The NBA Crossover Ep#154:Nets return to the playoffs, Knicks to the drawing board

In episode #154 the boys discuss the Nets’ playoff journey so far, Phil Jackson’s appointment as Knicks president, and Mike Woodson’s firing and what that means for the boys from Broadway.

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Without A Curse Ep#639:Red Sox Stay Afloat Despite Injuries And Inconsistent Play


Despite the plethora of injuries, and inconsistent play the Red Sox have suffered through early this season, the team is only roughly two and a half games behind the Yankees for first place in the division. The AL East has been rather mediocre thus far, and the Red Sox are staying afloat.

Alex recaps the conclusion of the club’s road trip in Chicago last week, including two depressing games to watch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fortunately, Jon Lester delivered a dandy to salvage the series Thursday evening when he opposed Chris Sale.

Expanded instant replay failed again Friday, as Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis clearly hit a foul ball down the left field line that was ruled fair.

There are a litany of problems with the implementation of replay, but the biggest one is … UMPIRES STILL GET CALLS WRONG. What’s the point of delaying the game several minutes for an incorrect call?

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex takes a closer look at the AL East standings. Health continues to be a major factor in the division, as the Yankees have likely lost starter Ivan Nova for the season.

The dark revelations about Yasiel Puig’s defection from Cuba to the United States dominated headlines last week, and hopefully these details will provide people with more perspective whenever they decide to lambast him for his style of play, or occasional mental lapses.

Puig is going through an incredibly difficult transition at 23 years old. For some one who regularly receives death threats, he seems to be acclimating quite well.

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The Yankees are in town this week. Get ready for incessant, inane banter about whether or not Red Sox fans should boo Jacoby Ellsbury.

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Brave The Wild Ep#85:Opportunities Slipping Away

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It sure looked like the Wild would go up 1-0 in this series until multiple mistakes by some of the usual suspects literally made this golden opportunity slip away. Game 2 was nothing special, especially when Varlamov stopped virtually everything the Wild threw at him. Does this team still have a chance, sure, but the window for this season is closing fast!

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Showtime And Twolves Ep#10:Coaching Changes Are Nigh

In our first version of a Courtside TM. “Minisode”, Vince and Joey go unorthodox, as we jump straight into coaching conversation regarding both teams, as it’s pretty obvious that the Lakers and Twolves will have new coaches next season. We talk about possible candidates for the jobs, and even delve a bit into draft talk, than of course talk about a possible trade package being put together by the Lakers for Kevin Love.

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Purple Mafia Ep#167:Draft Preview 2014

The NFL draft draws nigh, your host Paladino Joey is joined for a second straight show by Sebastian Bahls for an extended conversation on where the Vikings can and should go this coming May. Lots of people say that there isn’t a star QB in this draft, but Joey has identified who he believes IS a potential star in the making, also we’ll find out who Sebastian likes! We take a call from Dave Hickey, and as always get to your comments on Facebook and Twitter!

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Without A Curse Ep#637:Dustin Pedroia Injury Could Be Another Blow To Red Sox


Inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex recaps a rather disappointing week for the 5-8 Red Sox.

More injury woes may be on the horizon for the hometown team, as Koji Uehara and Dustin Pedroia are both being examined Monday in Boston.

Uehara felt stiffness in his shoulder prior to Friday’s game, though his long toss session reportedly went well prior to Sunday’s contest.

It’s unsurprising that the 39-year-old Uehara is dealing with a shoulder injury, given that he pitched 88 innings including the post-season last year. Closers are volatile by nature, and the Red Sox signed Edward Mufica this winter to serve as Uehara insurance.

Pedroia supposedly suffered a wrist injury during last weekend’s home series against the Brewers, and has scuffled at the plate since. The Red Sox don’t have a lot of middle infield depth in the organization, so Pedroia’s injury could be a devastating blow.

Shane Victorino is slated to begin a rehab assignment this week, and Alex says why Jackie Bradley Jr. should be the first man sent to the minor leagues when he returns. Though Bradley’s played exceptionally well – both offensively and defensively – he has a less proven track record than Daniel Nava, who also has minor league options remaining.

