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Hi, my name is John McAllister. I have spent the past six years playing bridge all around the world. My goal is to win a world championship. Doing so requires getting into the minds of the world's best players. I can not think of a better, more fun way to do so, than to interview great bridge players and share their insights in podcast format.
 
Where did the World Coffee Championships come from? How did things go wrong? How were they fixed? Across six episodes, we'll hear from people who come together every year to celebrate specialty coffee and push the industry forward, exploring the role competitions play in different communities and recognizing the large network of volunteers who make these annual events possible. While we're disappointed that the competitions aren't happening this year, we hope this podcast will help us feel m ...
 
Join hosts Paul Almeida and Bryn Griffiths as they focus on the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Canada this holiday season. Paul also owns Azorcan Tours and they'll be taking fans from across North American to this annual event when its overseas. They've been in business for decades, specializing in Group trips to Europe. Come join us in Russia in 2023 and Sweden in 2024! Website: azorcan.net
 
Red Bull is hosting the Cliff Diving World Series 2010 where 12 of the world's best athletes willcompete in six consecutive events spanning Europe and across Central and North America. The divers will jump from heights of 26m and upwards in stunning urban and natural locations, performing acrobatic twists and somersaults against a scenic backdrop.
 
Thought-provoking sports podcast. The two co-hosts, Alex and Ben, are two former collegiate athletes and sports enthusiasts. This weekly podcast will include passionate discussions on current top sports stories and various sports trends. Guests will include a variety of sports players, from amateur and collegiate to semi-professional and even professional. The topics include emerging stories and current debates in the sports world. From college to professional sports, this podcast will cover ...
 
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In June of 2019, I asked now 17 year old Michael Xu to help me prepare for my interview with his bridge mentor/hero, Michael Rosenberg. This sparked his progression from The Setting Trick helper, to The Setting Trick intern, and finally to The Setting Trick guest. One year after I first reached out, Michael co founded the Youth Bridge Association, …
 
The third and possibly final episode of the Youngest Life Master series has touched down! In this episode, we caught up with four former youngest Life Masters: Joel Wooldrige, brothers Sam and Dan Hirschman, and Steven Cochran. Joel is now a world-class expert and is one of the world's best players. Sam and Dan continue to celebrate their former re…
 
Andrew Robson is a giant, in both height and bridge; he is 6 feet 6 inches tall and has won a slew of titles, including back to back Reisingers in 1998 and 1999. On top of all his bridge accolades, he has met the Queen of England, received the prestigious “Other Buggers’ Efforts” award, and survived a 100 foot fall. If you want to learn more about …
 
Al Bender is an extraordinarily dedicated teacher for Bridge For Youth, a nonprofit organization that promotes youth bridge in the Seattle area. After the pandemic struck, Bridge For Youth and Al switched from a face-to-face teaching model to solely virtual instruction. He caught my attention through this Bridge Winners article on the benefits of t…
 
Meet Greg Hinze: Three time North American Bridge Champion, world champion and he also has a world class sense of humor! After first hearing there was such a thing as a professional bridge player, Greg made it his five year goal. He played a lot, read lots of books, practically went broke and now is a highly desired pro. Episode Highlights: 1:35- H…
 
At the age of 10 years and 43 days Adam Kaplan set the record as the American Contract Bridge League’s youngest ever life master. A subsequent article in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, commemorating Adam’s achievement, inspired his successor Richard Jeng who broke Adam’s record with ease at the age of 9 years, 6 months, and 12 days. Both Richard and Ada…
 
Our latest guest, Andrew Chen, is our youngest ever, by a lot! 8-year old Andrew is the ACBL’s youngest ever Life Master, a feat many spend decades striving for. In May 2020, Andrew, at the age of eight years and three days, smashed the previous record holder’s mark by more than a year. He also was the first to set the record since the requirements…
 
Didn’t get enough of Ronnie? He’s back! Ron Smith returns to the show, bringing with him more hilarious stories. Episode Highlights: 6:05- Ron’s opinion on Real Bridge 12:30- When your teammates go for minus 4600 in 4Cxx down 8 so you lose 24 IMPS, but you still win the match 15:35- Ron learns from his teacher who went minus 5800.Twice 16:05- Story…
 
Who Somehow Won in 2020? John Lofranco's picks:Canadian and U.S. Marathon Trials WinnersThe long break is to the advantage of each athlete who has a spot locked up for Tokyo 2021, for various reasons:The Americans:Aliphine Tuliamuk: It allowed her time to have a child, and what she showed is she can win a competitive race in difficult conditions wh…
 
2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING AWARDS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: TEOFIMO LOPEZ FIGHT OF THE YEAR: JOSE ZEPEDA VS IVAN BARANCHYK 10/3/20 ROUND OF THE YEAR: ROUND 5 ZEPEDA VS BARANCHYK KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR: GERVONTA DAVIS KO6 LEO SANTA CRUZ 10/31/20 COMEBACK FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: ERROL SPENCE UPSET OF THE YEAR: CARLOS GONGORA KO12 ALI AKHMEDOV EVENT OF THE …
 
Today a 'look ahead' at the event, plus some tough news to start the tournament for Team Canada Host: Paul Almeida and Bryn Griffiths Website: azorcan.netโดย Paul Almeida / Bryn Griffiths
 
Hosts John Lofranco and Michael Doyle unpack who came and won big at The Marathon Project, one of the most intriguing elite marathons, well, maybe ever. And of course, they each also select three big losers on the day — those who had something at stake and failed in some capacity.They discuss, sponsored athletes vs. working-class stiffs, (future) O…
 
