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A highlight from CardBoard Chat Episode 1: Sports Cards and Collectibles Converge with Betting
"We've been talking about doing a podcast since 2019. It's about damn time we figured this thing out. Yeah, hey, we're here now, and that's all that matters. Short and sweet, right? To the point. That's it. This is something I want to do with you for a long time and kind of bring our two backgrounds together. And so I'm super excited to be here and finally finally get this thing recorded. If you're an avid listener of bet the board, you know who I am if you're stumbling into our podcast feed listening for the first time because of cardboard chat, I'm paying professional sports better since 2004. But the real star of the show is the man you just heard. He is one of the most important figures in the sports card and collectible industry. The man is responsible for some of the largest alternative assets changing hands, massive 7 figure pieces, Jesse Craig, how goes it? It's good. That's maybe the most kind introduction I've ever had. I'll take it. And I don't usually treat you that way. You don't. Look, for those who are used to listening to about the board and have heard some of the banter back and forth between pain and Todd. Well, I can assure you there will be even more banter than this podcast because we love to bust each other's balls. We have a good time. I think that's a good starting point. How we met, how we finally introduced. I'm going to let you start that story because I don't necessarily feel comfortable starting a story about a bunch of men, half naked in water. Wow, easy, easy, easy. Okay, so it's a little bit more simple than that. So it's funny how our worlds did collide though, because I was on vacation with my wife for our ten year anniversary in Barbados. We were at a sandals resort, which we like to go to because it's just simple. And so we're laying there by the pool. We're soaking in the rays. And there was a couple of dudes to your point, half naked in the pool where swimsuits. Chatting about sports. And I kind of overheard them and sitting there with a margarita in hand. Interjected and had a few comments about a few things. And asked them what they did for a living and one of those gentlemen happened to be taught Fernando. So Todd mentioned he was in the gambling space, and we started talking. He asked what I did. I set him in the trading card industry. And Todd said, oh, that's really interesting. One of my good Friends is a big Jeter collector. And I said, okay, what's his name? And he's like, well, he's very secretive. So I'll introduce you guys later. That's how it went. I'm like, who is this guy? What are we talking about here? So we actually ended up hanging out the majority of the time. He was there at the time his girlfriend Nicole and good friend of his and his wife, and so the three couples hung out quite a bit for the next week or so while we were there. And we stayed in touch after. And sure enough, he introduced the two of us together. And I come to find out that you've been avid in the space for a while, and you are indeed the year collector that you lived up to. He nailed it on the head. You were mister jeeter. We had an initial conversation. It was you, me and Brent. And it went very well. You were a little bit quiet. And I will bring you to a lot of the talk and let's Brent's on the horny commands a lot of the audio. The first conversation we had was about blue chips, cards, and all of these things. And we all had a debate on our very first call. About what Peyton Manning card was the best asset to own. And I stand by the 1998 Topps chrome refractor. You guys believe it's the SP. We need to get this blue chips trading card portfolio thing updated by Brent. What's going on with that? Well, I mean, we do have our indices that are indices. They did every quarter. So if you go on to our website, you can look where the first people to ever create indices based around trading cards and historical sales. On our website, PWC and marketplace dot com it's got it all laid out there. But yeah, blue chips are historically more vintage. Payton is right on that cusp of what do you consider a less risky investment from a trading card perspective? Because if that person, I'm just going to call it what it is. If that person is still alive, they can still do something to affect the value of their asset. It's just what is, whether it's someone who's not playing like Michael Jordan, he could still come out and God forbid a wife beater, or whatever it may be. But that can affect the value, because what these trading cards follow brands and brands are really important investing in. I'm sure we'll go down that rabbit hole down the road. But it's a big part of buying and selling trading cards. Absolutely. And one thing we're all passionate about cards and collectibles for our own unique reasons. Let's kind of transition back just a touch, kind of allows people to get into this space for different reasons. They either bring us back to our childhood. It allows us to meet new people like us, make a few bucks on the side, whatever it is. I got back into the space in late 2015 after collecting cards as a kid. Jesse, how did you get reintroduced the space? What was the time frame of that? Yeah, so I mean, look, I'm 38. I'm like a lot of people that collected as kids with their parents during what we call the junk wax era of the 80s and early 90s where it was just mass manufacturing. There's just tons of quantities of the assets. And so there's very few cards from the 80s that are worth much money. And most of the time, if they're worth a lot of money, it's because they're in perfect condition, they've been graded a PSA 9 or PSA ten. Or back in 95, a high grid from one of the top tier grading companies. So for me, I got back into the space. I actually had a neighbor of mine who was a dealer in the space. And I didn't know it until we started chatting. I got a business degree from university of Oregon, and I was working for a lighting company at the time doing a marketing. And he's like, hey, man, I really need some help. Can you come on and do operations for me? I will match whatever you're making at this marketing company. And I'm like, you're going to pay me what they're
A highlight from Hour 4: Len Elmore, Knight Commission Co-Chair
"Great to have you with us on a Tuesday afternoon. Len elmore will join us a little bit later. More of your phone calls now and let's check in with Wesley in Baton Rouge. Hello, Wesley. Hey, Paul, I just wanted to get your take on a Brian Kelly through the first 5 games and what a win over Tennessee may mean for his next step at LSU and I heard a lot of talk about these Tennessee vol saying thank goodness today game and bad news and all this. Well, it don't matter if it's 11 a.m. two 30 p.m. 6 p.m. Tiger fans are gonna show up it's gonna be loud and round. He has my friend said, I'm not stepping foot in Death Valley sober. We want them balls. We gonna get after them on Saturday, baby. Let's go. Well, thank you very much. Great to hear from you. Chelsea is up next in North Carolina. Hello, Chelsea. Hey, Paul, I'm back for another therapy session. You've chosen well. Yes. I actually got into a heated conversation. With someone yesterday, over the Alabama and Tennessee game, in this person's fellow Alabama fan. But I mentioned the same points you had regarding the quarterback situation and they wasn't having it. They thought that Melrose could get the job done if Bryce young was out, but I just don't see how with Tennessee's momentum of our offense being able to put up points against Tennessee's offense with tendon hooker. I mean, they're playing so well. And we're going to their stadium. There's a lot of things I'm worried about. As well as Bill O'Brien's play calling, it's like calling concerns me and the end zone. Because the past scene and the end zone, I don't understand why you wouldn't want to run the ball. Well, I'm not sure about that, Chelsea. So what are you mainly? What's your biggest concern in all this? Is it O'Brien or is it something else? I mean, there's many aspects to it. Bella bronze play calling is obviously one that I have concerns with. I know in the last game, whenever I was upset, he wasn't running the ball in the end zone, they shot to Nick Saban and you could clearly see him upset yelling, run the ball. Well, yeah. That's obvious. I don't think I am number one surprised Bill O'Brien is still there, but I think Nick Saban was hoping he would find a job somewhere else and he never did. Thank you very much for the call though. Let's get an expert's opinion on all of this. Legend is on the phone. Next on SportsCenter. The voice of the SEC. And the man, the myth, the legend. Whoo.
A highlight from Hour 2: Rece Davis, College Gameday
"An hour live and much to discuss as we welcome our next guest to the program. He has reached Davis, of course, to host of college game day heading to Lawrence, and we'll get to that in a second reef. Thank you very much for joining us. I know everybody Saturday was concerned about Bryce young, but us older folks were more concerned about Lee corso, can you give us an update on how coach is doing? He's doing much better, Paul. I talked to him on Sunday. He's back home in Orlando and feeling much, much better. He just woke up Saturday morning. You know, had a little, I don't have a little dizziness and so forth, but you know, they checked him out and he was feeling better by Saturday afternoon and was really ready to go home. Quicker than they led him, but the great doctors at Clemson there took care of him, looked after him and now he's, you know, he's back home in Orlando and while while I was talking to our producer, Jim guyer the other day, elsie yesterday I guess elsie was calling him and wanting to wanting to know what topics were in the show that he needed to prepare for. So he's feeling much better, yeah. Well, great news. You were with us a couple of weeks ago and they were upset and Lawrence, who was game day, the fact that you chose elsewhere. But now you've chosen large. So they've grown up in and have welcomed the circus to town. The tell us about the decision and what you expect. I mean, it's what everybody expected when you had Jimbo and Nick and the Deep South's oldest rivalry and LSU Tennessee and the Red River rivalry will of course you're going to teach to you Kansas. Why wouldn't you, right? I think this is a game Paul that I mean, our show tries to cover the sport in its entirety. And this is a headline game. This is where the best story of the day is in terms of what's been accomplished on the field. This season. And I don't think Kansas and duke earlier merited a game day trip. But this does because they, you know, Kansas has remained undefeated. They've wanted defensive game to show a little variety and then what TCU did to Oklahoma, Saturday, they just embarrassed them. So this is a headline game and probably top to bottom the most competitive conference in the country and it's a great story with what Kansas has been able to do. Since 2008, Paul prior to this year, they were 8 and 106 in big 12 play. Let that sink in for a minute. They've already won more big 12 games than they have in any season. I think since then, it's a remarkable turnaround in a relatively short period of time. And it's worth going and checking it out on Saturday morning. And you've probably lost track of the number of times you've done college basketball game day in life. You probably never thought you would be there for this. So interesting. Let me ask you about the game that I don't mean nobody's going to. But we were just talking to Ralph Russo, he was going to touch coalesce pretty much everyone was going. I mean, the number of tickets canceled and hotel reservations scrapped for Tesco Lucia probably has to be pretty enormous. Yeah, it's really a fascinating thing and it's sort of like, this is the last gasp desperation moment for Texas a and M because after all the stuff that happened in the off season and all the things that were said, both back and forth between Jimbo and Nick and the trash talking toward will Anderson and then to come out and play the way a and M has. This is one of the worst offenses in the country, statistically and aesthetically. And you, if they come out and get housed, I mean, what does it say about the trajectory of where they're going? So this is a big moment. This is the backed into the corner. They have to fight moment. And I think that's what, as I was waiting to come on, I heard, you know, replay of Nick's rant from the news conference the other day. He's not talking to whoever the guy was. It asked a question. He's talking to the players, because they know a and M is dunk it up to this point in the season. And everybody is he said, gets well if they can beat Alabama and certainly, you know, certainly the health of Bryce young's a big deal. The health of a and M's quarterback is a big deal. So it's sort of a last damn thing for a and M because the season. The season's already sideways, it could go into four tailspin if they get blown out Saturday night. Well, speaking of tailspins, there are always a couple of coaches who lose their jobs early for whatever reason, but lately it just seems like it's reaching an epidemic state with the Paul Chris dismissal the other day. Which did some surprise from people. I'm not certainly an expert on Wisconsin. But how do you how much are part of the game is now talking about these type of things for your show and just a general college football conversation. We're in early October. We're all fascinated by coaching searches. It's just sort of part of our human nature. It's sort of that prurient interest type of thing. You know, you're sort of a salacious detail. Are they going to fire him or they're not who are they going to go after? So it moves the needle, the ratings tell us that last year when we were talking about the USC coaching search, for instance, ratings ticked up. People are interested. So you have to be honest and genuine about it and accept that it's going to come. Where I think you should draw the line at least in my judgment for our show and our sensibilities. Absent someone doing something completely immoral or unethical. I don't really think it's our place to say this guy has to be fired because he's Lucy. I mean, now if you reach an extreme, certainly that's fair game. But Paul Chris just used an example. It was an embarrassing loss because who it was too. It was to Brett B lema, their former coach, acrimonious departure when he left Madison, couldn't stomach it. I don't think, I don't think it's the right thing for our show to do to go on, had they not fired him and said, they've got a fire Paul Chris, he lost a Brett bilima. But you have to talk about the search and auburn's a great example right now. I mean, you and I have talked about this. It's an inevitable conclusion, so it's something that is fair game to discuss, I mean. Yeah, and I think the situation was auburn. It reminds me of a little bit of Scott frost where you know it's going to happen.
A highlight from Hour 1: Ralph Russo, CFB Writer
"To another day, it's Tuesday and we were really looking forward to the next couple of hours. Thanks for making time for us on a very busy Tuesday here in early October. Some really good guests. Make that great guess. Let's get to the headlines right now before we get to your phone calls. And Seth Emerson was a piece about Georgia's football team has some growing up to do. Now hold on a second. I heard, wasn't a couple weeks ago on this show. We were being told that they were the new Alabama who said that. Maybe not, Alabama's number one in Georgia looks like they're have a pacifier in their mouth. Meanwhile, do you have this game circled on your calendar? Texas a and M and Alabama both have questions at quarterback entering the showdown. We knew about a and M, but the Alabama question mark has to do with Bryce young and his injury and we didn't learn very much. Or haven't so far this week from Nick Saban on what Bryce is condition is going to be. Meanwhile, down on the Bayou, remember we had coach Kelly on here yesterday. Tennessee football team is going to wear smokey gray, you like that as a Tennessee fan? Why not? You get to wear colors because you're at LSU. Meanwhile, the NCAA and the athletic director Eric spoiling options to create leverage in future restructuring of college football and basketball. If I'm speaking like this is a broken record, it is. Today's guest Ralph Russo, who is not a broken record.
A highlight from Dice it Up 12 | FSU Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff
"All right, what's up, everybody? We are back with another episode of dice it up on the her hoop stats podcast, ice. We are joined by one of the top guests we've ever had. I am so pumped for this interview. You know this coach personally, you've played against this coach, we're joined by Brooke wyckoff of Florida state, new head coach. She was interim before taking over in her first official year. Welcome to the show. Thank you, Daniel. And let's just be clear, ice plate against me when I was coaching. She is way younger than me. We didn't play against each other as basketball players. I just want to clarify that. For her sake, but I did go to against her when she was a player. I thought about that too. And I was like, are people on like, that's probably fine. It's no big deal. That way younger than me, but no, I'm super excited and thrilled to be here with you both. It's a great honor. I love this. This pod and so really appreciate you having me. Yeah, well, thank you for joining us, coach. One, it was fun playing against you, so to speak. We love the ACC love. So that's great. Daniel did mention this before we started that I did start the university of Florida, so we were sworn enemies at first, but I got rid of them. We moved on to better things. So now I can see love. So here we are. What you got, great resume, right? I mean, you know, four years standout FSU, one of the only four 7 also have your Jersey retired, played in the W for 8 years. And now you are officially a head coach, like under contract. It's no longer interim. It is the real thing and you're doing it. But walk us through that interim year. Just following up after stew, kind of going through everything. And then obviously COVID dealing with those things, you know, you kind of got your first started to head coach in a tough time, like in a tough circumstance. How did you raise your way through it? One day at a time, really, and that was kind of the blessing in disguise with being a coach during COVID and especially being a first time head coach, even though it was interim, was that COVID forced us all just to take it one day at a time because we had no idea nobody knew what was next and a lot of hard things were happening. And so it was a great way just to kind of rally the team together and under that just kind of theme of, hey, we're going to be grateful and have gratitude for every day that we have together, that every day that we're able to be healthy and to play basketball during this crazy time when so many hard things are going on. So it really was to enter into that role and before to just be in the moment because as you guys know, it just when you're leading something and there's so many things going on as a head coach. You can get wrapped up in all of the big picture and million details and your brain can go everywhere all the time. So that it was just like, we're here, we're practicing. We're going to see if we can play a game today. If not, we'll try again tomorrow. And so I learned a lot of just saying present and being grateful for what's in front of me. Yeah. That's awesome. My follow-up to that is, you know, culture is a big thing when we talk about basketball and teams and replacing Sue, right? And then doing that in the interim coaching here, which is kind of hard to establish your own culture, right? Because of course it's going to be different than anyone that follows is going to be unique to you and your experiences. How have you been able to establish your own culture this year? And really having some time to be able to do that outside of the season outside of being in a room right and firstly getting that space to do that. Yeah. Well, like you said, that is the most important thing. As we all know, being in sports is like you can have most amazing players. You can think you know all about the X's and O's, but if you don't have that foundation of a great culture, a solid culture, and people that buy into that culture, you're not going to, it's going to be really hard road. So fortunately, you know, having been here and having played and coached under someone that was an expert in establishing culture and having very consistent culture and coach Sue. I was able to build upon that, especially with the players that were here last year who kind of already knew what our program is about, philosophically, and really that we're about people first. We're about taking care of each other first and foremost. And so building on that and kind of putting my own spin on it based on really not necessarily who I am, but kind of what we need right now. I mean, this college athletics is changing the landscape. What college athletics means is changing all the time as we know. And college kids change. Just who people are in general and kind of the different pressures that each generation has year by year. All those things go into how we approach culture. And so, you know, starting with the basis of we're going to be about each other, starting with that. Now, I have established kind of our culture. And really what it is is we talk every day is that we're going to get closer and better as a team every day. That's our goal, you know? We want to win championships. Those are stops along the way. We want to win games, but if we can focus on that goal of really what it is is building culture will be just fine. Love it. I do want to go back to the fact that I don't think I've heard anybody throughout the COVID year talk about that situation. Use the word grateful. The flexibility adaptability to just go with games being canceled, reschedule, et cetera, and it all led you here to this. I mean, it's an awesome story. And I love a good narrative of someone who was a standout going back to their Alma mater. I think coach shoes, first year coaching, that was your freshman year, which is even crazier, but with the success you've had, not just the interim year, but just helping this program for so long. Was there ever a time that you thought and considered other coaching positions or this Florida state position always kind of your dream? That's a great question. And really, Florida state, you know, has been my home and it's been a huge part of who I am since I was 16, 17 years old, but I have been, this is my 12th year coaching at Florida state. So it's been a while. This has always been my first priority, and I did consider other opportunities came up over the years that I considered and looked at and talked to people, but I really knew that to get me out of here and especially while I was working for coach Sue. It was hard to top that in my mind in terms of a better situation for me and my growth. That was the most important thing, though, that I think was really critical. Was that coach Sue understood that I still needed to grow. So as long as I was doing that here at Florida state, I mean, each year I gained more responsibility each year, I was involved in more things within the program. And I became better and in every aspect of the job, that was still going on. So as long as that was there, I was like, it's hard to top this place, you know? ACC, we had a lot of success on the court. And I just love it here in Tallahassee at Florida state. It's family. So yes, I did entertain other opportunities as they came up. And got that experience with some interviewing things like that. But it always knew in my heart that if they wanted me here as an assistant or as a head coach, this would be my first choice. That's amazing. Well, I'm glad that it all worked out. It's like, you know, someone may write a book about it one day. And I'm not for reading. Now, I mean, how did somebody from, you know, the Midwest, Ohio, even end up until I see. I mean, the way you're talking about tall aspect, I feel like ice and I would need to go visit. Yeah, I've never been to tell I think. You never been.
