Mariotti Show: Wednesday August 21

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on August 21, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 21, 2013:
The suspension of Ryan Dempster looks like “a wink-wink” from MLB, which handed a “five-game suspension” that won’t require Dempster to miss a start. Was Bud Selig actually pleased that Dempster plunked A-Rod? Jay still wonders and also says the decision unfairly impacts the AL East race. Jay again praises the Tampa Bay Rays for playing “no-muss, no-fuss, no-drama” baseball amid the East Coast madness and suggests America root for the Rays as a counter to A-Rod and Yankees chaos that now involves GM Brian Cashman, whose former mistress is threatening to spill beans on alleged steroids use by Yankees players as supposedly told to her by Cashman. Jay worries that he cursed Miguel Cabrera, who has aggravated an injury, after paying homage to the great Detroit slugger. Jay thinks it’s fair for people to wonder if Chris Davis uses PEDs but not to assume he is. Jay marvels at the five-tool ability of Yasiel Puig but laments that he’s “a tool” off the field, hoping he doesn’t slide into L.A./TMZ excess and trouble like Bieber and Lohan.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 21, 2013:
Jay resets the latest on A-Rod — USA Today reports he has a standing offer from MLB to accept a lesser, 150-game suspension — and “thankfully” moves into a discussion of Tim Tebow. Jay has no doubt Tebow will make the New England roster because owner Bob Kraft, stung by the Aaron Hernandez crisis, needs to prove the “Patriot Way” is still about high character. But in the end, Tebow will have decisions, now that it’s plainly obvious he can’t throw effectively in the NFL. Should he continue his quarterbacking dream in the Arena League or CFL? Or should he become a crusading evangelist, building on his humanitarian platform with a Sunday morning TV show, a “big cathedral lighted in Florida Gators’ blue and orange,” and various world missions? Jay thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars are wrong to not give him a roster spot in his hometown, which would have created a buzz about a dead franchise and filled some of those empty upper-deck seats. Jay details the NFL’s new restrictive stadium-bag policy and wonders if fans are simply going to stay home to watch games on high-tech, big-screen TVs in the warmth and comfort of their dens. Jay thinks security can take things too far, such as the near-arrest at the Arizona Cardinals stadium of a man who, in trying to take a picture, handed his 15-year-old son a beer to hold. Jay takes calls on various topics. Jay M renews his discussion about Jay Z as a sports agent and loves how he’s taking on Scott Boras.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 21, 2013:
Jay realizes the NFL has to prioritize safety but also asks what defines a clean hit these days. He thinks the avalanche of new rules will paralyze defensive players and lead to wild shootouts, which sounds like the Arena League. Jay takes a call on how to “de-gang” the NFL of unsavory associations, and Jay suggests franchises should do even more due diligence and homework, and that the likes of Urban Meyer must be completely upfront with NFL teams about an Aaron Hernandez while coaches such as Bill Belichick can’t have God complexes in thinking they can reform anyone. Jay M says he’d rather be represented by Jay Z than Scott Boras because Jay Z can introduce him to Rihanna. He worries Yasiel Puig would prefer to have Jay Z, too.

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