In this episode: Reactions to the big wins by the Nationals, Cardinals and Astros in the MLB division series and a look ahead to the next round. What’s next for the Dodgers and should Dave Roberts be taking the blame for yet another post season loss? Why do players slide into first? Who started this unwritten rule about pitchers not catching pop ups? And is baseball ready for robo-umps? Meanwhile the NHL season started; the Habs and Leafs are more or less as advertised but it’s the Philadelphia Flyers winning on and off the ice. Also, Apple watches, WAGS and bad commercials. Recorded October 11, 2019.
Skip has been away and has not been able to stay up to date on all the latest news in sports. Luckily Josh has been keeping a list of all the things that have been bugging him, including conservative NFL coaches, taking a knee, the overuse of replays, pitchers not being able to catch pop ups, the Washington Nationals, the Atlanta Braves and Marlins man. Recorded October 5, 2019.
In this episode: The Toronto Raptors are in the NBA Finals! How great is Kawhi Leonard? Did Drake change the momentum of the series? Can they pull of the impossible and defeat the Warriors? The Stanley Cup Finals are also about the begin, can the Blues win their first ever Stanley Cup? Plus, the Washington Nationals are still cursed and an early favorite for song of the summer. Recorded May 26, 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.
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 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 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 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 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?