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With the first weekend of the NBA's restart behind us, the guys are giddy to have lots of sports to discuss. What were the takeaways? Who surprised you? And why this season has been one of the most competitive to date. Plus, the Yankees and Dodgers begin to separate in this condensed season... But will it finish? What is Shohei Ohtani's future with the Angles after another tough pitching outing? What is going on with Yoenis Céspedes and the Mets? And how come we don't have more great American soccer stars?
Who you got to win the NBA title?! The guys discuss all the major storylines heading into tonight's resumption of play. Will the emotions of the game still be there with dead silence in the stands? Plus, is the league trying everything they can to get Zion and the Pelicans into the playoffs? The Astros were given a message by an interesting messenger... Was the punishment for Joe Kelly throwing at Alex Bregman to harsh? And is there a bigger issue for baseball with the Marlins and their string of positive Covid-19 tests?
Actual sports to discuss! Is Justin Verlander's injury a sign of things to come in baseball? Is this the risk you run when trying to start a season on a unusual timeline? Four Marlins players test positive for Covid-19... Is this the beginning of the last man standing in baseball? And why we are in for a wild season. Plus, should players be penalized harsher if they break covid-19 protocols? Lou Williams simply gets a 10 day quarantine for his strip club visit... Should it be harsher? And do we feel confident in a football season in College? The guys debate.
What are you expecting from this baseball season? Are we poised to see an outlier take it all? Or are the Yankees and Dodgers destined to meet in the World Series? Are Mike Trout and the Angeles positioned for a big year? How about the defending Champs... Are the Nationals in a prime position to repeat with their one game at a time mentality? The sprint season provides us with plenty of story lines! Oh, and did we mention Mookie Betts and the Dodgers will be together for the next 12 years? Plus, the NBA has spoken up about social justice issues but where is their criticism of China? Is it all tied to money? And if there is no pre-season in the NFL, will the quality of play slip in this upcoming season?
A coordinated effort by NFL players to air their grievances with the NFL's current plan to re-start football... Will it result in stars missing the season? What is the NFL doing to ensure player safety? With rookies reporting to camp, are we confident the NFL can handle the season amidst a global pandemic? Plus, MLB is set to start its season this week! What teams should we be keeping an eye on? And is home field advantage as we know it a non-factor now? Jon Rahm, another young rising star in golf, takes the Memorial... Would Tiger Woods have been so dominant if he were competing against today's crop of young golf stars?
It's never a good sign when you have to issue a statement to clarify your initial statement... Well, Dwyane Wade finds himself having to explain is defense of Nick Cannon... the guys discuss. Plus, some big time contracts and money being handed out in the NFL, but the most notable was a non-deal for Dak Prescott... discussing the factors at play. And Tiger Woods is back in action this week. Can you imagine the ratings if he's in contention Sunday?
Novak Djokovic wins his 16th Grand Slam! Breaking down the thrilling Wimbledon Final. And are Djokovic, Nadal and Federer all the G.O.A.T? Plus, where does Serena Williams go from here after losing in the women's final? Discussing the Chris Paul - Russell Westbrook trade... How does Westbrook fit in? Is Harden the key to making it work? And how does ego factor into it all?
Dan Snyder said he would NEVER change the Washington nickname... Well, the money has spoken and it sounds like a new name is on the way! How big of deal is this? Especially when it should have been done a long time ago. Patrick Mahomes becomes the highest paid player in the league. Will the money change him? Will he fell more pressure to preform? Plus, how will players in the NBA bubble deal with no fans? How will they feed off of energy when the atmosphere will be a lot different than normal? And the PGA continues to have great finishes with tons of young stars making memorable moments.
Will the Eagles or the NFL take additional steps to punish DeSean Jackson for his comments on Jewish people? What to make of Stephen Jackson coming to his defense? How does this compare to the comments Drew Brees made earlier this off-season? Why aren't more athletes speaking out against Jackson's comments? Plus, the Ivy League is the first major college sports conference to officially postponed the start of fall sports... Is this a harbinger of things to come? And Stanford cancels 11 of its 34 sports programs...Did they really need to do that when the schools has billions of dollars in endowments? And why hasn't the NFL team in Washington changed its nickname yet?! How hard can it be???!
