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Before the Internet Podcast: The Evolution of the NBA Finals and Why 2019 was so Special

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Podcast: The Toronto Raptors NBA Championship Run

The Toronto Raptors made history last night, dethroning the Golden State Warriors and winning the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship. To say their 2019 playoff journey was unique and/or special, would be an understatement – never have we seen a team in any of the major sports have an entire nation rooting for them. The NBA Finals have changed in many ways over the years, but for NBA fans across Canada, everything changed on June 13, 2019.

This week Ricky D, Randy Dankievitch and Sean Colletti (three of Goomba Stomp’s biggest basketball fans) discuss the evolution of the NBA Playoffs and how it has changed and not changed over the years. Ricky shares his playoff experience in Toronto and what it was like to attend the Finals as well as participate in the Jurassic Park festivities while Randy and Sean share their frustration with the so-called “player empowerment” era. Other topics discussed include the Toronto Raptors organization; the rabid fanbase spreading across all of Canada; the US media; annoying sportscasters and how the internet and social media has impacted the game. All this and more!

Outro: Remember This courtesy of TSN

Editor’s Note: This episode is now only available on YouTube.

Some people take my heart, others take my shoes, and some take me home. I write, I blog, I podcast, I edit, and I design websites. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Goomba Stomp and Tilt Magazine. Host of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast and the Sordid Cinema Podcast. Former Editor-In-Chief of Sound on Sight. Former host of several other podcasts including the Game of Thrones and Walking Dead shows, as well as Sound On Sight. There is nothing I like more than basketball, travelling, and animals. You can find me online writing about anime, TV, movies, games and so much more.

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Watchmen Podcast: Breaking Down the Season Finale, “See How They Fly”

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Watchmen Podcast Episode 9

Now that HBO‘s pseudo-sequel to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons‘ celebrated comic book series is over, we need to ask if this first (and maybe final) season of Watchmen concluded in a satisfying way? The season/series finale “See How They Fly” certainly leaves one begging for more but was nine episodes enough, or should Damon Lindelof give fans what they want and produce a second season? There’s a lot to discuss this week on the Watchmen podcast and spoiler alert— it’s not all positive.

Our Watchmen podcast will see Simon Howell and an assortment of guests tackle the entire series (or at least the first season). In this ninth episode,  Simon Howell , Randy Dankievitch and guest Kate Rennebohm take a deep dive into the season finale “See How They Fly,” and note some of the more astonishing facts of the episode you might have missed.

Editor’s Note: This episode is now only available on YouTube.

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Watchmen Podcast: Breaking Down “A God Walks into Abar”

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Watchmen Podcast A God Walks into Abar

Watchmen Podcast Episode 8

“A God Walks into Abar” is the deeply heartfelt episode we’ve been waiting for!

The wonderfully pun-titled penultimate episode—directed by Nicole Kassell, written by Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen— is a powerful love story that spans many years, and told in a disjointed fashion to explain just how the most powerful man in the world wound up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, married to Angel Abar and with his memory wiped out. It’s an amazing hour of television—able to carefully turn a seemingly indecipherable character, into something beautifully textured, human, and meaningful— and we have plenty to say about it.

Our Watchmen podcast will see Simon Howell and an assortment of guests tackle the entire series (or at least the first season). In this eight episode,  Simon Howell , Randy Dankievitch and guest Sean Collettin take a deep dive into “A God Walks Into Abar” and note some of the more astonishing facts of the episode you might have missed.

Editor’s Note: This episode is now only available on YouTube.

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Watchmen Podcast: Breaking Down “An Almost Religious Awe”

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Watchmen Podcast Episode 7

Watchmen Podcast Episode 7

“An Almost Religious Awe” is an episode designed to give answers about Angela’s tragic backstory and the nature of Vietnam as the 51st state, but it’s also about the most powerful being in the Watchmen universe, Doctor Manhattan, who has been hiding in plain sight this entire time. With the show’s stakes getting raised ever higher and the doomsday clock ticking closer to midnight, Doctor Manhattan is finally revealed in the most shocking scene yet. As the 7th Kavalry, spearheaded by Senator Joe Keene prepares to launch an attack in hopes to gain the powers of Doctor Manhattan himself, the question on everyone’s mind is how Angela, Jon Osterman and Lady Trieu plan on stopping them. There’s a lot to discuss this week including couches rigged with booby traps, Adrian Veidt’s odd courtroom battle and so much more.

Our Watchmen podcast will see Simon Howell and an assortment of guests tackle the entire series (or at least the first season). In this seventh episode, Simon Howell , Randy Dankievitch and guest Ricky D take a deep dive into “An Almost Religious Awe” and note some of the more astonishing facts of the episode you might have missed.

And for those of you wondering, in order to keep things simple, we’ve decided to upload each episode to the same feed as our other podcast, Before the Internet.

Editor’s Note: This episode is now only available on YouTube.

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