Had the chance to host the Jim Rome Show. He was off for the Veteran’s Day holiday, so I also fill-in for his CBS Sports Radio minutes. They run across the network at the bottom of the hours. Here’s my thoughts on the Fins mess, sloppy football and the Braves new digs.
This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute… No matter where you fall on the Ingognito/Martin argument, one thing is clear: The Dolphins brass looks like clowns. In a league stripped down b/c of parity, injuries, and lack of depth – blowing a 2nd round pick is tantamount to disaster. Esp. if it could’ve been avoided. Miami’s Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin want to tell you they had no idea this was coming. Well, if the situation between two players is so toxic that a 2nd round pick is willing to just up and leave, maybe you should’ve been aware. Its not like Martin was a 7th round flyer or an undrafted FA. You spend millions of dollars souting, drafting and develpng draft picks. You need help on the offensive line. Then a 2nd rd draft pick in his 2nd year walks away? Try to keep an eye out for these things Dolphins brass. Its kinda important. I’m D.A
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This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute. So when is separation Sunday? Because the entire NFL looks pretty bad to me. Just look at some of the division leaders yesterday. The Bengals trailed 17-0 before needing a lucky Hail Mary to force OT. The Colts go smashed by Kellen Clemens and the Rams by 30. At home. The Broncos led by 3 TDs but had to hang on to beat the Chargers. The defending NFC Champion Niners managed 3 FGs at home in a loss to the Panthers. And Don’t even ask about the Cowboys. Hey Dallas – there goes Darren Sproles. He’s now halfway to Biloxie. Injuries have taken their toll across the league. Depth is an issue everywhere with the hard salary cap. Maybe the CBA’s limits on practice time is affecting the quality of play way more than we think. Whatever it is: football is still king. But the football is fit for the peasants. Im D.A.
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This is Damon Amendolara with a CBS Sports Minute. Interesting turn of events in Atlanta. The Braves shocked many by announcing they were moving out to the suburbs in Cobb County with a new stadium in 2017. Ah, that Grand Old Lady Turner Field. She’ll turn an ancient 20 years old in three years. But you know stadiums these days – they need a renovation every 10 years. Wait they do? This is a bad look for all of us taxpayers and sports fans that will be asked to pick up the tab on new facilities. If the precedent is set for teams to get new digs every 15-20 years we’re all in trouble. Sorry you cant see the 3-D video board from the bathroom! Need a new stadium. Every seat isn’t equipped with an Ipad! Need a new ballpark. The moving walkway between the grassfed hot dog cart and the Itlaian marble urinals isn’t fast enough! New arena! If this can be justified… we are royally screwed. Im D.A.
In the summer of ’11, Boston’s 98.5 the Sports Hub held its own in-house rap battle. Few may realize how much on-mic swag I have. The questions were quickly erased. Here’s my 1-2-3 punch, a perfect run through the gauntlet for the title. Took on Felger & Mazz’s producer James Stewart, Fred Toucher and then WEEI. Went with rap superstars, Jay-Z, Biggie & Ludacris for my beats. Enjoy.
Alex Rodriguez has been put on this Earth to challenge all sports fans to ask: How much can you despise a guy who never actually committed a crime? Sure, steroids are against the law… but that’s not really why people hate steroid users.
It’s easy to find the morality mountain to throw eggs at guys that get arrested, use racial slurs, beat their wives. But A-Rod’s just a completely self-absorbed, self-indulgent, insincere, lying dope.
And now we find out he NARC’d on other players when he was nailed for BioGenesis. Well, that’s the Golden Sombrero of popularity isn’t it?! Fans cant stand him. Fans want him to go away. Fans resent him.
And now there’s another log on the fire of fury. But it’s all just so A-Rod isn’t it? Im going down? Im bringing you with me. A-Rod: Hating him just keeps getting easier.
There’s magic brewing in Kansas City. For the first time in a decade, the Royals are giving long suffering fans a reason to watch down the stretch. I landed in KC to work at 610 Sports in September of ’03, just as the Royals were fading after a thrilling summer run under Tony Pena. I saw firsthand just what type of excitement there could be if the Royals… gasp!… could actually make it to October.
This season, the Pirates are another amazing story, but compared to the Royals the Bucs are recent winners. Pittsburgh last made the playoffs in ’92. The Royals last played in a postseason game 7 years BEFORE that. But there’s a shadow hovering over KC’s surge. Wil Myers. The sweet-swinging rookie is hitting .326 with nine doubles, nine homers, 37 RBI in just 47 games played.
