WWE With Mike Pielluci (Ep. 252)

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Chase Thomas is joined by WWE writer Mike Pielluci to talk about big guys in WCW, Christopher Daniels' workout regiment to stay in shape at his age, Ricochet's longevity in WWE with his style, best pro wrestling entrance music, the problems with Monday Night Raw over the years, the Becky Lynch character on Raw, Charlotte getting added to the WrestleMania match against Lynch and Ronda Rousey by Vince McMahon, why Dean Ambrose should go to Impact Wrestling, the Brock Lesnar versus Seth Rollins feud, Vince not liking the optics of guys leaving WWE in droves, and Kofi Kingston finally having his moment on Smackdown Live.

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NBA With James Holas of Lineups (Ep. 251)

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Chase Thomas is joined by NBA writer and podcaster James Holas to catch up on their preseason NBA predictions, why the Bucks and Raptors are the two teams to beat in the Eastern Conference, Kawhi versus Giannis in the playoffs, the Sixers sacrificing depth for more top-level talent at the NBA trade deadline, what is ailing the Celtics, the Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown conundrum, why the Knicks and Clippers clearing a bunch of cap space is a bad strategy and will continue to destroy teams for years, and the winners and losers from the trade deadline.

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MLB With Sports Illustrated's Jon Tayler (Ep. 250)

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Chase Thomas is joined by SI's Jon Tayler to talk about, yes, you guessed it, more depressing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado free agency rumors, why the Giants have gotten involved, if Harper should take a short-term deal, the possibility of either superstar choosing San Diego, the NL finally adding the DH, why we should all be cheering for the Twins in 2019, what makes the Indians' offseason so awful, and much more.


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Canadiens With the Montreal Gazette's Stu Cowan, Pelicans and Anthony Davis With the New Orleans Advocate's Rod Walker, and Ducks With Anaheim Calling's Felix Sicard (Ep. 249)

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Chase Thomas is joined by Montreal Canadiens beat writer Stu Cowan to talk about the team's surprising season in the NHL, the rationale behind the Nate Thompson trade, their stellar play of late, their depth issues on the fourth line, the improved play of Carey Price, and the job Marc Bergevin has done putting together this roster.

Then, the New Orleans Advocate's Rod Walker jumps on the pod to talk about the Anthony Davis saga in New Orleans, who is running the team with Dell Demps, Danny Ferry and Mickey Loomis in the fold, who Davis is as a person, the future of Jrue Holliday in New Orleans, when the trade will finally happen, and the future of the Pelicans after Davis is gone (26:00).

Lastly, Anaheim Calling's Felix Sicard hops on the pod to talk about the dumpster fire that is the 2018-19 Anaheim Ducks, the firing of Randy Carlyle, Bob Murray's job as GM, the contract situation for John Gibson, the veterans who need to be moved, how this team can change course this offseason, and why Jack Hughes could be the guy for the Ducks in the NHL Draft (60:00).

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WWE and AEW With Brad Shepard of Pro Sports Extra (Ep. 248)

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Chase Thomas is joined by WWE insider Brad Shepard to talk about why Velveteen Dream is the most important member of the WWE NXT roster, the long-term outlook of Ricochet, why Roderick Strong and Elias should jump to AEW, the possibility of Charlotte Flair and Brock Lesnar winning at WrestleMania, the issues with Vince McMahon's booking, and why Smackdown Live is screwed with Daniel Bryan and Asuka on the Road to WrestleMania.

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NBA With Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights (Ep. 247)

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Chase Thomas is joined by Early Bird Rights' Jeff Siegel to talk about the crazy NBA trade deadline drama, the sendoff Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are getting in Memphis, which teams might follow the Grizzlies' path in the future, how Gasol fits on Charlotte, the hilarity of Mitch Kupchak and Chris Wallace making another Gasol trade, the Sixers trading for Tobias Harris, how this may affect Markelle Fultz's future in Philly, the Hawks' successful road trip, Trae Young's big month, and much more.

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MLB and Cleveland Indians With Levi Weaver of The Athletic and Mandy Bell of MLB.com (Ep. 246)

Chase Thomas talks with MLB.com's Indians beat writer Mandy Bell about the weird offseason in Cleveland, if the team will trade Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer, Chris Antonetti's weird comments regarding Francisco Lindor, Bobby Bradley hype heading into the 2019 season, and the outfield depth issues with Michael Brantley gone to Houston.

