We get Tyler back this week in time to talk a lot of college football and baseball playoffs. After us wanting to burn down the Purdue football program after the Maryland debacle but came back and won at Illinois, good or bad? Pops of all people, says we should take a step back with the black and gold at 3-2, shocking. Keeping going with college football we talk about the cancellation of LSU and Florida and will it get rescheduled? Last week we talked about some potential job openings and this week we really get into it and who our top candidates are. It could be the greatest collection of programs open with Oregon, USC, LSU, Texas and Notre Dame seeming like they'll be looking for coaches this winter. Pops doesn't have LSU as the top job, a bit surprising in our opinions. What coaches do we think will be considered or looking for a program upgrade? We also get Tyler's opinion on Art Briles rehabbing his image at Purdue and the Les Miles rumors. We move onto the NFL to talk about a job we think will be open and that's the Colts, who got our attention because of Ryan Grigson's dumb comments about why his defense is bad. It's time to talk MLB Playoffs with the Red Sox and Rangers both floundering to start their series. How worried were Pops and I when the Cubs got the Giants? While we talk baseball playoffs we take a shot at the White Sox for another lackluster manager hiring. The Dodgers and Nationals have been disappointments year in and year out the past few playoffs, so who gets out of that match up? Is Madison Bumgarner the best post season pitcher ever? We Got Beef! And for Blair it's the fact that OBJ is letting people get in his head and take him out of games. Pops vents about losing a Fantasy Football game by one point, something that has happened to everyone.
This week we answer some questions, starting in our backyard with Purdue Football and the Bears. Is it more disappointing that Purdue continues to employ Darrell Hazell after the 50-7 Maryland debacle? Where can the Boilermakers realistically find their next coach? Is it really possible for Art Briles to come to West Lafayette to rehab his image? Would Bobinski and Purdue take on those negative headlines? Who had Brian Hoyer throwing over 300 yards and winning a defensive struggle against the Lions? Does Chicago have a QB controversy? Is this the last season in the Windy City for Jay Cutler? Did the Bears make a mistake firing Lovie Smith? Who is Chicago taking if they have the #1 draft pick? Talking some college football, what do we take away from Louisville and Clemson? Is this a year of chaos when it comes to the BCS Invitational? Who are the four teams in the playoffs now? Is Texas A&M the biggest threat to Alabama in the SEC? Pops is still taking LSU. Are we buying Washington? What about an undefeated Houston? What if Michigan has a loss to Ohio State or Louisville runs the table the rest of the way? We were off last week and the coaches changes started so we jump on that, including some of the jobs that we think will open up after the season ends. Todd Herman is likely the biggest coaching candidate so where does he go? Pops thinks LSU isn't done this season and that means we may not say a new name attached to the Tigers next season. Do we think Les Miles will coach next year? How about some coaches that have had success at their programs jumping to a new a ship? Michigan State? Florida State? Moving back to the NFL we answer more questions, like is AP done? Will Adrian Peterson be back with Minnesota next year? We're just about done with week 4 which means Tom Brady will be back, how many more seasons does he play? What will the Patritos do with their young QBs when Brady finally hangs it up? While we're talking back up QBs, what happens when Tony Romo returns? Is this his last season with a star on his helmet? While we're talking signal callers, did Cleveland screw up not taking Carson Wentz? Cody Kessler has looked solid, so what about the Rams with Jared Goff not even close to sniffing the field? Jeff Fisher is an enemy of the podcast. Moving on to baseball, the Cubs clinched NL home field but the question is what player move was the biggest in transforming Chicago into World Series favorites? The brain trust all signed extensions so they'll be in Chicago for awhile, but are we worried that some of the other top level guys will be going to run other teams? Texas has home field through the AL, but is there a bigger threat for them? We get a shot in on the White Sox who hired Rick Renteria to replace Ventura, bad. This week the National Anthem issues aren't part of our beef, but a protest makes Pops' beef. Joakim Noah didn't have dinner with cadets in West Point as a form of protest that really seem to just by piggybacking on the Colin Kaepernick protest. Blair tackles Kirk Herbstreit who lets his homerism show when it comes to the B1G and with College Gameday. Six weeks into the football season and two teams have been part of five of the weeks. It doesn't help that Blair is cheering against Tennessee like Pops is cheering against that school up North.
