In this episode: The return of the grammar police, Josh cancels all of his sports channels and high profile announcers changing networks. Also, baseball players and owners still suck, the week in TV and listener mail. Recorded June 13, 2020
In this episode: Josh opens the show with a new game show, Ariel Helwani defends all Expos fans vs. David Samson, the not so optimistic future of Major League baseball and the legacy of the 1981 Expos. Plus, Trevor Bauer’s rules for relationships and What’s Bugging Skip. Recorded June 6, 2020.
The guys open the show by discussing the NHL’s big announcement this week outlining their playoff format. Josh had a big problem this week and it was all about Tim Wallach’s pants from 1991, luckily he was able to get some outside help to solve the mystery. Also in the episode: Cutting the cord with cable, baseball’s players and owners are still bickering, unbreakable records, internet security and the week in television. Recorded May 30, 2020.
In this episode: Sports documentaries worth watching and the proposed playoff format in the NHL. Josh says he’s done with watching classic games, meanwhile Skip isn’t so sure he will even watch live sports as fanatically as before. The guys revisit the 1982 MLB All-Star game, some TV notes from this week and have a few podcast recommendations. Joe Rogan and Spotify rocked the podcast world this week and the guys discuss how much cash they would need to be offered to sign exclusively with one platform.
Recorded May 23, 2020.
In this episode: A look back at the past week in TV including Hat Trick Trivia, 30 for 30, The Goldbergs, the Survivor finale and is it still possible to watch a movie with commercials? In baseball the owners and players are arguing over money and Blake Snell only made things worse. The NCAA is trying to figure out how to get the college football season started even though colleges are closed down and in college basketball Duke and Zion Williamson are in a bit of trouble. Also more Canada Cup 87 memories and the all-time team Canada roster. Recorded May 16, 2020.
In this episode: More Expos related stories in the news this week, listener mail and is the NHL really considering going ahead with their draft in June? Also some amazing memories from the 1987 Canada Cup, the NFL released its scheduled and this week’s TV roundup. Recorded May 9, 2020.
In this episode: Josh opens the show by asking Skip how he feels about a year without the Kentucky Derby then the guys dive deep into a Montreal Expos nostalgia filled rabbit hole. Josh recounts his truly amazing stories about the 1989 Stanley Cup Final and this week’s TV notes include Ozark and Dawson’s Creek. Recorded May 2, 2020.
In this episode: Josh opens the show with a strange request and Skip follows up on some corrections from last week. The guys share some thoughts on the NFL draft including bathrobes, commercials, wardrobe changes and yachts. Also: Gronk un-retires, the MLB report on the Red Sox, more classic Expos on TV and Skip’s loyalty to another podcast is tested. Recorded April 25, 2020.
In this episode: Three good suggestions, Josh takes on the cable companies, thoughts on saving the NHL season and more classic Expos games. Also some Duke notes and a discussion on best on best tournaments. Recorded April 18, 2020.
In this rare mid-week non-sports episode, the guys discuss how they are passing the time in this new world of self-isolation. Josh is sad to see Schitts Creek and Modern Family come to an end, he is also loving Better Call Saul. Meanwhile Skip is excited for the new seasons of Cardinal and Killing Eve. The guys disagree on the merits of binge watching share some weird cautionary tales about Netflix and Uber Eats. Also, what the hell is Quibi? Recorded April 11, 2020.
In this episode: Quiz time, Josh’s plan to finish the seasons in the NHL and NBA (Skip is not on board), more classic sports on TV, football news and the top five Duke players of all time.
Recorded April 11, 2020.
Incredibly with everything going on in the world and all sports shut down the guys still manage to discuss sports, only now the games are the classic ones on TV that are thirty years old. In hockey: How did the 80’s Oilers ever lose? And the NHLPA player poll. In college basketball: More March Madness memories and a look at some of the great Duke teams from the 90’s and 2000’s. The mailbag prompts an in depth discussion about the 90s Expos. Also: Skip is going to watch WrestleMania and thoughts on Chick-Fil-A in Toronto. Recorded April 4, 2020.