And he could win the AL Rookie of the Year award with just 90 games played. He’s that good. And the Royals traded him to Tampa in the offseason. KC isn’t where it is without netting James Shield in that deal.
But for as fun as ’13 is… Royals fans keep wondering if it would’ve been more fun to have Myers around for the next 10 years.
Here’s why Derek Jeter is in a class to himself. People are SURPRISED SI swimsuit model Hannah Davis may have gotten him to pop the question. The gossip sites are crowing, how is it possible Jeter has been falling over a woman so hard he would actually propose!?
Well, she’s a SI Swimsuit model. She’s gorgeous. She’s 23. Seems like a good buy if you’re Jeter. For any of us slugs, if this chick asked us to clean the um off her $3,000 heels our buddies would build statues to us. But for Jeter? Man, how did she land him?!
There’s nothing official. Jewelers in NY are saying they sold him a huge rock. Tabloids are reporting they’re engaged. But when you’re resume includes Jessica Alba, Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johanssen and other HOF hotties, you live in rarified air. She got Jeter to propose?! Yeah, don’t know how a 23-year old smoking hot swimsuit model pulled that one off.
The field was set in the ’13 Weinership Sudden Dog Overtime. Vegas had set the odds:
Schwartz – 2:1
Mraz – 3:1
Kenny Brock – 7:1
Schwartz was the favorite b/c he finished 7 dogs without even laboring. He didn’t eat for the final 3 minutes. What could he do if he pushed himself?
Mraz was a strong contender. He reps Chubbo Nation Inc. and will not eat all day. He once ate a 76 oz. steak & completed 28 of 30 sliders in a White Castle crave case.
Kenny had gained entry b/c he was on vacation last week. But he’s an unknown. He talked a lot of smack, and was riding high on his family beer pong title from last weekend. But out-eating Schwartz & Mraz is a different beast.
It was unlike anything we had ever seen on the Mothership. Who walked away with the trophy? Check it out for yourself.
The July 4th weekend has passed, meaning the countdown is officially on for the start of NFL training camps. Never too early to start looking into the crystal ball and dole out some predictions. And Vegas is always good for this type of thing. The odds are out for the ’13 rushing champion, and while the names are familiar the outcome isn’t so predictable.
Adrian Peterson +225
Far and away the favorite, especially considering he says he was on the verge of breaking the all-time single season record… and played the first month at less than 100%. Christian Ponder still doesn’t have the capability of truly airing it out, but he does have more weapons. You have to make AP the odds on favorite. The offense has better outside targets, and he’ll be 100% all season.
Arian Foster +700
Who knows with Foster after he suffered an injury in mini-camp. The Texans say don’t worry. He says don’t worry. But when you get shut down for all of the summer, there’s always a little worry.
Marshawn Lynch +700
The key here is the emergence of Percy Harvin and development of Russell Wilsom. If they become a scary aerial duo, Lynch will have a ton of room to run. If not, it’ll be easy for defenses to lock down on the ground game.
Chris Johnson +1200
I’m not buying on the Titans this year, and I think the era of CJ going crazy on the ground is over.
Alfred Morris +800
Sneaky darkhorse here. If RG3′s ACL prevents him from ever being quite as good as he was last year, there might be A LOT of touches for Morris in Mike Shanahan’s ground-heavy attack.
Jamaal Charles +800
Andy Reid’s in town. Charles will never get enough touches to win the crown.
Steven Jackson +1400
The Falcons wanna use him, but he’s too old to sustain the pounding all season at his age and win the title.
Ray Rice +1800
Joe Flacco became a star last postseason, so there’s no way Rice gets enough carries to win this.
Trent Richardson +1500
Another darkhorse. I know the Browns want to get Brandon Weeden up to speed, but there’s serious questions about whether he’s the guy. Meaning T-Rich becomes the workhorse once again in the offense.
It may be only July, but it’s never too early to break down the upcoming season.
Day 2 sliding in for Jim, another cool show. We chatted with Hawks guard Shelvin Mack about his former head coach Brad Stevens. Shelvin thinks his old Butler coach will have success in the NBA as long as “he treats everyone the same, but speaks to them differently.”
Also had on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, who spoke about the draw of the desert for hockey players now that the ownership is stabilized. He also rakes in batting practice for the Diamondbacks after a prolific softball career back in the day.
