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.
The Purdue Football program makes their first ever trip to Nebraska after blowing the Minnesota game. Improvement has happened, but with a shot to get a bowl after the Illinois game you are still probably left with what if. The Bears continue to slide, will the ship get righted. All this talent but no wins. The first college playoffs rankings came out and it was a bit surprising. Expecting disappointment and the wrong choices, 3 SEC West teams got in. It'll be something to watch as the season evolves. Of course we have some fantasy updates as our family league stays very competitive. Each of us Guenthers have made a big trade in our arms race. We get our hands on a GM survey for the NBA as we get a little taste of a preview.
Starting in our backyard is Purdue Football and Chicago Bears. Purdue has winnable games on the schedule and really hurt their bowl chances by blowing the Minnesota game. Meanwhile the Bears continue to be consistently inconsistent. They play the good teams well and the bad teams awful. Jay Cutler looks like old Jay, does Trestman really have the ears of this team? In the NFL landscape the AFC is really looking to already be sorted out for the playoff teams, and the NFC is really surprising with who is at the top. We've got an update on our Fantasy Football league with some big trades going on. NBA season is about to start and there's an interesting survey that General Managers did about preseason questions.
Apologies for some technical difficulties. A podcast was lost and we're migrating the blog. Here's the podcast from a few weeks ago. Pops proclaims his rightness on the Austin Appleby issue for the Purdue Boilermakers. He looks like a massive improvement for the Purdue O. If he got snaps last season would the black and gold have more wins this season? There were huge loses all over the NCAAF top 10, shaking up the playoff picture. How does the landscape shake out all over college football? Of course we're talking Fantasy Football with our family league. There's of course the up and down Bears and coach Quenneville tinkering with his lines early in the season.
This week is a 'celebration' of bad football as Purdue and the Chicago Bears did not look good this past week. The Boilermaker O was anemic, only scoring 3 points and 156 yards of total offense. Legitimate questions are now being the forefront of the athletics department as a whole. Then there's the Bears, who apparently unable to overcome the Green Bay Packers. Cutler cannot beat them and bad Jay showed up in the second half. And while we're talking bad football, the NFL's Thursday night games have been awful with an average victory of almost 30 points. Pops gives us a small preview of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Purdue finishes the non-conference 2-2 with a very down Big Ten Conference ahead of them. Perhaps they can make something happen this year. However, college football is all about the SEC, the best teams in the nation. After two very gritty wins the Windy City has got to be feeling a whole lot more confident with the gritty Bears. What about the rest of the NFL landscape? And of course we're entering October, playoffs for baseball.