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.
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.
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 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 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).
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 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 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 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 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)