It’s been a week since Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph in the head with his own helmet, and the NFL is now handing out punishment to each of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers players involved in the brawl. But first, Garrett is trying to plead his case to the NFL.
On Thursday’s WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, Pat Ryan, Charlie Metcalf, and I discuss Garrett’s argument along with Le’Veon Bell’s outrage over the league’s “random” drug testing policy, and the respective futures of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and NFL hopeful Tua Tagovailoa.
The week got away from us, schedule-wise, so it’s kind of a mini-Podcass and posting a day later than intended.
We’re all sports this time around with our NFL segment from WISE Sports Radio (06:45). We discuss the possibility that this is Tom Brady’s last season, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh shooting down speculation that he’ll return to the NFL, whether or not the Carolina Panthers could trade Cam Newton, and other Week 8 storylines to watch.
Thursday is football day for me on WISE Sports Radio, and Pat Ryan returned to the WISE Guys host chair. (Applause for Jordan DeVere and Charlie Metcalf for their great job filling in during the past week!) But we had to fit in a bit of baseball with some big off-the-field news breaking, as well.
Pat and I discussed Tom Brady eyeing the end of his playing career, Jim Harbaugh having to deny rumors of leaving Michigan for the NFL, the Detroit Lions trading safety Quandre Diggs, and whether or not the Carolina Panthers could trade Cam Newton. In an extra segment after that, we responded to the Houston Astros firing assistant general manager Brandon Taubman, who unleashed a disturbing tirade against female reporters.
Ever since I began talking about the NFL on WISE Sports Radio, cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been a topic. The guy just didn’t want to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars anymore (disappointing Jason Mendoza) and was going to claim injury (back, knee, ankle, etc.) or come up with another excuse (the birth of his second child) until he was traded to another team. Ramsey was finally dealt to the Los Angeles Rams, which means he probably won’t be a regular topic for us anymore — unless he gives us another reason.
Once again, producer Jordan DeVere filled in for the vacationing Pat Ryan, co-hosting with longtime Asheville High assistant football coach Charlie Metcalf. We also discussed Detroit Lions fans buying billboards to rage over the bad calls that cost them Monday night’s game versus the Packers. The Marcus Mariota era is over with the Tennessee Titans, and the Carolina Panthers have a dilemma if Cam Newton is ready to play. And we looked at Thursday night’s matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos.
Glad The Podcass is on a Tuesday-Friday schedule, so we could have some near-instant response to the Detroit Lions’ 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. What a debacle, with the referees making several terrible calls that cost the Lions a chance to win at Lambeau Field and move near the top of the NFC standings.
We break down and complain about those terrible calls, two in particular against Detroit’s Trey Flowers (0:32). Then, our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment covers big wins by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in the MLB playoffs over the weekend (16:21). Did you miss those amid all the football action?
With Asheville’s WISE Sports Radio now streaming its programming online, people can now hear my weekly segments on The WISE Guys show. I appear three times per week with Pat Ryan on the air, twice for Major League Baseball news, and now once on NFL news and storylines.
The stream also gives me an opportunity to record the audio from those spots and post them online. I’ve gotten the green light from the station to share those segments with my friends, followers, and readers, which I’m really excited about.
Here is Thursday’s segment, in which we covered both baseball and football because of the two decisive National League Divisional Series Game 5s and the news of the Philadelphia Phillies firing manager Gabe Kapler. On the football side, Pat and I discussed the Washington Redskins firing head coach Jay Gruden, other NFL coaches whose jobs are in danger, and storylines to watch in Week 6.
Joker is the big movie release of the weekend and drawing a lot of buzz, so we have a review for you (2:11). Then baseball and football radio segments from WISE Sports Radio. Up first is a preview of the 2019 MLB postseason (15:05), followed by a look at Week 5 in the NFL (27:33).
Referenced during this episode:
“[…] all the fucking funny guys are like, ‘Fuck this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’” [Joker director Todd Phillips in Vanity Fair]