Tough Home Losses, Magic Sweep, Nene the Matador, Flatulence Talk, “The Revenant”

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan convene to discuss a pair of tough home losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, sweeping the Orlando Magic for the third season in a row, beating the Chicago Bulls on the road, a full-fledged injury report, Eastern Conference standings, John Wall firing his agent, the guys’ plans to attend the new few home games. Plus, Duncan gets lost, flatulence in the workplace, and a pop culture detour to review Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest flick, “The Revenant.”

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ZardCast Turns 1

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan return after the holiday season to discuss the podcast’s first birthday, where the Washington Wizards stand entering 2016, John Wall’s Eastern Conference player of the month award, a complete injury rundown, a look at the Eastern Conference standings and a bonus segment all on “Making a Murderer.”

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Topics discussed include:

  • ZardCast turns one!
  • Wizards are in fine shape, hovering around .500
  • Even still contending for a top-4 seed
  • Rundown of games during the last two weeks
  • The guys are excited back freestyle snowmobiling returning to the Winter X Games
  • Marcin Gortat had a hot December
  • John Wall becomes the first Wizard since Gilbert Arenas in 2006 to nab Eastern Conference player of the month
  • Wall calls NBA All Star Game voting a joke
  • Full injury rundown, the team sucks at giving updates or status reports on its players
  • Eastern Conference standings, to the tune of the Martell Webster Overture
  • Favorite podcasting moments of the year
  • *Spoiler Alert* Final 20 minutes discussing “Making a Murderer”

ZardCast Holiday Party


Today on ZardCast, CT, David and Duncan deliver a podcast packed with Wizards talk and a dash of holiday cheer. The guys get into the rough week for Washington running down the team’s defensive issues, offensive woes, rash of injuries and the increasingly difficult Eastern Conference. Later, Sidney Melbourne drops by with some big news, the pod addresses Bill Simmons’ hypothetical Dwight Howard trade, John Wall’s $47,000 charity visit to the strip club and much more.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Due the the Christmas holiday and the wackiness that surrounds it, ZardCast will be taking the week off. We aim to return right before the new year. Thanks for listening.

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Topics discussed include:

  • Holiday episode this week, no pod next week
  • CT hates Nick Cannon
  • Dave nearly gets his eye taken out by a rogue champagne cork
  • It’s been a bad week for the Wizards, going 1-4 since the last pod
  • Huge issues defensively for Washington, among the worst in the NBA defending the three
  • Rattling off all the frustrating things about this team
  • The standings in the East are closely bunched, only five games out of the three seed
  • Nene’s injury might be the biggest of them all, he’s the engine on defense
  • The constant going back and forth between offenses is not working and allowing for any consistency
  • Bradley Beal will be evaluated in two weeks, let’s hope this is just another short injury stint
  • The Ramon Sessions, should be pursued in the offseason
  • Discussing the absurdity of Bill Simmons’ hypothetical trade of Marcin Gortat, Nene, a first round pick for Dwight Howard
  • Should the Wizards try and get a big man before the trading deadline
  • What a joke it is that the Wizards didn’t draft Bobby Portis, they brought in a bunch of wings in free agency and need a real power forward
  • Duncan with the quick 76ers update
  • The first half of games in the January are all against Eastern Conference teams, will be a big sign of who the WIzards really are
  • Sidney Melbourne moves in next door, visits the podcast
  • Melbourne is fired up over Matthew Dellavedingo and Steven Adams facing off
  • Explaining the difference between New Zealand and Australia
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • John Wall was dealing with an ankle injury throughout November, spends $47k at a strip club in Dallas
  • The guys agree with Jalen Rose, it was an act of charity
  • Gilbert Arenas goes nuts on Instagram

Another Marquee Win Over Miami, Tiny Ball Revolution, Cult of Kobe Invades Verizon

Today on ZardCast, the guys discuss a big win over the East’s best team in the Miami Heat, embracing tiny ball life without any big men, the Cult of Kobe takeover of the Verizon Center and more.

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Beating the Cavs, John Wall is Mad at David, Rankings Losses by Sadness

Today on ZardCast, the guys return after a few weeks off to discuss a big win over the Cavaliers, the reason behind John Wall’s poor play in December, ranking the games in the losing streak in terms of sadness, saying goodbye to Martell Webster, Kobe Bryant retiring and much more.

