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Live From the 815 Episode 62 – Wuddup Two Shots Podcast Network?

You read that right folks. Two Shots Podcast Network picked us up and now WE ARE ROLLING. We talk the Bears collapse, Aaron Rodgers, our parlay picks, the AL and NLCS, a Derrick Rose update and an NBA preview including REALLY GOOD picks from Colton. I mean, they are really good.


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Live From the 815 Episode 61 – I Think Weโ€™re Into The UFC Now

The UFC is cool. We break down the fight, the NFL slate over the weekend, the MLB Postseason stinks so far and Notre Dame is going to win the National Championship. We finish off with some segments: Derrick Rose Update and Eminem Lyric of the Week (sorry mom). What a week.


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Here’s a Few Words on Last Night’s UFC 229

Holy shit kids. If you are reading this blow and you missed last night’s UFC 299, then I genuinely hope you were doing something very important because you missed the greatest television in the history of the world. It had everything. The buildup. The return of Conor. The reigning champ hating Conor to his core. And the actual fight was awesome. Lets start with the introductions.

That is showmanship folks. Whether you hate him or you love him, Conor McGregor knows how to entertain.

But lets get down to why I’m writing here. Khabib won the fight and was dominating basically the entire time. It seemed like he was in absolute control 85% of the time.

But then all hell broke loose.

Holy shit, AMIRITE?

Now, this is the time that the takes are going to be coming like hot cakes. “Khabib has no sportsmanship”, “He should go to jail for what he did”, “Where is the class? Conor wasn’t doing anything!”. Well folks, this is the reality of the situation. This is Ultimate Fighting. These guys beat the absolute shit out of each other for a professional living. They are two of the best in the world and may be two of the best of all time. Conor is a showman and will be the best person to choose if you want to entertain hundreds of thousands of people. And then, if you add his actual world-class fighting ability, then he is PERFECT for the UFC. Khabib on the other hand is a Russian maniac. He is a monster and at times during that fight, he was beating McGregor so bad that I was actually beginning to feel fear creep into my body, and I was just sitting on the couch in my apartment. Khabib had genuine hate for Conor and I think he wanted to kill him.

People may think that this has “no place in the sport” but those people can kick rocks. In my eyes, the UFC is just as much entertainment as it is an athletic specticle. That is why they do the weigh-ins and the press conferences and the media tours. This fight had a back story and context that no other fight in the history of the UFC and it led to the greatest television moment in the history of broadcasted fighting. That was crazy. I had zero breath in my body. I was on the edge of my seat AFTER I just watched grown men get their asses kicked. That is what the UFC is all about. Great fighting for entertainment.

I feel bad for any of you that missed that live, but holy shit was it cool.

Live From the 815 Episode 60 – Colton and the Cubs Are Dead

If you like high-energy, positive podcasts, this is not the episode for you. If you enjoy the sadness in other people’s lives and the depression that follows a blown season, THEN YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. We record literally minutes after the final out of the Cubs’ Wild Card loss to the Rockies and Colton couldn’t be more down in the dumps. We try and talk other things too but Colton is depressed the whole episode because the Cubs blew a great season and didn’t give a glimmer of hope for fans after the 162nd game. We then bring up the Ryder Cup to make Colton even more sad. Seriously. So, so sad.


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Quick Spin Zone For All Cubs Fans Going Into This Offseason

Welp… That was a real kick in the nuts. Just a week ago we were looking golden. On September 25th, the Cubs were 3 games up with 6 game left and I honestly thought we were Gucci. We had two tough divisional opponents coming up, I thought we were playing good enough baseball to ride this out and take the divisional crown. We don’t, we play Milwaukee in game 163 and we watch the Brewers celebrate at Wrigley. That sucked. We then move onto the Wild Card game, again, at Wrigley. And again, we can’t hit and watch the Rockies celebrate at Wrigley and just like that, the Cubs season is over. Fuck me.

So folks, what do we do next? Is this a disappointment of a season? Of course. But was this team going to win the World Series? No way, Jose. This may have been the worst 95-win team in MLB history. We had nobody consistently hitting all season and other than Javy Baez and Rizzo’s 2nd half surge, Jason Fucking Heyward was our best bat. That’s gross. Other than the inconsistent offense, this team’s bullpen was depleted. Jorge De La Rosa and Jamie Garcia were pitching big time innings down the stretch. Those are not Postseason names you want to hear in the year 2018. Pedro Strop was banged up and Brandon Morrow ceased to exist after a season full of injuries. Even if we move on in the playoffs, this bullpen would’ve made sure we didn’t make it too far.

So without talking about the terrible signings of Darvish and Chatwood (puke), let’s move on to what Theo and Jed can do this offseason. Let’s start with who is on the North Side already:

Cole Hamels

The Cubs could pick up a $20,000,000 option to keep Hamels for the 2019 season. He was a rock for the Cubs rotation this season after being acquired from the Rangers. Personally I would love to see Hamels come back and give us one more year of consistent Starting Pitching.

