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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 28, 2013:
There never has been a quirkier and more eclectic World Series than this, as if Quentin Tarantino is writing the script and mocking the sport, but Jay says he loves it nonetheless because of all the crazy finishes. A walkoff pickoff? An obstruction call? What’s possibly next? Jay says this Series will be remembered for umpires taking control with two pivotal decisions, both correct, including the obstruction call on Boston’s Will Middlebrooks. Jim Joyce, the ump who cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game with a bad call in 2010, has rewritten his personal legacy. Jay says a Series this tight creates an ongoing referendum for managers, with St. Louis’ Mike Matheny under the gun after Game 4 and Boston’s John Farrell taking severe heat after Game 3. Jay still likes the Cardinals in seven based on pitching — they are set up with Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha and Joe Kelly, while the Red Sox have to piecemeal together their pitching after Jon Lester tonight — because John Lackey was used in relief Sunday and Clay Buchholz can’t go again with a bad shoulder. Jay is disgusted by the sideline rants of Dez Bryant and says he should have looked across the field at Calvin Johnson at how a state-of-the-art receiver should act. If Johnson is the next Jerry Rice, dignified and smooth, Bryant is a first-class ass in the vein of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Unfortunately, the Cowboys enable this behavior by defending him, starting with owner Jerry Jones, who might be the worst football executive on the planet even if he’s an exceptional business who drives up his franchise values like no other.
Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 28, 2013:
Jay continues to break down each of the rare occurrences that have defined this World Series and says these are two evenly matched teams in a 2-2 death grip. Never dismiss the Red Sox because of David Ortiz, whose dugout speech ignited Jonny Gomes’ 3-run homer. If Boston wins, Ortiz will be in the middle of it, and the Red Sox would be wise to pitch around him because of his October history and his .727 batting average in this Series. Jay chastizes Bud Selig again for sweeping the Jon Lester glove-goo story under the rug — MLB covered it up, basically — because Bud didn’t want another cheating scandal sticking on his legacy near the end of his commissioner’s reign. Face it, that wasn’t rosin on Lester’s glove, unless rosin is green, and shame on MLB for turning its collective head again, just as it did on PEDs for years. In addition to praise for Megatron, Jay lauds Detroit’s Matthew Stafford for having the smarts and wherewithal to quick-snap and shove his way into the end zone with 12 second lefts; he and Megatron are the best QB-WR duo in the game today, and Bryant should study their relationship before he screams at Tony Romo again. The Jaguars and Bucs both could go 0-16, and why does Roger Goodell continue to sell the NFL to the Brits with a bad product like Jacksonville? The Jags are losing games by an average wider margin than any team in NFL history. The Bucs are even more aggravating to watch because they have do talent; if the Glazers still care about the team they own, they should fire coach Greg Schiano and signal to their hostile fans that a change is coming. Does Lovie Smith want the job? While he would calm down the locker room and coach up a defense, he doesn’t know how to develop a QB, recalling his Rex Grossman days in Chicago.
Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 28, 2013:
Jay likes Wainwright and the Cardinals tonight, but does see a potential impediment in Dustin Pedroia, a vintage throwback who should come to the ballpark in a dirty uniform because it’s going to get dirty anyway. Jay runs through the NFL stories: Brandon Meriweather should be kicked out of the league for comments that he’s going to try to injure knees, don’t worry about Peyton Manning yet, the Chiefs can’t be called the league’s best team until they play someone, with two games against Denver coming up as key tests for their sacking defense and bullish running game. Jay recaps the college football weekend and says Florida State’s Jameis Winston is neck-and-neck with Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in the Heisman Trophy race. Florida State should have no problem with Miami, but even if the Seminoles go unbeaten, they’re still doomed to finish behind Alabama and Oregon if both win out, leaving FSU as the last victim of the absurd BCS system. Jay laughs at how Nick Saban tried to intimidate Alabama students into staying for entire home games. Jay says Tiger Woods should start winning majors and stop trying to order the Golf Channel to fire an analyst critical of him. If you want to see an NFL game for free, head to downtown St. Louis tonight, with the Rams playing while the Cardinals are a mile away playing Game 5.
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