From Chicago, Arizona, Toronto, and around the world: The Sports Report with Packer Dave
Dave, a lifelong Packer Fan and radio veteran hosts a weekly program about the Bears, Packers, Vikings, and Lions, where it’s a showdown each week with the teams vying for playoff status. The program has been on the air since 1993 through various name changes and participants. Currently, SRN Broadcasting’s Steve Leventhal serves as co-host and producer. They deliver the premier program covering the NFC North, featuring interviews with players and coaches. In addition, a variety of guests from throughout the sports world give us their take on the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college, golf, soccer and more. Dave’s other claim to fame is an uncanny resemblance to Charlie Sheen, which allowed him to be Charlie’s photo double on two very unmemorable films: No Code of Conduct (1998) and Five Aces (1999).
New shows are posted every Thursday afternoon.
with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, and Jeff Rich
The guys got together recently in Tempe Arizona to watch the Bears-Packers game. But we didn’t stop there. Dave also took it upon himself to interview Jeff’s wife, Jeff’s dad, and Steve’s friend Clawson. In addition to the Chicago-Green Bay discussion, there’s NFL talk, and an interview with Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes looking back at the 2017 season. Lastly John Poulter’s talks to us about the rising popularity of soccer.
Don’t miss cameos from Bob Costas and Jeff Foxworthy.
on this week’s Sports Report with Packer Dave
….Steve Leventhal was at Halas Hall, and has Chicago Bears audio ahead of their second meeting of 2017 with the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at Soldier Field. Doug Russell from Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio gives his take from north of the state line. Jeff Rich joins us for discussion of the big games in the NFL and college football. Plus John Poulter reacts to the passing of Roy Halladay, and Mike Perlow has his DFS picks for Sunday.
Hear audio interviews from Brett Hundley, Randall Cobb, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Matthew Stafford, Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, Jason Garrett, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Don’t miss cameos from Chris Berman and Len Dawson.
on The Sports Report with Packer Dave
Our special guest Cheryl Raye-Stout of NPR’s WBEZ in Chicago talks Bears football. John Poulter joins us with a wrap up of the exciting 2017 World Series, his NHL update, and a look at Sunday’s EPL matchups with Chelsea – Manchester United and Manchester City hosting Arsenal. Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich, and Dave discuss the Bears, the key games in the NFL, and college football this weekend.
Hear audio interviews from Astros manager A.J. Hinch, Jose Altuve, George Springer, Mike McCarthy, Packers DL Kenny Clark, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Matthew Stafford, Zach Ertz, Brock Osweiler, Andy Reid, and Cam Newton. Don’t miss cameos from Bob Uecker and Ahmad Rashad.
with Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
Fresh from her Cubs postseason coverage, Dionne Miller of ABC 7 Chicago joins us to talk Chicago Bears and NFL football, including the ongoing Colin Kaepernick controversy. The Bears are surprising everyone with their tenacious defense en route to a 3-4 record. We’ll talk about the other key games in the NFL this weekend, some top college football contests. John Poulter talks about the thrilling first two games of the 2017 World Series, and this week’s top EPL soccer matchup. Plus, get our weekly DFS picks with Mike Perlow.
Hear interviews with Brett Hundley, Don Capers, John Fox, Bears OC Dowell Loggains, Drew Brees, Detroit’s Jim Caldwell, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, Dak Prescott, Urban Meyer, Penn State coach James Franklin, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.
Don’t miss cameos from Wayne Laravee and Pat Hughes.
With Packer Dave and Steve Leventhal
We are joined by John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago to look at the Bears win over Baltimore and discuss Mitch Trubisky’s performances so far. John Poulter talks to us about the Dodgers win over the Cubs and his thoughts on the rest of the Yankees – Astros in the ALCS, as well as the Blackhawks and big games in English soccer this weekend. Lastly, we have our regular DFS segment with our fantasy football expert Mike Perlow looking the NFL slate of games.
Hear interviews from Brett Huntley, Jordy Nelson, John Fox, Mitch Trubisky, Ron Rivera, Clayton Keyshawn, and Duncan Keith of the Hawks.
But first, a little history lesson
The program began inauspiciously in the fall of 1993, when our own “Packer” Dave wanted to add a wide-open, no holds barred sports talk show. Due to his limited, feeble sports upbringing in Wisconsin, the best he could do was a Packer Football talk show. Given the alternative of Dave spewing about the Packers for a whole hour, a few Bear fans were rounded up to present the opposing view. After a few weeks of trying out various combinations, it became obvious that Len Ackerman and Steve Kohn were the best that the Windy City could offer. A former Bear wide receiver who shall remain nameless was also a regular during the first season. Lastly former SRN sport director Bob Greenberg was brought in to set he record straight on the arguments that took place on nearly every episode.
Those early days were affectionately known as the “Wonder Years” because when listening to tapes of those old programs, we wonder how we managed to stay on the air. Actually, we were kicked off of our affiliate in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, because a former Chicago Bears player accidentally dropped an “F-bomb” on live radio (with no delay.) Apparently, they weren’t quite ready for this kind of humor, even at 10:30 at night.
Undeterred by the critics, bad production values, and lame jokes, the show built a following. Stations in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin continued to carry the program. Then an amazing thing happened – the Internet. Suddenly, crazed and depraved Bears and Packers fans across the globe could hear three knuckleheads droning on about the best rivalry in professional sports.
The show endured the departure of Kohn to pursue a real job, Bob Greenberg’s retirement, and the original producer fled the continental US before the federal marshals could serve him. In addition, a certain football team based in Lake Forest, Illinois objected to the program name, so it was re-christened as “The Pro Football Showdown.” Veteran Chicago sportscaster Les Grobstein stepped in as the new sports savant. Dave and Len remained from the original cast, and Steve Leventhal took over on sound effects, and as the studio engineer.
The “Bears-Packers Showdown” and “The Pro Football Showdown” were thrust upon unsuspecting ears off and on for sixteen years. In the last five years it was often in doubt that program would return for the following season. However, a small group of hard core fans kept lobbying the producers, and a few naive radio stations continued to carry the show. Finally, after years of bickering, backstabbing, and mocking, as well as lack of funding, the show died of unnatural causes in 2009.
Despite the stupidity, nonsense, crazy sound effects, and general unprofessionalism on display, people kept listening, turning it into a bit of a cult favorite. For reasons beyond our comprehension, you the fans have asked to replay some of the more memorable episodes.
Therefore, we present to you: The very worst of the Bears/Packers and Pro Football Showdown.
with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, and Jeff Rich
The guys got together recently in Tempe Arizona to watch the Bears-Packers game. But we didn’t stop there. Dave also took it upon himself to interview Jeff’s wife, Jeff’s dad, and Steve’s friend Clawson. In addition … (read more…)
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