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The According to Carp podcast will dive into a variety of sports, political and pop culture issues. NCAA Football and NFL will be featured, but NBA, MLB and NHL will also be discussed, as well as any other pertinent sport's topics. Any pop culture or burning social issues are fair game as well. As we will be covering such TV shows as Game of Thrones and True Detective to name a few. Big 10 and Ohio State football and basketball will be covered as well
 
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Season three of True Detective comes to a close with a divisive finale, "Now Am Found". Many are upset at the show's apparent lack of interest in it's own case and storytelling, but others see the acting, character and thematic work as being more than enough to walk away from West Finger feeling satisfied. Which camp do you fall in? That will be al…
 
Jim and A.Ron feel like the picture is coming into focus for this season's True Detective, and yet in "The Final Country" the show carries itself as if it has a few surprises left up it's sleeves. Many questions remain; why exactly was Julie taken, and how did she escape? What goes down between the two hunters, Hayes and Hoyt? What will the two old…
 
We consider the latest episode of True Detective, an episode that is largely carried by it's powerful performances. We nevertheless get what feel like big puzzle pieces that fit into the Purcell case. On the other hand, this season has been thematically about unfair assumptions and prejudices, so while it's probably true we have a lot more of the s…
 
Jim and A.Ron consider the latest episode of HBO's True Detective; "Hunters in the Dark". An episode that is largely carried by it's powerful performances, we nevertheless get what feel like big puzzle pieces that fit into the Purcell case. On the other hand, this season has been thematically about unfair assumptions and prejudices, so while it's p…
 
We finally get to meet Old Man West in "If You Have Ghosts", and the wait was worth it. It appears that 22 years of bad blood and as yet unknown extra-judicial shenanigans have left a rift in their relationship. But Wayne's memory gaps ironically serve to bridge the two men back together. We're still not really sure where the mystery is going, but …
 
Jim and A.Ron break down all the decade spanning clues of HBO's True Detective's latest episode, "The Hour and the Day". Who done it? The priest? The one eyed man? The cousin? The pumpkin lady? We sift through the evidence and theories and opine about the excellent character work this episode, as we get ready for what promises to be some hellacious…
 
Jim and A.Ron break down all the decade spanning clues of HBO's True Detective's latest episode, "The Hour and the Day". Who done it? The priest? The one eyed man? The cousin? The pumpkin lady? We sift through the evidence and theories and opine about the excellent character work this episode, as we get ready for what promises to be some hellacious…
 
True Detective continues to build a triple layer mystery over three decades in "The Big Never". A lot of new clues come to light; the children being secretive in the woods; handwritten notes and maps; a photo of Will taking communion that looks suspiciously like the way his body was staged in death. Meanwhile detective West recruits Hayes to help w…
 
We've checked out the first two episodes of HBO's True Detective season three, and there is so much to talk about! Reliable unreliable narrators, parallel time structures, two macho, damaged cops who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and get hands on with crime, and in the center, a missing persons case with strange, unexplained details. It fe…
 
After three long years off the air, True Detective makes a season three comeback on the backs of Mahershala Ali and Stephen Dorff. We talk about the show's premise and leads, our feelings about the franchise in general, thoughts on the promotional material and interviews we've read so far, reasons to hope that season three is a return to form after…
 
The College football season is nearly complete. It has been an exciting bowl season as it usually is, but not its time for the main event. The College Football Playoff is here. With Alabama vs. Washington and Clemson vs. Ohio State, fans get to see some of the biggest brands in the sport. The only problem is both the Peach and Fiesta Bowl are on Ne…
 
What a wild and wonderful weekend in college football. Sure, outside of THE GAME there really weren’t any terrific games, but sometimes that happens. Nearly every favorite won over the three day college football feast, that started on Thanksgiving and poured long into Saturday night. The status quo was preserved on the final weekend of the regular …
 
Michigan The Wolverines were able to fend off a tough Indiana team under a blanket of snow Saturday afternoon. However it was a game that left much to be desired. John O’Korn filled in for the injured Wilton Speight, but it couldn’t have been encouraging for the Michigan faithful. Outside of a few throws and a terrific 3rd and long scramble, O’Korn…
 
