Previewing the Sweet 16 w/Brendan Haywood - CBS Sports

March 21, 2017

The first round of the NCAA Tournament is in the books.  We're joined by former Tarheel and current analyst for CBS Sports Brendan Haywood.  He'll help us break down the first two rounds and look ahead to the Sweet 16. And we'll ask him...

  • Biggest surprise through the first two rounds (Duke and Nova excluded)
  • Is there a scoring issue in college basketball?
  • The team he wish he had taken farther in his brackets
  • Grading the officiating so far
  • Who will be that breakout player of the tournament?
  • and does Charles Barkley finally agree that he's an elite shotblocker?

Plus, I'll tell you two names to keep an eye on for the Indiana coaching job. And the best side story of the tournament.

Be sure to follow Brendan on Twitter @bwood_33. And watch him all weekend long on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.


Bring On The Madness! - 2017 NCAA Tournament Preview

March 14, 2017

Let the madness begin! It's time to break out the brackets and pretend we know what we are talking about.  Luckily our guest knows a thing or two about college basketball.  Brendan McDaniels play by play man for Time Warner Sports and host of Orange Overtime joins us for our annual Bracketology episode.

We'll break down all four regions with Brendan and get his thoughts on Cinderellas, Blue Bloods, Chalk vs. Upsets, and we'll even play "Guess The Nickname". Plus...

  • Which Michigan team can go farther this year?
  • Region likely to see the most chaos
  • Will the 7-10 games be the new 5-12 this year?
  • Can a team from the PAC 12 finally make the Final Four?
  • and the best player in the tournament not from one of the top seeds

Be sure to follow Brendan on Twitter @McDanielsSports.


Conference Tourney Prep - Aaron Torres Fox Sports

March 7, 2017

The madness is upon us so it's time to take stock of the college basketball world.  We had a great chat with Aaron Torres from Fox Sports as we get ready for the big dance.

  • The Power 6 team that needs their conference tourney the most
  • The most important conference in terms of seeding and bubble bursting
  • Is it ok for top teams to lose early in their tourneys to rest up for the big dance?
  • Is this a down year for mid majors and potential Cinderellas?
  • Have we reached critical mass with the one and dones in college basketball?
  • Is Illinois a Top 15 job in the country (we had some fun debating this one)

Plus I'll tell you why Jets fans are going to be suffering this year but not much past it.  I'll share my thoughts on the combine and how it can be changed.

And we'll discuss Spin's 95 best alt songs of 1995 and Deadspin's Best Sounds In Sports.

Follow Aaron on Twitter throughout the Tournament @Aaron_Torres.  And here are the links to order Aaron's book: One and Fun: A Behind the Scenes Look at John Calipari and the 2010 Kentucky Wildcats



Episode 59: Hook em Spieth

April 13, 2015

A new king has been crowned, the pride of Texas Jordan Spieth is your new Masters Champion.  We'll break it all down including:

-How a double bogey became the turning point of the tournament
-A resurgent Phil Mickelson (told you so)
-Why they may have tied in scoring record but Spieth clearly outplays Tiger in class
-And why Henrik Stenson should wear a diaper and hold a bottle on the course
Plus Sean from The Sean and Bo Show stops by to pay off his NCAA bet.  We'll talk March Madness, one and ones and even bigfoot with Sean.

Episode 58: Masters Preview with Ryan Ballengee from Yahoo Sports

April 8, 2015

The Dukies proved they had the most depth in the nation by beating a Wisconsin team that ran out of gas in the NCAA Championship game.  We'll look back at final game and why this might have been Coach K's most rewarding of his five championships.

Plus it's Masters week!  Our old friend Ryan Ballengee from Yahoo Sports joins us to talk Augusta:
-Who is this new Tiger Woods?
-Is Rory still the favorite?
-And why is Bubba Watson a "childish 36 year old man" and is that a good thing?

Episode 57: Sweet 16 Preview

March 23, 2015

How's your brackets?  Did you mistakenly think this year's Villanova team was different?  Did you have too much faith in the A10?  Brendan McDaniels and I sure did (after all we are A10 grads).  Brendan joins us to take a look back at the glorious first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and a look ahead to the Sweet 16.


Episode 56: March Madness Preview

March 16, 2015

Hey if the President can help you with your bracket why can't we?  Brendan McDaniels Time Warner Sports Play by Play man joins us to break down the greatest three weeks on the sporting calendar.  

-Can Kentucky go 40-0?
-Is Nova the worst 1 seed in recent memory?
-Does UCLA getting in mean the end of the mid-major?
-Is this the year a #16 seed pulls the upset?
-and why is Dayton in the first four?  (oh right, ticket sales aka $$$$)

Episode 40: Welcome Back Brendan McDaniels!

December 22, 2014

The gloss has been knocked off the Maize and Blue.  In this episode we welcome back our good friend Brendan McDaniels to talk about why no one want the Michigan job to the lack of scoring in college football.  We'll also try to figure out what's wrong with the Bills and Saints and talk about where Jay Cutler goes from here.  


Episode 12: Hello Friends

April 10, 2014

As we say good bye to the NCAA we say hello to The Masters.  One of the great transition times on the sports calendar.  We'll recap the NCAA final and look forward to The Masters.  And why I don't care about the dark history of Augusta National.


Episode 10: A series of Good Byes

March 31, 2014

In this episode we say a series of "Good Byes".  Starting off with Chelsea Handler and Dan Marino.  Then it's the debut of my buddy Conaghan who joins me to talk How I Met Your Mother, Yankee baseball, why he's looking for a new NFL team and how many weekends we could do in college right now.  I promise we recorded this before the HIMYM finale!  But...nailed it!