It's a whole lot of college this week on the podcast, starting with our Purdue Football preview. After being a punching bag we have to forgive Danny Hope a bit for managing to be a threat to get to a bowl each year. The recruiting states have changed and it's just a mess of things to sort out. What's their best case scenario? The defense looks like it could be solid all the way around, but what about the offense? The skill position players need some players to step up in a big way. Coach Darrell Hazell has switched QBs at game 5 each of the past two seasons. What has to happen for him to not do it again this year? We move over to the SEC and really break it down starting with the East. Is it just Georgia and Missouri? What does Jim McElwain do at Florida? Is Tennessee or Kentucky a story? What about the ol' ball coach at South Carolina? We really break down the West team by team. A lot of people have Arkansas as a dark horse but they lost one of their top rushers. What can they do this year? Johnny Manziel put Texas A&M on the map but they slipped back last year. Are they just a doormat to the top teams? And they continue to have attitude issues with the quaterback position; is that the atmosphere? Mississippi and Mississippi State had solid seasons last year, can they build on it. Bo Wallace is gone from Ole Miss. Hugh Freeze has gradually brought the team up each year, can he continue to do so? Dak Prescott is back at State and a Heisman Candidate. Is there enough around him to continue to win? They're returning the fewest starters in the conference. A regression looks like it's going to happen for the state of Mississippi colleges. We moved onto LSU who was extremely young last season. Can they figure out the QB situation? Is Les Miles slipping behind Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn? Auburn brought in Will Muschamp to coach the defense and should have the passing game take a step forward with Nick Marshall gone. Alabama looks like they're going to have quaterback issues and who are they going to throw it to with Amari Cooper gone? The secondary has struggled in Saban's tenure too. Tyler is picking Auburn and Pops is picking LSU to run the table. Georgia wins the East but misses the BCS. The winner of the West gets into the BCS Invitational and second places gets into the BCS. We preview Notre Dame as well as the independent team. They're overrated and have an absolutely brutal schedule. For the Duel at High Noon it's just one question; who gets better QB play LSU or Alabama?
We start with baseball as the Cubs have been on fire and the Nationals are sinking quickly. Can Chicago catch Pittsburgh or are they just trying to hold off the Giants. He's unlikely to win NL Rookie of the Year, but the impact he has made rivals that of Kris Bryant. We move onto the Bears as Kevin White is out with injury and leaves us a little skeptical about the pick. This doubles up with Alshon Jeffery gimpy as well. Kind of seems like another season where Ryan Pace will end up with a top 10 pick. We talk contract for Alshon Jeffery who is in his last year. A lot of receivers have gotten money this off-season that makes things interesting. This leads to talks about Phillip Rivers and Russell Wilson contracts. This turns into some criticism of of the Colts and their inability to build a team. We go back to the Bears and talk the Marshall versus Cutler issue. This leads to the joke that is the Jets with the Geno Smith broken jaw. Before we preview the ACC we talk about FSU who now continues to get in to law enforcement trouble. It has been the Seminole's division for the past few years, but not this year? Georgia Tech, Clemson and Louisville could all make it very interesting. It's a make or break year for both Virginia Tech and Miami. This could be the conference that misses out on the BCS Invitational. We move over to the NFC for our NFL preview this week. #NoboyMcJohnson played under center for the Rams, another classic Tyler moment. Can Carson Palmer stay healthy for the whole season? Will the Seahawks go to a third straight Super Bowl? How much trouble are the 49ers in? For the Duel at High Noon we start with the RG III trade; who won and will the do anything of note with the picks from the Eagles in the Foles/Bradford swap? With the Russell Wilson contract and the team expected to start disbanding, will they start to slide back? LeBron James ranked as one of the most hated athletes, but donated 42 million to send 1100 kids to college. Why is he so hated still? When is there really ever been an athlete that were just as good a person? In Garbage Time Pops has a problem with an article that says Chuck Pagano is coaching for his job. Tyler is all about Tebow Time again.
