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Under The Influence Ep 2 – Ft. Jake Ellenbogen

Originally aired on November 2023

In this episode of LunarCrush, host Shifra Samuel and Evan Kennedy interview Jake Ellenbogen, a prominent figure in NFL Rams media. The episode explores Jake’s background in sports media, his passion for football, and his approach to creating influential content in the world of football analysis. From discussing Jake’s journey in sports media and his commitment to delivering insightful football content, to analyzing his expertise in NFL media landscape, the episode provides valuable insights for football enthusiasts and content creators.

What has been Jake’s career journey in sports media?

  • Founded downtown Rams in 2016
  • Established as the Premier Source for Los Angeles Rams news, analysis, and opinion
  • Co-hosts an NFL Focus show on the Believe Network with former Rams and Buccaneers linebacker Cameron Lynch
  • Collaborates on Believe in Rams podcast with over 170 episodes

How did Jake become a Rams fan living in New York?

  • Raised as a Rams fan by his father
  • Devoted fan who has never missed a snap
  • Encountered more Rams fans than expected in Upstate New York
  • Emphasizes the significance of football’s evolution and complexity

What motivates Jake’s deep fascination with football?

  • Views football as a science and a constantly evolving game
  • Embraces the complexity of the sport’s schematic elements and game planning
  • Fascinated by the constant innovation and adaptation by offensive and defensive coordinators
  • Compares and appreciates the different playing styles and strategies across generations

How did Jake start his journey as a content creator in sports media?

  • Faced personal challenges, including mental health issues and dropping out of college
  • Encouraged by his cousin to pursue his passion for football and the Rams
  • Overcame personal struggles to establish downtown Rams and gain recognition in sports media
  • Emphasizes the importance of perseverance and the ability to overcome adversity

How does Jake stay up to date with football news for rapid content creation?

  • Monitors Twitter extensively and employs alerts for breaking news
  • Recognizes the importance of agility and flexibility to respond to urgent news
  • Balances video content creation with the need to provide rapid reaction and detailed analysis
  • Prioritizes staying informed to produce high-quality and timely football content

What are Jake’s insights on the NFL and the Rams’ future, including player acquisitions and team dynamics?

  • Addresses the significance of the Rams’ priorities, such as the need for a reliable left tackle and key draft picks
  • Displays optimism and confidence in the Rams’ potential to excel in the NFL
  • Acknowledges the impact of game-changing players, acquisitions, and strategic decisions on the team’s trajectory
  • Emphasizes the importance of the Rams’ performance in crucial games and their ability to adapt to new challenges