Fireside Giants Ep 35: Discussing UDFA WR’s, Most Over and Underrated Players, Youth On Roster, and more!

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Episode 35 of Fireside Giants covers an array of topics regarding the current state and the future of the New York Giants‘ roster. The New York Giants have made some interesting depth signings at the wide receiver position with four undrafted free agent wide receivers who will compete for that fourth wide receiver spot on the roster. Alex and Anthony dive into the latest news; discuss the Giants’ young roster and what the future might look like for general manager Dave Gettleman!



The Giants’ roster recently ranked second in the league in talent under 25-years-old. Anthony and Alex discuss this and explain why they are or are not excited about the future of the Giants. The Giants have been a poor team over the past few years, so the boys reflect on some of the biggest moves of the last two general managers and discuss who possibly could take over after Dave Gettleman moves on. Alex and Anthony also compare their most underrated and most overrated players on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the Giants heading into 2020.

Don’t miss out on the latest episode of Fireside Giants and all the great info that we have to offer. Also be sure to stay tuned to the Fireside Giants YouTube channel for tons of great visual content, like discussion videos and film breakdowns. Empire Sports Media has you covered on all things New York Giants for 2020 and beyond.

Fireside Football ep. 6: An NFL Podcast – AFC West predictions, players to watch

Fireside Football episode six is now available on iTunes, Spotify and anywhere you listen to podcasts. Brendan Carpenter (myself) and Dylan Price continue their tour of NFL divisions with the AFC West. The conversation includes players to watch, record predictions, and, of course, Patrick Mahomes’ new contract.

Mahomes recently signed a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million with incentives. However, around $63 million was guaranteed at signing and $141 million is guaranteed if he were to get injured. If you run the numbers, he will be making around $96 a minute! Insane.

Check out the podcast to hear the analysis and thoughts regarding the new contract and what to expect from the AFC West this upcoming season!




Brooklyn Nets: Stephon Marbury says Durant/Irving Duo Will be “Pretty Magical” Together

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All basketball fans remember Stephon Marbury. An extremely talented player out of Georgia Tech, “Starbury” had what many would consider a successful career in the NBA, playing for 5 different franchises (Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Suns, Knicks, Celtics) over the course of 13 seasons and averaging respectable career stats of 19.3 points per game and 7.6 assists per game. Marbury was the Nets starting point guard for several years and received an all-star appearance with the franchise in 2001, but injuries marred his tenure with the Nets and he was traded to Phoenix after that 2001 season for Jason Kidd, who would eventually be the missing piece in leading the Nets to the NBA finals.

In 2010, Marbury would leave the NBA to pursue a basketball career in China, where he would resurrect his career and go on to lead his team, the Beijing Ducks, to 3 CBA championships. Since the corona-virus pandemic began, Marbury has been a major contributor in lobbying for more masks to be made and shipped to New York City. On April 27th, Marbury released a documentary on his life and basketball career called “A Kid From Coney Island.”

Marbury Opens Up on Scoop B Radio in Recent Interview

The former Net sat down with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of on Scoop B Radio for an interview to discuss several topics.

One of the topics discussed was Marbury’s thoughts on how Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will fit together once the two suit up for Brooklyn. “I think those two on the court is going to be pretty magical,” Marbury said. “I think it going to put things in perspective as far as how good they really are and what their capabilities are because Kyrie Irving is a different monster. And Kevin Durant is a different monster. And they two together because they have a good energy with each other and they’re on the same page they’re going to flow perfectly. So I think it’s gonna be good.” Coming from a former player, this is refreshing for Nets fans to hear. We have yet to see KD and Kyrie on the floor together, but if you agree with Marbury’s sentiment, it’s realistic to see this duo become one of the best in the league.

Another topic that Scoop B touched upon was Marbury’s short tenure in Minnesota playing with recently inducted Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett, and why Marbury doesn’t regret his decision to request a trade after only a few years into his career. “I couldn’t give seven years of my life living in Minnesota. I grew up in New York where it was a melting pot; Black, White, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Italian – all different types of races. And when I moved to Minnesota it was predominately white. After leaving Georgia Tech where I lived in Atlanta. So you go from a melting pot to a place where there is a lot of black people to where you go and it’s 6 percent black people. It was a culture shock for me. ” Marbury explained. He went on to mention that the cold, winter Minnesota weather also played a factor in his decision to leave.

Finally, Marbury expressed his excitement for the Michael Jordan documentary, saying that “Jordan is not from this Earth” and “shouldn’t even be ranked” implying that there is no comparison to who Marbury believes is the great player of all time. Marbury would go on to say that the upcoming Michael Jordan documentary will deter the opinions of young fans who believe Lebron is a better player. Marbury recalled being “in awe” of Michael Jordan when the two met on the hardwood during Marbury’s rookie season.

Marbury would also go on to talk about the corona-virus in length and the differences in how China and the US have handled the outbreak, his experience participating in the 2001 all-star game, and how significant Yao Ming’s impact on the NBA was. He even shares his opinion on Spike Lee’s movie He Got Game, claiming that the talented director stole the story loosely based on Marbury’s life. You can listen to the entire interview here.