Among US Juniors, few adults’ names are as well-recognized as Ron Smith. But don’t let his title of “Honorary Junior” fool you; Ron began playing bridge back in the Roth Stone era, when he only would open the bidding with 14 points—3 points more than what he needs to open today. A true perennial all-star, Ron stands out for his work in fostering th…
 
This week, we’re excited (and a little bit sad) to release the sixth and final episode of the World Coffee Championships Podcast’s first series. “Worlds Apart” tells the stories of the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship and the World Brewers Cup, two competitions that take vastly different approaches to growing the specialty coffee community…
 
While Scott Hoffer professes to be the worst player yet to appear on The Setting Trick, he caught my attention as the developer of an iOS app called Tricky Bridge. Presently only available on iPhones and iPads, Tricky Bridge has become my go to destination for anyone who is interested in learning the game. The ACBL Education Foundation helped make …
 
“Turn It On” tells the stories of the World Coffee Roasting Championship and the Cezve/Ibrik Championships, two competitions with incredibly close-knit communities at their heart. Along the way, co-hosts Anna Oleksak and Sara Al-Ali lead us through stories about navigating subjectivity, all kinds of development, and the lengths we go to for coffee …
 
“But I Need It!” continues the story of the World Barista Championships from where we left off in Episode 03, nearly halfway through the competition’s journey, to today. Along the way, co-host Roukiat Delrue leads us through stories of evolutionary meetings, competitors who played in the grey areas of the rules, wildcards, and the drive to “bring t…
 
I first saw Nabil Edggton at the 14th World Youth Team Championships in Taicang. I remember being in the Vugraph room and hearing fellow Aussie (Nabil is from Oz) David Stern say something to the effect of, Andy (Hung, Neil’s junior and current partner) likes to bid game and let Nabil play it. It still strikes as the type of compliment on which I w…
 
On March 13th Walt Schafer began organizing bridge games on BridgeBase in response to the global shutdown. Walt continues to organize what has become known as “The Schafer Game,” selflessly out of his love for bridge. I got to play with the legendary for Bob Hamman for the first time in Walt’s game and we went on to win. Beating Episode 23 guests F…
 
“We Were the Punks” traces the early days of the World Barista Championships from a rag-tag group of volunteers looking to raise specialty coffee awareness to a powerful, monetizable stage grappling with questions of scale and professionalism. Along the way, co-host Sonja Bjork Grant leads us through stories of spit buckets, snakeskin boots, backst…
 
Paul and Bryn break down what's up with the World Junior Hockey Championship... and it's all because of COVID-19. Just because this year won't have fans in the seats, it doesn't mean we aren't looking ahead. We focus on 2022, 2023 AND 2024.โดย Paul Almeida / Bryn Griffiths
 
We did plan on an update podcast upon returning home in February... but 2020 had other ideas. Bryn says thanks to everyone who reached out as he dealt with an major health issue. It looks like he's beaten it back, and for him, it's now full speed ahead again.โดย Paul Almeida / Bryn Griffiths
 
This week, we’re excited to launch the second episode of the World Coffee Championships Podcast. “Paint a Picture” traces the history and evolution of the World Latte Art Championship through the medium itself, from early etchings to the innovative realistic pours that grace the competition’s stage today. Along the way, co-host Rie Moustakis leads …
 
In August of 2012, Tom Carmichael and I spent 12 days together in Taicang, China. Tom as the non-playing captain (NPC) of the USA1 Under 21 team, and me as the executive producer of a documentary film with the working title Lost in the Shuffle. We decided to focus on Tom’s team owing to the appeal of the players on it and their chance to win the fi…
 
This week, we’re excited to launch the first episode of the World Coffee Championships Podcast. “It’s a YES!!” traces the history and evolution of the World Cup Tasters Championship through stories about rule-breakers, phone calls home mid-competition, and backstage ballet. Co-hosted by Gloria Pedroza, 2006 World Cup Tasters Champion and long-time …
 
Coming soon to the SCA Podcast channel: The World Coffee Championships podcast! Across six episodes, the series offers a glimpse behind the scenes, bringing to light some of the hidden stories woven in and around these annual events that serve as the culmination of local and regional events around the globe. Listen wherever you get your podcasts, a…
 
Hope everyone had a great summer... but now there's a bite in the air... time for a long overdue look back at the 2020 World Juniors Hockey Championship. Lots of laugh PLUS a Gold medal for Canada!โดย Paul Almeida / Bryn Griffiths
 
Not all professional bridge players are world class. I will comfortably posit that Chris Willenken is. Having watched a director ask Chris about a bidding problem at an NABC I've been dumbfounded about how much Chris knows with just a few words introduction. Demand for playing lessons with him has skyrocketed during Covid as bridge players seek to …
 
Hosts John Lofranco and Michael Doyle discuss who each feels "won" and "lost" at the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships, which took place over the weekend in Gdynia, Poland.John's winners: Women's champ (and world-record holder) Peres Jepchirchir, the concept of watching a race, and "the running media."Michael's winners: Jepchirchir, …
 
Jacob Freeman and Finn Kolesnik are 20 and 16 years old respectively. They first proposed the idea of appearing on The Setting Trick, seemingly as a lark, at the 2019 Fall North American Bridge Championships. As the podcast’s founder and host, I was delighted that it mattered to them, and amused by being asked during a chance run in on a street cor…
 
The 2020 London Marathon featured upsets, disappointments, sprint finishes, and even a shoe controversy (or two).The XC's John Lofranco and Michael Doyle each pick three big winners and losers from the elite-only event in St. James' Park.โดย The XC
 
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