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SportsBeat Afterhours

The minds behind SportsBeat bring you sports, pop culture and debauchery. The host with the most, Hema Heimuli Jr. is joined by the local, lovable, Canuck, Zak Hicken for a weekly podcast delving into the sports and pop culture landscape from a millennial perspective. This is SportsBeat Afterhours.
August 17, 2020

Jazz open the playoffs in the bubble, and the start of the high school football season

Hema and Zak breakdown the first round for the Utah Jazz against the Denver Nuggets. Do the Jazz have a chance? Plus, what surprised them about the first week of high school football? What teams climbed the power rankings? Subscribe, rate, review, download, share ...   (35:05)
August 10, 2020

The state of College Football, and the playoff outlook for the Utah Jazz

Hema and Zak are back to talk about the bleak outlook for the 2020 college football season, is the concern from college football leaders really about COVID-19, or is it about the rise of player empowerment? Plus, what is the outlook for the Jazz in the playoffs? Is it time to pa...   (28:06)
August 3, 2020

Panic meter for the Jazz after two games, the Pac-12 player movement, and how to stop your kid from spitting food out on your new couch

Hema and Zak give their assessment of the first two games in the NBA return for the Utah Jazz. Is it time to panic? Plus, what will the impact of the Pac-12 United Player movement be on the state of college athletics? Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend an...   (54:01)
July 31, 2020

Jazz win, BYU to the Big 12, and Joe Kelly's heroics

After nearly five months off, the Utah Jazz win the first game of the NBA bubble. Zak and Hema break down their thoughts on the game, and how the Jazz should set themselves up for the playoffs. Plus, after the SEC moves to a conference-only slate, the Big 12 is the only P5 confe...   (50:38)
July 31, 2020

Previewing the return of the NBA, the best quarantine jams, and an interview with BYU National Champ Lakei Heimuli

Hema and Zak are back in the studio to take a look at the NBA restart in Orlando, then share their favorite quarantine jams. Plus, a conversation with BYU national champion Lakei Heimuli. Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend and help us grow. Follow us on tw...   (01:01:45)
July 20, 2020

The Return of SportsBeat Afterhours

After almost four months away, Hema and Zak are back in the Afterhours Studio to talk about the last four months in quarantine and their expectations for the restart of the NBA season. Plus, BYU insiders Mitch Harper and Spencer Linton join the show to talk about their thoughts o...   (01:30:07)
March 27, 2020

Two weeks without sports, Hema's top-15 Jazz hip-hop references, and the return of Dadvice

We've now gone two weeks without sports, but sports news continues to roll in. Zak and Hema talk about how they're passing the time. Hema puts together a list of his top-15 Utah Jazz references in hip-hop, and talks about the nightmare that is parenting in quarantine with some '...   (40:46)
March 20, 2020

Life in Quarantine

After a month hiatus, Afterhours is back to talk about life in quarantine. How has life changed in the last week? What are we doing to pass the time? Sam Farnsworth joins Hema and Zak to discuss. Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend and help us grow. Follow ...   (29:20)
February 17, 2020

Afterhours: All-Star Edition

Hema and Zak are live after the All-Star game to talk about how Utah's two young stars performed in the All-Star game, how Chicago represented its city, expectations for Rudy and Donovan moving forward, and what they're looking forward to when the All-Star Game hits SLC in 2023. ...   (40:50)
February 10, 2020

Buzzer Beaters and Twitter Beefs

It was a weekend of excitement at the buzzer for the Utah Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic knocks down a buzzer beater to break hearts in Houston, and Rudy Gobert gets away with a blatant goaltend that the officials miss to snap a five-game losing streak. Plus, a quick blurb on the Oscars...   (27:39)
January 31, 2020

Hey now, you're an All-Star

The Utah Jazz have two players in the All-Star game for the first time since 2007. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell each make their All-Star game debut, but who got snubbed? Plus, Sam Farnsworth joins the pod to talk about the recent struggles for the Jazz and shares some optimi...   (29:54)
January 26, 2020

