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 New Podcast Is Up And Running!

Blair Miller > THE SHIT SHOW, Episode 1

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Hey, sports world! We’re happy to announce some exciting changes at The Fifth Quarter, most importantly the start of our new podcast, The Shit Show.

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Hosted by yours truly (aka Jerkules) and Count Yorga, The Shit Show is a (mostly) weekly podcast where we will hang out and talk sports in the usual vein that TFQ followers are used to.

It’s our first crack at this, and we plan to get better as we go, but keep any comments coming. The podcast will soon be available on iTunes, and we are also changing our domain name and web layout – more on those to come.

In Episode 1 of The Shit Show we cover a lot of topics – while watching the final round of the Masters, won by Bubba Watson.

Here’s a list of what we discuss:

–       WHAT I SAW: A current events segment.

–       WEEKLY WOODSHED: A weekly segment where we look at a big blowout. This week: Hawks over Pacers

–       NFL FREE AGENCY: Our look at which team has done the best/worst thus far.

–       THE MASTERS: Thoughts on the tourney so far, while we watch the first half of the final round.

–       STATGASM: A weekly segment centered on statistical analysis.

–       NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW: Seeds aren’t finalized, so we make general predictions.

–       MLB PREVIEW: Division winners, Wild Cards, underdogs and overrated teams.

–       BOLD PREDICTIONS: Each week we end the episode with a look into our own twisted crystal balls. (Yes, we have glass onions.)

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During the podcast, we promised a sort of appendix – a set of links to some references we made during each episode. Here’s this week’s set of references.

Yorga said we would inflict the torture of Draft Day upon ourselves so that you know how bad it sucks before you decide to see it. (I had planned to go alone, but Yorga agreed to go during the podcast, which will turn out to be disastrous for his brain-how.)   Here’s a trailer for the movie. Sorry.

I mentioned TFQ’s NFL 2013 Upside Down Awards. Check ’em out.

I said that last season Texans QB Matt Schaub shit the bed more than Spud in Trainspotting. Those of you who have read my What I Saw column during the NFL season will know this reference. Here’s the source.

Episode 1’s Weekly Woodshed was the Hawks beating the Pacers 107-88. Here’s the box score, courtesy ESPN.com.

Here’s that dangerous YouTube montage of 10 hours of Doctor Hibbert laughing. (I like to make that laugh when Pacers C Roy Hibbert comes up.)

I said “I’ll get you, Jonas Blixt!”, which was a reference to Team America: World Police.

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Stay tuned next week for Episode 2 of The Shit Show!

We may not record on the same day each week, but next week we’ll be recording on Sunday again in honour of 4/20!  We’ll always try to pump out one episode every week or so, unless we say otherwise.  Stay tuned!

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