January 24, 2022
On today's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan, and Steve, discuss a 2-2 week from the Sixers which saw Joel Embiid continuing to barge his way into the MVP race in earnest. What did they think of his consecutive 50, 40, and 38 point performances? Or the Sixers giving up a 24 point lead to the Clippers with neither of its stars? Or how about Doc Rivers' condescending quotes after that game? Good stuff.
Then, they get into the conflicting reports coming out of Sacramento as it relates to the Ben Simmons trade landscape, before discussing Daryl Morey's press availability wherein he said that has adjusted his asking price for a Ben trade ahead of the February 10 trade deadline.
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January 16, 2022
It is a special week on The Gastroenteritis Blues as Steve and Dan (Emily is away on her Honeymoon) have a Mega Pod for you! First up is Sam Amick of The Athletic, who returns to the podcast to discuss his big report this week on the state of the Sixers' trade talks for Ben Simmons. What is Sam's feeling on whether or not the Sixers will be trading Simmons before the February 10 trade deadline (hint: :)). Sam also touches on the possibility of the Sixers being able to attach Tobias Harris to Simmons in a trade before the deadline. He details the status of talks between the Sixers and The Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves and more.
Then, they're joined by Sixers Adam Aaronson of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez, who dives into the Sixers' salary cap situation. With reports swirling that the Sixers' effort to offload Harris in a Simmons trade is in pursuit of max cap space this summer, Steve and Dan wanted to consult Adam about the exact machinations of freeing up that space. Would Adam, personally, prefer the Sixers trade Tobias or recoup an extra two Sacramento first round picks? What does he think of John Collins as a trade target? What ancillary moves would need to be made in order to pursue James Harden on the open market?
Finally, Steve and Dan discuss this week's games, as Joel Embiid has continued to solidify his MVP candidacy, the Sixers have severed ties with a fake company named Color Star, and then Steve, Dan, Drew and Emily from afar predict next week's games.
Huge thank you to Sam and Adam for joining us.
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January 9, 2022
On tonight's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, the vibes are good as the Sixers have won six in a row thanks to the continued top-shelf play of one Joel Hans Embiid. Steve, Emily, and Dan break down how this season so far stacks up against last season's MVP run, and what Embiid has improved so far. They also discuss the spat between Tobias Harris and Sixers fans during the game versus the Rockets on Monday night.
Also discussed: a rumor roundup regarding Ben Simmons, officially one month from the trade deadline, a retrospective of the Dan Burke head coaching era, and some brief predictions for the Eagles' first round playoff matchup agains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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January 2, 2022
On tonight's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve are joined by two extremely special guests: Andrew Spencer and Clay Harbor! Andrew was on The Bachelorette season 17, and currently plays defensive back for the Vienna Vikings in Austria. Clay was on The Bachelorette season 14, and played 8 seasons in NFL, after being drafted in the fourth round by your Philadelphia Eagles in 2010 and playing with the team through the 2012 season. Andrew tells the gang about his longtime close friendship with Eagles starting linebacker TJ Edwards, while Clay tells them all about his playing days in Philly with stories about playing alongside Jason Kelce, Michael Vick, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Nick Foles. They also get into the ins and outs of what it was like to be on ABC's The Bachelorette: what's it like to walk from the limo to meet The Bachelorette? How much producer interference is there? When do you get to eat? What about Andrew's famous goodbye with Katie? Would he ever do Bachelor in Paradise? All that and much, much, more with both of them. They also throw in a few Sixers takes for good measure.
Then, our usual hosts discuss the week's Sixers wins over Toronto and Brooklyn, Doc Rivers' testy moment with the media, Ben Simmons' reported non-basketball engagement, and the Eagles' continued winning streak.
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December 27, 2021
It is a big week on The Gastroenteritis Blues as Steve, Dan, and Emily are celebrating a milestone: 100 episodes of sort-of-Sixers nonsense. First, they discuss a 2-1 week from the Sixers, as Philadelphia notched heartening wins over Washington and Boston and a dispiriting loss to Atlanta at home. What did they take away from these games? And what did they make of the understated theater behind Joel Embiid and Montrezl Harrell's tussle on Sunday night? Or the week's rumors in regards to Ben Simmons? Or LeBron James' eye roll-inducing Instagram post?
Later in the pod, they look back on some of their fondest memories of the first 99 episodes of The Gastroenteritis Blues, before taking part in another (mostly) non-basketball roundtable of questions for one another to round out episode 100.
