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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 54: 2017 Trade Deadline Primer

With the 2017 Trade Deadline creeping ever closer, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen try to decide which teams are selling which players for which prospects from which teams that should be buyers. Before that gets cleared up, Greg gives his review of the All-Star Game and Joe tries to decide if it was worth missing for the third season in a row.

The trade deadline discussion also devolves into a rant about how sports media are often very team friendly when assessing the quality of a contract. Sure, Victor Martinez has a terrible deal as far as the Tigers front office is concerned, but isn't it a great deal for Martinez himself? Anyway, it's a rant worth listening to.


Any Given Monday NFL Podcast: Episode 13: Ranks on Ranks on Ranks (Corners, Safeties, QBs Part 2)

After another couple weeks of the offseason, the boys are back to continue their positional rankings. This episode they switch to the defensive side of the ball, and look at cornerbacks and safeties. They also get through the next 8 QBs on their 1-32 lists, with plenty of interesting discussion points. Of course, they also cover the latest in offseason news, including Derek Carr's shiny new contract, and the Chiefs releasing John Dorsey. Finally, the Slam Dunc goes in a different direction this week.

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Frontier (feat. Jasmina Lin & Jay Christopher) by Krale
Northern Lights by Blazars
Safe and Sound by Different Heaven
Firefly by Jim Yosef
Fall to Light by Laszlo
Blank by Disfigure

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Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 53: 2017 Home Run Derby and the Half Way Point

The MLB season has reached its actual half way mark, even if the official start of the second half isn't until after next week's All Star Game. With that in mind, Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen pick out their favorite moments from the first half of the season.

They also take on the Logan Morrison vs. Gary Sanchez home run derby beef and ask the question of whether or not it really matters who is in the derby? I mean, Ichiro says he can hit a bomb whenever he wants and he's never been part of the field. Plus, is there any reason not to pick Aaron Judge to win it?


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 52: 2017 MLB All Star Picks

It's near the half way point of the season, so Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen give their 2017 MLB All Star picks. Who do the guys want to represent the game in the biggest exhibition game on the planet?


CP3/Rockets, Phil/NYK and MVP Debate with Matthew Cardenas (Ep. 33)

Austin and Dante hop on the pod, along with Matthew Cardenas, to discuss Chris Paul to the Rockets and rehash everyone's MVP picks.


Cavaliers’ Future and NBA Historic Questions (Ep. 32)

Austin hops on the pod, along with Friend Noah and Friend James, to discuss where the Cleveland Cavaliers future lie and debate three burning NBA history questions.


NBA Draft Instant Reaction with Friend Sam and Friend Shawn (Ep. 31)

Austin hops on the pod to react to the NBA Draft with new guests Friend Sam and Friend Shawn including reaction to the Jimmy Butler trade and winners and losers.


OTPP: NHL Off-Season, Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, Trades

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: NHL Off-Season, Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, Trades

We are just a few days into the NHL Off-Season and its already been very busy as general managers look to re-stock talent.

The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for top prospect Mikhail Sergachev. Where does he fit? Does he solve the Habs offensive woes. Why is Tampa making the deal and what are they getting? Will Sergachev play this year?

The Calgary Flames added Mike Smith from Arizona. Does he finally solve their goaltending issues? What did the Coyotes get in the deal. Who will be the Coyotes goaltender next year?

Jordan Eberle is a New York Islander and Ryan Strome is an Edmonton Oiler.  Does the change of scenery help both players?

The boys also look at the Vegas Golden Knights and their new roster after the Expansion Draft. What will their team look like? What was the strategy? Who stays and who goes in trade flips? What trades and picks hurt teams and what teams lost the least?

They also examine the NHL Awards.  What were the best and worst moments of the show? Whose votes should be questioned?

The boys finally wrap it all up with an NHL Entry Draft preview.  Nico or Nolan? Who else is out there? Who are Ben's sleepers?

All this and more as we go On the Power Play.


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Top 10 NBA Mock Draft, NBA Rumor Mill Roundup (Episode 30)

Austin and Dante hop on the pod to discuss the top 10 picks in a mock draft with Thomas Tittley and then they circle around the NBA rumor mill.


Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 51: The Future of Baseball

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian wrote an article about how baseball may look in the year 2037 and Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen have something to say about it. Do they think the future of baseball looks bright and sunny? Or dark and dismal? 

There was also a home plate collision the other night as Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs steamrolled into Padres catcher Austin Hedges. Greg is outraged that this is against the rules. As usual, he takes his anger out on the Tigers, who are consistently disappointing him while Joe's team climbs to the top of its division.