In this episode: NCAA tournament Recap, Duke’s loss to Michigan State, a Final Four Preview, the one and done era, and the real MVP of March Madness. Also the Habs playoff hopes, a discussion on the NHL playoff format, St. Louis style bagels and some Spice Girls news. Recorded March 31, 2019.
In this episode the guys recap the first two rounds of March Madness, including Duke’s thrilling/lucky win over UCF. In the NHL the playoff races are coming down to the wire, meanwhile in Ottawa, Sen’s owner Eugene Melnyk made a fool of himself (again). The guys discuss Mike Trout’s mega contract and look ahead to the start of the MLB season. Recorded March 25, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Skip and Josh open the show with the NFL; the Monday night thriller between the Chiefs and Rams, the future of the NFL and bad announcing. In College Basketball Duke actually lost a game. In the NHL the Oilers have a new coach and Josh explains his choice for his preferred sports network. Recorded November 23, 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 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 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 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 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 June 10, 2018. The champions were crowned in both the NBA and NHL. How did the NBA (3:02) manage to produce an exciting playoffs when the final outcome was a foregone conclusion? How did the Cavs hide LeBron’s broken hand until the Finals were over? Who are next season’s contenders? In the NHL (11:10) the Capitals proved everyone wrong and won their first Stanley Cup. While the series was only five games it was much closer than people think. The celebration after the final whistle reminds Skip exactly why sports is so great. There’s a mini World Cup (23:33) preview plus the guys try out a new rapid fire show close (30:30) featuring the contenders for song of the summer.
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 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 24, 2018. In this episode: March Madness (4:16) is in its second week and the games are still providing plenty of drama and excitement.
The guys discuss Duke’s impressive run, the elite eight, why zone defenses are so effective and the importance of free throws. There is also an update on the bracket challenge where only a few contestants can still claim victory. In listener mail (26:30) Skip has a message for all the Duke haters. In the NHL (30:20) the playoff picture is getting clearer and so is the race for last place. The guys have some thoughts about the leagues ability to use instant replay properly which prompts a great discussion on instant replay in all sports.
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 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 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 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 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 June 22, 2017. In this episode Skip and Josh recap a busy week in the NHL. The Vegas Golden Knights selected their team, the league gave out its end of season awards and there were several trades that included some big names like Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Eberle. Do the guys like the Knights logo and Jersey? Does the Selke award make sense? Will the Habs resign Radulov?
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 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 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 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)