The Ostrom Avenue Podcast

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast is a Syracuse University sports podcast from WAER Syracuse Public Media studios hosted by Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman. The Ostrom Avenue Podcast takes a deep dive into Orange sports and aims to break down game specifics, key players and big storylines. It is catered to the diehard Syracuse sports fan who wants to feel like they're a part of the conversation. A new episode of The Ostrom Avenue Podcast can be found weekly during the school year on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcast. 

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 55- "Playoffs!? I Just Hope We Can Win A Game"

Mar 8, 2021

Although the episode title is a quote from former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim may subscribe to a similar thinking. SU enters the ACC tournament just outside March Madness (according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi) and needs to build its resume to slip into the dance. Can one win do it? Do the Orange need two victories? Hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine discuss. Plus, former Duke Blue Devils star and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas joins the show (10:00-33:37) to give a rundown on his favorite storylines of the postseason and talk a little old Big East as well. 


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 54- The Last Chance

Feb 27, 2021

Is this the finally opportunity for the Orange to get the wins they need for tournament? Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss SU's matchup versus Georgia Tech with the help of the Altanta Journal-Constitutions' Ken Sugiura (11:00-39:30).


It's that time of year, Syracuse versus Duke! For two programs with a combined 83 NCAA tourney appearances, a battle on the bubble is rare. This time, though, the Orange and Blue Devils both are looking for resume-building wins. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman talk about SU's recent comeback win over Notre Dame, and preview the Duke matchup with the help of Blue Devils play-by-play broadcaster David Shumate (13:58-35:10).


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 52- Benny Williams

Feb 17, 2021

IMG's Benny Williams is the highest-rated recruit to come to Syracuse since Malachi Richardson in 2015 (per ESPN), but there is a lot more to Benny than just his 5-star ranking. Hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine talk with Williams about his life in basketball from a young kid at his sister's games to a standout at a major high school program.


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 51- Boston College Blues

Feb 13, 2021

In the most recent SU vs. BC matchup, the Orange obliterated the Eagles. Can they do it again? Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss with the help of recurring guest AJ Black from LockedonBC and BCBulletin (6:07-23:00).

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 50- The Semi-Centennial

Feb 12, 2021

It's episode 50 of The Ostrom Avenue Podcast! To celebrate, hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman debate major topics from men's basketball and football that you sent us over Twitter. Also, WAER alumn and founder of the pod Brendan Mortensen joins to help referee the arguments and talks about his work with MASN.


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 49- A Whole Lotta Owen

Feb 5, 2021

Syracuse and Clemson! Can the Orange repeat their 2017...wait, wrong sport. SU and Clemson battle on the hardwood this Saturday, and hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine preview the matchup. Also, ClemsonSI writer Owen Watterson joins the pod (16:25-23:40) to discuss the Tigers.


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 48- The Ups and Downs of the Commonwealth State

Jan 30, 2021

SU had a tough stretch with #16 Virginia Tech and #8 Virginia, and the Orange emerged 1-1 from the two matchups. As Syracuse heads towards North Carolina St, hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine are joined by Alec Sawyer of 247Sports' 'Pack Pride' to detail the Wolfpack this season.


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 47- New and Improved Hokies

Jan 21, 2021

The Syracuse men's basketball team is back on track after a blowout win versus Miami, but SU faces a tough test on Saturday vs. Virginia Tech. Hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine recap the Hurricanes victory and preview the upcoming Hokies matchup with the help of Mark Berman from The Roanoke Times (17:02-34:16).


The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 46- State of the Program Cont.

Jan 15, 2021

After two consecutive ACC losses, hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman once again take a macro look at the Syracuse men's basketball team and its potential issues. Plus, the hosts preview the upcoming matchup with Pittsburgh by analyzing the defeats to Pitt and UNC in the last two weeks.  


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