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Mr. Irrelevant Podcast v2.0
50 minutes | 2 days ago
Post-Thanksgiving WFT Expectations, Christmas Music, and Ahsoka Tano
Jamie and Matt discuss the WFT's recent successes and question whether it is sustainable or just a mirage with victories over terrible teams. (Matt is irrationally optimistic; Jamie wisely skeptical.) Then, does introducing a beloved extended universe character into The Mandalorian (31:30) diminish Jamie's enjoyment of the show? Finally, they talk about Christmas music, if there is a second song about Chanukah, and, somewhat inexplicably, the Smashing Pumpkins (43:30).
46 minutes | 16 days ago
WTF, WFT, plus Mandalorian and more
Jamie and Matt discuss the Washington Football Team's comeback/collapse against Detroit and try to resuscitate their interest in this franchise. Then they discuss the Mandalorian (spoilers through Season 2, Episode 3), the Queen's Gambit, and a bunch of other stuff. It is immediately clear what keeps them more entertained these days.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Why Was Dwayne Haskins Benched?
It's a brief 🚨emergency🚨 pod, in which Jamie and Matt do not answer the episode's eponymous question, but they do ask it, over and over again, and speculate wildly as they fumble for possible reasons. The audio is pretty clean in this one, although there's a chunk that got lost in the middle that I've covered with a gimmicky sound effect.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Week 2, 2020 - Enthusiasm Fades Quickly
Jamie and Matt react to a muted Washington loss with muted enthusiasm. They also discuss the difficulty of adjusting to the new non-name, and argue about whether the team would've been better off signing Cam Newton. It's a low-key episode, but it's also a test run of a new recording approach that will hopefully avoid the stupid overlapping audio issue. Hopefully from that perspective, at least, it's a success.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Week 1 Recap (late!)
Jamie and Matt finally get around to discussing Washington's dominating defensive performance and unexpected season opening win. Then they talk about Hobcaw Brewing, the new venture from Mr. Irrelevant co-founder Chris Mottram. But the episode begins with an apology: Matt and Jamie know that it sometimes sounds like they're talking over each other AND not listening to each other; this is not the case. Matt and Jamie are grown adult humans who totally understand how normal human conversations theoretically work. It's some sort of glitch with the app they're using to record, and it is VERY annoying. Matt has reached out to tech support and they are trying to figure out what's up, but in the meantime it may have happened again this week. Everyone involved is very sorry about that.
55 minutes | 3 months ago
2020 Season Preview and Offseason Review
Matt and Jamie run down the most eventful offseason in team (league???) history, then try to make sense of what success would look like for the Washington Football Team in 2020. Then they gripe about podcasts and stuff. Somewhere in there, Matt makes what Jamie quite rightly calls the worst joke he's ever heard.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
The Name Is Actually Changing, Maybe
Jamie and Matt discuss the sudden seeming certainty that the Redskins will have a new name the next time they take the field. There are some minor audio issues (misaligned tracks, mainly) for the first minute or so but then it seems to clear up.
53 minutes | 5 months ago
On HBO’s WATCHMEN
Matt and Jamie talk about WATCHMEN -- mainly the (stellar) HBO show, but Matt also drones on ENDLESSLY about the comic book, and touches on the (abysmal) 2009 movie version. 🚨🚨SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING THROUGHOUT. 🚨🚨 The guys also grapple with centuries of institutional racism and their own need to educate themselves, and also talk about the Redskins grappling with their own institutional racism in the form of George Preston Marshall.
51 minutes | 7 months ago
2020 Pre-Draft Breakdown
Despite both admittedly having no particular insight or knowledge, Jamie and Matt happily break down the possibilities for the Skins in the upcoming NFL Draft. Then they talk about life during COVID-19 and discuss if there will be over or under 9.5 games in the 2020 NFL season. Jamie tries to sell Matt on #TheLastDance and (in a surprise twist) a deep-cut Grateful Dead podcast, and Matt tries to sell Jamie on a pointless music-related diversion.
43 minutes | 9 months ago
2020 Offseason Check-In
Matt pulls Jamie away from his die-hard DC Defenders fandom and forces him to discuss the Redskins offseason. (Also, there’s a Super Tuesday bit at the beginning that I promise is over quickly and doesn’t actually get particularly political. Don’t panic and bail!)
