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Jan
31

List ‘Em and Learn Episode 13 – Well Then

Once a year, 30 men enter one ring for a shot at glory, and a chance to main event the showcase of the immortals. Multiple times per year, some dweeb records podcasts about wrestling where he talks to his friends about those 30 men, and as two men discuss thirty, they multiply into 60 men! Those sentences made sense, right? Anyway, it’s List Em and Learn! Justin Shapiro joins Matt once again as they run down their top 10 favorite Royal Rumble matches in history. From all of the top notch entrances to all of the bottom notch eliminations, they go through all of the notches of Royal Rumbles of all eras, until only one (two) Royal Rumbles are left standing. Also, be on the look out for a very special guest, who makes his presence known via text message. It’s a show that’s no longer topical, so check it out!

To listen to this show, right click to download. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: http://www.thecubsfan.com/cat/list-em-and-learn-2/feed/ You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find Matt and Justin on Twitter

13: Well Then (top Royal Rumbles)
12: yearly beloved (top WWF years)
11: Stackable (the top 10 things they’re most thankful for in wrestling)
10: List ‘Em and Pizza (top 10 worst booking issue)
9: The Ring Not Taken (top 10 What Ifs)
8: Top 10 WWE Angles 2000-2015
7: These Ain’t No Holograms (top 10 greatest ECW matches)
6: Life-Affirming Life (top 10 WCW matches of the 1990s)
5: Looking Up (at) the Star(s) (ratings) (top 10 WWE PPVs since 2000)
4: Ladders and Laundry (top 10 WWF matches of the 1990s)
3: Microchips and Mood Music (Top 10 NES Games)
2: A LOT OF SAND (The Top 10 TV Dramas from 2000-2014)
1: Episode 1 (Part 1 & Part 2)

Jan
02

List ‘Em and Learn Episode 12 – Yearly Beloved

It’s a new year but the gang at thecubsfan.com is up to the same old tricks. This time, they all gather for a very special edition of “List Em and Learn,” as Matt is joined by his two dads, Justin and Joe. J&J Security tell Matt what’s what, and teach him what the meaning of New Years is really all about as they count down the top 10 best years in WWE history. They all like matches, so some of them say that matches make a year good. Some of them even like interviews and angles too. Which years will come out on top? Will it be 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015? Yes, it will be some of those years. One thing these years all have in common is that they all contain the month of June. They have other things in common too, and Matt, Joe, and Justin will talk about all of them on this very special episode! It’s a very special episode, so check it out!

To listen to this show, right click to download. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: http://www.thecubsfan.com/cat/list-em-and-learn-2/feed/ You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find Matt, Joe and Justin on Twitter

12: yearly beloved (top WWF years)
11: Stackable (the top 10 things they’re most thankful for in wrestling)
10: List ‘Em and Pizza (top 10 worst booking issue)
9: The Ring Not Taken (top 10 What Ifs)
8: Top 10 WWE Angles 2000-2015
7: These Ain’t No Holograms (top 10 greatest ECW matches)
6: Life-Affirming Life (top 10 WCW matches of the 1990s)
5: Looking Up (at) the Star(s) (ratings) (top 10 WWE PPVs since 2000)
4: Ladders and Laundry (top 10 WWF matches of the 1990s)
3: Microchips and Mood Music (Top 10 NES Games)
2: A LOT OF SAND (The Top 10 TV Dramas from 2000-2014)
1: Episode 1 (Part 1 & Part 2)

 January 2nd, 2016  
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Dec
23

JUSTIN SHAPIRSHOW Episode 19 – Chaired Conference, Tabled Discussion

TLC is an American girl group whose repertoire spans R&B[3] hip hop,[1] funk and “urban” soul.[2] TLC was originally composed of lead singer Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and singer Crystal Jones. Jones was replaced by Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in 1991; whilst Lopes died (and was subsequently not replaced) in 2002. The group was very successful in the 1990s and early 2000s in spite of numerous spats with the law, each other, and the group’s record label and management.

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: http://www.thecubsfan.com/cat/justin-shapirshow/feed/ . You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find T-Boz and Chilli on Twitter

Previous Episodes
19: Chaired Conference, Tabled Discussion
18: Jumping Bomb Angles Number 2
17: Labor Day Cesaro Section
16: Bank Teller
15: Jumping Bomb Angles
14: Booyaka Booyaka 519
13: Thirtysomething
12: Assed Reigns
11: E! BOLA
10: Shoots and Ladders
9: Dean Dogless
8: 30 Talk
7: Royal Pains with Matt Feuerstein
6: Survivor Queries
5: The Biggest Parody of the Summer
4: New York Meets
3: Dwarf Tosser
2: State of the Union of People You Oughta Respect, Shane
1: Survivors Guilt

 December 23rd, 2015  
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Dec
11

Joe vs. the World #82: WWF 1997, Part 1 (12/11/2015)

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Joe vs. the World is back! Joe and Justin do a deep dive into 1997, and this show is packed! Shotgun Saturday Night, the Alamo Dome, Raw goes 2 hours, a new title, ECW invades, and the best match in company history. Also, calling up Paul, wondering if old babysitters still watch the product, grappling with attending TLC, Joe nearly chokes on his cherry Pepsi, Justin flushes a toilet, and so much more. Lost your smile? This show will give you something to listen to while you look for it!

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here, subscribe to the RSS feed @ http://www.thecubsfan.com/joe.xml, or add it to your iTunes Podcasts by clicking here.

Previous editions:
82: WWF 1997, Part 1 (12/11/2015)
81: WWF 1996, Part 4 (09/23/2015)
80: Eddie Gilbert & USWA 1980 (07/03/2015)
79: WWF 1996, Part 3 (04/15/2015)
78: WWF 1996, Part 2 (12/04/2014)
77: thecubsfan [Mexico 2014] (09/30/2014)
76: WON HOF (09/10/2014)
75: NXT Roster (07/31/2014)
74: WWF 1996, January to March (05/08/2014)
73: WWF 1995, Part 2 (11/22/2013)
72: WWF 1995, Part 1 (10/11/2013)
71: thecubsfan [Mexico] (10/03/2013)
70: WWF 1994 (11/19/2012)
69: No Holds Barred: The Movie (08/09/2012)
68: WrestleManias XXII to XXVIII (04/07/2012)
67: WWF 1993 (12/21/2011)
66: WWF 1992 (06/29/2011)
65: WWF 1991 (03/05/2011)
64: WWF 1990 (11/25/2010)

63B: THE END [Part 2] (09/07)
63A: THE END [Part 1] (09/07)
62: Justin Shapiro [SummerSlam, Part 2] (08/21)
61: Justin Shapiro [SummerSlam, Part 1] (08/15)
60: Naylor and Bix [ICW/IWCCW] (07/27)
59: Mike Quackenbush [CHIKARA] (07/17)
58: Bryan Alvarez [f4w] (07/14)
57: Tanvir Raquib [Rap & Wrestling] (06/21)
56: Rob Naylor [everything] (06/14)
55: Mike Sempervive [japan] (05/30)
54: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/16)
53: Alex Koslov & thecubsfan [lucha] (05/13)
52: Justin Shapiro [the condemned] (05/06)
51: Dr. Keith Lipinski [everything] (05/02)
50: party time (04/22)
49: Rob Naylor & Bix [GWF] (04/11)
48: Dean Rasmussen [everything] (03/31)
47: Phil Schneider [Best of Japan Indies Results and more] (03/26)
46: Justin Shapiro & Matt Foy [WrestleMania, XI-XXIII] (03/22)
45: Justin Shapiro & Matt Foy [WrestleMania, I-X] (03/17)
44: Chris McLeod, Chris Dempsey, Alan Counihan, Kelvin Cabrerra, Llakor, Kid Zombie and Hobbes [potpourri!] (03/14)
43: Rob Naylor [everything] (03/07)
42: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (02/27)
41: Matt Foy [ROH] (02/21)
40: Mike Quackenbush [CHIKARA] (02/14)
39: Tanvir Raquib [WSX] (01/31)
38: Mark Coale [DVDs] (01/24)
37: Christopher Robin Zimmerman [a little bit of everything] (01/17)
36: Dr. Keith [a little bit of everything] (01/06)
35: Matt Foy & Rob Naylor [year in review, ROH] (12/27)
34: Justin Shapiro [year in review, WWE] (12/23)
33: Adam & Mike [year in review, Japan] (12/14)
32: thecubsfan [year in review, lucha] (12/07)
31: Sven Mascarenhas [wrestling video games] (11/27)
30: American Balloon (2) [wrestling in Japan] (11/23)
29: Scott Christ [TNA] (11/21)
28: Tom Feely [survivor series] (11/19)
27: Rob Naylor (2) [indy] (11/12)
26: Matt Foy (4) [ROH] (11/07)
25: Vince Verhei (2) [comebacks] (10/27)
24: Justin Shapiro (4) [the Marine] (10/21)
23: Bryan Alvarez (2) [everything] (10/10)
22: Ken Dreiling and Jesse “J-tron” Irwin [IWA-MS TPI] (10/05)
21: Matt Foy [ROH] (09/20)
20: Tanvir Raquib [09/11 RAW] (09/16)
19: Rob Naylor [News and tangents] (09/09)
18: Dean Rasmussen [DVDVR, life] (08/31)
17: Phil Schneider [Best of the 80’s Japan Indies DVD] (08/26)
16: CRZ [being CRZ] (08/17)
15: Justin Shapiro and thecubsfan [WON HOF, US, Mexico] (08/10)
14: Dr. Keith Lipinski and Mike Sempervive [WON HOF, Japan] (08/04)
13: thecubsfan [lucha] (07/24)
12: Matt Foy [ROH] (07/17)
11: Bryan Alvarez [being Bryan Alvarez] (07/12)
10: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (07/01)
9: Dr. Keith Lipinski [Japan, general wackiness] (06/27)
8: Tanvir Raquib [ECW, parallel dimensions] (06/17)
7: American Balloon [his career] (06/10)
6: Justin Shapiro [RAW, ROH] (06/03)
5: Albert Ching [Judgement Day, ECW] (05/28)
4: Vince Verhei [everything] (05/21)
3: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/14)
Bonus: Hogan Knows Best recap (05/08)
2: Justin Shapiro [WWE] (04/29)
1: thecubsfan [lucha] (04/22)

