E2G Sports Has a Take on Your Favorite Teams

It helps being passionate toward sports. That becomes the basis for following a particular sport or organization and watching them perform on and off the field. Sports talk shows dominate the airwaves locally and nationally discussing what teams should do to improve and measuring fans’ reaction.

For Buddy Andrade, owner of E2G Sports in Pawtucket, there is no greater release to him than talking about sports. He grew up working in the industry and when the opportunity to transition into hosting sports podcasts arose, he jumped into the fray.

“I worked in radio at the former AM790 The Score and WEEI-FM (both located in Providence) with some very knowledgeable people,” said Andrade. “When that ended, I worked for the New England Patriots for several years. I met players and season ticket holders working at the Pro Shop. People were in a happy mood coming in to see what’s happening. For those who only went to one game a year, they loved making an entire weekend of touring Patriot Place.”

Andrade spoke with everyone regarding what they thought would happen in that day’s Patriots game or their season predictions. Many regular visitors invested their time offering their opinions. Andrade concluded many attending games possessed the same passion and commitment to the sport as he did. Andrade also loved hearing what other people said about the topics affecting the team and what could/should be done.

Buddy occasionally met players, who came in to purchase jerseys and other items for their families and friends. He established a good rapport with them as well as the staff, many of whom he still stays connected with.

Andrade said social media helps him keep tabs with them—and with one special family he befriended.

“I helped one family who was a ‘Make-A-Wish’ child. The child wanted to meet Wes Welker and Tom Brady. I helped make that happen. The players were super gracious in donating their time and spent a lot of time with the family. I still connect with the family on Facebook,” he said.

By 2015, Andrade decided to leave the Patriots and begin his own company. He wanted to have a platform in which he could have a say in what was happening in sports…with a twist. Instead of focusing on the well-known players (like Brady, for example), Andrade focuses his attention on lesser-known players. He said they can make an impact on the field, despite not being a household name. While Brady’s story is well documented, others aren’t necessarily on the radar.

Andrade points to one such player who made a permanent impact on the Patriots—and into history.

“Few people knew who Malcolm Butler was when he was on the team,” said Andrade. “He was an undrafted free agent from the University of West Alabama, who was buried on their depth chart. He would get burned on plays during practices. However, he learned from those mistakes. When he was pressed into action toward the end of Super Bowl XLVIIII, Butler made the key interception in the end zone to seal the game.

“Those are the types of players I like to highlight,” he added.

Andrade and his hosts have a wide range of sports topics. His podcasts offer the major sports (football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer) plus one for professional wrestling and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), among other topics. One features a women’s roundtable that is one of the most popular shows they offer. Andrade hopes to add golf, tennis and NASCAR shows in the spring.

Another big event taking place at the end of April is the NFL Draft. It comprises three days of pro teams selecting the best players from college football. It has become big business because of draft pundits forecasting who will play where while colleges and universities begin recruiting future stars.

Andrade is working to hold NFL Draft live podcasts from April 29 to May 1. Because of COVID-19 protocols, he is contacting area restaurants and event centers to coordinate details.

On Saturday, May 1, Andrade will hold one such event. Buddy and his staff will be broadcasting live at R1 Indoor Karting on Higginson Street in Lincoln from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Besides the shows, there will be fun and activities planned that day. For now, roughly 30 people can attend safely due to Covid protocols. Andrade said he hopes that number increases as restrictions are eased.

Other event information will be posted on social media platforms and on his new website at www.e2gsports.com. Andrade praised the work of Guillermo Garcia of Pixeles Digital Marketing in Cranston for creating his new website.

The biggest thrill Andrade has is interacting with other sports fans.

“I love talking with other sports fans about their feelings regarding their favorite teams. There are a lot of smart people who have something to say about the state of their teams. The podcasts are a great forum to express those views and get conversations going,” he said.

For more information about the podcasts, including airtimes and guests, please contact Buddy at 774-473-8824 or visit the website.

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