THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN // HAVE THE THUNDER REGAINED THEIR MOJO?
Thursday night featured a NFL showdown in St. Louis, but was it really a showdown? Maybe call it the field goal showdown? That's right a game which featured no touchdowns and only field goals can't be called a showdown. The Cardinals defeated the Rams 12-6 and moved to 11-3 on the year. However it was not all good news for the Cards. Drew Stanton, how ad been filling in for injured QB Carson Palmer went down with a knee injury and it is unclear how long he will be out. DA also thinks it is unclear if Arizona can win a playoff game. He explains why in the Cold Open. // The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the LeBron-less Cavs Thursday night in Oklahoma City winning their 4th straight game. After starting the season with both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the bench due to injury, the season didn't look great for the Thunder who looked like a D-League team early on. While DA has concerns with Scott Brooks as their head coach, he thinks the Thunder are ready to make their move.
12 DA'S STEVE IN AKRON INTRODUCES THE HOLDSNAPPER // BROCK AND MRAZ SEND A CHRISTMAS WISH
Steve in Akron called the show back in March and gave us his pitch for what he called the "holdsnapper" and you will never believe what he actually tried to pitch to DA. Steve also can take credit for giving us one of the most famous drops we play on the show and that says a lot considering we play a lot of them. Steve in Akron is a classic number 4 of the 12 DA'S. // As many of our loyal listeners know DA, Mraz and Brock ave their "Permission Granted Podcast" they do off the air. In this edition of the podcast Brock and Mraz send a Christmas wish. Yet its not as heartwarming as others. A Christmas "argument" between Brock and Mraz headline this edition of the podcast.
CHAMP AND CHUMP // ORLANDO SCANDRICK GOES ALL IN PLAYING MADDEN
DA’s champ is Kobe Bryant. He got in his teammates faces and was screaming at them and the GM about how soft and garbage they were. DA’s chump is the person who gave Troy Aikman pecans as a gift that he later re-gifted. Who gives Troy Aikman Pecans for Christmas? // Orlando Scandrick of the Dallas Cowboys went to visit children in a hospital and ended up playing a boy in Madden. While most people would go easy Scandrick played to win. He did not hold back although it was just for fun, DA and Mraz discuss.
NICKS WRIGHT AND DA DISCUSS JADEVEON CLOWNEY // TARGET DEMO FRIDAY
Nick Wright of CBS Sports Radio and Sports Radio 610 in Houston joined DA to discuss the status of injured Texans rookie Jadeveon Clowney. Microfracture surgery is tough to come back from but Nick says that people should really be apologizing and explains why. Nicks also explains how the Texans knew this could be a possibility. // As per every Friday, it is a Target Demo Friday. Because we keep such odd hours here on the Mothership, D.A. wants to know where you are and what you are doing. This is always one of our favorite segments on the show, we get to play some extended Parliament Funk along with some Mac Miller.
GARY ANDERSON LEAVES WISCONSIN FOR OREGON SATE // KNICKS ARE IMPLODING
Gary Anderson who was Wisconsin's head coach for the past two years, has decided to leave the program and become the new head coach of Oregon State. He apparently left for "family" reasons and "greener pastures" but are the pastures at Oregon State really greener? With Wisconsin history of being a great program and fantastic fan support, it certainly raises some eyebrows as to why he left. DA makes some very interesting points regarding Anderson's departure and breaks it all down in the Cold Open. // The New York Knicks over the past year have made a number of what they call "cultural changes" by hiring Phil Jackson as an executive to run the team. Under Phil Jackson the Knicks have re-signed Carmelo Anthony and hired first time head coach Derek Fisher. They also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymnd Felton to Dallas. Through the first 20 games of the season the Knicks have a 4-20 record and are third worst in a terrible Eastern Conference. There have been reports that there is a lot of tur
CHAMP AND CHUMP // 12 DA'S VALENTINES DAY GONE WRONG
DA’s champs are the Warriors, they won again moving them to 19-2 on the year. They are the polar opposite of what the Knicks are and he explains specifically why. DA’s chump is Roger Goodell. A report came out of transcripts from the Rice hearings showing how much of a joke and buffoon he is. // Kenny Brock's disastrous Valentines day checks in at number 5. When Brock was in high school he was dating his basketball coach's daughter and one Valentines Day they end up alone in her house thinking they have a few hours to hang out. Lets just say it went terribly wrong. It's funny to laugh at when it's not you.
Kenny Brock formerly on the "wheels of steel" had to endure two years of Mraz. Despite their good friendship over the years, Brock would always complain about the smells that came with working right next to Mraz. Billy Giacalone, the go to fill-in on the "wheels of steel" surprisingly can't smell one thing that comes from Mraz. Perhaps this is a team that was meant to be. DA, Mraz and Billy break it down plus we dive into an epic Mraz and Billy comparison. // A report came out of transcripts from the Rice hearings showing how much of a joke Roger Godell is. As if we need to add more nonsense to this Ray Rice saga. Wait till you hear what the NFL had to say about what happend to Janay Rice. It's such a joke, DA gives you his take on this complete mess.
BROWNS NAME MANZIEL STARTER // JON LESTER SIGNS WITH CUBS
The Browns have named Johnny Manziel their starting quarterback for Sunday when they take on the Bengals. DA explains in the Cold Open why this is the right choice for Cleveland going forward. After losing to the Colts 25-24 last Sunday, the Browns have a very small chance of making the playoffs. DA breaks down how going with Manziel can result in a win-win for Cleveland. // Late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning new broke that free agent pitcher, Jon Lester has agreed to sign a 6-year/$155M deal with the Chicago Cubs. DA breaks down the move and gives his take on what it means or the Cubs going forward. He also explains why just because the Cubs signed him to be at the top of the rotation, doesn't mean he is an ace. DA also explains why Cubs GM Theo Epstein might reach baseball royalty one day.