And former Knicks guard John Starks on Danny Green going ice cold in Game 7 of the Finals like he did, LeBron vs. Jordan, and just how grueling those Knicks/Bulls series used to be.
Listen to all three hours of the show here:
Plus, why A-Rod is the gift that keeps on giving, and why Dwight Howard needs to end this national nightmare.
Brad Stevens gets the C’s gig, but does he stand a chance in a league and city with little patience for losing? Roddy White is pissed about the hire, but does anyone care about his opinion?
Ahmad Brooks needs a DD in armor. Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports drops by, Joey Chestnut gets all the high-end condiments he wants, and Chris Davis deals with the ‘roids question.
Listen to all three hours of the show here:
Back at it on Friday, July 5th. Drop on by the Jim Rome Show, 12p-3p EST/9a-12p PST. Check the post below for a complete list of stations you can listen on. Scheduled to be joined by John Starks, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith on staying the desert, and Shelvin Mack of the Hawks on how his old coach at Butler will do in Boston.
For those of you that catch my show across the CBS Sports Radio Network, most of those stations carry Jim’s show as well. You can check the radio station index for your city here:
For Thursday’s show, we’ll ask whether Brad Stevens can win with the Celtics, and what it means for the college hoops landscape.
Police say Aaron Hernandez had a “flop house” apartment where he stored things like ammo. Yeah, this continues to look great for him.
The Rangers add Man Ram to a minor league deal, will it amount to anything for either side? How can we possibly assume Manny will be able to pass a PED test at this point?
Dwight Howard sounds like he wants to decide by Friday, but can we believe anything he says about being decisive? And is it a surefire lock he’s leaving LA?
Scheduled to be joined by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports on the relationship between Urban Meyer and Aaron Hernandez, and Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith on the franchise finally getting the green light to settle in the desert.
When Jonathan Papelbon calls the possibility of Yasiel Puig in the All-Star Game an “absolute joke,” it would be nice if it was just another boorish, obnoxious, ill-timed Pap-ism. Unfortunately, it’s more than that. It’s indicative of a wave of MLB thinking, the dinosaur reasoning of, “Well, we’ve done it this way forever. So we shouldn’t change it.”
“It’s just really what happens in baseball when … to me it really does an injustice to the veteran players that have been in the game for eight-, nine-, 10-plus years. It kind of does them an injustice because they’ve worked so hard to stay there.”
Yeah, because that’s a good reason. Because the mid-summer classic should simply be a parade of veteran grinders who have worked to keep roster spots.
“It’s just really what happens in baseball…” – which could be interpreted simply as an inarticulate Pap, except that I keep hearing the same type of rationale from other critics on Puig. And it sounds a whole lot like the explanation about so many other baseball ideas. Instead of asking whether MLB needs to legitimately force a pitch clock, or change World Series start times, or properly market its stars, or free up its draconian video sharing restrictions, we should just realize “it’s just what happens in baseball” and go about our day.
If the All-Star Game counts, then how does the most torrid hitter in the NL not make the roster? If it’s a platform to sell the game, then how does one of the best stories in the league not play?
Bud Selig has helped push the league into the new millennium with wild cards, interleague, and video replay. Unfortunately there’s still instances where the game falls back on stuck-in-the-past thinking. And they wonder how MLB has lost its grip on the country.
Only in the NBA. The Rockets go to great lengths to woo Dwight Howard. They send a team of international super agents to talk with him at midnight of free agency. Houston brings in the big guns: three Hall of Famers (Hakeem, Drexler, McHale). And Howard wants to know whether they can sign another max deal other than his.
Too good. It’s like working on a girl for all four years in high school. Then setting up a dinner at a fancy place to ask her to the prom. After paying for her meal, and telling her you’ll get a limo, she wants to know if you’ll buy booze for her friends.
Senior NBA writer for Sports Illustrated Ian Thomsen told me he thinks it’s a huge mistake for Howard to leave the Lakers. We all know NBA teams are in a bad situation. History tells us you need a super star, a Hall of Famer (or a couple of them) to win the title. So with CP3 re-siging in LA, the only one of those this year is Howard. And there’s only a handful of them anyway, so you disgrace yourself to try and please them (Miami’s laser light show anyone?).
