VfB Stuttgart Americana
By Travis, Matt, Jeffrey, and Austin
VfB Stuttgart AmericanaNov 30, 2022
Episode 96 - VfB:SVD ... 3:1 and it's 1996 all over again!
The fellas start off yet another victory pod with a look back at what they were doing the last time VfB was off to this great of a start, the glory days of the mid-1990s!
Part One are some shout outs to former VfBers, the VfB frauen, Travis' long-lost VfB kit order, and the newly minted "Non-Sehrou Man of the Match" award recipient!
Part Two is a look back at yet another three point day, the home win over a scrappy Darmstadt club. Thanks to ESPN+ announcer Richard Hartman, the guys spend some time talking mentality and tactics before attempting to dive into what exactly it is that's allowing both the offense and defense to play so well this early in the season.
Part Three's News and Headlines include beer and brat rankings, Porsche money, and a look at what the heck is going on with old friend Sven over in the Netherlands. Yikes. The segment wraps up with some listener questions, including comparing Sehrou to some lesser known striker over in Munich, Sebastian's run of form, and how far can this club go?
Part Four ends with a crazy optimistic look at the next match, an away game against a club that is definitely hungry - much like their beloved billy goat mascot Hennes - for some home cooking.
Episode Introduction - 0:00-1:59
Part One - Shout Outs - 2:09-9:59
Part Two - VfB:SVD - 10:08-32:28
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 32:37-1:02:51
Part Four - KOE:VfB- 1:03:01-End
Man of the Match
Sehrou ... again! 70% of the OFC gave Sehrou his third straight OFC Man of the Match award while Enzo, who chalked up his second career Bundesliga goal, earned the "Non-Sehrou MotM" award! Congrats fellas!
Episode 95 - M05:VfB ... 1:3 and long may it continue!
It's yet ANOTHER victory pod and, to paraphrase the hottest goal scorer in the entire Bundesliga, "long may it continue!" Amen Sehrou, amen!
Part One includes shout outs to Matt's favorite carnival rides, Endo returning to say goodbye to his former teammates, and Austin for returning to the podcast!
Part Two is a breakdown of the big away win at Mainz where luck, health, and efficiency all came together to keep VfB at the top of the table for yet another week.
Part Three's News, Headlines, and Questions covers the recent AGM, Silas' body language, and have the recent departures of quality individuals actually helped make a more quality ... team?
Austin, a supporter of VfB's next opponent, headlines Part Four's preview and prediction of the upcoming home match versus recently promoted Darmstadt and provides a prediction that every VfB supporter is going to appreciate.
Like how we appreciate YOU for listening!
Episode Introduction - 0:00-2:51
Part One - Shout Outs - 3:01-13:03
Part Two - M05:VfB - 13:13-32:32
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 32:42-55:48
Part Four - VfB:SVD - 55:58-end
Episode 94 - VfB:SCF ... 5:0 what is happening?!
The guys start off with some fun math before diving into shout outs, a breakdown of another fantastic home result, taking on the news and headlines of the day, and finally a rather optimistic view of the first match after the international break, an away "affair" at Mainz.Ahem.
Part One Shout Outs go to the majesty of Fritzle versus KSC's warthog thing, Matt's wagering skills, former VfBers plying their trade in the 2.Bundesliga, Village Footy and VfB Omaha for winning the weekly OFC games, and Sehrou for winning his second consecutive Man of the Match award from the OFC!
Part Two is a look back at the big win versus SC Freiburg, another five goal match, but this time for the good guys in white and red. Key talking points include the defense, Alex's comeback, Chris as a poor-man's Arjen Robben, Sehrou's incredible run of form, Angelo's fantastic start, and Enzo's return. In the end, the fellas celebrate another great match, the fact four players were Player's of the Week, and the amazing job Sebastian has done as the head man since taking over.
Part Three are some goodbyes and hellos as the News and Headlines are dealt with, including a brief goodbye to travelling man Gil and much longer and much more heartfelt goodbye to long-time brustring wearer Borna, who's crosses and emotional goodbye will be remembered fondly for years to come. Hello's are offered to a new defender, a possible new sporting director, and an annual general meeting that could be pretty testy. Part Three ends with listener questions, including answers to whether Chris will ever pass the ball ever again, the offensive player's hunger to score, how Pascal has upped his game, and how long can Sehrou stay in Stuttgart (hint: forever!).
Part Four is a predictably optimistic look at the upcoming match after the break, an away "affair" at Mainz, a club that seems to be our bogey man but a club that VfB has really played well against in recent history.And both Travis and Matt forgot to talk about the tease - their connection to Green Day - and the status of their kit order. Which means now you have a reason to listen next time! HAHA! We win again!
Episode Introduction - 0:00-1:38
Part One - Shout Outs - 1:48-5:54
Part Two - VfB:SCF - 6:04-35:34
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 35:44-60:08
Part Four - M05:VfB - 60:18-64:54
Episode 93 - RBL:VfB ... 5:1 and still top(ish) of the table!
Episode 93 is a bit of a reality check for Matt and Travis as the fellas attempt to find some positive in a 5:1 loss on the road.
Part One are some shout outs to made up opponents, old friend Sasa, and current hero Sehrou.
Part Two attempts to break down the loss by looking at the match in three parts - the good (Sehrou!), the bad (the subs), and the oy vey ugly (the defense) - and spending some time on the most veteran player on the team, Borna, and pondering his future with the club.
Part Three deals with news, headlines, and questions, and the guys welcome the new midfielder, Angelo, while answering some listener queries regarding our newest maliagned goalkeeper, Alex.
Part Four ends with a look at the upcoming match, a regional derby versus that club down south, SC Freiburg.
And it all wraps up with some calming words from Camp Counselor Matt!
Episode Introduction - 0:00-1:41
Part One - Shout Outs - 1:51-6:50
Part Two - RBL:VfB - 7:00-28:31
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 28:41-45:06
Part Four - VfB:SCF - 45:16-554:32
Episode 92 - VfB:BOC ... 5:0 and top of the table!
It's a victory pod as Matt and Travis celebrate VfB's status as not the greatest team in Germany but the greatest team in the entire world after the enormous 5:0 win over Bochum!
Part One consists of shout outs thrown toward Bundesliga Phil, OFC member Sam, and the newest OFC out there, the Ami Brigade!
Part Two breaks down the match - eventually - but first the fellas respond to the departures of two club stalwarts, LegENDO and Dinos, and attempt to give both an emotional and an analytical overview of their time with the club. Admitting that the Bochum win has made their leaving a bit easier to stomach, the guys then move on to the Bochum match and talk the lineup, the goals, and just a fun all-around day.
Part Three is a brief look at some News and Headlines, including the confirmed departure of Luca, the possible departure of Gil, the rumored arrival of certain American defensive players, and if Travis' jersey has shipped from the VfB store yet.
Part Four wraps up episode 92 with a look at the match on the road versus Leipzig, where the guys agree on the score, but disagree on the winning score.
OH THE CONTROVERSY!
Introduction - 0:00-2:33
Part One - Shout Outs - 2:44-7:10
Part Two - VfB:BOC - 7:20-36:14
Part Three - News & Headlines - 36:24-51:46
Part Four - RBL:VfB - 51:56-59:10
Episode 91 - 2023/2024 Season Preview!
We are baaaaaaaaack!
Travis and Matt open up the 2023/2024 season by completely forgetting the 2023/2024 season is even beginning!
In Part One, the fellas explain exactly who they are and what they do (i.e., nobody and nothing!) before quickly moving on to Part Two where they break down what's happening both off and on the pitch. In looking at stuff off the pitch, they ponder the new scouting strategy, celebrate making the "Champions League of Investors" as rivals Mercedes and Porsche join white and red forces, and question the new kit logo sponsor, good 'ol WINAMAX. On the pitch, the guys say goodbye to some old friends, hello to some new ones, and take a look at the roster position by position and conclude with great humility that this is clearly the greatest roster in the history of the Bundesliga.
In Part Three, the guys get some OFC votes for pre-season awards on who will be the player of the season, the breakout player of the season, and most importantly how the season will end on the table. Finally, it's a brief look at the first match of the season, a home match versus Bochum, who just lost to a club that doesn't even exist!
Along the way we name drop some OFC members and revel in our new transitions, great moments from the VfB past two seasons! Which are way better than this episode, at least!
Introduction - 0:00-2:13
Part One: Shout Outs - 2:43-6:21
Part Two: Off & On the Pitch Previews - 6:56-45:04
Part Three: Pre-Season Awards & VfB:BOC Prediction - 45:27-61:06
Episode 90 - 2022/2023 Season Awards!
In our final episode of the 2022/2023 season, the crew gets together to hand out some OFC awards to the jungundwild for what was both an exciting and (mostly) exhausting season!
In Part One through Three, Rob, Hannes, and Ted pop back on the program to give their thoughts on some of the awards. Rob covers Offensive Player of the Year, Player of the Year, and, possibly most importantly, the Player I'd Like to Have a Beer With! Hannes then shares his views on the Better Luck Next Year player, the Player I Wish Hadn't Departed, and the Low Point of the Year. Ted wraps up the previews by taking on the Moment of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and that always controversial Best Head of Hair awards. Which is a perfect segue for Part Four, when Matt and Travis reveal the results of the most anticipated awards show this side of the Oscar Awards!
