On today’s show, Pat and the other Roadhawks come to you live from a hotel in Baltimore on their trek to Met Life Stadium for Wrestlemania. They discuss the road trip so far, discussing the content Pat has made for the WWE and their time in Hershey, PA for a WWE live event, to Washington D.C. where they got an exclusive tour of the capitol from sitting US Representative from Ohio’s 16th congressional district and Pat’s former Colts teammate, Anthony Gonzalez, to winding up at a mansion outside of Washington D.C. for dinner. They also cover Foxy’s rough week so far, the NCAA tournament and whether or not Coach K blew his utilization of Zion down the stretch against Michigan St. and Pat’s budding fan hood for Purdue basketball. Pat and the Roadhawks also discuss how they’re out on April Fools Day and the many pranks he was involved in while at training camp, they send their thoughts and prayers out to Nipsey Hussle and his family after his tragic passing, and look ahead at the rest of the trip that still includes stops in Philadelphia, New York City, and New Jersey. Also included is a road interview with WWE superstar and Pat’s former Colts teammate, Baron Corbin, who joined the Roadhawks on their trip from Hershey to Washington D.C. (1:20:24-1:38:12). It’s a fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
On today’s show, Pat and the guys dive deep into everything that happened over the weekend in March Madness including the legend of Zion Williamson continuing to grow with an incredible performance in Duke’s win over UCF, teams utilizing the 4 and 5 point play, whether or not the tournament has lived up to expectations this year with almost all chalk moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and Orange Vanilla Coke’s quest to become the official drink of TV timeouts during March Madness. Pat also details one of the worst customer service afternoon’s he’s ever had while at Applebee’s with some of the guys, and gives an update on the engagement ring he bought for Sam. Pat also gives a heartfelt ode to Gronk as the guys discuss his retirement, his legacy in the NFL, and what comes next. Pat also recounts a couple of stories from his NFL career, including his wild poker run during the early part of his career, and he thinks back to his glory days playing soccer in high school and with the U18 national team as he recalls how other players probably remember him, and how he was a footsal national champion. This one has a little bit of everything. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
Its a day later and I’m still in awe of what happened in the Duke game. UCF had them down and out and somehow Zion willed this team to victory. The ball literally sat on the inside of the rim and time froze till it popped out and Duke held on to get to the sweet sixteen.
The way the game ended was true heartbreak for UCF and probably most of the world who all love watching Duke lose. This game turned on the missed alley oop though, UCF had a chance to go up six with under a minute left and missed. Duke then went back down the court to cut the lead to one with a three. I have UNC to win this thing in my bracket and i do feel that this bodes well for that to happen. Although Duke snuck away yesterday with a win i don’t see them getting passed Gonzaga in the final four if both teams get there.
Anyone who says that this Duke team is likeable, I strongly disagree, as long as coach K is at the helm I will never find Duke likeable what so ever. They are however the most athletic team in this tournament by a landslide. They still have a great chance at winning this thing but I just have a feeling their not so great three point shooting will be their demise at some point in this tournament. Yesterday was just a reminder that we all still hate Duke, only they could somehow pull out a win at the end of that game, after UCF was very much deserving of the win. Today is a sad day in sports with no madness after watching hours and hours over the weekend. Were down to the sweet sixteen and their is still a lot of ball to watch though, hopefully we see more games like this one going forward. Lets get this week started ya’ll and well be back to the MADNESS in no time. Cheers
On today’s show, Pat and the guys are locked in on the start of March Madness and chat about who they think is going to make some noise in the tournament, which spawns a conversations about the greatness of Zion Williamson, and whether or not he is the next LeBron. Also, one of the most electric guys around, sports handicapper, inspiration for the film “Two for the Money,” and friend of the show, Brandon Lang, calls into the show to talk March Madness and give the guys a few sure fire locks as well as some other plays for deeper in the tournament, and tells some hilarious stories. If you’re looking for free money, look no further (3:17-30:02). Also joining the show are two of the most accomplished entertainers in the history of sports entertainment. Holders of various titles, icons of the sport, The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) join the guys in studio to chat about their illustrious careers, what has changed in the wrestling business over the years, whether or not either one has any fear doing the insane stunts that they’ve pulled for years, what they still want to do in their careers before it’s all said and done, who some of the wrestlers that helped them early in their careers were, and they each share some hilarious stories about their different concepts along the way and take a look back to their early days when they were wrestling in their backyard and appearing on RAW at the ages of 16 and 18, respectively. It’s an incredible conversation with two incredible humans (50:01-1:21:39). Today is a really fun one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
Things were hectic all day in the office today so we didn’t get a chance to make it down to Gabagoools to record so here are our picks for tonight.