  • Topics discussed include:
  • ZardCast is back
  • Nice win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to break a 4 game losing streak, John Wall has a big 35 point game
  • Wall’s slump possibly linked to the pod not playing his supercut last show, taking a few weeks off
  • Performance was antithetical to how they previously played
  • Marcin Gortat had a big night, Bradley Beal has a big third quarter, Randy Wittman’s tie is terrible
  • Rank the four game losing streak, a 4-tear scale
  • What went wrong over that stretch? The team names of who the Wizards lost to isn’t as bad as it appears at a glance
  • Kris Humphries being phased out of the starting lineup, caused some growing pains
  • Is Wittman still the worst? How should we feel about the Humphries experiment? David vents about how bad it failed, CT thinks maybe Wittman could run the offense how he’d want it to actually run with the second unit
  • Otto Porter’s been great. If he could hit wide open 3s he could be even more dangerous
  • Saying goodbye to Martell Webster, he will be missed
  • Wizards use injury exception and sign Ryan Hollins
  • Alan Anderson is set to start practicing, seems like a nice guy. Gary Neal does not
  • 76ers beat the Lakers, Byron Scott is weird
  • The news of Kobe Bryant retiring drew mixed emotions from the pod. Middle school Duncan was a fierce defender of Allen Iverson, CT was a Steve Nash guy, David says Kobe was his gateway into basketball as a young lad
  • NBA Recommendations
    • Surprisingly Awesome’s episode on free throws
    • The Warriors winning streak
    • NBA 2K
  • Should CT sabotage his fantasy basketball league?
  • STOP THE MUSIC! We forgot to shout out our Twitter shout outs

#KD2DC Flop, 50 Turnovers, Garrett Temple’s Guilty Pleasures

Today on ZardCast, CT, David and Duncan record immediately following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s beat down of the Washington Wizards to discuss the #KD2DC movement, lack of stadium environment, the flop against the Thunder, 50 turnovers in two games against the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics, rebounding issues, atrocious defense, Bradley Beal’s injury, Bradley Beal’s buzzer beater against the San Antonio Spurs, Garrett Temple’s guilty pleasures, NBA recommendations and much more.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: ZardCast will return next Friday, Nov. 20.
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John Wall and Bradley Beal Play Big, the Ramon Session, Sidney Melbourne’s Favorite NBA Wallaby

Today on ZardCast, the guys discuss the Wizards 2-1 start to the season with two close wins on the road against Orlando and Milwaukee, before succumbing to Carmelo Anthony’s powers. Plus: The John Wall-Bradley Beal hype machine is humming, Ramon Sessions gets his butt grabbed by a fan, hopping off or staying on the Humpwagon, “This Week in John Wall,” and new friend of the pod Sidney Melbourne comes by to compare animals in the outback to NBA players.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: ZardCast will return next Thursday, Nov. 12.

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Topics discussed include:

  • No one shouted out the show. Should they cancel the pod?
  • Actual games to discuss
  • CT and Dave confirmed that their neighbor is a Wizards fan after hearing a shriek when the goaltending penalty was ruled a non-call
  • John Wall and Bradley Beal come out on opening night and have big games, Wall’s the hero
  • The guys realize they’ve never talked about Caron Butler’s description of the guns in the locker room situation, will revisit on a later pod
  • Zards escape another one Friday night in Milwaukee
  • Dave’s glad to see Beal fired up, handling the scoring load down the stretch. Also allows John to lock in on defense
  • Wall and Beal are near the top of a few league statistical categories, the hype train is rolling for them
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo tears up the Wizards in the first half, Nene does a nice job helping in the second half
  • Ramon Sessions gets his own segment after being omitted from the last podcast. Gets his butt grabbed by an old guy in the stands on Friday
  • Wizards take their first lost in the home opener due to Carmelo Anthony
  • Melo was having one of those kinds of nights where he doesn’t miss a thing
  • Jared Dudley and Melo get into it. It stemmed from Dudley saying Melo, very reasonably, said he wasn’t a top five player
  • Who’s the most overrated player in the league?
  • Where does everyone stand on Kris Humphries at the power four? Dave’s pretty much off the Humpwagaon, CT thinks they need to stick with it
  • San Antonio Spurs will be a good stress test for Washington
  • The guys decide to go to the Thunder game and will record after
  • Bradley Beal doesn’t sign an extension, will become a restricted free agent
  • “This is Week in John Wall”
  • John as an MVP candidate? Could get some votes for defensive MVP
  • How does everyone feel about John’s new hair cut and will you copy it?
  • Sidney Melbourne joins the pod, been a basketball fan for four months
  • Melbourne compares Steph Curry to a wallaby, DeMarcus Cousins to a crocodile
  • Melbourne also learns who Stephen Adams is, says his mustache is better
  • The podcast is international

Wizards Predictions, Eastern Conference Preview, John Wall Giving up Gummi Bears, Beef with the Fowl Shot, Otto Porter Vines, “The Milwaukee Zone”

Today on ZardCast, CT, David and Duncan convene on the eve of the Washington Wizards season opener to answer a number of predictive questions and preview the rest of the Eastern Conference. Plus: John Wall giving up Gummi Bears, spending a day with Randy Wittman, beef with the Fowl Shot, Otto Porter Vines, “The Milwaukee Zone” and plenty of trash talk.

