Hard Hits talks big October Football Weekend

Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw will be facing Max Scherzer in a battle of aces in a great match up between the Dodgers and Nationals in the NLDS. That and plenty more was covered on Hard Hits from Derek, Colin and John. AP Photo by Jeff Chiu/Getty Images

Hard Hits is my internet show that can be heard on the airwaves of BlogTalkRadio. Originally started in February 2007, the Hard Hits Network has been around for nine years in some format or another. A sports themed show that also mixes in the current events and music from time to time, it’s our way to express ourselves.

On Sunday, we did two live broadcasts. Each was 30 minutes live with 15 minutes of overtime. Until we go back to Premium, it’ll be a shorter format. Once we do renew for Premium, longer shows shall return. Featuring John “JPG” Giagnorio, Colin Cannaday, Rob “Retirement” Davis, Brian David Sanborn, Justin “JNF” Felix and hosted by yours truly, Derek “Flex” Felix, it’s always entertaining back and forth banter. No matter what the topic, it is “hard hitting.”

In Part 1 of a two show special edition, the guest of honor JPG showed up to discuss his relocation to Las Vegas. Naturally, he stopped in Chicago for hometown before completing the trip with his Cubs primed for a big October run. Derek predictably figured out what John ordered for dinner. Plus more interesting discussion from the statmastah who joined Derek and Colin for both college football, NFL and baseball wildcard predictions.

Who will win? The Orioles or Blue Jays. The winner gets the Texas Rangers. The other AL Division series is set between two evenly matched teams with the Indians hosting the Red Sox in Big Papi’s final year. Can Cleveland overcome Boston’s lethal lineup?

Meanwhile, the Giants are back in in another even year. Can they make another improbable run? They’ll visit the Mets Wednesday with a great match-up between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard. Find out who Colin and John like. Also why Derek went against his original prediction. The winner takes on JPG’s Cubs.

In the other NL Division match-up, it features two of the game’s best pitchers with the Nats’ Max Scherzer taking on the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. It shapes up to be a great series. For more breakdown on this series, tune into Part 2 where Derek, Colin and John made their predictions.

Catch Part 1 of Hard Hits A JPG Tribute here:

Hard Hits Part I: A JPG Tribute

Among the topics covered were two unbelievable college football games including the hail mary which allowed Tennessee to stun Georgia. Plus a pro style classic with Clemson and Louisville going toe to toe with Heisman quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson putting on a show.

NFL Week 4 highlights are discussed with Colin pretty pumped about his Falcons led by record performances from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones in a dismantling of the suddenly struggling Panthers. Plus why Derek feels sorry for Phil Rivers following the Chargers’ latest collapse. The Bills pull off a shocker in New England. They’re back.

Derek also makes a prediction into the future on baseball.


Hard Hits Flashback: We’re Famous

When “Peyton Manning” called into our show on Hard Hits Network, as good hosts we played along and look what it got us. A prank for the ages on Howard Stern.

Back in the winter of this year following the Broncos winning the Super Bowl by dominating the Panthers to send NFL legend Peyton Manning riding off into the sunset, I Derek “Flex” Felix hosted a show on Hard Hits Network discussing the big game with co-host John “JPG” Giagnorio.

It was during that episode that a relentless caller kept calling in as 
“Peyton Manning.” Naturally, I being the amused host played along with Giagnorio by interviewing Peyton. And what an interview it was. The stuff of college pranks gone bad. Little did we know it actually was some personality from the Howard Stern Show.

I only found out thanks to New Jersey buddy Tim Daddio, who linked up the TMZ story from hell. Peyton Pranks Idiot Sports Hosts. Or whatever they called it. All this time later, the idea that we actually were played by the actual Howard Stern for a mock interview with classic off color remarks that can’t be repeated in this blog is still hard to fathom.

So, what was our response? An entertaining one nonetheless. Who would’ve ever predicted that they would come to a “third rate” podcast on BlogTalkRadio for RATINGS?!?!?!?!?! Here it is in entirety with shits and giggles. 😉

Hard Hits: Derek and John’s classic response to the Peyton Manning Prank on Howard Stern

Harder Hits 9-29-15: A Dodger Coronation

A Dodger Domination: Clayton Kershaw was his dominant self going the distance for a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts highlighting the Dodgers' 8-0 shutout of the Giants to wrap up the NL West. AP Photo by Jeff Chiu/Getty Images
A Dodger Domination: Clayton Kershaw was his dominant self going the distance for a one-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts highlighting the Dodgers’ 8-0 shutout of the Giants to wrap up the NL West.
AP Photo by Jeff Chiu/Getty Images

On this episode of Harder Hits, Derek surprises celebratory co-hosts John “JPG” Giagnorio and Brian Sanborn with a revelation on a night of Dodger blue. They are unprepared for what’s in store.

