Mariotti Show: Friday, October 11th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on October 11, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 11, 2013:
Kate Upton photo reminders didn’t bother Justin Verlander in Game 5, but now he can’t pitch until Game 3 of the ALCS, already putting the Tigers in a hole as they travel to Boston. Jay continues to love the rhythms of October baseball, even if the TV ratings show that the top 12 shows of the new fall season are NFL games. Jay sets up Game 1 of the NLCS and wonders how the Cardinals’ kids, Joe Kelly and Michael Wacha, will hold up against the vaunted Greinke-Kershaw arsenal. Cardinals-Dodgers is the classic matchup of a Middle American winning culture vs. a Hollywood mish-mash. Jay continues to like a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series, but says to never rule out the Cardinal Way. Baseball got lucky with four major brand names in the league championship round, but Jay laments the fact none of the three low-budget teams advanced past the divisional round. Jay says we should not coddle Eli Manning just because he’s one of the lovable Mannings. As historically epic as Peyton has been this season, Eli has been just as abysmal, and the Giants should bench him while Tom Coughlin decides — he has earned the right to go out on his own terms — whether he wants to continue in a long rebuilding process.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 11, 2013:
Jay is stunned that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to have MRSA outbreaks — the player total is 3, the incidence number is 4 — and if he was a Buc player or employee, he would boycott the facility. The “League of Denial” documentary showed that the NFL cannot be trusted — it covered up critical information about concussions and long-term health effects — so why should anyone trust the Bucs and a Duke University doctor who says the facility is safe? Jay runs through the weekend’s NFL games and says Saints-Patriots tops the list, though he wonders when Rob Gronkowski is going to play and how his absence is hurting a sub-par Tom Brady. If the Saints win, can anyone nominate Sean Payton for Coach of the Year one season after he was suspended for the team’s bounty scandal? Jay pleads for the Broncos to sit Peyton Manning for the Jacksonville game; he’d hate to see some fluke, career-ending injury against an 0-16-type team, and he urges the Broncos to play Brock Osweiler. Jay says Tony Romo will have a huge game against the knee-damaged Robert Griffin III, but, as always, he cautions that Romo will flub up in a fourth quarter sometime soon. Jay rails on the Wall Street Journal for trying to make a case that Romo is a better fourth-quarter QB than Drew Brees; Brees has won a Super Bowl, Romo never has sniffed one. Jay doesn’t like numbers nerds who have invaded sportswriting and don’t understand, for instance, that the final two minutes of a fourth quarter have to be weighted 10-fold over the 14:00-minute mark. Jay thinks Nate Silver is a fine political analyst but doesn’t understand why he’s in sports. Go home, numbers nerds.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 11, 2013:
Jay resets the Tampa Bay story about MRSA and suggests the team use Tropicana Field as a new practice facility while its place is gut-bombed. Jay delves into the college football picture and explains how we can avoid an Alabama-Oregon championship game, in that some are tiring of Alabama’s dominance. Jay thinks Washington has a chance of beating Oregon in an offensive explosion Saturday, but does think Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is the Heisman frontrunner. When Johnny Manziel threw two critical interceptions in the Alabama loss, his team fell out of the national title picture, and he dropped a notch as a Heisman candidate. Jay says the Pac-12 almost is on par with the SEC now and sets up the remaining huge games in college football this season, including the Oregon-Stanford collision on a Thursday night in early November. He can’t wait for Florida State-Clemson next week, though the winner will need help in reaching the big title game, as will Ohio State. Baylor is an offensive powerhouse that is being neglected and would be a great sleeper team in a 16-team playoff. Jay says he is going to sleep the entire weekend.

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