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Thom Loverro's Cigars and Curveballs

In the podcast, "Cigars and Curveballs," veteran sports analyst Thom Loverro selects subjects from his extensive career in print, online and broadcast journalism to deliver engaging conversations each week.
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Dec 13, 2017

From Wednesday, December 13, 2017: Thom is joined by NFL Hall of Fame safety Ken Houston. Ken discusses growing up in Texas and playing for the Houston Oilers. He then covers his time as a Washington Redskin that includes his famous game saving tackle against the Dalas Cowboys in 1973. He career highlights include an amazing run of being in 12 straight Pro Bowls.

Dec 6, 2017

From Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Thom welcomes on author George Pelecanos. George, a D.C. native, has incorporated Washington into many of his works and also has been part of the writing team on HBO hits such as "The Wire," "Treme" and "The Deuce."

Nov 29, 2017

From Wednesday, November 29, 2017: Thom takes a trip down memory lane ahead of the Washington Redskins visiting the Dallas Cowboys by chatting with former Redskins' defensive tackle Diron Talbert. They discuss the rivalry and his many seasons in Washington in the 1970s.

Nov 21, 2017

From Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Thom brings on Roy Firestone, a man best known for his riveting interviewing skills on ESPN's "Up Close," but also a man with more talents than you realize. They cover his time as an Oriole's bat boy as a kid, some of his more famous interactions, and his current projects.

Nov 15, 2017

From Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Thom chats with former Redskins and Cowboys' tight end Jean Fugett. Jean is a Baltimore native who had a unique route to the NFL via Amherst. He also has a great story about his time interning for the Orioles."‚Äč

Nov 8, 2017

From Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Thom is joined by Al Bumbry, not only a World Series champion outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles, but also a Vietnam War veteran. They discuss his unique background on this week's podcast.

Nov 1, 2017

From Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Thom is joined by the son of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Jr. is a very successful Washington lawyer who has had quite a career in the nation's capital. He is also quite the baseball fan."

Oct 25, 2017

From Wednesday, October 25, 2017: Thom welcomes on former baseball player Jerry Hairston Jr. to discuss his long career in the MLB. They cover the time he was traded for Sammy Sosa, playing for Dusty Baker, his thoughts on him not returning to the Nationals and more. Jerry currently is part of the Dodgers TV broadcasts.

Oct 18, 2017

From Wednesday, October 18, 2017: Thom talks to Mike Veeck, part of the family that became legendary for innovation and fun in baseball. Mike has been a part of many minor league organizations and also was with the White Sox during the infamous Disco Demolition Night in 1979. Mike stresses the importance of fun atmosphere for the family attending baseball games.

Oct 11, 2017

From Wednesday, October 11, 2017: Thom is joined by longtime Dodgers GM Ned Coletti. Mr. Coletti is a man with humble beginnings who transitioned from sports writing to the baseball front office through a long winding road. They cover his time on both sides of the intense Dodgers and Giants rivalry, knowing Barry Bonds, negotiating with Scott Boras and more.

Oct 3, 2017

From Wednesday, October 3, 2017: Thom brings back Nationals GM Mike Rizzo as the team prepares the postseason. They discuss the highs and lows of the season, which resulted in the 4th division title in 6 years. They also talk about overcoming a slew of injuries, deciding when to make bullpen changes through trades and more.

Sep 27, 2017

From Wednesday, September 27, 2017: Thom chats with one of the few kickers to make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Morten Andersen. They discuss why he moved to America from Denmark, his amazing 25 year career that included a dozen years in New Orleans, his famous kick to send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl, and more.

Sep 20, 2017

From Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Thom interviews D.C. native Maury Wills, best known for his record setting season of stealing 104 bases in 1962 as the shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Maury talks about how he was able to latch onto the Dodgers' organization after learning the game in D.C., the influence Ty Cobb, playing in D.C. as a National League All-Star and more.

Sep 13, 2017

From Wednesday, September 13, 2017: Thom brings on Ron Darling, World Series winning pitcher and current TV color analyst. They cover his time broadcasting the 2005 Nationals, his early pro career, being traded to the New York Mets, the 1986 Mets and specifically game 6, the latest Nationals' team and his thoughts on the current state of pitching.

Sep 6, 2017

From Wednesday, September 6, 2017: Thom brings on veteran Redskins RB Chris Thompson prior to the team's season opener. Chris talks about growing up, his decision to play football, playing at Florida State, this year's Redskins' offense and more.

Aug 30, 2017

From Wednesday, August 30, 2017: Thom is joined by his former colleague at the Baltimore Sun, David Simon. He is best known for his work with the the HBO show "The Wire." They discuss his new series "The Deuce," being associated with "The Wire," working at a newspaper, the possibility of a "Wire" movie and more.

Aug 23, 2017

From Wednesday, August 23, 2017: Thom talks to D.C. television host and former boxing manager Rock Newman. They cover how he came to manage former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe, getting to know Eddie Futch, the Bowe versus Holyfield bouts, negotiating with Donald Trump, the Fan Man incident, his baseball career at Howard, his love of sports and more.

Aug 16, 2017

From Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Thom chats with longtime Washington Nationals' star first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. They discuss Mr. Zimmerman almost being drafted by the Royals, his being called up to the big leagues, playing for Dusty Baker, his thoughts on if Bryce Harper will be his teammate in 2018 and more.

Aug 9, 2017

From Wednesday, August 9, 2017: Thom chats with former Baltimore Orioles All Star closer Gregg Olson. They cover his stellar high school years, being replaced by Frank Thomas, playing in Baltimore for Frank Robinson and the 1989 Orioles, his thoughts on how his time in Baltimore ended, pitching for the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, the state of relief pitching today and much more.

Aug 2, 2017

From Wednesday, August 2, 2017: Thom is joined by Redskins Super Bowl champion, kick returner and defensive back Mike Nelms. They discuss what it was like for the native Texan to play on the other side of the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry, what led him to the CFL, his work with coaches Jack Pardee and Joe Gibbs, being on special teams, what he did during the players strike, the Super Bowl winning season, the pain of losing a Super Bowl, and more.

Jul 26, 2017

From Wednesday, July 26, 2017: Thom talks to Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy. They talk about his record setting college career at Texas, the injury he suffered (that many didn't realize the extent of), his time in Cleveland, what brought him to Washington and more.

Jul 19, 2017

From Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Joining Thom this week is longtime broadcaster and voice of Maryland sports Johnny Holliday, but they cover the areas of his career many don't know about. His work as a radio DJ, being at the last Beatles concert in San Francisco, his acting career, surviving a plane crash and more.

Jul 12, 2017

From Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Thom is joined by former MLB general manager Kevin Malone as they talk about his career in and out of baseball. Kevin discusses being GM of the 1994 Expos during a shortened season. He also touches on his time as an executive in Baltimore, thoughts on Peter Angelos, drafting Tom Brady to Montreal, and his era as the Dodgers general manager.

Jul 5, 2017

From Wednesday, July 5, 2017: Thom is joined by Rob Nelson, inventor of Big League Chew (the favorite bubble gum of every little leaguer). They talk about his time playing independent professional baseball in Portland, his friendship with Jim Bouton, knowing actor Kurt Russell and what led to his million dollar idea.

Jun 28, 2017

From Wednesday, June 28, 2017: Thom is joined by the last Major League pitcher to win 30 games in a season, Denny McLain. Their conversation includes his thoughts on changes to the pitching mound, his less than stellar time with the Washington Senators, what Ted Williams was like as a manager and more.

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