Daniel Murphy

Murphy is going into Free Agency this offseason. According to Spotrac.com, the 33 year old Murphy is valued to receive a two-year, $30,000,000 contract. Personally, I loved the move when we got him but I do not think we should invest money into Murphy right away. He’s a slow, old, defensive liability and we have bigger fish to fry in free agency.

Addison Russell

This guy is scum. At the time of writing this, he is being investigated for domestic violence. I have a blog from before the season even started and I’ve been saying it all season: I hate Addison Russell. He has three kids with three different women, already divorced and now allegedly beat his wife. He is constantly spotted out at bars and clubs nights before day games and he stunk out loud this season. Get him off the team now.

Jason Heyward

This might be the trickiest situation of the Theo/Jed Era. Heyward is set to make over $22,000,000 each year for the next 5 years. Brutal… He has a partial no-trade clause for the next two years and if I’m Jed or Theo, I am calling each team that he hsa off his list. IF we can get Heyward off the books, then we will all be witnesses to a modern day miracle.

Moving onto the free agent class.. And boy oh boy… there are two specific sexy ass names.

Bryce Harper

Lets go. Bryce Harper is entering free agency at the prime age of 26. That is insane. You never see a prime free agent come into free agency any age below 29, but this guy is the scientifically-proven prime of his athletic career. Harper is electric and his bat will instantly make any lineup a threat. His dog’s name is Wrigley and he clearly wants the Cubs to return to the World Series. Also.. this..

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Manny Machado

Another 26 year old. I didn’t even think about this until when we were recording our podcast last night. I have been so focused on Bryce Harper the past few years that I didn’t realize that with scumbag Addison Russell on his way out the door (hopefully), we have a hole up the middle. Go HARD after Machado, get some offense and keep this window of opportunity open a little longer. I love this move and this is #1 on my wishlist this offseason.

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So this is the final thought that I will leave you all to make this feel a little better. Since Theo and Jed have been running the show, if there is a need on the team, they GO GET THEIR GUY. Now obviously this will mean they have to move Heyward’s contract and that will be close to impossible. But these two guys are maybe the best front office duo in the history of the game and it wouldn’t shock me if they somehow got Heyward off their books. Give me Machado or Harper. Move onto next season. Lets Go.

 

 

Live From the 815 Episode 59 – CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien

What a great episode. We talk about Tiger Woods, THE Tiger Woods y’all, completing his comeback and winning his first tournament in forever. We recap the NFL, Sam is off of Trubisky but the Bears are still in first place. Colton is smashing the panic button on the Cubs and sounds like he doesn’t even want them to make the Postseason. CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien joins the show to talk about the rebuilds for the White Sox and Bulls and how he’s best friends with a certain former White Sox slugger who woreย #35ย (41:03-1:03:56). We finish with a Derrick Rose update and the birth of a brand spanking new segment: The Eminem Lyric of the Week.


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Justin Rose’s FedEx Cup Win Will Be Forgotten For the Rest of Time

Yes. I woke up this morning and immediately looked at my phone to make sure that happened yesterday. Tiger Woods won a golf tournament in the year 2018. He looked great wire to wire and honestly he has looked good for months. He won comfortably and just coasted to the most anticlimactic tournament finish of the season and yet, the ENTIRE world tuned into CBS to watch Tiger stroll down the 18th fairway with that classic Tiger toothy smile and saw the absolute circus happening on the golf course behind him. The Tiger Effect is real… and it is spectacular.

This… happened in real life.

That looks like a scene that people dream of. That looks like a scene out of Happy Gilmore. That looks like a scene that real golf fans watch from Happy Gilmore and turn to their non-golf fan friends in the room and say, “That never happens’. In the world of golf, that was complete pandemonium. And my favorite part about it? The calm and cool vibe Tiger was sending out into the world. He could’ve been frowning because “it ain’t over till its over”, or even just been an ass about it and said something like, “Oh well this isn’t a major so this will only be a footnote on my career”. No. Tiger was enjoying every step of that walk as much as his fans around him. He knew how improbable this was. He understood how insane this sounded one year ago. That smile and swagger that he had was one of the coolest things I’ve ever watched as a sports fan.

I watched his final holes on Sunday at work. And folks, I have to be honest with you, I ran to the bathroom and cried when he made his final putt, turned to the crowd, and lifted his arms in the air. To me, that felt like a, “I can’t believe this is happening” moment for Tiger and the fact that he showed emotion and connected with his fans was so cool. Those are the kinds of things that make golf so special.

Now onto Justin Rose. He wins the FedEx Cup and a FAT payday. $10 MIL to be exact.. It keeps solidifying Rose as one of the best to play the game in our era. And in my eyes, this type of FedEx Cup victory could not be more Justin Rose. EVERY golf fan will tell you that Rose is incredible. He lurks around the top of the leaderboard in every major and is a constant threat. But he is never one of the very first guys I think of when I think “Who is the best golfer in the world?” Names like DJ, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory immediately pop into my head, but never Rose. And now, his first FedEx Cup victory will also not pop into people’s heads. He will be a trivia question at your bar’s trivia night for the sports section for years and years to come. “Even though Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship, who won the 2018 FedEx Cup?” Nobody will know.

