Five Questions | S1 E04: Talking Hip-Hop with DJ @carverthegreat

Shawn Hardie and the international DJ Carver The Great discuss Future’s influence in hip-hop today, Biggie’s place in hip-hop history, what makes a good lyricist, Drake vs. today’s “gangsta” rappers and when the words “Southern” and “rachet” became synonyms in hip-hop.

Five Questions | S1 E03: Previewing The MLB Postseason with @asportsscribe


Shawn Hardie is joined by Jason Clinkscales, editor at The Sports Fan Journal & YardBarker to preview the MLB Postseason. They discuss which Wild Card team can win it all (3:40 mark), the pros and cons of the Wild Card Game (13:10), if a Cubs championship would be a good or bad thing (24:53), who beats who in the World Series (31:35) and which sports league has the best playoff structure (36:20).

Donald Trump Is A Basic B—- (and Other Observations)


These are some thoughts that I have. If you’re offended, can’t take it back, handle your business. -S.

Donald Trump is the political equivalent of a basic bitch.
A basic bitch is a person (I use it across gender) who is revered by the masses (whether it be co-workers, friends, colleagues or the high school football team) while not really saying or doing anything extraordinary. He/She usually has that one redeemable quality (ex: tall, long hair, in shape, nice ass, etc.) that makes him/her relevant enough to hold your attention, but there really isn’t much else after that.

While watching Sunday’s Steelers-Eagles game, I saw my first Donald Trump ad. Those were 30 seconds of my life I’ll never get back, because the ad said absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, I can’t show you the ad, but not because I could get in trouble for posting it, but because I can’t find it anywhere (including his own damn Web site).

Donald Trump is adored by millions (yes, millions. He’s in a virtual dead heat to become President of the United States. He says what he wants, whether it’s true or not, because he knows his audience will eat it up. And he’s tall. Donald Trump is the blueprint for a basic bitch.

No one wins a big game that only matters to himself like Rex Ryan.
My dislike for Rex Ryan is well documented. I think he’s a mediocre coach on his best day. But when he needs a win that ultimately won’t matter to anyone else on planet Earth, Rex will get it. He beat the Browns & Dolphins to finish 8-8 with the Jets in 2013 and keep his job (only to go a sparkling 4-12 the next year and lose his job). His Bills swept the Jets last season, including a Week 17 win that kept the Jets out of the playoffs (the same playoffs the Bills have missed for 16 straight seasons). And with his back against the wall, Rex pulled off another big win against the Cardinals, possibly saving his job for another week. Too bad the Bills have no chance at winning the AFC East and are a long shot to make the playoffs. But hey, Rex will make you feel good for a week.

Jeff Fisher is the reason why the Rams are always 7-9… and not 3-13.
A lot has been made lately of Jeff Fisher’s mediocrity as a head coach (SB Nation went so far as to call him a Ponzi scheme). While I don’t rate him as a top five head coach, here are some facts that should help you settle down:

– The best quarterback he’s had this decade is Sam Bradford
– Their defense is a terror every year (ask fans on other NFC West teams)
– You can’t name their leading receiver in any season this decade

Getting destroyed on Monday Night Football 28-0 isn’t a good look. But holding the Seahawks (the team everyone blindly pencils into 11 wins every year) to 3 points, then dropping 37 on the road in Tampa Bay (everyone’s darling sleeper) is a good look. Jeff Fisher has done way more good than harm in his career. A lot of franchises would sign up for 7-9 (ahem, Cleveland & Jacksonville) in a heartbeat.

LSU is out of its mind for firing Les Miles.
LSU just fired a coach with a record of 114-34 over 12 years that brought them their 3rd national championship since 1893. EIGHTEEN NINETY THREE. Some football programs have champagne dreams with a PBR lifestyle. LSU was irrelevant in my lifetime until some guy named Nick Saban showed up in 1999, followed by Les Miles in 2004. Don’t be surprised if they go right back to irrelevance.

