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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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Last word on Steelers Podcast Week 7

Host Patrick Gelesh and co-host Brian Harker start out by going through the Pittsburgh Steelers injury report. next, we break down last week's win against the Kansas City Chiefs. We touch on the Steelers defense's ability to shut down the Chiefs offense who entered the game with the NFL's #1 rated offense. They held Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to under 25 rushing yards on the game and showed the potential that this defense has.

 

The podcast continues with Patrick and Brian focusing on the offense. They examine the running game, and Le'Veon Bell's success. As well as his unique running style. As well as the offensive line's progression. They also discuss the Steelers offensive play of the year; Antonio Brown's one-handed catch off of a deflection that he turned into a touchdown pass. They continue by examining the rumors surrounding Martavis Bryant requesting a trade. As well as his future with the Steelers and his value in the trade market. Bryant went out of his way to dispell any rumors about him wanting to be traded.

 

Lastly, Patrick and Brian examine the matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals who have been playing well since switching offensive coordinators. They highlighted players to watch, and that the Steelers are six and one in their last seven games against the Bengals. Patrick identifies the Bengals subpar offensive line and the Steelers front seven that is coming off of a dominate performance against the Chiefs as a key matchup in the game. While Brian touches on Artie Burns matching up with Bengals wide out A.J. Green. The Bengals lead the league by pressuring quarterbacks on 34 percent of their dropbacks. Ben Roethlisberger has only been pressured on 15.2 percent of his dropbacks. There will be a lot of pressure on the Steelers offensive line to continue growing and keep Roethlisberger standing. Perhaps the most important fact of this week seven matchup is whether or not the offensive line can keep Roethlisberger healthy throughout the game.

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4 SZNS Award Predictions

The 4 SZNS Podcasts Ryan Magdziarz and Zak Noble predict their NBA MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and 6th Man of the year.

3:00- MVP

10:02- Defensive Player of the Year

13:46- Coach of the Year

19:55- Most Improved Player of the Year

25:25- Rookie of the Year

31:06- 6th Man of the Year

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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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