Around the Horn (April 10, 2018) Sportswriters around the country discuss sports issues

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Around the Horn (April 10, 2018) Sportswriters around the country discuss sports issues

READY TO TAKE YOU OUT [HORN SOUNDS] ANNOUNCER: IT’S “AROUND THE HORN,” THE SHOW OF COMPETITIVE BANTER HERE’S TONY REALI TONY: NBA STANDINGS RIGHT NOW AND THE MOST LIKELY PLAYOFF MATCHUPS VIA B.P.I FRANK ISOLA, I WANT YOU OUT WEST WITH THE RECENT CLINCHERS, SPURS, PELICANS, THUNDER AND JAZZ WHO’S BEST AND WHO IS BEST POSITIONED HERE? FRANK: LOOK AT THAT 4/5 MATCHUP IF O.K.C. DOES GET THE JAZZ LET’S GIVE CREDIT TO THE JAZZ ON JANUARY 22ND, THEY WERE 19-28 THEY HAVE GONE 28-5 QUIN SNYDER, THE COACH, RUDY GOBERT, MARCO RUBIO, DONOVAN MITCHELL, THEY DON’T GET ENOUGH CREDIT BUT IN THE WORDS OF STEPHEN A., HOWEVER, I WOULDN’T MIND PLAYING THEM IN THE FIRST ROUND IF I AM OKLAHOMA CITY WITH ALL THAT EXPERIENCE, I TAKE UTAH IN THE FIRST ROUND TONY: JACKIE MAC WHAT, ABOUT YOU? JACKIE: OWL THAT EXPERIENCE GOT YOU IN ALL SORT OF BAD PLACES IF YOU ARE OKLAHOMA CITY ONE DAY GOOD, ONE DAY BAD, ONE DAY SHARE, NO NOT SHARE CARMELO ANTHONY NOT A PART WE WANT RUSSELL WESTBROOK TO AVERAGE A TRIPLE-DOUBLE, NO MAYBE WE DON’T WE WANT PAUL GEORGE TO DO MORE THROUGH IT ALL, THE ONE GUY THEY DON’T HAVE IS ANDRE ROBERSON THEIR SEASON CHANGED THE DAY HE WENT DOWN HE WAS THE JAMES HARDEN — I AM NOT GOING TO SAY THAT ANYONE COULD STOP JAMES HARDEN HE COULD SLOW HIM DOWN HE WAS SO IMPORTANT TO THEM I COULD NOT IN GOOD FAITH TAKE OKLAHOMA CITY IN THE POST WITHOUT ROBERSON IN THEIR LINEUP TONY: WOODY PAIGE, WHAT ABOUT YOU? WOODY: THAT WAS VERY CONVINCING, JACKIE, BUT YOU ARE TOTALLY WRONG FRANK WAS RIGHT THE TEAM YOU DON’T WANT TO FACE IN THE PLAYOFFS IS THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER LET ME START WITH THIS ONE WESTBROOK HAS 87 GAMES OF PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE THAT IS MORE THAN THE TOP EIGHT PLAYERS ON THE JAZZ THE JAZZ HAVEN’T BEEN THERE BEFORE THEN YOU TAKE THOSE THREE PLAYERS, THEY HAVE BEEN IN A TOTAL OF SEMI-FINALS IN THE NBA ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN IN THE FINALS SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT EXPERIENCE, CAN THEY GET IT BACK TOGETHER? PAUL GEORGE HAS TAKEN OVER THE ROLE FOR ANDRE ROBERSON HE IS A FORMER ALL-DEFENSIVE PLAYER HE LOCKED HIMSELF IN THE GYM IN HOUSTON THE OTHER NIGHT HONDA HAD 28 POINTS BY HIMSELF HE IS COMING AROUND WITH SHOOTING THE THUNDER IS THE TEAM YOU DON’T WANT A PART OF THEY ARE 6-3 AGAINST THE TOP TEAMS IN LEAGUE CLINTON YATES, SET HIM STRAIGHT CLINTON: NOBODY BELIEVED IN THEM THEY WON FIVE GAMES IN