About Us

Sports Al Dente

We began as any other company begins. An idea and a strong opinion. At the time, I was working 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 Los Angeles, player-centric media platform. The goal of the site is to feature, analyze, and narrate the great players and teams of the City of Angels, a city with amazing sports history and an even brighter future.

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! We are your recipe for LA Sports!

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.

Currently, we have 5 podcasts on our network.

Our flagship podcast is the Bleav in LA Football Podcast, hosted by The Coach and The Don, and is also apart of the Bleav Sports Podcast Network. Listen in as The Coach and The Don discuss the rich history, exciting present, and the bright future of LA football. With USC, UCLA, Chargers, Rams, and more, they keep you up to date and in the know on all things LA Football, bringing one of a kind expert insight and analysis.

The Dynasty Professors is a podcast dedicated to Fantasy Football and helping you win your Dynasty league. Your league is won in the offseason!

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

Best Coast Bias is a podcast dedicated to 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.

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 Bleav In LA Football Podcast with The Coach & The Don

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 Bleav In LA Football Podcast with The Coach & The Don

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


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


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.

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