Off The Bench with Kanell and Bell

On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 5 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.

Off The Bench with Kanell and Bell

On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 5 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.

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  • Episode 301: Raptors push Bucks to brink, All-NBA selections are silly

    Kanell and Bell discuss the Raptors' Game 5 victory over the Bucks and if Kawhi Leonard actually might be the best player in the world. Next, Danny and Raja analyze Kevin Durant's health and the Warriors need for him in the Finals. We evaluate the All-NBA voting process and how it doesn't make sense for picks to impact contracts. More discussion today on marijuana use in sports. And finally, what's the most dysfunctional New York franchise right now?

Episodes of This Show

  • Episode 300: Will LeBron retire as a Laker? Can non-athletes have opinions on sports? Weed in the NFL

    On Episode 300, Danny Kanell and guest host Tommy Tran preview Raptors-Bucks Game 5 and Michigan's hire of Juwan Howard. The guys discuss if LeBron James is destined to retire a Laker as well as comments from his teammate Josh Hart, who went on an anti-analytics rant about non-athletes opining about sports. Next, some changes from the NFL's owners meetings and a dissection of Chris Long opening up about his marijuana use. Finally, how far can Danny throw a football?
  • Episode 299: Drake is out of control as Raptors even series with Bucks

    Kanell and Bell discuss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, breaking down the efforts of both Drake and his hometown Raptors. Next, can Anthony Davis be convinced to remain in New Orleans? Aaron Rodgers agrees with the guys on the Game of Thrones finale. Carson Wentz is healthy, what are the expectations now for the Eagles 4th-year QB? Pete Blackburn joins the podcast to analyze the Stanley Cup Final that is set between the Bruins and Blues. 
  • Episode 298: Warriors advance to 5th straight NBA Finals

    Kanell and Bell discuss Danny's day playing Bethpage Black and the Warriors securing their 5th straight bid to the NBA Finals. The guys highlight Steph Curry answering all critics and what's next for the Blazers. Danny and Raja dissect the fallout of Magic Johnson unleashing on the Lakers organization and just how dysfunctional the franchise is right now. Next, we cover nepotism and second chances in sports. Finally, that Kanell and Bell Game of Thrones finale recap you've been waiting for...
  • Episode 297: Brooks Koepka captures another major

    Raja Bell and guest host Tommy Tran react to the Raptors double-overtime victory over the Bucks in Game 3, Brooks Koepka's PGA Championship victory and Tiger missing the cut. Raja and Tommy break down the Blazers failures against the Warriors, Damian Lillard's injury and the impressive play of Golden State's original Big 3. Could Le'Veon Bell be traded? The guys answer that, plus discuss Magic Johnson's comments regarding the state of the Lakers. Finally, will Mike D'Antoni ever win a title in Houston? 
  • Episode 296: Tiger has roller coaster Round 1, Brooks Koepka sets course record

    Kanell and Bell are at Bethpage Black for the PGA Championship and are joined by golf analyst Mark Immelman to break down Brooks Koepka's fantastic opening round, Tiger's roller coaster Thursday and everything else from golf's second major. Next, Danny and Raja react to the Warriors stealing Game 2 from the Blazers, a battle between the Curry brothers and if Golden State can win a title without Kevin Durant. PGA Tour golfer Cole Knost stops by the show to chat about the tournament and his Dallas Cowboys. We have a final focus on the PGA Championship and Game 2 of Bucks-Raptors to close the show. 
  • Episode 295: PGA Championship tees off, Should Zion return to Duke?

    Kanell and Bel are back at Bethpage Black for the 1st round of the PGA Championship. They discuss Tiger and observations from the course. Next, the guys recap Raptors-Bucks Game 1, and if there's any chance ZIon Williamson heads back to college. The Jets' dysfunction seemingly continues with the firing of GM Mike Maccagnan as Danny and Raja break down the surprising move. Finally, more PGA Championship focus. 
  • Episode 294: LIVE from PGA Championship, Can Tiger recreate Masters magic?

    Kanell and Bell are in New York for the PGA Championship from Bethpage Black. The guys preview the tournament and analyze Tiger's chances to win back-to-back majors. Next, they react to the Pelicans winning the lottery and sealing Zion's draft night fate. Danny and Raja brea down Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals as Steph went off, and preview Raptors-Bucks Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, featuring 2 mega-stars. More golf talk with Kyle Porter follows and we end with PGA Championship prop bets. 
  • Episode 293: Will James Harden ever win a title with the Rockets?