Golf has all the momentum in the sports world and Bryson DeChambeau is breaking all the norms. The guys discuss his big victory over the weekend and his ability to blast the golf ball... Why his combo of driving the ball and putting can make him a star on tour. Oh... And have you heard what the guy eats in a day?! Plus, the guys talk about the latest round of Covid-19 drop outs... David Price is out in baseball but does Mike Trout hold all the cards? Could we see players sit out in the NFL? And the NHL has decided on two hub cities in Canada... how will that work?
The NFL is reportedly "considering" having fans sign a waiver to attend a football game... Is that a good idea? Is it about safety or money? Renewed calls for Washington to lose its team name... Why does Dan Snyder continue to think this is ok? Is this the time for a change? Will the NBA players actually stay in the bubble? How confident are we that they stay put and not try to breach the perimeter? And NCAA Football got a grilling on capital hill... Are they really not going to report the number of covid-19 cases affecting their programs?
On the same day the New England Patriots get fined and lose a 3rd round draft pick they manage to shift the narrative to their signing of former league MVP, Cam Newton. Only the Patriots... Are you as intrigued by the possibilities as the guys are? Does this move elevate the Patriots to Super Bowl contenders? Plus, the NBA will allow its players to display messages on the back of their uniforms... thoughts?
MLB's official start to the season has been announced! Can they pull it off ? Are you skeptical? The guys discuss all the angles. Plus, the PGA and NBA see "healthy scratches" starting to happen. Will this become the norm? Are the NFL and College football in denial about starting their seasons on time? Plus, discussing the situation in NASCAR and Bubba Wallace.
A compelling end to the PGA event gave us hope for what sports could look like in this coronavirus day and age... but then you see positive tests all around the country at MLB camps and college campuses... Will these "bubble" ideas really work? What would a "start" and "stop" to a season do to our collective psyche? Plus, what do we make of Dak Prescott's plans to sign his franchise tag?
It's a new and crazy world but hey, it's still sports! The guys discuss the crazy sports calendar facing us in the month of August. Kyrie Irving continues to voice his concerns with re-starting the NBA season down in Orlando... When did he become the conscious of the NBA players? Plus, how will the coaching work out? Are you bullish on the MLB season getting started soon? Who's really in charge on the players side? Colin Kaepernick drawing some attention from NFL teams... Will it land him on a roster? And the US Open of tennis is on! Any of the sports super stars going to play? Would they miss a major?
Was it the owners plan all along to implement a 48 to 50 game MLB season? Seems like the players are done negotiating and ready to report... Can a meaningful season still be achieved with this shortened of a season? How will a future CBA negating play out? Plus, the guys discuss the Sosa-McGwire documentary... Did it paint too rosy of a picture? The PGA completed its first tournament since the Covid-19 pandemic... How did it go? Did the absent fans make a difference in viewing it on TV? And will signing workout waivers be the new norm in College Football?
MLB held their draft but will the players have teams to report to? The major sticking points for a deal to be reached discussed. Will it be done before the week is over? How much damage is being done to the brand of MLB? Should the NBA be reconsidering its "bubble" plan in Orlando? The guys discuss some of the holes in the current plan. And some ominous signs for College football... As several players at prominent schools are testing positive for COVID-19 during voluntary work outs on campus... Should they punt the season until after the NFL plays the Super Bowl?
Roger Goodell condemns racism and the systemic oppression of black people in our country. Does the NFL finally understand the meaning of the National Anthem protests the leagues' players had been partaking in? And what can be done now moving forward? Will this lead to Colin Kaepernick getting back into the league? Plus, with actual NBA games on the horizon which teams and players are set up to benefit the most from the time off? Who's best positioned to win it all?
