Mike O’Keeffe from the New York Daily News joined the show to talk about Ryan Braun's Biogenesis story.
Anthony Bosch, owner of Biogenesis, backed up Ryan Braun's comments that he only received legal advice from him, how credible is Bosch?:
"Well that's a very good question. It's easy to lie to ESPN, we'll see what he says once this lawsuit with Major League Baseball moves forward and he has to testify under oath. That said, he could have choose to not say anything, and it was interesting that he made a point to kind of clear Braun. Again, we'll know more once he has to testify under oath, but I thought it was very interesting that he made that effort to back up Braun in this case."
What's the timeline of this story?:
"We know that the Federal Government has shown some interest in this case. We know that Florida investigators, the Department of Health, are looking at Bosch and whether or not he practice medicine without the proper licensing, but these things take a long time. These investigations often take a long time to develop. The lawsuit that Major League Baseball filed is going to take a couple of months to unfold. We are going to start seeing discovery in that case pretty soon. There was a doctor that ESPN talked to last week who we later learned is going to be deposed in a couple weeks in this case. With anything like this, it's just sort of a matter of when the press gets a hold of documents or gets a hold of people who will talk, and makes that stuff available."
What is Major League Baseball trying to accomplish with investigating this?:
"I think Major League Baseball got beat up pretty bad over the years by Congress for having what Congressional leaders thought was a pretty lax drug program. (Commissioner) Bud Selig and others got dragged before Congress and they were embarrassed and chastised. The union, which in earlier years, had sort of a see-no-evil type of an attitude towards steroids is now hearing from players who want to play the game clean, and they want to get rid of the drugs, so I think what both the union and Major League Baseball are trying to do is have a program that is fair, that respects the rights of due process of players that are accused, but at the same time makes the game a place where players who aren't using drugs can excel, and gets Congress off their back and sort of eliminate the suspicion and the anxiety that a lot of fans feel about this."
Is Major League Baseball out to get Ryan Braun?:
"I don't think that's really the correct way to put it, but I understand why people would put it that way. What I think they want to do is show Congress and show fans and the union wants to show Major League Baseball that the drug program that they have in place right now is strong."
Matt Miller from Bleach Report joined the show on Monday to talk about how teams graded out in the draft.
How well did Packers’ GM Ted Thompson do with his top draft picks?:
“I thought he did very really well, Datone Jones is a perfect fit for Green Bay, an athletic pass rusher who can play at the end of the line in that five technique for the 3-4 scheme and really gives them more speed on the edge which I think was desperately needed after watching the way they fell kind of fell apart against some spread teams last year. Eddie Lacy, I’m a big fan of Eddie Lacy. We’ll see where he’s at health wise for the toe and the hamstring, but I’m probably a bigger fan of Johnathan Franklin. I actually had Franklin rated just a bit higher than Eddie Lacy on my board, so I was shocked to see them be able to get the top two running backs in the draft the way they did.”
Why was Johnathan Franklin still available at the back end of the fourth round?:
“I think a lot of it was the fact that he didn’t have a very good 2011 season. (He) had some fumbles, just wasn’t as explosive. UCLA gets a new coach though, Jim Mora comes in, and Franklin looks like the player I think most people expected him to be when he was recruited there. He played exceptionally well when given a chance. UCLA was a different team in 2012, and I think that went a long way in really kicking up his draft stock.”
Where does Green Bay stock up in how well they drafted compared to other teams?:
“Very well, I thought they did a good job of filling needs. I like that they added two receivers in the seventh round, like that they added two offensive linemen in the fourth along with Johnathan Franklin. I think Ted Thompson is able to gamble better than any general manager in the league when it comes to trading out. The way that they move around and are still able to get quality players is always a bit of a surprise, but they do a fantastic job. It was funny how many times they traded with San Francisco this year because those are two of the power teams right now in the NFL. To see them kind of working together was a bit odd.”
How did the rest of NFC North grade out?:
“I thought Chicago did a really good job of grabbing value, I like Kyle Long, I’m a big fan of his. I think he can be an all pro level guard, and I really like Jordan Mills, the right tackle, they picked up in the fifth round… I thought Chicago did a good job of attacking needs and really being aggressive about adding starters. Similarly you could say the same thing about Detroit. I think they added probably three starters… solid, smart draft in Detroit. Not a ton of huge impact players… Minnesota, three first round picks, what more can you say?.. I thought (Vikings’ GM) Rick Spielman did a great job of targeting guys and not being afraid to come back up into the first round. I thought that was brilliant of them to come back up and get a guy.”
Former Badger and the 31st pick in the NFL Draft joined the show on Friday to discuss being chosen by the Dallas Cowboys.
