The Flip Side

The Flip Side
Sports, Media, Technology, and the intersection of all three. With Dr. Galen Clavio and Dr. Brian Moritz.
S9 E2: Hot Chicken Influencer
Jan 23 • 41 min
S9 E1: Fake Maps
Jan 8 • 41 min
We’re back, Flipside Nation! Galen is back teaching after his sabbatical, but Brian is still on hibernation during his endless winter break. The boys are back for the start of Season 9, and they are great fun to be state employees and not federal ones.…
S8 E10: Ath-LEET
Dec 20, 2018 • 50 min
S8 E9: You’re a Mutt, Dude
Oct 16, 2018 • 56 min
Topics include: The Nathan Peterman Experience; Underrated Beatles Songs; Galen’s DNA and the presidency.
S8 E8: The LeCroix Lifestyle
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
S8 E7: Football is like Fried Chicken
Sep 11, 2018 • 49 min
S8 E6: Cupcake Cone Hipster
Aug 21, 2018 • 49 min
S8 E5: Collective Tigergasm
Aug 14, 2018 • 55 min
S8 E4: So Much Limestone
Jul 25, 2018
S8 E3: Fans are gonna do what fans are gonna do
Jul 9, 2018 • 33 min
S8 E2: All Fourth of Julys Are the Same
Jul 5, 2018 • 38 min
S8 E1: Reunited and we’re talking beer
Jun 27, 2018 • 65 min
S7 E15: A Very Special NCAA Episode
Feb 27, 2018
In their Season 7 finale, Brian and Galen spend the entire hour breaking down the current NCAA Men’s Basketball scandal. Why is media coverage of this story seemingly stuck in 1989? What does it mean for the future of college sports? What will bring real…
S7 E 14: Memory Hole an Event
Feb 22, 2018 • 61 min
S7 E13: Monobob
Feb 13, 2018 • 54 min
S7 E12: Staccato Vanilla Notes
Feb 7, 2018 • 56 min
Staccato Vanilla Notes
S7 E11: Mild Biscuity Malted Backbone
Feb 2, 2018 • 53 min
S7 E10: Wishful Liberal Thinking
Jan 26, 2018 • 52 min
S7 E9: Butch Vig’s Assistant
Jan 11, 2018 • 48 min
This week, Brian and Galen talk about **Lavar Ball and ESPN.** Why do reporters insist on talking to him, and why is it wrong for NBA coaches to keep reporters from interviewing him. **Logan Paul and YouTube Culture.** That dude’s an idiot, but what does…
S7 E8: Reportorial theater
Jan 2, 2018 • 43 min
S7 E7: You’re popping a lot less
Dec 26, 2017 • 47 min
You’re popping a lot less
S7 E6: We’ve got our own wine!
Dec 20, 2017 • 56 min
Topics this week include: The resignation of John Skipper. What should we make of the sudden departure of ESPN’s top executive. What’s next for the once-upon-a-Worldwide Leader in Sports? Spoiler culture. Brian saw The Last Jedi this weekend after…
S7 E5: The Puns in this Episode
Dec 12, 2017 • 48 min
S7 E4: Revenge Reno
Dec 5, 2017 • 52 min
S7 E3: Trolltastic Moments
Nov 30, 2017 • 53 min
Topics that Galen and Brian take on this week include Greg Schiano and “Twitter mobs.” What is it about Twitter that gives it so much power in our media environment? What the heck happened to Jason Whitlock? The Fall of Matt Lauer. How shocking is this…
S7 E2: Gin’s Always Been Good To Me.
Nov 22, 2017 • 52 min
The boys are back with their Thanksgiving special. Topics include: ESPN Layoffs and the evolution of Sportscenter and the network. What does ESPN want to be? Kryie Irving’s Flat Earth Beliefs and why reporters feel the need to write about it. Open-Access…
S7 E1: Super-Active Snapper
Nov 16, 2017 • 51 min
The boys are back with a new theme song, a new streamlined format and the same-old background noises. Topics include ESPN on Snapchat and what it means for sports media and for the social media platform; Twitter at 280 and whether or not the new character…
S6 E5: It’s Not A Rooster, It’s a Cockerel
Oct 24, 2017
S6 E4: What Could You Do For 15 Hours
Oct 17, 2017 • 63 min
It’s a Throwback … Monday? The boys are back at their classic time for an old-school edition of The Flip Side. They start with high praise for friend of the show Lauren Smith, who became an official Ironman this weekend. That eventually segues into talk…
S6 E3: Bonepit of desire
Oct 9, 2017 • 44 min
Bonepit of Desire
S6 E2: Conveyor Belt Sushi
Sep 23, 2017 • 53 min
It’s another mid-afternoon recording of The Flip Side, and Brian and Galen have come up with the newest HGTV series idea — World’s Awesomest Laundry Rooms. This week, they talk about why HGTV was not the cause of the housing crisis. They try to figure out…
S6 E1: Tequila’s not the answer here
Sep 16, 2017 • 61 min
It’s the start of Season 6 (OK, so Brian kind of unilaterally declared it to be Season 6). Galen’s back from a week in Germany, Brian’s back from a week in Vermont. They talk about German beer and what the tailgating parties for an NFL team in Vermont…
S5 E8: Warding off scurvy
Aug 18, 2017 • 38 min
So. There’s been a bit of news this week. Brian and Galen do their best to make sense of what happened in Charlottesville, what’s happening with the Trump administration, what’s going on in the country. Because really, who watches Indiana Jones and roots…
S5 E7: Swedes are Good at Everything
Aug 12, 2017 • 47 min
The Flip Side’s intermittent summer schedule continues, but this is a good one. Brian’s wife has recently started listening to Ryan Adams, and this has Galen super excited. They talk about Ryan’s long discography and the best ways to get into an…
S5 E6: Beat writering
Jul 25, 2017 • 55 min
Brian is back from the drudgery of vacation and is back in the thrilling world of work and podcasting. He and Galen attempt to answer the questions of our time. Why did Vice Sports fail? Is The Athletic a potentially successful new model for sports…
S5 E5: Porn is the word du jour
Jul 13, 2017 • 64 min
In this week’s episode of The Flip Side, we: 1. Learn all about Galen’s run in with the Bloomington Police and his life of crime. 2. Why Paul Ryan won’t just flip on Trump already. 3. Discuss our pop culture black holes, including how Brian’s wife killed…
S5 E4: Snapchats of Ben Franklin
Jul 6, 2017 • 50 min
The boys are back recording in the evening for one week only (until their schedules make it so they have to record in the evening again). Some of the topics the talk about. 1. The obscene price of bounce houses in Penfield, N.Y. 2. Galen’s July 4 chicken…
S5 E3: It’s Always The Seafood Tacos
Jun 27, 2017 • 49 min
Things discussed on this week’s episode of The Flip Side: 1. Galen’s vacation to San Diego, and how he had no real desire to watch sports while on the West Coast. 2. Brian’s bias against online video (spoken ironically on a podcast that is live streamed).…
S5 E2: That’s a lot of potato
Jun 13, 2017 • 46 min
In 2016, the website [Food Republic published a chart](All The Styles Of French Fries, Ranked - Food Republic) purporting to rank all styles of french fries from best to worst. The list is, to say it bluntly, ridiculous. Galen and Brian break down all the…
S5 E1: That’s a bad look for pizza
Jun 6, 2017 • 44 min
The band is back together, and trying some new things. This episode [streamed live](, but Brian’s computer was temperamental, which led to all sorts of technical shenanigans at the start. But once that was…
S4 E14: Get off our corner, Ribeiro!
Apr 11, 2017 • 79 min
It’s the Season 4 finale, and the boys start out with their biggest disagreement yet — over the merits of pancakes, waffles, and French Toast (Brian’s note, since I write the show notes: Galen is SO wrong on this) and have a wonderful debate over the…
S4 E 13: Unicorns riding bears
Apr 5, 2017 • 58 min
Galen’s back from a weekend at the IACS conference in Phoenix. Brian has research envy and taco envy. OK. Just taco envy. The boys talk about the conference and the state of sports communication research. They talk a lot about that … less than…
S4 E12: Creed is not art
Mar 27, 2017 • 70 min
A lot of great reader questions lead to the boys helping a lot of people. Here are some of the pressing issues Galen and Brian tackle this week • Is “Golden Knights” the worst nickname in all of professional sports? • What is the best meat alternative? •…
S4 11: I don’t understand life
Mar 22, 2017 • 57 min
Galen’s done five podcasts in the past week (Indiana fired its basketball coach. Perhaps you heard?), so what’s one more? After some short follow up about Indiana basketball and their sorry NCAA brackets, the boys get down to business. There’s a deep dive…
S4 E10: Time shifting ourselves
Mar 14, 2017 • 62 min
The boys are recording at NOON (GASP!) instead of their usual 9 p.m. Does this lead to a new vibe for the show. A less cynical, more optimistic outlook on life and sports and media? Well … There’s lots of bracket talk, specifically about the criteria used…
S4 E9: Saran Wrap is the devil’s tool.