The guys discuss the blow-back Drew Brees is receiving after his comments... Is his apology enough? And a deeper look into how the media and athletes are dealing with societal issues in our country currently. Plus, the NBA is set to approve a plan to return to play! Does it make sense? The guys lay it all out and discuss if it will work or not. And baseball continues to be worlds apart when comes to figuring out a plan to start its season... Is it really all about the money?
The month of June begins with our Nation facing a defining moment in its history. How does it all relate in terms of the sports world? The NFL's statement discussed... If they would have listened to Colin Kaepernick they would have learned he was protesting this exact issue. Michael Jordan speaks out. What good can come out of this? The MLBPA counters the MLB start up plan... Who steps up to get this deal done? Will the two sides need to take a deal they both hate?
Will money be the ultimate factor in baseball starting its season? The guys discuss the current plan and why the clock is ticking on getting the season started. Plus, the NBA and NHL are set to re-start their seasons in a "bubble" type set-up... How will it all work? Why the first sport to get up and going can benefit. A potential for a sports log jam late in the summer. And sports documentaries.... Who would make a compelling subject?
A charity golf match over the weekend provided some fun and entertaining TV. The guys discuss their favorite moments... but let's talk bigger picture! Was the event a glimpse into future of how fans will view these events? How does it look on TV? How will broadcasters handle quiet, empty venues? Plus, the NBA inches closer to re starting play from Disney World? How will that all work? And what to make of the new ESPN documentary about Lance Armstrong...
Let's cut to the chase... What will be the new cost of doing business in the world of sports moving forward? The guys debate all the angles involved in starting sports leagues back up. Catch the discussion right here!
The compelling ten part ESPN documentary, "The Last Dance", concludes and the guys discuss what jumped out and put it all into perspective. Could he and the Bulls have won a seventh title? Plus, is the new NFL proposal incentivizing the hiring of minority coaches with future draft picks insulting?
With MLB owners approving a re start plan for the game will players sign on? Why does it feel like the conversation has switched from safety to economics? Why players need a voice when discussing playing games again. Same for College football... Will the student athletes have a say in playing if there are no "students" on campus taking classes? And the guys have fun debating the top NBA players of all-time as ESPN puts out some rankings... Surprises, slights and who's too high/too low on the list?
Unpacking the latest episodes of "The Last Dance"... Was Jordan too harsh on his teammates? Wishing there was more baseball footage. If there wasn't a baseball strike would he have come back to the NBA? What are we learning from this series? And the murky situation involving Zion Williamson's recruitment to Duke. Where does Coach K fit into all of it? And a special trip down memory lane!! Don't Miss it.
How important is the fan experience at sporting events? Could you imagine the Iron Bowl being played in an empty stadium? Can college football actually return if students aren't on college campuses? Baseball seems the closest to restarting... What has change to make us think this could happen soon? And for the NBA, is there a way to salvage a season with so many compelling storylines? And remembering Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula! The impact he had on the game and his interesting relationship with Bill Belichick.
The newest episodes of "The Last Dance" are out and the guys discuss the main themes. How obligated are athletes to use their platforms for greater good? And baseball is set to resume in South Korea... What can MLB learn and implement? Are we closer to games being played again?
The ideas for beginning baseball are being thrown out there and the guys discuss if any of them could actually work. Will the Green Bay Packers' decision to draft a QB in the first round come back to bite them? Or was it a smart move? And the debate rages on in regards to college athletes being able to profit off their likeness... Will a new proposal result in landmark change? What are the ramifications?
Who had the best draft? The guys discuss the QB selections and other top picks. Could we see this style of draft ever again? Boy does Jordan dislike Isiah Thomas... new episodes of "The Last Dance" provide plenty of stories and discussions for the guys.
The 2020 NFL Draft would have been an intriguing one even without a global pandemic going on! So, what storylines and scenarios are the guys following most? Is it the logistics and technical side of it all? How will it look on TV... Will there be drama with picks and trades getting in? Or is it the players and more importantly the Quarterbacks!? Which QB is taken after Burrow? Is chase Young a lock at #2? Will Detroit trade out of the #3 spot? Who moves up? The guys discuss it all. Oh, and don't forget about Rob Gronkowski unretiring and being traded to Tampa!!! Plus, did the Red Sox get off to easy for their sign stealing role? Don't miss this episode of the Sports Reporters!
