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EPISODE 33: LUCKY > GOOD

JANUARY 15: Rick Nash (0:40), Sergei Bobrovsky (1:50), the current status of the West (4:40) and the East (7:00), how the Islanders (9:13) and Canadiens (12:20) are finding success, Hannah's current attitude toward the Sabres (15:15), Meg's latest data on pulling goalies (19:35).

EPISODE 32: Oooh We’re Halfway There

JANUARY 8: Wrapping up World Juniors (0:25), shaking our heads at Edmonton (4:04), Elias Pettersson's injury (7:35), the Sabres Skill Challenge and Leafs Next Gen game (8:50), ways to make the All-Star Game more fun (12:55), an update on the league standings (18:20), our Rookie of the Week: Miro Heiskanen (25:33).

EPISODE 31: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

JANUARY 1: The Tyler Seguin/Jamie Benn situation (0:55), how Dylan Strome's doing in Chicago (8:38), the All-Star Game captains (12:51), recent winning and losing streaks (19:53), World Juniors (22:55), our top five hockey moments of 2018 (25:54), team resolutions for 2019 (32:00).

EPISODE 30: UPS AND DOWNS

DECEMBER 18: Unfortunate situations with the Blues (0:25), the Sabres (3:50), and the Flyers (7:30), best hockey dogs on Instagram (10:16), individual goal songs (14:00), our top 10 teams (18:16), the increasing ice time for forwards (26:13), our bottom seven teams (29:15).

Episode 29: Yetis, Curses, and the Hockey Gods

DECEMBER 11: The NHL's 32nd team (0:35), teams that finally seem to be figuring it out (7:30), teams that are for some reason still hanging on (11:20), teams that are competing to #LoseforHughes (15:08), Buffalo and Toronto (19:08), the initial World Juniors rosters (26:18).

EPISODE 28: WE’RE BAAAAACK

DECEMBER 4: The Willy Nylander signing (1:32), the Strome trade (4:55), who's been bitten by the injury bug in the NHL (10:30), recent coach/GM firings (12:30), checking in on the division races (16:27), Hannah's reaction to Buffalo's winning streak (25:21), the Leafs' recent luck (28:38), an update on the Calder race (35:46).

EPISODE 27: THE ANNIVERSARY POD

NOVEMBER 20: Tom Wilson (0:45), two one-for-one trades (2:53), latest major injuries (4:06), stat of the week: expected goals (8:10), notes and thoughts on the Pacific (11:33), the Central (18:34), the Metro (21:14), the Atlantic (25:02), Hannah's rookie of the week: Rasmus Dahlin (33:10).

EPISODE 26: THE HOT SEAT

NOVEMBER 13: The situation in Ottawa (0:30), coach firings in LA and Chicago (2:49), hockey being disappointing (8:11), updates on the NHL concussion lawsuit (12:13), latest injuries (13:26), teams that have been trending up and down lately (15:12), Toronto and Buffalo news (30:48), prospect of the week: Ty Smith (34:27).

EPISODE 25: keepin’ it 1000

NOVEMBER 6: NHL headlines (0:30), the most intriguing teams in the Pacific (11:05), Central (15:37), Metro (19:50), Atlantic (23:41), Hannah's rookie of the week: Elias Pettersson (30:55).

EPISODE 24: LOVE AND PROTECT YOUR GOALIES

OCTOBER 30: Weed in the NHL (2:57), unionized athletes crossing the picket line in Boston (5:16), goalie equipment changes (7:30), John Tortorella's thoughts on how the game is changing (10:14), a brief run through the divisions and Hannah's hot take for who will win the Cup (16:45), rookie(s) of the week and the NHL-CHL agreement (31:17), when NHL teams are pulling their goalies (40:09), NWHL update (43:42).

EPISODE 23: IS IT TOO EARLY TO PANIC?

OCTOBER 23: Updates and injuries (0:33), initial thoughts from each division (7:06), Meg's prospects of the week: Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield (23:40), how scoring chances are defined (28:07).

EPISODE 22: THE PERSONALITIES ARE COMING

OCTOBER 16: Early indications that more players are actually showing their personalities this season (1:48), on-ice updates from around the league (8:00), Hannah's rookie/prospect of the week: Brady Tkachuk (17:08), data on when teams should and do pull their goalies (19:55), welcoming fans onto the Beauts bandwagon (24:20).

EPISODE 21: HOCKEY’S BACK, BABY

OCTOBER 9: The Tom Wilson suspension (1:48), Hannah's reaction to Captain Jack (6:34), Meg's thoughts on Nylander (8:26), early impactful injuries (15:02), goals galore (16:57), early season overreactions (20:19), the beginning of the NWHL season (26:42).

EPISODE 19E: LET’S DO THAT HOCKEY - ATLANTIC

SEPTEMBER 28: Previewing the Atlantic: Detroit (0:37), Florida (3:55), Boston (5:20), Tampa (7:00), Montreal (8:04), Ottawa (9:07), Toronto (11:48), Buffalo (16:02).

EPISODE 19D: LET’S DO THAT HOCKEY - METRO

SEPTEMBER 27: Previewing the Metro: Washington (0:39), Pittsburgh (2:45), Philadelphia (6:30), Columbus (8:35), Carolina (11:15), New York Islanders (13:35), New Jersey (17:46), New York Rangers (19:43).

EPISODE 19C: LET’S DO THAT HOCKEY - CENTRAL

SEPTEMBER 26: Previewing the Central: St. Louis (0:48), Chicago (2:45), Nashville (5:03), Colorado (7:21), Minnesota (8:45), Dallas (10:44), Winnipeg (12:30).

EPISODE 19B: LET’S DO THAT HOCKEY - PACIFIC

SEPTEMBER 25: Previewing the Pacific: San Jose (1:15), Anaheim (4:00), Las Vegas (5:15), Arizona (6:58), Calgary (9:19), Edmonton (11:30), Los Angeles (14:48), Vancouver (16:20).

EPISODE 19A: LET’S DO THAT HOCKEY - intro

SEPTEMBER 24: Samson Reinhart and the rest of the RFAs (1:15), the Max Domi-Aaron Ekblad fight (3:55), our trip to Toronto and Buffalo for two preseason games and our impressions after seeing the Sabres and the Leafs (7:56), an encounter with a terrible Leafs fan in Buffalo (14:41), our final takeaways (19:00).

EPISODE 18: WINTER IS COMING

SEPTEMBER 18: All the hockey headlines from around the league, including Erik Karlsson (1:00), Tyler Seguin (3:08), Austin Watson (4:08), Robin Lenher (7:05), new captains (10:25), RFA signings (11:46) and the biggest question facing each team in the Eastern Conference (13:09).

EPISODE 17: FINAL(ISH) COUNTDOWN

SEPTEMBER 11: The Max Pacioretty trade (1:00), Nate Schmidt's suspension (6:03), Blake Wheeler's extension (8:12), Noah Hanifin's contract (10:00), the biggest question facing each team in the Western Conference (11:26), early career progression (27:42).

EPISODE 16: dark clouds and silver linings

SEPTEMBER 4: Sixty seconds per NHL team: reasons to be pessimistic about last year's playoff teams (1:10) and reasons to be optimistic about teams that missed the playoffs (16:10).


BASEBALL

EPISODE 21.5: CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PREVIEW

OCTOBER 12: Previewing the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Brewers (1:07) and the ALCS between the Astros and the Red Sox (9:08).

EPISODE 20.5: SAY SOMETHING NICE - RIVALRY EDITION

OCTOBER 5: The tiebreakers and Wild Card games (0:54), our thoughts going into the ALDS as friends and rivals (7:28), ALDS preview: Meg makes the case for Cleveland (11:35) and Hannah does the same for the Astros (19:45).