Then, The Athletic's Levi Weaver hops on the pod to talk about the horrid MLB offseason, the weird arbitration approach teams take with their star players, awesome Adrian Beltre stories from Texas, JT Realmuto in Philadelphia, Tommy Pham sticking it to the Rays, and why the Braves won't sign Bryce Harper (30:00).

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NFL Super Bowl 53 Review With Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly (Ep. 245)

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Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Weekly's Eric Edholm to talk about how the Patriots stifled the Rams in Super Bowl 53, what New England did to frustrate Jared Goff, Cooper Kupp's value compared to Todd Gurley, the Rams' offensive line woes against the Pats' defensive line, why Peyton Manning may be the league's shadow commissioner and how outgoing DC Brian Flores will fair in Miami.

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Atlanta Falcons Offseason Questions and Super Bowl 53 Preview With Jeanna Thomas of The Falcoholic and Chris Brockman of The Rich Eisen Show (Ep. 244)

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Chase Thomas is joined by SB Nation NFL reporter Jeanna Thomas to talk about Super Bowl 53 Media Day in Atlanta, Wade Phillips' natural likability, the point of Dan Quinn as head coach of the Falcons, what Dirk Koetter's offense will look like in Atlanta, the addition of Bruce Arians into the NFC South, and what the Falcons will do about their offensive line and secondary through the NFL Draft and free agency.

Then, The Rich Eisen Show's Chris Brockman returns to talk about Chilis and Waffle House back-to-back in Atlanta, what makes this Patriots run so special, how Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are short-passing teams to death in the postseason, if the Rams' offensive line can hold up against the New England pass rush, and who will win Super 53 MVP (40:00).

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Ronda Rousey's WWE Future, Abyss in WWE, and Royal Rumble Predictions With Nick Piccone of Philly Voice (Ep. 243)

Chase Thomas is joined by Philly Voice's Nick Piccone to talk about missing New Year's Revolution, the latest on Ronda Rousey and her future in WWE after WrestleMania, Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch in the women's Royal Rumble match, Sonjay Dutt and Abyss making their to WWE, the Daniel Bryan character versus Ciampa in NXT, why John Cena should be the one to beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal title, and Randy Orton being the dark horse pick to win the Royal Rumble in 2019.

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The Sixers and Jimmy Butler Marriage, the Jazz Righting the Ship and Another Spurs' Pivot With Dan Favale of Bleacher Report (Ep. 242)

Chase Thomas is joined by Bleacher Report's Dan Favale to talk about the Sixers banking on Jimmy Butler meshing with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the importance of JJ Redick, why Wilson Chandler is the bigger issue at the 4, why the Jazz are back, finding the right guard next to Donovan Mitchell, Dennis Smith Jr. trade ideas for Dallas, Derrick White coming on for San Antonio, and how the Spurs are surviving in today's NBA.

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Chiefs Put Down Colts Bill Belichick Does It Again and Michael Thomas' Dominance With Austin Gayle of PFF (Ep. 241)

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Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle to talk about how the Chiefs blew out the Colts, the problems with Indy's offense early in that game, Kansas City force-feeding Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce the football, the Patriots force-feeding James White and Julian Edelman the football against the Chargers, the pass-rush brilliance of Tre Flowers, how Tom Brady can sit and never take deep-shots in 2019, the Saints surviving the Eagles through Michael Thomas, the Cowboys' offensive line not holding up against the Rams' dangerous front, and preview the AFC and NFC championship games this weekend.

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Washington Redskins, Edmonton Oilers and Cincinnati Reds With Ken Meringolo of Hogs Haven, Wick Terrell of Red Reporter and Rob Soria of The Hockey Writers (Ep. 240)

Chase Thomas is joined by Hogs Haven, SB Nation's Washington Redskins blog, writer Ken Meringolo to talk about what happened to the Redskins in 2018, why the Derrius Guice injury hurt the team so much, why this team was so injured, the weird coaching rumors under Jay Gruden, the QB situation without Alex Smith and the troubling leadership of Bruce Allen.

Then, Chase is joined by Wick Terrell of SB Nation's Cincinnati Reds blog, Red Reporter, to talk about the Reds' activity this offseason, where Scooter Gannett will play baseball in 2019, Dallas Kuechel vs. Corey Kluber, what to make of Cincy's improved farm system, and what makes David Bell intriguing as the new manager of the club (32:00).

Lastly, Rob Soria of The Hockey Writers wraps up the show with an update as to why the Edmonton Oilers are playing .500 hockey this season, what to make of the midseason coaching change, the issues within the front office, if the team can still take advantage of Connor McDavid being an Oiler, and what to expect from the team the rest of the season (63:00).