With the country set to slowly "reopen" how will sporting events look and work? With states having differing guidelines; do they all need to played at one site to minimize travel? How will they be covered? Discussing the logistics and options to get sports up and going again. Plus, College sports have been greatly impacted... Could the football season possibly be played next spring to avoid complete loss of revenue for other sports? And is NCAA Basketball loosing it allure? Why are all the top high school prospects choosing alternate leagues (where they can make money) over playing in college?
Are we convinced the Bengals will select Joe Burrow with the top pick? Would the Dolphins consider trading up? The inexact science of it all and is the process being altered by the Coronavirus situation? How much? And talking about impact and ripple effect... What will NCAA sports look like in the coming year if the Football season doesn't play out like normal? And discussing some of the more interesting alternate sporting coverage....
Tom Brady opens up for the first time since leaving New England and joining the Buccaneers. What did we learn? Anything interesting? And why did he do it now? Is a baseball season possible if isolated in the Arizona spring training area? The Masters was supposed to be teeing off this weekend and Tiger Woods misses out on a golden opportunity to win another major. And the mystery of NFL Draft mounts! Is there a chance Tua falls to the Chargers at #6?
We're still talking sports during this crazy time, but will 2020 see any more games played? President Trump holds a call with the sports commissioners and expresses his hope for sports to start back up this summer... But is that irresponsible? Or a smart way to jump-start our economy? But, is it really smart to have people in stadiums and arenas with no vaccine? And when does "All Clear" mean it's all clear!? Plus, the guys discuss the recent NBA Hall of Fame class. Is it the best of all time?
Should the April 23rd NFL Draft be postponed? Is it insensitive to have it with what's going on in the world today? Or is it needed for our countries' psyche? And what's the harm in delaying it? Plus, the guys debate the top NCAA basketball players of all time. And the ripple effect being caused by more sporting event cancellations.
With the College Basketball season canceled, the start of MLB delayed, and the rest of NBA season hanging in the balance... Which teams or players are really missing their golden opportunity or window to excel now? Is it LeBron and his red hot Lakers? Is it Tiger Woods, who won't be able to play his favorite Major, The Masters? Or how about senior Cassius Winston and the Michigan State Spartans? Or maybe it's the Dodgers and the fact that Mookie Betts is a free agent at the end of the year? The guys discuss the all scenarios. Plus, a look back at MJ's "double-nickel" game at Madison Square Garden and Christian Laettner's amazing performance against Kentucky in 1992!
March 26, 2020 is supposed to be opening day in baseball! When will sports actually open back up? How much time do leagues need realistically to get back playing? Is the NFL Draft in danger of being moved? And how many games do you need for a season?
With the world set for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are they in danger of being postponed? What factors are playing into the decision? Plus, why the next chapter in the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady saga will be their obsession with proving they can win without one another. And Who's the "next" QB prospect for the NFL? Is Tua tough to evaluate because of the talent around him at Alabama?
Tom Brady announces his free agency and it looks like he's heading south to Tampa Bay?! Was there a strong market out there for him? And can he still lead a team to a Super Bowl? Where does this leave New England? And what are Chicago and Houston doing with some of their moves? Plus, we all love winners and Bill Russell is atop most lists as the best "winner"... but who is second in that debate? Brady, Jordan, DiMaggio? And how are NBA teams gaining access to the coronavirus testing before the general public?
LeBron and the Lakers make a huge statement by beating the Bucks and the Clippers over the weekend. Is LeBron more motivated than ever to win a title this year? Where are the Clippers and Bucks' chances of winning a title this year? Are Chris Paul and the Thunder the West sleeper? And what the heck happened in Brooklyn with Kenny Atkinson? Do we need marquee programs to dominate in the NCAA Tournament or will the unacclaimed schools fuel viewership? Whose the favorite this year? And tennis cancels the Indian Wells event... Where is this all going with the coronavirus and sports?
