November Takeaways, College Football 2020

-It feels like the kind of crazy year that could land college football in the Playoff Era its first Cinderella team, to borrow an expression from the much-missed March Madness. Cincinnati is knocking on the door with a rising star head coach and a program that has shown in the last decade-ish that it canContinue reading “November Takeaways, College Football 2020”

A Divine Win Over Clemson For Notre Dame (Special Doc Says Podcast)

Listen to the podcast here. In this special college football edition, I offer you pre-game thoughts and post-game breakdown and memories of a most memorable Notre Dame vs. Clemson experience.  The pre-game thoughts were recorded on Friday night, setting the stage for Notre Dame’s biggest home game since the famous “Bush Push” (USC loss) inContinue reading “A Divine Win Over Clemson For Notre Dame (Special Doc Says Podcast)”

AEW’s Non-PPV Specials Ranked

The choice by All Elite Wrestling executives to run quarterly pay-per-views rather than WWE’s standard monthly specials has been a welcome one for yours truly. Each time AEW serves up a major show, it feels legitimately special. It better be, of course, with the $200 total commitment that it is to watch all four. WhatContinue reading “AEW’s Non-PPV Specials Ranked”

October Takeaways, College Football 2020

-I’ll begin with an admission: I’m still trying to work my way into college football mode. Maybe it’s because other things that I would have been watching earlier in the year (like the NBA Playoffs) were postponed to the time of year I would typically be consumed by college football and have stolen some attention.Continue reading “October Takeaways, College Football 2020”

A Timeless Classic Hidden in Japan

To watch New Japan Pro Wrestling is to step into another world, one in which nobody really cares that the results are predetermined because there is a willingness from everyone involved to buy fully into the fiction. In NJPW, pro wrestling is a sport, a revered one at that – to the point that theContinue reading “A Timeless Classic Hidden in Japan”

NBA Finals Running Diary

September 30th (pre-Finals Thoughts) I have too many thoughts to keep the other running diary veering any further into epic length, so here we go with a separate version for the Finals. Heat vs. Lakers. Not what we expected, but what we deserve in this wild year. A 5th seed making the championship round isContinue reading “NBA Finals Running Diary”

September Takeaways, College Football 2020

-It took about 3 weeks for it to really feel like college football season. Typically, it’s my favorite sports period of the year, but with the COVID-related uncertainty, I never truly allowed myself to get the usual August excitement going. I watched GameDay on September 12th and saw the Irish play, I finally put upContinue reading “September Takeaways, College Football 2020”

She Was Like a Lady Bug…Only, She Was Our Lucy Bug

The title comes from a famous phrase in the history of the Chad and Sarah Show, as my wife and I were dubbed at our wedding. “She’s like a ladybug, only Lucy,” Sarah told me after uttering the nickname, “Lucy Bug,” for the first time. I’ve repeated that phrase a hundred times in the 12Continue reading “She Was Like a Lady Bug…Only, She Was Our Lucy Bug”

The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast, Complete Season 1

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’ve been well as we all continue to navigate the upside-down world in which we live.  This year has been beyond strange.  Accordingly, I have been leaning heavily into the pro wrestling world for an escape.  Out of the chaos (and with other inspiration) came an idea to revisit my book,Continue reading “The WrestleMania Era 2.0 Podcast, Complete Season 1”