DECEMBER, THE JAZZ DID THEY TURNED, AROUND TO GET TO WHERE THEY ARE I LOVE THE WAY QUIN SNYDER IS DOING IT GUY WHO WENT TO EUROPE, CAME BACK, REDID HIS CAREER AND MADE SOMETHING OF HIMSELF I ENJOY THE WAY THIS JAZZ TEAMS PLAY THEY ARE THE HOTTEST TEAM IN THE NBA I LOVE DONOVAN MITCHELL EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SQUAD LEADS TO UPSET IN THE POSTSEASON >> YOU ARE WEIGHING A TIE AND TALKING WITH A PEN IN YOUR HAND, WHICH IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING I REALLY LIKE THAT ISOLA? FRANK: I WISH I HAD A PEN REMEMBER ABOUT ANDRE ROBERSON, WHO JACKIE BROUGHT UP THEY DID REPLACE HIM WITH COREY BREWER, WHO DID A GOOD JOB BILLY DONOVAN HAD TO WORK IN SOME PRETTY HIGH MAINTENANCE GUY INTO HIS ROTATION THEY GOT CARMELO TO ACCEPT THAT THIRD ROLE I THINK THE THUNDER ARE ABOUT WHERE THEY ARE THEY WILL BE A BETTER PLAYOFF TEAM BECAUSE JACKIE KNOWS THIS STEVEN ADAMS IS A BETTER PLAYER IN THE PERSPECTIVES THAN IN THE REGULAR SEASON JACKIE: THERE IS TRUTH TO THAT TALKING ABOUT ALL THE TEAMS YOU FEAR IN THE WEST? SHOULDN’T WE MENTION ABOUT PELICANS? WHAT ANTHONY DAVIS IS DOING IS OFF THE CHARTS WHO WANTS TO PLAY THEM IN THE FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD ROUND TONY: AND NOBODY MENTIONED THE SPURS WOODY HAD THE SPEAKER ABOUT EXPERIENCE THAT GREAT PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE CARMELO ANTHONY HAD IN HIS CAREER GINOBILI IS ON THE COURT HE IS DUNKING DID YOU SEE HIM DUNK LAST NIGHT? HE CAN STILL THROW IT DOWN JACKIE: THAT WAS SO COOL TONY: INTO OTHER THINGS FROM LAST NIGHT ANTHONY DAVIS, A DUNK OF THE YEAR NOMINEE WE LIKE TO SEE BECAUSE YOU NEVER REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED TWO DAYS AGO IN THE NBA LEBRON OVER MUCH, AND AND THE OTHER ONE OVER HARDAWAY RUSSELL WESTBROOK, TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH 1 REBOUNDS LAST NIGHT 16 REBOUNDS IN HIS LAST GAME FOR A TRIPLE-DOUBLE AVERAGE FOR THE SEASON, REPEATING HOW COME NONE OF YOU GUYS HAVE EVEN BROUGHT THAT UP TO US FOR

ONE MOMENT ALL SEASON LONG THAT HE WAS THAT CLOSE? JACKIE, YOU EXPECT WESTBROOK TO WESTBROOK TOMORROW NIGHT HOW GREAT WOULD THE BACK-TO-BACK TRIPLE-DOUBLE SEASONS BE? JACKIE: YOU MUST NOT HAVE HEARD ME YOU UNMUTED ME SO LOUD YOU DIDN’T HEAR IT IT REALLY IS INCREDIBLE LAST YEAR, I REMEMBER IN PRESEASON LAST YEAR WE WERE ALL SAYING WELL, I DON’T THINK ANYONE CAN EVER DO THIS AGAIN TONY: YES, I REMEMBER YOU SAYING THAT JACKIE: AND WESTBROOK IS THE ONE TO DO IT TWICE IN A ROW WOULD BE AMAZING I WOULD ONLY SAY THIS THOUGH AS THIS POINT OF THE SEASON, WITH EVERYTHING THEY HAVE GOT COMING UP, YOU CAN’T CHASE THIS RECORD, TONY YOU HAVE TO LET IT COME TO YOU IN THE