Mariotti Show Replay: Monday, March 10th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on March 10, 2014.

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

Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: March 10, 2014:

LET MARCH MADNESS BEGIN
– Time to treat Wichita State as potentially historic team
– Term “mid-major” is dead, Shockers were in Final Four
– Gregg Marshall, coach, refers to doubters as “sheep”
– Florida veterans and Billy Donovan are overachieving
– Donovan clearly in upper coaching elite
– Kansas has big issue with Embiid’s back
– Villanova, Arizona, Michigan, Louisville all dangerous
– Duke, Parker looked title-worthy vs. North Carolina
– Syracuse, Michigan State, Kentucky have problems

JABARI PARKER VS. ANDREW WIGGINS
– Both brilliant Saturday, ignited No. 1 debate
– Parker has full package, plus maturity, and should go 1
– Wiggins still raw, but explosiveness is breathtaking
– Parker is first player seen worth tanking for
– If Parker and Hood on together, most potent offense
– Goodell, Romo among fans at Duke
– Wiggins been hyped since You Tube dunk at 13
– Magazines overdo covers for Parker, Wiggins

FAN EPISODES A MAJOR CONCERN
– After three incidents past month, NCAA better be ready
– Free speech is one thing, violence another
– Social media driving the arena noise, enabling crazies
– Security is of utmost importance, copycats preparing

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS
– What is the point, other than money and ESPN filler?
– NCAA tournament doesn’t start until March 18?
– National title game April 7
– Baseball season starts March 22, so calendar skewed

 

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: March 10, 2014:

PHIL JACKSON TO KNICKS
– Wobbling NBA needs him in New York
– He needs full power, or Dolan will mess it up
– But must run Knicks in New York, not from L.A.
– Marquee franchises ailing: Knicks, Lakers, Celtics
– Jackson perfect for Lakers, but family politics in way
– His fiancee can’t push her brother out of way
– First mission: Keep Anthony, mentor him as leader
– Unthinkable that man with 11 rings out of NBA 3 years

LEBRON VS. DURANT
– MVP race still wide open
– Since 61-point night, James has struggled
– Westbrook’s poor play has dragged down Durant
– March is month when team identities form
– Weak excuse, LeBron blaming shooting on short sleeves
– No other player or team adversely impacted
– James dogged by Butler, Leonard last week
– Don’t recall Jordan going in tank after historic game
– Why did LeBron go to Cleveland night before day game?

JOAKIM NOAH
– Has become an MVP vote-getter
– Unique two-way player, amazing energy
– Dog days for other players, he’s thinking title
– He and Thibodeau disregard absence of Rose, Deng
– Won’t win East, but no one wants to play them
– Remember Noah in clown suit on draft night
– Chicago loves high-energy, strong-willed athletes

HEAT VS. PACERS
– Vital to avoid Chicago in second round, so No. 1 seed key
– Pacers have stopped playing defense, guarding perimeter
– Both struggles against best teams, East softening them up
– Rockets embarassed Pacers
– Frank Vogel won’t last if Pacers underachieve

 

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: March 10, 2014:

TIGER WOODS FADING AWAY
– After great round Saturday, back kills him Sunday
– Golf suffers in mainstream when he’s struggling
– No chance he’ll contend in Masters
– Reaching point where don’t talk about him

OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL
– Vomited on stand during graphic details
– Prosecution painting him as disturbed
– Remember, no jury, just one judge
– Haunted in past by paranoia about intruders
– Such an inspiration, now all gloom

EXPANDED REPLAY? NOT DOWN UNDER
– How does MLB start a season without new format?
– Another reason Australia games should be exhibitions
– What if call impacts NL West race at end?
– At least Kershaw is starting for Dodgers
– Selig oversells globalization, at expense of sport

BARRY BONDS, BATTING COACH
– He is not the all-time home run king
– Can’t separate present from PED era when he’s around
– Why didn’t Selig ban him on obstruction conviction?
– At least McGwire apologized, fessed up

RASHARD MENDENHALL
– Leaves football at 26, hates public eye
– Smart guy, doesn’t want to be vegetable
– Played in Super Bowl, made his millions

 

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