Low Point of the Season - Bruno's Run, Bruno's Hire, Sven Leaving, 'Rino Sacked
Better Luck Next Year - Juan, Lilian, Dan-Axel, Luca
Player I Wish Hadn't Departed - Darko, Sasa, Mateo, Naouirou
Former Management Personnel I'd Like to Have a Beer With - 'Rino, Sven, Thomas, Michi
Management Personnel I'd Like to Have a Beer With - Sebastian, Philipp, Sami, Claus
OFC Discord Member of the Year - The Tall Dude, Stephan, Passmaster, David
OFC Twitter Member of the Year - Jens, VfBAmericana, Tim, Matt
Kit of the Year - Home, Away, Third, Special
High Point of the Year - Dino's Relegation Goal, Sebastian Hired, VfB:BVB 3:3, VfBinTexas
Best Head of Hair - Borna, Chris, Tanguy, Bruno
Newcomer of the Year - Josha, Gil, Dan-Axel
Defensive Player of the Year - Hiroki, Waldy, Dino, Wataru
Offensive Player of the Year - Wataru, Borna, Silas, Sehrou
Player I'd Like to Have a Beer With - Dino, Wataru, Borna, Fabian
Player of the Season - Borna, Dino, Sehrou, Wataru
Introduction - 0:00-3:55 Part One with Rob - 4:05-15:39
Part Two with Hannes - 15:49-24:19
Part Three with Ted - 24:29-35:10
Part Four Awards with Matt and Travis - 35:20-1:34:40
Episode 89 - HSV:VfB ... 1:3 and something to celebrate!
In this episode Matt and Travis focus only on the positive and ignore any and all negativity and take Waldi's words to heart and celebrate the moment!
In Part One, the fellas shout out D Rae, the word "bro," Enzo's fourth Man of the Match award, and finally give a solemn goodbye to HSV.
In Part Two, the guys break down the final match of the year and focus on nothing but positivity ... which even includes praising Tim Walter! Along the way, the goal of survival, Chris' resurgence, Sehrou's goals, Flo's reactions, Sebastian's adjustments, LegENDO's stability, LegENZO's (!) talent, Dino's hugging, the TEAM's focus, Dan-Axel's potential, and Silas' goal are all giving nothing but 100% positive praise!
Part Two ends with more positive praise and some heartfelt thanks. So, as Waldi said ... LET'S CELEBRATE!
At least quietly, eh?!
Introduction - 0-2:06
Part One - Shoutouts - 2:16-11:48
Part Two - HSV:VfB - 11:58-56:58
Episode 88 - VfB:HSV ... 3:0 and halfway there!
In this episode Matt and Travis throw together an entire episode to try and beat the Monday deadline ... but are so happy with a win they're willing to ruin everyone's ears in the process!
Part One is Shout Outs, which include some praise to Derek Rae and the always impressive - and loud! - home support!
Part Two is a look back at the all-important home match to open the relegation playoffs versus old friend Tim Walter. We chat Tim's head games, lineup surprises, Chris proving he needs to start, Sehrou's redemption, Josha proving the haters wrong, Waldy and Dino being rock solid in the back, the return of Flo, and how this team is just that ... a team!
Part Three includes News, Headlines, and Questions, in which we consider the return of Timo, trash talking versus Josha, and the signing of Sehrou. Questions are then put forward, including how we may have been lucky to get Hamburg rather than Heidenhem, the fairness of the relegation system, and unrealistically optimistic expectations for the coming season.
Part Four wraps up with predictions for Monday's incredibly important match in which both Travis and Matt are, once again, waaaaaaaay too optimistic for their own liking.
Apologies for some of the sound and the lousy'ness of this episode... we lost power in the Midwest halfway through the episode AND had to scramble to put this together! ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
We probably should have made this one shorter ... but let's celebrate a win when it's a win, eh?!
EpisodeIntroduction - 0-1:25
Part One - Shoutouts - 1:35-9:01
Part Two - VfB:HSV - 9:11-35:34
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 35:44-47:30
Part Four - VfB:HSV - 47:40-56-49
Episode 87 - VfB:TSG ... 1:1 and together for the playoffs!
In this episode we are either exhausted at opportunities lost or exhausted for opportunities gained.
So yeah, we're all over the place ... other than being exhausted!
In Part One, shout outs head in the direction of OFC winners Stephan and Jens, the VfB frauen, and our inability to emotionally handle watching most VfB matches.
Part Two is a brief breakdown of the disappointing draw at home versus TSG in which the guys try to find some positive in what was a rather lousy result as they attempt to look at the big picture rather than the one presented to them this weekend.
Part Three is another brief segment, this time giving Werhle credit for some business acumen before feeling better about the fact that, "Hey, at least we aren't Schalke ... or Wiesbaden ... or ... Bayern? Huh.
Part Four is a look at the playoffs, which sounds great if you're an American but if you're a Bundesliga fan, well, yikes. Along the way we learn about some sailing jargon and why both Matt and Travis are ridiculously optimistic despite ... well ... despite all evidence to the contrary!
It's our shortest episode yet ... which no doubt means it's our ... um ... shortest episode yet!
Introduction - 0:00-1:20
Part One - Shoutouts - 1:30-5:02
Part Two - VfB:TSG - 5:12-14:18
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 14:28-29:33
Part Four - VfB:HSV - 29:43-41:26
86 - M05:VfB ... 1:4 and you're saying there's a chance!
Giddy with excitement, Matt, Ted, and Travis try to contain themselves while they talk about the huge match on the road but the annual tradition that is a big final match day at home!
Part One starts with shout outs, including a special shout out to the Ironman that is Waldy Anton as well as a sincere goodbye to the now departed Hertha Berlin.
Part Two is a happy look back at the away match at Mainz in which the guys contrast the snoozefest that was the first half to the excitement that was the second and then give some obvious praise to LegENDO before giving some much deserved praise to some of the fellas in the brustring who usually don't get much love, including Dan-Axel, Man of the Match Chris, and the numero uno goalkeeper, Fabian. When all is said and done - including this segment - the guys agree that controlling your own destiny is great BUT that the jungundwild need to finish strong to ensure yet another Bundesliga season.
Part Three consists of News, Headlines, and Questions with the guys asking club legend Guido to - politely - quiet down. In terms of questions, thoughts are given regarding Sven's first place, 50+1, redemption arcs, tatoos, relegation playoffs, derby's, hope, and, of course, STD's.
The episode wraps up with a longer than usual prediction segment for the upcoming weekend, in large part due to a special insider-view with Ted, who, recently back from his good-luck tour for the BMG match, gives us some insight into not only what it was like during his trip, but what may be like for any of those lucky enough to go to the final match day of the 2022/2023 season.
Introduction - 0-2:19
Part One - Shoutouts - 2:29-8:32
Part Two - M05:VfB - 8:42-30:37
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 30:47-50:51
Part Four - VfB:TSG - 51:01-108:36
Episode 85 - VfB:B04 ... 1:1 and it's the hope that gets you...
In this episode Travis and Matt break down the week that was and the weeks that may be.Which may be difficult to breakdown, all things considered.
In Part One and Shout Outs, Travis compares himself to Crash Davis from Bull Durham while Matt explains why a sad face emoji is currently his favorite emoji.
Part Two is a look back at the disappointing draw at home versus B04 where the guys discuss expectations, the oddly quiet home crowd, the two penalties, and the introduction of Matt's maiden Martin "How Did You Miss That?!" Award.
In Part Three, News, Headlines, and Questions are covered, as the fellas comment on VfB reaching the 80,000 member mark, Magath's return to coaching, Bruno's bold salary move, Horst Heldt's always positive comments, the return of Lilian Egloff, OFC's, home results, and, for the second episode in a row, an STD. Meanwhile, questions regarding the value of the point versus Leverkusen, the absence of once-super sub Tanguy, and the fun of playing in 2.B are all answered. Or at least attempted to be answered.
The final segment, Part Four, is a look at the road match versus Mainz, a match that VfB will know by Saturday exactly what they have to do in order to give all brustring supporters some hope come Sunday.
Feeling hopeful? Give us a listen!
Introduction - 0:00-1:42
Part One - Shoutouts - 1:52-4:04
Part Two - VfB:B04 - 4:14-21:06
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 21:16-49:39
Part Four - M04:VfB - 49:49-54:30
Episode 84 - VfB:SGE & BSC:VfB ... 2:3, 2:1 and everything is going to be okay!
In our 84th episode, Jeff rejoins the podcast to assure all VfB supporters that even after this most disappointing of weeks, "everything is going to be okay."
And then refuses to make eye contact while explaining exactly HOW it's going to be okay.
Be that as it may, Jeff, Matt, and Travis try to cover two big losses in a single week, the Pokal semi's versus SGE as well as the matchday #31 relegation battle at Hertha. Key discussion points in Part Two include the fun that is VAR, the impact of Dino's injury, Fabian and Borna's dip in form, the disappearance of Tanguy, and if Hoeneß can rally the guys with three matches left in the season. Before they do all that, however, they play the blame game and blame last week's hero, Ted, for all of VfB's current problems!
