About Us

Sports Al Dente

We began as any other company begins. Friends with an idea and a strong opinion. At the time, we were workers in an Italian kitchen, slinging pasta and talking sports. From the history of the NFL to the current Fantasy leader in receptions in a PPR league, no topic was left unseasoned.

Sports Al Dente is a West Coast, Player centric media platform. The goal of the site is to feature the great players of the AFC and NFC West of the NFL, West Coast College Football prospects and the NFL Draft, the Pacific Division of the NBA, and all of Fantasy Football and the WWE.

Currently, we have 4 podcasts on our network and will be adding a 5th in February 2019.

Our flagship podcast is The Coach and The Don, which is recorded twice weekly and covers an array of topics including the NFL, College Football, the NFL Draft, and entertainment. High-quality guests and athletes join the show regularly.

LA Ponfidential is an LA-centric show that records weekly and covers all things, Los Angeles!

West Coast Bias is a podcast dedicated west coast and PAC-12 college football. Currently, the show is recorded bi-weekly.

West Coast Mix & Bounce is your show for the NBA! The pod focuses on the Pacific Division and is currently recorded bi-weekly.

While we do break news stories, news and game recaps are not our niches. Analysis, film breakdown, and storytelling is what we are about. We are fans, creating a voice for the fans. Sports Al Dente is a recipe that was created with many different ingredients, one that we plan to keep perfecting!

Our Fantasy Football coverage is truly worthy of viewing! Not only did we host a league with the internets top competition and win, but we continually give accurate Fantasy advice and information.

So check us out and subscribe to have access to all of our content!

Founder Of Sports Al Dente Ryan Dyrud

Ryan Dyrud

Founder & CEO, Co-Host of The Coach & The Don Podcast

Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). Fantasy Football Guru with a few championship trophies on my mantle. My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

Talon Graff

Associate Editor, Co-Host of The Coach & The Don Podcast

I grew up in Missouri and moved out to California in 2017 but will forever be a diehard Chiefs fan. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and currently reside in Orange County. I love the NFL and everything that comes with it. My passion for sports isn’t what sets me apart, it’s my passion for telling the story behind sports.

Sports Al Dente Editor Scott Silveri

Scott Silveri

NFL Managing Editor

Born and raised in the Bay Area and now live in Los Angeles. Freelance on the Assignment Desk at FOX Sports and NFL Network. UC Santa Barbara Alum.

Sports Al Dente WWE Managing Editor Austin Hough

Austin Hough

WWE Managing Editor

Austin has been a sports fan his entire life. Having grown up in the Chicagoland area, he has become a diehard Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fans. Austin also loves professional wrestling, especially the WWE. As WWE Managing Editor, Austin hopes to bring fresh and different content to Sports Al Dente. Austin currently is a sports journalist at The Goshen News in Goshen, IN, where he gets to cover - amongst other things - Notre Dame football. An Irish fan growing up, Austin is literally “living the dream” right now with his job.

Sports Al Dente Editor Tad Desai

Tad Desai


Tad Desai is a recent graduate from TCU in Fort Worth, TX. He is a fan of the Colts, the Horned Frogs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoys comic books and movies.

Sports Al Dente Editor Roman Tomashoff

Roman Tomashoff


I’m a sports communications student at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, but I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I’ve played baseball since I was three years old, and up through my freshman year of college. I’m a huge fan of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, but I would have to say my favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox. I’m also incredibly obsessive over the Washington Huskies, so I would say my life pretty much revolves around sports.

Sports Al Dente Editor Danny Rendon

Danny Rendon


Sports writer and Navy veteran from Gilroy, CA with a love for all things NFL and MLB. A University of Phoenix Alumnus and a proud member of Raider Nation.

Social Media And Graphics Manager Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand

Social Media and Graphics Manager

University of Arizona Alum. Born and raised in every possible square inch of Los Angeles. Deep passion for the NFL and NBA. I like to keep my friends close, but my mexican food and beer closer.

Sports Al Dente was created in July of 2016 by Ryan Dyrud.