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Episode 58: Greg Bishop, Jim Baumbach, and Dan Troisi talk Jets-Colts AFC Championship on the Docket
Greg Bishop, the Jets beat for the New York Times, joins Aceman and the Kwass to discuss Gang Green's improbable road playoff run as well as to preview their upcoming AFC Championship Game against the conference-winning Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Jim Baumbach, a columnist for Newsday, and Dan Troisi, a blogger for Jets Insider, also join the hosts as part of a panel discussion to breakdown the key match-ups and scenarios going into this very intriguing rematch of Superbowl III, which was a time in which the Colts came from Baltimore and resided in the NFC.
Edward Valentine, a blogger for SBNation's Pinstripe Alley and Patrick O'Keefe, formerly of Yanksblog, joins Aceman and the Kwass once again as part of a panel discussion to discuss the Yankees offseason moves following their 27th title. Aceman and the Kwass also preview the Jets upcoming wildcard playoff game at the Cincinnati Bengals and they'll discuss the Eastern Conference-best Devils, the hot Rangers, and the up-and-down Islanders. In regards to the hardwood, they also give the Knicks two minutes of air time since they are a game behind the eighth playoff spot. The Nets get 32 seconds in order to have one second for each of their 32 loses to only 3 wins. As always this time of year, they discuss the hot stove and Mets signings such as Jason Bay and Kelvim Escobar. The Sports Docket returns in a new decade after a ten-month hiatus.
Fellow BTR hosts Steve Grill and Alex Silverman of Hockey Night on Long Island join Aceman & the Kwass to recap the Islander games against the Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes, give a scouting report on the Islanders' hot prospects in the minors, and discuss the depth of the Atlantic. Also during the Docket, Aceman and the Kwass breakdown A-Rod's steroid confession press conference at Steinbrenner Field and all the media hype. The hosts also discuss position players reporting to Tradition Field and Carlos Beltran's remarks regarding Cole Hamels and the defending champion Phillies. As for Nate Robinson and the Slam Dunkin Knicks, hot topics include the inspiring post-All Star Game OT win against the Spurs and the Knicks involvement in potential trades for the Suns' Amare Stoudemire and Toronto's Chris Bosh. With the trading deadline looming, it is interesting to see whether there will be a new star Knickerbocker for the second half of the season. Being that the trade deadline is so close, Vince Carter's and all the trade rumors swirling around the Nets star is sure to find its way into the Docket. In-show updates of the Isles-Hurricanes and Devils-Lightning game come courtesy of Aceman. The Rangers and Nets plans to get back on track is also blueprinted on Docket #56. On the ice, hockey tidbits broached are Coach Tom Renney on the hotseat for the Blueshirts, Sean Avery's performance in the big Hartford-Bridgeport game, and the growing or fading rivalry between the Islanders and Rangers. With the NFL Season in the rear-view mirror, pigskin pointers tackled are Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw's return to jail, and the Saints cutting RB Deuce McAllister in addition to what that means for the rest of NFL Runningbacks on the market.
After a bit of a hiatus, Aceman and the Kwass breakdown A-Rod's steroid confession and the impact it will have on the Yankees. The hosts also discuss pitchers and catchers reporting to Steinbrenner Field and the reasons why the 2009 Yankee staff on paper appears to be the best Pinstripe pitching core this decade. As for the Amazin Mets, hot topics include new closer K-Rod's remarks about Mets being "the team to beat" and Jerry Manuel's consideration to drop Jose Reyes to #2 in the order behind Luis Castillo. With the addition of Livan Hernandez, the Mets crowded arms race for the #5 rotation spot is certainly something Jerry Manuel will be examining this spring. Being that it's NBA ALL-STAR Weekend, Nate Robinson's surpising slam dunk crown is sure to find its way into the Docket. In-show updates of the All-Star game also come courtesy of Aceman. The Knicks and Nets playoff plans for the Second Half is blueprinted on Docket #55. On the ice, hockey tidbits broached are Sean Avery's quick return to the Blueshirts, Martin Brodeur's rehab for the first place Devils, and the Islanders continued losing ways to earn a lottery pick. With the NFL Season in the rear-view mirror, pigskin pointers tackled are Brett Favre's final decision to retire finally, and the toughness that Rex Ryan brings to the table for Gang Green.
