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The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Poking A Bear

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Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George ‘the Howitzer” Gerbo soak up all the pot stirring and entertain the masses, like only they can.

All the news, notes, and asininity of another week in the NFL, the ongoing action in both the American and National League Championship Series, and a bizarre record already set in the young NHL season. Can the Dodgers find their stroke in time to save their season? Is there any weakness on the machine that has been the Boston Red Sox? Does Torii Hunter have a legit complaint with a bullpen security guard? Don’t you just love a good pitchers duel?

George even takes home a rare victory in the opening banter session. The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show. Conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Poking A Bear

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Geeks of Gridiron: Week 6 – Mischievious Continues To Flourish

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The rookie Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber, who went 9-5 last week, continues to put a minor stranglehold on the Minister of the Tricycle trophy. He has a two game lead over Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley. Conley put up the worst record last week, going 7-7. Thomas “Nocturne” Deja has quietly lingered in middle position all season as he hasn’t had a week where he picked less then 9 games correctly as he went 9-5 last week. Anthony “Triple S” Sellers is 6 games back (45-32 overall). However, he and Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti (44-33 overall) both took a step in the right direction by each going 10-4 last week. Can they continue their comeback to prominence or will the rookie continue to chain down the Gridiron Geek veterans? (more…)

Geeks of Gridiron: Week 4 – It’s Hyphen’s Time to Shine

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Through the first three weeks, Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley has led the way (34-14), despite a mediocre 9-7 last week. The rookie “Mischievious” McCumber is right behind B Hyphen, going 31-17 through the first three weeks. Thomas “Nocturne” Deja has been the model of consistency of the group, going 10-6 all three weeks. The defending champion, Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti (28-20 through 3 weeks)  hasn’t been able to emulate last season’s success, as he sits in fourth place. Anthony “Triple S” Sellers has been the dullest tool in the GoG shed, however, only carving out a 27-21 record through the first three weeks. Can Asti mount a comeback to repeat as champion? Can “Triple S” transform into the proverbial gridiron Einstein? Can Hyphen stay atop the group?

Standings
Conley 34-14 (9-7 week 3)
McCumber 31-17 (8-8 week 3)
Deja 30-18 (10-6 week 3)
Asti 28-20 (7-9 week 3)
Sellers 27-21 (7-9 week 3)

The Unanimous Games (unanimous groups picks are bold and italicized)
San Francisco @ St. Louis (played Thursday night)
Cincinnati @ Cleveland
Indianapolis @ Jacksonville
Philadelphia @ Denver 
New England @ Atlanta 
Miami @ New Orleans 

The Standout Games
Baltimore @ Buffalo 
The rookie Mischievious “quoth the Raven, nevermore.” He likes the Bills to win at home, while the rest of the Gridiron Geeks are flying with Joe Flacco and the Ravens.

Chicago @ Detroit 
Again, the rookie Mischievious stands alone, taking the Lions at home while the other Gridiron Geeks like Chicago to leave Detroit with a victory.

New York Giants @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Buzz-Saw goes with Eli Manning and the Giants to bounce back against KC, while the other four Gridiron Geeks like Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs to get back-to-back-to-back-to-back wins.

Pittsburgh @ Minnesota
Which team will get their first win? The rookie Mischievious and “Nocturne” Deja  (you can read Deja’s analysis here) go with Adrian Peterson and the Vikings. The Buzz-Saw, B Hyphen, and Triple S like Pittsburgh to defeat Minnesota in London for their first win of the season.

Arizona @ Tampa Bay
While four of the Gridiron Geeks like Arizona, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” went in the opposite direction and likes the Buccaneers to snipe the Cardinals this week.

Seattle @ Houston
Deja, Hyphen, and Sellers go with the Seahawks on the road, while the rookie Mischievious and the Buzz-Saw like the Texans at home.

New York Jets @ Tennessee
Again, it’s Deja, Hyphen, and Sellers teaming up with the Jets and rookie QB Geno Smith, while the rookie Mischievious and the Buzz-Saw like the Titans to win at home.

Washington @ Oakland
The rookie Mischievious and Sellers go with the Redskins to win in the black hole, while B Hyphen, the Buzz-Saw and Deja like the Raiders to get their second win.

Dallas @ San Diego
B Hyphen, the Buzz-Saw and Deja pick San Diego to get to .500 on the season, while the rookie Mischievious and Sellers go with America’s Team.

Be sure to check back next week as the Gridiron Geeks continue to battle for the title “Minister of the Tricycle”!

Geeks of Gridiron 2013: Week 2 – The Rookie Makes Himself Known

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It’s early in the season, but week one saw some unexpected outcomes in the GoG standings. The first year gridiron geek Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber started the year off with his best Nostradamus interpretation, going 13-3. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Season one champion Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti finished  with a putrid 9-7 record and is currently bringing up the rear. Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley went 12-4 while both Anthony “Triple S” and Thomas “Nocturne” Deja went 10-6.  Can Mischievious continue to cause mischief and finish the season on top? Will the Buzz-Saw rectify his horrible first week and defend his title? This weeks picks will provide a little more insight.

