremyAffeldt Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E30. Michael Kim - Lead Host 120 Sports

    29/11/2016 Duración: 52min

    The face of 120 Sports Michael Kim spent 17 years working as an ESPN anchor. He left a dream job to work at a startup. Kim explains why 120 Sports is set up to be the future of how sports fans watch content.  As the first Asian American male sportscaster on a national network, Kim takes us through his career path, explains why more Asian aren’t in prominent broadcasting roles and the time he couldn’t land a job because of how he looked.    Michael Kim: @MichaelKim120 @120Sports Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E29. Lisa McCaffrey - Former Stanford soccer player and mother to Christian.

    22/11/2016 Duración: 52min

    Pac-12 Networks studio host Ashley Adamson guests host the Give Me a Sense podcast. Former Stanford soccer player Lisa McCaffrey joins the show. Besides, being married to 3x Super Bowl Champion Ed McCaffrey, her son Christian has been one of the premiere running backs in the country. Lisa shares her athletic journey and what it was like raising 4 boys.  Standout moments: The family’s wild Heisman experience in New York City. Scouting report on future Michigan quarterback Dylan McCaffrey.   Lisa McCaffrey twitter: @LisaMcCaffrey Ashley Adamson twitter: @AdamsonAshley

  • E28. Jake Kloberdanz CEO One Hope Wine

    15/11/2016 Duración: 34min

    Business + Sports + Philanthropy = One Hope Wine. CEO and Co-Founder of One Hope Wine Jake Kloberdanz is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. From the humble beginnings of selling wine out of cars to being able to boast over 2 million dollar in donations, One Hope Wine is the type of business you want to be associated with. Award winning wines with game changing philanthropic work has attracted the likes of John Elway, Chris Paul and Clayton Kershaw to be connected with the company.  Kloberdanz shares a remarkable journey that has had a positive impact on so many people. For more info: @OneHopeWine   Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E27. Former UCLA HC Steve Lavin & UCLA Women’s HC Cori Close

    08/11/2016 Duración: 54min

    UCLA’s John Wooden is the greatest college basketball coach of all time. The “Wizard of Westwood” won 10 national titles in a 12 year span with the Bruins. Former UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin was mentored by Wooden. Current women’s coach Cori Close was introduced to Wooden by Lavin. The two coaches are the latest guests on the Give Me a Sense podcast.  Lavin and Close had special relationships with Wooden and explain what made him a great coach, but also reveal some of the private moments they had with him that shaped them not only professionally, but personally.    Steve Lavin on Twitter and Instagram: @SteveLavin64 Cori Close on Twitter and Instagram: @CoachCloseUCLA // @CoachCori_UCLAWBB Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E26. Tad Boyle Colorado Men's Basketball Coach

    01/11/2016 Duración: 38min

    Colorado men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast.  A captain for the Kansas Jayhawks and teammate of Danny Manning, Boyle puts into perspective how great a player and teammate Manning was. Playing for iconic coach Larry Brown, had a huge influence on Boyle. Tad said, “it was not easy to play for him,” but reflects on the impact Brown had on him as a player and now as a coach. Boyle has had historic success in Boulder with the Buffs. In his Boyle 6 seasons he owns 5 of CU’s 9, 20 win seasons. He talks recruiting philosophy, his favorite recruiting moment and what he would change about college basketball fan. Colorado Twitter: @CUBuffsMBB Mike Yam Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E25. Larry Krystkowiak Utah Utes Men's Basketball Coach

    25/10/2016 Duración: 45min

    Utah Men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. The former 2nd round NBA pick relives what it was like to get drafted and explains why in some ways the night was a “nightmare” according to him. Krystkowiak spent time around some of the greatest players of all time (Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaq, and Penny Hardaway) and shares how those players impacted him. In some ways Phil Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles as a coach, in many ways is the reason why Larry is a coach and you’ll hear why.  Host Note: The passion for the game is clear when you hear Larry speak. I’m a huge NBA fan and I found myself caught up in throwing out names just to hear stories about players he either coach or played with.  I think any basketball fan will enjoy this show.   Utah Men’s Basketball: @Runnin_Utes Larry Krystkowiak: @LKrystkowiak   Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam Twitter and Instagram Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E24. Federal Agent & Arizona WR Jay Dobyns

    18/10/2016 Duración: 01h37min

    Jay Dobyns has been called the toughest player in Arizona football history. He is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast and shares a life that is made for the movies. Dobyns tells the story of his NFL combine experience with Jerry Rice and Andre Reed, his tryout with the Chicago Bears as Mike Ditka watched on and how he became a federal agent with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireams. Dobyn is known for infiltrating the Hells Angels gang. He takes us through the life of an undercover agent, explains the toughest times he faced trying to stay connected with who he was as a person, the difficulty living two separate lives, being worried about the safety of his family and what it was like to face death threats to himself and his family. Dobyns is brutally honest about his experience and his story is as compelling as any you will ever here. The show is for mature audiences as it deals with violent content. Jay Dobyns: Twitter: @JayDobyns   Mike Yam: Twitter and Instagram:

  • E23. Eric Allen 6 Time NFL Pro Bowler

    11/10/2016 Duración: 51min

    14 year NFL veteran Eric Allen is the latest guest on The Give Me a Sense podcast. He takes listeners through an amazing career that includes 6 pro bowls, being a major piece to one of the NFL’s greatest defenses in Philadelphia and interactions with WR’s Michael Irvin, Keyshawn Johnson, Isaac Bruce, Cris Carter and Jerry Rice. EA, explains what hurts the most about not being in the Hall of Fame yet, and why film study can separate good players from great ones. He has amazing stories about being around John Gruden and why leaving the Eagles was ultimately a great decision. Host Note: I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many former professional players and Eric Allen is on the short list of classiest guys ever. His stories about his time with the Eagles, being a teammate with Reggie White, what it was like to try to keep in check WR’s he grew up watching was fascinating. Selfishly, hearing stories about guys I grew up fans of was a great experience for me. I hope you enjoy listening to this show as much

  • E22. Beto Duran Lakers Reporter and Boxing PxP Voice

    04/10/2016 Duración: 01h09min

    Beto Duran is a Los Angeles based bilingual sports broadcaster who has covered Southern California sports since 2005. He goes through his amazing journey from passing out shirts and bumper stickers to being on air. Duran’s path is unlike most in the business. He’s the first guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast whose primary gig for most of his career was radio. He has amazing stories of his break through moments to get into the business, why he was able to land an on air job from just answering calls at a radio station, and why relationships might be the most important aspect of broadcasting.  Beto also explains why being bilingual has become an asset will covering teams and after spending years covering the Lakers, he’ll reveal his favorite Kobe Bryant Stories.   Beto Duran: Twitter: @DuranSports and @LTDpod Instagram: @Betovision Check out Beto's Living the Dream Podcast.   Mike Yam: Twitter @Mike_Yam Instagram: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E21. ESPN Anchor Kevin Connors

    27/09/2016 Duración: 01h00s

    ESPN anchor Kevin Connors is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. From making 17k to becoming one of the faces of SportsCenter, his story is one of resiliency. Connors, explains how he was able to land his job at ESPN, what his audition was like and how he’s been able to rise to one of the more prominent roles at the network.  It isn’t always easy for broadcasters and Kevin talks candidly about some of his low points and how he was able to push through rejections. The show is a must listen for anyone who watches ESPN and wants to peak behind the curtain of SportsCenter. Kevin Connors: @KevConnorsESPN Facebook: Kevin Connors Instagram: @KConnors13   Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam Facebook: Mike Yam Instagram: @Mike_Yam

  • E20. Former NFL Scout John Middlekauff

    20/09/2016 Duración: 47min

    John Middlekauff is a former scout for the Philadelphia Eagles. He explains how he was able to land the job despite not playing football in the NFL or even college. Middlekauff goes through what its like to be apart of an NFL organization and the highs and lows of the job. His experiences are unique in that he worked for 2 different regimes, starting with Andy Reid and ending with Chip Kelly. Find out the differences of both and what potentially was Kelly’s downfall.  John has some great stories about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady that you haven’t heard before, plus he goes through some of the most jaw dropping talents he evaluated and what made them great. John Middlekauff on Twitter and Instagram: @JohnMiddlekauf Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam

  • E19. Jake Plummer former ASU and NFL QB

    13/09/2016 Duración: 47min

    Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer is the latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast. Plummer was an All American at Arizona State University and shares how a skinny kid from Boise landed in Tempe. The 2nd round draft pick played his first few years in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals. Plummer explains why he didn’t initially didn’t want to play in Arizona and why it ended up being a great experience. The pro bowler who lived through free agency reveals why he decided on Denver over Chicago. If you’re a football fan, it’s a great listen for anyone who wants to know what life in the NFL is like and what is actually happening around the game when you are a franchise QB. Jake Plummer: @Snakestakes Mike Yam: @Mike_Yam on Twitter and Instagram. Facebook: Mike Yam

  • E18. 4x AFC and NFC Champion Glenn Parker

    06/09/2016 Duración: 27min

    The latest guest on the Give Me a Sense podcast is former University of Arizona football player Glenn Parker, who played in 5 Super Bowls and shares his memories of playing on the games biggest stage. Parker remembers his favorite teammates, relives the agony of defeat and explains what still hurts the most about the losses.  Glenn Parker on twitter @Glenn_Parker62 Mike Yam on Twitter and Instagram: @Mike_Yam Don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to the Give Me a Sense podcast to win a brand new pair of Bose QC35 headphones.

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