Kobe Bryant's Legacy

Hema and Zak discuss the legacy of Kobe Bryant who died earlier today in a helicopter crash in California along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna. Lifetime Lakers fan Mitch Harper joins the show in an emotional tribute to Kobe and his impact on Laker fans and the sport of bas...   (27:46)
January 23, 2020

SportsBeat Afterhours All-Star Teams, and the Curse of the Yellow Jerseys

All-Star weekend is around the corner, so Hema and Zak make their picks for the 2020 All-Star Game. Will any Jazz players make the trip to the Windy City? Plus, are the Jazz cursed? There's enough evidence to say yes. Can the curse be broken? We'll see. Subscribe, rate, review,...   (31:56)
January 13, 2020

New Year, New SportsBeat

Afterhours is back for the first episode of the decade, Hema and Zak talk about the Jazz winning streak, what's impressed them the most, and what players have stepped up over the last few weeks. Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend and help us grow. Follow u...   (18:39)
December 23, 2019

Afterhours Christmas Special

SportsBeat Afterhours plays Santa Claus and bestows gifts on the Jazz, Utes, Cougars, and Aggies heading into 2020. What gifts do Hema and Zak give each team? Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend and help us grow. Follow us on twitter: @SBAfterhours, @HemaHe...   (13:05)
December 16, 2019

Sports Wars: Episode XLVI - Retribution of the Afterhours

It is a time of joy for the Afterhours Alliance, the Jazz have turned a corner and college basketball is off to a promising start. But shadows begin to creep up on Jedi masters, Hema Heimuli, Jr. and Zachary Hicken with the conclusion of the college football season. Can they hol...   (48:30)
December 9, 2019

Previewing bowl SZN and Hema is anti-Baby Yoda

The bowl selections have been announced, Hema and Zak talk about their thoughts on the selections for the local teams, and why it's important that these teams go bowling. Plus, a dive into 'The Mandalorian', why Baby Yoda is the best thing since sliced bread, and what needs to b...   (38:08)
December 7, 2019

EMERGENCY POD: Utes fall in Pac-12 Championship Game

It's an emergency edition of SBAH. Hema and Zak are joined by Sam Farnsworth to talk about the Utes' loss and the implications it has for the team in the postseason.   (30:24)
December 2, 2019

The return of Yoeli Childs, Jazz struggle on an East Coast road trip, and the Utes are headed to the Pac-12 'Ship

Hema and Zak are back to talk about the Jazz recent struggles on their East Coast road trip. The Utes wrap up the regular season with an 11-1 record and are on the cusp of their first ever berth to the College Football Playoff. Plus, how does the return of Yoeli Childs impact BY...   (38:07)
November 25, 2019

The Utes and Cougars post dominating performances, Utah's chance at the CFP, and how the Mandalorian has lived up to expectations

Utah continues its special 2019 campaign with a dominating performance against Arizona. The Utes finish their season against Colorado in the national spotlight - how important is it for them to leave a lasting impression with the CFP committee? Plus, BYU dominates in its own rig...   (33:33)
November 22, 2019

Previewing the High School Football Championships, the Jazz weekend, and has Mike Conley turned the corner?

Hema and Zak are back for a mid-week recording of SportsBeat Afterhours to talk about the Jazz. But first, a quick preview of the high school state championship games - which game are we most looking forward to? Subscribe, rate, review, download, share it with a friend and help...   (34:28)
November 18, 2019


The Utes continue to roll picking up their ninth win of the season in dominating fashion 49-3 against UCLA behind Tyler Huntley's phenomenal season. Do the Utes have a shot at a berth in the College Football Playoff? Hema and Zak go over the scenario that lands the Utes a top fou...   (01:12:30)
November 11, 2019


It was a big week for the Jazz with wins over the Sixers and Bucks. Hema and Zak breakdown the wins and what it means for the Jazz this early in the season. Plus, with a big weekend in sports, Hema and Zak share their three takeaways from the weekend. Subscribe, rate, review, d...   (48:18)
October 31, 2019

The Halloween Episode

Hema and Zak are back for a mid-week pod with Digital Producer Kyle Ireland. What do they think of the Jazz start to the season, and what are their expectations for the college football weekend ahead? Plus, part two of scary stories to celebrate Halloween. Subscr...   (45:13)
October 29, 2019

