Episode 114 – There’s Something Fundamentally Wrong


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wrong-red-grunge-round-vintage-rubber-stamp-vector-16526755Recorded Oct 13, 2018.  In this episode Skip and Josh make their picks in the MLB playoffs (1:51). Can the Astros repeat? Are the Red Sox as good as their regular season record suggests? Can the Brewers defeat the Dodgers? In the NFL (23:30) Skip is thrilled that the Eagles are back on track but actually feels sorry for Giants fans. Meanwhile NHL replay officials managed to somehow overturn the same goal twice (35:57)?

Music in this episode: “Rumble” by bensound.com, “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com, “Gonzo” by Jahzzar

Episode 113 – Consult the Unwritten Rulebook


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itunes_july2017Recorded Oct 6, 2018. Skip and Josh discuss the MLB Playoffs, bad managing and useless statistics.  The hockey season is off to great start and the NHL sent a message with a big suspension. The guys also look at the best matchups from week five in the NFL.
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Intro: “Rumble” and “Actionable” by bensound.com. Wrap up:  “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com

Episode 112 – NHL Preview: I Didn’t Know There Would Be Math


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maxresdefaultRecorded Sep 30, 2018. Skip and Josh are joined by hockey writer David Alter (twitter: @dalter) to preview the upcoming NHL season.  Can the Leafs live up to expectations? Can the Habs compete in the stacked Atlantic division? Can Vegas keep up where they left off last season? Are the Sharks contenders now that they have acquired Karlsson? Somehow the show ends with a math question, plus some thoughts on Gritty the Flyers new mascot.

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Intro: “Rumble” and “Actionable” by bensound.com. Wrap up:  “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com

Introducing Gritty

Gritty, the new Flyers mascot has certainly been having some fun in his first week on the job.

Episode 111 – The Only Thing That’s Mine is the Chest Hair


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os-ae-ryan-fitzpatrick-jameis-winston-20180917Recorded September 18, 2018. Week two in the NFL (1:38) had some great games, some bad kickers, an amazing press conference, and a player who retired at halftime. The Steelers are a big mess, Pat Mahomes is the real deal, the Eagles lose to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Bucs and the Jags took apart the Pats. What’s wrong with the Giants and will any Browns or Vikings kicker ever make a field goal? The new tackling rule reared its ugly head and Josh is wondering if Dez Bryant will ever sign with anyone.  Meanwhile the NHL pre-season has started (25:45) with very different expectations this season for the Habs and Leafs. Erik Karlsson was finally traded. How will his move to the Sharks affect the balance of power in the West and how bleak is the situation for the Senators franchise?

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Intro: “Rumble” and “Actionable” by bensound.com
Wrap up:  “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com

Kramer and Newman

.250 ain’t gonna cut it in this league!

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Episode 110 – Three Rules


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3-simple-rules-may-2015Recorded September 10, 2018. In this episode the guys break down the big stories of week one in the NFL (2:21): Did the Bears implode? Is Aaron Rodgers human? The Browns didn’t lose, the Chiefs came as advertised and the Jaguars are somehow still committed to their quarterback. The Montreal Canadiens finally traded their captain Max Pacioretty (15:13). What’s next for the Habs and are they finally admitting that they are rebuilding? There are some strong opinions about Serena Williams outburst at the U.S. Open (25:28), Skip helps Josh to try and understand E-Sports (33:00) and the show closes with a couple of podcast recommendations.

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Episode 109 – Football is Back


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maxresdefaultRecorded September 1, 2018. The guys are joined by friend of the show Neil Schnurbach (@AssemblyNeil) to preview the upcoming NFL season. Are the Bears suddenly a playoff team with the acquisition of Khalil Mack? Can the Browns win a game or even become somewhat relevant? How dynamic can the Chiefs offense be? Which rookie quarterbacks can make an impact this season and which second year QBs can become stars? Will any of last years playoff teams struggle this year? Which up and coming teams are ready to become contenders? Does Jimmy G. have what it takes to lead the 49ers? Can the Patriots make it back to the Super Bowl (again)? Do the Eagles have what it takes to repeat? Of course there are some predictions, a discussion about some of the major rule changes and of course Neil brings some fancy stats like DVOA and Pythagorean wins.

Episode 108 – Road Trip


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Might be good  better adjusted furtherRecorded August 19, 2018. Duke’s Canadian tour came to a close and Josh made the road trip to Montreal to be there. This episode has some more behind the scenes content including clips from Coach K’s post-game press conference and some locker room interviews. Also in this episode the guys discuss how Major League baseball sent the wrong message with the Jose Urena suspension, the dismal season for the Nationals and some listener mail.

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Episode 107 – Fasten Your Seat Belts


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Forklift-Safety-Signs-Stop-Fasten-Your-Seat-Belts-With-Seat-Belt-Symbol-W1539-baRecorded August 13, 2018. In what only can be described as a perfect storm of sports podcasting the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team landed in Toronto this week and not only was Josh at Coach K’s press conference he asked the first question! He then followed that up by catching up with NCAA basketball guru Jay Bilas. The guys also catch up on all the big sports news since their last recording session: Sox-Yanks, MLB Trade deadline, Johnny Manziel and Vlad’s Hall of Fame speech. There’s some big controversy in Josh’s fantasy baseball pool and some listener feedback on a few sports songs that didn’t make the cut.

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Episode 106 – The Americans


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20150331145306The_Americans_season_4.jpgRecorded July 15, 2018. Skip and Josh recap the final season of The Americans and look back at some of the memorable moments and characters from the series including the Jennings family, Stan, Kimmy, the wheat, Pastor Tim, the disguises, Martha, Nina, the big confrontation in the garage as well as some of the amazing music. The guys also speculate about what would happen next if the show had one more season.

 
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Top Ten Sports Songs

In our latest episode we each counted down our top ten sports songs. Here are the full lists with links. Enjoy!

Josh:
1. One shining moment – David Barrett

2. Talkin’ Baseball (Expos version) – Terry Cashman

3. Gathering Crowds (Song from TWIB) – John Scott (British)

4. Three Lions – Lightning Seeds

5. Centerfield – John Fogerty

6. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen

7. Big League – Tom Cochcrane

8. Sunday Night Football – Faith Hill

9. Take me out to the ball game – Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer

10. The Hockey Theme (Song from HNIC) – Dolores Claman

Skip:
1. One shining moment – David Barrett

2. Annakin Slayd – Remember

3. 3 Lions (98)

4. Centerfield – John Fogerty

5. Hockey Song – Stompin Tom Connors

6. HNIC Theme

7. Rocky Theme Song

8. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

9. Take me out to the ball game

10. Sports Center theme

 

 

 

Episode 105 – Our Top Sports Songs


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Recorded July 15, 2018.
Skip and Josh countdown their top ten sports songs.

Our complete lists with links is here.

 
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Episode 104 – Standard Operating Procedure


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19620861981_9e234a54e9_bRecorded July 15, 2018. The World Cup has ended, how hard did Skip take England’s semifinal loss (2:09)? The baseball season is at its midpoint (10:26). Are fans still interested in the All Star game? Has the homerun Derby lost its appeal? Plus, the guys share some All Star game memories. Josh is fascinated by a couple of possible rule changes in the NBA (30:26), while Skip would like Terrell Owens to grow up (38:22).  Of course there is a bit of NHL talk (39:55), listener mail and some concert recommendations.

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Episode 103 – They Broke My Heart


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itunes_july2017Recorded July 8, 2018. With the World Cup down to the Final Four Josh has some soccer questions for Skip (2:13), including the origin of the England anthem 3 Lions and exactly how badly does Skip want an England win.  In the NHL (17:57) there’s some listener mail on the Tavares signing, meanwhile things keep getting worse for the Habs. Its been twenty-five years since a Canadian team won the Cup. Which Canadian franchise has the best chance to break the streak? Josh also talks about how his heart was broken when his favorite player was traded (it’s not who you think). In baseball (31:03) Josh has a some more rule changes that could speed up the game.
Read Skip’s England World Cup Blog Here.

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It’s Coming Home!

Yesterday I had the craziest dream, England had won a World Cup game on penalties. I woke up in a bit of a haze, you know that feeling where the dream seemed so real that you are not 100% sure of what actually happened? Did Eric Dier really make that last kick? Did Jordan Pickford really make that impossible save? It turns out it wasn’t a dream at all. Not only was it real, it was spectacular.

Many people ask me, how did you become such a diehard England fan? The simple answer would be that my grandmother and my mom were both born in England, but really for me it all started in 1990 when I spent two months in London sharing an apartment with some friends before traveling around Europe. That was the summer of Italia 90, the last time England made it to the semifinals of the World Cup and for me the start of an incredible love affair with the beautiful game. That summer a Canadian kid who only knew the basics of soccer grew to love that England side full talent, firepower, grit and determination. This was the days before the internet and social media.  We would read the newspapers to get the inside stories on the England team, we would watch the games at local pubs cheering along with all the locals. A few weeks earlier I had never heard of John Barnes, Gary Lineker, Chris Waddle or Paul Gascoigne, but pretty soon we were debating with coworkers over who should start and why the manger was suddenly changing formations.
England lost on penalties to eventual champion Germany. We all left the pub that night in silence and the next day no one dare speak about the game. What we didn’t know was that this was to be the start of a terrible run for the England squad where failure to perform at the World Cup or the Euro became commonplace and specifically going home on penalty kicks became almost expected.

Here’s a brief history of England in the penalty kicks:

1990 WC Semi Final. Lost to Germany.  I can still see Chris Waddle’s shot sailing over the net.
1996 Euro Semi Final. Football was supposed to be coming home, they had just beaten Spain on penalties in the quarter finals but came up short vs. Germany when current manager Gareth Southgate had his shot saved.
1998 WC Quarter Final. Lost to Argentina. This was the game where David Beckham was famously red carded and David Batty missed the decisive kick for England.
2004 Euro Quarter Final. Lost to Portugal. The Portuguese keeper was the one who took and made the decisive kick just to add a little extra to the humiliation.
2006 WC Quarter Final again vs Portugal. Beckham missed and Ronaldo didn’t.
2012 Euro Quarter Final. Ashely Young off the bar and Ashley Cole with a telegraphed shot.

England didn’t win a game at the last World Cup and then lost to Iceland in the Euro’s, those teams under manager Roy Hodgson seemed to be put together with no rhyme or reason, no plan, no heart.
The win vs Columbia yesterday felt like a kind of redemption for England. Every time they lose in penalties the pressure increases the next time. Southgate knows more than anyone the feeling of going out on penalties, but this time England have belief in themselves and with that England fans also have belief. I don’t know how this World Cup will end but this England squad have allowed me to dream about the perfect ending. Football’s Coming Home!

I’ll leave you with this video of me watching the final shot of the penalties vs Columbia.

 

-Skip

Another back injury blamed on a hotel bed

Marcelo, the star left back for Brazil is the latest athlete to blame his back injury on a bad hotel bed.

http://www.espn.com/soccer/brazil/story/3548586/brazils-marcelo-could-be-sidelined-by-hotel-mattress-injury-brazil-doctor

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Episode 102- I’m Going to Vomit


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35617464_184340818908564_7301031618188148736_nRecorded July 1, 2018. In this episode Skip and Josh debate the correct criteria when voting for a league MVP (4:01). Josh is sick to his stomach over the announcement that Gary Bettman has been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame (9:25). The only free agent signing of consequence in the NHL was John Tavares signing with the Leafs (15:11). How good can the Leafs be next season? Meanwhile, in the NBA its all about The Decision Part Three (22:28). Josh is full of things that are bugging him including tipping at restaurants. The guys close the show (33:28) by chatting about Tim Tebow and overpriced greeting cards.

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Episode 101 – Does He Have His Driver’s License Yet?


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101Recorded June 25, 2018. Josh starts the show all fired up about golf?! The guys discuss the NHL and NBA drafts (11:16) before focusing their attention on some of the big news in hockey: the secret John Tavares meetings, the Max Pacioretty trade that never happened and Barry Trotz’s new gig with the Islanders. Major League Baseball is contemplating some crazy rule changes (32:15) and Josh has a couple of strange injury stories. The show closes (44:23) with a World Cup question and a song of the summer update.

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Episode 100 – Still a Work In Progress


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Geschwindigkeitsschild_100_kmh_StVZO_§58.svgRecorded June 16, 2018. Skip and Josh celebrate their one hundredth episode by looking back at the first ninety-nine. The episode was supposed to be a look back at the show’s origins but Habs GM Marc Bergevin forced a change of plans with a controversial trade (5:27). Eventually the guys do reminisce about their favorite episodes so far (12:06), how they feel about having guests and discuss how the show got started. There’s also a special version of What Bugs Me (37:46)

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Episode 99 – Why We Love Sports


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99eRecorded June 10, 2018. The champions were crowned in both the NBA and NHL. How did the NBA (3:02) manage to produce an exciting playoffs when the final outcome was a foregone conclusion? How did the Cavs hide LeBron’s broken hand until the Finals were over? Who are next season’s contenders? In the NHL (11:10) the Capitals proved everyone wrong and won their first Stanley Cup. While the series was only five games it was much closer than people think. The celebration after the final whistle reminds Skip exactly why sports is so great. There’s a mini World Cup (23:33) preview plus the guys try out a new rapid fire show close (30:30) featuring the contenders for song of the summer.

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Episode 98 – It’s Not Illegal or Immoral, It’s Completely Insane


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itunes_july2017Recorded June 3, 2018. The guys start the show by declaring a specific topic is now official banned. The NBA final are in full swing (3:41) with J.R. Smith providing some great entertainment. Duke will be coming to Montreal and Toronto this summer which reminds Skip to open the mailbag (8:01). Josh is not feeling great about the way the Stanley Cup Finals are going (9:03). Are the Golden Knights finally starting to feel the pressure? Also Brian Colangelo, Serena Williams’ cat suit (24:34), the CFL on ESPN plus Skip’s soccer minute (30:52).

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Episode 97 – Team of Destiny


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puckRecorded May 27, 2018. Skip and Josh start the show by discussing the drama in the NBA playoffs (2:09), Lebron’s greatness and why some teams just can’t win on the road.  In the NHL (12:47), why have we had to wait so long for the finals to start? Is it really bad luck to touch the conference championship trophy? Cub is all in on Vegas while Skip is pulling for the Caps. The biggest story in sports this week was the NFL’s new penalty for kneeling during the national anthem (22:24) which caused the shows twitter feed to explode. The guys also have some recommendations (36:24) for podcasts, notebooks and pants.

Episode 96 – It’s Just a Wedding


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itunes_july2017Recorded May 20, 2018. The Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Stanley Cup Finals (2:34). How have they defied the odds and made it this far? Skip has some theories on some of the factors contributing to their success while Josh makes it clear that he has no respect for the majority of NHL GMs. How will Vegas stack up against the Lighting or Capitals? Why is Tom Wilson running his mouth? In the NBA (19:30) Josh has a What Bugs Me, of course its related to the schedule. Skip doesn’t believe a team coached by Mike D’Antoni can win it all and that the Celtics-Cavs series is destined to go seven games. Josh put some ideas into the NHL trade machine and shares a story about his Fantasy baseball team (28:58).  Did either of the guys watch the Royal Wedding? Plus, listener mail (32:55).

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Episode 95 – Who Do You Root for When Your Team Has Been Eliminated?


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Eliminated red square grungy stamp isolated on white backgroundRecorded May 14, 2018. Josh starts the show by sharing a couple of interesting stories (3:56) from the start of the MLB season (note: one of them involves urine). The NHL Playoffs are down to the final four. Is Pekka Rinne taking too much blame for Nashville’s loss to Winnipeg? Can the Caps continue to prove everyone wrong and finally get Ovechkin to the Stanley Cup Final? Josh admits the real reason he is rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights to go all the way. The NBA Playoffs are also heating up (19:19) and the conference finals look like they will be full of drama. How can the Celtics topple Lebron and can anyone beat Golden State? Josh is watching The Goldberg’s (27:59), Skip has a hockey related What Bugs Me (29:05) and we’re only a few episodes away from number 100!

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Episode 94 – Nobody Really Knows Anything


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Recorded May 5, 2018. In this episode: Josh tries to explain the format of the show, Skip is worried that the podcast might be causing some relationship problems, meanwhile Josh wants to use the show to get free stuff. In the NHL playoffs (7:19) Brad Marchand has a licking problem, the Vegas Golden Knights keep winning, goal scoring is way up and the draft lottery telecast really bugged Josh (16:00).  In the NBA playoffs (17:47) The Raptors are proving that they are the ultimate choking dogs, Drake is making a fool of himself and why the Sixers-Celtics series is huge at Skip’s house. In baseball (34:11) Josh has a solution for MLB’s scheduling problems.

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Episode 93 – Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round Two Predictions


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imagesRecorded April 25, 2018.  In this mini episode recorded minutes after the conclusion of the Bruins-Leafs series, the guys recap the first round and make their predictions for round two.  Should Leafs fans consider the season a success or a failure? Can the Bruins stay on track against the Lightning?  Is this the year that the Caps finally prevail over the Penguins? Do the Jets have what it takes to stop the Preds? Can the Vegas Golden Knights keep proving everyone wrong?

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Episode 92 – It’s Really Just a Calendar


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imagesRecorded April 22, 2018.  In this episode: Will Josh have to start blocking Skip’s calls during the week? More controversy in the March Madness Bracket Challenge (4:23) and an etiquette question has the guys stumped. In the NHL playoffs (14:29) the Bruins-Leafs and Caps-Blue Jackets have provided some great playoff hockey, meanwhile the Flyers still haven’t figure out their goalie situation (its been 30 years). The NBA playoffs (20:44) have been really compelling especially with the possibility of Lebron getting knocked out in the first round.In Baseball (27:16) the Jays are o  ff to a great start but the Red Sox are even hotter. Bartolo Colon almost blew up twitter (again) and there was a no hitter this week. The NFL (34:48) announced some silly scheduling changes, Josh recommends some new podcasts (36:55) and Skip is trying to eliminate the customer-salesperson interaction in his own What Bugs Me (42:21).

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Our Bracket Challenge Winner

Congratulations to Daniel Berg, our 2018 March Madness Bracket Challenge Winner**.

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(As you can see we spared no expense on prizes)

**The rules clearly stated that Darren Berger won the bracket challenge by virtue of the tie breaker, however Josh did not agree with the result and proclaimed Daniel Berg the winner since he had picked more total correct games.

 

Episode 91 – Can a Hotel Bed be Responsible for an Injury?


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itunes_july2017Recorded April 15, 2018. On Skip’s birthday the guys talk about the start of the season in Major League Baseball (3:22). Strange injuries, useless bench clearing brawls and how Shohei Ohtani is bringing the fun back to baseball.
The NHL Playoffs (19:02) are underway. Is there no end to the ridiculous stats surrounding the Vegas Golden Knights? How are Maple Leaf fans reacting to their team getting manhandled so far?
In the NFL (26:18) the big news is Cowboy’s releasing Dez Bryant. Does he still have anything left and where could he end up playing?
Josh also went out for diner (31:18) and wasn’t impressed with the restaurant.

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Episode 90 – Getting Ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs


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nhl-stanley-cup-playoffs-1080x540Recorded April 9, 2018. Its spring, which means only one thing in Canada: The Stanley Cup Playoffs. The guys make their predictions for round one. Can the Leafs beat the Bruins?  Who will win the battle of Pennsylvania? Can Nashville make it back to the finals? And what about the Vegas Golden Knights? Josh has some problem with the NHL playoff schedule and there’s also some final thoughts on the Habs disastrous season.

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Episode 89 – Broken Promises


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0 KpaDSiQAZOJYh4kNRecorded April 7, 2018. Skip opens the show by bringing up something that’s been bugging him all week: Tiger Woods. Josh goes over the current sports scene in Toronto where there’s plenty of excitement building for the Jays, Leafs and Raptors. Plus, John Tavares rumors, strange baseball injuries and global warming.

 

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Episode 88 – The Madness is Over, We have a Champion


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3295634_1280x720Recorded April 2, 2018. Another special mini episode recorded immediately after the conclusion of the Championship game. The guys give their final thoughts on this year’s tournament, Villanova’s brilliance from long range, Michigan’s pink shoes, playing the Final Four in a football stadium, Josh’s admiration for Jay Bilas and controversy in the show’s Bracket Challenge.

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Vlad Jr. walk off

As lifelong Expos fans, this is everything!

And its even better in french:
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Accountant by day, NHL goalie by night

usa_today_10746929.1522378736The amazing story of Scott Foster, accountant and emergency goalie who made his NHL debut for the Blackhawks last night.

https://www.secondcityhockey.com/2018/3/29/17178850/chicago-blackhawks-emergency-backup-goaltender-scott-foster-collin-delia-winnipeg-jets

Episode 87 – 2018 Baseball Preview: Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play


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mlb-baseball-2Recorded March 26, 2018. Baseball is back! Skip and Josh preview the upcoming MLB season. Who will come out on top in the AL East, the Red Sox or Yankees? Do the Jays have a chance? Can the Astros repeat as World Series champs?
In the NL the Nationals and Dodgers both seem to be loaded, but who else can emerge, the Cubs? Cards? Brewers? D-Backs? Giants?
What players have the best chance at winning the league MVPs, Cy Young and Rookie of the year awards?

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Episode 86 – And Then There Were Four


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1280x720_80325C00-XVMBVRecorded March 26, 2018.  In this special mini episode, the guys give their thoughts on the Final Four, the instant classic between Duke and Kansas, Villanova’s chances and the great runs by Michigan and Loyola(Chicago).
The Bracket Challenge only has three possible winners and Josh has a What Bugs Me.

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Episode 85 – The Madness Continues


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itunes_july2017Recorded March 24, 2018.  In this episode: March Madness (4:16) is in its second week and the games are still providing plenty of drama and excitement.
The guys discuss Duke’s impressive run, the elite eight, why zone defenses are so effective and the importance of free throws. There is also an update on the bracket challenge where only a few contestants can still claim victory.  In listener mail (26:30) Skip has a message for all the Duke haters.  In the NHL (30:20) the playoff picture is getting clearer and so is the race for last place. The guys have some thoughts about the leagues ability to use instant replay properly which prompts a great discussion on instant replay in all sports.

 

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Episode 84 – Busted Brackets


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bustedbracket2-630x354Recorded March 18, 2018. In this episode: March Madness is in full swing, Skip and Josh recap the amazing first weekend of the NCAA tournament (3:53) which was full of upsets, buzzer beaters and fantastic finishes. Virginia made some history by becoming the first #1 seed to lose to a #16. Skip is wondering if the NCAA should consider moving the three-point line. There’s also a bracket challenge update where it’s clear that sometimes the less you know the better it is when making picks. Josh shares some gambling stories (24:18) and as usual has something to say about uniforms (31:30). It was also a big week in the NFL (33:41) with tons of high profile players changing teams.

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Join our March Madness Bracket Challenge

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3- Complete your Bracket.
4- See how you do against the rest of the group ( including Skip and Josh and their on air guests).
5- Listen to the show over the next few weeks to get tourney updates, info and news on the bracket challenge group.

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Episode 83 – The Second Annual Skip and Josh March Madness Extravaganza


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march-madnessRecorded March 11, 2018. In this bonus sized episode Skip and Josh are joined by a couple of special guests and dive into everything that is March Madness. Which teams can go all the way? What top seeds will go out early? Who are this year’s potential Cinderella teams?
Can North Carolina and Gonzaga make it back to the Final Four? Is Virginia going to prove everyone wrong? How about Arizona, Michigan, Villanova and Xavier? And don’t forget about Duke.

The guys also reminisce about some of their greatest March Madness memories.

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Episode 82 – It’s Not a Lie If You Believe It


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1 wH41mwA4_K9A6Zr26Pq6_wRecorded March 4, 2018.  In this episode: Final thoughts on the NHL trade deadline. The start of the beardless Tomas Plekanec era in Toronto.  The NHL playoff picture. Josh’s crush on the Vegas Golden Knights. Bad uniforms and outdoor hockey games.
March Madness is almost here; Skip is having a love-hate relationship with Duke. How will recent recruiting violations affect the sport, specifically Arizona coach Sean Miller. Josh’s thoughts on Virginia Tech’s coach and how to blow a four point lead in less than one second.
In baseball will Shohei Ohtani be more valuable in fantasy leagues as a pitcher or hitter.

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Episode 81 – To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild: That is the Question


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25aohrRecorded Feb 25, 2018. In this episode: Josh’s job is stressing him out, he’s in dire need of some podcast therapy. The NHL trading deadline is here and the Habs and Leafs made a trade. As crazy as it sounds the Ottawa Senators are about to trade Erik Karlsson.  How much of an impact will the recent story about NCAA basketball rules violations affect the big programs? Josh is excited about March Madness and Skip bought some pants.

 

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Jason Kelce’s Epic Rant from the Eagles Super Bowl Parade

Episode 80 – Who Buys an Apple with a Credit Card?


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itunes_july2017Recorded Feb 16, 2018. The NFL is season is over, Skip shares some final thoughts on the season.  The guys discuss the controversy over the free agent situation in Major League Baseball, salaries in pro sports, and how small market teams can survive.  Josh has some questions about all the moves that the Cleveland Cavaliers just made and Skip is happy to answers them. In the NHL the trade deadline is approaching, Josh can’t stand Brad Marchand, and Skip shares a story about Wayne Gretzky. The episode wouldn’t be complete without Josh sharing what’s bugging him.

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Episode 79 – Fly Eagles Fly


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2321217_0Recorded Feb 6, 2018. Skip and Josh discuss all things Super Bowl: Should the day after the big game be a national holiday?  The guys share their Super Bowl party experiences, Josh is the only person on earth who has a beef with Doug Pederson, X’s and O’s, Malcolm Butler and missed kicks. Josh has some amazing ideas on how to fix the NFL’s replay review problems, Skip is not happy about some awful announcing and of course there were some great commercials.

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Eagles Rocky Hype Video

If you love the Eagles and Rocky ( like Skip) this video is a must:

Episode 78 – Super Bowl Preview


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patriots-vs-eaglesRecorded Jan 28, 2018. Just a few days away from the big game Josh moderates a discussion between Skip who is all in on the Eagles and Pats super fan Neil Schnurbach (@AssemblyNeil).
What are the keys to victory for each team? Are the Pats a better team than last year’s edition? How did the Eagles turn things around from last year and make it all the way to the championship game? Other than the quarterbacks, who can be the MVPs? There’s also some crazy prop bets to consider and of course predictions on the final score.

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Episode 77 – Do Your Job!


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itunes_july2017Recorded Jan 28, 2018. Josh has a lot of stuff to get of his chest this week and Skip is happy to help him out by discussing the Habs situation with Carey Price, the NHL All Star game and the NFL Pro Bowl skills competition. The XFL is making a comeback, should anyone even care and can it work?  Josh has something that’s really bugging him – NBA jerseys!?  The guys discuss the one and done era and how its affecting the level of play in college basketball and in the NBA. Skip was screwed by his cable company while watching NCAA basketball.  Vladimir Guerrero is a hall of famer, does that mean another road trip to Cooperstown this summer?

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Episode 76 – Send Lawyers Guns and Money


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lawyers_guns_and_money_1Recorded Jan 20, 2018. Skip opens up the show with some listener mail and a visit from the grammar police. Josh seems to think the biggest story of the week is Aaron Rodgers dating Danica Patrick.
In the NFL Playoffs the Saints are in shock, Stefon Diggs is still celebrating, Josh can’t stand the Patriots and is it possible for a head coach to hate his starting quarterback?
Skip is not happy with TSN for ripping off their What Bugs Me segment, meanwhile Josh is only slightly bugged by the Pirates fire sale and a pretty minor thing he discovered about the upcoming NCAA tournament.
In the NHL Skip has given up on the Habs and what they may or may not do at the trade deadline. The guys pay tribute to the late great Red Fisher and give some shout outs.

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Episode 75 – We’re Definitely On The Same Page


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same pageRecorded Jan 13, 2018. In this episode: Skip managed to escape some of the winter weather, Josh started binge watching a new show and the ‘What Bugs Me’ segment makes a triumphant return thanks to the NHL.
The guys discuss the upcoming NHL All Star game and answer some listener mail about the Leafs.
The NFL playoffs are going strong. In the AFC the Pats and Steelers appear to be on a collision course. In the NFC Skip has not lost faith in the Eagles.
Josh has some questions about NCAA football and the Heisman trophy winner.

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Episode 74 – What’s a Bomb Cyclone?


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itunes_july2017Recorded Jan 6, 2018. In this episode Skip and Josh recap the World Junior Hockey Championships: Team Canada’s performance, the attendance and the ridiculous goal song.
In the NHL the guys look at the state of the Habs and Leafs and Josh gives his theory on expansion teams.
In the NFL its wild card week end. Who will advance to the next round of the playoffs? The big story about the dissension within the Patriots organization broke this week, what effect will that have on the Pats chances for another title? There’s also some listener mail which came at the exact right time.

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Episode 73 – The Best of 2017


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Best-of-2017-feature.jpgRecorded Dec 25, 2017. Find out who will take home the most prestigious awards in all of sports and entertainment as Skip and Josh review the year in sports by handing out awards for best team, best play, best game and ultimate MVP. They also hand out non-sports related awards for TV, movies and music and more.

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Episode 72 – It’s a Bad Rule


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itunes_july2017Recorded Dec 22, 2017. Josh is wondering why he has been so clueless lately about some things happening in sports and introduces a new segment to explain. Skip and almost every other NFL fan are asking themselves – What constitutes a legal catch these days? The guys discuss the NFL playoff picture and Skip wants to ban one NFL player’s nickname. Also in this episode: Wofford over UNC? A Marlins Man update, the MLB off season and the guys favorite Christmas songs.

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Eight Months for the Wrong Shoes

Here is the video we discussed in episode 71.
ESPN’s Dan LeBatard unboxing his Big Baller Brand shoes. Eight months to get his $1000 order and they didn’t even send him the right shoes.

Episode 71 – That’s My Quarterback


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580App-Wentz-111316.jpgRecorded December 16, 2017. On the night of the big outdoor game between the Habs and Sens Skip and Josh discuss the state of the Ottawa franchise. Skip is devastated over the Carson Wentz injury. Did Duke really lose to Boston College? The guys follow up on the Stanton trade to the Yankees. Who would order shoes for a thousand dollars? Also find out why Skip’s wife is not happy about what was said about her a few episodes ago.

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Episode 70 – It’s All About Effort


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itunes_july2017Recorded Dec 9, 2017. In this episode Josh surprisingly has a lot on his mind about basketball, both college and NBA but of course there is a Duke spin on everything. Josh wants to talk about LaVar Ball but Skip isn’t having it. Is NHL expansion to Seattle a good thing? The guys are fascinated by the MLB off season with lots of news about Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. Skip is loving a new podcast he subscribed to and Josh shares a story about the perils of home automation.

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Episode 69 – Broken Nose


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alg-plante-jpgRecorded Dec 2, 2017. It’s Josh’s birthday and would you believe he broke his nose playing hockey.  The Grey Cup game was played in the most Canadian way possible.  Skip was in New York this week and doesn’t want to hear any more about Tiger Woods or Eli Manning. Josh has subscribed to a new podcast and Skip has unsubscribed from one.  The Habs appear to be back on track now that they have rediscovered their old system. The guys also discuss the World Cup draw.

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Episode 68 – That’s a Huge Cup of Coffee


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itunes_july2017Recorded Nov 25, 2017. In this episode: How many coffee mugs does one person really need? Is it possible for a person to not have any Apple products? What did Skip get his wife for her birthday? In 2017 what are most people sources for news? How are things shaping up in the NHL after one quarter of the season? Who are the Cup favorites? What teams are the biggest disappointments? Can the Vegas Golden Knights keep winning? Who will make it into the NCAA football playoffs?  Find out how Skip feels about Miami’s turnover chain. Josh has an impressive record in picking NFL games this year, should he start betting some real money?  The guys also discuss the voting in the Baseball and Hockey Halls of Fame and review the MLB post season awards. The show closes with a bit of soccer talk as MLS fever has taken over Toronto.

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Our Top 10 Tragically Hip Songs

In episode 67 following up on our recent crossover with the guys at the Semi Intellectual Musings Podcast we decided to reveal our top 10 Tragically Hip songs.  Josh had a lot of trouble compiling his list and didn’t even put the songs in order.

Josh (in album order)

New Orleans is sinking
Blow at High Dough
38 Years Old
Boots or Hearts
Little Bones
Three Pistols
Locked in the trunk of a car
Wheat Kings
700 foot ceiling
Fireworks

Skip
1- Bobcaygeon
2- Highway Girl (LIVE)
3- Three Pistols
4- Blow at High Dough
5- Little Bones
6- Nautical Disaster
7- Ahead by a Century
8- Wheat Kings
9- Gift Shop
10- Grace Too


 

 

 

 

Episode 67 – Homework


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homework+-header.jpgRecorded Nov 18, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh follow up on their recent guest appearance on the Semi Intellectual Musings Podcast with their own top 10 Tragically hip songs.

Josh also comes prepared with his own mystery list of NFL teams and the guys discuss the new ‘Madden’ camera angle from Thursday Night Football.

In hockey: Why is the NHL injury list so secretive? Will Carey Price ever return for the Habs and is it too late already? How come there was hardly any attention to the Hockey hall of Fame inductions? Is Dave Andreychuk really a hall of famer? What’s up with the games played in Sweden.

The guys also discuss the outlook for the upcoming NCAA basketball season for Duke.

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Episode 66 – We’re not Sports Snobs with Matt and Phil from Semi Intellectual Musings


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Recorded Nov 4, 2017. This is part two of the epic podcast crossover event with Matt Sanderson and Phil Primeau from the Semi Intellectual Musings Podcast.
In Part one on their show (https://thesim.podbean.com/) we mused for about 90 minutes about out the passing of Gord Downie, and shared great memories and stories about the Tragically hip.

In Part two on our show we dive into Politics and Sports. Are we spots snobs? Will Kaepernick ever get signed? Anthems, kneeling, law suits, collusion, mobile QBs, distractions and some other protests in sports history.  We also discuss youth sports in Canada and how Matt’s newborn daughter will play third base for the Jays one day.

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Episode 65 – World Series, NHL and NFL Recaps: Fake, Fake, Fake!


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itunes_july2017Recorded Nov 5, 2017. In this super-sized episode Skip and Josh give their final thoughts on the World Series and dive into some interesting questions: What’s so hard about a six out save? Should Darvish have started game seven? Can the Dodgers and Astros make it back to the World Series next year? Who are the other contenders in 2018?

In the NHL the big news in Montreal is the Carey Price injury. Is he really injured and can the Habs get their season back on track without their star? In Toronto the Leafs are struggling. Is the weight of expectations too much for all their young stars? Matt Duchene was finally traded and Skip lets everyone know how he feels about Guy Boucher.

In the NFL the guys discuss Deshaun Watson’s injury, the Denver QB situation, the high flying Eagles, Goff and Wentz, the embarrassing New York Giants, Josh’s hate for the Redskins and how the Jaguars ruined everyone’s week in Fantasy Football.

There’s also some surprise MLS talk and a preview of an exciting crossover podcast that’s coming up.

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Episode 64 – World Series, NHL and NFL Recaps: What Do You Say When You See Things?


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1yifm3.jpgRecorded Oct 29, 2017. In this Episode Skip and Josh continue to debate the importance of pitching matchups in the World Series and wonder why managers forget how to handle their pitching staffs in the playoffs. Skip is still amazed at how the Dodgers seem to have a never ending supply of players while Josh is wondering how three managers who each won 90 games this season all got fired.
Skip is having a crisis when it comes to the NHL, the success of the Vegas Golden Knights has him wondering if he knows how to evaluate hockey anymore.
In the NFL Skip has declared that Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson are the future of the league while Josh continues to throw shade at Kirk Cousins. The guys share some experiences from their fantasy football seasons and even talk a little NCAA football.

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Episode 63 – Unsent Text Messages: MLB Playoffs, NFL Week 7 and NHL recap


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itunes_july2017Recorded Oct 23, 2017. Skip and Josh are up early to discuss the MLB playoffs, the week in the NFL as well as the Habs and Leafs; two teams going in opposite directions.
In Baseball the Astros and Yankees treated us to a great series. Why was the home field so important? Who will the guys cheer for in the World Series? Josh has some unsent texts that he would like to share. Skip can’t pronounce Keuchel. There is some Astros nostalgia and of course the topic of Kate Upton does come up.
In the NFL, Josh is wondering how there can be three shutouts in one week. Skip is not sure if Cam Newton is any good. The SuperBowl rematch wasn’t really great and Skip tries to get into the minds of Giant and Jets fans.
Meanwhile in Montreal, the guys look at best and worst case scenarios for the Habs, whose fans are in full panic mode. In Toronto the Leafs may have lost to the Senators but their fans are still really positive about the team’s chances this season.

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Episode 62 – NFL Week 6 Recap and the Start of the NHL Season


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nhl_nfl.jpgRecorded Oct 15, 2017. Skip and Josh recap a very unpredictable week 6 in the NFL and also give their thoughts on the start of the NHL season.  In the NFL the Packers title hopes came to a sudden end with the devastating injury to Aaron Rodgers. Josh can’t believe that no one seems to know the rules about what counts as a touchdown these days. The Eagles are for real which means happy times at Skip’s house.
In the NHL the Leafs are off to a hot start seemingly scoring at will while the Habs can’t seem to score at all. Can Carey Price turn things around in Montreal? How good can Austin Matthews become in Toronto?

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Episode 61 – MLB Division Series Recap: Damaged Goods


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Untitled design(1).pngRecorded Oct 13, 2017. The MLB division series are over and Josh is fired up. Do any mangers actually know how to handle a pitching staff? Why do these games start so late and take so long? Skip is questioning himself about the importance of the pitching match ups and also wondering if any players today know the fundamentals of baseball. Josh tries to console Nats fans and declares that the Washington-Montreal franchise is cursed. The guys also get a bit philosophical.

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Episode 60 – MLB Postseason Preview: A Baseball Wish List


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mlb-2017-620x350.jpgRecorded Oct 1, 2017. This was supposed to be a baseball playoff preview but what it became was actually a kind of look into the minds of two huge fans and what strange and often random factors make them root for one team over another. The grammar police are back and MLB has decreed that the playoffs be called POSTSEASON 2017. Skip declares his love for playoff baseball while Josh makes a pretty good case in favor of the wildcard format. The guys figured out that there are a few good reasons to cheer for a team: nice uniforms, if you like the fiancé of one of the players and usually if the team is an underdog. There are also reasons not to cheer for a team like ugly uniforms, bad time zones, if a players is a jerk or if you dislike a manager for something he might have done thirty five years ago. They guys ask some big questions: Can a wildcard team go all the way? Will the Nationals bullpen hold up? Are the Red Sox for real? Can the Cubs repeat? Can the Dodgers finally make some noise in the playoffs and can anyone stop the Indians? There’s also a cool promo for some indy podcast friends.

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Episode 59 – NHL Season Preview with Special Guest- Hockey writer David Alter


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habsleafslogolg6315018Recorded Sep 30, 2017. Skip and Josh preview the upcoming NHL season with none other than hockey writer David Alter who has been a contributor on The Fan 590, Sportsnet, MapleLeafs.com, National Post & The Athletic. The Leafs have big expectations this year in Toronto and David breaks down the goaltending situation, how the defencemen stack up, the progression of all the young stars and the acquisition of Patrick Marleau. Elsewhere in the Atlantic division: How will the Habs do this season? Are they better or worse than last year? Do they have enough depth on the blueline? How will Jonathan Drouin fit in? And are Habs fans destined for another season of solely relying on Carey Price?  The guys discuss the contenders and pretenders in the Metropolitan division where the Penguins are still the team to beat. In the Western conference, can Connor McDavid and the Oilers contend? Can the Predators make it back to the finals? David also has a pretty radical idea about how to change the playoff format which is something that Skip and Josh fully endorse.

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Episode 58 – NFL Week 3 Recap: And Then There Were Two


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1wlc8j.jpgRecorded Sep 26, 2017.  In this episode Skip and Josh recap week three of the NFL season.  Skip starts the show by explaining why the guys will not discuss anything related to anthems, taking a knee or politics in general. It was a bad week for the favorites and the NFL finally surprised everyone with some shocking results. The Eagles needed a miracle to beat the Giants despite all their injuries. The Falcons and Chiefs are the lone undefeated teams left, can they both win next week? The Lions got hosed, big time! The Bears, Bills, and Jaguars all pulled off big upsets while the Browns, 49ers and Bengals continue to find ways to lose. Skip has already given out the fantasy football MVP award while Cub is still wondering what the difference is between power rankings and standings. There’s a bit of NHL talk and the guys answer some listener mail.

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Episode 57 – NFL Week 2 Recap: The Good the Bad and the Undefeated


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57.jpgRecorded Sep 19, 2017. Skip and Josh recap week two of the NFL season. Which 0-2 team is in the most trouble? Can the Saints, Chargers, Bengals or Colts still salvage their seasons?  What was the most surprising result this week and which undefeated teams are for real? What’s up with the attendance in L.A.? Is NFL football still an entertaining product on the field or do people watch solely because of gambling? Is there even one decent game to watch in week three? Also Josh goes to a Jays game and the guys are counting down to the one year anniversary of the podcast.

