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The RC Report with special guest Ross Tucker

Ross and RC preview the upcoming NFL Season.

0:00- 2:45-Ross’ trademark podcast intro

2:45-6:00-Free Agency and Josh Norman

6:00-7:55-Bosa holdout

8:00-10:20-Will the Panthers and Cam Regress?

10:21-12:45-Breakthrough teams

12:45- 13:46-Are the Cowboys legit Contenders?

13:46- end-NFC contenders(Green bay, Arizona, Seattle)

Tucker is the host of the popular Ross Tucker Football Podcast as well as the Fantasy Feast: Eatin, Even Money, and The College Draft podcasts all available at RossTucker.com

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RC Report with guest Maureen Ryan

RC Report w/ Maureen Ryan of Variety Magazine

Maureen Ryan and I discuss Game of Thrones, the impact of social media(on tv shows), diversity in Hollywood and more.

0:00-3:15 How Mo got her start as a writer/reviewer

3:15-7:52 The Golden Age of TV and its current expansion.

7:52-12:00 The impact of social media.

12:00-25:45 Women and diversity in television.

25:45-28:40 Under the Radar Shows.

28:40-End Game of Thrones

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Maureen lists a bunch of great shows for you to check out. I made of list of them and linked their IMDB pages.

Peaky Blinders
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Jane The Virgin
Fresh off the boat
BoJack Horseman
Mr. Robot
Catastrophe
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2234222/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Coach Nick of BBall Breakdown

Coach Nick of BBall Breakdown

Coach Nick has dedicated himself to preserving the fundamentals of basketball. By using NBA footage, he breaks down the games with freeze frames, arrows, and slow motion to explain the intricate details of what is happening on the court. By paying close attention off the ball, he opens up a whole new way to watch and analyze the game.

Coach Nick joins RC to discuss the crazy OKC-Spurs finish (6:26), his coaching background(8:20),the origin of bballbreakdown (10:22), the state of fundamentals(13:11), Is Steph curry bad for basketball? (14:46), Changes in the game(17:13),What do the analytics guys get wrong (20:30), Why are the Warriors so good(22:48), Are the Cavs built to win a title?(26:00), What is OKC missing(28:30), Westbrook’s flaws(32:11),Where goes Kobe rank all time(35:14)Pet Peeves (36:52)Shooting system(abrupt end)

Had to end the interview rather abruptly at the end, sorry about that folks.

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Concussion Author Jeanne Marie Laskas

Concussion Author Jeanne Marie Laskas

Jeanne Marie Laskas is the New York Times best-selling author of Concussion (Penguin Random House, 2015) and the 2009 GQ article “Game Brain,” which inspired the Golden Globe-nominated movie, Concussion, starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin.

Jean Marie joins RC to discuss the NFL’s deliberate campaign to hide information on concussions from its players and the public. As well as the NFL’s reaction to the movie and meeting Will Smith.

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The RC Report with Special Guest Jason Whitlock

Jason Whitlock is one of the most controversial sports writers in America. His polarizing writings cause consternation on the left and the right. Jason joins the RC Report for a no holds barred interview. We discuss The Rise and Fall of the Undefeated,His second go around with ESPN,Deadspin, Race in America, Donald Trump and why the Wire is the Greatest television show of all time.

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Author Jonathan Abrams on the Prep-to-Pro Generation and the Legendary ’96 NBA Draft

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The definitive, never-before-told story of the
prep-to-pro generation, those basketball prodigies who from 1995 to 2005 made the jump directly from high school to the NBA.

Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the modern era—Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable “busts” who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.

MLB WEEK 1 RECAP

 

Baseball is back! Our passion, the game of nuance is finally back! It all started as kids, when we played catch in the backyard with fathers or friends. We got our first bat bag, tied our brand new cleats and had our hand in a shiny new glove with a bright white baseball in it.

Now as professional baseball fans we all have a reason as to why we are drawn to the ballpark each and every year. We grew to love the aroma of fresh mowed grass, peanuts, hot dogs and cold beers. We love seeing the ivy growing strong on Wrigley field and the green monster looking taller than we remember. And of course the rivalries, walk-off home runs, no-hitters, and watching the young players make their name known around the league. It is our great joy to recall Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the elite pitching of Maddux and Glavine, seeing Gossage close a game out, watching Barry Bonds break the HR record. With a weeks worth of the 162 game season out of the way, I think we were all very happy with what we saw during the first week. Excitement!

Having watched the first week of games the predictions and over analyzing of players and teams seems to be pouring in. We are going to consolidate all the excitement for you, and touch on the top notes of Week 1 in the MLB.

Starting with the biggest story, we have Trevor Story. Following his 6 homers and 1.036 OPS during spring training, he decided to tack on 7 more homers in his first 5 games as a big leaguer. No other player has hit 4 consecutive game HR in their first 4 games, let alone 6 home runs in the first 4 games. He has been getting great pitches to swing at and with his combination of vision, power and the aid of batter-friendly ballparks he’s been able to launch them. After what happened to Jose Reyes, this must be some peace of mind for the Rockies at the shortstop position.

We heard that bringing in Shelby Miller and Zach Greinke is going to make the Diamondbacks competitive. Well after 7 games the team as a whole has a 6.57 ERA. Zach Greinke came into Arizona with his 205M contract and has not proven anything to the fans in Arizona. He has to settle into his new team, and understand that if you keep pitching pop flyballs in Arizona they will leave that park.

Can you imagine having Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist starting out right before Anthony Rizzo and ROY Kris Bryant (or as the Cubbies like to call it “BRYZZO”) coming up to the plate? Rizzo brought in 10 RBI this week. With Arrieta sliding right back into CY Young pitching form, this team is going to be a very tough team to compete with this year. The loss of Schwarber was definitely a big one, but the depth on that team will overcome his terrible injury.

The slide rule, better known as the Chase Utley rule, has already impacted the game 3 times this year. 2 of the 3 times were game ending double-plays. You are going to see the majority of this happening at the end of the game. It used to be a part of the game to break up the double-play and save the runner on first. If you have watched any of the legal plays that the runner slid straight, it becomes the most routine play you will see in baseball. These are major league players, they can make that double-play 100% of the time. This rule will continue to alter the game in a number of ways.

With Trevor Story making history for Colorado, Tyler White of the Astros is getting over looked. He is batting .556 with 3 bombs and 9 RBI in his first season in MLB. Keep an eye out for this kid, he is a slugger.

 Let’s face it, the Giants are back to the EVEN YEAR Giants. Great outings by Cain and Cueto. Bats hitting .268 with 14 HR and 42 RBI. This team is the team to beat this year in this west.

Robinson Cano hit 4 homers in the first week. Last year it took him until mid-June to get to this point. Mariners are hoping he will continue on this path seeing as he is their 240 million dollar investment. If Cano can get hot, the Mariners will be a team to compete with.

The Padres started the season with 30 scoreless innings, which is an MLB record. Losing their first 3 games with a score of 25-0. Without Justin Upton, this will be a very common thing. They will continue to struggle from the plate all year.

MLB WEEK 1 Power Rankings (Not just for week 1)

1.Chicago Cubs

  2. San Francisco Giants

3. KC Royals

4. LA Dodgers

5. Washington Nationals

6. New York Mets

7. Detroit Tigers

8. Toronto Blue Jays

9. Pittsburgh Pirates

10. Houston Astros

 

 

Interview with Alison Wright of FX’s The Americans

On FX’s The Americans, our heroes are constantly changing, but ever so glacially. It’s Martha Hanson — the FBI secretary Philip (Matthew Rhys) married to gain access to classified secrets — who perhaps best captures the show’s emotional urgency. Played to devastating effect by Alison Wright, Martha’s season-three arc ended with a gut-punch: Philip-as-Clark stripped off his glasses and wig in a huge, shiver-inducing show of trust. But for Martha, truth is stranger than fiction as she begins season four adjusting to marriage with a man she doesn’t recognize.

RC talks to Alison about how she got her big break,American accents,whether she identifies with Martha and more.