A highlight from NFL Week 4 Monday Night Football: Rams at 49ers Picks, Predictions, Odds, Injuries
"That the board. What do you need? I mean, I don't bet. You know, I don't deserve. I never will. I bet you 20 bucks, I can get you gambling before the end of the day. You owe me 15 grand Taub. They paid that to me and his money. It's the bet the board podcast. Really like me. In the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners. And I could still make money for all kinds of people back home, and why mess up a good thing. Here's pain insider and Todd ferment. Welcome into the bet the board podcast, NFL week four, Monday Night Football edition. I'm your host Todd fuhrman, joined as always by my esteemed colleague and co host, the one the only pain insider and pain have you come down from the emotional high that was yet another signature performance from your man crush Patrick Mahomes in Sunday Night football. See, you just love to engage our listeners and row them up. That's what I'm here to do. I'm supposed to be the proverbial lightning rod and poke the barrow whenever I get the opportunity. Andy Reid was in his back last night. And Patrick Mahomes executed the perfection in the chief's own line, got the motivation it needed with Shaq Barrett's comments mid week. I had hinted at some underlying issues for this Buccaneers defense in her preview last Thursday and boy. I didn't ever envision those issues being exploited that well. They're the only defense, the first three quarters that were worse than the lions yesterday, if you can believe that. I mean, it was ugly. Tampa's defense allowed 56% of the chief's offensive plays to great successful the first three quarters, the chiefs were second in EPA per play. Over that same stretch, the only thing that stopped the chiefs was Clyde Edwards dropped walk in touchdown fourth and short there. That was masterful. He was wide open, the entire defense too, if you watch, was going the opposite direction. Catch the ball and that might get a little uglier. When you watch that football game too, it's amazing to see the collided layer at least on the depth chart is still their number one back. It feels that it's just a matter of time given the way Isaiah Pacheco runs, his explosive potential when he does have the ball in his hands that he becomes the number one back in that offense, making him that much more explosive as we continue to move forward deeper into October, November. He's not getting the touches, but he was pretty efficient. And he's beneficent and I know the carries and the touches haven't quite been there. But collider words hilarious certainly understands the competition that's now in that backfield. It seems Pacheco is just an interesting case study. I know, in short at a combine, he looks fantastic, right? Runs a ridiculous 40 at his size and can catch the ball and can run hard. It's amazing. How some of these players translate if you remember, he was benched at Rutgers. Sometimes there's nothing wrong with being benched at Rutgers, realizing you need to wake up call against those elite big ten east and west defenses and having that lightbulb go on when you become a member of the vaunted Kansas City offense and you have a mastermind like Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes to lean on to get you to the promised land. Yeah, that's a little different, right? Definitely a little more offensive talent around him with the Kansas City Chiefs. You're kind of seeing that with Rutgers offense right now at the college level. Not much to be had there, although the play calling has been pretty good. It's been pretty imaginative. They're just not many horses there right now. Always helps, and you can think outside the box and you have players that are capable and able to go out there and execute. So as far as Monday shows are concerned around these parts, it's all about the good, the bad, and the ugly. We'll do a little bit of looking ahead to the coming week, NFL week 5 and how the betting markets have adjusted with yet another data point factor into the equation. The Good Doctor stops by and Deepak shown it a break down some of his injury updates to a lot of your marquee players across the National Football League and what it may mean for your fantasy team. And last but certainly not least, a breakdown of the Monday Night Football game between the 49 years and ram. So pain, we kind of tipped our hand a little bit on what we saw on Sunday Night football and I think it goes into the good for Kansas City and the bad for the Tampa Bay Bucs defense. But as far as some of the other good that you saw on fold on Sunday, where's a good place to start? It wasn't just yesterday, either. I mean, no one's really talking about it, but I see you have the lion's seahawk shootout on your sheet here, but for me, it's the guy that's leading the shootouts Geno Smith. Absolutely ridiculous through four weeks. He's number one in completion percentage above expectation. Only trails mahomes, tua, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson and adjusted EPA per play. And you're looking at a sample, right? It's just four games, but we're 20% of the way through the season. It feels like he's turned back the clock a little bit, and you're looking at Geno Smith 2020 West Virginia all over again. I think it just boggles my mind because we've seen some interesting career paths and patterns, this one might be the most head scratching. I mean, again, four game sample, but he has gone from unplayable the first 9 years in this league to arguably playing like the best quarterback in the league through four weeks. It's nutty to me to watch. And then the numbers bear it out. How difficult is this to grasp when you consider that this was a run first offense with Russell Wilson, who they used to go, hey Ross, go out there and make magic on third down in the fourth quarter. And here we now, here we are now with Pete Carroll dealing with Gino Smith as his starting quarterback. And it's a good old fashioned gun slinging approach. You know, Gino putting up gaudy numbers and the Seahawks. They either scored a touchdown or attempted a field goal on every single one of their possessions yesterday until they took a knee to kind of bleed out the clock in the game's final seconds. Did not punt once from a Geno Smith offense on the road, and at interesting start time for a West Coast team. Just nothing you would have ever envisioned if we had this conversation at any point over the last 9 years. Apparently the lightbulb came on at 31 year ten in the league. But you are right. Right now, Seattle is above average in pass rate.
A highlight from Hour 4: Callers
"Want to say, you know, I'm already going to call it. I mean, you have such a unique and successful show. Do you ever see ESPN era looking at maybe doing it with some other, I don't know, conference or something like that? And if they did, I just don't know if they could find the same success because of all the unique colors of the personalities that are calling the show. Thank you for saying that. I think it would make too much sense to clone this show and do it elsewhere, don't you, brandy. I don't have enough faith. This show, I don't think will be replicated because I still think there are a lot of people that don't understand what we're doing here. And that includes some of the shoots. What I mean by
A highlight from Hour 2: Michael Bratton
"And we are back checking out where we opened with Brian Kelly. We have a lot more to do as we get ready for the week here on a Monday, let's grab some more calls and Mary is up next. Hello, Mary. Well, hello, mister Fein mom. How are you today kind sir? We are doing great. Thank you. Well, I have a couple of things I want to chat about. Number one, the comments by Nick Saban, specifically with the reporters who come at him after the game, most recently it was Jenny Dell and I have to share with you mister fine bam. I 100% and behind Nick, I'm always a Nick chick anyway. But that was an incredible win for our mama boys and the bottom line is. I understand being loyal to your coach, but what was wrong with me? What was wrong about her question considering the biggest issue in the game? Well, that's funny that you should ask because my loving husband said the same thing. And I was like, well, first and foremost, why don't you approach him with, hey, man, really sorry that Bryce young went down. But however, look what mill road did and your guys came through and won that game. Allow me to jump in for a second, okay? You have to understand there is a finite period of time and the entire country was watching that game and the one thing that they want to know from Nick Saban is what is the condition of Brian Bryce young and the game. This is not meeting your Friends, Sunday after church for lunch. This is a quick well, this is the body of your work and I respect where you're coming from. Frankly, don't understand why he objected to that question because it's considering it was the most obvious question on the face of the earth. Well, that's why you do the body of work you do. I do the body of work I do, but as a fan sitting at home after a beer or two, let's be honest. I was a little I just was a little shook. I was like, let's just talk about the win, okay? So regardless of all that, I actually am not going to argue with you because I will clearly find no respect. I want a second. We're talking about the entire nation. This is not just Alabama fans watching the game. And when you're doing a broadcast, this is not some local Yoko show in the middle of nowhere. This is well, I'm about to compliment CBS. Okay. I really don't want to. Well, can I just the other reason that I called? And I want to be brutally honest with you. I am actually somebody who recovered from COVID. I almost died went into coma for 9 days, came out, came back stronger and I actually decided to go back to college as an adult. I was the oldest one in the class. I actually finally finished my bachelor's degree after graduating high school 40 years ago. And as my gift, my family has purchased me tickets to the Texas a and M Bama game. Oh, wow. And I'm so excited, so I wanted to know number one, is your show going to be there Friday because if it is, I'm a 100% showing up because I got to see you. I'm a big fan of you, Paul fine bomb. And I wanted you to know that I'm looking forward to this game. I was already looking forward to it before with all the hype that happened over the summer. Nick and Jimbo fish are going at each other. It's been very, very interesting. And now what a turn of event. In the events that Bryce young can't come back, let's talk about that. And what about mill row? I think he, I think he was awesome. That's a fast young man. He's amazing. And just in ending all the love to you, because I do respect your body of work. I'm praying for Bryce young and I just got to give it a big old role tied, beat that Texas a and M fanny. Thank you for your time, mister. Thank you very much. Wow. I'm really glad to know you recovered. We're feeling great. Wow. I'm not going to get I'm not going to, I'm not going to get into a street fight with that lady. Ray is in San Antonio. Hello, ray. Hey, guys, blessings to you, Paul. How are you today? We are doing great. Thank you so much. Yes, sir. So really nice to talk to you. It's been a while since we talked, but I'm an Aggie glass of 19 80. And, you know, Paul, anytime that I do analysis on the problem, I try and take emotion out of it and really deal with reasons and solutions and take the excuses out of it. I'm interested in your opinion right now in the state of the Aggie program. I think that there's multiple components going on here and not just one, but I'm interested to hear what you have to say about that and what's predominantly affecting them right now and where they might be able to go to get better. Well, ray, these are observations without being in the locker room, but to me it seems like there's something going on inside that team. That is creating whatever problems that seem to be showing up on game day. And I'll defer to Jimbo Fisher on that question, but it's just a hunch. Based on being around the program last week in Arlington and just watching them over the last couple of weeks beyond that, I mean, I think some of the problems are obvious. But I'm most interested in what a fan thinks and a graduate. Yeah, you know, I think that there are some and again, I think there's a couple of components. I think that youth plays some role in this and an experience, so I'm willing to go along with that. And I believe that I also believe that there's some coaching issues and let's face it. I mean, when you look at programs throughout the United States that don't have four and 5 star talent and yet coaches are able to get a 105% out of what they have. You got to ask yourself a question at some point is what's missing and I guess that's where I'm at. I don't know if it's leadership. I don't know if it's. Not being able to critique yourself properly because if I'm Jimbo Fisher and I'm going through what I'm going through right now, I'm looking in the mirror and I'm starting with myself and asking the question, what's missing with me? I think that's fair. And ultimately, you end up being whatever your record is, as unfair as that can be sometimes, but in Jimbo Fisher's case, it's a trouble, it's a troubling sign. And I know you can't say, well, what if?
A highlight from Hour 1: Brian Kelly
"First Monday in October we say hello to you. What an amazing weekend it was. Of course, it depended on who you are and where you go to school or who you were a fan of. But anyway, thanks for joining us here on this Monday afternoon. And we have a lot to share with you over these next couple of hours, including our conversation with the LSU head football code. So let's get right to the headlines. Somehow you may have missed this, probably didn't, but guess who's number one again in the country? Who said Georgia was the new Alabama? I don't know who that was. Alabama jumps Georgia barely. This is a kind of looks like one of these presidential elections where one side has a popular vote. The other one has the electoral vote. Georgia has more first place votes, but Alabama has more votes overall. And you know what that means? That means Alabama is number one. Georgia, Ohio State Michigan. Sounds like a couple of SEC Big Ten shootout. And then there is Clemson off a huge win Tennessee's and they're all missed Kentucky. Mississippi state LSU all showing up this week in the top 25. Nick sabre apparently doesn't like being number one or he just is uptight about this week, which will have that much anticipated matchup with Texas a and M, not as anticipated as we thought it would be. He's also got the quarterback situation with Bryce young and he was not happy today. Again, you know, I don't talk to Jimbo on a regular basis, but I'll call him and tell him right after the conference, if you want me to, I mean, you guys think I'm gonna tell you what we're going to do with our offense and our team. You might as well make it up. I saw today where it was headlines in the paper that, you know, I'm going to keep it a secret, what we're going to do with rice. It sounds like me making that statement. But I've never said that. But it was there in black and white. Like, so you can make up whatever you want to make up. You know, look at somebody else's running quarterback and say they should put these plays in. I think that would be a better way to do it. Okay, since he gave us permission to make everything up, that's what we'll do. The rest of the show. Why not? Nick Saban said we could do it. What else matters in college football? Let's get to the next item on the agenda. And that's Brian Kelly joining us in a few minutes. Michael Bratton, who is Michael Bratton. He's had SEC podcast guy. I was wondering who he was yesterday. Blake top Meyer on how Nick Saban won the off season over Jimbo Fisher. The guys were also join us. And your phone calls. At 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. Let's begin with David, who is in Alabama. Hello, David. Hi, Paul. What's going on today? David, I am just doing well. Thank you for asking. Good, good. It's a good Monday, buying my one, auburn laws tour number one. That's what I'm talking about. Seems like everything is right in the world again. It is. It is. But I wanted to talk to you a little bit. I hope my buddy mad, I turned Texas is okay. I don't know if you cut all day and I hadn't been able to wear them. I passed away Saturday afternoon. Are you serious? I'm not being serious, but I'm just speaking, is it figurative or literal? I think it's figuratively. Yeah. Yeah. Well, I hope you have the cause was too many a and M losses. I got you. Well, I hope he's okay because he won't be okay after the beat down in tea town, this coming Saturday. You don't think Sabin's going to let it out on a twice defeated Texas a and M team. They lost a Mississippi over the weekend. I deployed quarterback. And perhaps 60 or 70 Saturday. Well, you might be able to oh, hey, David, good to hear from you. Let me check in with Andre as we roll through some of the calls here before coach Kelly joins us. Hello, Andre. Thanks for taking my call, coach listen. I'm an LSU fan, but man, that quarterback Alabama got that back off. He's a warrior. He turned a tight game into a route with one run. Coach, he didn't let the man in like a linebacker. A defense of men. He may be. Look, man, we got to get a quarterback that can throw the ball 30 yards down the field 40 yards down the field with accuracy or LSU going to get ran out of the stadium on these next two or three games. You're not going to beat old mess and you'll be no better like this. This guy, he can run the ball, but sooner or later somebody gonna put the wood. I don't even put him at the game. He didn't get to be able to complete long passes with accuracy and he hasn't been able to do that. Consistently. Hey, thanks for taking my call, coach. Thank you very, very much. Daryl is up next. Hello, Daryl. And by the way, Daryl. I would like Darrell, congratulations on a hard fought win over Missouri. You know what? Two weeks in a row, Paul, who is in a row. The Georgia has played down to their opponents. You know what? The problem is, I mean, yeah, you can take the good idea of it. That's all good. But the problem is very uncertain smart like, okay? Very on Kirby smart lights. It all started at the beginning of the game. Yeah, I mean, I've been playing against her and gets the argument. He's already injured. And I mean, you know, that's very uncorrelated. Very undisciplined, but Georgia, Georgia is too young right now to hold down the number one spot. This doesn't matter who's number one right now. Anyway, it matters in January. We'll get better as we go along, but it's like we didn't show up for the game. It's like two weeks in a row that Georgia has just taken it to the opponent for a granted and went out there and you know what? I ended up in a fierce fight. They were able to come through in the fourth quarter right now to move to football, they were able to score win the game. But I tell you what, you're not going to beat Florida, you're not going to meet mister state. You're not going to be Kentucky. Playing like that. It's not going to happen. So we're just going to play better. I mean, but you know, I have confidence in Kirby. I feel like he's the best coaching college football right now. I think he'll get it together. But very, very good. I kind of hate to hear that. John is up next in Louisville. Hey, John. Well, he sounds very under like the on the phone. Where are all the shots? That was, by the way, John, welcome back to the states. Hey, I told Danny, I sent like a hundred pictures from Italy to your email account. Sadly, John, the CIA intercepted them. They were new. Come on. They would like you. They would like for you to go through the second door on the right and they have a man waiting for you. Well, maybe I'll send him again. Who knows? But it was just great to be back on the show. I got back Wednesday night and I was in the Atlanta Delta room and I turned your show on from the computer and Jim was a happy sapien or homo sapien, whichever works.
