Sports and Spirits

A weekly podcast that takes you into the biggest sports events of the week and what you should be drinking with them. Product reviews and ratings. Matt East and Hank Allen have a combined 30 years experience in broadcast television. We're using that experience to bring you the latest news and topics in the world of sports and to highlight some of the great spirits in the United States and abroad. It's a little sports, spirits, and travel all in one place! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to listen.
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Feb 7, 2018

Matt and Hank are back together this week for Episode 71. We'll start by giving our take on the Super Bowl and where both teams are going forward for next year. 

Then at 21:30 it's on to the Carnival Vista where Matt visits with brewmaster Ronald Zeiber talking about the first brewery at sea. Great stuff there. 

After that we'll talk some about the Olympics which start this week. Plus a couple ideas for your Valentine's Day cocktails from Smirnoff. Then it's on to our Jump Ball segment where we discuss the Cavs, Patriots, and Olympics. 

Thanks for listening! 

Recipes mentioned on the show: 

Hibiscus Crush – Courtesy of Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home
  • 16 ounces Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka (2 cups) 
  • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1 cups water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 32 ounces lemon lime soda 
  • 1 lemon- sliced 
  • 1 lime-sliced
  • 1 orange- sliced
  • 4 cups crushed ice
Place hibiscus, water and sugar in a small pot to simmer over the stove for 5 minutes.  Once sugar is dissolved, set aside to cool. Strain. Place vodka, triple sec, soda and sliced citrus in a punch bowl or beverage container. Add hibiscus infusion. Stir. Right before quests arrive add 4 cups crushed ice
Secret Admirer – Courtesy of Sylvia Fountaine of Feasting at Home
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Raspberry
  • 1.5 ounces Chartreuse
  • 6 fresh raspberries
Place all ingredients in shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into two vintage martini glasses. Garnish with fresh raspberries. You could sugar the rim for extra sweetness.  
Feb 1, 2018

Episode 70 is here as we break down the big game this weekend. Our Vegas insider Raphael Esparza joins us to talk Super Bowl, the betting on the game, and also whether the NBA will be able to get in on the sports gambling money. 

Nathan Moore joins Hank Allen to give their analysis on the big game and pick the winner and score. Plus we'll give you a great recipe to make for your Super Bowl party. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Jan 25, 2018

We're talking football, baseball, basketball, rum and beer this week! Matt is leaving for vacation so we'll get his thoughts on the Super Bowl after him and Hank recap the conference championship games. 

Then Nathan Moore joins Hank to talk about the latest class inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame. Our take on who's in and who got left out. 

After that we'll talk a little college basketball, and sprinkle in some thoughts on what we've been drinking lately through the show. 

Thanks for listening! 

Jan 12, 2018

Big weekend of football ahead. Hank and Matt are back to recap last weekend's action along with our thoughts on the college championship and where both teams go from here. 

After that we turn our attention to the four big matchups this weekend. Who wins and why. Plus Gruden to Oakland, freshman QBs, and more topics. 

Jan 4, 2018

Huge weekend of football ahead. The college season comes to a close Monday with the big matchup between Alabama and Georgia. We'll break down the game and give our picks. 

Plus we look at each game of this weekend's NFL wildcard playoff round. Who do we think advances to the next round and why. 

Plus at 28:00 our Vegas Insider Raphael Esparza joins us to give his insight into all the action, what it means from a Vegas standpoint, and other things that are making headlines. Great stuff from him as always. 

Thanks for listening! 

Dec 27, 2017

Huge weekend of football on the way. Matt and Hank are here to close out the year talking about NFL's final regular season weekend and the college football semifinal games on New Year's Day. 

We'll lay out all the NFL playoff scenarios and who we think will make it in after the weekend is done. 

Plus a breakdown of the best bowls this weekend along with our predictions for the playoff semifinals on Monday. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Dec 14, 2017

Matt East flies solo this week and discusses all of the biggest news in the week of sports, including college football bowl season getting underway, huge NFL games this weekend, Adam Vinatieri's expensive snow game, Stanton joining the Yankees, and NBS surprises thus far. 


Dec 7, 2017

The bowls are set and the top 4 has been chosen. Matt and Hank talk about the college football playoff rankings and give our thoughts on Alabama getting in. 

Then we'll discuss some of the coaching changes in the world of college football. Who do we think will make the biggest impact? 

After that a big weekend of NFL games with some great match-ups. We'll break down and pick the best games. Plus more fun along the way! 

Thanks for listening! 

Dec 1, 2017

Big weekend of college football on the way! Matt and Hank start off by breaking down the playoff rankings and scenarios. How do we see it sorting out? 

Then at 20:00 we talk some NFL headlines, including Eli in New York and the NFC South's playoff chances. 

At 29:00 we highlight some holiday cocktails from Smirnoff to get you ready for the season! See the recipes below. 

Then we'll touch on the Tennessee coaching search at 33:00 and make our championship game picks at 39:00!

