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Hard Foul Hoops Ep. 2

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Isaiah Thomas can’t be ignored (Credit: Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

Jim, Evan, and Bill talk rebuilding processes, Korver and the Cavs, Atlanta’s puzzling roster moves, a rumored deal for Boogie, and more. The show closes with some shoutouts to under-appreciated players, and Evan Sally deals with a potential house fire.
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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 87

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All eyes are on Doug Whaley, and for good reason. (USATSI)

 

Evan and Jim start the show with some Warriors/Cavs talk, then are joined by Bill, who has a plan to fix the Buffalo Bills. The gang touches on the games that matter this week before looking ahead to potential first round playoff matchups.

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Why Draymond Green is the Best Player in the NBA

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– Bill Annechino

There are many ways to affect a basketball game.  Most notable among these is scoring.  But what if you already play on a team with two All-World scorers?  What if, and this might be a stretch, you play on a team with two of the greatest scorers who ever lived, and a third player who must be involved in any “greatest shooter ever” discussion?  What then?  By now, you have probably seen through my rhetorical questions to know that I am talking about someone on the Golden State Warriors, and I am.  A player in this situation can, correctly, deduce that their team does not need more scoring.  Instead, they need someone to do everything else.  Right now, without looking, answer this question:  How many players are top-20 in four different statistical categories right now?  The answer is one.  Nobody does more than Draymond Green and, for that, he is the best player in the NBA. Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 82

Do the Chiefs deserve more respect? (Getty Images)

Do the Chiefs deserve more respect? (Getty Images)

On Friday’s podcast, Jim and Evan start off by talking about some potentially playoff-bound NFL teams that are flying under the radar. The guys give their take on Romo’s presser, how the Giants need to shift their approach, and what to expect from the Bills down the stretch. The show closes out with some NBA chat and a sprinkling of the USMNT.

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 79

Tyrod Taylor played one of his finest games as a Bill but still came up a play short. (Getty Images)

Tyrod Taylor played one of his finest games as a Bill but still came up a play short. (Getty Images)

On an all new podcast Evan Sally and Jim Bearor start the show talking about the biggest story in the world, the presidential election results. But don’t worry they only talked about it until about the 11 minute mark before getting back to the important business, sports. They examined the fallout from an insane Bills/Seahawks game, talked about the inexplicable Giants, before finishing the show trying to figure out exactly how good the Raiders are and the exciting Lakers and Clippers.

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The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 78

9643039-tyrod-taylor-nfl-new-england-patriots-buffalo-billsOn a brand new free flowing Hard Foul Podcast, Evan and Jim talk about how quickly things change in the NFL from week to week; the state of Tyrod Taylor after his Patriots performance; the issues facing the New York Giants; and finish the show with some early NBA thoughts and randomly a 5 minute conversation about Tim Tebow.

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Explaining Anthony Davis’s Ridiculous Start

The New Orleans Pelicans may be struggling but Anthony Davis sure isn't. (Getty Images)

The New Orleans Pelicans may be struggling but Anthony Davis sure isn’t. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

So, now that the buzz has kind of worn off after those historic first two games that Anthony Davis played, I think it’s time to figure out just what the hell was going on, and how he did it.  He joined Michael Jordan as one of the only 2 players to have scored more than 90 points in their team’s first two games (Jordan had 91 back in 1986 and Davis has 95, if you were curious).  He is still seeking that elusive first win, but it is safe to say that the Pelicans’ issues lie elsewhere than their MVP candidate.  With these impressive statistics in mind, let’s take a closer look at how Anthony Davis is doing this, and what they look like in the bigger picture.   Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 77

Golden State's blowout loss at the hands of San Antonio is one of the biggest surprises of the early season. (Getty Images)

Golden State’s blowout loss at the hands of San Antonio is one of the biggest surprises of the early season. (Getty Images)

On a wide ranging episode of The Hard Foul Podcast, Evan Sally, Jim Bearor and Bill Annechino examine the early days of the NBA season, preview Bills/Patriots and the rest of Week 8 and finish the show discussing the World Series.

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The Golden State Warriors Are In Uncharted Territory

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are going to laugh their way into history this season.

– Bill Annechino

One of my favorite moments on Sportscenter happens when an athlete does something crazy and ESPN pulls up a statistic from the Elias Sports Bureau that says that this was the first time this has happened since 1991 (the year I was born).  Sometimes it feels like it’s all been done, but for 1 second I get reminded that there was something that happened today that has literally never happened in my lifetime.  It’s sort of like when a comet passes by Earth once every 200 years or something.  IN fact, you may have heard the expression that someone or something was a “comet” in that it was a once in a lifetime experience.  With that in mind, this year’s Golden State Warriors team is going to be a comet.  What you probably don’t know is how historic this is primed to be.  By adding Kevin Durant, the Warriors have paired two of the top three players in the NBA (Steph Curry is #1 and Kevin Durant is #3) for arguably the first time since the ABA/NBA merger.  Throughout the history of the league, there have been memorable groups of superstars; Kareem/Worthy/Magic in L.A., Duncan/Parker/Ginobili in S.A., Jordan and Pippen in Chicago, Shaq and Kobe in L.A.… you get the picture.  Rarely have these pairings resulted in 2 players from the same team finishing in the top 5 of MVP voting, however.  In this article, we are going to try to figure out just how historic the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors could be, as well as how their pursuit of history meshes with their basketball philosophy.   Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 55

The Cowboys will go as far as Tony Romo's collarbone and Dez Bryant's foot takes them. (Getty Images)

The Cowboys will go as far as Tony Romo’s collarbone and Dez Bryant’s foot take them. (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Jim Bearor and Evan Sally start the show talking a little Bills (Reggie Ragland’s injury) and Giants (Offensive line concerns). We then start our NFL preview, 32 Teams, 32 Questions. We feature the NFC East and NFC North in this episode.

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