WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Overlooked Brewers, Ryan Braun retires, Padres’ implosion, Ohtani vs. Vlad Jr.

Only a couple weeks remain in the 2021 Major League Baseball season and there are some close playoff races to follow. But one team that’s been very good hasn’t gotten much attention outside of diehard baseball followers: The Milwaukee Brewers, with a 91-58 record and 11.5-game lead in the NL Central.

We finally give the Brewers their due on our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. Interesting that Milwaukee’s been successful without a guy who was their best player for years, Ryan Braun. We also talk about the once-promising, now-imploding San Diego Padres and whether Shohei Ohtani or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should win the American League Most Valuable Player award.

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WISE Sports Radio NFL talk: Urban denies USC, Eagles soar, Bills flop hard

Urban Meyer taking the Jacksonville Jaguars job was always a head-scratcher when major programs like Texas and USC figured to have openings. So when USC fired coach Clay Helton this week, it was natural to speculate that Meyer — who’s been enormously successful at Utah, Florida, and Ohio State — would be a good fit in Los Angeles. But he just took the Jaguars job!

On our WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I discuss whether Meyer really could bolt for the Trojans. Other topics include the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line issues, the Buffalo Bills’ disappointing Week 1 loss to the Steelers, the Philadelphia Eagles’ surprising win, and Taylor Heinicke’s debut as quarterback for the Washington Football Team.

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WISE Sports Radio baseball talk: Lindor explodes, Bauer done for 2021, Padres slide, Scherzer gets 3,000

As typically happens in early September, the NFL and college football attracted most of the headlines (and viewing audiences, I presume). But plenty was happening in Major League Baseball too.

For our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I chatted about the Yankees-Mets Subway Series rivalry escalating, Trevor Bauer’s 2021 season ending, the Padres’ postseason chances fading, and Max Scherzer’s greatness ascending.

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WISE Sports Radio NFL talk: Texans starting Tyrod, Bradley Chubb’s driving, 49ers’ QB, MVP predictions

Many NFL teams will go into the 2021 season with new quarterbacks under center. It’s probably not a surprise that one of them is the Houston Texans, who are starting Tyrod Taylor because of the nearly two dozen lawsuits Deshaun Watson faces alleging sexual assault and misconduct.

For our WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, we also discuss the San Francisco 49ers not announcing their starter, though Jimmy Garoppolo seems pretty happy with the decision. Why was Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb arrested? And is Patrick Mahomes the easy choice for NFL Most Valuable Player or are there any other viable candidates?

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Michael K. Williams was always the most compelling person on the screen

The best thing I can think of to say about Michael K. Williams is that he made you take notice.

The actor was found dead on Labor Day (Sept. 6) in his Brooklyn apartment. Though a cause of death wasn’t announced, Williams died from an apparent drug overdose judging from heroin found nearby and no foul play in evidence.

If he was on an HBO series, it had to be taken seriously. And Williams could be called Mr. HBO. Of course, he broke out on The Wire. Omar LIttle was Batman, Paul Kersey, and Robin Hood, striking fear in the hearts of criminals with lethal fury. But he also had a tender side which was revealed in his personal life, making him sympathetic and resonant.

“A-Hunting We Will Go” would never just be a kids’ folk song again.

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