Spin Cycle Podcast – Colin And Sow Discuss The Best Movie Songs Of All Time

Will ‘Tiny Dancer’ make it into the discussion?

In part two of the podcast, Josh and I discuss the best use of music in movie history. We’ll get into more specifics in the podcast, but basically we’re looking for songs that have been used in movies that fit the scene so perfectly that no other song could be substituted.

It’s a lengthy discussion and I’d be glad to hear your opinions. As always download/listen below or in iTunes by clicking here. Enjoy.

Spin Cycle Podcast – 7/31/12

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Spin Cycle Podcast – Colin Talks With Sow About The First Half Of The MLB Season

Andrew McCutchen leads the list of NL MVP candidates for the first half.

Guess who’s back! I know it’s been a while, but Sow and I are back on the podcast to discuss the first half of the baseball season. We talk about players and teams to watch, and Sow tells us which teams are truly in the playoff hunt and which ones will be an afterthought come September.

Sow also implored me to “tease” part two of this podcast in which we discuss the greatest movie songs of all time. That will be up tomorrow, so prepare yourself. In the meantime, listen to this one. As always you can download/listen below or in iTunes by clicking here. Enjoy.

Spin Cycle Podcast – 7/30/12

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The Brian Scalabrine Sweepstakes: The Least Coveted NBA Free Agents Of 2012

The NBA free agency period began only a couple of weeks ago, but already we’ve seen huge names like Deron Williams and Steve Nash find homes. Even B-List free agents like Gerald Wallace and Jamal Crawford have been signed, so you may be asking yourself, “who is even left for my favorite team to pick up?”

The answer is simple: anybody but these guys.

These are the players that are flying under the radar—for a good reason. They’re the safety valve, the guys that you only sign because a) there’s nobody else available, or b) they’re the only guys you can afford. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the list of the least desirable free agents of 2012.

Eduardo Najera – Once one of the most valued “energy guys” in the NBA, the native Mexican is now 35 and has presumably run out of gas. He averaged 2.6 points and 12.3 minutes per game last season for the worst team in the history of the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats, so it would appear that not even six shots of 5 Hour Energy can help him now.



Brian Scalabrine – A full 6’9″ of redheaded glory, Scalabrine has managed to make quite a career for himself despite never averaging more than six points per game. The 34-year-old has played for the Nets, Celtics, and Bulls, but his production has significantly dwindled over the years (unless you count congratulatory ass-smacks as a statistic). Last year Scalabrine averaged 1.1 point(s) per game in 4.4 minutes for the Chicago Bulls. No matter where he signs, he’ll undoubtedly continue to be the subject of more memes than any player in the NBA.

Eddy Curry – When teams talking about bringing in a player with championship experience to help be a leader in the locker room, they’re usually not talking about a guy who has played in 24 games in four years. The good news is you can probably get him for slightly less than the $60 million the New York Knicks paid for him in 2005.


Daniel Orton – The 6’10” 21-year-old made history when he became the fifth Kentucky Wildcat selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft. After splitting time between the D-League and the inactive list for the entire 2010-11 season, Orton underwhelmed in his rookie campaign last season, averaging 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 16 games for the Orlando Magic. While Orton has yet to perform, he’s so big and young that somebody will end up over-paying for him this offseason. Is Isiah Thomas still running a team? (see above)

Xavier Silas – You know nobody wants you when ESPN can’t even find the resources to get a picture of you up on their website.



So get familiar with these names. These are the guys you’ll be seeing crawl across the bottom of the screen when you’re watching NBATV three days before the 2012-13 season begins. And if you get excited when you see one of these players has signed with your team, you’re in for a very long season.

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Miami’s QB Situation: Start Ryan Tannehill…And Stick With Him

When it came to addressing their quarterback need this off-season, the Miami Dolphins had plans to eat at a 5-star motherf**king steakhouse: at one point, they were the presumptive front-runners in the closely-watched Peyton Manning Sweepstakes. But, as we all know, Manning decided to take his aging-but-still-relatively-premium talents elsewhere (apparently because of his strong aversion to bath salt-induced cannibal face attacks).

