I wanted to wait until tonight’s show to address it all with John (and the audience) directly, but seeing as how it’s begun this amount of speculation I wanted to address it here:
To put it simply, what you heard from me in the opening minutes of RAR was a case of me being frustrated at my friend’s armchair quarterbacking in our discussion about basketball.
I refused to believe that this was a case of the Raptors “blowing it” as I had witnessed them struggle from a 14-point deficit just minutes prior. There was absolutely no guarantee Kawhi would’ve hit the shot. And if Lowry had hit the shot? Then we’d be praising the pass. This, plus the fact that Kawhi was struggling against strong 2-on-1 Warriors defence in the moment (as he had been the whole series), had me questioning (and irrationally angered), at how John could be so steadfast in his opinion during the brief debate.
But it’s tough formulating all these thoughts in a split second while you’re being recorded on-air, against a guy who’s far more eloquent (and energetic) while speaking than you. In this instance, I regretfully resorted to sarcasm as a way to express to my friend that he was way, way off on his basketball take.
I knew this basketball discussion was only going to get more heated and wanted to move on with the show – thus my aversion to making a haphazard prediction about the rest of the series. At the moment in my mind, doing so would only: 1) Force me to make the same oversimplified analysis that initially angered me to being with, 2) Prolong this discussion that was going nowhere.
This of course, only made things worse.
In listening back and reading comments, I realize my tone came across far more abrasive than I had intended. Only escalated things. I misrepresented myself and should have taken the time to properly express my opinion about the play in a calm manner.
I’d like to apologize to @johnpollock here and will do so again on RASD.
As far as having these moments be a part of our show: It’s always been my philosophy to podcast as if John and I were the only two people in the room. We’re a real friendship and you get us at our best and our worst.
Last week’s Raw was me expressing my frustrations at the product for reasons @Scottish_Paul mentioned. This week had nothing to do with Raw. What you hear from me on our shows is all just how I’m feeling at the time.
TL;DR: My friend and I had a disagreement about a basketball play. I got frustrated. We happened to record it and released to the world. It became an “incident”.