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Ever since sports vanished overnight, the question remains when they will return. As the complex answers trickle in, more questions emerge. On this week’s episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks across the sports landscape at the road ahead.

The UFC has already made its grand reentrance. WAER’s Gill Gross joins the pod to discuss his conversation with MMA reporter Ariel Helwani about why and how UFC started back up.

Talkback: Ep 06- Family

May 13, 2020

Family comes first. On this week's episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks with three WAER alumni about the impact of family on their life and how they created one in Syracuse.


The sports world came crashing down on March 11. It was only a sign of what was to come. On the first episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks to three WAER alumni about the day that everything changed. TNT/CBS broadcaster Ian Eagle talks about what was lost with the cancellation of March Madness, ACC Network's Jay Alter discusses how he handled seasons coming to an end while he was on the air, and former WAER Sports Director Jack McMullen walks through the emotions of the final college basketball game played. 


Talkback is a Syracuse University podcast from WAER Syracuse Public Media studios. The podcast features conversations with sports media members about the void of athletics, the moments we love, where sports fit in to our society as a whole and more.

Talkback is for the Syracuse and general sports fan, who—just like every person on this podcast—is looking for an answer in place of the games and stories they love. It is executive produced by Karl Moeglein and hosted by Cooper Boardman, and a new episode is available weekly.


The basketball regular season has come to end. With Syracuse beginning the ACC tournament tonight, hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine, and Ben Shulman preview SU's matchup with North Carolina. Also, Ben talks to ACC play-by-play broadcaster Wes Durham about the tournament as a whole.


With basketball's regular season nearing an end, what better time to dive into a fresh, new season in Syracuse Men's Lacrosse? Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Cooper Boardman to take a look into the early success of the  nation's third ranked Syracuse Orange. 


Stop us if you've heard this one before: this is Syracuse's most important game of the season. After falling in four of its last five games, Syracuse takes a trip down to Louisville for its last chance to knock off a ranked opponent in the regular season. Hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman take a look into the number 11 Cardinals and any chance the Orange have. Syracuse has been on the verge of snagging a big win, can they get it done tonight?


As the conference season dwindles away for Syracuse Basketball, resume building victories are few and far between, especially after a 97-88 loss to Duke last weekend. On this week's episode, hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Jack McMullen to break down what went wrong against the Blue Devils and take a look at what the rest of the season has in store. 


After a tough loss to Clemson on the road, Syracuse has a chance to bounce back in a big way on Saturday. Duke comes to town on Saturday for the biggest game of the Cuse regular season. Hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by special guest Dan Shulman to discuss how this year's Blue Devils team compares to last year, and how the Orange can try to stop Vernon Carey Jr. and company.


Jim Boeheim isn't one to make changes in his lineup. Our hosts debate whether that should change, and which players should be seeing different minutes. Plus, a a look at the late January stretch of games for the Orange with hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman.


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