Reactions to the death of a UMD football player and culture that led to it

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On this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast, the culture of football comes into focus.

As controversial training methods with the University of Maryland football program that contributed to the death of a player came to light, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss the public’s and media’s reaction to the story and how the university should handle its ongoing fallout.

While Terrapins coach DJ Durkin is likely to lose his job, should Ohio State Urbana Meyer keep his after he reportedly knew that one of his assistants physically abused his wife and kept him on the staff? Does Meyer’s success as a coach insulate him more than it should? Is anything likely to change about how big-time college treat their players or prepare them for games?

The guys also discuss Tiger Woods’ second-place finish at the PGA Championship, the Nationals’ fizzling playoff hopes and the impressive play of some NFL rookie quarterbacks in training camp and the preseason. 

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Redecorating the baseball Hall

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On the heels of Hall of Fame weekend for pro football, this episode of Just Another Sports Podcast takes a hard look at the Baseball Hall of Fame and who should be in and, more specifically, who shouldn't?

FNP managing editor Chris Kinsler joins sports editor Josh Smith and host Greg Swatek for this special episode. Kinsler is embarking on an ambitious product of chopping the Baseball Hall of Fame down to the 100 most deserving players, according to him.

Kinsler feels the Hall of Fame is somewhat watered down by many players who were very good players, but don't quite fit the stature of being worthy of the Hall.

The guys discuss some of the most prominent guys who should not be in, as well as some of the most egregious snubs. Kinsler also shows off his encyclopedic baseball knowledge by discussing in detail some of the more obscure players who have been enshrined.

What inspired this project? And how does he retain all of this information? Kinsler tells us on this week's episode.

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Orioles #EmptyTheNest, Nationals' decision not to trade Harper, and other goings on in the NFL & NBA

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In this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast, hosts Colin McGuire, Josh Smith and fill-in Allen Etzler talk the Nationals holding onto Bryce Harper, the Orioles cleaning house and the battle for supremacy in the AL East between the Red Sox and Yankees in an MLB post-trade deadline special. The trio also look ahead to Lamar Jackson’s debut in the NFL Hall of Fame Game and the reported fight between the NBA’s Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson.

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Special guest- Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga

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In the midst of an eventful summer on the D.C. sports landscape, Washington Post columnist Barry Svrluga joins sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

Svrluga, who built his reputation on covering a wide sports very well, shares his insights and perspective on the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, the struggling Nationals, the chances that Bryce Harper stays in Washington and the recent resurgence of Tiger Woods.

After two solid months of regularly covering the Capitals run to the Cup, did the thrill of the story outweigh the grind and all of the late nights while on the chase? And, following years of failure, why were the Capitals finally able to break through this season?

How concerned should the Nationals be with a below .500 record in the final week of July? How much money will Bryce Harper command on the open market? How close is Tiger Woods to actually winning? And just how is he able to stay on top of so many sports and cover them all so well?

Svrluga also talks about the road that led him to becoming a sports columnist at the Post. After graduating from Duke University, he covered sports in the small town of Portland, Maine as well as Raleigh, North Carolina. He also shares his thoughts on the Post has become an industry leader in terms of putting female sports writers on prominent beats. 

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MLB All-Star Game, Machado's Trade to the Dodgers and the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard to Toronto

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On this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast, host Greg Swatek and features editor Colin McGuire welcome News-Post managing editor Chris Kinsler, who is filling in for a vacationing Josh Smith.

Chris, a former sports writer and very knowledgeable sports fan, shares his experience of attending Monday’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby at Nationals Park with his family. The guys also discuss whether the MLB All-Star Game has lost any of it’s luster. Where does it rank compared to all-star games in other sports?

Plus, there are a pair of major trades that are pending. The Orioles are on the verge of sending Manny Machado to the L.A. Dodgers for a handful of prospects, and, in the NBA, the Spurs are about to trade disgruntled Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. The guys react to these moves and share their thoughts on the latest NBA news in general.

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The World Cup final is set, Colin offers his takes on recent NBA news, plus the lack of buzz surounding the MLB All-Star Game

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Features editor Colin McGuire returns this week only to find that sports editor Josh Smith is off tending to family obligations. Nonetheless, Colin and host Greg Swatek have a myriad of topics to discuss.

A surprising World Cup final is set between France and Croatia. What has this tournament told us about its future? Who will the stars be four years from now? Is expanding the tournament a good idea?

After missing last week, Colin offers his takes on all of the big NBA news, including LeBron to the Lakers and DeMarcus Cousins to the Warriors. Is Golden State as unstoppable as everyone thinks it is?

Plus, with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game set to take place in Washington in less than a week, why hasn’t there been more buzz about the game in this area? What are some reasonable steps that can be taken to improve baseball? How much of the game is fixable?

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NBA super-teams, looming decisions for the O's and Nats, local Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff

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With features editor Colin McGuire wandering around and hopefully not lost in the woods this week, sports editor Josh Smith holds down the fort with host Greg Swatek on this episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

All of the big NBA news over the past week is discussed in detail. Is the future of the NBA as we know it in peril since All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Warriors? What sort of impact will LeBron James have with the Lakers? Will Dwight Howard help the Wizards become more of a contender?

