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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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.

Jun 21, 2017

From Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Thom talks to Ultimate Fighting Championship's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner about what makes mixed martial arts so popular. Plus, they discuss his time as executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission where he oversaw some crazy moments in boxing history including Fan Man and Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield. Finally, Thom, of course, asks him about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor bout.

Jun 14, 2017

From Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Thom interviews Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. They discuss the World Baseball Classic, the Olympics and connecting with younger fans. At the 21 minute mark, Mr. Manfred responds to Thom's question about resolution to the Orioles and Nationals' MASN dispute — "Somebody's gonna win, somebody's gonna lose."

Jun 7, 2017

From Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Thom talks to former heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney. They discuss his career, his famous bout against champion Larry Holmes, the perils and joys of the sport, and what he thinks of a potential bout between MMA star Connor McGregor and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

May 31, 2017

From Wednesday, May 31, 2017: Thom talks to his co-professor and long-time sports executive Marty Conway. They cover a slew of issues surrounding sports and business including Mr. Conway's time at AOL, working for the Orioles at the beginning of Camden Yards, knowing George W. Bush (before he became president), his latest take on the MASN situation and much more.

May 24, 2017

From Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Thom catches up with old friend and former Nationals Manager Manny Acta who is in DC this week with the visiting Seattle Mariners. They discuss what it's like coaching Robinson Cano, his time managing the Nats and what he thinks of the team now.

May 17, 2017

From Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Thom interviews former Terp, MLB pitcher and longtime Hollywood film producer Mark Ciardi this week. They talk about his time with the Milwaukee Brewers, working on movies such "The Rookie" and "Miracle," and preparing to speak at University of Maryland graduation.

May 10, 2017

From Wednesday, May 10, 2017: Thom is pleased to interview John Schulian, a man who has traveled from the press box to Hollywood. They discuss his career stops along the way and the television shows he worked on including being the co-creator of "Xena: Warrior Princess" and a story editor on "Miami Vice."

May 3, 2017

From Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Thom is joined by the man who has called more boxing matches than any other broadcaster, the legendary Jim Lampley. They talk about his illustrious career that included working at ABC while still attending the University of North Carolina and being one of the few broadcasters in the arena when the Americans upset the Russians in the 1980 Winter Olympics. They also discuss some of the memorable bouts he called, and Mr. Lampley offers a preview of the Canelo vs. Chavez fight.

Apr 26, 2017

From Wednesday, April 26, 2017: Former Oriole and current MLB Network analyst Billy Ripken joins Thom to talk about playing alongside brother Cal, his memories in the minors and if he wants to get into managing? Plus, what does Mr. Ripken think about current baseball stars Bryce Harper and Manny Machado?

Apr 18, 2017

From April, 18, 2017: Thom is joined for a second time on the podcast by the now former Redskins defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois. The pair discuss whether his critical comments of the Washington franchise led to his release, how he feels about playing in Green Bay and his thoughts on Kirk Cousins.

Apr 12, 2017

From April, 12, 2017: Thom brings on Michael Graham, member of the 1984 NCAA National Champion Georgetown basketball team and teammate of Patrick Ewing, the new Hoya's head coach. Graham offers thoughts on Ewing as a coach, his time in college when he almost went to Maryland instead of Georgetown, playing for Phil Jackson in the CBA, and more.

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