Ever eavesdrop on guys talking college football? Guys who sound like they know what they're talking about? That's what it's like to wrap your ears around a listenable new podcast called Friends Except Saturday. It's the work of Scott, an FSU grad, and Bryan who attended a certain school to the southeast. You can catch FES via iTunes. But first, some background from the show's better half.
Scott: First of all, thank you to Rich and Chantrant.com for giving us a forum to introduce our podcast. I have been a reader of the site for a very long time, and it is an honor to be a part of it. Bryan and I really appreciate that support and that you have given our show.
When did you go to FSU and what are your favorite games or sports-related moments during that time?
Scott: I started at Florida State in the summer of 1999. Not a bad year to start going to FSU huh? I’m sure it would be easy to say that the 1999 championship was my fondest moment, but that would be false. Although it was awesome to witness a national championship, I hadn’t yet become a huge fan, and didn’t yet appreciate the magnitude of the event and how few times a fan base gets to experience it.
In terms of a favorite moment, I would have to be split into two:
• “31-7”. Such a satisfying feeling to finally beat a team that had, for what felt like forever, walked all over FSU. The helmet paint chipping hit by Moody on Demps was amazing. But the moment in that game that stands out the most was Eddie Gran saying to Jimbo Fisher “They quit… Jimbo, they quit” (link), when referring to Urban Meyer giving up on the game, and consequently the Gators later that year.
• The other moment that sticks with me the most was being seated in the same end zone where the infamous Stanford Samuel vs. Roscoe Parrish hit happened. The sound alone was intense, but just being right there to witness that impact was incredible. I thought Parrish would never play again, just from the impact of the collision. Although FSU lost that game, it was just a once in a lifetime thing to be right there for history.
How did your show start, whose idea and how often will you produce new episodes?
Scott: The show started because we were tired of hearing podcasts from writers who didn’t sound like anyone we talked to about sports. It always sounded like they had a script of bullet points they wanted to cover that made it so robotic and stale. And what little banter the hosts had outside of the topics they wanted to cover, seemed forced and uncomfortable. We wanted to hear something smarter, funnier, and more honest than just your typical X’s and O’s podcast.