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  • 00:52

    NFL Wildcard Preview

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    It's NFL Wildcard Weekend #GalPalNation! The regular season is complete - now it's all about the Playoffs. Win or go home - no do overs, no second chances. If your team is perfect you get to celebrate a Super Bowl.


    With me this week is James, the Houston Texans Superfan from Next Fan Up talking about the four match ups. We also talk about the coaching situation for many teams, and bring up a tiny bit of the Sports Gal Pal's favorite sport, college basketball.


    To listen to James and the rest of the Superfans visit blogtalkradio.com/nextfanup


    To follow James on Twitter @Boiler_James 

  • 00:29

    Wrapping Up NFL Wildcard Weekend

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    How bout these wildcard games over the weekend? Wild is certainly an understatement. We had some crazy finishes, one blowout, a choking missed field goal, & some bonehead decisions. Hats off to the Chiefs for FINALLY winning a playoff game since 1993. On the flipside, Brian Hoyer of the Texans had one of the WORST quarterback performances I've seen in a NFL playoff game in all my 29 years. The Steelers/Bengals game was exactly what many of us predicted...nasty & extremely physical. But those final two minutes of the game was as ridiculous as it gets. Seriously, guys have to be better composed than that. Marvin Lewis, who's now 0-7 in the playoffs as head coach of Cincinnati, may not return next season. & I think he shouldn't. Much like ten years ago, Pittsburgh traveled to Cincinnati & drop another "L" on their bitter division rivals in the postseason. Fast-forward to Sunday, & Vikings kicker Blair Walsh has a few hits out on him from some fans. But the guy missed a 27-yard chip shot after making 3 longer field goals during the game. The Seahawks better be thanking Jesus. Adrian Peterson should be at fault, too, but we;ve seen this story before with him. & after getting off to a fast start, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins really can't say "YOU LIKE THAT?!"...at least until next year. The Packers, lead by Aaron Rodgers, take care of business & are now moving on. For the first time in NFL playoff history, all four road teams won this past weekend. That said, each of them now have even tougher missions next weekend. Join Rocket at a special date & time...Monday, evening, January 11 @ 6:30pm as he analyzes the games, the aftermath, & Marvin Lewis's fate status. "The Rocket Sports Breakdown" podcast on Blog Talk Radio is where you wanna be. Rocket Nation, get ready for another WILD power trip.
     

  • 00:42

    NL East road trip 04/24

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    After a successful swing through Philly and Atlanta, E.J and Ryan recap everything that happened and preview the series in Cincinatti

  • 00:04

    Wildcard Speaks

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    General overview of this week's happenings.

  • 00:33

    NFL Wildcard Weekend; who will advance?

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    After 17 weeks, the NFL playoffs begin this weekend. The wildcard round features two division winners and two wildcard teams from both divisions. As the playoffs begin, each team has a chance to advance to Super Bowl 50, in San Francisco. Since the inception of the wildcard, in 1970, only ten teams have reached the Super Bowl. However, six of the ten went on to win. The AFC has seen seven wildcard teams advance, while the NFC has seen three advance. The last wildcard team to play and win the Super Bowl were the 2010 Green Bay Packers. 


    The four wildcard hopefuls: Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and Seattle Seahawks. The Chiefs enter the playoffs red hot winning 10 straight games. The Steelers possibly boost one of the most explosive offensive units. The Seahawks are the two-time defending NFC champions, and the Packers played in the NFC Championship last year.


    Each of these teams will play a division winner. The Houston Texans found a way to win the weak AFC South but will host the Chiefs in the first game on Saturday. AFC North rivals Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will square off for the third time, in Cincinnati. The Washington Redskins quietly emerged among the medicore teams in the NFC East and will host the Packers. Minnesota won their first division title, since 2009, and will host the Seahawks in frigid temperatures. 


    If you follow the betting odds, every wildcard team will advance to the divisional round. The latest odds come from FootballLOCKS.com http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_odds.shtml. The Packers are a one point favorite, Kansas City and PIttsburgh are three point favorites, and the Seahawks are the largest favorite at five points. 


     

  • 02:00

    Takeaways from NFL Wildcard Weekend

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    The opening weekend of the 2015 NFL Playoffs certainly put the wild in wildcard weekend with epic finishes to the games between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals as well as the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings.  What are the main takeaways from each game and the weekend overall?  Why have the Green Bay Packers re-emerged as a team no one wants to face after quickly dispatching the upstart Washington Redskins? Should the Redskins re-sign Kirk Cousins? We'll look back at the whole wildcard proceedings. 


    Then, we'll look ahead and preview and predict the outcome of each game in the NFL Divisional Playoffs including what we think we'll be the upset special of the weekend that the NFL Divisional Playoffs are known for.  


    It's also a big week for the NFL in terms of the NFL owner's meetings in Houston regarding #NFL2LA.  This is the week we should know which stadium site between Inglewood and Carson is preferred by the league and which team or teams are coming.  We will have on a very special guest come on to break down day 1 of the 2-day owner's meetings. 


    Then, we'll react to the 2016 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Class of Ken Griffey, Jr and Mike Piazza.  


    The 2015 NFL Playoffs are here and we are all over it for you.  Enjoy!  

  • 00:46

    SWTS 650: Pro Talk: NHL Week 24, MLB Preview - NL East, Playoff Picks, Finale

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    Join us for our pro talk segment on Sports With The StatMan on Wednersday night as we ramp up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the dawn of the 2016 MLB season.


    The Rangers hear footsteps, but it is the Penguins challenging them, not the Islanders. The Islanders have . We look at the local teams and go around the league. ***


    Our 2016 MLB Preview finishes up with a look at the NL East and a review of all of our picks. We also unveil our playoff picks and award picks.  Can the Mets repeat as NL Champions or will the Nationals do what they were supposed to do last year? ***


    Listen live this Wednesday night at 11pm ET, or download the podcast here.  "Like" the show on Facebook.  Follow the show on Twitter (@gstatman) for the latest updates.  You can also download the show on iTunes from your PC or mobile device in the iTunes Store, as well as Stitcher. And, visit our new website, StatManSportsOnline.com.

  • 00:45

    SWTS 648: Pro Talk: OOTP 17, NHL Week 23, MLB Preview - AL East, NL Central

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    Join us for our pro talk segment on Sports With The StatMan on Thursday night as we ramp up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the dawn of the 2016 MLB season.


    We will welcome Rich Grisham, Chief Marketing Officer for Out of the Park Developments, to the show to talk about the brand-new OOTP Baseball 17.


    The Flyers are rising and the Islanders are in trouble, as we talk about their chances of making the Eastern Conference playoffs.  Meanwhile, the Rangers and Bruins both finish up their West Coast swings. We look at the local teams and go around the league. ***


    Our 2016 MLB Preview continues with a breakdown of the AL East and NL Central. We break down the offseason and the rosters for the Red Sox and Yankees. The Red Sox bet big on David Price to help key a return to prominence while the Yankees try to ride their young stud pitcher, Luis Severino. Meanwhile, the Cubs renaissance in the NL Central continues as they steal Jason Heyward from the rival Cardinals, but the Cards are usually the odds-on favorites in the division. ***


    Listen live this Thursday night at 11pm ET, or download the podcast here.  "Like" the show on Facebook.  Follow the show on Twitter (@gstatman) for the latest updates.  You can also download the show on iTunes from your PC or mobile device in the iTunes Store, as well as Stitcher. And, visit our new website, StatManSportsOnline.com.

  • 01:10

    BP Wrigleycast Episode 8: NL Central Team Previews and Cat Garcia is Our Guest

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    We are one week away from real baseball, so the crew invited Cat Garcia (@TheBaseballGirl) from BP Wrigleyville and BP Southside to help with the team previews. Cat covers the rebuilding Reds, Joel discusses the slightly-ahead-of-the-Reds-but-also-rebuilding Brewers, Isaac fills us in on why the Pirates could afford a relatively quiet offseason, Ryan has the Cardinals #devilmagic, and Carlos touches on the Cubs and their depth.


    After delving into the NL Central, Joel takes us back in time for our 60 Days with a Former Cub segment with Lee Smith. The question of the week is about potential trade targets and Isaac takes us through Win Probability Added for our stat of the week.

  • 00:46

    SWTS 646: Pro Talk: NHL Week 22, MLB Preview - AL Central, NL Central

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    Join us for our pro talk segment on Sports With The StatMan on Wednesday night as we ramp up for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the dawn of the 2016 MLB season.


    The Bruins have overcome a bad start to the season, but the reports of their demise has been greatly exaggerated. The Flyers are in 9th place in the East, but they have games left against Pittsburgh and have a puncher's chance of making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Islanders continue to breathe down the Rangers' necks. We look at the local teams and go around the league. ***


    Our 2016 MLB Preview continues with a breakdown of the AL Central and NL Central. In the AL Central, the World Champion Kansas City Royals try for a title defense whlie holding off the rest of the AL in search of their third straight AL pennant. Meanwhile, the Cubs renaissance in the NL Central continues as they steal Jason Heyward from the rival Cardinals, but the Cards are usually the odds-on favorites in the division. ***


    Listen live this Wednesday night at 11pm ET, or download the podcast here.  "Like" the show on Facebook.  Follow the show on Twitter (@gstatman) for the latest updates.  You can also download the show on iTunes from your PC or mobile device in the iTunes Store, as well as Stitcher. And, visit our new website, StatManSportsOnline.com.

  • 00:31

    2015-16 NFL Playoffs Preview (Wildcard Round)

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    It's been a minute! My humble apologies for not being around since the summer. Things have been extremely busy for this thundercracker, Rocket. But it's GREAT to be back! & the timing couldn't be better. The NFL playoffs kick off this weekend, & we've got some very intriguing matchups. Two of the matchups are between teams that have played each other already this season. In the AFC, #6 seed Pittsburgh heads to Cincinnati just like 10 years ago. & most of us remembers how that game turned out for both teams. In the NFC, #6 seed Seattle travels back to Minnesota, the same place they went to a month ago & put on a thumping on the opposition. Also, we got the red hot #5 Chiefs visiting the #4 seed Texans & the #5 seed Packers traveling to the nation's capital to take on the surprising #4 seed Redskins. If you ask Rocket, all these games are interesting matchups. Forget what you saw during the regular season. The playoffs are a different animal. The journey to Super Bowl 50 @ Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA starts this Saturday. We have that, plus coaching changes throughout the NFL; who's out & who needs to get out. Rocket will make his wildcard predictions this Wednesday evening @ 6:30pm. He's back on Blog Talk Radio bringing out the new year! Rocket Nation, get ready for a power trip. BOOM!

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