A confession.

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been dieting. I’m pretty pleased with the results so far. I’m down 35 pounds from my heaviest of 272.

Yes, I want to look good in my wedding pictures. I also would like to, you know, live longer and when I’m living the high life in my doomsday bunker, you’ll all be jealous. Or long since vaporized. Whichever.

There is one thing that could derail everything and it’s this:


Yup. It’s these little bastards. Dr. Fiance came home with a bag of these from a farmer’s market today (A FARMER’S MARKET.) and I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten half the bag. I’m certain that if you put a 35-pound pile of chocolate covered pretzels in front of me, I’m making it my life’s goal to eat that pile in under an hour or die trying.

Damn you, chocolate covered pretzels, being all delicious and wonderful.

The NBA should just call it “the last 20 games of the season”

The fact that the NBA refers to the part of their regular season after their all-star break as “the second half” is absurd.

This season, teams had already played 58 or 59 games of their 82-game season. That is at least 70 percent of their schedule. They just need to call it what it is: “the last 20 games of the season.”

Oh wait, they want you to forget about the almost 35 games they play before Christmas. That’s if you’re even paying attention. Who would be? The NFL’s in full swing. Baseball is playing the World Series during this time. And, of course, how can I forget about the juggernaut that is Major League Soccer? People only start watching the NBA on Christmas Day, when The Association takes over ABC and ESPN with five games. By the time tip-off happens, you’re so sick of A Christmas Story and White Christmas, you need something to break up the monotony of curdling egg nog, Mr. Cookie, and the dog choking on glittery ribbons. You’re also too drunk on ham and deviled eggs to realize that they’ve played 35 games by the time they get to Christmas.

No, I’m absolutely not describing my own Christmas. Why do you ask?

Anyway, here to discuss the second half of the NBA season is Cal “GameFace” Lee. Cal co-hosts The Baseline NBA Podcast with Warren Shaw and is one of my favorites from the Maximus & The Bartender days.

A two-fer. A double dip.

There’s really no other way around this, but I might as well be up front about it. This is what I want to do with this podcast. I want to do talk sports and also talk about things that I want to do and things going on in my life and maybe your life, too. The best part is that I’ve found a way to be able to do that and still not have to spend 88 hours putting something together.

With that, here’s two episodes in one weekend. The first one is just a general, “me on a soapbox complaining about nothing important” kind of episode. The second episode is all about baseball and the excitement (cough) that was their off-season. I talk to Ian Casselberry, who Craig and I would always turn to for baseball news of import. Ian’s got a podcast called The Amusement Park Podcast, which is all about pop culture. Look for more to come from Ian, too.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoy doing it. Thanks for listening.