Jack Vita Show

Jack Vita

Join Jack Vita, sportswriter (jackvita.com), journalist and Valparaiso alum each week for an in-depth recap of the latest news, stories and scores from the world of sports, featuring thoughtful, fun and entertaining analysis, and exclusive conversations with a wide variety of guests, including professional athletes, reality TV personalities, musicians, writers, podcasters, friends and other interesting folks! In addition to his weekly sports recaps, Jack will occasionally discuss a Chex Mix of other topics, such as reality competition shows (such as Survivor, The Challenge and The Amazing Race), television, music, movies, entertainment, food, faith and life. While Jack doesn't strictly "stick to sports", he does steer clear of any and all political conversations. If you're tired of the screaming matches, political partisanship and noise, that are infecting the sports media, this is the show for you!

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Survivor Legends Cirie Fields and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talk ’Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains’, ’Snake in the Grass’
Yesterday
Survivor Legends Cirie Fields and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talk ’Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains’, ’Snake in the Grass’
A pair of Survivor legends, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains) and Cirie Fields (Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Game Changers) visit the Jack Vita Show to reflect on their time on Survivor, and discuss their latest endeavor: USA Network's Snake in the Grass.   Stephenie and Cirie reflect on their time on the doomed Heroes' tribe. Why couldn't the Heroes get it together, and why did both Stephenie and Cirie exit the game so early? Find out some behind-the-scenes information about the dynamics of the Heroes' tribe, Stephenie and Cirie's time at Ponderosa (and pre-jury trip), how Survivor has changed over the years, what Stephenie and Cirie would change about modern Survivor, and much more!   Later, they preview and discuss their new show, Snake in the Grass, with their episode airing on Monday, August 29 at 11pm ET. They will also be teamed up with Big Brother stars Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly! Find out about how this opportunity came about, how these two Survivor greats prepared for their return to reality television, and what we can expect from their upcoming episode! Get ready to laugh, because it's a hilarious edition of the Jack Vita Show you will not want to miss!   You can follow Stephenie (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) and Cirie Fields (@cirie_fields) on Instagram, and don't miss their upcoming episode of Snake in the Grass!
Survivor Legends Cirie Fields and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talk ’Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains’, ’Snake in the Grass’
Yesterday
Survivor Legends Cirie Fields and Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick Talk ’Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains’, ’Snake in the Grass’
A pair of Survivor legends, Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick (Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains) and Cirie Fields (Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Micronesia, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Game Changers) visit the Jack Vita Show to reflect on their time on Survivor, and discuss their latest endeavor: USA Network's Snake in the Grass.   Stephenie and Cirie reflect on their time on the doomed Heroes' tribe. Why couldn't the Heroes get it together, and why did both Stephenie and Cirie exit the game so early? Find out some behind-the-scenes information about the dynamics of the Heroes' tribe, Stephenie and Cirie's time at Ponderosa (and pre-jury trip), how Survivor has changed over the years, what Stephenie and Cirie would change about modern Survivor, and much more!   Later, they preview and discuss their new show, Snake in the Grass, with their episode airing on Monday, August 29 at 11pm ET. They will also be teamed up with Big Brother stars Janelle Pierzina and Rachel Reilly! Find out about how this opportunity came about, how these two Survivor greats prepared for their return to reality television, and what we can expect from their upcoming episode! Get ready to laugh, because it's a hilarious edition of the Jack Vita Show you will not want to miss!   You can follow Stephenie (@steph_lagrossa_kendrick) and Cirie Fields (@cirie_fields) on Instagram, and don't miss their upcoming episode of Snake in the Grass!
Baseball Wife and Former MTV Challenger, The Real World: Portland Cast Member Jessica McCain France Talks Sports, Reality TV and Christian Faith!
Jul 2 2022
Baseball Wife and Former MTV Challenger, The Real World: Portland Cast Member Jessica McCain France Talks Sports, Reality TV and Christian Faith!