As a backup, the Dolphins went down the block and considered trying that “new place everyone’s been talking about”. AND they totally air-balled on nabbing highly-touted free agent Matt Flynn.

The Dolphins are now stuck at a desolate, depressing I-95 exit choosing between McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Arby’s, as they currently have an intriguing-because-its-so-dismal 3-way position battle between David Garrard, Matt Moore, and rookie Ryan Tannehill.

However, chin up DOLFANS: if you analyze the situation carefully enough, you will see that an answer floats to the surface of these murky backfield waters:


It makes sense. Follow me here.

Yes, the early reports are grim: Tannehill’s not picking up the offense, he’s not reading coverages, he’s not adjusting to the speed of professional football, etc., etc. But if he sucks balls and completely harfs the 2012 campaign (well, hopefully to the tune of worse than 6-10 so they can avoid the sort of talent drop-off that landed them Tannehill in the first place), the Dolphins will be well-positioned in next year’s draft. And if you’re an NFL team, don’t you want to win big or lose and lose badly so that you can rebuild your team through the draft (Ahem, the Indianapolis Colts)?

You can also rebuild through free agency, but need I remind you again how that went for the Dolphins this year? And in general, free agency is expensive, and the marketplace isn’t without its risks, given that you’re competing with other teams (who may or may not have bigger wallets than you do) and usually dealing with players who are getting older in a physically rigorous sport (which of course negatively impacts the probability of a player repeating a certain level of performance year in and year out).

And there’s the high-end possibility that Tannehill actually turns out to be a good NFL quarterback. But then again he has NEVER PLAYED IN AN ACTUAL NFL GAME. So as of right now, we just can’t, with any degree of certainty, say what his floor/ceiling is.

However, we DO know what David Garrard and Matt Moore are capable of. And it ain’t much. But it is slightly more than absolutely reprehensible. What Garrard and Moore give you is that tantalizing and painful brand of wheel-spinning serviceable mediocrity that gets a franchise nowhere fast. Yes, Tannehill could turn in the same product at the end of the day, but the unknowns and variables when it comes to where he could take (or severely not take) the team make him the far more appealing strategic option.

I’m sure this situation will remain a story and headline over the next few months, and the Dolphins will ultimately make the wrong decision. And the reasoning will be that since the strength of Miami’s offense is going to be their rushing attack, all they need is an experienced quarterback behind center who’s not going to make too many mistakes, right? Mind you that rushing attack is lead by the questionably durable Reggie Bush, who just last season (his 6th season) finally (and barely) cleared 1,000 yards on the ground and two unproven youngsters in Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. I’d use “strength” loosely.

Ay dios mio, Miami. At least you have the Heat.

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Michael Jordan ‘Pretty Sure’ Anthony Davis Will Still Be Available At Number Two

The Charlotte Bobcats just suffered through the worst season in NBA history, but management is confident that their fortunes will turn at tonight’s NBA draft.

Bobcats majority owner and head of basketball operations Michael Jordan announced Thursday that his sources are telling him that Anthony Davis, arguably the best prospect in the draft, will be available when the Bobcats make their selection at number two.

“We know he’s a project,” Jordan said, “but there’s just something about this kid that we really like.”

Jordan, who has been widely criticized for his decision-making as an executive, says that he is fully committed to taking Davis with the second overall pick in the draft. This despite the fact that Davis has been considered the consensus number one pick since his first game at the University of Kentucky last season.

When asked what he would do if Davis is selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the first pick in the draft, Jordan criticized the media for their lack of knowledge of the situation.

“You guys think you know what’s going on, but you’ve never played the game,” said Jordan, “I have reliable sources that have been with me since day one, and I think my track record speaks for itself.”

When asked if he had a backup plan if Davis is off the board by the time he picks, Jordan was equally defensive.

“Backup plans are for losers,” said Jordan, “I have six rings. You do the math.”

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