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Filling The Lanes
Sports for the critical thinkers...
Episode 57 - Fill In The Blank
June 06, 2012 12:08 AM PDT
Day 35 of the Filling The Lanes Hostage Crisis finds the show slowly moving forward with Rick and JHen. Luckily, the NBA has provided the perfect muse on which to speak.
The playoff intensity is at an all-time high. The great series with the winners meeting in the Finals. Thats just the way it should be.
The fellas are joined by NataDaScribe to speak on Jason Whitlocks latest bufoonery. Of course, since I come from a single-parent home, I'm not really qualified to speak on that, right? Anyway, they get into a passionate discussion about trust issues, coachibility and Whitlock's eating habits. Fun stuff.
Next, the crew is joined by Young Lukie. An up and comer in the boxing game, Lukie falls through to speak on the upcoming Pac/Bradley fight...while Rick makes a ssndwich.
A dose of our World Famous Get In/Get Out and the show is a wrap. As always, thanx for checking us out. See yall next week...Episode 56 - Pass Revoked
May 23, 2012 04:24 AM PDT
After *another* hiatus, the crew is back. Ok...crew is stretching the term. Rick is back. But he knows people. And he knows that none of yall wanna listen to him for an hour and a half. So he calls in some favors and lines up Bomani Jones of ESPN/SBNation/The Evening Jones fame, Rodimus Prime (the hardest working man in podcasting and proprietor of The Black Guy Who Tips) and TKO from one of the best shows on the web (Hot Fiyastarters).
Oh...and we got some sponsorship, too. How's that work? Slack on the job for a couple of weeks and get folks to throw money at you? Props to TAP (www.twitter.com/TapThompson) for the look out.
Now stop reading this and go listen to the damn show.Episode 55 - Microfracture
May 01, 2012 10:40 PM PDT
The crew is at it again!! During one of the busiest time in sports, the Filling the Lanes crew return and holla. Avengers Assemble!! Listen to us debate the NBA playoffs and ask the age old question, "If a glass breaks in south beach, does anyone hear?" How many people fell asleep during the Clips/Grizzles game? Rick gives props to Kwame Brown's tutelage of Andrew Bynum. Trill loves the Spurs?? We discuss all the injuries affecting the playoffs. Are the Bulls toast? Nike vs Adidas? It's all Lebron's fault, right? The crew has a lively discussion on social media and how it relates to our beloved sports. Elliott Ness aka Big Chee gives us an American history lesson about the players union versus Derek Fisher.
"And in the 188th round of the NFL draft, the crew select a punter from Holy Cross...." Oh wait, never mind. Is the draft still on? We kick around the winners and losers of the draft. Who am I kidding? Only sick people with no lives sit in front of a television for numerous hours and watch the draft. Isn't that right JHen?
Can you name the worst sports commercials of all time? We sure can!! Journey with the crew as we take you down a trip to memory lane as we discuss our favorite worst commercials.
Last but not least is the world famous get in/get out. Brett favre giving out happy endings and saying "Me love u long time". It only took us 54 podcast but we are finally having a hockey discussion. Listen to us make history.Episode 54 - Metta Domestic Abuse
April 25, 2012 05:32 AM PDT
Another week, another Filling The Lanes episode.
We start it off with the Elbow felt 'round the world. Metta World Peace denting Harden's mohawk. How malicious was it, is 7 games the right punishment, and how do we feel about RonRon at this point? Is he still an interesting character, or is just just a weird guy that can't shoot or dribble? We hear an interesting debate on the timing of Drew Magary's Deadspin takedown.
The team takes a look at the NBA playoff picture, and a couple of the featured matchups - Clips/Grizz, Knicks/Heat, Thunder/Mavs - and give their thoughts on the season as it wraps up.
And as if that weren't enough of a gift from the sports gawds, we get the Saints - who just can't get right. Tricky Loomis was spying on opposing coaches? Well how come you still sucked? And how big a deal is this? And should you be more afraid of the Feds or your Shepherd?
