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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 18, 2013: Once America figures out whether to use the common baseball pronunciation of Koji Uehara or the Japanese-favored “Way-har-a,” it will realize the second coming of Mariano Rivera is upon us, Jay says. If you’re wondering how the Red Sox have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS, it’s because Uehara is a lock down closer who hasn’t walked a batter since early August, the whiffaholic Red Sox keep getting timely blasts from lumberjack Mike Napoli and Prince Fielder is killing the Tigers for his $214 million. Jay says Boston sports fans need to stop moaning — the Red Sox may be gunning for their third World Series title in 10 years, making the previous 86 years almost worth the pain. Jay feels bad for Deroit and said a bleak, bankrupt city needs sports success more than most. Jay is fascinated that the Dodgers-Cardinals series has turned into a Mickey Mouse Ears L.A. party vs. the Middle American Values traditionalists in St. Louis. Who ever though Adrian Gonzalez, ripped in Boston for being too quiet, would turn into a Mouse Ears ringleader in L.A., where Will Ferrell is introducing lineups while Yasiel is being Yasiel? No matter what the Dodgers say, the pressure is still on the Hollywood team with the $237-million payroll and the zero World Series titles since 1988, as opposed to a Cardinals team with half the payroll and two World Series titles since 2006. Jay likes the Cardinals in 7, the Red Sox to close down Max Scherzer in 6, though he’s sure America and Fox would prefer a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. Jay says the success of Puig and other Cuban players led the desperate, awful White Sox to throw huge money at defector Jose Abreu. Jay is amazed that Jack Clark wants Albert Pujols to take a lie-detector test about PEDs — beware of dirtball lawyers, Jay says.
Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 18, 2013: What a shame, Jay says, that Peyton Manning couldn’t have a week as classy and dignified as he is. Instead, Jim Irsay his turned his Indianapolis homecoming into a circus, and Jay has put the over-under on Manning TD passes Sunday night at five. Jay says Peyton will be too locked in to involved in a pregame tribute; maybe one nod, one wave, then he’ll unleash the Manning arsenal. Andrew Luck doesn’t have a chance; in fact, with Von Miller back at a sculpted 270 pounds, Luck could be devoured in a relentless pass rush. Jay hopes Manning throws eight TD passes and returns Irsay to his Led Zeppelin tapes. Seattle, with Russell Wilson care taking the offense and staying healthy through a barrage of hits, remains the class of the NFC; the Seahawks are making weekly incremental progress while awaiting Percy Harvin and other returning weapons. Don’t make too much of Rob Gronkowski’s return if he’s limited in the passing offense; Tom Brady does need him desperately, though, and the Jets will hang in the whole game. Rex Ryan clarifies: He didn’t tell his players they couldn’t have sex this week. Case Keenum is a better idea in Houston than waiting for Matt Schaub. Jay says it’s pathetic that all but a handful of the 4,500 former players who sued the NFL over head injuries will receive financial rewards; the league got off cheap with a $765 million settlement that could have been in the billions. Jay says Josh Freeman could have the last laugh in Minnesota will antagonist Greg Schiano is fired in Tampa Bay.
Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 18, 2013: Florida State will beat Clemson, Jay says, because Jameis Winston will avoid the Vic Beasley-led pass rush and use his escape-ability, arms and legs to riddle the Tigers’ improved defense. Before Florida State thinks national title game, though, the Seminoles must beat Miami — still undefeated after beating North Carolina — and Florida, which is trying to piece together victories with half a team (no offense) and an unfair flood of key injuries. UCLA at Stanford is the other must-watch, with Brett Hundley looking like a better prospect for NFL teams in need of quarterbacks than Louisville’s overrated Teddy Bridgewater, who has mechanical issues and isn’t a dual threat like Hundley. Jay says it’s still all headed to Oregon-Alabama if both win out, and Marcus Mariota is the Heisman front-runner at Oregon. Jay says the weekend is a sports fan’s paradise — Dodgers-Cardinals and Kershaw-Wacha tonight, Clemson-FSU and potential Red Sox closeout tomorrow night, Manning in Indianapolis Sunday night.
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