Mar 7, 2017 • 63 min
Whatever label you put on it, the boys are back and they are struggling with their pronunciation of the Spanish “j”. Galen is back from spending the weekend at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. He talks about what he learned about…
S4 E8: Annette Bening remains unscathed
Feb 27, 2017 • 62 min
A day after the Oscars, Brian and Galen unpack the burgeoning Annette Bening conspiracy. Has anybody said where she was when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway read the wrong Best Picture winner? Didn’t think so … In addition to breaking down all the nonsense…
S4 E7: Maybe it’s because we’re nerds
Feb 21, 2017 • 52 min
Brian’s back from a nasty bout of the flu, Galen’s got hard out to watch Indiana basketball play Iowa, but the boys have plenty of time for some important discussions. They talk about tape. They talk about the L.A. Lakers and Eddie Donovan. And they do a…
S4 E6: And, it’s Beef Wellington
Feb 14, 2017 • 73 min
It’s an overflow of topics. More topics than the boys can get through in one episode. And yet, they manage to pull it off, with all their usual charm and charisma. Discussions about the future of Indiana basketball, college basketball’s ridiculous new…
S4 E5: I don’t know why Bill Barnwell blocked me
Feb 7, 2017 • 56 min
Last night they handled the Super Bowl. Tonight, the boys bare back with their usual witty repartee and insightful banter. Why does St. Bonaventure men’s basketball keep getting screwed? Why are college basketball referees systematically so bad? When will…
S4 E 4.5: It’s like hating gravity (Super Bowl pod)
Feb 5, 2017 • 44 min
After the Patriots incredible 34-28 come-from-behind victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, Galen and Brian host an emergency podcast to talk about the Falcons’ poor coaching, the sustained excellence of the Patriots, and Verizon’s BDSM.…
S4 E4: Nick Jonas wasn’t bad in Les Mis.
Jan 31, 2017 • 62 min
The world is coming apart at the seams, so the boys are here to help you through the end times. After some requisite political talk (Galen breaks the news of the night to Brian live on the air), they get down to the important issues of the day. What are…
S4 E3: Not Anthony Mason, you dork!
Jan 24, 2017 • 77 min
It’s time for some #alternativefacts. OK, we made that joke. Now, moving on … Thanks to some excellent reader topics, the boys talk about the upcoming Super Bowl, the political and journalism landscape in the new Trump administration, and do a deep dive…
S4 E2: What’s your drinking?
Jan 17, 2017 • 78 min
Did you wake up today and think “Man, you know what I need? I need a podcast where the two hosts spend 10 minutes talking about the state of Rutgers basketball?” You did? Well, lucky you … After a potentially dangerous dive down the Sports-Reference…
S4 E1: I’m being serendipitous, not creepy
Jan 12, 2017 • 62 min
The boys are back, rested and ready, for Season 4. The horrors of I-95 are discussed, as is the future of virtual reality as a consumer good. Also, we have our first guest — Galen’s wife Katie comes on to discuss a personal experience that verified a…
S3 E12: Bad beer and tequila: We’re basically undergrads
Dec 12, 2016 • 69 min
It’s finals time for Brian and Galen’s students, and it’s the season 3 finale of The Flip Side. The boys drop some real talk about Flip and Flop (and set up an HGTV arc for Season 4), discuss the merits of final exams vs. final projects and try to figure…
S3 E11: I love naked cash grabs
Dec 7, 2016 • 67 min
It’s a sports themed episode. The boys fix the college football playoffs, fix the Buffalo Bills and discuss Muay Thai.
S3 E10: Seriously, give us your money.
Nov 30, 2016 • 63 min
S3 E9: The turkey continuum
Nov 22, 2016 • 61 min
It’s the Thanksgiving preview show. Debate rages over the best way to cook a turkey, the important side dishes, what to drink, and of course, the all-important pie rankings. Actually, there’s not much debate. The boys generally agree on things. PLUS our…
S3 E8: Everyone’s either asleep or smells bad.