A highlight from Huge special: Top 15 jobs in CBB, most influential coaches, more over/under predictions + winner of our Summer Shootaround auction (College Basketball 10/3)
"Sometimes discuss camera fighting dodo birds and leaky black Matt norlander is here with me. If you're watching on YouTube, go ahead and smash that like button like your brain and David, you have consent, you know what he would do. And if you haven't yet subscribed to the YouTube channel, please knock that out while you're here and while you're doing it, let me remind you what we've been doing. There's no summer. It's called the summer shoot around. Never mind there's not even summer anymore. Doesn't matter. It's a series during which we focused on 20 notable teens over span of ten weeks. Two per week, 20 teams and ten weeks. We did the schools in alphabetical order. I'll be honest. I thought we were done after Villanova, but then we decided to auction off a 21st episode of the summer shoot around with the proceeds from the episode, benefiting saint Jude children's research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Are you not doing anything for saint Jude children's research hospital for crying out loud? That place is amazing. And so the winner of the auction, it was bellarmine university from the Atlantic sun, Scott Davenport's night. They went 20 and 13 last season. At an 11 and 5 mark in the league, just their second season at the division one level. They won the ace on tournament, but they weren't allowed to play in the NCAA tournament because they're still transitioning to division one. So let's stop here for a minute. Are you in favor of this transitioning period for schools moving individual one that prohibits them from playing in the NCAA tournament or even the NIT for a period of time? Even if they qualify because I hate it, I think it's ridiculous. Yeah, I'm in favor of it, actually. Why would you be in favor? You know what? I'm feeling a little nihilistic here on a Monday morning in October. We are opening a show with bellerman. This backfired, but listen, we're all too happy. Am I afraid somebody overboard? We are, we are indebted and must oblige the winner of our contest. So bellermann shouts to you and all the people, all the beller man fans listening to this podcast. There are dozens of us. Yeah, exactly. Thank you Tobias. Do you okay? Where were you, Illinois, where were you Dayton fans? Where were you San Diego state? Where were you, Michigan state fans? We're happy to talk bellerman. This was a curveball, okay? I didn't quite see this coming, but for saint Jude, anything and by the way, if you're watching on YouTube. We are rocking the elements that we are good to our word. We put it up for our and you know what? We do a summer shoot around in 23. Maybe we auction off the 21st episode again, get a little more pub for it and see which ticked off fan base wants to donate the most to help out charity and help out saint Jude's. As for this rule, and if you think we aren't loaded with bellarmine and phone until you are greatly mistaken, we are getting to the mailbag, but we must deal with these knights first. It's used in large part as a deterrent to everyone trying to get into division one to qualify for the encephalopathy. Who's not in division one at this point? Literally. 700 schools. There was no. If the root of it is to be a deterrent, it makes you realize it doesn't deter anything. Maybe don't have it. Let me see what we know. If it wasn't there, would D one B 700 schools right now? What is the difference between 360 three and 700? Practically speaking. Who cares? Almost double. Like, who cares? I mean, mathematically speaking, that's almost double the amount. At this point, who cares? If you go from 360 three to 700, who cares? Who cares? I do. It's way too many schools. 2060 three is way too many. We crossed way too many decades ago. It is. I feel like your division one team, you qualify for the insight you do what you, in theory, you have to do to qualify for the instability tournament. You should be in the NCAA tournament. Period. Well, they're going to have to wait at least two more years. They actually, this issue went to vote to the board of directors over the summer to reduce it. I think down to two years, which still bellarmin went out of qualify because last season was its second season. It did win the ace on tournament. But that failed. So still, you have a four year period of transition. You are eligible now in your 5th year as a D one member institution. By the way, how about this for kismet? Were you aware of this? I'm aware of everything. Okay, you are aware of this. What's the significance of today? Today's October 3rd. Yeah, what does that mean? What does that mean in the bellarmine universe? Oh, today is the today's October 3rd. And so in the bellermann universe, I feel like maybe it's Pedro Bradshaw's birthday. It's not, but I know you're very desperate to talk about Pedro Bradshaw. In fact, bellarmin, relatively young university here, founded in 1950. On this day, this is a 70 second anniversary of bellarmine university's founding. This very day as we record this podcast Monday, October 3rd. We did not plan this, by the way, completely coincidental. But here we are talking about bellar menu, which was a D two powerhouse, by the way, won the 2011 national title. For about ten years, it was just steamrolling in the tournament. Only one one national title, but it was making multiple final fours getting deep into it. And then four final fours in a 7 year span from 2011 to 2017. Scottie Davenport run on the show down there. By the way. Really is. The a son, you talk about them, being in the a sun. That's outrageous. I'm gonna use a GP turn. It's outrageous. It is. It's not as 14 teams. This is a one bid. This was an 18 league as recently as four years ago. For the better part of the 2010s, the a sun, it knew its place. It was an 8 school conference. There are 14 schools in this league, new to the league, Austin P central Arkansas, eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville state, and queens, another school, not that queens, queens of not as home city of Charlotte, they just joined in, so there are 14 teams in the a sun. The walking around acting like they're the Big Ten in the SEC. Going on. They're just trying to eat everybody up. Wait till they get a automatic qualifier in the college football playoff. Yeah, right? 14. Oh boy. All right, lotus up on your belly and Intel and knowledge here before we get to the mail back. Can we get out of the bellarmine segment in 15 minutes? That's my question. I'll probably not. Definitely not. 'cause I'm doing at least 7 minutes on their home arena. Do you know where bellerman plays at their home games? It's home games? How about this? Yes, I do. Here's the fun fact about it. They play their home games. We're Louisville used to play freedom hall. That's a beloved venue for sure for cards fans. But here's what's intriguing about it. If duke is the biggest program to play in the smallest arena, bellerman GP, as you know, is the inverse. It's a school with sub 4000 total enrollment playing in an arena that
A highlight from NFL Week 4 Picks: Dolphins at Bengals, Bills at Ravens, Chiefs at Buccaneers, Jaguars at Eagles
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A highlight from Hour 4: Keith Carter
"The pride passion and pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul fine bomb show, our four podcast. And we walking me back in his homecoming weekend, the final hour of the show and we are live in Oxford on the grove and we're delighted to say hello to Keith's Carter who of course is the athletic director here and this is a busy, busy weekend in addition to the game Keith always good to see you. Thanks so much for being here and you were telling me off the air about everything that is going on. I wanted to share that because there's so much that fans like me and the rest of the folks, we're going to a game. That's all we think about, but that's not exactly how it works. No, it feels like this weekend. There's about 30 events. They're all good, but you know, we like to cram things in on these game weekends, but you know, we're doing a
A highlight from Hour 3: Laura Rutledge
"Welcome to old miss. I'm just reading aside. I'm not the welcoming committee. We are live in Oxford as a second half of the program. We started the first half off with Tebow and lane kiffin and we have just been racking up major hits. And now my favorite part when we talk to the guys that I can relate to the best. This sports rider is Nick sus from the clarion ledger. We've talked in quite a lot and of course Michael Katz from the northeast Mississippi daily journal. Guys, it's always good to see I can't say I fellow scribes anymore because I don't think I'm in that but I feel like a fellow scrub. It's good to see you. Thanks to you too. Let's start with today because when kiffin got here, he had just come from a collective meeting. I know you guys were there. Tell us, first of all, it seems bizarre day before a game, but what's it all about? Yeah, not just him. There were probably 5 to ten football players there as well. Before a game. They gathered the board of the grove collective, which is the newly consolidated group of boosters who are running the grove collective NIL collective here. And they were branding and they were launching and they are now a unified front talking about how they're going to be in communication and working not with, but alongside the athletic department alignment. Alignment, yeah, to make sure I don't want to say the wrong words. I'm not a compliance violation quite yet, but yeah it's trying to keep up trying to catch up with the rest of the SEC, which is something that I don't think anybody's going to be surprised to learn that almost not the most liquid school when it comes to booster money. There are a lot of schools that have a lot more. The fine shining on the grove. So keeping up. I didn't talk to lane Kevin a lot about that, but it just seemed awkward to him talking about it. That can be on any subject with lane kiffin, but how frustrating do you think it has to be for him to be where almost is and maybe it's going to get better, but they're still going, they're still fighting up a pill on this, aren't they? Yeah, I think it's tough when you see the stories about arch Manning and his recruiting trips and all that kind of stuff. And the money that went into that and all these other SEC schools and the money that these boosters are putting in are allegedly putting in we're in the point where it's sort of an arms race right now and it's either get to it or get left behind and I can understand why there might be frustration because it's hand in hand with recruiting now. Lane has talked about free agency a lot. And that's people are going to go where they have the best opportunity for those sorts of things. And if all this isn't that place, they're going to lose some recruits. And there's speculation that may also lose the coach. As we continue with Nixon and Michael Katz. Nick and stain's been linked to jobs that aren't open, jobs that are open. And I know these questions don't ever get legitimate answers, so I'm sure there's not a lot of reason just to ask them, but you guys are very good reporters. What do you hear? I guess both cryptic and accurate answer is the Venn diagram of schools that would hire lane kiffin and schools that lane kiffin would leave a miss for. That gap in the middle is not that big. I don't necessarily think that the tip top, the premier schools as we saw last year, a lot of them didn't necessarily go after link if and when there were 7 openings and Notre-Dame and Oklahoma and LSU and those schools that could have gone after him did not, they went a different direction and some of the other schools that I mean look, if you're going to a school where every year you compete to be in the top 15 and maybe get a new year 6 full, he can do that here. He has done that here. He's doing that here. So it has to be the right circumstance for him to leave. And I kind of take his word at face value when he over the summer says people don't see me as the guy who's going to stay somewhere because they know about my past, but I like it here. You kind of have to take him at face value sometimes. That doesn't mean he wouldn't leave for the right opportunity. But it does mean that there is progress here. He is doing something he's never done before here, which is sustaining success, as opposed to having one or two good years. But it's all about recruiting and he's been able to, I wouldn't say manipulate the system, but with the transfer portal, he's been able to at least catch up. He may be out of breath. But Michael, what is other than the fans? I think the fans like lank kiffin here, but link kiffin has always got along with the fans. It's the administration that in some of the boosters where there have been issues. I do think he's a really good fit here just in terms of not lane kiffin's not going to be a fit everywhere and all these jobs come up and you kind of have to ask yourself if you know him or have worked with him. Does it fit from a cultural perspective from a football perspective and I've always thought oh, miss was just a really good fit from just the way Oxford is the way it kind of sees itself in the way it sees football and the way that it's embraced lane. I think they like that sort of swagger that he's brought. They need it that swagger where they had been the last few years.
A highlight from Hour 2: Todd McShay
"Great to say what a Shawn McDonald when we can. We don't see them too often. In person and of course, Todd mcshay, who has been nice enough to be with us often. Guys, thanks for being here, Sean. I've seen you a few times. There are worse places to be on. Every day, both of my fans are back here. Thank you very much. That's for ricochet. Sean McDonough, of course. Boston restaurants. We have to beg him for a response, you know? A lot of nice people here. And this is unbelievable. Last time you and I were together on this set a couple of years ago. It was smoking hot. This is the perfect day. Yeah, this is unusual. Todd mcshay. Not everybody at once, okay? Toddler. Let's start with will levitt, because we talked to him the other day and everybody has had a lot of nice things to say about him. I mean, there's very little negative to say about him, right? I mean, physically you look at him, he fits the mold, he's big, he's strong, he's mobile. He has a big time arm. I don't think because so much of the offense last year was short intermediate. I don't think people realize how big of an army has. And some of the throws he makes like the poster out against Florida that they needed for the one big play that they hit in that game that I was at. It just kind of off balance without driving through. So he has everything physically. He's still fine tuning things. He's in a pro style system this year where he's going through progressions and really starting to pick up that game. What I love about him is there isn't a single person in that building or on that campus that would say anything negative about him. His work ethic has intangibles, the process. Wouldn't you say it's hard to it's even it's way beyond that. It's not just they say all the nice things that you frequently hear. This is the most impressive player I've ever coached. This guy's different. Yeah, that's interesting. Yeah. I mean, and it's on both sides. When we were at the old miss coaches this morning, they were raving about him. Now obviously they don't know him as a guy. Right. But, you know, the parts of it that Todd talked about the football parts. I think fans can evaluate a lot of that on TV. But the way they talk about them as a leader and as a person and his work ethic and competitiveness is way beyond what we typically hear. And I think if you go online or social media, if you're looking forward to the NFL Draft, which we're talking a lot with levis is that it's CJ Stroud from Ohio State. It's Bryce young from Alabama and then kind of the other guys. It's not the case when you talk to people in the NFL. It's Stroud, levis, young, maybe in that order. Some people have talked to Malik have levis as the number one quarterback in this class. I just think the narrative needs to get out there because it's different from what is really happening right now. I think people have to know that this guy is legitimately a potential number one quarterback in this class. And I don't know anything. I just watch you, but it just seems like a really strong quarterback class. Yeah, it's those three at the top and then there are a bunch of other that was hard for me to come up with, wasn't it? Yeah. That's why I think tomorrow is a big day for him, right? Yes. Because a lot of people, college football fans, the NFL people know about them, but certainly in the college football world, a lot of people don't know much if anything about him. And now would be a highly watched national TV game we hope tomorrow. We expect. So it's an opportunity for folks around the country. Maybe even Heisman Trophy voters should we say to become aware of him against a really good defense. I don't know where you went to school. Actually, I do, but you know how to sell a game. Well, that's part of the reason why we're here. Other than spending time with you, which is always a treat and eating with these nice people on a beautiful setting on one of the great campuses in America. We're really excited about this. We had our meetings this morning with old miss. We did a zoom with the Kentucky people that day that might be on both teams, the best meetings that we've been a part of. Just in terms of the information they gave us, but just the quality of the people. There were people you wish you could have spent more time talking to. And a lot of times you wish how much longer are we talking about this guy? Yeah, and you're looking for information. You're looking for anything you can get to fill up a, well, not about a 5 hour window. But I'm not asking for this is your life, but how bad can those meetings get? No names, of course, unless you'd like to give them coaches clearly don't even want to be there. Or even players when they come into the room and that's fine. I think we've both gotten to the point of having been in a lot of these. If that's the case, don't push it. I mean, I'll keep asking questions if you're just going to get yes or no, or I don't know. But what struck me too, and I was just about to say that, Todd, you know, a lot of times you know going to game this scout coaching staff really thinks they're going to win. Right. This coaching staff really thinks they're in trouble. That knows they're in trouble. Mike Godfrey used to call it the tight foreheads. When we meet the coaches, and the thing I came away with from these to groups of meetings was, both of these teams really think they're going to win. They really like their teams. They don't think they've played as well as their capable of yet this season and maybe with a step up in competition tomorrow. It's going to bring out the best in both of them. Yeah, and I think both teams have a lot of confidence in their quarterbacks and have a lot of confidence in their defenses, too. I mean, Jackson dart, the thing that really jumped out to me in the meetings today and I've watched him on tape and he's a young quarterback has not played a lot of ball, but he's getting better every game and both the head coach and the offensive coordinator and even when talking to dart himself.
A highlight from Hour 1: Tim Tebow & Lane Kiffin
"On a gorgeous early fall day, we are in Oxford. Any doubt about that as you look around the scenery, one of the prettiest campuses and most story locations for college football in the land, the weather here is nice. We realize it is not nice, a lot of places and certainly our thoughts are with all of our friends across both coasts who have been dealing with an absolutely horrific storm Roman Harper Tim Tebow we say hoodie will talk to lane kiffin here in just a few minutes. Tim, I do want to start with you because you live in Ford and you've seen it. You've encountered it just your thoughts on what has been going on down there. Our thoughts and prayers are with so many people that have gone through so much heartache over the last week. We have so many friends that have had to evacuate that have damage to their houses. But for all the people that are a dark hour of need, and I also want to say, just thank you to all of the different nonprofits to the churches to the volunteers. There are so many people that are heading to Florida to help. And I think that is really special and I think it's important that we acknowledge them and say thank you too. Indeed and it is now barreling down on South Carolina and North Carolina will move on out. Hopefully by tomorrow morning and Roman on you live in the Carolina. So you were one of the last out this morning. Yeah, we get on the last plane headed this way this morning. It's unfortunate that these things do happen. It's a natural disaster. Live in Louisiana, New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina for all those years. For those that are going through this right now, you must understand it's all about community. It's all about togetherness. It's going to be, this is going to be something this tragedy usually brings people together like no other time and that this is just the beginning of picking up the pieces. This is going to be a long process going forward. You're going to have fema trailers. You're going to have a lot of bit of government assistance just to have a chance to be able to live some kind of life of normalcy. And the one thing that I will say that is positive is that when things that happen that are normal or what they're used to, traditional lives, which is football, Sundays, the things that to get together is that you get with your families, those other times that you will look and seek to the most right now in these times of tragedy where your displaced, you don't have your normal things going on. So Saturdays and Sundays of football for right now will help save some of these people's lives and emotions. Yeah, and listen, we're well aware that many of you have been fixated on the news channels for days and we understand that we're glad you came over here and we do want to try to give you some positive things to think about. So here we are. At the grove, where they have a huge football game, Kentucky is in town taking on the rebels. We'll talk to kiffin in just a minute, but first, Tim, your thoughts on both of these teams. I think that's an exciting game. We have two really talented teams. You know, a Kentucky team that maybe isn't as talented as some of the other top teams in the SEC, but they play with such good coaching, fundamentals, plan to win, game plans that you always look at and say, Kentucky, always gives himself a chance. Even if sometimes they might be outmatched in certain areas, coach dupes does an unbelievable job. And then you have old miss that is so much fun to play to watch. And you know what? I think if you're a player, it would also be a lot of fun to play for and just one guy that I have to mention. I think he's maybe the most exciting player in the country right now is quinson judkins, the freshman running back for old Miz. He's got the second most amount of broken tackles out of anyone in the FBS. And you think, okay, this is the spread. It's kind of throwing it around. It's not. Ole miss is a downhill running team. Also, Jackson dart, I think it's going to be so important that they control the style of play in the game and they have to do that with the legs of Quinn Shawn of Zach and with Jackson because I don't think they win this game by throwing it all around. No. I think the game plan for oldest to win is to be able with all of their own reads and being able to stretch a field 53 and a third, but that's going to happen by their unique ability to run the ball with jet sweeps with counters with QB run, all of that. It is just a really unique form of running different styles of triple option, which I love. And that's something that gives defenses nightmares. It does. And the white lane is designed in this offense. It doesn't look anything like it did last year or the previous years. They run the ball so different. So many different ways like Tim was just alluding to, the way they create different gaps, different holes, Jackson darts, ability to be able to run the football is another threat to any defense because anybody that has a running quarterback could just adds totally different more elements to what you have to defend or worry about on each individual, 'cause he's not just handing it off. Every run appears to be an option. So he has the ability to be able to pull it at any time. You look last week, he had the first two runs, two big plays, and then the play action game off of that. And they don't make it difficult. They're not asking him to read the whole field. They say one guy's deep, second guy second level, if you don't like it, check down a run. So it takes a lot off of his plate and allows him just to be a young quarterback that's going out there and making plays. And so I like what old miss is doing. I like what they've built here. And I like the fact that their identity is completely changed. They're better defensively and they're much, much better in the run game. You kind of got also like with Jackson when he's running.
