The only podcast you'll ever need...times two! These are the only Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears podcasts that don't suck. Admittedly, we didn't look that hard to prove that.
Join Andy fromDesipio.com on the Desipio Cubs Podcast with Sam from FaxesFromUncleDale.com, Mike and Kyle. And join Andy on the Desipio Bears Podcast with a completely different Mike and Kyle...just to be confusing.
Andy, Mike and Kyle look back with trepidation at the Bears' loss to the Raiders, look ahead to the return of Mitch Trubisky, ponder the future of Kyle Long (not for long), tell the Mike Murphy "pro bowler" story, look back at Chicago Sports Webio, try to figure out who the Bears are, try not to think about the last time the Bears played a game after a bye, wonder if Matt Nagy still knows that David Montgomery is on his team, make their predictions for the Saints game, consider Drew Brees' legacy, and spend a lot of time talking about Mike Tomczak.
Andy is joined by his favorite NBA writer, Kelly Dwyer of The Second Arrangement, and the longtime pals wax nostalgic about their early days at On Hoops, Indiana wildlife preserves, Jim Boylen’s spirit, being able to actually root for Bulls’ wins again, why Zach LaVine’s defense is oddly impressive, the time Kris Dunn landed on his face, Denzel Valentine’s vertical, Jimmy Butler and the “Wahl method”, player empowerment and which teams’ inevitably benefit, can Paul George put his arms up, Oklahoma City dog food, Bob Feller (as any good NBA podcast has a story about), why Andy roots against the Celtics, Kyrie and KD, Barry Manilow, and what MJ learned from Jerry Krause.
Andy, Kyle and Mike are back to talk about the Bears win over the Vikings, whether there’s a “quarterback controversy,” what we should know about Roquan’s absence, how Vag McCaskey thinks the team is traveling to London, former Bills’ safety Mark Kelso’s helmet, Rusty Lisch, Greg Landry, the Chicago Blitz, how George Allen died, how the Raiders have already won two games, great Oregon quarterbacks, Mike Leach’s offense, Cade McNown’s mom, and how Khalil Mack should avoid being hit by a falling girder in Tottenham’s crap new stadium.
Joe Maddon is out, but Andy and Sam are in to talk about it, about Theo Espstein's annual post mortem press conference, the Cubs most likely to be traded, what to do with the bullpen, rotation and bench. They wonder what Theo thinks is wrong with the offense, why David Ross is the presumptive lead candidate for the managerial job and they have the definitive answer for Cardinals fans as to why Mike Trout is better than Yadi.
Andy, Mike and Kyle enjoy an actual Bears' winning streak and the Bears' defense doing very mean things to the Redskins. Andy complains (again) about how impossible it is to follow even part of a game if you have to listen to the Bears' radio call of it. They marvel at pretty much everything Khalil Mack does, Danny Trevathan's pass rush deke, and how Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had somehow not scored a touchdown since "little league." They wonder how a kicker gets hurt in the weight room, fall down a Hard Knocks rabbit hole, dare to re-live the Ernie Accorsi GM and coach search and have a slightly more optimistic take on Mitch Trubisky--well, Andy and Mike do. Then they look ahead to the upcoming Vikings game and complain about the start time of the game against the Raiders in London.
Andy and Sam hold a wake for the Cubs' season, ponder the future of Joe Maddon and the core of the team. Andy digs his tortured roof/payroll analogy again and they wonder just how much money there really is going to be in the offseason. They come up with a creative way for the Cubs to entice Theo Epstein to stay beyond 2021 (it involves Todd being in jail), solve the Cubs leadoff 'problem' and lament the Cubs are going to finish third in their division behind two teams that just aren't that good. Oh, and they talk Mitch Trubisky for two minutes for no apparent reason.
Andy, Kyle and Mike revel in the Bears first win of the season and not only wonder if that was the worst quarterbacking performance in team history in a win, they actually look it up! You'll find out what a "Rusty Trubisky" is, if Eddy Pineiro has settled the kicking conundrum for the season, tell you if it really takes three days to acclimate to altitude and why Vic Fangio should have been less aggressive and kicked the extra point. Previewing the Bears-Redskins Monday night game, you'll learn about the Bears' sad recent history against the 'Skins, and pull up a chair as Mike tells you about the most famous punt in Washington history.
It's a podcast "talent" lineup that we've never seen before, and in this pod you get a breakdown of the big Cubs-Cardinals four game series coming up at Wrigley, a look at the most and least likely scenarios for how the division and wild cards are likely to shake out, a look back at the greatest regular season Cubs-Cardinals' series in history, and a detailed look at the schedules remaining for the teams still in the race for the final three National League playoff spots.
A week clear of the Bears sad little offensive showing against the Packers, Andy, Kyle and Mike are back on the case trying to sift through the wreckage. Did Matt Nagy abandon his gameplan or never really have one? Can Mitch read? Did Anthony Miller miss his ride to the stadium? The Packers offense was equally throttled by the Bears' defense, except for one brief moment of hurry-up-offensive-competence. They look ahead to Denver where old friend Vic Fangio gets a shot at the offense he saw every week last year, but it could all come down to the immortal question, who plays worse, Joe Flacco or Mitch?
It's a three-man pod as Andy, Sam and Kyle bask in the glory of Nico Hoerner's debut, try to figure out if anybody's going to actually claim the second wild card spot in the National League, try to figure out if this is the real Kyle Schwarber (given the three guys doing the figuring, you probably know how that ends up), wonder if Theo and Jed will sabotage the roster before they leave after 2021, try to make sense of anything Joe Maddon did in Milwaukee and they wish bad things upon the Cardinals.
In an emotional Cubs' podcast, Andy and Sam announce that Mike’s been suspended from the pod, Andy tells a story about not saving money on dog food at Costco, and Sam equates the Mariners to a friend of his playing a lot of Football Manager. They wonder if it’s possible to be a poor man’s Ben Gamel, give tips on how to deal with Cubs-induced rage, welcome back Ben Zobrist’s walk-up music, reminisce about Welington Castillo nearly killing Tyler Colvin and Cubs’ coaches mixing drinks in the dugout, and why Mike Shildt has to sit at all times in the Cardinals’ dugout. Then, they preview the Cubs road trip that somehow goes from Milwaukee to San Diego.
You asked for it and you got it--ok, maybe YOU didn't ask for it, but somebody did--it's the first-ever Desipio Bears Podcast. Join Andy from Desipio.com, Kyle from StartKyleOrton.com and Mike D. for the first of what promises to be an exciting season's worth of podcasts. In just this very first one alone you'll learn about how the Bears price preseason tickets, how nobody knows nothin' about Mitch Trubisky's progress, why Aaron Rodgers is more like Jay Cutler than people want to admit, why it's humiliating that Johnny Morris is still the all-time leading Bears' receiver and much more. The guys take you through a bunch of over/unders, make their fearless picks for the season opener against Green Bay and find a way to cram in jokes about John Shoop, Marc Trestman, Terry Schmidt, Todd Collins, and...somehow...Nathan Enderle.
Andy and Sam are on the case to tackle the big issues of the week, like how the Cardinals somehow have a schedule that's just Pirates and Brewers for three months and was the Cubs' torturous sweep by the Nats a harbinger of things to come or just baseball? They debate if losing the wild card game counts as "making the playoffs," (it does), and give in to the stupids and defend the Gleyber Torres trade...again. Andy wonders if Kyle Hendricks is really as smart as everybody says he is.
Seventy-five percent of the crew is on hand as Andy, Sam and Kyle rejoice in the Cubs' current win streak, admire Yu Darvish dunking on the team's pre-and-post game TV host, bemoan the dreaded three-man bench, speculate on Nicholas Castellanos' future, and seem unimpressed by Albert Almora 'hustling' to Iowa. They try to figure out how the hell the Marquee Network is going to fill all those hours and worry about its distribution. And Andy's so confident the NL Central race is already over that he wants Joe to set up the rotation so his choice for game on NLDS starter is on the proper rest.
Recorded during a game in which the Cubs were down 10-0 in the fourth really has our heroes, Sam and Andy in a great mood. They try to make sense of many things like are the Cubs enjoying any of it, why does a new guy have to bring 'hunger' with him, will Cole Hamels ever get another hitter out, why did the Cubs bring Joe Maddon back if they want him to manage like he's not him? Andy breaks down a lifetime of Dan Bernstein's great Cubs' scoops. Why do national networks insist on not announcing their games like they're games? And Sam tells you a story about his sink that'll make you question humanity.
Andy, Sam and Kyle talk about the Cubs 5-1 homestand where everybody got hurt, aren't worried about Jon Lester, wonder why the new guys don't wear shirts under their jerseys, talk about Ian Happ's MVP chances, wonder if Jonathan Lucroy is really any better than Taylor Davis and try to figure out why they don't play the Sunday night game in Williamsport on the little league diamond. And Andy gives some handy tips about how to handle electric clothes dryers. Don't try this at home.
Andy and Sam talk about the Cubs moves at the deadline, including, "What the hell was the purpose of Martin Maldonado?", Tony Kempana, who gets the hayride to Iowa to make room for Nicholas Castellanos, the return of Zobrist?, and what was the point of the call-up of Happ. They also ponder why nobody can tell us how much money the Cubs actually have, if our large adult son is about to be bolted to the bench, and why the Cubs depth has become little more than a myth.
Andy and Sam discuss the weird Addison Russell saga, what to expect from Ian Happ if he comes up, how terrible it would be if the Cubs manage to lose to the Central to just, plain, bad teams like the Brewers or Cardinals, and what trade options are out there. They also try to figure out how Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer so successfully deflect blame that they never seem to catch any shit, even when the current roster is a weird assortment of a few really good players and a lot of bad ones.
This week it's Andy, Mike and Kyle as they talk about the Mike Montgomery trade, what the Cubs are up to with another catcher and can any of it be good, the Cubs fanbase's unrealistic view of Victor Caratini's value, where did Ad*bert go, and what the hell is up with Albert's hat? They also come up with an exit strategy for Daniel Descalso. They also get an expert opinion on Todd Ricketts' property tax shenanigans (seriously), and Andy spends waaaaay too much time talking about Cubs' uniforms through history. Sam will return next week.
Sam and Andy are on hand to help you usher in America's birthday by trying to figure out just how Theo Epstein is going to make the bold roster moves he's promised. They run the down the trade values of the guys on the current roster and...well, don't get your hopes up. Is there a big trade to be made, or are they going to be left tinkering around the edges?
It's just Andy and the new guy, Sam Fels, but really who else do you need? They revisit the now infamous Eloy Jimenez trade, try to figure out how the Ricketts; went from World Series heroes to ballpark witness protection in two seasons, ponder how often Theo puts something on and ponders leaving it all behind, revisit Cubs-Sox series horror stories from years past and agree that no one should ever be forced to go to St. Louis for anything.
Your favorite podcast gets even better (yes, we mean this one) with the new addition of Sam Fels, and the guys waste no time getting into the most pressing issues of the day, including their disdain for whatever the bastardized version of baseball is that gets played in Colorado, Kyle Schwarber's newfound--yet long awaited--awesomeness, the absurdity of bean brawls and why does it take so long for guys like Craig Kimbrel to actually get ready to play. They also ponder what it means to have 16 inch fingers, if anybody really works in Denver and the part of Joe Maddon's act that Sam's not a fan of.
It's just Mike and Andy this week, and they rename and then review a book they haven't read, run through the long and undistinguished history of recent Cubs pitcher draft picks, try to figure out if Carlos Gonzalez is the next Jim Edmonds (in a good way), and they talk about the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers. Oh, and the podcast is interrupted twice by Andy's wife, who is learning how to miter baseboards.
The guys debate if Major League or Moneyball is the best baseball movie ever (and throw out a few other possibilities). They break down Kyle Schwarber round lead-off man. What, if anything, Carlos Gonzalez has left. Why Carl Edwards Jr. should never be trusted with a runner at third. And, they have some thoughts about baseball extending the protective netting at games. Spoiler alert, they don't have much sympathy for the tough guys who claim to be against it.
How different was the world the last time the Brewers were on Sunday Night Baseball previous to last Sunday's loss to the Cubs? What's up with that lawsuit by the former Desipio lurker who claims Conan O'Brien stole five of his precious jokes? What's up with the shift? If those crazy kids Ben and Julianna can't make it work, what chance to do any of us have? And, much, much, more.
The full cast is on hand for this one and they break down why Addison Russell still doesn't get it, are amazed that there's an actual thing called a "Cubs Fan Code of Conduct" and suggest other things that should get fans banned for life, try to figure out what the hell is going on with Yu Darvish, and then after forgetting to talk about it, they make great effort to figure out what a description of Kris Bryant's batting grip actually means.
It's just Andy and Mike this week, though they spend some time trying to guess what Kyle's job is. They also have actual segments! First, they try to make sense of a Phil Rogers Tweet, then they debate just how Kyle Schwarber could possibly be stunting Albert Almora's development. Third, they talk about Dave Kaplan's new/old job, and finally, just how big can any series be in May?
All three of the dopes are back and they talk about the Cubs actually winning some games, Kris Bryant's slump, the general awesomeness of Javy Baez, the Kap - Gordo Twitter beef, and the Conan O'Brien joke stealing trial. Seriously. There's a Desipio connection to it. Finally, they talk about Cubs blogs past and present and Mike tells the story about getting banned from the old Wrigleyville Taco Bell.
Andy and Mike jump on just as a Cubs rain delay is ending, so maybe it's a pre-postgame pod? They discuss what if the Cubs aren't just off to a slow start, but are actually kind of bad? They play a scintillating game of "Who's the longest tenured player on every MLB team?" They try to figure out why the Cubs can't develop pitchers...ever, and wonder if the team inadvertently created a weird stigma around sending their young hitters to the minors to work on their game.
This week it's Andy and Mike without Kyle. Mike tells thrilling tales of his trip to Texas, Andy breaks news about the postgame after the postgame following Cubs games on NBC Sports Chicago, they try to make sense of Carl Edwards Jr's ill-fated stop action pitching motion, the podcast has a sponsor, and much, much more.
Andy and Kyle kick off the new Desipio Cubs Podcast season by previewing the start of the 2019 campaign. With Mike AWOL they make fun of the other teams in the NL Central, try to figure out why the Brewers insist on playing a 270 pound man at second base, and make their predictions for the new year.
Andy, Kyle and Mike break down the incredible, stress-inducing NLDS win over Dusty's Nationals and look ahead to the Cubs-Dodgers NLCS preview as the Cubs try to go back to the World Series for a second straight year. A lot of people forget that they won it last year.
The Cubs are back in the playoffs and so Andy and Mike are back for another podcast. This time they are joined by Kyle Reichert--who was set to replace Mike, but then Mike showed up anyway. The guys preview the Cubs and Nats, and work their way through every playoff matchup. You'll never guess who they pick.
Our heroes break down the Cubs World Series win, the parade, the rally, Kyle Schwarber on Live with Kelly and Arod(huh?) and a lot more. They also plan a road trip to St. Louis next year to see the Cubs open the season, and mostly to annoy Cardinals fans.
The Chicago Cubs have advanced to the World Series for the first time since 1945 and so Desipio.com and Hire Jim Essian.com threw together a hastily organized podcast to recap the Cubs NLCS win over the LA Dodgers and preview the World Series v. the Cleveland Indians.
The Cubs are on to the NLCS again, and the guys from Desipio and Hire Jim Essian are back to preview it. They did the podcast live and took questions and comments from viewers. This is a long one, and to be honest, you can probably bail after the first hour.
Our heroes return with their third podcast in three weeks. This time they review the Cubs win over the hated Cardinals in the NLCS and preview the team's first appearance in the National League Championship Series since 2003.
They're back, and Kermit's not really all the thrilled with the podcast's name. Andy tries to explain something he doesn't really understand, and the guys get to the bottom of who really sucks on the Cubs.