Another Monday passed and another record-breaking segment occurred on The Crunch. The Crunch is a sports talk show hosted by Nikola Lapenna that focuses on the NFL, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, PGA Tour, and more.
Nick started off with the weekly round-up of NFL scores, while discussing some highlights and surprised concerning the previous week’s Football action. He then went on to discuss which teams had the best chance to win the NFC, citing the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles as the favorites but not discounting the Los Angeles Rams or Minnesota Vikings.
Nick then discussed the Toronto Maple Leafs recent losing skid, coughing up five of the six games played on the recent West Coast road trip. He then doubled down emphatically on the need to trade pending free agent winger James Van Reimsdyk (JVR). Nick then called on General Manager Lou Lamoreillo to adapt to the changes in the Leafs rebuilding plan and to expedite the process by making a blockbuster deal. Nick believed that a deal surrounding JVR, defense-man Jake Gardiner, and a high round draft pick for Drew Doughty or Dustin Byfuglien could be in the works, and hoped that the manager would pull the trigger.
Nick then invited on analyst Cameron Reeves to discuss the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers who are the supposed favorites in the NBA’s Eastern conference. After a 4-6 start, Cameron blamed the defense and lack of quality snipers on the team while Nick detailed that coach Tyron Lue had lost his way. Intense back and forth occurred debating Lebron James’ role in the skid, but both agreed that the Cavs will find their footing soon.
Nick then invited NASCAR insider Matthew Zurzolo to recap the Texas and Miami speedway races that occurred on the weekend. Matthew then provided insight into the upcoming playoff round including a prediction that Kyle Busch could be the one to beat heading into the finals. He also detailed a hot-take concerning all-time great racer Jimmy Johnson and pondered the idea that the star veteran may have lost his touch on the track.
Nick then finished the show with his exclusive segment “Top 5 No Debate”. After finishing 3-2 on his picks last week (bringing him to 16-4), Nick made his upcoming picks for the week, and proclaimed that if his success continued to 20-5 or better, he would open an exclusive consulting business tailored to NFL picks.