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The Exercise Room

A weekly sports podcast produced by The Blade. Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or wherever you get podcasts.

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Episode Twenty-Four:

For Valentine’s Day, the Exercise Room finally gets some ice time!

It took the rarefied air of a goalie fight to get us there, but the crew welcomes Walleye beat writer Mark Monroe into the Exercise Room to talk about the battle royale that thrust our local fish into a national frying pan.

Blade sports editor Jeff Svoboda tells us what it’s not like to get in a goalie fight and columnist David Briggs calls for a goon’s job. If there was a better way to celebrate the sentiment of sentimentality, we didn’t find it.

Host Phil Kaplan and UM beat writer Kyle Rowland keep the penalty box warm until the show puts the wood back down over the ice rink and we talk the new, new, new, new, new, new Cavaliers. Has a team ever been a ‘new team’ more in one year than this Cavs team?

Producer Will Tomer keeps the digital raft lashed together for most of the episode, only to skew extra-millennial in times of need.

Everyone takes a turn lionizing themselves within an Olympic sport and then more sprawling, unquantifiable predictions are mashed together with those simply calling out weekday NHL scores.

Please send your love letters and sympathy cards to us through Will at wtomer@theblade or call Will directly to read him your candygrams, 419.724.6404.

Thanks for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode Twenty-Three:

After a fast and furious Super Bowl LII, the Exercise Room is back and fixated, as always, on what it all means for the Cleveland Browns' record setting Bernie Kosar.

Host Phil Kaplan, Blade sports editor Jeff Svoboda, sports columnist David Briggs, and Michigan beat writer Kyle Rowland discuss the game's potential legacy, as well as the seemingly imminent implosion of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which one panelist maintains is a case for addition by implosion.

Elsewhere, our sports talk gymnasts discuss the recruiting classes of Toledo's favorite college football programs and producer Will Tomer makes the ‘prediction of the century’ with a mid-week NHL gasser about the Pittsburgh Penguins.

To reach us, please send your day old digital breadcrumbs to or call Will directly to tell him he’s a loafer, 419.724.6404

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode Twenty-Two:

We are still here, don’t worry! After a week off to revel in the mountains of Utah and the desert of Las Vegas, the Exercise Room makes its triumphant return.

In this episode, the panelists of UM beat writer Kyle Rowland and Blade sports columnist David Briggs heal all of society’s wounds in discussing hot-button topics such as the retirement of the Cleveland Indians' icon Chief Wahoo and the possibility of an XFL team coming to Toledo.

Host Phillip Kaplan stalls the chairlift for a special recognition of the passing of ski film legend Warren Miller. And Blade sports editor Jeff Svoboda talks about lobbing softball questions during the Super Bowl media coverage while audio puzzle solver Will Tomer keeps it appropriate for all ages.

Other topics include predictions for this Sunday's Superb Owl, listener feedback from the Mountain Time Zone, and the red-hot Toledo Rockets men's basketball team.

If you’d like to ask any questions or pass any compliments about the show, or just want to reserve a table to have a dinner date go wrong with Will, email wtomer@theblade or call directly to use your best Chuck Barris voice, 419.724.6404.

Thanks for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode Twenty-One:

This week the Exercise Room runs out of uniforms as we have six (6!) competitive competitors in competition in studio.

Team E.R. welcomes first time guest, the Blade's Javonte Anderson, who spent several weeks with Robert Easter, Jr., and will take us inside the mind and gym of the Toledo-grown lightweight boxing champ ahead his Saturday title fight.

The team of course also looks at an NFL season on the brink as the pros advance to their own Final Four and only Blade Ohio State beat reporter — and unrepentant Vikings homer — Nick Piotrowicz is left happy. Well, host Phillip Kaplan is apparently so embedded on the Jags bandwagon that he is ready to move to Jacksonville, but we wouldn’t call that happiness.

Blade Sports Editor Jeff Svoboda and Blade sports columnist David Briggs carry on admirably throughout with insight and analysis, while Michigan beat writer Kyle Rowland creates technical misfires during a heated exchange with his own self about the failings of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thanks for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode Twenty:

The Cleveland Browns celebrated their ‘perfect season’ with a joyous parade and The Exercise Room was in attendance.

Blade Sports Columnist David Briggs and Sports Editor Jeff Svoboda discuss their trip to the First Energy Stadium Sadness Factory, which is typically closed for the season come January.

The E.R. is also joined by a special guest this week: Blade Sports Writer Jimmy Miller. He shares details of his interview with NFL rushing leader and former University of Toledo standout Kareem Hunt.

Elsewhere, our host Phil Kaplan introduces a superfluous Olympics segment in order to grill audio producer Will Tomer about his speed skating past, Michigan Beat Writer Kyle Rowland beats on the desk with closed fists to amplify his “table genius,” and Briggs reveals the extra special Dollar General Bowl breakfast spread.

If you’d like to ask Briggs about his diet, or ask any other questions for us to read on podcast air, send your oil scented electronic mailings to wtomer@theblade or call directly to inform him of current double coupons 419.724.6047.

Episode Nineteen:

The Exercise Room made it to 2018 with a win, but the Cleveland Browns did not.

Though the parade is officially on, a few members of Team E.R. are absent from this episode — columnist David Briggs and Michigan beat writer Kyle Rowland each made new year's resolutions to keep out of The Exercise Room, but they won't be able to stay away from this sweet life for long.

This week Sports Editor Jeff Svoboda, Ohio State beat writer Nick Piotrowicz, digital person of interest Phillip Kaplan, and producer Will Tomer persevere to discuss the latest in Browns altruistic football gifts and the College Football Playoff.

If you’d like to submit electronic admiration to Briggs or Rowland, or your application to impersonate them on podcast air, email wtomer@theblade or call directly to 419.724.6047.


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