1.27.2014 Pac-12 Football Podcast – Never Forget the New Mexico Bowl

Remember the New Mexico Bowl? We do.

We wrap up our season of terribly picking Pac-12 games against the spread by reviewing all the bowl action. Special attention is paid to WSU and UW. We are nothing but our biases.

We have an interesting sidebar about whether winning a big college football game should be the best day of your life, and what else should be in the “best day” discussion. We also note UW’s surprising success on the hardwood, and take a final opportunity for the year to poke fun at awful WSU hoops and their awful attendance from their awful fans (while noting here that to a man every WSU fan I’ve personally met is a fine upstanding person.)

We are nothing but our biases x2. Click the link below to enjoy!

1.28.2014 Pac-12 Football Podcast

12.19.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – Tosh Lupoi scandal and bowl preview

Tosh Lupoi allegedly gave a kid some money to help him get his grades up so the kid could get into college. THE NERVE! What it means for USC and Washington (spoiler: nothing).

We pick all the bowl games using a highly scientific “Who’s happy to be here?” metric. Click the link below to enjoy!

12.19.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

12.13.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – Chris Petersen to UW

Blah blah Stanford won the conference again. Who cares? Washington dumped Sark on USC and hired one of the top coaches in all of college. We celebrate.

We also pick the All Condiment team for the second or third time ever. Exciting!

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12.13.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

H&F Archive:
Where’s the Fire?

It’s hard to tell whether the Seattle Mariners are that concerned with their lackluster play to start the 2010 campaign.  For the most part they appear rather indifferent.  Now, I fully realize that it is early in the season, but from what I’ve seen this season out of the club, there isn’t a ton of upside to grasp onto.  The starting pitching has been solid, but that’s little consolation when the offense cannot generate any run support and the closer can’t hold a 1-0 lead.

The obvious problem that the Mariners have is that they have no offense.  Going into Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays the Mariners had not hit a homerun in over a week.  As a team they trail Paul Konerko (by 3) in homeruns for the season.  That is beyond sad.  On multiple occasions the M’s have put runners in scoring position or even loaded up the bases and have been unable to generate any kind of timely hitting.  In their last 5 losses they have scored 7 total runs.  So, basically, that’s the problem.  They can’t hit and there isn’t much in the way of hope that they will find a big bat somewhere on the roster or in the minors.

However, taking the offense and putting it aside, I’m not satisfied with solely blaming the bats right now.  As a team, the Mariners look discombobulated and disinterested.  They are committing costly errors, suffering past balls, and just generally playing like losers.  Their eyes are down, their shoulders are slumped, and nobody is willing to show the least bit of emotion to vent their frustration.  The tension is written all over their faces in the dugout.  Now, for me, the casual fan, emotion is not the problem.  I’m more than willing to fly off the handle and start throwing people under the bus whenever it suits me.  Perhaps that means I wouldn’t make it on a major league roster.  Oh well.

The real breaking point for me was on Sunday.  After Doug Fister threw 8 shutout innings against the Texas Rangers, only using 100 pitches to do it, the M’s manager Don Wakamatsu chose to pull Fister to allow the closer, David Aardsma to pitch the 9th.  This, despite the fact that Aardsma had already blown a few saves this season and is not pitching the way that a closer should (ie – getting ahead in the count).  But, be that as it may, He was given the ball for the 9th inning to try and secure the W and avoid an embarrassing home sweep against a team within the division.   Aardsma walked the first hitter, and after having done that, he was allowed to face the next batter.  At that point, I lost it.  How inept does a Mariner’s player have to be before they are no longer allowed to be on the field? In my humble opinion, Wakamatsu made an incredible error leaving Aardsma in that game.  The rest, of course, is history.  Aardsma gave up the tying run and the Rangers won the game in extra innings thanks in part to the 2 past balls that Mariner’s catcher Rob Johnson allowed.

I fully understand that being a MLB manager is a hard gig (actually I don’t understand that at all – it seems simple as hell, but I’m sure that’s just because I don’t get it and not because it really is that easy).  You are dealing with a lot of egos and players who are mentally fragile.  However, what the hell is the problem with yanking a player who isn’t doing his job?  What’s the issue with that?  If I’m managing the Mariners and we are in a 1-0 game after a fantastic effort by my starter, and I’m looking to avoid a home sweep to the Texas Rangers, there’s no way I’m letting the closer go in and blow the game after I’ve watched him do it several times in the past 2 weeks.  No chance.  The rest of the team deserves my best effort as manager and I owe it to them to do what’s best for the squad.  Accordingly, when Aardsma walked that first batter in the 9th, I would have walked out of the dugout and up on the pitcher’s mound and told him, “can’t walk batters right now.”  And then I would have taken the ball from him and went to the pen. Message sent.  We are not going to lose games because guys aren’t doing their job.  We are going to win games.  I didn’t have to yell or scream or get in a player’s face to make clear that as a team, we’re going to play the game to win.

I don’t see anything wrong with doing that.  Aardsma can’t complain.  He knows as the closer that it’s unacceptable to walk batters late in the game.  That’s not news to him.  And if he’s upset with Wakamatsu for going to get him in a situation like that then it’s just too bad.  He isn’t being publicly called out or made a fool, he’s just being shown that if you don’t do your job, the team will find someone who will.  And that’s appropriate isn’t it?  That’s what should be done.