    Raja Bell and guest host Tommy Tran discuss the impact of Kevin Durant's injury and if this could be the last Finals run for this current group of Warriors. The guys also analyze if James Harden and the Rockets will be able to get over their playoff hump, or if their contract situation will doom them in future years. Raja and Tommy break down what's at stake in the NBA Draft Lottery tonight and some Zion scenarios. Next, Brett Brown will be back with the Sixers, is that a wise move by the organization? We focus on NFL minicamps and how we judge them, plus how much veteran QBs should mentor rookies at their position. 
  • Episode 292: Kawhi Leonard crushes Sixers with 1st buzzer-beater in Game 7 history

    Kanell and Bell discuss an epic ending to Sixers-Raptors with Kawhi Leonard making history with his insane buzzer-beater to send Toronto to the Eastern Conference Finals. The guys discuss Joel Embiid's series and the future of coach Brett Brown. Next, a focus on the other Game 7 with CJ McCollum willing the Blazers to victory over the Nuggets. Can Portland compete with Golden State? The Lakers have a new coach (and assistant). Danny and Raja analyze the Frank Vogel hire and if there's a legitimate shot that Kyrie Irving re-joins LeBron James. Finally, John Beilein making the jump from college to the pros. SPOILER ALERT as we talk Game of Thrones to finish the show. 
  • Episode 291: The pressure is on the Rockets and James Harden

    Kanell and Bell welcome David Samson to share stories of fans fighting for keepsake baseballs including a great tale from Ken Griffey Jr's 600th home run. The guys also chat Kyler Murray's rookie deal and if he made the right move picking football over baseball. Danny and Raja discuss the Sixers forcing a Game 7 against the Raptors and the play of Joel Embiid, as well as how Kevin Durant's absence puts a ton of pressure on the Rockets to beat the Warriors. Finally, perspective from two former players on how to cope with retirement. 
  • Episode 290: Durant is hurt, the Lakers are a mess and Kyrie is done

    Kanell and Bell discuss the impact of Kevin Durant's calf injury and how that affects the Warriors this series and potentially moving forward. The guys also react to Ty Lue turning down a coaching offer from the Lakers and how dysfunctional the organization remains. Next, the Celtics are out and Kyrie looks to be on the way out too. Who would you rather pay a big contract: Dak or Wentz? And who's the better coach: Dabo or Saban?

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  • Episode 289: Metta World Peace on playing with Kobe, working at Circuit City and mental health in the NBA

    Kanell and Bell discuss horse racing and golf to kick off the show as Derby winner Country House has been pulled from the Preakness and John Daly has been given a medical exemption to use a golf cart for the PGA Championship. Next, the guys breakdown the Sixers embarrassing effort against the Raptors in Game 5 and Joel Embiid's continued health concerns. Danny and Raja then welcome in Metta World Peace to talk about his upcoming documentary ('Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story' set to premiere May 31 on Showtime). Metta discusses his earliest basketball memories, how he would defend today's top talent, playing with Kobe Bryant and against Raja Bell. The guys then welcome in Pete Blackburn to break down the NHL playoffs. Finally, some love for the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic, tonight's NBA picks and our weekly shoe showdown. 

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  • Episode 288: Kyrie Irving can't be the best player on a championship team

    Kanell and Bell analyze the Rockets evening their series with the Rockets behind physical play, while also focusing on the Warriors future and reports that they are prepared for offseason change, as well as indications Boogie Cousins could return from injury in the playoffs. The guys discuss the Bucks taking a commanding 3-1 series lead on the Celtics, before diving into Kyrie Irving's struggles with CBS Sports basketball writer Reid Forgrave. Next, Cam is feeling good and friendly and we continue to learn about Jon Gruden's culture in Oakland .
  • Episode 287: Kawhi and Durant dueling for best player/best postseason claim

    Kanell and Bell talk horses and react to a controversial Kentucky Derby finish, before diving into an NBA playoffs discussion focusing on Kawhi's incredible performance, if he's outplaying Kevin Durant and ongoing health concerns with Joel Embiid. The guys analyze LeBron James' comments on Magic Johnson's exit and reports that the Lakers are close to hiring Ty Lue. Danny thinks Clemson is officially the new Alabama, and are we overreacting to recent shooting struggles from Steph Curry?
  • Episode 286: Don't blame the MLB for juicing baseballs

