In this episode, we give an NBA Update and a Champions League Round of 16 Week 1 recap.
Zion Williamson makes NBA history in first 50 career games
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson etched an entry into NBA history on Tuesday in leading his team to a 144-113 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Dominating inside while hitting a sizzling 13-for-16 from the field, Williamson became the only player in league history (during the shot-clock era) to average 23 points or more on 60% or better field-goal percentage through their first 50 career games.
“He’s just tough. There’s only so much you can do,” New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “As I’ve said: we want to use him more and more as the primary ballhandler, and I have more confidence in that because as well as he finishes and scores the ball inside, he’s also a very willing passer.”
Warriors’ Draymond Green sounds off on NBA trading block
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green sharply criticized the NBA following Monday night’s win over Cleveland, saying players put on the trading block by teams are being treated unfairly.
Green spoke out after news broke of the Cavaliers sitting two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond because they’re looking to deal him. Drummond watched Monday’s game and cheered on his teammates from the bench while wearing street clothes.
“I would like to talk about something that’s really bothering me. It’s the treatment of players in this league,” Green said, cursing to emphasize his point: “To watch Andre Drummond … come out in street clothes because a team is going to trade him, it’s (expletive).
Green pointed out how then-New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis was fined $50,000 for publicly demanding a trade in 2019.
Pistons to sit Blake Griffin as team begins process of moving him
The Detroit Pistons have decided to sit six-time All-Star Blake Griffin as the team and his representatives work to, “facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team,” according to reporting from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“After extensive conversation with Blake’s representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interests of both parties,” Pistons GM Troy Weaver told ESPN on Monday. “We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”
The Pistons reportedly will now facilitate trade offers for Griffin, who was acquired by the team from the LA Clippers in January of 2018.
“I am grateful to the Pistons for understanding what I want to accomplish in my career and for working together on the best path forward,” Griffin said in a statement to ESPN.
The 31-year-old forward has started 20 games for Detroit this season and is averaging career lows for points (12.3), field goal attempts (11.1) and free throw attempts (3.1). For his career, the former No. 1 overall pick is averaging 21.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He played in just 18 games last season after requiring season-ending left-knee surgery.
Dortmund wins away 3-2 against Sevilla
Borussia Dortmund are slight favorites to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a 3-2 win away at Sevilla in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Wednesday.
Porto stuns Juventus 2-1
Porto scored at the start of each half to beat Juventus 2-1 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mehdi Taremi gave Porto the lead after just 63 seconds after a defensive mixup by Juventus gifted him an easy finish, and Moussa Marega netted 19 seconds into the second half.
Federico Chiesa scored what could prove to be a vital away goal for Juventus in the 82nd minute.
The second leg will be on March 9 in Turin.
Barcelona 1 PSG 4
PSG to win it all?
RB Leipzig 0 LFC 2
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
Jaime: Atletico Madrid
Lazio vs Bayern
Atalanta vs Real Madrid
Jaime: Real Madrid
Monchengladbach vs Man City
What goes best with #cabbage? #NationalCabbageDay
Soups: 33.3%, Sausage- 33.3%, Ribs- 22.2%, Salads – 11.1%
Santiago Leon 0:11
Welcome to the sports cast mid February 17 2021. If you haven’t yet please subscribe on all our channels, Periscope, YouTube and Apple podcasts. Keep in mind guys in March periscope is going to Twitter directly. And if you’re listening on Apple podcasts, please leave a rating and review it will help us out tremendously. And we’re also on online radio. You go on the sports cast dotnet to listen or on our app the sports cast for iOS you can download the app for iOS not an Android yet, but if you guys can help us out with that, please do please donate and I’ll give you the link later on. And this episode is brought to you by the sports cast app. Football season it’s over I I took a week off from the sports cast and now it’s time for the NBA things are getting cozy. All Star game is coming the trade deadline is going to be I think it’s coming up but we got two young guns from the sports cast youth in speed that’s what we’re all about. Chandler Jordan Vargas Welcome to the sports cast
Jordan Vargas 1:19
happy to be here.
Santiago Leon 1:21
Chandler welcome back.
Unknown Speaker 1:23
Thanks it’s been a little bit you guys
Santiago Leon 1:24
are in cold weather but you guys can handle that right?
Unknown Speaker 1:26
Santiago Leon 1:29
down the hat on I see that the Cowboys I forgot you were a Cowboys fan a Chandler you
Unknown Speaker 1:35
did not forget that Santiago
Santiago Leon 1:37
I might have I might have it seems like everyone in Rochester are not fans of the bills and they become fans from other teams in the kudelski good this year though, Santiago I must Yeah, so you might switch back.
Unknown Speaker 1:49
Yeah, me I got a bills hat flying around.
Santiago Leon 1:52
And Jordan Vargas. I’ve been hearing Carson Wentz. My go to Chicago.
Jordan Vargas 1:58
I mean, we wouldn’t mind though. You would not mind it. Exactly.
Santiago Leon 2:01
Anyways. Um, Jordan is a semi bears, please. But he’s predominantly NBA. Right, Jordan?
Jordan Vargas 2:10
Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I’ll go for the Chicago but I’m more of a more more focused on basketball.
Santiago Leon 2:17
Jordan Vargas 2:20
LeBron fan. Yeah, I’ll go with him. I like his I like him. But now I wouldn’t put him over MJ if that’s what you’re trying to get at now.
Santiago Leon 2:29
There you go. And either. Hopefully, kids in Chicago are probably the same, same thing. But we’re begin with the NBA. And we’re gonna have Jordan, start out. Just start us off. What’s going on with the trade season? When is it over Jordan and tell me the highlights so far?
Jordan Vargas 2:50
Well, I’ll tell you the highlights so far that Derrick Rose, has got traded back to New York and got reunited with Taco Bell, which was kind of a shocker. I don’t think a lot of people saw coming just because Derrick Rose’s to support in Detroit. And he’s put up the numbers he needs to. So for them to trade him out and put them back in New York is something a little different. And, you know, hopefully you’ll get that chemistry back over Taco Bell. You know, of course, a lot of players are always in the trade conversation. nobody’s really safe. Ever pretty, you know, pretty much glued to their TV and looking at their phone to see what’s happening next. But, you know, really, I feel like the trade has been maintained this this year. I mean, I’ve we’ve probably seen it worse in past years. But you know, really everyone just kind of it’s been seemed to be calm. It seems to be calm, but as far as the trade deadline. All right. I’ll let Carson take that one.
