Starting off this week is the Chicago Bulls and the only guy they seemingly interviewed, Fred Hoiberg. Is he the type of coach the team needs after what happened in Golden State. Even with a new coach, Paul George will be back for the Pacers and a young Milwaukee Bucks were a playoff team with a lot of youth and Jabari Parker missing a lot of team. The Central Division is going to be tough. We move onto the Finals with the Cavs looking done with Kyrie Irving out. With all the super stars coming together, Tyler makes a good point for the better 'teams' in the West winning. What does the future for either of these teams? We move onto the Chicago Blackhawks after a bit of a disappointing Game 2. Crawford or Sharp, who takes the blame? The nuclear option of Saad-Toews-Kane has been ineffective so changes look to be happening for the top two lines. We move onto Fantasy Baseball as the Guenther's have scored massive points week in and week out. We sneak in a little tennis with Wawrinka winning the French Open. The daily leagues has presented the race to get pitchers everyday. No Duel at High Noon as Pops updates us on his 'If this guy is your ace you're in trouble' pitchers he picked.
To start off the podcast this week we start off with jerk management. Coach Thibodeau is out of a job but that wasn't enough as they attacked his character. It might have been time for a coaching change, but management looks like jerks and idiots for their comments about the 'culture' they've built in Chicago. The only thing they're clinging to is the Kerr change in Golden State, aka Fred Hoiberg. We move over to the Chicago Bears with the whole Ray McDonald fiasco. Pops is going hard after George McCaskey. We wrap up corrupt management with FIFA. The USA is upset about things and going after the corrupt. We move over to the NBA and NHL playoffs, starting with the awful conference finals between with the Cavaliers/Hawks and Warriors/Rockets. We talk LeBron legacy going to his 6th Finals and Tyler makes good points about letting up the on the passes being given out. We make our picks for the Finals. The hockey conference finals have been extremely exciting. We make our picks for Game 7 for both series. For the Duel at High Noon Iverson, Jordan and Shaq go 82-0? If LeBron loses what does that mean for his legacy and can he get back to 50% or higher in his Finals' success? Will the Bulls get blown up if they don't do anything next season?
We start in our backyard with Purdue Football with an interesting article with a ton of statistics pointing to this year being a bounce forward year for Darrell Hazell. It hinges on a young team and unproven staff coming together, though with a tough schedule improvement doesn't mean a bowl game. Moving over to Purdue Basketball, huge news with Caleb Swanigan committing Purdue. He raises expectations and could change the program. His issues with Michigan State raises some questions about ego and possible problems attitude wise. Is this the start of higher recruits or another Ray Edwards situation? We talk about the roster with 13 scholarship players and try to figure out who will play, rotations, outside shooting and the Swanigan and Hammons combination. We move over to the NBA Lottery with the surprise that the Knicks nor Lakers got the top pick. The draft seems fairly deep, having us questioning why New York is so pissed. This transitions us to the NBA Conference Finals. It's another series to just appreciate what LeBron James can do. In the West it looks like another short series. We talk a potential match up between Golden State and Cleveland. Moving over to the NHL, the East is a shoot out while the West is a physical battle. We're surprised by the Hawks' changes for game 3 that they came back and lost after the third OT win against the Ducks. No Duel at High Noon as Pops and Blair head up to Chicago for Game 4.
We're back after a bit of some off time and start with Deflategate with the punishment finally handed out. We don't agree with what's been handed down and aren't sure how the NFL can hand this down. The Bulls are out of the playoffs again, but looked like they quit in the second half. It was an embarrassing showing prompting questions of the future. Tom Thibodeau is in the front office's sights, but what about Derrick Rose? The offense continues to struggle despite numerous complaints to the head coach. Why is it that the Chicago front office always has to be jerks to the head coach. Fred Hoiberg is now the number one target. The only thing distracting from Chicago is the Clippers MASSIVE choke job. We talk about the rest of the 2nd round. We move over to hockey with the Conference Finals starting. The scheduling is up for criticism first with the longer East series starting first. Tyler actually makes some predictions and we talk Hawks versus Ducks, especially with Rozifall out. Advantage Hawks as we look forward to another Stanley Cup. We do a little baseball to wrap it up with the Cubs winning late games. The lineup continues to change as well, especially in the 2 hole. Tyler gives us an update on the White Sox as well as they have REALLY struggled. In the Duel of High Noon starting with Hack-a-Shaq. Who's going to make the big move between the Cubs and Sox? Will Thibodeau be with a new team?
We're a man down with Tyler out sick and tackle pretty much the whole pro sports landscape. We start with Chicago Bears draft. Pops wanted Duke Johnson in the third round, but Blair disagrees VEHEMENTLY. Because Langford came in the fourth round as the fastest running back. We look at some other drafts, starting with Tennessee. With how much was rumored to be offered from Philadelphia seemed like a trade the Titans should have taken. Zack Mettenburger is someone to watch, we'd like him in Chicago. Two running backs were taken in the first round and it opens an interesting debate with such a replaceable position. Cleveland and Colts, what are they doing? Atlanta, Jacksonville and the Patriots get good marks from us. We move over to hockey as the first round ends and take a 2-0 lead to Minnesota. Chicago is playing well, the stars are playing like stars and Joel Quenneville has made some great lineup changes. Some surprises in the other rounds, especially Montreal. We move over to the NBA and start with the surprise that San Antonio Spurs are out of the first round. One of Los Angeles or Houston is going to get into the West Finals, which is still disappointing. Memphis and Golden State is an interesting match up, but the beat up Grizzlies may not have enough. Washington has the experience to upset Atlanta, but we don't expect either team to make noise after this round. For Chicago and Cleveland, this is the year the Bulls have to do it. There's a solid team, Kevin Love is out and J. R. Smith is suspended the first two games. This is amid rumors that Tom Thibodeau is coaching for his job. They have a chance. We talk a little Oklahoma City Thunder with the hiring of Billy Donovan. We think Scott Brooks was around too long already, but timing makes it an overreaction. We talk some Fantasy Baseball with our daily league. Pops takes a look at some of the top rosters.
We start off with the Bulls as they get ready for game 5. Even with the Cleveland sweep, if the Bulls close it out and 5 there's still a long wait. Rest for those injured Cavs' stars? We start looking forward to Bulls versus Cavs and start feeling a bit better with Kevin Love out and J. R. Smith suspended. The back court combination of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose will be key for the upset. We take a look around the rest of playoffs with the 1st round wrapping up and make a few 2nd round predictions. The Spurs are a team that have us worried as a team we expected to make a run. We move over to hockey as the Chicago Blackhawks get out of round one and the St. Louis Blues choke, so Minnesota comes to the United Center. Corey Crawford came in saved the series, which will be huge going forward. We look at the rest of the NHL playoffs as well. We mover over to baseball with the White Sox and Royals brawl. We talk a little Fantasy Baseball as well and a little Cubs. We move into the NFL Draft as mocks come out every day toe just generate eyes. In the Duel at High Noon we talk at about a potential free agent superstar for the San Antonio Spurs, rookie of the year for either the Sox or Cubs and the Josh Hamilton trade.
We've got a lot to talk about, starting in our backyard with Purdue basketball and football. A. J. Hammons is coming back, a bit surprising, but raises expectations. We take a look at the Spring Game going into a make or break season for Darrell Hazell. The best QB on the field looked like David Blough, but we don't believe he'll actually start. The skill positions are a place to watch after struggles last year, and the two proven backs graduating and Danny Anthrop coming off an ACL tear. We move on to playoff hockey as the Blackhawks have split with Nashville through two games. The Scott Darling debate brings something interesting as Corey Crawford has really struggled. We look around at the rest of the first round as well. Before we move over to the NBA Playoffs, we talk about the Lottery and the conspiracy to get certain teams the top picks. We make some prediction involving the Lakers and Knicks getting the top pick after the history of these fixes. We move on to preview some first round NBA predictions and then our Conference Finals and Championship picks. Our last topic is Jimmy Butler. His improvement is an indictment of the 'stars' who can't hit free throws or improve their games.
We start with March Madness as Duke wins another National Championship. It started with a big surprise with the undefeated Kentucky going down in the Final 4. The Championship Game had some controversy, but it appears the best team won. We discuss the pro prospects of both teams with a lot likely to go to the NBA. Which leads us to the talks of one and dones. Baseball's system gets our vote for the compromise, the ability to going straight to the pros or having to stay in college for at least two years. We talk about women's basketball with Geno Auriemma capturing his 10th National Championship, making him one of the greatest coaches of any sport of all time. However, women's basketball doesn't get the attention because of how chalky the game is. Pops has some interesting numbers in terms of annual value and annual revenue generated for college men's basketball. We move over to the NFL draft as Marcus Mariota has been rumored to just about every team. Derrick Rose has come back and looked really rusty, and the Chicago Bulls are slipping in the playoff seeding race. We take a look at the potential playoff match ups as the season starts to wind down. In hockey it's the same story but a different sport for the Chicago Blackhawks. After a chance to win the division, the Hawks look unlikely for even 2nd in the Central. We preview the hockey playoffs as well. We sneak in some baseball with Pete Rose getting reinstated, the sheer amount of shifts in the MLB and the season starts for the Cubs. We talk the Craig Kimbrel trade as well. We do a real short Duel at High Noon before we wrap up the Tournament of Suck.
We start off with March Madness with the Final 4 getting underway. Michigan State made another run as we preview our picks for the Final 4 and Championship Game. Does Wisconsin have a shot? How does this tournament compare to the other years? The NFL handed out punishments for Cleveland and Atlanta for dumb things, but Deflate Gate goes unmentioned. And Greg Hardy got a big contract and raises questions after all the domestic violence issues in the past year. Ray McDonald is signing with the Bears, which is a bit confusing after going out to change the locker room. We make our MLB previews for the division winners and playoffs. We take a long look at the White Sox & Cubs. Pops attacks several teams Opening Day starters. Pops & Tyler have several baseball bets as well. And we finish with our Tournament of Suck as we work through our 'Paltry Four." And we wrap up with the controversial 'Religious Freedom Act' from the stand point of sports, or lack thereof, doing their part to make a change.
Pops is a little late to the start of this podcast as we start with March Madness. Who are teams that you're most surprised to see in the Sweet 16. We talk Gonzaga and Villanova, teams that make a habit after disappointing lack of runs in March. Speaking smaller schools, Greg Marshall is going to get a lot of money for the Alabama job? Should he go? Shaka Smart hasn't left yet and Brad Stevens jumped to the NBA. We talk coaching with Izzo and Petino have their teams into the 2nd weekend, but Kansas's Bill Self gets another early exit. Is Kansas in that class of Duke, Kentucky, even Syracuse and Connecticut as they perennially make runs once they're in the tournament. We move over to the NBA as Nikola Mirotic has gotten hot and the Bulls are making some more noise without Derrick Rose. How do you feel about Derrick Rose making the short term return? Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, all potential free agents that are worth discussing. We move over to baseball as Spring Training is coming to a close for the Cubs & Sox. Will Samardzija break the bank? For the Cubs it comes down to Bryant & Baez. The bullpen raises some questions as well as to who you're going to keep. Pops has joke bet for Tyler as well. With a chance to actually climb to a top of the Central Division, the Blackhawks are sputtering. And instead of a Duel at High Noon, we go into the Tournament of Suck as well work through the first two rounds.