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Rules of Roommates

Friend of the show Joseph DeBenedictis is one of the producers of this great show called Rules of Roommates. The long awaited fourth episode has finally been released staring none other than Josh!

 

Episode 56 – NFL Week 1 Recap: Over Reaction Theater


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nfl.jpgRecorded Sep 12, 2017. Skip and Josh recap an exciting first week of NFL football. The Eagles soared at the expense of the Redskins with Wentz outshining Cousins. The Browns almost pulled off the upset of the decade against the Steelers. Matthew Stafford justified his contract. Andy Dalton killed everyone who used him in Fantasy Football, including Josh. Stefon Diggs paid tribute to Randy Moss.  How long until DeShaun Watson takes over as the starter for the Texans? Are the Rams good? How bad are the Colts? Skip has something that’s really bugging him, while Josh is in search of a QB for his Fantasy team.

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Episode 55 – Four Things, or Maybe Really Eight Things


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die_04_04_42146_lg.gifRecorded Sept 9, 2017. The guys each came prepared with four things to discuss that grabbed their attention in the past week. Could Josh’s day be ruined because of a podcast? What’s the early verdict on the return of Jay and Dan to TSN? Why were the television ratings so poor for the NFL season opener? What are some of the new options for watching the NFL for Canadian viewers? Baseball is about to break a homerun record, why is no one talking about it? Why is Josh watching the same TV show over and over? Does the Ottawa Senators organization actually know what its doing? Plus: How not to manage a fantasy baseball team.

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Episode 54 – Are You Ready for Some Football!


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football-850x637.jpgRecorded Sept 1, 2017. Skip and Josh are joined by special guest Neil Schnurbach (fantasyassembly.com) to preview the upcoming NFL season. Can anyone beat the Patriots?  How big is the Edelman injury? Can the Falcons avoid a letdown after their devastating Super Bowl loss?  Do the Cowboys still have what it takes to win the NFC East? In the NFC West can anyone beat the Seahawks? How is it possible that Matthew Stafford is the highest paid player in the league? Can the Broncos compete with Trevor Semien at QB and can the Raiders continue their magical run of last season? Will Joe Haden’s acquisition by the Steelers tip the balance of power in the AFC? Which team(s) will go from worst to first this year? Who are some surprise Super Bowl Contenders?

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Episode 53 – You Gotta Bite the Bullet


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itunes_july2017Recorded Aug 23, 2017. In this Episode the guys tackle all kinds of burning questions in sports and in their personal lives. Are the Celtics the best team in the east now that they have Kyrie? And what are the Cavs doing trading with a rival? Does the NFL know what its doing when it comes to handing out suspensions? Why can’t Colin Kaepernick get a job? Are the guys going to watch the big Mayweather-McGregor pay per view? Why does Josh hate power rankings? Why are MLB umps so thin skinned? Also Josh goes to a concert and Skip goes to a wedding.

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Our Top 5 Baseball Movies

As we mentioned in episode 52, here are our top 5 baseball movies.

Josh:
Bull_Durham_film_poster.jpg1- Bull Durham

“Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls – it’s more democratic”

 

for-love-of-the-game-movie-poster-1999-1020190882.jpg2- For love of the game

Billy: “I’ve lost 134 times” Jane: “You count them” Billy: “We count everything”

 

Moneyball_Poster.jpg3- Moneyball

“I hate losing more than I love winning.”

 

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4- The Rookie

“You know what we get to do today Brooks?  We get to play baseball”

 

Fever_Pitch_US.jpg5- Fever Pitch

“Well, Dwight Evans parked a couple of homers, the Sox won, and by day’s end poor Ben had become one of God’s most pathetic creatures: a Red Sox fan. ”

Others: A league of their own, 42, 61*, Major League, The Fan, Trouble with the curve

Skip:
Bull_Durham_film_poster.jpg1- Bull Durham

“You just got lesson number one, don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club”

 

Field_of_Dreams_poster.jpg2- Field of Dreams

“Is this heaven? … No Its Iowa”

 

movieposter.jpg3- The Sandlot

“You’re killing me Smalls”

 

nat.jpg4- The Natural

” it took me 16 years to get here. You play me, and you’ll get the best I’ve got.”

 

60021965.jpg5- Rookie of the year

” Hey! Your Mom’s got a pretty good arm! I haven’t seen the floater pitch since Scruffy McGee! ”

 

Others: Eight Men Out, 61*, Fever Pitch, A league of their own, Trouble with the curve

Skip’s Vacation Pics

As promised in episode 52, here are some pics of Skip’s vacation is beautiful Banff Alberta.

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Episode 52 – A Ship Without a Rudder


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YankeesOutfield.JPGRecorded Aug 16, 2017. Skip is back from vacation and the guys catch up after not having spoken for over a week.  Josh actually read a book and also feels compelled to correct some things he said in the last couple of episodes. Eventually the conversation turns to sports, specifically baseball where the guys ask: Does it always make sense to acquire players at the deadline? How good are the Dodgers? Can anyone take Giancarlo Stanton’s contract? Are all new records and great performances now in doubt because of potential PEDs? Is there such a thing as the curse of the homerun derby? How awesome is Bryce Harper’s hair? How exactly did the guys decide who’s name came first in the show title?

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Episode 51 – The Dog Days of Summer: MLB Trade Deadline Winners and Losers


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Generic-Baseball.jpgRecorded Aug 2, 2017. Skip and Josh recap the MLB trade deadline. How will Yu Darvish fit in on the already stacked Dodgers? Can Sonny Gray keep the Yankees playoff hopes alive? Is the Sox-Yankees rivalry back? Have the Nationals addressed their bullpen woes? Did the Astros do enough? Do the Rockies or Diamondbacks have what it takes to make some noise in the N.L.? Josh weighs in on the Jays: Do the fans still have hope? Should they have unloaded more veterans? Skip is worried that Kate Upton is avoiding him.

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Episode 50 – Skip and Josh Go to Cooperstown


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CooperstownWelcomeSignRecorded Aug 2, 2017. There’s nothing like a baseball road trip and what could be better than a trip to the baseball hall of fame to see Tim Raines inducted. The guys recap their weekend adventure that included meeting Jonah Keri and Josh letting out all of his frustrations on Bud Selig. A couple of important questions are addressed: How can three guys sleep in a hotel room with only one bed and how to get through four hours of speeches in the summer heat.

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“Tip That Cap” by Annakin Slayd – Tribute to Tim Raines

“Tip That Cap” by Annakin Slayd – Tribute to Tim Raines

Episode 49 – What’s Bugging Josh (Part 2)


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1t7uqz.jpgRecorded July 22, 2017. Josh continues to get things off his chest: The NFL franchise tag, Kirk/Kurt Cousins and the Washington Redskins, the NBA summer league, low-res highlights on big screen TVs, pampered professional athletes, draft rankings and dunks as game highlights.

 

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Episode 48 – What’s Bugging Josh (Part 1)


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podcast-therapy-sign.jpgRecorded July 22, 2017. The guys decided to devote an entire episode to things in sports that are bugging Josh. This episode is only part one since Josh’s list was so long.  Some important questions in this episode: Is the concept of podcast therapy working for Josh? What’s the situation with the new NBA jerseys? What teams in pro sports have the best jerseys? Who has the worst? Why are the best players of all time always measured by championships? Why are fans so obsessed with making lists of the greatest players of all time?


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Rick Ankiel: Anxiety in Professional Sports

Fellow podcasters Matt & Phil from the Semi Intellectual Musings Podcast recently contacted us via twitter to ask for our opinion on a story about former major league baseball player Rick Ankiel and his battle with anxiety.  There way to much to say in 140 characters so I decided to type our some thoughts here instead.

In the late 90’s and early 2000s I was heavy into fantasy sports, back then before marriage, family, career, I knew every player on every MLB team and every franchise’s top prospects.  No prospect stood out or was more highly touted than Rick Ankiel. He was a “can’t miss” prospect, an arm that comes around once in a generation. He showed great promise in the 1999 and 2000 seasons but like many hard throwers he was plagued with some “control problems”. As the article alludes to, it was in the 2000 playoffs vs. the Braves where it all unraveled for Ankiel. He literally could not throw a strike, throwing one wild pitch after another.  We had seen this kind of mental block before with Mackey Sasser a catcher who couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher and also with Chuck Knoblauch a second baseman who couldn’t throw the ball to first base and eventually became an outfielder.  But this thing with Ankiel was different, he was a pitcher, his only job is to throw the ball sixty feet six inches from the mound to the plate.

Ankiel was out of baseball within  couple of seasons. This was nothing new really,  baseball history is filled with flamethrowers who couldn’t harness their full potential. The amazing thing is that he re-emerged as a power hitting outfielder in 2007-2008 and was actually pretty good (he hit 25 homeruns in 2008).

Flash forward to 2017 and Roberto Osuna of the Jays who recently openly stated he was dealing with anxiety. The fact that he is openly talking about it is a testament to just how far we have come in the past 15 years. Historically a professional athlete would be seen as weak if he admitted to anxiety, athletes are taught even as kids not to show any signs of weakness.
It’s campaigns like Bell’s Let’s Talk and spokesperson Clara Hughes that have changed the way we look at depression and anxiety.  Rick Ankiel couldn’t talk about it back then. Today Osuna can.

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Episode 47 – MLB Mid-Season Review


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812187156.jpgRecorded July 13, 2017. In this episode the guys review the season so far in Major League Baseball.  Does the All Star Game mean anything? Did the Home Run Derby live up to the hype? How good can Aaron Judge become? Can the Red Sox and Indians hold on to their division leads? Can anyone stop the Astros and Dodgers? Will the Nationals ever address their closer situation? What happened to the Cubs? Are the Jays buyers or sellers? How accurate were the guy’s pre-season picks? And of course the most important question: can a donkey be a pet?


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My Top 20 U2 Songs

by Skip

As I stated on our latest podcast episode there is only one correct answer as to the best U2 song of all time. Here are my top 10:

  1. Where the Street Have No Name. Probably the best opening build up to any song ever. The Edge’s guitar building slowly, the bass and drums rolling in all leading up to Bono’s epic “I want to run, I want to hide…”
  2. Bad. The live version from the Wide Awake in America EP is incredible in so many ways. U2 at their best.
  3. Bullet the Blue Sky. I also prefer the live version from Rattle and Hum. When Bono is shining the spotlight on the Edge… The movie was nothing special but that part gave me chills.
  4. Running to Stand Still. A haunting ballad about drug addiction. Such a beautiful song.
  5. Who’s Gonna Ride your Wild Horses. Achtung Baby is an extremely underrated album. One of those albums that gets better the more you listen to it. When Bono sings: “Don’t turn around, Don’t turn around again…”  I dare you not to sing along.
  6. Stay (far away so close). My cohost Josh reminded me of this hidden gem.  “Green light, Seven Eleven..”
  7. One. There are many who might have this ranked #1. Really beautiful song.  If you are not familiar with the Mary J. Blidge version, check it out.
  8. Beautiful Day. Our guest Joseph said this was one of the most perfect pop-rock songs ever written. I still remember playing this on a loop 20 times in a row when it first came out.
  9. In God’s Country. When the Joshua Tree was released I didn’t even have a CD player. I had the 12 inch single (vinyl) of In God’s Country that I played over and over.
  10. Pride (In the Name of love). As a teen I always loved the political songs.

#11-20: A Sort of Homecoming, Sunday Bloody Sunday, With or Without You, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, All I Want is You, 40, Angel of Harlem, New Year’s Day, The Unforgettable Fire, Red Hill Mining Town.

Episode 46 – It’s all about U2


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Recorded June 24, 2017. In this non-sports episode Skip and Josh are joined by friend of the show and U2 super fan Joseph DeBenedictis to discuss all things U2. His experience at the recent concert in Toronto, how is compares to past tours and how he became a fan.  The guys discuss the evolution of the band’s sound and their favorite songs.

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Episode 45 – NHL Free Agent Roundup


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Photo 2017-07-06, 9 20 29 AM.jpgRecorded July 3rd 2017. In this Episode Skip and Josh recap all the free agent signings in the NHL. They discuss the future for the Habs without Radulov and the impact of the big Carey Price contract. The guys explore the myth of the home town discount, The Capitals cap troubles, good and bad organizations in the cap era and Patrick Marleau’s fit on the Leafs.

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Episode 44 – The NBA Off-season, it’s Fantastic


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170627-Drake-Tw-800x600.jpgRecorded June 30, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh recap a busy week in the NBA. Why is the NBA draft so much more entertaining to watch than the NHL draft? Did the Celtics win by trading down? How did the Duke players do? How did Drake do as the host of the NBA awards? Did Westbrook deserve the MVP and is the award even relevant? Will Chris Paul and Paul George have an impact on their new teams? Why did the Knicks wait so long to part ways with Phil Jackson?

 

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Stanley Cup Celebration 1999

Flashback to summer of 1999, a much younger Skip lifting and drinking champagne from the Stanley Cup.
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Episode 43 – NHL Roundup: Expansion Draft, Trades and Awards


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vegas.jpgRecorded June 22, 2017.  In this episode Skip and Josh recap a busy week in the NHL.  The Vegas Golden Knights selected their team, the league gave out its end of season awards and there were several trades that included some big names like Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Eberle.  Do the guys like the Knights logo and Jersey?  Does the Selke award make sense? Will the Habs resign Radulov?

 

 

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Episode 42 – The Champions are Crowned


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Photo 2017-06-16, 2 46 46 PM.jpgRecorded June 14, 2017.  In this Episode Skip and Josh give their final thoughts on the champions being crowned in the NBA and NHL. Is Kevin Durant a hero or a villain? Is free agency ruining pro sports? What’s next for Lebron and the Cavs? And can anyone challenge the Warriors? In the NHL: Who should have really won the Conn Smythe? Why is Crosby so disrespected? Does anyone understand the rules in the NHL? and who are the favorites for next season?

 

 

 

 

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Excuse me, Stanley Cup coming through!

Some amazing behind the scenes video of Sidney Crosby carrying the Stanley Cup into the Penguins dressing room. What make this so special; Crosby is the ultimate Canadian, politely saying excuse me as he is making his way through the crowd of reporters.

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Episode 41 – Technical Fouls, Listerine and Punches to the Head


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crosby-subban.JPGRecorded June 10, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the NBA Finals, horrible officiating, the fabulous ABC broadcast crew, American commercials and an upcoming 30 for 30. The guys also discuss the NHL Playoffs, why the road teams can’t win, Crosby vs. Subban, the MLB season so far and what’s bugging Josh.

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The Mr. Met Saga

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By now you have heard the story of Mr. Met, the beloved New York Met mascot who gave a fan the finger and was subsequently fired. His firing is definitely appropriate, as a team mascot simply can not give a fan the finger and expect to keep his job.

A fan has spoken out in defense of Mr Met and details the events that led up to the infamous gesture.

Article is here: http://nypost.com/2017/06/01/fan-says-mr-met-showered-with-profane-heckles-before-bird-flip/

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mr. Met only has four digits on each hand so technically he can not give anyone the middle finger.

Catfish

In our most recent episode (#40) we talked about the Nashville Predators fan who smuggled in a catfish into Penguins arena and threw it on the ice.  FULL STORY HERE.

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Episode 40 – Unwritten Rules about Unwritten Rules

 

bryce harper hunter strcikland.jpgRecorded May 31, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss: the NHL playoffs, smuggling catfish, the NHL All-Star game, Ovechkin on the block, the Jay’s resurgence, Harper vs. Strickland, baseball fights, the art throwing a helmet, Tiger Woods and what’s bugging Josh.

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Episode 39 – The Grammar Police

 

grammar-police-badge-t-shirts-men-s-t-shirt.jpgRecorded May 27, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh break down the NBA Finals and discuss Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan as the best player of all time.  They also break down the Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and Predators. Josh is optimistic about the Jays and did you know that Skip loves the Kentucky Derby?

