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Pop Culture Tournaments

21 EpisodesProduced by Patrick DeSpain, Rob Matthews, and Bruce "Slat" VeachWebsite

A podcast devoted to the Facebook group "Pop Culture Tournaments" - come join us and vote on the best of the best of pop culture! '80s songs, movie villains, cereal mascots, TV theme songs - anything pop culture, we will host a tournament and you decide which is the best! In this podcast, the hosts … read more

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Hair Metal and Muppets with Nate Downs

June 9th, 2021


We welcome our friend and Muppet expert, Nate Downs, to the podcast to preview the "Greatest Muppet" tournament. Nate laid down some impressive …

MLB Player and Hair Metal with Jef Westbrook

May 30th, 2021


With Slat absent this week, Dan and Rob welcome Jef Westbrook to the episode to discuss the results of the "Greatest Major League Baseball Player of …

Greatest MLB Player of All Time with Tim Wiles, former Baseball Hall of Fame Director of Research

May 9th, 2021


In preparation for our "Greatest Major League Baseball Player of All Time" tournament, we have a fascinating conversation with Tim Wiles, who served as Director of Research for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and …

Cocktails and Fast Food Restaurants

April 13th, 2021


Dan, Rob, and Slat welcome a fellow member of the seeding committee and architect of the "Greatest Fast Food Restaurants" tournament, Nancy Reese, as a guest on the podcast this week! 

We talk about the …

TV Game Shows and Cocktails

March 30th, 2021


Slat couldn't join us for this episode, unfortunately, but Dan and Rob welcome special guest Ann Marie Nordby to the podcast. Ann is a working …

The Greatest TV Game Show with Willie Tyler and Lester

March 14th, 2021


Dan, Rob, and Slat discuss the upcoming "Greatest TV Game Show" tournament hosted in the Facebook group "Pop Culture Tournaments". 

Special guests …

Marvel Superheroes and Love Songs with Comic Book Artist John "Joltin' Johnny" Lucas

February 28th, 2021


Rob and Slat welcome new co-host Dan Schmidt to the podcast and chat with comic book artist John "Joltin' Johnny" Lucas! In preparation for PCT's …

Saturday Morning Cartoons and Saturday Night Live

January 24th, 2021


A review of the completed "Greatest Saturday Morning Cartoon" tournament and preview of the first-round matchups in the upcoming "Greatest Saturday Night Live Cast Member" event, plus Deep Dive segments on Jan Hooks and …

Saturday Morning Cartoons and a Deep Dive on "Clue Club" and "He-Man"

January 10th, 2021


Patrick, Rob, and Slat break down the brackets of the "Greatest Saturday Morning Cartoon" tournament, which starts 1/11/21 in the Facebook group "Pop …

Holiday Movies and Year-End Review

December 26th, 2020


Patrick, Rob, and Slat welcome Todd back to the podcast to discuss the results of Pop Culture Tournament's "Greatest Christmas/Holiday Movie" …

Board Games and Christmas/Holiday Movies

December 12th, 2020


We welcome guest Daniel Schmidt (host of "Another Bourbon Show" podcast) to discuss the results of the "Greatest Board Game" tournament and preview …

TV Families and Board Games with Grant Lyon, Game Creator

November 28th, 2020


We're proud to be joined by comedian, author, actor, screenwriter, and game designer Grant Lyon! Grant's new game, "Curmudgeon" just launched and can be found in game stores and on Amazon! We discuss our upcoming …

Greatest TV Family with Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster)

November 14th, 2020


Patrick, Rob, and Slat welcome Butch Patrick as a guest to the show to discuss the entries of the upcoming "Greatest TV Family" tournament! A veteran of many television shows and movies, Butch also played Eddie Munster …

Halloween Treats and the Greatest Sports Movie

October 31st, 2020


Patrick, Rob, and Slat are joined by guest Alex Bacchetti to discuss the results of the "Greatest Halloween Treat" tournament and preview our next …

'80s Song Tournament Review & Halloween Treats

October 18th, 2020


We wrap up our 10-week, epic "Greatest Song of the '80s" tournament with a look at the upsets, early exits, colossal battles, finishes, and our …

The Martha Quinn Greatest Song of the '80s Grand Finale!

October 3rd, 2020


Slat and Rob discuss the results of the 1988-89 tournament and preview the "Martha Quinn Greatest Song of the '80s" tournament! Three months of …

The Best Song of the '80s! Pt. 4 (1988-89) with Don Jamieson!

September 13th, 2020


Patrick, Rob, Slat, and Todd review the recently-concluded 1985-87 tournament and take a look ahead at the 1988-89 tournament. We see a surge of rap and heavy metal in these two years compared to our first three …

The Best Song of the '80s! Pt. 3 (1985-87)

August 29th, 2020


In this episode, we look back at the 1983-84 tournament and the wild ride that it was with 13 upsets and no #1 seeds making the Final Four. We discuss the first-round match-ups in the 1985-87 tournament, including one …

The Best Song of the '80s! Pt. 2 (1983-84)

August 16th, 2020


Rob, Patrick, and Slat welcome a guest seeder to the conversation this week: Todd McDillon! We review the recently-concluded 1980-82 portion of the tournament and take a look at the first-round matchups in the 1983-84 …

The Best Song of the '80s! Pt. 1 (1980-82)

August 4th, 2020


As we launch our epic "Best Song of the '80s" tournament in the Facebook group "Pop Culture Tournaments", we preview the first-round matchups from …

How We Got Here and Where We Are Going

July 26th, 2020


In this introductory episode, meet the hosts, Rob and Patrick! We discuss our Facebook group, "Pop Culture Tournaments", how we came to form the …

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