Jason Sobel from the Golf Channel joined the show to preview the 2013 Mastors Golf Tournament.
Will Tiger Woods break the Majors record?:
"I'm asked this question all the time, and I feel bad because I constantly waiver, I always say, I think Tiger is going finish somewhere between 17 and 19 Major Championships, and I know that's not the answer anyone wants to hear because 18 is the bench mark, and 18 is what everyone wants to know about. I just honestly don't know. I could see Tiger winning five more Majors in his career, he's 37 years old right now, I could see him winning three more Majors. Neither one is a bad number. I'm very interested to see what the legacy will be like if Tiger only wins two or three more Major Championships.
How unique is the last Mastor's Champion Bubba Watson?:
"There are a lot of layers to Bubba Watson. He's like an onion, you sort of have to peel him away. You've got on one side of the spectrum, the father who tears up just at the mere mention of his young son, Caleb, and on the other end of the spectrum you've got a guy who rides around on a hover craft and wears overalls in parody rap music videos. There's a lot to Bubba Watson. The one thing that we've learned over the past 52 weeks is that Bubba Watson is a guy who first of all is going to wear his emotions on his sleeve, but he's also going to be fun as a Master's Champion. I think we've seen other players over the years win the Masters and sort of feel a need to represent that Green Jacket in a certain way, and maybe not necessarily always be themselves. Bubba Watson is going to be himself."
What's the best storyline surrounding Augusta right now?:
"I think they all revolve around Tiger Woods. I think they begin and end with Tiger Woods. Can he finally capture his fifth Green Jacket? Can he finally capture his 15th Major Championship? That said, he's in a very good place right now. He looks relaxed, he looks comfortable, he looks confident. I don't know necessarily whether being more comfortable and being more confident in himself and in his game (help him get) more victories. He's won those tournaments and become more comfortable and confident, it's sort of a chicken or the egg type of conundrum. That said, I think it's a little bit of both. I think one probably helps the other. He clearly looks like a guy who is ready to go out and win another Major Championship. He doesn't look like a guy who is too worried about his game and the state of anything in his life.
Can Steve Stricker win the Masters?:
"I heard some words from Stricker the other day that almost sounded like he was resigned to the fact that it may not be his type of tournament, may not be his type of course. That said, boy, what Steve has done so far this year is so impressive... he's been playing on a part-time schedule this year. Probably 11 events, he's left open the possibility of playing a few more at the end of year, maybe trying to sneak onto that President's Cup Team. Even in a part time role, Steve has played terrific golf. I wonder if it's sort of the way to go, maybe the wave of the future for these guys who have established their careers, into their mid-40's, want to see their children grow up, who don't want be on the road 20-25 weeks out of the year, and can also focus more on the Major Championships by not playing a week-in-week-out schedule, so, for all we know, Steve Stricker right now is rested and ready to go, and in a better frame of mind than most players who have been grinding over tournament for the first 3 months of the season.
This is the worst call of the year so far in MLB.
Seth Davis of CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated joined the show Thursday to talk Wisconsin basketball and the NCAA tournament championship game.
In his view, where is Wisconsin as a program?
“It’s as good as any in the country… I think Wisconsin fans have a pretty good understanding and appreciation for what Bo Ryan has done there. I think they recognize that it’s just gonna be hard for him to recruit against the Michigans and the Michigan States and the Ohio States of the world… Bo Ryan, I think, does a better job than any coach in the country of not only recruiting kids who can play for him and not only coaching kids who can play for him, but developing kids who play for him year to year. So even when they lose great players, you always have a high degree of confidence that there’s going to be some kid coming up behind… I have very deep admiration and affection and respect for Bo Ryan, and I’m sure that the vast majority of Wisconsin fans feel the same way.”
What could Bo Ryan do with Michigan’s roster?
I think he’d do a lot similar to what John Beilein is doing. I mean it’s actually kinda similar profiles. They play a little bit of a different style but John Beilein is just a masterful tactitian, one of the best offensive tactitians I’ve ever seen… At the end of the day, basketball, and athletics in general, is mostly about talent, and any coach is going to do better with better talent, which is not to say that Bo does not have talented players. He certainly does.”
Why does he have Michigan winning it all?