How big would it be for the NBA if Zion Williamson and the Pelicans made the playoffs? And why the future of the league is in good hands with young stars. With the Coronavirus now spreading in the USA, how will it impact sporting events? We are now use to Tiger Woods pretty much playing to win the Majors... but is he really only playing to win the Masters? And reading those oh so fickle Tom Brady tea leaves... Is he staying or going?
What we learned from LeBron vs Zion Part two... Is LeBron James to "Buddy-Buddy" with other NBA players? And are the Milwaukee Bucks getting disrespected by the league and fans? Plus, why is the NFL draft combine so heavily covered? Hope over experience that much more exciting? And why player movement in the NFL hinges on the new CBA and... Tom Brady!?
When the fresh prince, Zion Williamson, met LeBron on the court for the first time LeBron balled out! How is he able to preform at this high of a level at this stage of his career? Plus, the future looks very bright for Zion. A look at both, the East and West in the NBA. Yankees get bit by the spring training bug. And will the CBA get finalized before the league calendar begins?
It was a lovely "throw-back" Sunday in the NBA as the Lakers and Celtics remind us of how great their rivalry is. Are the Lakers poised to make a run to the NBA Finals? How about the Celtics... Can they make it out of the East? Also, we check the temperature of the Houston Astros and the sign stealing situation. Plus, what a wild and fun weekend in College Basketball! Has there been a shift in power from the East Coast to the West Coast? Don't miss this episode of the Sports Reporters!
The guys toss around some sports topics! Including: Is there an end in sight for baseball and the current sign-stealing scandal? Does MLB have to step in and strip the title now with all the players speaking out? Is this worse or the steroid era? Plus, John Beilein makes it a half season with the Cavs... Are coaches jumping right from college to the pros ultimately doomed? And early thoughts on the proposed changes coming to the NFL playoffs.
NBA All-Star festivities discussed. While the game was more competitive does it still have issues? Will this lead to other leagues adjusting their formats? Are ratings the driving these changes? How about the Dunk contest "controversy"? Why did it receive such over the top coverage? And the sign stealing scandal continues to be discussed... With players starting to speak up, should the Astros have gotten a tougher punishment?
Will the Astros cheating scandal engulf and devour the MLB season? What would make everyone feel better? How should MLB move on from the whole situation? Plus, with the acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price, could this be the LA Dodgers best team ever? And with the NBA hitting the All-Star break the guys discuss their biggest surprises so far. And how will the scoring changes impact the All-Star game this year?
The deal is finally done! Mookie Betts and David Price are heading to the Dodgers in a slightly different deal then initially reported. What it all means and why are the Red Sox trading Betts now? NCAA Basketball needs Duke to be relevant and boy what a game they had against North Carolina! Plus, is it inevitable that the Lakers and Clippers meet in the Western Conference Finals?
The Dodgers and Red Sox make a big trade but what does it all mean? The guys discuss... Plus, NBA is in full swing and there are plenty of great story-lines around the league. Don't miss the conversation with the Sports Reporters!
What a way to end the NFL season! The Chiefs capture the Lombardi Trophy in comeback fashion! But did the 49er's blow the game? Or did the Chiefs take it from them late? Patrick Mahomes has a slow start but shows up in the end and is fearless... And how do you grade Jimmy G's play? Andy Reid gets his first Super Bowl title... Kyle Shanahan still has some things to learn...
The debut of Zion Williamson couldn't have come soon enough for the NBA. His talent and youth makes us all excited to watch him develop as a pro. And how about LeBron and the Lakers, they continue to win on the road. Plus, is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer? The guys get into a spirited debate about it. And who didn't vote for Jeter? Should that person have to explain why?
After winning the NBA Championship with the Raptors does Kawhi Leonard move on? How the Anthony Davis trade shakes up the league. And is the Warriors dynasty over? Discussing the pure dominance of the U.S. women's national soccer team so far. And what an ending to the U.S. Open in golf... Gary Woodland holds off the back-to-back champ!