 December 11th, 2015  
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Nov
26

List ‘Em and Learn Episode 11 – Stackable

It’s Thanksgiving once again, and for the second year in a row, you’re being surprised with a wrestling podcast that’s going to be the talk of the wrestling world, and set download records. And then after you listen to the new “Art of Wrestling” episode, you can be one of the 5 people to hear the brand new Thanksgiving edition of List Em and Learn. On this episode, Justin Shapiro joins Matt to list the top 10 things they’re most thankful for in wrestling. They interpret the topic completely differently, so things get pretty confusing. That’s okay though, because these two really talk turkey and they give tribute to all sorts of amazing aspects of wrestling. From men to ladies to stacks of things to gifs to multiple websites, this show is a tour de force. There’s also singing, so there may be dancing when you play this show for your entire family at the Thanksgiving dinner table. It’s a podcast you can listen to while eating turkey, so check it out!!!!!!

To listen to this show, right click to download. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: http://www.thecubsfan.com/cat/list-em-and-learn-2/feed/ You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find Matt and Justin on Twitter

11: Stackable (the top 10 things they’re most thankful for in wrestling)
10: List ‘Em and Pizza (top 10 worst booking issue)
9: The Ring Not Taken (top 10 What Ifs)
8: Top 10 WWE Angles 2000-2015
7: These Ain’t No Holograms (top 10 greatest ECW matches)
6: Life-Affirming Life (top 10 WCW matches of the 1990s)
5: Looking Up (at) the Star(s) (ratings) (top 10 WWE PPVs since 2000)
4: Ladders and Laundry (top 10 WWF matches of the 1990s)
3: Microchips and Mood Music (Top 10 NES Games)
2: A LOT OF SAND (The Top 10 TV Dramas from 2000-2014)
1: Episode 1 (Part 1 & Part 2)

 November 26th, 2015  
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Nov
25

Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade #60: Showdown: Legends Of Wrestling

 November 25th, 2015  
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Nov
04

JUSTIN SHAPIRSHOW Episode 18 – Jumping Bomb Angles Number 2

Todd Martin, Alan Counihan.

NWO, Y2J, WON HOF.

A show so check it out.

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: http://www.thecubsfan.com/cat/justin-shapirshow/feed/ . You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find Justin, Todd, and Alan on Twitter

Previous Episodes
18: Jumping Bomb Angles Number 2
17: Labor Day Cesaro Section
16: Bank Teller
15: Jumping Bomb Angles
14: Booyaka Booyaka 519
13: Thirtysomething
12: Assed Reigns
11: E! BOLA
10: Shoots and Ladders
9: Dean Dogless
8: 30 Talk
7: Royal Pains with Matt Feuerstein
6: Survivor Queries
5: The Biggest Parody of the Summer
4: New York Meets
3: Dwarf Tosser
2: State of the Union of People You Oughta Respect, Shane
1: Survivors Guilt