Aceman and the Kwass are revved up to preview the Superbowl XLIII matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals. The hosts breakdown the matchups, hype, and hoopla leading up to the big game. Super Sunday means an end to the Docket NFL Picks season, as Kwass's reign as champion ends at one with Aceman clinching the title with a record of (57-38) outshadowing the Kwass (54-41). Last season, the picks title came down to the Super Bowl as Kwass's pick of the Giants put him over the top at (50-26). Also on the Docket besides Supe Talk is the Joe Torre Book and A-Rod saga, Amani Toomer's bickerings against the GMen, and the Manny to the Mets rumors. Also on tap for the teams that are actually playing is the Knicks' amazing run to be the 8th seed, and the Devils-Rangers post All-Star break battle for first in the Atlantic.
In this rare pigskin only Sports Docket, Aceman & the Kwass recap the Eagles 23-11 trumping of last year's Super Bowl champion Giants. The hosts reflect on the disappointing end to an outstanding season of Giants football. They'll also recap the other three divisional playoff games, two of which were upsets. With the four teams remaining for the Conference championships, they'll make their picks on who will hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in February.
It's the second annual year in review show as Aceman & the Kwass recap the year that was 2008. The hosts will share their top 10 lists in sports moments, music releases, and the big screen. On this 2 hour jam packed Docket, Ralph Vacchiano, Giants Beat Reporter for the NY Daily News will give his take on the G-Men going for their second straight Super Bowl, as well as recapping the Giants-Vikings game. Rangers blogger, Stephan Lindsay for The Dark Ranger will discuss the keys for the first-place Rangers to stay on top, as well as recapping the crucial Devils game. Devils Reporter Jeremy Kenter will discuss the Magical Martyless Run with Scotty Clemmenson in net, as well the pivotal games against the Penguins and Rangers, with a west-coast trip coming up. Basketball is also on the Docket as HoopsVibe.com blogger Oly Sandor joins Aceman & the Kwass once again to talk about the 2008 ups-and-downs of the Knicks and Nets, and breakdown the rest of the NBA from the high-powered Celtics and Lakers to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last but certainly not least, Docket will warm you up with a little hot stove and give their take on the Yankee's surprising signing of Mark Teixeira and the Mets chances of landing Derek Lowe and/or a Manny Ramirez.
The one-yr anniversary show of Showdown and Docket on BTR highlights Singer Emily Shackelton as she'll talk with Aceman & the Kwass & Jon about AI winner David Cook's rendition of her song "Dream Big." IdolBlogLive.Com's DJ Slim recaps Idol Season 7 with the hosts. NHL.Com's Brian Compton, Behind the Jersey's Christy Hammond, and two bloggers from The Pensblog duke it out Stanley Cup style. Hosts will cover hot NY Sports topics like NBA playoffs, Mets in the clutch, & Joba's new role for Yankees
As the winter holidays loom, Aceman & the Kwass will recap a #1 game in Rangers vs. Sharks, while commentating on a #1 game in Giants vs. Panthers. The hosts will also recap a Jets Week 16 game against the Seahawks (aka Win #10), take a look at all the NFL Playoff Scenarios, recap Docket Week 16 picks and make their picks for a Week 17. Of course, the Knicks shot at giving the Boston their third loss and the Devils magical run without Brodeur in net is also on the Docket. Last but not least, the Docket will warm you up with their take on the big Yankee signings of CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett as well as the Mets acquisitions of Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz. The Docket will also like to extend a Happy Holidays Cheer to all of their fans and listeners!
Adam Rubin, Mets reporter/sportswriter for the Daily News talks Mets baseball live from Port St. Lucie with Aceman & the Kwass. Dubi, of the immensely popular Blueshirt Bullentin Blog and Doug Fischer, of Blueshirts on Broadway (making his second appearance) talk Rangers hockey on the Docket. Tom Boorstein, Yankees blogger for SNY.TV talks Yankees baseball and the steriod scandal. Docket also recaps the big trades in the NHL.
Brian Bassett, from The Jets Blog and SNY.TV joins Aceman & the Kwass to recap the crucial Jets-Bills Week 9 game, as well as discuss Gang Green's up-and-down start to the season. Aceman & the Kwass will also give their take on the 2008 Presidential Election, it's going to be a rocky Tuesday! The hosts will also recap the pivotal Giants-Cowboys game. Go Get dem Cowboys! As usual, the NFL Picks continue with Week 10 as Aceman & the Kwass are neck-and-neck. Rangers and Devils are flying off the ice, and the Knicks are coming off an impressive home opener against the Miami Heat, that and more comes your way on the Docket.
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