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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 12): NFL Week 11 Preview! Plus Nik Previews the NFL Thanksgiving Day Matchups

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 11 matchups. He also breaks down the Saints running game, discusses the race for the #1 pick, and wonders if Pittsburgh has finally figured it out. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 11): NFL Week 10 Preview! Plus an In-Depth Look at if the Rams can Actually Win the NFC West

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 10 matchups. He also breaks down the NFC North race, ponders why Denver even gave Brock Osweiler a shot against the Eagles, and discusses Houston’s newfound QB problem. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week Ten

In the week ten edition of the Last Word on Steelers Podcast Host Patrick Gelesh and Co-Host Brian Harker start off with evaluating the Steelers health coming off the bye. Brian runs through the injury report and with the exception of Jame Harrison, the Steelers, are entering the second half of the season healthy. They touch on the Detroit Lions game briefly before turning their attention to the week 10 match up against the last place Indianapolis Colts.

 

First they touch on the Steelers offense and Ben Roethlisberger's recent success against the Colts. He's amassed 1,107 passing yards 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three games against the Colts. This years Colts have a diminished secondary as is, and coming off the bye, this looks like the game where the Steelers passing game finally gets going. The Colts have the 31st ranked pass defense, and it will be interesting how the Steelers deploy the JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant. Especially after Bryant was deactivated in week eight and Smith-Schuster having so much success against the Lions in his absence. Ironically this game includes the AFC's last two offensive players of the week; Smith-Schuster and the Colts T.Y. Hilton. After looking at the matchups, Patrick and Brian conclude that if the Steelers can control time of posesssion and make the Colts offense have to string together long drives. There's a good chance the Steelers will walk out of Indianapolis with a win.

 

On the other side of the ball Patrick and Brian breakdown the Steelers defense, who will look to rebound from surrendering over 400 passing yards to the Lions. It's unlikely that Jacoby Brissett and the Colts offense will be able to duplicate that success. But if they do, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton, who is second in the NFL in receiving yards, would have to have a huge game. Also, the Colts have a banged up offensive line that has surrendered 36 sacks on the year and the Steelers like to bring pressure. Their defense is second in the NFL with 26 sacks. That matchup obviously bodes well for the Steelers who will get Stephon Tuitt, a great pass-rushing defensive lineman, back from injury.

Patrick and Brian then go on to discuss the importance of playing the Colts even though they're not a division rival or playoff contender. This game holds some relevance for the Steelers because the Colts are in the AFC South. Come playoff time, if there's a three way tie, which could happen between three teams like the Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots, the tie-breaker will be conference record. Right now the Steelers hold the best conference record of those three teams with a 4-1 record.

Patrick Gelesh–  A 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- Born and raised in Johnstown, Pa, Brian currently lives in Wheatfield, Indiana with his wife and two kids. He Has been writing about the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2007 for such entities as Pittsburgh Sports Tavern, Pittsburgh Sports Forum, and SteelerZone, which he created in 2015. He believes that Paige and Walter O'Brien make Team Scorpion the best it can be.

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Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week Nine

Host Patrick Gelesh and Cohost Brian Harker begin the week nine podcast by analyzing the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-15 victory over the Detroit Lions. They discuss the the gameplan and how the running game suffered with the absence of Vance McDonald. The breakdown continues by analyzing JuJu Smith-Schuster's break-out game and 97-yard touchdown reception. But are quick to point out just how badly Martavis Bryant is needed with the lack-luster performances of Eli Rogers and Darrius Heyward-Bey who both dropped easy touchdown receptions.

The defense's hot streak continued. They limited the Lions rushing attack, and had two big stops inside the five yard line to prevent touchdowns but there was still a lot to improve on. The Lions fielded a pair of backup tackles that T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree couldn't beat all night. The Steelers constantly bltized Matthew Stafford, but only sacked him twice. Consistancy in their pass rush is something the defense will need to work on in the second half of the season. Most importantly, Patrick and Brian concluded that the secondary is no where near as elite as it's top pass defense ranking entering week 8 would imply. Stafford is an upper-echolon quarterback who knew his system well and was surrounded by play-makers. As a result, Stafford finished with 411 passing yards and four different Lions receivers had receptions of over 30 yards. Even so, the Steelers didn't surrender a touchdown, which gives the defense something positive to build on.

Next they took a look at the rest of the NFL. Going division by division and discussing teams, records, schedules and trades that occured at the trade deadline. It's hard to believe given the Steelers uneven play but if the playoffs started today, they would have the one seed by way of tie-breaker. They have the ability to cement that home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by continuing to win. Keeping pace with the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. So is beating the Patriots when they come to town in week 15.

Lastly, our co-hosts touch on some storylines to watch in the second half of the season. Can Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy for all 16 games? Will Le'Veon Bell wilt under his massive work load? Will the defensive secondary continue to tackle poorly like they did in Detroit? Or was that an abberation? They emphasized the importance of Stephon Tuitt when it comes to the defensive front seven, and his health. How much of James Harrison will we see in the second half of the season? Does Smith-Schuster's breakout game mean that he's going to be targeted more than Bryant? Will that cause more controversy in the media? These are all questions that will play out in the second half of the season. Enjoy!

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 10): NFL Week 9 Preview and Midseason Recap! Plus Nik Breaks Down the Most Active NFL Trade Deadline Ever

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 9 matchups. He also looks back at the first half of the 2017 NFL season, gives out midseason awards, and breaks down the impact of the NFL’s most active trade deadline ever. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 5 (Montreal Canadiens Take a Stand at Home)

This week we talked about Montreal's three home games, including wins over the Florida Panther, a loss against the Los Angeles Kings, and an entertaining and ultimately relieving win against the New York Rangers. On the plus side, fans saw 2 goals from Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Shea Weber, and Phillip Danault. In addition, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher each contributed a goal. Despite the good week overall, we discussed the challenges the Habs face to make the playoffs. We were also joined by Patrik Bexell, European Correspondent for Habs Eyes On The Prize and host of the Puck Drop Podcast.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 5 Rundown

Introduction, Illness, and Buffalo Football (00:00 – 02:00)

Habs Home Stand, Improved Play, and Defensive Adjustments (02:01 – 11:18)

Considering Carey Price (11:19 - 18:07)

Habs, Playoffs, and Team Building (18:08 - 25:43 )

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (25:44 - 26:18)

Guest: Patrik Bexell (26:19 - 51:51)

The Habs Week Ahead (51: 52 - 1:04:09)

 

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 9): NFL Week 8 Preview! Plus Nik Breaks Down the NFL’s Surprise Contenders

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 8 matchups. He also takes a look at the perplexing Carolina Panthers, discusses Joe Thomas’ injury, and ponders why the Dolphins went with Jay Cutler after all. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 8): NFL Week 7 Preview! Plus Nik Refuses to Write Off the Green Bay Packers

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season's Week 7 matchups. He also takes a look at the underachieving Bucs, the perplexing Ravens, and breaks down the underwhelming starts of the Pats and Falcons ahead of their rematch. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday afternoon for the following episode!

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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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