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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3/22/18 - UMBC's epic win, the first two rounds thus far, NFL draft and NBA playoffs

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In the wake of UMBC’s epic victory over Virginia in the NCAA tournament, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek share their thoughts and feelings about one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history, including personal connections to the story.

They also discuss their overall impressions of the tournament through the first two rounds, as well NFL draft news and rule changes and the NBA playoff outlook.

 

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3/13/18 - NFL Postseason Moves, NCAA Selection Show, Brackets and Tiger Woods

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With NFL free agency in full swing and March Madness about to get underway, there is a lot to discuss on this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast.

Sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek explain why Kirk Cousins signing with the Vikings make a lot of sense, as part of their discussion about the flurry of activity around the league. They also share their feelings on the brackets, the Selection Show and Tiger Woods’ return to relevance on the PGA Tour.

Plus, Josh shares a passage from a biography about Olympian Jesse Owens that would blow up the Internet and social media if it happened today.

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3/7/18 - Kobe's Oscar, Kirk Cousins' future, March Madness and more

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In this episode, Just Another Sports Podcast partially turns into Just Another Movie Podcast, as sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek share their feelings on the Oscars and other films of interest. There is a sports component to the segment, as the guys begin by discussing Kobe Bryant’s Oscar victory. How deserving was he?

When the subject turns exclusively to sports, the guys talk about the most logical landing spots for Kirk Cousins, the Seattle Seahawks entering rebuilding mode, March Madness and the NCAA tournament Selection Show and the Rockets chances of taking down the Warriors in the NBA playoffs. Plus, what does Josh care about? How short is Greg’s attention span?

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2/27/18 - FBI Investigation of NCAA Basketeball, Paying College Players, Olympics Roundup, John Wall and Blake Bortles

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With the FBI bearing down on big-time college basketball, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss possible changes the NCAA should make to the current system. Do the rules need to be modernized or relaxed? Should the players be compensated? Is any of this widespread corruption influencing your enjoyment of the games?

Also, the guys offer their final thoughts on the Winter Olympics, including The United States’ first gold medal in curling. With so many highly accomplished teenagers competing and winning at the Games, the guys reminisce about what their teenage years were like. Greg talks about his short-lived glory at a basketball camp, as well as a well-known former neighbor.

Plus, what will the Wizards look like when John Wall returns? Did Blake Bortles get overpaid by the Jaguars?

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2/22/18 - Greg's bitten by the Olympic bug, Fergie’s Anthem, Potential MLB/NFL trades

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On this week’s episode of Just Another Sports Podcast, host Greg Swatek reveals that he has been bitten by the Olympic bug. He discusses the Pyeongchang Games with sports editor Josh Smith and features editor Colin McGuire, including a segment where they open “Medusa’s Box” to find out which Winter Olympic event would kill them if they attempted it.

The guys also provide their critiques of Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. They delve into what will happen with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and talk more about Kirk Cousins’ potential destination. Plus, Josh tells everyone about a complicated technical problem he helped Greg fix.

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2/14/18 - Winter Olympics (in which sports could the guys compete?), Colts stood up and NBA Trades

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With the Winter Olympics in full swing in South Korea, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek discuss their early impressions of the games. How much are they watching? What are they enjoying the most? How many of the sports could they actually do, even on far less than a world-class level?

Before the NFL season gets too far away, they guys discuss Josh McDaniels standing up the Colts at the last-possible moment to stay with the Patriots. What does it say about Bill Belichick’s future with the team?

Plus, the NBA trade deadline and All-Star weekend are discussed. How much better did the Cavs get with the moves that they made?

2/6/18 - Super Bowl, Foles' Future, Wizards' Wins Without Wall, Etc.

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On this week’s episode, sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and host Greg Swatek talk about why the Wizards are playing so well without John Wall, as Colin professed they would.

The guys also dive extensively into Super Bowl 52. How good were Nick Foles and the Eagles? How bad were the defenses? Why wasn’t Malcolm Butler playing for the Patriots? Would the Eagles be willing to trade Foles? What about the commercials and the halftime show?

Also, there is the weekly discussion about LeBron James and the Cavaliers’ dysfunction. An intriguing destination for Kirk Cousins is discussed. Colin attends the Maryland-Wisconsin college basketball game and a few remarks are offered on a extraordinarily influential figure in Frederick County sports, Urbana’s Chuck Nichols, upon his retirement from coaching.

01/31/18 - Wizards/Wall Injury, Super Bowl, Brady, Federer

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Can the Wizards season be saved now that star point guard John Wall will miss 6-8 weeks? Should Tom Brady retire if he wins the Super Bowl? These are among the questions taken on this week by sports editor Josh Smith, features editor Colin McGuire and sports writer Greg Swatek.

The guys also offer their Super Bowl predictions, discuss the Facebook documentary about Brady’s life as well as the greatness of Roger Federer. Who else can have such a model life and be so exceedingly likable?

Plus, Colin pulls off his Best Man duties, and Josh goes head-to-head with a deck of cards and prevails.

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