Minor league baseball wife, former 'The Real World: Portland' cast member, and four-time Challenger (on MTV's 'The Challenge') Jessica McCain France visits the Jack Vita Show for an in-depth conversation covering a wide variety of topics. Jessica's husband, J.P. France, is a AAA pitcher in the Houston Astros' farm system. J.P. was recently named the Sugar Land Space Cowboys' player of the month for the month of June. Jessica tells the story of how she and J.P. met, and shares about their journey together through the minor league system. She gives a peak behind the curtain of the life of a minor league baseball player and his family, and answers age-long the question, "Is Bull Durham an accurate depiction of minor league life?" She also reflects on her experience on The Real World and The Challenge (The Challenge: Rivals II, The Challenge: Free Agents, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II, and The Challenge: Rivals III), answering a number of behind-the-scenes questions about both shows. Since competing on her final season, Jessica has met her husband, gotten married, moved several times and is now pregnant with her first child. Jessica catches us up on her life and tells the powerful story of her miraculous pregnancy, and how God showed up in her time of need. Jessica and Jack have a very real conversation about life and faith, that you will not want to miss! The life of a minor league baseball wife (0:00 — 20:05) The Real World: Portland and The Challenge (20:05 — 1:11:55) Jessica's pregnancy, testimony and Christian faith (1:11:55 — END)
Former MLB Outfielder Michael Huff Talks 2022 Home Run Famine, Pitch Clock, White Sox’s Early Struggles
May 21 2022
Former MLB Outfielder Michael Huff Talks 2022 Home Run Famine, Pitch Clock, White Sox’s Early Struggles
7-year Major League Baseball outfielder and Northwestern and New Trier product Michael Huff visits the show to reflect on his big league career and break down the latest news from around the league. Michael discusses his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, telling stories from his playing days and reliving some of his favorite experiences from 90s MLB - such as his first big league at bat (vs. Tom Glavine), playing on the 1993 AL West Division champion White Sox and leading the White Sox's team chapels, being in a Bible study with Blue Jays' teammates Paul Molitor, Joe Carter and John Olerude in Toronto, getting picked up by the Cleveland Indians (and receiving a call from assistant general manager Dan O'Dowd), training Michael Jordan and much more! Later, Michael and Jack discuss the White Sox's early season struggles (standing at 19-20 on May 21) and what needs to happen in order for them to win the AL Central for the second straight year, MLB's lowest home run per 9-inning rate since 2015, the league's lowest K/9 rate since 2018, and a return to "old school" contact-first baseball. They also discuss how the pitch clock is making a difference in minor league baseball and how it could improve (or worsen) the game at the Major League Baseball level next year. Michael and Jack take a look at the standings as of May 21, and assess where teams stand right now. How many teams are in true contention right now? Check out Michael's work as the director of youth baseball with the Chicago White Sox and find out how to get involved at whitesox.com/play.
2022 MLB Preview Series — AL Central and World Series, Playoff Picks (Feat. Jake Paliga)
Apr 7 2022
2022 MLB Preview Series — AL Central and World Series, Playoff Picks (Feat. Jake Paliga)
We've reached the final leg of our six-part MLB Preview Series! In the final chapter, Jake Paliga and Jack preview the AL Central and share their playoff and World Series picks, as well as their bold predictions for the 2022 season. The Minnesota Twins finished dead last in the Central a year ago. After a very active offseason that brought in Carlos Correa, Sonny Gray, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela, will the Twins turn it around in 2022 and go from worst to first (0:00 - 21:40)? The Kansas City Royals haven't put together a winning season since 2015. With top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. opening the season with the Royals' big league club, will Kansas City finally buck that trend (21:40 - 31:55)? The Detroit Tigers also improved their team, adding Javier Baez, Austin Meadows and Eduardo Rodriguez to their promising, young nucleus. Will the Tigers turn a corner in 2022 (31:55 - 43:40)? The Cleveland baseball team enters its first season as the "Guardians"? The Indians won 80 games last year, but didn't do much to improve their lineup. What exactly is the plan in Cleveland, and how will the team perform (43:40 - 1:00:55)? The Chicago White Sox won the AL Central in 2021. Now, with a healthier roster, the Sox look to repeat as division champs and make a move towards an AL pennant. How far will they go in 2022 (1:00:55 - 1:11:20)? Finally, Jake and Jack share their playoff picks, Jack's win total revisions (from earlier in the preview series), Division Series, Championship Series and World Series picks. They also share some other bold predictions along the way. Episode complete with win total projections for each team in the AL Central!
