There are not many things that can be said without contradiction -- as we have seen in the presidential debates. But I'm pretty sure no one would argue this point: I am America's most technologically challenged podcaster. This matches up well with my short and yet spectacularly undistinguished career as a talk radio show host, where my Edward R. Murrow highlight was repeatedly saying into the live microphone, "Are we on the air? We are? Wait. Why don't I hear anything in my headphones? Is this plugged in here? Are we on the air?"
The idea of the Poscast was to blend that sort of weighty commentary with -- to be immodest for a moment -- an unmatched gift for spectacular mechanical pratfalls. In this, I'm quite sure I have succeeded. I have, in just a short podcasting career:
1. Had to twice record a podcast with the great Jim Nantz because for some reason I failed to record it the first time.
2. Had to twice record a podcast with the great Kevin Harlan because, if I remember correctly, only my voice recorded the first time, which I believe harms the overall quality of a podcast.
3. Come up with the brilliant idea of having a live podcast with the great Keith Law, only to position Keith roughly 749 yards from the microphone, making him sound like he was talking while simultaneously falling off a cliff, Wile E. Coyote style.
4. False-started at least five times on a podcast with the great Peter King, because for some technical reason I have still not understood, his voice kept slowing down and slowing down until finally disappearing, like a record player getting unplugged.
5. Had to re-record several podcasts with the great Michael Schur for countless reasons.
The question is: Why do I keep doing these things? Well, no, actually the question is: Why does society let me use sharp objects? Or the question is: How could I could not learn -- or at least have my 11-year-old daughter teach me -- how to do a podcast without causing blackouts and War Games-style catastrophes? Or the question is: Wait, you do a podcast?
But the truth is, I keep falling on the podcasting banana peels because of how much fun it is to talk sports with friends like "Parks and Recreation" executive producer Michael Schur. This week, we talk for one hour and 17 minutes (getting closer to that hour goal!) about the surprising agony of watching Derek Jeter get hurt, the mixed emotions of watching the baseball playoffs and the craziness of parity in the NFL.
We also have one of our infamous drafts, though this one was a little bit different. We have been doing these frivolous sports and pop culture drafts and we decided that this week we should take it a little more seriously, maybe contribute something with a little more societal significance. It's a risk, but heck, we weren't really sure the thing was recording anyway.