We start off with Fantasy Baseball with Blair clinching his first championship and taking the family lead with three between football and baseball. He also went back to back between football and baseball, something Pops did last season. Up next is actual baseball with the Cubs clinching in almost the fastest in their history, but how do we feel about their chances with Jake Arrieta still struggling. Also, the Cardinals clinched pretty early last season only to lose to the Cubs. What do we think about the wild card spots, and the potential Divisional round for Chicago. In the AL side Boston has seemingly take a bit of control of the AL East, but it's still pretty crowded. In college football Louisville has to be the story after destroying Florida State team. Can they win a championship? Ohio State made a statement too by handling Oklahoma. The Big is going to be very interesting. Alabama gave up 43 points to Ole Miss and was down big just before half, is it a statement game? Pops has gotten to the point where he won't even say Michigan. We aren't talking Purdue this week with a bye, but an injury makes Austin Appleby the starter at Florida with Danny Etling taking over the job at LSU. Will an SEC team take a shot on Petrino this off season? What's wrong with the idiots at Penn State? And what jobs do we think will be open after this season? Speaking of jobs that will be open, how about the mess that is the Buffalo Bills? The NFL continues to be a bit of a head scratcher with LA beating Seattle this week after the embarrassment opening week against the 49ers. We go through week 2 with more surprising wins across the league. We got beef this week and Pops thinks people are piggybacking on Colin Kaepernick's protest and thinks Adam Jones' comments about baseball being a white man's game. Blair has beef with Tony LaRussa questioning Kaepernick's sincerity. And with that protest, Blair brings up why the NFL made players start standing out on the field during National Anthem.
Here we go again as we talk Purdue Football who has shown they really are the same as they always have been, not really being in the game against Cincinnati. Will we see Elijah Sindelar this season? This Boilermaker team has gone from the middle of division one to near the bottom of the entire division. Darrell Hazell was a MAC coach and they have a track record of coming through the Big Ten for their next jobs, would a MAC coach even consider coming to Purdue? We don't think so. There's a whole lot of beef going around, continuing with the second week of college football which was a snoozefest. We get better games heading this week with conference play starting up as well. Pops wanted to do a Fantasy Baseball update, at least he did last week before he lots. Pops and Blair looked like the best teams and Blair came out with the win. Daniel beats Johnny who didn't update his roster for the playoffs and very likely could have gotten out of the first round. Blair asks Pops about how many starts he should reach for based on what Daniel is projecting to have. We take a look at the MLB playoff picture with the Cubs not slowing down and the rest of the NL not looking great. The Dodgers are beat up, the Cardinals are just trying to patch things together and the Giants continue to torpedo on their season. Who do we think will take the NL Wildcards? As Cubs fans we're worried about how it all seems pretty set up for Chicago to get to the World Series. In the AL, how about the mess in the AL East? The Rangers and Indians seem to have their divisions, can anyone knock the East out of having three playoff spots? Texas sits on top of the AL, can anyone beat them to the Series? How do we feel about a potential Rangers and Cubs match up? The NFL season started and we had a big injury already so we talk some Fantasy Football and some observations. It's only week one but we go through some of the scores like how in the heck do the Bills lose to the Ravens? What did the Giants' receiver situation look like? Pops takes some shots at the 49ers, when will they score an offensive touchdown? We make our six NFL playoff picks, conference championship and Super Bowl picks. We Got Beef this week with the NFL blowing the protection of Cam Newton in game one. Blair calls out Hawk Harrelson who had the audacity to compare Kris Bryant to Todd Frazier. We get being a fan, but how about being intelligent?
