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.
We mentioned the side by side comparison of Vlad Jr-Vlad Sr’s swings on this episode.
Friend of the show David Alter wrote this interesting piece for NBC Sports about the Bruins cup run and Brad Marchand. Needless to say Bruins fans were not amused.
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: The Final Four, the NHL playoff matchups, the MLB season so far and the AAF folds. Recorded April 7, 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.
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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?
In this episode: Bryce Harper’s massive new contract, John Tavares not so friendly return to Long Island, the Ottawa Senators disastrous season and some NFL news. Recorded March 2, 2019.
This is the article that we mentioned on episode 130 – 14000 fouls balls.
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.
Gritty, the new Flyers mascot has certainly been having some fun in his first week on the job.
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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.250 ain’t gonna cut it in this league!
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.
In our latest episode we each counted down our top ten sports songs. Here are the full lists with links. Enjoy!
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
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
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.
Marcelo, the star left back for Brazil is the latest athlete to blame his back injury on a bad hotel bed.
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.
As lifelong Expos fans, this is everything!
The amazing story of Scott Foster, accountant and emergency goalie who made his NHL debut for the Blackhawks last night.
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.
Recorded 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.
If you love the Eagles and Rocky ( like Skip) this video is a must:
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
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
Locked in the trunk of a car
700 foot ceiling
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
Recorded 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.
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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
In the category of art imitating sports, a new Versace sweater selling for $120 dollars is remarkably similar to the old Pavel Bure Canucks era logo.
Complete article is here:
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
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!
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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.
As we mentioned in episode 52, here are our top 5 baseball movies.
1- 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”
2- For love of the game
Billy: “I’ve lost 134 times” Jane: “You count them” Billy: “We count everything”
“I hate losing more than I love winning.”
4- The Rookie
“You know what we get to do today Brooks? We get to play baseball”
5- 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
1- Bull Durham
“You just got lesson number one, don’t think, it can only hurt the ball club”
2- Field of Dreams
“Is this heaven? … No Its Iowa”
3- The Sandlot
“You’re killing me Smalls”
4- The Natural
” it took me 16 years to get here. You play me, and you’ll get the best I’ve got.”
5- 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
As promised in episode 52, here are some pics of Skip’s vacation is beautiful Banff Alberta.
Recorded 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?
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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.
“Tip That Cap” by Annakin Slayd – Tribute to Tim Raines
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
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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Recorded 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?
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:
- 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…”
- Bad. The live version from the Wide Awake in America EP is incredible in so many ways. U2 at their best.
- 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.
- Running to Stand Still. A haunting ballad about drug addiction. Such a beautiful song.
- 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.
- Stay (far away so close). My cohost Josh reminded me of this hidden gem. “Green light, Seven Eleven..”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Recorded 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.
Recorded 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?
Flashback to summer of 1999, a much younger Skip lifting and drinking champagne from the Stanley Cup.
Recorded 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?