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‘In The Bin’ Rugby Pod - Season 1 Episode 8 another week of rugby news, reviews and rants.

The 'In the Bin' rugby pod returns with our European edition of the the pod as we welcome the Champions Cup back with open arms! We've got our red wine and cheeseboard ready in honour of the French teams and there were some cracking games for us to discuss.

Big Story Roundup

Gatland's law is no more as Welsh rugby throw out the existing selection rules for the national team like a burnt rarebit and instead become the Saga of rugby nations with only over 60s allowed.

Champions Cup Recap

A truly fantastic return for the Champions Cup with exciting games all over the shop.

Northampton got deja vu against Saracens, who seem hellbent on singe-handedly ruining their season.

Ulster and Leinster stormed to victories on the Emerald Isle.

A Lamb lead La Rochelle sent Quins to the slaughter and Scarlets nearly left Toulon red faced.

In the Bin features

As always, we will both give our Try of the Week, Hit of the Week and our favourite opportunity to rant, Bin Juice.

Predictions

We both did pretty well in our predictions this past week and will look to repeat the feat as we look forward to Round 2 of the Champions Cup next week.

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 3 (Montreal Canadiens Struggle)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

This week we talked about the habs slow start, the home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, and the renewed rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Is the powerplay a problem or full of promise? Is the defense starting to adapt to the defensive zone system? We talked about Connor's piece last week on Marc Bergevin and look ahead to this week's west coast trip. We are joined this week by Omar White, Editor at A Winning Habit. Omar talked about how he became a writer covering the Habs, shared his views on the Habs slow start, and shared some of his favorite stories.

Last Word on Habs Episode 3 Rundown

Recap: Rangers, Chicago, and Toronto last week (00:00 – 09:35)

Power play: Promise or Problem? (09:36 – 17:03)

The Habs slow start (17:04 – 22:42)

Marc Bergevin’s Last Stand (22: 43 – 37:48)

Write for LWOH (37: 49 – 38: 21)

Guest: Omar White (38: 22 - 58: 35)

Habs head west (58:50 - 1:05:40)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 7): NFL Week 6 Preview! Plus a Look at Big Ben’s Alarming Comments

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 6 matchups. He also analyzes Big Ben Roethlisberger’s comments, breaks down the tie atop the AFC East, and calls it a year for the New York Giants. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 66: DIvision Series Review

Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen on the Division Series action that was and the Championship Series action that will be. Also, they mull over the increasing length of time it takes to finish one nine inning playoff game.

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Last Word on Steelers Podcast Week 5

This week Patrick Gelesh and my new co-host Brian Harker look at the Steelers offense, defense, their performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars and talk about this coming week's game against the Kanas City Chiefs. We try to find some solutions for what is actually going wrong with the offense. As well as Breakdown Ben Roethlisberger's five interceptions, and try to hold the players that are performing poorly accountable. There is a discussion over whether Todd Haley is the right offensive coordinator for this team and whether his playcalling needs to change. Using ProFootballFocus' player grades we look at how poorly the receiving corps, with the execption of Antonio Brown, is underachieving. Brian and I also look at the Steelers loss to the Jaguars, a team that on paper isn't nearly as talented as the Steelers.

 

On defense we do a similiar breakdown. Specifically we look at the Steelers defense's inability to stop the running game. Five backs in the last four weeks have averaged over 6.0 yards per carry or more. We emphasize that this unit has five first round picks in the front seven yet stopping their run is still a weakness. The Steelers defense has yet to play an above average quarterback through week five so it's hard to accurately grade the seconadary. That will change this week when the Steelers play the Chiefs and their quarterback Alex Smith who has been very impressive this season. On top of that they will face Kareem Hunt, the most productive running back in the league to this point in the year.

 

Patrick Gelesh–  Third generation Steelers fan with a Masters in sports management and leadership specializing in football. My mom was lucky enough to witness the immaculate reception live. To me, hard hitting defense is “the beautiful game.”

 

Brian Harker's profile will be available next week.

