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The Jonah Keri Podcast, Episode 36 (Part 1)

12 April 2011

Today’s guest is three-peating podcast guest Dave Dameshek of NFL.com. Follow him on Twitter @Dameshek.

The topics we cover in Part 1:

  • 0:31-5:22: Fame, fortune, and beauty queens
  • 5:23-14:36: Our NHL preview starts with the upcoming Penguins-Lightning series (with a tangent comparing Dice-K to terrible goalies)
  • 14:37-23:47: Habs-Bruins and wearing a visiting team’s jersey
  • 23:48-29:30: Impressions!
  • 29:31-34:37: The new Dameshek podcast coming to NFL.com, and a discussion of television reunions
  • 34:38-42:43: Back to Habs-Bruins, goons, and rooting for a pathetic team
  • 42:44-44:12: Aside about the Rays-Red Sox game featuring Jonah Keri Podcast alumnus Sam Fuld
  • 44:13-46:08: Resuming Habs-Bruins one more time
  • 46:09-49:59: Sabres-Flyers
  • 50:00-end: Rangers-Capitals, and the playoff structure of the NHL, March Madness, and MLB

Stay tuned for Part 2 on Wednesday.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 13 April 2011 12:08 pm

    Love the podcast. Just wanted to point out that Butler won the Horizon league title, to automatically qualify for this years tournament. So at least one of the teams in the finals earned it’s way into the tournament.

    • 13 April 2011 12:11 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked it!

      And yes, Butler certainly earned its way in. My point is a little different than Dave’s — less beef with who gets in per se than with top teams not gaining a big enough edge (I feel even more strongly about this re: baseball, and just wrote a piece about it that should hopefully be up at FanGraphs later today).

  2. akno21 permalink
    14 April 2011 1:26 am

    I know this will never happen, because all leagues seem to trend toward more divisions and not fewer, but couldn’t baseball salvage much of its playoff system simply by reverting to 2 divisions per league and thus going to 2 wild cards per league? This would, except in the rarest of cases, eliminate the possibility of an 83-win team (i.e. the ’06 Cards) making the postseason by winning a smaller, weak division; give the Rays/Jays/O’s a fighting chance at October; and still maintain divisions for rivalry/scheduling purposes. This doesn’t address your reward-the-deserving point from the FanGraphs article, but it at least increases the chances a 100-win team will lose to a 93-win team instead of an 83-win one.

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