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52 minutes | 4 years ago
Juiced baseballs and life after the All-Star Break with Ian Casselberry
Ian Casselberry thinks that Rob Manfred would never admit to MLB juicing the baseball, even though there’s all of this proof. However, Ian also thinks the quality of play and the “home run or strikeout” mentality are making the game boring. Bryce Harper is the face of baseball right now, but is Aaron Judge making his case? After the show he put on in the first half of the season and the Home Run Derby, yes. Even more important, however, could be if he’s making Yankee fans forget Derek Jeter already. (Answer: no. Slow your roll, people.) The Cubs bandwagon is clearly emptying. How else can you explain not even having a guy like Kris Bryant make the team? Of course, that will happen when your pitchers are tired. And where does Kyle Schwarber fit on this team now? Why is their defense, which was so good last year, so bad this year? Is Joe Maddon running out of ideas? (NOTE: we talked to Ian before the Cubs traded for Jose Quintana.) The Astr [...]
17 minutes | 4 years ago
This is what boxing has sadly come to.
We have come to an interesting time in sports. We are witnessing possibly the final breath of boxing. The Klitschko brothers killed off the heavyweight division by holding the belts, then never fighting each other for an undisputed championship. Manny vs. Money happened past both of their primes when such a fight is exactly what the sport needed. An absolute farce of a decision gave us Jeff Horn, Boxing Champion. Now, Floyd Mayweather is fighting Conor McGregor because enough of us are stupid enough to pay the insane $99 pay-per-view price. Yes, the sport has done itself no favors by getting itself to this point. Not having enough big names, all of the lousy decisions, all of the terrible decisions. Believe me, I get it if you’re looking at this fight and wondering if it will be worth all of the hype. It will not be. While all of the press conferences leading up to this fight will get people talking about boxing for a little bit, this fight will not help the sp [...]
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Scott Wright calls him Mitchell.
Scott Wright from Draft Countdown answers all of our tough questions. Questions like “Mitch or Mitchell?” Scott’s got an interesting thought about why Mitch Trubisky has become Mitchell Trubisky. Max thinks that fans will change one letter in his name if he struggles regardless of whether it’s Mitch or Mitchell. The most shocking part about all of it is that Cleveland is in control. They are LOADED in the draft not just this year, but next year, too. Max thinks Scott will begin writing about what the Browns will do at #1 next year as soon as this year’s draft is over. We go through Scott’s mock draft. Scott’s very high on Myles Garrett, calling him “a young Julius Peppers.” Well then! Along with Leonard Fournette and O.J. Howard, there are some men among boys in th [...]
21 minutes | 4 years ago
Lester Wiltfong, Jr: Drafting From the Carpool Lane
Lester Wiltfong, Jr. from Windy City Gridiron has your Bears draft news, but first, he’s changed scenery. Gone are the days of being accosted by bums and listening to screaming children on the Metra. Lester joins us from the carpool lane where we can actually hear him and won’t get interrupted by an unruly passenger’s meth trip. What are the Bears going to do in the draft? Lester thinks Ryan Pace wants a quarterback (Deshaun Watson, anybody?), but doesn’t want to spend the third overall pick on one. We could see the Bears trade down from #3. If they go defense, do they go with Jamal Adams? Bartender likes him, but maybe he’s not worth the #3 pick, either. Maybe they go with Jonathan Allen, arthritic shoulder and all. Lester hopes they don’t go that route because of past problems drafting injured players. Lester has his dream draft scenario, which [...]
88 minutes | 4 years ago
The Four Horsemen of the NBA Ride Again
Since we had the honor of being guests on their show, we had them on ours, too. Cal “Gameface” Lee and Warren Shaw from The Baseline NBA Podcast help us preview the NBA Playoffs. Catch The Baseline through 16WinsARing.com.
41 minutes | 4 years ago
Tab Bamford talks Stanley Cup Playoffs
It’s been too long since Tab Bamford has been on the program, so we remedied that. We preview the Blackhawks-Predators series, as well as the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Tab says that this isn’t the same Nashville team that Chicago has faced before. Max thinks it’s the same, whiny fanbase that can’t fill its building. If you have yet to do so, set some time aside to watch Connor McDavid play in the Edmonton-San Jose series. It will be well worth the insomnia and sleep deprivation. Pittsburgh-Columbus will also be a great series, but if you’re getting sleep-deprived from that series, you need to look at other things in your life. Tab is involved with a project called ¡Viva Baseball!, which is documenting the love of baseball in Latin America and how baseball is better for it. Read Tab’s work at
20 minutes | 4 years ago
Win money (maybe), thanks to Neil Greenberg
Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog from the Washington Post. The Washington Post is a far more reputable place to get your news than a certain website that we know. Neil knows his stuff and you can use his knowledge to win more money (maybe) with your tournament bracket than Steve in accounting will with his.
