Mariotti Show: Thursday August 22

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on August 22, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 22, 2013:
When we thought we’d seen everything in the Alex Rodriguez circus, David Ortiz — beloved icon of the Boston Red Sox, whose fans loathe all things A-Rod and all things Yankees — defended A-Rod and disapproved of his teammate, Ryan Dempster, plunking A-Rod. Jay is speechless, wondering what possibly could be next in a twisted soap opera in which A-Rod is at war with Yankees management, MLB, fellow major-league players, fans and media critics — but is supported by the star of the arch-rival team. Jay thinks Ichiro Suzuki would have passed Pete Rose as the all-time hits leader if he’d played in MLB throughout his career, based on his MLB-leading hits total since 2001. Jay is thankful that he didn’t curse Miguel Cabrera with his tribute the other day and is happy he’s playing through injuries and still chasing the Triple Crown. Jay is fascinated by the juxtaposition of football as a death sport — murders off the field, crippling head and knee injuries on the field — and how fans still can ignore that and focus on the three-hour game each week. Jay says the rash of ACL injuries is a direct result of defensive players now conditioned to aim for the legs, not the head and neck.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 22, 2013:
Jay criticizes SEC football coaches for acting like “babies” in placing Johnny Manziel on the second-team of the preseason all-conference team, behind Georgia’s Aaron Murray. They’re trying to get inside his head — no way the reigning Heisman Trophy, whose statistics last year blew away Murray’s, is not the first-teamer. Jay continues his discussion on David Ortiz and whether his comments will rattle a Red Sox clubhouse that has been peaceful this year under new manager John Farrell. Jay discussed the breaking news that Aaron Hernandez has been indicted for first-degree murder and again asks how fans are able to separate horrific stories from the football games themselves. Jay plays the infamous Allen Iverson “practice tape” and wonders how much better he would have been, though he’s an undeniable Hall of Famer, if he’d dedicated his life to more discipline and less partying and controversy. Jay begins his preview of the college football season.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: August 22, 2013:
The Mariotti Show takes listeners live into a Massachusetts courtroom, where a weary, leaner-looking Aaron Hernandez is escorted into the courthouse for the indictment proceedings. Jay wonders how Bill Belichick and the Patriots will deal with this relentless media distraction, with the jail and courtroom just miles away from their stadium and training facility. Jay called Alabama’s Nick Saban the greatest of all college football coaches, chasing four national championships in five years in an era when players routinely get into trouble and in a conference that clearly is the most competitive ever. He chides SEC coaches who refer to him as “Nicky Satan” and “the devil himself.” Why is he the devil? He graduates players. He generally keep them out of trouble. He leads them to the NFL. And he wins championships. The devil? Jay talks about the fun of doing videos for the site. Jay hopes there are happier stories tomorrow than Aaron Hernandez.

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