Part Three - which is mistakenly called Part Four because they want to end the episode as quickly as possible - is a bucket full of questions, some negative and some, shockingly, positive. In doing so, the guys blame the Hey Eintracht podcast for not doing THEIR job, ponder VfB's final table status, question Wehrle's impact, and make a shockingly controversial public service announcement regarding ... chlamydia and pyromania.
Part Four - the real Part Four - wraps up with a prediction for the coming week, a big match at home versus the 6th place team in the Bundesliga. Are the guys positive? Or negative? Or positively negative?!
Give us a listen and find out!
Introduction - 0:00-1:36
Part One - Shout Outs - 1:46-4:54
Part Two - VfB:SGE & BSC:VfB - 5:04-26:15
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 26:25-44:33
Part Four - VfB:B04 - 44:43-end
Episode 83 - VfB:BMG ... 2:1 and the OFC in the house!
In this episode Travis, Matt, and Hannes try to celebrate - and figure out - what the heck is going on with their beloved VfB!
Travis and Matt start off Part One with shout outs to the fantastic* coverage of ESPN, OFC Liaison Ted enjoying what had to just be the perfect trip, and then take way more credit than is possible for the OFC impacting the positive results of the club!
Part Two is a break down of another big result, a deserved win at home versus the Foals of 'Gladbach. Along the way, the fellas chat Sehrou taking on xG, Tiago taking on VAR, Dan-Axel taking on mistakes, Hoeneß taking on subs, and the subs taking VfB to a delirious victory!
Trying to understand the big news of the weekend - officiating and VAR - and the big news in the world of VfB - Wehrle and another odd interview - the guys get some Help with Hannes in Part Four's News, Headlines, and Questions to try and make all the news of the week make sense (and Hannes' daughter even makes a guest appearance the first two minutes of the segment to add to our family value focus!). The guys then answer some great listener questions which include thoughts on if Tanguy should be extended and how many points are still available on the table. (Apologies for the editing in this part, but it wouldn't be a solid* Americana program without some technical difficulties!)
Part Five is a look to a potentially exciting future, the Pokal semi at home and the relegation six pointer at Berlin. Who is optimistic? Who is pessimistic? Who forgot who we were even playing?!
It's a longer than usual episode, but it's also, thanks to Young Hannes, a cuter than usual episode!
Introduction - 0:00-1:38
Part One - Shout Outs - 1:48-5:51
Part Two - VfB:BMG - 6:01-32:48
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Help with Hannes - 32:58-1:00:02
Part Four - Questions - 1:00:12-1:16:45
Part Five - BSC:VfB - 1:16:55-end
(Photo courtesy of @JonasNK_)
Episode 82 - FCA:VfB ... 1:1 and glass half full or half empty?
So ... was the result at Augsburg a moment of half full or half empty? Or is the glass, as Matt says, configured incorrectly?!
Part One of episode 82 starts off with some shout outs to Wrexham of all teams as well as the VfB Frauen for getting their first win and currently standing 2nd on the Oberliga table!
Part Two is a breakdown of the match on the road at "tactical" FC Augsburg, a result that seemed pretty half empty on Friday ... but by Sunday evening looked a bit more half full! The guys chat deja vu, early subs, and of course LegENDO.
Part Three is a relative deep-dive into some internal club politics as the guys try to decipher, digest, and describe what's happening inside Mercedes-Benz with a ton of help both Riky Palm's recent tweet as well as their German-English dictionary! Along the way they discuss Hoeneß, Wehrle, and Vogt and cover any and all mistakes they may make with their common excuse of "but we don't really know anything." How's that for insightful commentary!
Speaking of insight, Part Four delivers a ton of it as OFC Liaison Ted joins the program to give some insight on not just the upcoming home match versus 'Gladbach but his trip there as well! Ted breaks down why he's going, where he's going, and why a seemingly incongruous place called "Palm Beach" is actually the most "VfB" place to go when visiting for a match!
Here's hoping your glass is still half full if you're going to give this a listen!
Introduction - 0:00-1:35
Part One - Shout Outs - 1:45-5:42
Part Two - FCA:VfB - 5:52-25:00
Part Three - News, Headlines, & Questions - 25:10-59:58
Part Four - VfB:BMG - 1:00:08-end
Episode 81 - VfB:BVB ... 3:3 and what just happened?!
In this episode Matt and Travis spend waaaaaay too much time talking about one match ... but what a match to talk about, eh?!
Part One starts with some shout outs to OFC members, Gary Preston, and yet another VfB record that we somehow tie to Matt's ice hockey career.
Part Two is a long-winded break down of what turned out to be the match of the weekend, VfB's improbable comeback against supposed title contenders BVB. The fellas wax poetic about how black and yellow were actually perfect opponents for the white and red, the play of Dan-Axel, Dino's double yellow, Hoeneß's half-time speech, VAR ruining Sehrou's day, the impact of Josha and Enzo, super subs Tanguy and Silas, and the amazing - once again - home support.
In Part Three, the big News and Headlines of the day are pondered as thanks are thrown out to the DFL for moving around the relegation playoff dates in case VfB makes it to the Pokal final while more eyebrows are raised at some of Alex Wehrle's question answering ability... or lack thereof. Speaking of questions, some great ones are tossed around, including thoughts on the team's mentality, what has the new manager changed that's led to this successful run, could Silas' goal be the momentum shift to change his season, and just how good is the man of the hour, Josha Vagnoman.
Episode 81 wraps up with a look at the upcoming road match versus the Mighty Flaming Pineapples, otherwise known as FC Augsburg, where the boys in the brustring haven't enjoyed too many away wins. But that doesn't stop Matt and Travis from being overly optimistic anyway!
Part 1: Shout Outs - 1:43-6:18
Part 2: VfB:BVB -6:28-40:55
Part 3: News, Headlines, Questions & Answers 41:05-57:05
Part 4: FCA:VfB - 57:05-end
Episode 80 - BOC:VfB ... 2:3 and hope is back!
In this episode, the guys celebrate all-time game 1893 and ponder all-time loss ... 666. YIKES!
In Part One, Travis' throws some shout outs to some OFC members as Matt considers his favorite cliches, while both celebrate OFC Man of the Match winners - Enzo and Hiroki!
In Part Two the guys chat up not one but TWO big wins, the Pokal match at Nuremberg and the Bundesliga match at Bochum! The fellas talk optimism, Hoeneß and his background, players into comfortable positions, ugly matches at both FCN and BOC that ended with gorgeous results, old friend Philipp Förster and his shocking lack of facial hair, and reviews on a number of players including Luca, Sehrou, Enzo, Hiroki, Borna, Josha, and Silas.
Part Three is News, Headlines, and Questions with the Pokal draw, the club's potential emergency member's meeting, and Wehrle's claim of a hardcore post-season analysis. The segment ends with some Q and A, with answers touching on the coaching bump, who is responsible for Bruno 2.0, a return of hope, how important is Ito, and what's up with Silas.
Part Four's all about predicting the upcoming home match versus BVB in which Travis wagers with his heart while Matt goes with his brain. And as it turns out, Matt's brain is way, way better than Travis'!
Want to mess with YOUR brain? Give us a listen!
Introduction - 0:00-1:47
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 1:57-5:18
Part Two - FCN:VfB & BOC:VfB - 5:28-32:33
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 32:43-53:49
Part Four - Predictions - 53:59-end
Episode 79 - FCU:VfB ... 3:0 and time's a ticking...
In episode 79 Matt and Travis lose their race against the clock to try and post an episode while Bruno was still coaching the squad! How's that for planning?!
Part One shout outs include congratulating VfB Central Texas for forming the third OFC in the USA! And then the guys decide to rip on all three cities that actually have OFC's. Whoops.
Part Two covers yet another disappointing match, the loss on the road to FCU, which included initial excitement about the lineup ... that quickly evaporated when the game actually started. The momentum from Heidenheim, the strategy of route one football, the never ending confusion of VAR, and the positive impact of Sehrou are all covered in a thankfully brief recap of yet another road loss.A lengthier Part Three takes on News, Headlines, and Questions as it's been yet another drama-filled week for the boys in white and red. The so called "klassiker," Sven to Ajax, and data drama are covered while more time is spent on Silas vs Bruno, bakers vs butchers, Bruno vs any other coach on the planet, and upper management vs decision making. Towards the end, the fellas try to give some answers to some great questions, including who may be leaving, what should a new manager try to accomplish, and exactly how delicate are the flowers that are wearing the brustring.
Despite all the negativity, the episode ends rather positively in Part Four as the upcoming week is broken down, from the Pokal match at Nuremberg to the incredibly important away game at Bochum, and both agree that VfB is totally ready for this week because we've already beaten German Giants FC Heidenheim. Sigh.
Introduction - 0-1:39
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 1:49-4:22
Part Two - FCU:VfB - 4:32-19:10
Part Three - News, Headlines, and Questions - 19:20-50:52
Part Four - Predictions - 51:02-end
Episode 78 - VfB:WOB ... 0:1 and relegation resignation?
Episode 78 is a tortuous journey to try and find something, anything to talk about.
