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.
After a week off for vacations we're back but unfortunately starting with Purdue basketball after a disappointing end to the March Madness game. Despite a 7 point lead with 48 seconds left the Boilers lost to Cincinnati in overtime. It was a surprising end to the season, but a sour taste to leave the season on. This season really can't be judged until we see the results next season. This leaves us reviewing the season and the returning players. Moving over to the Bears, Pernell McPhee was the big signing and Eddie Royal and Antrel Rolle are medium additions. We then look at free agency as a whole and not a lot makes sense. How many players sign big deals and are cut a few years later. The Bucs, Saints, Dolphins, what are they doing? The 49ers are in trouble too, everyone is gone. Chris Borland's retirement is a bit of the shocker in the NFL. We reflect on the brackets for March Madness. There are some really curious seedings. Speaking of brackets, we have our own called the Tournament of Suck! In the Duel at High Noon features Texas football removing steroid tests, will Kevin Durant return or will OKC make the playoffs & Kris Bryant and Javier Baez making the roster.
Tyler is on vacation this week. Purdue Basketball has won 8 out of 9 and all of a sudden is starting to make some real noise as the Big Ten season winds down. Then they go to Ohio State and Michigan State and fumble and fumble and drop both games, especially after great starts in the first half. We got to see the twin towers line up against MSU, but it really didn't work. The title of the Chicago Bulls season should be "Can't Stay Healthy." With Derrick Rose having his surgery and meniscus removed, we look at it going forward and other basketball players that have dealt with the same thing. And with Jimmy Butler heading to free agency, there's a lot of money tied up. With Patrick Kane hurt, people were unsure which way the Chicago Blackhawks were going to go. Stan Bowman went for it and traded off some serious assets to add another defender and wing. Antoine Vermette & Kimmo Timonen look to bring a big boost to the Hawks' playoff hopes. Bowman has done a nice job making additions to the team, but continuing to ship off the young kids causes salary cap issues. Speaking of a problem with youth, after a redshirt year Tony Snell has been a big in stabilizing the team. We talk a little NFL free agency after all the Franchise Tags were applied. There was also a pretty notable trade. We talk a little Chicago Bears free agency as well.
Purdue Basketball is coming off a big and much needed win at Indiana. The victory goes a long way in boosting their resume. Painter was definitely feeling some heat to begin the season, and especially after loses to North Florida and Gardner-Webb, but deserves credit for turning this team around. Flipping over to football, Morgan Burke has lowered ticket prices and criticized social media for the lack of attendance. This is short-sided, especially when you look at the rebound of attendance in Mackey after the team started winning. Derrick Rose is facing another surgery, but a different option to get back on the court quicker. What does this mean for possible future injuries? If the Bulls don't make a deep run, what does that mean for the future of Tom Thibodeau? We take a look at a very busy NBA trade deadline and are confused with what the Suns are doing. Miami and Oklahoma seemed to be the only teams to do something worth noting. Patrick Kane went down for the Chicago Blackhawks, for a team that was already struggling. Now there's a chance they might not make the playoffs. Is there anything they can do at the trade deadline? And the Hawks have shipped off a lot of young talent with nothing really to show for it. We wrap up Chicago with a quick look around baseball as well. This leads to the Duel at High Noon with the White Sox potentially looking for that 'Joe Maddon' type manager to take them over the top.
Starting off the Chicago Bears announce they're going with 3-4 defense, and don't have any pieces that seem to really fit. We look at that side of the ball to see who can really stay. However, it finally seems like Chicago has a staff that can coach guys. The issues with the top guys in the combine continues to be more and more of a story. The Veteran's Combine is a seemingly a pretty great creation. We take a look at the Bear's possible options at #7. It turns into draft questions; who would you take? We break down a deep 1st round WR class. We jump over to the Blackhawks who continue to trade away young talent, that now is blossoming on other teams. It's even more pressing with an up and down season and Chicago looking like they need to make a trade. Pops gives us a little taste of Fantasy Baseball as he starts his position previews.
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.