It’s a Blazin 5 Friday in the Herd. Colin is coming off a 4-1 Week 5 and is preparing to spontaneously combust. His picks this week are hotter than a recalled smart phone.
Dave Roberts’ decision to use his closer in the 7th inning in the Dodgers NLDS Game 5 win against the Nationals was progressive and embraced analytics. Old school Dusty Baker was critical of the move. He can go home and scream at the kids on his lawn, because his season’s over.
“In your most leveraged situations, use your best available pitcher. Analytics won, and so did the Dodgers.”
Colin is loving the playoff baseball atmosphere. There’s no need to be paralyzed by trying to shave a couple of minute, just make the action better. College football games are running 5 hours during 80-point blowouts. He believes college games should use a running clock to speed things up. The difference between baseball and football is that the powers that be can control the clock.
“There is no downside to this. It’s all good for the business. Fewer injuries, fewer blowouts, and more upsets.”
The Broncos lost to the Chargers and Colin sees the NFL catching up to Trevor Siemian now that there’s film on him. The same applies to Carson Wentz. It’s the same reason the read option and the Wildcat went away. Once coaches have time to prepare, they always catch up.
Ronda Rousey is coming back on December 30 at UFC 207 and is getting a title shot against Amanda Nunes in her first fight. UFC President Dana White is getting criticized by some fighters who think it’s unfair, and that Rousey gets preferential treatment. Colin says deal with it, Rousey is a star. People want to see stars. Dana White has the power and is making it happen. It’s a good thing.
Mike Lombardi – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to explain why yards per attempt is the stat that matters, not yards per completion, why quarterbacks need to be built to take a beating, his theory about the need to instill discipline for teams in “port cities” like Miami, and his breakdown of the upcoming NFL Week 6 games.
Dave Wannstedt – Fox Sports College Football Analyst is in-studio to tell Colin what Jerry Jones really thinks about the Cowboys quarterback situation, why he supports Dak keeping the starting job, why he thinks Jimmy Johnson would stick with the hot hand, and his Ohio State/Wisconsin story.
Antoine Fuqua– Director of Forever Brothers: The ‘71 Pittsburgh Pirates Story is in-studio to talk about the reaction to one of baseball’s first truly diverse teams, the local and media reaction to the team, how they were accepted once they started winning, their life on the road, and their legacy.