A highlight from Courtside 92: FIBA World Cup Update And Early Women's College Basketball Takes
"Joined as always by my guy. Gabe Ibrahim gave. First and foremost, I see that you're sporting a Georgetown T-shirt. I am. Did you know it was Brianna's birthday today? I did know, I did that. I was up to date on why I was wearing the shirt. So yes, it is your daughter's birthday. How 19? 19. Years young. Oh my God, that's my baby. I'm gonna squeeze her little face today. I can't wait to see her. Happy birthday. Happy birthday baby. Thank you for easy. Breezy for three Z would you say? No shots she's watching this. No. I'll save it. Pressing matters as a player on short John's about. I'll load up her text messages like I always do and just send it along after. Have a birthday brief. Yeah, happy birthday. So happy birthday in the comments. If you guys are around, welcome to the stream, as always, I guess not as always, but as of recently, we've been doing this since we've been really fun. So yeah, drop some comments, let us know what you guys think. And say happy birthday to Brie. And whenever you guys want, we love seeing you guys in the comments. And make sure you follow us at her hoop stats on Twitter. Ibrahim, Christy, wait. What's your, I haven't said it in so long. I know, right? It's all good. Christy W Scott, 51. And make sure you spoke Christy CHR is TY, even though, you know, when I get a coffee and they spell it wrong, I still drink the coffee. Especially after these middle of the night, games for USA basketball and the wizards at that end, you know, USA basketball played at 3 a.m. and the wizards played at 6. So the extra shot of coffee is just now kicking in for me. So I am very verbose and that's not a normal thing for me. Anyway. So yeah, I may not be as for both 'cause I may have made a mistake in I want to sleep for a few hours before the USA game. It didn't happen. So I'm running on about an hour of sleep. I just got right after the wizards game wrapped up and I wrote my article for bolts forever. But I still have many, many thoughts on everything that happened in feet in the feeble World Cup. And our thoughts on college basketball because we promised people to talk about it. And yeah, maybe there's also WNBA stuff, but we could use a quick break. As Daniel said, Dana said, I gave him so tired. His wife was sending me some energy drinks that I really liked. There you go, you know? Energy drinks, y'all. Vanilla, I also woke up for my post fever nap just in the how. It just now. Wow. So let's be honest, Christy, did you stay up until the wee hours of the morning? I did. And when the game got out of hand, which is early. It was early. Early in the game got out of hand. They were up 30. So I was like, you know what? They got this. They're going to advance, let me take a little power nap. And I think I went to sleep, but you know it's not good sleep when you're trying to wake up and do things. And so yeah, I got up and watched the hometown wizards in Japan taking on the warriors and that was fun to watch. So, I mean, when you wake up to basketball or you go to sleep to basketball and you wake up to basketball, it just gives the day a new feel. And I love it. So, yeah. A lot of hoops on the mind. On the brain. So I don't know if I answer your question. No. It doesn't seem like you did, but you're more used to this. You have it. You have this down powder. More used to not sleeping again. At some point, right? But as you mentioned, that game luckily for the U.S. was pretty out of hand early on. They end up being in Canada 83 to 43. Yeah. One of the most stifling defensive performances you're ever going to see from any team, it was from the first minute. I think Joel Lloyd really set the tone. She kept pushing out Canada's guards out like three feet beyond the three point line on all of their handoffs, everything. Everything was just really tough for Canada and I thought the effort from the United States was really impressive. Well, it was phenomenal. And I think what you see gel first and foremost on any team at any level is the defense. And everyone talks about, well, when you say the word chemistry, you're thinking offense, automatically everyone's like, what's the chemistry like? And you're thinking offensively. And that does take some time, but you're going to get that. I mean, you have skilled players and elite level. What you don't have is the chemistry on the defensive side. And I think that is what you're seeing now, becoming more pronounced for the USA team. I think that they are on a string communicative, as always, because again, they're on an elite level. But there is timing to defense as well. And I don't think it gets discussed enough. I think we talk about timing of pick and roll actions. What better ghosted or whatever? But we don't talk about how are we going to hedge like how hard are we going to hedge? How high up? What's the timing? Those kinds of defensive actions and I think we needed to talk about that more. And put that on some analytics and slice and dice with that. And then I think if you do that with this particular game for a USA against Canada, I think what you will see, is there efficiency on the defensive end. And it didn't matter who was on the floor. It was across the board. Like whoever came in, they were on it. And you love to see that kind of leadership on the defensive end. But I think now that they've been together for almost a month now, I think you're really seeing that side of the ball come together. Yeah, no, they were just all over it. That thing dual Lloyd played an absolutely phenomenal game. I think, as I mentioned, I think Asia and Brianna Stewart, it's not there. It's not fair. It's not fair. And I don't want to be like that, but it really isn't fair, just like defensively. And I think what you're saying is totally true. They have continued to ratchet up the defense. I think all those players, their dogs, you know, they all got that dog in them. And I think they really pride themselves in defense even some like Kelsey plum who's not necessarily her defense isn't the first thing you think of. She's playing some really good defense too. And it is easier when you have Asia Wilson and Briana Stewart behind you cleaning up everything. And they absolutely were Canada could not finish at the rim for anything. They couldn't finish anywhere. Here are the shooting numbers for Canada. It's not good. They were 16 of 73 that is about 20 1.9%. From three, they went four of 26. 15.4%. I don't know. I mean, I don't know how much you want to describe the three point shooting to the United States, but I felt like everything was also rushed for Canada. It was like when they got open three, they just felt like someone was coming to take this ball away from me. And they would rush it. But just a phenomenal defensive effort. I think. You look at the offensive side. It looks good to Kelsey plum 14 points. Wilson 15 Stewart 17 aless Thomas ten Thomas was had ten points and 5 of 5 shooting. It's normal. That's how she does it. It's normal.
A highlight from Hour 3: Mike Griffith
"This week. We will also talk to Jackie sherrill in our final hour. Two of the teams that he coached, Texas a and M and Mississippi state meet this weekend in starkville. Kenneth is in California. Hello, Kenneth. Hey, how you doing, sir? We're doing great. Thank you. Hi, so I had a sick day and I listened to your show all the time. So I thought I'd call in. Thank you. I wanted to talk to you about the album tigers. I grew up 30 minutes away from there. I'm a normal or I'm originally from Alabama. I think they're running games pretty good. What do you think about their quarterback situation? Well, it's a mess because the injury to Finley and the whatever with calzada, he never quite materialized. So Ashford's a good compliment, but I don't think he's the answer. Well, I don't know if you've ever heard of valet Alabama, but there's a pretty good prospect Brit Osbourne. He's still got eligibility. I think they should hit him up and I have heard of valley. They wanted a good idea. I'll pass it on. Brian Hart. There you go, get Brian Hart in the hit him up. But hey, I love your show. I just want to call in and get your thoughts. Thank you. I just sent coach arson a text to let them know what's going on. How about Matt in South Carolina? Hello, Matt. Hey, how you doing, Paul? What are you doing great? Thank you. Excellent. Hey, I just wanted to share some to some good news that I got. So I'm originally from Wisconsin. I grew up Big Ten guy, never really cared for the SEC. Kind of felt that their fans are a little homeless, too homeless for me. Really? I can't believe you said that. I mean, SEC fans are very objective. They always look at the other side. And exactly. That's why I married one. But she's a goal, and we're going to our first game together. Going to see Tennessee at South Carolina and to add the insult into it for being the away fans. We're sitting in the caca boost section. Really? And I thought that yeah, the first mean, I talk a boost. I don't know what to talk about. That's where I'm about to find out, man. I know. But I just want to share that good news. That's fantastic. Congratulations, all the best. Randy. Rhett Randy's Randy sends it along his best greetings as well. Sitting in the cock a boost. Have you ever done that? I know, I've seen it. Pat is in opa leica, heli pat. Hi, Paul. So I'm just going to give you my little take on Aubrey. I've been all the fan all my life. I'm so programmed and coco was in the stadium when I was a kid, so I've been around a long time. Man, I am so embarrassed by auburn, not auburn football players, not coach harsh and I'm embarrassed by the upper debates that run our program. To bring a man in commit that kind of money before the end of the season, they want to talk about. No recruits coming to Aubrey or any other college when a coach is on the hot, so he didn't his first year. You know, so a lot of the blame is the lack of support. He came to auburn and I don't know that he's a fit for the SEC, but I do know that he had been treated well. Since he got here, but the karma comes in to play. And I'm going to take this karma all the way back to when they did Tommy tuberville like they did. We. Came out a few years later and want to announce our championship with 24 Tommy to reveal seniors. And Sam, cam. And from that point forward, you know, things have just gone downhill. And I don't know what those people are really looking for down there, but what coaching is right, man would want to come down there and not have control of the team, man. And it's just really embarrassing. Well, pat, let me ask you if you could tell us what the solution to the problem is. You know, $54 million question. I don't know what the solution to the problem is, but I know that no other SEC is running like the program at auburn. And there's not going to be overnight fixed or one year fixed, man. We're in this for a while. Pat, thank you. I don't think it takes that long. If you get the right person in, the cultural will change quickly. You mentioned chiswick winning in 2010, auburn played for the national championship again in 2013. And they played for the SEC championship a couple of years after that as well. It has not been as bad as I think some of us make it out to be. Preston is in Louisiana. Hello Preston. Hey, Paul, how are you doing today? Very well. Thank you, Preston. Listen to you for a long time. This is the second time I call. I hope this one goes better than the first one. Last time I called you about the pin yet on we'll wait and LSU and I'll argue with the turnout too well for me. So I hope this one is where you suggesting that will was not achieved. FBI. Yeah, I was suggesting he must have been working for the FBI because they called him in and reinstated their map. Is it sort of came in, not turned out to be wrong? So that's okay. Yeah, I'll get wrong. So you were right. But you get paid for it. I don't. I will tell you this for us. I wish I wish I had never heard the name will wait. It's been one of the more unpleasant names in my career. Well, you actually told me that on there, you told me you said this is going to be, I'm just going to stay out of it. I'm finished with it. That's what the last comment made. And it turned out to be a long time for us in that against my better judgment. I told the truth as I knew it, and nobody wanted to hear it. And it doesn't matter now, but what is he doing, by the way? Did anybody, has anybody seen will wait lately? No. I'm sure he made enough money. He's probably having a good time somewhere. At the beach. Let's see if we can spend 30 or $40 million of LSU's money as fast as possible. Well, we don't have any left. We already gave a hundred and million to Brian Kelly. At least an investment, as opposed to a. Money. Good money after bad debt. I know I have a limited time Paul so I'll tell you why I called. I was calling because I just wanted to express my opinion because you said a few times remember that I talked about transfer portal. Is absolutely killing college football. And I just want to give you a little evidence when I talk about because I think there's a lot more collateral damage than people are realizing. And I think the Appalachian state of what Texas a and M to middle to the sea over Miami, the marshal of the not saying that Georgia southern over the tulane of Kansas state. We didn't used to see that. And I think the reason it's happening is because there's transfer portal. When we've watched games just 5 years ago like LSU versus Alabama, those teams with three deep at every position. I mean, they would turn your alignment would come in and out every other plate.
A highlight from Hour 4: Jackie Sherrill
"There's some gusty winds happening up to 2025 miles an hour in the promise of rain coming in, but it's not that bad at all. Now what them folks down there in Florida have gone through. No, no, thank goodness. Well, you got that right. But I think the game as far as I know was still on me. If you heard anything, I don't know. No, it's on. No, we talked to a ray Tanner, but an hour or two ago the athletic director at South Carolina. They'll be playing at 7 o'clock tonight. Well, good, good. I've been real busy today, and what's happening. What was the gossip at the store today, Kat, daddy? Oh, lord have mercy. Well, everybody thinks we'll be all right good night, but. The excitement we had built up before is I just think it's kind of depleted a little bit so things are getting back more back to normal if you know what I'm saying. Yeah, no, I don't live too far from your state. I know the mood of the game cognation. Okay, daddy. We're still there. Yeah, so. Well, we gonna try to find bomb. I ain't giving up on my game dogs and I'm gonna tell you something too. Clemson is going to lose. And I know Mitch is gonna get a set of ideas. But I know that Clemson is going to lose at home to NC state and pussycats are gonna fight little babies. Thank you, Kat daddy, be safe. Let's continue Ron is in Virginia. Hello, Ron. To Paul fine bomb show, Paul is the answer to college football, sir. It is. And you are the answer. And I appreciate you. This is my 11th time on the show. I enjoy listening to all the incoming calls from all the great people that call in. I'm calling 9 11, you're going to lock this on the top four. I've heard a lot of callers comment calling in. Mike Griffith, whoever and yes, it doesn't matter if the SEC isn't as strong as they normally are. We see that. Okay. Which is a good thing for the Big Ten. So what's going to happen is what I see in people see it too like I do is I'm not bragging. Ohio State looks good, Michigan's on upset alert I've seen you see that. Sure. Georgia and Alabama Emma's going to surprise everybody, Paul. And I believe in a top four and this is what the fan base wants is Ohio State and Alabama and look out before I go on this, my mother in law from Lawrence county, Alabama. Just kind of upset me. I hope I man in handsome Joe and legend hear me. She's on a fixed income. And she's retired. And she loves Alabama. She does she can't afford to get the ESPN channel or ESPN channel and help me out with this, Paul, because some of the viewers can afford to watch the normal channels when they want to watch the SEC channels. Yeah, in most places, this is this channel, the SEC network is available. But there are various, if you take a basic cable, you probably may not get it. So I understand that. And I'm sorry to hear that. But most places in the south, you'll probably get it as you work your way around the country. It might be on a different tier. Also, and I know you're busy. You're going to lock this. I talked to you a few weeks ago. About Hugh freeze taking the Alabama. Or not the Alabama, the auburn replacement. And Mike Griffith brought it up, Paul. That impressed me. What do you think? Well, I think what people need to remember, there was some resistance that you freeze coming back a couple of years ago as a coordinator or in another position because when he left all miss, his program ended up serving a two year probation, he was the head coach. He may not have been specifically named and there was a feeling among administrators that he shouldn't be in the SEC while his program is under sanctions. I think there's still a level of uneasiness, but there's never been an absolute you can not hire him. I asked the commissioner about that point blank one day when we were doing a symposium in New York and he said, no, I don't have that authority. I can offer an opinion and his opinion is pretty important though, but if auburn wanted to hire him, I think they would be able to hire him. Thank you for the call. Do appreciate it. George is up next in Kentucky. Hello, George. How you doing? Thank you. Now, I was just wondering, I was saying, I asked about basketball fan too. David, what do you think do you find cancel? Recruited well another picture. In basketball, yes. I do. I think Tennessee, I guess we're talking basketball, tennesse basketball. Under Rick Barnes is on an incredible high. The recruiting role in football too. Matt is in San Antonio. Hello, Matt, how you doing, mister identity. At first, how did it go to adopt deployment? What was my Aggie? This game come up because it meant to be safe, man. I'm here on the Internet on there in the stupid crap that misses Dave's gonna blow us out. Like, really? Okay, they're not that good, man. Yeah, by the way, yeah, pretty much everyone we've talked to thinks that. Because one thing you could do to Mike reaches right is freaking crazy. If you take away this ability to pass the ball, to run the ball, you drop forward the people in the back, you take away the ability to throw the football, but nobody wants to consider that because they think, oh, this is going to blow us up. Learn it or not. You be this one time. What we do last year on slide ten same thing, they're going to beat it here, but then they wouldn't know. And I said one more thing I want to talk to you about match a couple of days. You think Joe returns there to be the Hall of Fame after what happened at this state and you think how there was office at corny I should go to
A highlight from Hour 2: Ray Tanner
"There. Between South Carolina and South Carolina state, let's get back to our calls right now and talk to Trey in Tuscaloosa. Paul, this ain't tray. This is the washed up athlete that was a basketball official. This is great to have you. Well, thank you, Paul. Hey, listen. Also, I'm going to get sent to my basketball official. He just got two technicals and he's been thrown off the show for the rest of the day, so telling we don't want to hear from him for the rest of the day. Don't call back in today because he's going to want to call back in and justify everything you see it. But I do agree with GM on something. It's not what come that goes into your mouth at what comes out of your mouth. And Jim does that to everybody every day on this show, including you. And I got a question for Jim, I would like you to answer. And then I'm done with Jim. Whoever toting the quit talking about sports, whoever he believes in, I want to know if whoever that was or whatever it was, whatever spirit it was, did they tell him, don't talk about sports, talk about everybody else, talk about yourself and put down every call on the Paul fine bombshell and put down Paul every other day and then call in wine and cry one an apology. Because that's what he does. But I'm done with Jim, I move forward and yes, I've been in heel. I was a coach. I was a teacher. I was in this active 5 years, reserve 5 years. When I was in the reserves, during halftime of the basketball game, my unit got called up to go to desert storm. I spent 18 months in Kauai. That's how that happened to me. The power have two football questions for you. Young? And battle. Are they going to play this weekend? And I think if battled all plays, they could really be in for some trouble. And I'll hang up and listen to your response. Thank you. I don't know the exact answer to that today. I'll try to get it for you about tomorrow's show. Augie is in New Orleans. Hello augie. Paul, you know, I've got to disagree with what everybody's been saying. It's not what goes in your mouth or comes out of your mouth. You know what's the most important thing as you get older? It's what comes out the other end. That's the most important thing. Like Fred Stanford used to say, get me my prunes. I don't know about you, but I find that regularity is very important as we age and get older. But Paul, have you ever been to Kuwait? I have not. Yeah. The Nico wait, but haven't seen much other than a couple of bases in an airfield. At this point, listen, if I burn the predictions are true and they lose. Do you think Carson is going to get the axe next week or will it wait? Well, I can tell you I have no available sources telling me one way or the other, unlike others who claim to know. I've always been a big freeze fan. I think he's been rehabilitated, but there are some who believe Hugh freeze is untouchable in the SEC. I don't agree with that, but what's your take on that? I think he was untouchable, but I don't think he is anymore. There's still a, there's still a segment of people who don't care for him and I think that is Wayne, but I'll give you a better read tomorrow. I'm going to be in Oxford, where he freeze used to roam the streets and I'll have a much better idea. You've talked to the guy a lot. Do you feel he's contrite and he's made the proper amends? I do. And listen, what else can he do? He said all the right things. He's done all the right things. He's now been approached at liberty, what three or four years? He's done a phenomenal job there. I'm still not even a 100% sure what he did. Even though I spent time with him and he explained it. Do you think he would be good for the SEC? I think Q freeze would be a very good coach in the SEC, yes. I agree with you. And one other question, we haven't heard a lot from hogs fans since last week. My question is, do you sense any trepidation in tide nation? Very little. I think we may feel we may feel it in a couple of weeks, but I don't feel it right now. Okay, so if something untoward happened Saturday, it will be a huge upheaval, right? Alabama losing is always enough people. Alabama nearly losing is always an upheaval. So yeah, so the answer is it will be, yes. So for the sake of the show and for a great Monday, I hope it's either a loss or a very close win for Bama. See you next week, Paul. We never think in those terms. Kathy is up next. A hello, Kathy. Hey. Thank you today. We are doing great. Thank you. I actually have two questions. Okay. First question. I'm going to ask those and then I'll hang up and let you ain't. First question is you're a sports talk radio program. Am I correct? You are correct, yes. But people call every day and not one time do they ever discuss sports? They scream and yell at each other. They low rate anybody and everybody, but they never talk sports. So why call? That's a question and more importantly when they call if they do talk sports, they never talk about their own team.
