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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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! 

Oct 11, 2017

Hank, Matt, and Nathan are back this week as we continue through a busy stretch in the sports calendar. First our thoughts on the USMNT failing to qualify for the World Cup and watch it means to the country. 

We'll talk about last weekend's action in college and NFL and discuss where we stand in both. 

Then it's time for our survivor league picks. Both Matt and Hank lost in the same week so we'll pick again until we find a true winner. Needless to say this NFL season has been tricky. 

Nathan will give his thoughts on a survivor game he likes plus the Astros after they moved pass the ALDS. 

Finally some picks and analysis of the big games this coming weekend and some stories from Talladega past. 

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

Oct 5, 2017

A busy time of the sports calendar and a great distillery to go with it. That's what Matt, Hank, and Nathan are talking about this week. 

We'll start with a recap of some of the football action last weekend and where we stand right now in the landscape of college and NFL. 

After that Nathan Moore drops by to talk survivor league picks and the Texans. Then Matt and Hank break down the MLB Divisional round and make our picks. 

After that a great interview with Tony Formby of Acre Distilling in Forth Worth. The Dallas-Ft. Worth area is the site of West Virginia/TCU Saturday and Green Bay/Dallas on Sunday. You'll love the history behind this place and it's a great place to check out while in town. 

We'll wrap it up with some college and NFL picks for the upcoming weekend and some brief thoughts on the start of the NHL season. 

As always thanks for watching! 

Sep 28, 2017

Fun show this week and we have a lot of content for you. First off Hank and Matt recap the weekend in football plus our thoughts on the survivor picks we made. It was a crazy weekend in the NFL. 

Then at 29:00 we bring in Doug Kragel of Diageo to talk bourbon as we round out National Bourbon Heritage Month. Get the all the info you need on Bulleit, I.W. Harper, and Blade and Bow. 

After that we are picking the big games for the upcoming weekend. Some good matchups in college and NFL. 

Finally Nathan Moore joins in to talk about survivor picks for this weekend, plus we give our thoughts on the FBI investigation announced this week in the world of college basketball recruiting. 

Thanks for listening! 

This week's guest: 
Doug Kragel - National Educator for Diageo North American Whiskeys


Sep 20, 2017

Football season is rolling along, and so is National Bourbon Month! We have a little of both for you this show. Hank and Matt start by recapping the past weekend in college and NFL football and giving their take on where things stand. 

At 22:00 we round out our Tales of the Cocktail coverage with Joe Riggs of Redemption Whiskey. We're talking rye, bourbon, and some new products they have on the horizon. Plus some great information on the brand and the drinks themselves. 

After that we're back picking all the big games for the upcoming weekend. Some top 20 matchups in college plus a pair of unbeatens in the NFL. 

Finally Nathan Moore joins in as we bring you our survivor league picks for the week and also some MLB thoughts. 

Thanks for listening! 

This weeks guest:
Joe Riggs - Senior Brand Ambassador
Redemption Whiskey


Sep 13, 2017

Our one year anniversary! Thanks to everybody who has listened over the past year. We've met some great people and come across some great stories, and we hope you've enjoyed all of it. 

We have a really great interview for you this week. 

First off we recap the weekend that was in both college and NFL, and give you our takeaways from each. Plus our thoughts on the Indians historic win streak and the Dodgers going the opposite way. 

Then at (22:30) we talk with Al Young, the Senior Brand Ambassador at Four Roses, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary this year. Great stuff from him and we taste the Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon made in his honor. 

Then Nathan Moore joins us at (38:00) to talk beer and our survivor league picks. We'll give you one team each week to pick in a survivor format (43:00). 

Finally at (51:00) Matt and Hank break down and pick the big games this week in college and the NFL. 

As always thanks for listening! 

This week's guest: 

Al Young
Senior Brand Ambassador - Four Roses Bourbon 

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