So leave it to Matt and Travis to at least give it a try!
After a quick introduction, Part One consists of some shout outs to the only good thing that's happening with a brustring nowadays, the VfB Frauen. Shout out, ladies!
Part Two is a look at the hugely disappointing home match versus that green Volkswagen team where the fellas question the lineup, the tactics, and pretty much everything to do with the match outside of the amazing supporters who showed up to watch what turned out to be yet another loss.
Part Three is a whine session in which the guys go off the rails and do something they've never done before - MAKE AN ACTUAL OPINION! In one of the most negative segments in the 78 episode history of this program, Bruno, Wehrle, Gentner and Philip "Where's Waldo" Lahm are all taken to task by two guys who are thousands of miles away from what is actually happening and are quick to point out they're mad as hell and they won't take it anymore ... but they'll continue to take it since they love the club. Though they wonder how the annual general meeting is going to go because ... yikes!
Despite it all, despite the resignation, despite being oddly emotionally prepared for the second league, they do, thanks to VfBtv and a particular prediction website, find some positivity when all is said and done (but you'll have to wait until the episode is almost all said and done before you'll hear it)! That being said, the guys wrap up with some hope - as well as numerous apologies to those who listened in. APOLOGIES ALL!
Introduction - 0-1:23
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 1:33-3:44
Part Two - VfB:WOB - 3:54-24:17
Part Three - News & Headlines - 24:27-end
Episode 77 - SGE:VfB ... 1:1 and desperation or strategy?
Episode 77 brings Travis, Matt and David together to chat up some VfB!
After introductions and shout outs, Part Two starts out with the guys taking a look back at the match on the road at Frankfurt and ponder Bruno's lineup changes and substitutions, the defensive play of Sosa, Bredlow, and Dino, and the difference between strategy and desperation. Which may actually be a trick question?!
Part Three's News, Headlines, and Questions include plenty of listener questions regarding Chris Führich's passing ability, Bruno's never ending experiment with Anton at RB, and the mentality of the guys wearing the brustring as the season winds down to it's final 10 matches.
Speaking of the final 10 matches, Part Four previews the next match, an all-important home game versus Wolfsburg, in which Matt offers to provide a watch-along of himself, sobbing, while watching some VfB. Meanwhile, in Part Five, Jeff returns to give his predictions on the coming matchday and why he's willing to bet on VfB ... but not with his money!
Hey, you feel like sobbing? Give us a listen!
Introduction - 0-1:47
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 1:57-4:16
Part Two - SGE:VfB - 4:26-25:53
Part Three - News & Headlines, Questions & Answers - 26:03-41:15
Part Four - VfB:WOB - 41:25-52:27
Part Five - Bundesliga Predictions - 52:37 to end
Episode 76 - VfB:FCB ... 1:2 and Sven's Talking Bruno!
In this episode, Travis, Ted, and Jeff try to do the impossible - get positive about VfB!
In the introduction, Travis welcomes back super tech-savvy co-host Jeff before moving on to Part One, some OFC Shout Outs that include celebrating ... Travis. Whee!
In Part Two, Ted and Travis take on the task of trying to break down what turned out to be a narrow loss at home to the perennial power that is Bayern. The lineup, Anton versus Davies, Silas' struggles, Bredlow's first mishap, Bruno's subs, and the frustrating nature of the club to play up to great opponents but down to poorer ones are all discussed. Not wanting to dwell on the negative, the guys end the segment by taking a look at the mess at the bottom of the table which ... well ... that's kind of negative, too, isn't it?
In Part Three, News & Headlines, the fellas react to Sven's first public comments since his split from VfB and focus on one point in particular - is Bruno the right coach for this particular squad? And special thanks to @Danny1893 and BILD's @philmaisel for helping with translation!
Part Four is a preview of the match on the road (oh gawd) versus a Champion's League team (oh gawd) that has only two losses at home since October (oh, come on). We'll let you guess how this segment ends!
Questions are asked and answers are given in Part Five as Jeff takes over the hosting abilities while the final segment of episode 76 consists of Jeff (who may or may not even know he's a co-host) giving his predictions on matchday 24 before ending the pod by praising ... a completely different team and a completely different podcast.
And we make an ill-fated "proof is in the pudding" reference. Yikes.
Introduction - 0-2:00
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 2:10-5:07
Part Two - VfB:FCB - 5:07-25:11
Part Three - News & Headlines - 25:21-35:25
Part Four - SGE:VfB - 35:35-40:58
Part Five - Questions & Answers - 41:08-47:06
Part Six - Bundesliga Predictions - 47:16 to end
Episode 75 - S04:VfB ... 2:1 and Good Cop, Bad Cop, Worse Cop!
Intro's and Part One include shout outs to ESPN+, mocking wives, and former VfBer Sean Dundee.
Part Two is a brief breakdown of the match in which our initial optimism turned into a giant shoulder shrug of "what just happened?" Starting lineups, sub patterns, enigmas that are players like Enzo, and quotes from not one but two Fabian's highlight this thankfully brief segment.
The Good Cop, Bad Cop segment - with the addition of a new cop ... Worse Cop! - takes so long that it eats up Part Three and Part Four of this episode! WOW! The guys let their frustration go full throttle and cover the entire team, from the attack to the CEO, from Silas to Coulibaly, from the defense to Vogt, and, well, pretty much everyone and everywhere in-between. Along the way, the guys give some hot takes, including a fiery "Manuel Neuer couldn't start for VfB right now" statement. WOW!
Part Five wraps up this most depressing episode with predictions for the upcoming home match versus that little club from ... Munich.
That being said, the guys end the episode on a positive vibe despite all the negativity and celebrate how lousy everyone around us is.
Speaking of schadenfreude, Jeff, who is leading the way in 2023 prediction accuracy, returns to give us his predictions on the upcoming week in the league, with a highlight focusing on the matches that matter to VfB! WHICH IS ALL OF THEM!
Introduction - 0:00-3:08 Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 3:18-5:26 Part Two - S04:VfB - 5:36-16:37 Part Three - Good Cop, Bad Cop, Worse Cop - 16:47-57:02
Part Four - VfB:FCB Predictions - 57:12-1:09:53
Part Five - Bundesliga Predictions - 1:10:03-
Episode 74 - VfB:KOE ... 3:0 and what is this feeling?!
IT'S A POST MATCH VICTORY POD AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT!
In an episode that becomes increasingly erratic as it goes on, Matt and Travis struggle to cope with ... winning!
Part One winds a long, long path before actually breaking down the first Bundesliga win of 2023, first discussing Bruno's fantastic lineup moves of Bredlow and Anton (ahem), Matt and/or Hannes nailing the impact of Silas up front, the return of a certain birthday boy, and luck finally being on the side of the boys in the brustring. Take THAT cross bar!
Part Two's News, Headlines, and Questions doesn't get much more organized, although the fellas go back in time to give Bruno some kudos for some of his much maligned moves before finally returning to form and mocking him for no real reason at all. Sorry, Bruno. It's what they do! What they also do is answer some listener questions, including thoughts on Waldy, Silas, the Pokal run, Bruno, 'Rino in Hoffenheim, and the number one selling antacid in Norway. ALL OF NORWAY!
Part Three is all about the future as the guys are uncharacteristically bullish about the enormous match coming up on the road versus Schalke ... despite the club's poor run of form against the team in blue over the last 10. Sigh.
BUT THIS IS NO TIME TO DWELL ON SADNESS!!!
Introduction - 0:00-1:47
Part One - OFC Shout Outs & VfB:KOE - 1:57-33:50
Part Two News, Headlines, & Questions - 34:00-53:00
Part Three - S04:VfB Predictions - 53:10 to end
Episode 73 - SCF:VfB ... 2:1 and VAR versus Dan-Axel!
In this episode Austin and Hannes join Travis to break down the most recent match, yet another loss on the road.
Despite the sadness, in Part One shout out's are thrown the OFC's way for some positive performances, in particular Sporting Director Doug who won both Fantasy Bundesliga and VfB's TippSpiel ... leading to absolutely no questions of impropriety at all!
In Part Two, co-host Austin breaks down the 2:1 loss - which he sees as a win as he's a Freiburg supporter - from an SCF point of view, and tries his best to give the VfB family something to be positive about.
Sadly, he fails. But he tries!
Hannes returns in Part Three to help out with one of the most controversial aspects of not only the match, but in the Bundesliga in general, as he and Travis try to understand exactly what "blatant" means when it comes to VAR.
News, Headlines, and Questions are combined in Part Four as the guys ask the same big question as last week (what's up with Waldy at Right Back?!) before diving into some new items, like Bruno's confidence in Florian Müller, our confidence in Bruno, and Bruno's confidence in groundhogs. Part Four wraps up with a lengthy look at old friend 'Rino's move to TSG and why so many folks around the league despite the Hoffenheim club oh so much. Part Five roles right into Part Four (or is it the other way around?) as it is prediction time and with VfB hosting one of the hottest teams in the league, the guys wonder if "Win for Wehrle" will be a new phrase that will catch on with VfB supporters around the globe!
Austin rejoins the episode to give some thoughts on the league matches as a whole and Travis is so pleased with this episode that he slurs most of his words through most of his predictions.