Santiago Leon 3:41
Chandler, what are your thoughts about that Carson? Chandler, what are your thoughts about Derrick Rose going to New York and by the way, guys, if you don’t know the backstory, Derrick Rose and coach Thibodeau. We’re together in the Chicago Bulls about five no about like eight years ago, right, Jordan?
Jordan Vargas 4:02
Yeah, the end runs it ended in let’s say, 2016
Santiago Leon 4:10
and 2015. And they both split. Rose got his own thing. And tibideaux went to Minnesota worked out a bit. went to New York. Chandler, what are your thoughts about Derrick Rose going to New York, New York is about I believe in there in like the eighth ninth spot of the nba standings. What are your thoughts? Is this a good move for the Knicks? Do you see them as a promising new york team going into the playoffs? Yeah, so I mean, Derrick Rose, I always thought it was a really really good player. Like I thought he was good like I loved him when he was when Chicago is like joking, Noah and all of them. That was my favorite part with him. But like I mean, he’s he’s such like reliable. I find him he’s like a band aid. He comes to a team to like help fix them. And to to correct myself next are in sixth place in the east. Jordan. What does their growth bring to the table from New Yorker poor. She’s a veteran, played MVP. This next team is a young team. Is this the missing puzzle piece? Because last time I checked makes her night now there are six is because Derrick Rose effect. Tell me how much of impact Derrick Rose bring to New York City.
Jordan Vargas 5:16
Well, I’m happy said that because their growth being the veteran that he is experienced, he’s had and he’s had with the organization, you know, you get a lot of young players and, you know, make some immature moves. You know, on the court, not the right time, you know, not the right passes or not the right shots. But Derrick Rose coming in, he’s seen, he’s seen it all. I mean, he’s been to the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron when he was in Chicago with taco burrito. He’s been from team to team, he’s had different experiences with each team. He’s been through a lot. So I think him as a player, he’s extremely experienced, and he’s kind of seen it all. So he can not only help the team, but help, you know, player by player is kind of coming in.
Santiago Leon 5:54
And a whole nother backstory with this as well. I keep forgetting Derrick Rose was in New York about a couple years ago. Lane with shumpert. And the other guy was his name. He went to Cleveland afterwards.
Jordan Vargas 6:09
jr Smith, Jr. Smith.
Santiago Leon 6:11
So he’s very familiar with New York. I heard Derrick loves New York. He has no problem going there.
Jordan Vargas 6:16
Santiago Leon 6:19
Unknown Speaker 6:20
Santiago Leon 6:22
what have you seen this play like this? look past two seasons? Jordan? Let’s be honest. Is Derrick Rose, a legitimate star in the NBA still is just or or like he brings enough reason enough to the floor. Well, I
Jordan Vargas 6:39
think everybody remember Derrick Rose as a star. If you go back, and you think about if he did get injured, well, he could have been. So I think everybody’s eyes you mentioned Derrick Rose, they always give him that respect. But as far as number wise, numbers, wise, he, he puts up average numbers, he puts up numbers he needs to, they’ll have a few good games here and there. When he was in Minnesota, he remember he had that 52 point game, which is very emotional to him because he was counted out. So it kind of seems like he when he’s counted out. That’s when he goes back on top. But as far as you saying, a star of the game, I think he’ll always be. I think he’ll always be that guy.
Santiago Leon 7:15
Something that definitely look at eyes on New York is the best thing I’ve seen so far. Yes, it’s only February guys. A lot to change between now and April. So we’ll keep an eye on New York. to New York teams are doing well so far. So we’ll see things could change really quick in the NBA, you got to be consistent. You got to win an all star game it is approach in which I consider it mid season. Let’s look at the other trade news about Andrew dremen. Andre Drummond he was talked about with Draymond Green recently, traveling criticizing a following Monday night’s win over Cleveland, same players, but on the trading blocks by teams are being treated unfairly. What’s the whole backstory behind that with Draymond Green and drumming?
Jordan Vargas 8:01
Alexander champion take that one.
Santiago Leon 8:04
Um, the backstory behind would you say I’m sorry, San Diego, between Draymond Green and drumming?
Unknown Speaker 8:11
Ah, I mean,
Santiago Leon 8:12
weren’t they having some problems together? Jordan helped me out here.
Jordan Vargas 8:17
It seems like they were they they had some problems together. I feel like there was too much comparison maybe between them. And that’s what kind of drove drove it apart. But as far as I would say, the beef that they’ve had I’m not too familiar with that. I’m not very familiar with Andre Drummond or Dre, mon too much. But I mean, I’m sure it was comparison, a play and and probably something that went on in the organization that they didn’t like.
Santiago Leon 8:45
something to definitely look at. So what I understand that drum which drum is on the trading block, he could go anywhere. He goes to New York. Yeah. You might, you know, like he’s currently in New York. That’d
Jordan Vargas 8:59
Santiago Leon 9:00
He’s with the, with the Cavs right now, guys. Yeah. He’s in the trading bloc. Um, what I mean, what have you heard about this player? Is he significant? Is he I mean, he’s a he’s a big guy. He’s 611. He’s a good center. Good center. You’re gonna take it away? I mean, yeah, I would say he’s, he’s definitely a big player. He’s definitely good. He used to play if I believed and he used to play for Detroit. He played for the 2020 main star.
Unknown Speaker 9:28
Yeah. So he was really good. And in Detroit, like, he’s definitely he’s one of those people that like, he can come and go, but like, he’s like, a good. He’s like a, he’s a good player. Like he knows his skills. He’s been around for a while. He knows what he’s doing.
Jordan Vargas 9:43
Yeah, I would have to, I would have to agree with him on that one. That he knows. He kind of has a better experience when we saw him even when he wasn’t a veteran. He played like one. It just his playing style is just correct. It’s not fancy, but he needs to do what he needs it. He needs to do what he needs to do. I get the job. Yeah, he gets the job done.