But imagine sitting down with Howard, who proved he can be a petulant brat back in Orlando. You show him James Harden and a pretty good nucleus of players. You bring in three Hall of Famers. And he asks, “Well, can you sign another superstar alongside me?” The tuna tar tar doesn’t go down so smoothly after that.
”Uh… we’re just trying to get ready for the season like everyone else. (sniff) … Trying to get better everyday. (clears throat) … We only talk about players on the roster. (snorts then swallows).”
Just cutting Hernandez doesn’t quite fix everything in Patriots Land. As more information starts to surface, and anecdotes, pictures, and ex-teammates speak, the Pats will fall under a harsh microscope: How much did they know about Hernandez’s lifestyle?
Not that you can ever predict one of your players is gonna start playing Goodfellas with his homeboys, but when Matt Light says he “never believed in anything Hernandez stood for” it’s just cryptic enough to wonder what they all knew about him.
Unfortunately for Bill and the Pats, this thing isn’t going away any time soon.
NFL Draft week is here. The entire Mothership Crew will be headed down to Radio City Music Hall for a first hand account. We’ve analyzed it all here on the show over the past few weeks. You can listen to all the podcasts: Can the Chiefs find a trade partner to get out of that first pick overall? How much concern should execs have over leadership flaws with USC QB Matt Barkley? Why are quarterbacks from elite college programs not getting it done at the next level?
There’s also a number of entertaining prop bets about the NFL draft. Hey, even if your team usually takes enormous busts, or needs a QB and there’s none on the board for you, you can keep the action going. I’m guessing Mraz and Cousin Kenny will be laying some dinero on this on the other side of the glass this week. You know their slogan: “Putting your bet on sports! All day, every day.”
Here’s my favorite picks:
How many WR’s will be selected in the 1st Rd?
Over 3 (-140)
Under 3 (EVEN)
Will the Eagles trade the 4th pick overall?
Yes +170 (17/10)
No -250 (2/5)
Draft Position – Geno Smith
Draft Position – Tavon Austin
2013 NFL Draft – Draft Position – Manti Te’o
Draft Position – Tyrann Mathieu
Mraz took the White Castle Challenge. Could he finish the Crave Case of 30 sliders and 20 chicken rings? Here’s video of our halftime interview. This was the dinner he asked us to buy him for winning Mid-Major Mothership. There’s also a photo gallery if you dare of the carnage.
The events of last week were difficult on just about everyone. And that’s no different for us on the Mothership. We had a night last Monday, where the phones were open to just process, vent and work through the bombings. The following night we looked into the security measures sports organizers would have to take in the wake of the explosions. And on Friday morning we were on the air as the manhunt unfolded in Boston, speaking to one of the Watertown residents locked in their house.
Here’s how it sounded on the show:
Callers from across the nation send their thoughts to Boston and express their emotions:
Legal analyst and Boston trail lawyer Alan Fanger discusses the upcoming changes in sports security:
Sean Thorpe was trapped in his hose in Watertown on lockdown during the manhunt, he joined us during the wild scene:
Not only did Mraz don a generic Texans jersey to finish things off, the Giants actually stepped forward and delivered him a clean authentic one to class up his wardrobe.
The criticisms of Geno Smith continue to rain down. Smith may be one of the most over critiqued draft prospects in recent memory. A lot of the over analyzing stems from the JaMarcus Russell Effect. The other portion comes from some of the scouts and people who are unwilling to change the ways they view what an NFL quarterback should be. The league is rapidly changing and some of the dinosaurs in the game refuse to acknowledge this and evaluate talent based upon the way the league used to be.
Legends SportsBook was busted in a multi-billion dollar gambling ring recently. Check out the names of the people that went down in this ring. It sounds like a rap sheet from a season of The Sopranos.
Friday at approximately 5:40 a.m EST., it’s #TargetDemo Friday. We keep quite the odd hours sp we like to dedicate this segment to you the listeners, Facebookers and Tweeters so that you can let us know what you’re doing. We have the most wide-ranging demographic and we love every last one of you guys.
Today’s Epic Fail came by way of Springfield, Ore. Casey from Springfield called up and was trying to defend Chip Kelly in the NFL. He did a terrible job and he was some different kind of crazy. We throw the old hook, line and sinker and he bites like that 1,000-pound shark those college baseball guys on spring break caught the other day. This guy is a little too jazzed about his Ducks.
Kobe Bryant dropped a cool 47 points in Portland on the Trail Blazers (the most points scored in the Rose Garden). It was throwback night in Portland as Kobe dominated from start to finish, was perfect at the free-throw line and had eight rebounds, five dimes, four blocks and three steals. He’s transformed from egomaniacal, team-busting brat to the old guy who still has some magic up his sleeve.
Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel are two of the hottest names going right now in the draft, and NFL coaches are seeking out Nick Saban on how to stop the spread offense. With the infusion of Chip Kelly into the NFL, RG III’s success along with Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, coaches know they have to get ahead of this freight train bearing down on them. That’s what will make Manual the draft’s quickest riser at QB.
At the Jordan Classic last week, USA Today asked high school players if they could take Michael Jordan 1-on-1. The responses makes you think they have no idea of he game MJ had and why he’s arguably the greatest of all time. Here’s a little look at a few snippets of their thoughts. “Well, I’m feeling a little generous today, so I think he’d get his five points.” -Matt Jones (committed to Duke). Ah, the arrogance of youth. This isn’t the Wizards Jordan we’re talking about guys!
Epic Fail was “Lady’s Night” (2-for-1 specials on tap). You’ll remember Sam from Houston last night who thought Schwartzo is sexy. There was almost a Mothership Cat Fight when Foxy from Ontario called up and wanted to bash Sam. Then turned into Foxy talking about her life accomplishments winning radio contests. There’s a whole lot of patting herself on the back going on. It’s a train wreck that we couldn’t steer clear of.
The UConn women win another National Championship, but the real question is, can Skylar Diggins, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner become crossover athletes to the male demographic? They can all ball and Diggins and Delle Donne have the looks to go with it. They’ll have endorsers looking to expand their brand. Could they set a new trend upwards for the WNBA and possibly open up some new market avenues? I think so.
JaMarcus Russell is apparently serious about making a comeback to the NFL after being on hiatus since the 2009 season. Not only is he serious, but some NFL scouts believe he will get a second shot after basically eating himself out of the league. Russell was the No. 1 overall pick and needless to say, he didn’t understand the ramifications of the Oakland Raiders committing an enormous amount of money to him and what that entailed on his behalf. I would stay the hell away from J-Russ.
The New York Knicks, on the back of Carmelo Anthony’s 36 points, have won a division title for the first time since 1993. Can the Knicks be legitimate contenders? Melo is the X-factor. No one else in the East has someone as dangerous as him. They can win a few games, but can’t beat Miami in a series.
The show was almost derailed when Sensual Sam from Houston called up. Sam’s interaction started out harmlessly by ripping on Mraz for his disgusting jersey collection, the stains, the smells, etc. Then she proceeded to profess her love for the Schwartzo (basically because she loves his updates and thinks he has a sexy voice). Yes, this is the Mothership.
What a tremendous NCAA National Championship last night. From start to finish the intensity level was exactly what you would have asked for in a game of that magnitude. From Spike Albrecht’s ice cold first half for Michigan to Luke Hancock’s monster run at the end of the first half to get Louisville back in the game after trailing by double digits for most of the half. The game-changing play though, Trey Burke’s block of Peyton Siva that was called a foul. Obviously you never know what’s going to happen, but it looked like the Wolverines were about to get the “big mo” on their side and make a run.
The combination of atrocious quarterbacks between the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills is enough to make your skin crawl. We run down the list from Charlie Frye to J.P Losman to Kelly Holcomb (played for both). It’s not been a pretty scene for either franchise since Bernie Kosar or Jim Kelly respectively retired almost 20 years ago.
The Houston Astros had/have some of the lowest expectations nationally for this season. A week in and it’s gotten worse. Bo Porter told the media after last night’s game to ask outfielder J.D. Martinez why he was pulled from the game. The reason you ask? Because he swung at a first pitch after it was reiterated to the team to try and draw walks and take pitches. Is this the Bad News Bears? What the heck is going on in Houston? Oh, also, we set the number of times the Astros will be nearly no-hit this season at 2.5.
One of the show’s regular callers, Marcus from Detroit, smelled something funny with last night’s game. So he sniffed for about 27 seconds on the show. No, I’m not kidding, so you can’t not replay a caller with constantly sniffing on the show. “Something didn’t smell so good” is tonight’s Epic Fail.
The Clippers sweep the regular-season series from the Lakers, clinching the Pacific Division and assuring a playoff spot. How dangerous of a team are the Clippers? What kind of damage can they do in the playoffs?
Also, the New York Knicks went into Oklahoma City and gave the Thunder a taste of their own medicine. The Knicks are playing with confidence right now that most wouldn’t have expected with Carmelo Anthony’s lingering injuries and some other key veterans going down. But the support group for the Knicks has stepped up and pushed them into the 2-seed in the Eastern Conference as they are playing their best ball of the year.
The Final Four produced some great drama on Saturday night, which I was present for (his first Final Four). Very cool atmosphere with the fan bases descending upon one city for the weekend, rocking their colors proudly and ready for a great night of ball. The dull roar that is constantly echoing throughout the building is a must-do for you bucket-listers. Can Louisville’s high energy defense shut down AP Player of the Year Trey Burke and the rest of the Wolverines?
The “Epic Fail” of the night comes to us from Calvin in St. Petersburg, Fla. Calvin didn’t appreciate the great atmosphere at the Georgia Dome or the fact that games like that are played in arenas of such size. Our pal believes that the games would be better served if they were played at Mercer College. Yeah, that’s right.
Rutgers: Doesn’t surprise me that some players would come out in support. Some players/people respond to those kinds of motivation. But when 5 players transfer in a calendar year, that’s almost half the roster. So it’s not working more than it is. And it’s also not the representation the university wants. So what are ya gonna do?
Auburn: Chizik dismisses allegations. From the “Dept. of You’re Kidding Me.” What else is he going to say. But Auburn gave him exactly 2 years after winning a title before they gave him the zig. So you tell me whether they were all that patient with the accusations.
Pac-12 head of officiating resigns: Ed Rush “coordinator of officials”. Rush resigned following comments during internal meetings before the league tournament that appeared to target Arizona’s Sean Miller, including perceived accusations that he placed a bounty on the Wildcats coach. All about perception. Just a joke. An investigation done by the Pac-12′s head of enforcement, Ron Barker, found that every official interviewed confirmed “nobody thought they were getting a reward,” But Rush couldn’t survive the constant swarm of criticism from fans and media this week once the comments became public in a CBSSports.com report.
NCAA Prez Mark Emmert gets killed at Final Four: Emmert took various levels of shots at national reporters, saving his choicest barbs for CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, who has written previously calling for Emmert’s job. In the middle of responding to a question from Dodd about whether Emmert feels like a lightning rod for criticism of the NCAA, Emmert interjected “By the way, thanks for the career advice. [I] kept my job anyway.” Oddly, that retort was edited out of the official transcript released afterward. You think this might be a little snippet into why no one trusts college athletics?
Miami calls NCAA investigation corrupt: So you have corruption calling out corruption? I mean, we know Nevin Shapiro’s hooker yachts were surreal. But now we’re into the theater of the absurd.
Rutgers: Let’s be frank, Eric Murdock is no saint here. Asking for $1M? Nice. But Rutgers clearly didn’t want to make waves with move to B1G. Again, the college scandals are becoming more interesting than the games. Boy wonder how that happens when you combine huge $$$ with education.
Auburn: It’s funny to me that people would debate whether this stuff is outrageous. Grade-changing? Greasing palms for recruiting visits? Enticing players to stay and not enter the draft? I believe all of it because these are run of the mill stories in big time college athletics. Now maybe the kids were lying. Maybe they got scared once they saw the fallout from their school. But this isn’t that surprising.
Ravens: There seems to be a lot of truth in the fact there was a rift between Harbaugh and these vets. I find it amazing that they could win a SB like that. Harbaugh seems very even handed and reasonable compared to his brother. But if he can rub these guys the wrong way, maybe I’m wrong. Personal problems should never get in the way of business.
Cuban: He might talk about drafting Griner, but I highly doubt his basketball people would ever let him waste a draft pick (when you only get two) on her. She also would never actually play in the NBA. She knows it wouldn’t work. The women’s game has been transformed over the last decade, but this would merely be a PR stunt.
T.O. 39 y/o. Working out with Brady, I mean let’s give this a rest. Pats work out everybody. But this is a joke. He hasn’t had a job since ’10. Go away T.O.
Rutgers has to fire Mike Rice soon. This disaster is too much for him to survive. The problem is when RU finally gives him the zig, it’ll only be because of public pressure. In December it wasn’t a fireable offense. Today it is only because of the outcry.
