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Black Heart Gold Podcast 143

September 16th, 2014

OK, enough of this negative bullshit.  Let's have some fun.  It's Pitt Week, and so we talk Pitt with the internet's most iconic Pitt fan.  We're talking, of course, about Iron Chef Spilly (@IAmSpilly).  We talk about Pitt's running game, the effect of Dave Wannstedt on television, and white chocolate aioli.  It's a treat, because everything Spilly makes is a treat.

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Black Heart Gold Podcast 142

September 11th, 2014

And now, this week's main event: Iowa-Iowa State, with a preview by KnowDan (@WRNLKnowDan) from Wide Right & Natty Lite.  It's the sensible, smart analysis you expect from Iowa State fans during Cy-Hawk Week.  Beware of some serious Paul Rhoads discussion ahead.

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Black Heart Gold Podcast 141

September 9th, 2014

And just like that, it's gone.

The NCAA abruptly removed the remainder of Penn State's scholarship reductions and bowl ban on Monday, bringing one of the strangest episodes in college football history to an end.  Penn State somehow survived the most crippling set of sanctions levied since SMU and two coaching changes without any significant damage.  The NCAA somehow became the villain by turning a temporary bout of righteous fury into a massive reprimand to people that had nothing to do with the violations in the first place.  And the Big Ten, which cosigned the NCAA's sanctions regime in 2012, has given Penn State all the tools to return to its early-90s heights.
Here to explain it all are former Black Shoe Diaries editors and (with yours truly) Slow States collaborators Chris Grovich and Kevin Powers (@thefolkist).  We posted the podcast we did with them back in July 2012, when the sanctions came down, before this.  You might want to listen to that first.  This one will be here waiting for you when you're done.
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BHGPODCAST REDUX: Black Heart Gold Podcast 83

September 9th, 2014

You might want to listen to this before we revisit the Penn State sanctions with ex-bloggers Chris Grovich and Kevin Powers: Our podcast from July 23, 2012, the night after the NCAA had dropped the hammer on the Nittany Lions.  It was an open question of whether Penn State would soon become the next SMU, a smoldering crater where a proud football program once stood.  As it turned out, through two smart coaching hires, some leadership from the team's upperclassmen, and a remarkable reversal of public opinion, none of that happened.

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Black Heart Gold Podcast 140

September 3rd, 2014

If you haven't frequented Over the Pylon, the best (and, as we learn, worst) blog about Ball State on this here information superhighway, you're missing out on one of the most bizarre, deranged, and brilliant communities of college football fans out there.  Today, we invite a bit of that into BHGP: OTP contributor, photoshop amateur, and professional Jason Whitlock inciter Alan Rucker (@OverThePylon) is on the show to preview this weekend's Iowa-Ball State game in the only way we know how.  Specifically, by talking about P.J. Fleck.  Because P.J. Fleck is incredible.

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Black Heart Gold Podcast 139

August 28th, 2014

More than five years ago, we recorded our first podcast, with The Gazette's Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse) as the guest.  Since then, he's started his own podcast, Iowa's gone up and down and back up again, and Adam and I have moved approximately 47 times. But every August, we get back together with Mas Casa to prepare for the season.

Tonight's episode is a bit different than normal. Rather than the usual depth charting and rampant speculation, we delve deeper into Iowa football: The philosophy of the program, the positives and negatives of Kirk Ferentz, the inability to defend a fake punt or onside kick, the nature of Iowa's offense, and the meaning of it all.  We also do some depth chart/personnel stuff, because it's there and we're curious.  The show closes with a brief aside on the field hockey situation, so you can shut it down then if you're not interested or don't want to hear any spoilers SPOILER ALERT Gary Barta's not reinstating anyone.
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Black Heart Gold Podcast 138

August 21st, 2014

We finish up our tour of the Big Ten East with a rare three-part podcast.  First, we are joined by Joshua Henschke of SB Nation Michigan site Maize n' Brew to talk about the Wolverines.  Next, it's On the Banks managing editor Kevin Recio to discuss our newest Big Ten brethren, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.  We wrap things up with Dam Vecellio and Bill DiFilippio of Black Shoe Diaries, who help us check in on Penn State.  You can also catch Bill at College Spun.

As for the sound, here is what happened: My laptop started having a power issue last week, so I did what any red-blooded American would do.  I bought a new one.  Unfortunately, my mic didn't get properly calibrated for the first round of podcast calls, so it sounds like the questions are coming in from a submarine.  Don't worry, for I am fine, and by the Penn State call we have improved from "Charlie Brown's dad" to something borderline comprehensible.  Just listen to the answers, which are not mucked up by my stupidity, and make up your own question.  What I'm saying is it's like Jeopardy.

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Black Heart Gold Podcast 137

August 13th, 2014

Tonight, we start a two-part survey of the hinterlands that are commonly known as the Big Ten East. First up: Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) of Eleven Warriors to discuss Ohio State in year three under Urban Meyer, typically not a banner year for Meyer teams. He's followed by Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) of Coaching Search and MSU 24/7 Sports site Spartan Tailgate, who informs us that Sparty might have to rely on its offense this year, thereby reminding us that Michigan State has an offense.

NOTE: An earlier version of the podcast was uploaded without the opening music. If you got that version from iTunes, you can skip ahead about 90 seconds and the rest of the show will be there.
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Black Heart Gold Podcast 136 Part 2

August 6th, 2014

We finish up our top five lists with former Off Tackle Empire contributor and Friend of the Pants Tom Ksobiech.  For the second installment, we talk all-time best BHGP characters, and Ferentz-era best players and games.  If you needed anything to get you excited for football season, you've got it here in 45 short minutes.

Oh yeah, and the new podcast theme is finally ready.  That should make you happy, you jackals.
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Black Heart Gold Podcast 136 Part 1

August 6th, 2014

Last week, we were talking about law and economics and antitrust principles.  This week, we're talking top fives.  Your hosts are joined by Tom Ksobiech, the man formerly known as Bama Hawkeye at Off Tackle Empire.  A few weeks ago, Morehouse and Dochterman were discussing some 'best of' lists on their show.  That led to a Twitter debate between Tom and Pat about the best player under Ferentz, which inevitably led to this podcast.  We were so happy to welcome Tom back to the show that we went nearly two hours; part two will post Friday.

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