Then - it gets weirder. Neon is getting beaten up by women, and then taking pictures of his kids filling out police reports? Don't they have science projects or social studies tests coming up? Dude still can't handle any contact at the line.
We also get a taste - a small taste, but a taste - of baseball talk. Without Trill there to ask Who's on First, it isn't the same... but the team makes do.
Then the world famous get in get out!Episode 53 - No Name
April 18, 2012 06:17 AM PDT
Or write-up. You know us well enough to just trust us, right? So the topics will be a surprise. One hint, though...Rodimus Prime (www.twitter.com/rodimusprime) joins us. So that should say tons about the show.
Episode 52 - The Sports Gawds
April 10, 2012 10:11 PM PDT
For those of you that have been faithful fans of the show... we are rewarding you today.
First, let us take a moment to thank the Sports Gods.
Ok - we have Bobby Petrino, Arkansas, Motorcycles, side pieces, swim coaches, school payrolls, and $20,000 gifts.
We've got Lamar, his skittles, the Mavs, wasted potential, and a couple of X-Men references.
Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy, the G card, shucking, jiving, guarding Carmelo, demanding firings, and faces of absolute shock.
David Aldridge and his vicious, methodical, factual, and poetic takedown of not just the "1 and Done" rule - but those that support it and make the argument that kids should be in school for even longer.
And then we get to the WORLD FAMOUS "Get In, Get Out" - where we talk Skip Bayless in an extended session, amongst other gems.
This one felt good when it left the finger-tips. We hope you enjoy and spread it around.
Episode 51 - Full Fathom Five
April 04, 2012 03:44 AM PDT
Full Fathom Five
Or for those unfamiliar with Shakespeare: The FTL Fab 5 is back!
Rick shakes the rust off like a pro, and gets the crew right into the old motion offense. We start out with the National Championship mismatch, and discuss Coach Cal and team Won & Done. Where do they rank all time? Will Kentucky have an unprecedented sextet drafted in the first round? Is World Wide Wes the answer to "Who is Keyser Söze?" Would you rather have the Anthony Davis' "I believe I can fly" eyebrows or Charlie Villanueva's Ralph Ellison model? Can anyone take their minds off the Women's National Championship long enough to talk about any of this? And no, we ain't talking about the action on the court. Could this Kentucky team beat 15 different NBA squads? Larry Brown thinks so, and Nick is there to defend that senile nincompoop's jackassery. J-Hen takes umbrage with Nick's defense of LB and his vicious slander of Joe Dumars. The tone is set for this being a show of discontent and infighting.
Is it the Hall of Fame or Hall of Famished? Things get interesting when we debate the merits of Reggie Miller's Hall of Fame enshrinement. Everyone agrees the process isn't as clearly defined and consistent as we might hope, but onyl Chee dares to compare Reggie to Roland Blackman and Alvin Robertson. That is, until Trill takes his disgust for Reggie Miller to new heights and compares him to Steve Kerr. Nick ain't having that, especially since his favorite team singlehandedly made Reggie a legend. Improbably, Rick is still focused on Niele Ivey.
As if they hadn't already gone deep into integrity debt, the crew reaches out to TKO from the Fiyastarter podcast for a round table on... Wrestlemania? Trill and Rick try to derail, Chee stays dead silent, and an awkward discussion of the ultimate soap opera for adolescent boys ensues. Shit, at least it ain't a NASCAR discussion. Right, Rick?
We move from a land of make-believe athletics to a sports story that reads like a fairytale: Stephon Marbury just took a historical David to a championship over a defending champion Goliath in China. Is this a freakshow or a genuine story of redemption? Have we changed our perception of Starbury? Are we more shocked that a black basketball player survived his time in China without getting beat up, or that black people are still allowed in China after the J.R. Smith experiment?