    Danny Kanell and guest host David Samson talk life and basketball including the Sixers dominating performance over the Raptors last night and what this series means for Kawhi's future in Toronto. Danny and David shift focus to baseball and the juicing of the balls, before examining Shohei Ohtani's impatience and how the Yankees have dealt with injuries. Next, the guys chat Kentucky Derby and more Dave Gettleman. Lastly, even without Raja, we include some Fortnite discussion.
  • Episode 285: NBA playoffs taking a hit due to no LeBron and Warriors' fatigue

    Kanell and Bell start today's podcast simply by talking what's on their mind, before eventually discussing Kentucky Derby. The guys discuss the intrigue in this year's NBA playoffs and how offseason hoops rumors have gotten a bit out of control. Next, Danny hits us with some Game of Thrones theories before diving into Philly fans booing Bryce Harper. We focus on dealing with criticism in sports in relation to Daniel Jones, and if any players will be suspended for leaving the bench in Nuggets-Blazers. Finally, Dwayne Haskins gets his No. 7 and Tiger is skipping the Wells Fargo Championship.

  • Episode 284: Injuries, not refs the storyline in Warriors-Rockets Game 2

    Kanell and Bell react to Game 2 between the Rockets and Warriors, highlighting the positive job the officials did and analyzing the impact of injuries to James Harden and Steph Curry. Next, the guys discuss how athletes deal with pressure and what separates good and great players. Danny and Raja chat the Bucks blowout of the Celtics, and the Packers handing out Clay Matthews' old #52 to rookie Rashan Gary. We welcome Pete Blackburn in to talk about the NHL playoffs, before evaluating odds for the 1st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Finally, more on Jeopardy!
  • Episode 283: Refs need to take control of Warriors-Rockets series and not be a storyline

    Kanell and Bell discuss the NBA's release of the last two minute report for Game 1 of Rockets-Warriors and dissect what calls the league got right and wrong. The guys react to Chris Paul not being suspended and Scott Foster being assigned to Game 2. Next, Danny and Raja breakdown the Sixers win over the Raptors and their best remaining players in the postseason. We take a look at some early NFL over/unders before sharing angry injury stories. 
  • Episode 282: Should Warriors have been whistled on James Harden 3-pointers? Game of Thrones reaction

    Kanell and Bell start Monday's episode with reactions to last night's Game of Thrones episode (SPOILER ALERT!). The guys then recap the rest of the NFL Draft highlighted by Josh Rosen's trade to the Dolphins and Dave Gettleman's perplexing explanation for selecting Daniel Jones. Danny and Raja then discuss yesterday's Game 1 between the Warriors and Rockets with a heavy focus on officiating. Raja details why James Harden should have been sent to to the line a lot more on Sunday. Next, how the Celtics contained Giannis, plus explaining D.K. Metcalf's drop in the draft. Finally, is it better to go undrafted than in the 7th round and should underclassmen be allowed to return to school?
  • Episode 281: NFL Draft Recap! Cards pick Kyler, Giants take Jones, Redskins land Haskins

    Kanell and Bell are in Nashville for the NFL Draft and to recap Thursday's Round 1. The guys are joined by CBS Sports draft expert Ryan Wilson to evaluate the selections of three quarterbacks in the first round, including the Cardinals committing to Kyler Murray at #1, the Giants reaching for Daniel Jones at #6 and the Redskins selecting Dwayne Haskins #15. Danny, Raja and Ryan also evaluate the Jets, Raiders and Broncos 1st-rounds. Next, a difficult discussion on Tyreek Hill after disturbing audio with his fiancee was released yesterday. Also, why is Greedy Williams dropping? The guys react to breaking news of Dabo Swinney's contract extension before looking ahead at Day 2 of the draft. 
  • Episode 280: Draft Day! Interview with top WR prospect D.K. Metcalf from Nashville

    Kanell and Bell are in Nashville for the NFL Draft and are joined by Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf to discuss his insane combine performance, draft expectations and more. Danny and Raja then analyze how much pressure is on the Raiders, plus why it's a mistake for Daniel Snyder to be in charge of the Redskins' draft. The guys breakdown Game 5s in the Western Conference with the Clippers staying alive against the Warriors and the Rockets closing out the Jazz. Finally, some NFL Draft props to close the show. 
  • Episode 279: Damian Lillard buries series-clinching buzzer-beating 37-footer

