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?
We always start with our backyard, unfortunately Purdue & Bears football. After looking like two winnable games, Northwestern comes to Ross Ade off a big win at Notre Dame. Darrell Hazell needs these 2 wins to salvage season number 2. With how Chicago's season has gone, there has to be some fear of a loss to Tampa Bay. Everything is running downhill quickly. Tyler has to jump in with his Cleveland Brown bandwagon. Adrian Peterson's suspension was handed down quickly, fitting in with the inconsistency of Rodger Goodell's punishments. As weeks go by we get closer and closer to Fantasy playoffs. Pops and Blair have started to put everyone else behind them. Another week of Chicago Bulls' talk means another week of Derrick Rose bashing. Moving to baseball, the lauded Chicago Cubs off-season hasn't come to fruition. Not to mention the crazy amount of money being thrown around all over the MLB. Tim Horton's doughnut money is apparently playing a huge factor in Canada. The White Sox could have a quiet off-season as well.
We always start in our backyard, which isn't looking pretty with Purdue and Chicago Bears football. The Boilers have a shot to win out, but only get to 5-7. Even still it's a what if season after letting a few games and a bowl get away. For the Bears, or actually Illinois Generals or Rochester Jeffersons, it's just embarrassing game after game. Marc Trestman has no control of the locker room, so of course Pops wants everyone fired. More bad news continues with Derrick Rose's idiocy. Does he actually want to play basketball? The Chicago Blackhawks are off to a really slow start as well. Our fandom isn't going well right now. We take a look at the rest of the NFL, dismissing the AFC North after some bad losses. New England, Denver & Indianapolis are racing to the Super Bowl. In the NFC, Green Bay and Seattle are bouncing back to make a potential Super Bowl much more interesting. We get a Fantasy Football update as well as we get closer to the playoffs. Just about the only good news in Chicago is the Cubs are finally getting the Wrigley reconstruction going.
Purdue Football now has back to saying '...yeah but.' They stuck around with Nebraska, but didn't play winning football. All of the excitement has seemingly gone out of the window. Our backyard, unfortunately, consists of the Chicago Bears as well who look even worse. All that talent and they can't do anything correctly. Marc Trestman doesn't have control of the locker room and the O looks miserable. We take a look around the college football landscape, especially the SEC West with Ole Miss versus Auburn. Muschamp may have saved his job with the Georgia win, but hopefully Notre Dame will lose at Arizona State. And it's time for the annual Tyler/Pops Alabama LSU bet. We take a look around the NFL with New England whooping Denver. Is there a 3rd threat? Can the Broncos win on the road on the playoffs? Despite not being in the playoffs coming into this week, the Packers look like the biggest threat in the NFC. And we're talking Cubs and White Sox this week.