Standings
McCumber 13-3
Conley 12-4
Sellers 10-6
Deja 10-6 (You can read Moves Like Curtis for Deja’s analysis)
Asti 9-7

The Unanimous Games (unanimous group picks are bold and italicized)
New York Jets @ New England
St. Louis @ Atlanta
Tennessee @ Houston
Detroit @ Arizona
New Orleans @ Tampa Bay
Jacksonville @ Oakland
Denver @ New York Giants
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati

The Standout Games
Carolina @ Buffalo
Deja and Sellers favor Cam Newton and the Panthers while Asti, Conley, and the rookie McCumber go with the running back duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to run the Bills to a victory.

Minnesota @ Chicago
Homefield advantage proves to be the victory factor for Mr. Asti, B Hyphen, Tom “Nocturne” Deja, and “Triple S” Sellers as they all take the Bears to be go 2-0, while the rookie McCumber takes the Vikings to win on the road.

Washington @ Green Bay
Tom “The Nocturne” Deja stands alone as the only one to go with the RGIII and the Redskins. Asti, Conley, the rookie McCumber, and Sellers favor Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to put another mark in the win column.

Miami @ Indianapolis
Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley goes with only 11% percent of the yahoo pick em world that believe Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins will win. “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, “Nocturne” Deja, the rookie McCumber, and Triple S Sellers are all together, going with Andrew Luck and the Colts.

Dallas @ Kansas City
The majority of the group (Asti, McCumber, and Sellers) are Jones-in for a Cowboy victory. B Hyphen and Tom Deja like the Chiefs to defend their home field behind Alex Smith’s arm.

San Diego @ Philadelphia
In an effort to climb out of cellar, Asti takes the Chargers to march in to the city of brotherly love and leave victorious. The other four Gridiron Geeks like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles to continue to fly in new Head Coach Chip Kelly’s high octane offense.

Cleveland @ Baltimore
Tom “Nocturne” Deja goes with the Browns to leave Baltimore with a victory. He’s the only one, as the rest of the Gridiron Geeks envision the Ravens getting their first victory after being embarrassed by the Broncos in week one.

San Francisco @ Seattle
The votes are split between these two as sophomore quarterbacks collide. “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, the rookie “Mischievious” McCumber, and “Triple S” Sellers take Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore and the 49ers, while B Hyphen and “the Nocturne” Deja like the duo of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch to lead the Seahawks to a victory at home.

Be sure to check back next week as the Gridiron Geeks continue to battle for the title “Minister of the Tricycle!”

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Praise Be To The Sports God

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While commemorating and paying respects to a day that will forever live in the hearts of Americans, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo tear up another broadcast.

This edition, your favorite sports genius’ discuss a season ending injury for Derek Jeter? How does this effect the Yankees chances at crawling into a postseason birth? Will we ever hear these famous words again: “at short-stop, number 2, Derek Jeter, number 2″ (Bob Sheppard voice)? Mike explains why, even though losing Jeter won’t hurt the Yankees in 2013, he will definitely be back in 2014. An epic retrospective to the end of the Pittsburgh Pirates 20 year “streak” and their hopes down the stretch keep the baseball diamond the headline act.

With the fall season looming, football is here and making its presence felt already. What was up with the asinine ugliness of Week 1 in the NFL? Can the Eagles offense keep up their college track meet style all season long? If they do, how good is Philadelphia? On the flip side, after a bad home opening loss, how bad are the usually contending Steelers? Expect some other hot button NFL topics, as well as, the HBS NFL Pick ‘em Challenge.

Before bowing up a gold quality program, college football continues to spark much intrigue. Johnny Manziel and his polarizing “heel” self square off against AL-A-BAMA, in a pivotal show down. Who will come out on top?

Remember those lost on that faithful day of September 11, 2001. As our service men and women, our police force, and our firefighters, continue to conquer for us, the Howitzer and Buzz-saw bring a release of entertainment, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Praise Be To The Sports God

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – 2013 NFL Preview *

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Are you ready for some football?! Cliche, I know. But really, should we even have to ask? Another NFL season is here, as the Baltimore Ravens, despite some key departures, look to defend their Super Bowl title.

Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo guide you through each division with team-by-team (well the worthy teams) analysis and predictions.

Has George finally ventured to Mike’s “the AFC is weak and lacking elite teams” dark side? Are the Broncos a deserving favorite, or capitalizing on a wide open field? Can Atlanta get the job done, now with even more pressure? How sexy are the Seahawks? Which sophomore star quarterback will suffer a slump, if any? And, since it happens every year, which teams will drop from the playoffs one season to the basement the next?

Expect Mike to jump back on a previous bandwagon darling and George to ride a surprising ship, that is sure to sink.