Santiago Leon 10:03
How would he look like for the next? Chandler or Jordan? How do you see him with that? With that, with that chemistry over there, up there?
Jordan Vargas 10:11
With Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau. I think that would be great. Derrick Rose and drama kind of feed off each other’s energy and experience in mixing with one with a great head coach, Tom Thibodeau, new governor, Tom Thibodeau, will lead this cago bowl, so the Eastern Conference Finals, and it was a three, three game against the heat. So Tom has that type of capacity to push a team that far. And if you add drama to that roster, then players like Heron rose could could push that over
Santiago Leon 10:43
Chandler drum into the next would that’d be the icing on the cake for the next. I would say if he goes to the next. New York has a very good chance to go, I would say to the playoffs and go deep in the playoffs.
Unknown Speaker 10:58
Yeah, Jordan, you agree? Oh, yeah.
Santiago Leon 11:03
Second round, semi final, at least Yeah.
Jordan Vargas 11:05
Yeah. Second round. Yeah, just reminder, it was a it’s an adjustment mid season. But
Santiago Leon 11:12
yeah. Second round. reminder to everyone the next here who they have. They have RJ Barrett. They got Julius Randle. Former Laker Austin rivers Kevin Knox. toppin. Emmanuel quickly. New Orleans. No, Alex Burks. Derrick. Derrick Rose. This is a young squad Jordan.
Unknown Speaker 11:32
Yeah, it’s a young squad.
Santiago Leon 11:34
This is a young squad. Like, you know, what I was doing is something that I commend him. I thought he was a wash. A wash up coach.
Jordan Vargas 11:45
Oh, why would you say that? No. I thought it was
Santiago Leon 11:48
I don’t follow the NBA as close as I did before, guys. Yes. When he was with ESPN, when you’re in ESPN for a couple years, that’s like you’re not getting job offers or maybe you are but you know, just like 76 years. Exactly. But this Knicks team, maybe they just need a coach. I’m not sure what the Knicks are doing differently. Like they still have like the very same owner that which most Knicks fans don’t like.
Unknown Speaker 12:15
Santiago Leon 12:18
Hey, good for them. Right. Good for the city in New York. They need some spirit. And because a lot things are going up there with the Coronavirus, another player andale Jordan, before we move on to Blake Griffin.
Jordan Vargas 12:32
No, this kid is gonna lead that young team to success that they haven’t seen in a little while. So I’m gonna say from the put
Santiago Leon 12:40
pistons to sit Blake Griffin as a team begins process of moving him to the Detroit Pistons as decided to set six time All Star Blake Griffin as a team, as a team and his representatives work to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team according to watch. After extensive conversation with the Blake representatives, it has been determined that we will begin working to facilitate a resolution regarding his future with the team that maximizes the interest of both parties. pistons, GM Troy Weaver told ESPN on Monday. We respect all the effort Blake has put forth in Detroit and his career and will work to achieve a positive outcome for all involved. The Pistons reportedly will now facilitate trade offers for Griffin who was acquired by the team from the Clippers back in 2018. Jordan what is the backstory with this?
Jordan Vargas 13:35
Well, it’s what club clippers traded him or him in him in
Santiago Leon 13:40
Detroit and his current situation with that relationship hasn’t been ice this past couple of months. Why? I mean, why have things not worked out between those two?
Jordan Vargas 13:50
Well, I think Detroit is a little interesting organization don’t really have faith in their you know management not saying they’re doing good not saying they’re doing bad I just don’t really have faith in what they’re doing. They don’t really seem cocky they very they seem very on the edge about most things they do just because it’s never final. And so you know, Blake sitting out i think is a little it’s a little upsetting. You know, just because you’re not playing in his futures a little undecided right now. I just thought yeah, I mean, I just don’t think the pistons are really handling it well and when you have a player like the Blake Griffin, I really wouldn’t be playing hot potato with him. He’s an all star you know possible. You know, my point is not you know, Hall of Famer, you know, who knows, but yeah, it when you have a player of that caliber, it’s not someone you kind of throw up in the air and just go, oh, we’ll see where he lands. You have to really walk him in and make a final decision if you’re going to trade.
Santiago Leon 14:43
Chandler What are your thoughts over the situation with Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons and he’s going to be leaving leaving the Rochester hometown hero
Unknown Speaker 14:51
Isaiah Stuart’s so that’s gonna be pretty sad.
Unknown Speaker 14:55
I did not know that. Tell us about a story from Rochester. No idea. My best yeah my my one of my friends is really good friend to them. Have you heard of him Jordan?
Jordan Vargas 15:05
Oh, sure. Yeah. Isaiah story
Santiago Leon 15:09
as a store as a
Jordan Vargas 15:10
short story he um, he went to the military. He’s probably the best way to do it. He’s a six man. The name I’ve heard the name because I you know, I’ve played tons of high school basketball so man.
Santiago Leon 15:30
I did not know that. That’s why I don’t follow the NBA as much. Well this season because we got Jordan on you in Jordan on the cast dockets. And we’ll definitely I’ll be definitely watching more NBA season listening to the watch pod, which is our reiver. Maybe I should listen to the other guy. What’s his name? The guy that follows LeBron around
Jordan Vargas 15:55
Santiago Leon 15:57
No No. He’s like the big guy knows named Chandler.
Unknown Speaker 16:00
I don’t even know what you’re
Unknown Speaker 16:01
talking about Santiago. Yeah. Well, there you go.
Jordan Vargas 16:05
Don’t be like yell and be like Jalen Rose. Joe Polish people around to?
Santiago Leon 16:10
Yeah, well. I’m not doors. Burke, Nigel Santiago.
What’s up? need to get some like NBA players on this? Well, if you guys helped me, that’d be great.
Unknown Speaker 16:23
Oh, Jordan, I could get Isaiah story probably on here for you. What?
Jordan Vargas 16:31
I said, uh, you know, maybe maybe we can get a couple because that, you know, that’s higher than mine that I’ve had on my podcast, you know. podcast. Yeah. You’ve had me Who have you had. Okay, Cody Demps. He plays the Sacramento Kings now plays with the Jalen green and the G league and night. Jeremiah Hill place of Atlanta magic Tim bond Jr. plays for the Knicks in Westchester Knicks. He also plays for the Rockets for a little bit. Just contacts I just, you know, contacted them. I’ve also had the general manager the keys, but you can you can, you can all find that on The CW j sports podcast, you can listen to them.
