To whom it may concern, I do not write reviews. I don’t give 5 star or 1 star reviews for apps or games, no matter how amazing or abysmal they are. Let that be your first hint that speaks to the true greatness that is the NotJoeFlacco Podcast (yeah I actually capitalized the P, take that Podcast 194’s featured reviewer). I told NotJoe this would be the best review he’s ever gotten and I fully intend for that to stay true. Where do I start when speaking of the podcast? For those who have never listened: it is a podcast of three old friends simply bantering back and forth for an hour or two, covering anything from football takes to the depths of their personal lives to anything in between. As a weekly listener, it reminds me of all the countless times I’ve had these conversations with my friends, and I think that casual format is what keeps listeners like myself coming back for more. It isn’t another form of news or like most sports podcasts, but rather feels like a friend is telling you their opinion. It adds subjectivity into conversations, which I personally think is amazing, especially when you consider the amount of flaming hot takes the format allows them to speak about without getting absolutely flamed by fans. (...as I sit here and write a few sentences flaming their takes?) NotJoe’s ability to direct the conversation and also keep it going is superb. Each of the three men seem to have a variety of knowledge in their own random field, leading to everyone being able to contribute at nearly all times and a lack of redundancy in the characters. I appreciate the consistent uploads and the fact that NotJoe replies to all my fan mail, it’s not every day you get to text a real life superhero. Truth be told, I started listening maybe a month or two ago, and I had no clue how the podcasts would go once the season was over and the fire of the off season and all its trades and drama started to calm down. Let it be known that NotJoe, Trevor, and Doug (sorry if I butchered any spelling somehow??) have thoroughly carried me through this summer, as their weekly uploads make my drive to and from work every week seem much less mediocre. I don’t listen to podcasts. I just don’t. And yet, I do. Their passion for everything they talk about, from their respective teams to clowning players who need to be clowned (Chase Clownpool) to absolutely busting over Top Gun: Maverick is what makes this podcast amazing. It gives off an atmosphere of friendship, and more importantly includes all the bullsh-t (does Apple let me curse on this?), special moments, and laughter along the way. It is often some of the best hours of my week. Now that that’s out of the way, sorry for meatriding the last 491 words, but I said I’d be the best. Seriously though, just go listen to the podcast. PS. RIP Jaylon Ferguson and Tony Siragusa, all love from the Ravens Flock.
June 25, 2022 by Coke Elliott on Apple Podcasts