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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