Six Things Saturday: Breaking Down the Biggest Stories in Sports

28Jan

In the first installment of this weekly podcast: I run down the biggest six sports stories on my mind. 

Listen to find out why:

1) Joel Embiid looks like Hakeem with 3-point range

2) The Bulls and Knicks are dumpster fires

3) Baylor football deserves the death penalty if the rape allegations are true

4) The Australian Open has given us phenomenal tennis

5) Oregon's Dillon Brooks committed the worst flop of all-time

6) Bids for upcoming MLS expansion franchises will be hotly contested 

Enjoy!

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Something’s Brewin’ in Tucson: Pac-12 MBB Weekend Recap & Week 5 Preview

23Jan

-This episode starts by diving into how the Wildcats stunned UCLA on Saturday.

-Then I discuss Utah's dominant road performances against the Washington schools.

-Then I look forward, and discuss why a tough upcoming schedule for Oregon will show whether they can truly compete for a #1 seed.

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UCLA-U of A Preview & NFL Predictions

21Jan

-It's gameday in Westwood, and the hotly anticipated Arizona @ UCLA clash is finally here. Allonzo Trier makes his season debut for the Wildcats after being suspended for a positive PED test. Meanwhile, the Bruins need a win to make a statement for a #1 seed, and to avoid falling two losses behind Oregon and Arizona in the Pac-12.

-I explain why pace will be the key to this game. Arizona has a great chance to win if they can hold scoring in the 70s, but UCLA is almost unstoppable when games get into the 80s.

-Then I give NFL Conference Championship Predictions. Give me the Falcons and Patriots to win home games and advance to Super Bowl 51!

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Pac-12 Weekly MBB Recap- UCLA Survives, Gonzaga Thrives

15Jan

After the emergency Chargers podcast, it's time to return to Pac-12 hoops (with a Gonzaga shoutout).

-#16 Arizona and #11 Oregon manhandled their in-state rivals to stay undefeated in conference play.

-#4 UCLA bent but never broke in key road wins at Utah and Colorado.

-Utah and Cal gave the selection committee something to think about with nice performances over the weekend.

-#5 Gonzaga improved to 17-0 with a huge win over the archrival #21 St. Mary's Gaels. Transfer players have fuelled the Zags' success, and they will likely fight with UCLA for the West Region's top seed.

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EMERGENCY PODCAST- Dean Spanos’ Chargers Bolt up to LA

12Jan

Last night, Dean Spanos elected to terminate 55 years of Charger history in San Diego. He will move the team to Los Angeles.

-I explain why this is the NFL equivalent of a wife/longtime GF ditching you (who cares deeply for her & treats her well within reason)  for a guy who screws around w/ chicks and sees her as his 3rd or 4th option. And why this is qualifies as a Top-10 painful relocation in American pro sports history.

-I give a long Dean Spanos rant. Criticizing him for 1) costing the Chargers possible Super Bowls by being cheap, 2) ignoring warnings to build a new stadium dating back to 2003, and 3) failing to sell the franchise to someone committed to keeping the Chargers in San Diego.

-This is just the third original AFL team to relocate (Dallas Texans-KC, Houston Oilers-TEN), and the only original AFL city without an NFL franchise. Add in the fact that San Diego is a Top-15 national market, and this move becomes completely inexcuusable.

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Pac-12 MBB Week Two Recap & FB Recruiting Roundup

9Jan

-It was business as usual for the Pac-12 basketball powerhouses, as Arizona, Oregon & UCLA all steamrolled to 2-0 weekends.

-As predicted, my "key matchups" lived up to the hype. ASU edged Colorado 78-77 on Thursday, then Cal notched its biggest win of the season with a 74-73 win over USC at the Galen Center. 

-Utah might be the fifth-best tem in the conference, and that's a testament to Coach Larry Krystkowiak. They have been the biggest positive surprise team of the young Pac-12 season.

-Big storyline next weekend: How wil the SoCal schools fare in high altitude at Utah and Colorado?

-Finally, some marquee HS football players committed to Pac-12 schools on Saturday. I give the full rundown.

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All Aboard the 2017 USC Hype Train!

5Jan

In honor of USC's epic 52-49 Rose Bowl win over Penn State, this episode is all about the Men in Troy.

-In the first 12 minutes, I recap USC's win in the battle of formerly sanctioned schools.

-Then I hop on the 2017 USC Hype Train! I give Three Reasons why USC will make the College Football Playoff, Three Reasons why USC won't get there, and a final verdict on the 2017 Trojans. (Hint: They will not suck.)

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Oregon is a Basketball School: A Pac-12 Bowls & Hoops Review

2Jan

Happy New Years all! This episode spilts into two parts.

-First, I review the Pac-12 bowl games through the 24 minute mark.

-Then, I dive into Pac-12 basketball. Oregon and Arizona get the spotlight after both schools enjoyed impressive undefeated weekends. Looking forward to Week 2 of conference play, I explain why Cal, CU & USC are the teams to watch.

 

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‘Tis the Season for Pac-12 Bowl Games and Basketball!

27Dec

"'Twas the night before Pac-12 Bowl Season and all through the West, avid fans wondered: "Which team would fare best?"

-I start with Luke Falk returning to Pullman & Oregon's Willie Taggart hire in the news & notes section. (2:00-8:00) 

-I then give the time, location, TV info, and a prediction for each Pac-12 bowl game. I even changed my predictions for two games! (8:00-27:00)

-Last but not least, Pac-12 Basketball starts with a bang this week! (27:00-37-14) I explain why Arizona and Oregon are the most interesting teams to watch this weekend, remind people that UCLA and USC are both undefeated, and give the times & TV info for this weekend's key games.

-With the SoCal schools in Oregon & Arizona's squads traveling to NorCal, we are in for some fun basketball action.

Happy Holidays & RIP George Michael!

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Why More Teams Should Copy Idaho FB’s Self-Relegtion to FCS

22Dec

This episode has nothing to do with Pac-12 football, but is still worth listening to for any college football fan.

The Idaho Vandals, who are playing in tonight's Famous Potato Bowl against Colorado State (and leading 20-7 at the time of publication), are in the unprecendented situaton of voluntarily moving down to FCS football following the 2017 football season. Meaning tonight's bowl game is likely "One for the Road."

Though the Vandals did not desire this outcome, it may actually work for them in the long run. Schools like New Mexico State, Eastern Michigan University, UMass and other Group of 5 "losers" should consider a similar move to free up money for other sports and/or academic programs. For the FBS bottom-feeders, football is not a profitable sport.

Will other school's emulate the Vandals' move? Only time will tell.

Note: I incorrectly said NMSU moved to the Mountain West during the podcast. Like Idaho, they are also in the Sun Belt with no conference alignment beyond 2017. 

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