Episode 18: The NBA Finals, The Heat’s Secret Identity, and Mario Chalmers’ Irrational Confidence
Hey what’s up everybody!? Episode 18!!!
Mando and Brian return for 40 min of NBA Finals talk and some great music! (Recorded just after the Game 4 Heat win)
- WTF is wrong with James Harden?
- Mario and the totally random rise of the Heat as a “team”
- It’s Derrick Fisher Time!
- Did Lebron kill “Clutchness” as a concept?
Also, you can follow Mando on twitter @IrredeemablyNBA
Till next time folks! — PTR
Shenanigans Ep12: NFL Playoff Edition! The season so far, predictions, and the difference between new talent and old farts…
Hey Hey Everyone! We are back!
After a month long holiday hiatus the gang discusses the NFL playoffs. Yes we know it already started… but that didn’t stop us from discussing the random comeback of the Giants, the 49ers, whether or not its still a quarterbacks league, and why the hell NFL teams keep hiring old coaches who haven’t changed in 30 years when there’s a ton of fresh talent in the college ranks! Relatedly… this is how institutions in general stay the same year after year. Also, super bowl predictions!
till next time folks!
Shenanigans Ep8: Taking Bill Simmons to Task on the NBA Lockout!
Hey Hey everybody.. this is episode 8 of the Shenanigans podcast hosted by Passtherelish!
This week the gang offers counter-arguments to sportswriter Bill Simmons’ pro-owner arguments after NBA lockout was finally concluded last week! Woo Hoo!
The gang feels really bad. We are all huge Bill Simmons fans, with Mando even listening to every one of his NBA related podcasts 6 times over, but enough is enough…. we decided to get together and do something about the pro-NBA owner ranting that’s drilling holes into our heads. Yikes!
Here’s a summary of all the points we address in sequential order in case you want to follow along:
- Should athletes just accept whatever owners tell them they are worth?
- We are talking about precentage of B.R.I. not totals!!!!! aaahhh!
- Are the NBA players way overpaid and is the league actually losing a lot of money?
- The three pro-NBA player points that no one is talking about (including the union): Flipping franchises, Real-Estate Ponzi Schemes, and Player Prestige. DO NOT MISS THIS!
- Why is the mid-level exception so damn important to players? We tell you. lol.
- What the hell do public sector workers, banks, and personal responsibility have to do with any of this? haha. We also tell you this.
Hope you guys enjoy! – Mando
Shenanigans Ep5: A Frank Progressive Discussion of the NBA Lockout, also the Gang Argues About the Top 10 NBA players!
Hey Hey Everyone! Welcome to Shenanigans ep 5 hosted by the Pass the Relish blog! This week the gang (plus our special guest Dan the Man!) tackles the NBA lockout and discusses the top 10 players going into the season.
As usual the gang tries to use the progressive perspective to reframe the debate. We also get a little testy about who are the top 10 players, with Mando making a case for CP3 and Dirk over some of the other stars. Zack, inexplicably, became a LeWitness.
The top 10 NBA players discussion starts at the 25:22 mark.
Also, wanted to share this must-read link that’s relevant to the lockout discussion. Its a post on a recent interview with the an NBA players union economist. The economist makes it clear the union is not unaware of what we get into in this podcast, what the interviewer inappropriately terms the “psychic benifits” of owning an NBA franchise. Lol, i guess real estate speculation is somewhat pyschic.
peace! — Mando
The Political Importance of Sports Talk
Max and Marcellus had a segment on the NBA Lockout today, and listeners were asked to quantify what percentage of their lives would be negatively impacted by the lack of Laker games in the fall. Clearly this is not the most scientific way to measure these things, and I’m sure that only the biggest sports fans are going to be spending their days calling in to sports talk radio, but the average answer was somewhere between 50 and 75% (with one listener even going up to 125).
I had a couple immediate reactions to this. The most natural response, and the first thing that came to mind, was a sense of shock about how high these numbers were. I mean, I’m a sports fan, I like the social aspect of it, and I have to admit that my life is better during NBA Playoff time. But I can’t imagine my percentage being any higher than 5, and even that seems like a stretch.
What’s more interesting to me, however, is what this says about the potential political significance of the way we talk about professional sports.