Purple Mafia Ep#174:The Nightmare

Your host, Paladino Joey had a dream before last week’s game vs the Patriots, that the Vikings would be crushed, and that’s exactly what happened. The dream however, paled in comparison to the nightmare that would cloud this team all week, and for the foreseeable future.

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Without A Curse Ep#658: MLB Deals With Domestic Violence Just As Poorly As The NFL


Alex leads off this edition of “Without a Curse” with a commentary on what he deems the “most important week in professional sports in recent memory.” If anything, Ray Rice’s and Adrian Peterson’s actions demonstrate that the public needs to watch sports with a suspense of disbelief. A football game is no different than a movie, play or song.

Some people affiliated with MLB, including the commissioner himself, have spoken with an air of moral superiority over the last week. But Alex says MLB is in the same boat as the NFL in regards to its domestic violence policies. In some cases, it’s even worse.

As far as baseball news is concerned, the Red Sox successfully played spoiler to the Royals over the weekend. There were several encouraging signs, including Clay Buchholz’s continued spell of dominance and Xander Bogaerts’ hot hitting.

The biggest news from the last seven days involves Dustin Pedroia, who underwent season-ending wrist surgery recently. His offensive performance is on a clear decline, which leads one to ask if the Red Sox re-signed him because they like the contract or the player.

Alex talks about the effect that Chris Davis’ 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines will have on the Orioles in the “Around the League” segment. He also sends his well-wishes to slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who was hit in the eye with a pitch Thursday. It was a scary moment indeed.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#129:New Wolves Order

The Hall and Oates of basketball radio are back, as your hosts “Paladino Joey and Marcus the “Forecaster” talk about the biggest and best trade in franchise history. The Timberwolves in late August traded Kevin Love to Cleveland, and in return have acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeous Young from Philadelphia. Joey and Marcus of course feature this trade, then talk about Rubio’s crazy demands, and wraps things up with the other major offseason moves in the NBA this summer!

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Showtime and Timberwolves Ep#12:The Kevin Love Show

Joey and Vince return to finally talk about the Kevin Love trade, in which the Timberwolves acquired a mother load of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and Thaddeus Young. The boys then talk some Lakers as well, about the prospects of this coming season, including some solid additions.

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Without A Curse Ep#657: The Red Sox Have No Choice But To Shut Down Koji Uehara


Alex recaps the Red Sox’s past two series against the Yankees and Blue Jays inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” and outlines some storylines fans should have their eyes on as the season comes to a close.

Koji Uehara’s status remains in limbo, as Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday he would be removed from the closers role on an interim basis. Alex says the Red Sox should shut him down for the rest of September if they intend to re-sign him this winter, and attempt to preserve what’s left of his right arm.

Mookie Betts is on a tear, and seems to have moved ahead of Jackie Bradley Jr. on the organizational depth chart. But his greatest value to the team may be as a trade chip, considering the positions he plays.

Will Middlebrook’s apparent unwillingness to play in winter ball, Xander Bogaerts’ hot September and Yoenis Cespedes’ elite production in the middle of the lineup is discussed, too.

Alex lambasts the season-long Derek Jeter retirement ceremony in the “Around the League” segment, and says the Captain Intangibles legend is now dead. If Jeter is as much of a “winner” as the sycophantic media says he is, then he would’ve removed himself from the top of the lineup long ago.

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Purple Mafia Ep#173:Taking The Ram(s) By The Horns

Ok, the Vikings didn’t beat up on a good team, or even a decent team, but what are you supposed to do to an inferior opponent? “Squash a mosquito with an axe”, and Minnesota did just that in St Louis. As predicted by your host, Mike Zimmer’s defense put it’s stamp on this game, early and often. Cordarrelle Patterson appears ready to take the reigns as the top offensive threat, and in so many different ways. Can this team continue to take care of business in TCF vs New England? Time will tell.

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Purple Mafia Ep#172:Season Preview 2014

The 2014 NFL season is finally here for real, and the Minnesota Vikings appear ready to start a promising new era with a renewed defense, and a solid to very good offense. Joey goes over the cuts, and talks extensively about his prospects for this Vikings team, as well as the players that semi surprisingly made the team, before he takes a call from Sebastian. We then go full force into the NFC North preview, and Joey makes his conference and Superbowl picks for 2014!

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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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