A highlight from Hour 1: Alex Scarborough
"Teams and an important rivalry, but right now let's start with the story about the aggies DB Tariq Chappell. The key to stopping the bulldogs, we'll talk to Jackie Sheryl about three hours from now. He coached at a and M, he also coached that Mississippi I think have a rooting interest in this one. Meanwhile, what about the rankings in the SEC is George is still the best team, even after last week, some people believe Alabama looked to best. Mike Griffith always objective, always neutral. That's right. He will join us later, and we are excited. Senator thune is introduced bipartisan bill to prohibit a tax write off for NIL contributions. A lot of senators getting involved. Remember we talked to senator tuberville recently. He's got a bill with Joe Manchin. Now, John thune, who will be next. May even be a former players running
A highlight from Hour 4: David Bazzel
"And we're back for the final hour and it's been quite a show. We started with hinden hooker, the starter for starting a quarterback for Tennessee. Now a Heisman candidate has Tennessee has this weekend off before LSU and Alabama. Let's get back to the calls in gunny is up next in Georgia. Hello, gunning. Hello, Paul. How you doing? We're doing great. Thank you. Just have a comment to make about the auburn head coach. I was watching the Penn State game at the end of the first quarter. Through a incomplete pass that nobody on the coach and staff noticed that they could call time out and over and would have gotten the ball back. They already had it down and field goal range. And things like that is what happened at all. Everybody's not in the game. Everybody's not staying on top of everything. And I always wanted to tell you that I really appreciate you and the Joe I must say your program for years. And I was going to buy my Purple Heart since I heard you talk to GM well ago I think you deserve something else. And by the way, when did you win the Purple Heart? In the Gulf War? Oh wow, that's fantastic. It's not fantastic, but I'm glad you you're still around. It's fantastic. I don't have to pay for my tag. I don't have to pay lorem tax in the county, I live in. It is pretty nice. And it's hard to get a ticket to have per year over so you realize you just blew a stop sign. What did you, what did you do during the war? I was with connoisseurs, man. Really? Like all this long range reconnaissance. Well, thank you for what you said and did you notice that play? That's the end of the first quarter and the Penn studied all over again. No. The quarter ran out before they snapped the ball. And all my quarterback through an intercept and they could have challenged that and give them the ball back with you already had it in the red zone, which will have been a sure three points, probably. But no valid challenge. So on a plane getting back. So I missed the beginning of the game. We've got to thank you again for sharing your story and you'd be well. Very, very interesting call there. Cat daddy is up next. Big bow looking good sounding good. Always that usual. Boy, that gift from Ohio. He show gives you the business. Don't he? He does. He's just always got an axe to grind. Well, I'm gonna tell you. My daddy told me years ago that, you know how to enter the Civil War was that you listen to us, grant Robert and Lee got together and have come back. And they both said, how are we gonna stop this thing? You know the south can't win. And Robert E. Lee said I know that he said by all in this wolf, you promised me Tucson. You Yankees can calm down south and rent out hotel rooms and Myrtle Beach and eating our restaurants two weeks. And I'll end the war and grant said you got a deal. And that's the way it's been. I knew that was what happened. I've read all these books about appomattox and I never I never saw that. Well, you must find bombs sometimes you have to read between the pictures and learn history. But I will make a prediction. Clemson, almost lost to wait for us and should not have won that game. They are going to get that butt speech in the valley by NC state, go wolf pack. As NC state ever won a game they were supposed to win, what a big clips on a couple of years we go in North Carolina. To me, that's one of the most underperforming teams of all time. Just when you're counting on them to do something, they don't do it. Where are you Tyler like you told Mark Clemson too? I'm a tell you something. I don't know how to break this to you, but Clemson has won two national championships in recent years. How many is South Carolina one? Oh, you got me on camera. Let's find bomb on. You gotta read between some time, Kat, daddy. Dylan is up next in Tennessee. Hello, Dylan. Dylan did not make it. Elliot is up next in Ohio. Hello, Elliot. Hey Paul, thanks for taking my call. I don't know if we're going to call it the power of Paul or the curse of fine bomb but here's the deal. Every time I get on Twitter during a game, I predict the Texas was going to be back. So Texas is playing are coming back. They got Quinn viewers on the 20 yard line. He's had an incredible drive. I get on Twitter on about the sends you a tweet to say, in your face Paul, Texas is back. And then Quinn, at that moment, at that moment, I'm touching this phone. Quinn gets taken out. Clemson wake forest. I predicted an upset. Wake forest is going to upset Clemson. Okay, we made it over time. I still think they're going to do it. They score first in the overtime. I send a tweet this time. Literally send a tweet in your Facebook, quince has gone down and then look what happens. So when Ohio, when Ohio legalizes gambling here at the beginning of the year, I'm going to call you for your pick so I can make some money because I don't even know what to do with this. Kelly, there are a lot of things. I love almost everything about the college football season. Predicting games is my least favorite. There's no upside anymore. I used to do it every week and a newspaper.
A highlight from Hour 2: Nick Kelly
"Second hour is live and if you are just joining us, either listening or watching we've had quite a first hour Heather damage on live from Chicago. We began the program with hinden hooker and our more compelling conversation. We had not had to say quarterback in a long time. It was fantastic. Let's get back to the calls in just a minute, but Nick Kelly will join us now talking about the university of Alabama, Nick, of course, with the Tuscaloosa news. Nick, great to see you again. Thank you for the time. Everyone's worried about Alabama as they begin this gauntlet of Arkansas and Tennessee on the road and a home game with Texas a and M give us the latest from Tuscaloosa good afternoon. Great to be with you, Paul. Yeah, this Alabama team is mainly had some quizzes, if you will, the first couple of weeks other than Texas, now the test begin. Now we're going to see how they really are going to be this season. I think we're going to be a real sense these next few weeks as to whether this team's a national title contender or not. I mean, you talk about these road trips and these three teams coming into the year. I thought it would be the toughest matchups and it's proven to be true. And we're going to find out if this help empty is really a contender if it's pretender. Let's talk about what we know and then we can start speculating there's a lot of speculation that Alabama is getting healthier and getting players back. What do we know about that? Yeah, I think it's some encouraging signs at receiver, of course they played better against Vanderbilt receiver, but then also on the field we saw guys like Tyler harrell and JoJo Earl warming up. We had not seen that until that game. They've been both dealing with foot injuries that's kept them out so far this season. Both guys bring a lot of explosiveness speed so if they can get healthy and be back soon, which is kind of what we expected around this October time is when those guys might be back, some help is on the way for Bryce young that receiving court because they have guys who can make plays, but not too much true explosiveness at receiver, not guys who have that scary speed. And so they can get Tyler Harold back and get JoJo Earl in that offense. Some good things are ahead for this offense. And listen, we all know what Bryce young is capable of. Is it more of the dearth of healthy receivers or is he maybe not playing at the same level? What do you see? I see a Bryce young that is playing at a similar level, if not even better than last year in some ways. I mean, he's playing, well, you have to develop that new chemistry with receivers. He had such a well oiled machine with Jameson Williams with John mache that group last year. And of course, Bryce is back, but he has basically a whole new cast of supporting characters. That takes time to develop that chemistry and like I mentioned, this team does not have, has not yet had a Jameson Williams type guy, tell her Harold could be similar with that speed. But when you basically have the best receiver in the country a year ago and you're playing with that all the time, that's going to make you look awfully good. And I think that with James Williams NFL, they've had to replace that, and that's not an easy thing to do. But I think brace young is still playing at a very high level right now. We talk about will Anderson for Heisman and that was the preseason conversation. He still will Anderson, but what would you say about his play so far this year? Well, we're going to need to see more of that touchdown action from him if he's going to have a shot the Heisman. You look historically at the guys who have wanted to have not been offensive players and Charles Woodson was making all kinds of plays all over the field. So he's going to maybe need another fumble pick 6 would be great, but I would not want to get in the way of him running with the football say that, but he's starting to ramp up though it seems Texas maybe was not as strong a game for him very uncharacteristic for him with the penalties, but the last couple of games we've been seeing were that will Anderson where he's affecting the offense. He's getting the way he's creating problems for the rushing offensive game plans and overall he's just being more effective. So I think it's taken him a little bit of time to ramp up, but I think he's right on track to have a very similar year to last year. Alabama has had one road game and by no means there's Texas an elite team. They've already lost twice one to Alabama. They lost a game to Texas tech the other day in Lubbock. What do we really know about this Alabama team through four games? That's a great question. That's why I say that these are some real exams coming up these next couple of weeks. The quiz is kind of give you a sense, you know, going back to that those school days were, okay, you know, I know a few things about this, but once you get to those tests, that reveals where you're really at in terms of your knowledge of the subject in school. And so I think it's a very similar kind of thing this week and the next couple weeks where, yeah, we've learned some things about Alabama, album, looked impressed against Vanderbilt, but they should. And so now once they get these tougher tests, these tougher opponents, we're going to really find out if album is good. And I don't have any reason to believe that they're not going to be good, but we're going to actually find out that's true or not. But Nick, to be a contrarian just for the sake of argument, why should we believe that this road game is going to be different than the last road game or the one last year that ended the season in four over time so the one there was one good game and then the two other road games, something about the road in Alabama. What is it? I don't know. And frankly, that's a good question. I'm not sure that I have the answer to say that they are going to be great on the road. They're trying to emphasize that. We'll understand, of course, talked about, he wants the whole defense wants the opposing teams fans to be leaving the stadium by at least the end of the third quarter. Ideally, halftime. And so they're emphasizing that message this week, but whether that translate remains to be seen. Nick Kelly, joining us from Tuscaloosa, many, many thanks, Nick. Thank you. We will talk. You're right. We'll know a lot more Saturday, but we don't know very much right now. And I think that's what's so interesting about this Alabama team. Let's grab some calls for some people who do know. Nick Nick doesn't because he's a trained journalist. Let's get the guys who know. I guess I'm referring to Daryl from Columbia. But you know what, arrow does snowball? Daryl from Columbus, I'm sorry. I spoke too soon. So what's up in Columbus today?
A highlight from Hour 3: Matt Stinchcomb
"Here. This is the Paul fine bomb show hour three podcast. And we are back, we appreciate you being here and we'll get to your calls in just a moment at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. We mentioned our country music guests in an hour and we'll talk more about that. We're going to show you this name of the song is a Tennessee orange for those of you who have not heard it and you will hear it later on. The lyrics here by Megan maroney, you can see that on the screen for those of you listening on the radio, I'll do my best to just read the lyrics, took me to Knoxville last Saturday and I wore the hat on the dash to the game. It sure wasn't Athens, but I fell for him under those kneeling lights in Georgia. They'd call it a sin. I'm wearing Tennessee orange for him. So I think you get the key to the song. She went to Georgia, and she did. And her parents are red and black. And she met some guy who treated her well, and she now wearing Tennessee orange for him. It's a cute song. I'm humming it all day. And I may even sing back background for when we get her on. Let's get to the calls. And Davis is in Wisconsin. Hello, Davis. Yes, sir. G slash father life from the pina gallery. Mississippi state fourth quarter and Boston rules was like quicksand and Napoleon mckellen was a shipping of mine. But I just want to know what the keys are for a bully to beat the aggies and I want you to have a great time in the grove and you'll be blessed and thank you for your wisdom and your mentor. Yeah, thanks, David. I think we were talking to mcelroy, he talks a lot about the defense of Mississippi, obviously Will Rogers and there's some concern about a and M, especially without anaya Smith. As Billy lucci told us yesterday, they have plenty of depth there, but he said that they don't have the leadership. And that could be a big deal on the road in a critical game for a and M. Let's check in with Harold up next, a hello Harold. Harold, how are you? Let's talk about Nick Saban during his career. Some of the things he's done besides coaching. How important was this? Thank you back to some of how reigns references. How important was it that he led a Black Lives Matter March college to foster auditorium with the players? I mean, how many coaches would do that? And not how many politicians could do that in Alabama and not be. Hurt badly. Well, I think the key to answering that question is to look at the coach who did not handle that situation very well. And that was at Osiris. He was insensitive to his players needs at that moment in time. He went on television as you remember and ticks a lot of them off. While Sabin always has steered clear a politics, but Saban did not look at this as politics. He and others, others did the same thing. Kirby smart and a few others. But he also understood his team. He heard he listened to them. He heard from the leadership council and he reacted and because he has so much credibility. He was able to, he listened, he took a lot of flack on this show. There were more than. But he didn't care because he knew he was making the right decision for his team and it turned out to help them to a national championship. Right. And like I said, if a whole bunch of people had canceled their season difference because of that and when the bothered him, hey, that's what he believed. That's how he helped his team. And that's why he's so much more than a coach. And that's got to be, to me, one of the finest hours in Alabama history for him. Interesting, you mentioned that because I don't think I have not heard many other people mention that. You get the cliche answers. And I don't mean this the wrong way. He gets a lot of credit for the tornado. That was there was a lot there, but I think in terms of his team, what he did with was probably more important. Oh, absolutely. One thing I do miss about the old show. I miss him. You would say things just were so incredible. I remember one time. There was some talk about Mississippi and homeless and you made this. Mississippi still burning in reference to the Gene Hackman. Working for the SEC network, that wouldn't be a good idea now with it. Well, Harold, I am playing by different rules. I think that would be a fair statement. I am often reminded of some of the articles that I've written, which was really, for those who wonder how this all started, and it doesn't really matter now. I was a newspaper writer and became a talk show host. And ultimately, some of the stuff that I wrote, as you know, because we've been talking for almost the entire the entirety of my career in Alabama, I would crawl under a rock if you called up and asked me about some of those articles these days, Harold, because I really wouldn't want anybody to know that I wrote them. It was so witty in the middle of a conversation, just have someone with the intelligence that you had. We know that the truth of the mayor Harold is I'm just not nearly as bright as I used to be. I tend to doubt that. But I'm an after all. Your first now, your second far right at the radio. Was with you and the legendary John forney. Right. And what was the name of that show? Sports and stuff. Yeah, well, I do very much miss all those days because, I mean, we would veer off this. I just got hit up by a friend of mine saying, can you get back to football? We talk enough about football. But that show was not we were not on a sports station. And for all, for Jim, who believes this show went downhill the day we got to ESPN. Those who agree with him actually point to the moment that I left the news talk station to go to go to a sports station as the biggest change in the show's history. But the thing about sports since the thing about sports is you and John would get all kinds of calls from people that I remember. I think from a guy who had just had intimate relations tonight before. We could cause now Harold from people that are in the middle of intimate relations, I think. Okay. But like I said, I know this is a promotion from you and but I do remember something you've said before. That if it were up to your better half, you'd move back to Alabama tonight. You remember? I do remember saying that. And part of that was because she's from Alabama and I was telling somebody today who didn't who I just met for the first time. On the phone, that I wasn't really, even though this was a great job. It was dependent on whether my wife agreed to go. And if she said no, then I was going to keep having that great show. Where I was. But she surprised me. In fact, shocked me. So that's why we called you to go for it. Go for it. And there were some specific reasons why she agreed. She heard some things she liked. But and I'm glad we did. That was almost 9 years ago. More than 9 years ago, it's almost ten years. And the most important thing when you make a life-changing decision like that, Harold, as you know, is you hope you hope you hope it doesn't end quickly. But fortunately, we passed that point. Okay. Have a good day, Paul. Thank you very much. We'll take a short break as we continue to pay tribute to my life. More of your phone calls right after this. You
A highlight from Hour 4: Megan Moroney
"For the final hour and we appreciate all of you being with us. We talked about this earlier today about this country song that is climbing the charts and it's all about love of the lot of someone who loves the Tennessee valves. Let me say hello to Megan maroney who's joining us now, making first of all, we are delighted to say hello to you. I heard this song a couple weeks ago and it's in my head and I'm so happy that you could make time for us. How are you? I'm great. Thank you for having me. Let's talk a little bit for a second about you and then we're going to share with the audience something that millions have already seen and heard and that's the song. But tell us your backstory. You went to Georgia, which is really the key to this whole episode, isn't it? Yeah. I did go to UGA graduated in 2020. And I kind of got my music start in Athens. I went to school to be an accountant and I came out a marketing digital marketing and music business major. So. You get into country music, you start touring with some major names from Chase rice to right now. Jamie Johnson and many others. So how did how did you make this pivot from what you studied and what you got a degree into what you're currently doing? Yeah, so in college, I was a freshman and I was in a sorority and we had a philanthropy event where we hired John Lang's syndicate play show and they needed and a free opener, which was me and I played the show and chase rice was there a month later he had me come open a sold out show so I played my first real gig at the Georgia theater in Athens and I kind of fell in love with it and then I changed my major and just kind of prepared myself to be able to move to Nashville after I graduated. So you've had a couple of other songs that you had an album out a couple of months ago and you've had success, but I think this is a sports show, obviously. We're just, I'm fascinated. I went to Tennessee, so maybe I'm more fascinated than everybody else. But how did tell us the backstory on this song and what was behind it? Okay, so I moved to Nashville after graduation, obviously. And when I moved here, I met a lot of Tennessee boys, a lot of Tennessee balls. So I kind of had a crush on one of them, and I found myself. It only happened one time where I had a shirt on. That was a Tennessee shirt. But because it felt so wrong, I knew I could write a song about it. And that's kind of it's definitely a true story. Okay. I think we have, we're ready to play the song. I want to give everybody a little bit of a snippet of what we're talking about here. This is Tennessee orange.
