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The GD Podcast: Episode 9

In NFL, NHL, Podcasts on February 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

By Joe Dyton (@dyton99)

On this week’s episode of The GD Podcast, Mike and I discuss the Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres firing of head coach Lindy Ruff. We also reflect on the passing of Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss, the NBA’s age restrictions, Danica Patrick’s historic pole victory and the chances RG3 is back for Week 1.

Later, we preview the Oscars in the Pop Culture Corner, make a few “Fearless Forecasts” and Mike talks about what’s brewing in Mike’s Beer Blast. You can listen to it all here.

Mike Grant and Joe Dyton co-host The GD Podcast; an informal, yet insightful conversation about sports, pop culture, beer and the like. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at Have a question for the guys? Send it to


The GD Podcast: Episode 6

In MLB, NFL, NHL, Podcasts on January 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm

By Joe Dyton (@dyton99;

In the first GD Podcast of 2013, Mike and Joe recap the NFL’s Divisional Round of the playoffs and preview Championship Sunday, celebrate the return of the NHL, talk about the Manti Te’o mess and the Eagles snagging Chip Kelly from Oregon, the Baseball Hall of Fame pitching a shutout and “Homeland’s” success at the Golden Globes. Later, Mike gives the listeners his best beer bets for the start of 2013.

Listen to it all here:

The Breakdown:

NFL: 0:00-23:45
NHL: 23:46-33:50
Coll. Football: 33:50-47:48
MLB: 47:49-50:48
Pop Culture Corner: 50:49-1:00:45
Mike’s Beer Picks: 1:00:46-1:04:13

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast and co-host of “The GD Podcast”. He can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at You can also follow The GD Podcast on Twitter at

The GD Podcast: Episode 4

In NFL, NHL, Podcasts on December 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

By Joe Dyton (the

In a jam-packed edition of  The GD Podcast, Mike and Joe discuss Week 12 of the NFL, look ahead to Week 13, put a bow on the 2012 Penn State football season and give their thoughts on Notre Dame’s chances in the BCS title game.

The guys also discuss the NHL labor dispute, the San Antonio Spurs’ fine and TV shows “Homeland” and “Boardwalk Empire.” Mike closes the podcast with a few suggestions for Winter Holiday beers.

Listen to it all here!

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast and co-host of “The GD Podcast”. He can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at

“The GD Podcast”: “Pilot”

In MLB, NFL, NHL, Podcasts on October 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

By Joe Dyton (; @dyton99)

My playoff baseball viewing kept me from watching many of my favorite shows last week, so I didn’t get to record a new episode of “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton”. I plan to be back on the airwaves this week however.

Although, I didn’t record a TV podcast, I did get to record a sports one. Mike Grant and I did a test run for “The GD Podcast”, which is sports-based. Mike and I discussed the NFL, college football, the MLB playoffs and the NHL lockout. On the non-sports front, we talked about Season Two of “Homeland” and shared our thoughts on “Jersey Shore” coming to a close. Also, Mike offered up suggestions on the best bets for beer this fall. You listen to it all here.

Joe Dyton is a marketing copywriter in Washington, DC, a freelance sports reporter for the Frederick News-Post in Frederick, MD and host of the “This Week in TV with Joe Dyton” podcast. He is a former assistant editor for The Dealmakers real estate magazine in Hamilton, NJ and a former sports writer and copy editor for The Trentonian in Trenton, NJ. He can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at

Championship Sunday recap: Cards, Steelers to meet in Super Bowl XLIII

In NFL on January 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm



Ah, Championship Sunday, my second favorite football Sunday of the season. My favorite is Week One. For awhile, I could never decide if I liked Week One or Championship Sunday better. Week One after all is the first week of football games that count after a long, six-month wait. On the flip side, Championship Sunday provides (in my opinion) the last true day of football for the season. I’ve always felt that Super Bowl Sunday felt more like an event than a game, so I’ve always treated Championship Sunday as the last real week of the season. Don’t even get me started on the Pro Bowl.


Then on Sunday, I decided that my favorite football Sunday is that of Week One. I love Championship  Sunday, but unless my favorite team (the Rams) are involved, it’s just two games I’m watching with no rooting interest. Week One however, includes a new beginning for the Rams and the rest of the league. It doesn’t get much better than that.