Starting with Fantasy Baseball this week heading into playoffs with Pops having a really good week and beating the 1 seed to finish the regular season. Blair had a very bad week, losing to one of the worst teams in the league. Blair and Pops have arguable the two best teams in the league and will face off in the first round. Johnny is the 1 seed but has checked out and will be dealt a blow with two of his seven starters out for the first round, if not later. We move onto the NFL with the last of the roster cuts and the Teddy Bridgewater injury. Let's just get this out of the way, Sam Bradford stinks and the Vikings massively overpaid. Is Minnesota still a playoff team? What cuts surprised us? Any effect on fantasy football? We move on to Purdue who started the season with a win...against the last FCS school they will get to play. It's all irrelevant until these next few games where Purdue has to show it's a different year. We go through the rest of the Big Ten, take shots at Michigan, but it was really all irrelevant except for the huge Wisconsin upset. What the hell is LSU and Les Miles doing? There is no doubt that Alabama is the best team in the nation and, criticism to Cam Cameron and LSU, Lane Kiffin has made the Crimson Tide QBs look good again. Clemson and Auburn, what do we make of it? Blair is all in on Houston, can they make the playoffs? What jobs do we think will be open at the end of the season? For our newest segment 'We Got Beef' Pops took on those that attacked Colin Kaepernick sitting during National Anthem and this week Blair attacks the Santa Clara police department for saying they may boycott security at 49ers games. It looks to be a standing together with all police, which shows ignorance to the fact that there is a problem.
We jump in on the Cubs with the seasons Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks, how do they hold up? Some of the things Bryant has done have people looking at the Hall of Fame resume, do we really think he can be that great? Is he the National League MVP this year? After the stellar season Jake Arrieta had last season, Hendricks may win the Cy Young this season. Do you Hendricks start in one of the home games of a playoff series? Game 2? Could the Cubs look to add another bullpen arm before August ends? Jonathan Papelbon? With August coming to a close we get Pops' new World Series predictions? A Chicago kiss of death? What do we expect for Clayton Kershaw coming back? And he's on Blair's team so what does that mean for Fantasy Baseball playoffs? College football is finally back! Some awesome games starting Saturday including; Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Houston, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and more to kick off the opening weekend. Which team do you want to see most? What game do you think will be the best? Worst? Upset special? Kirk Herbstreit was quoted as saying 'The preseason rankings are based on last season and who was returning and no one has played yet.' Uh duuhhhhh Herbstreit! The other thing he said was that he didn't think the Playoff Committee wouldn't vote in anyone besides conference championships. We don't think that's case, but you'd have to have several loses for your conference championship. This could be the year with the PAC10 looking down and Oklahoma having Houston and Ohio State on the non-conference schedule and the rest of the Big12 up in the air. And with this great opening week there are plenty of non-conference games that could throw the BCS Invitational into complete chaos. Which team could lose this opening week and still bounce back to get into the playoffs? The early Heisman top 4 is Baker Mayfield, DeShaun Watson, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffery, who's your early favorite? We finally had our Keeper Draft so it's more Fantasy Football talk. Several keepers changed hands which really seemed to balance out the league making it possibly our most competitive league ever. We go through several of the top end rosters to make our picks for early playoff favorites. We introduce a new segment 'I Got Beef' because Pops has a problem with everyone jumping on Colin Kaepernick for sitting during the National Anthem.