    Kanell and Bell react to an epic finish to Blazers-Thunders and even more heroics from Damian Lillard. The guys also discuss what's next for Oklahoma City, and how serious a contender the Sixers and Raptors will be the rest of these playoffs. The guys analyze the Seahawks dealing Frank Clark to the Chiefs and a trade demand from a kicker!? Pete Blackburn joins the show to breakdown the hockey playoffs, before Danny and Raja rail against the NCAA.

  • Episode 278: Magic Johnson's continued involvement showcases Lakers' dysfunction

    Kanell and Bell discuss Odell Beckham taking to Twitter to address Dave Gettleman's comments about the Giants' culture (3:30). The guys also hit on the odds Kyler Murray is still selected #1 overall (15:30). Danny and Raja dissect why Magic Johnson remains loosely involved with the Lakers and why it's such a bad idea to keep that relationship going (20:51). Next, how can the Celtics contain Giannis (30:00), plus how dysfunctional are the Suns? Finally, Donovan McNabb seems bitter (42:00) and NBA playoff picks. 

  • Episode 277: Russell Westbrook is beefing...with Dame and the media

    Raja Bell is joined by guest host Tommy Tran to breakdown the NBA playoffs including Kevin Durant and company silencing the Clippers, the Celtics completing the sweep of the Pacers, the Thunder falling behind 3-1 to the Blazers and Russell Westbrook's antics with the media. Next, the guys discuss the league's relationship with refs following a double-ejection in Saturday's Sixers-Nets matchup. Raja and Tommy react to the Raiders sending scouts home prior to the draft plus Jalen Ramsey's response to Tom Coughlin. Finally,  a new look for Russell Wilson, another Yankees injury and NBA playoff picks. Spoiler Alert! The last 45 seconds of the episode discusses Game of Thrones. 
  • Episode 276: Breaking down bat flips and baseball etiquette

    Danny Kanell and David Samson dive into a discussion on bat flips and baseball etiquette. Next, the Sixers win without Joel Embiid and Josh Rosen finally comments on his offseason full of trade rumors. Danny and David analyze the current state of the AL East and 
  • Episode 275: The 2019 NFL schedule has been released

    Kanell and Bell react to the release of the NFL schedule and discuss what players immediately look for. The guys also discuss James Harden's heroics stretching into the playoffs before breaking down another bat 'flip' and clearing of the benches in baseball. Raja confirms he will not be joining David Griffin in the Pelicans' front office but does offer his thoughts on New Orleans' chances of keeping Anthony Davis. Lastly, spoofing Russell Wilson and picking Thursday night in the NBA. 
  • Episode 274: Russell Westbrook vs. Damian Lillard is becoming a great NBA rivalry

    Kanell and Bell react to a busy night in the NBA playoffs, including the Blazers taking a 2-0 series lead over the Thunder with a focus on Dame vs. Russ, the Raptors and Kyle Lowry responding by blowing out the Magic, and the Nuggets using a brilliant 4th quarter from Jamal Murray to even their series with the Spurs. The guys chat more on Boogie Cousins' injury now that he is officially out indefinitely, as well as what's the latest with the Lakers. Danny and Raja welcome Pete Blackburn to guide them through the NHL playoffs. We end with Wednesday night NBA picks and our weekly shoe showdown. 

  • Episode 273: Russell Wilson the latest to sign record extension

    Kanell and Bell react to the Clippers historic comeback against the Warriors and the impact of losing Boogie Cousins for Golden State. The guys also discuss Russell Wilson's new contract with the Seahawks and Joel Embiid's flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen. Danny and Raja breakdown Zion Williamson declaring for the NBA Draft and something that other sports leagues can copy from hockey!? Finally, NBA Game 2 previews. 