Take us through the phone call you received from the Cowboys saying they were going to draft you.:
“It was a little bit different because the T.V. was a little bit behind with the way that the picks were going, I think they had two picks that were set to be announced… so it was a little bit behind and Dallas was still on the clock, so I received a call before they had even announced the 29th and 30th pick so I wasn’t quite expecting it at that point. I thought that I might get a chance and that Dallas was in play for me. I got the call and it was a little unexpected at that point so it was a lot of fun, it was really exciting, and it was a great moment for me.”
Did you anticipate that you could get picked by Dallas?:
“For me talking with my agent and the information that he’s been able to give me, we thought I was going to fit in the mid 20’s to the 40 range; late first, early second. I kind of prepared myself that there was a potential that I wasn’t going to get drafted on the first day, I really hoped to get into that first day. It was a good indicator for us when Dallas traded down from 18, that might mean that they’re going to take a shot at me. We figured they weren’t going to take me at 18. They would want to get in before the second round if they did.”
How do you handle the scrutiny that comes with leading up the draft?:
“I’m just glad that this part of it is over. I don’t have to explain myself anymore. I’m kind of to the point now where I’m on the team, and hopefully I can go in there and just really show everybody who I am as a player and as a person and get down there and work as hard as I can and make an impact on team and help the Cowboys win.”
How did you get to know the Cowboys?:
”I talked with Coach Callahan, the offensive line coach, just a little bit at the combine. Coach Callahan came (up) and worked me out in Madison. Then a few weeks after that, I actually went down to Dallas and had a visit down there and got to meet with everyone on the coaching staff and Mr. Jones, so it was a great experience for me to get down there and get to meet everybody.”
When do you go to Dallas and get into pads?:
“It starts pretty soon here in the next couple weeks. I think some of mini camps are going to start a week from today. I think and some of them are two weeks (away). I haven’t got through all the plans and everything yet, but it’s going to start here pretty quickly.”
Fox Sports Radio NFL Draft Expert Chris Landry joined the show on Wednesday to preview the NFL Draft.
How critical is the work that Packers’ GM does during the Draft?:
“It’s as critical as can be… I do think that the ways you build rosters in this league properly is through the draft. You fill needs through free agency, you build through the draft. If you look at it, be it the success of the Patriots, Giants, Packers, Steelers, the Ravens, they build through the draft. They fill needs when they need to. When you’re not active in free agency, and let’s say you don’t hit on certain draft picks, and I think the Steelers are an example of this, they normally hit, not been as successful lately, you see a little bit of a drop off. Normally, the old Steelers would already have the replacement for James Harrison on the roster… I think Green Bay is in the same mold. They do a good job in the draft, but when they don’t hit at all times, and they usually are picking late, it does have an effect.”
What does the term “trust the board mean”?:
“You spend all year long evaluating players and you really put almost two years’ worth of film work in research in all these players. Here’s how it works, when you evaluate players, you don’t just (go), I like them, I don’t like them, you go into (every detail) of what is the criteria you are looking for at each position. Which one meets those needs; you evaluate players in 15 to 18 different categories at each position. You not only write verbiage to describe to write why you like a receiver’s hands, but you put a numerical grade on it. When you do all this, you set your board. It’s important that you let your draft board talk to you on draft board on draft day…it’s not about needs. There’s greater separation on your board, the higher you pick, and the higher up in the first round. When you get into say third round and even some parts of the second round, you have players graded equally… what the board is telling you is…all these guys are in the same grade plateau…then you can pick for need because you are picking the same caliber player according to how you evaluated them.”
How would you describe this draft?:
“It’s a good draft and it’s a deep draft. I would describe it this way, the top five players in this draft are not as normal in terms of top five. There probably would be guys that would be more in the four, five, six, seven, eight ranked range, you just don’t have as many at the top, but there’s a lot of quality and there’s a lot of depth. I keep saying this… there’s really no difference from a grade standpoint from player 15 to 50. So what one team might take at 15, another might not take at 50 or later, and vice versa. So it’s what are you looking for.”
Dwyane Wade scored 21 points, LeBron James finished with 19 and the Miami Heat took off in the fourth quarter to pull away and beat the Milwaukee Bucks 98-86 in Game 2 of the teams' Eastern Conference first-round series on Tuesday night.
The Heat scored the first 12 points of the fourth quarter, needing just over 2 minutes to blow open what had been a three-point game.
And an already-daunting task for Milwaukee - beating the reigning NBA champions - just got tougher. James is 10-0 when his teams have a 2-0 series lead, and Wade is 8-0 in that situation.
