We talk NFL Thursdays on WISE Sports Radio, but begin by catching up on the Baseball Hall of Fame vote, which was announced after our Monday MLB spot. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens not getting elected caused a lot of outrage, but it can’t have been a surprise to anyone with the PED controversy surrounding their careers.
On to football, we discuss two retirements. Well, in Sean Payton’s case, it might be a sabbatical. He’ll probably take a year off from coaching and is expected to give broadcasting a try. Ben Roethlisberger, however, is definitely calling it a career after 18 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yeah, yeah, yeah — the NFC and AFC Championship Games are this weekend, with the winners going to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady! Aaron Rodgers! And maybe Patrick Mahomes, if he’s recovered from a possible concussion. Sure, we talked about those games on WISE Sports Radio‘s NFL segment.
But the Detroit Lions also have a new head coach! And Dan Campbell is winning over the fanbase with tough, candid talk and a sense of humor. I’m on board with the hire, as I said on the air (and “in print“).
On Thursday’s WISE Sports Radio NFL segment, Pat Ryan and I take a break from looking at snow to ask if Joe Burrow really wants to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. At the very least, he’s playing a tough negotiator.
Also, we praise Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, discuss the NFL’s proposed new playoff format and 17-game schedule — and all the money to come with those — and I almost break down talking about my Detroit Lions fandom.
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.
Colin Kaepernick has been the big story in the NFL during the past couple of days, leading into Week 11 of the season. The controversial quarterback who’s been blackballed from the NFL because of his activism on social issues is getting a chance to show what he still has in a workout this weekend.
Other Week 11 NFL topics discussed with Pat Ryan and Mike Gore on WISE Sports Radio include Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and his increasingly diminishing skills, Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson vs. Lamar Jackson, and the return of Nick Foles to the Jacksonville Jaguars.