Inside The Locker: Birdman And The Clippers of the Universe


Salutations, sports nerds!

This week’s so is so gonzo that we couldn’t even think of an appropriate Muppets joke with which to end this sentence! We talk about Johnny Manizel’s new aviary nickname, provide more evidence that geeks are taking over professional sports, and assign Masters of the Universe counterparts for each of the Los Angeles Clippers…don’t worry about why. We also go another round with our Corner Man: Vincent Smith.

On a more serious note, we also discuss the passing of Robin Williams and chat about our favorites among his catalog of films.

Listen to the episode, and stay tuned after for some bonus nonsense that occurred before we knew the mic was still recording.


Show Breakdown…

Scores and Stories (4:52)

Manziel finger

Topics Discussed: The L.A. Clippers have been sold to one of America’s preeminent nerds, Johnny Manziel flips himself off the starting position on the Browns’ roster, Braxton Miller’s injury ensures Ohio State will still be overrated, and the deal for performers to play the Super Bowl halftime show keeps getting worse all the time.


Robin Williams Retrospective (32:05)

Robin Williams BoT

The film community, and we include in that group anyone who loves film, lost a comedic titan recently when Robin Williams’ exited this realm. We found it so difficult to narrow his work down to one favorite film so we discuss our favorites of both his dramatic and comedic roles. Coming back from the break, we also delve into the internet theory that Aladdin takes place in the post-apocalyptic future instead of the past.


The Corner Man (48:55)


Vince returns to give us the lowdown on the world of UFC. He gets us hyped for an upcoming “Mega Fight” that somehow has nothing to do with a giant shark or octopus. He also addresses some lingering questions about the credibility of the Cobra Kai Dojo.


And the Rest (62:32)


In this week’s “also-ran” portion of the news, we chat about high school games called account of Purge, college players who are really good at tackling teammates, illustrate how Kevin Sumlin is One of Us, and Brian issues the weirdest ALS ice bucket counter-challenge ever conceived.



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5 thoughts on “Inside The Locker: Birdman And The Clippers of the Universe”

  1. Brian, that message you gave about contacting you if depression hits was amazing. I’ve mentioned this before, but at times in my life when I felt like I had nothing to look forward to, you, Chris, Martin, and company gave me something to distract myself with and brought many a smile back to my face. I just want to thank you guys for being who you are.

    Also, congratulations on the new place! Sounds like you guys are breaking it in just fine. (Also, I suspect there’s more to the story of the bartender in San Diego who was sending you pictures of herself as a ninja turtle, but that’s for another time.)

    And so it isn’t one big schmoozefest, I gotta let you all know that I’ve been going full Rocky IV on training for Year 2 of ITLCast Fantasy Football. The clouds have gathered, the sirens beckon; a storm is coming.

  2. Really fun show guys. You all make any story about sports so fun to listen to and Brian loves making up segments. Loved that audio quality is better with Vince’s new section.

    I would also say, I quite like Elliott as a critic. To me, any critic can work if you can sell whatever your opinion is with conviction and good evidence. I’m kind of curious though about how he reviews the movies he really hates, like how he’s mentioned District 9 and Looper before. If you can carve that into something, you are golden for the internet.

    1. Elliott Fontenette

      Thanks! I am trying my best and reading up to get better. As far as District 9 and Looper, allow me to explain.

      For District 9, I didnt like the art design and I dont feel like the movie gave me enough of a reason to get behind going for the main character.

      For Looper, I liked Bruce Wills and Joseph Gorden Levit, but I felt that main villain came a bit out of nowhere and added an element that just wasnt needed. It distracted me from the great performances. Thanks for listening! 🙂

    2. I’m really glad that you’re enjoying the MMA section! I definitely try to do my research ahead of time, so I’m glad it’s entertaining. Hopefully eventually people might start messaging with particular questions they’d like me to delve into, too! I’d love to hear more feedback. 🙂

      Also, funny that Elliot doesn’t like District 9, because gun to my head, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time, largely BECAUSE Wikus is a character who is infuriatingly flawed. I also happened to have one of my favorite audience experiences in a theatre seeing that movie, so I’m sure that plays a part. 😛

      1. Yeah, I got to MMA a few years ago because someone had all the Pay-Per-View stuff, but it’s always fun to hear about those stories because the fights are so memorable.

        And I connected with Elliott early on because I’m also in the camp that isn’t a fan of Looper because of what happens in the second half. But that’s what a good podcaster does, is make any opinion or discussion fascinating.

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