Without A Curse Ep#655: Red Sox Rusney Castillo Signing Sets Them Up For An Eventful Off-Season


The big Red Sox news from the week was the signing of 27-year-old Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. Alex talks about how Castillo factors into the organization’s future plans, and why he thinks this is the first of many dominos to fall over the next several months.

Alex also discusses the Red Sox’s latest prolonged losing skid, as the club has dropped eight consecutive games.

Though the pitching staff has been putrid, the season-long theme of failing to hit with runners in scoring position continues to rear its ugly head. The Red Sox have gone 10-for-74 with RISP throughout this stretch. Yikes.

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s minor league demotion is mentioned, too, and Alex attempts to figure out what it says about the Red Sox’s plans for him in 2015.

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex analyzes the mediocre AL East and talks about which teams he’s rooting for in the playoff races down the stretch.

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Purple Mafia Ep#171:Defense My Friend, Defense!

Matt Cassel wasn’t super sharp, but still looked solid, Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have much field in which to shine, but did just that, in what was given to him. With all that said, the defense is what shined brightest in this game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Zimmer and George Edwards have breathed life into what Jared Allen called “The worst defense I’ve ever been a part of” less than a year ago, and it shows! The Vikings pass rush was relentless, and three count them, three interceptions were brought in, one of them preventing a potential Chiefs touchdown.

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Purple Mafia Ep#170:Bridgewater Shakes Off Some Baby Fat!

Matt Cassel looked solid once again, showing continued good chemistry with Greg Jennings, in what should be a frequent combination this year. Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp pretty much the entire time he was in the game, including an exciting game winning drive with just 1:11 remaining. Anthony Barr and the linebackers continue to look better than last year, and the secondary shows some holes, but still some promise as well.

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Without A Curse Ep#654:Xander Bogaerts’ Maddening Defensive Errors Symbolize A Trying Season For The Red Sox


Alex recaps the past week in Red Sox baseball, which included the end of an exciting road trip and maddening four-game series against the Astros.

Xander Bogaerts’ defensive miscues at shortstop led to Red Sox losses on Friday and Sunday, as his performance continues to be worrisome.

In addition to analyzing the team’s recent play, Alex rails against the Boston sports media members who were determined to ruin the Red Sox Hall of Fame inductions for everyone last week.

Alex runs through the AL East standings, and says what he thinks Rob Manfred’s biggest priority as commissioner should be in the “Around the League” segment.

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Purple Mafia Ep#169:Discipline And Patience

The biggest thing to take from the first game of the preseason was that this Vikings team clearly is better coached than it’s been for quite sometime. The gaping holes you saw in several places last preseason and all year, were not nearly as evident Friday night, tell tale signs of improved coaching. Matt Cassel most likely will be the starting QB this season, as Teddy Bridgewater, not unusual for rookies at his position, looked pretty raw in game number one.

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Showtime And Twolves Ep#11:Coaches, Trades And Rumors

Joey and Vince are finally back, as our Lakers and Timberwolves offseasons have begun to take shape! The Lakers finally have a head coach, in long-time Laker Byron Scott, Flip Saunders returns to the bench for the Twolves, while maintaining his role as President of Basketball Operations. The international duo talk about free agency, their teams’ draft picks, and of course talk extensively the impending Kevin Love trade to Cleveland, which has both hosts very excited indeed!!

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The Crossover Ep#157:New Eras

The guys are back to discuss how each team is entering a new era with several new faces. Will the Nets miss Pierce? Can the Knicks run the triangle? Was Melo overpaid? These questions and more may well be answered in episode 157!

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Purple Mafia Ep#168:Catching Up (Finally)

Purple Mafia is finally back! We deeply apologize for the hiatus, but Joey and Sebastian are back to talk about the Minnesota Vikings once again, as they recap the draft, and talk extensively about the Quarterback position, past, present and future. The boys express their pleasure with the ever versatile defensive strategy of coach Mike Zimmer, particularly with draft picks Anthony Barr and DE Scott Crichton. Many needs were addressed, now we will see if these holes will soon become strengths!

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#128:Super State Of The Timberwolves 2014

Talk about Super Show! A triforce of Paladino Joey, Marcus “The Forecaster” and the Courtside Podcast’s alpha dogg Hank McCoy join together to talk everything Timberwolves, including the future direction of the franchise, as Flip Saunders (temporarily) takes over the coaching reigns. The big three talk extensively about the woes of Rick Adelman, rant about Kevin Love’s hypocrisy, get into the team’s true leader Ricky Rubio. We finish the show with the annual season wrap up with the Wolves MVP, biggest disappointment, and biggest surprise.

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The NBA Crossover Ep#156:The Future

In episode #156, the boys discuss the satisfying conclusion to the 2013/14 playoffs, the Knicks’ possible future without Melo, and the Nets’ desire to buy in to the draft. They also talk about who they think will be selected in the draft’s top tier, and just what may happen with some of the league’s biggest-name players.
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