EPISODE 20: POSTSEASON POSITIVITY

OCTOBER 2: The current state of the playoff picture (1:37), recent headlines in baseball (6:00), reasons why each team can win it all: the Red Sox (8:17), the Yankees (10:25), the A's (11:50), the Braves (15:30), the Cubs (17:30), the Brewers (18:56), the Dodgers (21:10), the Rockies (23:15).

EPISODE 18.5: BASEBALL GRAB BAG

SEPTEMBER 20: The division races (0:30), checking in on Trevor Bauer and Aaron Judge (7:07), the AL Cy Young race (9:13), Mike Trout's possible contract extension (16:30), a bunch of weird stories from around the league (20:38).

EPISODE 17.5: WAITING FOR OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER 13: The issue of service time (3:00), the latest news in the AL (6:11), the division races in the NL (11:45), important elbow-related news (14:09), fun statistical updates on the Astros' pitching staff and Mike Trout and Jacob deGrom (16:12), our hot take of the week (22:32).

EPISODE 16.5: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL

SEPTEMBER 6: Our thoughts on fan policing and bandwagon fans (0:58), our experiences as as female sports fans (9:11), the role of suffering and hope in sports (16:30).

EPISODE 15.5: the wild wild west(s)

AUGUST 30: How the August 31 deadline works (0:20), the AL East and Central (4:45), the AL West (7:18), the National League (9:25), our case for Jacob deGrom (10:45), why we love Players' Weekend (14:50), our stat of the week: pitch framing (19:45).


OLDER EPISODES

EPISODE 15: BREAKING FREE

AUGUST 28: #KarlssonWatch is back (1:05), our picks for next year's breakout players (3:53): Andreas Johnsson (4:30), Casey Mittelstadt (5:15), Dylan Strome (5:45), Travis Konecny (8:19), Alex Galchenyuk (10:08), Ty Rattie (11:52), Jordan Eberle (12:52), more on Mittelstadt because we just can't resist (14:22), our excitement over the season starting (16:11), more power play analysis (17:20).

EPISODE 14.5: BAD PITCHES AND GOOD TWEETS

AUGUST 23: The Acuña/Ureña situation (0:32), the best thing on baseball Twitter last week (3:07), the ever-tightening battle in the AL West (5:00) and the rest of the division races (7:23), the update everyone's been waiting for on Mike Trout (9:10), why advanced stats belong in TV broadcasts (9:35), our heartwarming stories of the week (11:37), did you know Meg likes cycling? (15:23).

EPISODE 14: WINNER WINNER BUFFALO CHICKEN DINNER

AUGUST 21: The losers (2:18) and winners (10:40) of the offseason (featuring Vancouver, Washington, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, New York, Buffalo, Toronto, and St. Louis), an analysis of last year’s top power play units (15:28).

EPISODE 13.5: BACK TO BASICS

AUGUST 16: Cleveland's need for a new team name (0:30), our stance on bat flips (5:06), an update on all the injuries plaguing baseball and the state of the division races (7:05), our stat of the week: the slash line (19:30).

EPISODE 13: THE YOUNG GUNS

AUGUST 14: Meg's hockey-heavy weekend (0:32), an update on the recent NHL headlines (3:53), incoming rookies who could compete for the 2019 Calder (9:50), a debate over which of last year's rookies will score the most points next year (24:04).

EPISODE 12.5: WE NEED THE NHL SEASON TO START

AUGUST 9: Why we need hockey season to start ASAP (0:22), the result of William Karlsson's arbitration hearing and how other teams might follow the "Vegas model" (5:06), recent signings of John Gibson and Mark Stone (11:30), the crop of unsigned RFAs (16:00), Hannah's reaction to the Jeff Skinner trade (21:23).

EPISODE 12: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE INJURED

AUGUST 7: Jim Thome's HOF induction (1:30), Meg's reaction to the Osuna trade (3:34), LeBron James' new school (10:15), recent success from Bryce Harper (14:15) and the Red Sox (16:30) and the Oakland A's (18:35), recent impactful injuries (20:05), how Collin McHugh has put together such a successful season as a reliever (22:52) with our stat of the week: BABIP (27:03).

EPISODE 11.5: TEAM NORTH AMERICA 2018

AUGUST 3: Recent free agency updates (1:10), selecting a 2018 version of Team North America (6:45): defensemen (8:32), forwards (10:16), our indulgent picks (15:16), and goalies (18:14).

EPISODE 11: MILLENNIALS ARE KILLING BASEBALL

AUGUST 1: An update on the divisional races and recent trades (2:01), Mike Trout and Rob Manfred's comments (6:25), declining attendance in baseball (11:50), the new trend of position players pitching (20:23), Meg says something nice about the A's (22:18), our heartwarming story of the week (24:21).

EPISODE 10.5: LOOKING SHIFTY

JULY 26: The trade that bolstered Cleveland's bullpen (1:21), the rapid rise in popularity of the shift (3:30), the arguments for and against the shift (5:50), how hitters are (or aren't) adjusting to the shift (7:09), is the shift on its way to being outlawed? (11:53), our stat of the week: ultimate zone rating (18:56).

EPISODE 10: HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME

JULY 24: The (lack of) NHL offseason headlines (0:30), our differing opinions on fighting in the NHL (2:24), the decline of the enforcer (5:34), what the old guard thinks of fighting (9:30), the downsides of "hits" as a statistic but how we can use it anyway (11:16).

EPISODE 9.5: PREVIEWING MLB'S "SECOND HALF"

JULY 19: Our favorite moments from the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game (0:46), Josh Hader (5:42), where things stand in the NL (8:25) and the AL (15:14), the strangest walk-off of the year (29:22), our current MVP and Cy Young predictions (31:23), stat of the week: weighted runs created (34:01).

EPISODE 9: SURVIVING THE NHL OFFSEASON

JULY 17: Recent goalie signings (2:40), how Kucherov's extension might affect #KarlssonWatch (7:01), updates on the unsigned restricted free agents (10:35), other players and teams who could be on the move (15:35), the strange situations with Panarin (17:55) and Pacioretty (21:42), Hannah's primer on women's hockey (26:55) and our thoughts on if there will ever be a woman in the NHL (37:38), our heartwarming story of the week (42:25).

EPISODE 8.5: O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

JULY 12: Offseason updates (0:55), Meg’s grievances with how people talk about captains in the NHL (4:30), current captainless teams in the league (10:26) including the Sabres (13:28) and the Leafs (19:08).

EPISODE 8: hey now, you're an all-star

JULY 10: The All-Star Game selections (1:15) and snubs (10:05), the headlines in the NL (18:30), the status of the AL division races (24:19), our stat of the week: wOBA (35:20).

EPISODE 7.5: IS IT BETTER TO BE LUCKY THAN GOOD?

JULY 5: Our quick recap of the NL (0:28), the most interesting team in the AL East: the Rays (5:40), new baseball darling Willians Astudillo (9:14), Hannah’s update on the Tribe and her mixed feelings on Trevor Bauer (10:15), Meg’s update on the Astros (12:50), the Mariners and their pythagorean win-loss record (16:23), Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout (20:10), a recap of our minor league road trip featuring Tim Tebow (22:14).

EPISODE 7: TAVARES TALK

JULY 4: Meg’s euphoria over the John Tavares signing (0:50), Carter Hutton going to Buffalo (7:52), what’s happening in Vancouver? (10:00), St. Louis making moves (13:40), Hannah’s #GiveJackTheC campaign (18:20), other headlines from the opening of free agency (20:15), the drama of offer sheets (25:10).

EPISODE 6: THE YEAR OF THE RASMUS

JUNE 25: The recent rash of injuries in baseball (0:30), the state of the MLB division races (2:55), the unbelievable season Mike Trout is having (9:35), Bryce Harper’s slump (15:00), the NHL Draft (22:55), the trades that have happened so far this offseason (36:05), where we think John Tavares will end up (47:40), Samson Reinhart’s contract situation (55:50), the Toronto Marlies winning the Calder Cup (61:30), the World Cup (63:40).

