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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
There may not be fire just yet inside the Patriots organization, but thick black smoke is definitely billowing from the windows. I explore the chances that Alex Guerrero is going to be the Yoko Ono of one of the greatest sports dynasties ever. And Mike McCarthy seems more entrenched than ever! Plus, I found where Hank Goldberg is giving out his betting advice! Hint: It’s not great. All that plus our guest is our guy Gill Alexander from VSiN in Las Vegas on each of the betting lines in this weekend’s wildcard round. Teaser: he actually recommends some teasers! Suprise! And if Diet Coke really helped an old lady live to 104, then I will be approaching near immortality.
Today’s guest Drew Olsen of The Big 920 in Milwaukee explains that not only will Mike McCarthy be back next year for the Packers, but Brett Hundley likely will as well. It’s nightmare fuel I can’t comprehend, because a) Big Mac has run his course and b) Hundley is terrible. But hey, as long as #12 stays upright, it’s 50/50 at worst that the Packers make it back to the NFC Championship. Plus I’ll explain why football is never going to die until robots football takes over, and why Bill Belichick gives zero F’s about snowstorms.
The Packers are ready to hire a new GM. What direction will they go? Should they stick with proven “football guys” or think out of the box? All I know is that paying a “search firm” to help, is a total scam. If Mark Murphy doesn’t have a phone and a list of names, what is he doing? Also, I try to help make the Winter Classic “great again” and what about the Hall of Fame Finalists? My “brother-from-another-mother” Jay Cottrell joins me as special guest. And never forget: “Crazy don’t get tired.”
New year, more me. Aren’t you thrilled? Well, if nothing else… this one is free! If you want an extra 30+ minutes of me per day in your pocket, on your phone, edible whenever you are hungry for some earcandy, then 2018 is gonna be a good year! In this episode, the CFB playoff games, black Monday in NFL, stat of the day and more. Old friend Andy Pollin drops by as the FOCZ (Friend of Czabe) and we discussed the accomplishment of getting blocked by Albert Haynesworth on Twitter and the latest Kirk-ulation.
And I am mortally afraid that things are moving too fast at this point to stop it from happening. This week in the “Sports Reporters Back from the Dead” podcast with Andy Pollin, we discuss if this abomination is really going to happen.
Not only that…. we discuss…
– How god-awful the CBS Selection Show was with Charles Barkley and company.
– We remember the amazing run of George Mason in the 2006 Final Four
– And Andy laments the loss of Arnold Palmer as a ceremonial first tee starter at Augusta, and wonders who will be the next icon to beg out of it.
It’s all here for you, like the good ol’ days, digitally pristine, and ready for your earballs. Enjoy!
It’s not that I am ashamed of sometimes cursing like a longshoreman, it’s just that I am conscious of not becoming “that guy” who thinks a heavy layer of f-bombs makes me cool or tough. I’d like to think I’m a “medium” level swear guy.
But, others who know me, may laugh and disagree.
So when it comes to these podcasts with Andy, where the evil broadcast overlord FCC has no jurisdiction on what I say, and how I choose to dress it up in blue tones, I do like to stretch my legs out a bit and let a few fly.
I think I average less than 5 per 30 minute podcast. Which is not bad. I also try to let them emerge from my lips organically, for maximum punctuation.
So the question of swearing leads this week’s show. We then pivot effortlessly into important subjects such as “Accidental Penis” and the relative merits of the Erin Andrews peephole lawsuit.
If that’s not enough, then “alta cocker” Andy once again rides his hobby horse idea that Pistol Pete Maravich (yep, THIS argument, again!) could STILL play in today’s NBA!
It’s fun. It’s free. It’ll breeze by like a fart in the internet wind. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!