COURT OF A IMGEORGIA IF YOU START CHASING REBOUNDS, I THINK YOU ARE SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE TO YOUR TEAMMATES TONY: FRANK IS SHAKING HIS HEAD NO ABOUT THAT WHAT ABOUT THAT, FRANK? FRANK: COME ON, JACKIE RUSSELL WESTBROOK IS ALL ABOUT COMPETITION AND WINNING THEY ARE 20-5 WHEN HE GETS TRIPLE-DOUBLES SOME PEOPLE WANT TO PAINT IT AS HIM BEING SELFISH THEY ARE PLAYING MEMPHIS GO FOR IT HE WILL GET 16 REBOUNDS HE IS A REBOUNDING GUARD YOU NEED MORE OF THEM TONY: THE GAME IS TOMORROW CLINTON, TO YOU CLINTON: THAT WAS NOT THE DUNK OF THE YEAR DAVIS JUMPED UP OFF THE BENCH TO SEE HIS OWN GUY GET DUNKED ON WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BE IN SEASONS, AND THING SOMETHING HAPPENING AT THE END OF THE YEAR IN THE NBA, FANS WANT IT IT IS A STATISTICAL ANOMALY THAT DOESN’T MATTER, BUT IT ADDS SOMETHING IT ONE OF HIS LEGACY I HOPE HE GETS IT TONY: WOODY PAIGE, WHAT ABOUT YOU? WOODY: I WANT TO REMIND WHAT OSCAR ROBERTSON SAID BACK IN THE DAY IF I HAD KNOWN IT WAS THAT IMPORTANT, I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN MORE OF THEM THEY WEREN’T EVEN COUNTING THOSE KIND OF PLAYS AT THE TIME YOU SAID, JACKIE, THAT YOU CAN’T REALLY GO FOR IT, THAT YOU HAVE TO LET IT COME TO YOU NO WHEN YOU ARE SHOOTING, AND YOU NEED 38 POINTS, YOU GO OUT AND SHOOT A LOFMENT WHEN YOU NEED ASSISTS, YOU PASS ALL THE TIME ALL HE HAS TO DO IS GO TO THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS, WHICH HE DOES EFFECTIVELY, AND HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET IT PROBLEM IS HE HAS ONLY HAD ONE TIME IN HIS CAREER WHERE HE HAS HAD BACK-TO-BACK 16-REBOUND GAMES THAT WAS EARLIER THIS YEAR SO IT IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY, BUT GIVEN THE TOPSY-TURFY WORLD OF THE PLAYOFFS, THAT HE IS GOING TO GO OUT AND PLAY EVERY MINUTE, AND I THINK HE IS GOING TO GET IT AND IT WILL BE MEANINGFUL [HORN SOUNDS] JACKIE: I AM PERFECTLY FINE IN THAT SCENARIO I AM NOT ROOTING AGAINST HIM TO GET THE 16 REBOUNDS WHAT I AM SAYING IS IF YOU RUN AROUND IN THAT GAME THINKING ABOUT NOTHING BUT THE 16 REBOUNDS, IT IS A BAD MESSAGE GOING INTO THE POSTSEASON ABOUT A WHERE YOUR TEAM IS FRANK: WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE STATISTICIANS AT THESE GAMES STOCKTON STOCKTON WAS ALWAYS AGAIN 12 ASSISTS AT HOME AND NINE ON THE RECORD TONY: THAT IS ASSISTS YOU CAN SAY AN EXTRA STEP HERE OR THERE REBOUNDS I DON’T THINK IS DEBATABLE FRANK: SOMETIMES THEY GIVE IT TO YOU FOR TIPS TONY: THIS IS THE NEXT STORY, MY FAVORITE STORY IN THE SHOW WE HAVE SOMETHING WE HAVE SOME FIRE FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, WHICH YOU DON’T TYPICALLY GET SIMMONS SIMMONS SAYS