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Heat Check

On Heat Check, we discuss topics of interest and share our opinions on sports, lifestyle, and current events. We have regular contributors and special guests, but mainstays Abhishek Goel and Aron Jaffe host the discussion.

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8. 2019 Movies, Champions League

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, Logan Rakes, Will Whitehurst, Brandon LaRocco, Bryce Whitney, and Aron Jaffe talk about the most highly anticipated movies coming out in 2019 (0:39), from Avengers: Endgame to Toy Story 4 to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and everything in between. We then discuss the 2019 Champions League final four (35:31) and look at the matchups while giving our takes for who is most likely to win the final in Madrid.

1hr

30 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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5. March Madness 2019 Preview

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, and Dylan Wolfson examine the NCAA College Basketball Division 1 Tournament bracket, discuss the field, and make our picks. We tackle many intriguing questions like Duke or not Duke, who our favorite upset picks are, and who we are rooting for in the tournament.

1hr 6mins

20 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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7. NBA, NHL Playoff Preview

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, Dylan Wolfson, and Brandon LaRocco talk about the NHL playoffs (mainly pertaining to the Washington Capitals) and the entire NBA playoffs field (13:53), looking in at each matchup and giving our thoughts about the biggest factors to look out for during the series, as well as our picks for who can win a championship.

1hr 9mins

15 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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6. Final Four, W & M Tribe Basketball

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, and Dylan Wolfson preview the Final Four and talk about the teams and their odds of winning the championship. We also talk about William & Mary’s Basketball program and their recent head coaching hire Dane Fischer, and the Tribe’s chances of making the tournament next year.

48mins

6 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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4. Ruh's Q's, NBA Season

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, Dylan Wolfson, Brandon LaRocco, Ethan Ruh, Ethan Dewald, and Daniel Costantino join to talk about extremely hypothetical questions posed by Ethan Ruh (0:38) and then discuss the NBA season so far, from our early MVP picks to separating the contenders from the pretenders in the East and the West (22:47).

1hr 2mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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3. SB53 Preview Pats v. Rams

Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, Brandon LaRocco, Bryce Whitney, and Ethan Stevenson break down the upcoming Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta this Sunday, taking a look at the matchups, the head coaching battle, and things we’re looking forward to seeing.

50mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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16. Coronavirus II, Quarantine, and Going Forward

Abhishek Goel, Aron Jaffe, Brandon LaRocco, Dylan Wolfson, Joey Bohley, and Ethan Ruh virtually get together to talk about the Coronavirus pandemic and the state of the country, including what this means for the fall 2020 semester (0:49). We also explore the potential impact of COVID-19 on college athletic programs, especially if the football season were to be cancelled. We also discuss quarantine life and talk about the shows we are watching (28:13), including The Clone Wars (up to S7E10) which is streaming on Disney+. We then talk about the recent anti-lockdown protests around the country (36:46), before covering our changing and uncertain summer plans (41:12).

47mins

4 May 2020

Rank #7

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15. Coronavirus, College Basketball

Abhishek Goel, Dylan Wolfson, Aron Jaffe, and Brandon LaRocco get together to talk about how the global pandemic COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is affecting the world, the US, and the William & Mary community. Next, we talk about the college basketball landscape, focusing first on William & Mary Men’s Basketball before the CAA tournament, and then the wider D1 college basketball scene before March Madness. (Note: Episode 15 was recorded on March 6th, notably before the CAA tournament occurred and before the NCAA tournament was cancelled; it was also before COVID-19 became a pandemic and a national emergency was declared in the US. We hope you enjoy this episode with this in mind!)

56mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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14. Kobe Bryant’s passing, NBA Season

We start off (0:27) by paying our condolences and celebrating the life of Kobe Bean Bryant (1978-2020), who tragically passed away after a helicopter crash. After a moment of silence (16:28), we look at the NBA (17:21) and how the season is going so far with the All Star Break approaching soon, and make our picks for the Finals.

47mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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13. W&M MBB Head Coach Dane Fischer

William & Mary Tribe Men’s Basketball Head Coach Dane Fischer joins Abhishek Goel, Joey Bohley, Dylan Wolfson, and Brandon LaRocco to discuss the upcoming season for MBB and how the team is shaping up this year. Fischer was asked about a lot of topics, including the recent win on the road against Wofford to move to 3-0, the Nathan Knight - Andy Van Vliet front court, the transition from assistant to head coach, and the prospects of leading the Tribe to the NCAA tournament in March.

22mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #10