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A debate centered around whether a fast-rising player is a legitimate star or simply a journeyman on a hot streak. Named after a infielder, who became one of the hottest fantasy b
Nonsense catch phrase that began as part of the mailbag production and soon found its way into regular use and listener emails.
A discussion about pitchers moving in or out of closer roles.
A rumored alter ego for Jay, he helped answer emails in the 2008 football season as part of a Charles Schwab sponsorship deal. The voice of _________ continues to approve board wag
A term used to describe Jay or Nate when they insist on editing out Matthew's attempts at humor that cross the line.
Phrase used by Matthew and Nate (and sometimes listeners) anytime they promote ESPN or any Disney product. The phrase is followed by a SportsCenter music sound effect.
A very shallow fantasy league in which quality players are freely available. For instance, an 8-team league.
A save in which the reliever of record allowed multiple baserunners and/or earned runs.
Matthew and Nate's frequently-used method of self-acknowledgement. Performed when one points his own thumbs at himself and says '________________________________________” despite
A reference to the fantasyfocus@espnradio.com email address, which is almost always said twice in deference to the fact that listeners often complain they don't know how to send qu
Substitute podcast producer who earned a Sports Emmy for her work on audio elements of Ray of Hope. The Emmy is only the most visible evidence of her superiority over Pod Vader.
A phrase adopted by Matthew after he received numerous complaints about overusing 'very true.' Ironically, '_____________ ______________ ' is now used far more often than 'very tru
A player who is guilty of either greatly underperforming, or, more likely, is the lone person on a team to not perform in a big game. (e.g. if the Phillies have 18 hits and score 1
The name of the podcast softball team that challenged, but lost to, the Jonas Brothers, under shady circumstances. (Editor's note: Let it go, guys.) In this case, the name stands f
A Bill Simmons term used by Matthew to describe a player one drafts every year, despite the fact that said player disappoints year after year.
A once-great fantasy player who returns to relevance after a prolonged period of being completely worthless. For instance: Cliff Lee in 2008.
Title given to athletes, celebrities and sometimes ordinary people who have appeared on the podcast. Originally used to differentiate guests who chose the Fantasy Focus podcast ove
Fictional bar and grill owned by substitute podcast producer Frank W. Dale.
The capital of Canadian province Nova Scotia. In the early days of the Fantasy Focus podcast, an inordinate number of emails originated from Halifax, prompting Matthew to declare t
An elevated place from which one looks down on others. Any time Matthew feels that Nate is being condescending.
A fan of International Recording Superstar Eric Hutchinson.
After failing to qualify for the playoffs in the 2008 Football Man's League, Jay created and 'won' an alternate playoff bracket.
Any promo created by Jay Soderberg in an attempt to promote other ESPN products. It usually begins with 'Hey Kids!' and ends with 'Check it out!!!' with three exclamation points.
A very deep league. For example, a 13-team NL-only fantasy baseball league or a 16-team fantasy football league with an auction draft. Each year, the podcast sponsors an official L
ESPN.com programmer who was the long-time keeper of the board until he was relieved of his duties in 2011. A member of the ESPN.com softball team from which Matthew is excluded.
The 'Jersey Shore'-themed nickname given to Matthew.
In a 2008 column (and subsequently repeated on the podcast), Matthew controversially declared that Hathaway was the more attractive of the two Hollywood starlets. He has since reca
A nickname for Nate that refers to his propensity for skepticism, particularly about unheralded players suddenly performing.
Another nickname for Nate referring to his negativity.
DescriptionFantasy Focus Term
An alias for Nate which came from a local newspaper incorrectly printing his name in high school tennis box scores.
Photographic evidence of Matthew Berry's soap appearance.Neil the Jewelry Appraiser -- The character portrayed by Matthew in his soap opera debut on the Nov. 3, 2008 episode of 'On
Special edition of the podcast that occurs when Matthew is not present in the studio, but rather by phone. Can also refer to episodes in which both hosts are present but both could
The moniker applied to fans and followers (i.e. Twitter or Facebook) of Pod Vader.
Nickname for podcast producer Jay Soderberg that was born when he was placed in charge of all podcasts in the ESPN empire.
The phrase that both Matthew and Nate must yell in order for a bet to count on the season-long wager board.
The podcast nickname of the wife of Jay, a.k.a. Pod Vader.
The most famous Fantasy Focus podcast listener, who once guest hosted the podcast in Matthew's absence. Some have claimed this to be the actual benchmark for worst podcast ever.
Affectionate nickname given to Stephania Bell by Matthew and Nate after she became the darling of many other ESPN and non-ESPN media outlets.
The 'Jersey Shore'-themed nickname given to Stephania Bell. Later adapted to Stephon Baadknews for her appearance in EA Sports' Madden NFL 2011 video game.
The zip code for Bristol, Conn., where the podcasts are recorded and produced. Also a 'Beverly Hills 90210'-inspired nickname for the podcasts.
A complete listing of the wagers made between Matthew and Nate during the course of a baseball or football season.
Nickname given to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley by Nate for his ability to cut through opposing hitters.
Mysterious phenomenon where players who are touted by Stephania Bell and/or end up on her own fantasy teams are struck down by injury. Dun dun dun!
Pod Vader's boss.
A sound drop generated from the Dave Bush vs. Barry Zito wager, a.k.a. 'The War by the Shore' where Matthew -- accompanied by angels singing -- declares that 'Nate Ravitz is the gr
This edict states that the podcast hosts must discuss any injury, no matter how slight, that strikes a top-shelf player. Originates from a time early in the 2010 season when Philad
Nickname for Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward. In a sound drop, Matthew screams 'Unleash the Kraken!' followed by a thunderclap.
A 2007 episode recorded in Las Vegas that was never aired for reasons never made public.
A method of comparing a series of players. When faced with the choice of two players, each analyst declares whom he likes best. Each segment is preceded by a drop, usually composed
Another nickname for Nate, referring to his tendency to adopt the negative side of an argument.
'The' Stephania Bell -- Name for an actual bell kept in the studio that a listener gave to the podcast. It is used to celebrate Jay's repetitive use of words and phrases like 'tilt
Nickname for Matthew that began with his weekly fantasy columns in his pre-ESPN career.
Nickname for outfielder Xavier Nady, created by ESPN producer Ed Eck in 2008, based on Nady's knack for breaking tie scores in late-game at-bats.
A season-long controversy and debate about whether or not the Dave Bush/Barry Zito wager of May 12, 2008 was an official board wager or self-contained exception. The name, created
A person lacking conviction who backs away from challenges or agreements. Can be applied to many people, but Jesse 'The Body' Ventura famously declared Nate to be one.
ESPN executive famed for his vast knowledge and good judgment, with the odd exception of retaining Pod Vader as podcast producer.
An arguably redundant phrase often used to describe the non-fantasy conversation on the podcast.
 

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