Up first in the backyard is Purdue football. Darrell Hazell focuses on team captains for character, but what about athletes and playmakers? Hazell was a big time recruiter at Ohio State, but the rankings don't seem to show him making any headway in the gold and black. Coach Painter got an ugly win at Rutgers and kept their NCAA berth alive. They're still in for a double bye in the Big Ten Tournament. All the big free agents are now off the market so we review the MLB off season. We take around the landscape to preview some early picks for big seasons. With the NBA hitting the All-Star break, we take a look around the NBA. Chicago got a win over the Cavs, is a boost for them? The Thunder and Spurs are in danger of not making the playoffs. Can they make a run? Who do you trust in either conference to actually be a threat to win a Finals? The Little League World Series brings up an interesting issue of race and the proper punishment.
Purdue Basketball has picked it up with four straight wins, including three top 25 wins. Kendall Stephens has gone AWOL as Dakota Mathias has taken a lot of minutes. Mathias' misses of open shots is a bit frustrating, but he plays within the system better. We reflect on the Super Bowl, which was a pretty good game. The last play of the game is up for analysis. Both teams are interesting to look at going forward with a lot younger Seattle looking to get paid. The legacy question has been up to date with Tom Brady getting his 4th Super Bowl ring. Free agency in the present versus the dynasties in the past. The NFL Hall of Fame Class was announced, which is always a fun topic. It has become the Hall of Very Good. The first Duel at High Noon question is great. Tyler's face is priceless when he hears Brett Favre's name. The Duel actually turns into a 2 for 1 special with the talk of the MLB Hall of Fame as well. Controversy all around as we talk about Chris Paul's comments on the NBA's first women ref.
Purdue is coming off a jolly stomping of Indiana that has West Lafayette feeling high, especially after rattling off several wins in a row. Is this a team taking another level? Where have Bryson Scott and Basil Smotherman been? They were big factors in the IU and Iowa games. With a seemingly favorable schedule in front of them, can Purdue get back to the NCAA tournament? After the SEC losses in the bowl games everyone wants to say their dominance is done. Not the case, the conference is just much more balance. If anything, Alabama's dominance may have fallen back to the rest of the field. We review the 'BCS Invitational' in year 1, and we think it wasn't wrong. There's a couple NFL including; Josh Gordon suspended again, the inconsistency of the NFL disciplines, the deflating scandal and Marshawn Lynch getting suspended. We review the Super Bowl game, New England versus Seattle. There are some good match ups on both sides of the ball. The Seattle secondary is beat up coming into the big game.
We start in our backyard with Purdue Basketball. After a surprising start to the B1G season, the Boilers go and play an awful game against Illinois after just getting out of Penn State with a win. Huge size advantage and they're still not feeding the post. Bryson Scott's inability to get on the court is mind boggling as well. All of a sudden the Chicago Bears have put together one of the most experienced and better coaching staffs together with John Fox, Vic Fangio & Adam Gase and the pieces of the staff they bring. In Championship weekend, Seattle wins a very unlikely game. What a finish to get to back-to-back Super Bowls. On the other side, the Indianapolis Colts were never in the game. However, it's surrounded with more 'controversy' with the Deflatriots. But the story can't stay straight with how it was discovered. So somehow the NFL still goofs it up and makes it look like a conspiracy. The Bulls are up next as Derrick Rose doesn't seem to fit in the offense, but that didn't stop his criticism of the team. It's double disappointing in the way the East is unfolding with the Cavs struggling. Garbage time is interesting with Penn State on the chopping block celebrating Joe Patterno getting his wins back. A bit of a despicable act.
In our backyard it looks like the Chicago Bears finally did something right. Coach John Fox brings experience, success and credibility to an organization that has been a laughingstock. It has come out that Peyton Manning has been injured to end the season. John Elway doesn't look like he's handing the team well at all. What's going to happen in Denver? This leads into the preview of the coaching hires around the league. A lot of them seem like head scratchers. Shanahan? Dungy? What about Peyton's legacy. Andrew Luck, legacy wise, seems to be on course with Steve Young. They're so close to reaching the next pinnacle. What about Aaron Rodgers? Can he reach the plateau of 1 of the greatest ever despite his injuries? We preview the Conference Championship games; gimpy Rodgers against the vicious Seahawks' D and the still proving himself Luck against the veteran Pats. We jump back to Ohio State as Cardale Jones stays at Ohio State leaving Urban Meyer with a great problem of 3 great QBs. Could be the start of a dynasty. The Bulls? Can't stay healthy or play defense, unheard of under Thibs! Everyone expects Cleveland to right the ship, but the pieces still don't look like they fit.
We start in our backyard as the Purdue basketball team continues to struggle away from Mackey Arena. The team continues to ignore it's bigs inside and shoot too many 3s. The Bears hired their new GM. A bit more of an unknown, but with solid credentials. Just lucky they did it in the right order, before they hired the coach. Ryan Pace will have his work cut out for him with a team in desperate need of youth. We then take a look at the potential coaches. Todd Bowles is a rumor, so who could be the OC? Tyler gives us a Cleveland Browns update as their dysfunction continues. Speaking of dysfunction there continues to be dumb decisions made by Goodell and his office. There's the always heated debate of the Hall of Fame, this time for the MLB. This leads to the debate of the over-commercialized NFL Hall of Fame. The Chicago Bulls are on a hot streak, but Derrick Rose doesn't look up to a form. We come back to college football and how Urban Meyer might be above the curb battling it out in the Big Ten as opposed to the SEC.
It's a New Year and the prediction special for 2015! Pop's kiss of death was factual proven with the Purdue basketball team. It still doesn't look like Painter has figured out his rotations. Pops also come in with some stats about the Bear's lack of success hiring a new coach. The Blackhawks shipped off another young kid, seemingly way to early, but the team has flipped the switch. Derrick Rose is back but Jimmy Butler is carrying the team. The Cavs are taking longer to round into shape then most expected and now James is out. And we reflect on the college football playoffs. Jameis Winston continues to look like a bonehead and Ohio State shocks the world with a 3rd string QB. We predict the college football championship game, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup, World Series, Cubs & Sox records, NCAA Final 4 and another bold Pops versus Tyler bet. Couldn't do predictions without some trash talk. Tyler has to make the playoffs. Some other NFL small bets including when will Manning and Brady retire.
It's our year end special with 2014 in review. We've discovered that Pops is the kiss of death for our teams. As soon as he likes something, it goes bad. His latest victim is Purdue basketball. The Chicago Bears are of course in the year end review as it looks like the whole coaching staff is getting axed. The GM? We predict the the big 'BCS' bowl games and preview the playoff games. We're getting closer and closer to the NFL playoffs. We kick it to Pops for a fantasy football season review. Disappointments, surprises, break outs and keepers for next season. No Duel at High Noon with the special podcast, just a Jim Harbaugh and the Chicago Bulls and the surprising team at the top of the East to ponder.
Pops is starting off the podcast by 'jumping on' the Purdue basketball bandwagon. He likes the freshmen class...except Dakota Mathias. They're a young team, but it may not be an excuse this year. It's a quick jump into fantasy football with our championship game. Pops is back in it again and looking to win his first family trophy. The 1 seed never wins our family league and a couple of other interesting trends. This leads to the NFL with a lot of playoff spot clinched. Tyler is feeling Packers at Seahawks and Colts at Patriots for the Championship games. Jim Harbaugh is out as the 49er coach despite a preposterous winning record. We move on to the White Sox as they continue to make some big signings. Tyler's expecting the playoffs now. We traverse the rest of the MLB off-seasons. The Dodgers moves are a bit confusing, Marlins are looking solid and the Cardinals made a big move. The Yankees & Red Sox are spending a lot of money. Oakland shipped out EVERYONE! Let's put Tim Tebow & Johnny Manziel on the same team to play bad football, but make more money. It's a small overtime as Tyler gives Cleveland news, leading to a talk of the police brutality around the nation and players expressing themselves. We're proud of our discussion of important issues.
After some time off we're back to talk about the 4 football teams in the BCS Invitational. General consensus in the family is that this first playoff is right. We take a look at the playoff match ups of OSU versus Alabama and Oregon against FSU and the rest of the 'BCS' 6. We have a bit of beef with the Heisman ceremony as well. Also, there have been some coaching changes that are curious in the least. It's the first round of playoffs in fantasy, with the bottom two seeds really changing up the last few weeks. Chicago Cubs & White Sox are at the center of the MLB with big trades and acquisition. Jeff Samardzija & Jon Lester come to the Windy City. Miguel Montero comes to the Cubs to with his great pitch 'framing.' Bonus for this podcast, overtime is about athletes standing up for political issues. Are athletes role models?