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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Mar 20, 2018

From Wednesday, March 21, 2018: As the NCAA Tournament rolls on, Thom brings on Basketball Coach Pete Strickland. They talk about how he is now the National Coach for Ireland, playing for the famous Morgan Wooten at DeMatha (10:51), his encounters some of the most famous coaches today including Calipari, Izzo, and Coach K (21:23), and finally the evolution of the 3 pointer on the college game (29:33)."

Mar 13, 2018

From Wednesday, March 14, 2018: ​Thom brings on Dick Bosman, the man who pitched the last Senators game & the first Rangers one.  Throughout the episode they fill in the before & after of that stretch including playing for Ted Williams the manager (15:49), final season in Washington (20:01), pitching a no hitter (33:31), getting into coaching (40:42), and more.

Mar 6, 2018

From Wednesday, March 7, 2018: Thom brings on one of the key behind the scenes figures in Washington landing the Nationals, Bobby Goldwater, this is a must listen for DC baseball fans.  They start with his long career as an executive at Madison Square Garden (7:40), his 1 on 1 meeting with Muhammad Ali (13:17), moving to LA to manage the Staples Center (25:27), coming to DC to among other things try and get a MLB team (30:55), educating those high up in Baseball about how the city was changing and ripe for a franchise (32:25, & finally how he realized that the Navy Yard neighborhood was the perfect spot for a new ballpark (36:32).

Feb 28, 2018

From Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Thom welcomes on former Washington Senator slugger Frank Howard.  They discuss getting into the Nats Ring of Honor (4:21), playing for the Dodgers (7:34), playing basketball at Ohio State (18:20), homering in the 1963 World Series (21:23), being traded to Washington (29:01), having Ted Williams as a manager (33:06), DC now as a baseball town (38:01), how he landed the nickname "Hondo" (39:45) & did he actually hit a homer out of Yankee Stadium (42:51)?

Feb 20, 2018

From Wednesday, February 21, 2018: While covering Spring Training in Palm Beach, Thom chats w/ the new Nationals Manager Dave Martinez.  They look back at his well traveled playing career under many different skippers, which included a stop in Montreal (8:40), being with his now predecessor Dusty Baker in San Francisco (12:04), his developing knowledge of pitching (18:02), & learning from Bobby Cox (22:30).

Feb 13, 2018

From Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Thom chats with Joe Maddon, the only man in the last 100 years to be a World Series winning Cubs manager.  They discuss how he's known Nats GM Mike Rizzo since the early 80's (7:45), his idea for fantasy baseball in schools (13:34), what kind of manager Dave Martinez will be for the Nationals (18:16), & his memories of the 2012 pine tar controversy with Davey Johnson (20:08)." ​

Feb 6, 2018

From Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Thom is joined by DMV native and famous sportscaster James Brown. James attended Dematha High School on his way to a long accomplished career in sports television at the highest stage.  They discuss his passion for baseball at a young age (7:25), James' thoughts on Bill Belichick (14:23),  his interactions & interviews with Michael Vick (27:36), and getting chances to anchor the CBS Evening News (28:36). ​

Jan 30, 2018

From Wednesday, January 31, 2018: Thom chats with one of the few Redskins to have been on all the Super Bowl teams in the Joe Gibbs era, tight end & 3 time champion Donnie Warren.  Donnie shares his story of coming to Washington (6:13), his favorite John Riggins story (20:23), his theory on why they lost Super Bowl 18 (32:15), Gibbs leaving & his affection for the coach, & more.

Jan 23, 2018

From Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Thom welcomes on one of the all time great voices of Boxing, "Colonel" Bob Sheridan. He talks about his distinguished Hall of Fame career including calling the "Rumble in the Jungle" (15:18),  "Thrilla in Manilla" (23:55), the night Tyson bit Holyfield (35:26),, and being in Tokyo for Buster Douglas' upset (41:10).

Jan 16, 2018

From Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Thom welcomes on former Dallas Cowboys All Pro Defensive Tackle, Co-Super Bowl MVP and Terp Randy White.  They discuss what led him to Maryland (6:46), playing for Tom Landry in Dallas (10:10), the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry in the 70's & 80's (26:21), & Joe Jacoby's Hall of Fame credentials (27:31).

Jan 9, 2018

From Wednesday January 10, 2018: Thom is joined by former Terp player and assistant coach when they won the National Title, Billy Hahn. Bill talks of why he left the state of Indiana to play at Maryland (7:30), his favorite memories of playing for Lefty Driesell and of Cole Field House (13:26), how he started to work for Gary Williams at his alma mater (25:58), Billy's take on Maryland's rivalries with Duke & UNC (36:34), his tenure as Lasalle's Head Coach (42:02), and more.

Jan 2, 2018

From Wednesday, January 3, 2017: Ernie Baur is a DC TV producer who saw it all. He and Thom reminisce on his illustrious career. 6:23 how he got his start in the biz, 12:39 Hanafi Siege coverage, 16:30 Birth of Warner’s catchphrase, 21:10 working w/ Glenn Brenner, and 25:28 getting to know and become friends with Sonny Jurgensen.

Dec 27, 2017

From Wednesday, December 27, 2017: Thom welcomes on former longtime Capitals GM George McPhee.  They discuss his long tenure in Washington, highlighted by a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, the Jaromir Jagr acquisition, and the beginning and middle of the Alex Ovechkin Era in DC. Plus, his new role as GM for the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, and the excitement it's brought to that city.

Dec 20, 2017

From Wednesday, December 20, 2017: Thom is joined by a man who has seen it all in the boxing world, starting with Muhammed Ali at a young age.  An expert story-teller who has worked with Howard Cosell, Don King, Mike Tyson, and more.

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."​

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.

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