Smirnoff Recipes: 

Cardamom Pear Punch ( 12- 16 drinks) 
·         3 cups Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
·         6 cups pear juice ( from a jar) 
·         1-2 teaspoons orange bitters
·         2 red pears, sliced thinly horizontally 
Cardamom Ginger Syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
10 cardamon pods crushed ( or sub 1 teaspoon ground cardamon) 
1/8 cup sliced ginger root, peels ok
1 tablespoon vanilla 
Make the Syrup. Place honey, water,  cardamon, ginger and vanilla in a small pot and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and let this steep one hour, or overnight for the best flavor. 
In a medium punch bowl or beverage dispenser, pour in the Smirnoff Vodka, pear juice, bitters and sliced pears. Stir in the Cardamon ginger syrup.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, and serve over ice. 
This can be made a day ahead or the night before the party and refrigerated, allowing the flavors to meld.  
Winter Whisperer
·         1.5 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
·         .75 oz pomegranate syrup
·         .75 oz fresh lemon juice
·         8 mint leaves
·         2 oz Club Soda
Chocolate Peppermint Martini – Courtesy of Kendra Darr from Simply Darrling
  • 4 ounces Smirnoff Peppermint Twist Vodka
  • 2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce chocolate liquor
  • 2 ounce cream chocolate sauce & crushed peppermint for garnish
Holiday Bliss
·         1 oz Smirnoff Peppermint Twist
·         .5 oz Don Julio Añejo Tequila
·         3 oz Rich Chocolate Milk
Nov 21, 2017

Time for a feast of football! We delve into all of the big stories in college football and get you ready for all of the huge match-ups as Rivalry Week is here!

We also talk some NFL to get set for Week 12, including a discussion of what is wrong with the Dallas Cowboys and which teams have must-win games this week. 

At the top of the show, we review and rate the Tullamore D.E.W. Cider Cask.

Nov 16, 2017

Hard to believe the college football season is coming to a close. A lot to talk about along with the NFL this weekend. We'll start off though at 6:30 with some whiskey reviews. We give our thoughts after tasting Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Crown Royal Wine Barrel Finished

After that at 17:30 it's college football playoff talk. We lay out our thoughts on who's in and who's out as it stands right now and how things can get messed up even more.  

At 40:00 we give our picks to win the final NASCAR race of the season at Homestead this weekend. 

Then at 45:00 we get into weekend predictions. Michigan/Wisconsin in college and then Rams/Vikings, Redskins/Saints, Eagles/Cowboys, and Falcons/Seahawks in the NFL. 

Thanks for listening! 

Nov 9, 2017

What a weekend ahead. 4 top 20 match-ups in college football with the top 3 teams in the country all on the road against top 16 opponents. We break down the games plus lay out where we see the college football playoff scenario right now. 

At 30:00 a great interview with Avua Cachaca. If you're not familiar with that spirit we have a great history lesson on it, plus details on the Avua product line, thoughts on Brazil travel, and places for cocktails in Miami. Really a great interview this week. 

We'll also talk NFL games this weekend, some college basketball thoughts to start the season, and much more! 

Check us out on iTunes or Google Play. As always thanks for listening! 

This week's guest: 

Pete Nvenglosky 
Co-Founder Avua Cachaca


Nov 2, 2017

Packed show for you this week! Matt and Hank are back with all the big news in the sports world plus a great feature distillery. 

We'll start at 5:00 with college football playoff rankings. Where do we agree and disagree with the committee. Then at 15:30 we break down the big NFL trades of the past week. Who were the winners. 

At 24:00 Nathan Moore comes in as we talk World Series. We get his thoughts as a life long Astros fan and what it means for the city. 

At 37:00 we talk with Clear Creek Distillery out of Portland, Oregon. Some really unique products there and we give our thoughts on a couple we got to sample. 

After that at 58:00 we'll break down the upcoming college football weekend. Some big matchups including Bedlam and Virginia Tech/Miami. 

At 1:21:00 we talk NFL games this weekend and then wrap it up with a brief look at the college basketball polls that just came out. 

As always thanks for listening! 

Today's guest:
Jeanine Racht - National Sales Manager
Clear Creek Distillery


Oct 26, 2017

Huge sports weekend on the way with top 25 college football matchups, World Series games, and NFL. Matt and Hank give our thoughts to start after a weekend of college and NFL games (4:00), then an update on the World Series as it shifts back to Houston (19:00). 

Next (27:00) a great interview with Land Grant Brewery in Columbus Ohio ahead of the big match up this weekend. Check them out if you're in Columbus!

After that (43:00) we break down the big match up between OSU and PSU and give our picks. Followed by our picks for Notre Dame/NC State (51:00), and the top 25 match ups in the Big 12 (55:00). 

We'll wrap it up with some game day weather on Saturday (1:05:00) and pick a couple of the notable NFL games for the weekend (1:07:00)

As always thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe on Itunes and Google Play! 

Oct 18, 2017

We continue through a packed time in the sports calendar. We'll give our thoughts on a crazy weekend in college football and where we stand right now in the playoff picture. 

Then we turn our attention to the NFL. A lot of people saying it's a bad league. So we ask do fans know what they want when it comes to a dynasty vs parody. 

Hank, Matt, and Nathan will breakdown the league as it stands right now and talk baseball playoffs. Plus are the Celtics done after the Gordon Hayward injury?

After that Matt and Hank will give you predictions for the big games this weekend between Michigan and Penn State, along with USC and Notre Dame. Plus our thoughts on the Patriots/Falcons and Redskins/Eagles. 

Thanks for listening! 

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