Gear up for the road to Super Bowl XLVIII. This is not just any other preview show. It’s another Howitzer and Buzz-saw preview show. Previewing like only they can, while conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…

* Editor’s note: This was put out on September 5th, my apologies for not posting it sooner. – Kelen

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – 2013 NFL Preview

Geeks of Gridiron: 2013 Return

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The Trike Team is proud to reintroduce you to Geeks of Gridiron. Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti, Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley, Thomas “Nocturne” Deja, and Anthony “Triple S” Sellers return with their biased and non-expert picks of every NFL game throughout the 2013 NFL season. Joining the foursome this season is Johnathan “Mischievious” McCumber.

Last season, the Buzz-Saw took home the first “Minister of the Tricycle” trophy by continually outshining every other competitor. Will his success continue into this season? That question will be answered at the end of the season, as anything less than a repeat performance will be considered a failure. And, yes, we all want to see him fail.

But talk is cheap, it’s time to get to the picks.

The Unanimous Games (unanimous group picks are bold and italicized)
Baltimore @ Denver (played Thursday)
New England @ Buffalo
Minnesota @ Detroit
Oakland @ Indianapolis
Seattle @ Carolina
Kansas City @ Jacksonville
Houston @ San Diego

The Standout Games
Cincinnati @ Chicago
The Buzz-Saw, B Hyphen, Thomas “Nocturne” Deja, and Triple S like the cats from Ohio to go into Chicago and prey on the Bears, while the newcomer Mischievious chose the Bears.

Miami @ Cleveland
Four of the five like the Browns to beat Miami, with Thomas Deja (click here to read his Moves Like Curtis and the reasoning behind every pick) being the lone ranger picking the Dolphins to go to Cleveland and win.

Atlanta @ New Orleans
Like the Cincy/Chicago game, Mischevious stands alone with the Falcons while the rest believe the Saints march to a week one victory.

Tampa Bay @ New York Jets
B Hyphen shows faith in former Mountaineer QB Geno Smith and goes with the Jets at home. The rest of the GoG team like Deja’s paper plane description as they go with the Buccaneers.

Tennessee @ Pittsburgh
Mischievious and Triple S “remember the titans” and believe they will go into Pittsburgh and take down the Steelers, while Deja, The Buzz-Saw, and B Hyphen go with the Steelers.

Arizona @ St. Louis
Asti, B Hyphen, Triple S, and the rookie go with St. Louis while Deja prefers the Cardinals.

Green Bay @ San Francisco
In one of the more intriguing matchups of the week, The Buzz-Saw and Triple S go with the Packers, while B Hyphen, Mischievious, and Deja pick the 49ers.

New York Giants @ Dallas
America’s team they are not, at least not for the GoG team, as Asti, B Hyphen, Deja, and Triple S pick the Giants. The rookie Mischievious, on the other hand, takes the Cowboys.

Philadelphia @ Washington
Mischievious decides to walk alone in yet another game (this is the fourth), flying with the Eagles, while the rest of the GoG team go with RGIII and the Redskins.

And there you have it, the picks from each and every Geek of Gridiron member. Be sure to check back next week as we jostle to become the next Minister of the Tricycle.

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Fighting Cartels

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Alex Rodriguez may not feel it’s the right time or place to be totally honest, but Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo have an inability to be anything other than truth tellers. Major League Baseball has officially handed A-Rod a 211 game suspension for his role in the most recent PED scandal. To the surprise of no one this is being appealed. Did MLB get this right? Where does this latest “A-Rod playing while fighting suspension” circus rank on the asininity scale? How will all this play out? How is the infamous Curse of the Howitzer wrapped around everything A-Rod vs MLB? Johnny Damon even creeps back on the scene inadvertently diminishing accomplishments he was apart of.

The continued A-Rod story wasn’t the only asinine sports of the week. Johnny Manziel cemented himself as a buffoon, after news broke that he may have sold his autograph for money, an NCAA violation. If true, should Johnny Football be suspended, or maybe even ban, from all of the up-coming 2013 season? It’s widely known the NCAA has some ridiculous rules. This whole mess has ignited the never ending “should college athletes be paid?” debate.

Preseason football is here! Excited? I know, we aren’t either. With the new NFL season quickly approaching, teams are back to work and all the offseason drama is behind them. Or is it? As Riley Cooper and his n-bombing self returns to training camp, another much more prominent receiver did some tongue lashing of his own. Wes Welker, now with the Broncos, informed the media he wasn’t exactly the biggest Bill Belichick fan during his tenure in New England. Oh boy! Mike loves this stuff. He even predicted it once upon a time.

It’s a fight for their lives, as the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer sports radio, one day, at a time…


The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw – Fighting Cartels

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – The Ides Of Madness

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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!

The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer madness and sports radio, one day, at a time…


The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – The Ides Of March

The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Like A Puff Of White Smoke

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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…


The Howitzer & Buzz-Saw Show – Like A Puff Of White Smoke