San Francisco and Kansas City set to meet in the Super Bowl! Discussing both of those victories. Tennessee and Green Bay see their seasons come to end but did they have successful seasons? Plus, is Derek Jeter deserving of a unanimous selection into the Hall of Fame? Is it time for Bonds and Clemson to get in?
Who will advance to the Super Bowl? Mike and Mitch discuss the two games... Can Aaron Rodgers and the Packers avenge and early season loss to the 49er's? Can Jimmy G come through in the big moment? Can the Titans continue their magical run? Or is it Mahomes and the Chiefs' time to shine? Plus, what to make of the electronic sign stealing going on in MLB... Should Championships be taken away? And discussing the LSU Tigers as National Champions.
Who you got in the College Football National Championship game? Can Clemson make it back to back championships? Or will LSU finish off a magical season? Plus, the NFL is down to its final four... discussing all the games and the key moments.
An exciting time in the NFL.... Who you like in the games this weekend? How much does momentum count for? Any upsets possible? Plus, discussing the coaching movement in the NFL. And making sense of John Beilein's comments in the NBA.
A riveting and wild, Wild Card weekend in the NFL. Brady and Brees out... Time for the young QB's to make a name for themselves. Was the hit on Carson Wentz dirty? How do we feel about the current overtime rules? And discussing some of the coaching vacancies.
The NFL regular season ends setting up a compelling playoffs... Handicapping the field in the NFC and AFC. Plus, it's a Tiger showdown for the College Football National Championship! An early breakdown of the big game and how they got here...
What a time of year it is for football! The last weekend of the NFL is shaping up to be an exciting one. And the College Football playoff gets started this weekend. The Guys discuss it all and are wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!
A juicy weekend of games in the NFL. Have to love all the meaningful football being played so late in the year... Discussing the entertaining match ups: Patriots v Bills, Cowboys v Eagles and a trap game for Baltimore at Cleveland? Plus, we jump around the NBA. Were we expecting this good of a start for LeBron and the Lakers? And has the Eastern Conference caught up with the West?
Who are the favorites as we get closer to the NFL playoffs? Who are the top seeds? Are the Patriots setting up for a classic playoff run? And what should Roger Goodell do about the Patriots' latest cheating scandal? Plus, why Anthony Davis and LeBron James are the perfect pairing.
What an extraordinary week in baseball with some record setting contacts for free agents. How the Yankees landing Cole fills a need. But will these contracts be worth it in the end? And why Anthony Rendon is a steal for the Angeles. Hitting the story-lines in the NFL before a big week 15. And Toronto welcomes back Kawhi Leonard with class...
San Francisco and Kansas City with two monster wins on the road this weekend.... The playoff picture is taking shape. And did the College Football Playoff committee get it right with the top four seeds?
Discussing all the great football action over the long holiday weekend. Has Michigan v Ohio State lost some its luster as a rivalry? Where does Alabama go from here? And who is a lock for the College Football Playoff? The Patriots have another week of troubling play. Mike Tomlin is coaching the hell out of the Steelers. And was Baltimore vs San Francisco a Super Bowl preview? Listen here to get in the know!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Sports Reporters! Some great college football games this weekend as rivals meet across the country... Can Michigan pull off the upset of Ohio State? And what to make of the new rankings... Plus, Duke gets beat at home by a non ACC opponent for the first time in 20 years... And who will have a statement win this week in the NFL?
A statement weekend in Week 12 with the cream of the crop rising... San Francisco and New England continue to win. How do the Cowboys and Packers rebound? Are Jerry Jones' comments helpful to their head coach and team, who have a quick turn around this week? Oregon shocked by Arizona State... How it ultimately affects Utah. And why the College Football Playoff committee is all rooting for Auburn this weekend. Plus, the guys debate some of the new ideas floated by the NBA commissioner... Is this all panic due to the ratings being down?
Just how good are the San Francisco 49er's? Well, we will find out as they take on the Packers this Sunday. Is Jimmy Garappolo up for the moment? Jon Gruden and the Raiders have a chance to make some noise in the AFC. Patriots - Cowboys shaping up to be a measuring stick game as both teams still have question marks. Plus, Ohio State gets a formidable test this weekend as they face Penn State... Are we sold on Clemson as a top team this season? And our first taste of the Clippers at full strength... But why are the league's viewing ratings down?
