Matt and Jamie run down the most eventful offseason in team (league???) history, then try to make sense of what success would look like for the Washington Football Team in 2020. Then they gripe about podcasts and stuff. Somewhere in there, Matt makes what Jamie quite rightly calls the worst joke he's ever heard.
Jamie and Matt discuss the sudden seeming certainty that the Redskins will have a new name the next time they take the field. There are some minor audio issues (misaligned tracks, mainly) for the first minute or so but then it seems to clear up.
Matt and Jamie talk about WATCHMEN -- mainly the (stellar) HBO show, but Matt also drones on ENDLESSLY about the comic book, and touches on the (abysmal) 2009 movie version.
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The guys also grapple with centuries of institutional racism and their own need to educate themselves, and also talk about the Redskins grappling with their own institutional racism in the form of George Preston Marshall.
Despite both admittedly having no particular insight or knowledge, Jamie and Matt happily break down the possibilities for the Skins in the upcoming NFL Draft. Then they talk about life during COVID-19 and discuss if there will be over or under 9.5 games in the 2020 NFL season. Jamie tries to sell Matt on #TheLastDance and (in a surprise twist) a deep-cut Grateful Dead podcast, and Matt tries to sell Jamie on a pointless music-related diversion.
Matt pulls Jamie away from his die-hard DC Defenders fandom and forces him to discuss the Redskins offseason. (Also, there’s a Super Tuesday bit at the beginning that I promise is over quickly and doesn’t actually get particularly political. Don’t panic and bail!)
Jamie and Matt discuss the Redskins’ coaching change and late Thanksgiving celebration, then move on to the Nationals’ odd signing (33:00), the Mandalorian season finale and other Star Wars minutiae (35:20), mention a couple of music podcasts (44:15), and wrap up by talking about how other NFC East teams are handling their coaching searches (49:40).
Jamie and Matt discuss easily the best-looking loss in a season full of losses, debate Urban Meyer as a potential head coach, and weigh the realism of a Bill Callahan return. Then Jamie lets Matt rave about Watchmen, they discuss Mandalorian, and Jamie breaks down Drew Magary’s novel-length Stephen A Smith interview. The audio is probably still screwy but we can’t even bear to check before posting.
[NOTE: Sorry for the posting/unposting and the general delays. We’re still bumping into an audio issue — our tracks are slightly misaligned so it sounds like Jamie takes loooooooong pauses before responding and then Matt talks over him. We’re exploring options to fix it in future weeks but decided to post this one as-is rather than skipping another week. Truly, we are the Redskins of podcasting.] The dream -- or nightmare -- of a fluky playoff run is dead, and Jamie and Matt speculate on what might be next. Then, some light, spoiler-free discussion of The Mandalorian, a weirdly deep-dive into things The Ringer is good at, and some other general chatter.
Matt and Jamie wrestle with a genuinely good performance by the Redskins and have difficulty remembering how to process positivity. Then, some light Mandalorian talk, discussion of Jamie's "400 Best Songs of the 2010s For Real," and Matt gets positively effusive about HBO's Watchmen. Check out Jamie's Best Songs playlist here.
Jamie and Matt discuss the hapless Redskins, if they would root for a hypothetical D.C. AFC team, the curse of the Redskins defensive backfield, Tua and the draft, and then (30:30) pivot to a spoilery discussion about The Mandalorian.
Jamie and Matt contrast the euphoria of the Nationals World Series win with the sheer mindless tedium of Redskins fandom and reach the startling conclusion that winning teams are easier to root for. Also, some technical glitches plague the last few seconds of the podcast and deprive Jamie of his usual final words, but honestly, by this point in a lost season, who really cares?
It's a return to the classic "technical difficulties" of our early days! As Jamie journeys northward to the World Series, he and Matt try to discuss the damp squib of a Thursday Night Football game, ask just what it is the Redskins think they're accomplishing, complain about Dan Snyder, celebrate the Nats, plot a triumphant return for Zubaz clothes, and then get cut off pretty abruptly.
Jamie and Matt have a desultory conversation about a mediocre game played in dreary weather in a horrible stadium by a rudderless team. Then they brighten up a bit to talk about the World Series, Watchmen, Paul Rudd's new Netflix show, and also of other, much more interesting topics.
Matt really explores the depth of his irritation with the Redskins franchise, Adrian Peterson, Bruce Allen, and even Michael Lombardi. Jamie, meanwhile, maintains a healthy cynical detachment. Neither one actually watched the game this week.