A highlight from Hour 1: Ben Portnoy
"To another day in this ought to be a really good one. It is Tuesday as we begin to say goodbye to September, but we have a lot to share with you, obviously you've heard about the hurricane in freaking havoc. We'll talk about what changes it may have had on football games and there are plenty out there right now. The hurricanes have affected the gamecocks. They'll play SC state on Thursday in Florida has moved its game with eastern Washington to Sunday. We'll give you more information about both, but obviously Tampa right now, the sample saint Pete area in the eye of the storm affecting pretty much everything in its wake. Meanwhile, from the state of Alabama, they got a three game stretch that will test the tide to put it mildly, Arkansas, not that big of a favor there by Alabama standards, Texas a and M and of course they're at ten C what about LSU? Brian Kelly, heading to auburn this weekend, then has Tennessee. And let's break some news here. He said, this month will tell us a lot about ourselves. Yeah, you see the percentages there. Pretty good chance against auburn, even against Tennessee there. They're looking pretty good in every game, but Alabama is that possible? These are just predictions. Remember, there are upsets every week. The dogs are looking for a playmaker as they head to Missouri. They may help them find one. Kirby smart, unhappy with the most recent visit against Ken state. On this has new headline headline here about the helmets. You like it? Almost always has a new trick up its sleeve. Speaking of all this, we will be there Friday afternoon. Well, that's what is making the news right now. We'll talk to some of the people that are helping to make that news and including Ben portnoy about the changes. Later on, GM will join us. And have you heard about Meghan Moroni's new hit? It's called Tennessee orange. Country singer just came out with a song. She's a Georgia grad, used to wearing red, met a Tennessee boy, and he has her wearing Tennessee orange. Sounds catchy. Well, when the Tennessee volunteer ranked as high as they are, even country music songs make Tennessee fans feel better and you will meet her here in a couple of hours. Let's get to the phone calls right now at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. We begin with Bill in Napa. Hello Bill. Hello, mister. How are you, sir? We are doing great. Thank you. So we're obviously being brought flowers, fans over here. Known to kids that she's ten. And now he's the last couple of games he's again bursting on the scene after a little slow start only at 95 yard in the first couple of games. So a couple of questions. One, you know, they're projecting him now when he comes out I'm sure he's going to probably come out his junior year. With his skill set, never seen anything like it, really. One, do you project him to be a higher tied in pick than pitch came out when Alabama drafted him for or excuse me, Atlanta drafted him forth overall and then have you seen have you ever seen anything like this kid as far as a tight end? And where do you rate him as a tight end and your experience of seeing him? Yeah, Bill, thanks for the call. First of all, let me make it very clear. I am not a draft expert. So I don't rank these guys. I leave it to the experts to do so. And then we see how accurate they are. I mean, to me, he looks in the same zip code as pits, I think he's one of the most unique players I've ever watched. So he can do pretty much everything. And it has become an incredibly valuable position on the field. Thank you very much. Charlie, from wicksburg, you are next up. Hello, Charlie. Paul, you're making your show great again. Thank you. That's the aim. Hey, you know, cockroach callers. I've never heard you put Jeff in his place like that before. Congratulations on making that Big Ten guy going, hey, just let's face the network. What you doing calling us? And you know, I like legends. Legend makes a show better and you know what? You want to talk about some low hanging fruit. Jim. Oh man, he kills crawling back. He quit show. He shouldn't Jim down. I mean, he's just calling back and Jeff jumping on his bandwagon. And you know, I'm in sort of being cordial these days, they ain't got much to say about those banners 'cause I mean, look at what kind of shape hearth in there. But you know what? Let's say some prayers for mom and here's for all these SEC won't be out there that can keep their auditions far from body. We got nothing to lose. Those are we can tell by the lines that we're starting to see seeing that movie too. Seth is up next in Kentucky. Hello, Seth. Hello, Paul. Hi there. I was curious what you thought about how Kentucky receivers have kind of bursted onto the scene and they've done really well over expectations. Yeah, they have and I'm really looking as we talk to will Levinson. I'm really looking forward to seeing Rodriguez join the party this Saturday and Oxford. Hey, thanks for the call. Things are really going great for them. Dan is in Louisiana. It's been a long time, Dan. How are you? I'm doing good, Paul. Thank you for taking my call. Paul, I'm excited about tigers. They are on the road. But why aren't they even considered in the rankings? They're going to have to be Tennessee before they'll be right. Yes. Well, I think so. Dan, considering they lost to Florida state in what was essentially a home game and the only played one other decent team since then. So where do you think they should be ranked? I think at least in the top 25 well, they're being Mississippi state and that's it. I think you're going to have to wait for them to play a couple of better teams, Dan. And they will. Auburn, Tennessee, Florida, Ole miss Alabama. Don't despair over the rankings. It's way, way, way too early. Chris is in Louisiana. Hello Chris. How's it going, Paul? Hey there. Hey, I wanted to see you. Do you think Brian Kelly is the right guy, sale issue? Yes, I do. I think he, I think he's a tremendous improvement over the previous two coaches and I know what those previous two coaches did, but he's a much better coach. I think it will take him a little bit of time to build a championship program, but I think he's putting the ingredients together right now without many of his own players. Let's continue. And gene is a Nashville. Hey, Jane. Yes, Paul. I wanted to mention two items. Number one, the last three times LSU in Tennessee played. They insist on both teams using the same uniform colors, orange and white, and of all the games I've ever seen anywhere. American football needs contrasting colors on the field more than any game I've ever seen. The other question was a New York Times story last Saturday. It said that the UCLA going to the Big Ten is not a done deal and the general counsel for the University of California said that they do have the authority to nix the whole thing. Yeah, I think on the UCLA situation, gene, I think it's highly unlikely that that will happen. I know there's a lot of politics involved. The governor got involved, the big pact row of commissioner got involved. But I think that move is going to happen because there's just so much money and besides there's so many bad feelings. UCLA needs a shift right now, they are really suffering, I think, where they currently go and there are few schools that are more dependent on one another than UCLA and say, hey, thank you for the call.
A highlight from Hour 2: Greg McElroy
"We saw him in Arlington Friday in Saturday. He was on the call for that game and we want to get his thoughts on Arkansas and Texas a and M as they both have critical games as a great thanks for the time. Let's start with Arkansas, we know what happened, what did you come away with, what were your impressions coming away with as they get ready for Alabama? Well, it looked like early on, Paul, they were about to absolutely work the aggies. It was a start that you would like to frame in your museum. If you're Arkansas, it came out of the gate right down the field a couple touchdowns early, get a big, nice, comfortable lead, felt like you were playing great on defense and the aggies really in the first quarter could do nothing right whatsoever. And then of course the aggies put a drive together, they were backed up at terrible field position. A chain hit one at the left hand side. Then they kind of really dominated the second quarter because Arkansas went down and they had that fumble that was returned to the House, obviously after KJ Jefferson tried to reach out from about the two and a half yard line, which was not a great decision for him. That kind of led to Arkansas going into a bit of a slump for about two quarters. And then they tried to revitalize their chances there at the end of the fourth quarter about 5 minutes left or so and it just was too little too late, but either way it was a game of momentum and it really kind of summed up September probably better than any game so far is that games are about in September, it's about minimizing the mistakes. How many games are just flat out gift wrapped and given to the opposition. We've seen it happen time and time again. And that was certainly the case on Saturday when Arkansas made several mistakes that ultimately led to the yagi's pulling off the victory. So let's move to Saturday. First and Fayetteville then we'll get to starkville. What does this match it? What do you see in this matchup in terms of Alabama? We have struggled on the road. We know that. We talked about it versus Arkansas. Well, it's a difficult matchup. I mean any time you go on the road, I think it harder had Arkansas and Victoria last week, and they would have been ranked in the top ten that environment probably would arrival the environment that I was fortunate enough to play in there in 2010, which is one of the best environments I ever played in. When Arkansas feeling it, that's a special place. And I think it probably took the wind out of their sails a little bit at the performance last week, but Alabama still coming to town. And you know that they'll be ready to roll on Saturday. Ultimately, they gotta get KJ Jefferson playing at his best. When he's playing at his best and he's accurate and he's decisive and last year, Paul, he played really well in this ball game against Alabama. Now it was in November. Now it's obviously an early October. This is a massive opportunity for him and what I think is fairly revamped wide receiver core. If they can challenge Alabama down the field, like Texas was able to do early in that football game. They might be able to string together some success. I also think they're going to have to really force Alabama to use their depth along the front defensively. Alabama has good frontline starters, but the depth is a little bit of a question mark at this point. And Arkansas is the type of team that can deliver enough body blows that could force you into rotating in some players that you might not be as comfortable with at this point. So I think Arkansas matches up okay. But I also think Arkansas has been very susceptible to teams that are capable of throwing the football. We all know what Bryce young is capable of as a quarterback as well. So I wouldn't be surprised if this game was a little bit more higher scoring. But also at the same time, you know, I think until Arkansas totally shores up their back end. I have some I have some question marks as to whether or not they can really pull off the upset. A and M heading to the where they were losers in this game last year in College Station they've been hanging by a thread for a couple of weeks now ever since losing to app. They got by Miami, whatever that means. And we know what happened Saturday night. Give us the key matchups in this game in starkville. Well, I think one of the big match ups is Zach arnett, the deep coordinator for Mississippi going against max Johnson, who at both LSU and at Texas a and M, he's not a guy that has a great feel for when pressure is coming at him. If you overload the protection or if they blitz and Zack arnett's gonna blitz, that's what he does. That's what that is the all points bulletin. If you're gonna start your breakdown for Mississippi defense, you know they're gonna come after you. And that's something that max Johnson has not done a great job of handling early in his career. I also think too. Devon a chain was phenomenal last week. And it's going to be really important now that anaya Smith has lost for the season. It's going to be really important, Paul, for them to continue to find ways to get Devon a chain out in space. And they have an athletic advantage over Mississippi state. They are more athletic team. But Mississippi is the more physical team. If they want to make it into a street fight, that is an advantage to Mississippi state. So it'll be really interesting, I think, to see whether or not this rushing attack that was pretty nice last week for the tech savvy, if that can continue on against the quality defense led by coordinator Zach arnett. And then as far as the other side of the ball is concerned, we know that Will Rogers had one of his best games last year against Texas a and M and we know that the pass rush for a and M is pretty good, but there are some really young pieces on the edge of that defense. This will be a big opportunity for some of those freshmen for the top 6 defense events on this roster are true freshman from that much ballyhooed recruiting class. This is their opportunity to really come out because if you have a great pass rush that you can generate with your front four defensively against an offensive line that is a little bit a little bit up and down if you can create a pass rush and create an edge and really overload those tackles, then you can find some success, but that won't be the easiest thing in the world knowing that those tackles are third and fourth year players, not third and fourth year starters didn't even hardly play in some cases, but our veteran players in college football going against true freshmen and in some cases, one 17 year old number 18 for Texas a and M, I'm thinking on his name, but he's 17 years old should be in high school right now. So they're young upfront, but they're talented and this could be a coming out party for him. Auburn hosting LA show, it seems like you've been around LSU this fall more than Brian Kelly, but that's only in theory. I know you missed one or two of their games.
A highlight from Stunner: Penny and Memphis get off light in James Wiseman IARP case (College Basketball 09/27)
"That Memphis got off? This likely. I think everyone's surprised that Memphis got off as lightly as it did. Let's just start there because I know you are as well. Can we start? Can that be the starting point? I don't think anyone, anyone, literally anyone. Maybe people in Memphis is athletics department thought this, but no one thought it was going to be this light. The mutts and weeks leading up to this as I've, you know, regularly talked about this on radio, I have consistently said that anything that doesn't include a postseason band, if I were Memphis, I would take it. 6 game suspension for penny Hardaway? Sure. Fine, whatever. Probation, cool. Scholarship reductions, got it. Anything that didn't include a postseason ban, I would have been willing to take. And obviously, this punishment stops well short of that. I don't have cameras inside the athletic department right now. But I am confident they are thrilled and possibly throwing a party. Not only do I think this met the best reasonable expectations Memphis could have had. I think it probably exceeds it. Has to exceed them. This was one of those deals where when it landed earlier this morning, I look through everything, it was like, am I missing something? I sent out a couple of screen grabs of everything. I was like, all right, this is everything. $5000 fine. .25% of the budget, three years probation. There's nothing on penny here. Like, this is it. It is it. The IAR P. There's a lot we need to get to to provide context for our listeners and our viewers here because this is an intriguing case. And obvious reminder that the Memphis case is separate from all of the other ones because this is not a case tied to the FBI stuff. We will get to that later in the podcast there. But them ruling the way they did is certainly extremely notable and surprising because, and I don't have the full rundown on NCAA history again. This is not committee on infractions. This is not NCAA committee on infractions. This is the I ARP, which will dissolve next year. I don't have the whole history of this. I feel kind of confident declaring that there's never been a school have at least four level one violations in a notice of allegations and come out of that with not at least one significant sanction. I wouldn't define any of the punishments Memphis received today a significant, a three year probationary period is not a significant punishment. Now, don't F up when you're on probation or then it could get real serious in a hurry, but none of these are actually serious. This is been referred to as the cliche, but accurate slap on the wrist. That's basically what's happened here for penny Hardaway to avoid any kind of suspension is obviously intriguing you and I were both on the IAR piece media call there. There's plenty of stuff to take away from that. But I will note that Hugh Fraser, who oversaw this case on the 15 member IAR P board, he said, quote, it was more of the failures of the leaders of the university than the men's basketball coaching staff. He later reiterated what was in the report that they focused a lot on penny Hardaway's community oriented leadership and philanthropic ventures before he became the men's basketball coach and bringing context to that. I certainly want your opinions and thoughts on that. Memphis did not self impose in this as well. This is why I think this is unprecedented. I don't think there's ever been a school to never self impose anything amidst an investigation, get at least four level ones and have this low of a punishment in general. Overall, yes, the IAR P looked at this and said, this seems like level two kind of stuff to us. And then one more quote from Hugh Fraser, he said, quote, our intention was to impact those with greater culpability, ellipsis mind here. The panel was intentional and not prescribing penalties that would have an impact on current student athletes, whether that will be a philosophy that is embraced in future cases, remains to be seen. I asked directly if that would be the case or if it was specific to this, you Frasier was specific in saying it was specific to this case. So don't go thinking that just because Memphis didn't get something major and we weren't going to prescribe penalties to have an impact on current players. That doesn't necessarily mean yes or no either way. Same face would land on Kansas LSU Louisville and Arizona. Your thoughts perish on them getting out the way they did and this also, this other idea that, you know, they really took into account who penny Hardaway is and who he was before he became the Memphis head coach. And that having clearly a significant sway in him not being punished and the program as well. You mentioned, you know, schools that have faced major violations, or at least allegations, and then gotten off with a light punishment by self imposing nothing and acknowledging nothing. North Carolina comes to mind. I don't know if it rises to the criteria you sit. But North Carolina case obviously comes to mind. And I do think these are similar in the way that Memphis was able to effectively argue out of this. If you remember what the North Carolina case, I'll keep it as simple as I can keep it. It was pretty well established that North Carolina had fraudulent classes on its campus that student athletes were benefiting from. The way North Carolina argued out of that is they said, sure. But it's not your job to tell us what is a fraudulent class and what is it? That's not the role of the NCAA. And it's not like only student athletes benefited from these classes. There are a lot of non student athletes that were in these classes as well. Therefore, it is not an impermissible benefit for student athletes because it was available to everybody. And the incident of lay kind of rolled over and said, okay, you got us.
A highlight from Dice it Up 11 | The Growth of WNBA Betting with Danielle Alvari
"Going on, everybody. We are back with another episode of dice it up. For those of you who also follow myself and are betting channels spread the floor, presented by her group stats. You know who our guess is this week. It is the legendary, the famous LA's finest, the one person I talked to from the West Coast. Daniela Alvarez, we've wanted to get you on for a while. What's up? Just a touch of an oversell. So good. I'm very excited. I'm like a little starstruck because I've seen Iceland's podcast, but I've never got to actually hop on with her, so I'm very excited. Love it. Well, this is a Dream Team then 'cause Dan has a lot of fun. We have a lot of the show. Yeah. That's all I'm good for. Usually just a few laughs and then occasionally. And some pics. Yeah, I was gonna say. And then occasionally some drinks after games. Drinks after games with ice is a must. Well, I hopefully commentating somewhere. Again, next year. And so when you go to LA, you and Danielle, Danielle, go down the court, go shoot some threes. I think I airball in front of ice. It was very bad. Once you get into New York, but yeah, so let's get into Danielle for those of you who don't know Danielle does a lot of work with BSI and she, which is at the bet rivers podcast, LA city cast podcast, and was one of the first people that I saw ever betting on the WNBA. And I've told her before, she's the first person I ever set up tweets for. Besides shams and woes. No, this is great. I mean, I love coming from Daniel. That's a lot. That's a saying. I pedestal right there. And when I was when he was in Houston, James Harden was on that list as well. Now he's sadly removed. But that's big company. So yeah, I mean, that's probably how I got into betting WNBA, even though it was available. So yeah, Danielle obviously there's a lot with media, give us a take on your overall background, getting into media, you and I are just head and shoulders above the average person and talking in front of a camera, it's crazy how professional cool you guys are. So take me back to where Danielle started education all that. I will obviously tell her stories. I think she probably has a more traditional background in broadcasting, but I went to UCLA, we don't have a broadcast major. I didn't know I wanted to do this when I got there, like everybody who goes to college, I had no creative ideas of what I wanted to do. So it's doctor or lawyer, so for me it was lawyer. And then I interned at an entertainment law firm, and I was like, it was so fun, and I still thought, no, not for me. So I was like, what am I going to do? My dad was like, you'd be really good on camera. You should do sports. You should do sports broadcasting. You know, at the time, and even still, like people really think of Aaron Andrews, I think, when they think of women in this industry and they say, hey, you should do sideline, and I said, okay, cool, we'll start there. So I bought a camera, I bought a microphone, bought a tripod, asked coach Mora at the time at UCLA football if I could come by practice and do some interviews with his players. Started going to spring practice and just kind of built a reel that way. And then got my first job at a local market in Wyoming. So moved to Wyoming from LA, almost died in two blizzards and thought this is, this is not worth the experience if we die in a blizzard, is it? Like, she was just trying to get some experience as what the obituary will say. So I got a job back in the Bay Area where I'm from, took that to get out of the snow, and then ended up at NFL network back in LA, doing some AP work. And some video content. And while I was doing this, I wasn't doing consistent on air stuff. So I was like, how do I do this? And so I started my own sports show that I would put up every week, so I did it every week for a year. It was like 52 episodes. And it was a lot of work. 'cause you learned so much, right? Because you're putting yourself on camera so you're getting the reps, you're getting to put that on your reel, you're editing, you're learning how to do graphics. And so it was a really, really valuable experience. And it's still the content that I put my reel out, people respond to the most. And it's probably because I wrote it. I think that that's the best thing you can do is make your own content. So that was a good chunk of time, and then I got picked up by BSI and which was really cool. I moved to Vegas for a year, almost died of the heat, obviously I'm not very good in seasons. I don't think people can live in the desert. I think it's very hard, power too, if you can. So I was really fortunate because they were allowed me to move back to Los Angeles, and I hosted the Los Angeles city cast for a while. Now, working on some new projects with BSI in, but did not ever think I would get into sports betting because I'm the person who's like, I like my money where I can see it in my bank account. I don't want to lose it. And then I got into it, and I thought, if you want to get into sports analytics or anything of that nature to do a sports, betting is the way to go because you see traditional sports TV and it was just who's going to win the game and it's 30 minutes on that. By how many points? How many points are going to be scored? Who's going to score this first? And so there's just so much more that goes into sports betting. So I've really been enjoying just the research part of everything. So that's kind of how I've gotten to where I am now. Yeah. I love that. Thank you one for sharing. That is a journey that you took from Wyoming to Vegas. Yeah, right, exactly. Literally everywhere. But I can relate to you in terms of becoming a content creator because you just want to get reps, like understanding that not every opportunity that you apply to, you're going to get. And so sometimes you just got to create your own opportunity. So powerful and like every woman in sports because I feel like we all get to that point where we're like, okay, we've got to somehow create something to be able to do it, right? I was like, all right, I'm going to do an icebox. You're like, hey, I'm going to do my weekly show. I'm going to do 52 weeks, but I definitely don't have 52 iceboxes. But I commend you on that literally. This betting thing. Okay, Dano has gotten me to the dark side. Hey, are you allowed to say that? Come on. Oh, wait, am I allowed to say you or the dark side? No, I was going to say Daniel, it's got I thought you were about to say Dana has gotten me to bet. I was like, you have not done that. You've never met. You've never bet on anything. No, of course not. To the dark side of paying attention to stuff.