45 minutes | 4 years ago
Is Ben Affleck already done as Batman?
It was never really fair that Ben Affleck got as much crap as he did for accepting the role of Batman. Even though Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was widely regarded as a steaming pile of dog poop, I think he’s a better Dark Knight than George Clooney (Remember that? No? Good. Don’t.) or Val Kilmer ever were. In fact, if he had had a better script in B v. S, we might even hold him in as high a regard as Michael Keaton. All of that could be for naught, as Ian Casselberry wrote for The Comeback. He joined us to talk about his article, which is a fascinating read into the Batman saga. Ian was also good enough to give us his thoughts on Mike Ilitch and some Spring Training talk.
21 minutes | 4 years ago
Tony Cutillo on the NFL offseason - 2/14/17
“The Godfather” Tony Cutillo is a busy man. He coaches. He writes for PhillyInfluencer.com, among other places. He gives us a solid 20 minutes of NFL goodness here. Tony can’t believe how Dan Quinn got off scot-free for another Super Bowl fourth quarter collapse against New England. Quinn let his defense get gassed while continuing to pass and running plays with 20 seconds left on the play clock. Meantime, closer to Philly, Tony says the Eagles still need TONS of help for Carson Wentz. Still, he’s betting they go another direction, both in the draft and free agency. Also, how the hell is Terrell Owens not a Hall-of-Famer? Who cares if he had baggage as a player? Randy Moss needed three luggage carts for all of his baggage as a player, and TO STILL had better numbers. Plus, that Super Bowl performance!
121 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTBshow - 2/14/17 - Full Show
James Dolan needs to either sell the Knicks/Rangers/Madison Square Garden/Cablevision or someone needs to inject him with enough horse tranquilizer that he can’t move again. Again, don’t kill him. That’s a bit extreme. Just sedate him. Also in this episode: 1. Tony Cutillo from PhillyInfluencer.com helps us recap the Super Bowl and gets us caught up on the other big stories in the NFL. 2. Ian Casselberry from TheComeback.com tells us why he’ll be amazed if we see Ben Affleck as Batman again. 3. We talk about Michael Jordan’s #12 night. 4. Max tries to explain why the NHL has bye weeks to Craig to no avail before once again reminding everyone that the NHL is the worst-run league in sports. 5. We equate NBA Co [...]
26 minutes | 4 years ago
Paul M. Banks might be running for his life right now.
Long story short: Paul M. Banks is not a fan of the new regime. He let his feelings known all over social media last week. Paul is now running for his life.
117 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTBshow - 1/31/17 - Full Show
In this episode, we: 1. Wonder if Paul M. Banks is being tailed by the government 2. Talk about the game. YOU KNOW THE GAME…. 3. Tell you about some important prop bets 4. Try to figure out how Fox Sports got to be run as scummy as Fox News 5. Try to bring peace between LeBron and Sir Charles 6. Learn all we can about New England’s latest flavor of the week, Chris Hogan
70 minutes | 4 years ago
Cal “GameFace” Lee on the NBA
It bears repeating because it cannot be said enough. If you don’t listen to The Baseline NBA Podcast, you are not actually a sports fan and should turn in your card. Cal “GameFace” Lee joins us for an hour to talk about the continuing saga of the New York Knicks. DRose going AWOL and the Carmelo/Phil drama probably could fill a full hour by itself. We also cozy up with Giannis Antetokounmpo because DAMN, HE’S GOOD. Have you seen the Greek Freak? Do yourself a favor and watch a Bucks game. They’re getting a lot of NBA TV love because of Giannis. Chris Paul is hurt, so we usher in the Austin Rivers era of Clippers basketball. It will be highlighted by, once again, not winning an NBA championship. That window has been nailed shut, painted over, and covered in bricks. Do the Cavs need to be worried right now? Probably. Also, James Harden is a legit MVP, Russell Westbrook is going to average a triple-double for the season, and the Geto [...]