 November 4th, 2015  
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Oct
21

Game 9 (NLCS 4): Mets 8 – Cubs 3

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This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

Borrowing that lines seems like a cliche, but if it’s really meant to be a reference to Guy Fawkes’s being caught, tortured and executed, then I can’t think of anything more accurate. The Mets didn’t beat the Cubs, they cut of their head. This was a four game sweep where not a single game felt close at the end, where it barely felt competitive most of the way. People are going to point the finger at specific individuals – that’s probably Jason Hammel’s last appearance in a Cubs uniform – but they weren’t one player away. The Mets had better hitting, better baserunning, better pitching, and better fielding. The Cubs didn’t get many breaks, hit the ball very hard right at people, but were the own biggest obstacle. This was not close.

So what now? The last three months felt like maybe the Cubs could sneak out a surprise win and just needed to add a piece or two to be favorites. Now, the distance between them and a 2016 championship seems bigger than it was even when the season started. Does the front office react more to the last week, or the season which came before?

This was probably the last time Starlin Castro is a Cub. Something is going to give with him and Baez this offseason, and they may need a new second baseman when it’s all done. Fowler is going to get a lot of money somewhere else (and that’s the right move), but Austin Jackson as every day CF doesn’t seem like a great idea. David Price or some other starter is probably coming in – all the moves shouldn’t be budget reducing (and they should have room to expand over this year.)

Maybe the best move is having 4 months off to forget about the last 4 games.

 October 21st, 2015  
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Oct
21

Game 8 (NLCS 3): Mets 5 – Cubs 2

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2 runs, 1 run, 2 runs. That’s not going to work. Two more home runs, which are great, but no one on for them again.

postseason home runs
1 run homerun 10 (Fowler, Schwarber, Castro, Rizzo, Fowler, Rizzo, Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber, Soler)
2 run homerun 4 (Schwarber, Soler, Bryant, Soler)
3 run homerun 1 (Baez)

 

Some of that is just luck of when are people getting up. Some of it’s just people not getting on, especially on the bottom of the order.  There’s also a lack of ability to get free baserunners this time aorund.

BB per game
2 Pirates
2 NLDS1
4 NLDS2
5 NLDS3
4 NLDS4

3 NLCS1 (1 IBB)
1 NLCS2
1 NLCS3

There were bad defensive plays, but it was also a matter of time before those showed up. Soler isn’t a good outfielder, Schawber isn’t an outfielder, and they had been doing well to not have it happen so far. They also were there to help the offense, and they were the offense. They were a net positive last night, it’s everyone else who’s a problem.

One more chance. Again, it feels like the Cubs still have at least a shot if they could win one of these two game and they’ve got one more shot. Matz is not at the level of the guys they’ve faced before. This isn’t over unless everyone gives up. It feels like maybe the fans have given up, but not so much the players.

 October 21st, 2015  
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Oct
20

Game 7 (NLCS 2): Mets 4 – Cubs 1

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thoughts I had as this game was going on

1: the carriage is turning back to a pumpkin awful quickly

2: I wonder if tickets for Game 5 have dropped in price? (A bit! Hmmm.)

3: the great Tommy La Stella is 0 for 7 with 3Ks in the playoffs.

4: Starlin Castro went from never playing SS even as a backup to being the guy finishing out every game at SS. I’m going to miss him next season.

5: Everyone’s talking about the pitchers giving up 4 runs. They’ve given up 4 runs before. It’s more you’re not going to win games scoring 2 and 1 runs.

6: Really, the power covered up the problems with not getting enough base runners; six home runs in one game only producing eight runs is kind of not good in a way.

7: The silver lining to going down 3-0 in a series is seeing the Kitchen Sink game, with the Cubs trying crazily to win game 4 at any cost. Lester coming back on short rest is in play. Three inning starter is in play. Fernando Rodney starting and batting fifth is in play. Just having Jason Hammel pitch six innings probably not  in play.

8: That might also happen in this game. The Cubs dipped into the bullpen in Game 2, but everyone’s probably as rested and ready to go as they can be. Hendricks will be pulled at the first sign of trouble. Rondon hasn’t pitched in a week, so he’s going to be in at some point tonight. This’ll probably look a lot like Game 4 of NLDS; it’s all about the offense scratching something out.

9: if the Cubs can find a way to win one of the next two games, then Lester and Arrieta come up again and maybe they’ll find a way to be better, and anything is possible in a game 7. I don’t feel like it’s over even with a loss tonight.

 October 20th, 2015  
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