A highlight from Hour 4: Richard Johnson & Spencer Hall
"And make their ratings go up. Legend is next. Whoo. My boy. My boy, Paul. They talked about you for protect me. You came to me. Let me break it down till Paul. When you got a star quarterback, with multiple national Chapman's ships under the belt, hell yeah, you protected. Whoo. You got a red shirt on in practice. Yeah, bro, I got a red circle in practice. Death is a dead God third string offensive line. Let me tell you something about these dudes, Paul, let me tell you something, man. I love you, man. You know I love you and you, my brother, you're my black hat, mom, for your brother. But the profound bob, so I ate my life. It's just a little portion of my life that I let my freak flag fly. You know, as a song to the great kid for him and miss K has the morning after every Sunday morning on Jackson 9 to 11. And he would tell me legend let your freak flag continue to fly. I appreciate it. You know what I'm saying? Paul, I mean, you know and I know I'm having fun, man. That's what sports is all about. But there's more on squirrel and Jim and Joe. This is a whole life. They live for this show. They've tweeted about this show 24 hours a day after it's over with. I got squirrel sending me pictures of him and high school where he called a pass for ten yards and some kind of newspaper clips and sent him in pictures up his boat. Like I'd give a damn. Let me tell you something, squirrel. I wouldn't urinate on you if you don't fire. I don't give a damn if you got a mansion a boat in 20 cars in your parking lot. Let me tell you what my mama told my neighbor one time. I don't care if you got down pink elephants over in the yard. As long as you keep them out of my damn y'all. Whoo. And you get it, pile the fans, get it. It's about having fun, baby. It's about having fun. I mean, I don't go out on a date and open the door for my girl. I'm taking out and go, whoo. I don't do that, man. I'm having fun and then in real life, I got a job I pay taxes. I get up every morning. I'm serious about what I do in life. I made my whole freaking life. It's just a policy that I enjoy. But these morons, Paul, they're obsessed with this thing. And they're pathetic. That's what they are then jealous, empathetic, a couple second string outfits of time and wishing they had a mess of championships that I got once you ain't. 'cause they can't be but one. And I'm that one, baby. Now let's get to that GI laws. Josh hypo, you owe me a $1000. What the hell was that? Did you have a bet on the game? I turned the game off with a damn minute 30s, thinking I had to bet one and what hell hell happened. At the end, I was hoping Florida beach outside ass blowing my bed like that. Rocky top is a rocky flop. I don't give a damn about you wearing it. The only thing I cared about was the line and you didn't cover. You're overrated, Josh. Now for sound pit man, another overrated down coat. Even good old boy. Yeah, he's a good old boy. He cost me a $100 too. You ain't a good old boy. You owe me a $100 Sam, Pittman. I what the hell was that right there? And guess what, Paul? I had Missouri on the money left. Whoo. It was a bad day for the legend. What the hell? Kick Missouri all the damn league. I don't even want you in the SEC at the top of performance. What the hell was that? What's that coach's name? It don't matter. It is half out of the three. Run the whole damn team out the SEC, baby. Get the whole ass out the league. It all burned out was pathetic. I'll tell you what, Paul, Brian, heard from the governor at the last second, let me. That is strapped into chairs. They had him in big yellow mama. They had him in the chair, but the governor called Sega slab to say hold up. Then execution, give me a mistake of execution. But I've got news for you, Brian hosted that chairs field there and it won't be long before they had you strapped in, baby. And oh you. Oh you. Poo poo. Let me tell you something, Oklahoma, what you've done. You've wasted the next three or four years on a great assistant who ain't gonna be a good head coach. Frank Wright. That's what you've done. You wasted three or four years on a great assistant that's never going to be a great head coach. Stop hiring these guys that ain't never did it on a big time level. And finally, Paul, Pete golden, I'm a have to apologize for it though. 18 bliss is all sad and you've been listening. I might have to apologize. I might have to apologize, but I'm bad enough to do it. I ain't like Jim, who ain't never apologize for anything. I will. But keep showing it. Keep showing it. You better list it. Pie I love you, do you love the show where I love you for all these folks that talk about you calling me, hell, yeah, I'm the 5 star starting quarterback. Elvis has left the building. Well done. Thank you, legend. Deontay is up next in Illinois. The ante is up next in Illinois. Deontay is no longer going to be next for Illinois. Ken is going to be Ken. What's going on? Hey there. Hey, I got a quick question for you, bob. I hope you think about that dumps the fire we got up there in Alvin right now. I think it's pretty bad. Get rid of harsh and they're going to mess around and let Georgia take hires. You freeze and then what we gonna do. What's the least I got next coach going to be and we don't get you free. Well, I think the schedule is really what's going on right now. And by the way, harsh and beaten Missouri, however, he doesn't really matter. It won't matter next week. If he beats LA shield and suddenly, you're hoping that he gets some momentum going before they go to Georgia, but ultimately, it's not even the one loss record that bothers me about auburn is just a program just seems lifeless from a recruiting standpoint from an energy standpoint. And that's ultimately going to be the issue. Jim is up next. What do you got, Jim? You know, I'm tired of man. Jeff is right. You protect that thug. He's a liar. That guy is a liar Paul. Let me tell you something. He calmly told you a lie. Many lies about me. Let me talk if you will. He told me. It's all yours. Well, then stop talking. He told you many lies during the conversations the last month or so, what about mine and his conversations over the last couple of years? He's a line thug power I'm telling you. I'm not alive. I'll tell you
A highlight from Hour 3: Will Levis
"We are back here. The second half of the show will levis joining us to bottom of this hour, the great quarterback from Kentucky as they get ready for old miss. This pack is up next. Hello, Paul. And so long. But I wanted to comment say that I respect what Jim has to say but I just think he was wrong about baby. I just, she just kind of got on my nerves a little bit. Anyway. Well, you know what she did. She fattened me up for slaughter. She told me what a big fan she was and I'm buying it hook line and sinker and then she came in with the punch. Now, I wanted to ask you what you thought about my tigers last Saturday. They did escape. It was amazing. Yeah, I don't know, pat, I only watched the game on television and I was on a plane, so I'm not sure I got the full Jordan hair stadium experience. But the part of the game that I saw, which was the second half, was the worst hour and a half of football ever. I've ever watched. It was terrible. And if it had been NC state and duke, I wouldn't have watched it, but since I was curious about all the Missouri. Well, thank you very much. Appreciate it. Auggie, the paralegal from New Orleans. Hello. I tell you, Paul, that Betty, she was grilling you. She wouldn't let you get a word in. You were trying to talk and she was not letting you get in like a good prosecutor. Yeah, let me try that. I tried to ask for a break so I could go outside and consult with my attorney, but she wouldn't let me. She would not let you in, boy, is she protective of dumbo or what? She will not. She quoted me saying a few things that I frankly have never said, but that's beside the point. Well, you see she does have some lawyer in her. Yeah, she really does. And we need to get her and Matt together. What do you think? They could be the Texas a and M caller duo. Yeah, I figured we'd have heard from Matt by now celebrating that big win over the hogs. Yeah, you know, Matt was getting beat up by these arkansans, these hill people and they were like, this guy's an idiot and well, look who's an idiot today. Matt is sitting on top of the mountain. Yeah, the Sam Pittman for governor trained has slowed down, hasn't it. Well, let me ask you this. You always had this guy on the show a lot, and he was always smiling and oh shucks. What about drink with? What's up with him? Well, he's got some, he's got some serious problems right now. I mean, he is a colorful cat, man. We always like talking to him. I wonder what his mood would be today. Speaking of colorful cats, there are a lot of teams this week that were better off last week, app state, for example. They got beat. Sure. Two lanes no longer unbeaten. No. Oklahoma, northwestern got beat by Miami of Ohio. Did you see that? I mean, northwestern is a disaster. Well, speaking of disasters, what about Michigan state? What happened to them? They got clocked. What was they got beat by Minnesota 34 to 7? So what about this Mel Tucker next in line for Nick Saban job? I guess that's going out the door. Yeah, the Mel Tucker, Mario Cristobal next the obvious replacement for Sabin took a hit. And by the way, Cristobal was really high on that list of coaches. Well, sarkeesian didn't do so well himself. And can we all say, can we all give an amen to Brent venables? How great this guy was and how he would turn the program around and blank Lincoln Riley and they lose to Kansas state at home. And the week before, Kansas state lost to two lane, two lane lost this week to southern mist. Therefore, by 80° of separation, southern Nesbit Oklahoma, how do you like that? Yeah, no, but by the way, I mean, can't you wait next week is the big I was in Dallas yesterday the other day. So everybody's already excited about Oklahoma, Texas, no better rivalry in the country. The two SEC schools in waiting and they both lost two weeks. They both blew it. But here are some teams that people have high on their list and they barely escaped Oregon barely escaped. And USC barely escaped. And in my opinion, Michigan did not play like a top 14 this week. So I think, yeah, those are some really suspects. The bottom line is this. There are three great teams in the country, are very good teams, and the rest are just getting positioned to lose whenever they get to the next level. So third best team in the SEC, Paul, I say it's Tennessee. What do you say? I am going to withhold judgment on that because I think that is a chicken answer. You've got to come on. Got a base on today. Here's why. Here's why I'm holding off. Originally I thought it was Arkansas, which I was wrong. And now I need to see, I need to see the winner of this Kentucky own this game. You really think either of those teams could be Tennessee? I do. And Tennessee has been very impressive, but their competition will go up in the next few weeks. There will go up. We have a visit to your place next week. And then they take on Alabama, and I just want to see how they do against the better teams. And I'm not saying LSU is one of the better teams, but it is a test to go on the road and win there. Well, I got to say this about Brian Kelly real quick. They are making improvements week in week out. They're getting better. Granted, they play New Mexico. And I don't know if you saw any of that game. New Mexico is a dirty kid. This guy might fail to watch. Well, they're getting better. Now, are they good enough to be Tennessee? I don't think so. If they beat Tennessee what I followed on my chair and go into convulsions, probably but I'm really starting to have some strong optimism for them. And I got to say, Brian Kelly, so far, things are going great. Now, could the wheels come off? Absolutely. I am not jumping in any bandwagons, but I am pleased to this point. Was that a lawyer word shower there? Come on. That's true. You gave me a bunch of gobbledy goop. We will not beat Tennessee, but we will win 7 games this year. How's that? It used to be 9. Now it's 7. Let's continue with more calls and spike. Who is up next? I like that name. Well, maybe not. Like it even more. I'll just share running this afternoon. Fairways is scary as she goes. Yeah. Well said spike. Good up. I've got some comments and a couple of questions for you, Paul. I have time. Fire away. Okay. As far as Jim and legend, have they been friends years for a long time? I've known both Jim and legend for probably 15 or 20 years. Wow, that's pretty good wow. I've been friends. Wow. I've done some buddies from Athens for four years and tomorrow. Well, spike, I appreciate you telling me that. That was very interesting to hear. AJ is up next. Hello, AJ. Are we on are we on a 6 month delay here today? What's going on? AJ, are you there? Yeah. Well, good. AJ, tell me something about yourself. Hi, I'm 9 years old. I live in Florida.
A highlight from Hour 2: Billy Liucci
"If you're an Aggie fan, you can watch this all day long. The boying shot that cost Arkansas a victory in Aggie is a win in Jerry's world. In the end, it doesn't really matter, does it? Billy lucci joining us now from Aggie land always great to have our friend. Billy, good afternoon, and. I just have to get the a and M side of Saturday night. We've heard from Arkansas fans. How is that bizarre ending playing in your world? Well, I think they're calling it the oink doink Paul. The ball hitting the upright and falling back into play. I've interviewed several a and M players that they were just like, you and I were in all the fans in attendance trying to figure out, was that good or not? You know, you had players debating whether or not they were supposed to celebrate right there. That Paul, you know this, we've talked about this. That is a wild rivalry. A lot of people want it on campus. I get it. But man, it has been a fun, wild, rivalry at Jerry world. And this one probably took the cake. 14 nothing. A and M comes back, appears to seize control, Arkansas battles back, their position for the win. And the field goal literally hits off the top of the upright. So as wild ones, there was in a game that a and M had to win, we've said that about the last two after app state and give them credit because they sure didn't look like a team ready to go beat number 13 and number ten and they've done that back to back. More specifically this one. This is a really good, tough Arkansas team that was going to test you physically and mentally. And ain't it didn't play very well. They still haven't. I don't think played a great game. But they've somehow figured out how to win the last two and that's to be commanded. Yeah, and I think with the Miami loss and had the aggies lost, it would have just compounded where is this team, which I'm going to ask you anyway, anaya Smith out, give us what that means and how does the offense, which is already staggering overcome a blow like that. That's a devastating blow. There's no two ways around it. Not only in what player he was, Paul. And I think they could actually replace those catches in that production yardage wise, easier than they can, what he means to the football team. He's a plant returner. He can line up in the backfield. He can take the ball as a runner. He and anais and a chain in the backfield give you a lot of matchup problems to create if you're Jimbo Fisher. And he's kind of just the tough guy of that team. He's the heart and soul. I think that offense and really helps the younger receivers. So in those areas, I think he's more irreplaceable than anything, but the way to do it is it's time for Evan Stewart. You know, he scored his first touchdown last week. And he's an outstanding receiver. Donovan Greene, the tight end, maybe he has to start getting more catches. We saw him kind of have a breakout in other high four or 5 star freshman there at tight end. I think more than anything else though, Paul, what a and M's got to do is continue this upward trajectory that we've seen. In terms of running the football and the offensive line improving. They've got to ride Devon a chain. That's going to open things up for max Johnson and those receivers. I talked about in the play action passing down the field because look, the reality is, while the running game has improved significantly, each of the last two weeks offensively, they're having a hard time scoring more than two touchdowns. And this game. And this dates back to last season. And you know as well as I do, that's not going to cut it in the long run. It might cut it Saturday night. It might even cut it. In starkville. You know, I need him to held that Mississippi team with Will Rogers last year to 26. It's not going to last long in the Aggie offense has got to produce more points and they've got to do it without one of their two best players. Talking to Billy lucci. Let's talk about this weekend because Mississippi state is a mystery team as well. And we know what happened a year ago, but that was a completely different situation. That team was skidding after the Arkansas laws with Alabama ahead and take us back to what that loss men and obviously the aggies were able to recover, but what do you see this week? I thought that lost last year was not know they lost their last two all miss and LSU. Those were four quarter 59, 55 and 59 minute games, their respectively. Mississippi state to me was where that team kind of bottomed out and hunkered down and said, look, it's either that's it or we go up from here and then they came back and beat bam. I think that moment for this team better have been and I think it was. I think it was app state. They're going on the road for the first time this year. That's it. It's veteran Mississippi state team as you're going to find in the SEC. And I interviewed two guys yesterday that are 17 years old that played on that Aggie defense against Arkansas and all their 5th year old lime and 2D lime and are still 17. I think four of them that played are 17 or 18. They're just going to have to go and kind of grit it and will it out like they did against Arkansas on Saturday and that defense has been Ben but don't break and that'll have to continue because you've got to stop I bet any team that's beaten a Mike leach team over the years. Outside of maybe his first transition year, you beat them by bending and not breaking. You beat them by getting stops in the red zone and forcing field goals. And I think that's going to be a and M's path to victory on the road and they haven't been great in starkville, the aggies haven't. They did win their last time out there. So a very pivotal game for the ag Paul, what would you have told me if I would have told you after app state? Oh, don't worry. They'll beat Miami they'll beat Arkansas and they'll go into starkville and win. That seems so improbable then. It seemed a laughable actually. Now they've got one thing standing between them and a showdown with Alabama that a couple of weeks ago we thought was going to be a pretty meaningless kind of more of a revenge thing for Alabama and Nick Saban than anything else. Oh yeah, and it's funny, we're just a week and a half from that setup. It was announced today that some prime time and I mean, I don't really think that the odds of Alabama and a and on both losing is that high, but can you imagine? They might as well just put a Young Sheldon on instead of that game because that would be a rough sell for CBS after the biggest build up in the off season to a game probably since what? 13 with Johnny in Alabama. You're right. It's fascinating with, yeah, this is probably the biggest a and M Bama game since 13 if both teams win. There's no question about that. I'll tell you what, both these teams have obviously we talked about a and M's task. Going into Fayetteville to play that Arkansas team, it's going to be fascinating. Intrigues the heck out of me.