Now onto the Ryder Cup and guys, my gut is telling me that the US is going to ROLL. This may be the bloodiest massacre between the US and Europe in history. I can’t even think of another example at this moment to be honest. The boys flew with Tiger to Paris after his win and Tiger made it clear that they were going to crack open a cold beverage or two.

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Live From the 815 Episode 57 – Kyle Fuller and Randall Cobb Murdered Colton and Sam

Wow, what a roller coaster this episode. So much energy. We talk the electric Bears/Packers game, how the Cubs are choking and breaking Colton’s heart, Koepech not being able to pitch until our kids are in college and the nostalgia that the 2018-2019 Timberwolves gives to Sam. All this and more on LIVE FROM THE 815.

RIP Mac Miller.


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Thoughts While Watching Soccer (Futbol) From Somebody Who Only Watches Every Four Years

Hello everybody, it sure has been awhile. I have taken a little two week hiatus from life and traveled across the world and ended up in the great country of Australia. I will blog a recap eventually but goddamn was it fun. But you best believe I am back and better than ever.

The time difference still has my body all sorts of messed up and honestly it might be for the better because so far, it seems to have made me a morning person. Before the trip, you would be lucky to find me alive before 10 AM if I’m not on the golf course. But now I’m waking up at 6 and 7 AM like its nothing and it is really making me feel like an adult.

Today I woke up around 7:30 and turned on the tube and as I turn it on and see it is still on FOX from the US Open coverage yesterday, I see that I am awake for the pre game coverage of the Argentina-Iceland World Cup Match (notice how I say match and not game, I am so cultured). So since I just had an entire two week span of trying new things, I decided to keep progressing as a new cultured badass and watch some World Cup.

I typically only watch the WC if the good ole US of A are in it and disappointing the nation more than any team has in my lifetime. I started this blog at the 30 minute mark in the first half so I have missed some goals and shit so we can just move on. I’m sorry, I’m not perfect okay?


39′

Corner kicks are by far the coolest way to score. If you give me some sweet corner kick-to-header goal highlights then I will be on board with watching more highlights. They are by far the prettiest and most organized-looking goals. Other goals just seems like a ton of traffic and then a little luck to get open enough for the shot.


45′

Messi had a handball. I’m not sure but do you have to feel like the biggest idiot on the field if you commit a handball? Its literally the number one rule that the entire world knows about the sport.


46′

Extra time seems ridiculous to me. Is there somebody who actually keeps track of the time or is it just a guess that everybody accepts? It may sound like a dumb question but I want answers, damnit. I need to keep my traveled, cultured and knowledgable stigma about me.


Halftime

Kate Abdo hosts the halftime show and I think I have found one of the most beautiful women in the history of mankind. Good lord. Her British accent and that deadly smile would cause me to sweat on the spot if I ever saw her in person. I mean, look at this goddess.

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61′

Some guy for Iceland was just sitting on the ground like he just woke up from a nap. At first I thought he was a huge pussy because he was calling for a trainer but then they showed a different camera angle and his ankle was swollen to the size of a small couch. I was hideous. So this guy went on a real roller coaster in terms of my opinion of him. Now he is an Icelandic warrior who might be having his foot cut off in the locker room as I type this.


64′

Messi has a penalty kick.. BOOOO! How can you try to call yourself one of the best players in the world and blow this penalty kick? You NEED to close there. Isn’t the big thing about Messi that he can’t lead Argentina to any World Cup success? Homeboy looks like a child when just a day ago Rinaldo closed on three goals. I’ve always heard that Rinaldo just scores goals but Messi does everything on the field and therefore Messi is a better overall player but if you keep blowing these chances and Rinaldo keeps pulling hats out of his ass then you have to surrender all argument.

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66′

Messi misses a free kick. This guy is a choke artist.


75′

The sign language from the referees is very crisp and intense and I have no choice but to respect them. In American sports, fans always say that the best refereed games are the ones where you don’t ever talk about the refs, so the fact that I’m talking about them here is a little different.


80′

Guess what kids. Messi just missed another great chance to score. Shocker. If any of these chances were for his club team then they all go in and he probably has 45 goals this game. In my incorrect and unprofessional opinion, this guy does not have the national clutch jean.


86′

Argentina has been the better team by far this game. Iceland has lived in their own defensive zone for about 40 full minutes. This would be a steal if Iceland can tie this game.


87′

OH SHIT! The Iceland goalie just made a game-saving save. That was awesome. I’m so pumped right now. Iceland or die!!!


95′

And just one more for good measure… Messi fucked up a free kick as the game ends. Damn this guy is a mouse who is scared of the big stage of the World Cup. Argentina will never win with Messi. He’s a clown.


Well that was actually awesome to watch. The underdog stayed strong and that badass Icelandic clap gets my blood pumping so I am officially on the Icelandic Bandwagon. The announcers just said that the country of Argentina has the same amount of registered soccer players as the entire population of the country of Iceland.

Go soccer.

Go Kate Abdo.

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