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

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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).

This Is It | S7 Ep. 7: A Met Fan’s Misery

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After William H. Strafe rips Yankee fans who berated Mets fans for losing the World Series, he chats with his friend (and long suffering Mets fan) Zach Wallis about the Mets falling apart against the Royals and what to expect from them in 2016.

This Is It: A Deflating Super Bowl Preview

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Vlad Jones-McFly, Midtown Mo & William H. Strafe discuss #Deflategate. Mo recaps being at the NFC title game (5:33 mark). They discuss some of the worst “Name on the Trophy” losses (25:45) & give their Super Bowl picks (43:01).

 

The 10 Best Finishes To A Sporting Event In My Lifetime

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In honor of the wild and crazy finish to last Saturday’s Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn (on Bo Jackson’s birthday, no less), and because we love lists, we put together the 10 best finishes to a sporting event in my lifetime.

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. It had to be within my lifetime (1981-present), so plays like the Shot Heard ‘Round The World (aka “The Giants win the pennant!”) or the Immaculate Reception don’t count.
  2. The game had to be decided on the last play of the game. If the play after the crazy play that was a mere formality (i.e. a kneel down, an inbounds pass to run out the clock, etc.), it doesn’t count. That eliminates Larry Johnson’s 4-point play, the Helmet Catch or Ray Allen’s championship-saving 3-pointer.

With that said, here’s the list (in chronological order).

1. Cal vs. Stanford: The Play, 1982
Even the most casual football fan knows about the time the band was out on the field. Little-known fact: The Cal win prevented Stanford QB John Elway (yes, that John Elway) from ever playing in a bowl game.

2. Hail Flutie (Boston College vs. Miami, 1984)
You ever wonder why now every middle-tier school in America wants to play Division I football? The Flutie Effect

3. Bill Buckner (Red Sox vs. Mets, 1986 World Series, Game 6)
The loss wasn’t entirely Buckner’s fault, as the game was already tied thanks to a passed ball two pitches before, but everyone remembers the slow roller up the line.

4. Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run (Athletics vs. Dodgers, 1988 World Series, Game 1)
Kirk Gibson, with two injured legs and fighting a stomach virus, comes to bat against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom on the ninth, down a run. Jack Buck still hasn’t believed what he just saw.

5. The Shot (Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 NCAA East Regional Final)
Grant Hill’s perfect pass sets up Christian Laettner’s shot that sends Duke to the Final Four. Moral of the story? ALWAYS guard the guy inbounding the ball.

6. Joe Carter’s walk-off home run (Phillies vs. Blue Jays, 1992 World Series, Game 6)
There have been 113 World Series played. Two have ended on home runs. Nuff said. Touch ’em all, Joe.

7. One Yard Short (Rams vs. Titans, Super Bowl XXXIV, 2000)
After pulling off the Music City Miracle in the Wild Card round, the Titans believed they were a team of destiny. Mike Jones (WHO!) had other ideas.

8. Big Shot Bob (Kings vs. Lakers, 2002 Western Conference Finals, Game 5)
He had hit big shots before, but Robert Horry earned the nickname with this shot. What if Vlade Divac doesn’t tap the ball toward halfcourt? BTW, the Kings haven’t been heard from since.

9. The Fish Swish aka 0.4 (Lakers vs. Spurs, 2004 NBA Western Conference Semifinals, Game 6)
After Tim Duncan hits a fadeaway at the top of the key to give the Spurs a one-point lead, Derek Fisher’s shot gives the Lakers the win. They go on to win the series in six and march to the conference finals.

10. Manchester City vs. Queens Park Rangers, 2012
Manchester City, needing a win to secure the Barclays Premier League title (and preventing their hated rivals Manchester United from winning it all), are down a goal with four minutes left. Sergio Aguero will never have to buy a drink in the blue half of Manchester ever again.

Honorable Mention
Blackhawks vs, Flyers, 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6
Patrick Kane scores the Cup winner and UOENO.

Aaron F—— Boone, 2003 ALCS Game 7
Down to their last five outs, the Yankees tie it in the 8th and win it in the 11th.

NC State vs. Houston, 1983 NCAA National Championship
Jimmy V is still looking for someone to hug.

Boise State vs. Oklahoma, 2007 Fiesta Bowl
This game gives the Iron Bowl a run for its money in great college football games

Valparaiso vs Ole Miss, 1998 NCAA East Region 1st Round
Bryce Drew’s shot gives #13 seed Valpo the win over #4 Ole Miss in a play that surprisingly, I’ve never seen run since

Did I forget one? Let us know!

This Is It | 10.16.13: The (NFC) East Coast Bias

nfceastqbsThe guys discuss why the NFC East doesn’t get the same treatment that the NFC West got three years ago for being a terrible division (led by a subpar Cowboys team). They also discuss if Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s version of Derrick Rose and which team will sign Robinson Cano.

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This Is It | 2.20.13: How To Save All-Star Weekend

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On this week’s show, William H. Strafe, Streetz, Dr. J, Ness & SBM’s Joe Sargent discuss the following…

  • Why the Slam Dunk Contest doesn’t need star power to succeed (and has NEVER needed it), but how it can be fixed (1:00)
  • Why LeBron will never be in the contest (and why does everyone just assume that he’ll be a great dunker?) (6:30 mark)
  • Dr. J rants on why the Orioles and the Nationals not making moves this off-season could be a detriment (12:00)
  • Why the Yankees may suck in 2013 (17:00)
  • The passing of Jerry Buss and the future of the Lakers… and Dwight Howard is still a bitch, according to Dr. J

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