If you missed Spencer, this week he’s back. In our conversation he laments not being in attendance but recognizes that the show had to go on. He also recognizes that he didn’t see UCLA-Kentucky in its entirety and that no one really understands the Gonzaga-Arizona game. There’s an awkward moment when discussing Sonny Dykes and how many jobs his name was floated around. Spencer also throws out the words “All,” “American,” “Bryce,” and “Alford.” Listen for more.
Friend of the blog, podcast, and an indoctrinated Pac-12 socialite, Zack Rosenblatt, makes his second appearance on the Podcast of Champions (an All-Time guest record). In fairness to listeners and in my lifelong commitment to transparency, this is an Arizona heavy podcast. Rosenblatt – who’s a terrific reporter for the Arizona Daily Star – had just left his floor seats at McKale (Arizona 90, Bradley 60) and is in the heat of college hoops and football coverage. He had plenty to share while Spencer and I streamed an evening’s worth of the CBB marathon. Stick around for Rosenblatt’s account of Sean Miller talking to an official.
Of note: This isn’t all Arizona everything. We absolutely discuss Luke Falk as First Team QB and his concussion, Bryce Alford, possible bowl scenarios, and other round ball topics.
Oregon perhaps took a little wind out of Utah’s sail and Larry K said that now is the time for less talk and more action. So Spencer and I talk about all of the Pac-12’s forthcoming action including Arizona’s trip to what should be a raucous Muss (but hopefully not inappropriately so). Perhaps it goes without saying that – one week from March – we delve into Bubble Watch and all of the OPPORTUNITY! for the Pac’s bubble squad of UCLA, Oregon, and Stanford.
Episode 2 is a live broadcast which we explain in greater detail deeper into the pod. This week we naturally explore Oregon State’s monster win over Arizona and – perhaps unnaturally – ignore the college football championship for our Duck faithful. #BackThePac. Also, how ’bout that new header, eh?
It’s raw. It’s perhaps not technically sound. But what would it be if not unexpert. WANE: Technical Difficulties is back. Spencer and I get back on the podwagon a week deep into 2015 (there’s New Year’s talk) and a week deep into conference play (SPORTS!). We begin season two.
9 exits on America’s football highway – If you’re anything like me you like the stories of everything you cant’ see. It’s not even the behind the scenes stuff but rather everything that has created everything that makes whatever we see before us relevant. There’s a reason something is important. It’s not just because it’s happening. Wright captures that here. It’s football.
What I did this summer – Above any essay or anything you read about today’s tip off, this might be the most important. I got a message from our own @spencerbsmith that he bought his first KenPom subscription Wednesday night. The timing of such was perfect. It came on the heels of a twitter trolling in which it was once again brought to my attention that some people just don’t get that the premise of Ken’s work. Anyhow, here’s how he’s made his site better. I appreciate it.
Keep Moving – I’ve often been asked, “Adam, you love basketball so much and you seem to know it. You’ve even coach it! Why don’t you pursue coaching?” Because of this life. I couldn’t handle it. It’s why I have so much respect for the guys that do. This is above and beyond their jam. They are basketball coaches and relationship builders and they can make or break your program.