Spring is in the air. And the sports world is in the midst of some spring cleaning of its own. College basketball’s madness has now been thrown in the closet, ushering golf and baseball to the main dresser drawer. Bored? Think again.
This weeks Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer’ Gerbo discuss the National Championship Game between Louisville and Michigan, the significance of Rick Pitino’s second National Title to his legacy, the future of the Michigan program, and even how the the Fab Five should be handled with the sanctions officially lifted. There was another college basketball championship game – the women played one too, as Connecticut and head coach Geno Auriemma captured their 8th crown. Where does the accomplishment put Auriemma in comparison to overall great college coaches like Pat Summit and among the men elites like John Wooden, Coach K, and Adolph Rupp etc?
One of the most beautiful parts of Spring: THEEEE MASTERS! Golf’s biggest stage is here and so is the aged old question: Tiger or the field? How much much does Tiger Woods need this major, in his quest to break Jack Nicklaus’ record? Mike will try to remain calm this time (we said try…).
With the New York Knicks streaking and the Pittsburgh Penguins slumping, these two prominent franchises are the focus. How good are the Knicks? Should the Pens panic, dealing with another Crosby injury?
A recap of the first week of the 2013 Major League Baseball will conclude this edition of the HBS. The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw throw on their green jackets, while conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
Smell the grass. Hear the crack of the bat. The countdown is over. Baseball season is now underway! This is their wheelhouse, as Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo go league to league, division to division, breaking down all that is the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Can Posey and the Giants pitching lead San Francisco to a third World Series title in four years? Is it possible for Miguel Cabrera to follow a historic Triple Crown? How will the injury riddled Yankees fair? Will Bryce Harper emerge to even another level in his sophomore campaign? A better Mike “WAR” Trout? Did the Blue Jays Marlins pilfering splash filled off-season make them the AL East favorite? All these questions and much more will be answered. Oh yeah, and is this FINALLY the year the Pittsburgh Pirates end their sub-500 record long losing streak?! Eh… Not so fast.
Baseball may be back, but the rest of the sports world is not yet taking a backseat. Atlanta is primed to host college basketball’s Final Four weekend. Louisville, hoping to win for hometown kid, Kevin Ware, who will be there recovering from his gruesome broken leg, squares off against cinderella Wichita State. And Syracuse dances with Michigan, making this the Wolverines’ first trip since the Fab Five days. Who will cut down the nets and which team will stand tall as national champion? George even rejoices a rare victory in a competition over Mike. Hey, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in awhile. We also can’t forget about a buffoon head coach being fired!
NHL’s Trade Deadline came and went without much fanfare. Despite a lacking of excitement, some big moves were made. Who were the winners and more importantly, and asininely, who were the losers?
Baseball brings the magic. Magic creates conquering. The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw are magicians, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
In a sports world that is always humorous and rarely makes any sense, some of the news of the past week actually provided some shock, asinine shock, but shock none the less. Who better to discuss asinine sports news than Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo?
Look no further than the madness…in a tournament always dominated by madness, the 2013 NCAA Tournament has become perhaps the most maddening in history. Some 12 over 5′s – sure. A 14 over a 3 – alright. A 15 over a 2 – damn. Almost a couple 16′s over 1′s – wow. And that was just the first weekend. There’s still some usual suspects around, but they’re joined by La Salle, Wichita State, and FLORIDA GULF COAST?! A program not even in existence a decade ago is in the Sweet 16! March Madness is alive and well.
While the on-court action is exciting, the off-court college basketball stories are equally as entertaining. Eliminated UCLA and Minnesota (ironically the team that ousted the Bruins) fired their prominent stellar head coaches. Which one of these moves was more nonsensical and ridiculous? Where do these programs go from here?
Tiger Tiger Woods, ya’ll! The man, the myth, the legend has finally reclaim his throne at top of the golf mountain. Does Tiger Woods spot as golf’s number one player in the world mean he’s back? Mike angrily explains how this entire notion is unreasonable at this point in Tiger’s career.
A hockey team is in the midst of a historic streak AGAIN and the NHL trade season has officially begun. The Pittsburgh Penguins and the rumor mill conclude with a hockey legend another gold star show.
Nonsensical reality may be abundant, but the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer regardless, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
Madness. One word says it all. For some boring fools, March just means spring and warmer weather (or so they say). For the rest of us, it means the most madness filled sports month of the year. Professional athletes take a backseat to college kids. It’s the NCAA Tournament. It’s the place dreams come true, eternal memories are formed, hearts are broken, a nation unifies, and Davids and Goliaths are on an equal stage.
Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo do what the rest of the country is doing, they fill out their brackets. Your favorite sports genius’ go through the entire field and give their picks. Based on Mike’s high winning percentage in competitions against George, can the Howitzer pull off a sports pick’em equivalent to a 16 over a 1 seed? On second thought, we’ll be nice, 15 over a 2… At least that’s been accomplished before.
What’s their Final Four look like? Do elite programs like Louisville and Indiana have enough to go the distance? Will a year of improbable upsets continue? Can Gonzaga, now with expectations, finally get the job done and make a deep run? Is Duke vulnerable by carrying several disappointing losses? Is Miami (FL.) poised to prove themselves? Does the Michigan bandwagon have any room left? Which low seeded teams have that dark horse potential?
George always knows he’s risking unbearable bragging and bravado any time he enters into a competitive venue against the Buzz-Saw.
We now all prepare for that one shining moment. You know what? Screw the corny stuff. Let the games begin!
Like a puff of white smoke, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo have arrived to send shockwaves. If white smoke can precede the introduction of a pope, why can’t it present sports media’s most dominating duo?
While Catholics are celebrating a shakeup, some NFL fans are mourning the chaos that has been the recent player movement. Baltimore’s chances to repeat as Super Bowl champions has gone from difficult to next to impossible, after losing several key components, such as Anquan Boldin and the man groomed to replace Ray Lewis, Dannell Ellerbe. The Ravens haven’t been alone in experiencing an exodus. Pittsburgh saw Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall depart for greener pastures. Percy Harvin is now a Seahawk and Wes Welker jumped from Tom Brady and Patriots to Peyton Manning and the Broncos. What does all this activity mean for the new landscape of power in the NFL? Can perennial powers contend without their star player? Are these players enough to push teams over the hump?
Despite March Madness, a time for basketball craziness, being surrounded by football news, the hardwood insanity is not to be denied. How will be the conference tournaments impact the NCAA Tournament selections? What squads can surprise and leapfrog off of the bubble? There will even be a retrospective tribute paid to the Big East, as the last true Big East Tournament continues. Mike will try to contain George’s tears.
Finally, the beast Lakers Dwight Howard is here. What will his pounding of the franchise he scorned do for LA’s playoff quest? Turn away Magic fans (if there are still any), Mike will be mean to you.
Team USA is soaring in the World Baseball Classic. What would a United States WBC Title mean? All others go up in smoke, while the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer sports radio, one day, at a time…
When thinking of perfect mediators for dealing with ruthless dictators, of course characteristics such as well respected and well versed are both necessary, but don’t forget about insane and unpredictable… Who fits the bill? If you said Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti, you are correct. Say the Buzz-Saw isn’t available, who else would be next in line? That’s another easy one. George “the Howitzer” Gerbo….? No way! He’s too normal, right? Dennis Rodman is the answer! Jokes aside, one of those guys actually traveled to meet and spent time with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean Dictator. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the sports genius. What will result in Rodman’s friendship with an enemy of the United States? Should athletes be used in international negotiations?
Once the calendar shifts to March, the madness begins. College basketball has already got pretty mad, as Gonzaga has earned the programs first ever number one ranking. What does this say about the landscape of the country and what are Gonzaga’s chances to cut down the nets with another program first, an NCAA title?
It’s lonely on an island. Not if you’re Darrelle Revis. The NFL’s most asinine off-season story (and that’s saying something) is discussed.
Another gold quality show concludes by settling a recent debate. Which streak is more impressive, the NBA’s Miami Heat’s or the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks’? Mike puts on his comfort fitting Devil’s advocate hat for this segment. Hey, Stephen A. Smith listen up. Maybe even some World Baseball Classic talk. Maybe…
Ever so close to the season of madness in the sports world, there’s still some madness making news. What can create extreme madness? Extreme hype. The hype machine that awarded us Tim Tebow, has now provided Manti Te’o. All obvious hoax jokes aside, what is the former Heisman candidates draft stock, after a miserable performance at the NFL Combine? Is too much being made out of a bad 40 yard dash? Manti may have hurt himself, but who opened some eyes? Tavon Austin. Tavon Austin. Tavon Austin. Setting their West Virginia Mountaineer bias aside (is that possible?), Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo wax poetic on the ceiling and impact an athletic freak like Tavon Austin can bring to an NFL team. Speaking of athletic freaks, what should be made of Tyrann Mathieu, taking his one year absence from football and his continued ass clownery into consideration?