The Bears might be the worst team in football
Before last season, I said the Bears would be the worst team in the NFC. Looks like I was early by a year. Before you blame the injuries, remember they weren’t good before the injuries hit. Somewhere, Lovie Smith is smiling. (Actually, it’s in Champaign, Illinois, where he coaches the Fighting Illini.)

Never trust Miami in anything costing more than a dollar.
If the Browns didn’t have to rely on a kicker they signed last Friday because their normal kicker got injured (insert what he did here), all of your survivor pools would have went up in smoke. Here’s a tip: As long as Ryan Tannehill is the QB, the Dolphins shouldn’t be as trusted as far as you can throw them.

Five Questions | S1 E02: On Jeff Fisher, Rex Ryan, and Bad Quarterbacks


Shawn Hardie, Cousin D and Midtown Mo discuss if Dan Bailey would have made a 63-yard field goal to beat the Giants in Week 1 if Terrance Williams had simply gone out of bounds. Later, Mo wonders why Jeff Fisher still has a job, Cousin D tells Cowboys fans to chill out on Dak Prescott, Shawn rips Rex Ryan a new one and Ali bashes mediocre QB’s who get more props than they should.

Five Questions | S1 E01: The DEFINITIVE 2016 NFL Season Preview

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Shawn Hardie previews the 2016 NFL season with Midtown Mo (Seahawks fan), Cousin D (Cowboys), Ali (Giants) and Cousin Zane (Lions). They discuss who will be the worst team in the league (4:30 mark), which crappy teams will bounce back (12:40), which 10+ win teams will wet the bed (22:50), who makes the playoffs (32:00) and who wins Super Bowl LI (43:35).

Our 2016 College Football Predictions (Sure To Go Wrong)

Here’s a quick recap of all the predictions made on the DEFINITIVE 2016 College Football Season Preview show from August 31st with Ali (@MrGetItOnJones) and the Miami Hurricanes posse: Roger Dean, Ron Treasure and Raul “Dutch” Wikkeling (@DutchieFlair).

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Our English Premier League Season Predictions (Made Before The Season Started, We Swear!)


With the English Premier League (and all club football) on the beloved dreaded international break, it’s a good time for us to take a look at our predictions for the EPL season and see how we’re looking after all of three matches.

Yes, we know predictions after a season begins hold less weight. However, all predictions were made on The DEFINITIVE 2016-17 PremierLeague Season Preview show on August 11th, so hold that.

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Who's Getting Relegated?Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, HullEverton, Hull, MiddlesboroHull, Sunderland, Swansea
First Coach SackedAlan Pardew (Crystal Palace)David Moyes (Sunderland)Walter Mazzarri (Watford)
Bottom Half Team That Will Finish Top HalfEvertonWest Bromwich AlbionEverton
Fourth PlaceManchester UnitedWest Ham UnitedChelsea
Third PlaceChelseaArsenalManchester United
Second PlaceManchester CityManchester UnitedManchester City
ChampionsTottenham HotspurTottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur
EPL Team Most Likely To Win Champions LeagueManchester CityManchester CityManchester City

This Is It | Epilogue: The End of An Era

Shawn Hardie makes a startling announcement!

This Is It | S7 E38: Discussing The Night Of


Shawn Hardie, Midtown Mo, Cousin D and Ali recap the HBO series The Night Of. They discuss the trial of Nasir Khan, who was the show’s MVP and how it ranks among TV shows this year (& among HBO shows all time). Note: This podcast contains spoilers!

This Is It | S7 E37: The DEFINITIVE 2016 College Football Season Preview


Shawn Hardie is joined by Ali and Miami Hurricanes fans Ron Treasure, Raul Dutch Wikkeling and Roger Dean Anderson to talk about the upcoming college football season. They discuss what will be the best conference (2:50 mark), which team is ranked way too high in the preseason Top 25 (9:35), which Group of 5 team can get into the College Football playoff (19:33), who makes the playoff (28:15) and who wins the national championship (34:15). The Hurricanes then discuss how Miami will do this season (37:35).