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‘In The Bin’ Rugby Pod - Season 1 Episode 7 another week of rugby news, reviews and rants.

'In the Bin' is back with a bumper edition of the pod as we ruck our way through the domestic leagues, internationals & look ahead to the return of the Champions Cup! 

Big Story Roundup

It’s been a scintillating week of rugby from Cape Town to Exeter, but to kick things off this week, we will be taking 10 minutes out for an HIA to discuss the mounting injury crisis in the Aviva Premiership and whether there will be any players left for next week’s games.

Premiership Review

In the Premiership’s weekend games, Jamie George gets hooked on tries as Sarries dismiss Wasps. Gloucester continue to ruin our predictions by giving the Saints hell and Exeter bring the Falcons back down to earth at Sandy Park.

Quins recover their home comforts and Sale away with the points. London Irish salvage a bonus point against Tigers & Wasps look a bit of a mess.

Pro 14 Recap

The glut of bonus points in the Pro 14 dried up slightly, but the excitement didn’t as Glasgow bit back for the race of men by becoming the first team to win away at the Cheetahs in a barnstormer of a game. Leinster edged out Munster in the big derby game of the weekend and the Kings continue to play like peasants as they are trounced by Benneton Treviso.

We round up the other Welsh & Irish derby games as well as glossing over a dour game in Edinburgh.

Rugby Championship

In the southern hemisphere, NZ conclude their second, consecutive unbeaten Rugby Championship, but with a much closer than predicted victory over SA.

Champions Cup

And finally Champions Cup rugby is back! We will preview the opening fixtures, including games between sides that finished 5th and 10th in their respective leagues last year. Makes sense given the name of the competition doesn’t it….?

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4 SZNS Eastern Conference Win Totals

The 4 SZNS Podcast's Ryan Magdziarz & Zak Noble let the world know their Eastern Conference win totals for the upcoming season. 

 

2:20-Bulls (15)

6:00- Hawks (14)

9:00- Nets (13)

13:20- Pacers (12)

17:30- Orlando (11)

21:34- Knicks (10)

24:33- Zak's Pistons & Ryan's Hornets (9)

30:05- PLAYOFFS: Zak's Sixers & Ryan's Pistons (8)

34:50- Zak's Hornets & Ryan's Heat (7)

39:26- Ryan's Sixers

44:44- Bucks (5)

51:42- Wizards (4)

55:40- Fred VanVleet's Raptors (3)

1:00:01- Celtics (2)

1:06:45- Cavs (1)

 

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Last Word on Habs Podcast - Episode 2 (A Good News/Bad News Weekend for the Montreal Canadiens)

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor LaPalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Be sure to follow @LWOS_Habs for Habs news, commentary, and analysis.

This week we talked about the season opener in Buffalo, the depressing game against the Caps in Washington, D.C., and Sunday night’s game in New York. Was Shea Weber right that the Habs weren’t ready to start the season? What did Price getting pulled after the first period mean? We look ahead to the home opener against Chicago. We are joining this week by Ben Kerr, Chief Operating Officer at Last Word on Hockey, and longtime Habs fan.

Last Word on Habs Episode 2 Rundown

Season Opener at Buffalo (00:40 – 8:05)

Disaster in Washington (08:06 – 21:14)

Looking Ahead to Games this Week Part 1 (21:15 - 27:49)

Write for the Last Word on Hockey (27:50 - 28: 24)

Interview with Ben Kerr (28:26 – 50: 25)

Looking Ahead to Games this Week Part 2 (50: 26 – 103: 30)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions.

 

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor LaPalme is a writer and editor on the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion.Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 6): NFL Week 5 Preview! Plus Nik is Forced to Defend the Patriots

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 5 matchups. He also delves into why the Pats are definitely Super Bowl contenders, touches on the Rams improbable start to the season, knocks NFL scheduling, and breaks down the error which might cost Yankees Manager Joe Girardi his future in New York. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 65: The Yankees Bullpenning

The Yankees accidentally executed a flawless bullpen-only game when they took down the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game.

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