To paraphrase what BILD may say, it's an episode with at least four problems - disappointment, mispronunciations, technical issues, and slurred words. Apologies in advance!
Introduction - 0:00-3:02
Part One - OFC Shout Outs - 3:12-5:44
Part Two - SCF:VfB - 5:54-15:14
Part Three - Help with Hannes: VAR - 15:24-25:32
Part Four - News, Headlines, Questions, and VfB:KOE Predictions - 25:42-58:29
Part Six - Bundesliga Predictions - 58:39-end
Episode 72 - VfB:SVW ... 0:2 and Walking 500 Miles!
In what turns out to be a pretty bleak deep dive into the most recent match, a lost wager to the Not Easy Being Green podcast guys somehow saves the episode with the help of a catchy late '80s Scottish rock band hit. Because we're just that good.
With that in mind, episode 72 begins with Matt and Travis breaking their long-held tradition of taking 24 hours before commenting on a match to instead let their raw emotions pour over in what is no doubt one of their most negative episodes to date.
Which is saying something!
In Part One, the fellas give shout outs to OFC members, Twitter, and especially the podcast platform Anchor for not allowing live streaming (thank goodness). But along the way, they set the stage for some ... Scottish rock band trivia!
In Part Two, the disappointing loss to Bremen is covered, including topics such as the home support, the lineup change, Dino's mistake(s), and substitutes like good 'ol Chestnut Macaw!
In Part Three, it's News and Headlines time, and the guys get into a heated - and one way - debate with two Stuttgart reporters from SVW who are way more qualified than they'll ever be over the issue of the roster's "quality." In an effort to make the debate as unfair as possible, Travis sets it up in such a way that there's almost no way that he and Matt can lose the debate. ALMOST! Before all is said and done, both go on a rant about the club, Bruno, rumor's regarding 'Rino, and the now infamous banner.
Part Four consists of Question and Answer time, as some great questions are asked about who replaces Sehrou up front, what's Anton doing as RB, and whether VfB is going to survive February, let alone the season. And while the questions may be great, the answers ... well ... not so much.
Part Five is Prediction Time as Bruno and company travel to Freiburg to see if they can earn their first Bundesliga win of the new year and, depending on how you interpret Matt and Travis' predictions, both guys are absolutely positive about VfB's chances!
Who wouldn't walk 500 miles to listen to this?!
Lost Wager Intro Song - 0:00-0:51
Introduction - 0:52-2:28
Part One - OFC Shout Outs: 2:43-5:42
Part Two - VfB:SVW: 5:50-28:03
Part Three - News and Headlines: 28:15-51:39
Part Four - Questions and Answers: 51:52-60:43
Part Five - SCF:VfB Predictions: 60:53-1:07:13
Lost Wager Exit Song: 1:07:13-end
Episode 71 - RBL:VfB, SCP:VfB ... Winning, Losing, and Transferring!
In this episode, we get nostalgic, we reminisce, and we rant! It's an emotional roller coaster!
We start off talking about our favorite #33, Daniel Ginczek, and how he and he alone is responsible for everything from VfB surviving the 2015 season to a random meat shop in Stuttgart to this podcast (so blame him for this nonsense)!
After some creepy stalking of Daniel, the fellas throw out some OFC shout outs and then start Part One by reacting to the recent transfers in and out and ponder how happy Bruno is with all of these changes. The guys then say goodbye to youngster Naouirou Ahamada before saying hello to elder statesman Genki Haraguchi and the football nomad that is Gil Dias.
In Part Three, the fellas break down the loss on the road to RBL before turning to the dramatic Pokal win on the road at Paderborn. Along the way, they rate the status of Enzo, Coulibaly, Kastanaras, and - once again - Flo, where Matt takes the floor to - once again - explain why Flo drives him insane. Travis responds by going on a rant of his own, this time begging for poor Waldy Anton to be moved anywhere on the pitch OTHER than at right back. After all the ranting, the guys calm down and relish in Sehrou's fantastic run of form and conclude by rationally explaining why newbies Genki and Gil are the greatest transfer signings of all-time - ever.
Part Four is the shortest segment ever as news and headlines are covered in about 17 seconds.
Questions are answered in Part Five as both Travis and Matt rejoice in the opportunities that the Pokal represents and ponder who was the best VfB mid-season transfer of the last few seasons. And agree it's obviously ... Gil Dias! Part Five ends with a look at the upcoming match at home versus SVW, an opponent that just happened to be the same opponent nearly a decade ago that brought Matt and Travis' friendship together! Despite that horrific event, and probably thanks to the recent Pokal win, the guys are way more positive about the upcoming match than they probably should be!
In Part Six, co-host Austin makes his valiant return to give us a look at the upcoming matches league-wide and thankfully makes a pick that will warm every VfB supporter's heart.
It's an episode that'll pull at your emotional heart strings!
Part One & Two - Shout Outs & Transfer Mania: 1:42-30:45
Part Three - RBL:VfB & SCP:VfB: 30:55-59:49
Part Four - News & Headlines: 59:59-60:46
Part Five - Listener Questions & VfB:SVW Predictions: 60:56-1:09:11
Part Six - Bundesliga Predictions with Auz: 1:09:21-end
Episode 70 - VfB:M05 and TSG:VfB ... and carrots or currants?!
In this episode, Matt joins to chat up the two final matches of the first half of the season ... that took place in what is actually the second half of the season.
Anyway, we start off with some shout outs to the OFC winners of the week in TippSpiel, Bundesliga Fantasy, and our very own Twitter predictions before diving into matchday #16 and #17, two matches that were almost identical in terms of lineups, mistakes, tactical changes, and, sadly, results. In doing so a new drinking game is discussed while breakdowns of the winners and not-so-winners of the first 17 matches are noted, with commentary regarding Silas' struggles, Anton at Right Back, Ito as the new Sosa, the officials hating Stuttgart, Sehrou's finishing, Ahamada's mishaps, Wohlgemuth's warnings, Bruno's desire, the passion of the supporters, the hope that Perea brings, and, of course, a shirtless Dino.
In Part Two, the rumors surrounding Tibidi's departure and Josuha Guilavogui's possible arrival brought up with Matt bringing a rather positive spin to the potential expensive arrival of Wolfsburg's former #6.
Part Three, usually the Question and Answer period, turns into more of a listener lament session as Matt makes a case to be the new VfB president while the guys do try to figure out what the difference between Rino's results and Bruno's results are turning out to be and come to the conclusion that ... well ... yeah.
Episode 70 wraps up with a rather bleak look at the upcoming match at Leipzig before Matt saves the day with a brief ray of positivity ... before Travis brings the whole thing crashing back down again.
And if that's not enough for you, the guys give cookie baking tips on the difference between adding carrots or currants to family cookies.
Yep, this episode is AS GOOD as that cookie sounds!
Part One: 5:17-40:03
Part Two: 40:13-50:30
Part Three: 50:30-end
Episode 69 - Rückrunde Preview!
In our first episode of 2023, good-luck Rob, our resident Mainz expert, joins us for the first time since our last Rückrunde Preview show way back in 2022! Before we get that going, though, we give shout outs to numerous people who have helped to get us this far, from Martin's ability to make us look good to YouTube's ability to be too difficult to manage!
In Part One, Travis and Rob start off with a thankfully brief look back at 2022 before breaking down 2023 from top to bottom, starting with Wehrle and finances and admitting that they get most their "informed" information from the very reliable sources of ... Twitter.
After a "hydration break," Part Two starts with a chat about Bruno, the winner's and loser's of the world's longest training camp, and try to explain why over 60% of the OFC isn't so excited the season is about to start. Wheeee!
Part Two concludes with some answers to some really good listener questions before wrapping up with some surprisingly positive thoughts regarding the upcoming matches versus Mainz and Hoffenheim!
Welcome back ... we warned you!
Part One: 0:00-27:55
Part Two: 28:05-end
Episode 68 - We DO Talk About Bruno!
In this episode we go overtime to talk about the current state of VfB ... which is, in a word, a state of chaos.
Much like this episode!
In Part One, we get revisit one of our favorite segments, "Help with Hannes," as our Swabian insider gives us some major details on the new hire ... which also happens to be an old hire.
Anyway, Hannes digs into Bruno's past, present, and future, and gives us info regarding our new coach's style of play, who may play and who may sit now that he's the head man, and why so many VfB supporters are so down on his return but ultimately why Hannes believes Bruno will help the club survive the rest of the season.
In Part Two, Jake from 50+ Doner, a completely unbiased Effzeh supporter who has a soft spot for Stuttgart, gives a refreshingly positive outsider's view of VfB's status this season before giving some not-so-positive insight into his former CEO, which is our current CEO, the one and only Alexander Wehrle.
In Part Three, co-host Matt and first time contributor David bring their Michigan and Auburn angst to the program as the group covers Sven's departure, Wehrle's handling of said departure, and how the support may or may not change now that the club has made what seems to be a major shift in philosophy. Before wrapping up, Travis tries to wield his "Sworn Sword of Positivity" (patent pending) as the guys talk Bruno, Stenzel versus Egloff, mistakes, survival versus philosophy, and the awesomeness that is their good friend Adrian.
It's a lengthy, bumpy, and at times depressing episode with just enough brief glimpses of hope to help you see a ray of VfB sunshine in an otherwise cloudy VfB sky!
Part One - Help with Hannes - 0:00-51:00
Part Two - Interview with 50+ Doner - 51:20-1:20:58
Part Three - Headlines & Questions - 1:21:07-2:10:00
Thanks to Encanto: We Don't Talk About Bruno, Uploaded By: Djluna, for the transitions this episode!
Episode 67 - KOE:VfB ... 2:4 and VfBinTexas
In this episode, Ted and Travis chat up the VfB trip to Texas!
In Part One, after reviewing VfB's reasons for the trip, the guys give a day-by-day break down of what went down, from practice sessions and gatherings on Thursday, to exploring Austin on Friday, to the big match on Saturday! From mingling with Fritzle and Sven to selfies with Dino and Wimmer, the guys relish in the opportunity to meet so many followers of the brustring ... even if their German left much to be desired!
In Part Two, the guys try to analyze whether the trip was a success or if it was a waste of time and resources and surprisingly to absolutely no one, come on the positive side of the ledger!
It may not be super relevant considering the news of Sven that broke today, but ... well ... yeah... neither is this podcast!
Intro - 0:00' - 4:08
Part One - 4:18-55:47
Part Two - 55:57-end
Episode 66 - B04:VfB ... 0:2 and heading to Texas!
In this long-winded episode, Matt, Ted, and Travis avoid talking about the recent loss to Bayer before diving into some deep detail on the upcoming VfB friendly taking place in Austin, Texas. And as luck would have it, Ted gets to talk about his love of one of the legends attending the trip, one Ricardo Osorio!
In Part One, the guys debate exactly who toothless the jungundwild actually were on the road at Bayer and then glance - however hesitantly - at the current state of the Bundesliga table.
In Part Two, the guys rejoice in possibly breaking another record and then dive into some questions regarding the upcoming World Cup break, Kevin Bacon, Borna Sosa, and the most inspirational speech of all time!
Part Two continues with a deep dive on the Austin, Texas friendly and cover the schedule, possible speeches, and who is the true Fritzle.
Interested in the trip? Click here for detailed info on the Austin, Texas, including information regarding the schedule of events, the city, the stadium, the food, and the transport! Thanks to our good friends @VfB_Cen for putting all this together!
Part 1: 5:54-19:00
Part 2: 19:10-end
Episode 65 - BMG:VfB & VfB:BSC ... turning the corner or more of the same?
In this episode Matt and Travis break down a chaotic week with a chaotic episode and reflect upon the meaning of one Antonio Rüdiger to their combined VfB fandom.
Part One starts off with a discussion of the last two matches, the recent loss on the road to BMG and the even more recent win at home versus BSC. Topics covered include the non-red card in the BMG match, setting and/or extending even more dubious records, wishing Captain Endo well, and wondering if it's okay to celebrate like Dino, a.k.a. shirtless.
In Part Two the fellas engage in a topic that has no doubt been covered more than it needs to be covered, the Sven v Wehrle situation, but decide to just keep on talking about it anyway before discussing some coaches from VfB past ... and possible future!
Part Three ends with two not-so-optimistic predictions about the final match of the first half of the season before they once again discuss WimmerMania.
Because they are simply out of ideas.
All that and some pretty lousy technical editing thanks to a number of wandering conversations that make this one of the most ... recent episodes to date.
How's that for praise?!
Intro - 0-5:10
Part One - 5:20-37:20
Part Two - 37:30-58:12
Part Three - 58:22-end
Episode 64 - VfB:FCA ... 2:1 and a derbysieg?
In episode 64, Travis, Matt, and Hannes attempt to break down the most recent match, the thrilling last minute cramp-inducing victory over our Swabian rivals!
Or are they?!
In Part One, Travis and Matt discuss the win over FC Augsburg and touch on the impressive home supporters, VfB setting (unfortunate) league records, the play of Dan-Axel versus Luca, VAR's ruling on the Sosa non-handball, the backheel pass of super-sub Tiago, and finally Waldy Anton quite literally giving every inch of his being to the club.
In Part Two, we revisit the derby question as we recruit Hannes for another segment of "Help from Hannes" as he tries to explain just that, was this match a derby? He goes on to discuss the difference between derbies and rivalries and why it's just oh so hard to root against clubs like Freiburg ... even though we'll do our best to try!
In Part Three, Headlines and Questions are pondered, and since it's been a (thankfully) quiet week, Matt and Travis focus on listener questions regarding the current state of the coaching staff and some potentially key players and for the first time ever (politely) disagree with a listener! The disagreements don't stop there as Travis disagrees with Matt regarding Wimmer, Matt disagrees with a listener regarding Luca, and Luca and Dan-Axel probably disagree with two untalented fools like Travis and Matt talking about them in any form or fashion.
In Part Four, the upcoming matches versus 'Gladbach and Hertha are previewed, with Matt and Travis trying to figure out what is stronger - a foal or a crocodile - before shrugging their shoulders and agreeing with Hannes ... because who really knows?!
All that plus the bad editing and poor sound quality you've all come to love!
Intro - 0'-2:49
Part 1 - 2:59-29:49
Part 2 - 29:59-1:00:07
Part 3 - 1:00:17-1:25:12
Part 4 - 1:25:22-end
Episode 63 - BVB:VfB ... 5:0 and the Verein für Bewegungslosigkeit!
In this episode, Ted joins Matt and Travis to give some insight on the dumpster fire that is VfB in 2022!
The guys start off by going over the most famous 28's in VfB recent history and reminisce about Holger Badstuber's influence before celebrating the career that was - and is! - Günther Schäfer! The guys then take a moment to reflect upon what it was like to not just enjoy a championship ... but also a win!
Speaking of wins, in Part One, the guys break down the inspiring and "intoxicating" victory over DSC before moving on to chat about the disappointing result versus BVB ... which as it turns out, most of them didn't even watch (lucky!) ... and try to figure out if there are any silver linings to take from the combined matches. (Hint: No) Part One ends with Travis throwing out a theory, the guys shockingly agreeing with said theory, and Matt ending with what may be the quote of the month, that VfB went from an "underperforming team that believes in it's cause, that has an identity and a purpose ... to a team that has no plan, has no identity, and has no purpose." Yikes!
The guys shift to a more positive attitude as they start Part Two and celebrate the upcoming Pokal match versus Paderborn before getting back into their comfort zone - confusion and disappointment! Ted and Travis bring their combined experience of supporting two of the worst NFL teams in NFL history - the Bengals and the Browns - to the table in an attempt to analyze what the heck is going on in Stuttgart with the coaching search and upper management and conclude that whatever it is, it's bewegungslosigkeit (which Travis, of course, mispronounces).
A brief Part Three looks toward the home match versus Augsburg and despite all the negativity, the guys end on a hopeful - if not sober - note!
Introduction - 0:00-8:51
Part One - 9:01-25:56
Part Two - 26:06-56:54
Part Three - 57:04-end
Episode 62 - VfB:BOC ... 4:1 and winning ugly!
In episode 62, Matt and Travis are so giddy with excitement they forget it's actually episode 62, instead repeatedly calling it number 63, as they cover all the big - and small news - of the past week!
In Part One, Matt and Travis talk their favorite #27's, the surprising benching of Hiroki, the fantastic play of Enzo, and whether stand-in manager #WinWithWimmer actually changed ... anything? Part One ends with a break-down of the ugliest match of the season ... that just so happened to be the most beautiful result of the season, as Luca's whiff, Bochum's game plan, Silas' return, and Sven's goal of "1st" place are all covered.
In Part Two, Hannes joins the program once again to help provide some info on how non-German speaking - or reading - American's can get some detailed info on one of the most drama-filled clubs in all of Europe, our beloved VfB. Thanks to Hannes, we get some perspective on resources both in Germany and in Stuttgart, that are available to those of us across the pond before wrapping up by throwing a shout out to the one-time biggest VfB podcasts in all of the VfB universe, VfB STR with Riky and Sebastian. And then embarrassingly try to bask in their glory.
In Part Three, Matt returns from his break to help deal with Headlines and Questions. Headlines include picking between Alfred, Jess, or ... Wimmer (?!) as the new manager while questions include whether the Bochum win is a turning point, if Silas is back, and what the Pokal lineup should look like.
Part Four wraps up episode 62 with predictions on the Pokal match versus a struggling Bielefeld and then the weekend match at Dortmund. Surprisingly, both Matt and Travis end on an incredibly uncomfortably positive note, which should cause fear in the hearts of all true VfB supporters.
Speaking of fear, give it a listen!
Intro - 0:00-4:10
Part One - 4:17-22:10
Part Two - 22:20-50:45
Part Three - 50:55-1:12:15
Part Four - 1:12:25-end
Episode 61 - VfB:FCU ... 0:1 and goodbye to Rino...
In this episode, we cover the recent match, say goodbye to a fellow American, look to the future, and invite a new guest who gives us a ray of hope in these otherwise bleak times ... even if he didn't know he was actually that hopeful!
In Part One, Matt and Travis break down the home loss to FCU and rue bad officiating, bad play, bad finishing, bad historical records, and just downright bad luck.
In Part Two, a loooooooooooooong and somber good bye to 1015 day manager Pellegrino Matarazzo dominates the airwaves as Matt and Travis react to the timing, the emotions, and the apparent "inevitability" of the dismissal of the only manager this podcast as ever known. In the end, after a walk down memory lane of some of their favorite Rino memories, from the opening win versus Heidenheim to the final curtain call of Mata facing the Curve, both fellas ponder what they'd like to see in a new club boss and shockingly nominate themselves to take over!
In Part Three, predictions are made even though no one knows who is in charge of the team, and both are hopeful that the boys can turn things around starting at home against both DSC and Bochum and old friend Philipp Förster.
In Part Four, special guest Hannes, who was quite literally born into the VfB, joins the podcast for the first time ever, giving some insight into why so many of us are so attached to Rino and Sven despite some results that have kept the club winless to start the season. Despite the losses, though, Hannes provides some much needed positivity to keep the brustring faithful looking forward to some positive results come matchday!
Introduction - 0:00-2:21
Part One - 2:31-20:06
Part Two - 20:16-58:02
Part Three - 58:12-1:09:37
Part Four - 1:09:47-end
Episode 60 - WOB:VfB ... 3:2 and steh auf!
In the 60th episode, Matt and Travis show off a new intro song that is wildly appropriate for the current VfB squad - steh auf wenn ihr Schwaben seid - get up if your Swabian! And then engage in some retail therapy buy purchasing the world's biggest advent box.
In Part One, the fellas celebrate their favorite #26's in recent VfB history before moving on to the disappointing loss in one of the most quiet stadiums on all the planet, Wolfsburg. Breaking down the 3:2 loss thematically, topics covered include the goals, the travelling support, Omar, the tale of two Flo's, the confidence of the defense, tactics on both sides of the ball, and finally the role of former NBA greats Dikembe Mutombo and Paul Mokeski in this week's episode.
In Part Two, questions and headlines are dealt with, as the elephant in the room, the status of Rino and Florian Müller, are discussed. During said discussion, Matt professes his love for all things Sven, Travis reminisces about the "glory days" of Tayfun Korkut, and finally compares Fabian Bredlow to Tom Brady before the segment ends as both ponder how many points are needed in October to calm everyone down.
In Part Three, the two look forward to the final game of matchday #9 as VfB starts a three match homestand to possibly save their season, and all they have to do is get a win against the current table leader, Union Berlin.
Introduction - 0:00'-2:37
Part One - 2:47-32:05
Part Two - 32:15-54:51
Part Three - 55:01-end
Episode 59 - Looking Back, Forward, and to Texas!
In episode 59, Josh from the VfB Central Texas supporters group joins us to review the matches so far, preview the matches to come before the World Cup break, and give us some insight on the upcoming friendly scheduled for November in his neck of the woods, Austin, Texas.
In Part One, Josh and Travis talk expectations, chemistry, red cards, points, the table, concerns after seven league matches, positives going forward, and how Flo is saving the season!
In Part Two, Josh and Travis look toward the future and ponder if the international break is a positive or a negative, talk World Cup, how they love the Pokal, and go rapid fire true/false regarding topics ranging from Flo to Rino to Team USA's kit!
In Part Three, Josh gives us some big time insight into what to expect during the friendly in Austin the week of November including areas to stay, bars to visit, things to do, and BBQ to eat!
In a brief Part Four, Travis apologies for cutting Josh off and offers his brief opinion on what the future holds regarding the enormous away match at Wolfsburg.
Introduction - 0:00-4:37
Part One - 4:47-15:30
Part Two - 15:40-39:04
Part Three - 39:14-55:31
Part Four - 55:41-end
Episode 58 - VfB:SGE ... 1:3 and Good Cop, Bad Cop!
In episode 58, Matt and Travis begin Part One by breaking down the last match before the international break, the lethargic and disappointing home loss to Eintracht Frankfurt. Playing the fun kid game of "Good Cop, Bad Cop," the fellas break out of their usually positive roles to discuss giving up early goals, Florian's rebound control, the offense, team discipline, player stagnation, David Caruso, youth players, some historically bad numbers, the impact of the international break, U.S.A.'s recently revealed national team uniforms, and 21 jump Street before looking at the hopeful matches versus WOB and Bochum.
In Part Two, the guys start out by covering the big news, headlines, and questions of the day, including the news of the recent retirement of former VfB'ers Castro and Badstuber, Mislintat and Wehrle, the supporter petition to extend Sven, new signing Dan-Axel, and the most controversial news of all, Rino's drink of choice while watching Bundesliga matches. Part Two wraps up with some Q and A, as questions regarding Silas, Sven and Rino's longevity are answered along side how to stay positive, how to cope, and Matt and Travis are considering matching back tatoo's.
Yeah. Get that image out of your mind!
Intro - 0:00-1:55
Part One - 2:05-29:50
Part Two - 30:00-1:04:14
Episode 57 - FCB:VfB ... 2:2 and undefeated yet...winless?!
In this episode, Matt and Travis break down the huge draw on the road at Bayern as well as the reintroduction of what VfB fans all know and love ... MORE DRAMA!
In Part One, we celebrate the fact that VfB is undefeated versus one of the best teams on the planet in 2022 ... while acknowledging that VfB is one of this season's two remaining winless Bundesliga clubs. Huh. Despite the confusion, we ponder how damaging a potential YouTube channel would be, celebrate the fitness of Ata and Serhou, congratulate Bayern on making history while also surviving Chris Führich's "devastating" foul on Kimmich, before wondering where we are going to place the sure-to-be constructed new statue of Serhou Guirassy!
In a brief Part Two, we take a peek at our final match before the international break, a home game versus Champions League participant Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Part Three, we dive into territory we are completely unqualified to discuss, the recent news that management has brought in three former VfB'ers to work with - or for - Alex Wehrle and Sven Mislintat. Before doing so, though, we throw out some thoughts to Sasa, the recently departed players who left on loan, and look forward to the Pokal match versus Bielefeld. After hoping VfB wins the Pokal before we pass away, we try - try! - to break down the recent news that Wehrle is adding Lahm, Khedira, and old friend Christian Gentner to the management team ... without letting Sven know he was adding Lahm, Khedira, and old friend Christian Gentner to the management time. Huh? After most likely making the news more confusing than before, we both agree on one thing - there's a difference between good and bad communication, but at least VfB seems to be really good at one of them! We wrap up Part Three answering some questions regarding the big SGE match this weekend, Silas' form, whether the team on the pitch has momentum on their side, and offer up three true VfB legends to help advise the club!
Intro - 0'-1:26
Part One - 1:36-27:16
Part Two - 27:26-32:03
Part Three - 32:13-end
Episode 55 - KOE:VfB ... 0:0 and goodbye to Sasa!
In this episode, Jeff and Matt join Travis for the very first time together! After some shared hero worship between Jeff and Matt, the fellas start out by chatting the biggest news of the week - Sasa Kalajdzic's official move to the Premier League - and discuss the striker's departure, his future, and their favorite memories of the tallest forward around!
In Part One, the guys share their thoughts on the scoreless draw at Cologne and have Jeff, the resident 1. FC Köln fan, give his Hennes-colored views on whether Schwabe is the greatest keeper of all-time or if VfB simply can't finish their chances. Before the review is over, discussion topics include red cards, how horizontal stripes are better than vertical stripes, how xG is both a pop band and a soccer stat, and how it's possible that a player for Effzeh could have an active head wound for almost the entire match and not be pulled until he banged up his ankle. Finally, Part Two wraps up with Jeff giving us his views on KOE's future in the coming weeks and months.
In Part Two, Matt and Travis refuse to let Jeff leave and cover some more headlines, confusing Borna Sosa's potential new Italian League team with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, and answer a question about how toothless the team's attack has been of late.
In Part Three, it's a cautious preview of the huge match at home versus newly promoted Schalke that ends with an ode to old friend Simon Terodde!
Introduction - 0:00-1:35
Headlines - 1:44-16:36
Part One - 16:45-40:03
Part Two - 40:12-47:12
Part Three - 47:12-56:27
Episode 54 - VfB:SCF ... 0:1 and deja vu!
In this episode, the gang gets back together to chat about the recent loss to SC Freiburg and look forward to the big match versus Cologne!
In Part One, Matt and Austin, the resident SC Freiburg super fan, discuss father-son relationships, whether Freiburg and Stuttgart are now rivals, respect the play of VfB despite the loss, ponder who was at fault for yet another early goal, name the Philipp Förster Man of the Match, comment on Dr. Brych's "ability," and wrap up with the negatives and positives of VfB both in the present and going forward.
In Part Two, Matt and Travis answer the big VfB questions of the day, including whether Sosa and Sasa have checked out, if German officials know the rules, and what should VfB supporters be more concerned about - the lack of attack or the early goals given up in seven of the last 11 matches.
In Part Three, Jeff joins in to give a KOE view of the upcoming match at Cologne and tells us why we as VfB supporters should be optimistic!
Part One - 0:00-32:27
Part Two - 32:37-53:40
Part Three - 53:50-end
Episode 53 - SVW:VfB ... 2:2 and still undefeated!