  • Episode 272: Tiger Woods wins Masters, captures first major since 2008

    Kanell and Bell react to Tiger Woods winning the Masters and his first major since 2008 (0:20). The guys discuss how incredible his comeback has been and if he will catch Jack Nicklaus. Danny recaps his experience at the Masters (16:00), before analysis of the NBA Playoffs (21:00). We take a look at Paul George's injured shoulder, Kyle Lowry's sluggish start to the postseason, Ben Simmons' struggling and calling out fans, and Steph going off. Finally, it's self-imposed deadline day for Russell Wilson (40:00), while Luke Walton looks to be the new Kings coach (45:00). 
  • Episode 271: Please pay attention to Brooks Koepka, More on Masters

    Kanell and Bell discuss Day 1 of the Masters (:30) and look ahead to Day 2, focusing on Tiger's performance, Brooks Koepka's stardom, a surprising Phil Mickelson, and a struggling Jordan Spieth. The guys react to more social media drama from Steelers and ex-Steelers (21:45) as well as Nick Bosa's activity on Twitter. Next, Danny and Raja chat more on how news is spread these days in relation to how Dave Joerger found out he was fired by the Kings (33:30). Finally, Masters weekend predictions (40:30).
  • Episode 270: It's all about The Masters

    Kanell and Bell are pumped to breakdown all things Masters (1:00), including Dustin Johnson's need for another major, Jordan Spieth's previous success, and Rory's successful season to date. The guys then shift focus to the NBA (20:30), reacting to Raja's Rookie of the Year pick dropping 40 in the regular season finale, then analyzing the East and West playoffs. Danny and Raja discuss Dwayne Haskins not attending the NFL Draft (31:30) and end with some Tiger talk (37:30). 
  • Episode 269: Magic Johnson deserves to get blasted for job with Lakers

    Kanell and Bell react to Magic Johnson's surprising decision to step down as president of the Lakers (:30), before analyzing what's next for the organization. The guys then discuss the final home games for Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki (17:00). Next, up a Masters lookahead focusing on Danny and Raja's confidence in Tiger Woods (24:00). CBS Sports NHL writer Pete Blackburn joins to  preview the NHL playoffs. And finally, Giannis turns down Space Jam 2 (37:00). 

  • Episode 268: Virginia completes redemption story, wins 1st title

    Kanell and Bell react to Virginia winning their 1st ever hoops title (1:00) while focusing on the Cavaliers' redemption story, De'Andre Hunter's huge night and Tony Bennett breaking through. Next, the guys are joined by CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert (15:30) to give an inside look at the legendary career of Dirk Nowitzki. Danny and Raja analyze a players poll (28:00) which labeled Russell Westbrook and Draymond Green as the NBA's most overrated and James Harden as the league's MVP. Finally, Aaron Rodgers responded to last week's 'smear attack' (42:00). 
  • Episode 267: Texas Tech vs Virginia for championship following controversial ending in Final Four

    Kanell and Bell are joined by Reid Forgrave from Minneapolis to discuss the end of UVA-Auburn (1:00), before diving into previewing tonight's National Championship Game (7:00). The guys also react to claims that Zion Williamson was paid by Nike to pick Duke (12:00). Next, Danny and Raja analyze Antonio Brown's social media jabs towards Juju Smith-Schuster (22:30), Nick Saban's comments on early entrants in the NFL draft (28:30) and the benches clearing in Reds-Pirates yesterday (36:30). Finally, an early Masters look (41:30) and title game picks. 
  • Episode 266: One-and-dones noticeably absent from Final Four

    Kanell and Bell are joined by Matt Norlander and Tim Doyle from Minneapolis to breakdown the Final Four including intriguing storylines, the lack of freshmen talent, the coaches and matchups. The guys discuss Sixers-Bucks or more like Embiid-Giannis, before diving into a Bleacher Report article detailing how egos split up Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. Next, some Eastern Conference playoff discussion and analysis of the Jets new jerseys. Finally, Final Four picks and Raja's new job! 
  • Episode 265: BIG3 coming to CBS Sports, will Raja get involved?

    Kanell and Bell discuss another ejection from Gregg Popovich (2:30), the red-hot Rockets (9:30) and Doc Rivers as a Coach of the Year candidate (14:30). The guys then analyze whether the Nationals should have thrown at Bryce Harper (19:30), before dissecting the battle for the top pick in the NBA Draft (24:30). Big news next as CBS Sports and the BIG3 agree to a television rights deal to air games this summer (29:30). What's Raja's interest? Finally, Shaq or age 24 (43:00)?

