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23 minutes | Sep 8, 2016
NFL Week 1 Picks Against the Spread: Will Andrew Luck Bounce Back, Is Kirk Cousins For Real?
Every week, the two of us are going to go back and forth and preview all of the week’s storylines, matchups, and gambling lines. Feel free to watch on the site or on Facebook Live, or to listen to it in podcast form (bottom of the page). Happy football everyone! Carolina (-3) @ Denver Ryan: Panthers. Jason: Denver Tampa Bay @ Atlanta (-3) Ryan: Bucs. Jason: Bucs Minnesota (-2) @ Tennessee Ryan: Titans Jason: Vikings Cleveland @ Philadelphia (-4) Ryan: Browns. Jason: Browns Cincinnati (-2.5) @ NY Jets Ryan: Bengals. Jason: Bengals Oakland @ New Orleans (-1) Ryan: Saints Jason: Saints San Diego @ Kansas City (-7) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Chargers Buffalo @ Baltimore (-3) Ryan: Bills Jason: Ravens Chicago @ Houston (-6.5) Ryan: Bears. Jason: Bears Green Bay (-5.5) @ Jacksonville Ryan: Packers. Jason: Jags Miami @ Seattle (-10.5) Ryan: Dolphins Jason: Seahawks NY Giants (-1) @ Dallas Ryan: Cowboys Jason: Cowboys Detroit @ Indianapolis (-3.5) Ryan: Lions. Jason: Colts New England @ Arizona (-6) Ryan: Cardinals. Jason: Cardinals Pittsburgh (-3) @ Washington Ryan: Washington Jason: Steelers Los Angeles (-2.5) @ San Francisco Ryan: 49ers. Jason: 49ers Top Five: Ryan: Browns, Bengals, Packers, Lions, Bears Jason: Bengals, Steelers, Saints, Browns, Broncos Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Podcast produced by Michael Shamburger
14 minutes | Apr 12, 2016
Mike Florio: Average Fans Should Care About Josh Gordon Confidentiality Breach
PFT founder Mike Florio joined the podcast today to discuss his piece about leaks involving Josh Gordon latest failed drug test. On Monday, the details were reported by many outlets, including Fox Sports and the NFL’s in-house media branch. Today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that the league may still reinstate Gordon if he is clean for 60-90 days. With Florio, we talked about whether the union would investigate these purported violations of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, what the recourse could be, why this scenario is yet another example of the league acting in discordance with consistently legislated protocol — and why the average fan should care. Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Podcast theme: Televisor Feat. Richard Judge – Remember Me (Remix) by Sam Padrul Podcast produced by Michael Shamburger PAST GLASS HALF EMPTY PODCASTS: Dave Kindred Shares Memories of Covering The Masters for 50 Years Turner Sports Announcer Brian Anderson Talks NCAA Tourney, Career, and Hank the Dog Chris Russo Talks One-Night Mike and the Mad Dog Reunion, Adam LaRoche, and Tom Brady Should LeBron Bear More Responsibility for Love and Kyrie “Fitting In?” (With Cleveland sports talk host Anthony Lima) Sally Jenkins Talks Tennessee, NCAA Pay, Deflategate, Joe Paterno, and Lance Armstrong What Does PC Twitter Even Mean? (With Jason McIntyre and Barstool’s Big Cat) A Conversation With Linda Cohn, Whose Record 5000th SportsCenter Is on the Horizon Woj Discusses Launching The Vertical, LeBron and Blatt, and What Would Make Hacking Stop Barstool and Its Bloggers Bet on Mainstream Viability Would Jay Bilas Advise Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey to Sit Out Next Season? Asking Darren Rovell If and When LeBron James Will Be a Billionaire Peter King Talks NFL Refs, MMQB* Peter Mehlman Compares and Contrasts Crafting Novel With Writing for Howard Cosell and Seinfeld Christine Brennan’s Talks About Greg Hardy, NFL Media, and Advice for Young Writers A Conversation With Michael Wilbon Bill Plaschke Talks About Lamar Odom and the Curse of the Kardashians Was Urban Meyer Okay With Players Asking Taylor Swift Out? Ex-Vikings Mascot Ragnar Tells His Side of the Story Brett Taylor, the Cubs Blogger Who Left a Big Law Firm Gary Sheffield Talks MLB Playoffs, Harper-Papelbon, and Hall of Fame Scott Van Pelt Talks Midnight SportsCenter, Madison As Best College Sports Town in America Matthew Berry Has Like 45 Jobs Jim Ross Talks About His Live Show, Roddy Piper, and Steroids in Hollywood Clay Travis Talks SEC Media Days, New Deal With Fox Sports, and the Confederate Flag A Long Conversation With Frank Deford Mike Florio Part 2: Talks About PFT History, His Deal With NBC, and if He Regrets the Dez Bryant Story Mike Florio Part 1: Goodell Underling(s) were out to get the Patriots Does Sarah Spain worry that her politics will make her polarizing? David Purdum talks about Tony Romo, fantasy football, and the NFL’s gambling hypocrisies Dan Le Batard talks about his career, Papi, and Bill Simmons Kenny Smith before the NBA conference finals *denotes Pigsplosion podcast
35 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
Podcast With Aaron Torres on Dan Majerle's Meteoric Rise at Grand Canyon; John Wall's Leadership at Kentucky
Grand Canyon has moved up the ranks fairly quickly.
15 minutes | Feb 18, 2016
We Asked Clay Travis How He Can Be So Sure Peyton Manning Is "100% Innocent"
We had Clay Travis from Fox Sports and Outkick the Coverage on our podcast this week. As you have presumably seen, Clay has been quite vocal about the Peyton Manning story, on social media, his site, his show, and on television where he’s appeared on Dr. Drew’s Headline News show, and will again tonight. We asked him about how he can be this assured about what did or didn’t happen 20 years ago: Peyton Manning is 100% innocent and the media has totally blown its coverage of this story. Read it, share it: https://t.co/enkv1nRG2Y — Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 17, 2016 We sometimes disagree with the way he characterizes things, and other times agree with the direction this story has gone since last Saturday, when Shaun King and the New York Daily News published their piece, but hope that you found the discussion worthwhile. RelatedHere is What Was Written About the Manning Defamation Lawsuit With Former Trainer Back in 2003 Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
25 minutes | Feb 11, 2016
Talking Windhorst/Fisher, T.O./Cris Carter, and Cam Newton Presser
Given that football has gone into its annual hibernation, we’re in the process of rebranding the Pigsplosion podcast to encompass other things than just NFL. This week, we started off by talking about broader dynamics of the story our site ran earlier where Brian Windhorst, extemporaneously and perhaps accidentally, brought rumors involving Derek Fisher and Tim Hardaway Jr. to light. After that we discussed Terrell Owens not getting into the Hall of Fame, why that might actually be good for his branding, and his feud with Cris Carter. Finally, we sought to figure out why Cam Newton and Peyton Manning were the prevailing storyline from the Super Bowl as opposed to the dominant Broncos defense. Here is the text the stories we covered: RelatedCam Newton's Press Conference Became the Story, Because We Don't Care About the Actual Sports RelatedESPN's Brian Windhorst: Rumors About Derek Fisher and Tim Hardaway Jr. Involved with Same Woman RelatedTerrell Owens Heard Cris Carter "Begged" His Way Into Hall of Fame Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
40 minutes | Feb 4, 2016
Talking About the Super Bowl, Johnny Manziel, and Yesterday's Piece on CBSSports.com
This is the final Pigsplosion podcast of this NFL season, though we will attempt to keep it up in the offseason. In it, we went through the Super Bowl matchups, then talked about whether Peyton Manning would be a good fit with the LA Rams, and Josh Norman vs. Deion Sanders. Later, we discussed whether Johnny Manziel would get another shot in the NFL next year after inevitably being released by the Browns. At the 17-minute mark, we spent about 20 minutes discussing our boss Jason McIntyre’s piece from Wednesday about low morale at CBSsports.com, including the broader dynamics of aggregation vs. reporting in today’s media climate. [one piece referenced during our discussion, “Tattoos, Page Views, and the Best of American Sportswriting” from December 2012, is available here.] Panthers (-5.5) vs. Broncos Ryan: Panthers Lisk: Panthers Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
27 minutes | Jan 29, 2016
Jay Kornegay from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook Talks Super Bowl Prop Bets
Jay Kornegay, the VP of Race and Sports at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, joined the Pigsplosion podcast this week. We asked him all about the process of creating Super Bowl prop bets—many of which can be viewed here—which range from the coin toss to the general spread to wagers that spread across sports. These were some of our favorites of those: WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Pelicans/Cavaliers–February 6, 2016) Prop closes at 4:35 pm Pacific **(If no FG is made–all bets are refunded) LEBRON JAMES (CLE) POINTS +1.5 -110 SHORTEST MADE FIELD GOAL OF GAME -1.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Thunder/Warriors–February 6, 2016) Prop closes at 6:05 pm Pacific KEVIN DURANT (OKC) POINTS -6.5 -110 PEYTON MANNING (DEN) COMPLETIONS +6.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Thunder/Warriors–February 6, 2016) Prop closes at 6:05 pm Pacific RUSSELL WESTBROOK (OKC) POINTS+ASSISTS +4.5 -110 CAM NEWTON (CAR) RUSHING YARDS -4.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Thunder/Warriors–February 6, 2016) Prop closes at 6:05 pm Pacific STEPHEN CURRY (GS) POINTS -4.5 -110 PANTHERS POINTS +4.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Kings/Celtics–February 7, 2016) Prop closes at 10:05 am Pacific (If no punt—all bets are refunded) **Must be an official punt KINGS+CELTICS FIRST QUARTER POINTS -8.5 -110 BRAD NORTMAN (CAR) DISTANCE OF FIRST PUNT +8.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Nuggets/Knicks–February 7, 2016) Prop closes at 10:05 am Pacific KRISTAPS PORZINGIS (NY) POINTS -1.5 -110 PANTHERS+BRONCOS 2ND QUARTER POINTS +1.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Rory McIlroy must tee off in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 4th round on February 7, 2016, and complete 18 holes. 4th round must be completed by February 8, 2016 for action. Prop closes at 9:00 PM Pacific Time on February 6, 2016)** RORY McILROY 4th ROUND SCORE +0.5 -110 EMMANUEL SANDERS (DEN) RECEIVING YARDS -0.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(Phil Mickelson must tee off in the Waste Management Phoenix Open 4th round on February 7, 2016, and complete 18 holes. 4th round must be completed by February 8, 2016 for action. Prop closes at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on February 7, 2016)** PHIL MICKELSON 4th ROUND SCORE -21.5 -110 TED GINN JR (CAR) RECEIVING YARDS +21.5 -110 WHO WILL HAVE MORE: **(International Friendly soccer match Canada at USA. Jozy Altidore must start in match. Prop closes at 7:15 PM Pacific Time on February 5, 2016. Match must be completed by February 8, 2016 for action)** JOZY ALTIDORE (USA) GOALS PK +200 CAM NEWTON (CAR) TOUCHDOWNS PK -240 _________ After Jay was off the line, the two of us talked about Cam Newton’s comparatively low jersey sales this season, and compared and contrasted the NFL’s investigation of Peyton Manning allegations with Ballghazi. Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
29 minutes | Jan 22, 2016
Not that this Matters, But Carolina Would Draw Way More Super Bowl Media Pageviews than Arizona
In this week’s Pigsplosion podcast, we started off by reliving the heartbreak of our Chiefs and Packers. Lisk still isn’t over the shoddy clock management. We talked about Mike Singletary, who is the only coach fired between 2010 and 2012 that wasn’t working in the league last year. After that we moved onto the games. Patriots-Broncos is billed as Brady-Manning, but that vastly undersells Denver’s great pass D. And how much more zany and over-the-top would these attention-seeking Panthers be during the Super Bowl media whirlwind than the Cardinals? Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe New England (-3) @ Denver Ryan: New England Jason: Denver Arizona @ Carolina (-3) Ryan: Carolina Jason: Arizona Best Bet Ryan: Carolina Jason: Arizona Playoffs: Ryan (5-2-1, 2-0 Best Bet); Jason (4-3-1, 1-1 Best Bet) Regular Season: Ryan (132-115-8, 43-38-4 Top 5), Jason (137-110-8, 47-36-2 Top 5)
31 minutes | Jan 14, 2016
If You're Nick Saban, Would You Want the Titans Job?
We began this week by talking about the coaching carousel. Chip Kelly had just been announced as new coach of the 49ers when recorded—thankfully this didn’t happen later, or everything we talked about would’ve been obsolete—and from there we went on to discuss what will happen with openings in Philadelphia, Tennessee, and Tampa Bay. If you were Nick Saban, would you want that Titans job? (Note: This taped before Dirk Koetter was announced as the head coach of the Bucs, which we both agreed was a better job than Tennessee; also, the Titans job might not even be open. This is just a hypothetical!.) From there we discussed the logistics of the Rams, and probably the Chargers, moving to Los Angeles. Stan Kroenke will presumably find a way to make the money work. Dean Spanos? Not so much. After that we move onto the games. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Kansas City @ New England (-5) Ryan: Chiefs Jason: Chiefs Green Bay @ Arizona (-7) Ryan: Packers Jason: Cardinals Seattle @ Carolina (-2.5) Ryan: Panthers Jason: Seahawks Pittsburgh @ Denver (-7) Ryan: Broncos Jason: Steelers Best Bet Ryan: Panthers Jason: Chiefs Playoffs: Ryan (3-1, 1-0 Best Bet); Jason (4-0, 1-0 Best Bet) Regular Season: Ryan (132-115-8, 43-38-4 Top 5), Jason (137-110-8, 47-36-2 Top 5)
33 minutes | Jan 12, 2016
Interview with Scott Ellsworth, Author of "The Secret Game"
https://usatthebiglead.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/scott-ellsworth.mp3 I spoke with Scott Ellsworth, author of the award-winning book “The Secret Game,” about a basketball game played in secret–in defiance of Jim Crow–on a Sunday morning in 1944 between the North Carolina College for Negros team and an all-white military team from the Duke University Medical School (made up of several former college players). I got the book as a Christmas gift from my mom, and finished it in five days. I highly recommend the book, and reached out to Mr. Ellsworth to get the background. Among the things we covered: The inspiration for the book, and how the original project was a look at the 1957 Final Four because of all-white North Carolina playing Kansas, with Wilt Chamberlain, shortly after Rosa Parks and in the middle of the Civil Rights movement. How the project was 20 years in the making, from the time he met John McClendon and it became his passion. I thought this would make a good sports/social film, and it turns out the movie rights have been optioned, though there has been no official announcement on the details. So expect it in theaters in the future. We also talked about current social issues and the intersection in sports, including Black Lives Matter, the University of Missouri, and calls for LeBron James to weigh in on Tamir Rice and the grand jury decision. Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
34 minutes | Jan 7, 2016
What Did Bill Belichick Mean When He Downplayed Football Analytics?
No guest on this week’s Pigsplosion Podcast. In it, we we started off by discussing stories this week of Johnny Manziel’s alleged Las Vegas escapades, Lovie Smith’s abrupt firing, and Bill Belichick’s purported distaste for analytics. From there, we broke down each game. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Kansas City (-3) @ Houston Ryan: Chiefs Jason: Chiefs Pittsburgh (-2.5) @ Cincinnati Ryan: Bengals Jason: Bengals Seattle (-5) @ Minnesota Ryan: Vikings Jason: Vikings Green Bay (-1) @ Washington Ryan: Washington Jason: Packers Best Bet Ryan: Chiefs Jason: Packers REGULAR SEASON RECAP Last week: Ryan (11-4-1, 4-1 Top 5), Jason (7-8-1, 2-3 Top 5) Full Season Record: Ryan (132-115-8, 43-38-4 Top 5), Jason (137-110-8, 47-36-2 Top 5)
41 minutes | Dec 30, 2015
Chip Kelly's Rigidity Set a Bad Example for Culture He Craved
No guest this week. At the beginning of the podcast we talked about the dynamics that led to Chip Kelly’s firing, and what will come next for him. Stories addressed during the rest include: The New York columnist who said Ryan Fitzpatrick should be ahead of Tom Brady and Russell Wilson in the MVP race Cam Newton vs. Carson Palmer Miko Grimes tweets Blake Bortles’ fantastic fantasy season The weird Eric Weddle situation in San Diego Aaron Rodgers’ bad body language, and if the Packers’ championship window with him might be closing Enjoy the new year! Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe NY Jets (-3) @ Buffalo Ryan: Bills Jason: Bills Tampa Bay @ Carolina (-10.5) Ryan: Tampa Bay Jason: Tampa Bay New England (-10) @ Miami Ryan: Dolphins Jason: Patriots Baltimore @ Cincinnati (-7.5) Ryan: Ravens Jason: Ravens New Orleans @ Atlanta (-4) Ryan: Saints Jason: Saints Jacksonville @ Houston (-6.5) Ryan: Jags Jason: Jags Pittsburgh (-10) @ Cleveland Ryan: Browns Jason: Steelers Oakland @ Kansas City (-6.5) Ryan: Raiders Jason: Chiefs Tennessee @ Indianapolis (-6) Ryan: Titans Jason: Titans Washington @ Dallas (-3) Ryan: Washington Jason: Cowboys Detroit @ Chicago (-1) Ryan: Detroit Jason: Bears Philadelphia @ NY Giants (-3) Ryan: Eagles Jason: Giants San Diego @ Denver (-9) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Chargers St. Louis (-3.5) @ San Francisco Ryan: 49ers Jason: 49ers Seattle @ Arizona (-6.5) Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Seahawks Minnesota @ Green Bay (-3) Ryan: Vikings Jason: Vikings Top Five Ryan: Vikings, Washington, Jags, Bills, Seahawks Jason: Chargers, Steelers, Chiefs, Jaguars, Ravens Last week: Ryan (7-9, 3-2 Top 5), Jason (11-5, 4-1 Top 5) Season to date: Ryan (121-111-7, 39-37-4 Top 5), Jason (130-102-7, 45-33-2 Top 5)
60 minutes | Dec 24, 2015
Cam Newton, Josh Norman, and the Panthers Are Polarizing
This week’s podcast guest is Bill Voth, who writes the Panthers blog Black and Blue Review. We started by talking about the under-discussed Josh Norman/Odell Beckham feud from last week. Later, we discussed whether the Panthers would rest their starters or go for 16-0 if they had home field advantage wrapped up, Cam Newton’s durability, and whether it’s understandable that the Panthers are an unlikable team from a national perspective. Finally, as Voth grew up as a Browns fan, we got his take on Johnny Manziel. In the portion where it was just the two of us, we reacted in real-time to Jaws’ incorrect scoop that Odell Beckham’s suspension would be overturned. We also talked about our memories of Charles Woodson, the Peyton Manning/Brock Osweiler dynamic, whether this will be Drew Brees’ last home game in New Orleans, and the possibly-deteriorating dynamic between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. Have a happy holiday! Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe San Diego @ Oakland (-5.5) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Raiders Washington @ Philadelphia (-3) Ryan: Washington Jason: Washington NY Giants @ Minnesota (-6) Ryan: Giants Jason: Giants Chicago @ Tampa Bay (-3) Ryan: Bucs Jason: Bears Carolina (-7) @ Atlanta Ryan: Panthers Jason: Falcons Dallas @ Buffalo (-6) Ryan: Cowboys Jason: Bills Jacksonville @ New Orleans (-3.5) Ryan: Jags Jason: Jags San Francisco @ Detroit (-9) Ryan: 49ers Jason: Lions Cleveland @ Kansas City (-12.5) Ryan: Browns Jason: Browns Indianapolis @ Miami (-1.5) Ryan: Colts Jason: Dolphins New England (-3) @ NY Jets Ryan: Patriots Jason: Jets Houston @ Tennessee (-4.5) Ryan: Texans Jason: Titans Green Bay @ Arizona (-4.5) Ryan: Cardinals Jason: Cardinals St. Louis @ Seattle (-13.5) Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Rams Pittsburgh (-10) @ Baltimore Ryan: Steelers Jason: Ravens Cincinnati @ Denver (-3.5) Ryan: Bengals Jason: Bengals Top Five Ryan: Panthers, Cardinals, Washington, Jags, Chargers Jason: Falcons, Lions, Browns, Cardinals, Giants Last week: Ryan (9-6-1, 2-2-1 Top 5), Jason (8-7-1, 3-2 Top 5) Season to date: Ryan (114-102-7, 36-35-4 Top 5), Jason (119-97-7, 41-32-2 Top 5)
51 minutes | Dec 17, 2015
SI's Doug Farrar Talks About Mike Pettine, Russell Wilson, and His Own Career
This week’s Pigsplosion podcast guest is Sports Illustrated NFL writer Doug Farrar. We opened up asking him about Mike Pettine’s recent comments that Russell Wilson is not a top-tier quarterback. Given that Farrar interviewed Pettine and Johnny Manziel this week, he had a unique perspective into their respective filters, or lack thereof. From there we discussed the Raiders-Packers matchup. Could this be a trap game for Green Bay with Arizona on the horizon next week? Finally, we talked with Farrar about his own career, and how he wound up moving from Football Outsiders to Yahoo to SI. After Farrar got off the line, the two of us went through the matchups, with various tangents about how the Jets have assembled a roster with other teams’ castoffs, who in the league is the worst at converting on third down, AFC playoff implications, and comparisons of which receivers in NFL history are as freakishly athletic as Odell Beckham Jr. Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Tampa Bay @ St. Louis (-2.5) Ryan: Rams Jason: Rams NY Jets (-3) @ Dallas Ryan: Jets Jason: Jets Chicago @ Minnesota (-5.5) Ryan: Bears Jason: Bears Atlanta @ Jacksonville (-3.5) Ryan: Jags Jason: Jags Houston (-1.5) @ Indianapolis [no line at press time, so we are using this projected score from Oddsshark] Ryan: Texans Jason: Texans Kansas City (-7.5) @ Baltimore Ryan: Ravens Jason: Chiefs Buffalo (-1) @ Washington Ryan: Washington Jason: Bills Tennessee @ New England (-14) Ryan: Titans Jason: Titans Arizona (-3.5) @ Philadelphia Ryan: Cardinals Jason: Cardinals Carolina (-5) @ NY Giants Ryan: Panthers Jason: Giants Cleveland @ Seattle (-14.5) Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Browns Green Bay (-3) @ Oakland Ryan: Packers Jason: Raiders Miami @ San Diego (-1.5) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Chargers Denver @ Pittsburgh (-6.5) Ryan: Steelers Jason: Broncos Cincinnati (-4.5) @ San Francisco Ryan: 49ers Jason: Bengals Detroit @ New Orleans (-3) Ryan: Lions Jason: Lions Top Five Ryan: Bears, Cardinals, Jets, Washington, Panthers Jason: Bears, Cardinals, Titans, Lions, Rams Last week: Ryan (8-8, 3-2 Top 5), Jason (8-8, 2-3 Top 5) Season to date: Ryan (105-96-6, 34-33-3 Top 5), Jason (111-90-6, 38-30-2 Top 5)
48 minutes | Dec 10, 2015
Rex Ryan's Players Feel "Liberated and Free"
Our guest this week was Tyler Dunne, who covers the Bills for the Buffalo News, and used to be on the Packers beat for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. We started off by talking about LeSean McCoy responding to Chip Kelly’s handshake proposal by saying, “Chip can’t shake s—.” We asked if this candor is not only permitted, but encouraged, by Rex Ryan. “He wants players to be themselves,” said Dunne. “I thought he had a great comment on it: ‘This is an opportunity for players to connect with fans, to be genuine, to tell their story. They can be real.’ He goes, ‘I’m not just gonna give them a message to say.’ He wants guys to be themselves, and so they are.” Dunne brought up the time that Marcell Dareus was dissatisfied with his contract, feeling that the team thought of him as dime a dozen. “Guys are liberated and free around here, and I don’t think that was really the case for LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia,” the reporter said. We also talked about the Bills’ upcoming matchup against the Eagles, which is crucial for both teams’ playoff hopes, as well as delving into Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins, and the state of Buffalo’s defense. Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Minnesota @ Arizona (-8.5) Ryan: Vikings Jason: Cardinals Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati (-3) Ryan: Steelers Jason: Steelers Buffalo (-1) @ Philadelphia Ryan: Bills Jason: Bills San Diego @ Kansas City (-10) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Chiefs Atlanta @ Carolina (-7.5) Ryan: Panthers Jason: Falcons Seattle (-9) @ Baltimore Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Ravens San Francisco @ Cleveland (-1.5) Ryan: 49ers Jason: Browns Tennessee @ NY Jets (-7) Ryan: Titans Jason: Titans Washington @ Chicago (-3) Ryan: Bears Jason: Washington Detroit @ St. Louis (PK) Ryan: Lions Jason: Rams New Orleans @ Tampa Bay (-3.5) Ryan: Bucs Jason: Saints Indianapolis @ Jacksonville (-1) Ryan: Colts Jason: Colts Oakland @ Denver (-7.5) Ryan: Raiders Jason: Raiders Dallas @ Green Bay (-7) Ryan: Cowboys Jason: Packers New England (-3) @ Houston Ryan: Patriots Jason: Texans NY Giants (-1.5) @ Miami Ryan: Giants Jason: Giants Top Five Ryan: Vikings, Patriots, Lions, Cowboys, Seahawks Jason: Browns, Texans, Chiefs, Steelers, Bills Last week: Ryan (8-8, 2-3 Top 5), Jason (10-6, 4-1 Top 5) Season to date: Ryan (97-88-6, 31-31-3 Top 5), Jason (103-82-6, 36-27-2 Top 5)
71 minutes | Dec 3, 2015
Peter King Talks NFL Refs, Looming Broncos and Colts Quarterback Decisions, and MMQB
Peter King joined the podcast this week. We started out talking about the news broken by Mike Florio that referee Pete Morelli and his crew were “pulled” from Sunday Night Football and moved to Patriots-Eagles. We discussed how officiating grades and discipline have changed over the years, whether it’s a misconception that the refereeing has gotten worse when fans have been complaining about them forever, and if it was a weird decision for the league to downgrade a ref team into the Patriots, whose fan base already believes Goodell and co. are out to get them. After that, we talked about the quarterback situations in Denver and Indianapolis. How likely are Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck to reclaim their jobs when they’re healthy? Those circumstances are obviously quite different, but we analyzed various scenarios about how they could go over the next few weeks. Finally, we discussed The MMQB, which SI and Peter King launched in 2013. We swear we’re not just saying this because we got some access—the site has really provided a strong output of engaging, original storytelling and commentary. What does PK do behind the scenes there, and how has that changed his weekly routine? Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe Green Bay (-3) @ Detroit Ryan: Lions Jason: Packers San Francisco @ Chicago (-7) Ryan: Bears Jason: Bears Cincinnati (-9.5) @ Cleveland Ryan: Bengals Jason: Bengals Jacksonville @ Tennessee (-2.5) Ryan: Jags Jason: Jags Houston @ Buffalo (-3) Ryan: Texans Jason: Bills Baltimore @ Miami (-4) Ryan: Ravens Jason: Dolphins Carolina (-7) @ New Orleans Ryan: Saints Jason: Saints Seattle @ Minnesota (PK) Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Seahawks Arizona (-5.5) @ St. Louis Ryan: Cardinals Jason: Cardinals Atlanta @ Tampa Bay (-2) Ryan: Falcons Jason: Falcons NY Jets (-2) @ NY Giants Ryan: Giants Jason: Jets Denver (-4) @ San Diego Ryan: Broncos Jason: Chargers Kansas City (-3) @ Oakland Ryan: Chiefs Jason: Chiefs Philadelphia @ New England (-9.5) Ryan: Eagles Jason: Eagles Indianapolis @ Pittsburgh (-6.5) Ryan: Colts Jason: Colts Dallas @ Washington (-4) Ryan: Washington Jason: Cowboys Top Five Ryan: Washington, Ravens, Seahawks, Texans, Lions Jason: Saints, Chiefs, Seahawks, Bears, Cardinals Last week: Ryan (9-7, 2-3 Top 5), Jason (10-6, 3-2 Top 5) Season to date: Ryan (89-80-6, 29-28-3 Top 5), Jason (93-76-6, 32-26-2 Top 5)
46 minutes | Nov 19, 2015
Does Adrian Peterson's Renaissance Mean He'll Be Back With the Vikings Next Season?
This week’s podcast guest is Tom Pelissero from USA Today. Pelissero primarily covers the Vikings. We asked him about whether he could have foreseen Adrian Peterson leading the league in rushing at this point, after returning from nearly a year away from football. Has Peterson forced the Vikings hand to pay him a March roster bonus, and bring him back next year at an $11 million cap hit? From there we talked about Teddy Bridgewater, and whether it would be a backhanded compliment to call him a game manager. Winners of five in a row, the Vikings host the Packers in a game that will go a long way in determining the favorite in the NFC North. Right now, who’s Pelissero’s pick in the division? Tennessee @ Jacksonville (-3) Ryan: Jags Jason: Jags Washington @ Carolina (-7) Ryan: Washington Jason: Carolina Oakland (-2) @ Detroit Ryan: Raiders Jason: Raiders Dallas @ Miami (PK) Ryan: Cowboys Jason: Cowboys Indianapolis @ Atlanta (-6) Ryan: Colts Jason: Colts St. Louis @ Baltimore (-2) Ryan: Rams Jason: Ravens NY Jets (-2) @ Houston Ryan: Jets Jason: Jets Green Bay @ Minnesota (PK) Ryan: Vikings Jason: Packers Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia (-5.5) Ryan: Bucs Jason: Eagles Denver @ Chicago (-1) Ryan: Bears Jason: Broncos Cincinnati @ Arizona (-5) Ryan: Bengals Jason: Cardinals San Francisco @ Seattle (-12.5) Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Seahawks San Diego @ Kansas City (-3) Ryan: Chiefs Jason: Chiefs Buffalo @ New England (-7) Ryan: Bills Jason: Bills Top Five Ryan: Jets, Jags, Bucs, Vikings, Chiefs Jason: Ravens, Cardinals, Bills, Colts, Eagles Last week: Ryan (8-6, 4-1 Top 5), Jason (8-6, 2-3 Top 5) Season to Date: Ryan (73-67-5, 24-23-3 Top 5), Jason (74-66-5, 27-22-1 Top 5) Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
55 minutes | Nov 12, 2015
What Are the Chances the Daily Fantasy Industry Faces Its Own Black Friday?
This week’s podcast guest is my (Ryan’s) friend Justin Fielkow, an attorney at Franklin Law Group and a contributor to the sports law site The Sports Esquires. We talked about the New York Attorney General’s decision to issue a cease-and-desist order to daily fantasy sites, what big ones (Disclosure: The Big Lead is owned by USA Today, which operates the DFS site Fantasy Score) like Draft Kings and FanDuel will do for their next move to fight this edict, and whether the increased microscope on these two companies presents opportunities for smaller operators. Finally, we asked Fielkow to assess the possibility of regulators’ crippling the entire industry, a la the famous Black Friday shutdown of online poker sites in 2011. After talking with Fielkow, we discussed this week’s NFL matchups. Will the Packers rebound from two games in a row, and were they actually helped out by a sideline scuffle between their own defensive players? Will Johnny Manziel’s decision-making off the field ever improve? Given that they pay substantially more for their rights than anyone else does, has ESPN gotten shafted with its slate of Monday Night Football games this season? Buffalo @ NY Jets (-2.5) Ryan: Jets. Jason: Jets Detroit @ Green Bay (-11.5) Ryan: Packers. Jason: Lions Dallas @ Tampa Bay (-1.5) Ryan: Bucs. Jason: Bucs Carolina (-5) @ Tennessee Ryan: Panthers. Jason: Titans Chicago @ St. Louis (-7.5) Ryan: Bears. Jason: Rams New Orleans (-1) @ Washington Ryan: Saints. Jason: Saints Miami @ Philadelphia (-6) Ryan: Dolphins. Jason: Dolphins Cleveland @ Pittsburgh (-4.5) Ryan: Steelers. Jason: Browns Jacksonville @ Baltimore (-5.5) Ryan: Jags. Jason: Jags Minnesota @ Oakland (-3) Ryan: Raiders. Jason: Raiders Kansas City @ Denver (-6.5) Ryan: Chiefs. Jason: Chiefs New England (-7) @ NY Giants Ryan: Giants. Jason: Giants Arizona @ Seattle (-3) Ryan: Seahawks. Jason: Cardinals Houston @ Cincinnati (-10.5) Ryan: Bengals. Jason: Texans Top Five Ryan: Chiefs, Jags, Bucs, Seahawks, Bears Jason: Chiefs, Jags, Raiders, Rams, Titans Last week: Ryan (4-9, 1-4 Top 5), Jason (6-7, 1-4 Top 5) Season to Date: Ryan (65-61-5, 20-22-3 Top 5), Jason (66-60-5, 25-19-1 Top 5) Listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher | Download | Subscribe
38 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
NFL Picks Preview, Week 9: Has Chip Kelly the GM Let Down Chip Kelly the Coach?
This week, our guest on the Pigsplosion picks podcast is Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad, talking Philadelphia Eagles, Chip Kelly, and more. Some of the highlights: We talked about whether the criticism is fair when they are still right in the hunt in the NFC East: “They are deserving of a lot of the negative coverage they’ve gotten … they’ve regressed in year 3 compared to where they were in year 1 and at the end of year 2 with Chip.” Scott says that locally, most of those covering the team are rolling their eyes at various national items suggesting Chip Kelly could go to a different NFL job next year. Has Chip Kelly the GM let down Chip Kelly the Coach? We explore that, and how his moves have limited what he has been able to do. In calling Foles for Bradford (plus extra picks), Scott said, “after seeing 7 games of Sam Bradford, I oddly miss Nick Foles.” On the Eagles’ culture and changes that may have affected the talent level, Scott said “McCoy and DeSean were knuckleheads in their own right.” We then switched up and talked about some “inside media” stuff about how Kyle has been able to successfully create a site that covers Philadelphia sports as an independent, and whether it’s worth his time as a small business owner to spend time away from the office and talking to the team. Here are the rest of our picks: Cleveland @ Cincinnati (-11) Ryan: Bengals Jason: Browns (gulp) Oakland @ Pittsburgh (-4.5) Ryan: Raiders Jason: Steelers Jacksonville @ NY Jets (-6) Ryan: Jets Jason: Jets St. Louis @ Minnesota (-2.5) Ryan: Rams Jason: Rams Miami @ Buffalo (-3) Ryan: Dolphins Jason: Bills Tennessee @ New Orleans (-8) Ryan: Saints Jason: Titans Washington @ New England (-14) Ryan: Washington Jason: Washington Green Bay (-2.5) @ Carolina Ryan: Packers Jason: Panthers Atlanta (-7) @ San Francisco Ryan: Falcons Jason: Falcons NY Giants (-2.5) @ Tampa Bay Ryan: Giants Jason: Giants Denver (-4.5) @ Indianapolis Ryan: Broncos Jason: Colts Philadelphia (-2.5) @ Dallas Ryan: Eagles Jason: Cowboys Chicago @ San Diego (-4) Ryan: Bears Jason: Bears Top Five Ryan: Packers, Dolphins, Jets, Bengals, Broncos Jason: Panthers, Jets, Rams, Falcons, Washington Last week: Ryan (6-6-2, 2-3 Top 5), Jason (5-7-2, 1-3-1 Top 5) Season to Date: Ryan (61-52-5, 19-18-3 Top 5), Jason (60-53-5, 24-15-1 Top 5) Listen on iTunes | Download | Subscribe
57 minutes | Oct 29, 2015
An Oral History on the Oral History of the Kirk Cousins Vine
This week’s Pigsplosion podcast guest is the “always rational” Dan Steinberg, who founded the DC Sports Bog at the Washington Post. We talked about his oral history of the viral Kirk Cousins vine — which he said did 3x as much traffic as his game column — and about several of the other media stories that always seem to be floating around his beat. These included his email conversation about Cousins with Bomani Jones (and Jason Whitlock’s subsequent criticism of Bomani’s criticism), the bizarre accusations from the wife of GM Scot McGloughan, and local sentiment of Jay Gruden. Finally, as the Washington Post sports section has been churning out new national sports media members for decades, we asked about the current crop of rising stars in the section. Miami @ New England (-8) Ryan: Patriots Jason: Patriots Detroit vs Kansas City (-5) (London) Ryan: Lions Jason: Lions Minnesota (-1) @ Chicago Ryan: Vikings Jason: Bears Tampa Bay @ Atlanta (-7) Ryan: Bucs Jason: Falcons NY Giants @ New Orleans (-3) Ryan: Saints Jason: Giants San Francisco @ St. Louis (-8.5) Ryan: 49ers Jason: Rams Arizona (-5) @ Cleveland Ryan: Cardinals Jason: Browns Cincinnati (-1.5) @ Pittsburgh Ryan: Bengals Jason: Steelers San Diego @ Baltimore (-3) Ryan: Chargers Jason: Ravens Tennessee @ Houston (-4) Ryan: Titans Jason: Titans NY Jets (-2) @ Oakland Ryan: Raiders Jason: Jets Seattle (-6) @ Dallas Ryan: Seahawks Jason: Cowboys Green Bay (-3) @ Denver Ryan: Packers Jason: Broncos Indianapolis @ Carolina (-7) Ryan: Panthers Jason: Colts Top Five Ryan: Seahawks, Packers, Bengals, Vikings, Lions Jason: Bears, Broncos, Browns, Steelers, Ravens Last week: Ryan (7-7, 4-1 Top 5), Jason (8-6, 4-1 Top 5) Season to Date: Ryan (55-46-3, 17-15-3 Top 5), Jason (55-46-3, 23-12 Top 5) Listen on iTunes | Download | Subscribe
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