Clayton Kershaw tosses a complete game one-hit shutout fanning 13 Giants to lead the Dodgers to the NL West crown. Three Dodgers take 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep. Dodger blue reigns supreme wrapping up the division and guaranteeing a much anticipated National League Division Series showdown between the Dodgers and Mets. A showdown Derek and JPG can’t wait for.

Flex debuts some new music.

Catch the show archive below:

Harder Hits 9-29-15

Hard Hits Network Friday Night

Last night, we did another show on Hard Hits Network. It was hosted by yours truly. I was joined by sidekicks Justin Felix, Colin Cannaday and the one and only Brian Sanborn returned. John “JPG” Giagnorio is MIA. Nate Sousa continues to tease us about joining the fracas. And Rob Davis continues his Kraze ways of “retirement” channeling his inner Sanborn.

Plenty was covered including a surprise 80’s song featured on a popular movie soundtrack. Justin throws out a classic Simple Minds song, “Alive and Kicking,” taking the crew to yesteryear. Justin, Derek and Colin discuss some other 80’s stuff along with favorite beers.

The Mets close in on their first division title since ’06. Meanwhile, Sanborn reminds Derek that “his Giants” are about to be Eli-minated. What do the guys think about October? Meanwhile, the Felix Boys aren’t impressed with Big Blue’s first win over the Redskins. Plus a look at some games on tap for Week 3 of the NFL and another big college football weekend.

Other highlights include Sanborn revealing a new war against something hip and Derek highlighting the Devils tweaking the Islander fan.

Hard Hits NFL Week 2

Following all of Sunday’s action, I hosted a show on the NFL Week 2. I was joined by John “JPG” Giagnorio, Justin “JNF” Felix and Colin Cannaday as we broke down the league’s action. In epic fashion, the Giants blew another 10-point lead falling to the Falcons 24-20. Eli Manning was the goat. The Giants offensive leader must perform better when they host the Redskins Thursday night in a must win.

The NFC East is there for the taking with the Cowboys losing star quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone. He could be out between 8 to 10 weeks. Dallas already is minus Dez Bryant, who now looks like he’ll miss more time after surgery on a broken foot. The Boys still got it done against the hapless Eagles who were booed out of their own stadium in an ugly 20-10 loss. New quarterback Sam Bradford turned the ball over three times with two picks and a lost fumble. Former Cowboy DeMarco Murray continued to struggle with his new team running for only two yards on 13 carries. In two weeks, he has totaled 11 yards on 21 rushes. The Redskins got a win over the Rams making the Giants and Eagles the only 0-2 teams in the division.

Other highlights included Tom Brady torching the Bills for 466 yards along with three touchdowns giving him 399 for his career in the Pats 40-32 win at Buffalo. The Packers sent the Seahawks to a second straight defeat with a 27-17 home win avenging last year’s excruciating loss. Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 33 passes for 249 yards with two touchdowns.

The Monday Night Football game features the Jets visiting the Colts. How will Andrew Luck respond to a loss at Buffalo? T.Y. Hilton is questionable. Antonio Cromartie is expected to play for the Jets.

Catch another show on Hard Hits Network following the game.

Hard Hits celebrates JPG’s 30th Birthday

At midnight, Hard Hits celebrates the birthday of one of its own. John “JPG” Giagnorio turned 30 on September 15! Congrats to the one and only statmastah. In true style, we shall hold a special 60-minute live show at the top of the hour. Click on the live link below.

Hard Hits JPG Birthday Bash 

If you miss any of our live shows, please refer to our main page and check out the archive.

Tune into Hard Hits Network

Hard Hits Network is back. Over on BlogTalkRadio, we will be airing weekly shows. We returned to the airwaves over the weekend with our NFL Predictions and Week 1 review. Tune in live at scheduled times or feel free to check out the archive.

Hosted by yours truly Derek Felix, we will be running two football shows every week. Featuring esteemed co-hosts Rob “Kraze” Davis, Brian “Sambone” Sanborn, John “JPG” Giagnorio, Justin “JNF” Felix along with personalities Chris Wassel and Nate Sousa, we’ll give our hard hitting takes on the world of sports. There are no boundaries.

Now that we have officially returned, shows will increase. We will look to fill slots and give fans a unique and fresh perspective. Stay tuned.

Hard Hits Football Weekend

Show Notes: The Chat room Brigade talks up the new NFL season with division predictions along with playoffs and Super Bowl picks. Over two hours including overtime all on football.

Hard Hits Sunday NFL Week 1

Show Notes: Derek rants about a dreadful Giants loss to the Cowboys. Plus Rob, John and Brian join the party to discuss the first NFL Sunday highlighted by the Bills 27-14 win over the Colts. Are they for real? Andrew Luck overrated? Peyton Manning in decline? An hour and a half of live football discussion. Plus nearly half an hour of overtime as Derek and JPG debate other issues.