- Gorms – Lakers +9.5 vs Warriors. They’re fast and they shoots.
- Connor – Kansas -5.5 – Kansas off a loss at home with a big bounce back game against Iowa State. Bill Self at home is a force and playing the Jayhawks in Kansas is like sliding an extra loss into the loss column anyways
- Digs – Philly -4 vs Houston. It’s Harden vs all the Sixers on primetime TNT. As long as Embiid and Butler play we are good here.
- Gorms – 76rs -3 vs Rockets. They’re big and the shoots… and they’re fast.
- Connor – Georgetown -1.5 – The Hoyas have been on fire and Mac McClung is my favorite collegiate athlete since Reggie Bush. Hoyas all night long in the District of Columbia tonight and if you’re nervous just take the over.
- Digs – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win. Again my Russian Friends say she is a lock in Australia.
- Gorms – Sharks rout Panthers tonight because they’re fast, and the skate, and they shoots.
- Connor – Portland +5 – They travel to Utah and take on the Jazz but Lillipads and McCollum handle Spidah Mitchell and the Mormons. Joe Ingles may hit a game winner but we’ll take the 5 points for Portland and ride the trail thats been blazed for us.
- Digs – Philly/Houston Under 23.3.5. Just trust me on this one. I know some things.
Good Luck and Salud. Follow our bets here:
5-4 last night with Connor and I both going 2-1 while Gorms went 1-2. Got some very nice picks for everyone tonight. Enjoy!
Ohio -2.5 v San Diego St; O/U 51.5
We are on FIREEEE 5-1 to start bowl season and the excel spreadsheet is doing its job. Who would’ve known that spending 12 hours gathering stats & picks would actually do better than picking games because of a feeling.
Tonights game is a prime example of a game where I really want to take one team but I am sticking with the spreadsheet and what has got me to this point. Tonight’s pick is one that I am very shaky on.
Here is why I want to take Ohio. San Diego St lost four of their final five games. 2 of those games they lost as 18 and 24 point favorites. Not an ideal form to be in rolling into the Bowl Game. On the other hand Ohio has won 5 of 6. San Diego St is 0-5 ATS the last 2 years against non power 5 non conference teams. On the other hand Ohio is 13-2 the last 15 games against teams with a winning record. Ohio also won by 30 in their bowl game last year, they know how to win bowl games. I REALLY WANT TO TAKE OHIO.
HOWEVER, If I go by the spreadsheet that has led to 5-1 so far this bowl season it is a hands down pick for SD State. They started the season 6-1 with wins over Arizona St and Boise. The MWC is a far superior conference to the MAC. San Diego State has the #4 rushing defense in the nation allowing 94 yards a game. Ohio is the #9 rushing team in the nation at 260 yards a game. So if SD St can stop the run they have a very good chance at giving Ohio fits. I am going to stick with the sheet and take San Diego State but I would like it to be known that I am not extremely confident.
Buy that half point and Get San Diego St +3.
On today’s show, Pat sits down with the guys for a couple of conversations covering everything going on in the world. Digs and Zito join the show to discuss Zito’s weekend in Chicago and his blogging efforts, and Digs gives his takeaways from week 10 of the NFL, including a couple of awards he’d like to give out, and he and Pat discuss their rough weekends gambling. Todd and Connor pop in later for an incredible conversation covering whether or not Duke is going to get beat this year, what happened in the Patriots/Titans game, and the guys do a deep dive into Tony Robbins after Pat spent the weekend watching a documentary detailing one of his seminars. Also calling into the show is injured Center for the Arizona Cardinals and former Penn State standout, AQ Shipley. They chat about Quenton Nelson’s block, AQ’s time at Penn State, Zach Smith and Tom Herman’s beef, and the feeling inside Arizona’s locker room (32:23-52:50). It’s a good one. Come and laugh with us. Cheers.
I touched on this last week when the inaugural inductees of the Fictional Coaches Ring Of Honor were announced. Those guys are pretty much unanimous selections. This class was much harder, you’ve got a lot of people who are on the fringe here, and to maintain the integrity of the blog, I had to take some more time on this. Let’s take a look at the 2nd wave of coaches and mangers being inducted.
No coach out there had to go through half as many trials and tribulations as Pete Bell did while coaching the Western University Dolphins. Improper benefits, NCAA infractions, a point-shaving scandal, you name it, Pete Bell lived through it. Some may argue that it’s simply a PG-13 rated rip off of Bob Knight, but what do you expect when Nick Nolte spent an entire year on the bench with The General in preparation for the role. Pete Bell is a locker room guru who knows how to whip a team into shape when they’ve been playing like dogshit.
