Every sports fan thinks they know best and everyone in the media is trying to get your attention. Lucky for you, I'm both.
45. NFL Wild Card wrap-up: Tom Brady’s not walking through that door so it’s officially stud WR offszn
The wild card round is complete and the New England Patriots are just one of several teams to leave the playoffs with more than just hurt pride. Set aside the hysterics, Bill Belichick and the defense will be fine. But there is one major change the team will have to make in the offseason if they want any chance of getting Mac Jones into AFC contending shape. Tanya breaks it all down, from his standing among rookie playoff QBs of the past to what the Patriots will need to see next season if they're going to go all in on a pure pocket passer with a regular arm in this era of the NFL (3:22). Then she quickly recaps where the rest of the league stands, how the divisional matchups are poised to shake out, and she makes her predictions for the final four (23:39).
44. Winter Mailbag: AB goes scorched earth, Survivor, AFC playoff picture, Russell Wilson’s future & more
The Winter AMA mailbag has arrived and Tanya is ready for the questions from across sports and pop culture. She kicks things off by laying out the latest with Antonio Brown and his bizarre take on Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady. Then she hits the mailbag, beginning with musings on 'Survivor' as the greatest competitive social experiment of all time (5:12), then discusses the evolution of her dream job (8:50). Tanya gives a quick and uninformed defense of Tuukka Rask (12:32) before moving on to the parity of the AFC playoff field (14:10) and whether the Patriots would be better off heading to the playoffs right now with Cam Newton (16:02). Then she shares her thoughts on the Patriots running more no-huddle with Mac Jones (21:29), and waves away concerns about Bill Belichick's issues with drafting wide receivers (24:30). She also complains about WWE botching the chance to put Brock Lesnar up against a babyface after his title win at Day 1 (30:42), and closes things out with a prediction about Russell Wilson's preferred destination in 2022 (33:45) and which open NFL coaching gig is the most desirable (35:20).
43. Antonio Brown made Tom Brady and Bruce Arians look foolish, Bill Belichick is back in the playoffs
We've finally made it to the first inaugural WEEK 18 of the NFL season and much like the season itself, things are still very chaotic. First up, Tanya addresses the situation with Antonio Brown that led to his swift release from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - and her controversial tweet about Tom Brady's role in bringing him to the team (3:42). Then she breaks down the NFL playoff picture and which matchup she prefers for the New England Patriots in the wild card round (21:32). To wrap up, Tanya offers some big picture thoughts on Bill Belichick and Mac Jones teaming up for a playoff run that is yet another feather in the GOAT's cap (27:06) .
Belichick rules and the Yankees suck: Best of Almost Shameless 2021
From Bill Belichick vs Tom Brady to Mac Jones vs Cam Newton to the Red Sox vs the Yankees, Tanya hit on all the best rivalries in Boston sports this year... and did a little ragging on Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers for good measure. Here's some of the best rants from Almost Shameless in 2021. See you in 2022, gang.
(1:23) Enough of the comparing, Brady and Belichick did it together.
(4:15) Fox & Fallon reunite to assign each of Brady's 7 Super Bowl rings to a day of the week
(6:16) Aaron Rodgers preseason shit-talking
(7:43) Arizona Cardinals one of the most underrated teams heading into the 2021 season
(10:24) Mac is the Patriots starter. Now what?
(13:34) Keys to the Patriots succeeding with a rookie QB in 2021
(18:02) CC Sabathia dunks on the Yankees after they lose again to the Red Sox in the playoffs
(20:29) Steelers fan Jarrett Bailey defends Big Ben's honor
(23:31) Jon Gruden's leaked emails tell a story about who people are when they think no one's looking
(25:56) Roger Goodell will never give us the answers we're looking for
(29:28) This or That with Mike D'Abate: Belichick as Coach of the Year or Mac as Offensive Rookie of the Year?
(33:57) Patriots Mid-season Awards: Best win of the first half
42. There‘s no real Super Bowl favorite in 2021 so every team in the playoff picture better buckle up
Tanya followed the New England Patriots' lead and took a bye week for the holidays, but she's back and taking a tour of the NFL's weird Week 15. She kicks things off by checking in with the Buccaneers and Tom Brady after another loss to the Saints (3:03) before delivering a blunt explanation for what we saw from the Patriots in their loss to the Colts on Thursday Night Football (7:41). Then she takes a look around at the rest of the AFC and the NFL overall amidst accusations that some teams are "pretenders" rather than "contenders" (17:12). Tanya closes the show with a rant about John Harbaugh's decision to forgo overtime against the Packers, and rips his unorthodox approach prior to making the game-losing call (27:46).
41. The Patriots and Bill Belichick know exactly what they‘re doing & the rest of the NFL just realized it
The Patriots beat the Bills in an unforgettable way on Monday Night Football to take sole possession of the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into their bye week. The aftermath was fraught with accusations of overreaction and hyperbole, balanced out by the dawning realization from everyone else that the Patriots are back on top. Tanya breaks down exactly what the conditions were like and rips into people who complain about bad weather games outside (3:08). Then she explains that Monday's unique game plan was no fluke, it was the culmination of everything that Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels have been preparing for (8:31). Then Tanya reads a few criticisms of the Bill Belichick praise from prominent media members and she responds by laying out the history of QBs who succeed in their rookie year then go on to win the Super Bowl early in their careers (15:20). Finally, Tanya rips Bills coach Sean McDermott's insulting lack of accountability and deflection after the game (24:48).
Tanya is awesome. Gives great perspective. Put this podcast in your rotation for sure.
Podcast is wack
I've enjoyed Tanya's writing and perspective for a while. She's not uber-famous, but she clearly puts thought into all of her takes. It's thoughtful, tather than manufactured.