53 minutes | a year ago
Welcome Ron Burgundy and Postseason Wrap-up
Jamie and Matt discuss the Redskins’ coaching change and late Thanksgiving celebration, then move on to the Nationals’ odd signing (33:00), the Mandalorian season finale and other Star Wars minutiae (35:20), mention a couple of music podcasts (44:15), and wrap up by talking about how other NFC East teams are handling their coaching searches (49:40).
33 minutes | a year ago
Week 15, vs. Philadelphia
Jamie and Matt discuss easily the best-looking loss in a season full of losses, debate Urban Meyer as a potential head coach, and weigh the realism of a Bill Callahan return. Then Jamie lets Matt rave about Watchmen, they discuss Mandalorian, and Jamie breaks down Drew Magary’s novel-length Stephen A Smith interview. The audio is probably still screwy but we can’t even bear to check before posting.
36 minutes | a year ago
Week 14, @ Green Bay
[NOTE: Sorry for the posting/unposting and the general delays. We’re still bumping into an audio issue — our tracks are slightly misaligned so it sounds like Jamie takes loooooooong pauses before responding and then Matt talks over him. We’re exploring options to fix it in future weeks but decided to post this one as-is rather than skipping another week. Truly, we are the Redskins of podcasting.] The dream -- or nightmare -- of a fluky playoff run is dead, and Jamie and Matt speculate on what might be next. Then, some light, spoiler-free discussion of The Mandalorian, a weirdly deep-dive into things The Ringer is good at, and some other general chatter.
37 minutes | a year ago
Week 13 @ Carolina
Matt and Jamie wrestle with a genuinely good performance by the Redskins and have difficulty remembering how to process positivity. Then, some light Mandalorian talk, discussion of Jamie's "400 Best Songs of the 2010s For Real," and Matt gets positively effusive about HBO's Watchmen. Check out Jamie's Best Songs playlist here.
48 minutes | a year ago
Week 11 vs. NY Jets
Jamie and Matt discuss the hapless Redskins, if they would root for a hypothetical D.C. AFC team, the curse of the Redskins defensive backfield, Tua and the draft, and then (30:30) pivot to a spoilery discussion about The Mandalorian.
18 minutes | a year ago
Week 9 @ Buffalo
Jamie and Matt contrast the euphoria of the Nationals World Series win with the sheer mindless tedium of Redskins fandom and reach the startling conclusion that winning teams are easier to root for. Also, some technical glitches plague the last few seconds of the podcast and deprive Jamie of his usual final words, but honestly, by this point in a lost season, who really cares?
26 minutes | a year ago
Week 8 @ Minnesota
It's a return to the classic "technical difficulties" of our early days! As Jamie journeys northward to the World Series, he and Matt try to discuss the damp squib of a Thursday Night Football game, ask just what it is the Redskins think they're accomplishing, complain about Dan Snyder, celebrate the Nats, plot a triumphant return for Zubaz clothes, and then get cut off pretty abruptly.
37 minutes | a year ago
Week 7 vs. San Francisco (and the rain)
Jamie and Matt have a desultory conversation about a mediocre game played in dreary weather in a horrible stadium by a rudderless team. Then they brighten up a bit to talk about the World Series, Watchmen, Paul Rudd's new Netflix show, and also of other, much more interesting topics.
35 minutes | a year ago
Week 6 @ Miami
Matt really explores the depth of his irritation with the Redskins franchise, Adrian Peterson, Bruce Allen, and even Michael Lombardi. Jamie, meanwhile, maintains a healthy cynical detachment. Neither one actually watched the game this week.
53 minutes | a year ago
🚨 EMERGENCY Jay Gruden Firing Pod!!!!! 🚨 (and also Week 5, vs. New England)
Now that the inevitable has come to pass, Jamie and Matt discuss what this means for the Redskins moving forward, if anything will change for the better (probably not!), who the head coach should be, and more. Then they try to reconstruct Jay Gruden's last game as head coach, which neither of them bothered to watch. Finally, they introduce the new segment Jamie and Matt's Spirits Corner and discuss Tullamore Dew's inexplicable ad campaign and reminisce about schnapps of their youth.
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