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Welcome to a podcast hosted by Clint Betts and Chris Rawle that takes any subject and asks a simple question: Why Tho?

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    We Are Not Our Best Moment, We Are Not Our Worst Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 28:27

    Every person, athlete, and team is momentarily capable of incredible peaks and valleys. Separation and understanding occurs in the stretch of time between the bright flashes, consistency that establishes how you are trying to be a better version of yourself every single day.

    Growth, Decay, Transformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 46:22

    Change is inevitable. It is the process of growth, decay, and transformation that exists in every facet of life and every football season. From the beginning of the college and NFL seasons until now, who has undergone the most drastic transformation?

    We Could Not Cope With The Huge Complexities Of The Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 48:05

    Sports exist as an outlet for passion in ways that are describable and ways that are not. In the continual search for understanding, how does one make sense of the huge complexities of the heart?

    Watch For Occasional Bits & Bubbles Of Light

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 39:24

    The weekend of college and professional football provided countless examples of flawed contenders. Who will rise above their flaws and who will be submarined by them?

    What We Think & What We Know

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 27:12

    The first College Football Playoff rankings were released yesterday. As always, determining the best teams boils down to two different trains of thought: what we think versus what we know.

    Games Between Elite Teams Are Won On The Margins

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 38:52

    A weekend of football games is decided on the margins. What were the chances Green Bay (missing key players up and down the roster) would prevail over Arizona? What were the odds of Clemson covering over Florida State on the final play? How many times can a referee make a roughing the passer call that nobody understands? How do the majority of NFL games boil down to what happens on the margins?

    The Exact Science Of A Fourth Down Measurement

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 29:32

    Welcome to Monday On The Margins, a weekly examination of how small the margins are between winning and losing. A bevy of games (including Illinois-Penn State, Oklahoma-Kansas, Oklahoma State-Iowa State, and Washington Football Team-Green Bay) come down to fourth down conversions, red zone execution, and measurements by referees.

    The Contrasting Motivations Of Tom Brady & Michael Jordan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 35:01


    Tom Brady and Michael Jordan are two of the most iconic athletes of all time. However, both rose to the top of their professions using drastically different motivational techniques. What is the best pathway to success?


    Success vs The Ability To Sustain Success: Ed Orgeron Is Out At LSU

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 33:52

    At the highest level of any profession, everyone can find success. What separates the best from the rest is the ability to sustain that success. Two years ago, LSU and coach Ed Orgeron were celebrating a national championship; this week, they are parting ways. What changed?

    The Case Against The College Football Playoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 28:05

    The College Football Playoff rankings will be released two weeks from today. How will the top 5 (Georgia, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State) be ranked? Will the playoff committee ever treat a non-Power 5 team with respect?

    The Dallas Cowboys Are A Good Team With A Bad Coach

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 27:32

    Welcome to Monday On The Margins, a weekly examination of the fine line between winning and losing in college football, the NFL, and sports gambling. The funkiness of Buccaneers-Eagles on Thursday leaks into the weekend and portends strangeness in Kentucky-Georgia, Purdue-Iowa, and Cowboys-Patriots.

    Kyler Murray & The Continued Evolution Of Quarterbacking In The NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 29:40

    There are many different ways to play quarterback and find success. In the past, small, mobile quarterbacks were (in large part) ignored by the NFL. Now, Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals are showing what happens when an offense is built with a quarterback's unique skills in mind.

    A Rise In 4th Down Aggressiveness: The Identity Of Chargers Coach Brandon Staley

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 30:13

    NFL teams are going for it on fourth down at unprecedented rates. New Chargers coach Brandon Staley is continually making aggressive in-game decisions that fly in the face of conservative, traditional coaches of the past. Is he helping to usher in a new era of fourth down attempts and conversions?

    The Interchangeable Nature Of RB: Is Derrick Henry The Exception To The Rule?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 37:47

    Opinions are divided about the positional value of running back and the interchangeable nature of the position. Is there truly a separation in talent at RB, or do your surroundings dictate your ability to perform to such a degree that nothing else really matters? And how important is it to be able to run the football in a passing league?

    Tom Brady Returns To NE & It All Comes Down To A FG Off The Post

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 44:15


    Welcome to Monday On The Margins, an examination of the weekend's football games and the marginal difference between winning and losing. Amidst a plethora of tight games (like Oregon-Stanford and Titans-Jets), Tom Brady returned to New England in a game that could only end in one way: a field goal doink.


    Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger & The Correct Time To Move On

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 31:47


    When is the correct time to move on from a franchise icon? For teams with championship aspirations, it's imperative to find a balance between patience and urgency. As Ben Roethlisberger struggles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, what can be learned from the final years of Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints?


    Rookie QBs Are Struggling & Matt Stafford Is The MVP: Situation Is Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 33:14

    You are what your surroundings say you are. The NFL season is only 3 weeks old and hot takes are flying. This rookie quarterback class is garbage! Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater are great! Matt Stafford is the MVP of football! While individual talent obviously plays a role, the ultimate ceiling of each of these players will be defined by their situation.

    Moments Of Truth For Arkansas, Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama, Cincinnati & ND

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 31:14

    Every college football season is comprised of moments of truth, games that give us a window into who you are as a football team. This weekend features plenty of matchups for contending teams: Arkansas-Georgia, Mississippi-Alabama, Cincinnati-Notre Dame. What is the truth for each of them?

    How Can You Not Be Romantic About Football?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 42:52

    Welcome to Monday On The Margins, a weekly examination of the miniscule differences between wins and losses (like in Nebraska-Michigan State or Clemson-NC State), good bets and bad bets (hello, Akron-Ohio State and Notre Dame-Wisconsin), and public opinion surrounding clutch play (HELLO, Lamar Jackson-Justin Tucker and Aaron Rodgers-Mason Crosby).

    Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield & The Fairness Of QB Criticism

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 32:14

    QB is the number one position in sports that is evaluated improperly. Criticism abounds for quarterbacks who play in a non-traditional manner, or haven't won a Super Bowl, or both. Two quarterbacks in particular (Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield) carry this criticism despite otherworldly college careers and so far, successful NFL careers.

    What Would Bill Belichick Do?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 27:06

    Herm Edwards said it best: “You play to win the game!” A startling amount of teams and coaches don't abide by this rule to the fullest extent. The very best coaches, from John Harbaugh to Bill Belichick, create weekly gameplans based upon what gives their team the best chance to win. In a sport where the margins between winning and losing are so small, every possible edge matters.

    Cincinnati, BYU, Coastal Carolina: Climbing Rungs In The CFB Playoff Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 34:26

    Who merits inclusion in a four-team college football playoff? Through the early weeks of the season, Clemson and Ohio State have fallen while a slew of other teams (Penn State, Oregon, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas) have impressed. Three squads in particular (Cincinnati, BYU, and Coastal Carolina) present a good litmus test for the college football playoff selection committee: how serious will non-Power 5 programs be treated in the national title race?

    Alabama's Mortality, Third Down Punting & Lamar Bests Mahomes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 44:05

    Welcome to Monday On The Margins, an examination of the tiniest, strangest things that decide the outcome of a football game: players, coaches, refs, weather, and simple twists of fate. This weekend featured a wide variety of games that boiled down to one play or one decision, including NYG-WFT, Florida-Alabama, Auburn-Penn State, Chargers-Cowboys, Vikings-Cardinals, and Chiefs-Ravens.

    Can You Change Who You Are?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 36:57

    There is a simple question threaded through life, and sports: can you morph into something different, or will you always revert back to your base form? Nebraska heads into Saturday's game against Oklahoma as fans wonder if the Cornhuskers possess the capacity to change their mistake-filled ways. Vic Fangio and the Denver Broncos head into a game against the Jaguars with Fangio seeking to expand his Week 1 coaching metamorphosis from conservative to aggressive. Is game-manger Jameis Winston here to stay? What can he learn from the 2009 season of Brett Favre? Can you change who you are as a team, coach, or player?

    What Is The Ceiling Of Patrick Mahomes?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 31:56

    It is rare to watch a player and feel like their ceiling is unlimited. Patrick Mahomes, entering his fourth season as starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs and unquestionably the best player in football, seems destined to be an all-time great. What is his ceiling?

    Week 1 Losses For The Packers, Bills & Browns: When Is The Correct Time To Panic?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 35:45

    Football is great because the season is short. Every game seems (and to a certain extent, is) meaningful. With so few games compared to other sports, there is always a sense of urgency amplified by every loss. Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and half the league (including the Packers, Bills, Browns, Jets, Jaguars, and Giants) is 0-1. When is the correct time to panic?

    Establishing An Identity & The In-Game Coaching Decisions Of Mike McCarthy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 41:07

    The largest part of a football coach's responsibility is establishing the identity of a team. When it comes to a coach's impact on wins and losses, this weekend featured a bevy of examples both good (Andy Reid, Kevin Stefanski, Mario Christobal) and bad (Mike McCarthy, Clay Helton, Mike Norvell).