 

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Episode 38 – He’s a Bleep Disturber

 

kesler.jpegRecorded May 20, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the NHL Playoffs, the Sens, Pens, Ducks and Preds, Guy Boucher’s coaching philosophy, Ryan Kesler and the lack of penalty calls.  The guys also get into the NBA playoffs, Lebron James’ dominance and the draft lottery. Josh is still loving the MLB network and sick of baseball fights. The guys also talk about some non-sports news including the best burgers, Twin Peaks and Chris Cornell’s Legacy. Also Josh uses a new razor.
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Tribute to Chris Cornell

When people think of the grunge music of the 90’s its usually Pearl Jam and Nirvana that come to mind, however the influence of Soundgarden and their front man Chris Cornell should not be overlooked. Soundgarden had an indescribable sound, part punk, part classic rock, with a lead vocalist who’s voice and presence were one of a kind.
Here are some of our favorite Chris Cornell songs: Spoonman (Soundgarden), Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog) and a solo version of Nothing Compares 2U.

 

 

 

Five Guys dethrones In-N-Out

Five Guys has overtaken In-N-Out as America’s #1 Burger.
Full article HERE from Huff Post.
You can also read the not so happy California point of view HERE from L.A.Eater.

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Marlins fan flashes Cardinals pitcher during game

This Miami Marlins Fan flashed the opposing teams pitcher during a recent game. Read the full article here, along with a video of the “incident’.

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Shea Stadium Home Plate

In the new Citi Field parking lot, the old Shea stadium home plate.

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Episode 37 – Double Bonus

 

db.jpgRecorded May 13, 2017. The guys were able to get together in person to record this episode, which was also streamed live via Skip’s Instagram (@avisherman). They discuss the NBA playoffs, advanced stats, their favorite app, the World Hockey Championships, the NHL playoffs, the future of the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin. Also Skip goes to a Mets game, the Jays are improving and Josh has got a What Bugs Me.


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Episode 36 – Plunk’d

 

unwritten_rules1.jpgRecorded May 6, 2017.  In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the NHL playoffs, staying up to watch late games, the Penguins dominance over the Caps, Crosby’s concussion, the reasoning behind dressing seven defencemen and the location of the next NHL All Star game. Josh has two things bugging him: The NHL draft lottery and unwritten rules in sports. The guys also debut a new segment – things that make Josh happy!


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Episode 35 – A Tale of Two Cities

 

habsleafslogolg6315018.jpgRecorded April 28, 2017. Skip and Josh have had a week to reflect on the elimination of both the Habs and Leafs from the playoffs and they discuss the reactions in each city; in Montreal its doom and gloom while in Toronto it’s all positive.  The guys chat about the rest of the NHL playoff series focusing on the Senators and the Oilers. Also in this episode: the stupidity of interviews with athletes, the NFL draft, the ESPN layoffs and of course the guys each have something that’s bugging them this week.
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Tennis Interrupted

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Episode 34 – A Bad Relationship

 

batmanrobinlarge.jpgRecorded April 22, 2017. In this episode: The NHL Playoffs, Habs-Rangers, Leafs-Caps, Skip’s bad relationship, crazy fans, NHL broadcast crews, the sports scene in Toronto, the future for the Raptors and Jays, Lebron James dominance, Grayson Alllen, listener mail and crazy stats that bug Josh.
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Episode 33- Emotional Investment

 

LmY5p_f-thumbnail-100-0.jpgRecorded April 16th, 2017. Even though Skip and Josh just recorded their playoff preview a few days ago they could not resist doing a special episode to talk about the first two-three games in the NHL playoffs, specifically the Habs-Rangers and Leafs-Caps series.
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Episode 32 – Playoffs?!

 

jim_mora_playoffs.jpgSkip and Josh discuss the Toronto sports scene with the Leafs, Raptors and Jays all sharing the spotlight, then the guys preview the playoffs in the NHL and the NBA. In the NHL the guys go over all the first round match ups, the lousy playoff format, the lack of rivalries, and the first ever good between period interview (thank you Justin Williams!). In the NBA the guys go over the MVP race, the origin of the triple double and the playoff match ups.
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Episode 31 – I like how you pronounced PyeongChang

 

HFl8Psl.jpgRecorded April 8, 2017. Skip and Josh recap the incredibly busy week in sports. Josh talks about his recent experience at the Jays preseason game in Montreal and the guys discus the momentum around the Expos returning. An NCAA basketball champion was crowned, so was a winner in bracket challenge group. The big news of the week was the announcement that the NHL wouldn’t be sending players to the upcoming winter Olympics, the guys break this down in an epic Q&A segment. Skip has a preemptive What Bugs Me and Josh also needs to get something off his chest.
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Episode 30 – Put Me in Coach, I’m Ready to Play

 

fca9a76296c5df2eb496f8a47a85a6bf.jpgRecorded March 31, 2017. Skip and Josh are back! The guys preview the upcoming MLB season with their picks for playoff teams and award winners in each league.  They also discuss a bit of NHL, the Final Four, the show’s bracket challenge and of course the big week end in Montreal for all Expos fans.
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Episode 29 – Steaks on a Plane

 

capital-one-steaks-hed-2017.jpgRecorded March 20, 2017. Skip and Josh recap the exciting weekend of March Madness: upsets, controversial calls, busted brackets, their favourite commercials, Lonzo Ball’s father and of course the loss by Duke. They also discuss the NHL playoff picture, the Leafs late season surge and the Hab’s solidifying their chances. Josh keeps everyone informed on what’s going on in the World Baseball Classic, Skip has something that’s bugging him and Josh is headed for spring training.
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Episode 28 – The March Madness Extravaganza

 

images.jpgRecorded March 13, 2017. In this jumbo sized episode Skip and Josh have assembled an expert group of guests to reveal their complete picks for the upcoming NCAA Tournament: Neil from Montreal/Boston (4:30), Kos from Chicago (25:45) and Rob from Montreal (39:51). Skip and Josh reveal their picks (59:55) and explain why March is the best month on the sports calendar.
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Join our March Madness Bracket Challenge Group

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3- Complete your Bracket
4- See how you do against the rest of the group ( including Skip and Josh and their on air guests)
5- Listen to the show over the next few weeks to get tourney updates, info and news on the bracket challenge group.

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Episode 27 – It’s Not His Fault That They Gave Him So Much Money

 

show-me-the-money.jpgRecorded March 11, 2017.  Skip and Josh recap a busy week of NCAA Basketball that featured some major upsets of ranked teams. They discuss the outlook for UCLA and Kansas, Northwestern’s magical season, Duke’s big win over North Carolina plus the amazing ACC network. Cub is into the Word Baseball Classic, Skip is clearly not. The guys talk about some of the big free agent signing in the NFL which reminds Josh of something that’s bugging him.
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Episode 26 – There’s No Cure for Stupidity

 

43543.pngRecorded March 4, 2017.  Skip and Josh discuss the NCAA college basketball picture heading into March Madness, Northwestern’s miracle buzzer beater, Gonzaga’s chances of being a #1 seed and why Skip is furious that the Duke-UNC game is not being televised in Canada.  The guys discuss P.K. Subban’s return to Montreal and the Leaf’s playoff chances. Cub is not happy about certain player’s jersey numbers and tells us why the NHL playoff format is really bugging him.
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Top 50 Fast Food Items in America

For all our Canadian listeners please let us know about any uniquely Canadian foods that could make this list (Harvey’s, Tim’s etc…)

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Special Episode – NHL Trade Deadline Day

 

trradex.jpgRecorded March 1, 2017.  In this special episode Skip and Josh recap all the moves from NHL trade deadline day.
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Episode 24 – It’s a Groundhog Day Situation

 

groundhog-day.jpgRecorded Feb 24, 2017.  Skip and Josh start the show by discussing the extremely busy week in college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils, the projected #1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA tournament and Bill Walton’s sanity. The guys talk NBA, the All Star game and trade deadline day. They also preview the upcoming NHL deadline day and the playoff picture.  Josh tells us why TSN is really bugging him and the guys ponder other important questions like: Who still buys CDs and what is the future for Jay and Dan?
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Episode 23 – We’re Huge in Poland

 

Recorded Feb 18, 2017.  Skip and Josh react to the Habs first game under new head coach Claude Julien. They discuss the red hot Duke Blue Devils and the projected top sixteen seeds for the NCAA tournament where skip loves Kansas and Josh is not sold on Gonzaga. The guys have spring training sadness and Josh confesses that he is actually looking forward to the World Baseball Classic. They discuss some TV: 24 Legacy, Cardinal and Homeland. Josh also has something that’s bugging him.
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Special Episode – It Had To Be Done

 

coaches.jpgRecorded Feb 14, 2017.  In this special emergency episode Skip and Josh give their instant reactions to the Habs firing of Therrien, the hiring of Julien and Bergevin’s next move.
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