115 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTBShow - January 10, 2017 - Full Show
HOLY CRAP! WE’RE BACK! In our first official show in 2017, we… Try to put Clemson/Alabama II in perspective. Mourn the loss of our friend, Paul M. Banks. He’s not dead. He just got stuck on the Kennedy on the night of Obama’s farewell address in a snow storm. God speed, friend. Wonder aloud why Sonny Dykes got fired at Cal and why it was handled so poorly. Discuss the finer points of smart-home companions like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Make our picks for the NFL divisional round. Make the plea for the Peter Francis Geraci Infotapes Bowl to become a real thing in Chicago. Find out that Peter Francis Geraci is making a horrible social media marketing error. Revisit our prediction that three alphas on the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t work, especially for Rajon Rondo. Try to figure out how the Knicks and Derrick Rose can co-exist. Try to figure [...]
132 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTB - December 13, 2016 - Full Show
This week, we ask the following questions: 1. Dodgeball? That’s what it’ll take to get people to watch the Pro Bowl? 2. Is the NFL ready to take a stand on spectator safety? 3. Lane Kiffin’s career arc is going in reverse, isn’t it? 4. PLAYOFFS?? YOU WANNA TALK PLAYOFFS??? Allie Fontana joins us for strategy in your fantasy playoffs. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.
132 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTB - December 6, 2016 - Full Show
Craig tells us why there was no show last week while telling us about his Middle Ages-era strep throat cure. At the same time, Max sees a new segment coming to the show. The White Sox fire sale is on! Chris Sale is gone, traded to Boston for top prospects. We analyze all of the Hot Stove action with Ian Casselberry from The Comeback. We also talk about the new Transformers movie trailer. We’re wondering what the hell is going on there. John Haynsworth checks in from Austin to talk about the College Football Playoff and some of the bowl games. Yes, only some. We don’t care about the Boca Raton Bowl. Sorry. Also, Texas now has Tom Herman. Allie Fontana sets you up for your fantasy football p [...]
151 minutes | 4 years ago
#MTB - November 22, 2016 - Full Show
We may get on Notre Dame’s case a little bit. Some have even said we have “an anti-Irish agenda.” In fact, on this very program, we’re not really happy with the court decision that their police department doesn’t have to release any information regarding its cases troubling. Even with all that and what we think of Brian Kelly and how he runs a program and throws his players under the bus, we think the vacation of wins is petty. Notre Dame was proactive regarding this academic scandal and is getting hit with no wins for 2012 and 2013. Meantime, the University of North Carolina scandal continues to go unpunished. Huh? We break down the NCAA sanctions and also preview this weekend’s game against USC with Todd Burlage. Speaking of ineptitude in college football, Charlie Strong is getting done wrong by Texas. We dial collect to Austin to speak with our buddy
27 minutes | 5 years ago
Todd Burlage gets FEISTY… again. With good reason.
Our man Todd Burlage breaks down the crazy weather from the NC State game. Was there a state that handled an emergency worse? Then, he started talking about the game and Brian Kelly’s arrogance and how he throws his guys under the bus. As always, a feisty Todd Burlage is fun to listen to, as well as 100% correct.
150 minutes | 5 years ago
#MTB - October 11, 2016 - Full Show
We won’t lie. We kind of (totally) buried the Cubs early on this one. We admit it. If only we had known then that Jim Harbaugh drank milk with his steak!! Anyway, Ian Casselberry talked MLB playoffs with us, as well as cord-cutting and Luke Cage. SPOILER: Ian likes Luke Cage. Todd Burlage has a question for Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: Where do you get your sense of arrogance from, because it certainly isn’t from winning anything noteworthy? He’s fiery this week as we recap the Irish-NC State game. Allie Fontana helped Craig and Max get through the pain of cutting Martellus Bennett from their WOJM fantasy football team. She’s got Thrillers and Killers and the Waiver Wire for you, too.
159 minutes | 5 years ago
#MTB - October 4, 2016 - Full Show
We start off with a real positive note: only 31 days until the election! Max then brings everybody down with this note: 32 days until they start figuring out who’s in the next election. Yaaaaaay, TV news! We talk Tom Brady’s return from Ballghazi and what a hell his life has been. (That’s SARCASM, ladies and sirs.) Also, David Blatt says that it wasn’t his championship, but he’ll gladly accept the ring. Ian Casselberry from Awful Announcing and The Comeback talks MLB playoffs with us. We talk Tim Tebow because… the narrative demands it?? We also come together to help the Star Trek movie franchise not suck. Our suggestions might cause a nerd’s head to cave in. Or, they’ll just go about their day. Todd Burlage helps us preview what should be a soggy Notre Dame/NC State matchup. Allie Fontana has your Thrillers and Killers and who you sho [...]
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