The Double Pivot

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april 25, 2018


The magic of the F.A. Cup is all anyone in the world is talking about, so the two Mikes are joining in. They wax poetic on Southampton’s demise, Mourinho’s good and bad days, Spurs’ frustration and Chelsea at their best. Then, they turn their attention to what has suddenly become a riveting race for the Coppa Campioni d’Italia.

april 19, 2018


In the patreon ep, we talk about the FA Cup and get pretty pundity.

APRIL 18, 2018


There is no hope for West Brom, and probably no hope for Stoke City or Southampton. Yet, the Two Mikes chart the path that got these clubs to this point, the odd solutions they’ve employed to attempt to save themselves, and the slim possibility of escaping the drop.

APRil 13, 2018


There were three great matches and also Sevilla-Bayern, so we have a lot to talk about. This is just a teaser.

APRIL 11, 2018


We take a step back and talk about the Manchester City and Barcelona seasons in context. Runaway title winners tomorrow, champions league quarterfinal losers today. Is that a bad season? What *is* a bad or good season, really?

APRIL 06, 2018


This is not the full double pivot double secret premium podcast episode about the Champions League, this is just a teaser.

april 04, 2018


This episode begins with a deep dive into Chelsea – Spurs, mourns the top four and title races that were not to be, and then takes a hard right turn into takery with some pointed questions about why the Bundesliga is bad and no one likes it.

march 29, 2018


Want more Double Pivot? We have good news! After that news, the Two Mikes tell you how much to value xGChain and why it’s hard to look to numbers for defensive midfielder evaluation. Plus, (sort of) defending Mourinho, busting a Pochettino myth, how to recruit backups for players who are in the XI every week — and more — including a debate about which MCU movie has been the best.

march 23, 2018


The World Cup is coming up and we are ramping up. Early previews of England, Brazil and Spain right in your international earholes. We are, again, foolishly England-curious and perhaps also foolishly Iniesta-dismissive.

MARCh 16, 2018


One day, Manchester United’s tactics look brilliant. The next, foolish. So, which is it? The two Mikes examine the differences between an impressive win over Liverpool and a listless Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla, and whether the Special One’s playbook won’t work in the current era of world football. Plus, with just Manchester City and Liverpool left in the quarterfinals, is it fair to ask if it reflects poorly on the Premier League?

march 09, 2018


Caley is not happy about the football but he’s happy to have his primary, gremlin-free-usb laptop back. He and Goodman talk about Spurs not bottling it against Juventus and the weird, basic, extremely good tactics of Valverde’s Barcelona. Can Chelsea beat them? The two hosts slightly disagree. Then a little love for Liverpool before it all ends.

february 28, 2018


PRODUCER’S NOTE: We apologize in advance for a few moments when Caley’s audio goes south for a minute or two.

It’s a free-for-all in the bottom half of the Premier League table, but the two Mikes have some ideas about which clubs are in a lot more trouble than the rest. And they even see a few obvious problems that the clubs themselves aren’t doing much to address correctly. Before they roll through all the teams under the threat of the drop, they quickly touch on the two big matches between top six clubs over the weekend, and finish with a spoiler-filled discussion about Black Panther.

february 21, 2018


The home stretch to make the Top 4 in Germany is absolutely bonkers. How bonkers? There were literally hundreds of tennis balls raining from the sky in Frankfurt. Why isn’t Dortmund better? Why has RB Leipzig fallen off? Is Eintracht Frankfurt actually this good? The two Mikes ponder these questions (and touch on Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen) before turning their attention to an entertaining clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

february 14, 2018


Juventus had Spurs on the ropes, and then it all fell apart. The two Mikes break down the first leg of the tie, look ahead to the second, and assess what’s working and what’s not for each club. Then, they look at the Top 4 race in the Premier League and sort out where it may go from here.

February 08, 2018


A fascinating clash at Anfield turned into a referendum on diving and offside rules, but the two Mikes talk about all of it, somehow. Then they turn their attention to whatever the heck is happening to Chelsea right now. No Crisis Conch necessary.

january 31, 2018


The two Mikes interrupt this transfer window discussion with the Arsenal Crisis Conch (patent pending), and use it as a springboard into more transfer talk, not just about the Gunners, but also many of their Top 6 counterparts. There’s also some Dortmund and PSG chatter that gets mixed in, thanks to the players involved in some of the bigger transfers this window. Plus, one Mike uses the opportunity to talk about pundits saying players “lack end product,” and how it never means what they think it means.

January 25, 2018


Last week a conch was blown. This conch, unbeknownst to us, was endowed with the power to make Arsenal win a blowout and reach a cup final. So we return to Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham to ask what we got wrong and what we want to retract from last week. Plus Coutinho, Alexis, Mkhitaryan and more transfer talk.

January 17, 2018


Chelsea are still in a comfortable spot in the Premier League table, but also don’t look quite right (and might be buying Andy Carroll? What?). Arsenal are definitely in a more complicated predicament, despite being a very good team. And who the heck knows how to correctly explain what’s happening with Real Madrid? The two Mikes try!

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January 12, 2018


As if mega blockbuster transfers in January weren’t enough, now we’ve got a “mystery player” in the mix. Or something. The two Mikes break down the big moves you already know about, the one that’s probably next, and answer your questions about the window with varying degrees of incredulity.

January 4, 2018


“Choosing a new club to support at some point in life is not only very OK but also sometimes a more organic & admirable form of connection.” Zack Goldman’s tweet launched a fierce debate, and the two Mikes want to weigh in. Then, in the non-soccer portion of the show, they break down their takeaways from the new Star Wars. SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers.

December 28, 2017


Manchester United were supposed to challenge City in a race for the title this season, but it hasn’t played out that way. The two Mikes attempt to figure out why, whether Mourinho has lost some of his touch, and if there’s any validity to his reasons for the club’s struggles. Meanwhile, rival Liverpool just splashed a whole lot of cash on a center back, and there are no shortage of angles to examine.

December 15, 2017


PSG brought in Neymar and Mbappe for matches against Real Madrid, they just thought it would be a few rounds later. Is Manchester United now the English team in crisis? And the two Mikes break down who they’re most concerned about in the relegation zone.