In this episode: Listener mail, questions about the Major League Baseball season, some actual college basketball news and betting on weather. The guys have been watching plenty of classic games and share some recommendations for TV, movies and podcasts. Recorded March 28, 2020.
In this episode: More of what’s bugging Josh where he asks the question: Can a tweet be breaking news? NFL news featuring Tom Brady, Todd Gurley and DeAndre Hopkins. Dumb quotes from pro athletes, classic sports on TV while self-isolating, March Madness memories, TV recommendations and Skip’s survivor update. Recorded March 21, 2020.
With all the professional spots leagues on hold and March Madness cancelled the guys react to an exhausting week where news is breaking every hour and anxiety levels are rising. Josh talks about what it’s like being a germaphobe during this crisis and Skip tries to remind everyone about the power of distractions to stay sane. Also, Did Rudy Gobert inadvertently save us all? Useless emails and the roller coaster ride that is shopping for toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Recorded March 14, 2020.
Josh opens this episode with a few things that are bugging him including daylight savings time and leap years. Eventually the topics turn to sports where the guys discuss unworthy player tributes, more good XFL rules, the NFL’s strange relationship with gambling, Tony Romo’s huge payday and Spike Lee vs. the Knicks. Recorded March 8, 2020.
In this episode: NHL news, including everything you ever wanted to know about EBUGs, a couple of big wins for the Leafs, the trade deadline and Ovy’s 700th goal. In football the NFL is working on a new CBA but should probably be looking at the XFL for some new rule ideas. Josh finally saw most of the Super Bowl commercials and the guys are watching the same new TV show.
Recorded February 29th, 2020.
In this episode: More news on the Astros sign stealing scandal, this week with some appearances by David Ortiz, Mike Fiers and Tony Clark. Josh is in love with the Elam Ending and how the NBA used it in the All Star Game. The NHL trade deadline is approaching which leads to an intense discussion on the future of the Montreal Canadiens. The guys end the show with some TV recommendations. Recorded February 22nd, 2020.
In this episode: Duke vs. North Carolina, more on the Astros cheating scandal, MLB’s new playoff proposal and the Mookie Betts trade is finally official. Plus, Josh has a new favorite store and a CFL team tries to get rid of its cheerleaders. Recorded February 15th, 2020.
In this episode: Final thoughts on the Super Bowl including the big plays, best commercials and the half time show. Also: bad uniforms, the Mookie Betts trade, the Montreal-Rays story that won’t go away, the Astros codebreaker system and Alexander Ovechkin keeps on scoring goals. Recorded February 8th, 2020.
In this episode: Baseball’s new roster rules, thoughts on Kobe one week later, the new NBA All-Star game format, Coach K’s meltdown, more Montreal Canadiens news and everything you need to know about the Super Bowl. Recorded February 1st, 2020.
In this episode: The baseball Hall of Fame welcomes two new inductees, more on the Astros sign stealing scandal, the NHL All Star skills competition and Zion Williamson finally makes his NBA debut. Recorded January 25th, 2020.
In this episode: An in depth discussion on the MLB sign stealing scandal. Was the punishment sufficient? Could a World Series title ever be vacated? What’s next for the Astros, Red Sox and Mets? Is there any truth to the latest rumors and conspiracy theories? Then the discussion turns to some NHL news including the firing of Gerrard Gallant. Plus, Josh mails a letter and listener mail. Recorded January 18th, 2020.
In this episode: A recap of the NFL playoffs so far and a look ahead to the conference championship games. Josh questions Skip about switching his favorite teams and then shares a gambling story. The guys each have some strange NBA notes and then dig deep into the Habs lost season and the Marc Bergevin era. Recorded January 12th, 2020.
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. Recorded January 4th, 2020.