“Coming into the tournament I, like everybody else under the sun, picked Louisville to win the championship, and even as recently as late last week I was writing on SI.com that Louisville was going to win… After thinking about it and watching those teams play on Saturday night, I think the difference is a lot of people who go up against Louisville use full court press, and their goal is to just kind of handle the press, survive and advance, get it in the front court, run a little bit of offense. But I think Michigan can actually beat the press for scores, and that is a big distinction… I just think that is going to be a terrific asset to carry into this game.”
What is his final expectation for the last game of the season tonight?
“I think Michigan’s going to win. Like I said, I picked Louisville beforehand, but… it’s not necessarily about which team is better. It’s about the matchup, you know, your strengths versus my weaknesses, my strengths versus your weaknesses. And sometimes, it’s my strengths versus your strengths. And Louisville’s primary strength is full-court press, and Michigan is ranked 1st in the country in turnover percentage… Call it a hunch… but I like Michigan to win the game.”
Tom Haudricourt from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel joined the show on Thursday to talk about his book, 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
How difficult was it to eliminate things from the list?:
“It’s not nearly as difficult to eliminate, to get down to 100, as it is to list them in order of importance. As you guys know, if you did a top ten list, you would have arguments about how you arranged those ten items, well imagine doing 100. That’s the beauty of lists
though, it does engender debate. How did you put this in the top 20, why isn’t it down in the 90’s? Why isn’t this one higher? But that’s cool, if we get debated that’s fine, but it is a subjective list and it doesn’t take you very long to see how subjective is because it starts with number one with Bud Selig. I think we are all in accordance with that. Without him there’s no Brewers, therefore no book. Number two, Bob Uecker, you can’t go wrong with him, the voice of the Brewers for over 40 years and a Hall of Fame broadcaster. Number
three Robin Yount, the iconic Hall of Famer, franchise player, but then number four, the Racing Sausages, we kind of fall off a little bit of a cliff there. But if you had the perspective I have, going outside of the city and hearing what other people talk about when it comes to
the Brewers, you’d be amazed how the Racing Sausages eventually come up in conversation, and I did feel a little validated putting them high on the list when a few weeks back the Italian Sausage was kidnapped in Cedarburg and it made national news.”
What’s the first thing someone should do when they go to Miller Park?:
“I go all over the country covering the Brewers on the road, and you don’t see the level or sophistication of tailgating that you do in Milwaukee, and I guess on Monday, even though it was freezing, there was some amazing tailgating going on out there. The other
thing (a person has to do) is eat a brat. Bob Costas kind of made the brats famous when he was doing national Brewers’ games and just raved about that.”
What’s the last thing on your list?:
“Visit the Brewers’ Mount Rushmore. That’s the four statues outside of the stadium of (Bob) Uecker, (Robin) Yount, (Hank) Aaron and (Bud) Selig. You can learn an awful lot about Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball history, by visiting those statues and reading the plaques
under them and all of the facts and comments on those plaques, the home plate from old County Stadium… the tribute to the Braves, and the Negro Leagues.”
If you had to make a Mount Rushmore of players for the Brewers, who would be your four?:
“As far as Brewers fans are concerned, you couldn’t go wrong with (Paul) Molitor, (Robin) Yount, (Jim) Gantner, (and Hank Aaron).”
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Wisconsin Head Football Coach Gary Andersen joined the show on Friday to talk about the status of the football team.
What’s your goal when you get to the spring game?:
“Well I think it’s going to be great for these kids to get in front of the fans, they are excited about it. I hope we have a tremendous crowd and we can involve the crowd in the game situation as far as the spring game. Because of our numbers on the offensive line, we will not be able to have a true spring game; we are down to right now seven and maybe eight healthy offensive linemen as we go practice to practice so it will be a controlled scrimmage if you will.
We value every day. All 15 practices are very important to us and the spring game will definitely be an opportunity for us to get better. We will hold out a number of young men in that scrimmage just like we do in the rest of the scrimmages.”
What have you learned most about these kids?:
“On the field, I have learned these kids come to work every day. Football is important to them, their want to, from a football knowledge standpoint, preparing for practices very good, the questions that they ask are very, very good. They compete against each other at a high level. One of my big deals in spring practice is to every day have a winner and loser, and it matters to these young men whether the offense wins or if the defense wins and that’s really, somebody is going to win, somebody is going to lose every day in spring football, and I
think they’re getting the just of that. They do compete at a high level. I want them to have a smile on their face. I want them to have energy and excitement when they make a play, and I want them to be fired up about it.”