Nov 15, 2016 • 66 min
It’s the first show after the apocalypse (pocalypse). The boys unpack a lot about the election, including the safety pin conundrum facing Democrats and the balance between qualitative vs. quantitative journalism. They also have their college basketball…
S3 E7: Always go baby iguana
Nov 8, 2016 • 68 min
It’s our election preview! Just kidding! Who wants to hear more talk about that? As you wait for returns, the boys hash out the important problems in the world. They determine the worst person in the history of the world, rank frozen pizza brands, and…
S3 E6: Applianxiety
Nov 3, 2016 • 68 min
There’s a lot of anxiety in the air these days. The election is closer — does the mean Nate Silver is turning into just another pundit? The World Series is nearing its dramatic end — is there anything more annoying than a slow-pitch-calling umpire? And…
S3 E5: That’s a mood killer with chicken
Oct 24, 2016 • 60 min
Who’s more famous — Barack Obama or Cristiano Ronaldo? What’s more underrated — pork belly or the chicken thigh? What’s the best sauce for chicken wings — traditional medium or hot garlic? The boys break down the serious issues facing America with some…
S3 E4: Meatloaf is a leftover
Oct 18, 2016 • 69 min
The boys go deep this week. Lots of talk about internet culture and the 2016 presidential campaign and trying to figure out why things feel, in Brian’s words, gross. They also give important advice on leftovers.
S3 E3: The tentacles of Big Pumpkin
Oct 11, 2016 • 64 min
Third time’s the charm for Episode 3! The boys have solved their technical issues, and they have strong opinions about candy. They also talk the election, the NHL, Bills quarterbacks. But really. Candy is what gets them going here.
S3 E2: The DJ You Never Wanted
Sep 22, 2016 • 69 min
Bringing a bit of levity to a troubled week, the boys talk about quarterbacks, underrated songs, bands they feel like they should like and settle a huge Twitter food debate.
Season 3 Episode 1: Dick Cheney and Monsanto could make my popcorn
Sep 14, 2016 • 62 min
The Season 3 premier. The boys are back from their break, rested and ready to begin. They talk about the future of football and the best cut of steak. And FINALLY … we tell our origin story.
S2, E13: It’s come to this: A Flip Side clip show.
Aug 17, 2016 • 62 min
It’s the season 2 finale, as the boys will be taking a few weeks off to get ready for the coming semester. To celebrate, they thought about doing a clip show. In lieu of that, they talk politics, soccer and Star Trek. Brian also talks about why he wanted…
S2, E12: If you really wanna live, get wings and onion rings
Aug 9, 2016 • 1 min
It’s a special food-themed episode, as the boys talk about all kinds of food-related issues. They cast their votes for the worst fast-food restaurant, debate the merits of fries vs. onion rings, and answer the question on everyone’s mind: Can nachos be a…
Season 2, Episode 11: My dog walked through my headphones
Aug 3, 2016 • 70 min
The boys tackle some fantastic reader topics. Brian raves about the new Harry Potter book. They come up with an idea for Pacman Go (featuring Q-Bert and Dig Dug). And they get philosophical about moving, the things you find and the decisions you make.
Season 2, Episode 10: Everyone’s a housewife in Miami
Jul 26, 2016 • 60 min
The boys dare to touch the third rail and discuss politics. There’s also talk about sports journalism, Ray Kurzweil, and which reality show they’d be best on.
Season 2 Episode 9: The Scott Baio episode
Jul 19, 2016 • 74 min
Scott Baio turned us down to speak at the RNC, so the boys handle a hodgepodge of questions. Looking for discussions about Pokemon Go, moral relativism and puppies? This is your week.
Season 2, Episode 8: E.J. Manuel wouldn’t do that for you
Jul 12, 2016 • 47 min
The boys handle the serious topic of live-streaming video and journalism, and the slightly less serious topic of sports development academies. Got a topic? Tag it with #flipsidepod and they’ll spend one minute on it
Season 2, Episode 7: Sources: Tenure committee is unimpressed
Jul 6, 2016 • 61 min
What if your job was like the sports world?
Season 2, Episode 6: The Build-a-Bear Group
Jun 27, 2016 • 59 min
What’s your favorite conspiracy theory? The boys talk about what makes a good one. They also discuss the problems with instant replay in sports.
Season 2, Episode 5: Institutional Asshattery
Jun 21, 2016 • 60 min
In a bit of a potpourri episode, the boys talk about the best beer stores and BBQ in Rochester, discuss the OJ Simpson documentary and the ridiculousness of believing your city’s sports teams are “jinxed.”
Season 2, Episode 4: Probably not creepy
Jun 14, 2016 • 60 min
The boys go deep on some real topics - gun control, the Orlando shootings, parenting. They also talk about their favorite candy as kids. Plus, a live beer tasting!