In this episode: The Habs are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive with a couple of trades, the Leafs continue to win under their new coach, a look at the playoff picture in the eastern conference plus the World Juniors are heating up. The NBA is proposing some interesting scheduling changes and Josh has an interesting proposal of his own. Plus, robo-umps in baseball are closer than we think and a look at wild card week end in the NFL. Recorded January 4th, 2020.
In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the recent tough stretches for the Canadiens and Maples Leafs. In the NFL the Eagles and Cowboys both keep losing and Skip is wondering if we are seeing the final days of the Patriots dynasty, meanwhile Josh declares that the NBA is a joke. There’s also some Duke basketball talk and the some MLB news involving the Rays and baseball in Montreal. Recorded December 7, 2019.
In this episode: Listener mail, corrections from last episode, the Habs endless losing streak, the hot start for the Leafs under their new coach, the Bill Peters situation, Duke loses at home to SFA, the Bills take care of the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and a What Bugs Me from Josh. Recorded November 30, 2019.
In this episode: The guys recap the long list of events in sports since their last episode including: The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal, the Leafs firing of Mike Babcock, the Myles Garrett suspension and whatever is going on between the NFL and Colin Kaepernick, plus the start of the college basketball season. Recorded November 23, 2019.
Music in this episode: “Rumble” by http://www.bensound.com , “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com, “Gonzo” by Jahzzar
In this episode: The guys give their final thoughts on the world series, the roller coaster ride of the Washington Nationals and the events of games 5-6-7 including Max Scherzer’s sore neck, the controversial interference call at first base, Bregman and Soto carrying their bats, AJ Hinch’s bull pen management, the marvel that is Howie Kendrick and who really deserved to be named the series MVP. Skip has a very emotional and angry response to the Nat’s championship and their link to the Expos. Recorded November 2, 2019.
In this episode: Josh opens the show with some rapid fire baseball related questions and then the guys break down games one to four of the World Series and look ahead to the deciding games. Of course some interesting topics come up like Juan Soto’s gold glove nomination, Anibal Sanchez’s glasses, Fernando Rodney’s cap and the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander twitter feud. There’s also some notes from the NHL, specifically related to the Habs and Leafs, as well as odds and ends from the NFL and NBA. Recorded October 27, 2019 ( an hour before Max Scherzer was scratched from his start in game five of the World Series).
In this episode: Skip and Josh react to Nationals win over the cardinals and the Astros dramatic victory over the Yankees. Josh is still mentally not prepared to even entertain the possibility of the Nationals winning the world Series and Skip is glad that defense has proven to be incredibly important in this year’s playoffs. In the NFL the Rams are hoping that Jalen Ramsey will put them over the top and the Kansas City Chiefs will have to find a way to win games without Patrick Mahomes. Meanwhile the NBA is hoping that the injury to Zion Williamson is not serious. Recorded October 20, 2019.
In this episode: Reactions to the big wins by the Nationals, Cardinals and Astros in the MLB division series and a look ahead to the next round. What’s next for the Dodgers and should Dave Roberts be taking the blame for yet another post season loss? Why do players slide into first? Who started this unwritten rule about pitchers not catching pop ups? And is baseball ready for robo-umps? Meanwhile the NHL season started; the Habs and Leafs are more or less as advertised but it’s the Philadelphia Flyers winning on and off the ice. Also, Apple watches, WAGS and bad commercials. Recorded October 11, 2019.
Skip has been away and has not been able to stay up to date on all the latest news in sports. Luckily Josh has been keeping a list of all the things that have been bugging him, including conservative NFL coaches, taking a knee, the overuse of replays, pitchers not being able to catch pop ups, the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves and Marlins man. Recorded October 5, 2019.
In this episode: A recap of week two in the NFL including the injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, the Patriots dominance and OBJ’s watch. Baseball has also been plagued by big stars going down with injuries and in the NHL the Leafs finally signed Mitch Marner. Recorded September 16, 2019.
