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podcasts: Never Played the Game

The “Never Played the Game” podcast is hosted by WSB-TV Sports Director Zach Klein.

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Episode 85 - Georgia Tech Quarterback TaQuon Marshall

Topics: Zach sits down with the Yellow Jackets senior quarterback and discuss his decision to go to Georgia Tech over Duke.. his demanding class schedule... the rivalry with the Georgia Bulldogs and winning the ACC this season..'Rockin Rings' and playing in the Final-4 Playoff
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Episode 84 - Pod Stays, Jeff Schultz Leaves the AJC

Topics: Schultzy has decided to break up the band. After nearly three decades in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz has moved on from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Why he felt the time was right for the next chapter in his career and how Zach plans to dominate and entertain the podcast without him :)

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Episode 83 - Alex Anthopoulos - Atlanta Braves General Manager

Topics: Zach and Jeff visit with 1st year Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on his journey from a former HVAC owner in Canada to MLB Executive of the Year. Alex opens up on the death of his father, paying his way to 'Scouting School', leaving a dream job as GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, receiving the call to interview for the Braves and how long it will take to bring Atlanta a World Series title.

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Episode 82 - Braves Hot Start, Falcons Draft, Julio Jones Disappears and did Bud Quit on the Hawks

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the surprising start by the Braves who closed out the month of April as the National League's highest scoring team. Were the Falcons correct in drafting Calvin Ridley, a wide receiver in the 1st round? What to make of Julio Jones deleting his Falcons memories from his social media accounts and did Mike Budenholzer quit on the Hawks?

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Episode 81 - Thomas Dimitroff - Atlanta Falcons General Manager

Topics: Zach and Jeff visit with Atlanta Falcons General Manger right before the 2018 NFL Draft. The two ask TD about: Mowing the lawn by day for the Cleveland Browns and watching film with Scott Pioli at night. Why the NFL combine can hurt more than it helps How many players are realistic for the Falcons at #26 Why are quarterbacks so hard to evaluate How close was he to being fired a few years ago His relationship with Head Coach Dan Quinn His passion for cycling and helping those in Atlanta

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Episode 80 - Masters 2018 Preview with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Topics: Zach and Jeff preview the 2018 Masters with Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The best hole.. the best food..the best Masters tradition... who will win? Plus.. if Tiger Woods get another green jacket, will it be a bigger story than Jack Nicklaus' victory in 1986?

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Episode 79 - Atlanta Braves 2018 Preview -

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the 2018 Braves season, but before they look ahead, they must revisit the end of 2017 when the franchise parted ways with then GM John Coppolella. Jeff spoke with Braves CEO Terry McGurik about what went down. Plus, the expectations for Dansby Swanson and when will future Hall of Fame infielder (Jeff's words) Ronald Acuna make his big league debut.

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Episode 78 - March Madness: Crean in at UGA, Legend of Ron Hunter and UMBC with greatest upset ever?

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the wild opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament - For the first time ever, one regional failed to have a top 4 seed make it to the Sweet 16. Plus, was UMBC's win over #1 UVA the greatest upset in Soprts.. and is Tom Crean the right fit at Georgia?

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Episode 77 - Mark Fox out at Georgia - NCAA Tournament breakdown and why we love Ron Hunter and GSU

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss the firing of Mark Fox as Georgia's basketball coach. Who should replace him in Athens. What about GSU's Ron Hunter? Plus, a look at NCAA Tournament bracket and the return of Tiger Woods

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Episode 76 - ACC/SEC Basketball Tournaments and NFL Questioning at the combine

Topics: Zach and Jeff discuss Georgia Tech's one and done at the ACC Tournament and Georgia's run in the SEC Tournament - Plus... How, two years after the Falcons asked inappropriate questions at the NFL Combine, another NFL team is asking about one's sexuality. What should be done to that NFL team?

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  • When meteorologists downgraded Hurricane Florence from a powerful Category 4 storm to a Category 2 and then a Category 1, Wayne Mills figured he could stick it out. He regrets it. The Neuse River, normally 150 feet away, lapped near his door in New Bern, North Carolina, Sunday even as the storm had 'weakened' further. People like Mills can be lulled into thinking a hurricane is less dangerous when the rating of a storm is reduced. But those ratings are based on wind strength, not rainfall or storm surge — and water is responsible for 90 percent of storm deaths . Several meteorologists and disaster experts said something needs to change with the 47-year-old Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to reflect the real risks in hurricanes. They point to Florence, last year's Hurricane Harvey, 2012's Sandy and 2008's Ike as storms where the official Saffir-Simpson category didn't quite convey the danger because of its emphasis on wind. 'The concept of saying 'downgraded' or 'weakened should be forever banished,' said University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd. 'With Florence, I felt it was more dangerous after it was lowered to Category 2.' It was a lowered category that helped convince Famous Roberts, a corrections officer from Trenton, to stay behind. 'Like a lot of people (we) didn't think it was actually going to be as bad,' he said. 'With the category drop ... that's another factor why we did stay.' Once a storm hits 74 mph (119 kph) it is considered a Category 1 hurricane. It ratchets up until it reaches the top-of-the-scale Category 5 at 157 mph (252 kph). Florence hit as a Category 1 with 90 mph winds — not a particularly blustery hurricane — but so far it has dumped nearly three feet of rain in parts of North Carolina and nearly two feet in sections of South Carolina. 'There's more to the story than the category,' University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy said. 'While you may still have a roof on your house because 'it's only a Category 1,' you may also be desperately hoping to get rescued from that same roof because of the flooding.' Susan Cutter, director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina, said the hurricane center and National Weather Service 'have not done a good job at communicating the risks associated with tropical systems beyond winds.' One reason, she said, is that it's much harder to explain all the other facts. Wind is easy. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it takes all hazards, including rain and storm surge seriously — and communicates them. Forecasters were telling people four or five days before Florence hit that it would be a 'major flooding event,' said Bill Lapenta, director of NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction, which includes the hurricane center. When Florence's winds weakened and it dropped in storm category, he said, 'We made it very clear that in no way shape or form that this is going to reduce the impacts in terms of flooding and surge.' Shepherd, a former president of the American Meteorological Society, said the weather service did a great job at forecasting and made a good attempt at communicating the risk. But somehow the message isn't quite getting through, he said. It didn't to Wayne Mills. If the storm stayed a Category 4, Mills said, 'I definitely would have left.' Cutter and Shepherd said the weather service needs to work with social scientists who study how people react and why. Laplenta said his agency does that regularly and will do more after Florence. It's only going to be more necessary in the future because global warming is making hurricanes wetter and slower, so they drop more rain, Shepherd said. University of Alabama's Jason Senkbeil studies the intersection of meteorology and social science and is working on two different new hurricane scales using letters to describe danger or potential damage. Florence would be an 'Rs' for rainfall and storm surge. The trouble, said Senkbeil, is 'rainfall just doesn't sound threatening.' But Famous Roberts now knows it is: 'I would say for everybody to take heed. And don't take anything for granted.' ___ Borenstein reported from Washington, Breed from North Carolina. ___ Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter: @borenbears . His work can be found here . ___ The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content. ___ For the latest on Hurricane Florence, visit https://www.apnews.com/tag/Hurricanes .
  • Just months after the publication of James Comey's 'A Higher Loyalty,' another former FBI official will take on President Donald Trump. Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director ousted this year amid repeated attacks from Trump and a critical Justice Department report, has a book deal. St. Martin's Press announced Tuesday that 'The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump' will come out Dec. 4. St. Martin's is calling the book a candid account of his career and defense of the FBI's independence. According to the publisher, McCabe will describe 'a series of troubling, contradictory, and often bizarre conversations' with Trump and other high officials that led him to believe the 'actions of this President and his administration undermine the FBI and the entire intelligence community' and threaten the general public. 'I wrote this book because the president's attacks on me symbolize his destructive effect on the country as a whole,' McCabe said in a statement issued through St. Martin's. 'He is undermining America's safety and security, and eroding public confidence in its institutions. His attacks on the most crucial institutions of government, and on the professionals who serve within them, should make every American stand up and take notice.' With the bureau, McCabe had worked on everything from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to the Boston Marathon bombing. 'The Threat' is likely to draw comparisons to 'A Higher Loyalty,' the best-seller by Comey, whom Trump fired in 2017. Both books come from divisions of Macmillan. McCabe had been with the FBI for more than 20 years when Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him in March, just before McCabe's planned retirement. His ouster came as a report from the Department of Justice's inspector general faulted him for misleading investigators looking in to the leak of information for a 2016 Wall Street Journal story about the FBI's probe into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe denied the charges. Meanwhile, Trump had accused him of bias against Republicans because McCabe's wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, during a failed state Senate run. The Republican president also was angered that the FBI was investigating his campaign's ties to Russia and that it did not bring criminal charges against his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton over her handling of emails while secretary of state. After McCabe was fired, Trump tweeted 'Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy.' He has since threatened to revoke McCabe's security clearance, and this week directed the Justice Department to publicly release some of his text messages related to the Russia probe.