At this stage in the season, it’s all about maintaining the most organizational depth.

Alex recaps the series win against the Rangers, and series loss to a depleted, injury ravaged Yankees team.

Alex tells you why Pin Targate is an uninteresting story, shares his frustrations with instant replay, highlights the incompetence of the top of the lineup and more.

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex recaps the past week in the AL East. The Rays are on top of the division alongside the Jays and Yankees, but are dealing with a multitude of injuries of their own. Matt Moore will likely need Tommy John surgery, and Alex Cobb has been placed on the 15-day DL as well.

Tuesday is the one-year anniversary of the tragic Marathon bombings. This will be a week of reflection, and a chance to remember just how important the Red Sox are to this city.

The club’s win in its first home game following the bombings wasn’t just important because it was a decisive victory. But it was the first time that fans could be proud of their team in nearly 18 months.

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Timberwolves Explosion Ep#126:Energy!

Energy this, energy that, whatever it is, the Timberwolves had a fun week for the most part. Gorgui Dieng had another 20 rebound effort against Houston, including the game winning shot, oh and Corey Brewer had 51 points, talk about energy! The Wolves also showed why they aren’t among the elite 8 in the west, in lack luster losses to Chicago and Sacramento.

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Brave The Wild Ep#84:Are We Ready?

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he Minnesota Wild surged this past week, easily clinching the 7th seed in the west, and will now match up with the tough Colorado Avalanche, due to a last second collapse by the St. Louis Blues. After winning four games in a row against very quality teams, a 7-3 demolishing at the hands of the Nashville Predators has your host worried!

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Showtime And Twolves Ep#9:Grumpy And Impatient

Despite the awesome week by the Timberwolves, “grumpy” Joey is impatient with the fact that management is afraid to make a “big move”. Vince’s Lakers continue to not stop anyone, but Nick Young show’s his value, as he has all season. Corey Brewer has the game of his life, and Gorgui Dieng continues to prove that he is much more than just an “energy” guy as some say

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Without A Curse Ep#637:Red Sox Prepare To Battle Adversity With Will Middlebrooks & Shane Victorino DL Stints


Inside this edition of “Without a Curse,” Alex recaps a disappointing first week for the defending World Series champions.

The highlight of the weekend was the ring ceremony on Friday, which struck the perfect balance between celebration and somber reflection of the Marathon Bombings of last April and the tragic fire in the Back Bay that occurred two weeks ago.

The Red Sox’s importance to this city is highlighted on days like Friday, as is David Ortiz’s superstar status. It’s astounding that the people of Boston, an infamously parochial population that scorns most outsiders, have taken the glitzy Ortiz as one of their own. Big Papi, not Marty Walsh, is the city’s mayor.

Ortiz’s calf continues to be an issue on the field, however. The slugger has moved gingerly through the first week of the season, and doesn’t appear to be healthy.

The Red Sox lineup may not be able to weather an extended absence from Ortiz, given the fact that Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks are both on the disabled list. It’s difficult for teams to repeat as world champions, and the Red Sox are seeing that firsthand.

Seemingly everything went right for the Red Sox in 2013. The Victorino and Middlebrooks injuries are evidence that the club won’t benefit from the same kind of luck this season.

Alex recaps the first two series of the season against the Orioles and Brewers, and talks about the holes that Victorino’s and Middlebrooks’ absences leave on the roster.

On the positive side of the equation, Jon Lester and John Lackey have pitched well to open up. It seems as if Koji Uehara has picked up right where he left off as well.

In the “Around the League” segment, Alex discusses the AL East standings. The Rays’ year is off to a putrid start in terms of attendance, but per usual the team is performing on the field.

The Rays inked Chris Archer to a club-friendly six-year contract that could extend to eight years if they exercise their team options. If Archer remains healthy, the contract will be another tremendous cue for the franchise.

The Yankees are off to a .500 start, though CC Sabathia has been rocked early on. Mark Teixeira is on the DL, too. Only $67 million to go on that contract!

Alex also says why some of Yasiel Puig’s immature behavior should be excused, and examines the continued mystery of the physics of pitching.

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