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Every media analyst gets asked "How did you get your job?" Now NFL.com's Matt Harmon and The Backyard Banter Podcast finally gives them a chance to answer.
||CleanEpisode 54: Kyle Crabbs - Build my own chair at the table||NDT Scouting's Kyle Crabbs shares his journey from an upstart draft guid publisher to where he is now and what he learned from his biggest miss.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 53: James Koh - Divorce the information from emotion||NFL Network's James Koh joins the program to drop hard truths on the path to success in television broadcasting.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 52: Will Brinson - That's how it'll have to be||CBS Sports senior NFL writer Will Brinson stops by the show to discuss the current state of sports media.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 51: Charles McDonald - Not an escape from reality||Bleacher Report's Charles McDonald stops by to discuss his journey as a writer and the plight of the black quarterback.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 50 special: What you've learned - For you, by you.||We've made it 50 episodes here together and I really can't believe how much the podcast has grown, developed and expanded since it began. It's all thanks to you||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 49: Jourdan Rodrigue - Let's see what you think then||We have a treat on our hands as now confirmed badass Jourdan Rodrigue stops by The Backyard Banter Podcast to discuss her career path that landed with a gig as||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 48: Justin Twell - Long process to come back||We're honored to be joined by Justin Twell from Inside The Pylon for episode 48 of The Backyard Banter Podcast. Justin not only comes on to discuss his backgrou||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 47: Justin Lonero - It's time to relearn life||In an incredibly real episode of The Backyard Banter Podcast, Football Diehards analyst Justin Lonero stops by to share his story along the path winding through||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 46- Scott Bischoff - Life presented the greatest challenge possible||Episode 46- Scott Bischoff - Life presented the greatest challenge possible by Matt Harmon||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45: Al Zeidenfeld - Little steps along the way||Season 2 of The Backyard Banter Podcast rolls along with episode 45 and a visit from Draftkings and ESPN daily fantasy sports analyst Al Zeidenfeld. The purveyo||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44: Jason Romano - Just a different dream||We're back. After a hiatus during the football season, The Backyard Banter Podcast makes a long awaited return and the first episode doesn't disappoint. Now for||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43: Matt Harmon - But here we are (Season 1 Finale)||All good things must come to an end and episode 43 will mark the end of Season 1 of The Backyard Banter Podcast. Since it was such a highly demanded one, I deci||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42: Gregg Rosenthal - I have to make this work or else||In the second to last episode of Season 1, Gregg Rosenthal of Around the NFL joins the podcast to talk about his journey through multiple venues and the industr||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41: Jon Moore - Determiner of what I want||Episode 41 brings us Jon Moore, a former writer/podcaster for RotoViz and now the social media editor for Pro Football Focus. Jon just recently got his full-tim||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40: Uncle Chaps - Just have fun with it||Sorry my end of the audio is terrible in this episode. No idea what happened, but you're really here for the elite guest anyways. The much anticipated moment y||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39: Bob Harris - The best addiction I've ever had||Episode 39 brings the football diehard himself, Bob Harris, a true veteran of the fantasy industry. Bob takes us through the beginnings of his journey and provi||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38: Scott Fish - Everybody working together to make this||In what amounts to a national holiday in the fantasy community, we're lucky to be joined by Scott Fish during the ??week of the #SFB480. Scott delves into the o||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37: Jene Bramel - Ask the questions you want answered||?Not many individuals in our industry hold a more unique position than Dr. Jene Bramel, Footballguys writer and our guest for episode 37. ?Jene is a pediatricia||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36: Mike Tagliere - Never going to leave this candy store||We continue onward across the industry to a visit from Mike Tagliere of Pro Football Focus. Not only is Mike one of the kindest people you'll encounter in the i||7/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Ben Cummins - Starting at ground zero||In a style we've never broached before, episode 35 brings us an appearance by Ben Cummins, a new contributor to RotoViz, TwoQBs and The Fantasy Footballers' ups||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34: Field Yates - It's the nature of what we do||Episode 34 brings us Field Yates of ESPN and former NFL front office employee. Field shares his experience in getting to the NFL and then transitioning out