This time around we tackle the atmosphere in professional sports. Michael Sam has come out, but isn't welcomed because of his sexual orientation. But you can beat your wife, accused of sexual harassment and other crimes, but because you love the wrong person you aren't welcomed? This is on top of the bullying issue that has come out of Miami. Both Tyler and Pops were vehemently against the United States going to Sochi. However, as we reach the halfway point they look at it again. And the Cleveland Clowns keep giving us fodder to make fun of them as they continue to fire everyone.
This week it's back to Purdue. National Signing Day has come and gone and completed year one for new coach Darrell Hazell. What does the class look like and what does it mean for year two at Ross Ade? And for basketball, Purdue continues to struggle. Should the heat be turned up on the ball coach? How high? It does end with an unusual event in NBA, that even Pops has never seen.
This week, Purdue Basketball continues to struggle. Free throws and poor 3 point shooting, among a bevy of other issues, sink this team. Is Painter's seat getting warm? The Pacers made a great pick up by signing Andrew Bynum, what do they expect? There's also more coach hirings that are going to be criticized, which more Cleveland pot shots. But the biggest story comes out of Northwestern. The players are trying to unionize and really change the face of college sports. Are college athletes closer to getting paid?
This week we start with Purdue, as the whole world sympathizes the tragic events that happened on the West Lafayette campus. The Winter Olympics are getting started, and unfortunately surrounded with similar headlines that have athletes and families worried about safety. And new this week is the headlines, we traverse things that have gone on in the sports world; including Richard Sherman, the changes to the extra point, the 'All-Star' game issues with the NFL and NBA and we talk tennis with the upset in the Australian Open.
It's Purdue and the AFC Championship. The basketball team continues to be maddeningly inconsistent. And they soon will be in the tougher part of the B1G schedule. What can they do? In the NFL it's the dream match up in the AFC. It's the legacy game between the Patriots and the Broncos, Peyton versus Brady. Does it mean anything, especially with it just being amazing that New England was able to get to this game.
It's a big one this week. Andrew Luck played the best half of his career and led one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history. That pretty much trumped the BCS Title, which was a solid game in itself. And of those two games, did someone win it or did the other team lose it? There are new ball coaches all over the place as well, most of them don't make a lot of sense.
We go back to our roots as we take a look at the NBA landscape. One of the founders is back to give his opinion of Derrick Rose before it expands to the rest of the league. There are some interesting trade scenarios and the West remains very tough. How far could the Clippers slide back with an injured Chris Paul. Is Portland for real? And for the East, is there even a decent 3 seed this year? It's mostly a whole lot of suck. It ultimately come down to the Pacers and Heat, and so does the MVP race.
It's all about coaching. Some long tenured coaches have lost their jobs in the NCAA ranks, and some big time jobs have been hard to fill. And for the NFL, you don't have really be qualified. It's all about who you know, not so much what you know. Maybe there are even a few mentions about loyalty to some successful Purdue coaches. Warning, there may be some pop shots about the poorly run Cleveland Browns' franchise.
We start with Purdue as the Boilermakers opened up B1G play with Ohio State. They've only played two quality opponents and lost, and have struggled to put together full games as well. A. J. Hammons went off, but they still couldn't pull it out. What does it mean for Painter's squad? Are they a tournament team? The Colts won the AFC South and finished the season strong, can they beat the Kansas City Chiefs again. It's a match up that looks tough. And of course there's the rest of the AFC landscape and the final BCS bowls and National Championship.
We are leaving Purdue mostly behind to talk Pacers and Heat and the BCS. However, they do start with the football announcements as some big boys will be coming to Ross Ade stadium. But it's mostly about the future Eastern Conference Finals match up. Are the Pacers the next Thunder? LeBron James' legacy is up for debate as well among some huge Michael Jordan fans. There's also the touchy topic of Jordan's competition versus LeBron's. And it finishes up with the last of the bowls of 2014.