Tom Brady restructured his contract. Your favorite sports genius’ will explain why the “he took less to win” crap is being overblown. And what this could realistically mean for the Patriots chances at another Super Bowl title with number 12?
It wouldn’t be a sports talk show without one of the marquee asinine soap opera franchises. Baseball is back and the MLB season is right around the corner. For the first time in a long while, Yankee fans may not be so thrilled. With other teams improving, can the Evil Empire remain a championship contender with yet another star player suffering an injury? Curtis Granderson has led New York in home runs and RBI over the past two seasons. How big of an issue is his absence (until approximately May)?
An age old HBS battle will close the program: NHL realignment. Expect Mike to explain reality to George in this segment. Hype meets truth, as the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer sports radio, one day, at a time…
Love is in the air on this special Valentine’s Day edition of the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show. Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo celebrate the holiday by showing love to all those they care about most, the fans. Hold up! Pump the breaks! Wait a minute! That’s not right. They hate all you fools. Never mind… In reality, this day means nothing to them and it will be business as usual. Asinine banter and sports talk.
With football officially behind us and the weather starting to cooperate, baseball is in the air. Spring Training has begun and this means another MLB season is just around the corner. Mike and George discuss which team had the best off-season, what to look for in 2013, and even give a few bold predictions.
Before baseball takes center stage of sports, there’s some madness that needs dealt with first. The college basketball regular season is nearing its end. Nearing an end or not, the title of best team is far from clear. Who the Hell is the favorite and truly best of the bunch? Which teams are actually built for the long haul? Is anybody?!
To conclude another epic broadcast, Mike soaks up the awesomeness that is the Vancouver Canuck goalie drama. Most notably Roberto Luongo’s head standing campaign. NHL resident heel, Matt Cooke will also go on trial. FYI: heels got heels backs (hint, hint). That’s just how it is.
Flowers and candy conquer the bank accounts on Valentine’s Day, while the Howitzer and Buzz-saw conquer sports radio, one day, at a time…
Mid-February can be boring in the sports world. The Super Bowl is over, the NHL and NBA are in a lull, and we are still weeks away from the madness. However, don’t despair, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo can always find that diamond in the rough.
Things begin with a wrap on Super Bowl XLVII and a look at the futures of both conference champions. After a record post-season and hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, has Joe Flacco entered the NFL’s elite? Did San Francisco get screwed on the controversial “no call” in the endzone? How would Mike and George, two (non-blood) brothers, handle an epic battle against each other?
Need excitement? Need drama? Need asininity? No fear the Los Angeles Lakers are here! Kobe Bryant spoke. Kobe Bryant tried to lead. Kobe Bryant caused more problems. What else is new…? The Buzz-Saw has few (actually many) choice words for the Black Mamba.
Thought Tim Thomas’ retirement would hold thanks to the NHL Lockout? Well, maybe think again. The Bruin great has been traded to the New York Islanders. Why did the Isles make this move? What will come of, if anything, of this?
Oh and National Signing Day came and went. Teenagers, most who will be irrelevant, decided their college football fates. Too much made of this? Abso-freakin-lutely!
Deer antler spray. Deer antler spray. Deer antler spray?! Yes, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo will be discussing deer antler spray. Just when you thought the sports world would go into a lull waiting for the Super Bowl, deer antler spray surrounds the headlines. A recent story came out stating Baltimore Ravens legendary linebacker, Ray Lewis used deer antler spray as performance enhancing drug, while trying to recover from an injury. How does this effect Ray’s legacy and will it have any bearing on the big game?
Don’t think the AFC Champion was hogging all the asininity. Randy Moss, who’s still seeking his first ring in his second career Super Bowl trip, decided to proclaim he is the greatest receiver in NFL history. While Randy has been great, another famous 49er receiver didn’t exactly appreciate Randy’s comments? Does Moss have any argument in his quest to be football’s receiving GOAT? Mike, a longtime Moss fan, will accept the challenge as “the Freaks” defense attorney.
Oh wait there’s a game to be played? No way….! Well as Kurt Angle used to say during his WWE days, it’s true, it’s damn true! Super Bowl XLVII is previewed in every possible way imaginable.
Football is front and center, but other sports have not gone into a hibernation. Expect an NHL update, now that the shortened season is a few weeks old. And maybe even a look at the college basketball landscape. Who the Hell is worthy of being #1? It’s a serious question, folks.
The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw don’t need no damn deer antler spray! They’re all natural, yet still conquer sports radio, one day, at a time….