Super Bowl 50 preview with Lawrence Gilligan and Troy Renck; College basketball and Phi Slama Jama discussion with ESPN’s Reid Gettys

It’s all hands on deck for this packed Super Bowl 50 preview episode of the podcast. WSOC-TV (Charlotte) anchor Lawrence Gilligan breaks down the Panthers’ season and gets into the impact of the fairy tale season Cam Newton and the cats have had, and what a Super Bowl win would mean to the Carolinas. Denver Post NFL/Broncos beat writer Troy Renck calls in to illustrate why no one should be counting the Broncos out just yet.

The guys break down some interesting prop bets and debate the merits of legalized gambling. Don’t place your bets without hearing this insightful analysis of the various ways you can entertain yourself by putting money up on the Super Bowl.

Finally, Reid Gettys — ESPN college basketball analyst, full-time ExxonMobil lawyer, Phi Slama Jama alum and University of Houston all-time assists leader — calls in to talk about the college basketball landscape and the parity in the game, and preview possible candidates for the Final Four, which he helped bring to Houston this year as part of the NCAA Local Organizing Committee.

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Ep. 22: The Al Jazeera/ Peyton Manning hatchet job; Adam Coleman returns to talk Texans and Rockets; Kevin lists his 5-man NBA Franchise-Guy Team

In the last podcast of the 2015 calendar year, Austin, Kevin and Jeremy dive into the recent Al Jazeera report, “The Dark Side,” in which former British hurdler Liam Collins is sent “undercover” by the network to investigate the sale and use of banned substances by doctors connected to professional sports. The guys break down the video, a laughable attempt at journalism, and try to set the record straight regarding just how reliable and factual the widespread reports of Peyton Manning’s doping are [spoiler: not very].

Houston Chronicle and AP sports writer Adam Coleman (@_ColemanSports on Twitter) returns to the show — our first second-timer — to get into the Texans, following a 34-6 victory over the Tennessee Titans that has them in position to make a playoff run, despite their awful start. Coleman also gets into the inexplicable Rockets, and why they are such a conundrum, digging into some critical comments made by interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Coleman also previews the Texas Bowl between LSU and Texas Tech, which he will be covering.

Finally, Kevin puts on his NBA 2K16 fake-GM hat, and names his five-man All-NBA Franchise-Guy Team. If you were going to start a franchise from scratch tomorrow, which guy — at each of the five positions — would you want as your centerpiece? Kevin picked Steph Curry, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, but we’d be curious to hear your picks, too. Hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and let us know who your Franchise-Guy pick is.

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Listen to Episode 22 on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher.