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.
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.