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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 29:

The Exercise Room is back at full strength this week, which is good because we’re hoisting championships over here!

Sports editor Jeff Svoboda, columnist David Briggs and University of Michigan beat writer Kyle Rowland join host Phillip Kaplan to compare dance moves in the NCAA tournament by the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and the likelihood of Michigan winning it all.

Then Team E.R. turns hyper local to analyze the Rogers Rams bringing home the first girls state title to Toledo in 37 long years!

Though it is the time of the year for celebratory basketball revelry, of course it’s also the time of year when the Browns are peaking because they don’t have any games to play. We talk about their offseason moves and why this year — THIS YEAR — is going to be different.

We then take a moment to marvel at the bizarre season the Cavaliers continue to endure and wrap up with a mostly basketball bevy of predictions — though audio producer Will Tomer makes sure get us all a little ice time with some hockey prognostication.

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode 28:

The Exercise Room has it’s inaugural NCAA mens’ basketball tournament show! (We think we can still say that.) Phillip Kaplan returns to hosting duties as he and Blade Sports Editor Jeff Svoboda, columnist David Briggs, and Ohio State beat writer Nick Piotrowicz all make their picks for the ‘tournament insanity that happens in the third month of the year.’ Inside tip: St. Bonaventure fans may soon be championing this little podcast.

Producer Will Tomer then picks a special bracket forged from the internet that will take us through to the greatest Kanye West song of all time… in his estimation… based on flawed seeding.

The Bracket Racket episode is brought to you by Steve Taylor Kia’s March Mania (we checked, it’s fine). Visit to try to beat Steve’s bracket for your chance to win a 60” flat screen TV.

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode 27:

This week on The Exercise Room, Blade sports editor Jeff Svoboda and Michigan beat writer Kyle Rowland discuss college basketball with University of Toledo beat writer Brian Buckey.

With usual host Phillip Kaplan and Blade sports columnist David Briggs both absent, producer Will Tomer fills in as captain of the ship and tries to get the group to talk a little hockey. The Exercise Room also debuts a new set of equipment, so things sound a little better (or so we hope).

To submit applications to replace Phil or Briggs, or just to show us how many swears you know, please email Will at or call Will directly at 419.724.6404.

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode 26:

On the 26th installment of The Exercise Room, it is a new day with the same guys and (mostly) the same stuff. Team ER moves to a new recording space and talks everything from the potential demise of the NCAA to the expendable nature of our planet's geese population.

The usual competitive competitors in competition — host Phillip Kaplan, Blade sports editor Jeff Svoboda, sports columnist David Briggs, and UM beat writer Kyle Rowland — also reflect on the 2018 Winter Olympics, share their favorite lost golf ball stories, and witness the elusive Orlando Bobo reference emerge from the sports coppice. Producer Will Tomer suffers over the hot stove of microphones predominantly, but flickers necessary color through the vents in his locker to discuss 3/5 of the ER crew taking in some Goaldigging at the Huntington Center.

To compliment the show or send us Walleye tickets, please email Will at or call Will directly with skating advice, 419.724.6404.

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode 25:

As the Exercise Room turns 25 and moves out of its ex-girlfriend's apartment to start anew, your team ER stalwarts dive into a hodgepodge of Olympic competition, college basketball excitement, the dribbling of NBA players, and the crown jewel of any quarter life crisis: personal childhood sports failures.

Sports Editor Jeff Svoboda explains his curse upon the Columbus Blue Jackets, columnist David Briggs details his similarities to the same adolescence of one Michael Jordan, UM beat writer Kyle Rowland searches for the lost cause of his own ‘win one for the Gipper” speech, and producer Will Tomer relives a painful Little League baseball memory — twice. All this and host Phillip Kaplan attempts to add the word “Athlectual” to our national lexicon.

To fawn over and effusively praise the show beyond your own shame, please direct your compliments to Will at or call Will directly with traffic tips, 419.724.6404.

Thank you for listening, stay fit out there!

Episode 24:

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!

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