BYU is Chick-Fil-A

Another week of college football is in the books. Utah puts together another dominating performance and is looking to finish Pac-12 play strong, but standing in their way is a game circled on the calendar since last year - Washington. Plus, Utah State's offensive woes continue, ...   (46:10)
October 28, 2019

Spooky SZN

Hema and Zak are back to talk the first week of the season for the Utah Jazz. What have we learned through three games and should expectations be adjusted? Plus, ahead of Halloween, the two tell ghost stories in part one of SportsBeat Afterhours: Spooky SZN Edition. Subscribe, ...   (53:20)
October 21, 2019

All We Do is Win

It was a winning week for SportsBeat Afterhours with Weber State, Utah, RSL, BYU, and Utah State picking up wins over the weekend. Hema and Zak talk about the big wins in college football and the impact on the back half of the schedule. Plus, a quick preview of the Utah Jazz for...   (42:25)
October 14, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours is the Greatest Podcast of All-Time, My Column:

After a week of disappointment and excitement, Hema and Zak are back to take a look at BYU's disappointing loss to South Florida, they introduce a new segment called MY COLUMN, and talk about the Utes' chances of running the table. Plus, a review of the new Breaking Bad movie, E...   (01:17:42)
October 7, 2019

Bye Week Blues

With the Cougars and Utes coming off of bye weeks, Hema and Zak talk about Utah State's trip to Baton Rouge, and the first preseason game of the season for the Jazz. Then a deep dive into #Dadvice, and the world of conspiracy theory twitter. Subscribe, rate, review, download, s...   (32:30)
September 30, 2019

Holy Toledo! BYU loses in the Glass Bowl, Utah State beats Hurricane CSU, and Utah snaps the skid against Wazzu.

Two fat entitled happy kids, are back in the studio to recap the college football weekend. BYU loses to the Rockets, and its starting QB. How will the Cougars respond to the adversity? Utah State gets some help from special teams and defense to beat Colorado State. Plus, Tyler Hu...   (45:18)
September 23, 2019

Utes and Cougars stumble, Aggies charge to first win over Aztecs in 52 years

Hema returns from Southern California to talk Utah's disappointing game against the USC Trojans on Friday night. How will the Utes bounce back and can they run the table to finish the season? BYU falls to 2-2 after losing to Washington 45-19 and loses its star running back. Wher...   (01:03:22)
September 16, 2019

Previewing Utah-USC, Washington-BYU, and Utah State-San Diego State

After a one day hiatus, Hema and Zak are back to preview week four of the college football season with big match ups for each of the local teams. Why will Utah dominate USC for their first win in the Coliseum in over 100 years? What have we seen from BYU to think they might get ...   (57:20)
September 15, 2019


BYU beats USC for its second overtime win in as many weeks. Who stepped up? What does this mean for BYU's next game against Washington? Plus, Kalani Sitake has earned a contract extension. SportsBeat Afterhours is collecting funds to pay his contract. You can venmo donations to ...   (40:20)
September 9, 2019

Cougars win a 2OT thriller, the Utes dominate defensively, a USC scouting report, lessons in Egyptology, and video games circa 1999

Zak returns from the South with a detailed report of BYU's win over Tennessee. He and Hema break down the offense and defense in the win. Hema also talks about Utah's win over NIU then gives a detailed scouting report of the USC Trojans which turns into a lesson in Egyptology. ...   (01:09:24)
September 2, 2019

Nine in a row for the Utes, what BYU needs to build on moving forward, and the Aggies fall on the road

College football is finally back and it's kicked off with a rivalry showdown between the Utes and Cougars on Thursday night. Hema and Zak are joined by KSL Sports EP Matthew Glade to breakdown the game, why BYU lost, and what the Cougars need to do to succeed moving forward. Pl...   (01:00:10)
August 26, 2019

Rivalry Week, recapping week two of HS football, why TV is the best baby sitter, and the future of Disney+

Its Rivalry Week and Zak and Hema take a couple minutes to talk about the season opener between BYU and Utah then recap the second week of high school football action. Then #Dadvice returns and the two talk about their kids favorite shows, and why Disney+ is a major win for pare...   (50:59)
August 20, 2019

