TFQ podcast, Oscar Robertson (#14) Episode: NBA Free Agency, NFL & MLB News

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Oscar Robertson Version (Ep. 14) & Appendix

Recorded Monday, July 7, 2014

It was goddamn humid during The Shit Show this week, but Count Yorga and I (Jerkules) kept the A/C and fans off to give you our weekly scoop on the sports world – uncensored insight, as usual.

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In #PROPS & #DROPS we recognize praiseworthy and shameful deeds in the sports world. We tweet several of them throughout the week. Follow Jerkules and TFQ at-large @TFQuarter, and Yorga @count_yorga on Twitter. Here are the ones that require highlights/links to better appreciate.

#PROPS to Rockets rookie Nick Johnson for this mammoth lefty dunk in the NBA Summer League.

#PROPS to Rangers centerfielder Leonys Martin, who got nasty on his former teammate by robbing Oriole Nelson Cruz of a homer.

#PROPS to the Cleveland Indians for turning a crazy-rare 7-2-4 triple play against the Dodgers. We agreed that there should be an inner #DROPS to Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig for squeezing out yet another brain fart to help the Tribe complete the play. Here’s the play.

As always, we did What I Saw, a news section for more discussion-worth shit that happened over the last week.

Yorga saw Jon Maciel, a pitcher for the West Michigan Whitecaps hit a bird in midair with a pitch. Obviously we had to refer to the ridiculous, cartoonish bird-splosion caused by a Randy Johnson pitch back in 2001.

bird-ball-death

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I saw Saints TE Jimmy Graham get his request to be considered as a wide receiver for a franchise tag denied in an arbitration hearing. We talk about this at length – the legitimacy of the decision, the relevance of it. I refer to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight ‘s Nate Silver, which argues that Graham’s success is largely due to QB Drew Brees. I’m not about to disagree with that claim, but I take issue with Silver’s use of ESPN’s Real Quarterback Rating (QBR) to help determine how Graham might fare with more average quarterbacks. To me, QBR stands as an opponent to the traditional Passer Rating. Cold Hard Football Facts has been making a rock-solid statistical argument about the correlation of Passer Rating Differential to wins and losses for a while.

I saw a ton of NBA free agency action – and the superstars haven’t even decided on teams yet!

I have a new hash tag/phrase for what separates some free agents from others this offseason: #walletdontlie, after Rasheed Wallace’s old “ball don’t lie” saying, which he’d use whenever a player missed a free throw after what ’Sheed deemed a questionable call got the player to the charity stripe. In this sense, if players like Dwayne Wade or others opt for more money and hamstring their team’s roster as a result, or Tim Duncan and other Spurs take less money to have a better chance at winning, well, guys can say whatever they want to the media about being committed to winning, but #walletdontlie. By the way, here’s a great way to describe how Duncan’s wallet don’t lie, how he sacrifices cash for success.

Here’s the box score for our Weekly Woodshed, when the Nats whupped the Cubs 13-0.

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TFQ’s podcast, Dan Marino (#13) Episode: NBA Free Agency, the Draft & more!

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Dan Marino Version (Ep. 13) & Appendix

It’s hot today in Toronto, this hot.

That’s also how high(brow) he got, as in Robin Williams, for this episode.

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Episode 13 is the Dan Marino episode, for numerous reasons. (But not 10,000, as second-place holds, right Wilt Chamberlain?) One classic Marino play is the fake spike against the Jets.

Our weekly segment, #PROPS & #DROPS. You can follow us @TFQuarter, and @count_yorga

#PROPS went out to the German national soccer team for their close win against Algeria. I mentioned that I like German coach Joachim Loew because he looks like Professor Stephen Falken from the 80s movie War Games.

Falken-Loew

Shall we play a game?

We looked at the NBA Draft. Are the Sixers a way station for raw talent? Listen to find out.

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My thoughts on Charlotte’s work in the draft:

My take on the Spurs drafting Kyle Anderson at 30th overall:

There was an extended talk about our own three big questions for the NBA free agency period. Check it out, for Christ’s sake.

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This week’s Statgasm went tantric as we tried to analyze LeBron James’ potential to damage his legacy by leaving Miami. To do so, we looked at all top 5 MVP vote-getters and how often they had to leave their current team to win a championship, as LeBron has once already (so far…). Listen up!

Here’s the box score for this week’s Weekly Woodshed.

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TFQ’s podcast, Randall Cunningham (#12) Episode: NBA Draft, the dilemma for the Heat & more

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Randall Cunningham Version (Ep. 12) & Appendix

We’ve got some changes coming to TFQ, namely a change of web address, a new layout and this podcast available on iTunes. (We also decided to start each episode with #PROPS & #DROPS instead of What I Saw.)

For now, my co-host Yorga tries to help me through a hangover while we smoke up thoughts about what’s happened in the last week in sports – and what might happen in the future.

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We/I deemed this the Randall Cunningham episode…. Here’s a sign of my love for Randall. (Note the Jerome Brown tribute crest.) This week’s Statgasm segment also focuses on his body of work – which indicates he was a more productive passer throughout his whole career than most people realize.

me-randall-jersey

#PROPS & #DROPS is our segment when we give thumbs-up/-down to things in the sports world. You can follow Yorga @count_yorga and me @TFQuarter

#PROPS went out to Michelle Wie for her first career major win at the Women’s’ U.S. Open. She’s often referred to as The Big Wie-zy, after Ernie Els’ moniker, The Big Easy, so I gave a Jeffersons tribute.

weezy

Yorga also gave her #PROPS for her wild post-win celebration, which included, but may not have been limited to, twerking and drinking out of the trophy.

#DROPS to Jets QB Michael Vick for saying that he started the current dual threat QB trend.

Yorga gave #DROPS to the Colorado Rockies fielders for somehow managing to allow three runners to score on a wild pitch. Sickening.

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In our weekly What I Saw current events segment, we applauded Padres pitcher Alex Torres for wearing a new model of protective headgear on the mound. It may not look traditional, but it’s better than concussion or death.

We did a one-off segment, Will He Stay Or Will He Go Now?, otherwise known as the Clash segment. We discussed what the Miami Heat might do with their roster, and what LeBron James and the Big 3 may or may not do in terms of deciding their own contract situations.  A frustrating thing about many pro athletes came up when wondering if Dwayne Wade would exercise his $20 million contract option, which would hamstring his team’s ability to improve the roster even though he’s surely already rich as hell.  I wish more athletes would take pay cuts if their roster needs ask for it, because at the end of the day they’ll still be able to console themselves this way.

Here’s the box score for a Jays-Reds game that was our selection for Weekly Woodshed.

During the Statgasm on Randall Cunningham, I remembered Eagles CB Eric Allen’s amazing 94-yard clutch interception return for a TD to win a game versus the Jets during which Cunningham broke his leg in 1993.

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