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The Over Ponder
23 minutes | May 20, 2021
Ep 23: Just Ranting Knicks Joy
I've been away for two months and now I'm back! I do have a good reason! In this episode, I give much props to my fellow higher education colleagues, share my overflowing joy for this season of New York Knicks basketball, and even make a wacky prediction for the Knicks in their first-round matchup against the Hawks! A prediction I may just regret!
28 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Ep 22: (Un)Necessary Wacky Baseball Rules
Major League Baseball recently announced a set of new rules that will be implemented in the minor leagues as they experiment and tinker to find the best way to evolve the game of baseball. In this episode, I give my thoughts and opinions on the new rules being implemented, and I yes, offer up a pretty wacky rule of my own! Give it a listen!
30 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Ep 21: The Over Ponder Ep 21: Trashing MLB Service Time, Naming My All-Black Baseball Team
It's an all-baseball episode ranting on the ridiculousness of MLB "service time" rules after the incident regarding former Seattle Mariners President, Kevin Mathers, as well as naming my All-Black baseball team heading into the 2021 season. The tasks bring up glaring holes in baseball, such as - where the heck are all the black catchers in baseball?! Give it a listen!
28 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Ep 20: Stopping Knicks Crazy
The New York Knicks have given all of us Knicks fans many reasons for hope - for this season and the future. Yes, actual REAL HOPE! Of course, some (only some) Knicks fans - scarred for the torment of the last twenty years - just don't know how to handle the brief, minor success. This Knicks fan uses a rare empty Friday Night without the Knicks to tackle some of the craziness that is happening in the young season. I talk Quickley, Payton, potential trades, developing young guys, and so much more. It's been a long time since I had a Knicks rant, and this episode was evidence of that.
23 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
Ep 19: Take My Best Player, And $51 Million
The Colorado Rockies traded their franchise player in third basemen, Nolan Arenado, to the St. Luis Cardinals for a consensus return that has been questionable. Of course, the trade has exposed a continual problem in baseball, as well as the sketchy investment a Colorado Rockies fan might have. In this episode, it's ranting Arenado, talking a bit about baseball needing more Trevor Bauers, and I give my Super Bowl prediction. Give it a listen!
26 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
Ep 18: 2021 Royal Rumble Predictions
It's that time again - time for the Royal Rumble Match! Yes, I very much miss hearing Howard Finkel say those words. As we gear up on this Royal Rumble weekend, in this episode, I'm sharing my picks for the Royal Rumble, which includes, an interesting theory on who wins the Men's Royal Rumble. It may sound crazy, but it could happen. And I want it to headline Wrestlemania!
24 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Ep 17: The Chicago Cubs, Four Years Ago...
What happened to the Chicago Cubs?! Four years ago, the Cubs ended a century-long playoff drought with a World Series victory and were primed for what looked like a team on the brink of a dynasty. Much like all reflection from four years ago, the Cubs are tearing it down leaving us all wondering - what happened?!
55 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
Ep 16: LeBron and Jordan
The LeBron vs. Jordan debates (and hot takes) heated up following Lebron James winning his fourth NBA Championship. While the narrative continues to go down the (tired) James vs. Jordan perspective (i.e. championships, finals record, etc...), this episode brings on a guest, a super fan of LeBron, Chris. We dive into looking and LeBron and Jordan from a deeper perspective - eras, social media, myths, social justice, and more. It's a much different and deeper dive into everything that is LeBron AND Jordan, as well as who the forgotten GOAT contender in the discussion is, and of course, plenty of basketball in-between.
26 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
Ep 15: Yankees Fans Hate The Yankees
It was a crushing loss to a rival that certainly stings in the aftermath of it all. However, in the wake of the usual Yankee fandom trauma of shouts and claims to fire everyone, sign the top free agent, and to reign hell, fire, and brimstone on anyone and anything for the loss, it has occurred to me that yes, no one hates the Yankees more than Yankees fans. And you know what? The Rays were a better team this series - yup, they were. Here are my post-2020 Yankee thoughts after the devastation of the ALDS.
24 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Ep 14: The NFL Dropped The Ball
The NFL has missed so many opportunities - many of them, easy decisions - in getting a handle of social justice responsibilities (or even public relations maneuvering) in the current climate. Some would say that the rise of Colin Kaepernick served as a catalyst for others to use sports as a platform to close the gaps seen in society - a rise the NFL allowed to happen through inaction. This episode takes a look at the NFL's latest attempt to "do better" and how the recent action of boos by its fanbase has exposed a fundamental conflict of a league trying to adhere to public movements, do good by its players, but still, serve the good ol' boy leadership of its league.
30 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Ep 13: The WWE is Not Cool
Pro Wrestling during this pandemic has missed so many opportunities to capture lost audiences and bring in new ones. Instead, COVID - like it has so many other things - has revealed glaring cracks and truths mainly about WWE and how uncool it has become. In this episode, I rant a bit on WWE's lack of emotional connection, desperation, and the absolute mirror for it all that "Raw Underground" is for the company. And oh yeah, I reveal my favorite wrestler of so far this year - yes, it's definitely a very 2020 kind of pick!1
50 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
Ep12: The Changing Landscape of Race, Media, and Politics (Part 2)
In the second part of this conversation with one of my fathers-in-law, Steve, the discussion moves toward asking and answering tough questions and seeing different outlooks on various topics such as Black Lives Matter and it's responsibility to black on black crime, defunding law enforcement, the removal of Confederate statues, and more. It's a safe-space conversation that probably asks the questions many are afraid to do.
36 minutes | Jul 18, 2020
Ep12 (Part 1): The Changing Landscape of Race, Media, and Politics (Part 1)
Changing political parties is becoming more frequent than it used to be. In the first episode of this two-part conversation with one of my fathers-in-law, Steve, we discuss his longtime conservative views and voting Republican, why the election of Donald J. Trump forced him to vote Libertarian in the 2016 Presidential election, the new political environment lead by the media, and how it all moved him to become a now independent voter.
52 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Ep11: Representation in Entertainment
I interview a long time friend and founder of nerdsontherocks.com, Earl. We discuss the effects of COVID-19 on our sanity, our annoyances with those who may ruin reopening measures, diving deeper on the lack of representation in entertainment, video games, and pro wrestling, the golden era of the '90s that was black TV sitcoms, and Earl explains why all he wants in entertainment is "black mediocrity".
39 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Ep10: Parenting, COVID, BLM, and More
2020 has turned everyone's lives into unknown territory - none more than parents. As new parents with a toddler, we talk to my wife who opens up about adjusting to parenting during COVID, how the Black Lives Movement has shaped her parenting outlook, envisioning a world for our child, and more! And oh yeah, she gives her opinion on the best Pizza slice there is. Hint: Yes, it's right here in NYC.
32 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Ep9: Griffey Was The Guy
Following the airing of Junior (MLB Network), a documentary on the career of Ken Griffey Jr., the question that has become a running theme throughout the last twenty years for baseball is highlighted once again - who is that guy? Griffey, baseball's last true superstar to transcend the sport, WAS the guy. In this latest episode, I talk about why it's so hard to replace Griffey, the few candidates who could do so, is Mike Trout better, and really, why the question still lingers for a sport in dire need of THAT guy.
24 minutes | Jun 19, 2020
Ep8: Slammin' Sammy
As the Owners and Players continue to squabble over how to disperse billions of dollars, the recent 30 for 30 documentary, Long Gone Summer, takes baseball back to a place it now finds itself in - alienating fans and missing opportunities for immense growth. I discuss how the career of Sammy Sosa - with all of its baggage and hindsight perspective - is still all too telling about baseball's struggles then, now, and going forward.
8 minutes | May 26, 2020
Ep7: What Does 35 Mean?
Turning 35 can mean a lot of things to many different people. For me, it's a balance of starting a new road while making sense of it all from the depths of quarantine and on the fringes of mourning two important loved ones. It's a short episode, but one that I had to put into audio format.
22 minutes | Dec 7, 2019
Ep6: Reviewing the New NWA: The Best Alternative in Pro Wrestling
The National Wrestling Alliance is back! And after nine episodes, I've seen just about enough from the shows, Billy Corgan's vision, and what to expect from this new product, to give it the claim - in an era of a semi-boom - of the best alternative in pro wrestling today. Don't come at me - just listen.
23 minutes | Oct 13, 2019
Ep5: #TanakaTime Dues
Pitching to a line of 6 IP, 3 H, 6K, on 68 pitches (45 for strikes) in Game 1 of the 2019 ALCS, Tanaka now is third in all-time postseason ERA for starting pitchers who have started at least seven games. I discuss why it's time to give Tanaka his due as a Yankee, and all of the crazy misdirected narratives that have plagued his worth as a Yankee. Oh, and I say "Umm" like 3,000 times in this episode - the beauty of an after-midnight recording!
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