Santiago Leon 17:12
Yes. And the link will be posted in the show notes. Black to Blake Griffin. If he does get traded guys, which was what team will be a good team for him. You can say the next. What team would be a good team for Blake Griffin the Go team? or what have you heard?
Jordan Vargas 17:37
I honestly I’ve really been paying attention to who has been interested in him. I’m assuming a lot of teams have a man of that size and shooting ability but more specifically, I would say someone like me Houston could acquire and someone like Kim
Santiago Leon 17:54
Chandler or New York or New York. Yeah. I’m going to Philadelphia. Why? I mean, I
Unknown Speaker 18:01
just love 76 years, so that’d be a great fit for them. To play with Ben Simmons and Joel need
Jordan Vargas 18:08
a man but those are some big guys though. Yeah. Dude, the guys all kind of play in a similar role. A good workout. It could work out
Santiago Leon 18:19
like this. keep going keep going. guys keep going.
Jordan Vargas 18:21
This is good. It probably won’t happen though. I mean, yeah, just because I mean, if you look at it, I mean, they’re all kind of similar size similar bill they all can you know, Ben can’t really shoot but human. He has a nice mid range. Yeah, and we’re not looking at Blake Griffin, you know, really doing any curry range. So all the flies that will kind of be all very similar. So if you went to the six is gonna be very interesting to see. You know, who’s really the top dog out of all three? Exactly.
Santiago Leon 18:51
something to definitely look at Griffin. He’s Oh $36 million this season and $39 million for next season. It will be a challenge but the team will continue to seek a deal until March 25 which is the trade deadline Now I know that was this month. I feel so terribly unprepared. Detroit has entered a full fledged rebuild under Weaver and his first year at the home and the opportunity to play the franchise younger players including rookie forwards to dig Bay is taking precedence now. It’s a situation where we’re building and retooling and we have to give those minutes to get to guys like Siddique coach Dwayne Casey said on Monday, we know but Siddiq Bay Jordan, how’s he doing so far?
Unknown Speaker 19:35
So that one more time to deep Bay,
Santiago Leon 19:38
the rookie in Detroit.
Jordan Vargas 19:41
Um, I mean, I’ve really been paying attention to him specifically, I’ve been paying attention to Kilian Hayes, their first rounder but if you could can listen to a little closer you know if you could take that one.
Santiago Leon 19:57
Chandler Have you seen to dig baby The season so far, I’ve seen him I thought he’s been playing really, really good. Like, I think he’s for rookie, I
Unknown Speaker 20:06
think he’s really standing out. He really knows what he’s doing. Well, we’ll
Santiago Leon 20:10
see what happens. They’re gonna build the team around him. Griffin, I have looked over Google, and I’ve not seen any options for him. So, um, it might be a small team like Houston as a small team. That’s like good. Sorry, Houston Rockets fans. It can be true, actually. I’ve been reading out trailblazers, our favorite. How would trailblazers look with with a Blake Griffin? I’d be good at me. Um, that’d
Jordan Vargas 20:32
be good. That’d be that’d be something interesting to see. That’d be that’d be interesting with the alerting column. And then we’ll call them dollar right now, I believe Yeah.
Santiago Leon 20:44
He’s out to see. definitely see what happens but yeah,
Jordan Vargas 20:47
and they had a big man that went down to forgot his name. But they had a big man who went down that’s a Griffin plays a big man role, but uh, you know,
Santiago Leon 20:57
he’s more of a three pointer. Three point shoot guy anyways.
Unknown Speaker 21:02
Yeah. All right, guys.
Santiago Leon 21:03
We’re gonna wrap up the NBA. We got Jaime in the line yet, but Well, we’ll have him after the predictions. Let’s go with the Knicks at Orlando Jordan, who you got
Jordan Vargas 21:15
going Nick’s the arrows and said come on. Chandler that question. Also the next
Santiago Leon 21:23
Atlanta at Boston. Chandler Christa. Oh, Boston for sure.
Jordan Vargas 21:28
Jordan Mawson mauston
Santiago Leon 21:31
that feels like it was an easy pick. Detroit, Chicago Jordan, who you got?
Jordan Vargas 21:38
Chicago. Come on. We got we got we got the win. Yeah, we’re gonna get the wind. Come on.
Santiago Leon 21:44
Chandler, Christa Detroit Chicago Midwest Derby. Detroit. Okay, got some challenge. Oh, Portland at New Orleans. Chandler
Jordan Vargas 21:56
gotta go with Lou Lillard in Portland. Jordan. I’ll go Portland. Yeah, I’ll go Portland. Even though I like the I like you know the pelicans. I like beyond Zion go Portland.
Santiago Leon 22:11
Miami Heat at the Golden State Warriors Chandler who you got
Unknown Speaker 22:16
Steph Curry in the warriors. g SW
Santiago Leon 22:18
Jordan Vargas. Do you agree or do you disagree?
Jordan Vargas 22:22
I agree. Even though I know. I know. You know Miami is kind of where you’re based out of Yeah.
Santiago Leon 22:28
I mean, I mean, I have to be fair, you know, it is what it is. Golden State is better than Miami. It’s just I mean, especially you never know I mean, this season we’ve seen this season we’ve seen some upsets so I mean, you never know. And finally Utah clippers Chandler jonagold the Clippers would you tell us doing good Jordan who you think is gonna win at La cuz I believe kawhi was injured right?
