All posts by Andrew Mease

I am an aspiring sports journalist. Happily married and enjoying everything life throws at me.

NCAA Tournament (March) Madness!

It’s time!

The 2018 NCAA tournament is upon us and we do we have some content for you.

To start with, you can listen to the Guys talk the NCAA tournament on Blogtalkradio.com right here.

We’ve also got the GOTR Podcast bracket challenge on ESPN. You can join that here. There may (or may not) be a prize for the winner.

Stay tuned throughout the week ahead for even more.

Also of note, there is a GOTR Podcast fantasy baseball league that you can join as well. If you’d like information on that, connect with us on facebook, twitter or email us guysoftheroundtable@gmail.combasketball-game-competition-sport-39593.jpeg

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Navigating the Storms of Life

Writer’s note: This was rather emotional for me to write and it took a lot to maintain my composure throughout.

Life can be quite the adventure sometimes. It has more ups and downs than a roller coaster ride. It’s got the unexpected and the expected.

Never in a million years did I envision what happened in my life over the last 365 days and I’m sitting here reminded of the song from “Rent” as I reflect on everything that has transpired over the last year.

“525,600 minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?”

To me I measure it in the ups and downs, but most importantly by how it has shaped me into the man I am right now.

In October of 2016, I had a routine Monday off and the wife and I were set to visit the eye doctor for a regular appointment. During the field vision test portion of the exam after they had trouble getting my left eye to 20/20 they found I had a blind spot so they recommended I see a neurologist just to make sure nothing is wrong. Oddly enough a few hours later I received a call from my then employer that a few colleagues were laid off. More on that to come.

But, back to the eye.

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Super Bowl Memories

The Super Bowl is one of the best football games of the year. It’s a game everyone looks forward to and cherishes the night of. Whether for the football, the commercials, the halftime show or even all of it. The game is a spectacle.

One of the fondest Super Bowl memories I have is from Super Bowl 43 which happened nine years ago on this day when the Pittsburgh Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.

I can vividly remember the Cardinals taking the lead late on the back of Larry Fitzgerald. I then remember Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense driving down the field.

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Super Bowl matchups to watch

It’s Super Bowl week! Time to grab your wings and beer and get prepared for one of the biggest parties of the year.

But enough about the parties, we’re here to read about the game!

A football game is often compared to a game of chess as coaches try to strategically out-maneuver their opponent. Matchups are a big part of that.

I will highlight a few key matchups to keep your eye on Sunday as the New England Patriots attempt to win back-to-back Super Bowls and the Philadelphia Eagles attempt to win their first.

When the Eagles have the ball you should key on:

Zach Ertz vs. Patrick Chung

Ertz had an impressive year for the Eagles catching 74 passes for 824 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s caught 11 of 13 targets for 125 yards in the playoffs. The Patriots defense has been pretty good against the tight end, ranking 11th in the NFL allowing about 4.5 catches for 44 yards.

Quarterback Nick Foles and Ertz were a force early in the NFC title game for the Eagles, and they’ll need to get cooking early for the Eagles to have a chance.

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Pokemon TCG: Adventure – Part 1

Every Tuesday I will be posting a weekly look into the Pokemon TCG: Adventure; an RPG/TCG hybrid I created with the help of my wife and sister.

In part 1 I will go through the general rules.

A few weeks ago Vlad and I got into a podcast and I happened to talk about this concept. You can listen back to that here.

Anyway, let’s get into the general rules of the game.

To start each game, you must first select a “Professor Oak.” That person will basically be the person in charge of the game. Similar to a Dungeon Master in Dungeons and Dragons.

That person will give each player 3 Pokemon to choose from to select their starter Pokemon.

After selecting their starting Pokemon, Professor Oak will put out two “maps” that lead to the town.

To see some pictures of this concept, check out our tweet.

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Historic week for McMahon and WWE

The last seven days for Vince McMahon and WWE has been nothing short of phenomenal. From the 25th Anniversary of Raw and XFL announcement to an incredible pair of night’s with NXT and the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia to even the lows of Enzo Amore’s rape allegations. It’s been a historic week for McMahon and the WWE.

Let’s start off with a review of one of my favorite events of the year, the Royal Rumble.

The WWE title match kicked off the main card with AJ Styles defending in a handicapped match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. The three did a great job telling the story of Styles’ uphill battle throughout.

The finish set the stage for this story to continue in some fashion after AJ Styles pinned Kevin Owens despite Sami Zayn being the legal man.

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Super Bowl week on GOTR

Starting Monday, January 29th, Guys of the Roundtable will enter Super Bowl week.

What can you expect?

A podcast each day. Keep an eye on our blogtalkradio page for times each day.

Blog posts daily from our network of writers.

The catch? Every day there will be some form of Super Bowl content. It could be as simple as a prediction. It could also be party menu ideas, favorite commercials, Super Bowl memories, scouting reports or many other countless directions.

If you’d like to contribute anything simply email us at guysoftheroundtable@gmail.com

Stay tuned for more!!!

Pokemon TCG: How I got back into collecting

NOTE: I guess I forgot to include Pokemon Go as a reason, too. That came BEFORE my nephew showed me the Evolutions cards.

About a year and a half ago I got hooked back into collecting Pokemon cards when they released the Evolutions set. My nephew had some packs and opened them up and I saw they looked just like the original cards that I enjoyed 20+ years ago in my early teens.

I was immediately interested. Nostalgia is a funny thing. The way it takes you back in time to your childhood.

Not long after starting to collect again, my wife and I decided to go back and find our old cards. We were thrilled to find we still had the original base set Charizard, Blastoise and Venusuar. We also had a handful of others as well, but those were the “Holy Grail” of collectors 20-years ago.

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Top 10 College Football Games of 2017

With the College Football Playoff Championship game tonight between Alabama and Georgia, let’s take a look back at the top 10 games in 2017.

For consistency, this will include games contested prior to the bowl season and will not include any, despite the difficulty in leaving the semifinal between Georgia and Oklahoma out of it.

Without further ado, the top 10 college football games of 2017.

10. UCF 62, Memphis 55. There was a lot on the line for UCF in the AAC Championship game. They had beaten Memphis earlier in the season and with an undefeated season and New Year’s Six bowl on the line, the Knights won a double overtime contest against the Tigers.

McKenzie Milton threw for 494 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another one as UCF finished the season 12-0 before heading to the Sugar Bowl to face Auburn.

MORE: Listen to GOTR Podcast, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. EST. College football awards show.

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