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podcasts: Never Played the Game

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

Most Recent Episode:

Episode 86 - Bruce Heppler - Head Golf Coach at Georgia Tech

Topics: Zach visits with the 9-time ACC Coach of the year and finds out how someone with a CPA working in Salt Lake City, goes on to be a member of the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. From recruiting Tiger Woods.. to the pranks from Matt Kuchar.. to never winning a National Title.. Bruce Heppler delivers.
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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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News

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 11 write-in votes for an election in North Carolina, officials said. >> Read more trending news  Newton’s name was written in for the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation district position, according to the Board of Elections. The two people who won received more than 100,000 votes each. Newton has thrown for 2,086 yards and 17 touchdowns this season for the Panthers, who are 6-3 and trail the New Orleans Saints by two games in the National Football League’s NFC South division.
  • Fifteen years after tossing her twins off a bridge into the Mississippi River, a Minnesota woman is using her story to raise awareness about mental illness, KARE reported. >> Read more trending news  Naomi Gaines was 24 when she threw her 14-month-old sons, Sincere Understanding Allah and Supreme Knowledge Allah, into the river near St. Paul on July 4, 2003, and then jumped into the water, the Star Tribune reported in 2003. Sincere drowned, and Gaines was convicted of second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder, KARE reported. Gaines, now 39, served 15 years in prison and spent time at a mental health treatment center,  After the death of her son, Gaines was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis, bipolar and schizoaffective disorder, the television station reported.Now, Gaines is reaching out to help people with similar mental conditions. “If there is another Naomi Gaines out there, you are not alone. Mental illness is not a character flaw. It is not a weakness to ask for help. It is a strength,” Gaines told KARE. “What I wouldn't give to go back and say, 'I am not OK, and I need help.'” Gaines now works part-time at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota. “I got the most help for my mental illness while incarcerated,' Gaines told KARE. 'That is when the prevention classes, groups, therapy and medication happened, after it was already too late for my son.
  • A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days. Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket from Wallops Island before dawn, delighting chilly early-bird observers along the Atlantic coast. The Russian Space Agency launched its own load of supplies to the International Space Station on Friday, just 15 hours earlier. The U.S. delivery will arrive at the orbiting lab Monday, a day after the Russian shipment. Among the 7,400 pounds (3,350 kilograms) of goods inside the Cygnus capsule: ice cream and fresh fruit for the three space station residents, and a 3D printer that recycles old plastic into new parts. Thanksgiving turkey dinners — rehydratable, of course — are already aboard the 250-mile-high outpost. The space station is currently home to an American, German and Russian. There's another big event coming up, up there: The space station marks its 20th year in orbit on Tuesday. The first section launched on Nov. 20, 1998, from Kazakhstan. This Cygnus, or Swan, is named the S.S. John Young to honor the legendary astronaut who walked on the moon and commanded the first space shuttle flight. He died in January. It is the first commercial cargo ship to bear Northrop Grumman's name. Northrop Grumman acquired Orbital ATK in June. SpaceX is NASA's other commercial shipper for the space station. Experiments also are going up to observe how cement solidifies in weightlessness, among other things. There's also medical, spacesuit and other equipment to replace items that never made it to orbit last month because of a Russian rocket failure; the two men who were riding the rocket survived their emergency landing. Three other astronauts are set to launch from Kazakhstan on Dec. 3.
  • Two California men living in a homeless camp acted swiftly to save a driver whose vehicle was involved in an accident with a truck, KSBW reported. >> Read more trending news  On Tuesday, a truck driver lost control of his vehicle in Santa Cruz and slammed into a car, the television station reported. The small sedan was pushed 150 yards down the road and was stuck to the truck’s bumper, KSBW reported. It hit several cars before bursting into flames, rendering the driver unconscious, the television station reported. Robert Woodlief and John Thompson saw the accident and immediately sprang into action. 'We heard the explosion. A big boom,' said Woodlief told KSBW. 'It sounded like someone dropping giant shipping containers,' Thompson told the television station. As flames intensified, the two men used a box cutter and pocket knife to cut the unconscious driver’s seat belt and pull him to safety, KSBW reported. 'It caught my hair on fire and that's when I had to fall to the ground and roll two or three times and then John ran into the car and proceeded to cut,' Woodlief told the television station. 'I had to basically stop thinking about the flames. I was thinking about anything,” Thompson said. “My focus was on what I was doing and I cut the belt.'  The driver of the sedan remains in critical condition, KSWB reported.
  • A lawsuit filed on behalf of a New Mexico author alleges that a Santa Fe hospital revived the woman in violation of her “do not resuscitate” directive while she was in the facility’s care in 2016, the Albuquerque Journal reported. >> Read more trending news  The lawsuit filed in New Mexico state district court against Santa Fe's Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center alleges that the hospital was negligent twice in its treatment of Jamie Sams, a writer known for her books about spirituality.  The lawsuit also alleges that Sams was given the painkiller Dilaudid, a medicine she claims she is allergic to, the Journal reported. Sams suffers from Dercum’s, a rare disease that produces tumors all over the body, the newspaper reported. According to court documents obtained by the Journal, Sams went into cardiac arrest after receiving the drug in the emergency room on Feb. 5, 2016, and the hospital’s negligence was compounded when she was resuscitated -- something she did not want. Sams had signed a “Double DNR (do not resuscitate)” form, the newspaper reported. “As a result of being revived, Plaintiff continues to experience severe pain, disability and limitations and further, will incur extensive expenses throughout the remainder of her life,” the lawsuit against the hospital and emergency room doctor Jamie Gagan states. “This condition is extremely debilitating and painful and, moreover, requires frequent hospitalization and medication at great expense.” Christus spokesman Arturo Delgado told the Journal that Gagan works for HealthFront, which does emergency services work for the hospital. He said he could not comment on the lawsuit. Sams is a Native American author who co-wrote “Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals.” According to her author biography on the Amazon website, she is a member of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge. Sams is half French and half American Indian, with ancestors from the Cherokee, Seneca, Choctaw, and Mohawk tribes according to her profile at Spirituality & Practice. 
  • A photograph of a Utah police officer cradling a baby while the infant’s mother filed a domestic violence report has gone viral, KUTV reported. >> Read more trending news  One of the clerks at the West Jordan Police Department snapped a photo of Officer R. Lofgran holding and bottle feeding the baby and caring for the woman’s other young children, KSTU reported. “He spent hours on this call. Thank you for your service,” one person wrote on the West Jordan Police Department’s Facebook page. The photos and posts have been shared more than 370 times and have been liked by nearly 3,000 people since it was posted on Thursday.