HE IS 100% ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AND DONOVAN MITCHELL, WHICH WE MENTIONED BEFORE WITH THE JAZZ, OK CLINTON, I KNOW YOU LOVE THIS BEN SIMMONS IS CONFIDENT HER OR HURT HIS CASE? CLINTON: I THINK IT HURTS HIS CASE, ALTHOUGH I LIKE HIS CONFIDENCE YOU ARE NOT A CAN’T RADIO HE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS AWARD IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE LEAGUE IF A YEAR, YOU HAVE GOTTEN ACCLIMATED TO THE SCHEDULE, THE WORKOUT SITUATION AND SEEING THE OTHER GUYS AROUND YOU THAT GIVES YOU AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE DO I THINK HE IS A GREAT PLAYER THAT IN ALL OTHER SCENARIOS YOU MAY MEASURE OUT HIM AS BEING THE BEST, YES BUT HE IS NOT A ROOKIE TONY: SO THERE IS AN ARGUMENT THAT HE IS NOT A ROOKIE WOODY, YOU ARE NOT WHEN THAT WOODY: I LIKE THE LINE THAT SAYS 30-YEAR-OLD GUYS THAT COME OVER FROM THE EUROPEAN LEAGUE AND THEY ARE CONSIDERED FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR I HAVE THE RIOSDOM OF SOLOMON NOT THE PRODUCER — I HAVE THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON THE GUY FROM THE BIBLE HE IS THE MOST IMPROVED PLAYER HE IMPROVED FROM NOTHING LAST YEAR, SO YOU SPLIT THE AWARDS TONY: YOU SPLIT THE AWARD INTO TWO WE SEE WHAT YOU DO JACKIE: I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU ARE GIVING POINTS TO ALL THIS NONSENSE CLINTON, I UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU ARE SAYING EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS TRUE ABOUT BEN SIMMONS, BUT THE RULES ARE THE RULES

WE HAVE TO VOTE WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF WHAT IS GIVEN TO US CLINTON: WHY? JACKIE: I HAVE A BALLOT, AND IT SAYS VOTE FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HE IS A CAN’T RADIO HE DIDN’T PLAY A MINUTE IN THE NBA THAT MAKES HIM A ROOKIE WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT THOSE ARE THE RULES UNDER THOSE PARAMETERS, IT IS A LOT CLOSER THAN 100% ME DONOVAN MITCHELL HAS BEEN UNBELIEVABLE THIS IS THE CLOSEST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR VOTE I CAN REMEMBER SOME SOMETIME, BUT I AM GOING TO VIDEO FOR BEN SIMMONS FRANK: HE IS A REDSHIRT ROOKIE, ABSOLUTELY I TEND TO AGREE WITH CLINTON, I THINK BEING IN THE LEAGUE FOR ONE YEAR HELPS YOU MAYBE WE WILL GET A YEAR WHEN JASON KIDD AND GRANT HILL BOTH WON IT BUT I DO FEEL LIKE A HYPOCRITE I HAVE SAID FOR THE LONGEST TIME I AM NOT VOTING FOR BEN SIMMONS BUT WINNING 14 IN A ROW, AND HE IS MAKING A COMPELLING CASE HE IS AN INCREDIBLE PLAYER [HORN SOUNDS] TONY: I HAVE A VOTE LIKE JACKIE CLINTON: YOU CAN REMAIN IT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AND INCLUDE THE