Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hunt Palmer from Bayou Bengals Insider and Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing joined us!

Billy: When I watched them play, they're missing something. I don't think they can go into a clutch situation without Aaron Nola. When I watched them I saw an average baseball team, and Arkansas could've almost slapped them in that series. When I watched them, unless somebody else stands up, they've got no chance of getting anything else.
Fletch: They can't quite figure it out.

Ralph: I'm like Billy, they're a good baseball team, they just haven't had that special moment. When you have Hunt on please let him know about the Wally Pontiff Classic and what it's all about.

Check out Hunt's work at Bayou Bengals Insider

Fletch: 11 or 12 years since Wally Pontiff Jr. passed away at 21?
Hunt Palmer: It was summer of 2002.
Fletch: How old were you in 2002?
Palmer: I was 14, I was in high school. I remember getting the news on the internet, that was really when I started following LSU baseball and it was truly shocking.
Fletch: For those that don't remember, Wally Pontiff was one of the greatest LSU baseball players. He was the scrapper, never a clean uniform, the guy that whenever you would go down to cover LSU baseball he was the one you got your sound byte from. They started the Wally Pontiff Jr. Foundation, what dod they really charge with doing?
Palmer: It's a foundation to benefit children without parents or underprivileged children's. Their family is highly involved. It's a wonderful family, and we're kind of reminded about it this time of year, year-round but that family is working throughout the year.
Fletch: Apparently right after the game, the fellows are getting on a sleeper bus and going to St. Jude to tour and interact with the children.
Palmer: They got this opportunity to do this on spring break and apparently there are a lot of Louisiana residents that are patients at St. Jude's so they thought they would bring some light to those guys.

Palmer: Mainieri is the nicest guy you will ever know but he's also very competitive. Les Miles, win or lose will crack a joke, and Trent is just always angry, but if Mainieri wins he'll be happy and laughing but if they lose, he'll stare and give you short answers.

Ole Miss:
Palmer: They do some thing I really really like over at Ole Miss. LSU and Georgia's feel like very nice minor league stadiums but Ole Miss feels like a real college stadium with students wheeling up ice chests and sitting on the grass. I think Ole Miss is the clear favorite to win this weekend. You look at the pitching match ups and it's tough to say LSU is prepared for Saturday and pitching.

Spring Football: 
Fletch: What have you noticed in the spring games that have kind of given you a crystal ball to get an idea of 2014 season
Palmer: I think I've seen it in Georgia and in the east. I noticed Florida is trying to figure out the offense and spread things out a little more. I'm curious to see some spring clips of Laquon Treadwell over at Ole Miss. The QB play is really already figured out by the Mississippi's.

Dak Prescott:
Palmer: It was very interesting when I was in Starkville for the game, the fan reaction was so different for Prescott was coming in to play vs. Russell. With Prescott at QB and Mullen calling the plays, they'll have plenty to get the job done.

Fletch: What's the worst tweet mishap you've seen?
Matt Yoder: Ohio State's Cardale Jones tweeted "I didn't come to play school, I came to play football." The NCAA has yet to make that their motto, but it really makes collegiate athletes look great. 
Fletch: As a guy who jumped into the website of AwfulAnnouncing.com, what can Twitter do next to stay up and where can the sports consumer go with Twitter?
Yoder: It's a much more useful tool for me than Facebook. It's speed is much faster, and your feed won't be cluttered with pictures of that girl from high school who you haven't talked to in 6 years' baby. I think there are something that Twitter can do better. I look at the user experience...there are hateful people out there. You tweet a couple jokes about Kentucky, you get 7 "F you's" back. You see racist language and hateful language...I think one thing Twitter could do better at is cutting some of that language and negativity out, make a cleaner stamp. 

Saints Talk:
Yoder: When you look at their salary cap situation...if you remember 4 months ago, the team was saying goodbye to 4 of the most important veterans and your'e thinking to yourself "how are the saints going to make up for these losses?" If you look over the Drew Brees and Payton era, there hasn't been a ton of change over from year-toyear, but I think with this Champ Bailey signing, and letting go to those guys, they are willing to roll the dice and have more roster turnover and taking the next step. This team was very close to beating Seattle in the divisional playoffs. 

Fletch: It appears no one knows what is going to happen with the Saints for this draft season. Where do you think the Saints are going to go with the draft? 
Yoder: I don't really see trading down as something that would excite a lot of Saints fan. Trading out of the first round? I'd like to see the Saints be more aggressive and trade up. Maybe grab someone like Aaron Donaldson from Pitt. If the Saints stay where they are, to me it's staying at the same level they are at. Wide receiver may actually be more of an unknown. Meachem isn't really a guy I can expect to keep catching passes over the next few years. 

Fletch: Malcolm Jenkins says there isn't that much he likes in NFC east now that he's at Philadelphia, do you think he is that much of a play-maker to be able to say that? 
Yoder: No, not really. Especially considering that the Saints have a former Eagles...who's probably going to make that match-up pretty miserable for him 

Bob asks about Sproles leaving and why they would trade him out. 
Fletch: Same thing happened with Jacob Hester and the Broncos. They traded him out for a younger, cheaper pick. Not a better pick, but cheaper. I think that's what the Saints are going to do during this draft season, go cheaper. 

Fletch: Andy Tanner...I wonder if the Saints have seen enough of him that if he's available...will they try and make him the new Lance Moore? 
Cupcake: He's still on the practice squad. 

Fletch: I mentioned Malcolm Jenkins earlier and how he is already making waves saying that the NFC East isn't exactly "all that". He says things that are true, but you wouldn't probably say that when you just start for one of their teams. 

ProFootballTalk reported: 
He saved his harshest rebuke for the Cowboys, though. Jenkins noted how firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wound up helping the Saints defense more than the one in Dallas and scoffed at the notion that the Cowboys defense, which lostJason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware, would be better than the one that allowed the Saints to pick up 40 first downs in a game last season.
“The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches,” Jenkins said on NFL Network, via Philly.com.

LA-1: I want to give a shoutout to the motorcycle officers, you and Cupcake are more than welcome to come and ride along.

University of Louisiana at Monroe is the "most underrated university in Louisiana"
Lee: I graduated from that business school, so go Indians! I went to the spring game and the defense was looking sharp. What do you think this season will look like?
Fletch: Well, speaking of underrated colleges, even more so an underrated coach. Todd Berry can do many things.