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ZardCast

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. 

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Jan 27, 2016

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Bullets Forever's Jake Whitacre convene following the Toronto Raptors sweep of the Washington Wizards and examine the state of the team at midseason: Is everyone exhausted yet? Is it time for Randy Wittman to go? Could Alan Anderson return help the Wizards move in the right direction? Are the playoffs but a pipe dream? Plus, Jake's buried under 40 inches of snow, why Duncan didn't post for the pod, Dave's 6-0 at the Verizon Center, government sanctioned drinking and what TV show the guys should recap when the season goes off the rails.

Topics discussed include:

  • The podcast convenes after being swept by the Toronto Raptors
  • Bullets Forever head honcho joins the pod
  • Is everyone still hanging on? It’s been an exhausting season
  • Jake says because the WIzards aren’t very good, he isn’t sure how much a coaching change will improve things
  • Making the case against Nene and Marcin Gortat playing together. Does really need to be spoon fed to do his job?
  • Firing Randy Wittman could be punting on the year
  • A healthy Alan Anderson could help the team realize its early season vision
  • As the point man for all things KD2DC, Jake tells where he’s at with his dream of Kevin Durant coming to D.C.
  • Does Ernie Grunfeld have a back-up plan to Durant?
  • Duncan’s real reasons for not showing up to the pod
  • CT and Dave handle the two man game to discuss two more Wizards games
  • Washington ALSO got swept by the Boston Celtics
  • Bradley Beal’s suffered a broken nose is broken and got concussed. Great evening for the Wizards
  • The Utah Jazz game on Saturday evening was canceled, what were the guys doing when it would’ve been on, during the teeth of the blizzard?
  • An appetizer snowstorm paralyzes D.C. last Wednesday, Wizards get a win over a banged up Miami Heat
  • Dave is at the Heat game, is 6-0 at the Verizon Center this year
  • Record predictions
  • CT gives his bottom five states
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Are the Wizards wasting Wall’s prime? The guys say nay
  • Pop Culture Detour
  • Dave wonders what TV show we should recap when the Wizards season goes off the rails?
Jan 20, 2016
Beal Back, Flirting with .500, Wall's Big Week, Wild Halftime Shows, Celeb Guests

Today on ZardCast, CT, Duncan and Dave convene to discuss the tail end of a Washington Wizards win streak, a tough loss to the Boston Celtics and a drubbing by the Portland Trailblazers. Plus: Future celebrity guests, the ZardCast unbeaten streak at Verizon Center is busted, CT goes to Bullets Forever night, Alan Anderson’s excellent beard and style, Eastern Conference standings talk, John Wall wins Eastern Conference player of the week, Pop Culture Detour and much more.

Topics discussed include:

  • Wizards were riding a win streak, hit .500 and then drop two in a row
  • Wizards undefeated streak when ZardCast is in attendance is busted, CT tries to blame it on Duncan
  • Bradley Beal returns from injury against the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Dave catches CT and his girl smooching before the game
  • The guys have a pizza break
  • Wizards have one of their best offensive games against the Indiana Pacers
  • Indianapolis Star reporter Candance Buckner rips Indiana’s effort in her gamer
  • Whenever Alan Anderson returns, it’ll feel like reinforcements dropped in from the sky
  • John Wall has a monster game against the Boston Celtics, lose a tough one
  • Jae Crowder and Randy Wittman get into it
  • CT attends Bullets Forever night, shoots a free throw on the floor, has a good time
  • It’s Duncan’s dream to participate in a shot contest on the floor
  • Wild halftime shows: Guys flipping each other, jump ropers, baby races
  • Portland Trailbazers kills the Wizards on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Eastern Conference standings look. The Wizards don’t want home court advantage, right?
  • Gortat had some interesting comments regarding the plague of injuries facing the Wizards after practice
  • “This Week in John Wall”
  • Earns an Eastern Conference player of the week award, should be on the All Star team
  • Is in the pool of 30 players for the Olympic team, won’t make it because Coach K
  • Looking at the Wizards next four games
  • Will return next week following the Raptors game
  • Pop Culture Detour: Recommending “The Martian,” “Sicario” and “Orphan Black”
Jan 13, 2016

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan convene to discuss a pair of tough home losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, sweeping the Orlando Magic for the third season in a row, beating the Chicago Bulls on the road, a full-fledged injury report, Eastern Conference standings, John Wall firing his agent, the guys’ plans to attend the next few home games. Plus, Duncan gets lost, flatulence in the workplace, and a pop culture detour to review Leonardo DiCaprio’s latest flick, “The Revenant.”

Jan 6, 2016

Today on ZardCast, CT, Dave and Duncan return after the holiday season to discuss the podcast’s first birthday, where the Washington Wizards stand entering 2016, John Wall’s Eastern Conference player of the month award, a complete injury rundown, a look at the Eastern Conference standings and a bonus segment all on “Making a Murderer.”

Topics discussed include:

  • ZardCast turns one!
  • Wizards are in fine shape, hovering around .500
  • Even still contending for a top-4 seed
  • Rundown of games during the last two weeks
  • The guys are excited back freestyle snowmobiling returning to the Winter X Games
  • Marcin Gortat had a hot December
  • John Wall becomes the first Wizard since Gilbert Arenas in 2006 to nab Eastern Conference player of the month
  • Wall calls NBA All Star Game voting a joke
  • Full injury rundown, the team sucks at giving updates or status reports on its players
  • Eastern Conference standings, to the tune of the Martell Webster Overture
  • Favorite podcasting moments of the year
  • *Spoiler Alert* Final 20 minutes discussing “Making a Murderer”
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