Chase Thomas is joined by TrueHoop's Coach David Thorpe to talk about the fit of Russell Westbrook and James Harden on the Rockets, Harden adapting more to Westbrook's style, if the Sixers should have paid Ben Simmons, the conditioning of Joel Embiid, the loss of Jimmy Butler but the importance of Al Horford, the Pelicans huge offseason, Zion's ideal size, Lonzo vs. Ingram in the future, and hilarious Kevin Martin stories.
Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle to talk about 21 NFL offseason questions heading into the new season that includes Philly's elite offensive line, what a Stafford trade would like for Detroit, poor Josh Rosen, best-graded Raider in 2019, Kyler or Jimmy G for the next 5 years, who trades for Melvin Gordon, and the Broncos as a playoff team. Then, The UConn Blog's Aman Kidwai comes on the pod to talk about UConn returning to the Big East, their football program, and much more.
Chase Thomas is joined by Sactown Royalty's Sanjesh Singh to talk about the Sacramento Kings finally getting it together, the addition of Luke Walton's offense, De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley's ceiling in the NBA, how they compare to the Indiana Pacers, if the team will make the playoffs next season, trade possibilities for Russell Westbrook, why he'd be perfect in Toronto, the Spurs having too many guards, trading DeJounte Murray, DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge's trade value and much more.
Chase Thomas is joined by BSJ's Conor Ryan to talk about the Bruins falling just short in the Stanely Cup Final, what's next, their 2019 NHL Draft haul, Sebastion Aho's RFA drama with Montreal, the Hurricanes' offseason issues, Mitch Marner's future in Toronto, and the Coyotes' new billionaire owner. Then, From The Rumble Seat's Ben Tankersley jumps on the pod to talk about the end of the Paul Johnson era at Tech, Geoff Collins' hype, GT's recruiting, and what to expect in Year 1 in this new era.
Chase Thomas is joined by RBR Wrestling's Eric Brady to talk about the very good week of WWE television, what made the Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley spot work, less in-ring promos, Paul Heymans influence on the show, where The Miz and Cesaro fit on the show, the absence of Roman Reigns, Baron Corbin's perfect backstage promos, the return of Ronda Rousey to help the Raw Women's Division, what made the Ricochet and AJ Styles segment work this week, and the AEW vs. WWE war for teens.
Chase Thomas is joined by The Athletic's Jovan Buha to talk about everything going on with Kawhi Leonard, where the Clippers stand in the race, why the Lakers are the favorites with LeBron and Anthony Davis, the issues with the rest of the Lakers' roster, trading Kuzma instead of Lonzo, why Kemba doesn't make the Celtics that much better than last season, the Bulls possibly figuring it out, why the Pelicans are going to suck and why the Pacers are going to win the East.
Chase Thomas is joined by Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler to talk about the Yankees finding a diamond in the rocky mountains in DJ LeMahieu, his case for AL MVP over Mike Trout, how the Yankees have survived the injury bug, the Nationals figuring it out in June, Juan Soto going unnoticed once again, the brilliance of Max Scherzer, pitchers who didn't pan out this season, why Dan Straily sucks and Mike Minor doesn't, and the Yankees signing a 16-year-old phenom.
Chase Thomas is joined by Cheesehead TV's to talk about what they've been reading in the last week on the NFL, SI's Andy Benoit going after Ty Montgomery and his number choices, a Football Outsiders' piece on the rise of 11-personnel, why the Rams were so good on offense in 2018, the Jaguars making fun of Myles Jack's candle business, and Bill Parcells revealing how close the Saints were to trading for Tony Romo in 2006.
Chase Thomas is joined by Robert O'Neill to talk about Seth Rollins' extremely bad week online, his feud with Will Ospreay, his bizarre comments on Jon Moxley, Kenny Omega jumping into the fray, Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff getting Executive Director roles for RAW and Smackdown Live, what really will change under Vince, the ridiculous Shane and Corbin booking decisions, the brilliance of R-Truth and Drake Maverick and how to save The Miz's summer.
