Mariotti Show: Wednesday September 4

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on September 4, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: September 4, 2013:
It seems ridiculous, Jay says, to give Rex Ryan and the Jets so much attention because of their buffoonery, but like the Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer stories, it’s a New York tabloid debacle that inevitably will end with Ryan’s firing. Luckiest team in the NFL is the team playing the Jets this week, Jay says, and that team is Tampa Bay, which will have no problems in the Meadowlands despite lingering issues that include quarterback Josh Freeman and the staph-infection crisis that continues to sideline high-priced OL Carl Nicks. Jay says Darrelle Revis will be front and center, but the Jets won’t throw his way because they don’t want Revis to compound their shame by returning to New York and having a big game. Jay says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is dead-wrong to keep painting his league as generous and benevolent when it took too many years — and too many victims — to pressure the league into a settlement. The NFL’s settlement with the players was $765 million; Big Tobacco’s settlement in 1998 was $246 BILLION. Jay runs through the quarterbacking dramas in the league, and says Russell Wilson will be the king of the art form this season, even if Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III get the GQ covers and Wilson is relegated to modeling cable-knit sweaters on the inside pages.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: September 4, 2013:
Jay denounces flopping — faking injuries — as another problem with modern football, a device defenses need to keep up with no-huddle, high-tempo offenses and new safety rules. It’s impossible, Jay says, for an official to play doctor and know if a player actually is injured or not. Jay appreciates Brian Urlacher, now a Fox analyst, for supplying inside information that other former players-turned-TV-guys would not. Jay thinks it’s inevitably all leading to an erosion of football as we know it — no tackling, no defenses? Targeting is college football’s answer to penalizing hits to the head, but as we saw over the weekend, sometimes players are ejected when the act was not intentional. Johnny Manziel won’t speak to the media until further notice, and when Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin defends Manziel for blowing past him on the sideline, Jay says Sumlin has helped create a monster he no longer can control. Jay delves into college football stories and says he could see Jameis Winston staying in the Heisman Trophy discussion — but adds that the competition is fierce. Jay says Miami vs. Florida is the weekend’s big game because of the ramifications and simmering tensions off the field. Jay wonders why Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly devalued a potential victory by pooh-poohing the magnitude of the Michigan game. Jay mentions how the team of his youth, the Pittsburgh Pirates, broke the longest seasonal losing streak in American sports. Former major-league Eric Byrnes says a Hall of Famer from the 1970s used steroids, and if so, Jay says we need to know the extent of PED use in that era and if it involved more than amphetamines. Mariano Rivera will not — and should not — return next season; his career is perfect as the elite all-time closer and an important humanitarian and ambassador.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: September 4, 2013:
Jay says the Ravens and Broncos have issues, but that the game will be high-scoring and entertaining to the end. Jay laughs at Ray Lewis thinking the Super Bowl power outage was related to an NFL conspiracy. Jay says Peyton Manning will be great with a clean bill of health and Wes Welker, but says Von Miller’s suspension and the clerical screwup of Elvis Dumervil’s contract costs the Broncos a pass rush — and early losses. Jay says Joe Flacco, after becoming an elite quarterback and champion last season, may take a step back with the added burden of leadership (without Lewis and Ed Reed) and the loss of Anquan Boldin. Jay says to never doubt the power of college football when 8.1 viewers watch the Georgia-Clemson game — what normally would be considered a regional game. College football, Jay says, is the No. 2 sport in America in terms of start-of-season-to-finish interest and buzz. It’s sad, Jay says, that smaller partners won’t be upsetting bigger programs much longer because bigger programs won’t want to schedule them under the Big Six conferences umbrella. Jay wonders about the future of the NCAA as it pertains to football. Jay talks U.S. Open tennis, the end of Roger Federer, the adjustments of Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams’ dominance, thanks to a coach/boyfriend who has put her in a comfort zone. Jay praises Diana Nyad for her wondrous feat at 64. Jay says not to worry about Dennis Rodman getting us all blown up when he visits North Korea.

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