Skip and Josh are joined by guest Neil Schnurbach (@AssemblyNeil) to preview the upcoming NFL season. Are the Browns contenders? Will Kyler Murray succeed in Arizona? Will Zeke and Melvin Gordon sign before the season starts? Has Antonio Brown found a helmet that he likes? Can the Pats repeat? Which teams can go from worst to first? And of course – predictions! This episode was recorded August 24, 2019, prior to the Andrew Luck retirement announcement.
Skip and Josh are back from their summer hiatus and recap all the big sports news from the past month including DAZN’s marketing blitz, Antonio Brown’s helmet and feet problems, a huge speeding ticket and a look at the MLB playoff races. Recorded August 17, 2019.
In this episode: Everything you always wanted to know about the NHL and NBA free agent signings, including offer sheets, the grammar police, bad contracts, cap space, RFAs/UFAs, KawhiWatch, leaky faucets and the vault. Recorded July 3, 2019.
In this episode: An intense twenty minute discussion on the news that the Tampa Bay Rays are exploring the idea of playing half of their games in Montreal. Does this idea make any sense for either city? What does this ultimately mean for the return of baseball to Montreal? Also news and notes from the NBA draft, the NHL draft and NHL awards. Recorded June 22, 2019.
This special episode was recorded on location at the iconic Orange Julep in Montreal. The guys discuss the Raptos first NBA Championship, the reactions in Toronto and all across the county, the future of Kawhi, Klay’s injury and of course the commercials. Meanwhile in the NHL the Blue’s are Stanley Cup Champions; Did Ryan O’Reilly deserve the Conn Smythe? How much did Josh love the shots of Brad Marchand crying and the Blue’s real MVP Laila Anderson. In other news Big Papi got shot, the going rate for a hit and a brief movie review with an appearance by the guy enjoying his Julep one table over. Recorded June 16, 2019.
In this episode: The Toronto Raptors are one win away from winning the NBA Finals. The incredible hype in Canada surrounding this series, how the Raptors have been able to take a 3-1 lead, the Warriors injury situation and why Josh loves Draymond Green. Meanwhile in the NHL the Blues are also one win away from a championship in what has been a very physical series filled with big hits and bad calls. There’s also some MLB notes, strange injuries and a Champions League recap. Recorded June 8, 2019.
In this episode: The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals! How great is Kawhi Leonard? Did Drake change the momentum of the series? Can they pull of the impossible and defeat the Warriors? The Stanley Cup Finals are also about the begin, can the Blues win their first ever Stanley Cup? Plus, the Washington Nationals are still cursed and an early favorite for song of the summer. Recorded May 26, 2019.
In this episode: The NHL playoffs, blown calls and the future of replay reviews. The NBA draft lottery, the Warriors dominance without Kevin Durant and the Raptors fighting to stay alive. In baseball, an update on Vlad Jr. and the record setting amount of homers & strikeouts. Recorded May 19, 2019.
The NHL Playoffs are down to the final four, does Skip owe Martin Jones an apology? Who has the edge is the Sharks-Blues series and can the Canes keep their magic going against the Bruins. More useless stats and Josh doesn’t even want to say Brad Marchand’s name let alone talk about him. In the NBA Playoffs the Raptors-Sixers will play a game seven, the Warriors proved why they are champions and the Lakers continue to amuse everyone. The guys also discuss the Kentucky Derby and even the Champions League. Recorded May 11, 2019.
In this episode: The Kentucky Derby, the NHL Playoffs, Gary Bettman testifies in Canadian Parliament and Brad Marchand strikes again. Skip has lifted his self-imposed ban on the NBA and is loving round two of the playoffs. There’s some MLB notes, listener mail and even a mention of Avengers: Endgame. Recorded May 4, 2019.
