Mariotti Show: Thursday, October 10th

Missed part of the show? Here’s a rewind of the program on October 10, 2013.

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Hour One on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 10, 2013:
Jay is a bit surprised that rookie Sonny Gray, despite his splendid array of curveballs in shutting down Detroit in Game 2, is getting the start over veteran Bartolo Colon in ALDS Game 5. But Jay’s guest, Bobby Valentine of NBC Sports, interjects an interesting twist: Maybe MLB nudged the A’s into not starting Colon in a prime-time showcase postseason game because of his PED history. Jay lauds Adam Wainwright as an elite big-game pitcher, but also states the flip side: Because the Cardinals were extended to five games by the Pirates and forced Wainwright to pitch Game 5, he won’t be able to pitch in the first two games of the NLCS against the Dodgers’ studs, Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Jay likes the rampaging, rested Dodgers to close out the series in L.A. in five games in the 2-3-2 format. Jay interviews Valentine about the postseason and his view of why the Red Sox — the team he managed last year, in a rough last-place season — have gone from worst to first without him. Jay stll can’t believe that Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers wants to heave a box of baseballs at the Dodgers and that he’s threatening his pitchers with demotions if they don’t retaliate in kind next season — ugly words from a veteran executive about a lethal weapon.

Hour Two on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 10, 2013:
Jay says the Broncos should not risk a Peyton Manning injury against a historically awful Jacksonville team. They should sit him and use backup Brock Osweiler, who still would defeat the Jaguars with no problem and might even beat the all-time NFL spread of 28 points. Jay wants to know why we coddle Eli Manning — he stinks this year, though he has a chance tonight against Chicago’s struggling defense to at least put points on the board. Drew Brees, a Hall of Fame QB and leader in the community, says he won’t let his sons play football until they are teens. ESPN, in a New York Times story, tries to finesse its way through its journalistic pullout from the PBS documentary by running TV excerpts from the program; too late, guys, the damage is done, and the network will be forever criticized for caving to NFL pressure. The Tony Romo debate rages on — the Wall Street Journal tries to make a case for him as a great fourth-quarter quarterback, but this is another case of numbers doing a disservice — watch the tape of Sunday’s pick, and you’ll see a typical Romo forced pass into a pack of three Denver defenders. Jay says add the Texans to the list of teams that need quartrerbacks, given Matt Schaub’s Pick-6 problems, and that they might be tempted to draft local hero Johnny Manziel, even though Jay still thinks he’d be a turnover machine in the NFL.

Hour Three on The Jay Mariotti Show: October 10, 2013:
Jay is interested in seeing what the fuzz is about Teddy Bridgewater tonight, and says most NFL teams will have scouts at the game. Jay thinks Bridgewater has arm strength but he’s not a dual-threat quarterback as much as a pocket passer — UCLA’s Brett Hundley may be the better pro. Jay says the Oregon-Washington game highlights the college football weekend and says Washington, with its own high-tempo offense and playing at home, has the goods to upset the Alabama-Oregon beeline toward the BCS title game. Jay never thought Georgia-Missouri ever could be a big game, or that Missouri could even find Athens, but the new SEC is upon us and banged-up Georgia is in danger of losing its SEC title-game spot to Florida, which has a big one against LSU. The top 12 rated shows of the new TV season have been NFL games, and Jay says the public — caught up in gambling, fantasy football, office pools and sheer love of the sport — somehow continues to wear blinders about the concussion crisis and murder cases.

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