What The Puck Season Review

Today is a strange feeling because at this moment in time, I have no podcasts scheduled to record in the next few weeks.  I have had time away from The Caw and the NFL draft is coming up, so a show is on the horizon, but usually I am recording 1 or 2 shows every week.  Now I am down to no shows on a weekly basis until August.  I wanted to write about this past season of What The Puck and the new things that happened this year.  Before the 2013-2014 season started I saw on twitter that the Baltimore Sports Report had started their own network.  They got all the different Baltimore Orioles podcasts in the area together and centralized everyone’s shows.  What a great idea.  Since podcasting is about fan supported and listener supported content, competition between shows on the same topic remains fun not cutthroat.  Podcasting has the PBS model for funding and I like that model.  If you like what you hear, there are ways to support the shows and we won’t shove ads down your throat.  So I tweeted to the Baltimore Sports Report and asked if they were still adding podcasts to their network. 

We exchanged emails and it was decided that they would add What The Puck to the Baltimore Sports Report Network.  I was thrilled.  I am a huge Washington Capitals fan and I live in Baltimore.  I am a part of a rare breed that bleeds purple, orange, AND red.  I grew up on Kevin Smith films that always feature hockey and I went to see Baltimore Bandits games.  Then once Ovechkin hit DC, I was a full time Caps fan.  When the Capitals season started, the Baltimore Sports Report held a contest to announce the show coming to the network and on our first show teamed with them we hit over 500 downloads.  I couldn’t have been happier joining up with them especially since I am from Baltimore.

Later on in the season, my co-host, Coach Dan Hayden, and I discussed Capshill.com because they did a mock up of what the Winter Classic game would look like in Nationals Stadium.  So of course we tweeted to capshill to let them know we discussed the mock up on What The Puck.  After a few weeks, we talked and Capshill asked if we would be interested in writing for the site.  Again, I was thrilled to be asked, but with my work load and podcasting schedule I have very little time to dedicate to anything else.  So I said why not put What The Puck on your website every week.  We are generating content that most Washington Capitals fan sites don’t have and that’s audio.  Since being added to the Baltimore Sports Report Network and Capshill.com, our download numbers have averaged between 150-350 downloads an episode.  I could not be prouder to be able to create content on a weekly basis that reaches that many people.

I love podcasting, it is one of my favorite things to do.  I love recording with Coach Dan Hayden who has as much passion about hockey and the Capitals as I do.  Yet the greatest thing about working with Coach Dan is he loves podcasting, too.  It isn’t a chore to him; it’s not old and boring.  We normally record on Wednesday nights because the Capitals did not play many Wednesday games this season.  However, I work my normal 9-5 job and then my part time job from 5-8 on Wednesdays so by the time I get home I’m tired.  Many times I’ll be tired and not want to record, but it’s Dan’s passion for podcasting makes me get up and record a show, laugh, and talk about the Caps, a team I love to watch play hockey. 

So what’s next for What The Puck?  I don’t know.  We aren’t going anywhere.  We will still be recording as news breaks this off season.  Dan and I have both talked about our plans for next season and what we want to do with the show.  As for me I have a few more podcasts starting up soon.  I can’t really say what they are yet, but hopefully they will be joining the BrandoCash Network within the next couple weeks.

- BrandoCash


Purple Walls

  I am standing in the middle. Four walls enclose around me. The are filled with triumph and victory and sacrifice. Memories of moments in history. Moments captured in their finest moment. These moments, to each with their own personal story. From record setting performances to the essence of greatness at its very pinnacle, these stories will be passed down for generations. 

    On these walls captured are the moments of The General, Ray Lewis. There was nothing like being there live to see the raw moment of the famed "Last Dance." From the live event taken is a few photos encasing the moment frozen in time. The "last ride" reached its pinnacle with the victory in Super Bowl XLVII,. Can see Ray hoisting "greatness" high above his head! Oh and we will not forget our first triumph in Super Bowl XXXV. Pose of MVP Ray Lewis in action and celebration! 


    On these walls captured are record setting performances by Jacoby Jones and Ed Reed. Both share a record in yardage of 108. Jones most recently in Super Bowl XLVII when, just after a blessing from Ray Lewis, took the second half kickoff with blazing speed to a record score. Reed, back in 2008 against the Eagles at home, took a Kevin Kolb pass from the back of the end zone. Raced down the sideline, dodging his way to glory. 

    On these walls captured are several incredible combacks! First there was the comeback in Pittsburgh. Flacco to Smith and....... incomplete!!! Flacco to Smith once more, and....... TOUCHDOWN! TOUCHDOWN RAVENS!!! What a comeback engineered by Flacco and the famed 96 yard drive in enemy territory! Them there was one of the best games you will ever see! On a snowy day in Baltimore, just over two minutes remaining. Ravens and Vikings trading touchdowns until Flacco connected with Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone! TOUCHDOWN RAVENS!!! Lastly, there wasMonday Night Football in Detroit. On a night where Megatron showed anything but mega, there was born, Legatron. With the game on the line, "Tuck" said " I got this." With a sweep of a leg, the ball flies thru the air. Just over the uprights, i screramed " He got it!" 61 yards!!! Tucker wins the game!!! 


    On these walls captured is the raw passion that unites us all. That's why, forever more, these will remain purple walls.

- Josh Murr

BrandoCash Network Blog

This blog will be a place where myself (Brandon), Josh, and Dan will all have a chance to write about the shows and about the teams we follow.  I will probably be a bit more nostalgic, while the other guys will be hitting you with opinions about how the teams are doing.  In the next week or so, I will be blogging about how each show started and how I met the other two dudes.  Enjoy and listen to What The Puck and The Caw!