Disparaging Losses

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan hop in the pod to talk about the Wizards rough week that saw the team extend its losing streak to six games before snapping it against Detroit. The guys go game-by-game into the 1-4 week, giving off positive vibes while sifting through the drudgery.

Topics discussed include:

  • A replay of a clip from last week where the guys hope the team can go 4-1
  • The Wizards have finally arrived to the basement level of the season
  • Can’t get any worse, right?
  • Dave still has high hopes as the marks (Making the two or three seed, or getting into the Eastern Conference Finals) of a successful season are still in play
  • Thank god they don’t play in the West
  • One of the ZardCast co-hosts is missing
  • Wizards beat Detroit to end the six-game losing streak, still blow a 21-point lead and throw up on themselves
  • The loss to Philadelphia was inexcusable, terrible basketball game to watch
  • The 76ers are a transcendently bad team, Randy Wittman’s firing had to be considered after losing to a team built to lose
  • Dave and Duncan have hot takes on Game of Thrones
  • Paul Pierce needs to stay healthy, prepare for him to sit out more games
  • The loss to the Timberwolves wasn’t terribly upsetting, Kevin Garnett back in Minnesota
  • Not a whole lot you can do against Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, especially when you turn the ball over 26 times
  • Wittman is a prick to the media after the game, refuses to stop wearing terrible suits
  • Wiz keep losing after we podcast
  • Does Ted Leonsis listen to the podcast?
    What was your favorite thing to do instead of watch the Wizards lose?
  • Thoughts on the John Wall-Ramon Sessions backcourt
  • The hotdog eating contest between Duncan and listener Mike is in two weeks
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Dave and John are having a disagreement over a lady and are not currently speaking
  • The guys close the show with NBA recommendations:

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I Only Live to Get Radical

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave, Max and Duncan convene to talk Washington Wizards, and despite the lack of basketball, there is much to discuss. The guys get started with Washington’s gutting at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a look at the rest of the Eastern Conference, the acquisition of Ramon Sessions, general trade deadline lunacy, 3/4 season awards and an upcoming hotdog eating contest on the podcast.

Topics discussed include:

  • Wizards get slaughtered by the Cavs — It was awful, but not a whole lot to be gleaned
  • Dave saves a friend at the bar during the Wizards game, Max attends an open bar at Penn Social
  • Duncan P. Roth explains his absence, calls out Max for sullying his middle name, Perfect
  • Looking at the Eastern Conference standings with the Wizards slipping and the teams around them looking stronger
  • Previewing the Wizards schedule this week
  • Duncan and Max bet on whether the Wizards will win a first round series
  • Kevin Garnett to make home debut for Minnesota the night that the Wizards are in town
  • Duncan is depressed about the 76ers, longs for the Allen Iverson days, says there’s no reason for little kids in Philadelphia to watch the team
  • Dave questions Sam Hinkie’s motives behind Philadelphia’s moves
  • Thoughts on the Wizards trading Andre Miller to Sacramento for Ramon Sessions
  • Goldberg vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • General trade deadline bonanza talk, nearly 9% of the league’s players gets traded
  • CT setting up two screens in his living room to watch Wizards/Golden State and Maryland/Wisconsin at the same time
  • It’s award season so the podcast hands out a few awards:
    • Randy Wittman Doghouse Award
    • Most crushing loss/What’s your favorite loss to the Raptors?
    • John Wall wins the first half MVP
    • Second Most Valuable Player Award
  • Max tries to push Black Sails on the pod, Dave reviews The Slap
  • The guys discuss an upcoming hotdog eating contest on the show

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All Star Game Special

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Max convene during the NBA All Star Game to talk about the Washington Wizards at the midway point of the season, the Eastern Conference race, what people keep getting wrong about John Wall and an assessment of the Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj halftime performance. Topics discussed include:

  • Favorite presidents
  • Where in D.C. would you take Bradley Beal out to dinner?
  • The pod’s thoughts on Amber Rose
  • Overall thoughts on the Wizards at the All Star break
  • Comparing this year’s All Star break record to last year’s
  • Max is jaded, without expectations — CT and Dave skew positive
  • A look at the Eastern Conference standings and how things might pan out
  • Revisiting the discussion of John Wall as the second best player in the East
  • Looking at the next six games on the Wizards schedule
  • Duncan bails on his second pod in a row, the guys feel their trust with him is shaken
  • Wall expresses interest in adding Will Bynum to the roster after the Chinese basketball season is over
  • Do we really even want Ray Allen given the Wizards other needs?
  • The guys watch Stephon Marbury eat Vaseline
  • This Week in John Wall
  • Mike Wise’s profile on Wall on ESPN.com
  • Why do people continue to disrespect Wall?
  • Max has a personal grudge against Boogie Cousins
  • Raptors game last week
  • Max is mad at Randy Wittman — Dave says his anger is unfair
  • Thoughts on the Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj halftime show
  • A review of Christina Aguilera’s pre-game performance
  • Revisiting the old proposed Beal-for-James Harden trade, and how not even Thunder management knew what they had