Michigan The blood letting in college football finally happened… it wasn’t pretty for the top three or the top five in the CFP rankings. Michigan was upset to an Iowa team that has greatly underachieved this season. In the midst of the loss it appears the Wolverines lost their quarterback Wilton Speight for the season. A three point road loss on th…
 
The College Football Playoff After the first CFP rankings came out, everyone was left scratching their collective heads. How could a one lost Texas A&M team be ranked ahead of an undefeated Washington squad, who had been destroying the entire PAC 12? The Aggie experiment was short lived as they were knocked off by Mississippi State and lost their q…
 
Northwestern was supposed to be the game that put the Buckeye offense back on track. It looked like that would be the case. With the 1st drive Ohio State drove down quickly down the field for a touchdown. However the rest of the game wasn’t that easy and while the offensive line played much better; some of the same issues arose in the passing game.…
 
Ohio State ran into the Penn State buzz saw in the 3rd quarter on Saturday night. After going up 14 points and having the ball twice on their own 40 to start drives, the Buckeyes had a chance to put the Nittany Lions away. They didn’t and were rewarded with a four quarter game. Where one play could shift the balance of momentum and it did. The offe…
 
Michigan was off and Clemson received manna from heaven. Those 2 events were apparently enough to help the Wolverines jump to third in the AP rankings. Not that it matters anyway, but now the Saturday after Thanksgiving is shaping up to be the Game of the Century Part Deax. Which will be a win for everyone in the College Football world. On the othe…
 
Michigan embarrassed Rutgers to the tune of 78-0. It’s a score you rarely seen in college football and even more scarce between conference opponents. Jim Harbaugh is trying to send a message to the rest of the college football world. Maybe it’s that his Wolverines are good or maybe it’s that is he partially crazy. Both are true, but beating a team …
 
Week 5 in College Football season was a wild one. There were terrific games all across the county, huge upsets and classic matchups that will determine the fate of the College Football Playoff. Clemson outlasted the Louisville Cardinals in the ABC prime time contest. It was a game that did not disappoint. However the down marker on the final play o…
 
The Week 4 College football slate was solid to say the least. There were some great games and some unexpected outcomes. LSU couldn’t get a much needed win to save their head coaches job. The loss to Auburn was a microcosm of Miles’s tenure at LSU. Play well enough to keep it close, but commit costly errors at the end of the game that end up in a lo…
 
Week 4 of the College Football Season did not disappoint. All of the big games lived up to the drama, except one and everyone stayed locked on Florida State at Louisville because of the disbelief in what they were seeing. Lamar Jackson absolutely undressed the Seminole defense and that’s what Petrino’s Cardinals are ranked 3rd in the nation. Ohio S…
 
College football has been on a roller coaster ride through 3 weeks. Week 1 was packed with terrific matchups; Week 2 left something to be desired as far as matchups go, but still had some solid games. Week 3 promises to be a gem. There are 4 great games with the 1st game kicking at noon. Louisville v. FSU kicks off the day, Ole Miss v. Bama at 3:30…
 
Week one of CFB lived up to its billing. Rarely when something is called “the best ever” does it meet expectations. Week 1 did, but Week 2 will disappoint. With a dynamic AP Poll, very little should change this week given that there are no Top 25 matchups. It’s a barren wasteland and thus time to only watch the games you care about. OSU looked grea…
 
Football is back… and I for one am excited. The opening weekend has some of the best matchups in recent memory. Top 25 matchups like USC /Alabama, Wisconsin/LSU, and Houston/Oklahoma will be a treat to take in. College football fans will be able to benchmark teams against tough competition in the opening weekend. Urban Meyer release Ohio State’s de…
 
Kurt Coleman’s road through the NFL hasn’t been an easy one. From his humble beginnings at Ohio State that began with a tragedy, to a rough third season; Kurt has been a consummate professional. He managed to keep a positive attitude through the entire process. Not an easy feat, he’s now on top, so what’s next? Topics: Time at OSU Relationship with…
 
Cleveland hadn’t won a title in over 50 years, so it seemed fitting that their Championship parade would run long. Lebron poured his heart on the stage and it was littered with profanity. It bothered some and excited others. NBA free agency here and owners are throwing around cash like drunken sailors. Mozqov got paid big $$$ by the Lakers, he is o…
 