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NFL Divisional Round Preview, Kliff Kingsbury Craziness in Arizona, and the Packers Hire Matt LeFleur With Austin Gayle of PFF and Zach Jacobson of Cheesehead TV (Ep. 238)

Chase Thomas is joined by Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle to talk about the NFL head-coaching carousel, Bruce Arians heading to Tampa Bay, the impact of the Bears losing Vic Fangio to Denver, the wildcard in Arizona with Kliff Kingsbury, the possibility that Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and LeVeon Bell will all not be back in Pittsburgh next season and preview the NFL Divisional Round games.

Then, Cheesehead TV's Zach Jacobson jumps on the pod to talk about the Packers hiring Matt Lafleur, the similarities to the Mike McCarthy hire in 2006, keeping Mike Pettine as DC, and how things look for Green Bay heading into the 2019 offseason.

AEW Signings, Lakers Without LeBron, and Giants Finally Rebuilding With Connor Casey of Pop Culture, Grant Goldberg of Silver Screen and Roll and Bryan Murphy of McCovey Chronicles (Ep. 239)

Chase Thomas is joined by Pop Culture's Connor Casey to talk about the All Elite Wrestling press conference in Jacksonville, where Kenny Omega should go between AEW and WWE, the PAC vs. Adam "Hangman" Page title match in Vegas, who from WWE should jump to AEW, and much more.

Then, Silver Screen and Roll's Grant Goldberg hops on the pod to talk about the Lakers' play without LeBron James, their young core, Brandon Ingram's trade value, the Anthony Davis rumors, and where this team can go this season in Los Angeles (45:00).

Lastly, McCovey Chronicle's Bryan Murphy hops on the pod to talk about the San Francisco Giants finally rebuilding with a new front office, their lack of depth in 2018, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey's future with the Giants, the rest of the NL West, and what to expect out of the Giants in 2019 (68:00).

NBA Midseason Report With Beckley Mason of Bleacher Report (Ep. 237)

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Chase Thomas is joined by Bleacher Report's Beckley Mason to talk about his career at B/R, what makes James Harden so special in Houston, why Beckley is so interested in Markelle Fultz' future in Philly, the days of HoopSpeak Live, if we should worry about Golden State, why you should never build around a big in today's NBA, the Raptors as legitimate contenders in the East, and what makes guys like Josh Hart so interesting in the NBA.


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Cowboys As SB Contenders, Slow MLB Offseason, and All Elite Wrestling Is Happening With Carlos Medina of 680 The Fan, Nick Stellini of The Athletic and Derek Montilla of The Steel Cage (Ep. 236)

Chase Thomas is joined by 680 The Fan's Carlos Medina to talk about the Dallas Cowboys winning the NFC East, their chances against the Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round, what makes Dak Prescott work in Dallas, the next offensive coordinator for the Falcons and his Los's favorite 2019 NFL Draft prospects.

Then, The Athletic's Nick Stellini returns to talk about another slow MLB offseason, where Dallas Keuchel might end up, the latest on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, Sonny Gray's trade value and the Miami Marlins' lame uniform change (35:00).

Lastly, The Steel Cage's Derek Montilla closes out the show with Chase to talk about All Elite Wrestling becoming official, what it means for WWE and the indies, the McMahon's returning to television, and EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream as the next John Cena (75:00).

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Raiders Hire Mike Mayock, the Steelers Are Unraveling, and the Vikings' Struggles Explained With Austin Gayle of PFF and Eric Thompson of The Daily Norseman (Ep. 235)

Chase Thomas is joined by PFF's Austin Gayle to talk about the Oakland Raiders hiring NFL Media's Mike Mayock as their new GM, where the Raiders are going to play in 2019, Derek Carr on the Giants, the worst available head-coaching jobs in the NFL, and what to make of the Steelers' drama with Antonio Brown and Big Ben (1:00).

Then, The Daily Norseman's Eric Thompson jumps on the pod to talk about the Vikings missing the playoffs, the issues with the team's defense in 2018, the poor play from their offensive line, the Kirk Cousins conundrum, and who will be the team's next offensive coordinator (38:00).

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Is the Arizona Cardinals Head-Coaching Vacancy Also the Worst?