into||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33: Chris Heil - I gave it everything I had||No matter your place in life, episode 33 with Chris Heil will speak to you. Chris contacted me at the show's onset about doing an episode detail his rise and ul||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: Sal Stefanile - Just make them notice you||Episode 32 brings a special appearance as one of my longtime supporters in the industry, Sal Stefanile, joins the show. Sal is legitimately one of the nicest pe||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Adam Levitan - Accept an alternate lifestyle||Episode 31: Adam Levitan - Accept an alternate lifestyle by Matt Harmon||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Matthew Freedman - It's not built for everyone||Episode 30 brings us Matthew Freedman, the editor-in-chief of Fantasy Labs and the producer of RotoViz Radio and the Fantasyland Podcast. Freedman took a unique||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: George Kritikos - If your heart's not in it people notice||One of the fantasy industry's best kept secrets, DLF writer George Kritikos, joins the podcast to cover a bevy of topics. George and I spin the wheel to bring a||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Marcas Grant - Certainly never expected this||We finally complete the NFL Fantasy Stronghold circuit as Marcas Grant joins the podcast for episode 28. It seems that Marcas tried his hand at just about every||6/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Steve Palazzolo - I understand the questions that come||Episode 27: Steve Palazzolo - I understand the questions that come by Matt Harmon||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Matt Miller - To build bridges not burn them||Episode 26 brings us Matt Miller the lead NFL analyst for Bleacher Report. One of the most well-known but down to earth figures in the business, Miller brings a||5/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Graham Barfield - A human game played by humans||We've laid out a lot of strategies for getting started as a football writer, but Graham Barfield stops by episode 25 to bring a real life example. He exemplifie||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStatus update - Season 1 and what to expect going forward||Status update - Season 1 and what to expect going forward by Matt Harmon||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Pat Daugherty - I just said yes to everything||Rotoworld's Patrick Daugherty, better known as RotoPat, joins the podcast for "The Jack Bauer Episode". The venerable blurb master digs into his backstory that||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Eric Galko - There's always work to be done||If you haven't noticed, I have/had a lot of bosses in this life. In episode 23 of the podcast, we were joined by Eric Galko, the Owner of and Scouting Director||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: TJ Hernandez - In some roundabout way||Episode 22: TJ Hernandez - In some roundabout way by Matt Harmon||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Alex Gelhar - Homework for the rest of your life||In a long anticipated episode, my NFL Fantasy colleague and roommate Alex Gelhar makes his appearance on the podcast. Alex shares the winding path that took him||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: The Fantasy Footballers - Because we were fans||For episode 20 we get triple the fun as all three members of The Fantasy Footballers podcast stop in to discuss how they built up their hit show. Mike Wright an||5/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Jessica Kleinschmidt - The scariest person you deal with is yourself||Episode 19 brings us Jessica Kleinschmidt of FanDuel Insiders, to dish on her backstory and place in the industry today. Jess and I discuss navigating some of t||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Evan Silva - A willingness to work hard||We get titanic as industry giant Evan Silva, the senior football editor of Rotoworld, joins us for the 18th episode of the podcast. Evan takes a look back at hi||4/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Jeff Risdon - It's hard to be in the middle||Episode 17: Jeff Risdon - It's hard to be in the middle by Matt Harmon||4/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Cecil Lammey - Because I didn't ask for anything||NFL Insider for FM1043 The Fan in Denver and senior writer for Footballguys, Cecil Lammey joins the podcast for the sixteenth episode. Cecil not only played a p||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Patrick Claybon - If you shine people will see you||Episode 15: Patrick Claybon - If you shine people will see you by Matt Harmon||4/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Denny Carter - People want to know you||Episode 14 brings us a great story as we're joined by Denny Carter, the co-host of the Living the Stream podcast, owner of Draft Day Consultants and the author||4/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Adam Rank - Honestly just don't go away||For episode 13 we are privileged to welcome in NFL Network's Adam Rank to share a wealth of information. Given the platform he needed to go into full filibuster||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Adam Pfeifer - Being happy is doing this||On this episode, Adam Pfeifer of Project Roto and DFS Bootcamp joins us to talk about the state of his place in the fantasy football