With that said, I was pumped for the conference title games on Sunday. My only hope was that the games would be good, and I won in that respect. And both games went the way I expected as far as game play, although the NFC Championship game didn’t yield the result I expected.


I was pretty sure the Eagles would find a way to win on Sunday. So imagine my surprise when they fell behind 24-6 in the first half. I couldn’t believe how poorly their defense played in that half. As the Cardinals were marching up and down the field in the first half, I started writing this recap in my head, coming up for reasons why the Eagles lost. For starters, they didn’t seem to realize that wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the Cardinals’ best offensive weapon. He scored not one, not two but three first half touchdowns. Hey Eagles, maybe you want to get some players on him! That was all I kept thinking as Warner and Fitzgerald hooked up for completions time after time. I couldn’t believe this was the same defense I watched swallow up the defending Super Bowl champion Giants just a week ago.


But then, something happened in the second half. A light bulb must have gone off in someone’s head and they thought, “Hey Fitzgerald can’t hurt us if he doesn’t get the ball.” And with that, the Eagles consistently put pressure on Warner and the Cardinals were forced to punt on their next three possessions. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ offense managed to finally get their offense going and somehow took a 25-24 lead with a little more than 10 minutes to play. Everything looked like it was going the Eagles way, they got the lead, the defense hadn’t allowed the Cardinals to get anything going, Philly was headed to Tampa, right?


Not exactly. Football is all about making adjustments, and the Cardinals did just that on their next drive. They recognized that the Eagles’ constant pressure was taking away their big play capability, so they went with shorter, quicker passes and let their receivers pick yards after the catch. As a Rams fan, I was treated to watching Warner serve as the ringmaster of the “Greatest Show on Turf” for a few seasons, and he’s got a very quick release. With that release, the Cards were able to “dink and dunk” their way down the field. The Eagles’ “D,” which had been so good for all of the second half was collapsing at the worst possible time. But they were still nursing a one-point lead and had the Cardinals in a 3rd down and eight yards to go situation at the Eagles eight-yard line. If they could hold them to a field goal, they’d be down just two with a little less than three minutes left. Plenty of time for McNabb to get the Eagles down into field goal range.


Unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to keep Cards’ running back Tim Hightower from taking a short pass from Warner and scampering eight yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Inexcusable. The Eagles can’t allow a touchdown there. Not after the offense worked so hard to get the lead. Despite the time left, I didn’t feel very confident that McNabb would be able to get the team down the field or another touchdown. If all they needed was a field goal, I like their chances, but their attack is so hot and cold, it’s tough to believe they had one more touchdown drive in them. Sure enough, Philly could only get as far as Arizona’s 47 before the drive stalled. An incomplete pass from McNabb to Kevin Curtis sent Arizona to the Super Bowl. And yes, that was pass interference; I’m not sure why it wasn’t called, but the Cardinals deserved to win that game. Despite the fact they almost blew an 18-point halftime lead.


What can one say about Kurt Warner? He looked frustrated and beaten down after the Eagles stopped him and the Cards’ attack for the third straight time in the second half. But on their last drive, he showed why he’s a two-time MVP and a Super Bowl MVP. He coolly led his team on a 14-play 72 yard game-winning drive without throwing an interception. All in a day’s work.


So, the Cards are going to the Super Bowl. Who would have thought it? Certainly not me. Like I said, the game went like I thought it would, there’d be a few lead changes and a good amount of points scored. I just thought the other birds would be the ones flying down to Tampa. Congratulations, Arizona and good luck in the Super Bowl.


A couple of thoughts before we get to the AFC title game if I may:


*Not a banner day for David Akers. After making his two field goals, he sends a kick-off out of bounds and then on the next Eagles touchdown, he misses the extra point! I couldn’t help but wonder if he was shaken up a bit after getting run into after nailing the extra point after the Eagles’ first TD. If he makes that extra point, then the Eagles don’t have to go for two on their third touchdown, and they’re up by three on the Cardinals game-winning drive. Since the Cardinals scored a touchdown, it didn’t really matter, but it’s always interesting to see how things would have played out if Akers had taken care of business.


*I wasn’t crazy about the Cardinals blasting Queen’s “We are the Champions” after the game. Technically, they are the NFC champs, but I feel that song is better served after winning the whole thing. To me, their job is only half finished. But, that’s just me.


