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Worthy of the Jersey

There are a million sports shows that examine the X's and O's of the game. Worthy of the Jersey is unique. famed basketball coach Eric Flannery and cohost Tim Smith also focus on the mentality of professional, college, and high school sports, sharing their insight on what it takes to be a champion. Base in Cleveland, Ohio
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Sep 22, 2017

Eric & Tim meander into a conversation about social media, how to deal with it as a coach and the issues that can arise from that. The conversation is started by discussing Kevin Durant and his recent twitter gaffe. The duo also discusses the team dynamic of the Cavs and how it may shift with the loss of Kyrie Irving. The fundraiser Tim mentioned on the show can be found here:

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As always find Coach Flan (@coachflan) and Tim (@timmys24) on twitter or Facebook search Worthy of the Jersey.

Aug 28, 2017

St. Edward Football Coach Tom Lombardo joins Eric and Tim in studio to discuss the Eagles week 1 40-10 win over Erie McDowell and preview the rest of the Eagles season. Coach gives his thoughts on how to quickly acclimate a lot of new players and rotating QB's, plus much more! You can watch all St. Edward football games online at stedwardeagles.com

Aug 23, 2017

An emergency pod! Eric and Tim give their initial reactions to the Kyrie trade to Boston. They discuss what impact they think the trade will have on both the Cavs and the Celtics and how it impacts the Cavs title chances and future with Lebron James.

Aug 15, 2017

Matt Goul of cleveland.com joins Eric and Tim in studio to give a preview of the high school football season. Matt discusses the his impressions of his camp tour across NE Ohio, trends he notices in high school football and teams and players to keep an eye on this season. Follow Matt on twitter @mgoul and check out the high school sports section on cleveland.com. Also, apologies for Tim's mic's issues. Fortunately, he doesn't talk much on this one!

Jul 27, 2017

Eric and Tim are back on their own this week. The USA Basketball Coaching Clinic at St. Edward High School is Aug. 4-6. Coach Flannery gives details on the event and the schedule of speakers. At the 11 minute mark, Eric and Tim talk Cavs. They start with the Koby Altman press conference, then get into Kyrie's trade request and how the Cavs' summer is indicative of today's basketball culture.

Jul 19, 2017

Eric and Tim continue their conversation with the hosts of the "On the Bench" podcast, Ken Rector and Zac Jackson. In this part, they touch on everything from the OHSAA tourney sites to coaching longevity to the annual optimism regarding the Browns that hits Cleveland at this time of year.

 

Check out the full On the Bench podcast archive on itunes or at http://onthebenchpodcast.com/

Jul 18, 2017

Eric Flannery and Tim Smith team up with Ken Rector and Zac Jackson of the "On the Bench" Podcast for a discussion on the state of high school basketball in Ohio, the game's future, Eric's 20+ years as head coach at St. Edward and what competitive balance will and won't change.

 

Part 2 will post later in the week.

 

Check out On the Bench at http://onthebenchpodcast.com/

Jul 10, 2017

Eric and Tim catch up on the summer, discussing the USA Basketball coaches clinic August 4-6 at St. Edward High School. At the 8 minute mark, they talk Cavs, and give their takes on the Lebron rumors swirling about. Finally, at the 30 minute mark, Coach Flannery gives an update on Summer Basketball at St. Ed's, the plan for the summer and why St. Ed's chooses workouts and practices during the summer.

 

Information on the Coaches Clinic in Cleveland can be found here: https://www.usab.com/youth/development/coach/usa-basketball-youth-coach-academy/coach-academy-cleveland.aspx

Jun 20, 2017

On the morning after David Griffin's ouster from the Cavs, Eric and Tim talk about what this means for the Cavs and where they go from here. They also discuss takeaways from the NBA Finals and improvements the Cavs can make. At the 28:30 mark of the show, they talk NBA Draft. Coach Flannery gives perspective from coaching many of these players for USA Basketball and his favorite prospects. Find us on twitter! @coachflan and @timmys24 and search Worthy of the Jersey on facebook. Give us likes and ratings!

Jun 5, 2017

Eric and Tim discuss the first 2 games of the NBA Finals. What has mostly gone wrong for the Cavs and potential adjustments they can make. Also, Eric gives an update on his weekend with USA Basketball and tells why exactly ESPN was in St. Ed's gym on Sunday. Follow us on twitter @coachflan and @timmys24 Reviews and ratings are always appreciated and remember to listen at 1.5x or 2x speed!

May 31, 2017

After some vacations, Eric and Tim are back in time for the NBA Finals. First off, Eric is headed to Colorado Springs for USA Basketball. He give some insight on that trip and upcoming Coaches Academy in Cleveland. Then, Eric and Tim give their preview of the NBA Finals that includes how they anticipate each coaching staff will approach the series and which team has the edge in each individual matchup. Finally, series predictions are given at the end. As always, recommend listening at 1.5x or 2x speed. Follow @coachflan and @timmys24 on twitter. Go Cavs!

May 5, 2017

Tim and Eric are joined in studio by Tom Withers of the Associated Press. The talk Lavar Ball (of course!), how Tom got involved in sports writing in Cleveland, and all things Cavs. Also, a quick minute on the Browns near the end. Find Tom on twitter (@twithersAP), as well as Coach Flannery (@coachflan) and Tim (@timmys24). Please subscribe and rate our podcast on itunes!