  • Atlanta-based CNN is often dismissed as 'fake news' by President Donald Trump and his supporters. Seeking to prove their point, some right-wing meme creators found a photo of Anderson Cooper in waist-deep floodwater, claiming he was exaggerating and staging shots during Hurricane Florence.  >> On WSOCTV.com: Florence's aftermath: The latest updates from the Carolinas But the photo was from 2008 during Hurricane Ike in Texas, and Cooper was demonstrating the dangers of shifting depths of floodwaters.  Cooper decided to address the issue in a nine-minute segment on his show Monday in part because the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., used the meme as fodder to malign CNN on Twitter. While many people on Twitter used the images and tied them to Florence, Trump Jr. merely implied that this was fakery and designed to make his dad “look bad.”  Cooper took umbrage to that, shading Trump Jr. by showing photos of him being an “outdoorsman” killing exotic wildlife but presuming he wasn’t in North Carolina helping in rescue efforts.  >> Read more trending news  Cooper then showed the 10-year-old video of himself in waist-deep water in a flooded area of Bridge City, Texas. He was demonstrating the various depths of water in a very small area. At one point, he even made fun of himself for doing this, but added that he didn’t want to be on the dry part of the road interfering with rescue operations. Cooper said he also wanted to show that water can go deep very quickly even just a few feet off a road, and many people die in hurricanes via drowning. Cooper noted that his camera crew has to shoot on dry spots to keep the equipment from getting wet. And the tech person in the photo? He died last year, Cooper said. 
  • Americans will soon be able to try Heinz’s latest creation -- Mayochup. The ketchup company introduced the combination in Arab Gulf states earlier this year, but after being prodded to bring the product to U.S. store shelves, the company has decided to give its customers what they want and bring it to America.  All it took was a half million votes in favor (or is it flavor?) to bring the ketchup/mayo hybrid to the U.S., Esquire reported. But the question looms, what city should be able to get the first official taste? Heinz is running a poll on its Twitter page to find out. But the clock is ticking. Votes via hashtag end at 11:59 p.m. CST Tuesday. >> Read more trending news  >>Read: Heinz introduces Mayochup, mayonnaise-ketchup combo, so when will you be able to find it? “After seeing the unprecedented passion surrounding this product, including the nearly one million votes on social media and 500,000 votes in favor of bringing it stateside, launching Mayochup in the U.S. was a no-brainer,” Nicole Kulwicki, director of marketing at Heinz, told the “Today” show in a statement.
  • Tuesday is National Cheeseburger Day, and whether you like yours with “lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French-fried potatoes. Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer,” or if your tastes are more simple, here are some deals on the American classic. >> Read more trending news (Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.) 2nd and Charles: Get a free Bob’s Burgers cheeseburger at checkout as long as supplies last. The deal begins at 6 p.m. BurgerFi – Buy one cheeseburger, get one for $1.  IHOP: Buy an Ultimate Steakburger and get a free side of buttermilk pancakes or limited-time pumpkin spice pancakes. The deal is good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Johnny Rockets: Buy one, get one half off for all cheeseburgers on the menu. A bonus: Buy one, get one half off for all milkshakes on the menu. McDonald’s: Order anything on the mobile app, and you get a free cheeseburger on Tuesday. Miller's Ale House: Cheeseburgers are $5.99 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. when you show a Facebook post. Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub: When you dine in, you can get a $5 cheeseburger with a choice of cheddar, Swiss or American cheese Red Robin: Get a gourmet cheeseburger with bottomless steak fries for $5 all day. Valid for dine-in only and you must purchase a beverage.  Ruby Tuesday: If you are a member of the So Connected Club, you can get a free burger with the purchase of an entree on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can join by clicking here. Roy Rogers: Get two cheeseburgers for $5 on Tuesday. Ted's Montana Grill: Get a cheeseburger and fries for $6. Dine-in only. Tony Roma's: Get $2 off any burger if you are a member of the chain’s email club. Sign up here: www.tonyromas.com. Wendy’s: Through the end of the month, you can get a free Dave’s single with your purchase when you download and use the Wendy's app. White Castle: Get one free cheese slider with purchase of anything on the menu.  Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar: If you are a VIP member you can get a Plain & Simple Burger with the option of 8 different cheese toppings, for $5. Sign up here to be a VIP member.  
  • The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines. Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey sent the letter Monday seeking answers about the explosions from the heads of Columbia Gas, the company that serves the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, and NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas. 'The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold,' the letter said. The pressure spike registered in a Columbia Gas control room in Ohio, the senators said in the letter, which requests a reply by Wednesday. 'We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future,' the senators wrote. Dozens of explosions and fires last Thursday killed one person and injured more than two dozen others. About 8,600 customers were affected, and many had to evacuate their homes for days and may have to go without gas service for weeks. The explosions are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt has said the investigation is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts.