We start in our backyard, which is pretty much on fire. Purdue makes another quaterback change but gets the same result. The Boilermakers under Darrell Hazell seems incapable of closing the deal. Will Hazell make it through the season? Do you want Morgan Burke picking the next coach? With Cutler and Jeffery hurt the offense of course looked ugly in Seattle, but do you take some positives out of the way the D played? The Chicago Bears coaching staff seems to know what they're doing, they just don't have the talent right. In Fantasy we're a few weeks in and now you might have a gauge of what your team is. Who are some guys that are disappointments and those that have surprised. What about some guys you can maybe buy low on? In college football who is in the playoffs? Utah demolished Oregon? Is Michigan State really number 2? How much do you buy the ACC? A few weeks into the season we now take a gauge of the NFL. The Colts have been a big surprise disappointment. How about some early playoff thoughts? The NL teams are set, what do we think about the Mets now that they've announced Harvey will pitch in the NLDS. What do we make of Pittsburgh against Chicago? In the AL is it Kansas City's to lose? For the Duel at High Noon, even if Tom Brady wins another do the cheating legacies ultimately taint his legacy against Joe Montana? Is it the NL Central's World Series to lose? If Georgia gets over the Alabama hump do you give them a chance to win the SEC? With the lack of discipline in the Texas High School issue, Pop's garbage time is on the loss of perspective with kids and coaches getting hurt and dying all over.
We start in our backyard as things get uglier with Purdue getting blown out by Virginia Tech after playing a solid first half. This team is incapable of making adjustments. Coach Hazell wants to run a traditional offense despite continuing to not get wins. Where are the trick plays? For the Bears it goes from bad to worse with Jay Cutler going out and the Bears getting dominated by the Arizona Cardinals. It wasn't going to be a good year already, now it looks even worse. Pops celebrated his Fantasy Baseball victory. We move onto college football with some big games this past weekend. Michigan State has moved up to number 2 and we think it's too early. LSU & Ole Miss got some big wins so where do they finish in the top 10? We talk baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals seem to slipping at the end of the season. Can the Chicago Cubs make a run with Pittsburgh's struggles against the rest of the NL Central. In the AL the Rangers have come out of nowhere and Houston looks like they won't make the playoffs. We talk about Jeff Samardzija, do you give him the qualifying offer? Who are the best 3 man rotations in the AL? The first question in the Duel at High Noon has to do with quarterbacks; will Hazell make a QB switch after game 5 and how many games will the quaterback situation cost Alabama & Auburn? Question 2 is who are your World Series teams? The last question has to do with the Texas high school players that hit the refs; their coach told them to hit the refs. Does that change anything? Pops' garbage time has to do with Washington National manager Matt Williams getting told of by Matt Scherzer when trying to take him out of a game.
We start in our backyard with Purdue Football with two weeks down in the college season. Thus far it looks like the same team after giving up the game against Marshall and struggling to put Indiana State away. The running game looks solid but we aren't seeing enough of it. Blair is trying to find some positives but is the only one. We move onto the Bears who played better than expected but still ended with the result we all expected. Matt Forte was a huge positive but the passing game is lacking with beat up receivers. The coaching staff looks like they've brought a level of professionalism and they'll be competitive, but it's still only week one. We gauge the college football landscape starting with Auburn, who is really struggling. The SEC in totality really seemed to struggle in week 2, what do we make of them? What do we make of Oregon at Michigan State? Was it just the fact that Vernon Adams hasn't had enough time in the offense? What about Notre Dame, or normal punching bag, they lose Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer delivered a gorgeous pass to win the game against Virginia. Are they talented enough to make that run with Zaire? Where do they stand now? Tyler brings up an interesting point about Notre Dame having to eventually joining a conference. Pops is riding high on LSU but Tyler has some problems with that. We talk a little fantasy football with all our drafts done and Pops gives us his thoughts on how they went. We talk about this headset thing as the Patriots are the center of a 'cheating scandal' yet again. The first question up in the Duel at High Noon are the NL & AL Cy Young winners. The second question is the NL & AL MVP. Pops is picking Cubs for both. The last question has to do with rugby players making it to the NFL and talks about a camp being set up in Australia. Pops' Garbage time is about the Texas high school kids that hit the ref on a play because the coach told them to.
We finish up our NFL preview with the AFC West and NFC & AFC North. Is it Denver's division to lose? Do new head coach Gary Kubiak's coaching style and Peyton Manning's play calling style blend? It's a jumble at the top but Oakland is trending the right way. By the end of Phillip Rivers' extension how many of the 4 starters will still be starting? Moving on to the AFC North; will Cincy disappoint? How good will the Steelers offense be? What do the Ravens have left? Can Justin Forsett duplicate his season? How many more seasons do Marvin Lewis get with no playoff victories? The Browns surprised in the first half of the season, but there's constantly change? Another bad year? How many games until we see Johnny Manziel? For the NFC North what does Adrian Peterson's presence mean? How will Teddy Bridgewater do? Caldwell takes over the Lions, undeservingly so, but there's talent. Will Calvin Johnson be healthy? What about the loss of Suh? The Green Bay Packers can never seem to escape the injuries with Jordy Nelson already gone for the season, but it's still their division to lose. It might have cost them a second Super Bowl. What will the Green Bay defense look like? And then it's time for the Chicago Bears preview. There were a lot of changes on defense, but not necessarily talent. It seems to be a lot of square pegs in round holes. On the offense the wideouts are already beat up, there's a shake up on the offensive line and of course the always infamous Jay Cutler. Then we pick our 12 playoff teams, conference championships and the Super Bowl. We talk a little Fantasy Football as we head into our draft. We have 2 keepers for our league and that's where we start. For the Duel at High Noon the first question is will the Chicago Bears be in a position to draft one of the top quaterbacks? With the changes to the PAT will more teams go for it? And the last question is where do you stand on the Matt Harvey innings limit? For his garbage time Pops goes back to Ray McDonald and Ahmad Brooks and their sexual assault charges.
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.