We transition from Steph's feelgood story to the World Famous Get In, Get Out, where we contemplate the D.C. water supply, lotto superstitions, the Kim Kardashianization of the New York Jets, a new kind of fraudulent hyping of Jeremy Lin, and what the Wonderlic says about us rather than the players who take the test.
Along the way we pick up 50 Bob Dylan references, a Wesley Willis shout out, and Nick's continual racist line-stepping.
However you do the numbers, it all adds up to the FTL Starting Five being reunited, and it feels so hood.
Episode 50: Mid-Life Crisis
March 29, 2012 02:32 AM PDT
So we're back again..... seriously!
Got four out of five, and that right there, it'll get you into the playoffs. We lead off the show talking Final Four. The team seems to think Kentucky is the odds-on favorite, but there's so much more to it than that! The return of Ricky Three-Stacks (shout to Rodimus) and NIck's apology over kicking dirt on him early. There's OSU, their seniors and their depth, there's Kansas - a team nobody thought would peak like this, with the unlikeliest of stars.
From there the team reverse-pivots to the NBA - and bring on a special guest @BKLYNRoyalty to talk Lakers and the rest of the NBA. What's up with Kobe? Why can't they get it together with Bynum and Pau? What's up with the Clippers? What would you trade for Popovich? And is Kevin Love in the MVP conversation?
And you KNEW we weren't going to let a show go by without hearing from Big Chee on the arrival of Tim Tebow. It's worth the wait, sweet Jesus. (pun intended)
Then they move on to the "WORLD FAMOUS" Get-in, Get-out. Magic owns the Dodgers, Tyson's one-man show in Vegas, and a very, very special moment with Stack Jack.
Hope you enjoy and Reminisce O'er Us.
Episode 49: The Pick & Roll?
March 19, 2012 10:08 PM PDT
Filling the Lanes pays tribute to Duke this episode as only two of the starting five show up to play. Thankfully, unlike Coach K, they were ready with reinforcements. Gambling aficionado Absolut joins us to explain how his expertise betrayed him in the first round, and who you should be betting on going forward. We all discuss the best players of the first weekend, the teams that surprised and disappointed us, and why Jae Crowder's hair intimidates Nick (hint: Nick's liberal acceptance of blacks extends but so far). Is Bo Ryan so good he could coach the Filling The Lanes crew to a Sweet 16? Is UConn the most annoying team in recent memory? How much room is left on Royce da 6'8's bandwagon? Why did so many black coaches flop? Why are white announcers fooled by the appearances of white players?
Now that the coast is clear with J-Hen out of the picture, we bring back NBA Geek, who eats a helping of humble pie,mourns the premature death of Rubio, and breaks down the trade deadline with us. Turns out Nick still dislikes Dwight Howard, and Trill has visions of D12and Big Baby as LMFAO. NBA Geek denies that Javale McGee reminds him of Birth of a Nation, but Trill isn't buying it. Everyone wants to fire the worst Negro coach in the league: Vinny. One person insists on discussing Knicks No Heart, but we won't say any names. NBA Geek revisits his disdain for Kobe, and somehow neither white guy knows the dual sexual deviant/domestic terrorist threat that is Kenneth Faried's mother.
We move to the World Famous Get in, Get Out and discuss Elway's sacrilege, Chee's tuck and roll skills, Rick and J-Hen at the Golden Corral, Eli Porter and a black mother's love, Z-Bo's affair with Andrei Kirilenko, and Antoine Walker's vacation in Idaho. and the real story behind the starting five dropping down to a dynamic duo. Is there a revolution on the horizon? It damn sure won't be televised, because neither of these cavemen can work Vokle. And... wait one fucking minute... did Trill just admit to chilling out with Monarch Butterflies?
Episode 48: Remember Us?
March 06, 2012 09:36 PM PST
We're back in action with what has become the regulars....
The people demand it, and we're doing what we can to give it to them (hiyo!)
So we're talking LeBron, Kobe, Paul Pierce, Pau, purses, and whether you could get buckets in the NBA.
