Premier League Preview – Arsenal F.C.

  • #WengerOut
  • Unai Emery IN!!!
  • Players movement
    • Per retires
    • Santi moves to Villarreal with an epic reveal
    • Cap’n Jack leaves for West Ham United and says a lot of stuff in the process namely that Wenger  got sacked
    • Chuba didn’t work out
    • Lucas Perez decides being the 8th choice striker on huge wages isn’t fun even if you have huge wages
    • Stephan Lichsteiner comes on a free from Juve (they had to clear someone out to make room for Ronaldo)
    • Bernd Leno strolls over from Bayer to push Cech between the sticks
    • Sokratis Papastathopoulos is brought in for CB cover
    • We have a 6 as Lucas Torreira makes a move from Sampdoria after getting his braces and World Cup showing settled
    • Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient is an interesting creative midfielder
Transfers In
Loans Out and Overall transfer activity

Premier League Preview – Newcastle United

  • Does he stay or does he go? Rafa edition
  • Is Mike Ashley out of money again?
    • Selling Mitrovic for £22m seems like good business
    • Not bringing in anyone to replace Mitrovic outside of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto seems like a lot of faith is being placed in uncharted waters.
  • I’ll enjoy the midfield regardless

Premier League Preview – Leicester City

Getting these up a little late but its better than never. 

Leicester City have had a well-chronicled path through the Premier League.  Promotion in 2014 to a title in 2016.  2018 saw a 9th place which was an improvement of three spots from 2017.  What will 2019 bring? 

  • The lead-up to the season saw Harry Maguire star for England at the World Cup.
  • Riyad Mahrez finally depart heading to Manchester City for £60m
  • Several additions
    • James Maddison from Norwich City for £25m
    • Ricardo Pereira from Porto for £22.5m
    • Danny Ward from Liverpool for £12.5m
    • Caglar Soyuncu from Freiburg for £19m
    • Jonny Evans from West Bromwich Albion for £3.5m
    • And several other free or undisclosed players

On that list there were no true reinforcements behind Jamie Vardy.  The talismen clocks in at 31 to start the year but his January birthday will see him finish the season at 32.  Vardy’s pace and timing of runs are scary.  Will age slow him or will he just transition to a different style of scorer?  Vardy’s first year in the Prem is his only sub 15 goal season.  For Leicester to stay relevant it would appear Vardy needs to stay healthy and in-form.  

The defense looks to be in capable hands with no worrying departures.  Robert Huth left on a free but his departure should be more than offset from the additions and by not losing Maguire.  

With the opening fixture of the year being a 2-1 loss to Manchester United that saw Vardy start on the bench and score as a sub.  Leicester won’t really be a known quantity until they are starting their full squad.  Depth will be a question all year long.  If they can perform in an above the midline fashion for the first three months I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few reinforcements come January.  If things aren’t looking great look for a reboot with the hopes of staying clear of relegation.  The quality should see them to a mid-table finish.  I don’t see anything higher unless they bunker and find a midfield combination that can snuff out the life of the higher powered Prem talents.  

BOOP – Hero Hunters Ep2

Hothead games is back at it with a new Hero and a new update.  The layout is cleaner.  We no longer care about UAF and we are now completely locked in and focused on the Morlocks.  The update added a new hero Ifrit.  That brings the Morlock faction to 7.  Maven, Razorback, Ghoul, Callidus, Phoenix and Heimlock have a new leader (strength-wise) in Ifrit.  We start by breaking down Maven and Razorback in this episode.  

BOOP – Hero Hunters Ep1

Aaron and Jeff are geeking out over Zencastr, podcasting and have settled in on the new topic of Hero Hunters.  The MMORPG for iOS and Android.  We talk about most of the basics of the game.  Just a surface level introduction with subsequent podcasts delving into the nuances of the game and our personal tactical approaches.  We were going to add a lot of text and images to this podcast post but instead I’ll make a seperate post with all of the screen shots from the game and maybe we’ll even get creative and upload a few video captures too.  

Alpha Test of Zencastr

Aaron and I are getting back into the podcast game.  We just recorded a test episode on Zencastr.  Couldn’t be easier.  The only thing to do other than click the link is run the health-check within the webapp.  Aaron needed to turn on notifications to be able to allow for his audio to record locally.  Slick and easy.  

Once we were done recording 90 or so seconds of audio we ended the call.  Instantly the MP3 from each of our individual calls was put into my Dropbox folder.  I wasn’t planning to do this today so I didn’t have a halfway decent mic at my office.  I recorded on some five or more year old Skullcandy earbuds that have an inline mic.  Tinny at best man.  The ease of use really needs to be called out.  I put the two files into Audacity real quick, threw on our 3-2-1 intro (that is dated and non-specific), made it an MP3 and uploaded it.  I haven’t done any post besides adding our lame non-intro intro.  The ease of recording and having the MP3 files essentially instantly is amazing.  Here is to hoping this helps us get our show recorded a little more regularly.  

ReBoop Episode #3 but I labeled the file #4 so…

In this episode, we get into a lot of stuff.  Its been a while since we’ve recorded.  I (Jeff) have been fighting off a sinus infection and a cough that would’ve made me even more unlistenable.  John’s just been a busy man cause he has a social life.  The main points are below.

  • Roster Issues
    • Injuries
    • Lack of wing depth
  • Frustrations with Thibs
  • Trades
  • Lindsay Whalen
  • Awards (All of the awards go John’s pick then Jeff’s pick)
    • ROTY
      • Simmons
      • Donovan Mitchell
    • MVP
      • LBJ
      • Harden
    • DPOY
      • Draymond Green
      • PG13
    • MIP
      • Embiid
      • Tobias Harris
    • 6th Man
      • Iggy
      • Eric Gordon
  • Record Projections 

Wolves Season 1/8 of the way in where are we BOOP-Style