The first 2:23 of the fourth quarter decided everything. Andersen started it with a three-point play, James had a layup not long afterward and the Heat were starting to roll. Another basket by Andersen off a pass from Ray Allen made it 77-65, and James found Norris Cole for a 3-pointer that capped the flurry and made it 80-65.
Just like that, it was over.
Jennings and Ellis combined for 48 points in Game 1, and the Bucks got blown out. So in the first half of Game 2, they combined for one point, were held to five shots that all missed ... and the Bucks were within 47-43 at halftime.
Chances are, very few would have seen that coming.
But play was sloppy from the outset, with the teams combining for eight turnovers in the first 6 minutes to set the tone for a clumsy first half. Wade, James and Chalmers shot 15 for 19 combined in the first half for Miami - and the rest of the Heat were 3 for 17. For Milwaukee, Ilyasova had 12 points in the first 10 minutes, then two points the rest of the half.
So much like in Game 1, Milwaukee came out for the second half with a chance of stealing home-court advantage.
And for the entirety of the third quarter, the Bucks hung around, though the Heat showed some signs of getting things going. Bosh had a dunk for a six-point lead, then made a jumper - on a play that James started by running down a loose ball and flicking it between his legs for a save along the sideline - for a 68-60 lead, what was then the biggest Heat margin of the night.
The Bucks got within 68-65 to end the third, but then came the run that Miami had been waiting for all evening.
Both teams got a big scare with 6:59 left. Battier drove for a layup from the right wing, and Sanders rushed down the middle of the lane to attempt a block. A collision ensued and both players hit the court awkwardly, Battier hitting his head on the hardwood and Sanders - who fell over Battier - grabbing at his right knee after the play.
Battier made the two free throws he was awarded, then was subbed out of the game and departed for the Heat locker room to get stitches on his chin. Sanders was taken out of the game about a minute later, though remained on the Bucks' bench.
NOTES: It's the 11th time the Heat have gone up 2-0 in a playoff series. They're 10-0 in the previous instances. ... Milwaukee has lost 21 of its last 29 playoff games. ... Sanders was third in the NBA's Most Improved Player voting, behind Indiana's Paul George and New Orleans' Greivis Vasquez. ''Look where he was last year and where he is today. The improvement is very obvious,'' said Bucks coach Jim Boylan, who thought Sanders should have won. ... Jennings was held without a first-half basket for only the fifth time all season.
Aaron Nagler from Bleacher Report joined the show to talk about Packers GM Ted Thompson and the upcoming NFL Draft.
Where does Ted Thompson stack up among General Managers in the NFL from a draft and develop standpoint?:
“I think he’s one of the best… I know Packers’ fan get kind of frustrated with Ted sometimes especially because he is so reluctant to use free agency as a tool to build his teams. You can’t argue with the results; back-to back division titles, Super Bowl Championship, 15-1 regular season, that’s a lot of winning. If you talk to fans from say New York who are Jets, or down in Jacksonville or Kansas City fans, there’s a lot of bad football being played around the country, and Packers’ fans have not been privy to a whole lot of it in recent years.”
Should the Packers have made some moves in free agency?:
“I quibble at the idea that they should have made these moves, I don’t have any problem with (General Manager) Ted (Thompson) sitting out of paying these guys kind of ridiculous prices. You look at the deals that some of these free agents sign, and you just think no thanks because teams over pay in the free agent market maybe 80 percent. It’s very rare you get bang for your buck so to speak, I would much rather draft a guy and have him come up in my program, and then decide whether to pay him down the line. Not to mention the fact that they have now paid Clay Matthews and they are getting ready to pay Aaron Rodgers to make them the highest paid players at their positions. Aaron Rodgers is probably going to be the highest paid player in the league. Well you know that’s because they don’t make these foolish investments in free agency that they are able to do that. I would much rather draft a guy, develop him, and then decide to keep him and spend my money that way, then spend money on a guy who you’re not quite sure of how he’s going to fit your scheme, not quite sure how he’s going to fit in your locker room, much rather draft and develop these guys.”
Aaron Rodgers window of being one of the top quarterbacks in the league is limited, is Thompson doing enough to take advantage of Rodgers’ window of opportunity?:
“I think so. If you look at, except for last year, he has taken a wide receiver nearly every draft and I think he will again this weekend, and that’s because he knows he has a great quarterback and he wants to give him weapons. Now Greg Jennings leaves, Donald Driver retires and they still have three fantastic receivers, that didn’t just happen by chance. These are all guys that Ted Thompson drafted… He knows he has a coach that likes to spread things out, use multiple wide receiver sets, and as I said, he’ll probably get him another one this weekend. He drafted Jermichael Finley. For all the drama that happens off the field, the guy is a gifted, athletic receiver when his head on straight which it appeared to be at the end of last year.”