Jordan Vargas 22:56
Yeah, I mean, although Utah as Mitchell Mitchell okay and also
Santiago Leon 23:01
also the other guy from the Clippers is injured to
Unknown Speaker 23:07
Unknown Speaker 23:09
Santiago Leon 23:10
Yes, that’s a big one anyways Utah it can be anyone’s game
Unknown Speaker 23:13
alright guys there we go. I’m going to talk
Santiago Leon 23:17
before we go Jordan key was a quick update on the all star game what’s gonna happen I heard like the players in the family Haley has to be locked down in a hotel room in Atlanta It was a 60 seconds update on that
Jordan Vargas 23:28
well they’re now gonna announce more events to that so there’s gonna be a rising All Star game knowledge so they’ve got you know making it created some normalcy to it. Now the pics have not officially come out yet I think I believe so. Did not Mark me on that. But I have not noticed any. But it’s gonna be it’s gonna be very interesting. Very interesting to see. It would be similar to the bubble. Not as much fans but definitely it’s gonna be a show there make the best that they can out of it. And you can follow us on the sports cast on the all star game because we’ll be covering it even though it’s a it’s a no it’s a little bit of a fun event entertainment
Santiago Leon 24:04
anyways, poll question before you guys leave. We entered to soccer. What goes best with cabbage The options are soup sausage, ribs or salads. Chandler where you got sausage? Sausage, Jordan.
Unknown Speaker 24:20
You read? ribs?
Santiago Leon 24:23
That sounds good. Chandler what’s the best way to reach you online to talk to you about the Rochester rush sisters basketball team? The Rochester basketball team if you guys have one, right? Yeah, you know Ryan’s coaching it. Wait. He’s coaching a semi league or a he’s coaching the rosters like their protein, the ratio
Unknown Speaker 24:45
Santiago Leon 24:46
I have no idea. I thought he was coaching a high school team or something? No, he’s like the head coach of the pro team in Rochester. Oh my Lord. I’ll have to congratulate him after the show. Anyways, Chandler what’s the best way to reach you to ask you about that. Just look me up on Facebook Chandler Christina Taylor Kristen from Rochester. He’s the only one there Jordan was the best way to reach you to talk to you about Blake Griffin and the best way to talk to you about that podcast.
Jordan Vargas 25:12
That’s why I reached me is on Instagram it’s courtside with Jordan. courtside all one word and then w j and then on Twitter D real JD v 23. And yeah, get my Twitter followers up.
Santiago Leon 25:25
Get your Twitter follow us because here on the sports cast, we are our Twitter centric. But there you have it with the NBA these young guns are definitely part of the sports cast, trying to lead us away for the NBA because the old guys don’t watch NBA like me so but I’m trying to catch up with these guys. Youth and speed. Jordan and Chandler thank you very much for coming on.
Unknown Speaker 25:46
Yep, so using gravity.
Santiago Leon 25:48
And right now we’re gonna transfer into the Champions League. Two big games. Today Porto Joo ventouse Porto ston Juventus to one and Dortmund defeated Seville three to a might have been an upset. We got Jaime Fernandez all the way from Hollywood, Florida. Welcome back to the sports cast.
Jaime Fernandez 26:08
Hi, Santiago. I’m happy to be back. Thank you for the invitation. Am I later beside of course this funny steam got like beat today but but it’s okay though. There will be another comeback.
Santiago Leon 26:24
That’s the best part about the Champions League guys because there’s a in a nother leg there’s two legs so you have a chance to have a another chance with them at the other game. Of course, it could be a way game or home game depends. But if it’s a home game, it’s good because you’re able to come back anyways, Happy New Year, by the way.
Jaime Fernandez 26:44
Happy New Year.
Santiago Leon 26:47
It was great. It was a great year so far. First first soccer show podcast in a while but you know, there’s a huge break between November and February. But the best part is that the Premier League happened between these two months. And but this is the first time this is the first season that Spanish league didn’t take that two week break. Right?
Jaime Fernandez 27:10
A usually we don’t take that much break, maybe like a week and a half for a week. But yeah, this year was kind of weird. And they only took like, probably two or three days.
Santiago Leon 27:22
Quite interesting. Yeah. And I know that the German league as well, they they said no two weeks, so they were in Premier League mode. In a way let’s start with Dortmund defeating Seville three to their favorites. their their their favorite tude has been better now. Tell us about this mash Hyman and what were the things that you saw that got you curious?
Jaime Fernandez 27:49
Well, the first thing I saw is the first half Seville got you know, intimidated by by Volusia with it when it started, I mean, they they DNA started the way that we’ll play. So that was kind of the same, but at the same time, you know, they they start with a score. So after that, I don’t know why they Borussia Dortmund leg, they grew really fast. They came back with a tie. And then with an extra two balls, Harlan, you know, he turned on the machine mode. And he destroys a veal in in in just 45 minutes. Really. So it was it was intensive. But very, it was a very good, good first half. And then in the second one of course, I feel like you know, they, they knew that they need to go for the game. So they started talking more with more head you know, more possession and at the same time, he takes he did lopetegui he did a three four substitution that they weren’t good for the team. So they ended up scoring one goal and they had a big chance of a free kick that they almost scored they hit the post. So I mean it’s gonna be a very very interesting game because in the second leg civilian needs to score so many goals in order to buy so we’re gonna see also Harlan in in the game more than he is right now.
Santiago Leon 29:22
As Jaime said, two goals by Erling braut halon a huge one the best strikers in Europe he came um let me get this right I could I could be completely wrong he came from a yaks right?
Jaime Fernandez 29:40
No, no he he came actually from from their Red Bull late speed. I get a yes in not knowing lately sorry it was paying in in their Red Bull Red Bull Salzburg, South Florida In Austria,
Santiago Leon 30:02
yes. And he helped that.
Jaime Fernandez 30:06
Till 2021 2020 and start, he signs for Volusia and he was able because they changed our rule. He was able to play champions league with varosha. Exactly. I remember that game, PSG beat them. So,
Santiago Leon 30:23
so they got out, which which, by the way, we will talk about that PHP game Barcelona a little bit later in the show because I know that Haim is looking forward to that. The other game today Porto stun Juventus to one Juventus is known as Ronaldo, his team, Jaime’s very warmed up to a Ronaldo because he used to play for Real Madrid is like Tom Brady living to the Bucs. So it’s kind of similar situations there. Porto scored at the start of each have to be limited to one and the first leg of the round of 16. Um, some might say this is an upset some people say well, Juventus is not having a good season. Jaime, what were your reactions?
