A rivalry can be defined as the state or situation in which a person or group tries to defeat or be more successful than another person or group, in this episode Skip and Josh countdown their favorite rivalries from the world of sports where the competition has become so fierce over time that the fans and athletes of certain teams have grown to hate each other. Also in this episode: Josh is worried about the Canadian men’s hockey team at the upcoming Olympics, the mailbag and some TV recommendations.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dec 8, 2016. Skip and Josh are joined by their good friend Mark from Philadelphia to talk about all things Philly. They discuss his love for the Flyers and their chances this season and how he became such a huge fan. They talk about the collapse of the Eagles, the buzz around the Sixers, the rise and fall of the Phillies and try to figure out why Mark is dominating in Fantasy football. The discussion turns to some random topics like the best stadium food, the Hartford Whalers and the TV show The Goldberg’s. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)