Colin has been listening to the media debate about if Roger Goodell will be forced to hand the Lombardi Trophy on the Super Bowl podium. The media conversation has centered more around legacy and dynasties and places in history. No one is talking about the Falcons. Colin has heard this before, and the last time, it didn’t turn out so good for the favorite.
The lead up to this Super Bowl is starting to remind him of the lead up to the USC/Texas national championship game, where the debate wasn’t if the Trojans would win, but what it would mean once they did. Colin thinks the after two weeks of hearing about the Patriots’ inevitability, Atlanta is going to play with an edge. If they can pull a Texas upset remains to be seen.
“This reminds me of USC/Texas, when everybody loved the Trojans and Pete Carroll.”
A long-standing debate has raged over the New England Patriots, and whether Belichick or Brady is more responsible for their ridiculous track record of success. Colin doesn’t understand why he should have to choose. In Hollywood, no one ever asks fans to pick either Scorsese or De Niro after a great movie, or to pick Tarantino or Samuel L. Jackson.
Colin likes Brady and Belichick together, and doesn’t want to see them apart. Why make average movies apart when you can they can keep making Taxi Driver together in New England.
“I don’t want to see Brady without Bill. I like them together.”
The Charles Barkley/LeBron James feud has dragged on in the media for several rounds of back and forth, and despite the blowback, Barkley hasn’t backed down from his comments that LeBron James was ‘whiny’ for complaining about the Cavs roster and front office to the press.
Colin thinks Barkley’s criticisms of James are fair, and his willingness to stand behind his opinion in the face of blowback is a valuable lesson for people in the talking head opinion business. Media personalities that give try to play the middle in fear of being wrong are boring.
Colin doesn’t believe he owes it to his audience to always be right, he thinks he owes them honesty and conviction of his opinions. That’s what Barkley is doing now, and it’s why he’s the best in his profession. Colin is a huge fan of James, but he’s with Sir Charles on this one. Nobody likes ‘Captain Safe Take.’
“Charles Barkley, this morning, is saying he has no intention of smoothing things over with LeBron. Charles Barkley should not back down. There are two NBA networks. We talk about the one Charles Barkley is on.
Even though I’m Pro-Lebron, he was right. LeBron has become increasingly whiny.”
Drew Brees – Saints quarterback is on set to talk about facing the Falcons defense; how he thinks Brady will attack it; what the Falcons need to do to have shot against Brady; if he can envision the end of his career; and what he still wants to accomplish on the field.
Michael Strahan – NFL Hall of Famer, Giants great, and co-host of Good Morning America on how Tom Coughlin changed his approach in New York; how their relationship grew; and if he thinks his personality would have worked with Belichick.
Brandon Marshall – Jets wide receiver is on set to take on Colin’s wide receiver bashing; explain why having a bonified #1 changes entire defenses; why he’s been willing to speak his mind during his career; if it’s had any negative side effects; and why he loves New England’s receivers.
Dan Marino – NFL Hall of Famer and Dolphins great is on-set to tell Colin if he would trade his Hall of Fame ring for a Super Bowl ring; what he thinks the Hall of Fame represents beyond just stats; what he’s proudest of in his career; and which attribute he looks for in college quarterbacks.
Greg Cosell – Senior Producer for NFL Matchup and NFL Films is on-set for his first live appearance on the show to break down the film ahead of the Super Bowl. He looks at how Kyle Shanahan will attack the Patriots defense, and what the Falcons need to do defensively to slow down Tom Brady; and how the Atlanta running backs can exploit favorable matchups.
Terry Bradshaw – NFL Hall of Famer, Pittsburgh Steelers great, and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday is in set to discuss if he ever worries about the pushback from having a strong opinion; why there’s a difference between having authentic opinions and just trying to get a reaction; and his favorite memories from his Super Bowls.