In this episode: Bad tweets, the NHL Playoffs, the Sharks huge comeback and the fallout in Toronto over the Leafs game seven loss, plus does the regular season even matter anymore? In baseball, more bruised egos and Vlad Jr. makes his debut for the Jays. Recorded April 28, 2019.
In this episode: The NHL playoffs, including big upsets, emerging stars and video reviews. In baseball there was another controversial bat flip this week, more stars went down with injuries and Josh explains (again) the real reason why the Nationals franchise is cursed. Recorded April 21, 2019.
In this episode: Virginia wins the NCAA Basketball Championship, reactions to One Shining Moment, an interesting discussion on the sports broadcasting landscape in Canada, tanking for high draft picks, the Raptors playoff outlook, women’s hockey and the NHL playoffs so far. Also Josh tells us what he really thinks about the Masters, Tiger Woods and Game of Thrones. Recorded April 14, 2019.
In this episode: NCAA tournament Recap, Duke’s loss to Michigan State, a Final Four Preview, the one and done era, and the real MVP of March Madness. Also the Habs playoff hopes, a discussion on the NHL playoff format, St. Louis style bagels and some Spice Girls news. Recorded March 31, 2019.
In this episode the guys recap the first two rounds of March Madness, including Duke’s thrilling/lucky win over UCF. In the NHL the playoff races are coming down to the wire, meanwhile in Ottawa, Sen’s owner Eugene Melnyk made a fool of himself (again). The guys discuss Mike Trout’s mega contract and look ahead to the start of the MLB season. Recorded March 25, 2019.
It’s that time of year again and the guys are joined by special guest Neil Schnurbach (@AssemblyNeil) to break down everything you need to know about March Madness. Which teams can go all the way and who will be this year’s Cinderella story? Recorded March 18, 2019.
Josh opens the show with the sad new about Luke Perry and the guys reminisce about Beverly Hills 90201 and its legacy. The NFL off season has been pretty busy with some interesting stories including Kyler Murray, Josh Rosen and Antonio Brown. In College Basketball the guys are preparing for March Madness and go over their picks for the best players this season. In the NHL the playoff races are heating up. Can the Habs hang on to the final playoff spot in the east?
Josh starts the show with a “What Bugs Me”, then the guys discuss the Duke-UNC game, the injury to Zion Williamson and the possibility of him sitting out the rest of the season. In baseball Manny Machado got his huge contract, will Bryce Harper be next and do players actually care about winning or just the money? Plus, what’s going on with Robert Kraft? Recorded February 23, 2019.
In this episode the guys react to Duke’s huge comeback win over Louisville and discuss some Football news including the great ratings so far for the AAF. In baseball spring training is about to start and Machado and Harper are still free agents, what exactly is going on and why is Josh so mad at Justin Verlander? The NHL season is heating up but does the current playoff format make any sense?
After a week off the guys finally recap the Super Bowl; the plays and coaching decisions that decided the game, the halftime show and of course the commercials. The guys give their opinions on the new proposed rule changes in baseball, discuss what might happen at the NHL trade deadline and agree that the NBA is the most entertaining league because of what goes on off the court rather than in the actual games. Also Skip bought a new pillow. Recorded February 9, 2019.
Everything you wanted to know about Super Bowl 53 with special guest Neil Schnurbach (@AssemblyNeil), including a look back at our preseason predictions, more reactions from the conference championship games, the keys to victory for the Rams and Patriots, interesting prop bets and of course predictions for the big game. Recorded January 27, 2019.
It’s the Patriots and Rams in the Super Bowl and let’s just say that Josh is not happy about it. They guys discuss all the action from the conference championship games including the overtime rules, horrible officiating and non-stop instant replays. In college basketball it was a busy and exciting week for the Duke Blue Devils. Meanwhile Skip has lifted the ban on discussing the NBA mainly to point out the historic run that James Harden is on. Josh has a few NHL notes and Skip is pissed at the guys from PTI. Recorded January 2, 2019.