As for the AFC Championship game, I expected the opposite of what we saw in the NFC title match; a tight, defense-oriented game where one mistake could make all the difference in the world. And, that’s exactly what we got. Unfortunately, it was the Ravens who made all of the big mistakes.


Heading into Sunday’s game, the Ravens’ defense played extremely well and rookie quarter back Joe Flacco was never forced to do too much. I felt the Steelers were going to win this game, and mainly because I knew they were going to force Flacco to make some plays. The Ravens’ “D” is good, but not invincible and once Pittsburgh was up by two scores (16-7), I felt Baltimore was in big trouble. I’m not sure the Ravens would have gotten on the board again, if they weren’t helped out by that pass interference call that put the ball on the one-yard line. They were in field goal range, but I think that’s a good as it was going to get for the Ravens.


Despite how badly the Ravens’ offense looked, they were still in the game late in fourth quarter, thanks to their defensive efforts. The Ravens were only down by two points with seven minutes to go and a punt return got them decent field position at their own 39. Unfortunately, that’s where the Ravens’ big mistakes happened. An inexcusable unnecessary roughness call, pushed Baltimore all the way back to their own 14-yard line. And this wasn’t a ticky-tack call, the penalty occurred deep in the bench area. I don’t know how anyone can take such a stupid penalty with the Super Bowl on the line.


Anyway, we saw what happened next. Pinned deep in Ravens’ territory and desperate to make a big play, Flacco heave-hoed the ball right into the hands of Polamalu, who the interception for a touchdown, which put the nail in the Ravens’ playoff coffin. Talk about a game going according to plan.


The Ravens have nothing to be ashamed of though. They went for five wins last year to the AFC championship game this year. They have a good, young quarterback who is only going to get better. If their defense holds up, I think they’ll be a playoff contender next season too.


As for the Steelers, what can you say? They’re a complete team and have a great chance to win their second title in four seasons. At first glance, they’re my Super Bowl pick, but we’ll look at that decision in more detail closer to the big game.


Enjoy this upcoming football-less Sunday if you can. I know I’m going to have trouble doing so.


What did you think of the games? Were you surprised by the Cardinals winning? Who do like in the Super Bowl? Feel free to comment below.


Joe Dyton can be reached at

Tripleheader of blowouts give fans very little football to be thankful for

In NFL on December 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm

 I love Thanksgiving. As I’ve gotten older, it’s become my favorite holiday. As a kid, I loved Christmas the most. Could you blame me? Waking up and seeing a whole bunch of gifts under the tree, what more could a kid ask for than that? As I got older though, and the gifts remained appreciated, but not as anticipated, I began a love affair with Thanksgiving. Eventually, I had to break if off with Christmas and I made Thanksgiving my full-time holiday love.


OK, OK I know that metaphor was a little bizarre. The point is, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It always falls on a Thursday, and I take off from work the next day, so every November, I look forward to that four-day weekend. Plus, it’s a day where I’m stuffing my face with great food and going back for more throughout the evening. If all I had on Thanksgiving was a lot of good food and a the start of a four-day weekend, I’d be more than happy. But there’s something else, I look forward to on Thanksgiving…




Ah, football. It’s my favorite sport and knowing that I get to enjoy games while pigging is simply paradise to me. It’s even more of a paradise now that there’s an evening game after the traditional day games. Before NFL Network gave us that extra game, I always felt a little lost after the Cowboys’ game. I always felt like, “Wow, I could go for one more game. What am I going to watch now?” Anyway, when I looked at this years slate of Turkey Day games, I assumed we’d have a bad early game (Lions vs. Titans), a game that could be good depending on if the visitors showed up, but would most likely be bad (Seahawks vs. Cowboys) and a good game (Cardinals vs. Eagles).


Well, unfortunately, I was wrong. We got three bad football games. Like I said, the Lions-Titans game and the Cowboys-Seahawks game were anticipated. But what about the Cards-Eagles match-up? I was looking forward to this game all day! I figured it would be a saving grace after two straight laughers that were over before they started. Unfortunately, Kurt Warner decided to put the ball up for grabs all night and the rest of his crew were moving around like they had a little too much turkey before the game. What a disgrace. I turned off the TV with about five minutes left in that game, bummed out that I didn’t get to see an ounce of competitive football on my favorite holiday of the year.


