Broadcasting from the Capital of the Free World, ZardCast is a weekly podcast revolving around the Washington Wizards. Host CT Schwink and a rotating cast of characters break down the week that was in Wizards basketball, dissecting games, hitting on the big stories, as well as unsuccessfully predicting the future. Of course, the conversation is never completely bound to basketball. Come for the hoops and stay for the discourse, because we're never quite sure where this discussion will go.
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Broadcasting from the Capital of the Free World, ZardCast is a weekly podcast revolving around the Washington Wizards. Host CT Schwink and a rotating cast of characters break down the week that was in Wizards basketball, dissecting games, hitting on the big stories, as well as unsuccessfully predicting the future. Of course, the conversation is never completely bound to basketball. Come for the hoops and stay for the discourse, because we're never quite sure where this discussion will go. 


Apr 27, 2015
Wizards Sweep the Raptors, Advance to Eastern Conference Semis (#FullySupportBruce)

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave, Max and Duncan convene following game four to share their thoughts following a 125-94 victory over the Toronto Raptors, a series sweep and the Eastern Conference semifinals. The guys are amped after a dominating series and have a whole lot to say. They touch on Duncan being wronged by Kyle Lowry at a Villanova as a 13-year-old, Kris Humphries’ Bruce Jenner tweet, full-fledged cases of Bullets fever, the Raptors rolling over, John Wall sitting the second quarter while Washington maintained a huge lead, Paul Pierce killing the Raptors one last time, saying goodbye to Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, and a sad farewell to Jerry Moosewood.

ZardCast will return mid-week to preview the second round and will continue to record after every playoff game. Stay tuned and subscribe on iTunes!

Topics discussed include:

  • The Wizards SWEEP the Raptors
  • Toronto totally rolled over in game four
  • Dave says he knew the Raptors were done after the Wizards “gave them the D in game 2,” Duncan says he’s never seen such a dominating series clincher
  • Kyle Lowry is a bum, Duncan has a grudge against him from his Villanova days
  • John Wall is superior to Lowry
  • CT slams the breaks on the podcast, asks everyone for their opinions on Kris
  • Humphries’ Bruce Jenner tweet and clarification
  • The guys decide the pod #FullySupportsBruce
  • “Bullets Fever”
  • The guys again reexamine Lowry’s ineffectiveness
  • Wall gets the game going with some great crosscourt nice passing
  • Duncan and Max have a voided bet
  • Tyler Hansbourgh was a nuisance in the second quarter
  • Wizards go into the half up 16 and John Wall sits on the bench for THE
  • Paul Pierce drills a few more threes in the third, Wizards hit seven threes in the quarter
  • Duncan had tickets for game six — Stubhub hanging onto his refund for 15 days
  • Similar to how Monumental Sports asks season ticket holders for a loan in order to obtain playoff tickets, Dave launches new socialism podcast “On the Marx”
  • The guys say goodbye to Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, Wizards fans are lucky to have them
  • “Knuck if you Buck"
  • Looking ahead to the Wizards probable second round opponent in the Atlanta Hawks
  • The Hawks don’t look quite the team they were when they nearly won 30-straight games
  • The gang tries to solve a mystery: What was Martell Webster doing in this Vine?
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • John was just a boy, but now he’s a man
  • RIP Jerry Moosewood, the pod remembers him, plays his fine voicemail  
Apr 25, 2015
Wizards Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead (Friday Night in the Pod)

Today on ZardCast, CT, David, Max and friend of the pod Kevin convene late night after the Washington Wizards take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Toronto Raptors in the first round. The guys are a few beers deep as they set off discussing a similar first half to the previous two games, “Found Money Drew Gooden,” second half sloppiness, all of the big plays in the fourth quarter, Otto Porter’s big time shots, Paul Pierce coming up clutch again, if the Wizards will sweep and much more.

ZardCast will be back on Monday morning to recap game four.

Topics discussed include:

