The Ivy Envy Podcast is a finalist in two podcast awards!

Within 24 hours, our podcast has been named a finalist in two separate podcast awards. We are blown away and humbled by this news.

Academy of Podcasters
Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 1.00.47 PMThis morning, we were announced as a finalist in the sports category of the Academy of Podcasters Awards. To quote the Academy of Podcasters website, “The AofP awards recognize and honor the best podcasters in their given niches and categories of podcasting.”

Finalists and winners are selected by the academy and if you browse through the nominees and see the names (Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, Joe Rogan, Chris Harwick, Snoop Dogg, Dan Carlin, Bill Simmons, etc.) and podcasts (Serial, The Moth, No Agenda, Freakonomics, various NPR podcasts, etc.) you will understand why we are so thrilled to be listed as a finalist. We are the most DIY podcast in the sports category and I can say without question that we would not be on that list if it were not for our dedicated listeners and Patreon supporters.

The cool thing about the Academy of Podcasters awards is that the ceremony is being held on Wednesday, July 6th in in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission fee. We would love to have some Chicago-area listeners in the audience.

11th Annual Podcast Awards
Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 1.22.36 PMFor the third year in a row, The Ivy Envy Podcast is a finalist in the sports category of the Podcast Awards.

Being a finalist in these awards is special because in addition to being judged on sound quality, website, etc., the judges also take into consideration listener engagement through their nomination and voting process. About a month ago, we asked our listeners to nominate us for these awards and we are so grateful for those of you that took a few minutes to nominate the podcast.

The voting process for the winners of these awards starts on Sunday, May 29th. Stay tuned to our social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter for updates on how to vote.

Being included as finalists in both of these awards is a complete thrill. On behalf of Andy and Kurt, I’d like to thank all of you for being part of the Ivy Envy community. We feel honored that you let us into your cars and earbuds twice a week.

Go Cubs!

“This podcast is a little doughy” – Episode 8.23


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWelcome to the 401st episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We start this episode off by talking about whether or not Cubs fans should be concerned about the Cubs recent habit of losing games and series.

We dive into the Giants series like Jason Heyward dives into a wall, making an incredible (and incredibly scary) catch. We talk about Heyward’s injury and the relief that all Cubs fans felt when the Cubs announced he would only be out 3-5 days.

In discussing the series, we also talk about Lester, Soler, Baez, and others. Andy previews the Cardinals series. Kurt has a scary stat of the week and read some internet muscle flexes.

“Broody as all get-out” – Episode 8.22


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 400th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast.

On this episode, we start things off by reminiscing a little about the first 399 episodes of the podcast. We spend a little time on the series with the Brewers that we just wanted to be over with. Kurt previews the upcoming series with the Giants. We answer some listener questions…deciding who is the best pinch hitter in Cubs history. We finish off the episode with a Rube Waddell story.

Gonna have to call Alfonseca – Episode 8.21


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWelcome to the 399th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. We are just one episode from #400!

On this episode, we talk about the Cubs series win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. There’s a lot of positives to discuss, and apparently the Pirates players and fans:

  1. Don’t like getting destroyed by the Cubs, who lead the season series 5-1 vs. the Pirates.
  2. Don’t think the Cubs are the best team in baseball, even though that 5-1 record (and 18 games over .500 in mid-May) would say otherwise.

So we talk a little about the drama in this series, although most, if not all of it came from the Pirates dugout and fanbase.

Kurt shares a Jon Lester scary stat that is a good example of why you shouldn’t pay attention to pitcher win-loss records.

On this episode, we premiere Katie Day’s new version of her song, “By the Lakeside.” Anyone that purchased this song through the embed below by Tuesday (May 17, 2016) night at midnight Pacific time will have their name entered into a drawing for a free Ivy Envy shirt.

Send Soler to What Cheer – Episode 8.20


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThe Cubs lost two games in one day and a lot of Cubs fans lost their minds. On this, the 398th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we try to reassure you that the Cubs are just fine. Their 25-8 record should have already done it, but some folks need a little more reassurance. We discuss what we right and what went wrong in this 3 game series with the Padres.

With a shutout in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, a lot of focus is on Soler. Soler went 0-4 with 4 strikeouts in the game. We weigh in on the Soler issue and share what we think might be wrong.

We share some scary stats and Andy spins a wonderful Rube Waddell story.

Wilbur the W-Flag – Episode 8.19


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastWelcome to the 397th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. In the last week, the Cubs went 7-0, sweeping two of the top teams in the National League, the Pirates and the Nationals.

On this episode, we focus on the Nationals series. We start things off by talking about where our heads are and trying to wrap our minds around this 2016 Cubs team. Should we shed the “cautious” in “cautiously optimistic”?

We look at some of the individual performances that fueled this Cubs this week and have flown under the radar this season. Although the Cubs are 24-6, we do have some negatives to talk about. Heyward continues his slow start, although there are lots of positives with Heyward in the lineup. We also talk about Travis Wood and his somewhat shaky performances.

We check in on Albert Almora and Willson Contreras, who are both with Iowa and could join the Cubs this season.

We answer some listener questions, share some scary stats and read an internet muscle flex.

Szczur’s War – Episode 8.18


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThe Cubs went into Pittsburgh and didn’t just sweep the Pirates, but outscored them in the series, 20-5. On this episode, we recap the Pirates series and look ahead to this weekend’s series with the Nationals at Wrigley.

We check in on the injured Cubs players, discuss Jorge Soler’s struggles, answer some listener questions, and Andy gives us a Rube Waddell story of the week.

“My ant wanna know…” – Episode 8.17


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastThanks for downloading the 395th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast. Rain and crummy weather has imposed it’s will on baseball games at Wrigley this week. For the 2nd straight series, the Cubs and opponents were only able to complete two games.

We use a shortened series with the Braves as an opportunity to focus on some of the players that have been performing very well, but we haven’t spent much time on yet this year. We mainly focus on the bullpen and the bench players.

We have several scary stats and internet muscle flexes to share on this episode.

If you’re interested in our 2016 Ivy Envy Weekend at the Lake, click here for the Facebook event.

Post a gif, Grandma – Episode 8.16


IyvEnvy_Color_blogpodcastOn this, the 394th episode of The Ivy Envy Podcast, we have a rain-shortened series with the Brewers to talk about.

Miguel Montero hits the DL and Kris Bryant exits Thursday’s game with an ankle injury. We talk about the impact of both of those injuries.

Andy and Corey watched the South Bend Cubs this week and share a few thoughts. We go through listener questions, share a few INSANE (good) scary stats and Andy shares a Rube Waddell story.