Episode 109: Abrupt Transitions

The Jerks break down whether Tim Tebow will get called up to the majors this year, juiced baseballs in MLB, and Mayweather and McGregor’s tour de insults. Plus, all the geeky news from D23 Expo (Tron ride! Star Wars hotel! Marvel land!), the latest on “The Batman,” and a remembrance of George A. Romero and Martin Landau. Comedy, tragedy, gallows humor, poop jokes — we have it all!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 109

Mini-Sode 3: Tim Tebow, Spider-Man and Comic-Con

In this latest mini-sode, the Jerks get a firsthand report on Tim Tebow’s minor league baseball exploits and Chris gets convinced to play fantasy football. Plus, a review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and a discussion of the changing state of San Diego Comic-Con and other comic conventions. It’s deep, it’s contentious, it’s funny — it’s a cornucopia of entertainment!

Those Two Jerks: Mini-Sode 3

Episode 108: Don’t Let It Go to the Scorecards

The Jerks break down the major moves in the NBA, the end of the #NewYorkSuperteam, the backlash from last week’s Tebow blast, and Manny Pacquiao’s shocking loss. Plus, the polarized response to the Jumanji trailer, comic and TV reviews, and Ric’s “scientific” study of Pepsi Fire! T2J – now in crystal clear Sound-O-Vision!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 108

Mini-Sode 2: Yes, the Dog Barks the Whole Time

It’s our second (of what will be many) mini-sode! We’re discussing Warren Sapp joining the crusade against football head injuries, Tim Tebow’s promotion to the next level of the minors, the fake controversy about Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman salary, and Ron Howard taking over the Han Solo movie! It’s Those Two Jerks – plus a barking dog!

Those Two Jerks: Mini-Sode 2

Episode 106: With Apologies to Thunder Dan

We’re back! We hit the ground running with our breakdown of the NBA and NHL final series, Mr. Met’s recent incident, plus our reviews of MegaCon Orlando and Star Wars Celebration Orlando (and conventions in general), and our reaction to Wonder Woman. It’s not the reunion the world needs, but the one it deserves!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 106

Jerks on Games: Out of the Park Baseball 18

Hello, Jerk-O-Philes! It’s the start of a new era here at T2J, and while we’re planning our grand podcast comeback (It will happen, we promise), we’re going to do our best to provide with you with some new content here on the blog, from movie and sports news to reviews, essays and general rants.

We’re kicking things off with a review, of a video game you’ve heard us talk about on the podcast many times before: Out of the Park Baseball. This year’s edition is the 18th iteration of the popular baseball management sim, and, long story short, it’s the deepest, most accessible one yet.

The game returns all of the features longtime fans love, including historical rosters dating back to 1871, historical minor leagues (Manage the real-life minor league baseball careers of “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Michael Jordan, John Elway and others, if you want), full customization, and current 2017 major and minor league teams with realistic scouting and ratings. However, the new features are what make the game really shine.

This year, OOTP Developments (Makers of OOTP Baseball and other sports management sims) not only brought the historical Negro Leagues into the game, but also an all-new challenge mode. If you’re a console “Franchise Mode” nut, this is for you. Challenge Mode helps you learn the game’s intricacies, while also eliminating the ways one could “cheat” by not allowing the player to turn on Commissioner Mode and edit players’ ratings or force trades, etc. Commissioner Mode is still available outside Challenge Mode, if that’s your thing. Instead, it offers an experience that is similar to playing a console game, minus controlling players during the game — this is still a management sim, after all. Developers promise that Challenge Mode will lead to a long-term expansion of OOTP’s online platform, which the company plans to unveil as the 2017 season goes on. The game has also added the Arizona Fall League to its minor league system, as well as a “World Cup of Baseball” tournament (think World Baseball Classic).

As someone who has played console baseball games in the past (I’ve recently been playing MLB The Show ’17), this game offers a deeper, much more customizable experience. It even has improved its 3D stadium and player models to make the in-game presentation more fun to watch. If you’re a Franchise Mode junkie, and you don’t mind not being able to swing the bat or throw the ball yourself once in a while, this is your game. If you’re new to sports management sims, don’t be intimidated. OOTP 18 has an upgraded, easy-to-understand presentation, and offers worthwhile help to navigate some of the game’s more arcane rules regarding contracts. OOTP 18 is a must-have for baseball fans, sports stat-heads, or if you’re the type of person who thinks you can do a better job as GM or manager of your favorite team than the real-life ones. It’s available for PC, Mac and Linux systems for $39.99 at OOTPDevelopments.com. You can also get the game on Steam or the Mac App Store.

Full Disclosure: OOTP Developments provided T2J a free copy of the game for us to review.

Episode 105: Conor McGregor, Justice League, The Walking Dead and Shark-Jumping

It’s the last episode before our long winter’s nap! *sniff* The Jerks break down the end of the Curse of the Billy Goat, Bartolo Colon as an in-demand free agent, the Tony Romo dilemma, and Conor McGregor’s big championship win. Plus, Justice League has its Steppenwolf, more problems for The Flash movie, and has The Walking Dead jumped the shark? T2J: It’s the gift that keeps on giving for several months (because it has to)!

Those Two Jerks: Episode 105