Question: After the first half, was VfB lucky to get a point? After the second half, was VfB unlucky to get a point?
In Part One, Matt and Travis ponder the biggest question of the day - armadillo's or possum's, which is more frightening? They then break down the recent match versus SVW asking if it was a point gained or two points lost. Along the eway, we praise Bremen's play, give kudos to Silas and Sasa, ponder Tiago's lineup status, and finally praise the fellas - and Captain Endo - for their resilient play.
In Part Two, the fellas take a look at the upcoming match versus local rival - or not? - Freiburg, and have some optimism despite four straight Bundesliga losses to the darlings of the league! They then tackle the biggest news in Europe - no, not the Ronaldo to BVB rumours but instead the Darko to England facts (or Belgium ... they keep forgetting)! In the end, they both agree that Freiburg isn't the big Stuttagart rival - yet - but then conclude by answering who they feel VfB's rival really is!
In Part Three, Austin joins to give his predictions for the upcoming Bundesliga matchday three and explain why, despite being winless on the season, he still believes Leverkusen will win the league! (hint: because he's dumb)
Part One - 0:00-26:22
Part Two - 26:27-34-13
Part Three - 34:18-47:40
Episode 51: 2022/2023 Preview ... and we're back!
In episode 51 ... we are back!
Through the magic of editing, Austin, Jeff, Matt, and Travis are all on the same episode ... at the same'ish time!
Austin and Jeff react to the news that VfB will be in the U.S.A. in November while Matt and Travis immediately mis-pronounce one of the best kit sponsors in the Bundesliga, JAKO, as they pay homage to the new home and away kits before Travis body-shames Matt. With that kind of start, you know episode 51 is gonna be as good as ... usual!
In the first half of Part One, Matt breaks the club down from top to bottom, as Travis asks who is the key player in several areas. High praise is giving to Sven and 'Rino in management, Dino and Ito in defense, Endo and "A Person to Be Named Later" in the midfield, and Darko and Sasa in attack. And in a shocking turn of events Matt, despite his reservations, even gives praise to one of the three "F's" at goal! Along the way, drama in the front office, Florian vs. Gregor, BSC's Kempf and his penalty taking skills, Karazor, Darko, old friend Zorniger, and that one "Little Blond Guy" who scored a somewhat important goal a few years ago versus Argentina are all discussed as well.
In the second half of Part One (shouldn't this be Part Two?), the guys look at the upcoming schedule, debate Sven's declaration that "13th place is our 1st place," give season predictions, mock Bayern's five-star kit, and finally give their thoughts on the upcoming home match versus Super Cup runners-up RBL.
In Part Two, Austin and Jeff break down the entire Bundesliga as they look at the table from top to bottom, Bayern to Bochum, and give some special attention to Freiburg, Hennes, VfB, and Austin's inability to pronounce anything at anytime.
It's the longest episode to date, which clearly means it's ... well ... it exists!
Part 1 & The VfB Breakdown: 7:39-1:10:18
Part 2 & The Bundesliga Breakdown: 1:10:21 to end
Episode 50 - VfB:KOE ... 2:1 and staying up!
In our 50th podcast we barely contain our excitement in one of our most unorganized, disorganized, and simply not organized episodes ever as we celebrate VfB surviving the Bundesliga in classic VfB dramatic fashion! In Part One, Jeff joins us to give us a view of the match from a Köln point of view. Jeff tells us how he wore his "good luck" kit in honor of Stuttgart, his thoughts about the match, the special "spirit of '92" kit, the chances made and missed, Sven's rock-band looks, Endo's redemption, and how ultimately, he's the voice of VfB reason. In Part Two, Matt joins us to talk about the match from a VfB supporter's perspective as he and Travis go through the match "moment-by-moment," trying to decide which moment - Hertha taking the early lead, Endo's misses, Tiago's substitution, BVB's comeback, Endo's make - was the most memorable in what turned out to be a memorable day. In Part Three, Jeff returns to help break down the upcoming relegation matches that VfB happily doesn't have to worry about before letting everyone know exactly how much Travis has lost wagering against his beloved club.
It's a chaotic episode befitting a chaotic club!
Part One - The Match from a KOE Point of View - 0'-25:57
Part Two - The Match from a VfB Point of View - 26:07-1:05:17
Part Three - Predictions with HennesLover - 1:05:27-1:18.02
Episode 49 - FCB:VfB ... 2:2 and you're saying there's a chance!
Matt and Travis start their 49th episode by debating who wore kit #21 better - Klement or Pavard - and unsurprisingly, coming up with the wrong answer. In Part 1, the guys discuss if VfB was lucky or unlucky, sing the praises - as they always have - of the Stuttgart goal keeper, celebrate Sosa and Sasa at least one more time, and praise Derek Rae for nailing the most explosive offensive trio in all of football - Coulibaly, Thommy, and Förster! In Part 2, the new special 1992 kit is explored while in Part 3 predictions are made regarding the huge last match of the season, VfB hosting Hennes ... for all the Bundesliga marbles!
Unless Hertha wins.
Then it doesn't matter.
Kind of like this episode!
Episode 48 - VfB:WOB ... 1:1 and still a chance!
In episode 48, Matt and Travis break down the most recent match before answering the age old debate - Philipp Förster or Christian Gentner?! In Part One, the home draw versus Wolfsburg is discussed as is John Brooks, defensive breakdowns on set pieces, the lack of offense anywhere, and Travis' ability to nail the contributions of Enzo Millot even before they took place. In Part Two, the guys talk VfB's potential versus Freiburg's reality, Felix Magath's criticisms versus Bayern Munich, and VfB's point total versus DSC's point total over the remaining two matches. In Part Three, Matt and Travis make a surprising pick in the VfB match at Bayern, hope that Bochum shows up big versus Bielefeld, and ask all the American-based Bayern fans to buy a beverage for that lonely Stuttgart fan at the end of the bar.
And they edit none of it!
Episode 47 - BSC:VfB ... 2:0 and grown men crying...
Join Matt and Travis as they break down the most disappointing defeat of the season, the 2:0 loss at Hertha Berlin. In Part One, the fellas reminisce about Mario Gomez's goals, Kevin Großkreutz's tutelage, and Timo Werner's whining before doing some whining of there own when taking a look back at BSC:VfB. Questions are asked regarding Müller's status, Mata's coaching, Sven's squad planning, the supporter's losing faith, Endo's leadership, grown men crying, and how Travis nailed the "surprise impact player of the season," Marc-Oliver Kempf. In Part Two, questions from Ben, Robin, and Reddit are pondered which means the conversation obviously turns towards ... Nicolas Cage. In Part Three, the now enormous VfB:WOB match is predicted, the guys breathe a sigh of relief when they find out the Tipp-Kick prediction, Travis makes a bold purchase promise, and then they discuss the biggest news in all the Bundesliga - Freiburg's Pokal trip, Bayern's 10th title in a row, and demand the DFB deduct 60 points from Effzeh due to Anthony Modeste's illegal coffee celebration!
Episode 45 - VfB:BVB ... 0:2 and thank goodness for BSC...
In this episode Matt and Travis start off by debating the immortal question - Sean Dundee or Cacau?! - before turning their attention toward the loss at home to BVB. In Part One, they discuss the offensive opportunities versus the defensive breakdowns, including Omar and chip shots, Ito vs. Haaland, and whether much maligned goal keeper Flo Müller really came to VfB this summer with "large advanced berries" before thanking the Bundesliga gods for the existence of Hertha BSC. In Part Two, headlines and questions are covered, as the devastating news that Schwarzwaldmilch is leaving local rival Freiburg is broken! Then the fellas cover levels of concern at the current state of affairs, how the squad will look next week with Endo and Karazor out, and which team they'd like to see relegated and why it's the Flaming Pineapples of Augsburg. Part Three ends with predictions for the upcoming match at Mainz before the fellas do an about face and start rooting for their now beloved Augsburg to beat up on Hertha. Yep, it's complicated!
Part One - 0:00-21:57
Part Two - 21:57-32:37
Part Three - 32:37 to end
Episode 44 - DSC:VfB ... 1:1 and missed opportunities!
In this episode, Matt and Travis start off by paying homage to old friend Alex Maxim before breaking down the disappointing 1:1 draw at Arminia Bielefeld. In Part One, the fellas cover missed opportunities, Mata's apparent lack of trust in the bench, xG, Sasa's first ever penalty kick, Anton's "damned if I do, damned if I don't moment," and whether Sven's optimism is on target (unlike many of VfB's shots during the match). In Part Two, Jeff joins in to give his "View From Above" ... or does he?! In Part Three, headlines and questions are discussed, including Sasa rejecting a contract extension, Orel stating he never said he wanted to leave during the summer, the thought that VfB should start with an Own Goal each and every match, and why Matt and Travis' feelings are so, so sensitive. Part Four concludes Episode 44 with predictions for the Friday match versus BvB, which other relegation matches are worth watching, and what kind of Lake Erie beverage Matt has coming his way.
Take a listen, it's a good as Lake Erie drinking water!
Part One - 0' - 19:19
Part Two - 19:29-31:48
Part Three - 31:48-40:48
Part Four - 40:48-end