Last week we posed the question is Michael Phelps the greatest athlete or Olympian? But after Usain Bolt winning the sprinting event in three straight Olympics, is he the greatest Olympian? Pops calls out the events that have the non-amateur athletes in them, like basketball and golf. Before we review Morgan Burke's tenure, Matt Painter got an extension in the 11th hour that no one is happy about. We review Burke's tenure, who actually some solid success in his first decade. The second...not great. And for Purdue's athletic program supposedly being one of self-run when it comes to its budget, his 12 million dollar shortfall is a massive failure. Purdue has less Big Ten titles than the University of Chicago, a program that hasn't been part of the conference in over 50 years. Do we think Bobinski can build a or several Purdue program back to national prominence. We did our Dynasty Draft, which none of us has done before. And of course the draft didn't go according to plan. While it's preseason and there are some defensive players not on the field, Jimmy G's success is a bit of a concern. With the injuries to the offensive line, can the team be better? Can the Lions improve or are they in the basement? Will Bridgewater take a step forward or still be very run heavy? Will Aaron Rodgers return to the MVP conversation? Which defense is the best in the NFC North? Could we be close to the end of Jordy Nelson in Green Bay? Will the RG3 experiment work with Hue Jackson in Cleveland? Will Josh Gordon make it through the season and be productive? How bad will Baltimore be? Who is fantasy relevant for the Ravens this season? How does Cincy look after letting most of their free agents leave? Will Marvin Lewis finally be fired? Pittsburgh looks to be the class of the AFC North, are a threat to win a Super Bowl? Who has the best defense in the division?
We start off with an Olympic update, starting with Michael Phelps. Is he the greatest Olympian? Greatest athlete of all time? How do the gold medals measure up to American titles and individual achievements? Is part of the reason it's not talked about because Americans don't take the Olympics seriously? How about the fact that he wins at every stroke? Will Phelps, despite his claims, swim in Tokyo? Speaking of dominance, will Katie Ledecky follow after Phelps? Really the United States could have sent out the gymnastics and swimming teams and done pretty well in the medal count. How do you measure the dominance of the U. S. gymnastics team and Simone Biles? Finally we get to trash, I mean, talk Purdue who finally replaced Morgan Burke. Mike Bobinski takes over the mess of Purdue football and he has actual experience, already a positive, but what has he actually done? How do you feel about the hiring of what seems like a pretty inexperienced guy? Something that is flying under the radar is that Purdue, who is supposed to be a self-sufficient sports program, is 12 million dollars short even with the Big Ten Network money! We continue our college football previews with the Big Ten, starting with the awful Purdue football team. When it comes to the start of a Boilermaker season under Darrell Hazell you gotta ask, gonna see another QB switch? What do we make of the roster? Pops is putting the over/under at 2 and 1/2 games, can the Boilers win more? We start in the West, which is the weaker half. Who are we taking and who's schedule is favorable? In the East there's some questions with Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. Which team are you taking? J. T. Barrett comes back and brings a lot of experience, but the Buckeyes lost a lot of talent to the draft. Michigan State got to the playoffs but graduated Connor Cook, can they continue to build on what they've accomplished? Tyler is feeling Michigan, Pops is annoyed how overblown the Maize and Blue is. We continue our NFL previews out West this week. Denver lost a lot of talent in free agency and Kansas City was in the playoffs last year, does the division bunch up? Will we see two or three QBs for the Broncos? Kansas City didn't really make any roster shake ups, can they close the gap? The Raiders opened some eyes last year and it seems like everyone is giving them credit, can they surprise this season? Will Khalil Mack break the single season sack record? The Chargers have talent but seem much, much older and never deliver. Not to mention, the San Diego front office is starting to develop a reputation as jerks that screw over players. Which fantasy running back do you trust most? Will the top of the NFC West be close, or will Arizona stay in front? Which Seattle team will we get this year? Can Palmer and the Cardinals stay healthy and productive? The Rams moved to LA, draft Jared Goff and have Todd Gurley, but will the lack of the offensive production limit him? The biggest commentary for the 49ers is that fact that Blaine Gabbert could be the starter. Is there anyone in San Francisco or Los Angeles, besides Gurley, that you'd draft for your fantasy team?
