Can LeBron surpass MJ?
LeBron James was just named the 2016 AP Male Athlete of the Year, and today the guys were asked if LBJ has a chance to overtake MJ as the greatest basketball player ever. Nick doesn’t think it’s a question of if, just a matter of when. At 31, it’s his opinion that if LeBron wins his second of back-to-back titles in Cleveland this year, that should end the discussion. The rest of his career will just be padding stats.
Cris disagrees. He remembers watching Jordan games, on TV and in person, and thinks people are too quick too forget his greatness. He believes, at this point, based on championship rings, Kobe is still ahead of LeBron, too. CC didn’t rule out the possibility LeBron will pass MJ, but he thinks James needs to get even with Jordan before people can start saying he’s surpassed him.
Should the Cowboys sit Romo in Week 17?
The Cowboys, or, more accurately, Jerry Jones, have decided that third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez a/k/a “The Sanchize” will take snaps over Tony Romo in the Cowboys’ season finale. Cris thinks it’s the right move to sit Romo in favor of Sanchez because there’s no upside to playing Romo. There’s only a downside if he gets injured. If Romo takes snaps with the backups, including a backup o-line, he’ll only face a greater injury risk. If he gets hurt, it will only hurt his trade value and he won’t be around if they need him in the playoffs.
Nick disagrees with CC, and believes Week 17 is a golden opportunity to get Romo reps. If Prescott goes down and they need Romo in the playoffs, he won’t have to come off the bench cold, having seen no live action since August.
Better offseason addition, Garoppolo or Tony Romo?
The two top quarterback targets in the upcoming NFL offseason will be Jimmy Garoppolo and Tony Romo. The Patriots have already made it known around the league that it will take a 1st and a 4th rounder to land Jimmy G. The Cowboys moving Romo would be more complicated due to salary cap complications, but he’ll likely fetch at least a first round pick as well.
Cris would make a move for Jimmy G, but he would kick the tires before doing the deal with Belichick, because it’s always fishy when he’s willing to move on from a player who is still a valuable asset. CC thinks that Garoppolo’s youth, combined with his athleticism and his training in Belichick’s system, makes him the best choice to be the future face of a franchise.
Nick also thinks it makes more sense to trade for Garoppolo, but Belichick’s record of fleecing opposing teams in trades would make him think twice about doing deals with New England. He also sees Romo as a potentially better fit for a handful of “win now” teams like the Broncos and Texans. The biggest question mark with Romo is obviously his health and durability, which will leave fans of whichever team he plays for with their hearts firmly planted in their throats for the entire season.
Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach for the Jets and Browns is in-studio to give his take on Mark Sanchez getting reps in Week 17 over Tony Romo, why he thinks Romo will still be in Dallas next year, which team he thinks can beat New England in the playoffs, and his pick for NFL coach of the year.
Peter Schrager – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to discuss the league buzz after Week 16, which teams he think could be a landing spot for Jimmy Garoppolo, potential head coaching candidates in Buffalo, why Matt Ryan is his MVP, and why Atlanta will be a dangerous team in the playoffs.
Miesha Tate – Former UFC star joins the show to look ahead to Ronda Rousey’s return against Amanda Nunes in UFC 207, what obstacles she thinks Rousey faces after a prolonged layoff, why she thinks that Rousey has lost the edge she had before her Holly Holm knockout, and her fight prediction.