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Last Word on the Habs Pod - Episode 11 (Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre?)

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 and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news. This week: Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre? 

Last Word on the Habs Pod - Episode 11 (Are the Montreal Canadiens Mediocre?)

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

This week we talked losses to the St. Louis Blues, the Calgary Flames, and the blow out loss to the Edmonton Oilers. We considered the benefits of mediocrity, Claude Julien's approach in OT, and lamented the Alex Galchenyuk situation. This week we were joined by John Fischer, founder and managing editor of the All About the Jersey at SB Nation, to talk the New Jersey Devils. We revisited our rebuild talk and Marc Bergevin's challenges. Finally, we concluded by looking at the week ahead. This includes Thursday nights game against the high flying New Jersey Devils. The Habs start an extended road trip on Saturday against the struggling Ottawa Senators.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 11 Rundown

Introduction, Hiatus, and Habs Losses at Home (00:00 – 12:45)

A Meditation on Mediocrity (12:46 – 16:57)

Mis-using Alex Galchenyuk: Redux (16:58 – 28:30)

Millennials, Mentality, and Old School Hockey (28:31 - 39:38)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (39:39 - 40:13)

Guest: John Fischer (40:14 – 1:06:01)

The Habs Week Ahead (1:06:02 – 1:17:06)

Revisiting the Rebuild (1:17:07 - 1:28:27)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Special thanks to John Fischer. You can find his work at All About the Jersey and on twitter @JKFischer. Here are some of the articles he mentioned.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

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 of 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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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 10 (Have the Montreal Canadiens Turned it Around?)

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 and others. 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 wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators. The Canadiens faced the Detriot Red Wings twice this week and won big. Paul Byron scored his first hat-trick. We talked about Carey Price. Since his return, Price has gone 5-0-0 and stopped 150 of 156 shots. His 1.20 GAA. .962 SA% is a far cry from his poor start. With no guest, Connor and Johannes delved into the benefits of the weak Atlantic division and revisited our rebuild discussion/debate. We concluded by commenting on the coverage of the Daniel Briere memoir in which he highlighted Michel Therrien's approach to "motivational" coaching.

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 10 Rundown

Introduction and Habs at Home (00:00 – 05:15)

Habs Wins Last Week (05:16 – 22:32)

Carey Price: From Rumors to Resurgence in Montreal  (22:33 – 26: 00)

Key Players and Performances (26:01 - 39: 24)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (39:25 - 39:39)

Revisiting the Rebuilding the Canadiens Debate (40:00 – 1:01:46)

The Habs Week Ahead (1:01:47 – 1:07:53)

Covering the Coverage: Briere, Therrien and TSN 690 (1:07: 54 - 1:23:25)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Johannes and Connor shared some of their favorite recent pieces of writing.

Johannes Wheeldon

Connor Lapalme

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

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 of 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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Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 9 (Montreal Canadiens Price is Back and Very Very Good)

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 and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod - Episode 9 (Montreal Canadiens Price is Back and Very Very Good)

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

This week we talked about a win versus the Buffalo Sabres and the return of Carey Price. This was a good end to not a great week with a loss to Alexander Radulov the Dallas Stars. In that game, for the ninth time this season, they allowed two goals in under a minute. The Canadiens also lost to P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators in the shootout was perhaps a better effort. We are joined by Colton Prail, Managing Editor at Last Word on Hockey, who told us how Last Word influenced his career path. We looked to the week ahead with games against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, and an away and home series against the Detroit Red Wings

Last Word on Habs Pod Episode 9 Rundown

Introduction and Check In (00:00 – 02:30)

The Habs Last Week (02:31 – 24:06)

Write for Us: Last Word on Hockey (23:50 - 24:24)

Guest: Colton Prail (24:42 – 59:11)

The Habs Week Ahead (59:29 - 1:13:37)

Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions. Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

Special thanks to Colton Prail You can find his work at Last Word on Hockey and on twitter @ColtonPraill. Here are some of the articles he mentioned.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

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 of 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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Oliver Maroney

The 4 SZNS Podcast's Ryan Magdziarz and Zak Noble sit down with rising NBA writer and analyst Oliver Maroney to discuss life as a famous NBA personality, the developement of the Big 3, and buying or selling teams.