  • The Wizards win 106-99, going up 3-0 in the series
  • CT doesn’t know the score
  • Max and KP were at the Phone Booth, though, Max might have only been there in body
  • Tonight was exciting!
  • Dave says it was Marcin Gortat’s game
  • The guys hate on Jonas Valanciunas
  • Lot of U.S.A. chants
  • One time Max tried to coax Gortat into going to a sausage shop with him over Twitter
  • The first quarter followed a similar script to the previous two games
  • The crowd gets nervous whenever Drew Gooden III lines up to take a shot, but when he hits the place goes bananas
  • Drew Gooden playing well is like finding $20
  • The Wizards grab their first lead in the second quarter
  • Kyle Lowry is clearly worn down
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Wall is the first person since Steve Nash in 2006 to have at least 15 assists in back-to-back playoff games
  • Wizards end the half on a 21-8 run
  • Randy Wittman gives some insight on Otto Porter in the post-game press conference
  • Otto’s threes at the end of the game were spectacular 
  • Paul Pierce is huge again, coaching up the guys, keeping everyone in an aggressive mindset, also scoring baskets when they needed them
  • The offense bogs down in the third quarter
  • John stays in the game at the end of the third quarter, through the rest of the game, looked tired down the stretch — Maybe Randy’s only slip up coaching-wise
  • Dave says how Kobe Bryant used to try and get him teammates involved is exactly what John has become adept at
  • Gortat is a great screener
  • Phil Chenier noted on broadcast the Wizards were looking predictable, helped keep the Raptors in the game
  • Otto had a great block on Demar DeRozan, DeRozan gets pissed, Otto looks a little pissed and then is like “OH! Glad that didn’t escalate” — Meanwhile
  • Pierce is behind him calling for DeRozan to get a tech and he eventually does
  • Max is feeling cocky
  • Uncle Drew with an AND1, flattens Tyler Hansbourgh — Dave dubs him
  • “Found Money Drew"
  • It’s finally happening with Otto Porter, hits two huge threes at the end of the game, feeling sassy and confident
  • The Wizards have been so much more composed this series
  • It was lucky Pierce’s dagger three at the end hit, that play was a total bust and they needed a basket
  • Kevin’s car is still in the Verizon Center, Max was already six beers deep when he showed up
  • Kevin suggests closing the pod by taking their shirts off
  • The guys play Drake’s “Going Home” and discuss game four on Sunday, doling out predictions 
Apr 22, 2015
Wizards Throttle Raptors, Take 2-0 Lead Back to D.C.

Today on ZardCast, CT, David and Max join forces to discuss the Wizards 117-106 game two victory over the Raptors in Toronto to take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the playoffs. 

ZardCast will be back Saturday (4/25) morning after game three on Friday night in the Phone Booth.

Topics discussed include:

  • Randy Wittman and his road tactics
  • The Wizards solid early defense despite being down  
  • Brad Beal’s assertiveness
  • Washington’s excellent use of Nene and Marcin Gortat 
  • Taking punches in the third quarter and responding
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Max calls after getting home from Buffalo Billiards
  • They guys get into how the Wizards create space on offense 
  • Colin Cowherd trolled John Wall, the Wizards, again
  • Otto Porter is probably the biggest story of the playoffs
  • The Raptors have played terribly, for the most part
  • Did you think the Wizards would return to recent regular season form tonight?
  • What could the Raptors do to flip this series around?
  • Making sure we gush about every Wizard
  • We mention Drew Gooden III
  • What event would need to occur for Wittman to insert Kris Humpries?
  • Max wants to gush about Beal’s great game some more
  • Paul Pierce fulfills his leadership and scoring roles phenomenally 
  • Wittman is the greatest road playoff coach in history, according to math
  • He really did pull the long-con with the small ball line-ups
  • The pod extends ideas for Dwayne Casey to beat the Wizards
  • Raptors going at Gortat
  • Does everything even out on Friday or do the Wizards keep rolling?
  • What will the atmosphere in the Verizon Center be like?
  • Jerry Moosewood is coming to D.C. 
Apr 19, 2015

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Max convene to take a look at the Washington Wizards overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors, discussing Randy Wittman's line-up adjustments, great defense and a win despite poor shooting nights from Brad Beal and John Wall. Plus, ZardCast Raptors correspondent Jerry Moosewood calls in from Toronto to give his take after the 93-86 loss. 

Apr 17, 2015
Washington Wizards Playoff Preview Pod (The Living Room)

Today on ZardCast, CT and Dave sit down to chat about the Washington Wizards in the playoffs and the team’s best season since 1979. They welcome co-worker Stuart to the show, calling in to talk West Virginia strip clubs and his runaround to procure playoff tickets. Later, Bullets Forever’s Jake Whitacre drops by to discuss his ranking of all 82 regular season games and what Washington needs to do to beat the Raptors. CT and Dave close out the show by touching on Paul Pierce’s candid interview, strategies for watching the local and national broadcasts, the Wizards new official logo, non-John Wall keys to the series and predictions of a lengthy affair. 

ZardCast will be with you throughout the playoffs, hopping in the pod following each game to record our rapid reaction to the events on the court. 

Topics discussed include:

  • Playoffs are here!
  • CT’s coworker Stuart calls in from Hedgesville, W. Va.
  • Stuart discusses his golf trip and impending visit to “The Living Room”
  • He also details his pain of trying to buy playoff tickets as a season ticket holder, says he’s out on next year 
  • Stu closes out by speaking his peace on the New York Knicks and their pick in the draft
  • “Blame Canada”
  • Happy or sad?: The Washington Wizards draw the Toronto Raptors in the first round in a tale of two mirrored season
  • Dave doesn’t like the Raptors subreddit 
  • A good minute or two of Canada bashing, realizing Toronto fans will boo the Star Spangled Banner when played before the game
  • The Wizards got swept by the Raptors in the regular season, lost seven of the last eight, but there’s plenty to be confident about this matchup
  • Regular season Nene is waayyyyyy different than playoff Nene
  • Dave thinks the series either will be won because of the match-up or the best player in the series
  • Jake Whitacre from Bullets Forever joins the pod
  • The guys discuss Jake’s ranking of all 82 regular season games
  • Jake thinks the Wizards played better against the Raptors this year rather than last, advocates for Paul Pierce at power forward 
  • Can Randy Wittman make some changes to his team for the better in the playoffs?
  • What does Randy have to do to keep his job after this postseason?
  • Jake shares what he think it’ll take for the Wizards to win and makes a prediction
  • The guys talk about Paul Pierce’s interview on 
  • What’s the strategy for watching the national vs. the local broadcasts
  • New primary Wizards logo, adios leaping Wizard logo
  • Who do you dislike most on the Raptors?
  • Thoughts on Drake
  • Throw the records out the window!
  • Was the regular season a success?
  • Non-John Wall keys to the series: CT chooses Paul Pierce, Dave picks the wins at the end of the bench
  • Series predictions 
Apr 13, 2015

This week on ZardCast, CT, Dave, Duncan and Max return following CT’s Puerto Rican vacation to discuss the final phase of the Washington Wizards season. They cover games against the Knicks, Grizzlies, 76ers, Nets and Hawks, all by playing some fill in the blank. They also take a look at the rest of the Eastern Conference, Bulls or Raptors in the first round, Max’s Poetry Corner, This Week in John Wall, NBA recommendations and much more.

The pod will return Friday morning to recap the end of the regular season and look ahead to the Wizards first round playoff matchup. During the playoffs ZardCast will record immediately following all games and will post a new episode the following morning, dissecting the action. 

Topics discussed include:

  • CT returns from Puerto Rico, the guys fill him in on the generalities after missing the last few games
  • To introduce all of the games today, ZardCast will play fill in the blank
  • Derrick Fisher’s views about pizza (“Pizza doesn’t taste that great”) are         ?
  • Rasual Butler dunks at the buzzer against the Knicks to lock-up Wiz50 from Papa John’s
  • Max is big into draft conspiracies
  • If beating Memphis was a delicious barbecued meat, this win would be         ?
  • Dave texts CT at 2:30 a.m. asking if there’s Comcast Sportsnet in Puerto Rico
  • Watching the Wizards drill the 76ers for one last time this season was a           experience?
  • John Wall sits for the first time since January 7, 2013 — It was weird not to see him out there
  • Max’s Poetry Corner: Bob McCann
  • It is              to watch the Wizards come out flat and lose to the Nets.
  • Marcin Gortat playing really well as of late
  • Losing to the Nets pretty much locks up the 5th seed for the Wizards
  • The final Wizards home game was          ?
  • The Hawks sit the core of their team, Dave took a nap with the game in hand early
  • Duncan muses how poorly the Wizards’ second half of the season second half scoring stacks up next to its opponents
  • The guys flipped over to watch Russell Westbrook drop 54 against the Pacers
  • A look at the Eastern Conference standings
  • Who would you rather play in the first round? Bulls or Raptors? Do you want the matchup or the team playing poorly?
  • There are four teams vying for the #7 and #8 playoff spots
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Wall sits two straight games, comes out against the player-voted NBA awards, has career high 18 assists
  • How do the Wizards fair against the Pacers and Cavaliers to end the season?
  • NBA recommendations:
    CT: Giannis Antetokounmpo rules. He had a sick block and dunk the other night. Also, Nelly gets arrested for crystal meth
    Duncan: Enjoying the young Timberwolves
    Max: Action Bronson’s “Fuck, That’s Delicious” YouTube series, the Curry One’sJonathan Abrams on Draymond Green talking shit
    Dave: Sorting out the 2 through 6 seeds in the Western Conference 
Apr 2, 2015

Today on ZardCast, CT, David, Max and Duncan convene to discuss the previous week of Washington Wizards basketball, including a dramatic loss to Indiana, John Wall playing the hero against Charlotte, a failed comeback bid against Houston and a beatdown of Philadelphia.

Also, Max recites a poem about Jan Vesely, Duncan makes an enemy on the basketball court, a look at the rest of the Eastern Conference and more.

Scheduling Note: The pod is off next week with CT on vacation. The pod will return April 13 with a MEGA POD, recapping the regular season and looking ahead to the Wizards first round match-up in the playoffs. 

Topics discussed include:

  • The guys return, unable to record on Sunday because of life
  • CT is going on an island vacation and the pod will return April 13 for a
  • MEGA POD review of the season and an a preview of the Wizards first round playoffs match-up 
  • The guys are watching the Philadelphia game while recording
  • They head back in time to discuss the Pacers game and the drama surrounding George Hill’s game winning lay-up
  • John Wall’s heroics save the Wizards versus Charlotte, Dave gets excited
  • The Wizards almost come back against Houston, fall short
  • Max was being negative on Twitter during the Rockets game, Duncan doesn’t like it
  • Otto Porter gets some burn, plays well, who knew
  • Max’s Poetry Corner is introduced and Jan Vesely is his first subject
  • Duncan makes an enemy on the basketball court at American University
  • A look at the Eastern Conference standings
  • Looking more and more like the Wizards will face the Raptors in the first round, Max wants to go to Toronto
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Dave sees John at Lucky Strike
  • League MVP race: Who ya got?
  • NBA Recommendations
  • CT is going on vacation, Dave will have free reign on the apartment
  • Predictions for the final seven games, final record