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David Buehler Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 25, 2009 by jasonmatheny

David Buehler (pronounced BEE-ler, not bueller) joined the show. What’s this? A kicker on the show? This is not your ordinary kicker. He lifted 225 pounds 25 times! Somebody drug test this guy!

 

Tony asked if he gave any crap to USC guys who couldn’t get that many reps, and David said he probably would have if anybody was actually around. You see, when the kickers and punters came in to lift, about 80 percent of the people in the stands took off.

 

David said he didn’t get much of a chance to show off his leg at USC, because USC doesn’t exactly kick a lot of field goals. David said the fans even chant ‘big balls pete’ (his words, not ours) on fourth downs to encourage the coach to go for it. And most of the time he did.

 

Tony mentioned he beat USC linebackers in the 40, and outlifted the offensive lineman – shouldn’t he be playing running back or linebacker? David said he wasn’t going to be running the wildcat anytime soon.

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Rich Lerner Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 25, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Rich Lerner of Golf Channel joined us, and Rich immediately pointed out the world is now spinning on its axis correctly. When Tiger went under the knife, the stock market was doing great, and now look what’s happened!

 

In all seriousness, it’s big that Tiger is back for golf. He looked great today, and he looks healthy. Fixing this injury could actually make Tiger better, as hard as that is to believe.

 

Rich said this is a big week for golf and it’s not often that golf takes the center stage on a Wednesday.

 

Tony asked about Anthony Kim coming out and dominating after flying back from Australia. Rich said this is a big week for him, and that he has the same deep voice as Scottie Pippen. Good knowledge!

Kevin Kennedy Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 20, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Kevin might be the only guy in baseball who isn’t a free agent, because he has 27 jobs man! Fox Sports, Sirius/XM, the Tampa Bay Rays. Is he also scheduled to be treasury secretary?

 

As mentioned above, there are a lot of good free agents out there. Kevin wondered how a guy like Orlando Hudson is still available. He’s a high quality second baseman, but there just aren’t any jobs out there.

 

The market is tough, and Kevin said there were some smart guys out there like Pat Burrell and Francisco Rodriguez who got signed early. They might not have gotten what they were looking for, but they at least have jobs. A lot of guys can’t say that right now. It’s so bad that players are calling general managers themselves.

 

Tony mentioned Marcus Giles is now with the Phillies, and Kevin said that was a smart move by the Phillies to cover themselves in case Chase Utley isn’t right.

 

Of course Tony had to ask about some guy named Manny. Kevin thinks Manny will wait to sign until the last few days of spring training, and he’ll end up as a Dodger.

Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 19, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Dennis ‘Oil Can’ Boyd is trying to make a comeback – and claims he’s throwing 90 (ed note: kilometers?) He’s 49 years old and says he can still throw effectively. Surely there’s a league-wide conspiracy to keep him out of the league.

 

He was with the Broxton Rox back in 2005, and is still trying to pitch. I guess it’s better than working a real job for a living but sheesh.

 

Tony points out some of the knuckleballers can pitch late into their careers, but isn’t so sure about a guy who wants to be a power pitcher. Boyd said he can throw 12 pitches! I’d like to see him name the 12 pitches.

 

As ‘Oil Can’ mentions he just wants one shot with a big league team, Tony points out the Dodgers need another starter. Not sure if he can go 7 innings every fifth night.

 

Tony asks if Geritol and Centrum Silver are considered PEDs for him, and Boyd says he’s all natural and just wants his one chance. We all hope he gets it.

Adrian Wojnarowski Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 19, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports joined the program to talk about NBA trades. He says there’s always a lot of smoke out there because there are a lot of discussions that get leaked, and rarely do those deals ever actually happen.

 

He says the Magic were the winners from the action after acquiring Rafer Alston, aka Skip 2 My Lou. He’ll be a much better point guard than Tyronn Lue.

 

None of the big-time teams really made any moves. Cleveland nearly landed Richard Jefferson from Milwaukee, but the teams are going to have to work with other types of players to try to improve their teams.

 

Tony asked about Stephon Marbury, and he said he didn’t think he was going anywhere. Basically Stephon isn’t going to accept a buyout from the Knicks, so he likely won’t be heading towards Boston.

 

Adrian complimented Oklahoma City, who gutted their franchise and has a ton of picks going forward. (Editors note: keep an eye on Thabo Sefolosha, who they acquired from the Bulls for a first-round pick.) He said the gamble on Russell Westbrook worked out great and OKC are looking like geniuses.

Eric Karros Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 17, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Eric started by mentioning everyone is seeking an ‘edge’ in every facet of life – at the workplace, on the baseball diamond, even in the bedroom!

 

Tony said he had mixed feelings about the ARod press conference, in that he tried to answer all the questions the best he could – he didn’t go to the ‘lawyer’ card. Eric said he didn’t really have much of a choice, and he only spoke up once he got caught.

 

Eric isn’t sure if the people are satisfied with the questions and answers, but he doesn’t buy the ‘young and dumb’ response. Everyone had a choice of what to do and Alex chose to use illegal substances. He could end up being the greatest statistical player of all-time, but he’s still one of the best ever no matter what he did.

 

He brought up a good point with the mental aspect of these drugs, in that they didn’t necessarily have to work, in order to be effective. Sometimes they can just give players a mental edge. He’s sure a lot of players took steroids and still were awful baseball players. He’s sure a lot of other athletes take steroids in other sports too.

 

And of course, Manny Ramirez came up – he said the Dodgers need Manny a little more right now, than Manny needs the Dodgers. He does think this could go all the way into the season.

Hubie Brown Interview

Posted in Interviews on February 16, 2009 by jasonmatheny

Hubie immediately ripped Suns management for leaking the news about Terry Porter’s firing. He called it an ‘embarrassment to the coaching profession’ and was an outrage that 16 coaches have lost their jobs since the end of last season.

 

He said the Phoenix situation is unfortunate, and in particular it’s bad that they’ve turned that whole team around, and not given coaches time to turn it all around. And they expect the team to be in the top 2 in the western conference somehow with all this?

 

Tony then asked Hubie about the All-Star game. Hubie said the biggest difference is the money for the winning share made a difference to the players. Now the money basically doesn’t matter to the players, and the game is more about entertainment.

 

Hubie said the Eastern Conference is pretty much set if there aren’t any injuries, at least in the top three – Cleveland, Boston and Orlando. He expects the Cavs to be at the #1 spot thanks to the return of Zydrunas Ilgauskas. He also thinks the Celtics will make a move for a power forward and maybe a backup point guard.