All hope seamed lost. The Cavs fell apart late in Game 4 and blew seemingly any chance of a NBA. However, an improbable win in Game 5 changed the paradigm. Although the “Nutcracker” Green didn’t play, the Cavs have a home game to force a seventh and decisive game. It’s not how many planned it, but there still is hope. How can the Cavs find a win? T…
 
The term “must win” in sports is used almost to the point of nausea. However, if the Cavs were going to have any hope of winning a NBA Title Game 3 was a “must win.” There was no way to expect Cleveland to reel of 4 straight against the best regular season team in NBA history. They turned in a performance for the ages and not a moment too soon. The…
 
Former walk-on LB Joe Burger may hail from Cincinnati, but he still loves one Cleveland team. The La Salle alum joins According to Carp to describe what “Patriot Week” means to OSU Football team and how Coach “Mick” keeps “The Grind Fresh” with a number of specialty themes throughout the offseason training program. What would be more appropriate he…
 
The NBA playoffs are in full force and the Cleveland Cavs are rolling, but who will they play? The East appears to be garbage, but who do they match up with best? Beau and I discuss the potential matchups and if the Cavs can bring an NBA banner home to Cleveland? Jim Harbaugh has set the college football world on fire with his spring ball road show…
 
The 2016 NFL Draft was filled with excitement and trades. Veryfew years will see a 1st round with the level of team movement whatwas witnessed this year. After an uneventful 2015, this year’sdraft started off with a bang. Two blockbuster trades for twoquarterbacks before a single second had ticked off the clock. Thattype of aggressive behavior set …
 
Spring football is finally over. Every year the Spring Game punctuates the 15 practices over the previous 6 weeks. There are players who will have breakout performances in the Spring Game, but does that carry over to the fall? Often times no, but that doesn’t mean that is can’t. Michael Thomas has proved to be the spring exception. Who else stepped…
 
Ohio State’s spring ball is nearly half over, but there are still many unresolved issues. Urban Meyer and the Buckeye staff are still looking to solve some of the position problems that occurred with the departure of 16 starters from both sides of the ball. The only way to determine who can handle the pressure is to turn up the heat and that is exa…
 
I am always curious how a kid from southern California, with no Ohio ties, ends up at OSU. Michael Thomas had every reason to stay on the west coast. He is the nephew of NFL legend and former USC Trojan Keshawn Johnson, but some how ended up in the Buckeye state. Maybe it was his one year stint at Fork Union Military Academy that led to his love fo…
 
Pro Day has come and gone, but did any former Buckeye help their draft stock? Or more importantly did anyone damage their professional future. We will break down every player performance and did they meet the expectations laid out before them. It was a spectacular sight on the turf at the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility. Both NFL Network and ESPN wer…
 
Pro Day is always an eventful experience and it is especially true this year at OSU. With the 2016 OSU draft class poised to potentially break the 1st Rounders and the total players drafted records, it is a safe assumption to say the Woody Hayes will be packed with scouts. More than just scouts, there will be a plethora of GM’s and Head Coaches in …
 
The NFL Combine is the first major test of every future NFLer. The experience will differ for every player depending on position and prospective draft status. However, one thing remains constant; the long stressful days that lead to sleep deprived nights. It’s a test that can challenge even the most mentally tough men. More than the physical on fie…
 
Recruiting can be a tough business and Jake Ballard knows it the story all to well. It would be easy to assume a successful player like Jake had an early offer from OSU. What I found out might shock you. His road to Ohio State was far from perfect, but it’s safe to say he made the right decision. The decision eventually led him to the New York Gian…
 
James Laurinaitis’s journey to Ohio State was as unusual as they come. The son of a professional wrestler, “The Animal” was a legendary member of the Legion of Doom. Joe, his father, raised him in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, where hockey, not football dominated the sports landscape. James’s hockey skills were so legendary, that had he chose hockey, m…
 
The Denver Broncos pulled the only of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. A 6 point underdog found a way to win by double digits. It was a sloppy game, filled with penalties, turnovers, and offensive miscues. The seemingly unflappable Cam Newton wasn’t able to carry the offense to victory without any semblance of a rushing attack. The loss wa…
 
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