Which side has been winning more?:
“Well I think the new schemes on both sides, it took us through the break in spring we had six practices and then we took the spring break, and it was back and forth quite honestly through those practices almost 50/50. I would say since we’ve been back the defense has had the upper hand, especially when we went into the one padded practice we had this week on Wednesday. I would say that’s normal in a progression of practice, that would
usually take I believe in the second or third or even fourth practice, not necessarily the seventh or eighth practice. With the new scheme I think we are on schedule there and I expect the offense to come back.”
Who puts your music together for practices? Do you have a lot of input in that?:
“(I have a) little bit of input in that, but I also let the kids have a little bit of say in it…we want a mix, so, can’t please everybody, and I kind of like when it irritates you a little bit sometimes that helps too.”
What are the benefits of playing music during practice?:
”I think it forces us to focus, at critical times it allows you to communicate at a little bit higher level and you got to be more precise on how your coaching, so it’s not just for the kids it’s for
the coaches you got be point blank and that’s how it is on game day. You can’t go through a long evaluation or a long process of sentences you got to teach clean and crisp and precise and the kids got to get the directions clean and crisp precise. I believe it pays dividends in the future.”
What else will be a shock to the fans when they check out the team for the first time this spring?:
“Well I hope there won’t be a lot of shocks, but we believe in practicing really fast at a clean, crisp pace. When we go we go, and when we take a break we take a break, but I like it to be moving in and out of drills and be organized from a coaching standpoint. If you are not organized in practices as coaches, the kids have not opportunity to be organized and I don’t think you teach as well as you can at the practice situation, most practices build up from individual into group work into team work and that’s the way we’ll be. We’ll end tomorrow with about the last half hour of live drills. We will put the ball down and drive it four
different sections and then we’ll also put it in the red zone and play live for the last half hour of practice, so I think the fans will enjoy a little bit of a scrimmage if you will for the last part of practice.”
Which coach will fans leave talking about?:
“Probably Coach (Bill) Busch he’s probably the most animated and maybe he’s more used to the music and things and with those DB’s he got to kind of chase them around every once and awhile to get the conversation going from a long distance away if you will, he gets after it pretty good.”
What’s the receiver situation looking like?:
“We need to be able to have some wide receivers step up. We have a couple injuries there that we are trying to get through. We’re going to hold Jarrod (Abbrederis) out of a lot of live drills to give the young men in the wide receiver spot an opportunity to step up and make plays.”
Gil Brandt, senior analyst from nfl.com joined the show on Wednesday to talk about Montee Ball’s draft status.
How have running backs’ draft stock changed?:
“In the second year of the draft, we had nine teams, and I think we had nine running backs
drafted in the first round. Now, two years ago, we had one, taken (Mark) Ingram at 25, so we
just don’t draft running backs as high as we did at one time.”
What are your thoughts on Montee Ball?:
“I think that first of all, he’s a quality individual which I think everybody’s looking for. I think
he’s a much better receiver than people think he is. And you know what? I don’t think he has
ever gotten hurt, I don’t think he has ever missed a game because of injury while he was at
the University of Wisconsin. I think those are all things that add up to success, and I wouldn’t
be a bit surprised to see him possibly be the first back selected in the draft, I think he has a
very good chance of that happening for him.”
What do naysayers pick at that say his game isn’t the best one available for the NFL?:
“Product of the system. The system is when you have (Travis) Frederick and (Ricky) Wagner
and people like that blocking for you, you have a pretty good offensive line. But he is a much
better runner, he’s not a straight runner, he has some movement when he runs. He’ll block,
he does all the things that you want. He doesn’t have great speed, but he has good enough
speed. I don’t think you can argue against production, this is a very, very, very productive
football player while at the University of Wisconsin.”
How would you address a Packer fan that gets frustrated with GM Ted Thompson not making many moves in free agency?:
“I guess he copies what the Dallas Cowboys did when I was there that led to success, we
believed in raising and developing our own players, and I think that’s what they’ve done. I
think Ted has done a great job, he’s going to miss John Dorsey because I think John was a
great help to him. They do a very, very good job of scouting, they have quality people out
there, evaluating players, and they take and develop players is what they do. And I think all
you have to do is see some of the undrafted free agents, some of the people that weren’t
highly regarded that have come in there and played so well because of the fact that the
coaching staff does a great job of developing young guys, and I think that’s the best way to
We'll be talking about this on the show today. After this whole Mike Rice situation what is and isn't acceptable for coaches' to do with players?
Here is video of Rice apologizing.