Mariotti Show Replay: Monday, Feb. 24th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on February 24, 2014.

The Mariotti Show streams live M-F noon to 3 ET.

Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: February 24, 2014:
BREAKING BARRIERS DOESN’T MEAN BIAS ENDS
– Landmark moment, two publicly gay men enter NBA, NFL worlds
– Hope day comes soon when sexuality not relevant
– Day still far away, making Collins, Sam more courageous
– They are trial balloons in delicate, complex lab experiment
– Could be they aren’t on league rosters later this year
– Still too many Incognito types around
– Crowd in L.A. gave Collins gentle applause
– NFL going to be tougher sell
– Locker room configurations need to be changed
– Give all players private, locked quarters, with showers

JASON COLLINS
– Different than Sam, 12-year veteran, already well-liked
– Nets give him 10-day contract, in essence a tryout
– Smart, veteran defensive presence up front
– At 35, probably last season
– Don’t know if he alone paves way for more to come out in NBA

MICHAEL SAM
– Struggling at combine with 40-yard times
– Hardly a certainty he’ll make an NFL roster
– Undersized, not impressive on weights
– If cut, gay community better not balk
– May take a major name to make real impact in this issue

INTERVIEW WITH BOB GLAUBER, NEW YORK NEWSDAY, NBC
– Michael Sam’s struggles
– Is NFL ready for an opnely gay player?
– Are 49ers, Jim Harbaugh headed for a split?
– Will Texans ever live it down if bypass Manziel and he’s Favre 2.0?
– Is Bortles all that? Bridgewater has impressed Bob the most
– Clowney is X-factor — incredible physical gifts, questionable heart

 

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: February 24, 2014:
NFL COMBINE
– Didn’t a combine used to be a harvesting tool?
– Once covered by 50, now by 900
– Consumed by Clowney’s 40-yard time
– Reminder that NFL a 12-month sport
– Draft isn’t until early May — 10 more weeks of this?

DALE EARNHARDT WINS DAYTONA 500
– Anyone more likeable in American sports?
– Simple good old boy, racing in father’s memory?
– Can’t put dome on Speedway, but long delay brutal
– Imagine six-hour delay at a Super Bowl?

DANICA PATRICK
– Tired of her act — Richard Petty is right, start winning
– The new Anna Kournikova, all sex appeal and no results
– Want to be treated on level playing field, start producing
– Wouldn’t advise Petty, at 75, to take her on in grudge match?

JIM BOEHEIM’S TANTRUM
– Picked bad time for his first-ever ejection
– If kept cool, Syracuse still may have won
– Now may lose No. 1 seed and easy path to Final Four
– Call was debatable, new interpretation of charging foul
– Florida worthy No. 1
– Top four seeds: Florida, Arizona, Wichita State, Syracuse
– But Duke and Kansas still in picture
– Wichita State should be undefeated into NCAAs

 

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: February 24, 2014:
PUTIN WINS: NO TERRORISM OR TUMULT, 13 GOLD
– Grudgingly, must admit Vladimir Putin pulled it off
– For $51 billion, he created image of a newer Russia
– Still a pathetic human-rights record, anti-gay stance
– No violence, no transportation issues, just smooth Games
– And Russia won the medals race, with 33 total
– Vic Wild, American defector, won two gold, rubbing it in

FUTURE OF SOCHI
– Putin thinks Sochi will be global vacation village
– Don’t think so. Could become ghost town
– Athens still reeling from Olympics deficits

NBC AT OLYMPICS
– Glad management let Costas vent on Putin
– Should let a great sports thinker speak out more often
– Big issue: Audience growing old, 55.1 average
– Conservative approach must change
– Weir, Lipinski a refreshing change
– 18 nights too much, dilutes coverage

U.S. WINTER OLYMPICS FUTURE
– Thank goodness for Shiffrin, who wants five gold in ’18
– We can follow her journey
– Otherwise, U.S. disappointing in traditional sports
– Nine fewer medals than Vancouver
– And American really don’t care
– At least U.S. good at X Games events

TEAM USA HOCKEY
– Debacles test America’s patience
– Embarrassing ending, in players’ words
– Lack major goal-scorers in clutch
– Took step back in last two games
– Can’t quit in a bronze-medal game
– Bylsma didn’t distinguish himself, team not ready
– Canadians own sport again, men’s and women’s

FUTURE OF OLYMPIC HOCKEY
– 2018 in great jeopardy
– Bettman, owners not wild about it to begin with
– Now have ammo of serious injuries
– NHL wants to be paid for its presence
– IOC has said it won’t pay a penny
– NBC desperately needs hockey for ratings, streaming

 

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