Ironic or Coincidental?

Today on ZardCast, the guys return to talk about the Washington Wizards big move for Markieff Morris at the trade deadline, an up-and-down start after the All Star break, Garrett Temple’s Temple Run, a packed “This Week in John Wall” and much more.

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Topics discussed include:

  • The guys are back! They took off a week for the All Star Game, CT was in Florida this week
  • The Wizards are players at the trade deadline once again, bringing in Markieff Morris
  • Erinie Grunfeld disrespects the draft
  • Washington signs J.J. Hickson. The guys know nothing about him, but he’s not DeJuan Blair so it’s ok
  • CT doesn’t remember watching the Utah Jazz game, was engrossed by a Terps loss instead. Dave doesn’t remember a whole lot either
  • It was ironic and coincidental that Markieff played his brother Marcus Morris in his first game for the Wizards
  • Which parts of the Alan Morrisette song “Ironic” is actually irony
  • CT overreacts to the Zards losing to Miami on Twitter, but still mostly stands by his overreaction
  • Wizards beat the Pelicans. New Orleans is garbage. John Wall able to notch a triple double on a poor shooting night
  • Facing an undermanned Chicago Bulls team, Washington blows it. Can’t have another loss like that the rest of the way
  • What’s up with Randy Wittman’s funky starting lineup? Brad Beal needs to start, as does Markieff Morris
  • Garrett Temple has at least one Temple Run every game. His game is not meant for the Eurostep
  • Running through the Eastern Conference standings
  • Stringing wins together has long been a problem for Randy Wittman teams
  • Randy’s speeches in the locker room probably sound garbled
  • Alan Anderson returns!
  • This Week in John Wall
  • Dave reveals he worked at Chick-fil-a, McDonald’s either only has the muffins or the chicken biscuit all day — Never both
  • Discussing Wall’s comments on the crowd going wild for the free chicken sandwiches
  • Interesting nuggets from the Michael Lee piece on John Wall
  • Wall wasn’t a big fan of all the short contracts the Wizards signed during the offseason
  • Dave doesn’t sympathize with him too much after Wall admits he was out of shape the first month of the season
  • The guys are rolling in advertising money

Ben Mehic From Wiz of Awes, Golden State Circus in DC, Just Another Saturday in Charlotte, Podcast Business Meeting Gone Awry

Today on ZardCast, the guys welcome Wiz of Awes Editor Ben Mehic to the show following a win over the New York Knicks to talk about everything wrong with the Washington Wizards including needing star performances from John Wall to beat bad teams. Later, CT and Dave discuss the circus that was Golden State coming to town, John Wall and Steph Curry dueling, a podcast business meeting goes all wrong at the 76ers game and another terrible loss in Charlotte. Plus: Pop Culture Detour on The People vs. OJ Simpson.

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Topics discussed include:

  • The guys convene following a win over the New York Knicks and are joined by Wiz of Awes Editor Ben Mehic
  • Running down a close win over the Knicks that the Wizards nearly blew. It sucks we need superstar performances from John Wall to barely beat bad Eastern Conference teams
  • Ben says there’s no downside to firing Randy Wittman
  • Are you a believer in the narrative that they’ll take advantage of a weak schedule, Alan Anderson coming back and playing well? Ben doesn’t think the Wizards are capable
  • His biggest complaint is Ernie Grunfeld’s roster construction
  • Does Kevin Durant love his cousins?
  • Is uncertainty around Otto Porter a thing? The Wizards just figured out he’s best at the four position
  • Kris Humphries returns from injury, shoots a three
  • Ben says Alan Anderson has the best handshake game
  • Check out Wiz of Awes new podcast, Taking Care of Wizness
  • Golden State Warriors come to town and it’s like the goddamn circus showed up
  • Steph Curry goes nuts and 7 threes, scores 25 in the first quarter. Ends up with 51 total
  • John outplays him for the next three quarters, scoring a season high 41
  • Warriors able to fend off Washington in an entertaining game
  • ZardCast was in the building for the Wizard’s win over Philadelphia
  • CT gets the all you can drink package, Dave and Duncan wanted to utilize the outing to talk business
  • Duncan is heated at CT for not taking things serious, doesn’t post for the podcast
  • John Wall notches a triple double
  • Zards really know how to lose in horrific fashion when in Charlotte, did the same thing back in November
  • Jared Dudley is shooting 47% from three, not invited to the three point challenge during All Star Weekend
  • CT is not watching the NBA All Star game over The Walking Dead
  • “This Week in John Wall” — Dabbling in the John Well
  • Where do you stand on John shooting more jumpers?
  • Pop Culture Detour: Discussing The People vs. OJ Simpson
  • Get over Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Schwimmer already, they’re actors

Internet Beefs, Gross Loss to Denver, One Stop in Houston, Gilbert Arenas as Frank Abagnale for Strip Clubs, Manageable February Schedule?

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan begrudgingly discuss the Washington Wizards as they haven’t been very fun to watch as of late. They start off by addressing Internet drama with a certain Bullets Forever blogger, what they’ll discuss when the season ends prematurely, a gross loss to the Denver Nuggets, a wild win in Houston and being overmatched in Oklahoma City. Later, the podcast gets back to its roots by discussing the young adult fiction genre, Kevin Durant possibly going to the Warriors, Gilbert Arenas as the Frank Abagnale of strip clubs, John Wall’s third All Star Game and a February schedule that looks far more promising than January’s.

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Topics discussed include:

  • Duncan explains his beef with Jake Whitacre
  • The guys throw out ideas for what to do on the podcast whenever the Wizards season is actually over. CT suggests the O.J. Simpson drama, Dave insults the listeners and wants to read his TV pilots
  • Wizards lose a gross one to the Denver Nuggets. Duncan says this was an awful match-up and says no one should’ve watched this
  • Washington wins a wild one in Houston, get ONE defensive stop and hang onto the win
  • Nene and Dwight Howard are both ejected
  • The guys hate how the referees are always the focus in Rockets games between the cynical play of Howard and James Harden
  • The pod gets back to its roots by discussing young adult fiction. Duncan watched Insurgent, CT is excited to watch Mockingjay, Part 1 on Amazon Prime
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder smashed the Wizards
  • Thunder couldn’t miss in the first quarter, any time the Zards would creep back in the game OKC would pour it back on
  • Gene Wojnarowski floats the possibility of Kevin Durant heading to the Golden State Warriors
  • Dave hates Karl Malone
  • Gilbert Arenas admits to credit card fraud on Instagram, has really been going off the rails lately
  • Arenas is like the Frank Abagnale of strip club security
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • John makes his third All Star Game
  • Dave hasn’t heard from John, wants to hire a skywriter to get his attention
  • CT took a Caribbean history class because he loves pirates
  • Who is the most swashbuckling member of the Warriors?
  • Wednesday is looking to be a night similar to Kobe Bryant’s final time in D.C.
  • Duncan went to a Capitals game and was reminded of the stark disparity between crowds at the Verizon Center
  • The Wizards February schedule is much more manageable than January