Jaime Fernandez 31:09
Well, there, there’s good similarities. I like that I like comparing Ronaldo with Tom Brady because Yeah, they are. They’re both goats. But yeah, you Ventus I mean, they’ve been having an up and down season. And they, I know, there was doubts about PLO, but he ended up you know, re conducting the team and now they are in the right direction. But of course, nobody was expecting that in 45 minutes, or Porter was gonna be beating Juventus to zero I think it was by first off. And, and of course, that goal that they score is very, very important because if you think about it, now we’ve had one zero Juventus Yes In the next round. So it’s not difficult you know, in in Italy to score a one zero against Porto but at the same time I I heard you know, good things about this coach that he’s in a portal right now can say so. It used to be a very good soccer player on and of course, now the way he’s playing everybody comparing him we see me on a in the aspect that is very intense with his player, he wants to, you know, very a lot of sacrifice and off intensity. He, he Don’t let nobody you know, like, put the brake in there in the gas. So I feel he’s gonna be a good game. And today, I didn’t have the chance yet to watch them. The goals but I, I think it was a very tough game for you Ventus. So, let’s see.
Santiago Leon 32:45
goals from Porto came from Medi to Remi Moosa Moraga and from Juventus came from Federico Chiesa it was a good goal. Beautiful if you see the highlights of the whole game, it was good. There was some hope but it came at the a second minute, but you’ll have like like, you know, eight minutes to tie the game. It’s very possible but it’s tough because if you see soccer guys, it’s a big field. Anyways 212 ventouse yesterday’s game. The start with Barcelona lose against PSG for one this was a stunner three goals by m bapi. Hi, may I know your Madrid fan? I know you’re pretty happy about this scoreline but tell me your reactions after 24 hours
Jaime Fernandez 33:32
well of course it was for me it was it was a good game it was a pleasure game Let’s put it like that i i enjoy when Barcelona lose but but no I never expect that they were gonna destroy Barcelona like that because they Barcelona was coming from you know like having a good mom finally scoring good goals and then we’re gonna good dynamic on what we saw yesterday. It was just you know that that confirmation that Mr. pace is gonna be basically in the throne. After Ronaldo or Messi retire. He’s gonna be right there with who we will see who maybe we named Martin Van Halen or maybe we’re only with Alan. But yeah, definitely. And Bobby had amazing game. Every He did everything he did. He did it perfect. Let’s put it like that on. And of course they dominate the game. Very tough midfielders verratti planing a new position yesterday, destroy Barcelona. So I mean, I think it was it was a good game. He was up first good house. People talking about you know, PSG destroy Barcelona. But really the first 45 minutes It was like back and forth between both teams. And Barcelona went to this, you know, half halftime with a one one which is not a bad score. But the problem was the second half, you know, physically, you saw a lot of, you know, mistakes from Barcelona. And you start thinking like, is it maybe time for PK Alba to scats, even Messi to step out and let the young guys the young generations pass. But also the young generations are not ready yet. You saw a couple of mistakes from Virginia that has even you know, like, in defense, like langlade didn’t have a good day. Jordi Alba did not talk very well. So I don’t know. yet. Definitely. psgs. I can tell you, they are in the next round for sure.
Santiago Leon 35:42
So okay, I was gonna ask you this. Does Barcelona have a chance, but it sounds like they don’t think they have is a big deficit to come back to. Um, I know, it’s been one game I made. But can you see this PHP team going all the way?
Jaime Fernandez 35:59
Well, they did it last year, they went all the way to the finals. And I don’t see why not because of course, they beat Barcelona and they beat them without Neymar and the Maria. So I totally feel they have a lot of chances to be again in the, you know, at least in the semi finals. We need to see because, of course, like the draw is going to bring a new rival for PSG. And if PSG plays against Bayern Munich like the final, let’s see what happens. So if they play against Real Madrid, let’s see, of course, at the end of the day, they have a good squat. So I totally see them getting at least to the semifinals.
Santiago Leon 36:41
I’m very optimistic with PSG this season. I think it might be their season behind me. I trust them better if I had to ask a betting question all the time. But don’t ask me because Jaime falls like the like the big four leagues pretty well closely. And he knows what’s going on around him. Liverpool. redemption a little bit beating lips sake Rb listrik to nil. Liverpool has been having a drama a little bit of a dip in the Premier League losing against Man City last weekend for two one, m two now. What does that tell you Jaime? It just made me love things that I mean, not that good. But was this a good one from the one?
Jaime Fernandez 37:19
Honestly, I watched the game Liverpool play very organized. Now you can see Thiago is taking the lead. You know in the midfield. I was very surprised Henderson playing as a you know as a defender in the back. And as a captain, he did amazing game. And then of course we fast guys like Salah mana, you cannot have mistakes, like, let’s be hard, you know, and they had a couple of mistakes in both goals. And you know, when you when you play against Liverpool, you cannot have mistakes on defense. So definitely, I mean, that’s another game that I totally see Liverpool in the next round already. But of course you need to play you need to play the game and the problem about you know, let’s pick this is they every every since they lost Harlan, you know like they they don’t have really a guy on attack. Very good. I think they used to have it out of the system. With a guy I don’t remember right now his name and I know he’s from Hungary. But he signed for the other for it. I don’t know if it’s Oh, yeah, he came from I think from Salisbury. And he he signed for the Red Bull. But I don’t know why he didn’t play yesterday. Maybe he might. It was injured or something.
Santiago Leon 38:41
I mean, Dominic Salva?
Jaime Fernandez 38:44
Yeah, so, no,
Santiago Leon 38:47
so sorry. Yeah, it’s kinda hard to pronounce it. But yeah, you’re closer than I am.
Jaime Fernandez 38:51
He’s a very weird name, but he’s very good. He’s very good, though. He didn’t play yesterday. But he probably will play them in the in the game in the in the second leg. But again, I totally feel Liverpool. If they play as organized as yesterday, and Allison don’t have more mistakes. They are going to be of course in in the next round. rollin semi finals to
Santiago Leon 39:14
dude, Allison, I have to bring this up. He was the the issue for Liverpool losing against Man City and Leicester City. Yeah. So what Allison was, was he nervous? What are your thoughts? I mean, have you seen this before?
