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The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show
109 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
An Injection of Drama
This edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show is all about individuals causing asinine drama. Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo discuss if it’s even possible for the 76ers and Ben Simmons to come to a conclusion that works for both sides. Who’s more to blame for this situation? Will Simmons ever show up to Philadelphia without a trade? Is there even a trade out there that can satisfy the 76ers? From one NBA star refusing to show up to one who isn’t even allowed to come leave his house right now. How should the Nets handle Kyrie Irving if he continues to refuse to get vaccinated? Mike and George attempt the impossible - trying to get into Kyrie’s head and figure out where this unmanageable situation goes from here. The show closes with George asking Mike his insight on Ben Roethlisberger’s future and if there’s any validity to Aaron Rodgers flirtation with the Steelers. The HBS conquers sports radio, one day, at a time….
129 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
2021 NFL Preview: Can the Chaos be Controlled?
Before another NFL season gets underway, Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo discuss some big talking points that will impact the action. First off, they debate how the league is handling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and if the NFL will be able to avoid a season of chaos schedule wise again. Mike then forces George to ponder a potential doomsday effect in the NFL’s current plan. The second half of the show is all about previewing what could happen on the field. Could this year’s rookie quarterback class be one of the best? Should a rookie quarterback be thrown right to the fire or is it best if he is able to sit and wait? Which 2020 playoff teams are vulnerable of falling off? Which struggling teams have a chance to come out of nowhere and contend? Mike goes on an Aaron Rodgers rant to close this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time….
68 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Asinine is an Understatement
Asinine. No other word fits better to describe the recent sports news. George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss some (can’t possibly fit it all in) of that asinine on this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. What does the not too distant future of college football look like with it a certainty that Oklahoma and Texas are joining the SEC? How much will that shake up the other conferences? Can the Big 12 save itself? Which programs are in a good position while which ones need to be worried? Before closing this show, Mike and George analyze the wild movement in both MLB and the NBA, highlighted by yet another Russell Westbrook debate and if he can possibly fit with LeBron James. Hint: Mike says no way. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time….
85 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
July is Championship Season
On the heels of an Independence Day holiday, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti deliver a championship caliber podcast with champions on the verge of being crowned. Mike explains how the Suns have been just as lucky as they’ve been good while George belittles the Bucks chances. What would a title mean for Chris Paul’s legacy? Would the Suns still be in the Finals if Kawhi Leonard was healthy for the Clippers? Before closing the show, they discuss Carey Price and then compare the Lightning’s two-year run to the NHL’s last two back-to-back champions.
102 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and the now married Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss both the NHL and NBA postseasons on this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. Is the Islanders success actually bad for the NHL? How much will another Stanley Cup Final appearance enhance Marc-Andre Fleury’s legacy? Which teams who failed to advance are now under the most pressure to get over the hump next season? Can Kevin Durant lead the Nets to the NBA Finals without help from Kyrie Irving and James Harden? What will a Finals appearance mean to Chris Paul’s career? Mike and George answers those questions and so much more, as the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show conquers sports radio, one day, at a time….
107 minutes | May 30, 2021
It’s All About The Playoffs
It’s all playoff talk on this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. With NBA and NHL postseasons underway, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti break down the key series and discuss some surprises and upsets to this point. In the NHL, they compare the Penguins recent early exits to the Capitals first round disappointments of their own. Who’s to blame? Will there be big changes in D.C. and Pittsburgh? They also offer their thoughts on the teams advancing and the true favorites to lift the Stanley Cup. Can anyone in the East stop the Nets? Do the 76ers have a real shot? Which West teams can make a deep run? Is this the first postseason in a long time LeBron James isn’t dealing with tons of pressure? The show closes with Mike reiterating his “you can’t win in the playoffs with Russell Westbrook as your to player” stance while George tries to defend the Wizards. As usual, the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show conquers sports radio, one day, at a time....
83 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
The Truth Behind Moving MLB All-Star Game
Warmer weather means one thing above all else - baseball season! George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti usher in this MLB season by discussing how much closer things will be to not NL compared to the COVID reduced 2020 season. They also touch on some old faces in new places before diving into the controversy surrounding the decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta. Mike points out the real reason he believes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred decided to move the game and the hypocrisy involved. Why was Colorado picked as the new location of this year’s event over the more obvious choice of Milwaukee? How could the situation have been handled better? Why has the NBA been offered a pass for allowing Atlanta to host their All-Star Game? Will Atlanta earn the game at some point in the not too distant future? The show closes with a recap of the NCAA Tournament, an explanation on what led Baylor to claim its first men’s national title and if a program like Gonzaga will ever win it all.
76 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
The Return of the Madness
With the madness of March finally upon us, and this time because of college basketball, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss what a year off from the NCAA Tournament could mean to the interest in this year’s event. They also go through their brackets and offer their thoughts on which teams are poised for a deep run, which programs are vulnerable for an early exit and if any team’s got screwed in terms of seeding. Is this finally the year Gonzaga wins it all? Could Virginia suffer a big upset again? Can West Virginia turn the light back on and advance far in their region? Will the depth of Florida State be too much in a pretty favorable region? It’s a March Madness edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day at a time....
69 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
With the madness of March about to be upon us all, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti open this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show by waxing poetic on the fact there will even be an NCAA Tournament this year. They for her which teams are poised to embark on a run through March, which teams are vulnerable to suffer an early exit, if conference tournaments an unnecessary risk and if players deciding to leave programs before the season is over deserve to be criticized. Sports madness isn’t exclusive to college basketball tournaments. The NFL is providing some offseason madness with several key players looking to find new teams. Where will J.J. Watt sign? And where SHOULD J.J. Watt sign? Sorry Steelers fans, but Mike explains why Pittsburgh shouldn’t sign the future Hall of Famer. Will Russell Wilson be traded? All those questions and more are answered. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
84 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
It’s All About a Legacy (Super Bowl LV Preview)
Super Bowl LV if finally here, but on this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss why the game itself is not bringing as much intrigue as past years. They give their picks and touch on Tom Brady’s legacy. Mike explains why Brady advancing to a Super Bowl without Bill Belichick does NOT tarnish Belichick’s standing as the greatest coach ever. After the Super Bowl talk, the show then transitions into the NFL as a whole with a focus on some quarterbacks who have been in the news lately. How much better does Matthew Stafford make the Rams? What lessons should be taken from the Rams trading Jared Goff? George and Mike then debate if any of other notable quarterbacks fed up with their current situation will actually be traded, focusing on Aaron Rodgers and his future in Green Bay. It’s a super (bowl) edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day at a time....
116 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Celebrating 10 Years of the HBS: Drama Can Lead to Success
It’s been a decade of excellence on the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, and that meant George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti opening up the first show of 2011 with a retrospective of the last 10 years of their podcast. Once the trip down memory lane was over, it was time to break down a major trade in the NBA. What message does James Harden finally getting his wish send to other NBA super-stars who are unhappy with their current team? Who’s mostly to blame for his time in Houston not resulting in a trip to the NBA Finals? Is it now championship or bust for the Nets? Can Harden fit in with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the court or is this a big 3 that’s headed for drama and chaos? The Howitzer and Buzz-saw debate which future Hall of Famer needs to take a backseat and be the third option. Mike even explains to George how the media may play role and how this team develops. The NBA may have stole a headline from the NFL for a day, but the NFL is never quiet news wise, especially as teams not still playing for a trip to the Super Bowl are dealing with the aftermath of their season. Can Deshaun Watson follow Harden and get himself out of Houston? Why is it tougher for an NFL player to control his destiny? And if Watson is traded, where will he end up? Mike also details the busy offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one that seems to currently have more questions than answers, as well as, what the future may look like for one of the NFL’s marquee franchises. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show has been conquering the podcast world of sports radio, one day, at a time....
47 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Cheers to a Less Asinine New Year
George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti close out an extremely asinine year with one last 2020 edition of the most asinine podcast around - the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. With the NFL gearing up for its postseason, what are the pros and cons to the new format? Has Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin exposed one major issue with only awarding the number one seeds a bye in the first round? Which teams are poised to go on a deep run in the playoffs and which previously elite teams are on upset alert? George and Mike debate if teams with nothing to gain should play hard and not rest stars in Week 17 solely to hurt a rival? Mike explains which team and player have the most pressure to show up in January. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show enters 2021, still conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
91 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
A Problem with no Solution
Even though so much has changed in sports, one thing has stayed the same: the NFL and the NBA own the national news. This edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show focuses on the NFL’s handling of COVID-19 and player movement in the NBA. To start things off, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss the lack of consistency in the NFL’s decisions to postpone some games and not others. Mike and George give their thoughts on what options the NFL now has to get through this season and postseason. As has become the norm, the Pittsburgh Steelers have found themselves involved in more COVID drama than any other team, which allows Mike to offer his insight as someone who covers the team professionally. The conversation shifts to the NBA offseason in second half of the show. Who, if anyone, won the Russell Westbrook for John Wall trade? While the Wizards are undoubtedly more entertaining, are they really that much better? How much drama could erupt between Bradley Beal and Westbrook? Does Wall have a chance to revive his career in Houston and how does this move impact the future of James Harden? All that and more on the HBS, which conquers sports radio, one day, at a time....
79 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Electing a Champion
Need a break from the insanity of the election? Need a release from the stresses and anxiety of your life? Well, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti are here to offer another edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. On this HBS: Mike and George discuss how the college football playoff committee will handle a very bizarre season, especially now with Trevor Lawrence missing games because of COVID. To close the show, the Dodgers World Series title is put in its proper context while also debating what happened with Justin Turner’s positive test and if he should face any punishment.
97 minutes | Oct 3, 2020
How to Handle Inevitable Disaster
Just when the NFL thought it was going to get through the season without any major COVID obstacles, a game has to be postponed. George "the Howitzer" Gerbo and Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti discuss the NFL's handling of COVID-19 and how the league should deal with positive tests. Mike, who covers the Steelers professionally as part of his career, details how the Pittsburgh perspective during the week the Steelers learned their game with Tennessee would be moved to a later date. They then pivot to talk NBA Finals and offer some deserving praise to the NHL for finishing its season without any issues. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
148 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
To Play, or Not to Play, That is The Question
The return of sports to our lives has been far from simple. George "the Howitzer" Gerbo and Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti discuss the complex nature of sports during a global pandemic. With some major conferences opting out of playing in the Fall and others attempting to push forward, George and Mike talk in-depth about who really has the power and the motivating factors around each decision. Will any teams go rogue and try to play against the wishes of their own conference? Can college football work in the Spring? Mike says absolutely...not. While college football's immediate future is still in doubt, the NHL and NBA are finally in the midst of their respective playoffs. Which teams are benefitting the most from the bubble playoffs? Why have there been so many upsets? Lastly, MLB is playing, but far from having success doing so. Should the season be continuing in light of so many positive cases? The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
110 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Progressing Towards The Future
The Washington Redskins are no more. And on this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, George “the Howitzer” Gerbo and Mike “the Buzz-saw” Asti discuss what triggered Dan Snyder to finally agree to change the name? Now that it’s official that the Redskins name has been retired, what should their new moniker be? George feels it will be the Washington Warriors while Mike argues for Redtails because of the necessity for an historic franchise to be more unique. Will any other sports team be forced to change its name? How much longer can Cleveland’s MLB franchise be called the Indians? With sports on the horizon of returning, which league has the best chance of succeeding and completing its season? What did each league get right with its COVID plan and what did each league get wrong? The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
110 minutes | May 30, 2020
A Complicated Return of Sports
It may look a bit crazy. It may not be what you're used to. It may even be somewhat complicated to follow. But sports are slowly but surely returning to our lives. George "the Howitzer" Gerbo and Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti discuss the plans by several major professional leagues to return to action on the latest edition of "the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show" podcast. In a shocking development, the NHL is actually out in front with a plan to return. Mike explains why he feels the NHL over-complicated things and the guys also discuss how this plan could impact the next season. Like it or not, the NHL at least announced a plan, something the NBA has not yet done (when this show was recorded). What should the NBA do? And is there any validity to the rumor of a play-in tournament and changing the matchups all together? Does Mike convince George of his "scrap it" philosophy by the end of the show? MLB's war between owners and players may help. Will there be baseball at all? The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
102 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
NFL Draft Recap Show: Work Smart, Not Hard
With the rest of the sports world on a pause, the NFL is here to save us all and provide actual news. On this edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, George "the Howitzer" Gerbo and Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti recap the 2020 NFL Draft. Which does Mike feel failed the draft despite drafting a quarterback? George and Mike dissect every aspect of why the Packers trading up to select Jordan Love makes no sense and then debate moves Mike says the Steelers should have made. The Howitzer and Buzz-saw, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
64 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Pressing Pause on Sports
The sports world is more asinine right now than it's ever been before, mostly because it's on a pause at the moment. George "the Howitzer' Gerbo and Mike "the Buzz-saw" Asti discuss how each league is handling the COVID-19 pandemic and when play may be able to resume again. Unlike other leagues, the NFL is still generating news. In fact, the NFL is mostly keeping to its off-season calendar and several key players have changed teams, most notably Tom Brady. What could next season be like for Brady and the Buccaneers? What other moves will have the greatest impact? The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, conquering sports radio, one day, at a time....
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