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.

Tune in for more episodes of The Drop Zone in the future. Theme music courtesy of http://www.bensound.com/

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.

Tune in for more episodes of The Drop Zone in the future. Theme music courtesy of http://www.bensound.com/

House Podcast: Blatter steps down?

sppodsmOn this new emergency episode of the House Podcast, Galen is joined by Dr. Zimmerman of Auburn University. We talk about the surprise resignation announcement of Sepp Blatter on Tuesday, and what could have set the chain of events into motion to cause such an abrupt about-face for the self-proclaimed “President of Everyone”. Lots of discussion ensues about the structure of FIFA, the possibility of reform, and what form that reform might end up taking.

House Podcast: FIFA, FIFA, FIFA

sppodsmOn this special edition of the House Podcast, we take a close look at the US Justice Department’s indictments against key FIFA personnel. We also discuss the structure of CONCACAF and FIFA, the history of those organizations, and the implications of Sepp Blatter’s re-election by the FIFA Congress. Questions are taken from listeners, and then we wrap things up by discussing what steps could be taken to reorganize global football.

House Podcast: Online Discourse, Journalism, and Disinhibition

sppodsmOn this episode of the House Podcast, GC is joined by Dr. Brian Moritz of SUNY Oswego, as we discuss some recent occurrences in the world of online interaction as it relates to sports. The fallout from the Jameis Winston investigation, Michelle Beadle, Curt Schilling, and anonymity all take center stage, as we discuss the parameters of social media in relation to both celebrities and journalists, and whether the old rules of journalism as they relate to interaction with people have completely changed.