The Great Reckoning Is Here

If you believe the details emerging from the Pete Thamel story on Yahoo.com about the upcoming nuke that’s about to hit college basketball, then we all might want to prepare for some really crappy looking tournament brackets in the years to come. Thamel says perhaps 30+ programs will be touched, Hall of Fame coaches may see their careers and reputations go up in flames, and of course many will cheer all of this as a potential pre-cursor to the end of the NCAA and players finally getting paid. In today’s CzabeCast I lay out what a post-apocalyptic landscape might look like. Spoiler: it won’t be the pay-for-play utopia that many are envisioning. I visit Andy Pollin’s basement this week, lest we get arrested for “car sitting” outside QDoba too many times. Andy even showed me some of his memorabilia, including this sweet ABC Sports banner he grabbed back in 1978!

Johnny Football Starts Down The Long Road Back

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 30, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Comeback stories are the best. They are the essence of sports. Who doesn’t like a good comeback? We’re about to find out if Johnny Manziel has what it takes to crawl out from the wreckage of one of the biggest crash-and-burn flameouts in sports history. From college superstar diva and first round pick, to a bad punchline and endless social media photos of him boozing it up on a road to nowhere. Good luck, Johnny. Meanwhile, I talk about what the hell is “The Spring League” in today’s CzabeCast, take note of the latest sports radio casualty for “crossing the line” and mix-it-up with the “Notorious J-A-Y” on LeBron, Steve Kerr, his scouting system for women, and Trey Young. Your CzabeCast is ready to eat! Subscribe today via iTunes, Google Play, and more to never miss an episode!

“White Is The New Gold”

Shawn White had a magical moment at the Olympics last night, but of course the dirty laundry of his rock band past just had to get dumped out on the floor. In today’s CzabeCast I discuss why things like #metoo is not just a worthy movement, but it’s also valuable programming for networks, and irresistible clickbait catnip for bloggers. We got a good follow up on the OTL slam job on Michigan State from Mike Valenti in Detroit on 97.1 the Ticket. And Drew Olsen drops in to talk fungo bats, the death of newspapers and much more. All that plus Hogzilla Meets Hogwarts in Hong Kong. The CzabeCast is fun, free, fast flowing, and will leave you with brighter teeth in 10 days… guaranteed!

The Great Baseball Free Agent Freeze-Out of 2018

And one day… the money just stopped flowing. Oh sure, the owners HAVE it. More than they have ever had! But they have just all decided – independently of one another, they claim – that most of the free agents in baseball are no better than the next guy up from AAA. And those guys are WAY cheaper! Now look, I’m not smart enough to really know what is going on. In fact, I read people who are really smart about baseball, and they talk to people even smarter who are IN baseball, and even THOSE people (all of them) are having a hard time getting their heads around it.

So I did all I could today. I called my former Sports Reporters colleague Thom Loverro and put a few quarters in his jukebox of sports takes. In a nutshell, he blames the union. Which is odd, because he’s always been a union guy (even though he mocked me siding with the NFLPA because they were (his words) “one step short of a motorcycle gang” that was incapable of sticking together for more than 5 hot minutes. (PS: Thom was right).

There is also my Amazon ordering story, a few thoughts about the catch/no-catches and “Philly Special” (was it legal) and the Diet Coke commercial that caused my nutritionist to lose her mind!

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RG3 Just Had A Birthday, Now All He Needs Is A Football Team

And I need my $1,000 from Al Galdi, that weasel! Just kidding! As some may remember, I once bet my former afternoon drive co-host “One-Thousand-Dollars” that when Griffin left the Skins, another team would sign him to a deal of at least $10M in guaranteed money. I won, but barely. Griffin did get like $15M over 2 years, but was cut after one. I never got my money, but Al had an ace in the hole: I never gave him or his lovely bride a wedding gift. It was a stalemate. Truth be told, I didn’t want his many anyway. I wanted him to “bend the knee.”

Today on the CzabeCast I catch up with my ol’ drive time partner to discuss so-called baseball “analytics”, Redskins and Kirk “Cha-Cha-Cha” as well as the state of his alma mater’s basketball program: The University of Maryland.

A Long Time Ago, We Had Parades

And amazingly enough, a young mustachioed Keith Olbermann – yup, the same guy who won’t say “Redskins” now! – was on the scene for CNN to report it all! What good times. On today’s CzabeCast, Andy Pollin and I reminisce about what championship parades looked like in DC way back when, and muse about what they might look like today.

We also discuss Alex for Kirk, Joe Gibbs and his shotgun-phobia and what kind of new stadium in DC he would prefer. Also I try to understand how St. John’s can go from 0-11 in conference, to suddenly beating #4 Duke at home and #1 Villanova (!) on the road in the span of 5 days!

Mr. Smith Comes To Washington

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is chased by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan #91 of the Washington Redskins during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
I'll give my football team this much: we don't do anything subtle. The bolt-from-the-sky news of the Alex Smith trade on Tuesday night has put a jolt into not just the DC market for sports radio…Read more...

The Great Tom Brady Daughter “Pissant” Controversy of 2018

CzabeCast January 30, 2018
Super Bowl Stories: The Night(mare) Before
Tales of Stanley Wilson, Barrett Robbins, and Eugene Robinson

Notorious J-A-Y: Jay Cottrell, WBAL Baltimore
Radio Row Of Yesteryore
Explaining Kendrick Lamar
Explaining Lady Gaga
Reinventing Yourself
Hating Rap
Questions I’d Love To Ask at Media Day
Brady’s Daughter Controversy
Tiger Fan Shoots His Wad Early

KICKER: Fake Twitter Followers

Once More, With Feeling (… and $100 Million of His Own Money)

CzabeCast January 26, 2018

Pro Bowl Pattycake
Vince’s XFL Re-Boot
What’s Success?
NFL Threat?
XP Rule Change Idea

GUEST: Andy Pollin, DC Sports Podcast
Qdoba Tryst?
The Fuller Brush Salesman Convention
Marv Levy and His Schmeckel
Send It In Jerome!
Summerall/Madden
Mel Kiper Jr. Says He’ll Quit
Draft “Crapshoot”
Mayfield Douchebag?
Costas Lost His Love for Football
The NFL on NBC
Cosell Quits Boxing
Patriots v. Jags Recap
Tom Brady Over-rated
All Defense All The Time
Case Keenum: Not Good Enough
Root for NFC East?
Mack Holllins Local Kid
Division of Champions
Jay Gruden Quipster
Cowboy Hat Coaches
XFL Gimmicks
Wiz Players Only Meeting
Andy Betting NBA?
Home NFL TV Blackouts
MNF Halftime Highlights
“Chipotle, Only Closer”

Leave With This…
The Garoppolo SB Tax Factor