Some statement wins in the NFL as the playoff picture starts to take shape. Will the Colin Kaepernick work out land him a job in the NFL? And let the second guessing begin for Alabama and Nick Saban. Don't miss the Sports Reporters Podcast!
Discussing the NFL endorsed Colin Kaepernick tryout... Why now? Plus, the games that catch our eye this weekend. Why is Georgia ranked ahead of Alabama in the recent College Football Playoff? MLB hands out Cy Young awards and the Astros get caught cheating... What does it all mean?
A wild week 10 in the NFL. Lamar Jackson is on fire... is he the front-runner for MVP? KC can't stop the run. Cause for concern? The Rams and Steelers look bad in losses. And what to make of the Cowboys. LSU defeating Alabama was one of the great College Football games of all time... the surge and counter surge was fun to watch. What does it all mean for the College Football landscape? And a bizarre scene at Madison Square Garden.
The guys share their thoughts on the first College Football Playoff rankings... and a breakdown of LSU @ Alabama. Also, discussing week 10 in the NFL. Plus, why the Eastern Conference in the NBA is intriguing and wide open.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens make Tom Brady and Patriots look slow and old... Is there a passing of the torch happening in the AFC? The NFC looks tough all the way around. The importance of having a quality back up QB... NBA in full swing... Why LeBron and Kawhi are the consummate pros. And the long awaiting college football playoff rankings will be out this week... Who is the best team and will the committee get it right?
The magical Washington Nationals win the World Series! What a story... Are they set up for a repeat next year? Are the Warriors in trouble now that Steph Curry is out with a broken hand? The NCAA votes to pay players... or did they? And why the Patriots will finally start their season this Sunday against the Ravens.
What to make of a wild and fun World Series. Who has the advantage with the series tied up? San Francisco 49er's prove they are no joke. Is Tom Brady just a game manager now? And Drew Brees returns. Plus, is Ohio State the best college team out there?
The Nationals are two wins away from winning the World Series! Impressively beating the Astros front line pitching. What happened to the Astros' bats? What caught your eye in the NBA? How LA is the center of the basketball universe currently. But do the Lakers ask LeBron to do too much? Who are the other teams we should be keeping an eye on? And in the NFL, the two undefeated teams add wide receivers... Plus, if Ohio State "thumps" Wisconsin... Are they the best team in College Football?
The NFC is shaping up to be a wide open conference in the National Football League. Big wins by Green Bay, New Orleans, Dallas and LA... Who's the class of the AFC? Wisconsin gets upset by Illinois in college... What that could mean for projected seeding. Astros vs Nationals in the World Series. Has there been better front line starting pitching featured in a World Series? Will the long rest time for Washington hurt them at all? Plus, an NBA preview as games count for real this week!
Robert Wuhl joins Mitch and Bob to discuss the Nationals reaching the World Series. Who will they play? And will the long rest work against them? And who benefits more from the weather delays in the ALCS? LeBron weighs in on the NBA-China situation... Why this is a seminal moment in Adam Silver's career. Plus, how the Lions were robbed and the Rams pay a king's ransom for outspoken cornerback, Jalen Ramsey... Will it pay off?
The Houston Astros avoid the opening home sweep in dramatic fashion. The Washington Nationals out to a fast start. Some really good baseball being played. Are the 5-0 San Francisco 49er's for real? The Texans with a statement win and what is going on in Dallas? Plus, who are your Heisman Trophy front-runners?
Let the second guessing begin in LA with the Dodgers. Hats off to the Nationals! The Cardinals have a historic first inning and the Astros being pushed to the brink. Fun times in the MLB! Some tasty match ups in college football as LSU hosts Florida and Texas and Oklahoma renew their rivalry. Plus, is the NBA being pushed around by China? And why the Lions are posed to change the narrative.
