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?
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.
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).
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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?
Recorded March 20, 2017. Skip and Josh recap the exciting weekend of March Madness: upsets, controversial calls, busted brackets, their favourite commercials, Lonzo Ball’s father and of course the loss by Duke. They also discuss the NHL playoff picture, the Leafs late season surge and the Hab’s solidifying their chances. Josh keeps everyone informed on what’s going on in the World Baseball Classic, Skip has something that’s bugging him and Josh is headed for spring training. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded March 11, 2017. Skip and Josh recap a busy week of NCAA Basketball that featured some major upsets of ranked teams. They discuss the outlook for UCLA and Kansas, Northwestern’s magical season, Duke’s big win over North Carolina plus the amazing ACC network. Cub is into the Word Baseball Classic, Skip is clearly not. The guys talk about some of the big free agent signing in the NFL which reminds Josh of something that’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Feb 24, 2017. Skip and Josh start the show by discussing the extremely busy week in college basketball, the Duke Blue Devils, the projected #1 seeds in the upcoming NCAA tournament and Bill Walton’s sanity. The guys talk NBA, the All Star game and trade deadline day. They also preview the upcoming NHL deadline day and the playoff picture. Josh tells us why TSN is really bugging him and the guys ponder other important questions like: Who still buys CDs and what is the future for Jay and Dan? Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Feb 18, 2017. Skip and Josh react to the Habs first game under new head coach Claude Julien. They discuss the red hot Duke Blue Devils and the projected top sixteen seeds for the NCAA tournament where skip loves Kansas and Josh is not sold on Gonzaga. The guys have spring training sadness and Josh confesses that he is actually looking forward to the World Baseball Classic. They discuss some TV: 24 Legacy, Cardinal and Homeland. Josh also has something that’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Feb 11, 2017. The guys give their final thoughts on the Super Bowl: Did the Patriots win or did the Falcons blow it? Do the NFL overtime rules make sense? We’re the commercials any good? How about that Edelman catch? In college basketball the first Duke-UNC game of the year didn’t disappoint, neither did UCLA-Oregon. It was also a big week in the NHL with Carey Price forgetting how to make saves and the Bruins making a coaching change. The guys also discuss Charles Oakley being banned from Madison Square Garden and Josh tells us what’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Feb 4, 2017. The guys are joined by a couple of special guests: Neil (who used to live in Boston) and Mike from Atlanta to discuss each of their team’s chances in the Super Bowl and what a championship will mean for their respective cities. The guys talk about Roger Goodell and also how Canadian viewers will actually get to see the good commercials this year. There were some other things happening in the world of sports this week and the guys talk about the return of Coach K and some Habs news. Josh also has something that’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Jan 8, 2017. Skip and Josh discuss a crazy two day period in sports .They recap the World Juniors, the merits of the shootout, the Habs, Duke, Coach K and Grayson Allen. They go over the NFL playoffs so far and tee up the upcoming games in the divisional round. Plus, Josh is actually going to watch the NCAA Football championship game.
Recorded Jan 02, 2017. Skip and Josh start 2017 by making their picks for the first week end of NFL playoff games and wonder if players and coaches are aware of the point spreads. They discuss the World Junior Tournament and how Josh was the only person who watched the Spengler Cup. Skip lets us know his true feelings towards Jaroslav Halak fans before getting into Duke, Coach K’s surgery and Grayson Allen. Finally Josh tells us what’s been bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Dec 21, 2016. Skip and Josh begin the show by teeing up the Word Junior Hockey Championships and Team Canada’s chances. They talk about Jaromir Jagr’s place on the all-time scoring list and explain why the Gretzky vs. Lemieux debate isn’t actually a debate at all. They discuss the exciting start of the NCAA basketball season, the NFL playoff picture and why Josh has forever blacklisted the Redskins. Finally Skip has something about Habs fans that is really bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Dec 8, 2016. Skip and Josh answer some listener emails and are reminded about a birthday gift that went bad. They discuss the MLB winter meetings and break down the big signings and trades so far. They also get into the Habs injury situation, NCAA basketball and the exciting weeks remaining in fantasy and reality football. You’ll also never guess what’s bugging Josh this week. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Dec 2, 2016. Why is it impossible to record and enjoy a live sporting event? Why has Josh blocked Skip from texting him? What’s bugging Skip? The guys answer these questions and also talk about Duke, NCAA basketball, MLS playoffs, Thursday Night Football, NHL and MLB CBA’s and the NFL.
Recorded Nov 26, 2016. The guys talk about Skip’s trip to Toronto and why fans don’t care what network games are broadcast on. They do some fact checking and discuss two point conversions, Montreal Impact vs Toronto FC, the MLB hall of fame voting and the start of the season for Duke basketball. They preview the upcoming week in the NFL and Josh does a double What Bugs Me. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Nov 11, 2016. Now that the world series is over Skip and Josh have tons of time to pay attention to the rest of the sports world. They breakdown the start of the NHL season and the great rookie class. They preview this week’s NFL games and Skip tells us how much he can’t stand the Seattle Seahawks. Cub gives the definition of a broken window before the guys preview the upcoming basketball season for Duke. Also we find out what’s bugging Josh and the guys agree on the best Radiohead album. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)