It's also been a pretty big week in the NBA. New Orleans is dealing with accusations of bounties, underworld NFL defrauders, and the franchise tagging of Drew Brees. Drew Brees? The guy that's invested in the city? The guy that redefined his career there, and redefined the franchise? The guy that plays every game with a quarterpound of poop on his face????
Oh, and we talked about Peyton. And Snyder. And Peyton's neck.
From there we ask "What the F*ck is Going On at Syracuse?", "Has UNC arrived?", "Why was Brian McKnight's kid getting cussed at at NASCAR?", "How sad is this Clipper Darrell sh*t?", and "Did you know Nick Mangold's sister is a powerlifter and has a lady penis that could hammer nails into a 2x4?."
We hope you enjoy.
Episode 47: Back in Formation
February 21, 2012 12:05 AM PST
Voltron is what we'd like to call it. Hopefully, it's more Voltron than Melo's return. Regardless, we are ALL back. Let's get it...
We start with some NBA talk...the greatest 'moments' of MJ's legacy, the legitimacy of the dunk contest, Jeremy Lin's meteoric rise and Kobe's take on the Pau situation. I promise...you won't hear these types of opinions on local sports shows.
Next, we shift into college basketball. Has the return of the great freshman produced elite teams or more parity than anyone could've imagined? Some still think that Missouri isnt real. How real is Murray State? What the hell is wrong with tOSU? And JHen waxes philosophic about Michigan's win.
Rick bows out and lets the gents speak on boxing. Like...what the hell was that crap? Whats the best post-fight brawl of all time? Does anyone still care about boxing.
And yeah...we've got a new segment: Throw the damn towel. And our 1st inductee is Greg Oden. Part mythological character...part sympathetic figure. Regardless...Duke is right. It's time to throw the damn towel. Adios, Greg. Its not your fault...but it IS time. Sorry, folk.
Lastly, we end with the World Famous Get In/Get Out. TMac mad, Lebron cant get right, Googs and Corchiani get kicked and more ratchetness.
As always, follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/fillingthelanes), hit us on facebook (www.facebook.com/fillingthelanes) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). This one felt good. We sincerely hope you agree...
Episode 46: Jeremy Lin, Landon Clement, and Extenze
February 14, 2012 06:58 AM PST
We. Are. BACK!
Sorry for the delay folks - life got in the way a couple of times, but we're out in full force (ok, so it's just Nick, Trill, and J-Hen, but we got a show!).
And we're starting off with the biggest story in sports: Jeremy Lin. The team talks about what it's been like seeing him play, what the coverage has been like, and what we talk about when we talk about Mr. Lin. Whitlock gets mentioned... We also go into Dwight Howard "The Closer", The All Star rosters, and LeBron's hairline....
Ok, we left LeBron alone, but we did talk about Boozer's spray-on 'doo.
From there, it was on to college, where Austin Rivers took Rick's soul, UK is smotherin' everybody out here (hide you kids, hide your wife), the legend that is Tom Izzo, and Landon Clement - caucasian shooting guard for North Carolina Central.
And you know Nick had to talk about the Giants. The crew breaks down legacies, the game, and Nick screams "VICTORY" as loud as he can. Also... what 'exactly' happened at Nick's apartment between him and J-Hen?
After that - it's the World Famous 'Get in, Get out' and they call it a day.
Hope you enjoy - Tweet at us, email us, hit the facebook.
Episode 45: FOR-EV-ER
February 01, 2012 12:39 AM PST
I don't usually like to brag about our shows - but this one really has it all.
Superbowl analysis & picks,
I'm not sure there's a way for me to oversell it - it was THAT good.
If you enjoy the show, please tweet at us @FillingTheLanes or email us: FillingTheLanes@Gmail.com
Episode 44 - The 6th Man
January 26, 2012 09:23 PM PST
This 3-man weave is becoming a staple of Filling the Lanes. But how do you do it when there are only 2 of the collective present? You make a call to the bullpen for the crafty veteran. And there is no better vet in this game than Will "Wall $t" Strickland. So let's run.