Season 2, Episode 3: The MacGuffin of the Sports World
Jun 10, 2016 • 59 min
After a one-day soccer delay, the boys are back. Brian raves about Niagara Falls ComiCon, leading to a continued discussion on fandom. Also, which sport has the best in-game structure? Should you use your phones at concerts? The burning questions of our…
Season 2, Episode 2: Bitter Unicorn Tears
May 31, 2016 • 67 min
The boys discuss bad online behavior, “The Online Conversation Zone™” give great financial advice, hot takes on Keynesian Economics and rank holidays.
Season 2, Episode 1: Eris is not impressed
May 26, 2016 • 60 min
The boys are back from vacation. They talk about Italy, Foamhenge, food culture, the Bills’ media policy. And a special salute to a first-ballot Hall of Fame dog.
Episode 16: Buffet strategy
May 2, 2016 • 62 min
In the final episode of Season 1, the boys talk about the future of ESPN, HGTV cliches and nonstop flowing rivers of chocolate decadence We will be back in two weeks with the start of season 2.
Episode 15: You can’t take this podcast away from me
Apr 25, 2016 • 60 min
What is the most 90s song? The boys have a lot to say about that, and they also help a lot of people.
Episode 14: You should see my foliage
Apr 18, 2016 • 56 min
The boys take questions from the audience, and we help a lot of people. They discuss one-way streets, NBA games, the joy of a good diner and they rank the seasons (Galen gets it totally wrong) (PS: Brian writes the show notes). Subscribe via iTunes or via…
Episode 13: Mix tape? He made a mix tape.
Apr 14, 2016 • 64 min
Steven Bochco’s weird voodoo delay is done, and the boys talk about mix tapes. There are a lot of rules. They also share their most recent Spotify playlists. Chocolate Sombrero Shake Chocolate Porter One Buffalo Moritz Mix 1.0 Doctor GC’s SoundMix 1…
Episode 12: 4.2-percent taste?
Apr 5, 2016 • 39 min
Suck it Cop Rock! Our landmark 12th episode features talk about the NCAA Tournament, social media and sports media, and (by listener request) our rankings of the best Steven Bochco series. [Stone Ruination Double…
Episode 11: Wonder spices
Mar 28, 2016 • 59 min
Cooking with Clavio. The difference between cooking and making dinner. [Evil Twin Yang]( [Switchback Ale]( [Fried Chicken Cooking Video]( [Beer…
Episode 10: Roger, why are you licking the floor?
Mar 22, 2016 • 32 min
A quick chat catching up on the good and the bad of the NCAA Tournament.
Episode 9: Sex skells
Mar 15, 2016 • 67 min
The agony of Selection Sunday (the brackets and the show). The underreporting of the scandal at UNC. The future of academic conferences.
Episode 8: Way to go, BC!
Mar 8, 2016 • 46 min
A love letter to college basketball and a hate letter to CBS’ coverage.
Episode 7: Bracketology Hipster
Mar 1, 2016 • 55 min
We tackle our most controversial topic yet. Send your email to Galen. We also talk a lot about why sports journalists don’t quest college coaches about strategy
Epsiode 6: Wikipedia, which is never wrong
Feb 23, 2016 • 70 min
We’re closing in on outlasting Cop Rock. We talk about Apple’s woes and social media.
Episode 5: Beer talk
Feb 16, 2016 • 57 min
Brian’s snowed in. Galen’s on antibiotics. They start talking about beer, then veer into a conversation about taste in general.
Episode 4: We used to build things in America
Feb 8, 2016 • 55 min
Episode 4 Galen is over a cold, Brian sounds ready for a spiritual quest. Lots of Super Bowl talk.
Episode 3: Re-enact the Battle of New Orleans
Feb 1, 2016 • 46 min
Episode 3 is our Super Bowl Preview edition. We make predictions for the big game, give our dream halftime shows and briefly discuss Cam Newton’s pants.
Episode 2: Saturation theory
Jan 25, 2016 • 44 min
It’s Episode 2 of The Flip Side with Galen Clavio. We talk about sports hate, saturation theory, Tim Tebow, Steph Curry and answer our first listener question. Tweet us your questions @bpmoritz and @doctorgc or at #theflipside. Show notes: Game 7 of the…
Episode 1: Pilot
Jan 18, 2016 • 39 min
Because what the Internet needs right now is a podcast with two white dudes in their mid-30s drinking craft beer and talking about pop culture. It’s a niche, but we think we’ve found it.