EUROPEANS AS WELL JACKIE: WE HAVE TO GO BY WHAT THE RULES ARE TONY: HE COULD BE ROOKIE OF YEAR FOR LAST SEASON, AND GIVE MIFMENT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR THIS YEAR WE HAVE TO BREAK HERE WE DO HAVE SOMETHING IMPORTANT WE NEED TO ADDRESS GO TO PLASMA ONE WOODY PAIGE IN YOUR BLACKBOARD, WHICH IS NOT YOUR TYLER WON OUR BRACKET CHALLENGE AND WINS THE BLACKBOARD HE IS SAYING TOM BRADY IS A SYSTEM QUARTERBACK THAT IS WHAT HE IS USING THE SPACE FOR THERE WOODY: DON’T BLAME ME TONY: WE WILL SEE WHAT HE HAS ON THE BUY OR SELL BLACKBOARD I HAVE NOT PICKED UP THE DUKE AND STARTED THROWING IT YET I DON’T THINK YOU NEED TO GET INTO THE MINUTIA TONY: STRAIGHT FROM THE COLTS’ MOUTH HE HASN’T BEEN THROWING THE REGULATION BALL WHAT ARE YOU BUYING OR SELLING? WOODY: I AM BUYING THAT HE IS OPTIMISTIC, THAT HE IS GOING TO COMING BACK BETTER THAN HE WAS BEFORE I AM SELLING THAT HE IS I DON’T THINK HE IS GOING TO BE THE SAME QUARTERBACK AS WHEN HE LEFT I DON’T TRUST THE PROCESS WHEN YOU ARE USING A K-2 SMALL BALL TONY: CLINTON YATES? CLINTON: I AM SELLING IT HE IS NOT ONLY DEFIANT, BUT IGNORANT TO WHAT IS GOING ON I CAN’T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME ANDREW LUCK STARTED A FOOTBALL GAME UNTIL YOU GET BACK, I AM NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY YOU ARE GOING TO DO HE HAS HAD ALL SORTS OF INJURY ISSUES BEYOND THE ARM ONCE I ARE READY TO COME BACK, JUST SAY THAT TONY: FRANK FRANK: THE OLD SAYING IS YOUR BEST ABILITY IS THE AVAILABILITY LAST YEAR THIS WAS THE MOST UNDER REPORTED STORY IN THE NFL IT IS A TROUBLING STORY I FEEL BAD FOR HIM I DON’T THINK HE IS EVER GOING TO BE THAT SAME PLAYER ANYMORE JEMELE: — JAKE WHY WE — JACKIE: WHY ARE WE CALLING HIM IGNORANT? HE IS ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS TO THE BEST OF HIS ABILITY HE IS NOT GOING TO PUT A TIME TABLE BALLS PEOPLE LIKE US WILL MAKE A BIG DEAL OF IF DOESN’T MAKE IT YOU WANT HIM TO STAND UP THERE AND SAY THAT? THIS GUY HAS BEEN THROUGH THE WRINGER PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY TONY: I THINK EVERYTHING HE IS SAYING, THERE IS A PLAN IN PLACE AND I AM GOING TO KEEP TRUSTING THE PLAN JACKIE: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY? TONY: IT IS STARTLING TO HEAR A PROFESSIONAL QUARTERBACK HASN’T BEEN THROWING A REGULATION FOOTBALL JACKIE: BUT THAT IS NOT HIS CHOICE TONY: BUT STILL A STUNNING THING TO HEAR THE GRONK VERSUS THE PATRIOTS STORIES PILING UP IT IS REPORTED HE IS LOOKING THINNER NOW IT HAS BEEN TALKED HE IS THINKING OF RETIRING HE HAS BEEN TRAINING WITH GUERRERO, BRADY’S TRAINER, HAMLIN BELICHICK BANNED FROM THE FACILITY IT SAID BELICHICK CALLED GRONK OUT IN FRONT OF