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?
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.
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.
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.
Recorded Sep 30, 2018. Skip and Josh are joined by hockey writer David Alter (twitter: @dalter) to preview the upcoming NHL season. Can the Leafs live up to expectations? Can the Habs compete in the stacked Atlantic division? Can Vegas keep up where they left off last season? Are the Sharks contenders now that they have acquired Karlsson? Somehow the show ends with a math question, plus some thoughts on Gritty the Flyers new mascot.
Recorded September 18, 2018. Week two in the NFL (1:38) had some great games, some bad kickers, an amazing press conference, and a player who retired at halftime. The Steelers are a big mess, Pat Mahomes is the real deal, the Eagles lose to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Bucs and the Jags took apart the Pats. What’s wrong with the Giants and will any Browns or Vikings kicker ever make a field goal? The new tackling rule reared its ugly head and Josh is wondering if Dez Bryant will ever sign with anyone. Meanwhile the NHL pre-season has started (25:45) with very different expectations this season for the Habs and Leafs. Erik Karlsson was finally traded. How will his move to the Sharks affect the balance of power in the West and how bleak is the situation for the Senators franchise?
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Recorded September 10, 2018. In this episode the guys break down the big stories of week one in the NFL (2:21): Did the Bears implode? Is Aaron Rodgers human? The Browns didn’t lose, the Chiefs came as advertised and the Jaguars are somehow still committed to their quarterback. The Montreal Canadiens finally traded their captain Max Pacioretty (15:13). What’s next for the Habs and are they finally admitting that they are rebuilding? There are some strong opinions about Serena Williams outburst at the U.S. Open (25:28), Skip helps Josh to try and understand E-Sports (33:00) and the show closes with a couple of podcast recommendations.
Recorded 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 April 28, 2017. Skip and Josh have had a week to reflect on the elimination of both the Habs and Leafs from the playoffs and they discuss the reactions in each city; in Montreal its doom and gloom while in Toronto it’s all positive. The guys chat about the rest of the NHL playoff series focusing on the Senators and the Oilers. Also in this episode: the stupidity of interviews with athletes, the NFL draft, the ESPN layoffs and of course the guys each have something that’s bugging them this week. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded April 22, 2017. In this episode: The NHL Playoffs, Habs-Rangers, Leafs-Caps, Skip’s bad relationship, crazy fans, NHL broadcast crews, the sports scene in Toronto, the future for the Raptors and Jays, Lebron James dominance, Grayson Alllen, listener mail and crazy stats that bug Josh. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded April 16th, 2017. Even though Skip and Josh just recorded their playoff preview a few days ago they could not resist doing a special episode to talk about the first two-three games in the NHL playoffs, specifically the Habs-Rangers and Leafs-Caps series. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
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 4, 2017. Skip and Josh discuss the NCAA college basketball picture heading into March Madness, Northwestern’s miracle buzzer beater, Gonzaga’s chances of being a #1 seed and why Skip is furious that the Duke-UNC game is not being televised in Canada. The guys discuss P.K. Subban’s return to Montreal and the Leaf’s playoff chances. Cub is not happy about certain player’s jersey numbers and tells us why the NHL playoff format is really bugging him. 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 22, 2017 immediately after the conclusion of the NFC and AFC championship games. Skip and Josh react to the two blow outs in the NFL playoffs and look ahead to the Super Bowl. The guys discuss Matt Ryan and Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Bill Belichick and Josh’s hatred of the Pats. It was also a big week for Tim Raines and the guys discuss the latest Baseball Hall of Fame class and what the future might hold for the era of steroid users. They also recap the week in the NHL for the Habs and Josh lets us know what’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Jan 15, 2017 at 11:45 PM immediately after the NFL divisional playoff games ended. Skip and Josh recap the week end of NFL playoff games: icing the kicker, never ending penalties, Skip’s man-crush on Aaron Rodgers, how a safety means you automatically win the game and predictions for the next round. The guys also discuss the Pro-Bowl and the useless extra week before the Super Bowl and wonder if Canadian viewers will ever see the real commercials during the big game. Josh also lets us know how he feels about the Hab’s Andrew Shaw while Skip is not so impressed with the food at the NCAA Football-Texas hold’em party that Josh recently attended. 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 Dec 17, 2016. Skip and Josh talk about Carey Price being pulled vs the Sharks and the outlook for the Habs. Skip brings up some numbers that caught his eye. Josh made it to the playoffs in Fantasy Football, can his team go all the way? The guys discuss the upcoming week in the NFL, hot iced tea and we find out what’s bugging Josh this week. 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 Nov 18, 2016. In this special episode Skip and Josh are joined by their friend Kos to talk about all things Chicago. The Cubs magical season and playoff run, what it’s like being a Habs fan in Chicago, the state of the Bears and the future of the Bulls. 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)
Recorded Nov 5, 2016. Skip and Josh talk briefly about the destruction of the Habs in Columbus and the upcoming week in the NFL before they go in depth on the finale of the World Series. Josh also tells us what’s bugging him and what it takes to iron a shirt. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Oct 29, 2016. Skip and Josh discuss the World Series especially their love of the 7:00pm start time. They get into the start of the NHL season and preview this weeks NFL Games. Skip also professes his love for Troy Aikman in Whats Bugging Me. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Oct 22, 2016. In the first episode of the Skip and Josh Sports Show, Skip and Josh discuss the Habs hot start in the NHL, the MLB playoffs and specifically why Jon Lester can’t throw to first as well as this week in the NFL. Josh also lets us know what’s bugging him. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)