CzabeCast Monday March 12, 2018

Tiger Woods’ comeback continues to be a thing of utter amazement, as he nearly got back into the winner’s circle Sunday at the Valspar – on a course he rarely plays on tour to boot! What I want to know, is why can’t he pull the trigger on a big driver when he’s essentially playing with “house money” at this point in his life/career? I elaborate today on the CzabeCast. Also I preview my upcoming battle royale with either Verizon/Apple over my iPhone, which is now compromised with a bad camera lens thanks to being under pool water for exactly 20 seconds at a depth of 1 foot – max! Water resistant my ass! I demand a new unit, and for them to stop advertising these phones with water splashes on them! Some quick stray thoughts on the NFL trades that just went down, and we’ve got Chris Knoche to talk tournament. All that plus the California bullet train project continues to burn cash like nothing else under the sun!

CzabeCast Friday March 2, 2018

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before…. “let’s get a boycott of the NCAA Final Four going… that’ll show ’em!” I know I’ve heard it before. You spend 28 years hosting sports radio shows, you hear all kinds of things, and what Jay Williams of ESPN (along with Jalen Rose) is suggesting is nothing new. It’s also never going to happen, for a wide variety of reasons not even worth getting into detail about. That said, maybe if Jay wants to “cape up” on behalf of the poor, poor, student athletes, then he should spend a few minutes putting some scaffolding under such a rickety “take.”

Notorious J-A-Y closes our week, with a takedown of Fergie’s anthem at the All-Star game, and another swipe at Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle – two not-that-funny guys who keep getting gigs from TV execs who probably think they are George Carlin and Eddie Murphy in their primes. Jay also weighs in on the Bill Polian/Ryan Clark QB debate regarding Lamar Jackson.

All that and more, is yours on today’s CzabeCast! Download and enjoy at your leisure!

CzabeCast Thursday March 1, 2018

Boy, does Johnny Manziel have a deal for you! How about you, sign him, to a practice squad contract…. and he’ll play for NO MONEY DOWN! Huh? Bargain, AMIRITE? While I admire Johnny’s frantic desire to get back into the league, it doesn’t make it any less desperate than his bookend washout RG3. Griffin had more short-term success than Manziel, and was not an alcoholic idiot, but RG3 was douchey in his own ways, as well as immature in certain respects. Good luck indeed, Johnny. But second chances are not guaranteed in life, or sports. You’ll have to accept the fact that… you blew it.

Meanwhile in today’s CzabeCast, I try to get Andy Pollin to drop his terrible Gold’s Gym membership and join a real workout palace somewhere in Rockville. At least one where they open the doors on time. We also remember a time in which business cards didn’t have EMAIL addresses on them! God, we are old.

All that and more, is yours on today’s CzabeCast! Download and enjoy at your leisure!

 

CzabeCast Wednesday February 28, 2018

Oct 22, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball against North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Airius Moore (58) during the first quarter at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson looks like he’ll be the most interesting, polarizing, and hot-take generating player in this year’s NFL Draft. He’s already generated a kerfuffle over a Bill Polian suggestion that he should transition to wide receiver. Also, Jackson says he’s going to have his mom – yep, his mom! – serve as his “agent” during the draft process. Ooooohhhh-kay. I get that it’ll save some money – since rookie salaries are so tightly slotted according to a pre-determined scale – but I would think a good agent can help manage media and team perceptions of him as a QB. Also in today’s ‘cast, Bob and Brian join me, as we discuss the time we had a cabbie in Vegas last year who was like the Vince Lombardi for hookers. Trust me, it’ll make sense when you hear it!

CzabeCast Tuesday February 27, 2018

I’m back and finally rested from our Mervis Diamonds/Team 980 week long adventure to South Africa. It was amazing, as expected, and then some. In today’s CzabeCast, I will tell you why I will never get over NOT being able to say that I was the one who took the above photograph! That belonged to listener David Black, who was not just a great photog, but a great guy with a handsome family! Still, damn him for outdoing me on this one! WOW! Look at that thing!

Drew Olsen joins me today, and we talk Kirk Cousins to Vikings, NCAA scandal, Catch Rule Re-Write, and Heather Locklear’s arrest for extreme crazy. All that plus FTG, and calling things what they are, even if it sounds a little bit judgemental.

All that and more, is yours on today’s CzabeCast! Download and enjoy at your leisure!

Ronnie Mervis and I navigate the links at Cape Royal GC.

Feeding celebrity elephant Sebakwe, the face of Amarula liquor.

Ready to head out on a game drive with fearless driver Corne and ace tracker Michael.

This was MY shot of a leopard we spotted last day. Not bad, but not as glorious as the one above!

A tough manual focus shot, through the branches, in very dark lighting. Pretty good. Not epic.

Ace photog David Black (background) with his son Jason getting ready to load up.

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!