No one looks good coming out of this. Eric Murdock was quoted in December as saying more would be coming out later. Guess what? Yeah, he had the tapes. He was angry at the way he was fired, and used this as leverage. Where exactly is the concern for the athletes? Seemed like no one at RU actually cared.
Could the players have retaliated? Come on. What are they supposed to do? Take a swing at their head coach? Five players transferred in the last year. That says it all. Tim Pernetti never asked why all these players were leaving? No assistants said anything? The school holds their future playing time, scholarship and more in its hands. Players can’t do much except leave – which they did in droves.
Opening Day in the MLB. Forget the Sox and Yanks. That game had almost no juice nationally. This isn’t ’03 anymore. Now the stories are the Nats (Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg put on a clinic), the Angels absurd lineup, and the Dodgers going glitz in LA-LA vs. the Giants.
Kevin Baxter of the LA Times drops by to discuss the Hollywood Opening Day at Chavez. Magic Johnson, Orel Hershiser, Don Mattingly and Sandy Koufax laying it on THICK. Kevin also was down at Estadio Azteca last week for the USA vs Mexico World Cup Qualifier, and why Landon and Juergen are not on the same page.
Mid-Major Mothership bet, dinner for the winner. Never in our wildest dreams did we believe Mraz would win.Now we’re stuck footing the bill for his chowdown. The callers/facebookers/twitterers weigh in. It’s outstanding.
Epic Fail is Sam in Cleveland. Not pleased with my apparent bashing of Cleveland. Sam had the potential to be another Pain Killer Pat, so there’s some of P.K.P. sprinkled into today’s Epic Fail.
Final Four is set. Got a nice field. Wichita State takes Ohio State to the woodshed, Syracuse dismantled Marquette like it was a DII warm up game, Michigan’s unreal comeback Friday night and shellacking of Florida on Sunday and Louisville’s game Sunday which is impossible to put into words.
Mraz had quite the day of eating for Easter Sunday. It’s not pretty, they’re are pictures on the Facebook page. It’s quite obscene actually. But he was only full for a few hours. Wait until you hear his rationale behind smashing so much food – and then topping it off with a slice of pizza in studio.
Eric Prisbell of the USA Today joins us to run through all the happenings of this weekend in the Sweet 16/Elite 8. How are the dynamics of college hoops different now with the rise of mid-majors like Wichita State.
Our Epic Fail is Mike from New Castle, Delaware who recklessly defended the Tony Romo contract. But what would happen if Romo and the Cowboys went 5-11 this year. He jumped shipped rather quickly.
Night One of the Sweet 16 match ups is in the books. There was only one close game from the night, with Ohio State hitting another GW 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left on the clock vs Arizona. The cardiac Buckeyes do it for the second straight game. There’s a talent to pulling out games late. SU looked quite crisp in a route of the Indiana Hooisers tonight. Marquette handles Miami, the Eagles will know the SU zone well.
Brandon Triche of the victorious ‘Cuse took some time out after the win to join us. Everything changed for this team when Jim Boeheim challenged them before the Big East Tourney.
Doug Gottlieb of the CBS Sports Radio Network (3-6pm EST) hopped on with us after Doug’s tournament coverage to talk about the four games that went down. Who’s the better March coach: K or Izzo?
Wanna relive Pain Killer Pat from Arizona? Today was the one week anniversary since his call, and we wanted to pay tribute to someone who was so nutso. We took a “Best Of Pain Killer Pat” and replayed it. There has never been – and may never be – anyone who tops his quota of crazy.
The Bruins thought they had traded for Jerome Iginla, but the Penguins swoop in. Huge coup for the Pens, and if it was Iggy who was the tie-breaking vote b/c he wants to win a Cup, you can’t really blame him.
The Miami Heat’s winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Chicago Bulls. This works out well for the Heat. They have time to rest, but also now the experience of having the target on their back each night just a month until the NBA playoffs.
FGCU is dancing into the Sweet 16. My former colleague and play-by-play man for FGCU hoops team Dave Moulton dropped by and discussed how they recruit. The basketball players dorms over look the beach. Oh my.
The Epic Fail was Eddie from Boston. He was blasted. He claims I made him drink. Now I’m a lot of things, but I’m no peer pressurer!
