Episode 007 – Few Words

Connie StevensThis week, Kathleen and Vinny try to get Ed to care about sports by discussing Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run, Carlos Arredondo, Pat Summerall’s few words, Bruins fans singing the National Anthem, the Yankees playing “Sweet Caroline,” the match-ups to watch during the first round of the eight-months-long NBA playoffs, i.e. Lakers vs. Spurs and Denver vs. Golden State, and which state has the largest number of professional basketball teams.

And, predictably, Ed brings up Connie Stevens.

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The 99% Invisible blog explains how math and design turned basketball from a sleepy diversion into the most exciting sport in the United States.

Jackie Chan vs Hovercraft

Episode 006 – Hovering Over the Frozen Four

This week's prize

This week’s prize

Vinny and Kathleen try to get Ed to care about sports by discussing something called the Frozen Four. They also bring up “icing,” Quinnipiac’s Matthew Peca, Yale’s Cinderella status, the Igloo (where The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh was filmed,) Tom Ricketts’ gruesome delivery, Bubba Watson’s smooth ride, and Mark Cuban’s comments about Brittney Griner. Plus, a little about Ed’s basketball experience.

mental_floss: The Origins of All 30 MLB Team Names

Now this is the kind of information we need!

The New Yorker walks our talk on mascots

Ian Crouch’s “In Praise of Tame Mascots” in The New Yorker.

Episode 005 – Opening Day Madness

2-3 Zone

The 2-3 Zone, clearly

Kathleen and Vinny try to convince Ed to care about sports by telling him how much Justin Verlander makes. They also discuss the specialness of eating food in baseball parks, Cincinnati’s history on Opening Day, Houston switching sides, parity parity, putting the Alpha in Opening Day, why to keep caring about Wichita State and Michigan, Kevin Ware’s heart, stopping Brittney Griner, who will win the Championship, and what shocks Vinny.

Episode 004 – The Madness 2 – Bracket Blowup

Wichita State ShockersKathleen and Vinny try to convince Ed to care about sports, mainly by sending him promotional material for Florida Gulf Coast University. They also discuss:

Vinny’s car. Vinny’s alma mater. Vinny’s other alma mater. Tom Izzo and Michigan State’s chances without Keith Appling and his towel snapping prowess. The Dominating Shockers. Aaron Craft’s confidence. How Harvard is a school full of opportunities, for a limited time only. Michigan’s throwing up percentage. The awesomeness of Conway’s Cookies. The possibility of Trey Burke’s heat burning a barn. The Battle of the Floridas. Azul the Eagle. How Indiana will beat Syracuse even without Keith Smart. Remembering Victor Oladipo’s name. And the game to watch if you’re only watching one.

Episode 003 – The Madness

A super-sized episode about a super-sized tournament – the 2013 NCAA Men’ s Division I Basketball Tournament. Ed succumbs to “March Madness” and actually fills out some “brackets,” in a pretty much random way, of course.

Kathleen and Vinny try to convince Ed that March Madness is about more than just using some shiny new app – it’s about sports! Or something. Along the way, they bring up such topics as…

It’s already Round 2. Louisville has nothing to worry about. How to pronounce Colorado, Missouri, St. Louis, Creighton, Gonzaga, and Iona. Pittsburgh’s new slogan. Marshall Henderson’s antics. The number of teams in the Big 10 this week. Vinny is not scared by Arizona or Butler. Those Harvard slackers. The 10-seed–7-seed split. Mascots vs. coaches names. Shaka Smart’s havoc. Why no one is talking about Oklahoma. Sexy, sexy picks. Who has next, but at the same time. Brittney Griner’s wingspan. Skylar Diggins. Throwing up in the air like you just don’t care.

And whatever this is.



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