I could have sulked about the lousy games until I fell asleep, but instead I opted to be thankful for that there were games for me to watch at all. That’s what I kept trying to tell myself anyway.


Here are some quick thoughts on the Thanksgiving games and the remainder of the Week 13 Slate….


Titans 47, Lions 10


Well, the whispers about the Lions having the Thanksgiving game taken away from them probably turned into shouts after that putrid performance. Wow, what an awful team the Lions are. I really felt for the Lions’ fans who spend their Thanksgiving afternoon watching them play, and kudos to them for selling out the place.


I couldn’t help wonder several times, “Where’s the defense?” as Titans’ running backs Chris Johnson and LenDale White ran up and down the field at will. After Johnson ran untouched for a 58-yard touchdown, I think Phil Simms said it best, “You know you’re in trouble when you’re 0-11 and your crowd doesn’t even boo after you give up a long touchdown run.” I could have said it better myself.


There were plenty of lowlights in this game, but the lowest had to be the pick Daunte Culpepper threw that Dave Ball returned for a touchdown. Daunte, who were you throwing that ball to? That made the score 21-3. The only interest I had in the game after that was if the final score would total up to 47 or more, because that’s the pick I made in’s “Streak for the Cash” game. Fortunately for me, the Titans took care of that total all by themselves. And while I’ve been bashing Detroit for the last couple of paragraphs, I should give the Titans their due for coming out and just laying the smack-down in a short week. White and Johnson combined for 231 rushing yards! A couple more thoughts on this game:


-The Lions’ poor play made me feel sorry for their fans. But I really felt sorry for them when with their team down, 35-10 at halftime, they were serenaded by Jesse McCartney. I don’t have anything against him, but I just can’t imagine the Lions’ faithful being thrilled with him being the halftime entertainment.


-Shame on Lions head coach Ron Miranellis for punting on fourth and 1 when they down by four scores. When your team is 0-11, does it matter if the Titans stopped you or not?


-I loved the sign on fan held begging Congress to “Bail out the Lions.”


Cowboys 34, Seahawks 9


Again, thank goodness for that “Streak for the Cash” game. It’s the only thing that kept me interested in this game. Unfortunately, I picked the “45 points or more” option, and with some quick math, you can see that I lost. I figured the Cowboys would be good for 30 points, so Seattle would only need 15 to keep my streak going. Unfortunately, the Seahawks left their offensive punch in Seattle, and my streak went back to zero. I thought they’d have at least one touchdown drive in them, maybe a careless Romo pass that was picked off and returned for six, or a garbage time TD when the Cowboys were way ahead and had their JV in there. But nope, even during that garbage time final drive, the Seahawks play with zero urgency to punch one in the end zone.


As for the game itself, what can you say? Seattle is the walking wounded and really had no shot, with a full week to prepare let alone three days. The Cowboys’ win looks like it may be costly as their star running back Marion Barber and linebacker DeMarcus Ware both left the game with injuries. Right now, they’re listed as day-to-day. The ‘Boys will need them both back if they’re going to make the playoffs.


Two other thoughts on this game:


*What was up with the teeny-bopper themed halftime shows this year? For the early game we had Jesse McCartney and for this game we get the Jonas Brothers? I know they’re really popular, but is it their target audience that’s watching the game? Maybe it is, I just don’t know. I’d love someone to explain it to me.


*I noticed when Fox displayed the list of past Galloping Gobbler Award winners, Michael Vick won in 2005. However, when they showed pictures of the winners and clips of each player accepting the award, Vick’s picture and clip were excluded. It’s pretty obvious why they did that, I just found it interesting, that’s all.


Eagles 48, Cardinals 20:


I think I said enough about this awful game in my opening paragraphs. I did get a kick out of the Eagles fans starting to boo quarterback Donovan McNabb when he threw his first incompletion, despite the fact that he completed his first five passes prior to that one and the Eagles were up 14-0 at the time. Speaking of the Eagles faithful, I was stunned to see so many people leaving Lincoln Financial Field early. The Birds had lost two of their last three games (and the other game was a tie to the dreadful Bengals); you thought they would have wanted to stick around and see the home team actually complete a victory. But that’s just me.


As for the Cardinals, Arizona receivers: CATCH THE BALL!!