From Chicago, Arizona, Toronto, and around the world: The Sports Report
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.
The Sports Report with Packer Dave
along with Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich, and John Poulter. Our guest Ryan Leong, who covers sports for AP in the Bay Area joins us to preview the 2018 NBA Finals. Steve and Dave discuss the Bears offseason training camp. Cleveland native Jeff also chimes in on the NBA Finals. Lastly, John covers the NHL Stanley Cup Finals as well as updates us on Major League Baseball and European soccer.
Hear audio from Bears coaches Matt Nagy and Vic Fangio, plus Lars Eller of the Washington Capitals. Don’t miss a cameo from Packers broadcaster Wayne Larrivee.
on The Sports Report with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich, and John Poulter
Joined by special guest Mark Grote, the newest member of the Chicago Bears radio broadcast team. He talks about his role as the sideline reporter. In addition, he helps us analyze the selection of Georgia LB Roquan Smith with the eight overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Dave, Steve, and Jeff look at the selections by the Browns, Giants, Jets, Broncos, Cardinals, and Bears. John gives us his take on the NHL playoffs and Major League Baseball.
Lastly, Steve and John discuss the homestretch on the English Premiere League season.
Hear audio selections from Packers GM Brian Gutekunst, Chicago GM Ryan Pace, Raquon Smith, Cleveland GM John Dorsey, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, and Giants GM Dave Gettleman. Don’t miss cameos from Bob Costas and Wayne Larrivee.
on The Sports Report with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, John Poulter, and Jeff Rich
Rory Spears of GolfersOnGolf.com joins us with his thoughts on the upcoming 2018 Masters. Will Tiger have an impact? What role with the big three, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Speith play? Who might emerge as a surprise winner? Phil Mickelson is playing his best golf in years. Steve gives his analysis of the NCAA Final Four. Dave and Jeff discuss the recent NFL free agent moves and some of the top draft choices. How were the Green Bay Packers’ offseason moves? Lastly, John looks ahead at the 2018 Major League Baseball season, and which NHL teams are looking good, heading into the playoffs.
Hear interview audio from Michigan coach John Beilein and Kansas’ Bill Self, plus cameos from Cubs play by play broadcaster Pat Hughes, and CBS’s Bill Rafftery.
with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, and Jeff Rich
Our special guest, former UCLA Bruin and NBA veteran Ed O’Bannon talks about his lengthy legal battle with the NCAA over the “amateur” status of college athletes, as chronicled in his book, Court Justice. Plus, the guys talk Winter Olympics, NBA, Jimmy Garopollo’s new contract, the Lions new coach, and the fiasco over Josh McDaniels. The Pats offensive coordinator took the Colts head coaching job, then promptly changed his mind.
Don’t miss cameos from Dick Vitale and Jeff Foxworthy on The Sports Report for February 2018.
on the Sports Report with Packer Dave, Steve Leventhal, Jeff Rich, and John Poulter
We preview Super Bowl LII between New England and Philadelphia with Jeff, as well as talk NBA and college hoops. John joins us to discuss the latest news in the NHL and English soccer. Hear interviews from Bill Belichick, Pats safety Devin McCourty, Nick Foles, Zach Ertz, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville. Don’t miss cameos from Jeff Foxworthy and Hall of Famer Len Dawson.
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 John Poulter
Happy Thanksgiving to all. We have a quick roundup of the weekend games in the NFL. Also we’ll go back in time with two vintage interviews from the archives. Steve talks with Bears Hall of Fame linebacker … (read more…)
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…)
The snow is falling, the Bears are losing and the Green Bay … (read more…)