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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 90

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Odell addressing the media after dropping important passes and before punching a hole in a wall. (Credit: Matt Ludtke/AP)

In this Wild Card Weekend episode, Jim is joined by Bill to discuss the death of the ’16-’17 New York Football Giants before the body is even cold. After sharing their assessments of the teams that survived this week, the guys talk Clemson/Alabama to finish the show. Continue reading

Michigan’s Talented Mr. Peppers: He’s Done It All In College but What Position Should He Play at the Next Level?

Jabrill Peppers has the skill and athleticism to play all over the field, but at which position will he be most valuable?

Jabrill Peppers has the skill and athleticism to play all over the field, but at which position will he be most valuable?

– Bill Annechino

If you have been watching college football this season, or even if you’re a casual football fan on the outside, chances are that you’ve heard of Jabrill Peppers, Michigan’s do-it-all Heisman candidate. Peppers is possibly the ideal embodiment of the “positionless football” revolution; a guy who has lined up at outside linebacker, safety, offensive weapon and returned kicks. According to information from the University of Michigan Athletic Department, Peppers has lined up in 12 different positions this season. So, the question on everyone’s mind is: what position will he play in the NFL? Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 50 – NCAA Title Game, Sabres, NBA, MLB

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Villanova celebrates after Kris Jenkins buzzer beater won them the National Championship. (Getty Images)

Episode 50 is here! For the first episode of our second year of Hard Foul Sports, Steve Stich,  Mike Tolsma and Evan Sally discussed:

  • Villanova are the national champions as North Carolina loses in a heartbreaker. Have we reached the peak of the Crying Jordan meme?
  • The Sabres season is wrapping up. What did we learn from year one about Jack Eichel? What’s your favorite part of his game?
  • NBA Playoffs are just a week away. What are the biggest surprises of the season?
  • Baseball is back!

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep. 49: Sabres, Final Four, Lakers and NBA

For the Sabres, it's all about the kids. (Getty Images)

For the Sabres, it’s all about the kids. (Getty Images)

Mike Tolsma and Evan Sally start the show talking about the Sabres season. With only 5 games left what have we learned? Who has disappointed? And is Sam Reinhart a more important piece than Eichel?

Steve Stich then joined the show. The guys talked about how Syracuse was able to make it to the Final Four, how Buddy Hield’s game will translate to the NBA and pick their NCAA Champion. They then talked about D’Angelo Russell filming his teammate Nick Young and what the fallout will be for the Lakers, if LeBron’s social media antics will have any effect on the Cavs and if the Warriors pursuit of the wins record will effect them in the playoffs.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep. 48: NCAA Tourney, Adam LaRoche’s Son, Spurs/Warriors Aftermath

Thomas Walkup and his #14 seed Stephen F. Austin team gave us a thrill by beating West Virginia before falling to Notre Dame in the 2nd round. (Getty Images)

Thomas Walkup and his #14 seed Stephen F. Austin team gave us a thrill by beating West Virginia before falling to Notre Dame in the 2nd round. (Getty Images)

This week on the podcast Evan Sally was joined by Cruz Serrano and Jim Bearor. The guys talked about the majesty of the NCAA Tourney; is it the best sporting event out there? What makes it so special? What do we look for as the tourney continues?

They then spoke about the controversy surrounding the Chicago White Sox, Adam LaRoche and his son. Did the White Sox overreact by banning his son from the clubhouse? Did LaRoche over react by retiring and giving up $13 million?

They finished the show talking about the NBA. Should the Warriors fear the Spurs? Should the Cavaliers fear the Heat?

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In Defense of Trusting Your Gut

As the NCAA Tournament proves every year, as long as randomness reigns there will always be a place in sports for trusting your gut feeling. Pictured: Darnell Harris of 15 seed Middle Tennessee during their win over #2 seed Michigan State. (Getty Images)

As the NCAA Tournament proves every year, as long as randomness reigns there will always be a place in sports for trusting your gut feeling. Pictured: Darnell Harris of #15 seed Middle Tennessee during their win over #2 seed Michigan State. (Getty Images)

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You’re watching sports with someone at the bar. They tell you that they have a feeling about what is going to happen next.  They don’t supply any real coherent explanation or data to support their prediction, they just have a hunch.

These kinds of hunches are frail and easily forgotten.  They don’t hold much weight in a serious conversation, because it always seems to come down to numbers and history.  Sport discussions work this way for good reason. Numbers only lie sometimes, and without them, you wouldn’t have any ammunition to put a delusional homer in his place. Of course, numbers and records do exist, and they’re more accessible than ever before.  The endgame of many sports arguments nowadays is a quick Google search to compare stats. If the bulk of information gathered says your hunch is wrong, you often kill it in your head before even mentioning it. Continue reading

Hard Foul Sports Podcast Ep. 47 – Brackets on the Brain

The University of Buffalo has a bad case of March Madness. (Getty Images)

The University of Buffalo celebrates winning their second straight MAC Championship. (Getty Images)

Brackets. Brackets. Brackets.

Tis the season for Bracketology. The country has March Madness and so does Hard Foul Sports. On this episode of the podcast Cruz Serrano, Mike Tolsma, Zack El-Sharif and Evan Sally all share their brackets, along with their upsets and who’s going to make the Final Four along with their opinions on St. Bonaventure getting snubbed, Buffalo’s matchup with Miami and some other Selection Sunday stories.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 45: St. Bonaventure Basketball PA Announcer Adam Bennett

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph's and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness.  (Getty Images)

Marcus Posley exploded for 47 points against St. Joseph’s and could make the Bonnies a tough out come March Madness. (Getty Images)

In the wake of St. Bonaventure men’s basketball winning 9 out of their last 10, Marcus Posley scoring an incredible 47 points and with the NCAA Tourney on the horizon it was the perfect time to have Adam Bennett back on the podcast with Mike and Evan. You may know him from his exploits with @HFSCleveland, but he also works with St. Bonaventure as their PA announcer and knows this squad inside and out. What makes this team so special, will they make the tourney, St. Bonaventure’s connection to Buffalo and much more were discussed.

We finished the show chatting with Adam about the unrest going on with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the lack of leadership in the Cavaliers organization. Looking at you LeBron.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast Episode 43: 2/18/16 – Sabres, NBA, College Basketball

Evander Kane has been playing well lately but might need to work on his ability to set an alarm in the morning. (Getty Images)

Evander Kane has been playing well lately but might need to work on his ability to set an alarm in the morning. (Getty Images)

This week on the show Mike, Stich and Evan talked about the State of the Sabres rebuild, what the NBA trade deadline means for teams in 2016 and beyond and finished talking some college basketball as we prepare for March Madness.

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Hard Foul Sports Podcast: Episode 37

Sammy Watkins was a one man offensive show helping the Bills spoil the Jets playoff chances. (Getty Images)

Sammy Watkins was a one man offensive show, torching Darrelle Revis and helping the Bills spoil the Jets playoff chances. (Getty Images)

In our first podcast of 2016, Mike, Steve and Evan talk about Bills/Jets, the recent stories surrounding Doug Whaley and potential roster moves that could be made in the offseason. We wrap up the show talking about the College Football National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson and preview the start of the NFL playoffs.

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