Mariotti Show: Thursday, Oct. 17th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on October 17, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 17, 2013:
Jim Irsay tries to backtrack from his absurd comments about Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis career — and Jay calls b.s. As predicted, Manning handled his reaction with class, and Jay says the over-under on Manning touchdown passes against the Colts this Sunday night is five. Manning clearly is disgusted by Irsay, but is smart enough to never let it show. Andrew Luck, an innocent interloper, also handled the situation with poise, and Jay is concerned that Luck won’t live up to Irsay’s boasts of winning more than one Super Bowl. Jay thinks it’s silly that the Dodgers are trying to claim the Cardinals have the pressure in the NLCS. The Dodgers are down 2-3, going back to St. Louis, have the $237 million payroll and haven’t won a World Series since 1988 — and St. Louis has the pressure? Yes, the Cardinals blew a 3-1 NLCS last year, but they’ve won two World Series recently and have Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright at home in Games 6 and 7. Jay thinks both LCS will go seven games, and commends Jim Leyland for shaking up the lineup to create offense.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 17, 2013:
On the topic of pressure, Jay says Detroit has more than Boston. The Red Sox have exorcised their curse and won two World Series and weren’t even supposed to be in the ALCS, having finished last a year ago. Detroit’s owner, Mike Ilitch, spends lots of money every year and has no World Series title to show for it; last year, the Tigers were AWOL against the Giants. It’s time for Prince Fielder to end his postseason career slump and earn his money in October; at least Miguel Cabrera has been fighting injuries. Jay gets into other NFL stories and says Josh Freeman may yet have the last laugh as he gets a second chance in Minnesota, while his Tampa Bay antagonist, Greg Schiano, has zero chance of surviving as Bucs coach. Jay says agent Drew Rosenhaus is at the heart of the struggle over when Rob Gronkowski should resume playing for the Patriots; it’s amazing Tom Brady has lost only once with Gronk out, Aaron Hernandez is jail, Wes Welker in Denver, Danny Amendola out with a concussion and the likes of Vince Wilfork and Jarrod Mayo out for the season on defense. Jay says he only watched the Seahawks, at Arizona tonight, to gauge their progress incrementally as the NFC favorite.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 17, 2013:
Jay says he is frightened by the potential conflicts of interest on the new selection committee for the College Football Playoff. Not only are the five athletic directors biased, so is ESPN, which owns and operates the tournament and may sway the final four teams based on which are better for ratings. Jay says ESPN showed its true colors by pulling out of the PBS documentary on football concussions at the demand of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — preferring to protect its business relationship over good journalism. Jay thinks Florida State will beat Clemson because Jameis Winston, so poised, will elude a fierce pass rush. Jay says LeBron James and Michael Jordan can’t stay out of the news, and Jay can’t wait for the NBA season.

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