The Patriots Just Do Everything Football, Better Than Your Team

FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots deflects a pass intended for Dede Westbrook #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fouorth quarter during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s an annoying fact, but one that’s hard to dispute. From player and talent evaluation, to organization culture, to game day preparation, to in-game tactics, to making the right play at the right time, they are the gold standard. And yeah, they cheat, and are apparently getting the “butcher’s thumb on the scale” when it comes to the refs. Or that’s what some of the angry anti-Pats fans say on the internet. I dunno. Maybe, a little. But the Jags blew that game, because they didn’t play to win. In today’s CzabeCast I fly solo, with so much to talk about in both games. I’ve got Troy Aikman audio and Tony Romo’s giggling weird noises. Plus why I wish I hadn’t seen one particular government shutdown “hot-take” on Facebook.

My Boy Drew Magary Will Be Ready For the Rubber Room Sunday

As his Vikings set out to right the disastrous wrongs of past teams that couldn’t get it done! In today’s CzabeCast I make my NFC/AFC picks/predictions (hey, I was 3-0-1 last week!) and pay a house call to the foul-mouthed but addictive writer of the Funbag! on Deadspin. A wide ranging show today, that covers pitch clocks, butthurt baby NBA millionaires, and Goodell’s cabinet of flunkies. And Drew explains why he had his “Frank Grimes” meltdown on Bill Simmons after his latest Patriots column regarding Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady, and Jimmy G. It was a fun romp through a bunch of stuff. I hope you enjoy!

Hall of Fame Reckoning Comes Again: Joe Must Go In!

Every NFL fanbase has their “pet player” they feel deserves to be in the Hall of Fame above many other worthy candidates around the league. I get that part. But it strains the bounds of football common sense that the anchor of the first o-line to be known league-wide with a nickname “The Hogs” in Joe Jacoby, is still standing on the doorstep waiting in the rain. This year, has GOT to be the year. Andy Pollin and I talk about what has changed slightly in the deeply flawed Pro Football Hall of Fame voting process, that might be just what “Jake” needs to finally earn enshrinement. Hell, he only played every spot on the line besides center. He blocked speed demons like Lawrence Taylor and battleships like Richard Dent with equal dexterity. He went to 4 Super Bowls, won 3 of them, in two of those wins helped the Redskins set the big game record for rushing! In today’s CzabeCast we also talk about how far the Skins really are from playoff success again, what’s up with the ongoing TV ratings drain, and the movie “I, Tonya.”

His Tombstone Will Read: “Refused To Run The QB Sneak”

We’re all playcallers at heart. Let’s not kid ourselves. Ever since the invention of Madden football on Sega Genesis – hell, before that, with Strat-o-Matic Football in the 70’s! – every dummy on the couch watching football had better ideas for play calls that didn’t work out as planned, than the guys getting paid millions on NFL sidelines and in coaches boxes. In today’s Czabecast, longtime Steeler fan Jay Cottrell (aka: “The Notorious J-A-Y”) breaks down what really went wrong last Sunday, his disdain for now fired OC Todd Haley, the ref who lost his toupee, Markelle Fultz’ jump shot, and much much more!

Has Aaron Rodgers Just Made A Downgrade At Girlfriend?

So it’s official! Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick are now an item. A “hot one” at that? Or, is it insane to say that she’s somehow “not hot enough” for A-Rod? Well, one quick trip to Danica’s Instagram page should dispel that! Fun lovin’ and fit as a fiddle! She’s got me! A cross between Jillian Michaels, Angie Harmon in her prime, and a bit like A-Rod’s old flame, Olivia Munn. He’s got a type. Today’s CzabeCast FOCz Drew Olsen runs the gamut of topics, including the Viking/Packer rivalry explained in depth.

Skol-Blooded: The Aftermath, and Images From the Minneapolis Miracle

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 14: Stefon Diggs #14 of the Minnesota Vikings leaps to catch the ball in the fourth quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on January 14, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Diggs scored a 61-yard touchdown to win the game 29-24. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
If you want as many hi-resolution images of the play, then Sporting News has you covered here. If the Vikings make the Super Bowl, there will no doubt be one of these shots hanging in every…Read more...