Jaime Fernandez 39:32
Well, that that happened that happened before in the history. It happened to Cassius, he happened to ballets. You know, goalkeeper is for me is the most difficult position in because when you save a lot of games, people you know, they cheer you up, but they don’t realize how important those saves. But as soon as you have one mistake, oh my god, everybody looked the other way. Because They don’t even want to see you, you know. And and it’s tough. It’s tough to be a goalkeeper, especially for these type of teams because, you know, maybe they, they don’t attack them so much. But when I when they do, you know, everybody’s spanked, like he’s gonna save all the goals and it’s not always like that. So I know Allison has all the you know all the talent and trust from club so there is no doubt he’s gonna come back as he’s best. But of course I mean, that’s that’s when when that happened I remember ran Madrid with Cassius Mourinho he has stopped putting another Dolly on, cause he has never play anymore. So he all depends. Yeah, we’ll see. The problem the problem is that you hear me somehow I can hear you can you hear me? Oh, yeah, perfect. The problem is that of course like the second goalkeeper. is is is not very good. Adrienne is not Oh, wow.
Santiago Leon 41:08
Coming from a Spaniard.
Jaime Fernandez 41:10
Yeah, but I mean, compared with Alison is good. But now compare with Alison.
Santiago Leon 41:17
But you know, but sometimes hi mate, like these keepers or players need to sit back a little bit. And relax. I think psychologically, Allison’s probably not all there. Maybe. Maybe I’ll put trust on Adrian, you know, very calm not the best goalkeeper But hey, he won’t make those mistakes. Maybe?
Unknown Speaker 41:34
Santiago Leon 41:38
Anyways, that’s my Liverpool minute with Jaime Jaime is falling the Premier League more than ever. I don’t know why. It’s not a sports casting because it might be a better league. No, I’m just kidding. Um, let’s look on next week’s matches. Mr. High made for the Premier League and we’re gonna see what you think what’s gonna happen between Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea?
Jaime Fernandez 42:02
Well, that definitely is gonna be a very, very tight games, I feel the way they play. They are teams that they they don’t even I mean, they they don’t like them to to to get a score, you know, like, they have good goalkeepers. I feel k pies back on even if he’s not back mandis. He proved that he’s very good, good all the time. Both defend their they they have good defense. So I feel it’s gonna be a very equal game. And if I need to bad I will put some money in for atlantico just because they have more experience in the last year’s getting to the next round. But again, I mean, Chelsea with a new coach. This is the code that took PSG to a final last year so that proves like my respect is not always about players. Also, it’s about you know, tactics and and how the manager move these players around and how they they want the team to play.
Santiago Leon 43:09
So and you think you can do it with this group of players with Chelsea with Warner Blissett which I heard he’s not favored in the 1311 but do you think this Chelsea team and tickle can work together maybe go semifinals?
Jaime Fernandez 43:25
I feel I feel they I feel it’s possible it is possible. Also the fact that he knows a couple of players you know like Thiago Silva used to be in PSG with him in with to chill and and then you know, like he knows the Germans so they have Harvard’s they have gardener and I don’t know he as soon as he came back and he he already started putting Alonso which is a good left back. So when you demonstrate that you can bring players that they were completely, you know, isolated in the bench, and they start playing really good that that says a lot about the coach so I thought I feel it’s gonna be a big battle. There’s not gonna be a lot of goals I feel it’s gonna be kind of like a one zero game a one one. So we will see We’ll see. We’ll see what it cholo cynthiana will do against Chelsea
Santiago Leon 44:25
ha ha CEO vs Bangor Munich. Hi, mate. We think about that lineup I mean that like that matchup?
Jaime Fernandez 44:41
Yeah, lotto I mean, like, they qualify. So they all my respects, because they qualify in a very tough group. I remember they were with Borussia Dortmund, also, and another good team. I don’t remember right now, it was a year with Zenit. they qualify in a very tough group. So all my respects They have zero mobula zero is very good. He’s a top scorer in Europe. So all my respects to that too. But I mean, they are going to play against a team that they just want their six title over the season. I mean like kind of the season the entire year you know 2020 in the 2020 they won six titles so by a Munich Of course, for me is gonna be the the rival that everybody wants to beat this year. They are the actual winners they have an amazing team. And they are you know, dominating the Bundesliga again. They brawl in the semi final final of the of the top there. And then the Champions League, you know, they have a good rival to make it to the next round. But let’s see, I definitely think by immunities is gonna destroy logic.
Santiago Leon 45:59
Six, no, no, we’ll see what happens.
Jaime Fernandez 46:01
But I hope I hope I’m wrong because
Santiago Leon 46:06
last co Atalanta vs. Madrid, what’s gonna happen there? Well, I mean,
Jaime Fernandez 46:15
Atlanta is a very offensive team. So definitely is going to create a lot of problems to Real Madrid, I totally see a game with at least some goals from Atlanta. So that’s gonna depend on Real Madrid, Real Madrid is able to respond with goals, or no, because we haven’t seen a Real Madrid like scoring a lot of goals in a while. So it’s gonna be tough if they don’t, if they don’t realize that Atlanta is not defensive Italian team is an offensive they are going to suffer a lot. And the good thing is, at least they play in Italy first. So Real Madrid need to make a very serious game there. Try to bring a good result like you know, 0011 so that way, you know in the second leg, they can they can kill them in in, in Madrid, but I think it’s gonna be also very tight. Even though I’m a Madrid fan. I don’t see them as favorites because Real Madrid is being having a lot of injuries and I mean, honestly, we don’t have the team that we think we have is we are suffering this year. More than ever, we really need new players and and it’s not happening so let’s see.
Santiago Leon 47:36
It’s also the dance last season with Madrid
Jaime Fernandez 47:40
probably depends let’s see. Well I don’t I don’t see him winning the Champions League but trust me if you win the Champions League nobody nobody’s gonna let you down leave
Santiago Leon 47:54
Madrid it is brucea monda black vs Man City A Man City that’s favorite to win and all the season but what does Jaime had to say about this matchup?
