The Drop Zone E5 – September Reset

dropzoneThe Premier League season is six games old, and we take the time to evaluate what we’ve seen so far. We talk about City’s impressive start, United’s problems, and the title contention chances of Spurs, Liverpool, and Arsenal. We also talk about the teams that seem the most imperiled, and discuss the destiny of Leicester City.

Cosmic America 2: The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society

cosmicIt’s Episode 2 of Cosmic America, and we take the opportunity to step back in time to late 1968, for The Kinks’ classic (yet largely forgotten) The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society. We share our favorite songs, talk about the positives and challenges of the album, and try to set the historical context.

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Cosmic America E1: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs

cosmicOn this inaugural edition of Cosmic America, we break down a rock and roll classic steeped in the kind of rock mythology that most artists and albums could only dream of. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, by the Eric Clapton-led Derek & The Dominoes, gets the full breakdown treatment, as we talk about the stories behind some of the songs and the recording process for the album. We pick our favorite songs from the album, talk about the most underrated songs on the album, and discuss whether the flow of the album ends up working.


The Drop Zone E4 – Premier League preview


dropzoneAfter an extended summer break, the boys are back with a new episode of The Drop Zone! In the magic hour of the 2016/17 campaign, we talk about several important issues, including:

  • Who’s getting sacked first?
  • Whither Leicester?
  • Which of the two Manchester clubs is going to win the league?
  • Which two world-class managers are most likely to miss out on Champions League play this season?
  • What teams will finish in the top four?
  • Is there a big surprise in store for the league this season?
  • Which teams are destined for the actual drop zone?

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SportsPolitik Soccer – Brexit Copa Euro

spspOn this edition of the SPSP, we get some honest-to-goodness political talk in as we chat about the Brexit, specifically talking about the potential issues for the EPL and English soccer in general. We also chat about USA-Argentina, the inherent flaws in the US national team setup, and the prospects of the third place game. Finally, we talk about the Euro knockout stages, and share our predictions for the bracket.

The Drop Zone E3 – Euro and Copa Update

dropzoneZach and Galen chat about the ongoing travails of Euro 2016, focusing on the surprises from the group stage and the troubles that certain teams (Austria, England, Sweden, Germany) have had so far in the tournament. What has worked and what hasn’t, and why?

The guys also delve into a robust conversation about the tactical setup of the USA going into tonight’s semifinal versus Argentina. What’s your lineup and formation for the game?

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SportsPolitik Soccer – Copa America update

spspOn SportsPolitik Soccer, we talk about the disaster of organization that the Copa America has been so far. Lee tries to rectify the situation by playing Uruguay’s anthem on the podcast, which was a touching gesture. We then move on to the disappointing USA loss to Colombia, and end up trying to break down the problems with both the roster and Klinsmann’s approach to it, while also pointing out that most of the anti-Klinsmann talk is missing the real issues with the team.

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The Drop Zone E2 – The North

dropzoneOn this episode of The Drop Zone, Zach and Galen break down the huge transitions going on at the three stalwarts of the Premier League’s north. Manchester City’s long-term future under Pep Guardiola appears potentially bright, but the short-term is filled with questions, thanks to the odd approach to team-building the club has taken the last few years. Manchester United appears ready to try and make a splash, but Jose Mourinho’s first season could be strewn with potholes as he tries to overhaul a roster that has been stuck in neutral. Can he overcome his past tendencies and trust his squad’s young stars? As for Liverpool, things went mostly right for Jurgen Klopp during his partial season on the touchline, but questions linger about defensive personnel and champion mentality. With no European competition to distract the squad in 2016-17, can Liverpool better their second place finish from a few years ago?

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SportsPolitik Soccer – Euro 2016 Preview

Lee and Galen break down the Euro 2016 field on the SPSP, including chats about A) Lee’s obsessive possessiveness about Iceland, B) Galen’s misgivings about Italy, C) France’s burgeoning talent reservoir, D) the unevenness of many of the groups, and E) the possibility that England might actually achieve something of note this year. We also give our picks for the tournament (which were eerily similar) and talk about some of the things we’re most looking forward to.

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The Drop Zone E1 – London Calling

On this first episode of The Drop Zone, Zach and Galen tackle the post-mortems on the three big London teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur. They chat about the strange reality that Arsenal suddenly exist in, and ponder whether Wenger stands ready to usher the team into a new and uncertain moneyed era of the Premier League. For Chelsea, the questions focus on “Why Conte?” and “Why Terry?”, not to mention a question mark or two surrounding the overall problems the Blues faced on the field. For Spurs, it’s all about whether or not this team is here to stay, and what they need to do to ensure they stay.

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