Marcus Williams Joins The Pantheon of All Time Playoff Goats

Should I feel bad, at all, for Marcus Williams? After all, everyone makes mistakes. That said, bro, you had ONE job. I will explore my conflicted feelings about the NFL’s latest MEGA-goat who joins Blair Walsh, Rahim Moore, Pete Carroll, Brandon Bostick and others in the NFL pantheon of shame. I do feel bad about how my Redskins haven’t been in an NFC championship game in 26 years. The numbers will make you feel even worse. We’ve got STEVE BUCKHANTZ of NBC Sports Washington, PXP voice of the Wizards to break down all 3 of the game-ending calls. That, and thank God Hawaii is not a smoldering pile of nuclear rubble. Now, who the hell do we FIRE for that scare!

CzabeCast January 12, 2018

If this isn’t the Vikings year, I don’t know when it ever will be. At least when it comes to getting to the Super Bowl. Once there, the AFC Entrant looks to be formidable. Are the Vikings the most Snakebit, Cursed, Tortured team in the NFL? Maybe. I’ll chat with The Geek Freak Paul Charchian from Minnesota about his team’s chances, and sad history. In Philly, there is some forced bravado that this Eagles team is good enough around Big Bird … er Nick Foles.. and radio FOCz Harry Mayes from The Fanatic lays out the case for an Eagles win. Oh, and you can put away those pussy hats. Not cool, people. Not cool.

CzabeCast January 11, 2018

The Rooney Rule is called a “rule” for a reason, not the “Rooney Suggestion.” If the NFL plans to hold their member clubs accountable to league RULES, then they need to hammer the Raiders for the Jon Gruden hire. Will Le’Veon Bell really retire if he gets another franchise tag? What do you think? And contrasting views on how the Ryan Shazier story is playing out in the public narrative these days. Guest: Notorious J-A-Y proves he holds a grudge as a producer like the Ayotollah! All that, plus one woman in California is going to ruin the liberal Costco Return policy for all of us!

CzabeCast January 10, 2018

Foxborough, MA 10/26/14 New England Patriots Shane Vereen, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick on the sldelines with the game firmly at hand against the Chicago Bears during late fourth quarter action at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 26, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: PatriotsBears Reporter:

The possible, maybe, probably not, impending breakup of the greatest Coach-QB combo in modern history (Brady-Belichick) is the NFL story of the year in 2018. IF it actually happens. Should the Pats march to another Lombardi and Tom stays upright and clean, then you cancel the Alex Guerrero tar and feathering. That said, the Pats punted on the “percentage play” on Brady v. Garappolo and they are gambling big time on Tom’s continued health. This is just one of many things you’ll hear me discuss in today’s CzabeCast. Special guest Andy Pollin. Plus Aloe Blacc and alligators. What’s not to like?

CzabeCast January 9, 2018

For my money, few sports “narratives” are more exciting than the “new phenom out of nowhere” who comes in and does amazing things. It’s the Tom Brady story. It’s Kurt Warner. It’s John Daly winning the PGA Championship. Now granted, this Tua kid has been on prep scouts’ radar for a while. He’s a 5-star stud. So the true “Cinderella” angle doesn’t quite fit perfectly. That said, what we saw on Monday night was amazing – assuming you could stay up late for it. In today’s CzabeCast I discuss with Drew Olsen of The Big 920 in Milwaukee why I feel this has bumped Texas-USC off the very top shelf (don’t worry, peeps, I’m not throwing it away!). Also I have figured out how to get this CzabeCast delivered via Libsyn to all of the usual places (iTunes, Google Play, etc.) so please search there, and subscribe. Bear with me while I iron out all of the rough edges of delivery, archiving and such.

CzabeCast January 8th, 2018

The NFL can write all of the new concussion regulations they want, but let’s be honest: when an NFL playoff game is on the line, there is no damn way a team will hand the ball to Derek Anderson in the final two minutes and say: “Good luck! Because Cam Newton’s long term brain health is more important than this SILLY little game we are playing! Suuuuure. So the “blue healing tent” has become the latest NFL farce, along with adventures in replay, color rush, and Jeff Triplette. A sneaky-good Wildcard weekend, plus JT The Brick on Gruden’s return to the Raiders. That and Reason #1782 why luxury cruises are probably, a bad idea.