Dwight Howard’s beef with David Lee. “I will remember” is Dwight’s quote about possible revenge against DLee. Is Dwight an enforcer? I don’t see it. Empty threat.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports joins is to discuss the Yankees off season moves, including Vernon Wells and his ridiculous contract. The guys also talked about the Panda Bear – Pablo Sandoval and the Giants possible concerns with his weight issues, should the Red Sox keep Jackie Bradley Jr. on the Opening Day roster, and the urinal gaming decision put in by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Florida Gulf Coast University has swept the nation with their run into the Sweet 16 as the 15 seed. There is a rap that has come to the surface, actually has over 500,000 views on YouTube, its a parody song on Tyga’s – Rack City titled “Dunk City”. FGCU had to issue an apology from their pep rally which was televised by another four letter network because of profanity’s that were belted out by the student section. The apology is “SO Florida”.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat just keep on keepin’ on. 27 straight wins. LeBron messed around and was one rebound shy of a triple double as the Heat took the Orlando Magic to the woodshed. The only Achilles Heel is Miami’s rebounding. Last in the league. Can the Pacers take advantage if they matchup in the ECF? They’d be the only ones in the East.
Bart Hubbach, NFL Writer for the New York Post, discussed possible collusion in the NFL. It’s a weird offseason when Dwight Freeney and Victor Cruz still don’t have resolutions. Interesting theories abound, and Bart makes you scratch your head about why it’s happening.
The Epic Fail, is of course, Mraz related. Darryl in Texas called up the show and tried to vehemently defend Mraz and his jerseys. It did not help the cause. Plus, the CBS Sports Radio Network Morning Show (TBD in the AM) – Dana Jacobson and Brandon Tierney – hopped on a few minutes early to get their comments in about the now infamous Harlem Shake clip. One of the funniest segments we have had yet to date on the show.
The first weekend of the NCAA tourney taught us a few things: Never trust Gonzaga. Ever again. Ohio State moves on thanks to the late-game heroics of Aaron Craft, the guy always seems to make the right play at the right time. FGCU is the most improbable 15-seed to ever dance for two wins. I was the sideline reporter a lifetime ago in Ft. Myers, FL for Eagles broadcasts when they were D-2. In ’02 in front of 170 fans, never would’ve thought they’d be in the Sweet 16 a decade later.
Pete Thamel of SI drops by to discuss the juiciest matchup of Sweet 16 weekend (Michigan State-Duke). He also analyzes if we could’ve ever seen the FGCU freight train coming, and how Ben Howland got the zig in UCLA.
Producer Mraz is wearing the worst disaster of the 30-in-30: Rueben Droughns. It truly defies logic that he purchased this uniform. And worst of all, it cost him $70. We absolutely obliterated him. Schwartz called it a disgrace.
The Epic Fail was in the books pretty early tonight. Psycho Jeff, Joker Jeff, Jeff the Jamoke. Jeff from Baltimore made ridiculous after ridiculous comments about the Joe Flacco deal. This was a hook, line, and sinker – nabbed us a marlin.
(14) Harvard pulls off a massive upset, (3) New Mexico goes down. UNM coach Steve Alford signed a restructured, lucrative 10-year deal earlier this week, is now 5-7 in the NCAA tournament and has never reached the second weekend. He’s also lost as coach of No. 3 Iowa to Northwestern State in 2006. Tommy Ammaker has built a nice Ivy League program. 1st two trips to the dance since ’46. UNM had beef down low but NO guard production. They won the regular season and conf. tourneys. That’s bad. You know Harvard is legit b/c The team lost its two co-captains before the season began because of an academic scandal that involved more than 100 students.
How about the finish in the Marquette game and the Memphis games? Both survive. The (6) Tigers got no respect from the committee, and seemed to be cruising over (11) St. Marys. Then Dellavadova missed the three at the buzzer. But the bank 3, and then the turnover was crazy. Marquette survives 54-48 deficit with 1:10 to go. Thought Davidson would win the whole 2nd H. Marquette was great up close at the Big East Tourney, surprised they struggled so much.
Ravens make an offer to Elvis Dumerville. Are they really pushing hard to pursue him or is this a smoke screen in light of their fan base questioning the off season thus far. It would make sense to spend on Elvis. He’s still young enough, and they need help at LB in a big way. This would be a nice replacement for losing Kruger and Ellerbe (and Ray).
Revis to Bucs Deal in Holdup: The Jets are unsure if they would be willing to take a 1st and 2nd rounder in next years draft for Revis. I cant believe its the Jets holding this thing up. The Jets are crazy if they think there’s more value than this out there for Revis. Come on. If you get a #1 any year, you should be thrilled.