Colin thinks you can tell a lot about people, both personally and professionally, by the company they keep. If you look at whom Colts owner Jim Irsay has surrounded himself with, it says a lot about him. GM Ryan Grigson is incompetent, and other than having Andrew Luck gift wrapped for him with the #1 pick, has not shown any ability to build a competitive team.
Now, Irsay is reportedly considering Peyton Manning, who has no experience as an NFL exec, to run his front office. The move doesn’t speak poorly of Manning, it speaks poorly of Irsay, who appears to have no long-term plan, and is now just throwing darts at a board.
“They’re Cleveland with Andrew Luck.”
Colin has a list of predicting uber-talented NBA underachievers like Carmelo Anthony and John Wall. He’s adding Russell Westbrook to the list. Westbrook was mad again last night, after taking the business end of a hard screen from Zaza Pachulia.
He took exception to the hit and vowed retaliation against Pechulia in his postgame press availability. Colin thinks the collision in question was something that might happen in a mall food court, and thinks that the fact that it got under Westbrook’s skin shows that he’s lost control. When you compare the hit to some of the hatchet jobs from the 80’s, this looks like two people bumping into each other as they get off a plane.
“Kanye Westbrook has become unhinged.”
Compared to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who met 17 times in their careers, Roethlisberger and Brady have only met once before in the playoffs, but Colin said that doesn’t make the game any less compelling. As a culture, we tend to rush to comparing things and ranking them, rather than enjoying the moment for what it is. This weekend’s AFC Championship will be a heavyweight title fight. Just enjoy the moment.
“You better put your arms around this one. This is one for the ages. If Big Ben wins, and wins the Super Bowl, it will change his legacy. This is an all-time man, and you just don’t get it. Magic/Bird, only met three times.”
The baseball Hall of Fame announced the inductees for its 2017 class. Suspected steroid users Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in, but Curt Schilling’s vote total declined. Colin says the Schilling vote totals reflect that the voters are taking his recent politically charged social media comments into consideration instead of just focusing on his on-field career. Colin doesn’t agree with Schilling’s comments, but he thinks that punishing him for comments that he made after his playing career are wrong.
“This is how you lose the trust of the public. When you’re voting on things you’re not asked to consider, and you have an agenda.”
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB on his takeaway from spending time with Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn; how Quinn’s approach to building the Falcons differs from Pete Carroll’s in Seattle; if Aaron Rodger’s postseason run is better than his Super Bowl run because of the roster; and why he thinks the Packers defense faces an uphill battle against the Falcons.
Greg Cosell – Senior Producer of NFL Matchup and NFL Films joins the show for his weekly appearance to break down the film from last week’s Divisional Round matchups, and look ahead to this week’s Conference Championship games.
Rob Parker – FS1 analyst and Baseball Hall of Fame voter is in-studio to discuss his position on voting for steroid users; why he didn’t vote for Jeff Bagwell; why he thinks the Tim Raines vote was a sympathy vote; why comparing Rickey Henderson to Tim Raines is ridiculous; why he never rescinds his vote once he’s voted for a player and they remain on the ballot.
Reggie Bush – Buffalo Bills running back and USC Heisman Trophy Winner is in-studio to discuss his NFL future; why he thinks he can still play; why he agrees with Colin that Rex Ryan was too loose; why he felt they lacked preparation; and his favorite head coach and coordinator in his career.