PMS 2.0 058 – Zion Williamson

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.

PMS 057 – March Madness, A Vegas Legend, & The Hardy Boyz

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.

Heartland Radio 2.0 Ep. 49 – Todd Vs. Steven Seagal

On today’s show, the guys cover a range of topics including sick dogs puking and dropping bombs everywhere in Todd’s house, the car buying process at a dealership, how many rolls of toilet paper the average person uses on a weekly basis, what the guys would do if they had an almanac similar to the one from Back To The Future for sports betting, and Kanye’s Sunday gospel services. They also dive into trash TV, the proper etiquette when it comes to getting gas, a mouse that has been absolutely terrorizing The Pub, the Hulu Fyre Fest documentary, whether or not the guys could win in a fight against the most famous celebrity who shares their name, and they recap the St. Paddy’s Day t-shirt sale contest, PETA taking a massive L for trying to slander Steve Irwin, and much more. It’s a fun one, come and have a good time with us.

This episode features @toddmccomas, @PatMcAfeeShow, @Digz, @nickmaraldo, @tyschmit, @BostonConnr, @HeyGorman, @VivalaZito, and @evanfoxy, and closes with an absolute banger from Metallica.

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PMS 2.0 032 – Defensive Rookie Of The Year

On today’s show, Pat goes live from the Indianapolis Colts facility for an incredible interview with the NFL’s leading tackler, probable Defensive Rookie of the Year, and one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs in recent memory, The Maniac, Darius Leonard. They cover his upbringing and how he overcame the odds being stacked against him, and who he’s looked to for advice. They also cover his thoughts on the Colts season, how all the slights thrown at him are just adding chips on his shoulder, and how he should take the NFL drug testing him as a compliment (6:37-21:09). Pat and Digs also give a touching tribute to Coach Sacko, their high school football coach who recently passed away, and the guys get into a conversation about Pat’s high school playing days. Later, sports handicapper, source material for the film Two For The Money, and friend of the show, Brandon Lang, calls in to give a couple of red hot NCAA basketball picks, chats a bit about his time caddying for Jim Irsay (and inadvertently takes a couple of shots at Gorman), and looks ahead to this weeks NFL slate while also giving some thoughts on the NCAA football playoff (1:02:17-1:25:45). The guys wrap up the show by diving a tad deeper into the NFL games, and give a few more thoughts on the weight loss competition. It’s a great one. Come and laugh with us. Cheers.

Fictional Coaches Ring Of Honor Part II

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.

Pete Bell

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.

Lou Brown

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.

Tony D’Amato

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.

Bud Kilmer

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

No Idea How This Isn’t The Most Popular Sport In The World

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Are you kidding me? I’d pay $100 every weekend to watch this on Pay-Per-View. This is old school game of thrones/Braveheart/Gladiator/300 type battles mixed with modern day MMA. Everyone charging in having no idea what’s going to happen. 

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Of course this is banned in the United States so we have to rely on our friends in Eastern Europe to bring this and all of its gloriousness to the world. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t somehow found a way to involve bears or tigers into the ring. Obviously they aren’t on the marketing level of say a Jackie Moon or Commodus but I assume they can get there.

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Things get very interesting when one team starts losing fighters and you then have 2 on 1 or 3 on 1 situations. These are trained fighters pounding on a human in the fetal position all at once while he tries not to die. I mean the one guy is being put in an arm bar by one guy while another pummels his face. Not some Chuck Norris Jackie Chan bullshit where the henchmen come at the hero one at a time. Shit always drove me crazy. If all 13 guys attack him at once Chuck Norris is going to die. 

Can you imagine this as a legit organization with financial backing behind it? How awesome would it be to watch Team McGregor vs Team Khabib rather than just McGregor vs Khabib or even Team New York vs Team Boston, Philly vs Pittsburgh, and so on and so forth. I’ll structure this fighting league just like the major sports leagues. Conferences, divisions, regular season, playoffs. It’s going to be glorious. Will listen to serious investment inquiries. 

I also know that this video is old and I do not care. It doesn’t matter.

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