You’ll also never find a guy who fights for his team more and leaves his heart and soul out on the hardwood.
So he cheated to get his big 3 of Neon Bordeaux, Butch McRae, and Ricky Roe.. so what. How does that make him any different than Rick Pitino (who makes a nice cameo in this clip), John Calipari, or Bill Self? If you had the opportunity to land a young Shaq as a recruit, you’d give him a new Lexus too, wouldn’t you? Revamping Western U’s offense to run a high pick ‘n’ roll with Butch McRae and Neon Bordeaux? Fucking genius. Find me a better X’s and O’s guy out there.. you’ll find out pretty quickly that it ain’t happening. It may come off as highly hypocritical considering what I just said, but above all else, Pete Bell never lost his integrity. The guy simply loved the game of basketball.
Here’s another guy who just knows how to manage a team. Takes a team of rag tag bums and propels them from the brink of relocation to a formidable ball club. Always stressing the fundamentals of the game, Lou emphasized that no one man was bigger than the team.
How badly do you think Tom Thibodeau wanted to handle the Jimmy Butler fiasco in Minnesota the way Lou Brown handled Roger Dorn bitching and moaning about his contract?
Brown’s defining trait, however, is his ability to bring a clubhouse together, and no one had a more eclectic bunch of players than he did. Whether settling debates on whether or not Jesus Christ could hit a curveball, or recalibrating Rick Vaughn’s pitching mechanics, Lou Brown was highly invested in every player on his team. That’s why he knew that all it would take to start a winning streak was putting up a cutout of owner Rachel Phelps in the clubhouse with the promise
that they wouldn’t relocate to Miami the players would get to see her naked if they kept winning.
Lastly, Lou’s in-game management is second to none. You think it was Jake Taylor’s decision to lay down that bunt against the Yankees with the playoffs on the line? Not a chance in hell. That’s straight from the baseball mind of Lou Brown. It must’ve been hard walking around the dugout with bowling ball sized nuts, but if anyone knows how to do it, it’s Sweet Lou.
People love to tip Tony D’Amato. I’m not going to do that. I put him in here so people wouldn’t bitch about him being left off, but get ready for some harsh truths. Tony D’Amato wasn’t a good football coach, and he hampered the progress of Willie Beamen in every way possible. He was going to start a CTE laden Cap Rooney in the playoffs over Beamen when Rooney was essentially Jake Delhomme from his year with the Browns reincarnated; which is to say he wasn’t worth a fuck. Not only did D’Amato shit on Willie Beamen every chance he got instead of embracing the change, he failed to realize that Beamen was the only reason GM Christina Pagniacci didn’t whack his ass and promote OC Austin Crozier who was basically Sean McVay-lite.
When you’re only rebuttal argument is, “dude the inches speech,” that really hammers home how piss poor of a coach he really is. That’s literally his only redeeming moment. Unwilling to adapt to the modern offensive philosophies of the AFFA (Associated Football Franchises of America), D’Amato is clearly a relic of the past (reminds me of Mike McCarthy quite a bit). I don’t give a shit if he won a Pantheon Cup, the guy was more concerned with banging Jessie Spano than winning football games. When you add everything up.. Tony D’Amato is essentially Jeff Fisher. Here’s the inches speech though.
2 state titles. 22 district championships. And he still only cared about getting number 23. So Bud Kilmer ran his football team like an embattled despot, big deal, the guy was a winner. Oh, you’ve had 3 concussions in tonight’s game? I don’t give a shit, your teammates need you, get back in there. You blew your knee out? I don’t give a shit, take some toradol, and get back in there, your teammates need you. Say what you want about Bud Kilmer, but if your team hates you so much they band together and start playing for themselves, you’re doing something right.
He was always just trying to get the best out of his players, and you can’t fault him for that. His insult to Mox is nothing more than a motivational tactic. “Your daddy was a no talent pussy, but at least he listened!” Well.. he’s not wrong. This slight he throws Mox’s way catapults him into arguably the best second half of his career. That’s coaching, folks. If Kilmer isn’t a massive prick to all his players, we never get an uprising, and they never play to their full potential. Sometimes being a great coach means knowing when to start a full scale mutiny. Kilmer will always be one of the forefathers in that regard.
I’m sure I’ve left some guys off here that deserve to be included, it killed me not giving Phil Brickma the nod, but you’ve got to have a little bit of integrity, you know? If you want to give me a tongue lashing, go ahead @tyschmit