We start off with the saga of Terrell Owens. No virgin to the media, TO's latest call for attention is assertions that he's broke, he's been black-balled by the league, he's been lied to by agents and financial folks and he's "living in hell". But how the hell are you raw-dogging chicks on the 1st night, bruh? Did we learn nothing from Earv?
The next topic involves Kyle Williams. The subject of snide remarks, death threats and Thank You notes from 7 yr olds, Williams has had quite a week. Wall $t breaks down the myths of fan vs fanatic and we all try to come to grips with our cynicism over feel good stories. It's a journey.
Rick's favorite subject...the exploitation of amateur athletes....comes up next for the crew. Is Yuri Wright some sort of monster? Or is he just a regular high profile teen living in the day of social media? And how come no one calls into question the motives of the school that dismissed him? Don't worry...we do.
The show ends with the World Famous Get In/Get Out - how much would it cost you to live in Detroit vs LA (Prince Fielder), why are old men so mad (Lefty Driessel), why are rich dudes mad (Mark Cuban) and when are folks gonna stop taking shots at the throne (Tim Thomas)? And you're not gonna believe the email Toya (www.twitter.com/micaltaz) sent us. o_O
Once again, we are increasingly grateful for the love you folks have shown. Follow us on twitter (www.twitter.com/fillingthelanes), email us (email@example.com), hit us on facebook (www.facebook.com/fillingthelanes) and, of course, check out the new blog posts by Chee and Nick on the website, www.fillingthelanes.net
Episode43 - Forward Progress
January 24, 2012 05:14 AM PST
The FTL Crew loaded up for this episode. Two and a half hours of content, so strap in - or just keep coming back to the website and giving us those hits.
We start off with the only thing that makes sense - Nick NoHeart going SPAM. Fresh off his celebration (read: intoxication) over the Giants victory, the team let's him spread his wings and crow. From there Chee, Rick, J-Hen and Nick breakdown how the Giants beat the Niners, Alex Smith and the future of the San Francisco offense, how tough the defenses played, and how you can't spell Elite without Eli. One of our members suggest San Francisco find a new QB! From there it's on to the Patriots and the Ravens. And you know what? Tom Brady got away with one. He got out-played by Joey Flacco and will live to tell about it. Lee Evans, Billy Cundiff, and young Sterling all colluded to keep Brady in the spotlight, but we're not mad at them. Actually - considering the amount of goat'ish behavior the team laid off Kyle, Billy, and Lee.
From there the team moves to a much more somber topic. The death of Joe Paterno, the life of Joe Paterno - and everything in between. Special guest Ryan Jones (former SLAM Editor, www.twitter.com/TheFarmerJones), Senior Editor for The Penn Stater, joins the show to try to put everything in perspective. He goes through their seminal issue, the cover of which has has been written about at-length. He guides the listeners through the mindset of alumni, students, employees, and locals. They try to reconcile the myth, with the man, and the man with his errors. It's a reminder that life at Penn State will go on, and legacy is in the eye of the beholder.
After that - they lighten it up with some hoops. Two of the best College basketball games this season, a tough loss for Duke, belief in Mizzou, and what's up with Syracuse?
Then we move on to the grown men - and along with Murder AKA Jah (www.twitter.com/JahSoFocused), we collectively wonder "Why do the Knicks suck?" We also ponder a Dwight for STAT & Tyson trade, along with the Sixers and Roy Hibbert making Rick furious.
The World Famous "Get in, Get out" gets a little loose when we're forced to speak both members of everybody's (read: nobody's) favorite show - Stephen A. and Skip Bayless. Each in their own drama. Plus Victor Cruz Salsa'n on em... OK or a little to 'janglish?
All that and more.... hope you enjoy
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