industry. Adam is the first||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: Mark Schofield - You get one drive in this life||Today we have Mark Schofield from Inside the Pylon and author of the new book 17 Drives on the podcast to share the story of his recent transition to a full-tim||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Liz Loza - Ride the horse in the direction it's going||Yahoo fantasy football analyst and co-host of the X's & Y's Podcast, Liz Loza, joins the show for the 10th episode. The first female guest of The Backyard Bante||3/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Matthew Berry - I did it without being negative to anyone||ESPN Senior Fantasy Analyst and New York Times Best Selling Author of "Fantasy Life", Matthew Berry joins the show to tell the story of his rise to the mountain||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Matt Franciscovich - Persistence is a huge deal||Many of the listeners asked me over the last month when I would bring a guest on that I work with at NFL Media, so I finally did. There are plenty of great opti||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Matt Williamson - I got lucky, but I also made my own luck||Former Cleveland Browns and ESPN scout, and current co-host of The Dynasty Blueprint podcast, Matt Williamson, joins up for the seventh edition of the podcast t||3/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Eric Stoner - Passions are best left as hobbies||We have a treat for the sixth installment of The Backyard Banter Podcast as Eric Stoner? joins the show to talk about the ebbs and flows of his time in the foot||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Josh Norris - You don't have to have an opinion on everything||Rotoworld and NBC Sport's lead NFL Draft analyst, Josh Norris, drops in for a conversation unlike any other in the previous episodes. Perhaps unexpectedly, we w||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Rumford Johnny - Elevate somebody or get out of their way||Rumford Johnny (@RumfordJohnny) joins the podcast to talk about his unique place in the fantasy football community. Rummy provides a different viewpoint than ou||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: JJ Zachariason - No one cares because you're not established||JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB), Editor-In-Chief at numberFire and author of The Late Round Quarterback, stops by The Backyard Banter Podcast to talk about how he||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Matt Waldman - Popular doesn’t necessarily make it good||Rookie Scouting Portfolio creator and Footballguys columnist, Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman), joins the podcast to deliver some of the harder truths one needs to w||2/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Sigmund Bloom- Involve yourself in each other's lives||Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom), co-owner of Footballguys.com and co-host of The Audible Podcast, stops by The Backyard Banter Podcast to talk about his journey i||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm a better person because of BYB
Let me start off with this is an outstanding podcast. If this is all you're going to read of my review just know it's info-packed with gold if you want to break into the business, and if you don't want to do that but enjoy inspiring stories of how people got to where they are then listen to this!!!
Matt Harmon is a role model to me and I really look up to him. I'm glad to have the honor of being acquaintances with him on Twitter and he's personally given me great advice as I look to break into the industry.
I'm sure I speak for a lot of people when I say that when Matt initially said he was starting this podcast, I felt like he was doing it for me. Like he was hand-crafting a magical guide of how and what to do to get to where I wanted to go. By listening to this podcast, I realized that I was initially on the right path, (Always a good feeling, right?) but I was able to modify and change certain things to make myself better. I absorbed all the hours of advice and followed all his amazing guests on Twitter. My timeline improved even more and opened up another universe of information. I thought I knew a ton about football and media, but after listening to this podcast it opened me up to so much more.
My favorite episodes were #10 with Liz Loza and #7 with Matt Williamson. Not to discredit the others however, because they were all must-listen content each contributing their own special advice. I would love for Matt to have maybe some more NFL Media people and definitely some more women of the industry on as guests. I would also love for him to have on maybe some Broadcasting folk to represent a different part of the industry (Also Dameshek would be an awesome episode).
All in all, THIS IS A FANTASTIC PODCAST AND MATT HARMON IS AN INCREDIBLE PERSON AND I OWE SO MUCH TO HIM AND THIS PODCAST IS PART OF THAT REASON SO LISTEN TO IT!!!!
This show is absolute gold for any aspiring writer in the industry. I found myself taking notes with every episode. Excellent job, Matt!
Amazing unique idea that is giving me the motivation I need to succeed
This podcast is amazing. I'm unaware of anything like it ever being done before. I'm a fantasy football writer that is currently working to get my foot in the door. In my opinion, there is no other resource that is even remotely as valuable as this podcast.