4.09.2009

Enter the Podcast



Major announcement to make right about now. Some months ago, the The Disciples of Clyde podcast mentioned the Almanac in an episode on what makes a truly great sports book. We found it sufficiently compelling, irritating, and in some ways correct that we struck up a conversation, stayed in touch, and then came to a momentous decision: We've decided to join forces.

What does this mean? Well, if you were a fan of DoC before, not much will change. Dan and Ken are still the hosts, and will set the tone (which is pretty much in line with what FD's internal phone chats sound like, anyway), hold the editorial reins, and handle production. But if you enjoyed FD on The Sound of Young America, get ready for a regular dose of myself and other FD operatives showing up as featured guests. We'll also have a hand in the musical selections and what myself, Dr. LIC, or Silverbird5000 are coming in to chat about. Also, look forward to guests from inside your computer and beyond, as well as a war of zero forgivance with The Jones.

To get even more nuts and bolts about it, DoC will keep their own site, and post the podcast there, but you'll also be able to find it embedded here. It will also be available on iTunes and in feedy form. Oh, and the official name is "FreeDarko Presents the Disciples of Clyde NBA Podcast," which would be really unwieldy if it didn't sound so much like our book's title. In the future, we'll post music playlists, but we didn't want to busy this post any further. So, without further ado, here's episode 50/1 of FreeDarko Presents the Disciples of Clyde NBA Podcast. Enjoy and remember.



ELSEWHERE:

-I wrote a piece for ESPN on why the Thunder won't make the playoffs. It was hard for me to stare one of my favorite teams in the eyes and say it was doomed to fall short, but instead, I think I ended up with a realistic, yet ultimately optimistic, picture of how the Thunder could move forward while maintaining some of their personality. If you've got Insider, you can check out the Bucher column I'm responding to.

-Intense Shoals Unlimited on the current status of Arenas, and why we shouldn't be sick of him quite yet.

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14 Comments:

At 4/09/2009 4:26 PM, Blogger Nathan Gelgud said...

Great work on SoYA, guys. Thanks for helping to reinvigorate my love of pro basketball with the book and the blog.

 
At 4/09/2009 4:58 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Podcast is great so far, but the difference in volume between Shoals and Dan is grating here at work. I have to keep my hand on the volume so Dan doesn't blow my speakers after Shoals waxes poetic about Tyrus Thomas.

 
At 4/09/2009 5:28 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

You are appreciated! FreeDarko thirst closer to being quenched.

 
At 4/09/2009 5:50 PM, Blogger Dan Filowitz said...

Thanks for the feedback, Daniel. I will definitely work on getting the levels better for next time - it always sounds a little softer after it gets converted to MP3.

 
At 4/09/2009 6:56 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

More feedback, please! I want someone to explain to me what the fuck I meant at the end, when I say that if Peyton Manning throws an interception it's understandable, but Tim Duncan is supposed to make his shots.

 
At 4/09/2009 9:08 PM, Blogger salt_bagel said...

Re the ESPN article, I just want Shaun Livingston to live again. Isn't he yesterday's and tomorrow's Next Point Guard? Westbrook is both embarrassing and addictive, but a realized Livingston, starting and running that team, would be way more. And Westbrook as an off-the-bench spark would be the right framework to maximize his utility, if not his aesthetic.

 
At 4/09/2009 9:27 PM, Blogger Vang said...

I loved you guys on SoYA, look forward to being a regular fan of FD presents DoC.

 
At 4/10/2009 1:29 AM, Blogger joseph said...

I haven't had a chance to watch TNT halftime in months but I still listened to podcast instead.

As for complicated players, I don't think the simplistic (love/hate) feelings always require forgetting or neglecting their bad/good qualities. In some vaguely defined sense these feelings are ideological. And while ideology is often assumed to operate through censorship and distortion (forgetting when McGrady was great, how debilitating back problems can be, how tough iverson is, etc.), I think it is most powerful when it contextualizes. So, it is not really that they forget how amazing McGrady was when they attack him, but they are framing his greatness in context of him never getting out the first round, never being a 'winner' despite his gifts.

My favorite example of this was TO playing in the superbowl against the Patriots. Coming back from a broken leg against everyone's advice went against the dominant media image of Owens, but they didn't have to ignore this inconvenient fact. They simply framed it as yet another example of his selfishness - that he would risk health/career just shows how much he wants all the attention!

 
At 4/10/2009 4:35 PM, Blogger Rob Mahoney said...

Great shit. It's already been said, but the disparity in audio levels KILLED me. Other than that, it was beautiful music.

Are they all going to be hour-long?

 
At 4/10/2009 9:17 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

espn! blowin up like we thought you would.

 
At 4/10/2009 9:22 PM, Blogger Phoebus said...

the whole thing was great, really, especially for a maiden voyage. main complaint was, again the volume, and more the samples than dan's voice. and you didn't make any qualification between manning interception vs. the patriots (anytime) and duncan in january trash time against the kings, shoals, that's why.

 
At 4/11/2009 2:02 AM, Blogger Phoebus said...

BS, can you get them to fix the links on Unlimited Shoals to where it can be read all at once? or is there some kind of advertising roadblock that isn't apparent? right now the links are a clusterfuck.

 
At 4/11/2009 2:26 PM, Blogger W2 said...

The unlimited article about Gil fits in nicely with the podcast bit up the Eastern conference sliding backwards. The Wiz are a much more interesting 6, 7, or 8 than the Bulls or Pistons (as currently constructed).

Regarding Ty Thomas. Am I making this up or is Big Baby a better basketball player. For all of Glenn's quirks he can face up better, play better individual and team defense, as well as make the game fun. Ty's blips of briallance keep fans hoping or blaming his lack of consistency on Vinnies haricut.

 
At 4/11/2009 5:21 PM, Blogger djturtleface said...

I'm sorry but Big Baby is not a better basketball player than Tyrus Thomas. His ability to face up is limited to taking the wide open jump-shots fed to him by oftentimes having at least 3 All-star caliber players on the floor with him. He can only really effectively defend one position. On top of that he cries on the bench, how is that making the game fun?

Tyrus, on the other hand, can create his own shot both in the post and on the wings. He defends three positions, and has the benefit of extremely defensively minded teammates as Joakim Noah, John Salmons, and Ben Gordon. Since February he has turned in far more strong performances then poor ones. What you call blips I call trends.

 

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