Josh opens the show with a special birthday wish and some baseball notes including the intriguing situation of Kyler Murray. We’re down to the final four in the NFL playoffs. Did this weekend’s games live up to the hype? How did Skip react to the Eagles loss? The guys also debate an interesting question: Which sports team is the most universally hated? The show ends with some college basketball notes and Josh declares his love for the show Entourage. Recorded January 13, 2019.
Josh opens the show with some questions about hockey, specifically the selections for the NHL All Star game and something that’s been bugging him about the World Junior Championships. It was also Wildcard Weekend in the NFL and Skip was certainly happy with the result of the Eagles-Bears game. Recorded January 6, 2019.
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. Recorded December 26, 2018.
Skip and Josh open the show by catching up on some NFL news including why Josh doesn’t like Tony Romo, Baker Mayfield’s stare down and the Josh Gordon situation. In baseball there have already been some big signings and a big trade. In the NHL the Flyers are hoping a coaching change can save their season and Carey Price reached a milestone. The guys also discuss the recent buzz about a possible return of baseball to Montreal.
Josh opens the show with some NFL news including the identity of his new favorite player. Are the Bears and Cowboys for real? How bad can the Redskins get and are the Vikings having buyer’s remorse over Kirk Cousins? The topic turns to NCAA football where Josh has a brilliant idea on how to fix the playoff system, Skip is not convinced and things get a little heated. In baseball the Hall of Fame has two new inductees, are they worthy?
Skip and Josh open the show with some NFL news including the firing of Mike McCarthy and the release of Kareem Hunt. The guys also discuss NHL expansion to Seattle, the Leafs finally signing William Nylander as well as some MLB hot stove. Recorded December 8, 2018.
Skip and Josh open the show with the NFL; the Monday night thriller between the Chiefs and Rams, the future of the NFL and bad announcing. In College Basketball Duke actually lost a game. In the NHL the Oilers have a new coach and Josh explains his choice for his preferred sports network. Recorded November 23, 2018.
Josh opens the show with some early season thoughts on College Basketball including the return of ‘What Bugs Me”. The guys discuss the NHL concussion lawsuit and Gary Bettman’s induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Major League baseball handed out their awards and Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young win has sparked some controversy. Its week 11 in the NFL; Skip is hoping the Eagles can save their season, Josh is taking the over in the Rams-Chiefs game and the Packers keep finding ways to lose. Recorded November 17, 2018.
The guys start the show with College Basketball and Duke’s huge win over Kentucky. In the NHL (12:43) some Senators players got into some trouble with an Uber driver and there were some big coaching changes. Also in this episode: NFL gambling advice (24:38), MLB free agents (26:09) and Josh has some podcast recommendations (30:20).
In this episode the guys recap the World Series (0:55), discuss the impact of series MVP Steve Pearce and speculate on where Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will end up playing next season. Meanwhile in the NFL (15:17) there were some interesting moves at the trade deadline and Josh fired Skip from his pick’em pool. In the NHL (31:01) the guys breakdown the start of the season for the Habs, Leafs and Senators. Recorded November 3, 2018.
In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the World Series and the state of Major League Baseball (2:02). Can the Dodgers figure out a way to beat the Red Sox and get back into the series? Are starting pitchers even important anymore? Have analytics contributed to the incredible amount of over managing that we’ve seen in the playoffs? Skip is wondering about what Josh’s style would be as a manager. There’s a baseball edition of What Bugs Me (28:11), something the NHL got right (34:19) and a look and the upcoming week in the NFL (35:42). Recorded October 25, 2018.
Recorded 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)?
Recorded 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.
Music in this episode:
Intro: “Rumble” and “Actionable” by bensound.com. Wrap up: “Brit Pop” by scottholmesmusic.com
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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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Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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)
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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).
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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).
Recorded 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!
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.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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).
Congratulations to Daniel Berg, our 2018 March Madness Bracket Challenge Winner**.
(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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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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Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.