I listen to Nick Baumgardner’s podcast weekly. I also listened to him weekly when he did the wolverine beat with Brendan Quinn. As you know, he is a Michigan State grad, and sometimes has trouble hiding his disdain towards Michigan. Sometimes, I have just been a glutton for punishment because his passive aggressive and negative takes towards Michigan irk me. However, they were always filled with a solid amount of truth. It kind of feels like going to a political news source that has a different ideology than you. There is some intellectual honesty to expose yourself to view points different than what you have. And to Nick’s credit (which I admittedly have not always given him), he has completely changed his tone towards Michigan basketball over the last couple of years as Michigan has established itself as a legitimate force. He is changing his tune about Michigan football as well.
His most recent podcast is over one hour and 25 minutes. However, it seems to have pinpoint accuracy in regards to the Michigan-Michigan State football game and rivalry. He then talks Michigan hoops and is nearly gushing about the defense that Zavier Simpson plays along with Matthews and Teske (which was surprising and refreshing coming from him). As previously mentioned - as a Michigan State grad he is one of the few beat writers who actually seems to cheer against Michigan. However, he is impressively objective at this moment and gives Michigan a lot of credit in all realms. It means that much more coming from him because he actually may not want to see these kind of results. This was one of the most enjoyable and informative podcast that I have ever listened to. He has Orion Sang as his cohost who also brings some some intelligent and objective insights. What is impressive about Sang is that he is currently a student at the University of Michigan, and he is simultaneously an employed writer at the Detroit Free Press.
I’m sure this will bring out some negative takes about Nick, Freep, etc. However, I found the podcast so compelling that I am willing to stir the pot and share it.