THE TEAM LAST YEAR WHAT ARE YOU BUYING AND SELLING TO THIS? JACKIE: I AM BUYING KAREN’S REPORTING BECAUSE SHE IS AS PLUGGED IN TO THE PATRIOTS AS ANYBODY ALEX GUERRERO IS CAUSING FRICTION ALL OVER THAT FACILITY IF YOU ARE A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE AND YOU GO TO A GUY REGARDLESS OF HIS CREDENTIALS, AND YOU MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER AND MORE PLIABLE AND MORE APT TO COMPLETE YOUR JOB IN A GREAT WAY, YOU HAVE THE OPTION AND THE CHOICE TO GO WITH THAT GUY TONY: THERE ARE TWO ENORMOUS THINGS TO CONSIDER HERE ONE IS FROM THE GRONK PERSPECTIVE DO YOU THINK HE IS CONTEMPLATING RETIREMENT? JACKIE: I DO NOT TONY: ALL RIGHT AND THEN FROM THE PATRIOTS’ PERSPECTIVE, DO YOU THINK THE RETIRING OF GRONK, CHANCES THEY WOULD TRADE GRONKOWSKI BEFORE WEEK ONE? JACKIE: I CAN’T IMAGINE WHY YOU WOULD DO THAT THAT IS PROFESSIONAL SUICIDE TONY: WOODY, WHAT DO YOU SAY? WOODY: ZERO CHANCE

GRONK IS THE REASON WHY TOM BRADY HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL HE IS THE TIGHT END THAT NOBODY CAN DEFEND YOU NOTICE THAT LAST YEAR EVEN THOUGH HE WAS SUSPENDED FOR A GAME AND HURT FOR A WHILE, HE STILL HAD ONE OF HIS BEST SEASONS EVER, OVER 1,000 IN RECEIVING YARDS, AND HE IS STILL THE BEST TIGHT END IN FOOTBALL BELICHICK CAN CALL HIM OUT AT PRACTICE, BUT HE NEEDS HIM FOR EVERY GAME TO GET BACK TO THE SUPER BOWL CLINTON: THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING WE HAVE SEEN GUERRERO’S RESPONSIBILITY, THAT THEY HAVE A BIT OF AN EGO BATTLE HERE, AND BELICHICK LIKES TO BE IN CONTROL GRONK HAS A LOT OF WITTE IN THE SCENARIO US BECAUSE HE REPLACEABLE, AND HE MAY CHOOSE TO RETIRE THEY MAY NOT WANT TO, BUT THEY MAY CHOOSE TO FOR BELICHICK TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT HIMSELF IT IS A TOUGH SITUATION FRANK: THEY WON A SUPER BOWL WITHOUT HIM DESPITE THE FRICTION, LET’S REMEMBER, IF THEY STOP PHILADELPHIA ON FOURTH DOWN, THEY WIN ANOTHER SUPER BOWL I BELIEVE THAT WHEN GRONKOWSKI IS TALKING ABOUT RETIREMENT, GUESS WHAT? YOU ARE KIND OF MEMORY THERE ALREADY HE HAS TAKEN SO MANY HUGE HITS OVER HIS CAREER I HOPE THE DOES THE RIGHT THING TONY: ODDSMAKERS, WHAT ARE THE CHANCES ARE HE RETIRES? FRANK 60% JACKIE: ZERO% WOODY: ZERO PERCENT CLINTON: 15% TONY: WE MOVE ON LABORING OR THROWING A NO-HITTER THE ROYALS UNIT HNT ALLOWED A HIT THROUGH FIVE INNINGS, BUT HE HAD THREE BATTERS YOST DID NOT KNOW HE HAD A NO-HITTER AT THE TIME, OBLIVIOUS HE SAID OF HIMSELF HE WOUND UP GOING SEVEN, ONE HIT CLINTON: I AM BUYING IT IF THE EYEBALL TEST SAYS A GUY IS LABORING, I BUY IT NUMBER THREE, IF YOU WANT TO GET HIM OUT, GET HIM OUT FRANK: CLINTON, THE HAIRCUT MAKES YOU LOOK YOUNGER AND