Wrapping up 2019 fall camp, SBAH's top ten collegiate football players, and the return of Game of Thrones

BYU, Utah, and Utah State are wrapping up fall camp and now shift focus to their season openers. What storylines stood out from fall camp? Plus, a list of the top ten collegiate football players in the state. Who cracked the list? And the return of Game of Thrones talk: George R...   (01:27:27)
August 19, 2019

High School Football Week One Recap w/ Sam Farnsworth

Hema and Zak are back in the SportsBeat Afterhours Studio with Sam Farnsworth to talk about the first week of the high school football season. What were the best performances of the week? What games stood out? And what teams are they excited to see in the future? Tune in, and f...   (40:00)
August 12, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours 2019 High School Football Preview

Hema and Zak are back for more football previews - this time for high school football.  They go through some of their favorite players in the state, games they're looking forward to in week one, and their favorites in each classification. Tune in, and follow us on Twitter: @SB...   (31:27)
August 5, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours 2019 Utah State Football Preview w/ Matt Glade

Hema and Zak are joined by KSL-TV Sports Executive Producer, Matt Glade, to preview the Utah State Aggies' 2019 season. The three breakdown each position group heading into the season and give their game-by-game season predictions. The Aggies are coming off of one of their best ...   (01:04:24)
August 5, 2019

Recapping the first week of fall camp for the Cougars, Utes, and Aggies, plus stunt actor Pingi Moli on stunt work, his IMDB, and working on Hobbs and Shaw

The Cougars, Utes, and Aggies are back on the gridiron for fall camp. Hema and Zak breakdown the story lines for each program through week one and questions that need to be answered before the season starts. Plus, an interview with Hollywood stunt actor, Pingi Moli who recently ...   (01:09:25)
July 28, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours 2019 Utah Football Season Preview w/ Jeremiah Jensen

Hema and Zak are joined by KSL-TV Sports Anchor, Jeremiah Jensen, to preview the Utah Utes' 2019 season. The three breakdown each position group heading into the season and give their game-by-game season predictions. The Utes are smelling roses, can...   (54:08)
July 26, 2019

Ice Cube talks Jazz/Lakers, Raiders move to Vegas, and the Big 3 hitting SLC

The Big 3 is in SLC and league founder/hip-hop legend Ice Cube stops by the SportsBeat Afterhours studio to talk about the league, the Jazz & Lakers offseason, and the Raiders move to Vegas. Plus, Hema and Zak recap Pac-12 and Mountain West media...   (41:39)
July 21, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours 2019 BYU Football Season Preview w/ Mitch Harper

Hema and Zak are joined by's BYU Insider, Mitch Harper, to preview the 2019 season. The three breakdown each position group heading into the season and give their game-by-game season predictions. Plus, we announce the winner of our...   (01:15:42)
July 20, 2019

International Men of Mystery

College Football season is just weeks away, Hema and Zak are soaking in the last moments of the offseason with trips to the movies, and they give some shout outs to some of the best sports performances in the last week. Plus,   (57:56)
July 15, 2019

Unboxing the D.O.N. Issue #1

Hema and Zak are back with more NBA offseason news with the Rockets shipping Chris Paul to OKC for Russell Westbrook. Plus, an unboxing of Donovan Mitchell's first signature shoe. The D.O.N. Issue #1 and the SB Afterhours guys take a look at some of...   (38:34)
July 8, 2019

Strange Things in NBA Free Agency

Hema and Zak are back to talk the new landscape of the NBA, how things shook up and where the Jazz sit now that the dust has settled. Has anyone had a bigger week than Donovan Mitchell? Doubt it. He dropped his shoes and three pairs are heading to the...   (01:20:04)
July 1, 2019

2019 Free Agency Frenzy

What a start to NBA free agency. The Utah Jazz make a splash with the signings of Bojan Bogdanovic and Ed Davis, but say goodbye to beloved Jazzmen Derrick Favors and Ricky Rubio.  Hema and Zak are joined by Sam Farnsworth and Huu Tran to talk...   (01:33:30)
June 21, 2019