DA's champs are Chicago Baseball fans. Both the Cubs and White Sox are having great winters. Should be an exciting Summer in Chi Town. DA’s chumps are the 49'ers. Heading into Seattle Sunday they are double digit underdogs for the 1st time in the Harbaugh era. // Number 6 of the 12 DA's come in from "Bruce on the Roof" who called in back in September. While most callers typically call in from their homes or sometimes a car phone, Bruce was ust hanging out one night on his moms roof. Bruce decided to give DA a call while hanging out on the roof with his dog who was named after the most random athlete you could think of. Bruce's call has Mraz hysterically laughing after and it all makes a great show moment that is absolutely worth reliving.
JADEVEON CLOWNEY COULD END UP THE WRONG PICK FOR THE TEXANS // MAGIC JOHNSON HOPES LAKERS CONTINUE TO LOSE
Jadeveon Clowney will undergo, microfracture surgery and with the recovery time being 9 months, this will end his rookie season with just 4 games played, and only 2 starts. Clowney who was picked #1 in last years NFL draft might end up becoming the wrong pick for the Texans. History shows a surgery of this magnitude is tough to recover from. DA breaks down this incredibly sad story, and what it can mean going forward. // DA breaks down what Magic Johnson said Tuesday that he hopes the Los Angeles Lakers continue to lose games. Magic explains that it's better to be really bad and be able to rebuild than be in the middle of the pack where you will make the playoffs only to get bounced in the first round and not be in the draft lottery. Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott were angry at Magic's comments, but DA explains why Magic wasn't in the wrong by saying what he said.
PACKERS DEFEAT FALCONS // THE BIG 12 DOES'NT GET IT
The Packers took care of business Monday night beating the Falcons at home 43-37 yet made it harder than it had to be. Green Bay had a convincing 31-7 lead at halftime only to let Atlanta back in it. The Harry Douglass touchdown late in the 4th brought Atlanta to within six but it wasn't enough. DA breaks down in the Cold Open why the Packers can't make wins that difficult. // DA, when discussing what has gone on with the Big 12, explains that the Big 12 needs to make up their mind. He says that the Big 12 needs to add teams or just ask for a waiver because they need to figure out what they want to be, clearly they don’t know that to this point.
CHAMP AND CHUMP // 12 DA'S KENNY MEETS THE POOH BEAR
DA's champ is champs are Oakland A's fans. They have been asked to do the impossible, be loyal even though Billy Beane is breaking up the team. DA's chump is Marvin Lewis. He called Johnny Manziel a midget on the radio Monday. What is going through his mind saying that? // During Super Bowl week of this year Mraz had to room with Brock for the whole week. Of the many "Odd Couple" moments, Kenny gets introduced to what Mraz calls "The Pooh Bear" one of DA's favorite moments on the show in the past two years.
BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS UNDERWAY // PARTY FOUL ON THE ROYAL COUPLE?
The baseball winter meetings are underway and a big trade took place on Monday. The White Sox traded for Jeff Samardzija and signed David Robertson. With the NFL season inching closer to the postseason and the NBA and NHL seasons well underway, does anyone care about hot stove baseball right now? DA discusses with Mraz. // Monday night in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY the Nets took the floor to ply the Cavaliers. However the spotlight was on more than just the game. The Royal Couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton had long plans to attend their first NBA game. With all the hype surrounding their arrival they don't show up to their sets until the third quarter, so was this a party foul? A fiery moment between DA, Mraz and Schwartz as they discuss.
The play by play voice for College Football on CBS joined DA to give his reaction to the College Football Playoff rankings. He believes Baylor and TCU dropped the ball by not scheduling tough enough out of conference opponents and that hurt them.
The Dolphins playoff hopes came to a crashing hault. Not officially, but in all reality with their loss to the Ravens. The loss was an all too familiar one compared to others under the Joe Philbin era. This loss also had players openly yelling at Philbin on the sidelines. You have to ask if the end is near for this regime in Miami? // The Epic Fail today was another classic caller that had way too much to drink before calling in. Jason in Washington State asked for permisison to board a minute into his call and at one point may have been confused as to thinking he was talking to Mraz and not DA. Either way it made for another classic Epic Fail.
Patriots Keep the Good Times Rolling // TCU's Exclusion for the College Football Playoff Makes No Sense
The Patriots fought for a tough road win in San Diego Sunday Night. They played good defense, and got the big play when they needed it. This game ended a tough stretch for the Patriots where they showed how good a team they will be next month. // How did TCU get dropped from 3rd to 6th in the playoff rankings after dismantling Iowa State? DA asks what the rationale is with that. The BIG 12 offices should be embarrassed that they could not decide on one champion, and it hurt them.
Champ and Chump // 12 DA's Mraz has his Manhood taken away in Weinership Challenge Loss
DA's champ on the night is Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers runningback was once again a work horse, helping set the table for a huge divisional win for the Steelers. Pittsburgh is going to a be a real scary matchup for a team in the playoffs with the way they can throw it and with Bell on the ground. DA's chumps are the Saints. Their loss at home to Carolina was one of the most pathetic performances by a team all season. They now have let the Carolina Panthers, who have just four wins, back in the mix for the NFC South championship. // This 12 DA takes us all the way back to July. Mraz was looking to defend his Weinership Challenge championship. Eric "Badlands Booker, a real competitive eater, stepped into the Mothership and destroyed Mraz in the contest. This prompted Mraz to get into an extra sensitive defensive.