In baseball, major decisions have to be made about the Orioles' future by the end of the month. What should they do? Will the people making the major decisions be around much longer? Plus, why are the Nationals struggling so badly? And why doesn’t there seem to more of a buzz around the All-Star Game being in Washington in two weeks?

Josh and Greg name the best athletes they have watched in person in every major sport. They also share their thoughts on the World Cup and Tiger Woods as the pied piper of golf.

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The Struggling O's, Josh's faith in the Nats as a championship contender, World Cup and Phil Mickelson

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Back and refreshed after a week off, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek make the most out of a dead period on the sports calendar on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

The guys touch on the struggles of the local professional baseball teams. With nothing left to play for this season, what sort of moves should the Orioles be making as the trade deadline approaches? Is it even worth considering the idea they would leave Baltimore if the dispute over the MASN TV money doesn’t go their way?

Josh reaffirms his faith in the Nationals as championship contenders even though they haven’t been playing that well lately. Bryce Harper is not exactly lighting it up in a contract year. So, how much would he really be worth on the free-agent market?

Plus, the World Cup, Phil Mickelson’s controversy at the U.S. Open, potential landing spots for LeBron James in free agency and old-time professional wrestlers, including Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) who will be appearing at a Frederick Keys game this week, are discussed.

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Caps' Cup win and subsiquent extended celebration, heartbreak for LeBron, Justify, Nadal and more

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Entering what would normally be considered a dead period on the sports calendar, there is no shortage of topics for sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek to dive into on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

The Capitals won the Stanley Cup and celebrated (and celebrated!) for days. The NBA Finals ended with another championship for the Golden State Warriors and more drama from LeBron. Justify became the 13th horse to take the sport's Triple Crown, and Rafael Nadal won his record 11th championship at the French Open.

All of these topics are addressed in detail, in addition to very early thoughts on the World Cup and the U.S. Open. Plus, do other horses really react to Justify in a different way? This episode is as pleasing to listen to as the voice of late wrestling manager Paul Bearer or a Nadal grunt. Tune in to find out.

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Stanley Cup fever, NBA finals, and thoughts on Justify's chances of winning the Triple Crown

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With Stanley Cup fever raging around the Washington Capitals, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek offer their thoughts on the series on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast. Colin share his experience of being outside the arena for last Saturday’s Game 3 with a sea of red-wearing and surprisingly sober (alcohol could not be legally consumed outside of the bars) hockey fans.

Then, the guys offer their take on the NBA Finals and the steady march to another seemingly inevitable championship for the Golden State Warriors. Will the Golden State dynasty chase LeBron James out of Cleveland again? Where is the most logical spot for him to land if he does leave?

Plus, how foolish was now-departed 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo to use burner Twitter accounts to respond to critics? Will Justify capture the Triple Crown, and what sort of impact would that have on interest in horse racing? 

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NBA finals game 1, then, did the Caps' win over Vegas in game 2 break their playoffs jinx?

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Later in the week than usual, host Greg Swatek, features editor Colin McGuire and sports editor Joshua R. Smith — not J.R. Smith — discuss the mind-bending NBA Finals Game 1 win by the Golden State Warriors, who survived to win in overtime partially thanks to a mental blunder by the Cavaliers' most mistake-prone player.

How badly did J.R. Smith — not Joshua R. Smith — hamper Cleveland's chances at winning the series when he failed to go up for a shot after rebounding a missed free throw by teammate George Hill with the game tied and less than 5 seconds left Thursday night?

The guys ponder just what's with these star-studded Warriors, who seem content to coast except for a few big surges in each game. They also consider what LeBron James will have to do to further lead his team in this series, after dropping a 51-point gem in defeat.

How about the Washington Capitals? Did their Game 2 win over Vegas in the Stanley Cup final — which is tied 1-1 — finally break their playoff jinx?

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NBA playoffs, NFL rules changes and Justify's chances at the Triple Crown

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Host Greg Swatek makes a triumphant return from his unscheduled week off, and delves immediately into an NBA conference finals discussion with sports editor Josh Smith and features editor Colin McGuire.

Are the Warriors in trouble? Can the Celtics pull off two more wins against LeBron and the Cavs?

And what about the new NFL rules? Will kickoff returns increase or decrease? Will players still find a way to protest social injustice even though the league is now requiring them to stand and show respect for the flag during the national anthem? 

With the Preakness in the books and Justify on his way to the Belmont Stakes, there's talk of him being better than American Pharoah. Can he pull off the Triple Crown despite getting pushed so hard in Baltimore?

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Is LeBron is LeDone with the Cavs? Are the Caps in trouble? The Preakness and sports betting

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Without host Greg Swatek there to hold their hands, Colin McGuire and Josh Smith manage to keep the podcast on the rails. 

The pair of editors discuss whether the Caps are in trouble in their series against the Lightning, whether LeBron is LeDone with the Cavs, and whether James Harden or Kevin Durant is the better offensive player.

They also delve into their favorite Preakness memories, and ponder if Justify can handle the eight-horse field this Saturday to continue his Triple Crown bid.

How excited is Colin that legal sports betting might be coming to a state near him? How quickly will it ruin his life? These questions — and more — are addressed in this week's episode, sans Swatek, who should return next week.

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5/8/18 - Capitals' milestone win over the Pens, NBA Playoffs and Ben Roethlisberger

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On this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek review the NBA playoffs, the Capitals milestone win over the Penguins and why Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger might be the worst person in all of sports.

With the Cavs and Celtics and Warriors and Rockets closing in on the NBA’s conference finals, who do the guys feel is the team to beat? What has been the most impressive aspect of LeBron James’ run of outstanding play, and will this be his greatest achievement if he can push this Cleveland team into the Finals?

Plus, the Caps are the first D.C. team to reach the conference finals since 1998. Will they stay hungry against the Tampa Bay Lightning? Or has a mission-accomplished feeling already settled over the team and their fans? And how does Ben Roethlisberger have the nerve to criticize the Steelers’ selection of a quarterback in the draft given his history of statements and actions?

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5/2/18 - Special guest, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora

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Taking a break from their usual routine, host Greg Swatek, sports editor Josh Smith and features editor Colin McGuire welcome a special guest, CBS Sports NFL insider — and hard-core Baltimore Orioles fan — Jason La Canfora.

With the hectic NFL draft season finally behind him, La Canfora has plenty of time to devote to following the Birds, though there’s not much to cheer lately. La Canfora talks about what he’d do if he were the team’s general manager. Who should replace Dan Duquette? What does the future hold for Buck Showalter within the organization? Is La Canfora interested in making an offer on the mansion Cal Ripken is selling?

As for the draft season, what is it like for La Canfora to cover an event that’s become so wildly popular even though selecting football players is such an inexact science? Will Baker Mayfield be the right fit in Cleveland? How soon will Ravens fans see Lamar Jackson on the field in the regular season? Is there really that much inner turmoil among the New England Patriots? Does a reporter like him get an offseason?

Plus, Jason talks about how, in his career, he has been blessed to work with so many inspirational examples.

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4/26/18 - NFL Draft, Wizards playoffs, alarm bells for O's & Nats fans

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With the NFL draft upon us, the quarterback prospects are thrown under the microscope on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

Do the comparisons between Baker Mayfield and Johnny Manziel have any merit? Which of the top QB prospects will have the longest shelf life in the NFL? Sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek share their thoughts.

Plus, can the Wizards knock off the Raptors in the NBA playoffs? Should Orioles and Nationals fans already be alarmed at this early stage of the season? And will the proposed reforms for the NCAA make any difference?

Next week, the guys will break down the NFL draft and discuss other topics of interest with CBS NFL insider Jason LaCanfora.

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4/19/18 - Brady & Belichick, Washington's Playoff Woes and LeBron as Compared to Jordan

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Does it really matter if Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get along for the Patriots to succeed? Are the Wizards and Capitals already finished in the playoffs? How good a draft prospect is quarterback Lamar Jackson? Should LeBron James ever be compared to Michael Jordan?

These are among the litany of topics that sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek dive into on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

What were the best things each of the guys saw over the last week in the world of sports? Plus, an upcoming special guest is revealed. 

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4/11/18 - NBA playoffs predictions, Colin's WrestleMania trip, RGIII and the Masters

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With the NBA playoffs about to start, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss the Wizards chances and guess who will be left standing at the end. Can they envision The Finals without the Warriors or the Cavs? Who should be considered the favorite? Who does Colin call “a human tube of Bengay?”

 

Plus, Colin’s trip to New Orleans and his experience at WrestleMania is discussed in great detail. RG3 is already holding press conferences with the Ravens, and the Masters crowns a new and feisty champion who could help create more interest in the sport.

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4/4/18 - RGIII to the Ravens?!?, Keys pitcher Branden Kline, Tiger, Lebron and WrestleMania

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Shortly before this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast was recorded, news broke that the Ravens were going to sign quarterback Robert Griffin III. Sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek wonder what the team could be thinking by bringing on such a high-profile back-up who has severely underperformed in recent seasons.

The guys also talk about Branden Kline’s return to the Frederick Keys, the first week of the season for the Orioles and Nationals, Tiger Woods’ chances at the Masters and the constant drama swirling around LeBron James.

Plus, there is talk of doppelgangers, celebrity appearances and steel-cage matches. And that has nothing to do with WrestleMania, which Colin will be attending in New Orleans this weekend.

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3/27/18 - Greg's had enough of Sister Jean in the NCAA Tournament (but the rest of us haven't), plus Wall's return and O's Opening Day

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With a lack of star power in this year’s NCAA tournament — outside of a 98-year-old nun — sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss whether Loyola-Chicago’s Cinderella run will generate more interest in the Final Four?

 

Also, what will John Wall’s return mean for the Wizards? Can the Nationals finally maximize their talent and win a championship? How do the guys feel about the Orioles' chances and Opening Day in general? Plus, are the New York Giants crazy for possibly trading Odell Beckham?

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