Apr 13, 2017

Eric and Tim shift their focus to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and preview their 1st round matchup with the Indiana Pacers. Eric and Tim discuss the Cavs late season swoon, chemistry issues with the Cavs and possible adjustments they will make for the playoffs. Please contact Eric (@coachflan) and Tim (@timmys24) via twitter or Facebook "Worthy of the Jersey" with any ideas or questions for the show!

Mar 31, 2017

Eric and Tim recap their Final 4 weekend and the loss to eventual state champion Massillon Jackson. Eric then spends some time going over his thoughts on the often brought up private and public school discussion. As always, find the hosts on twitter @CoachFlan and @timmys24. Please leave itunes ratings and review and thanks to everyone who enjoyed this season with us!

Mar 21, 2017

The St. Edward basketball team advance to the Final 4! Eric and Tim discuss the team's journey here, and the matchup this Friday against Massillon Jackson. Eric talks about preparation and how the week will unfold for the team leading up to the game. Also, Eric and Tim answer some listener questions about how the team is playing, the game on Friday and what to expect this week. Find Coach Flannery (@coachflan) and Tim (@timmys24) on Twitter. And check us out on Facebook, "Worthy of the Jersey" and on worthyofthejersey.com. Go Eagles!

Mar 17, 2017

The St. Edward Basketball team has advanced to the regional final, and Eric and Tim break down the team's playoff journey so far, including wins over St. Ignatius and Mentor, and give a preview of Saturday's game against Garfield Heights. Also, they discuss the NCAA tournament, previewing each region and giving their picks.

Mar 7, 2017

Eric and Tim are back in the studio! On this episode, they give a quick rundown of the Ohio High School Division 1 boys basketball districts in northeast Ohio. Then they discuss the week ahead for St. Edward basketball and how they prepare for playoff games. Finally, the duo catches up on the Cavs and give some thoughts on the recent injuries and how they look with the playoffs around the corner. As always, find Coach Flannery on twitter @coachflan and Tim @timmys24

Feb 23, 2017

Tim and Eric give some quick reactions to the Boogie Cousins trade, and Eric gives some background to his experience with Cousins through USA Basketball. Then, Eric and Tim discuss the strategy for choosing a 1st round playoff game, and give an update on how St. Edward basketball is doing with the playoffs around the corner.

Feb 9, 2017

Matt Goul, high school sports reporter for cleveland.com, join Eric and Tim in studio. On this show, the trio dives into the upcoming Ohio state basketball playoffs, and give thoughts on the Northeast Ohio teams playing in all 4 Divisions and who might have the best chances of reaching Columbus. Also, we get Matt's thoughts on the state AP polls and the process that goes into those. Find Matt on twitter @mgoul. And as always Coach Flannery is @coachflan and Tim is @timmys24.

Jan 26, 2017

Eric and Tim introduce the USA Basketball coaches clinic at St. Edward High School on Aug. 5-6. Then, they get into discussing the 3 games since our last show against St. Ignatius, Lorain and Toledo St. John. They discuss preparing for in game situations and the decision to not foul up 3 in the final seconds against St. Ignatius. They then discuss the win against Lorain, the loss against St. John and what's next for the basketball team.

Jan 13, 2017

11 games into the St. Edward basketball season, Eric and Tim discuss the season to date. The discussion focuses on how the program uses analytics, and what role they play during in-season evaluation. Tim discusses his methodology for putting together reports on the team and Eric and Tim discuss how they use the analytics and reports to help identify strengths and weaknesses. They also briefly touch on the team's upcoming schedule, with games coming against St. Ignatius and Lorain.

As always, Tim (@timmys24) and Eric (@coachflan) can be reached on twitter, or via facebook, search "Worth of the Jersey." All feedback, questions and reviews are welcome!

Jan 5, 2017
Eric & Tim are joined in studio by Ohio State Student Body President Gerard Basalla. They discuss the Buckeye’s performance in the Fiesta Bowl and also the Ohio St. basketball program. The group then gets into the recent attack on Ohio State’s campus and the response and follow up to that incident. Finally, Gerard talks about his experience on Rob Portman’s senate campaign and the trio discusses the 2016 presidential election and give some views on the current state of politics.
 
Gerard is a graduate of St. Edward High School and can be found on twitter at @GerardBasalla
Dec 22, 2016
Eric and Tim are joined in studio by Chris Parker, Cavs reporter from the Cleveland Scene. They talk about Chris' new book on the championship run. Then Eric, Chris and Tim discuss the current state of the Cavs and how Eric would approach the Christmas day matchup with the Warriors. Also, they talk about Demarcus Cousins recent outburst and how that impacts a team. Finally, Coach Flannery talks about St. Edward basketball's Holiday tournament in San Diego and what he hopes to accomplish there.
 
 
And follow St. Eds at the Holiday Classic at http://www.theholidayclassic.org/

 

Dec 17, 2016

On the heels of the story of the Cavs resting their Big 3 this week, Eric & Tim give their thoughts. Coach Flannery discussed how he manages players' rest throughout the season and how that can help the team to peak at the right time. They also discuss general practice plans that St. Edward uses. Finally, Eric & Tim talk about sleep habits and nutrition for high school athletes.

Dec 6, 2016

Eric & Tim talk about the first weekend of the St. Edward basketball season, featuring wins over Lakewood and John Marshall. Then Coach Flannery talks about how he approaches fouls in practice and discusses dealing with in game foul trouble.

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