    The Role Of Injury Luck In The NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 27:23

    One of the biggest questions of every NFL season is who can stay healthy. Last year's Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad is a testament to the impact of good health, riding a talented roster and fortunate injury luck to a Super Bowl win. What role does injury luck play in shaping every NFL season? And what are expectations for star players (like Odell Beckham, Dak Prescott, Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa, and David Bakhtiari) as they return from injury?

    How Valuable Is Continuity? Ask The Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 32:38

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers return all 22 starters from last year's Super Bowl championship squad, an unprecedented blend of talent and continuity. On the opposite end of the spectrum are teams like the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars, seeking to establish that continuity and cohesion with new coaching staffs and quarterbacks. In a sport that relies on 11-man units working in concert with one another, what is the value of continuity?

    The Return Of Defense & The Inevitability Of Nick Saban And Alabama Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 25:24

    In present day, football is all about offense. Over the opening weekend of college football, however, multiple defenses (Penn State, Iowa, Georgia) seized the day. Is it possible for the sport to return to a balance of explosive offenses and ferocious defenses, with either capable of winning a national championship? Or is the transitioning of Alabama from defensive juggernaut to offensive powerhouse showing us that in college football, offense is king until Nick Saban says otherwise?

    College Football Week 1: Chaos Is Preferable To Calm

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 29:14

    College football is anarchy presented as stable fact, a sport that emphasizes chaos over calm. Week one begins in earnest this weekend. What matchups seize the day? Ohio State-Minnesota or Boise-UCF? Penn State-Wisconsin or Indiana-Iowa? ULL-Texas or Alabama-Miami? How much chaos awaits in Georgia-Clemson? College football is back and it's time to celebrate the most beautiful, imperfect sport in the world.

    A Game Of Inches: How An Index Card Can Decide A Football Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 24:03

    Nearly everything in life has a healthy dose of luck involved. Sports are no different, with one of the oldest cliches (“a game of inches”) continually ringing true. Football games can be decided by a fourth down mark (like 2016 Michigan-Ohio State) or even more absurdly, referee Gene Steratore measuring margins with an index card (like 2017 Cowboys-Raiders). When it comes to putting percentages on the PGA Tour, the difference 12 inches can make is vast. Many times it all boils down to luck.

    Bryson Dechambeau vs Patrick Cantlay: What Constitutes Choking?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 34:09

    Choking is one of the most common terms in the sports lexicon and for many, synonymous with losing. Bryson Dechambeau and Patrick Cantlay engaged in a scintillating duel at the BMW Championship with Cantlay emerging victorious after six playoff holes. This battle — one that featured emotional swings and incredible shot making in equal quantities — is the perfect place to ask and examine one simple question: what constitutes choking?

    Love The Challenge Of The Day, Whatever That May Be

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 22:00

    How do you find meaning in anything you do? There is no overarching answer to this question and motivation must be found on an individual level. Golf psychologist Bob Rotella once proclaimed you must “love the challenge of the day, whatever that may be,” words that contain revelatory truth for the Nebraska football program after a stunning season opening loss to Illinois. How does Nebraska embrace the challenge of rebuilding a once-proud program that makes the same mistakes, over and over, regardless of coaching staff or administration, with no end in sight?

    Nobody Cares About Your Story Unless You Win: Examining Tom Brady & Chris Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 24:16


    Warped narrative has gained popularity as hot take culture has consumed the world of sports. If people see something talked about enough, many times it becomes reality. In this vein, Tom Brady is acknowledged as the ultimate winner while Chris Paul has been stamped as a perennial loser. As narrative continues to battle reality, are the words of Paul — “nobody cares about your story unless you win” — true?


    Will Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, & Clemson Rule College Football Forever?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 24:50

    Four teams (Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, & Clemson) have a stranglehold on their conferences like never before. College football has always existed under the umbrella of two truths: there will always be a ruling class, but who those teams are is cyclical. Since the playoff was instituted in 2014 that has not been the case. Is the cyclical nature of things being replaced by the status quo?

    Finding Patience In A World Defined By Urgency

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 37:03

    In a world defined by urgency, patience can exist as both blessing and curse. Part of the championship puzzle for many teams (like the Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Cardinals) is trying to find a harmonious balance between patience and urgency. This extends to individual athletes like Josh Allen, Ryan Tannehill, and especially Tony Finau, whose recent victory at The Northern Trust represents the perfect case of patience rewarded.

