For all the criticism that the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have taken from Deflategate to the Colin Kaepernick controversy, the 2016 Playoffs and Super Bowl proved that the league is still a juggernaut that fans are consuming in record numbers. As Colin stated on multiple occasions during the season that the election was the cause of the ratings dip, not lack of interest.
The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver, on the other hand, have been praised for embracing player stances on progressive social issues without fear of retribution from the league.
Despite its ham-handed handling of various off-field issues, Colin thinks the NFL is an exponentially better product for fans than the NBA for one obvious reason. Hope.
The NFL playoffs are constantly receiving an influx of teams that have become competitive overnight. One major off-season acquisition can give downtrodden fans hope that their team can turn it around.
Colin sees the NBA as the opposite. The Cavs and the Warriors have been a virtual lock to meet for the 3rd time in 4 years as soon as the buzzer sounded in Game 7 of last year’s Finals. At the start of this NBA season, only 3 or 4 teams had a legitimate chance to win a championship.
That leaves the entire rest of the league mired in mediocrity, and their fans devoid of hope. The NBA needs to change this fast because people only tune in for so long if they think the outcome is predestined. Nobody likes watching a movie where they already know the ending.
“This Tony Romo situation speaks so well to the NFL’s strength. It gives fan bases incredible hope, and the NBA constantly punctures it.”
Colin compared the break-up of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to a married couple getting divorced. Just like in many divorces, one person is thriving and the other one is struggling and resentful.
Durant has started the second phase of his basketball career and is having the time of his life. Westbrook is shooting more, is less efficient and on pace for a career high in technicals. Durant is moving on and Westbrook is still holding on to the past and the resentment from KD’s departure. Durant is winning this divorce.
“If you divorce crazy, it’s not your fault.”
The anecdote has been dropped a million times. Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has a degree in aeronautical engineering, and is an actual genius. Colin thinks he made a less-than-genius move when he exited the team plane sporting a shirt that depicted Roger Goodell as a clown.
Colin thought Patricia wearing the joke shirt was conduct unbecoming of an NFL head coach, and shows that he’s a little too comfortable with Gronk and the boys, rather than keeping it buttoned up in public like Bill Belichick. Patricia is obviously a smart guy, but wearing the shirt was goofy. Colin doesn’t want his head coaches to be one of the guys. That’s what Rex Ryan was. How’s he doing?
“Matt Patricia is trying to get an NFL head coaching job and he’s trolling the NFL Commissioner. That is what I call a Rob Ryan move.”
Lee Jenkins –Sports Illustrated Senior Writer is in-studio to discuss if Draymond Green is a problem for the Warriors; why he doesn’t know if Westbrook will ever get over Durant leaving; why he thinks their feud isn’t just a media creation; what he makes of the LeBron drama in Cleveland; and why Phil Jackson is sabotaging any trade leverage he has by sub-tweeting Carmelo.
Nick Wright – FS1 host and host of the Make Me Smarter Football Podcast is in-studio to let loose on Colin about the recent LeBron Drama; why Phil Jackson trashing Carmelo in the media is treasonous; and why Jackson is an abject failure as a GM and President.
Pat Forde – Yahoo! Sports Senior College football Writer joins the show to talk Sark ditching Alabama for the Falcons; who Saban might hire to replace him; and if Chip Kelly would take the job of offered.