13 June 2014

Fanatic Radio - 6/13/14

Mike returns for an action packed weekend on Fanatic Radio. Bob Bradley, former US and Egyptian National Team Head Coach, breaks down America's first World Cup match versus Ghana on June 16. We also talk about a lopsided Stanley Cup, the Native American ad against the Washington Redskins and the U.S. Open golf championship. In the time of the FIFA World Cup beginning we break down trends, games and B-Flo's questionable picks and talk the dominate San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. 

2014 NBA Mock Draft: 3rd Edition

The 2014 NBA Draft is in less than two weeks and while all eyes are on the NBA Finals, the 28 teams trying to get there have all eyes on nailing their selections on June 26th. Here's my third NBA mock draft, cooked up just for you.

12 June 2014

2014 MLB on Fox Announcers & Distribution: June 14th

Fox Saturday Baseball features Baseball Night in America, although not that Baseball Night in America, this Saturday night with a troika of games. The Nationals will visit the Cardinals in the Gateway City, the Reds will take on the Brewers in Thrillwaukee, and the Angels will battle the Braves in Hotlanta. Coverage begins at 7:00 following Twins-Tigers on Fox Sports 1. Continue reading for announcing assignments and distribution splits for MLB on Fox.

Fanatic Radio - The World Cup Show

Mike is joined by NP Soccer Talk creator Nick Papadis to break down the eight groups in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Trends and odds of what all 32 teams need to do to reach football nirvana. The United States with Jurgen Klinsmann saying they cannot win the World Cup, hosts Brazil on if they can return to glory for the first time since 2002, in their backyard, dark horses, jokes, ESPN's laughable presentation. It is time to celebrate the greatest tournament in the world, in style on Fanatic Radio.

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10 June 2014

2014 U.S. Open Preview

The United States Open Championship returns to the famous Course No. 2 of Pinehurst for the first since 2005. It is the second major of 2014 and the 31st tournament of the year. And barring something contrary tradition, scores will be high and golfers will face a much tougher course than they may be used too. The tournament kicks off this Thursday.

Here is the B-Flo 360 preview of the 2014 U.S. Open.

Mike Gardner's 2014 FIFA World Cup Predictions, Everybody Stop What They're Doing

Much like how the Olympics captivates the world audience with the curiosity of pretending to know half the medal events and what scandals and preplanned drama awaits from NBC, the FIFA World Cup is only days away from the month long kick off to crown the best soccer team in the world.

Yes, here comes another soccer rant from Mike Gardner (
Listen to another here).

2014 NFL on CBS Announcers

Just one day after it was reported that the broadcast team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts was being promoted, we know have the full commentator pairings for the NFL in CBS for the 2014 season. Let's take a look.

2014 FIFA World Cup Predictions

It is the beautiful game on its biggest stage. The eyes of the world will be focused on Brazil for the next month for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 32 teams are all aiming to hoist the World Cup Trophy on July 13th at the Estádio de Maracanã in Rio, but there can only be one. Who will be World Cup champions when all is said and done? Here are my predictions.

09 June 2014

Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts promoted by the NFL on CBS

Ever since Dan Dierdorf announced he was retiring from NFL broadcasting, there was going to be some shuffling going on at the NFL on CBS. Dierdorf was last on the B team with Greg Gumbel. Considering that the B team was a coveted position as that crew traditionally got to call a Divisional Playoffs game (although CBS and Fox will alternate having a second Divisional game with NBC getting one starting this year), CBS was making a relatively big call.

Pretty much everyone, myself included, wanted CBS to promote the C team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. Heck, I even expected them to promote them rather than promote an analyst to work with Gumbel and predicted them to do so a few weeks ago. Well, guess what Richard Deitsch just reported about an hour ago.

Watch John Oliver show how comically awful FIFA is

FIFA is terrible. I probably did not have to tell you that for you to know it. But if I did, here is the great John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight to brilliantly show us indeed how awful FIFA truly is. Let's go to the videotape.

08 June 2014

Sour grapes and all, is California Chrome owner Steve Coburn right?

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Well if you happened to miss what went down yesterday, California Chrome did not win the Triple Crown. Rather, it was Tonalist that came up victorious at yesterday's Belmont Stakes as California Chrome finished fourth. And in the immediate aftermath of the race, Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, who has been celebrated as a sort of an everyman compared to the traditional thoroughbred owner, went on an angry rant on the current system that allows a horse like Tonalist to run in the Belmont without having run in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness States.

And you know what, he may be right.