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Podcast: 94WIP Show From October 15th, 2013

Vick Foles

The QB controversy rages on!

I stay on team Vick, but with the caveat that the real genius here is Chip Kelly.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones was kind enough to join the show, as well as Chip Kelly expert Tony Granieri.

Follow Bomani on Twitter @Bomani_Jones

Follow Tony on Twitter @TheSpottersView

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Time’s Yours Podcast: Catching Up With Kate Fagan

Kate Pod

The woman, the myth, the legend, Kate Fagan.

For many Sixers fans, Kate was a breath of fresh air when she wrote about the Sixers for the Inquirer a few years back. She then left us (can’t blame her really) for ESPN.

I caught up with Kate to discuss her time here, her job at ESPN, and finally, of course, John Starks.

Follow Kate on Twitter @KateFagan3

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What Is Magic Johnson’s Problem With Bill Simmons?


I am an NBA addict. I will watch any and all NBA content at just about any time. If it wasn’t for my job and my fiancee and the rest of life, I would be watching it every waking hour.

I enjoy Bill Simmons. I know the popular thing with Simmons, as it is with many things that get popular is to talk about how much it/he sucks. He’s part of the reason I like writing about sports and he’s pretty much living every blogger’s dream. I think he knows basketball, and I think his book is proof of that.

When Simmons was added to the NBA pre-game show on ESPN, I wasn’t all that thrilled. Simmons is best, whether it be on a podcast or in writing, when he has the space to spread out. Thousands of words in each column, at least 60 minutes in each podcast. He’s verbose, and that’s what he’s good at. Television, like he’s doing now, is pretty much the oppposite of that. Get your point out in 20 seconds, and it better be a different/opposite point of someone else on the panel. You can see Simmons struggling with it, as he tries to explain one of his three thousand word theories in 15 seconds. I’m not saying this is a positive or a negative of television, it just is. Simmons has gotten better, but I still don’t think it’s what he’s best at.

The show itself I think needs work. There’s no host; Wilbon, Rose, Simmons and Magic all sort of share that duty and I’m not sure it works. Wilbon often times doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and Rose and Magic, for guys who actually played in the NBA, seem to have a less than stellar knowledge of how the NBA works. At the very least they’re not great at expressing it.

All of that said, the most uncomfortable thing about the show is how Magic Johnson treats Bill Simmons. I’m not imagining this. I mentioned it on Twitter Tuesday night and several agreed with me. Magic disagrees with every single thing Simmons says. Sometimes, even if he agrees, he agrees in a fashion that makes it seem as if he’s disagreeing. Simmons mentioned Tuesday night that he thinks the Grizzlies must be kicking themselves for not winning the game. Johnson literally said he disagreed, and then went on to make the same point. Johnson is often times condescending, as if there’s no way Simmons’ point could be valid.

It’s uncomfortable to watch, especially knowing that Simmons is probably ecstatic that he gets to sit there and talk basketball with Magic Johnson on television. Simmons has mentioned as much, maybe not in those words, but certainly alluded to it in podcasts.

My inclination is that Johnson isn’t respectful of Simmons’ opinion because he didn’t play in the NBA. But Magic doesn’t do the same thing to Wilbon, who neither played in the NBA nor seems to make too many valid points about it during the show.

Maybe he’s not doing it on purpose, and maybe he means no ill will, but it’s sort of hard to watch, and I wish they’d change it. I end up feeling bad for Simmons because I know it must be a bummer to be talked to that way, especially when you’ve written a very coherent, very impressive 700 page book about the history of basketball, including several pages on Johnson.

If I was Deadspin or something I would put together a video megamix of this happening, but I’m not Deadspin.

Am I crazy?

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Time’s Yours Podcast: Farewell Brad Lidge

Even though it was over three years ago, Brad Lidge’s 2008 season is exactly how we remember him. That picture just moments after the final out of the World Series sits in pretty exclusive company in Philadelphia sports history.

Lidge signed a contract with the Nationals, which gives us a good chance to look back on his career in Philadelphia, and that season. Pat Gallen asks the question, “is his 2008 season the most important individual season in Philly sports history?” It’s a tough choice, but Lidge’s campaign sits higher on that list than you may think.

We also do a Philly Sports Fantasy Draft, in honor of the NHL All-Star draft. We get five picks each, from any Philly team we want, to fill our teams.

Finally, we introduce the first installment of “three questions.”

Follow Pat on Twitter @PatGallen_PN, check him out on Phillies Nation, and on 97.3 ESPN radio in South Jersey.

Follow Spike on Twitter @spikeeskin, check him out on CBS Philly, and on 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

Subscribe to the Time’s Yours Podcast on iTunes here.

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Photoshop With Matt Mac: Hugh Douglas Is The New Brian Boitano

So, first this happened:

And then, as usual with Matt, something like this happened:

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Time’s Yours Podcast: Avant, Bryzgalov, Jimmy Rollins And The Bandwagon

Two sports radio stations, an endless number of blogs (THIS ONE!), Twitter, Facebook, ESPN, local TV sports, there is a lot of space to fill in the sports landscape today.

So much that maybe we’re filling it with things that don’t really matter.

That’s what Pat Gallen and I talk about today.

Is Jason Avant’s “bandwagon,” comment one of them? What about the Ilya Bryzgalov media ban?

We combine that with a Inception (the movie), J-Roll, Ryan Howard and Andre Iguodala on Twitter and what the Phillies should do with their money during the offseason.

Follow Pat Gallen on Twitter @PatGallen_PN, read him on Phillies Nation, and listen to him (after you’re done listening to this of course) on 97.3 ESPN.

Subcribe to the Time’s Yours podcast on iTunes. 

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