We at The Gastro Blues could not thank everyone at Liberty Ballers, SB Nation, Vox Media, our guests, our listeners, and our intern Drew (@dapeltz13 on Twitter) enough for all of your help through these first 100 episodes.
We love doing this show and we can't wait to keep it going.
Happy New Year, everyone. Be safe and be great.
December 22, 2021
It is a very special day here on The Gastroenteritis Blues, as today Emily, Steve and Dan are joined by Sixers play-by-play announcer Kate Scott. In her first season with the team, Kate is hard at work trying to fill the shoes left by Marc Zumoff, who retired after a 27-year career in Philadelphia.
Kate was kind enough to take the time to sit down with the Gastro Blues crew to discuss the process of auditioning for the job with the Sixers, how helpful Zumoff has been since she got the gig, what it's been like to grow on-air chemistry with (former Gastro Blues guest) Alaa Abdelnaby, what it's been like broadcasting games during a pandemic, which current Sixer would make the best play-by-play announcer, and much, much more.
Plus, of course, they get into plenty of non-basketball stuff, including: Kate's first Wawa experience, whether or not she knew that sheeps were lambs, which classic film trilogy Alaa is determined to get her to watch with him, and what it has been like for Kate to break through in the sports industry as an LGBTQ+ woman.
Our immense gratitude to Kate for joining us on the pod.
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December 19, 2021
On tonight's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily first discuss the Sixers' gross losses to Memphis, Miami, and Brooklyn. Then, they talk about the team's new bout with COVID-19, as the team's Sunday night game versus the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed due to the placement of Andre Drummond and Shake Milton in the league's health & safety protocols, as they joined Georges Niang. What's next for the team, with a matchup set with the Celtics in Boston on Monday night? They also discuss where they think all that reported "momentum" went on the Ben Simmons trade front.
Plus: thoughts on Matisse Thybulle's insertion into the starting lineup, Kyrie Irving returning to the Brooklyn Nets, and whether or not Joel Embiid is engaged.
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December 12, 2021
Things are happening! On tonight’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, we have a podcast in two parts. First, Emily, Dan and Steve discuss the Sixers’ week of games — briefly discussing wins (x2) in Charlotte and a loss against Utah — punctuated by a statement victory over Stephen Curry and the visiting Golden State Warriors. Our hosts discuss Matisse Thybulle’s remarkable defensive performance, plus quotes from after game from Thybulle, Joel Embiid, Curry, Draymond Green, Steve Kerr, and more.
Then, they discuss ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s report from Friday night that things were heating up on the Ben Simmons trade front ahead of December 15th. Could this saga finally be coming to an end. Which players and teams should we be keeping our eye on? Our hosts make predictions on what will happen this week.
Plus: Emily tells us all about her wedding party this weekend, and how she learned of the Woj report in her wedding gown. Buckle in, everybody, we may be in for a big week.
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December 5, 2021
On tonight's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan, and Emily are ready to discuss the Sixers' exciting comeback win from Friday over the Atlanta Hawks. More specifically, they talk about Joel Embiid's improved play in the second half of the game, his jubilant reaction after the final buzzer sounded, and his quotes from after the contest. They talk about the win and Joel's reaction in the context of the larger discussion among Sixers fans as to whether or not the Sixers ought to use this season to 'sneak tank' this season.
Also covered: a rumor roundup regarding potential Ben Simmons trade returns, including Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Finally, old friend Daniel Olinger joins the pod to discuss Dan Volpone's pride and joy -- Kenny Pickett --, the Eagles' win over the Jets, Gardner Minshew vs. Jalen Hurts, and predict this week's Sixers games.
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December 1, 2021
On tonight’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Dan, Steve, and Emily discuss a gross, low-scoring loss suffered by the Sixers at the hands of the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Due in large part to Joel Embiid’s 3-for-17 shooting night, the Sixers struggled to score the basketball all night. The hosts discuss why his and sophomore guard Tyrese Maxey’s offensive struggles of late have made it particularly tough for the team to win games. They also talk about Tobias Harris’ recent rough patch, and what exactly Harris gives the team on the court when his shot isn’t falling.
Plus: nuggets on Andre Drummond winning the team’s Big Energy Chain, whether or not the Celtics had or have ever had mind control over the Sixers, and how urgently the Sixers need to make a meaningful trade.
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