A whole bevy of topics in the podcast this week and we start with Starlin Castro finally getting benched. With his benching comes a whole lot of at bats for Kyle Schwarber, and that's a good thing, and Addison Russell solidifying the defense at short. Jake Arrieta is a Cy Young candidate, but can he win? In the NL Central the Cubs are 20 games above 500 but are still chasing the Pirates and the Cardinals. We move on to the division winners and Wild Cards. This leads to a discussion about the NL East and the Mets possible playoff rotation. For Tyler, what do you do with Jeff Samardzija this winter. We move on to the AL Playoffs and feel pretty confident in the division winners with Toronto coming on for the AL East. We move onto hockey to talk about the off-season, but that is overshadowed by the Patrick Kane rape allegations. It already seems like it's going to get buried, and Kane's past transgressions aren't doing him any favors. Is it possible the Chicago Blackhawks could be an even better team? They added some youth, but will they pan out? Will Marcus Kruger stay. Our football previews this week start with the Big Ten. Ohio State is the class, but where does Michigan State finish? What does Michigan do? Is Wisconsin on schedule to win 9 or 10 games and get rolled in the conference championship game? Does Minnesota take a step and challenge in the conference? Pops and Tyler are taking VaTech over OSU. Can MSU become more than a regional power? Are NFL preview this week is the AFC East. What do the Patriots do if Tom Brady is suspended the first 4 games? No quaterbacks for Buffalo and the Jets, but great defenses. Can they win some ugly games? For the Duel at High Noon we start with Aldon Smith; will he play another down in the NFL? With guys like Greg Hardy getting another chance, will Ray Rice get another chance? The last question has to do with Ronda Rousey; does she deserve the hype she's getting? Pops is not a fan of MMA and doesn't think so. For garbage team Pops tips his cap to Frank Gifford. And on that subject we criticize the NFL Hall of Fame.
We pick up where we left last podcast with Tennis. What happened to Venus Williams? Why did Serena Williams have a gap of a few years where she barely won Grand Slams? This has Blair questioning Rafael Nadal; does he just want to be the greatest French Open Champion and not just the greatest? And what's the future for men's tennis hold with him constantly hurt, Roger Federer aging and Andy Murray fading back to where he was, can anyone challenge Novak Djokovic? We move onto the MLB Trade Deadline, surprises? Disappointments? The Houston Astros made some solid moves, but of course Pops is skeptical. The Blue Jays move for Tulo is a little perplexing and the Dodgers were a bit surprising without making a huge pitching addition. The San Diego Padres are the biggest losers making no moves at all. Tyler really likes the Zobrist trade and Pops likes the Cubs' moves with small additions without giving anything up. Closing out the trade deadline Pops gives us some of the fantasy implications from the trades. We move onto our football previews with the PAC12 Conference. Tyler is begrudgingly riding USC, expecting Oregon and Stanford to take a step back. Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA are a few teams to take a look at. With our NFL previews the NFC East is up next. Pops is picking the Cowboys in the NFC Least and Tyler is feeling the trend for the New York Giants. Tyler has an interesting way to decide the division, quite a laugher. We have a brief interlude for Deflategate. For the Duel at High Noon the first question is Arizona intern coach Jen Welter, going along with Becky Hammons coaching the Spurs Summer League. The second question, how many of the four starting quaterbacks are starting at the end of the season? And the last question, Tyler finally lost a Fantasy Baseball game so is there a legit threat to take the one seed? For garbage time Pops talk about the idiot that is Sheldon Richardson. Tyler's garbage time has to do the WNBA where tanking is even worse because the top pick makes such a difference.
We start with Deflategate as it continues to not really change, but the NFL and Roger Goodell look like the wrong ones in this. Tom Brady has dug in his heels and the commissioner continues to look lost in his punishments. Moving over to the MLB Trade Deadline as it is really moving slow. It is really a buyer's market and teams are holding out. It looks like the White Sox might not move Jeff Samardzija and we talk a move for the Cubs. Rumors continue to link them to Cole Hamels and now David Price, but the pitching really hasn't been the problem. The offense has struggled. We move over to Fantasy Football as Pops has started his position previews, but we're talking with our keepers. We start our football previews as we break down college conferences and NFL divisions. The Big 12 is up first with Baylor and TCU the class of the conference, a threat to make a run in the BCS Invitational and the other in the BCS Bowls. We give respect to Kansas State. For the NFL we start our previews with the AFC South. Tyler has bold thoughts on the Texans, just a quaterback away from making a Super Bowl run. The Titans and Jaguars still aren't being taken seriously, though the Jacksonville pieces are starting to get put together. The first question in the Duel at High Noon is will Goodell keep his job at the start of next season? For the Big 12 will their be another tie breaker situation since there's no conference championship game? Also, will either go undefeated? And the last question is will Andrew Luck be the MVP this year? We have a duel garbage time as Pops has a problem with Serena Williams have a few off years where she didn't win majors. Tyler's is about Josh Smith complaining about money, but saying he wants to win.
We start with NBA Free Agency with LaMarcus Aldridge moving to San Antonio. We really aren't surprised with rumors circulating that this was going to happen months ago. Of course we have to talk the DeAndre Jordan fiasco. It was his choice to do so, but he didn't handle it the right way. The Tristan Thompson issue is something to watch with LeBron James expecting him to get paid. We talk a little future for the Cavaliers as James said they needed to get better. Moving over to the NFL, the Greg Hardy reduction is ridiculous. This reduction makes the Tom Brady suspension look even more like a joke. The deeper and deeper we get into 'Deflategate' the worse and worse the NFL and Roger Goodell looks. We take a look at the MLB and do a little pre-All-Star update. We tlak some rumors as well with a little surprise that no pitchers have moved yet. Pops and Tyler debate whether the White Sox will sell, and who, and what the future holds for them. Staying in Chicago, will the Cubs be buyers and will they make big moves? What does the future hold for Starlin Castro as he continues to struggle. For the Duel at High Noon we start with the Cubs and Kyle Schwarber, which pitcher are you trading for and why, and would you take the Mets' young rotation now or the Braves' rotation of the 90s? In garbage time Pops talks about the demise of Tiger Woods.
The NHL and NBA Drafts start us off, with really a lack of trades. We debate the players in the draft, stars or nots? What does Philadelphia do with all the bigs, the Heat made a great pick, will Minnesota get out of the basement? We of course bag on the Knicks as well. With the draft over we talk the future of the Bulls and what they're going to do in free agency. With five bigs it would seem like a move is coming. We then move onto the big fish in NBA free agency, LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love, etc. Is anyone really going to the Lakers or Knicks...no! Everyone knows the Blackhawks have to make some trades, who and how will they? Brandon Saad will be key, along with moving Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell. We move onto the All-Star voting as the Royals and Cardinals are dominating the starting lineups. And with the 'new information' coming out, we talk about Pete Rose before we get to the Duel at High Noon. The first question has Pops picking the White Sox All-Star and Tyler picking one for the Cubs. For the second question we talk about the lack of coverage when it comes women beating other women and getting in fights. For Garbage Time Tyler talks about how corrupt FIFA is.
We start with the Stanley Cup as the Chicago Blackhawks take a 3-2 series lead, and talk a little future with the core likely to stay around for years to come. We preview game 6 as we all predict Chicago to close it out at home. It has been a great series that is historically close being decided by one goal. We move over to the NBA Finals with Game 5 upcoming. The first three games were close but the Warriors made a statement in game 4. The depth looks like it is really becoming an issue for the Cavaliers. We also talk about the Bogut and LeBron foul where James hit the camera. We talk about the White Sox as Pops asks Tyler about Kenny Williams being still involved in decisions. They have really struggled and surprised all of us. The Duel at High Noon has a special twist this week as we debate who's worse; Hope Solo or Isiah Thomas. It's a debate that we're proud to be on the podcast. We go through it point by point, well worth a listen.
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?