Instead, however, the Mariners aren’t doing those types of things.  They are grinding it out one loss at a time.  They are making errors, playing sloppy, and the only repercussions so far have been that Eric Byrnes has been released and Matt Tuiasosopo has been sent back down to Tacoma so that he”can play everyday.”  To me these moves are a fairly impotent response.  Byrnes was obviously not a major league talent anymore and his .092 batting average was just pathetic.  The fact that he was on the roster for opening day is more surprising (perhaps disturbing) than the fact that he was released so early in the season.  And Tui is still a young player that the franchise is attempting to develop.  Sending him down to Tacoma under the guise that it’s so he can play everyday is just a cover-up.  The real reason is because he looks awful fielding the shortstop position and the franchise needs to find a place to put him.  So, sorry but the moves the team has made don’t impress me.  Those moves don’t win games.

What I’d like to see the next time the Mariners take the lead in a game (and it won’t be tonight as the Mariners have 3 errors, 1 past ball, 1 wild pitch and have scored 1 run against the Devil Rays, headed into the 9th inning), is that they actually try to win it.  And if they begin to waiver, I’d like to see some leadership from a few players and/or the manager in the form of someone stepping up and taking control.  Not allowing the team to fail.

The season is young and the Mariners are no farther out of first place than one would expect from a team of their caliber.  However, unless and until someone on that roster chooses to give a damn, and proves it through their play on the diamond, it’s looking to be a long and frustrating affair.

(If I had any concept of who owned this team I would think about writing a letter.  As it is, I probably just won’t go watch them)

12.04.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – Sark to USC, Washington open

Any news this week? Ol’ Sarky jumped ship back (scare quotes) home (/scare quotes) to USC leaving the puppy Dawgs in the lurch. Mora spurns an opportunity to go to UW. We spend the better part of an hour sorting through Sark, Mora, and various potential Washington coaches.

Oh and there were games last week! UW won the Apple Cup. The reeling Ducks nipped the reeling Beavs in the Civil War. Arizona State looked flat out dominant in beating Arizona in the Territorial Cup. And some other shit. SARK!

We pick the Pac-12 Championship game against the spread, but be real: It’s Sark Week. Click the link below to enjoy!

12.04.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

11.28.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – Thanksgiving Day Special

Real quick show as we sneak away from our families to spend not quite 20 minutes talking about rivalry week in the Pac-12.

Big development is that we christen the Colorado and Utah game: The Battle for the Pickaxe.

We pick all of this week’s games against the spread. Click the link below to enjoy!

11.28.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

11.20.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – The Great Sark Debate

We go almost an hour (AN HOUR) this week. Discussion includes the Orgeron Trojans, Mariota as a passer, the remarkable decline in the accuracy of our picks, and – most of all – debating the future of Steve Sarkisian at Washington.

Will the Dawgs show up on the road in Corvallis? I SAY YES. Who wins the bowl-eligibility showdown in Pullman between the Utes and the Cougs? WE SAY SOMEBODY. Oh, and why the fuck is Idaho playing at Florida State this week? If any Vandals get injured in this farce, they and their parents ought to be able to sue.

All that and we pick every game against the spread. Click the link below to enjoy!

11.20.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

11.13.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – We can’t believe Washington is about to blow this game at UCLA

Yeah yeah yeah Stanford beat Oregon again. Awesome. Who cares. CAN YOU BELIEVE WASHINGTON IS ABOUT TO GET BLOWN OUT BY THIS AVERAGE UCLA TEAM? Us neither. #RoadSark

We pick all of this week’s games against the spread. Click the link below to enjoy!

11.13.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

11.06.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – We break out the Sark impressions

We did not pick games well last week. Why did we think WSU would cover against ASU? Where was the raucous Pullman Halloween crowd I envisioned? Wasn’t Reser supposed to be a house of horrors for the Trojans? I declare last week to be a blip, as it barely dented the comfortably plus-.500 against the spread picking record of your hosts.

This week: We both like Oregon to stomp Stanford. Ten points? That’s all? Be real, Vegas. Oregon easy. We also like the Sun Devil machine to keep rolling against Utah. UW? We’ll GUARANTEE a win, but not a cover. (HOW COULD THIS GO WRONG?)

We pick every game against the spread. Click the link below to enjoy!

11.06.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

10.30.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – I make the obvious BJ Denker joke

Denker? Damn near killed her!

Washington scores 40 for once and handles a Cal team the Dawgs were way better than. Oregon ran away from UCLA. USC made Utah look inept.

How did the Utes beat Stanford? How did that happen? Only four games this week. I’ll be honest I’m most looking forward to Arizona State @ WSU. THESE TEAMS HATE EACH OTHER.

Fig Jam did great against the spread last week btw. Oh also we lost our connection for a minute at around 11:00 of this and I did a terrible job keeping the show going while I reestablished it.

All this and we pick every game against the spread. Click the link below to enjoy!

10.30.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast

10.22.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast – 15 minutes of us bitching about Sark

We’re not happy with how Washington performed on the road against Arizona State.

We pick no games against the spread.

RIP Dawgfather.

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10.23.2013 Pac-12 Football Podcast