A highlight from Hour 1: Ramon Foster
"Welcome to the final Monday of September and we are raring to go here with so much to look back upon to get ready for yet another weekend coming up here. Huge weekend. Thanks for being a part of the show. Let's get right to it because there is plenty of movement right now in the polls and the hogs take a big tumble while Tennessee. Are they in the top ten? Did I say that correctly? This is the same Tennessee team that has continued to stumble and bumble and all of a sudden the vols are looking very strong, Kentucky and Tennessee in the top ten and old miss is not far behind and Kentucky and all this play this weekend in case you have not heard. So what happened to Arkansas? I thought they were supposed to win this game. They were in juries world and this is what happened to Arkansas. Have you ever seen anything like it? You hit the top of the goal post, had this game been at Arkansas. Or in College Station, Arkansas would have won. The goalposts are not as high, meanwhile, back to Tennessee. This was a drive to remember ending the first half. It was pure perfection by hendon hooker. As the ball is just ran through Florida and I'll spare you the cliches. Topped off by a touchdown. You got Robert Griffin the third's attention. He's a former Heisman winner and hinden hooker for Heisman. You might start hearing a lot more about that. Well, let's talk to somebody who knows he's worn orange before. We're speaking of Ramon foster now with one O four 5. His own Ramon has been too long. Great to have you back here. So give us the view from Tennessee on the biggest volunteer wind in modern memory, go right ahead. Well, thanks for having me. But it's been good, man. This ride has been a fun, I'll be the first one to say I think I want a lot of people saw Josh heisel getting the job at Tennessee. We didn't know what that was going to look like. But one thing we knew for sure was that the offense was going to be going to be exciting. And that's what he's kind of had, man. This fan base has been salivating, going into this stadium, watching those guys, man. This past weekend, they checked the kneeling stadium. It's been a fun ride. I know a lot of people like to use the occlusion. It's feeling like 98. We're not quite there yet. There's a whole lot of work that has to be done but the stage we're in the top ten right now. A lot of balls, man, are excited. And a lot of them are just a little surprised and shampoo that is good place to be right now. Well, listen, there have been two significant wins, the Pittsburgh one on the road against and then the Florida win. I don't know really what to make out of either team. I mean, they're both they're both better than some of the other cream puffs, but the real action will start soon as you know Ramon LSU next weekend, that game is in Tiger stadium. They got a tendency to break. That's an early game. It's an 11 o'clock local. So they don't have to deal with nighttime at Tiger stadium. And of course, Alabama the following week. As you look at Tennessee, we know what they're good at. What would concern you? As we start in the game all 5, that's one thing I thought this offense has to kind of clean up a little bit as cleaning up that side of what you do good. You can't start behind the 8 ball as far as going to three and out. When you do start to click, you leave your defense out there way longer than they actually need so if you're not continuing those drives, the other side is this Anthony Richardson had a really good day against this is past weekend. Watching him do work and kind of expose what the secondary look like and not just step being able to get to him as far as getting him on the ground. This is a guy thrown a touchdown through the air and he leaves the game, but two with an intercession, getting him down if there's going to be a get him down quickly. If you're going to be able to get the ball out of the air as far as NSF them, you've got to be on top of that too. Secondary half the kind of step it up is not just a situation where you wait on somebody to make a play, you got a team that's really on offense, you got to go make plays and I think that some of the adjustment periods that adjustment things that this team has to kind of grow in when it comes down to making plays in the SEC because you know like I know it won't be easy going to Death Valley yes it is a daytime game, but they got a new head coach. They always have really good prospects in Louisiana or LSU and I'm just looking forward to see if they actually answering that call with the bile week that they have right now. So what is obviously recruiting is a big part of the bi week getting a little bit of a breather. What else would you expect from coach hypo and his staff during this week? Getting Cedric Tillman back that's going to be huge. I think hand the hooker got a little banged up this week. And I think it's got to be the bigger emphasis on getting these backs to be more efficient in their running also. They've done a really good job as of late when it comes down to Jalen right in Java or small and also having handed hookers a guy that can run on the ground too, but closing out games. I don't think you know we did that as best as we could. The latter part of the game and in the middle stretches of it also on controlling the line of stream has got to be an effort to score them and I'll say this because I like watching them play quarterback at some point telling him hey, you got to slide and sort of picking those big hits up front because this team isn't anything if they don't have him so far with as good as he's playing. Ramon foster with a view from Knoxville remote many thanks appreciate it. We're heading to a break. We will get to your phone calls in a moment at 855-242-7285. We have a lot to do today. We hope we have enough time to do it in stick around. You are listening to the Paul finebaum show podcast. We've got a long way to
A highlight from Hour 4: Robert Griffin III, Matt Stinchcomb & Chris Doering
"Here for one more hour in Arlington getting ready for a huge weekend of college football. We've had many, many great guests, and we have another one. The former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin the third, he's part of the broadcast team tomorrow morning in auburn and Jordan Harris stadium for Missouri and auburn Robert, thanks for the time, want to get your thoughts on this game in a couple of others. We appreciate you being on. Let's start off with the utterly bizarre situation at quarterback for the auburn tigers, the number one guy, the number three guy, apparently out. They have Robbie Ashford. What do you know? And what are you learning as you dig deep into this game? Well, Paul, we had a great meeting today with the coaching staff and it does appear that TJ Finley won't be able to play due to injury and we don't know what's going on with Zach calzada, but Robbie Ashford is a guy that, you know, a lot of people around here know really, really well and he's a great dual threat quarterback. I know he's excited. They're excited to see him go out there and play a complete game because he hasn't really had an opportunity to truly take the reins, but now this is his opportunity to go out there and do it. They're looking forward to seeing them go out and work. And Robert, you know, he comes in here from Oregon, everyone expects calzada to get the job then findlay comes in. I don't think you have to worry about that too many times in your career coming from the number three position, but what goes through a young man's mind when suddenly he's the starter on national television and are critical game for the tigers. Yeah, it is a critical game for them and for Robbie, you know, we didn't have an opportunity to talk to him quite yet, but you can only imagine just the first SEC game it's homecoming, you know, this opportunity probably means the world to him and he's just got to make sure he focuses on the small things. He's a little things will fall into place. But at the end of the day, you know for a fact that as soon as that ball snaps, he's going to rely on his natural God given ability and he's got a lot of it. So I know that's an exciting thing for the fans. And like I said, the coaches are excited to see them go out there, but what he should be doing a lot of is handing the ball off to thank Bixby. Guys one of the best running back in the country and they're really going to have to lean on that guy to make them come out successful against him to do. And Robert, I know I know circumstances in games dictate what you do and it's easy for a layman like me to say, hey, how come bigsby didn't get more runs last week against Penn State? Can you explain how things changed? Because he is their most potent player, but we didn't see a lot of him in that disastrous loss to the knitting lions. Yeah, Paul, you know, going to the halftime there down only 14 to 6, and they should have come out and stayed dedicated to the running game. They didn't. The game kind of got away from him. And at that point, it's really hard to stick with the run when you're down by 20, 27 points. But that's on the coaching staff, you know, having talked to them, they understand that portion of it, and they got to get their superstar running back involved early and often. And I think they wish they could do that, go back and do that against Penn State, but hindsight's 2020, all I know is that when you're in doubt, hand the ball off the tank dig. Well, said Robert, let me ask you about one or two other quarterback situations and everyone will be watching tomorrow afternoon after your game is over. You have Florida pretty big underdog against Tennessee and all eyes on Anthony Richardson Tebow was with us earlier. We all know he's the most talented guy in the field, but he has to do more and can you explain what he's going through and what he needs to do to win that game at Neil and stadium. Well, I mean, you talk about Anthony Richardson, but don't forget about him and hooker there in Tennessee. He's balling out playing at a really high level. I think everyone's excited about Anthony Richardson because of not just his running ability, but the potential that they see from him whenever you have a guy that as big as he is, you know, as thickly built, you know, kind of like how Lowry a little bit Visa he's an exciting guy to watch. And you watch what he did early in the season. And you want to make sure that he's continuing to develop. So I think when you talk to guys like Tim Tebow, they see themselves in Anthony Richardson. And they know that at times there was maybe some shortcomings that they never overcame in their career and they don't want that same thing for him. So you talk about what he needs to do. He's got to be seen not just with his legs, but also with his mind. And I think you can do it. I think he's showcased that at times. He just has to be more consistent with it. And that's what makes him so exciting because you know he's not even scratching the surface of his ability. And let me ask you about Hindu knocker. What impresses you the most about him? He just makes the difficult things look easy, right? His staff might not scream to you that, hey, this guy should be a Heisman candidate right now. But what he's done bringing Tennessee football back, I think a lot of people have been waiting on that for a long time involved nation and this is a game where he can thrust himself right into the middle of that conversation. You know, just like a pink junior did last week with Washington, Michael Bennett junior, big Phoenix energy, you know? You've got an NIL deal now because of that, that's pretty awesome for him in his family, but he put himself right in the middle of the Heisman conversation when he knocked off number 11 Michigan state. So I think Hinton hooker has the same opportunity doing that against the big time he must vote. And speaking of the Heisman Robert stetson Bennett has found himself in the competition and I know you've done some of his games. What is he doing this year that maybe some of the critics didn't see last year and feel a little bit flat footed by his unbelievable success? Yeah, but I think flat footed is probably the best description. After watching him last year, the one thing the one thing that I thought was missing was just the confidence that he would exude out on the field. You know, sometimes I felt like he thought of himself as a game manager last year. But this year he's doing everything. You're seeing the creativity in a running game. You're seeing him make big time throws in the passing game and actually being a reason that Georgia is winning football games aside from their unbelievable defense. So I think that's what caught a lot of people off guard. But hey, a national championship will do that to you. The mailman just keeps delivering and I'm excited for him. Well, we're excited to have you on whenever we can find you and we always appreciate it, Robert, enjoy the game tomorrow. We'll be watching Robert Griffith the third joining us from auburn on the call for Missouri and auburn. That's an early game, 12 eastern from the plains, homecoming, and a critical game for both schools. We will talk more about Bennett and the dogs and the rest of the SEC lineup with Matt stinchcomb. Then we'll get doring picks for the weekend and your phone calls to wrap up the program we're live in Arlington, Texas, as we continue here on a Friday
A highlight from Hour 3: Jordan Rodgers, Laura Rutledge, Cole Cubelic & Marty Smith
"Live in Arlington on a 97° early fall day right outside of AT&T Stadium tomorrow night inside it will be comfortable as Arkansas and Texas a and M meet. We're here with Jordan Rodgers as we begin the second half of the show. He is our gridiron guest brought to you by John. Give me those brats. If you get anything for that, I mean you're the guy every week on this show. You know, I've learned to not be a catch up guy when it comes to hot dogs and brats, so I like some grilled onions, some mustard, some relish. I'm branching out. I just, I love that you got the gun show going on today. Like, I was watching her. I was like, okay, Paul's getting a little biceps peeking out there. I don't want to scare the audience to think that I might be at least an average physical fitness. It would be a shocker to think that I could do anything other than talk. Well, we'll see how well your bull riding is tomorrow. I've done that before. You did good too. And so you're just going to retire on top. Child's play now. You got nothing to prove. I was a young man then. I did not have back trouble, but three years ago. That was before the neurology checking the x-rays in the MRI. Let's talk to Jordan about this game tomorrow night because a and M look better last week, but they still didn't look great. Yeah, they looked better. And look, I think everybody started to bring into question Jimbo's play calling ability, right? And the guy's called plays for a very long time. I think you have to draw a distinct difference between play calling and play designing. I think that the issue has not been play calling because look, you could call a really bad play, and if you got good players, they make you look good. And vice versa, right? So play design, I think, was an issue that I highlighted a little bit earlier this year. And how they can set their guys up to exploit space and leverage and give easier opportunities for some of the guys and I'm going to do a breakdown on it tomorrow. I always got to plug something when I'm on here. Formational, they did things that they did not do the first two or three games. How many games? Three games. First two games. They didn't do things formation to set their guys up to attack leverage to attack space. They did last week. Now, it wasn't bombs away. There weren't deep shots, and that's okay. They don't have to be a team that throws it all the way down the field 50 yards every time. That's not max Johnson. But if the play design can set up a chain and anais and Evan Stewart none of these back to get the ball in space and give max easier throws and protect the football, that's how they're going to win this game if they can and I'm going to show you tomorrow they were a lot better at play design. So again, play calling gets brought up a lot. The play design is what matters and that's what was better last week. They get experience in max Johnson. What else do they get that they weren't getting in those first couple of games? I think they get more of consistency, right? I mean, look, Haines is going to make more plays. Frankly, Haines ceiling is higher. All right, he's more talented with his arm. He can push the ball further downfield. He can take off and beat you for 60 yards. If he needs you, but it's the lack of consistency, the decision making. The accuracy. Max Johnson isn't going to allow you with his arm strength. Sure as heck isn't going to wow you with his mobility, although he'll make a few plays every now and then even though it looks like he's moving at slow motion. He makes a few plays, but he's consistent in his reads. He's consistent with his accuracy. It may not be elite, but it is good enough that an offensive coordinator can now go, okay, I know what he can do. I know that he's not going to put the ball in harm's way intentionally or take risks that he shouldn't. So it makes it easier on a play caller. So max is going to protect the football. And if they play defense like that against Miami, the defense is playing well. Then that's really what he needs to do. Move the offense, get the ball to your playmakers, and don't turn the football over. We'll give the razorbacks a pass. They had a bad game against an average team in the home. Where are they coming into this game? Well, if you've watched any football and you're not under a rock, you know they're past defense stinks. And that's putting it very nicely. I thought you were a benevolent. Yeah, it's not good. Which is not very Odom's trademark. And when I flip them flip on the tape, I'm like, man, in years past they played a lot more zone coverage. A lot more eyes on the football playing a lot more man now and they've given up some big opportunities downfield and most teams have capitalized on it, but I keep coming back to still with as bad as their past defense has been. This offense, to me, outside of Georgia is the best in the SEC, right? They're running the football better than anybody with rocket Sanders. And KJ Jefferson is so underrated with his accuracy. Paul, he is the second highest rated second best passer on 20 plus yards in the entire country for the last two years. There's nobody that completes balls at a higher rate in the SEC and he's been the second best in the entire country. So when he throws deep balls when they play action off the run game, he hits it almost every time. I think the biggest question mark going into the season was no trailer. They have a playmaker. Matt landers, heck of a player. He was the number three at Toledo. Let me reiterate that. He was the number three receiver at Toledo. Last year, and he is a legit number one sever right now for the Arkansas razorbacks.
A highlight from Hour 2: Chris Fowler, Tim Tebow & Pete Thamel
"Our number two begins live on a 96° day in Arlington Texas right outside of Jerry's world where tomorrow night. Arkansas takes on Texas a and M. Meanwhile, up in Columbus, Chris Fowler joining us now on the call tomorrow night for Wisconsin and the buckeyes as the buckeyes continue to make a lot of noise. Chris, always great to see you. Thank you for the time and let's start in Columbus. I don't want to work my way around some of the games you've seen already in a couple of other matters. What have you learned as you get ready to call the buckeyes again? Well, they're scary. Offensively, the second time seeing him against a good opponent, we did the Notre-Dame game. Wisconsin, you know, does what they do and that can be effective trying to slow down CJ's Strata and company, but I don't think this Wisconsin team is really as equipped as they have been in the past maybe to do that. So Ohio State's a big favorite for a reason, Stroud is playing at an extremely high level. If you're Ryan day, you're being cautious, measured in your praise because you know it's just three games, but when you see how Stroud has improved physically and mentally, how effective he is outside the pocket. He's rounded his game out. They have not missed a beat, even without the best receiver in the nation. I don't think Jackson's mixed and jig was going to be able to contribute much tomorrow night either. Trivia and Henderson should be okay, but he hasn't been regularly in the lineup and without those two playmakers. They're still scoring 11 touchdowns last week against Toledo. Now, they won't score that many against Wisconsin, but they're still very, very hard to contain a defensively. They're kind of growing into the new system. So, I mean, they look the part to me. Chris Fowler with us from Columbus, Ohio Christa last week, you were in Texas and College Station doing Miami and the aggies. It was a must win for Jimbo Fisher's team. What did you take away from seeing them up close? It was a Gritty performance. They had two guys sent out for targeting, as you know. They were down some other guys. They found a way to win against a good Miami team and athletic team that outplayed them out gained them by a lot, ran a lot more plays, but made too many mistakes and a and M was stout in the red zone. And that's what won them the game. And they found a way with max Johnson, not playing the way he hoped to play. Divine a chain continues to be one of the premier weapons in the country, a home run hitter that hasn't really connected on any huge home runs against a quality team yet, but I think it's a great matchup against Arkansas. I was sort of a little bit puzzled why people were writing off Arkansas chances. I would not do that. Based on seeing a and M, I think rightfully is viewed as a toss up game, but it wouldn't surprise me to see come out of there with a win, even convincingly. Talking to Chris Fowler, Chris, if I could change gears for a second, this is always an extremely busy month for you and begins at the U.S. open. And I want to do this in two parts because you were on the call for some of the most memorable tennis matches. We've seen in a long time involving Serena Williams. We have another event about to happen across the pond. But first, what was that experience like after calling some of the epic matches in modern tennis history? And then the farewell of Serena Williams. Yeah, these are events that fans have dreaded for a long time, and they finally converge with Serena and roger both saying goodbye. We're going to short amount of time. The intensity of those two first round matches Paul was unbelievable. The crowd energy inside that stadium, when she walked out for her first match and then her second match, I was here in Columbus when she actually lost watching in a restaurant on my phone when her single square ended and then went back and watched them the Williams sisters losing the doubles. But I've been on the call for so many of her greatest moments. So many heartbreaking moments for her, the ups and downs over a 20 year arc, the kind of thing you just can't do when you cover college sports, you see these athletes come on the scene as teenagers, and you see them compete as 40 year olds. And it is quite remarkable, and she gave us some moments we're never going to forget. And she made people feel empowered and powerful and emotional, watching her, and that's what I think when you think of athletes in any sport. And their legacy, Federer is certainly among them. How do they make you feel when you watch them play? And very powerful emotions come to mind. I think when you watch the Serena match and certainly with a Federer match too, roger is the most beloved athlete that I've ever seen in any sport. And right about now he's going to take the court with Nadal playing doubles in his final pro match. And then millions of fans will go in the morning because he never going to get a chance to see him on court again. But the powerful feeling is you get when you see a guy play the game, you know, that beautifully. And transition the sport. He brought ushered in a new modern era, roger did. And kind of everything else since then.