This Is It: NFL Free Agency Frenzy

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William H. Strafe, Cousin D & Ali McFly discuss the Eagles’ moves, if the Lions “trading” Ndamukong Suh for Haloti Ngata was wise (7:55), the Seahawks-Saints trade (11:10), which AFC East team can dethrone the Pats (37:15), is this the end of the 49ers (41:08) & what’ll Dallas do about DeMarco Murray (47:00).  Also, Cousin D shares an interesting Spades argument story (27:40).

This Is It: Is NBA Coaching Smoke & Mirrors?

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William H. Strafe, Dr. J & Vlad Jones-McFly call their friend & Eagles fan Marcus to discuss the LeSean McCoy-Kiko Alonzo trade, then all four discuss the Brian Shaw firing & how much of an NBA coach’s success is dependent on factors out of his control (15:00 mark).

This Is It: Evaluation Season Has Returned

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In Part 2 of the Birthday Extravaganza, William H. Strafe and NY socialite/actor/Arizona Cardinals fan J. Mikey discuss bandwagon Seahawks fans (6:49 mark), will Jameis Winston be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft (14:45) and make predictions for the big five awards on Oscar night (19:33).

Larry Foote Is Full of S–t and So Are You

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Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote strongly criticized Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday, saying Lynch is sending the wrong message to children by not speaking to the media and routinely grabbing his crotch after scoring touchdowns (for which he has been fined by the NFL).

“You hear in the media, he always mentions his foundation and what he likes to do for the city of Oakland,” Foote told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh. “I’m from the same type of urban environment (born in Detroit) that he’s from and the biggest message that he’s giving these kids, he might not want to admit it, is the hell with authority. ‘I don’t care, fine me, I’m gonna grab my crotch, I’m gonna do it my way.’ In the real world, it doesn’t work that way. It just doesn’t. How can you keep a job?

“I mean, you got these inner-city kids, they don’t listen to teachers, they don’t listen to police officers, principals and these guys can’t even keep a job because they say ‘F’ authority.”

Dan LeBatard discussed this topic on his daily ESPN Radio show on Wednesday, where weekly contributor Bomani Jones challenged Foote’s assertion, as well as called out those who were quick to jump on the bandwagon.

Quite frankly, we couldn’t agree more with Jones.

Check out the audio below. (Courtesy ESPN Radio)

 

This Is It: Because Football Is A Team Sport

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The Hater’s Call returns for Midtown Mo as he recalls the Seahawks’ crushing loss in Super Bowl XLIX, while Patriots fans Dr. Mike Williams & Candice Clawson rehash their emotions from the Kearse catch to the Wilson pick. We also discuss if this is the end of an era for the Seahawks (24:38 mark), Cousin D joins us to discuss Bill Belichick’s clock management (or lack thereof) (44:00) and the Pats fans begin vociferously ripping the fans of the… New York Giants?  (53:20)

 

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 DEFINITIVE seveneighteen 2014 NFL Preview, Part 2: The NFC

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Yesterday, we previewed the AFC. In today’s podcast, Strafe, Mo, Cousin D and McFly preview the NFC and make playoff predictions.

This Is It: The DEFINITIVE seveneighteen 2014 NFL Preview, Part 1: The AFC

Vlad Jones-McFly, Cousin D, Midtown Mo and yours truly conducted our annual preview for the upcoming NFL season, including bold predictions for each team from each of us. In Part 1, we previewed the AFC.

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 | 11.20.13: NFL Week 11 & What’s Wrong With The Brooklyn Nets?

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Strafe, Young Ness and McFly discuss the controversial end to the Pats-Panthers game, the eight teams that can win the Super Bowl and the struggling Brooklyn Nets. Then Ness and Strafe get into an argument about Tony Allen kicking Chris Paul in the face.

– Patriots-Panthers recap (0:00)
– Who are the Super Bowl contenders? (10:00)
– What’s wrong with the Brooklyn Nets? (31:30)
– Did Tony Allen mean to kick Chris Paul in the face? (43:45)