Troy Dog’s Shack: Why You Need to Listen to the Squad Pod

When Vurbmoto came back in 2020 and gave me the call to make content again, one of the first things that I wanted to do was make a podcast. I know everyone and their mom has a pod now, but I feel like if you’re in the media that you absolutely have to have one. Every week I interview one or two riders for the content that I create for this site and I record the conversations anyway for quotes. Thus the Squad Pod was born.

The Squad Pod is a little bit different from most pods. I keep riders for only a half hour and I touch on big moments in their careers. I’m not here to bench race about Unadilla or talk about the races since I’m not going to many events. If I do talk about a race it’ll be about what I saw and learned from being at that event. 

Usually I’ll keep my conversations close to 20 minutes long. I’ll have the rare occasion where I’ll keep a guest up to an hour if that’s what their story calls for, just like Shawn Rife’s or this week’s episode with the legend Jeff Emig. 

It’s going well so far! I’m 10 episodes in and I feel like we’ve already learned so much from all of these great guests that I’ve had on. We’re actually learning new things in the process, which is impressive considering how many avenues of media are out there in the motocross world.

Take for instance Blake Wharton talking about how he liked his amateur KTM better than his GEICO Honda or that Rife said that he didn’t really know what it took to be a pro until recently when he saw what Chase Sexton and Ken Roczen were doing everyday at the Sandbox. 

Grant Harlan and I explained the origins of the T-Dog Squad and how we helped one another grow the past three years. Hunter Yoder gave us insight into how he’s bounced back from thoughts of quitting the sport. Brent Stallo came on to talk about Shred Tours and the future of Vurbmoto. 

Justin Rodbell explained his recovery from a torn Achilles and what he does down at South of the Border. 

Fredrik Noren and I talked about life, jumping into the pool at RedBud, and now we’re trying to out-nice one another. Ashton Bloxom came on to talk about overcoming his injuries to race the Nationals and accomplish his childhood dreams. 

Lance Vincent talked about his amateur days and coming back to race Loretta’s after 10 years away from the sport. Derek Kelley explained his injuries to start the outdoor series and what he’s had to do to overcome them. Levi Kitchen went back in time to rehash his breakthrough week at Loretta’s in 2020, almost signing with GEICO Honda, and chef branding. A-Ray talked about old times with me and his decision behind hanging up the boots. 

Then, just last week we had Julien Perrier and Dustin Pipes talk about their teams and why they do what they do. 

It’s been 10 action packed episodes in 11 weeks. I didn’t even realize how many episodes that I had done until I just listed all of the guests. Life has been moving a little quicker since I had this and it’s been a lot of fun. 

Thank you to all of the great people who have agreed to come on and thank you to those that will come on future episodes. I also want to give a special thank you to the great people over at Guts Racing who have come on to support the weekly rundown of the Power Rankings. You can save 20 percent at checkout when you use the code Vurb20!

You can catch all of the episodes on the Vurbmoto Podcast Network or here with a new episode every Thursday. If you have any questions you’d like to ask a guest or if you have an idea of someone that you want to hear from, email me at [email protected].

Thank you so much for your continued support. 

Viva la Squad. 

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Written by Troy Dog

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