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Bribery, An Abrupt Departure, The Slap


Today on ZardCast, CT, David and Max convene to discuss what is surely the low point of the season with the Washington extending its losing streak to five, before bashing the Nets at home. Topics discussed in this podcast include:

• The Wizards haven’t gone off the rails, it’s just a slump
• Hot takes on Randy Wittman
• Does he have a backup plan? What is the Randy Wittman system?
• Coaching change or nah?
• Home grown players and how many do the better teams in the league normally have running the show?
• Dave points to the importance of homegrown, tradable assets — something the Wizards haven’t really had
• Max has to abruptly leave
• Why the Charlotte Hornets continue to sting the Wizards
• A good try against Atlanta Hawks, the best team in the league
• CT’s ups and downs with Garrett Temple
• Marcin Gortat shaves his mohawk
• DuJuan Blair sighting — Not a friend of the pod
• Kevin Seraphin gets off Instagram
• This Week in John Wall
• CT and Dave are excited for “The Slap”

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The NBA is Hard

Today on ZardCast, CT, Duncan, David and Max reflect on a week of Wizards basketball that exemplified the dog days of January and February in the NBA. In this episode the guys discuss:

  • What frustrated them the most about the week
  • Bradley Beal’s development
  • Tuesday’s win over the Lakers
  • The Wizards are down at halftime in every game this week
  • For games in five nights capped off with a loss to the Suns
  • Suns centers Markieff and Marcus Morris do everything together, including dividing the money the Suns are paying them
  • Tough loss to the Raptors in overtime
  • Marcin Gortat has a bad night
  • No bulge on the Gortat action figure
  • Lou Williams was infuriating
  • Is John Wall the second best player in the East?
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • No scathing reviews
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Lack of Better Things To Do

Today on ZardCast, CT, Duncan and Dave step back in time to cover #KD2DC night in the Phone Booth and whether recruiting Kevin Durant has gone overboard. Then they get into the Wizards two-game slide, losing in overtime against the Thunder, followed by a tight loss to the Trailblazers. The guys discuss Washington’s ailments and then review how the skid was snapped in an overtime match in Denver.

Later, the guys talk about Kobe Bryant claiming he wanted to play on the Wizards with Michael Jordan as his mentor following the ’03-’04 season. Dave calls it a bit of revisionist’s and is in line with how he’s been acting and talking this year.

The guys take a look at the Eastern Conference picture and CT back peddles on an already disproved and dumb theory on the Cavaliers. Plus, “This Week in John Wall,” a review of Martell Webster’s new single “Exposed” and more.

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Neck Tattoo or Flesh Wound?

Today on ZardCast, CT, Duncan, David and Max celebrate a Second Saturday during the three-day weekend by talking Wizards, starting with the team’s 3-1 week that included back-to-back wins over the Spurs and Bulls. The guys discuss how the Washington has been able to consistently over power Chicago. They also heap praise on Kevin Seraphin and his late-game heroics against the Spurs and the up-and-down Friday/Saturday series against the Nets. The East Conference playoff race is also examined.

The guys take a break from basketball talk and CT shares his octopus neck tattoo and Duncan takes a look at the guy who tattooed a dragon on his wiener.

Later, everyone shares their feelings about Nick Young and Max explains why he was originally out on John Wall. Plus, “Slap the Mail Bag.”

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Identify Yourself

Today on ZardCast, CT, Duncan and David look back at the Washington Wizards 3-1 week. They start off with the Wizards salvaging its road trip with a win over the Pelicans, touch on the sixth win in a row over the Knicks, a resounding win over the Bulls and a drubbing against the East’s best in Atlanta.

Later, they examine the playoff picture in the East, if the one seed is a realistic possibility for the Wizards, scratch their heads over the jettisoning of Glenn Rice Jr. and debut the new segment “This Week in John Wall.”

Plus: Follow-up on the shampoo effect, a left over New Year’s story, Marcin Gortat’s “beefy” action figure, Lizzie McGuire comparisons and much more.

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The Shampoo Effect

In the inaugural episode of ZardCast, CT and Duncan discuss the Washington Wizards West coast road trip and the reality check that comes from playing the league’s best teams. They look ahead to another tough upcoming stretch on the schedule and express skepticism on how the Wizards will handle it.

Plus, the guys talk about a Miami Vice-themed New Year’s Eve party they attended, the merits of drinking champagne, CT’s day at the Winter Classic and an intoxicated visit to the Cheesecake Factory.

Later, Duncan shares a story about the time he met Martell Webster and the show closes with a cheers to Stuart Scott.

ZardCast will record every Sunday throughout the Washington Wizards season and post Sunday nights or Monday mornings.

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