Chase Thomas is joined by MassLive's Tom Westerholm to find out what happened with Kyrie Irving in Boston, Kemba vs. Brogdon vs. Russell at PG, Hayward's role in Boston, the departure of Al Horford, paying Paul Millsap in Denver, how good Jamal Murray already is, Bradley Beal signing the supermax, the Wizards' options going forward, and much more.
Chase Thomas is joined by Fangraphs' Dan Szymborski to talk about the mess that is the New York Mets, Mickey Calloway's future with the team, if you fix the Mets with the Wilpons in power, Pete Alonso's All-Star case, Marcus Stroman wanting to be a Yankee, Jordan Hicks needing Tommy John, and much more. Then, NFL On Fox's Mike Pereira jumps on the pod to talk about his career, future of instant replay in football, and working with Troy Aikman and Joe Buck every Sunday.
Chase Thomas is joined by Peachtree Hoops and Talking Chop sportswriter Sam Meredith to talk about a wild week for Atlanta sports, why fans are so hyped about the city's future, Dallas Keuchel's debut in Washington, if the Braves could trade for Rasiel Iglesias in Cincy, why Ian Kennedy will be a future Brave, who won the Luka Doncic trade, why the Hawks' young core has a ceiling, who is Cam Reddish, and why the Falcons could contend in 2019.
Chase Thomas is joined by Bleacher Report's Dan Favale to talk about the Utah Jazz going for it by trading for Mike Conley, how the former Grizzly fits next to Donovan Mitchell, Utah's lack of depth on the wring, the Celtics losing Al Horford, how Horford and Porzingis would work in Dallas, Kemba Walker's fit in Dallas versus Los Angeles, paying Porzingis and Horford the max, the Thunder trying to move bad contracts, Steven Adams' value around the league, and much more.
Chase Thomas is joined by Sox Machine's Josh Nelson to talk about the White Sox playing .500 baseball into the middle part of June, the Braves' offensive explosion, what makes Ronald Acuna so special as a hitter, Freddie Freeman's NL MVP case, what the Phillies will do to respond in the NL East, the case for Mike Soroka down the stretch, the Yankees trading for Edwin Encarnacion, what Clint Frazier's future with the team is, the Indians trading Franciso Lindor this summer, and much more.
Chase Thomas is joined by Cat Scratch Reader's Brian Beversluis to talk about the Panthers' tumultuous 2018 NFL season, the big-time addition of Gerald McCoy, how it affects Kawan Short, the possibility McCoy has hit Father Time, Ron Rivera's defensive scheme changes, why the Panthers' defense has gotten progressively worse, the health of Cam Newton, how Norv Turner has helped him and the offense, the state of the o-line and the brutal NFC South.
Chase Thomas is joined by Black And Red United's Jason Anderson to talk about DC United's solid 2018-19 season thus far, the addition of Wayne Rooney, moving over to Audi Field late last season, the team's young, intriguing players, the Montreal Impact's poor goal differential, Atlanta United starting to get it together, and MLS storylines we're interested in for the second half of the season.
Chase Thomas is joined by NBA.com's Carlan Gay to talk about a wild Game 5 in the NBA Finals, the aftermath of Kevin Durant's injury, the play of DeMarcus Cousins, how the Raptors can win Game 6 or 7, Durant's free agency choices, the Lakers getting involved in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes again, why the Knicks shouldn't be in, what the Celtics can do, and the Cavs hiring another college coach to their staff with Lindsay Gottlieb.
Chase Thomas is joined by Yahoo Sports' Chris Cwik to talk about the Texas Rangers being in the playoffs if they started today, their awesome gamble on Mike Minor, their lack of offensive talent outside of Joey Gallo, the AL not having any real contenders, Dallas Keuchel going to the Braves, Atlanta's rotation problems continue with Newcomb and Gausman, the Braves not moving some of their young arms for veteran talent, the Mariners falling off a cliff, if this is it for Jerry DiPoto, and Seattle's historically bad defense.
Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle to talk about Trent Williams and how worried should teams be about his recent PFF-grade slide, will the Patriots shifting focus from TEs to WRs drastically change how the Pats operate on offense, what is the final number for Dak Prescott going to be and can the Cowboys still win a Super Bowl once it’s signed, have the Eagles fixed their secondary problem, which unit finishes better from PFF this year: Oakland’s offense or defense, did the Packers add enough WR help for Aaron Rodgers this summer, are we all a year or two early on the Browns, can you sell Giants fans on the offense being better in 2019, will Bears fans notice the difference between Vangio’s defense and Pagano’s, rank the 4 NFC North QBs, does it matter that with Doug Baldwin retiring Wilson has basically nobody to throw to now, better chance at ROTY: Bush or Johnson for Pittsburgh, highest graded offensive player for San Fran this year, is Kirk Cousins a good fit for Kubiak’s scheme, if Broncos defense is in the top-3 or 5, is that enough to make the playoffs, who leads KC in rushing by the end of the season, biggest obstacle for the Rams to not get back to the SB, do the Redskins have enough RBs to the win the NFC East, Jets have enough pass rush to compete in the AFC East, and oes it matter who starts at center for the Saints?
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Chase Thomas is joined by Early Bird Rights' Jeff Siegel to talk about the NBA Finals through two games, Kawhi's groin and knee issues, Pascal Siakim's up-and-down series, if Boogie was that good in Game 2, Toronto's adjustments for Klay and Steph, the absence of Durant hurting Draymond at the 5, why teams may give D'Angelo Russell the max, paying Malcolm Brogdon over Kemba and Russell, where Russell should go, the Lakers' summer plans, why they should max out Jimmy Butler, and Josh Richardson being the guy for them to chase.
Chase Thomas is joined by The Athletic Vancouver's Harman Dayal to talk about the Stanley Cup final between the Bruins and Blues, what makes the Bruins so hard to beat, why Rask is so good in the net, if the Blues can make the necessary adjustments to win the series, the Maple Leafs moving Zaitsev, if the team can pay everybody this summer, if the Ducks are ever going to hire a coach, and who should trade for Phil Kessel this summer.
Chase Thomas is joined by longtime pro wrestling fan Kate Foray to talk about AEW's "Double Or Nothing" PPV, what made the event a success, how AEW will handle their roster's commitments going forward, if Britt Baker is the star of the Women's Division, Kenny Omega starting 0-2 in AEW, Jon Moxley's insane debut, his comments on Talk Is Jericho, if WWE and Vince McMahon will change to adapt to the times, a bad week of RAW and Smackdown Live, who Brock Lesnar should cash-in on and if it's time for Undisputed Era to win all the titles in NXT.
Chase Thomas is joined by veteran NBA writer Jared Dubin to talk about his note-taking work covering the league, how taking notes has changed his view of the game, how the Raptors should fair against the Warriors in the Finals, the potential return of OG Anunoby for the Raptors, who guards Kawhi, Danny Green getting back on track, the absence of Kevin Durant, if Dwane Casey could have done this, Draymond's biggest roadblock against Toronto, the Rockets' weird offseason moves, moving on from Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul's contract and playing status, the Knicks and Lakers actually landing stars this summer, and whether it not it's wise for the Nets to sign both D'Angelo Russell and Kyrie Irving to massive contracts this summer.
Chase Thomas is joined by Oilers Nation's Tyler Yaremchuk to talk about his Edmonton Oilers shaking up the front office, hiring Ken Holland after weird GM search, bringing David Tippett out of retirement, how Connor McDavid could get better, offseason strategy for Edmonton, the Blues missing their shot in Game 1 versus Boston, if the Blues can make this a series, DJ Smith taking the Ottawa Senators job, and Mike Modano returning to his roots in Minnesota.