1:35- Dime Uproxx vs Slam Magazine

3:00- Career path

5:32- Baby faced assasin/ benefits of starting at an early age

7:30- Building relationships with players and maintaining them 

9:12- Writing style/ eye test over analytics and stats

11:35- Involvement with the Big 3 & The Big 3 Podcast Show

14:55- First year growth and thoughts

16:43- Best friends with Ice Cube & Michael Rapaport

20:36- Metta World Peace joins the Big 3

21:52- Changes and improvements of the second season of the Big 3

24:25- Basketball inKansas City

24:55- Buy Or Sell: Detroit Pistons

29:04- Orlando Magic

33:15- New York Knicks

37:21- Charlotte Hornets

39:45- Denver Nuggets

44:40- Utah Jazz

48:27- OKC Thunder

53:36- Top 5: Big 3 player wishlist

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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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4 SZNS by Real Ball Insiders ep. 21

The 4 SZNS Podcast by Real Ball Insiders Ryan Magdziarz and Zak Noble discuss the biggest surprises in the NBA SZN so far, the Eric Bledsoe trade, Harden and LeBron going off, and an incredible Top 5.

 

1:43- Surprise Teams so far through 11 games

3:40- Sacramento (Kansas City) Kings

6:25- Dallas Mavericks Struggles/ Carlisle on the hot seat?

8:17- Devin Booker milestone points record

9:26- Eric Bledsoe for Greg Monroe and draft picks break down

14:25- Red Hot Celtics going for 10 wins in a row

21:44- Harden and LeBron going bonkers..... Who's next for 50+ points??

31:16- Top 5: Players that need to be talked about way more

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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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4 SZNS feat. Justin Rowan & James Holas

The 4 SZNS Podcast sat down with Justin Rowan (@cavsanada) and James Holas (@SnottieDrippen) for our second ever mailbag edition. 

 

2:49- The best players 25 and under all seem to be international (Embiid, Jokic, Giannis, Simmons, Wiggins, Porzingis). Is this a coincidence? An up and coming trend?

8:48- Is this Tyler Ulis' team going forward, or does Mike James have the regins now and forever?

11:05- Guys, you can cuss

14:46- Who is the most impactful player in the league who averages less than 10 ppg?

17:14- Terry Rozier vs Marcus Smart

20:22- What are the Sixers supposed to do about Markelle Fultz?

23:39- Who has been the best sneaky good impact guy on their new team?

34:35- One player in the league that would be the worst roommate

37:55- Top 5..... All Attitude team

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Last word on Steelers Podcast Week 8

On Last Word On Steelers Podcast Week 8, Host Patrick Gelesh and Co-Host Brian Harker discuss numerous topics. Harker leads off with Wednesday's injury report. Which evolves into a review of the Steelers week seven win over the Cincinnati Bengals. They included the performance of Le'Veon Bell, who could be on pace to be only the sixth running back in NFL history to rush for more than 400 carries. As well as disect the defensive line's dominance. Then move onto Artie Burns' stellar performance against wide receiver A.J. Green.

They reviewed the statistics from key players in the game analyzed how the defense as a whole has become more and more impressive. They created havoc in the Bengals backfield and were able to come up with two interceptions. Gelesh segued into a thorough discussion of the separate units in each phase, starting with the defense. They both highlighted some performances that were particularlyimpressive. That included Tyson Alualu's play iwhile Stephon Tuitt was inactive. They touched on Vance McDonald's continued progression within the offense and compared his strenghts and weaknesses to Jesse James. Also they analyze the   development of the secondary, and compare where it is now to where it is was at this point in the 2016 season. They acknowledged the continued success in the Steelers run defense and briefly touched on the fake punt that led to a 44 yard completion from Robert Golden to Darius Heyward-Bey.

Gelesh and Harker move on to talk about the offense before moving on to the drama created by Martavis Bryant. They discuss the way he's handled the situation and Mike Tomlin's choice to bench him. They also discuss what Bryant's absense means for the Steeler matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Lastly, the two hosts discuss the final topic, a preview of  the Steelers week eight match up with the Lions. They discussed Alejandro Villenueva and Chris Hubbard's need to control Ezekiel Ansah and Anthony Zettel. while speculating on what the receiver situation could look like with Bryant inactive. Lastly, they emphasized the need to contain Lions punt returner Jamal Agnew. They talked about the importance of ball protection and winning the field position battle in this game particularlly. Finally, Gelesh and Harker both reveal their week 8 score predictions.

 

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4 SZNS feat. Sam Amico

The 4 SZNS Podcast's Ryan Magdziarz & Zak Noble sit down with former Cavs reporter, and current NBA Insider Sam Amico to discuss his beef with Michael Jordan, the Kyrie-LeBron saga, the Eric Bledsoe fiasco, and Top 5 power rankings.

3:42- Cavs Reporter

8:53- Evil Racoon

13:30- Sam's NBA Comparison 

17:45- Beef with Michael Jordan

22:44- Kyrie- LeBron saga

27:00- Eric Bledsoe best fit?

32:00- Brooklyn Pick

37:54- New guys making an impact

42:52- Top 5 Power Rankings

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