10
Sep

Episode 9: Ethan's First Northern Hemisphere Chat

With The Rugby Championship taking the week off, Ethan and Jake watched three matches from the Northern Hemisphere--one from each of the major European leagues. It was, in many respects, a mixed review from Ethan. Jake was pretty tickled by the Aviva Premiership matches.

The conversation was recorded on Monday morning, but a few human hiccups and technical glitches delayed the publishing. There is a bit of an echo which caused by an error Jake hasn't figure out yet. So far, he is blaming the dog, Josie.

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1
Sep

Episode 8: The New Car Smell Wearing Off?

In Episode 8 of The Carter Divide, it was another week with The Rugby Championship at the center of the conversation. Ethan continues to become more aware of the current landscape of rugby, and not everything is good.

I confess that I am pretty excited for a chance to talk about some Americans again. Ethan selected Toulon (because of Samu Manoa) and the Cardiff Blues (because of Blaine Scully and Cam Dolan) as teams to follow. With talks about PRO12 expansion to North America, and rumors about Top 14 ambitions in America, it will be interesting to see which league grabs Ethan’s attention. We’ll be able to watch Toulon on Saturday.

Ethan continues to be more interested in rugby than, necessarily, American rugby. My hope is that rooting for some Eagles in Europe will be a way to get him to care more about America’s national teams.

Since we recorded, Juan Martin Hernandez looks like he will be able to play against New Zealand on September 10.

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