While most normal, well-adjusted human beings were finalizing their New Year’s Eve plans on December 31, I found myself on my laptop thinking about a tweet from the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. In the tweet, DJ wrote revealed what he thinks are the four best available head-coaching jobs. First, the Cleveland Browns, which seems right, but is still weird considering where this franchise was just a short time ago. Second, he had the Green Bay Packers. Duh. Third, he had the New York Jets, which, OK, but I’m not sure I totally agree -- especially with the uncertainty surrounding the front office there. Last, he had the Arizona Cardinals. I was deceased, as the kids like to say.

The Cardinals?

The team that plays in the NFC West; the team had more roster turnover than any other team in the league in 2017; the team needs serious help at virtually position outside of quarterback, running back and, ugh, that is it. This season, the Bears gave up 107 total pressures this season, the fewest in the NFL, per PFF. The Cardinals gave up over 200 total pressures and I am not sure how Josh Rosen is still alive. This team finished the 2018 regular season with the worst DVOA in the NFL. Yes, behind the Oakland Raiders. Their total DVOA was -40.4 percent and the next closest team, the Raiders, were -21. The Raiders! This was the worst team in football this year, but it still rates as one of the top four available jobs? Over the Denver Broncos? Over the Miami Dolphins? Over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Even over the Cincinnati Bengals?

I don’t get it.

Kyle Shanahan is coaching in this division and finding creative ways to win in the NFL with a guy named Nick Mullens every now and then. (Last month, this team beat one playoff team in Seattle and almost beat another in Chicago.) Jimmy Garoppolo will be back. Earl Thomas might be on the way. Shanahan devised an offense where Matt Breida can average 5.3 YPC and nobody bats an eye. Just imagine what this Niners team is going to look once they fill out that defense, once Jimmy G is back in the fold, once George Kittle is not the team’s only terrifying weapon on offense. Shanny’s Army is coming, that much is certain.

And then you have two playoff teams who don’t figure to be going anywhere soon -- the Seahawks and the Rams. The former has gone back to their roots as a smash-mouth, run-first team with an MVP-level quarterback under center. Pete Carroll just signed an extension, general manager John Schneider is not going to miss as much in the draft as he did during the height of the Legion of Boom era, and this offensive line is no longer coached by Tom Cable. The latter remains in win-now mode, has a wonderkid head coach, the best defensive coordinator in football, maybe the best running back in football, and one of the best offensive and defensive lines in football. And Jared Goff may actually be pretty good.

This is a problem for the Arizona Cardinals. A big one.

If you’re a prospective coach, like a Mike McCarthy, why would you want this job? Is the opportunity to coach against Sean McVay, Pete Carroll and Kyle Shanahan six times a year really something anyone really wants to do? Competitive nature aside, why follow Steve Wilks in Arizona? Is it the opportunity to develop a quarterback who threw more picks than touchdowns this season? Is it the opportunity to coach the worst offensive line in football? Is it the opportunity to work under a GM who will be on Coach No. 3 and needs to win quickly with a roster that can only lose often? Or maybe you just really want to work for an owner like Michael Bidwell.

Am I taking crazy pills, DJ?

Not all jobs are created equally, and this job sucks. If you’re Mike McCarthy, you’re only in the interview room if you’re assured you’re getting at least a five-year contract and full control of football operations. Any quality coach should demand that sort of power within this kind of organization. It is both something the Cardinals should not do and something Cardinals should have to do given their current predicament. The 2016 Arizona Cardinals with Carson Palmer, Calais Campbell, Tyrann Mathieu, and Tony Jefferson are gone. Sure, Budda Baker and Chandler Jones and Peterson are still around, but then what? Does Kirk bounce back with a new coaching staff? Does Fitz return? Does the team still try and establish a run-first identity with the worst offensive line in football?

In the desert, there are far more questions than answers. This is not a job you take without a whole of assurances about the future. This is not a job you take if this is your second chance at figuring out this whole being a head-coach thing. This is a job you take if you’re Zac Taylor in Los Angeles and want to jump the line. This is a job you take if you’re a college coach that may never get the call from another NFL team. This is a job you take if you’re low on options or high on upside.

Am I crazy or is this not the worst job in the NFL?

Wizards Lose John Wall, Grizzlies' Offensive Woes, and the Underachieving Timberwolves With Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights (Ep. 234)

Chase Thomas is joined by Early Bird Rights' Jeff Siegel to talk about the NBA playoff picture heading into 2019, the fallout of John Wall missing the rest of the season for the Wizards, the problems offensively for the Grizzlies with Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr., what Memphis can do with the Chandler Parsons contract, Trae Young's progress in Atlanta, Tom Thibodeau's future in Minnesota, and why the Timberwolves are underachieving.

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