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New York Yankees Podcast Review: Dani’s Dugout

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There’s still a month and a half before pitchers and catchers report, so New York Yankees fans may need a fix to help them deal till Spring Training begins in earnest. There are plenty of Yankees fans who turned their passion into something constructive, more so than just ranting on social media. One such Yankees fan is Dani Cipolla, the mastermind of the podcast Dani’s Dugout.

A Podcast for Yankees Fans, by a Yankee Fan

Ms. Cipolla has made no secret about disdain for modern, analytics-based baseball in several episodes. And, you know what? She’s got a point. The Yankees have been an analytics-based team for the better part of the last 15 years, and it’s starting to pay off… during the REGULAR season. The team has won about 300 games in the last 3 years, (17-19), but the best they got was game 7 of the 2017 ALCS. And let’s also look at the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’re also heavily analytics-based, and they lost the World Series in back to back seasons.

How many professionals in the sports reporting community is talking about how analytics are great for a long haul regular season, but are a detriment to short postseason series? Little IF ANY!

So, much of her takes are based on what many would call “Old school baseball.” As a result, she’s made many calls that I disagree with. She’s in love with and celebrates Gio Urshela as the future third baseman of the Yankees for the next 10 years. I’ve documented how the old school metrics, AND new school metrics show that Urshela (both offensively and defensively) wasn’t that much of an improvement in 2019 compared to Miguel Andujar’s 2018. She even thought, and voiced her opinion, that the Yankees should have traded Gleyber Torres during the 2019 season because Torres is a better hitter against bad pitching (citing specifically the Orioles) than he is against good pitching. The best pitching comes in October, and it was Torres and DJ carrying the team in the ALDS/ALCS this season. But, it’s her podcast, her opinion, and I still enjoy the product she turns out. So, I cope. No one is going to agree with you 100% of the time, so don’t try to make them.

So if you’re a numbers/analytics wonk, her podcast isn’t for you. But it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know her stuff. At the end of the day, while analytics is a great way to evaluate talent, we are still talking about human beings playing a game. Part of what made the 2018 Red Sox season so remarkable was manager, Alex Cora, trusting that his HUMAN players were going to excel at the moment he saw unfolding, not what the paper from the analytics department tells him.

This is a knowledgable person, who knows and gets the game better than most who report on the game in the more traditional professional settings (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and the like).

Her Fandom is Her Biggest Weakness

She is a prototypical diehard New York Yankees fan. If you heard the expression “Fan is short for fanatic”, this is Ms. Cipolla to a T. While I tend to agree with her takes more often than not, her rationale behind her opinions is still viewed through the rose-tinted glasses of total fandom. That aspect of her broadcast style is what I find the most frustrating about her show.

Baseball has the distinct advantage of being the longest regular season in professional sports. It almost doubles the typical NBA season. If she got what she wanted 100% of the time, we’d be back in the Bronx Zoo era of the franchise, where we went from 1982 to 1993 without even a Wild Card berth (94 was the strike year). Remember, the Yankees more than any other team are vocal about “World Series or bust”. If you want to make the World Series, it’s going to mean sticking with players you would want to see benched or traded. It’ll mean letting go of guys who brought a level of magic no one expected to the position. And in today’s baseball, it’ll mean LISTENING to the analytics department from time to time.

It’s Still a Great Listen

Dani’s Dugout can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and YouTube. You can find Dani’s Dugout on social media, or through the podcast’s main site. You can also get custom Yankees merchandise through Dani’s Dugout on Etsy. We are within 6 weeks till pitchers and catchers report. Get your New York Yankees to fix by listening to Dani’s Dugout.


Some of her episodes feature profane language. So, if you’re turned off by profanity, be warned. She’s the Yankee podcaster who’d follow John Oliver on HBO.

New York Giants: Is there a position battle at quarterback? (PODCAST)

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Is it possible that the New York Giants have created a position battle at the quarterback position between Eli Manning and Daniel Jones? It’s highly unlikely Jones manages to overtake Eli for the starting job, considering he’s expected to sit quietly and soak up as much knowledge as humanly possible over the course of the next year.

However, head coach Pat Shurmur stated that Eli must win games to keep Jones off the field, so there’s a chance the rookie passer could feature at some point this season.

I believe that the Giants need to stick with logic on this specific decision – allowing Jones to develop and learn how to prepare at the NFL level is essential. Sitting behind a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback should get the job done. Daniel is already showing great progress, throwing accurately and keeping far away from the New York media.

In fact, that might be the more valuable lesson he learns from Eli — how to stay out of troubles and not draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Minus the selling of fake game-work memorabilia, Manning has been a saint for the Giants. Now, he must teach the young Jones how to succeed in the art of magic.

The podcast below will walk you through the process of his development and if there’s any form of position battle present on the Giants at the quarterback position. In addition, we take a look at undrafted tight end CJ Conrad and DeAndre Baker. We wrap up with a bit of Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard.

You can listen to analysis and a breakdown of the Giants’ OTAs and essential debates from Empire Sports Media Giants beat reporters Alexander Wilson, Anthony Rivardo, and Christian Morell below, in the latest episode of Keeping Up With The Gmen!