We've reached the top 10, the creme de la creme (nice rhyme *Al Sharpton in Mr. Deeds*). The heavy hitters are officially here and some of their stats are wild. We're talking double digit final 4 appearances and numerous tournament berths. We're also joined by great friend of the program, Andrew Moynihan, to discuss his alma mater and their place on our list. We got some audible contributions from our work emails and our dogs as well. Sometimes we gotta take you behind the curtain and give you the raw, uncut view. To quote Ashley Schaffer: "Let the boy watch." Finally we round it out with Last Four In, First Four Out and pay homage to two College Basketball giants in Lute Olson and John Thompson.
Sam and Zak discuss the conference semifinal matchups. Zak plays a Nuggets fan and tries to convince Sam to get excited about them. Are the Rockets more than moneyball? The guys shame the single voter who dared to go against Ja.
The Backdoor Cut crew gets together in full force to discuss their weekends, Luka's insane Playoff performances and the Mavs/Clippers series. They then discuss some potential pathways forward for the Grizzlies, including Sam's favorite potential trade targets and other possibilities. The show is wrapped up by reviewing the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs and a slight look ahead.
We're inching closer and closer to the top 10 of our Top 50 College Basketball programs of all time as we embark on spots 15 through 11. These teams feature 2 of the biggest rivals in college sports and a coach that has been at his program for what feels like forever. We also talk about the Pac 12 cancelling hoops until 2021 and also the Kennedy Chandler pickup for Rick Barnes and Tennessee. Remember when we all thought that this would be finished by July? So foolish. Finally we wrap it up with a new segment from the Shark- Last 4 In, First 4 Out.
Sam and Mason discuss the Grizzlies final 2 Seeding Games and take a look at the team's Bubble performance overall. They then preview Saturday's matchup with Portland in the first-ever NBA Play-In Series, before discussing the rest of the Playoff Matchups.
Zak (@BarnBurnerBro) and Mason (@BarnBurnerSlim) recap the Grizzlies experience in the bubble so far. The duo touch on hot topics such as Dillon Brooks shot selection, Grayson Allen's emergence, and analyze the race for the Play-In Tournament in the battle for the 8th seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him. I incorrectly attributed that quote to Donald Rumsfeld but whatever, we got our guy John Fanta to hop on to discuss everything from his start in the business, Big East basketball and what are the best wings in Ohio. Enjoy!
We've whittled our list down to the top 20 and we are now talking teams with some national titles. We kick off the show talking about bachelor parties, sleeping arrangements and where we are currently staying. Then we actually talk some hoops and break down the 20-16 teams in our rankings. Let me ask you something: have you ever seen Michael Kidd Gilchrist score a bucket in the NBA? I'm talking like watching a live Hornets or Mavericks game and seeing him score. I digress. The great thing about this group of teams is that almost all of them had a very memorable NCAA tournament game that they participated in. We finally end the program with Where Am I and Hugs.
The Grizzlies play their first public basketball in months with scrimmages against the Sixers, Rockets, and Heat. There are plenty of shenanigans going on inside the NBA bubble. The guys discuss their favorite content creators from Orlando. Sam goes in depth on Ja's newfound muscle. Finally, the crew doles out their NBA season awards.
The (married) Shark is back while Taylor is out (go figure) and we crack on with our Top 50 programs of all time. We've entered the Top 25 now people, don't be alarmed. We discuss the Wedding Crashers vs. Old School debate, venture down a uniform accessory rabbit hole and play a lil Toby Keith for ya too. We also talk about some news and notes in the college hoops world. We end it with a moving message from the Shark's wedding priest as well as Where Am I? and Hugs.
The guys talk NBA return to play, the Grizzlies' schedule, and who should be the 5th starter. Also, Zion looks shredded.
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We're getting into the 20s of our Top 50 countdown this summer and things are... well they're heatin up. First we recap some life changes with the TICH boys since we last spoke. Then we dive back into the countdown. We're getting to the teams that have won some national titles and have been to a couple Final 4s. Maybe not necessarily heavy hitters but they can bat in the 5 spot probably. We also welcome back friend of the program and former Wisconsin basketball player, JD Wise, to discuss our list and a new app that he's helping launch. Finally we finish it off with Hugs.
Slowly but surely we're getting into the big time names during our journey of ranking the top 50 college basketball programs of all time. This week, we have a few teams that have frequented the Big East at one point as well as some representatives from the AAC. We have invented yet another term called "Clockworking." At some point we're going to launch a glossary of all absurd TICH terms. We're also joined by Sam and Mason from the Backdoor Cut show as they offer some of their opinions on the rankings. We also relive one of Doug Gottlieb's most cringeworthy moments on television. Then we round it out with Where Am I & Hugs. Little nugget for ya: Subbi was elementary school pals with the subject of Where Am I.
We're getting into the meat of our top 50 list now as we reveal 40-36. Coach Boone's Gettysburg speech somehow makes an early appearance, we talk West Coast Conference and take a trip down college basketball memory lane with some of these teams. We also got The Crier and Justin Haskard to pay us a visit and sling some PC vs. Rhode Island mud. The feud takes no days off, I'm afraid. Then we wrap it up with Hugs. Tell us your thoughts on our list thus far!
We're back during this god awful lockdown to bring you our greatest college basketball programs from 45-41. We welcome back our good friend, Matt Alameda, as he gives us his thoughts on the list. Without giving anything away, this list was dominated by the mid majors. We also talk more about historical venues as The Shark and Taylor are on opposite sides of the fence on one particular team. It was kind've like that scene in Old School where Will Ferrell and the Ragin Cajun, James Carville, debate and even though Ferrell wins, you can't knock Carville. Then we finish it up with Where Am I? and Hugs. "Have at it, hoss."
You ever hike The Grand Canyon? Havasupai Falls? No? Just me? Ok well you start by going down into the Canyon, then you walk flat for a bunch of miles then after you're sun beaten, sweaty and rancid you finish at the bottom at your campsite. Today we start our initial descent of the Top 50 College Basketball Programs of all time. 50-46 is revealed and there are some early surprises. We also discuss some of the great names in these program's history. Make sure to berate us on Twitter if you have beef with our list right off the bat. Finally, we cap it off with hugs.
In this episode Mason and Sam are joined by their good friend and longtime San Antonio Spurs fan, Jonathan AKA Chico. The guys relive the 2011 First Round matchup of the NBA Playoffs, which saw the 8-seeded Grizzlies earn their first Playoff win in franchise history as well as their first Playoff series win by knocking off the top-seeded Spurs. Jump on in and enjoy the glory days of one, Zach Randolph, while we try to make it through this quarantine together. #StayHome
Yesterday should've been the national title game but i'm not mad, I promise. The wound is healing but it's been a tremendously slow process. In order to alleviate the pain we had to jump back on and talk The Scheme on HBO featuring Christian Dawkins. Surprise: we thought it was dumb. Then we interview one of the most energetic and positive individuals we've ever had, Pantelis Xidias. He tells us about the season DePaul had, how the postseason cancellation was conveyed to him and he coins the term "Hypeful." Finally we end with Hugs and TWIT.
Zak and Mason are joined by Subbi from Theater In College Hoops to discuss how the Memphis freshmen fared in their inaugural season of CBB. The guys compare the Memphis kids to those freshmen who were ranked near them coming out of high school. The results may be surprising to some fans of Penny's Tigers.
The guys get together to talk about how they are passing the time during self-isolation, new skills they've picked up, and their thoughts on COVID-19 in general. Send in your favorite movies and tv shows you've watched during quarantine and they might bring you on the next pod!
Today was supposed to be the day that we all worked for. The reason we got those reps in. The reason we watched all that film. The reason we stayed up watching UC Santa Barbara vs. Hawaii at the Devil's hour. But as we know there is no tournament. That's why we decided to give you a bonus episode. We interview Max Goren, the creator of the viral One Shining Moment video that's been circulating on twitter. He gives us some context on the creation of the video, how he's handling fame and we even talk a little NC State basketball.
Welp. It happened. It actually happened. No NCAA tournament so naturally we discuss Coronavirus and how abrupt this ending really is. We give you a glimpse of what is to come with TICH in the offseason. Then we chat with NBA draft analyst, former NBA agent and former Arizona Wildcat, Matt Babcock. He gives us a fantastic look inside the draft evaluation process, his time at a big agency and thoughts on Sean Miller. We end the season with Where Am I? and Hugs. Thanks for the support all year, gang.
You know how at the end of every show we give out hugs? Well, TICH might be in need of a hug. With the news of fans not being allowed to enter stadiums during March Madness, the boys are downtrodden, hurt, befuddled, confused but most of all sad. We try to make sense of it all and try to identify if there are any silver linings in this. How will this impact your bracket? How will this impact your viewing habits? How will this impact your overall satisfaction with life? Hopefully we gave you some guidance. Then, we cheer up a bit as we welcome first timer and former Wisconsin basketball player, JD Wise, to the program to share some stories about his playing days and his thoughts on this current Wisconsin team. We cap it off with TWIT and Hugs.
We're barreling into Selection Sunday but first, Taylor and Subbi revisit their preseason predictions. Some conferences were terrible, some weren't so bad. Then, we make our Jerome Week 2 picks. This is when the big dogs come to play. Power conferences plus a lil LeVelle Moton. Also, have any of you heard the Christmas jingle, Dominick The Donkey? If not, take a listen and then once you have it in your head replace the name with Davide Moretti. Finally, we end the program with Where Am I? and Hugs.
The crew gets together to talk about the Grizzlies historic back-to-back wins over Atlanta and Brooklyn on the road, why the loss to Dallas was expected, and the Chief goes on another epic rant. Zak has some interesting stats on the team since Jaren's injury and Mase is given a few minutes to toot the horn of Josh Jackson. Also, the bench unit is still really, really good.
Big show ahead as The Shark has his cloggin' shoes on after the Vols came back in Rupp. Can the Barnes boys hear their name come Gumbel time? Then we discuss some news and notes including an apology to Providence, Andy Kennedy's molasses mouth and a "Vili" off. We need an Illinois/Seton Hall tournament game so that we get the Bezhanishvili/Mamukelashvili matchup we've all been craving. With March Madness comes absurd slogans and one liners on warm up shirts. We discuss the best of the past then Subbi quizzes the Shark to see if he can differentiate those slogans between a Lil Jon/EDM song. We also bring on the BarnBurner's latest addition, Matt Alameda, who breaks down his college basketball fandom, his writing history and the state of college basketball in New Jersey. Finally, we bury the show with Where Am I? and Hugs
Zak and Sam come together with a collective sigh of relief to talk Grizzlies hoops:
- LA fans overrun the Forum and Sam petitions folks to have hometown pride
- Lakers game takeaways
- Reactions to the blowout of the Hawks
- Anthony Tolliver big showing in first game
- Twitter corner and Sam makes his picks for the rest of the season
Theatergoers. It's the Holy Month. It's March. Words cannot do it justice but you already know how great this journey we're about to embark on truly is. First step? The Jerome. That's right. The palate cleansing tournament that precedes the Big Daddy is officially here. We make our picks for Batch 1 of the conference tournaments with GREAT friend of the program but more importantly the Keeper Of The Jerome, Brendan O'Rourke. Then we end it with Hugs. As I type this out I'm just so damn aroused for this month. Enjoy it. We made it!
As our lead guard Subbi flies across the country, Taylor and the Shark review the weekend behind us, including Baylor, San Diego State and Gonzaga all going down. More importantly, we discuss bachelor party etiquette when you aren't actually invited to the bachelor party but you live in the same town as the bachelor party. The Shark breaks down Tennessee basketball and Providence fans, while Taylor has a break down about Arizona basketball. We round it out with a plea to the Theater-goers: Can you please help us find Xavier Henry?
The guys discuss the team's recent struggles and what to make of them, how the team will attempt to overcome the injury to Jaren Jackson Jr., and Josh Jackson's role. Also included is Sam's rant on people talking to him with headphones in and Zak's championship-winning weekend. (Disclaimer: the statistics in this episode may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea , etc)
Packed show this Thursday. We briefly preview the biggest game of the weekend, maybe of the regular season and DEFINITELY of the Big 12 season as Baylor hosts Kansas. From a scorching hot team in Baylor to another, we finally give Creighton its due. They haven't lost in a month, you guys. Why is nobody talking about them? Time to give them the Kiss of TICH. Then we ramble about rims, nets and doppelgangers. A true rabbit hole for the insane college basketball mind. Complete lunacy. We also welcome to the program former Dayton Flyer basketball player, Logan Nourse. He discusses his time there and what he's expecting from his boys as we head towards March. We top it off with Where Am I? and Hugs.
Big show today as we welcome Indiana lifer, Ryan Logue, for an interview. He gives us some outstanding Bob Knight stories. I'm talking deep cuts, not just the chair throwing. He also provides his thoughts on the Indiana/Purdue rivalry and if he'd rather have a corn fed farm boy vs. a city guy from Indiana. Logue also busted out his singing voice and I gotta tell ya... we all gasped. We also talk about Shark and Taylor getting in the mud with the Providence guys on Twitter, Keith Appling is facing heroin charges? A weird time for Memphis hoop fans and Shareef O'Neal is following his daddy's footsteps. We wrap it up with Where Am I? and Hugs.
We've got a full house and they discuss the win over Portland that put the Grizzlies 2 games above .500 going into the All-Star Break. The guys then give their favorite member of the Bench Mob, discuss the performance of Josh Jackson, give Valentine's advice and much more. Also, Ja Morant (a.k.a Headband 12) is awesome.
Love is in the air, my sweet theater goers. Despite this fact, The Shark got into a Twitter fight with some guy in Georgia named John Wick. We then discuss the former ugly ducklings (Dayton, SDSU and to an extent Gonzaga) and their glow up. We call it "Boggsing" in reference to Laney Boggs and the great She's All That/Not Another Teen Movie. Which one of those 3 has the best chance to hoist the title? Then we do a little review of Rothstein's show "Stuffed" and we found out what Ian Eagle's son is up to. After that, we have the hilarious Chris Alphen on to discuss Penn State's historic season and end it with Where Am I? and Hugs.
The Shark gets his 15 minutes of fame. Literally. After a lost bet in the Maryland/Illinois game, The Shark gets 15 minutes of uninterrupted talking. Think of it as his big soliloquy. He touches upon his favorite college basketball teams, players and movies from the last 30 years. Riveting stuff. Taylor and Subbi come to the rescue and discuss Oscars, Bob Knight's return and the Duke/UNC wild ending. Then we all vent about Arizona and how underwhelming they truly are as a program. Finally we end it with TWIT and Hugs.
The guys give their thoughts on the addition of Justise Winslow and Gorgui Dieng and discuss what the deadline day moves (and Dillon Brooks extension) mean for this season and the future of the franchise. They also say their goodbyes Jae Crowder, Solo Hill, and Bruno Cobaclo before discussing the other moves around the NBA.
Great show today as we sit down with friend of the program and Assistant Director of Operations for Auburn men's basketball, Mike Burgomaster. We also discuss Jon Rothstein's new show titled "Stuffed." We think it's just him eating, watching film, talking to coaches and spewing his hilarious one liners so yeah... it's must watch theater. We reminisce on some of our fondest Duke/UNC memories because this upcoming game has the potential to be a real stinker. Finally we end the program with Where Am I? and Hugs.
Football is over so that means it's officially time to get hyped for March Madness and college hoops. We recap our weekends and that SPELLBOUNDING Super Bowl halftime performance. The Big East had a wacky day with 3 ranked teams losing at home. Then we discuss teams on the 13-16 line that could pull off a first game upset. All eyes on Bowling Green, Vermont and Liberty. We talk about Texas Tech skulking in the weeds and finish it out with Hugs and Where am I?
Shame on us. We forgot to celebrate our 50th episode. FIFTY! YEAH! *Polly Prince voice* We dive into the past week in college hoops that includes a HOT streak from the Rhode Island Rams. Butler and Auburn have had a tough 2 week stretch but their gutty wins on the road against Georgetown and Ole Miss respectively helps them avoid a potential tailspin. Coach K and Rick Barnes were angry. Very, very angry. One was justified in his anger and the other... not so much. Finally, we give our thoughts on Kobe Bryant.
Zak and Mason painfully remember the 40-point loss to Tulsa and the struggling offense before looking ahead to the matchup with SMU on Saturday. The guys close by predicting the rest of the Tigers conference games and give their thoughts on the rest of the season.
Oh wow, this is our 50th episode. Shocked that they let us get to this number but we'll take it. We discussed the Kansas brawl, the Illinois stomp and apparently Subbi can't pronounce the letter "u." Then we revisit our preseason predictions and give them health grades. Lastly, we finish up with This Week In Theat and Hugs.
- Thoughts on Rockets, Cavs, and Pels. Is Jae Crowder actually good on the court? News: TA joining Hustle in official capacity. Morant opting out of dunk contest. Zion hates us. New folks jumping on the Ja train and Twitter corner with Kirk.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. That's why we're in the film room. Literally. We're watching the Oscar nominated movies and we give our reactions to them thus far. We also talk about Subbi's boots on the ground in DePaul and him getting owned by a fan in the row behind him. Baylor is the 7th #1 team in the country, Louisville makes Shark eat his words meanwhile Payton Pritchard makes Subbi and Taylor eat their words. Lotta eating, lotta crow. Dayton's magical season continues courtesy of Jalen Crutcher and Providence gets a gut punch from Creighton. Also, we bid the question: Is Florida the most unpredictable team in the country? We round it out with Hugs and Where Am I?
We were kinda all over the map with this one. We recapped the big items from the past week including the Shark being #done with BC, the best hashtags from mid majors, an INSANE shot from Ryan Daly of St. Joes and a new nickname for a Big 10 player. We had to give love to Clemson and Baylor for exorcising demons on the road and Subbi thinks Baylor should be ranked #1. We then talk about the arrogance of Wichita State, Louisville's toxicity and a new medical condition in college basketball fandom: Remote Control Stress (RCS). We end with Hugs and Where am I?
Zak and Mason discuss the Tigers recent performance against USF and talk Cincinnati. Memphis is going full speed into conference play and the guys give their thoughts on the season performance to date.
The guys talk takeaways from the Grizzlies' perfect week against the T'Wolves, Spurs, and Warriors in addition to their thoughts on the national media finally taking notice of this young team. Twitter Corner is a segment that looks like it's here to stay and then we finish up by doling out mid-season team awards for MVP, MIP, 6MPY, DPOY.
What a terrible day for the Shark to be out. This episode was right up his wheelhouse because we covered all of the theater that took place on Tuesday including BC beating Virginia, Tennessee beating Cuonzo and Maryland beating Ohio State. We also had a Markus Howard game that came up short, but Subbi still isn't buying PC. Also, we're all very ashamed of Iowa's performance in Nebraska but on the flip side, Rutgers is... decent? Then we predict Arizona vs. Oregon and the big daddy on Saturday: Baylor vs. Kansas. We end it with Where am I? and Hugs.
Much like Texas football... we're BAAAAAAACK. No but seriously, unlike Texas football we're actually back. We recap our holiday vacations, Taylor went to McKale Center, The Shark and Subbi broke bread at their favorite diner and we even talk Golden Globes. We highlight theater after all. Top 10 teams have been shuffling around and it's made for some serious havoc. Also, predictions are dumb across all sports but Subbi tells you why they're especially dumb as it pertains to college basketball. Then we get down a wild rabbit hole: Was Slumdog Millionaire based on George Mason's Final 4 run? We discuss. Finally we wrap it up with Where Am I? and Hugs.
The crew talks about the Grizzlies wins over the weekend, continue to heap praise on Ja and Jaren, and talk potential trades as well as the upcoming schedule. The guys also discuss some popular Twitter polls involving the Grizzlies in recent days.
Memphis contained the Bulldogs' key players, but couldn't connect the dots in some important areas. Zak recaps and gives his analysis on the Tigers' first home loss to unranked Georgia to wrap up non-conference play.
Last episode of the year, can't hold anything back now. Subbi went to Dayton to check out Sloppy Toppin and the Flyers. He also was impressed with their arena and drinking "lounge." We talk about Cole Anthony and Myles Powell's injuries and how that impacts the viewer's experience of college basketball. We also make a pledge to Iowa. Arizona loses to Gonzaga and Providence is dead. We also predict Ohio State vs. Kentucky and shout out our pal, Jon Rothstein. We end the year with TWIT and of course Hugs for the holidays.
The Grizzlies have a solid week with some highlight reel performances. We discuss the following and more:
- Who is the face of the franchise?
- Aron Baynes is deceased
- Dillon’s importance to the team
- Did Ja or Jaren impress more?
- Stat tidbits on Jae and BC
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Teams ranked number 1 are 6-4 on the year. 4 losses. The ball hasn't even dropped yet in Times Square and FOUR TEAMS RANKED #1 HAVE ALREADY LOST! We discuss who was more disappointing: Louisville or Maryland? Also it seems that Penn State always somehow pulls off one upset each year at home during the middle of the week. We give credit to Baylor and Butler after their exciting finish in Waco. Shark talks some Ewing Theory, McClung and the Tennessee tilt in Knoxville. We also make quick predictions for Gonzaga @ Arizona and Oregon @ Michigan. Then we discuss who would win in a tag team wrestling match: The Miller Brothers or the Hurley Brothers. Lastly it's Where am I? and Hugs.
Zak dives into the highly anticipated Tennessee - Memphis matchup taking place this weekend. He gives his perspective on the likelihood of the series stopping next year and also gives his keys to the game on Saturday.
Our Christmas trees are lit and so are we. We recap Luka Garza's 44 point outburst, Michigan's victory and Carolina might be in trouble as they've dropped 3 of their last 4. We also discuss Subbi's apprehension with Arizona after their loss to Baylor. Also, Travis Steele is one cool dude, that's why we chose him for Big East Coach of the Year. We also have the Rhode Island guys back to discuss URI's thrashing of Providence. Not even the Crier could spin this one. Then we finish up with Where am I (this guy is the modern day Reuben Feffer) and Hugs.
Zak and Sam (and Harper) get together to talk Tigers hoops and discuss a gamut of topics:
- Recap Bradley game
- Discuss team MVP so far
- Why can't Memphis bigs set a screen?
- Lack of defensive rebounding
- Is the court hokey?
- Preview UAB
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The Big 10/ACC challenge rolls on as we recap MSU's PUTRID effort at home against Duke and highlight Louisville's defense against Michigan. We also talk Big East and how deep and open the conference really is and we had to spend time on the trouble at Georgetown. Is this the year that Archie Miller takes his Hoosiers to the tournament? Also, we let The Shark have the spotlight on stage so that he can drag Cuonzo Martin and Mizzou's loss to Charleston Southern. Finally, we introduce our new segment titled "Where am I?" inspired by Hansel in Zoolander and we can't forget Hugs.
Home stretch to Christmas begins now and we have a DELECTABLE buffet of hoops this week. Big 10/ACC challenge and some Pac 12 schools traveling to Big 12 schools. Juwan Howard and Michigan tied the largest jump in rankings history going from unranked all the way to #4 and Arizona takes care of business in the Wooden Legacy Tournament. We give you some inverted theater references that include Bruce Almighty and Love Actually. Then we discuss the potential for a new segment, Nico Mannion vs. Payton Pritchard and Rothstein's new clothing line.
Zak flies solo to give his thoughts on the Tigers' Triumphant Thanksgiving (yes, the alliteration was on purpose). He also previews the 5-2 Bradley team that Memphis hosts on Tuesday, with one Brave making his homecoming to the Bluff City.
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Happy TICHgiving, theatergoers! Big plate of college hoops (so creamed corny) to discuss. First we compare the Kentucky and Duke upsets and debate which is worse. We also lump Michigan State along with Kentucky and Duke and predict which one of those teams, if any, will get a 1 seed come tourney time. Also Anthony Edwards, good LORD. We talk about his eruption in the second half against Sparty. Then we make a trip to the A10. Apparently we haven't given them enough love but we do so on this episode. Plus, we give Obi Toppin a new nickname. For dessert we give you some warm hugs topped with whipped cream.
The guys give their thoughts on the Tigers 87-86 win over Ole Miss, then Zak breaks down the matchup with NC State. The episodes closes with Mason recapping the Tiger football win last week and take a glance at the big matchup with Cincinnati on Friday.
Subbi is back from his Grand Canyon adventure so we recap his trip. We also got down a rabbit hole that includes head coaches recruiting basketball players from the Havasupai tribe. We recap some of the big games from last week and look ahead to Feast Week. Focus your attention to the Battle 4 Atlantis. Lotta good ball clubs playing there. As usual we end with TWIT and Hugs.
The Backdoor Cut Crew recaps the first Grizzlies throwback night of the season, in which they faced LeBron and the 1st place Lakers. Ja and Jaren had their best cumulative game of the year in the Vancouver teal, but the team came up just short. Zak and Mason give their thoughts on the proposed mid-season tournament and then leave you with some of their favorite teams to watch around the league.
The guys go into the details of the James Wiseman saga (#FreeWiseman), talk about the team's performance through the first 5 games and talk about players that have impressed and depressed, then Zak previews the Ole Miss game, before Mason hits on Tigers Football to close out the show. Video available on The BarnBurner's Youtube channel.
While our point guard Subbi finds himself in the Grand Canyon, Taylor and the Shark take over the program with mild success as the Shark battles with his WiFi connection at a hotel in "deep" Minneapolis. We discuss the SEC's continued troubles and Myles Powell's continued success. After that the Shark and Taylor discuss their mutual hatred for AP Poll voters and how they make little to no sense at all. We cap it off with a couple warm hugs as the country steps into winter.
Zak and Mason recap the Grizzlies wins over the Spurs, Hornets, and Jazz and give their thoughts on sensational rookies Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke.
The Crew also anoints their Studs and Duds of the week
Magical Morant Moments of the week
What areas of the game propelled the winning streak
What we would like to see from Jaren
Are we grading all the young guys on the same scale?
Taylor in Vegas, Shark celebrating his 30th and Subbi in Arizona. Rambling men. We break down the Kentucky collapse and where they should see themselves in the rankings next week. But it's not just Kentucky's fault the SEC stinks at the moment. LSU and Florida lost while Auburn BARELY beat a South Alabama team. Then we look at some of the Gavitt games and make some predictions for Michigan State vs. Seton Hall. Finally we finish up with Hugs. PS- Dave Gavitt deserves far more credit for being the college hoops legend that he is. All time theater member.
The first week of the season is in the books. Sharks got a birthday coming up. We talk James Wiseman’s eligibility and Myles Powell’s injury. We then chat about some coaches who are struggling on the court and also in front of the mic. Then we finish up with Hugs and an age old segment brought back from yesterday (aka last year): TWIT!
Zak and Mason get together for a Veterans Day edition of the show to recap the Grizzlies week in which they went 1-3. They also hit on load management as it pertains to Ja Morant and others, then they dive deep into some defensive numbers so far this year. Subscribe, like, and leave a review! Live show can be found on The Barnburner's YouTube channel.
We got the Shark back. Nope, not baby Shark. Just the Shark from last year. We catch up with him after his hiatus and also recap the Champions Classic in MSG. We then touch base on the coaches that are currently making us look bad with our picks and identify some teams that didn't have the best start to the season. Then we cap it off with great Freshmen debuts and Hugs.
The season is upon us. This is not a drill. This is why we take all those reps in the offseason. It's showtime. But we had to squeeze one more preview in. We all know that nobody really knows or cares to know about the Pac 12. Nobody can stay up long enough to cover it. That's where we step in. TICH luh the Pac 12. We talk about our POY, COY and regular season champ. We also gave each other some pop quizzes to keep each other sharp in this all important time of the season. We include an all time call from Uncle Brent Musburger and tell you why Salim Stoudamire is the greatest shooter this gorgeous sport has ever seen. Then we finish up with Hugs.
Mason, Rich, and Zak come together on Sunday afternoon to discuss the Grizzlies losses to the Lakers and Suns, before hitting on 5 topics on the crew's mind. Topics include: Jaren's fouling, Team pace and offensive style, Ja Morant is awesome, the wing rotation, and Bruno being the odd man out.
Theatergoers take heed... this is a MEATY episode. The memories and nostalgia came flooding through our veins with this one. If you grew up watching college basketball then you know Big East basketball is the peak, the apex, the crem de la theat. We could've done a Starting 5 of names from Pitt and UConn but we expanded to the entire conference. We provide our predictions for COY, POY and regular season champion. We also got the Crier back in the fold with special guest, Justin, who is a monster Rhode Island fan. We sat down to talk to them about one of the more underrated rivalries in the country, Providence/URI. Lastly we hit you with some hugs.
It's cold, it's dirty, it's physical... it's the Big 10. We preview COY, POY and regular season champion. Taylor is all aboard one particular team and Subbi shows off his master editing skills. We also give our Starting 5 of favorite Big 10 basketball players and let us be the first to tell ya, Michigan State might be the most likable team over the past 15 years or so. Finally we round it out with Hugs.
Steers, beers and Big 12 basketball. We're not flying over these states (ba-dum-chhh) as we preview the Big 12 COY, POY and regular season champ. Taylor gives us a recap of his weekend in Kansas. We've determined that Kansas State fans are the most underrated wild fan base in the country. We also talk about the NCAA beginning their process to allow athletes to profit from their likeness. We give our Starting 5 of favorite Big 12 players and to be honest, we basically chose between 5 teams in the conference. Finally we round it out with Hugs.
Zak, Rich, Sam, and Mason recap the Grizzlies thrilling win over the Brooklyn Nets, including Ja Morant's battle with Kyrie Irving. The Crew goes through the other 2 games of the opening week and provides their thoughts on the players, playing style, and thoughts on the team in general.
We head south to preview the SEC COY, POY and regular season champ. We went down a serious rabbit hole about Vanderbilt and got excited about Calipari's early season interviews where he refers to his team as "kids" 24/7. Spoiler: Subbi think this conference stinks but Taylor thinks it will be a compelling season in the SEC. Then we round it out with our Starting 5 of favorite SEC players we watched (some absurd name drops) and Hugs.
You guys... it's "preview" season. That's right, college hoops tips off soon and you know before any season, this is the window to get your previews and hot takes in. Today we focus on the ACC. We give our predictions for POY, COY and regular season champion (we will only reference this if our predictions come true). Then we round it out with our Starting 5 of favorite ACC players and Hugs.
We talk Kansas' middle finger to the NCAA and then their subsequent apology. Apparently someone from Staten Island tried fixing a game back in December of 2018? We also sit down with the Memphis boys to talk the Tiger's upcoming season and then round it out with Hugs.
Sam and Zak bring you the highlights of the 2019 Memphis Grizzlies media day. The players and coaches of the totally revamped roster say all the right things. Jaren is taller. Is Ja a goofball? The starting three are announced but the wings are up for grabs. The guys speculate on how the newest pieces will function when put on the court together. Also, whats a bleep bleep?
All that and more!
Sam aka the CHIEF is back alongside his co-counsel Zak to talk episode 2 of Bluff City Law. The dudes tackle small-time farmers v. Big Ag, the curious case of the BBQ sauce ingredient, RUM BOOGIEEEEEEE, and Jake's way with the southern belles of Memphis. The Barn has prepared its official opening statement on the second episode here:
In this episode, Mase recaps the Tigers conference-opening win against the Naval Academy. Brady White threw for 3 TD's in the 2nd half, while the Memphis defense held Navy to just 3 second half points after falling behind 20-7. The Tigers move to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in the AAC.
Subbi is back from Oktoberfest bloated and still partially hungover. We talk Georgia Tech’s postseason ban and the new Kansas developments. Starting 5 of best rivalry games this past decade. Round it out with Hugs.
The CHIEF slathers some dry rub on his ribs and sips on some sweet tea to talk the new Memphis-set legal drama on NBC: Bluff City Law. He takes you through the character intros, the sights and sounds of the 901, and even nitpicks a bit. ORDER IN THE COURT. Let's get the trial going here:
SAM is joined by BRET to talk James Gray-directed space odyssey AD ASTRA, Brad Pitt man crushes, Hoyte van Hoytema cinematography, the status of sci-fi, and whether this film worked. Masterpiece of mishap? Find out here:
Mason takes you through the first 3 games of the Tigers 2019 campaign. He discusses which players have stepped up so far this season, as well as who he expects more from as the season progresses. Of course, Mase came with plenty of stats for Tiger fans to chew on, but most importantly he's just happy to be 3-0.
The guys get together to discuss Shams' recent tweet that set Grizzlies and NBA Twitter on fire. In addition to that, Jonathan Tjarks recent article on The Ringer strike a cord regarding youth on Team USA. Also, college 'crooting season is open and we've scrounged the internet to keep you updated on Penny's recent pursuits.
-What do Niels Giffey, Kenny George, the movie Eurotrip and Danny McBride's wife in Righteous Gemstones all have in common? They were mentioned in this episode
-Starting 5: College hoops players that we'd want on our football team
-Fair Pay to Play Act
Taylor went to the Kacey Musgraves concert in Phoenix and not coincidentally, some prisoners escaped in Phoenix... most likely in an effort to see her. Our “Starting 5” this week was the top 5 tips you’d give to incoming freshmen. The MWC is moving to real time stats (ipads etc) and we wrap it up with hugs.
After a summer full of weddings and adventures, the whole Backdoor Cut Crew (Sam, Mason, Rich, and Zak) is back together again. The crew discusses Grizzlies news surrounding Taylor Jenkins' shoring up of his coaching staff, Dwight Howard talking to LA, the presence of various Grizzlies in the FIBA World Cup, and why $2 is better than no $.
Also, the guys discuss the Grizz Garage sale and some of the loot that Rich acquired.
Since the only games this week were played in the Bahamas, the guys close out with some Tiger Talk.
Flynn Patrick from Basketball Infinite joins the show and discusses a recent NBA Top 100 Ranking project that he undertook. Zak and Patrick break down some of the surprise players who received votes and also what future projects Flynn is working on.
We welcome Rotostreet Journal’s Chris Jason to talk schools that had the best football and basketball seasons in one year. Then The Providence Crier returns to talk about his latest twitter beef and Ed Cooley.
Zak and Mason talk through the Grizzlies off-season moves and give their thoughts on the Summer League performances so far. The guys are hype after watching a pair of overtime games on a Sunday -- the Peach Jam finals and the SL semi-finals.
Bro and Slim chop it up and discuss the recent blockbuster Pelicans - Lakers trade as well as:
- Taylor Jenkins outlook
- JV declines option. Does Memphis need him?
- Thoughts on conveying the pick(everyone's least favorite topic)
The Backdoor Cut Crew give their takes on the Grizzlies improbable lottery jump and who Memphis should take with the #2 overall pick. Also, Penny Hardaway is making waves in college recruiting. What are the expectations and who will be the most impactful newcomers?
-Thoughts on the Mavs/Knicks trade and the direction of the franchise post-trade
-The Mavs’ Future draft pick situation
-Guys to watch for outside of Luka, KP
-Summer FA targets
-Chandler Parsons who recently said he wanted to retire a Maverick
Writer/Director JOHN HAMBURG joins the CHIEF, Sub, and Shark to talk ALONG CAME POLLY'S 15h Anniversary. John talks the inspiration of the movie, Phillip Seymour Hoffman-Alec Baldwin coaching, stories from the set, the NEW YORK KNICKS, and his future projects. He's a great hang, listen HERE:
The Backdoor Cut Crew convenes to talk:
-Jaren turning a corner post-Marc?
-How new guys fit into future plans
-Jonas 17mm player option this summer
-Wright 8mm player option this summer
-Miles RFA this summer
-Can Rabb solidify his role for next season with strong close to season
-The Barn's All-First Teams
The BACKDOOR CUT CREW reconvenes to talk:
-Wolves dub, no Marc, came down in first quarter to get standing O
-Loss to Thunder
-Trades and opinions
-Wallace officially wants to convey pick
-Chandler to return from exile post all star game
-Beat NOLA with new crew sans JV
-Blue Note Baller of the Week
The TRADE DEADLINE is upon us (yawn Superbowl) & the dudes talk all the latest trades for MIKE CONLEY & MARC GASOL. Detroit? Blazers? SPURS? PAU GASOL?! There's even some GTemp & JMyke rumors sprinkled in. Want to know all the options? LISTEN HERE:
"Can ya float through the air when ya smell a delicious pie,” asks the animated Spider-Ham in the best movie of the year: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The CHIEF & BRET talk this vibrantly animated film about Marvel’s resident web-head, which has more humor, heart, and character than literally any other movie this year. Of course, it’s a superhero origin story, but this film cleverly subverts the traditional story arcs in an original and hilarious fashion, but family (and the problems within) is the crux of this flick’s heart.
SAM aka the CHIEF, Thomas aka FARMER BARN, and Connor Dunning of 92.9 sit down to chop wood on Alfonso Cuarón’s personal life-influenced ode to Mexico City masterpiece: Roma. We talk ninja nudity, visual flair, Mexican Luchador wrestling, the bonds of family, strength of women, and much more as we break down one of the best movies of the year.
SUB & THE SHARK host Kentucky grad REAGS from Barstool Sports and you bring you fire CBB coverage weekly. This episode:
-Great interview with @BarstoolReags
-Tennessee ranked No. 1
-Wisconsin over Michigan
-Subbi invades Pauley Pavilion this weekend
-Kansas @ Kentucky
-Hug for you
Late Tuesday afternoon, a Woj Bomb reported that the Grizzlies will be listening to offers for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. The Backdoor Cut crew is here to discuss their favorite trade packages and landing spots for the Grizz legends.
The crews pours up on Sunday evening to discuss the difficult week that was in GrizzNation, as the Grizz suffered 4 more losses. Slim dives into the numbers on Mike & Marc and it ain't pretty. Trading Gasol, Jaren vs. Luka, and much more!
Co-Hosts: Mason (@BarnBurnerSlim), Sam (@TheBarnChief), and Zak (@BarnBurnerBro)
Timeline of @BackdoorCutShow:
Beginning: Weekly Recap
22 Minutes: Slim going in on Conley & Gasol
27 Minutes: Pera comes to town
33 Minutes: Around the league
40 Minutes: Hayward for Gasol?
42 Minutes: More Marc trades and future of the franchise
51 Minutes: Jaren vs. Luka
58 Minutes: Look at the week ahead and remaining schedule
Memphis won just 1 of 3 games, lost some key players to injuries, and now sits at 19-23 on the season. ZAK aka BRO is joined by CHIEF, Slim, and Rich to discuss the past week in Grizzlies basketball. Show layout is as follows:
— Recap of the 3 games last week, including the win over the Spurs at home
— We critique Bro's Mid-season Report Card article and come up with grades of our own
— Take a look ahead at the week to come (it's a tough as hell)
Your boys SUBBI & the SHARK reconvened to talk a myriad of topics in NCAA hoops:
-Hilarious interview with @waynesuretzky aka The Providence Crier
-Doke’s injury for Kansas
-Pitino in Greece
-Johnnies ranked (for now)
-Duke plays road games this week
-Virginia at Clemson
-"This Week in Theat"
In this episode, Bro is joined by The Chief, Slim, and Richard Mead as the gang discusses the busy, but disappointing past week of the Memphis Grizzlies.
-A parting a ways between Chandler Parsons and The Grizzlies appears imminent according to ESPN
-Team Meeting that led to physical altercation between Garrett Temple and Omri Casspi
-Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to impress, but why doesn't he get the ball more?
-We discuss Marc Gasol and his role in the recent skid
-Justin Holiday acquired for Wayne Selden, MarShon Brooks and two 2nd round picks.
-Blue Note Bourbon Ballers of the Week
-A look ahead at the upcoming schedule.
-Bro, Chief, and Slim share their displeasure over JB's 4th quarter lineups and the Grizzlies' inability to close out games.
-Chandler says he is ready and willing to play, but over who?
-The numbers don't add up on JaMychal Green. Is it all his fault?
-Mike has a good shot at making his first All-Star game, but is Marc deserving this year?
-Preview of the upcoming week, which unfortunately includes James Harden.
-Follow us on Twitter @BackdoorCutShow
Subbi is back state-side and he links up with the Shark to talk the games that were, the games that will be, and the prestigious Jerry Colangelo classic featuring many of Sub's boys. Later, the CHIEF makes his debut on the show to talk Penny Hardaway, Memphis hoops, and the state-battle that will be No. 3 Tennessee @ Memphis this Saturday.
The CHIEF and BRO come at you live to recap this past week's games, a battle with the Clips (aka Big Boban), a gutsy win down in NOLA, and a LeBron stan-filled and depressed FedEx Forum during a blow-out game against the #LakeShow. We talk Joakim's Noah's fit, SloMo's spectacular defense, the Mike D'Antoni method, Mike Conley's World Wide Wob-supported All-Star campaign, and generally preview this week's games. Hold on to your butts!
BRO and first-time podcast guest RICHARD MEAD get together to chat the Grizzlies and what they have accomplished through the month of November. The guys talk the Month of November in review, discussing where the Grizzlies rank among their peers in several categories. Some might surprise you, while others are no-brainers. They also recap the ups and downs of last week and the usage of MarShon Brooks (and his need for a headband), as well as a breakout performance by Jaren Jackson Jr. Finally, they take a look forward to a tough Western Conference schedule this week.
Memphis Football is climbing! In the wake of the Mercer @ Memphis, SLIM and ISAAC SIMPSON of Rivals get together to walk the W, the (half) of QB play of Brady White, and other team factors as everything clicked in the first week. The guys then discuss the upcoming road test against Navy.
Issa BRO-SLIM SPECIAL! The fellas get together to preview the upcoming slate of Easter Conference games, Jaren Jackson's ROY campaign (and the fools on Twitter that want to trade him), flying in some help for Mike/Marc, Slim fixes teh line-ups, and the recent signing of former Bull (and sort of Knick?) Joakim Noah.
IT'S FINALLY HERE! Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of J.K. Row — er, Grindewald. The second film of the Fantastic Beasts saga aka Dumbledore prequel series. The CHIEF and KCB link up to talk about the Wizarding Universe canon, creators vs. fans, thestral dung, magic grievances, Johnny Depp's performance, and much more as we dive into this weirdly controversial film. Hold on to your hippogriffs!
SUBBI & the SHARK are back to talk Omar Samhan's fandom of the Barn, Zion's coronation, does Kentucky stink, Coach Cal's "kids" speech, the Hurley brothers, and general happenings around the country in college hoops.
The CHIEF, BRO, and SLIM hook up on a Monday night with a bottle of red wine and watch the 2nd half of Jazz @ Grizz, who have now played approximately 53,780 times this season. Spoiler: we lost, but the guys get into their thoughts on the team and roster and other trends as the Grizz are 7-5 (and a surprising 5-1 at home). Also, sometimes we forget we're recording and just react to the game. Fun was had by all here:
The CHIEF and BRO are joined by new Grizz beat writer for The Commercial Appeal DAVID COBB to talk his career path & excitement to cover his hometown NBA team. Then, the guys get into early season trends, return of the Mack, Gasol's reinvigorated defense, and more, as the Grizzlies start the season surprisingly strong.
Your boys SUBBI and SHARK are back to talk Huggy Bear and his boys in Morristown, clown on Kansas State's lack of character, Bol Squared, Buzz Williams v. Bruce Pearl sweat contest, and Jimmy Boeheim's stamina. The dudes then move on to some segments, including This Day in Theater and Name that Actor. Get ready for the CBB season here:
HA-HAAA! The SHARK, SUB and the spirit of Gus Johnson are here to rivet you with their deep knowledge of all things college hoops. The dudes sit down to talk each Top 25 team, why they're over (or under) rated, and a myriad of other tangents. Is TYLER HERRO the white SG Kentucky needs to return to the Final Four? Will Sub's chosen horse NEVADA and Eric "Muscle Milk" be able to build on the success of last year? Is TOM IZZO overhyped in March? Check out Part One with the Top 10 teams HERE:
Five games into this young NBA season and @BarnBurnerBro and new contributor and residential #BostonSportsGuy @MattBurnham_ sit down to discuss the Grizzlies' early season accomplishments, challenges, rotations, and upcoming matchups.
The Backdoor Cut Crew of CHIEF, Slim, and Bro reconvene to discuss the Grizzlies' Preseason, the finalized roster, the Mike Conley eye test, Chandler Parson's bionic German knees, DJ Stephens 2-way, the Rubik's Cube difficulty of which rotations to use, players to watch, and more. We're WAY TOO HYPE that the NBA season has returned. Hang with us here:
The CHIEF and BRO sit down with EVAN DANIELS — 247's National Recruiting Director, FS1's college bball insider, and host of the Sidelines Podcast — to talk Penny mania, the 8th AAC finish, Penny's dope Sprinter van, recruiting the 2019 and 2020 unicorn players, and much more related to Memphis Basketball. Later, the CHIEF airs out some beef and the guys get hype for Memphis Madness! Go Tigers here:
On this special episode of the SUCCESSION PODCAST SERIES on The BarnBurner's IN THE CAN podcast, the CHIEF, KCB, and Farmer Barn snag some sliders and a board seat with ARIAN MOAYED (playing STEWIE on the show). The fellas discuss Arian's introduction to Succession, the shoot, whether he's a billionaire and intends to fund this podcast, dialogue improv on set, women wearing astronaut suits, actor relationships, chess pieces, and then shift to Arian's theater & film company, WATERWELL, he confirms Season 3 of THE ACCIDENTAL WOLF, and much more. Arian's energy is infectious, and simply stated, he's the man. Y'all will enjoy
The CHIEF sits down with Memphis-native, filmmaker, St. Mary's graduate, and current USC Film School student, Vivian Gray, for a fantastic conversation on IN THE CAN — part of The BarnBurner Podcast Network. They discuss her introduction to film, yoga trailers, Blockbuster, TV and Netflix, never nudes, Boots Riley's disturbingly effective 'SORRY TO BOTHER YOU', her upcoming short film, her fears and triumphs making the short, St. Vincent's influence on her life and creativity, and much more. Film fans will enjoy this delightful conversation with Vivian:
This podcast saves the day. The other goes away. The CHIEF, KCB, and Farmer Barn are choppin' it up as they continue their SUCCESSION PODCAST SERIES on In the Can — part of The BarnBurner Podcast Network. It's Thanksgiving with the Roy family, and you know what that means: corporate espionage and betrayal! Join us as we welcome Ewan and Willa to the family.
ROLLS ARE RIPPING AS WE RECORD THIS PODCAST!!! Get rid of your frozen butter, snag your ticket to the RECNY Ball — where the room is balanced and cocktails have a bit too much pesto — and join KCB, Farmer Barn, and the CHIEF as we talk 'SAD SACK WASP TRAP' — part of our SUCCESSION Podcast Series on The BarnBurner Podcast Network. Bring your carpet cleaner and avoid the Death Pit here.
In this first episode GRIT 'N GRIDIRON, the newest college football podcast series on The BarnBurner Podcast Network, the CHIEF and Slim are joined by ALL FOR MEMPHIS Lead Writer, Social Media Manager, and Founder — James Dale — and circle up to talk Memphis Tigers Football. We can feel the excitement of Tiger Nation as Head Coach Mike Norvell leads another talented squad into his third season. The dudes cover a variety of topics: the QB announcement of Brady White (and unfortunate transfer of David Moore), all-time favorite Tigers, the new-look offense post-Riley Ferguson/A-Mill, an improved (and one year older) defense, the amazingness of Tony Pollard, T.J. Carter's All-American campaign, season attendance and Tom Bowen's challenge, overall season predictions, and much more. Get ready to pack the Liberty Bowl with us here.
Time to "shake the tree" with another episode of our SUCCESSION series on IN THE CAN, part of The BarnBurner Podcast Network. In this episode, Farmer Barn, KCB, and the CHIEF are back to talk 'LIFEBOATS.' We strictly follow Roman's "shirts-off" policy, discuss Tom's meteoric rise in the parks division, Greg's boat shoes, the introduction of Stewie, Roman being "open for business," and whether Kendall is, in fact, "the man." Kick it with us here.
TAKE WHAT'S YOURS (as long as "yours" is four giant rails of coke). Time to bury the bodies and count the cash. The PRE-KEND is finally here and the SUCCESSION podcast series on IN THE CAN is live. Come kick it with Kansas City Bret, Farmer Barn, and the CHIEF as we talk America's favorite dysfunctional global-media family: the ROYS. This week, the dudes talk Episode 1 ("CELEBRATION") and Episode 2 ("SH*T SHOW AT THE F*CK FACTORY"). Who takes home the patented POWER PLAY AWARD? What about Adam McKay shaky cam? What terrible movies did Roman Roy pitch when he was in the banana cabana with Frank? Will Nicholas Braun aka Cousin Greg the Egg make the most devious moves of all? Control the narrative here:
With Tunica's sports books on the way, the Backdoor Cut Crew convenes to talk the Las Vegas over/under for each Western Conference squad's win total. There's some disrespect to be sure, but the dudes back up their picks with discussions of each team's roster and whether we think the team made good offseason moves or nah. One of us don't think the Grizz hit 34.5 wins, listen here to find out who.
[Cue 'WE THE TIGERS'] On this episode of The Backdoor Cut, the CHIEF and BROFESSOR are joined by ISAAC SIMPSON — host of the Tiger Sports Report and Rivals beat writer for Tiger Hoops and Football — to talk all things Memphis Tigers Athletics. The dudes begin with #PennySZN, the 2018 basketball recruiting class, and the possibility for The Big Dance this upcoming season. Next, the stellar 2019 class is discussed, and Isaac provides his predictions for how the class may shape out — #1 bound? Then, on to Tiger Football (40:08) for a discussion of the team's potential win total and the colorful personalities recently present in the media. Ready to bust out the Tigers spell-out? Then listen here:
Kansas City Bret & the CHIEF drink some Mr. Pibb like assholes and talk 2016's HELL OR HIGH WATER, the Taylor Sheridan-written neo-noir Western crime thriller. The dudes talk the unsung hero of this movie: Shiner Bock — er, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges being a cowboy in real life for the past decade, "what don't ya want," the niceties (and not-so-niceties of rural West Texas), and/or how we'd rob a hipster coffee shop over a Texas bank. You know what this podcast makes us? Comanches.
SLIM, BRO, and the CHIEF are back to talk recent Grizz transactions. Saying goodbye to some bums — er — players and welcome to maybe bums — er — new faces. A new Japanese phenom en route to the Bluff City? SLIM tells us what the weather is like on Jarrell Martin Island, BRO and the CHIEF are luke warm on SHELVIN MACK, is there a new floor on the horizon (these are the things NBA fans get excited about during the summer), Mike Conley's heath in question, etc. LET'S GOOOOOOO!
You either die a hero, or you live long enough to listen to this podcast. The CHIEF and Kansas City Bret aka Ready Player One talk 2008's THE DARK KNIGHT. Is the Joker the GOAT movie villain? Does writer/director Christopher Nolan understand how American police talk? How many Joker/Batman lines will the dudes riff on during this podcast? Suit up in your hockey pads and HERE... WE... GO!
[Cue MI Theme Song] This podcast, should you choose to accept it, may result in your extreme entertainment. The CHIEF and STEVE aka SLOTH aka the PEACE CORP PROTECTOR talk the 1996 spy-classic directed by Brian De Palma: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.
Which mouse are you: one that drowns in the cream; or one that churns that cream into the butter and crawls out? The CHIEF and Sloth aka Steve aka the Peace Corp Protector talk Steven Spielberg’s early 2000s gem: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. The dudes discuss Christopher Walken’s career-defining performance, whether DiCaprio is actually any good, con man movies in general, their mutual love for SPEED II, and even take some time to discuss the Spielberg pantheon of movies and the status of gratuitous CGI. Don’t get caught staring at the Yankees’ pinstripes!
Marvel's self-deemed "most ambitious crossover in history" exploded into theaters this past weekend, and Kansas City Bret, Sweaty Freddy, and the CHIEF get together to talk all things Avengers: Infinity War. PETER DINKLAGE?! Who is the best "Chris"? Does the CHIEF personality-shame Vision? What about dat ending doe?
Initial Thoughts -- (5:24)
In the Can patented one-sentence review -- (10:30)
GOAT Marvel flick? -- (12:00)
THEMES -- (13:51)
BADASS MOMENTS -- (18:06)
That ENDING DOE -- (23:40)
Josh Brolin as THANOS -- (35:07)
Who gets the most buckets? -- (40:55)
Sixth MAN/WOMAN -- (46:10)
DiCaprio Overacting Award -- (48:49)
Nick Cage Switcheroo -- (57:40)
FINAL Thoughts and BARN RATINGS -- (58:25)
MEMPHIS TIGERS BASKETBALL IS BACK, BABY. It’s #PENNYSZN. Can you feel it? The palpable excitement? The Backdoor Cut Crew gets together to talk the exciting new University of Memphis Head Basketball Coach, Penny’s rise, the press conference, potential staff, and ‘croots that appear to be on their way to wear the Tiger blue and grey. We’re ready to run through a wall for Coach Penny — are you?
“Raped while dying” … “And still no arrests” … “How come, Chief Willoughby?” A mother’s grief coupled with small-town humor with a little dark comedy mixed in. The CHIEF and Kansas City Bret talk 2017’s THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, written/directed by Martin McDonagh. Is Bret just the token Missouri guy? That was definitely a CGI deer, right? What are the Oscar chances of this witty, daring, and emotionally involved dark comedy? Let’s journey to Ebbing.
INTRO, BACKGROUND & CHIEF PLOT SUMMARY — (2:05)
An instant classic?
“We were all waiting on this type of movie…”
Where’d this idea come from?
THOUGHTS BEFORE SEEING THE FLICK — (7:14)
ONE-SENTENCE NO-CONJUNCTIONS REVIEW — (9:57)
Bret challenges the process…
Token Missouri guy….
Is this the G.O.A.T. Billboard Movie — (13:39)
Bret brings up a Jason Segal classic…
NOTABLE THEMES — (16:01)
People can change…
Bret doesn’t buy SAM ROCKWELL’S aka DIXON’S ARC
MOST BUCKETS — (19:40)
The CHIEF defends Rockwell…
DEBATE (aka Civil Discourse, cuz that’s a thing that people can actually do)
Is Dixon too dumb to do the things he does in the movie? Did the script falter a bit?
WILLOUGHBY’S MID-MOVIE ACT — (39:33)
SIXTH MAN/WOMAN AWARD — (43:45)
“This was teed up for her. Like McDonagh walked up and put the golf ball on the tee and [Mcdormand] walked up and hit it 400 yards”…
LEO DICAPRIO OVERACTING AWARD — (48:04)
“Oh this is a woman acting like her husband has just died”…
ISO PLAY — (51:48)
CGI deer or nah?
Bret talks about A Knight’s Tale weirdly
Even more weirdly, the CHIEF goes on a The Departed tangent and talks timeless elements in movies…
BILLBOARDS BACKLASH — IS THIS FILM AT ALL RACIST? — (1:03:19)
The CHIEF sort of goes in on the haters…
Nic Cage Switcheroo — (1:14:44)
The CHIEF didn’t buy Robbie’s character…
We talk the daughter scene, the last scene before she disappears…
OSCAR LIKELIHOOD? — (1:19:32)
Bret is a COWARD
More Oscar TALK
FINAL RATINGS and REWATCHABILITY — (1:26:15)
Harry Truman Trivia!
ADAM DRIVER BURNING TAKE
WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED? Join the CHIEF, Sweaty Freddy, and John as we embark into “The Shimmer” in Alex Garland’s Annihilation. Will our lives ever be the same? Will John be invited back as a guest on In the Can (spoiler alert: yep)? Does this flick redefine sci-fi horror? Is it better than the book? Does a Crosby, Stills, and Nash song play a prominent part in a dramatic scene? You’ll find these answers out (and more) when you click this play button, baby.
Thoughts before we watched — (7:49)
ONE-SENTENCE NO CONJUNCTIONS (EXCEPT JOHN’S A DANG ENGLISH TEACHER) REVIEW — (10:07)
Genres in general…
A discussion of sci-fi/sci-fi — horror flicks…
“I think it’s just straight up sci-fi…”
Ridley Scott comes back up again and John makes a comparison that impresses even the CHIEF…
What the hell do we think happened in this movie — (18:09)
“This is like one of those movies where you go to Denny’s with your buddies, order the All Star Special, chain smoke Marlboro unfiltereds with black coffee, and just talk about what happened in this movie…”
If “The Shimmer” happened in real life, what would you do? — (25:43)
NOTABLE THEMES — (31:47)
MOST BUCKETS — (34:39)
CHIEF defends home court…
Sixth Man/Woman Award — (41:47)
Leo DiCaprio Overacting Award — (47:59)
“I was fully invested” in the “manufactured drama”…
THE ISO-PLAY — (51:49)
SOUNTRACK — (54:32)
Contrubuted to the tension…
“Did you guys not notice that Nirvana song during the crocodile killing scene?…”
NIC CAGE SWITCHEROO — (56:35)
Freddy and CHIEF do a few quick Cage impressions (or really just Sandberg doing Cage)
OFFICIAL BARN RATINGS AND FINAL THOUGHTS — (1:01:34)
Good ratings with “a shimmer of their own”…
Annihilation coming to NETFLIX SOON!
WAKANDA FOREVER! The CHIEF and Sweaty Freddy talk Marvel’s Black Panther, co-written/directed by Ryan Coogler. Is this the G.O.A.T. Marvel movie (as many have said)? Who would win if Freddy ritual challenged the CHIEF to be EIC of The BarnBurner? Does Michael B. Jordan possess more swag than anyone else in Hollywood (or perhaps the world)? How does Freddy fare in “TRU OR NAH?” And finally, is this the most important movie in Marvel’s movie canon? Strap in and let’s mine some freakin’ vibranium.
INTRO & QUICK PLOT SUMMARY — (1:50)
Ryan Coogler Movie Festival & His Unique Style
“So he would make you feel something for the characters even though you couldn’t identify with their situation…”
Marvel’s in-house writers’ program
Early thoughts of this flick — (7:27)
Re cliche “world is changing” line in Marvel movies: “When’s the world gonna stop changing, man…”
“Marvel does a really good job hiring these young up and coming talented filmmakers that have real voices…”
ONE SENTENCE NO-CONJUNCTIONS (FOR REAL) REVIEW — (13:11)
Rejoining the world — isolationism
Changing with the times
Is this the G.O.A.T. Marvel Movie (a ranking) — (15:57)
Setting the Stage: OPENING and COMPTON Scenes — (21:00)
“Sets the tone for a lot of the movie…”
“You’re slowly but surely given more information about what actually went down…”
Who gets the MOST BUCKETS? — (25:30)
“He reminds me of a young Al Pacino in The Godfather…”
“They said he was the best comic book movie villain since Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight…” — but was he?
Sixth Man (or Woman) Award — (35:01)
How does the ACTION stack up to other Marvel movies? — (39:15)
Freddy goes upper 78 percentile somehow…
Ritual challenge scenes
“It would be especially embarrassing to lose in front of your people…”
The Leonardo DiCaprio Overacting Award — (49:29)
“He was like a kid in the candy store every time he did a robbery…”
“What a comic book villain name…”
The ISO-PLAY — (51:17)
“The idea of being able to talk to your father [after death] and kinda reconciling all the things you want to correct in his honor…”
The SOUNDTRACK — (56:23)
Beneficial or distracting?
“As different as the movie is, the soundtrack is too, so I appreciate that…”
Nick Cage Switcheroo — (58:49)
TRU OR NAH — (1:01:25)
FINAL THOUGHTS AND BARN RATING — (1:07:55)
“Never mind the vibranium and the wealth, did you see how much clean water they had…”
Rewatchability — (1:11:47)
OUTRO — (1:12:50)
“I Just Can’t Wait to be King” — Simba
In Episode 4 of In the Can, the CHIEF is joined by The BarnBurner’s in-house meme savant, Sweaty Freddy. The dudes drink some (read: many) beers and talk Netflix’s original The Cloverfield Paradox. Do you dig on sci-fi? Do you like to watch characters frantically running through spaceship corridors a la the Alien franchise? What the hell is a “paradox?” Find out what the CHIEF and Freddy thought about this flick.
The CHIEF’s Quick Plot Summary — (2:28)
The BarnBurner’s Patented One-Sentence NO CONJUNCTIONS Review — (3:47)
The CHIEF totally and completely breaks his own rule.
“They should call it the Cliche Paradox…”
Background of Writer & Director and How this Damn Thing Got Made — (7:13)
Writer is Oren Uziel
Director is Julius Onah
Why add the Cloverfield-y things?
Who Gets the Most Buckets? — (12:24)
“But also we don’t know the names of anyone in this movie…”
BUT IT’S GOT THE DUDE FROM BRIDESMAIDS IN IT!
How to identify with one-dimensional characters.
The Boyfriend/Little Girl “Subplot” — (16:04)
BURNING HOT TAKE About Netflix Original Movies — (20:11)
A comparison is made…
Sixth Man Award — (22:29)
We discuss, er, patriotism??
Parallel Dimension Plot — (26:22)
“Damn I wish Neil DeGresse Tyson would have been here so he could just roast this shit…”
“If I get a message from myself in a different universe, that’s really gonna ____ me up, dude…”
“If I get messages from another universe, I can’t rule out that it’s Jim Halpert just messing with me…”
The BarnBurner’s Nick Cage Switcheroo — (33:43)
Replace one actor with Nicholas Cage, who would you and why?
10/10 Tinder Fodder…
Freddy and the CHIEF’s Barn Ratings — (37:20)
“This is a great movie to play for someone to test if they know what makes a ‘good’ movie…”
Rewatchability — (39:54)
“We need [Netflix] to be a little more rigorous on their scripts and their directors…”
Kings of Leon
SNEAK PEEK SEINFELD SEGMENT AKA “WHAT’S THE DEAL??” — (45:35)
The Backdoor Cut Crew of Brofessor, Chief, and Slim discuss the crazy and disappointing NBA Trade Deadline. The Crew tips the podcast off by talking about the Grizzlies deciding not to trade the coveted Tyreke Evans. They talk about not only the impact this decision has on this season, but also the future of the entire franchise. Chief and Brofessor say good riddance to swingman, James Ennis, who was traded to Detroit earlier in the day while Slim sticks up for Big Game James.
The discussion then turns to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who switched out half of their roster on deadline day. The Cavs brought in Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr while getting rid of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade, and their own first round pick. Brofessor stands by his Raptors as Eastern Conference Champs selection from two weeks ago.
The guys then talk about the Blake Griffin trade which landed him in Detroit and some of the smaller trades that took place.
The CHIEF is joined by his fellow movie-going colleague and cinema connoisseur, Katie, to talk 2017’s I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillepsie and written by Steve Rogers (in fact not Captain America). Is I, Tonya the G.O.A.T. ice skating movie? Who is awarded the prestigious Leo DiCaprio Overacting Award? How does Katie feel about birds? Discover all these things and take a trip back to the 80s and 90s with us as we unravel perhaps the biggest scandal in Olympic ice skating history.
For your listening convenience, please find a podcast timeline below (but if you skip segments you’ll miss some #GoodComedy):
The CHIEF’s plot summary and our initial thoughts — (1:11)
“If you ever wanna watch a movie where Margot Robbie wears a fat suit and gets abused for two hours, well then boy is this the movie for you…”
In the Can’s Patented One-Sentence NO CONJUNCTIONS Review — (4:51)
Documentary-Style Plot Structure and Breaking the Fourth Wall — (5:15)
“It’s like she’s looking you right in the eyes and you don’t wanna look back…”
Margot Robbie’s Performance as Tonya Harding — (8:27)
Dynamic or nah?
Fake CGI Faces
Nominated for Best Actress — will she win?
“I think Hillary Swank’s hot…”
Million Dollar Baby Tangent (WARNING, Non P.C.)
Allison Janney’s Performance as LaVona Harding — (13:13)
Is she a secret asshole?
“She was a big bitch the entire movie, so she didn’t have to do the whole range of emotion thing…”
Nominated for Best Supporting Actress — do we like her chances?
Sebastian Stan’s Performance as Jeff Gilloly — (18:24)
“He was just an abusive turd the whole time…”
But he was good, tbh
Who gets the most buckets in this flick? — (21:00)
“If they were taken out of the movie, it just wouldn’t be the same…”
Sixth Man Award — (22:23)
“The worst type of strip situation you’ve ever seen on a film…”
Funny Fat Guys
“Like no one likes Skinny Jonah Hill…”
Leonardo DiCaprio Overacting Award — (26:06)
ISO PLAY (single greatest acted scene by a performer) — (26:42)
Is this the G.O.A.T. of ice skating movies? — (29:10)
“Yes, I have seen no other ice skating movies… it is my absolute favorite…”
SOUNDTRACK (80s/90s Hits) — (30:27)
“I’m not a big fan of movies that play big songs from the era to make me feel a certain way…”
The “Meh” Parts of the Movie — (33:09)
“[Abuse] was played for laughs and that’s a little tone deaf…”
“Nick Cage Switcharoo” — (34:58)
“The movie would have won best picture had Nick Cage been in that role…”
Hit us up, casting directors…
True or Nah (In the Can segment) — (37:00)
SPOILER: Katie cheated…
Unfortunate love for the Patriots (who subsequently lost)
Final Thoughts and BARN Ratings — (41:32)
REWATCHIBILITY — (42:44)
“If I ever saw it on VHS, I would definitely buy it…”
R.I.P. Blockbuster but YAYYYY HIPSTERS…
OUTRO — (44:51)
Oscar picks #ComingSoon
Feat. “Devil Woman” by Cliff Richard
In Episode 4 of The Cutback, Q & Slim recap the AFC & NFC Conference Championship games, but spend quite a bit more time on Jags/Patriots than the Eagles blowout of the Vikings. The fellas then go into the NFL coaching change, including the Titans hire of Mike Vrabel. Q & Slim also give out their end of season NFL Awards, before Slim puts Q on the spot for the first segment of Dope or Nope on The Cutback.
Jaguars lose to Patriots at the top
Eagles blow out Vikings (16:35)
NFL Coaching Changes (20:00)
Titans hire Mike Vrabel (24:00)
NFL Awards (27:40)
Dope or Nope (42:00)
In the inaugural episode of In the Can, the CHIEF talks two movies so intertwined they had to be broken down in one podcast: Tommy Wiseau’s The Room and James Franco’s The Disaster Artist. So hold on to your wallet-sized #FrancoBros pictures, say your “Hai Mark[s],” toss the ole pigskin around for a bit.
Q & Slim link up for Episode 03 of The Cutback, the official football podcast of The BarnBurner Podcast Network. The duo recaps the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs from this past weekend and takes a look ahead at Sunday's Conference Championship games.
Eagles/Falcons (2:00) "Shoutout Jake Elliot"
Patriots/Titans (8:30) "It looked good in the first quarter."
Jags/Steelers (14:30) "They could not wait to get out there and get after the Steelers."
Vikings/Saints (26:35) 'This was the best game of the Divisional Round."
Eagles/ VIkings (43:00)
Chief, Brofessor, and Slim are back for the Backdoor Cut. In this episode, which we have dubbed the “Shootaround Edition," we literally talk all things going on in the NBA, including NBA beefs, and the "throwdown" in the Showdown in Staples (Rox and Clips "fight").
-Chief is late on Hawaiian Missile Crisis and we don’t correct him (2:15)
-NBA Fight Club (3:20)
-Rockets and Clippers “fight” (4:30)
-Afflalo Haymaker (16:00)
-NBA Image Problem? (19:25)
-C-Lee tech vs Grizz (22:20)
-Porzingis, Is he good? (29:00)
-Anthony Davis is definitely good (34:00)
-Celtics put Pierce and IT3 in bad spot (36:00)
-Chris Herrington- Young Grizz Poll (43:00)
-Cavs secret media meeting (53:00)
-Lauri Markannen keeps breaking rookie records (1:00:00)
-Rondo says Ray Allen is invited to ’08 reunion (1:05:00)
-We put Devin Booker on a new team (1:13:00)
-Can you put together a team to beat Warriors? (1:20:00)
-Brofessor believes in the Raptors (1:23:00)
-Dope or Nope (1:29:00)
In Episode 2, Q and Slim continue their conversation from the first episode, but turn their attention to the upcoming weekend of the NFL Playoffs, the Divisional Round. Shoutout to Dirty Mike for the dope logo (and his Twitter resurgence).
Falcons @ Eagles at the top
“I think the Falcons are gonna be doing the Dirty Bird in the Eagles end zone, via a Matt Ryan led drive in the last 2 minutes.”
Titans @ Patriots (10:00)
“It’s not gonna happen, I don’t give a damn if Gronk gets injured or whoever else, it’s not gonna happen.”
Jaguars @ Steelers (28:00)
“Blake Bortles is wired different, he’s not like other quarterbacks.” “Yea, because he sucks.” “But they are gonna get at the Steelers.”
Saints @ Vikings (35:00)
“Look, you got contenders and you got pretenders. I think the Vikings are pretenders.”
Honoring the Champs (45:00)
Slim Finally Welcomes Q To The Barn (48:00)
Q & Slim link up for the first episode of The Cutback, official NFL Podcast of The Barn, and Q’s debut with The BarnBurner. Recapping the games and giving their takes on what transpired, the duo goes through all 4 games, although they spend more time on some than others (cough Bills/Jags cough).
Brofessor General, CHIEF, and Slim are back at it again with a new episode of the Backdoor Cut Podcast. The “Revenge Edition” looks at the best performances of NBA players who were traded in the offseason, against their former teams in the 2017-2018 season.
-Slim’s Revenge Pick (Troy Daniels)- 3:00
-Idea of “Second Draft”- 9:00
-Brofessor’s Revenge Pick (Eric Bledsoe)- 13:30
-Chief’s Revenge Pick (Brook Lopez)- 24:00
-NBA Talk (Heat, Grizz misses)- 30:00
-Paul George’s Future- 34:00
-Cavs/Warrios better than Lakers/Celtics?- 39:00
-CFP Championship Picks- 48:00