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The Pick Up - WNBA Podcast

  • Special Guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    24 MAG 2024 · This week Hosts Cathryn Naiker & Freddie Rivas we're honoured to have The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau join our podcast. Cathryn and Freddie attended the WNBA press conference officially announcing Toronto getting a team and then had an exclusive sit down with the Prime Minister to discuss the growth of Women's Basketball and Women's sports in Canada. Cathryn starts the podcast by discussing their experience throughout the day and ends with a classic all-timer of an interview. Enjoy. 
    34 min. 30 sec.
  • The Caitlin Clark Effect, Golden State Valkyries, Kim K Skims & more

    17 MAG 2024 · This week hosts Cathryn and Freddie discuss the WNBA finally having chartered flights! Such a huge win for the league and they reflect on how much. uch it took to get here. Then they discuss the "Caitlin Clark effect" on the league, the good and the bad, the amount of pressure she's under, and thoughts on her WNBA debut. Then they discuss the unveiling of Golden State's new team, the Valkyries, and thoughts on the team name, and colorway spark a fun debate. Then they take a brief look at the GM survey, who are the big names coming up in this season's predictions. Finally, in Freddie's Fun Question, we look at Kim Kardashian's Skims collaboration with the WNBA and we ask if we (in an imaginary world) got to model skims with the WNBA how would we pose? 
    43 min. 43 sec.

    10 MAG 2024 · EMERGENCY POD ALERT! Toronto is officially getting a WNBA team. Joining hosts Cathryn and Freddie to celebrate is WNBA & NBA writer Chelsea Leite. We discuss our initial relations. The new ownership structure, what went wrong last year, and why this year is working out. What the team should be called turns into a lively debate. Who do we think could join the team? And finally, Freddie's Fun Question, if we had to break the news to The Rogers family (who pulled out of the bid) the news, how would we do it?
    47 min. 8 sec.
  • Candace Parker Retires, Brittney Griner Interview, Power Rankings & more.

    4 MAG 2024 · Hosts Cathryn and Freddie talk about Candace Parker announcing her retirement. Then they discuss Brittney Griner's interview with Robin Roberts. Then they review early power rankings and give some hot takes for the season to come. A few new rule changes in the WNBA this year and in Freddie's Fun Question we ask what is one rule we would change if we could. 
    45 min. 38 sec.
  • Caitlin Clark 8 figures, Draft Night, A'ja Wilson Shoe Deal & more

    19 APR 2024 · This week hosts Cathryn and Freddie chat about draft night. What were the highlights, who won the draft, all the fits, and more. Then they talk about Caitlin Clark's new 8 figure shoe deal, the amount of hype around her, and what that's going to mean for her and the sport as a whole. Then they talk about the social media push for A'ja Wilson to get her own shoe. Why is it that only white female players in the league have their own shoe? And will the social media pressure push it over the edge? Then they discuss the creepy reporter at Caitlin Clark's opening press conference and how her fame will bring a spotlight to the issues around women's sports in addition to its greatness. Then they discuss Whoopi Goldberg on The View calling out ESPN for not re-negotiating their TV deal with the WNBA sooner. This leads to a conversation about how people are fixated on the amount of money players make or don't make rather than the game itself. Finally, in our Freddie's Fun Question segment, we ask what we would do to spice up the draft. 
    41 min.
  • We're Back! Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese & Women's Basketball having a MOMENT!

    5 APR 2024 · WE'RE BACK! Hosts Cathryn and Freddie are back after Freddie and his wife Kaitlyn welcomed their baby boy Remy to the world! They talk about the meteoric rise that women's basketball has had over the last month. Cathryn has a moment where she vents about the haters. Caitlin Clark becoming an all-time great and how she's been able to attract fans who weren't here before. Then they talk about Angel Reese and her declaring for the WNBA draft via Vogue magazine. We talk about her opening up about the struggles she has faced in the spotlight and her perseverance and what teams we would like to see her on. In Freddie's Fun Question, we ask ourselves when did we rise to the occasion like Caitlin and Angel did. 
    42 min. 43 sec.
  • Ionescu vs Curry! Nneka Leaving the Sparks & more.

    27 GEN 2024 · This week hosts Cathryn and Freddie discuss the 3 points shot contest duel between Sabrina Ionescu and Steph Curry that is being hyped up for NBA All-Star Weekend. Will it happen? Then we discuss the shocking news that Nneka Ogwumike is leaving the Sparks after 12 seasons! Which team will she sign with? Who do we want her to sign with and more! Then we discuss Sue Bird's documentary debuting at the Sundance Film Festival. Her interview with the LA Times and some interesting state of the WNBA observations that could change everything. After that, we get a little nostalgic and talk about which WNBA superstar we wished we got to see in their prime. In Freddie's Fun Question, we talk about the Ace's "Thick" Challenge and brainstorm what our version of that would be.
    42 min. 43 sec.
  • Free Agency Watch, Paige Buckers Draft Debate, ESPN Grievance & More

    13 GEN 2024 · Hosts Cathryn Naiker and Freddie Rivas break down the free agents this year! Who do we think is staying put and who is on the move? Then we talk about Paige Bueckers and her lack of urgency to elect to be in the WNBA Draft. Then We talk about ESPN's Pardon the Interruption and their rant about Caitlin Clark being "worth the drive to Iowa" but not worth seeing in the WNBA, in so many words. Then in Freddie's Fun Question, we break down some WNBA player nick-names.
    38 min. 26 sec.
  • Top 10 WNBA Moments Of The Year! Epic Schedule Rollout! Commissioner's Cup Format Change & more

    28 DIC 2023 · This week hosts Freddie and Cathryn talk about the Epic WNBA regular season rollout this year with most teams doing their own video, sketches, and more! We talk about each one and have a clear favourite. Then we discuss the top 10 moments in the WNBA this past season. We react to a Yahoo sports ranking and make our own. Then, we react to the Commissioner's Cup format change resembling more of what the NBA did this year and will it be effective? Then for Freddi'e Fun Question, we have an ode to Australian basketball and try to name a new team.
    52 min. 17 sec.
  • WNBA Draft Lottery! Caitlin Clark to Indy? Tiffany Hayes Retires and more!

    14 DIC 2023 · This week Hosts Freddie and Cathryn talk about Cathryn's exciting time doing a live stream with Bleacher Report and meeting Seattle Storm's Jewel Lloyd! They did a live reaction to the draft lottery followed by a mock draft and Cathryn recounts the experience. Then there is some breaking news to report. First, Tiffany Hayes announces her retirement from the WNBA. Says she'll continue to play in international leagues. We react to the shocking announcement. Then we talk about the Washington sports ownership group possibly moving the Mystics to Virginia! Then we congratulate Chelsea Grey for joining the Sacramento Kings Broadcast team! Finally, we react to the historic draft lottery. Will the Fever be able to draft Caitlin Clark, and will this be the moment that turns the franchise around?? Why has Angel Reese fallen far in professional mock draft predictions? Who could get Paige Bueckers, and more? in Freddie's fun question, we ask what can the WNBA learn from the success of the NBA's In Season Tournament.
    51 min. 18 sec.
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