  • Episode 264: Russell Westbrook has historic night, Russell Wilson sets deadline for new contract

    Kanell and Bell breakdown Russell Westbrook's 20-20-20 statline last night vs the Lakers, the Warriors beating the Nuggets and fines for three Golden State stars. The guys then discuss Russell Wilson's desire for a new contract and the Raiders working out some top QBs. Danny and Raja analyze what went wrong for the AAF and comments on coaching from Geno Auriemma. Finally, reaction to Bryce Harper's bat flip and a not very audio-appealing sneaker showdown (check out social media for those clips)! 
  • Episode 263: Zion Williamson should command more than $100 million in shoe deal

    Kanell and Bell discuss Zion Williamson's earning potential as he looks to sign a shoe deal (3:00). The guys discuss OBJ being introduced by the Browns (13:30), Ben Roethlisberger's radio show (19:00) and Julio Jones' contract (24:00). Danny and Raja dissect John Calipari's lifetime contract with Kentucky (28:30) and Bryce Harper's return to Washington (33:30). Finally, could LeBron play in the 2020 Olympics (40:00)?
  • Episode 262: Duke goes down for further proof one-and-dones rarely win titles

    Kanell and Bell react to a fantastic Elite Eight (1:30) including Duke going down, the end of Zion's college career, Coach K's performance, and how one-and-dones have hurt the Blue Devils. The guys then discuss LeBron being shut down by the Lakers (18:00) and the failure of his first season in Los Angeles. Next, another officiating controversy to dissect in the NBA (30:30), before an update on Tiger Woods leading up to the Masters. Finally, Tankathon Monday in The Association (40:30). 
  • Episode 261: Is Zion Williamson guaranteed to be an NBA superstar?

    Danny Kanell and Brady Quinn react to Thursday's Sweet 16 games (4:00) including Florida State's exit and questionable coaching and calls in Tennessee-Purdue. The guys also further discuss pass interference rule changes (11:00), the Cardinals options at No. 1 (21:00) and Baker Mayfield's potential second-year jump (26:00). Danny and Brady analyze if Zion Williamson is a lock to own the NBA (29:30), before finishing with some breakdancing talk (46:00). 

  • Episode 260: The Nationals are better off without Bryce Harper

    Danny Kanell is joined by David Samson to recall Opening Day memories (5:30) including a few to forget with the Marlins, the Yankees and Red Sox fighting for AL East supremacy (11:30) and the impact of Bryce Harper's exit in DC (16:30). The guys then discuss how analytics impact the free agent market (22:00), why the MLB fails to market its stars (27:00), before issuing World Series predictions. Danny then discusses OBJ in Cleveland (32:00) and Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma (35:30). 

  • Episode 259: Pass interference now reviewable in the NFL

    Danny Kanell and guest host Tommy Tran chat fashion to kick things off, which is followed by a dissection Kliff Kingsbury's comments (5:30) on both Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray from the NFL's owners' meetings. The guys also chat the Giants' evolving quarterback plan  (13:00) and then focus on the massive change to the pass interference rule in the league (19:00). Next, Chip Patterson joins to break down the Sweet 16 (29:00) including Florida State's chances of upsetting Gonzaga and the status of Kentucky's PJ Washington. Finally, thanks to Eminem for listening to the show (42:00). 

  • Episode 258: Jacob deGrom just the most recent in wave of pricey MLB extensions

    Danny Kanell is joined by David Samson to discuss Jacob deGrom's extension (4:00), the MLB offseason, Mike Trout's decision to re-up with the Angels and Noah Syndergaard's critical comments of the Mets organization. Next, David shares Ichiro stories (24:00) after spending last week in Japan to watch his final MLB series. Then, Gary Parrish joins Danny for an NCAA Tournament breakdown (30:30) including how Duke can be beaten. Finally, the never-ending drama in Pittsburgh adds another social media chapter (38:30). 

  • Episode 257: Duke survives scare, Zion delivers on hype

    Danny Kanell and Tommy Tran are joined by Matt Norlander to discuss the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament (1:00) with a focus on Duke barely edging UCF and Ja Morant's impressive 2-game performance. Danny and Tommy also discuss the outrage around Tom Izzo berating a player during a tourney game (17:00) and Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement (29:00). Finally, Lane Kiffin doesn't appear to be a fan of the transfer portal (39:00). 

