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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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?
Recorded June 10, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the NBA Finals, horrible officiating, the fabulous ABC broadcast crew, American commercials and an upcoming 30 for 30. The guys also discuss the NHL Playoffs, why the road teams can’t win, Crosby vs. Subban, the MLB season so far and what’s bugging Josh.
By now you have heard the story of Mr. Met, the beloved New York Met mascot who gave a fan the finger and was subsequently fired. His firing is definitely appropriate, as a team mascot simply can not give a fan the finger and expect to keep his job.
A fan has spoken out in defense of Mr Met and details the events that led up to the infamous gesture.
Recorded May 31, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss: the NHL playoffs, smuggling catfish, the NHL All-Star game, Ovechkin on the block, the Jay’s resurgence, Harper vs. Strickland, baseball fights, the art throwing a helmet, Tiger Woods and what’s bugging Josh.
Recorded May 27, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh break down the NBA Finals and discuss Lebron James vs. Michael Jordan as the best player of all time. They also break down the Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and Predators. Josh is optimistic about the Jays and did you know that Skip loves the Kentucky Derby?
Recorded May 6, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh discuss the NHL playoffs, staying up to watch late games, the Penguins dominance over the Caps, Crosby’s concussion, the reasoning behind dressing seven defencemen and the location of the next NHL All Star game. Josh has two things bugging him: The NHL draft lottery and unwritten rules in sports. The guys also debut a new segment – things that make Josh happy!
Skip and Josh discuss the Toronto sports scene with the Leafs, Raptors and Jays all sharing the spotlight, then the guys preview the playoffs in the NHL and the NBA. In the NHL the guys go over all the first round match ups, the lousy playoff format, the lack of rivalries, and the first ever good between period interview (thank you Justin Williams!). In the NBA the guys go over the MVP race, the origin of the triple double and the playoff match ups. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded April 8, 2017. Skip and Josh recap the incredibly busy week in sports. Josh talks about his recent experience at the Jays preseason game in Montreal and the guys discus the momentum around the Expos returning. An NCAA basketball champion was crowned, so was a winner in bracket challenge group. The big news of the week was the announcement that the NHL wouldn’t be sending players to the upcoming winter Olympics, the guys break this down in an epic Q&A segment. Skip has a preemptive What Bugs Me and Josh also needs to get something off his chest. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded March 31, 2017. Skip and Josh are back! The guys preview the upcoming MLB season with their picks for playoff teams and award winners in each league. They also discuss a bit of NHL, the Final Four, the show’s bracket challenge and of course the big week end in Montreal for all Expos fans. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
Recorded Dec 29, 2016. 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. 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. Skip and Josh are joined by their buddy Mike from Atlanta. They talk about all the local teams: Braves, Hawks, Falcons and whether or not the city misses the Thrashers. The conversation also touches on the MLB hall of fame vote, Tim Raines, the Expos, the Habs, NFL and Michigan-Ohio State. Download this Episode (right click, save link as)
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 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)