Recapping the 2019 NBA Draft for the Utah Jazz w/ Spencer Linton

The 2019 NBA Draft is in the books and the Jazz make a couple of late moves to pick up some scoring help. Spencer Linton joins Hema and Zak in studio to talk the moves, and what else the Jazz can do to make a splash in free agency. Plus, Hema's...   (54:52)
June 19, 2019

EMERGENCY POD: Jazz trade for Mike Conley

In the latest installment of SportsBeat Afterhours, Hema and Zak reconvene to discuss Utah's bombshell trade for Mike Conley ahead of the trade deadline. As big as the move is, are the Jazz done yet this offseason? Zak says no. Plus, an appearance...   (19:01)
June 16, 2019

EMERGENCY POD: Anthony Davis Traded to Lakers

The Afterhours Crew + SportsBeat Anchor Jeremiah Jensen assemble for an emergency podcast. Anthony Davis is officially a Laker. What does this mean for the Western Conference? What do the Jazz need to do to compete? Plus, Jeremiah answers the most...   (35:53)
June 14, 2019

Magna Nights

Hema and Zak are joined by the pride of Magna, Trevor Allen to talk BYU Media Day, their favorite BYU uniform combinations, and Trevor's upbringing in Magna. Plus, Zak delves into his most embarrassing moments: public pukes and a wrestling weigh-in...   (56:56)
June 7, 2019

Cougar Center

Hema and Zak are joined by Cougar Insider, Mitch Harper to talk BYU, KSL's disdain for the Cougars, and his new role at the Legacy Home of BYU. Plus, a look into top football media day story lines, the breath of fresh air that Coach Pope...   (52:43)
June 1, 2019

The New Guy

"The New Guy" Sam Farnsworth joins Hema and Zak to talk about his return to Utah, the change in the market over the last 13 years, and following Utah teams from Colorado. Plus, a seasoned veteran as a father, Sam offers sage wisdom of #Dadvice to the...   (52:03)
May 27, 2019

The PettHouse

The Afterhours crew is back with a former member of KSL Sports, McKay Pett. McKay gives an update on where he's at with his career, and plays the new dating show, 'The PettHouse', and talks NBA playoffs. How long do the Jazz have left before their...   (42:59)
May 20, 2019

The Small Council

For the last time, the Small Council meets to discuss Game of Thrones. Khal Hema Heimuli Jr. is joined by King of the Wildlings: Zak Hicken, the Hand of the King: Matthew L. Glade, and Huu Tran: the man with no name. How disappointing was the final...   (53:34)
May 16, 2019

If you think this has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention

Hema and Zak are joined by the boss man, Nate Dowdle to talk Real Salt Lake's epic victory in the first leg of the Rocky Mountain Cup, and a recap of high school state tournament action. Plus, an airing of grievances over the final season of Game of...   (53:17)
May 6, 2019

Afterhours: End Game

With the spoiler ban lifted, and Hema finally finding time to see Avengers: End Game, Zak and Hema take a deep dive into the finale of the Infinity Saga, their thoughts on the movie, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, an instant...   (56:49)
May 4, 2019

The Long Pod

After an emotionally draining weekend following the aftermath of Game of Thrones (and Avengers: End Game for Zak), Hema and Zak reunite to discuss the NFL Draft, Jazz Free Agency, then deep dive into Adam Sandler's return to SNL, the Sandman's...   (59:37)
April 28, 2019

The Office vs. The Warehouse feat. Spencer Linton

Hema Heimuli Jr and Zak Hicken are joined by Spencer Linton to discuss the most impact-ful game in TV history - The Office vs The Warehouse. They pick their starting five then discuss Avengers: End Game theories. Plus, what is Spencer listening to?...   (39:26)
April 28, 2019

SportsBeat Afterhours 2.0

We're back and better than ever, it's SportsBeat Afterhours 2.0 with Hema Heimuli Jr. and Zak Hicken. From the minds behind SportsBeat we bring you sports, pop culture, and debauchery from a millenial perspective in a weekly podcast. In episode one,...   (41:05)