  • March Madness Bonus: Raja Bell and Rip Hamilton break down the NCAA Tournament

    With Danny out in Vegas, former NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion Rip Hamilton joins Raja to remember some memorable March moments at UConn, while also taking a look at stars in this year's tournament. 
  • Episode 256: 'Load management' is becoming an all too popular phrase in the NBA

    Kanell and Bell discuss D'Angelo Russell's dominant 4th quarter performance leading the Nets to an epic comeback victory last night (2:30), before reacting to March Madness tipping off with the First Four (9:00). The guys then focus on a possible trend of college basketball players skipping the postseason in order to prep for the NBA Draft (14:00). Danny and Raja shift to college football (21:00), examining Tate Martell's transfer waiver, Nick Bosa's health and Dwayne Haskins' hype. Lastly, we talk about load management in the NBA (34:00), a day after both LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Lakers-Bucks. 
  • Episode 255: Mike Trout signs richest deal in MLB history to remain with Angels

    Kanell and Bell breakdown brackets of all kinds before discussing how March could impact pro prospects that will be featured on college basketball's biggest stage (5:00). Next, Danny and Raja try to guess what Dave Gettleman's plan is for the Giants (15:30) and react to breaking news of Mike Trout's record-setting deal with the Angels (23:30). The guys analyze the Spurs' success (27:30) and Isaiah Thomas' return to Boston (34:00). Finally, some Fortnite chatter (38:00). 

  • Episode 254: Duke the top overall seed as brackets are set

    Kanell and Bell react to the March Madness field (1:30) with a focus on the ACC's dominance, mid-majors that didn't make it and the likelihood of Duke winning the title. Danny and Raja then discuss takeaways from Tiger Wood's performance at TPC Sawgrass (17:00) before dissecting the Dolphins' plans to tank in 2019. Next, a debate between Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo as to who you would want to start a team (27:30), followed by analysis of LeBron's late-season health and complacency. Finally, a breakdown of some epic tanking (39:30) and bad umping.

  • Episode 253: Zion near-perfect in return to court wearing different shoes

    Kanell and Bell analyze Zion Williamson's incredible return for Duke in the ACC Tourney (2:00), breaking down his pro potential, his shoe selection and the tripping incident involving a Syracuse player. The guys react to breaking news of Kareem Hunt's suspension (11:00) and the risk the Browns are taking with Odell Beckham Jr. Danny and Raja talk Tiger in The Players (24:00) and the Raptors trying to convince Kawhi Leonard to stay in Toronto (28:00). More on Nick Foles changing the locker room culture in Jacksonville (37:30), number swaps and home run derby incentives to finish the show. 

  • Episode 252: Were we too quick to judge Jon Gruden? (Plus some Utah love)

    Kanell and Bell start the podcast by talking hockey and fighting in the sport (1:00). The guys then dive into the Raiders offseason (5:00) and Odell potentially wanting a new contract in Cleveland (14:00). Next, Danny and Raja analyze Kyler Murray's Pro Day (18:30) and the Warriors beating the Rockets last night (23:30). We address Lamar Jackson's Instagram video he apologized for (29:00) and the safety market in the NFL right now. Finally, Raja shouts out Utah (37;00). 
  • Episode 251: Odell traded to Browns, Le'Veon signs with Jets

    Kanell and Bell react to a wild day in the NFL with Odell Beckham Jr being dealt to the Browns (2:00) and Le'Veon Bell signing a free agent contract with the Jets (13:00). The guys then preview Kyler Murray's Pro Day (21:00) and update us on Russell Westbrook's incident in Utah the other night (30:00). Finally, Danny and Raja discuss the college admissions bribery scandal that stole headlines yesterday (37:00). 

  • Episode 250: Russell Westbrook threatens courtside fans, but was he justified?

    Kanell and Bell react to the free agency frenzy around the NFL (1:00), focusing on deals for Nick Foles, Landon Collins and the Raiders big-spending. Next, the guys react to the situation involving Russell Westbrook and some fans in Utah last night (17:30), before analyzing a fight between Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss. Danny and Raja discuss the difficulty of coaching the Warriors (29:00) and the job Steve Kerr has done during his tenure. We stay on brand (39:30) and chat about Lou Williams breaking the NBA's all-time record for scoring 'off the bench'. We end with Iditarod talk!

