Jacob, Ryan and Josh recap a crazy week three in the NFL where the Browns picked up their first win in over 600 days, the Titans picked up a nice third win of the season and the Patriots lost to the Lions. Jacob and Ryan give out their weekly awards and their ‘must watch games’ for week four.
In their first podcast back from summer break, the guys dissect the AFC. Ryan and Jacob give their take on every team and share who they think will represent the conference in the Super Bowl.
The Washington Nationals have never won a playoff series.
They are currently below .500, at 62-63, and sit 7.5 games out of the NL East lead and 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.
Things are not looking great in Washington, and it appears the Nats have given up on 2018, and possibly the next several years, as they have traded Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Murphy has been one of the game’s most consistent hitters over the past few seasons, and is currently slashing .300/.341./.442 with 57 hits. The 33-year-old second baseman is unlikely to start over MVP candidate Javier Baez, but is expected to see action at third base in Anthony Rizzo’s absence, which is perhaps the biggest reason the Cubs pursued Murphy.
Washington received Class A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later for Murphy and cash considerations for Adams.
A Bryce Harper departure was rumored, as the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly claimed him off waivers, but nothing came to fruition and Harper will stay put for the rest of 2018.
This turn of events differs from their plan from several weeks ago, which was to hold on to Harper and compete for a playoff spot.
The small return paired with the departure of two solid veterans signals a salary dump, however, team owner Mark Lerman said this is not a rebuild in a letter to Nationals fans. He did say it was “about giving us some roster flexibility, giving us the opportunity to see some of our young talent, and seeing if we can still find a combination or two that could spark a difference.”
The Nationals frequented the bottom of the standings after their departure from Montreal before Harper made his MLB debut and had an immediate impact on the entire league. During his time in Washington, the team has made four playoff appearances, never getting past the Divisional Series.
Despite Lerner’s statement suggesting otherwise, as Harper enters free agency and signs point to him signing elsewhere, it appears that it’s time for the Nationals to hit the reset button.
In a move that absolutely nobody expected, LeBron James signed a 4-year $154M deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, per Klutch Sports Group.
Despite the sarcasm in the first sentence, the move to the Western Conference is moderately surprising, as his road to the NBA Finals won’t be as easy.
We can’t wait to hear what Lavar Ball has to say.
This week, Ryan, Jacob and Josh dive into the NFL draft going in depth in the first round and talking about picks that surprised them.
With the NFL Draft just hours away, we thought it would be cool to throw all of Sideline Intel’s coverage in the same place.
Ryan Sharp 7.0 (Full first round)
Jacob Rosenfarb 1.0 (Full first round)
Jacob Rosenfarb 2.0 (Full first round)
Note — Some of these draft overviews have aged poorly, but in case you were interested, here they are:
Jacob, Ryan and Josh go rapid fire and give you their full mocks heading into NFL draft day. The trio also dive into some prospects that intrigue them and how Reggie Bush might be the greatest Dolphin running back of all time.
In honor of the release of Marvel’s Infinity War this week, Jeff, Jacob and Josh give super hero comps to all 16 (yes even the Trail Blazers) NBA playoff teams. The Trio the discuss the playoffs as a whole and who would represent each playoff team in a boxing style fight.
Super Hero Comparisons:
Rockets: Guardians of the Galaxy
Trail Blazers: Black Widow
Thunder: Captain America
Pelicans: Dr. Strange
Spurs: Nick Fury
Timberwolves: Scarlet Witch
Raptors: Winter Soldier
Celtics: Iron Man
Pacers: Black Panther
Heat: Ant-Man Bucks: Thor
Ryan, Jacob and Josh discuss the NFL Draft on the inaugural episode of Two Kids in a Trenchcoat. The guys take an in depth look at the first ten picks of their own mock draft and then discuss some sleeper picks.
Everyone is talking about the NBA Playoffs, so that is exactly what Jeff, Jacob and Josh discuss this week. The crew gives its insight on every single first round matchup after one game and discusses some expectations for the rest of the playoffs.