    There Is No Such Thing As Standing Still

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 30:12

    The process of improvement in the game of golf mimics the team-building process in the world of professional sports. Both revolve around three foundational principles (constant self-assessment, identification of truth, and belief) and how they work in unison dictates the terms of improvement.

    The NFL & The Speed At Which Things Move

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 30:18

    Speed is an essential component of the NFL, both on and off the field. Players running at warp speed comprise a sport where teams can jump from first to last (or vice versa) in the blink of an eye. As philosophies continue to move quickly, what is the most straightforward path to contention in 2021?

    Losing Is Not Always Failure: Is It Possible For The Best Player Ever To Not Win A Championship?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 27:21

    For the most part, fans and media alike subscribe to a certain mindset within the world of sports: winners win, losers lose. This raises a lot of questions about the impact one individual can have on winning a championship. Should losing always be considered failure? And is it possible for the best player ever to go championship-less?

    Expectations vs Reality

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 28:58

    The NBA regular season is about your strengths and the playoffs about your weaknesses. The Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert are in the offseason, trying to bridge the gap between their league-best regular season and 6-game playoff flameout against the Clippers. What are realistic expectations for this particular Jazz roster and Gobert as one of their foundational pieces?

    The Captivity Of Past Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 32:16

    From 1969-2001, Nebraska had one of the most successful runs in the history of college football. Since then, not so much. How does the program balance expectations against reality, while not falling victim to past success?

    The Most Valuable Commodity In The NFL

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 27:13

    Nothing is more valuable in the NFL than a quality starting QB on a rookie contract. Many NFL teams (like the Bengals, Chargers, Jaguars, and Jets) are seeking to find a balance between patience and urgency in order to maximize the financial flexibility of having a rookie under center.

    The Separation Between Blue Blood & Upstart In College Football

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 25:28

    There has never been a more relevant time to reflect on the past, present, and future of college football than now. As struggling blue bloods (like Tennessee, Michigan, Nebraska, Miami) try to find their way back to relevancy, successful upstart programs (like Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Boise State) try to understand their place within the sport. At its best, college football has always been a game of thrones scenario: a blend of blue bloods fighting for power versus up-and-comers eager to take their spot.

    Nathan MacKinnon & Establishing A Winning Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 30:42

    How do you establish a culture that is conducive to winning? Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche are in the process of establishing themselves as a Stanley Cup contender. As the best player on the team, MacKinnon is both a tone setter and responsible for demanding the best from himself and his teammates. What is the most effective way of maximizing the abilities of the team?

    The Times They Are A-Changin'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 27:12

    Over the last decade, college football has undergone a philosophical shift: passing wins championships. Nobody represents this transition more than Alabama, who has won 6 national championships since 2009 playing two drastically different styles of offense. Two other sports, golf and basketball, are also grappling with recent changes and whether or not those changes are positive. In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changing.”

    The Evolution Of The QB

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 25:22

    The future of the QB position in the NFL has never been brighter. It's the biggest draw to the best sport in the world. It's brightness is tied to its evolution and an increased understanding of the words of Peyton Manning: “There's a place for everybody and there are different ways to play the position.”

    The Process Of Improvement

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 27:53

    In football, the process of individual and organizational improvement are attached at the hip. Nowhere is this more true than at quarterback, a position dependent upon blockers, pass catchers, runners, and play calling. Over the course of 3 years, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills have worked in unison to maximize the improvement of each party. Situation is everything.

    Nobody Knows Anything

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 31:28

    A simple and enlightening fact of life: nobody knows anything. Franchises will make both terrible and awesome picks within the same draft, and terrible and awesome signings within the same free agency period. The smartest organizations agree that roster building becomes a numbers game: asset accumulation is the best pathway to success, because all organizations will (sooner rather than later) whiff on picks, signings, and evaluations.

    The Unintended Consequences Of Conference Realignment

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 30:12

    In the past, upsets have been the beating heart and soul of college football. With the shift towards a 4-team playoff and now conference realignment, iconic upsets (like 2007 Boise-OU or 2007 Appalachian State-Michigan) are slowly being weaned out of the sport. What are the unintended consequences of Oklahoma and Texas moving to the SEC? In the words of Nick Saban, “No one can honestly tell you what is going to happen.”

    A Question Of Fit: Westbrook To The Lakers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 29:59

    Russell Westbrook is going to the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of the NBA offseason so far. Will the acquisition of Westbrook's talent overcome the questionable fit?

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