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Check Out Blog Talk BayHawk

Web site traffic tells me that most people haven’t been coming here since the podcast went offline. Since then, I’ve turned my sports blog attention over to my latest project, Blog Talk BayHawk, which covers the Erie BayHawks, including some commentary on their NBA affiliates, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.

I don’t want to say this is the end of the line for, but it’s at least a hiatus as I focus my efforts on the BayHawks blog. So thanks for all the readers/listeners over the years here at I’m not getting rid of the URL anytime soon, so you can still browse through the archives.

But please do check out my new posts at Blog Talk BayHawk!

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Podcast Host Goes Offline

I have some bad news. The Web site that used to host the Winning Hand Sportscast,, has gone offline, and taken all of its podcast files with it. For the time being, that leaves me with no place to store my podcast.

Unfortunately, Switchpod was perfect for my needs. It offered a lot of storage space for free. Now that it’s gone, there’s few comparable alternatives. There are many good pay services out there, but I’ve yet to find any free hosting that has enough space to even hold a month’s worth of podcasts. If you know of one, please let me know.

In the meantime, I’ll still offer the occasional update here at Plus, I’ve started a new Erie BayHawks blog called Blog Talk BayHawk.

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Change is Coming to

Yes, change is coming to the site in the form of a brand new podcast. This past week’s show (1/20/09) was officially the final podcast, but it’s not the last time you’ll hear my brother Mike and I discuss the hottest topics in the world of sports.

Next week will debut a brand new podcast, “The Winning Hand Sportscast with Matt & Mike Hubert.” While you shouldn’t expect a drop-off in quality, you should expect a brand new format. The new show will have a new opening/closing theme, but more importantly, its content will be more organized and include featured segments including “King,” “Queen,” and “Jack” Ass of the Week awards, “Ace” predictions and more.

No, we won’t be talking poker, Texas Hold ’em or any other card games, but we will be shuffling through the deck to talk about a variety of issues from the world of sports every week. As with the old show, we’ll focus primarily on pro and college basketball and football, but no sports topic is off limits.

The decision to change the show was made primarily to give Mike more stake in the podcast as it clearly was more than just my project. But I also wanted to give the podcast its own identity to differentiate our work on the podcast from my writing on the site. Both the writing and podcast will remain hosted together on

So thanks to everyone who has listened to the podcast since we first launched last December. Mike and I certainly hope you’ll stick with us and find the new show even more entertaining.

We generally record Tuesday evening. Then I put it through some simple post-production. I generally have it uploaded to the Internet by 11 p.m. Tuesday night. It’s not a schedule that is 100 percent set in stone, but we try to stick to it as much as possible. Of course, the best part of a podcast is that you can download it, store it on your iPod and listen to it on the go whenever you have 30 minutes (give or take) of downtime.

As with the old podcast, we’ll work to get The Winning Hand Sportscast listed on iTunes as soon as possible. In the meantime, I hope you keep coming back to the site to hear our insights on the sports world.

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OK, so it’s not technically a haircut, but the site has been trimmed. I hope you like the new style, and I think you will.

Gone is the clunky, outdated Microsoft Frontpage Web site. In its place is a snazzy new blog format.

The rationale is simple.

I originally designed the site to keep the articles, columns and blog posts separate. My intention was to keep things from getting complicated, but in reality, the navigation structure had the opposite effect. As time went on, I realized there was no clear cut line between what merited “article,” “column,” or “blog post,” status. I wasted time creating an individual page for each article and column and linking to it from the respective contents pages.

The refreshed designed uses blogging technology to simplify everything.

  • I get to focus on writing without worrying about Web design. I write the post, categorize it appropriately and voila, the new post is available.
  • You, the reader, don’t have to navigate to different sites to find content. It’s all centralized and easily searchable by date or category.
  • We get to interact. Every post is now open to comments. Previously, articles and columns on were static pages, but now you can free to comment on anything and everything I write. Agree, disagree, ask questions. The beauty of the Internet is its ability to allow the free sharing of ideas. If you’re here reading my views, I welcome yours. Just keep your comments civil and mature and we won’t have to get into a complicated list of rules.

All of the content from the original site has been carried over. So don’t worry, your favorite podcasts and columns are still accessible through the archives. And new content will automatically show up at the top of the page when it’s added.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you’ll check back regularly for updates and get involved in the comments section.

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