  • Episode 249: Antonio Brown deal finally goes down as AB is a Raider

    Danny Kanell and Pete Prisco discuss the Steelers trading Antonio Brown to the Raiders, how Oakland could be sneakily competitive and the failures of Pittsburgh to capitalize with AB and Le'Veon Bell (1:00). The guys also react to other news and notes from NFL Free Agency while taking a look at the Giants' plan (13:00). Danny and Pete chat about the Lakers tanking efforts (17:30), if they remain an offseason destination and how LeBron's legacy could be affected based on this year. We cover Dirk's comments on today's NBA (26:00), Will Wade's suspension from LSU (29:00) and Alex Hornibrook's transfer to Florida State. Finally, James Dolan talk (41:30).  

  • Episode 248: Antonio Brown is NOT a Buffalo Bill

    Danny Kanell recaps a wild night of NFL reporting that had Antonio Brown being traded to the Bills (1:00), before that rumor was squashed. Danny discusses why he still thinks the Steelers will struggle to trade AB. We welcome Chip Patterson to chat college hoops (16:30) with a focus on Zion, the SEC and Buffalo. Next, Jamey Eisenberg joins DK (29:00) to talk more about Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell and their potential landing spots. 
  • Episode 247: LeBron passes MJ for 4th on all-time scoring list

    Kanell and Bell discuss LeBron James passing Michael Jordan for 4th on the NBA's all-time scoring list (4:30), debating the pairs' contrasting style and why Bron isn't idolized the same way MJ was. The guys also analyze the Lakers continued struggles and blame being placed on 'fake' trade deadline rumors. Next, Danny and Raja hit on potential trades in the NFL (21:00) involving Antonio Brown and Josh Rosen, before discussing the matchup between the lowly Suns and lowly Knicks (32:30). Finally, we talk about Bryce Harper's recruitment of Mike Trout (40:45). 

  • Episode 246: What's it like being cut?

    Kanell and Bell discuss the Celtics rebound win over the Warriors (1:00) and the criticism that Kyler Murray is facing for how he fared away from the field at the NFL Combine (9:00). Next, Danny and Raja breakdown their experiences and feelings of being cut (19:30). The guys talk Duke and Zion (27:30) before delving into why college stars seem to struggle from the free throw line (33:00). Finally, a conversation of Trevor Lawrence and his intention to play out his years at Clemson (40:00). 
  • Episode 245: Has KD officially passed LeBron as the NBA's best?

    Kanell and Bell discuss Danny's horrific travel experience (1:00), then dive into the Cardinals' decision and what to do with the number one overall pick, while considering the future Kyler Murray and Josh Rosen (7:00). Next, the guys break down Danny's top draft prospects and comment on how much guys should show on tape following their final collegiate seasons (15:00). Next, Danny and Raja analyze Kevin Durant's place among the game's best (21:00) and LeBron's leadership or lack thereof. Football chatter returns as we analyze Nick Foles potentially signing with the Jaguars (28:00) and the silly nature of the franchise tag (33:00). Finally, none other than a focus on Kyrie Irving's mood and comments (41:30). 

  • Episode 244: Good chance Kyler Murray is picked ahead of Dwayne Haskins

    Raja Bell and guest host Tommy Tran are joined by Ryan Wilson from the NFL Combine (1:00) to discuss Kyler Murray potentially leapfrogging Dwayne Haskins, DK Metcalf's insane performance, the defensive line class and whacky questions that teams pose to prospects. The guys then discuss Kyrie Irving's tipping point in Boston (17:30) and Adam Silver's perceived unhappiness of NBA players. Next, Raja and Tommy talk Trae Young's ejection (31:30) and how refs continue to make poor decisions. 

  • Episode 243: Bryce Harper headed to Philadelphia with largest contract ever

    Raja Bell and guest host Tommy Tran are joined by Brady Quinn from the NFL Combine to further discuss Kyler Murray's measurements, the 2019 running back class, and prospects he's excited to see in Indy (1:00). Next, the guys discuss Bryce Harper signing a mega-deal with the Phillies (16:00), the Sixers surviving Joel Embiid's absence and James Harden breaking a brief slump. Raja and Tommy then discuss hockey(!!!) and John Tavares' return game against the Islanders (29:30), the Pacers 'open-door' policy for free agents and expectations for the AD/AB episode of 'The Shop.' Finally, we chat Dirk's indecision on retirement (41:30)