SOUND STARTER I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE MANAGER SAYING HE IS STRUGGLING JACKIE: I AM GOING TO MAKE IT UNANIMOUS IT IS ALL ABOUT MECHANICS FOR THE MANAGER IS HE LABORING, TIRING HURT? I AM GOING TO MAKE IT 3-3 HERE [HORN SOUNDS] TONY: WOODY PAIGE? WOODY: JACKIE, IT IS NOT UNANIMOUS LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD JORDAN SPIETH, LOOK AT THE SCOREBOARD THE GUY HAS GOT A NO-HITTER IT IS NOT PERFECT, BUT IT IS A NO-NO YOU DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT TAKING HIM OUT, WHICH HE WAS DOING TONY: WOODY PAIGE, THE BLACKBOARD BEHIND YOU, THIS IS TYLER’S SECOND BLACKBOARD OF THE DAY BECAUSE HE WON OUR BRACKET CHALLENGE M.J. PLAYED AGAIN, ICE CREAM TRUCK DRIVERS AND PLUMBERS WOODY: HIS NAME IS UP THERE DON’T CALL ME TONY: THAT IS OUT THERE, PART OF THE LEBRON LE BAIT JACKIE: YEAH, THAT MICHAEL JORDAN, HE WAS A BUM OVER RATED FRANK: WHAT DID HE TONY CLINTON YATES AND JEREMY MACLIN, SHOWDOWN CHRIS DAVIS, BAT BREAK, RATE IT CLINTON: NOT BAD TONY: HE LED OFF FOR THE ORIOLES THIS SEASON HE IS 3-34, FIVE WALKS GRADE THAT EXPERIMENT, CLINTON? CLINTON: FIRST OF ALL, WHEN IT COMES TO THE BAT BREAK, THE BEST OF ALL TIME WAS BO JACKSON THE BEST HE DID WAS OVER HIS HELMET THAT ONE GETS AN A HAS FOR DAVIS, HE STRIKES OUT A LOT AND HITS A LOT OF BOMBS BUT I TRUST BUCK SHOWALTER WHEN IT COMES TO THESE MATTERS JACKIE: I TRUST BUCK SHOWALTER, TOO MAYBE I AM OLD-FASHIONED, BUT A GUY LIKE DAVIS AS YOUR LEAD-OFF GUY, PUT HEM IN THE MEET OF THE ORDER THAT GETS THE MCCLELLAN INGOING AS FOR THE BAT BREAK, I THINK IT OVER MY KNEE OR YOUR KNEE, AND WE ARE IN INTENSIVE CARE TONY: NO ONE REALIZES HOW SCOMBOBBLE IT WOULD BE FOR A NORMAL MORTAL TO DO THAT THE CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCED TODAY IT WILL BE THE FIRST PGA TOUR EVENT TO FEATURE WALK-UP MUSIC GOOD IDEA OR BAD IDEA JACKIE? JACKIE: TREMENDOUS I AM THINKING OF PATRICK REED GOING UP TO BAD TO THE BONE, AND TIGER WOODS SAYING I AM BACK IN THE SADDLE CLINTON: GREAT IDEA THIS IS EXACTLY WAY NEED TO GET BACK INTO THE PGA TOUR TIGER BEING GONE DREW ME AWAY FROM THE GAME HIM COMING BACK HAS NOT BROUGHT ME BACK THIS WILL GET ME BACK TONY: JACKIE, JUST MAKING SURE WE GONET WON’T GET SUED FOR THAT LESS THAN FIVE SECONDS JACKIE: I HAVE LEARNED TO KEEP IT SHORT TONY: TAKE 30 SECONDS JACKIE: I HAVE TO TELL I READ WITH GREAT INTERESTS THE COMMENTS THAT PAT RILEY MADE IN A NEW BOOK FEELING DEALING WITH HIS

FEELINGS ABOUT LEBRON JAMES CAN I REMEMBER THE DAY THEY HAD THAT UNBELIEVABLE RIDICULOUS RALLY WITH THE SMOKE, THE CHEERLEADERS AND RALLY THEY PANNED TO PAT RILEY, AND I THINK HE CAN’T BE IN FAVOR OF THIS HE WASN’T HE WAS SO BUSY