Only two Guenthers this week with Tyler scouting the ACC but Pops and Blair can handle it, starting with the trade deadline. Who was your number one winner? The Dodgers made a big trade with the A's and the Rangers added some big names. What about Andrew Miller going to Cleveland? Who did the best out of the sellers? The Yankees restocked the farm system quick with the Miller and Alrodis Chapman trades. The Cubs added Joe Smith before the deadline and the White Sox didn't make any moves, surprised at the lack of moves? The Sox look like a mess with multiple articles tearing them down for wasting Chris Sale. How do the trade deadlines shape up the playoff predictions? Predictions right now are Giants versus Cubs and Indians versus the Rangers in the Championship Series. We talk some Fantasy Baseball with Pops and I facing off this week in a likely first round match up. Johnny still only has lost one game, can anyone beat him? We move onto Fantasy Football where the keepers are finally traded. Blair traded DeAndre Hopkins to Pops for the swap of 1, 3, 5 picks and Tyler sent Lamar Miller to Cory for 1, 3, 5 swap of picks. With keepers mostly set now we talk about our Keeper League draft. We move onto our next college preview the SEC. We start in the East, can Florida repeat? Pops takes a second to take a shot at Purdue because Austin Appleby is the number two QB at Florida and Danny Etling is number two at LSU, they could play meaningful football. Are the Vols gonna rise to the top? They have the talent. The Georgia Bulldogs have the easiest schedule and apparently grow 1000 yard backs on trees in Athens, so that's our pick for the East. Ole Miss has become a surprise, Arkansas finished third in the West last season so is it still Alabama and LSU one and two? Harris takes over for the Tigers, Tyler's guy, can the offense actually be more modern now? Pops jumps on Hugh Freeze for him always praising God but being a scum bag. Ole Miss has the tougher schedule whereas Bama and LSU have pretty easy first halves and then tough four game stretches late. The coaches are definitely trouble at Auburn and Texas A&M and can Arkansas build on what they did last season? Who goes into the Playoffs and the New Year 6?
We start off with one of our favorite Chicago Bears, Charles Tillman, who has called it a career. Is he the best Bears' cornerback ever? We talk some Fantasy Football in our keeper league with some players on the move. Tyler traded Mark Ingram and the 14th pick for the 3rd overall pick, with some other possible players on the move. We talk some baseball trades with the deadline two days away and the Cubs knocked a domino down trading a massive haul for Alrodis Chapman. After not putting Andrew Miller up the Yankees traded Andrew Miller to the Indians, for a deal that seemed less than the Cubs gave up. Chapman is a free agent at the end of the season and Chapman has two more years on his deal, which is a bit of head scratcher. With what the Cubs given up it would have been nice to not have a rental. Even though Chicago got Chapman, Pops isn't feeling the bullpen. Hector Rondon moves to the setup and there's Pedro Strop, is it really a three-headed monster? Carl Edwards Jr. is someone to watch, he's having a nice season but hasn't been used a lot. Chicago could still be in the market for a pitcher with Jake Arrieta seeming to hit a wall and Jason Hammel and John Lackey slowing down. Closers have been on the move and there's the curious rejection of going to Cleveland from catcher Jonathon Lucroy. Will we see one of the big pitchers traded? What do you make of the disconnect between Chris Sale and the White Sox management? We move onto another NCAAF preview with the Big 12. Will Baylor be punished? Texas is getting a lot of talk, are we buying it? Can anyone challenge Oklahoma? Okie State finished second last year, can they be a threat for a conference title? The Big 12 is heading towards expansion with no really great choices, it looks like it's going to be Houston and BYU. Do anything for ya? We get into some NFL previews starting out East. In the AFC Tom Brady took the 4 game suspension, will it matter? Can the Jets match what they did last season? Will Buffalo's defense be better? And then there's the mess that is Miami. Can Tyrod Taylor duplicate what he did last season? The NFC East looks like another division that could be ugly. If healthy are the Cowboys a Super Bowl contender? Can Washington replicate their season? What's going on with the Giants after spending all that money on defense? And Philly just looks like a mess.