Admittedly, I'm a much bigger NBA fan than I am of the NFL. I'm a Packers fan, but rarely watch more than about a quarter each week. Football just has too much stop and start for me, and while the weather's still nice it's hard to lock myself inside on a Sunday. That said, I'll watch basketball anytime. It's my sport. But not the point of this blog.
To my point, now. Even though I'm not watching the Packers as much as I once did, I do my best to never to miss "Tuesdays with Aaron" on ESPN Radio. For me, it's even better than the game.
Why? Of course Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is good, very good. I've never met him, but from every indication, he's open, honest and genuine. These traits all shine through on his game day interviews but they really standout in the longer form, more casual setting that host Jason Wilde and the good people at 540 ESPN have developed for "Tuesdays with Aaron."
Wilde's a pro. Yes, I know him and he used to blog for us, but his credentials and personality speak for themselves. He asks great questions and makes the segment appeal to both hard core NFL fans and casual bandwagon jumpers. This isn't easy to do.
The play-by-play break downs are especially good. Again, even for non football fans. Maybe it's because you seldom hear professionals at Rodgers' level go into such detail, but more likely it's because Rodgers and Wilde both know their crafts very, very well.
ESPN Milwaukee president Craig Karmazin told me that the response to the segment has been overwhelmingly positive as well as global in reach. He gets emails from Packers fans across the world and noted that many soldiers over seas are big fans of the show.
I'm certain more in-depth segments like this are on the way. Fans love them, and the leagues have to like the way they connect players with fans. Personally I'd love to see a similar interview type show with the Bucks and Brewers.
But for now, I'm giving thanks for and highly suggesting you check out the weekly "Tuesdays" podcasts here.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published July 24, 2017
Downtown Milwaukee continues to shine today as one of its main thoroughfares gets a new, fresh repaving.
Published July 17, 2017
Not familiar with Topgolf? These places are hot and exploding all over the country. With its development boon, Milwaukee seems prime for one. Even Giannis Antetokounmpo is tweeting about it.
Published July 10, 2017
Complain as you will about the crowds, construction and whatnot, but those things add to what our Downtown area has worked so hard to get: density, discovery and diversity. Let's explore these important traits as they related to the Big Gig.
Published June 27, 2017
The energy, the buzz, the excitement, the music! Here are OnMilwaukee co-founder and president Jeff Sherman's daily picks for Summerfest 50.
Published June 23, 2017
5 a.m. is early, and to get to the new Orangetheory class I'm taking it means getting out of bed by 4:30 a.m. But, I wanted to shake my fitness routine up and challenge myself to bust out of what I was used to. Here's how it's going.
Published June 19, 2017
Fast Company's seen the trend that's not only Milwaukee specific rather "small city American." Yes, "Hoteliers have Bet Big on Small City America."
Published June 6, 2017
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg brought her inspirational "Option B" book tour to Milwaukee's Riverside Theater Monday night, and it proved to be a hour of powerful lessons.
Published June 2, 2017
It's always a big hit: the long-sleeved Storm the Bastille T-shirt. Here's an exclusive first look at the Associated Bank Storm the Bastille design from the East Town Association.
Published May 7, 2017
From Milwaukee, a quick weekend trip to Dubuque is an easy one - only about 175 miles, so it's an under three-hour drive. And before you stop reading thinking, "Iowa, what kind of vacation is that?" think again.
Published April 28, 2017
I had a great lunch last week at True Food Kitchen in Downtown Chicago. Truth be told, I hadn't heard of the place until we searched for lunch options close to our hotel and it popped up. Now I want one in Milwaukee.