EPISODE 5: WE HAVE TO DISAGREE ABOUT SOMETHING

JUNE 18: Our end-of-season all-hockey special: picks and predictions for the NHL Awards (1:00) including the emergence of our new Connor McDavid feud (2:20), the NHL Draft and Hannah’s excitement over the Sabres picking first (23:48), the results of own own mock draft of current American players (30:30).

EPISODE 4: GIVE US THE DH OR GIVE US DEATH

JUNE 10: Washington’s celebrations with the Stanley Cup (1:15), our favorite moments of the NHL playoffs (3:30), updates on the Tribe (10:20) and the Astros (13:15), the state of the AL division races (17:10), Shohei Ohtani’s injury (23:00), happenings in the NL and the resurgent Rockies (27:53), our stat of the week and our arguments for the designated hitter (34:15), Hannah says something nice about Steve Kerr and mourns the end of the Cavaliers’ season (40:55).

EPISODE 3: THERE'S A STAT FOR THAT

JUNE 3: Hannah’s trip to the Trop to see the Rays use their “opener” (0:40), updates on the Astros (4:50) and the Tribe (6:15) and the rest of MLB (8:24), a quick explanation on ERA and its drawbacks as a statistic (11:30), our thoughts after the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final (15:08), the Toronto Marlies’ performance in the Calder Cup and why that’s a good sign for the Leafs (24:14), what is a Marlie anyway? (26:40), Hannah’s emotional struggle with the Cavs against the Warriors in the NBA Finals (30:30), nice things we made ourselves say about Steph Curry and Tom Wilson (36:50).

EPISODE 2: A NEW NAME ON LORD STANLEY'S CUP

MAY 28: Our Stanley Cup Final preview pod: why we’re excited about this matchup (1:50), senior superlatives for the Golden Knights (3:30), the divisiveness of Tom Wilson (9:15), Win Lose or Draw for Vegas (14:00) and Washington (18:15), the juicy “sports narratives” of this series (21:55), our official podcast prediction for who will win the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe (24:10), nice things we made ourselves say about Braden Holtby and Andre Burakovsky and Alex Ovechkin (27:30).

EPISODE 1: ALL ABOARD THE VEGAS TRAIN

MAY 20: How we decided to root for Vegas over Winnipeg (1:13), our sports fandom philosophy (3:30), our new favorite player Jonathan Marchessault (4:40), our thoughts on the Tampa-Washington series (7:34), Brett Connolly and the story of the puck girl (10:20), how we’d rank the final four teams by the attractiveness of their players (14:20), the Astros vs. Tribe series (16:33), the feud between Trevor “Tyler” Bauer and the Astros pitching staff (20:10), the current statistical leaders in baseball (24:13), the resurgence of Bartolo Colon and the surprising success of the Braves (26:40), the current status of the NBA finals (30:34), our hatred of certain commercials in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (32:40), nice things we made ourselves say about Connor McDavid and Brad Marchand (34:44), beware loud anguished noises (35:30).

EPISODE 0: WELCOME, EVERYTHING IS FINE

MAY 16: Why we decided to start this podcast (1:00), our fandom origin stories for both baseball (1:50) and hockey (6:25), the joy of winning a championship after tanking (7:45), the current state of the Tribe (8:35) and the Astros (10:45), our initial thoughts on the Stanley Cup playoffs (13:58), the pluses and minuses of rooting for Vegas (16:28), Patrik Laine’s beard and the rest of the Jets (19:00), a detour to discuss Hannah’s love of Canada (19:27), Winnipeg’s impressive yet terrifying whiteouts (20:27), our favorite playoff beards of the season (21:08), our playoff predictions (23:04), advocating for NHL naptime (25:38), Jacob Trouba’s delightful dog (26:05), our rooting interests in the NBA playoffs (26:43), nice things we made ourselves say about Aaron Judge and Laine (30:53).