2022 MLB Preview Series — NL West (Feat. Albert Destrade)
Apr 5 2022
2022 MLB Preview Series — NL West (Feat. Albert Destrade)
For our fifth installment of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Survivor contestant and baseball coach Albert Destrade (@Zero_Votes on Twitter) returns to the Jack Vita Show to preview the NL West! The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team in the National League a season ago. After extending infielder Ketel Marte, what will 2022 look like for them (0:00 - 24:15)? Over the last 15 months, the Colorado Rockies have said goodbye to stars Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. A few weeks ago, they said hello to Kris Bryant. What should fans expect from Bryant this season, and how will the Rockies perform (24:15 - 46:00)? The San Diego Padres are coming off an extremely disappointing 2021. Picked by many to win the NL West, the Padres finished 79-83, in third place of the division. What needs to happen in order for the Padres to breakthrough and get back to the postseason for the first time in a non-COVID season since 2006 (46:00 - 1:06:35)? The San Francisco Giants greatly exceeded expectations in 2021, winning 107 games, and with it, the NL West crown. After losing Kris Bryant, Kevin Gausman and Buster Posey, how much regression will be see from the Giants, or will the Giants repeat as division champs (1:06:35 - 1:19:15)? The Los Angeles Dodgers are hungry for another World Series, and added the best first baseman on the planet Freddie Freeman to an already potent lineup. How will the Dodgers look in 2022 (1:19:15 - END)? Episode complete with win total projections for each team.
2022 MLB Preview Series — NL East (Feat. Mickey Morandini and Jordan Morandini)
Apr 1 2022
2022 MLB Preview Series — NL East (Feat. Mickey Morandini and Jordan Morandini)
In the third edition of our 2022 MLB Preview Series, former Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Mickey Morandini and his son Jordan Morandini visit the Jack Vita Show to tackle the NL East. The NL East is consistently the most highly touted National League division, but it has a tendency to underdeliver. Will it truly live up to its billing this year, as the Phillies, Mets and Marlins all look for significant improvement in 2022, and the Braves defend their World Series crown? The Nationals took a big step backwards last year, and appear to be in a rebuild; where will they stand in 2022 (0:00 — 15:25)? After a disappointing 2021 season, the Marlins have a lot of young talent coming up through the pipeline; could they be a sneaky dark horse team (15:25 — 27:30)? After adding Max Scherzer, Chris Bassitt, Mark Canha and Starling Marte, will the Mets *finally* turn a corner this season (27:30 — 41:05)? Mickey and Jordan give a full break down of the Phillies and share why they remain optimistic, despite the club currently being the NL team with the longest postseason drought (41:05 — 1:03:05). Finally, the defending world champions enter 2022 in an interesting spot, having replaced Freddie Freeman with first baseman Matt Olson. How big of an impact will the change make for the Braves, and how will the team perform in what looks to be a highly competitive division, with Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. returning to the club? Episode complete with win total projections for each club!
2022 MLB Preview Series — AL West (Feat. Anthony Franze and Mario Lanza)
Mar 26 2022
2022 MLB Preview Series — AL West (Feat. Anthony Franze and Mario Lanza)
The 2022 MLB Preview series is here! In the first edition, Anthony Franze (chief meteorologist at NewsWest9 in Midland, Texas) and Jack put the AL West under the microscope. But first, they provide a quick summary of Major League Baseball rules changes, playoff expansion, and more from the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you were wondering what you missed and what's new, you've come to the right place. Anthony and Jack share some thoughts on the league's changes (0:00 - 20:30), then dive right into previewing each team's season. Anthony is a diehard Rangers fan who is VERY excited about what the Rangers did this past winter, adding Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Mitch Garver; how many wins better will the Ranger be from 2021, when they finished a dismal 60-102 (20:30 - 38:00)? How will Shohei Ohtani follow up his historic 2022 season, and how will the Angels fare with a healthy Mike Trout returning to their team (38:00 - 48:30)? The Oakland A's are in the process of wildly making over their team and reloading their farm system. Why did the A's move Matt Olson and Matt Chapman, and what would it take in order for the A's to become a bigger spender in the future (48:30 - 1:00:10)? The Seattle Mariners improved their roster and have even more high-level prospects on the way. Are they ready to compete for the division crown (1:00:10 - 1:13:25)? After losing Carlos Correa, is the Astros' window slowly closing? What should we expect from Houston in 2022 (1:13:25 - 1:24:45)? Jack and Anthony provide win total projections for each team. Finally, Mario Lanza, creator of Funny115.com and host of the podcasts Staff Picks and Survivor Historians leaves a voicemail with his outlook for the 2022 Seattle Mariners' season, a season that he is very excited about.