B-Side Conversations

The side you don't hear. The side that has so much to say.

2.2 (PT2): PUFF, PUFF, PICK

The draft has come and gone, and there was plenty of drama to discuss, not including Laremy Tunsil's gas mask. In this exciting episode Edwin and I break down the draft's 1st round of picks, discuss the dynamic QB landscape of the NFL, debate the Browns' future, ponder Kaepernick's offseason strategy, and drop a dime on the rhetoric around marijuana in the NFL and in the country.  

SEASON 2! THERE IS NO OFFSEASON

Edwin and I are back to kick of the 2016 season of B-Side Football with lots of GM talk. We start by discussing the big news with NFL QBs, namely RG3 and Kaepernick. We deconstruct the absurdity that is Brock Osweiler's contract, and discuss the smart and dumb moves teams have made thus far. Don't forget to subscribe and thanks for tuning in!

8: SEASON WRAP-UP (PART 2)

In part two of the final episode of our show Edwin and I pivot on issues of race and discuss what fans might expect for next year. Who are our early picks? What teams have a lot of work to do in the offseason? Who might be leaving their current teams for greener pastures? Consider this a short preview for season 2 of B-Side Football, an opportunity to wet your offseason whistle in preparation for what's sure to be an interesting 2016-2017 NFL season.

6: WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK BACKUPS? (PART 1)

Ever wonder why there are so few black backup QBs? Remember folks like Dante Culpepper or Josh Freeman? These young men were top prospects, who showed signs of promise, and now are out of the league yet folks like Blaine Gabbert, Rex Grossman, Matt Schaub, Brian Hoyer, the McCown brothers, and an endless list of mediocre white QBs continue to find work. We talk about this and other topics including Cam Newton's MVP Bid, the importance of mentorship for player development, and what really went down with Jamarcus Russell in Oakland.

5: THE UNBEARABLE WHITENESS OF ANTI-CELEBRATION

In this episode we decode the language around celebrations. You've heard it before, "no class", "doesn't play the game the right way", "draws attention to himself", "not a team player", "disrespectful". Players can certainly go too far, but why so much vitriol around a form of expression that seems to be more prevalent in black players? Why, despite the backlash, do black players continue to push the envelope of "sportsmanship"? How come guys like Gronk, Travis Kelsey, and Philip Rivers seem to avoid this criticism despite their conduct on the field? Can anyone hit a better Kwon than young TE from KC? This an other topics (Aldon Smith, the hypocrisy of the NCAA, and USC coach Steve Sarkisian) coming atcha!

4: NOT WHITE ENOUGH TO GET THAT CALL

Cam Newton vs. Ed the ref. We talk about the implications of Hoculi's alleged comment to Cam Newton around a phantom personal foul call and what it says about race in the NFL, corporate cover-ups, and what a dumbass comment like this really means. We also cover Kam Chancellor's superlative play, the melt-down happening in San Fran, and our theory on well run organizations. Lastly, we can't help ourselves talking about LSU sensation Lenard Fornette and other running back ultra-talents.

3: IS CHIP KELLY RACIST?

Week 1 of NFL season has begun and we're in mid season form. On this episode we talk about AJ Green's decision to stay in Cincy, recap the rookie QB battle between Winston and Mariota, and discuss whether or not Chip Kelly is a racist. Also, my wife and daughter drop by at the end.

1b: PURPLE 86!

Barbershop talk with my good friend Edwin Lee. Two young black men talking about the sport they love. Many of you will recognize this conversation. Take a seat for this "two-a-day" as we cover topics like, what makes us uncomfortable about fantasy football, the narrative around black quarterbacks, and the power young players needlessly give away during their careers. (Please excuse my "quiet storm" voice in the intro for part 2. My wife was putting our daughter to bed at the time and I needed to be extra quiet).

1a: RED 83!

Barbershop talk with my good friend Edwin Lee. Two young black men talking about the sport they love. Many of you will recognize this conversation. Take a seat for this "two-a-day" as we cover topics like, what makes us uncomfortable about fantasy football, the narrative around black quarterbacks, and the power young players needlessly give away during their careers. (Please excuse my "quiet storm" voice in the intro for part 2. My wife was putting our daughter to bed at the time and I needed to be extra quiet).