With The WISE Guys taking Wednesday off, I didn’t do my usual baseball segment on WISE Sports Radio. But with the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its 2020 class, we had to talk about Derek Jeter and Larry Walker being inducted (along with who might get to Cooperstown next year).
But we usually talk football on Thursdays, so Pat Ryan, Mike Gore and I discussed Eli Manning’s retirement (which led to some Pro Football Hall of Fame talk), the continuing downward spiral of Antonio Brown, and what improvements the Green Bay Packers need to make.
We’ve been sports-heavy on The Podcass this week. Hey, October is packed with playoff baseball, college football and NFL, along with the beginnings of the NHL and NBA seasons. So I guess that’s reflected here.
But we break up that sports talk with a review of Will Smith’s double-take in Gemini Man (23:38). And it’s a week with two segments from WISE Sports Radio on our Friday show. First, we preview the big storylines going into Week 7 on the NFL schedule, including Jalen Ramsey getting traded to the Los Angeles Rams (04:37). Then, we close out with baseball talk, focusing on the amazing, improbable run of the Washington Nationals and the Yankees-Astros ALCS (33:59).
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.