Now that the inevitable has come to pass, Jamie and Matt discuss what this means for the Redskins moving forward, if anything will change for the better (probably not!), who the head coach should be, and more. Then they try to reconstruct Jay Gruden's last game as head coach, which neither of them bothered to watch. Finally, they introduce the new segment Jamie and Matt's Spirits Corner and discuss Tullamore Dew's inexplicable ad campaign and reminisce about schnapps of their youth.
Jamie and Matt go in sad little circles about how the move to Dwayne Haskins was handled about as badly as possible and then finish with a looooooong detour into the Mr. Irrelevant Pop Culture Hour, covering classic rock, Yesterday (the movie), Glimpses (a book), Built to Spill, Sturgill Simpson, an improbable amount about blink-182, and lots more.
To discuss a truly awful Monday night game, Jamie and Matt compare Skins coaches to MNF broadcasters, lay out what could happen this week to make them even slightly optimistic on Sunday, and try to remember the correct term for emotional support dogs.
Jamie and Matt react to a loss in the home opener in their usual calm, rational manner, asking not just IF coaches should be fired, but which ones and how soon it can happen. We do keep relatively on-topic this week, but also ask: Why has Jay Gruden declared war on Adrian Peterson? What is the point of Dean Blandino? Is this team even worth watching? And more, probably.
Jamie and Matt put a bow on this year's Redskins preseason. One of them is cancelling DirecTV and planning fall weekends out with his family while the other is as optimistic as he's been in eight years--and you may be surprised by which one is which! (I mean, you won't be now that we've put that thought in your head. But you would've been otherwise!)
Jamie and Matt stay remarkably on topic for the first half of the episode, although the topic is unfortunately a dull-as-hell preseason football game. Then they go on for even longer about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (with spoilers), the value of good curation, and a bunch of other stuff. Then they talk about Colt McCoy and fantasy football.
Jamie and Matt look at the first preseason game of 2019, wonder if maybe the starters should play more, continue Preseason HoF watch, admire Jimmy F’in Moreland, and move away from the Skins to discuss Quentin Tarantino, Euphoria, and the sad news about David Berman.
Jamie and Matt return from a long hiatus with an actual plan! Thy talk about Redskins training camp, identify potential Preseason Hall of Fame candidates, acknowledge that D.C has a basketball team, look back in sadness at Game of Thrones, and, genuinely, much more stuff.
Jamie and Matt must’ve taken their Ritalin today, as they actual stay more or less on-task, assuming that the task includes talking about Game of Thrones (including speculative SPOILERS) and Avengers: Endgame in addition to Washington’s surprisingly successful first round of the NFL Draft.
Jamie and Matt provide their traditional level of deep football analysis on the upcoming NFL Draft, which is to say that they mostly seem aware that football players are a thing that exists. Also discussed: JP Finlay, the constant encroachment of geek culture, more JP Finlay, and a hypothetical upcoming future episode of this very podcast.
Jaime and Matt hold another EMERGENCY pod to catch up on stuff that happened, like, weeks ago. Hey, they’re busy guys. Life gets in the way. You pay for what you get with this thing. Also, soothing background rain noises!
In which Jamie and Matt touch on a variety of D.C. sports topics and find very little to look forward to in that world. Also discussed: Disney trips with older kids, the emotional toll of Pixar movies, minor league football, and more.
Like the end of Rogue One, Jamie and Matt attempt to extract a vague promise of hope out of this hallway massacre of a season. Like the end of the making of Rogue One, that hope proves to be pretty tenuous and based almost entirely on special effects and self-delusion.
Matt and Jamie get together for the most perfunctory postgame conversation ever recorded. This content is snack-sized and can be listened to in its entirety during halftime of a Christmas Day NBA game.
Matt is miserable about a 16-13 win, while Jamie still has joy in his heart and light in his eyes. It’s like a Hallmark Channel holiday movie, except that Matt stays grouchy right through till the very end.
Jamie and Matt yet again get a little punchy this week. Rather than breaking down the latest stupid game, they spend most of the time talking about who to fire, when to fire them, what former players should replace those people, and if anything will ever improve ever. It is more cheerful than all of that sounds.
Jamie and Matt get punchy over a win, read Tress Way’s Wikipedia page, study tweets about Dean Blandino, and try to come to terms with a world in which the Redskins are still in first place in the NFC East.
The audio itself sounds cleaner this week, but technical difficulties do still plague the recording. Meanwhile, Jamie is enthused about the win while Matt is inexplicably cranky about a game he barely watched.