Jaime Fernandez 48:02
Well the match city obviously their favorites but be careful. We saw what happened with Real Madrid with interior and be careful I if I was worthy, Allah will because those guys are very fast, they have to ram they have player there. And they have a couple of tough guys. I tell you, the coach from from Borussia monchengladbach he just signed for next season for Borussia Dortmund. So that demonstrate that he’s a coach that everybody big teams wants to have in their in their squad. So let’s say I think he’s gonna be a very tactic game. Very fast game because they both teams have very fast players. And I definitely feel like, Man city’s favorite, but they don’t have the brewing. So let’s see how how they make it with no the brewing there,
Santiago Leon 49:04
Jaime, without the brewing, they still look dangerous, to be honest. They’re, I mean, they’re the best team right now in the Premier League. Hands down. Yeah, Liverpool’s kind of a little bit out of it, not completely, but they seem like they’re out of it. Man like, well, they won
Jaime Fernandez 49:20
today. And now basically, now basically, they have the mind united, big, big gap. And that,
Santiago Leon 49:32
I mean, can we kind of say that? I mean, no, like, like, we can’t say they’ve wanted wanted, but it’s just becoming clear. You know, this is play coming clear. So like,
Jaime Fernandez 49:42
last year, by this time, we were saying that Liverpool had the league, and it was around the same amount of points, right? Correct. Yeah,
Santiago Leon 49:50
yeah. I know. 10 points is a lot in the Premier League, especially in February. We will see so that is our recap of this week’s matches. There’s more matches next week. And we’ll have Jaime back next Wednesday to recap what happened. Seems like next week gets I don’t know if it’s as good as this week. It feels like this week was a little bit more you know, it was more eye opener because but next week you got Madrid so high makes it a little bit more special. And I like to hopefully, they’ll make it good. Before we we go on to the poll questions. Give us a quick update on the league. I know that I’ve let it go is first place. Tell us a little bit about the Liga, Madrid second and Barcelona but tell us a quick update so far.
Jaime Fernandez 50:42
Well, a quick update Today I’ll let it go. They tied. And one game they he he was supposed to play in this in the second game but but the second story second journey. But anyway, the point is that Latika is right now, they still have one more game missing. And they have six more points that are Real Madrid. So it’s a big difference because it could be nine if they win against Bilbao, but again My point is that they’ve been very very, very good these years he may only he’s making an amazing team with you know, like, what I like about these, you know, new coaches that we didn’t see these maybe 10 years ago 20 is that now they use all the players they use, they’re really the 23 players they have. So for me is more a talent of who is gonna you know who’s gonna basically get more juice from each player in your squad you know, because in the team you realize like if you have really 23 or 20 or let’s say 18 players that they felt they can be in the 11th star, the team is gonna be better. Absolutely, and you’re gonna see results right away. So I feel a lady gaga is doing that better than Madrid and Barcelona that’s why they are top they also there they’ve been very good with all black and defense they don’t consider any goals. And I mean we still have like probably 1517 games so there’s still time for Real Madrid and Barcelona to to fight and for me only gonna have the bands of the Champions League if Atlantic omega to the next round. They need to focus also a little bit in Champions League so they are gonna miss some games so the Real Madrid can catch up but let’s say Real Madrid possibly the next round maybe around Madrid is gonna be disconnected from the league
Santiago Leon 52:46
from a definite look at a good chance for athletic go to take to take La Liga which they haven’t done in a while right?
Jaime Fernandez 52:53
Yeah, 2014 was the last year
Santiago Leon 52:58
sounds good they want so it’s been like seven years. Seven years is about time to get Luis Suarez doing some wonders there. So it was definitely a good signing. By athletic go and of course have gel Felix a good talented squad, the second team in Madrid. But that’s could be the anyways. Twitter Poll Question of the Day of the day. What goes best with cabbage, soups, ribs insulitis or salsiccia.
Jaime Fernandez 53:28
Oh, I will feel soup. I actually, I actually have a Mexican soup the other day it’s called portfolio. I call it recommended to us on our portfolio goes with courage and he’s really good. So
Santiago Leon 53:42
I’ll take a note. And I’ll ask you offline and I have it somewhere in Miami. I probably have it down here. Anyways, hi mate. What is the best way to reach you the tie to bow gambling pigs for the Champions League games next week?
Jaime Fernandez 53:59
Well, and we you can reach me to tweet air or you can reach me also in Instagram is my name hi man Fm 85. And also, solo be best football in Twitter. But of course they can reach me through you. I know you have the best show. The best sports cars ever. So of course. Just find me through here.
Santiago Leon 54:28
I love Jaime Fernandez. He makes me happy every time I talk to him he knows the game he knows a little bit more than I do. I’ll give him that. Love his attitude his positivity. It’s so amazing. I wish I hang out with more but, but we will in the future. You can reach us at the sports cast at the sports cast dotnet or on Twitter at the sports cast one. We’ll have the victor rotor show tomorrow night. They’ll be talking a little bit more NBA and then Friday. We’ll hopefully have Ryan Krista. So we got a lot going on in sports. Soccer is is getting warmer nbas getting warmer. So a lot of things are happening, but man Jaime, tell us about your trip in DC was it seems like it was very cold but you had a good time.
Jaime Fernandez 55:10
Oh, it was good. It was it was it was very cold actually, especially on Saturday. We got a little bit of snow. But I mean, I was kind of in shock. All the museums were close. Everything was kind of close and they they truly follow the COVID you know like rules here in Florida you you realize that we go over the role a little bit but but he’s just another type of life I feel and and yeah, I mean I have a lot of fun. People are very nice there and very friendly. And we bc if I need to pick I will pick the University of Georgetown. I truly enjoy. Very, very nice University. Yes,
Santiago Leon 55:56
I used to live in DC for a couple months. And yeah, Georgetown’s right in the city right in that Georgetown it’s like the probably the best place to eat out. Go shop. But yeah, it’s a very good city. Very nice city. Yeah. Beautiful.
Jaime Fernandez 56:12
Santiago Leon 56:13
Anyways, honey, may I really appreciate just like I was saying before, I love talking to you about soccer talking about life with you. It’s freaking awesome. Have you back and we’ll probably see you more this spring.
Jaime Fernandez 56:24
Yeah, for sure. anytime soon. Yeah, well,
Santiago Leon 56:26
thank you for inviting Cheers. God bless and rock and roll.
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Santiago Leon is the Founder and CEO of the Sports Cast. He covers almost every sport: NFL, NBA, and world soccer. He’s also founder of sleon productions, which he specializes in technology and serves clients with solutions to make their business grow.