With special guest host Thomas George, the guys discuss the exciting baseball being played in this year's playoffs. Is it the right call for the Astros to start Justin Verlander in game 4? A pair of Game 5's in the NL... Plus, discussing the latest from China and the NBA. Where are the NBA leaders and what do they have to say about it all? And a wild week in the NFL... Are the Cowboys and Browns over hyped this year?
Today the panel takes a look at the great games that are coming up on Saturday, the Ball brothers are in the news and it's not for good reasons and the drama surrounding Zeke Elliott continues. All that and more in today's episode of The Sports Reporters.
The baseball playoffs are set! Let the fun begin! Who has the most pressure on them to win it all? Early thoughts on each series. Plus, discussing the new California bill allowing college athletes to get paid for their name and likeness... What it all means for the NCAA. And NFL games that have us excited for Sunday!
The Cleveland Browns with a statement win... Baker Mayfield brings a swagger. Is Beckham Jr. happy being a decoy? New Orleans weathering the storm without Brees. Tom Brady showed his age against the Bills but the Pats are still 4-0. Plus, the playoff bracket is set in baseball! Who is the best 100 win team in the field? And is Ohio State the best team in College football?
Who will stake their claim on the NL Central? Shaping up to be an exciting post season in baseball. Will these "homerun hitting" teams hold up in October? Discussing the big games on the NFL. Will Green Bay's offense finally pick up? Will the Bills give the Patriots a game? And is Dallas for real? Plus, what can Jim Harbaugh do the change the narrative in Ann Arbor?
Discussing a fun weekend in the NFL. Freddie Kitchens on the hot seat already in Cleveland? Is Jared Goff the real deal? A Star is born! Daniel Jones' impressive debut. Will Antonio Brown ever return to the NFL? And all the young quarterbacks stepping up big. Plus, where is Michigan football at after a crushing loss to Wisconsin? Georgia - Notre Dame a great college football game. And how four one run losses over the weekend to the Cardinals have left the Cubs in danger of missing the playoffs.
Eli Manning benched for Daniel Jones... Too soon? Are Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger done for the year? Which team can survive without them? Week 2 NFL takeaways... Who is the class of the NFC? And why the Patriots are ruthless about winning. A big series in the MLB... Cubs v Cards... Chase for the wild card is heating up. And the Yankees and Astros battle it out for the best record in the AL.
With special guests, Thomas George and Robert Wuhl, the guys discuss all the top stories and games around the NFL. Will Antonio Brown suit up on Sunday for the Patriots? Saints vs Rams part two... Can Pittsburgh bounce back? Plus, the single season homerun mark has been passed already and we still have half a month to play... Is the equipment "juiced"? What is behind this surge? And how a failed drug test for a triple crown winner could taint the sport.
Headlines from the opening weekend in the NFL! What caught your eye? The US Open of tennis ends with a remarkable men's final... Serena unable to finish it off. And a quick hook in Boston for Dave Dombrowski.
The start of the NFL season is here! What are you watching for? Story-lines as we enter week 1. Some tasty match-ups in NCAA football... What game do you most want to see? Are we looking at another Heisman winner from Oklahoma? And US Open tennis talk...
Who is the biggest star in College football? What to make of the first major college football weekend... Plus, what does the Clowney trade do for the Seahawks? What are the Texans doing? And will Zeke be in for week 1? And Justin Verlander makes history with his third no hitter.
With a packed slate of great NCAA football action this weekend, what are the factors that make the sport so popular? Is it the video game scoring? The variety of games on TV? And is Clemson truly the top dog on the yard? The Yankees are set to break their own homerun mark... What a tear they have been on despite a plethora of injuries. The race to keep an eye on as we close out August. And is this the end of the NFL preseason as we know it?
Bob and Mike discuss Andrew Luck's decision to retire from the NFL. Including: Who knew what when? The timing of it all, and how do you explain Tom Brady when you see a young QB retire in their prime due to sustained injuries? College Football kicks off... Were you impressed my Miami vs Florida? Breaking down a big weekend of MLB match-ups. And a new rivalry forming on the PGA Tour?