USC is stuck in college football purgatory. Last night, they won a game on the back of future NFL 1st rounder Sam Darnold, but they’re still a poorly coached, sloppy mess. They can’t fire Clay Helton because there isn’t a capable interim replacement on his staff. They won’t be in the market for one of the top coaches in the offseason because they won’t pay the money it would take to get a Chip Kelly or a Tom Herman. As Colin predicted, fans are touting their recent wins, but they’re about to get smoked by Washington in a few weeks by elite coach Chris Peterson. USC is a program that’s headed nowhere.
Kevin Durant seems lost emotionally. First it was the Tupac and Rick James tattoos. Last night he was reportedly out on a court yelling at himself while working out alone. Colin thinks the pressure is going to mess with him over the course of the year.
“I think this whole year for Durant is going to be a case study of a kid that’s easily influenced, and how the national villain narrative plays with him above the shoulders. I don’t think it’s gonna be great.”
Right now, the gap between LeBron and the rest of the NBA on and off the court Grand Canyon-like. Colin says the gap is like the popularity of Michael Jackson and the next most famous entertainers in the 80’s. LeBron is not only the most dominant player, but he’s also expanded legitimately as an international brand, including possibly the most critically acclaimed athlete movie performance ever in Trainwreck.
“The second star in this league right now is Kobe Bryant, and he’s retired.”
Former Penn State assistant Mike McQuery was just awarded over $7 million in his defamation lawsuit for damage to his reputation from the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky. Colin doesn’t feel sorry for him because he didn’t do enough to stop child abuse, during or after he witnessed an attack. Colin doesn’t feel sorry for any of the former coaches there that can’t get work, because they all should have done more.
Michael Lombardi – Fox Sports NFL Insider is in-studio to talk about whether it’s time to admit Blake Bortles isn’t the guy, if he thinks the Raiders to Vegas is happening, the lost value of having an experienced third string quarterback to mentor a rookie, why he thinks the London game can be good for a team, and his NFL Week 8 game picks.
Doc Rivers – Clippers Head Coach joins the show to discuss analytics, how to balance it with personnel and personalities, why he thinks there’s still value in the two-point shot, the importance of getting to the foul line, and why player salaries have made fan abuse worse.
David Carr – Former NFL quarterback, #1 overall draft pick and current NFL Network analyst joins the show to discuss how he and his brother Derek still butt heads, their fight in the back yard over a basketball game a couple years ago, his brother’s greatest strength as a quarterback, and why Derek’s favorite basketball player being Kobe Bryant says a lot about his personality.
Pete Rose – 17 time All-Star, 3 time World Series Champion and Fox Sports MLB Analyst joins the show ahead of World Series Game 3 at Wrigley, he talks history, why some guys play better at home, what he sees in Kyle Schwarber, and what he thinks about the current 2-3-2 World Series format.