 

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Topics discussed include:
  • Duncan has three Christmases
  • Rest in peace, Flip Saunders
  • Vegas has the Wizards win total at 46.5 wins, can they get over 50? What’s basement? (Barring a disastrous injury situation)
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • CT botches sound drops, proves his fallibility
  • John Wall reported to have given up Gummi Bears to improve his physique, conditioning
  • Duncan used to wait on Wall while working at a restaurant, dude eats like a machine
  • How big do you think Wall’s poops are?
  • Does Wall knot a triple double this year?
  • What would you do with Randy Wittman if you had to spend a day with him? Duncan picks bowling, CT goes with old movie screening, David picks suit shopping
  • Who will be the most improved player on the Wizards be?
  • Who will be the Wizards best bench player? Best hype guy on the bench?
  • How many times the Verizon Center get free Chick-fil-a sandwiches this year? It was 14 last year
  • Dave has a beef with the Fowl Shot, wishes the free chicken sandwiches were tied to the Wizards winning. Also, there’s (almost) one-and-a-half Chick-fil-as in the District
  • Otto Porter will be an internet darling this year, already has some solid vines to his name before the season even started
  • Will Bradley Beal average 20 points?
  • What does Porter average? He’s going to be playing a lot
  • How many games does Nene miss
  • When does Nene start complaining about coming off the bench? Dave thinks if things are going badly, Wittman will turn to him faster, Duncan doesn’t think he’ll complain — If he embraces the bench role he will be HIGHLY useful
  • Can Kris Humphries hit a third of his threes? What’s the Wizards’ plan with him? Does his shot get reigned in?
  • When does Jared Dudley usurp Humphries as the starting power forward?
  • We’ve got to talk about Martell Webster. Does he play meaningful, effective minutes?
  • Do we see much of Kelly Oubre Jr.?
  • Who are this year’s frontrunners for Wittman’s dog house?
  • Wittman loves Garrett Temple
  • Who gets jettisoned in a mid-season trade?
  • The guys jostle through the Eastern Conference, labeling each team a CONTENDER or PRETENDER in the East
  • Atlanta has regressed
  • CT thinks a lot of teams in the East are in the Milwaukee Zone, getting a lot of preseason hype but won’t be as good or only be slightly improved
  • The guys reminisce on the Wizards humiliating all of Canada by defeating the Toronto Raptors. Kyle Lowry hasn’t been able to eat right since
  • Indiana doesn’t even sniff the Milwaukee zone, they’re at the bottom of the conference
  • The New York teams are looking UGLY
  • Chicago Bulls are FRAGILE (Even though they beat the Cavaliers as the pod was recorded)
  • CT keeps calling the Charlotte Hornets the Bobcats
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers might not get the No. 1 seed
  • So where do the Wizards end up landing in this mess?
  • NBA predictions with no explanation

Welcome to Season 2 of ZardCast

Today on ZardCast, the podcast returns for its second season with CT, Dave and Duncan convening to discuss the 2015-16 Washington Wizards season, hit on the news from the preseason, who’s hopped off the Zard train during the offseason and run down what’s new with every guy on the roster.

ZardCast will return next Wednesday and will generally drop episodes on Wednesdays until January 2016. After the new year, ZardCast will return to it’s regular recording Sunday/released on Monday schedule.

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Topics discussed include:

  • ZardCast is back!
  • We’ll be recording most Tuesdays between now and 2016, just as a head’s up
  • Duncan returns from his sweatshop empire in Puerto Rico
  • Aside from Cleveland, the East is wide open
  • Preseason update: Wizards are 4-1, playing uptempo on offense
  • DeJuan Blair is playing fairly well in the preseason, Wizards could try to move him to give a roster spot to Ish Smith or Toure’ Murry. Also, he has no ACLs
  • Martell Webster is dealing with arthritis in his hip, hasn’t played at all
  • Jared Dudley planning on playing in one of or both the last two preseason games
  • Saying goodbye to Kevin Seraphin and Paul Pierce
  • Did Seraphin’s signing to the Knicks move Carmelo Anthony’s needle (8===>)?
  • Dave declares Paul Pierce one of history’s greatest monster
  • The pod is recording without a soundboard, the guys feel like it’s affecting their performance
  • CT and Dave rearrange their living room, had nothing on the walls in the entire apartment until two days ago
  • Jared Dudley is a nice replacement for Paul Pierce
  • Alan Anderson has ankle surgery, again
  • Gary Neal is a nice upgrade at shooting guard, can provide some scoring off the bench
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. might play a little more than expected, could be frustrating to watch. Randy Wittman could be quick with the hook
  • The guys are bummed to see Bobby Portis averaging double digit rebounds in the preseason for the Bulls, would’ve like to see the Wizards draft him
  • Let’s hope the Wizards really stick to a change in offensive style, if for no other reason than to play to John Wall’s strengths
  • The guys try and hold off on drooling about John Wall, but can’t help themselves
  • Should be the second best player in the Eastern Conference, could be a fringe MVP candidate
  • Dave’s been texting and Snapchatting John, saying he’s completely focused on the preseason and keeps wearing suits around town
  • It’s a contract year for Bradley Beal, leading the team in scoring would really take a load off Wall
  • Marcin Gortat now wants to be called the Polish Gazelle, changed his number and was an advocate for “smaller ball” at the end of last season
  • Gortat is the most consistent player on the team outside of Wall, it hurts him to play with Nene
  • Nene is a big question mark on this year’s team. How is he going to handle coming off the bench to play center?
  • Nene and Gortat vs. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol would be an epic tag team wrestling match-up
  • Watch this Stone Cold Steve Austin Stunner compilation
  • CT had a lot of hot takes on wrestling as a sixth grader, could’ve done a podcast
  • Kris Humphries is probably going to the be starting power forward, has been taking a lot of threes during the preseason.
  • Dave would prefer to see Jared Dudley start at the four, CT likes Humphries as the starter
  • Wittman will take to his grave why Humphries never played in the playoffs
  • Uncle Drew Gooden is back, and that’s totally cool
  • It’s Otto Porter time! Breakout player of the playoffs
  • Duncan tried to temper Otto expectations, but is starting to drink the Kool Aid
  • If you shout out the podcast on Twitter, we’ll give you a shoutout on the show
  • Franzia is sponsoring the soundboard — “Franzia: Drink inside the box”
  • Porter and Garrett Temple look alike on television
  • If you’re a middling player or a scrub in the NBA, do you up your stats in NBA2K?
  • Dave wants to talk about the blockbusters being released this holiday season, the podcast decides they’re into young adult fiction adaptations

Summer Zards Talk: John Wall Turns 25, International Hoops, Practice Facility

Today on ZardCast, CT and Dave jump in the pod to talk offseason news and divulge information on the show’s plans as the Washington Wizards season is approaching. The guys get into the Wizards’ newly announced practice facility set to be built in Southeast, John Wall turning 25, international basketball, Jared Dudley’s injury, going way back to recap Summer League play and much more.
Look for the podcast to start appearing regularly mid-October as we prepare you for the 2015-16 Wizards season.

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Topics discussed include:

  • It’s been about two months since the guys podded. They’ll chew on some offseason news, will return to recording weekly come mid-October
  • Duncan isn’t on the show, hasn’t returned from running his sweatshop in Puerto Rico
  • Dave doesn’t like football, longs for the NBA. Says the announcers are part of the problem
  • The District of Columbia and the Wizards agree to build a practice facility in Southeast. Ted Leonsis has been on the lookout for a location
  • Dave references talk of putting the practice facility in Kevin Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md., says he’s drive KD to and from the practice facility
  • John Wall turns 25
  • Dave says John has an incident before his party, overwhelmed by his quarter-century mark on planet Earth
  • John receives a self portrait larger than he from artist Madsteez, valued at $20,000
  • John goes to Team USA camp, leaves shortly after arriving. Probably doesn’t have a future with the national team
  • Bradley Beal does work out and plays with Team USA, which is always great to see
  • Completing the international trifecta, Marcin Gortat plays for Poland in Eurobasket
  • Happy 33rd birthday to Nene. Can he still be effective this season?
  • Aaron White goes to Germany to begin his professional playing days. Dave is really down on him after watching his Summer League play, has to stop shooting so many threes
  • Shortly after Jared Dudley was signed, the Wizards drop a bomb that he had a herniated disc and would be out 3-4 months. He’ll be back at the beginning of the season, but it appears he’ll miss a good chunk of the preseason
  • Going way back, the guys recap the Wizards Summer League performance, Kelly Oubre Jr.’s play. Oubre is the only person who will be on the team, so really nothing to see here
  • Hasheem Thabeet being ejected was the moment of the Summer League, they guess his career earnings