12/14/17 - State Champion Linganore Girls Soccer

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After 100 scoreless minutes, Linganore High School claimed its first state title in girls soccer with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Huntington in the Class 3A championship game at Loyola.

 

This week on The Final Score podcast, coach Howie Putterman and goalkeeper Maddie Cunningham chat with host Greg Swatek about the significance of the victory and how they handled the pressure of the moment. They also talk about the cohesive nature of the team and how low-expectations from the outside fueled their run to the championship.

12/12/17 - "The Fun Police"

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In their latest episode, the Fun Police (Greg Swatek, Josh Smith and Colin McGuire) discuss a non-quarterback NFL MVP, the impact of Carson Wentz’s injury on the NFL playoff chase, the upcoming Steelers-Patriots showdown and the Yankees trade for slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Plus, Greg heads back to cinema school with a review of Gran Torino.

12/05/17 - "The Fun Police"

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In this week’s episode, The Fun Police (Greg Swatek, Josh Smith and Colin McGuire) ponder a time the NFL might cease to exist due to something potentially catastrophic happening on the field. The discussion was prompted by the violent outbursts by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and in the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night game.

 

The guys also discuss whether the right four teams wound up in the college football playoff and the recent emotional outbursts by Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. Plus, Greg goes back to cinema school with his review of Good Fellas. 

11/30/17 - "The Fun Police"

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Between fights on the field, woozy players being allowed to play and a coach being denied employment at a state university due to outrage on social media, the Fun Police certainly had a lot to dissect this week.

On this episode, sports reporter Greg Swatek, sports editor Josh Smith and features editor/events manager Colin McGuire dive into the fight between Aqib Talib of the Denver Broncos and Michael Crabtree of the Oakland Raiders that led to both players being suspended and the University of Tennessee’s decision to rescind a job offer to coach Greg Schiano after Volunteers fans expressed their outrage on social media.

The guys also discuss if the NFL’s concussion protocol is being properly enforced, surprise teams in the league and how the college football playoff might shake out.

 

11/28/17 - Oakdale Volleyball, 2A State Champions

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On Nov. 18, the Oakdale High School volleyball team claimed its second state championship with a 3-1 victory over La Plata at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum.

This week on The Final Score podcast, Bears coach Jim Dorsch and senior outside hitter Megan Ray chat with host Greg Swatek about the joy of winning the championship, overcoming hurdles along the way and why this particular Oakdale team was so strong.

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11/23/17 - Breakdown of Walkersville v. Damascus with Kyle McFadden

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Damascus and Walkersville played arguably the Game of the Year for state high school football last Friday, one that will be remembered for its quality of play and a controversial no-call on the play that produced the game’s only touchdown.

This week on The Final Score, Kyle McFadden, editor of Maryland Sports Access website, and host Greg Swatek dive into the controversial 14-yard touchdown run by Damascus’ Gage Dickens and why two penalty flags were picked up when the Hornets had 12 players on the field. They also discuss why the game lived up to its year-long hype as a heavyweight battle between state champions and look ahead to Linganore’s state semifinal against Oxon Hill.

11/22/17 - The "Fun Police"

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On the latest episode with The Fun Police, host Greg Swatek, sports editor Josh Smith and events manager Colin McGuire discuss Baker Mayfield’s outbursts, the Redskins collapse, the Celtics’ winning streak and their favorite Thanksgiving foods.

They also learn what happens when you tease the producer who edits your podcast and whom has the ability to change the pitch of one's voice.

11/18/17 - Terri Gibbons

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Despite stepping away from coaching for the time being, Terri Gibbons is still very engaged with the Frederick County cross country and track and field communities. She is a regular presence at most of the big meets and still serves on a state cross-country committee.

On this episode of The Final Score, Gibbons chats with host Greg Swatek about why she is so passionate about these sports, the connections she makes with her athletes, her own track career in high school and at Mount St. Mary’s as well as her recent marriage and changes in her life.

11/15/17 - The "Fun Police"

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In their weekly episode on the Final Score podcast, the Fun Police (Greg Swatek, Josh Smith and Colin McGuire) talk about the awful state of the NFL’s American Football Conference. What teams do they trust in the NFC?

 

The trio also discusses LeBron James’ noteworthy subway ride, Miami’s impressive win over Notre Dame and where teams stand in the college football playoff. Plus, Greg goes to Cinema School with a review of Raging Bull, and more homework is assigned.

11/09/17 - The "Fun Police"

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In their latest episode on the Final Score podcast, the Fun Police, host Greg Swatek, sports editor Josh Smith and events manager Colin McGuire, talk about the Redskins improbable win over the Seattle Seahawks.

 

They also discuss a pair of struggling NBA teams, the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers, strange ways that athletes use social media and ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary on the life and career of Ric Flair. Woooo!

11/04/17 - Jamion Christian, Mount St. Mary's Men's Basketball Coach

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With the start of the college basketball season less than a week away, Jamion Christian, the men’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s, chats with host Greg Swatek about what lies ahead for his team.

Christian discusses the challenges and the excitement that comes with having 12 freshman on the team, his most memorable moment from the Mountaineers’ run to the NCAA tournament last March, playing a more friendly non-conference schedule, his three senior leaders and his upcoming nuptials in May.

11/02/17 - The "Fun Police"

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In the latest episode of the Fun Police on the Final Score podcast, host Greg Swatek laments the depths to which his beloved Cleveland Browns have fallen and asks sports editor Josh Smith and events manager Colin McGuire how he should respond to their persistent ineptitude.

How good will Jimmy Garoppolo be for the 49ers? They guys chat about the unusually active trade deadline in the NFL and who will make the biggest impact for their new team.

There is also an extensive discussion about another classic World Series between the Astros and the Dodgers, as well as the present era of great games and young stars that Major League Baseball is currently enjoying.

Plus, did Greg fulfill his movie-watching homework assignment? Who deserves more consideration for the college football playoff? Tune in and find out.

Episode 045 - 10/25/17

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In this week’s installment of their weekly segment, News-Post sports editor Josh Smith, events manager Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss the impact social media is having on the relationship between athletes and their teams, particularly in the cases of Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns.

They also talk about the upcoming weekend in college football, particularly the big Penn State-Ohio State matchup, and the first week of the NBA season. Finally, Josh and Colin make fun of Greg for all of the classic movies he hasn’t seen and give him a homework assignment for the coming week.

Episode 044 - 10/19/17

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Hired May 1 to be the women’s basketball coach at Mount St. Mary’s University, Maria Marchesano is ready to begin the next chapter of her young career as the head of a Division I program.

On the latest episode of the Final Score podcast, Marchesano chats with host Greg Swatek about her first six months on the job at the Mount, her expectations for the coming season and her own playing experiences in basketball-mad Indiana and overseas as a professional.

 

Episode 043 - 10/17/17

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In the latest installment of their weekly episode on the Final Score, sports editor Josh Smith, events manager Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek address myriad issues facing the NFL.

How does Aaron Rodgers’ injury change the competitive balance of the league? And are the league’s thick rule book and poorly officiated games turning people away?

As the NBA season begins, they also dive into the likelihood of another Cavs-Warriors Finals and the teams and players they are most intrigued to watch.

The question is also posed: Do you prefer the parity of the NFL or the superpower nature of the NBA?

Episode 042 - 10/14/17

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Brunswick High School is enjoying one of its best volleyball seasons in the 11-year tenure of coach Brad Blumenauer. 

 

On this week’s episode of The Final Score, Blumenauer chats with host Greg Swatek about the Railroaders’ momentous win over Williamsport earlier this season, why the team is playing so well in general and how he got his coaching position.

Episode 041 - 10/6/17

In the latest installment of their weekly chat, Frederick News-Post sports editor Josh Smith, FNP events manager Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek wonder how two quarterbacks were selected in front of Deshaun Watson in the NFL draft, what team is in more trouble (the Cowboys or the Patriots) and what teams will advance in the major league baseball playoffs.