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Here I am with the normal coast Hunter holidays, and we're gonna be talking about NFL.
We're gonna be talking from college foot basketball, actually.
Then we're gonna talk about some baseball baseball news as well.
So let's just start with the big thing we're talking about just the Ravens Steelers.
Let me Let me just I know.
And I know a lot of Steeler trillions are upset.
Like when when people say they're the worst 11 and no team I know you know? Well, I'm going to say is I think saying that they're the worst.
It's been extreme. Yeah.
Yeah, So I think that, but I think it is fair to say that they are the They're probably the most questionable.
Yeah, they're they're like, you know what I mean, Right? Like you know what I mean, Right? You could like you still have questions about this team.
You have to respect the fact that your letter No.
Because, like, to me, like I think I know you.
I think you agree with this, uh, statement.
If we're asking the same questions in week 12 that we're asking in Week four or Week five.
Then that is an issue.
Yeah, And when you look at the Steelers, um, and we can talk about, let's just first talk about the game first and then I'll talk about some life if you think there's some.
There's some issues I have about the Steelers that really go before this game.
But so to me, I thought that if you're a sailor, strand you you won the game.
You're 11. No, you won the A F C North.
You're going to be either the one or two seed in the NFC playoff picture yourself.
I think those are the only positives you could take from this game.
Honestly, it's basically yeah, you throw it in the Dumpster.
If you saw what Mike Tomlin had to say after the game, you know, people like the harp on my common, but you know, he wasn't happy it.
We say you see what his reaction? What would you do you all like to drop passes to us sucking? I mean, that's honestly one of the greatest responses I've heard him say called it the JV performance in all three phases.
I mean, I'm sure he was probably given them a lot in the locker room.
Juju even said it himself after the game.
They came in with a JV squad and we played down to them.
He flied out, admitted to it.
He was pretty ****ed off, too.
And, yeah, I mean, it's always got lucky to win that game.
I mean, they had, of course, that big player at the end of the second half, you know, with Vince Williams kind of sitting on Gus Edwards there.
Yeah, Yeah, it puts second half accident on the Why First half? Yeah.
I mean, I understand what a lot of people are upset about that I would be upset about that as well.
You know, it's up to the refs to call it.
And he was like a yard away.
You the yard away.
So I mean, that's why don't I mean granted? But then again, there two issues.
They're bad clock management.
And then they had their the roughing the passer penalty, which eso I'm fine with it.
And then also that last play, that last throw to Luke Wilson.
He almost got it like he had the ball for That was just a nice play by hey, just yeah, I feel like So for me, it was more so if I'm willing to let that situation go, Uh, and then you mentioned, like playing down the competition that throughout, kind of referring to earlier.
Like if you look at the Steelers eso this is.
If this was the first time they played down to their competition, I would be worried.
But the fact that, yeah, the fact is that in week two remember they played a Denver Bronco scene with Jeff Driskel.
That's right, Yeah, back on.
And then they almost lost.
They almost lost that game like I don't know.
I forgot what the final scores, but they almost lost that game.
Then you play the Ravens, you create four turnovers, but you only win by four.
That's like, so that's good and bad.
Then you play the Cowboys.
You're facing Garrett, Gilbert and Garrett.
Gilbert almost beat you.
There's there's a few problems.
There's two big things with this team.
There's that's just the reality.
They're too worries that the offensive coordinator and themselves, that's that's really the two big issues with the team.
The offensive coordinator will stand in the way of bad play calling.
But, I mean, they had 10 drops against the Ravens.
That's unacceptable on Ben, you know themselves, you know, playing down the bad competition, not showing up for like, a half, not showing up for a whole game. Squeaking out winds.
That ain't gonna work against Kansas City.
Yeah, that could work against a lot of the other teams in the conference.
You've beaten Tennessee, You'd be in Baltimore.
You crushed Cleveland.
I'm gonna play Indianapolis pretty soon.
And you you're gonna play another.
Really? Probably the 3rd, 3rd, 4th best team in the conference in the Bills.
You know you're gonna play everyone except the Chiefs.
And but it's just like, you know, that will work, I think.
Well, I shouldn't say that don't work.
I mean, you can squeak by those kind of teams, but I won't work against the Chiefs, and you know, we'll get to the Chiefs when, if they play them.
But, you know, that's just the big thing.
If they show up on their A game, I have no doubt about beat the Kansas City.
Well, I don't know.
We'll also, unfortunately, because of the but to pre injury is gonna make it that much harder, though, Eh? So I wanted to bring this point up, though.
There's this tweet from this guy from Baltimore.
Forgot which media he's from, he said.
And this is and this is telling.
Let's not forget Big Ben have to throw it 51 times to put up a whopping 13 points against the Ravens defense without three poll.
Three Pro Bowlers that lead to pass Rush that also watched Jimmy Smith and played with the hobbled Peters and Elliott.
Yeah, I mean, they is The big thing with their offense right now is they don't trust the running game.
And how could you with the number they put up? It was nice that Benny Snell finally woke up at the end of the game.
He won them the game.
You know him trucking.
Marcus Peters was music to my ears.
You know, I've never been a fan of computers.
I know you're a big ratings and I do not like him.
I didn't like him on the ramps, to be honest with you, I e.
Another, but that was fun.
But, you know, it's just, you know, 3rd and 1/4 and one they're passing.
It's like just won the ball.
It's one yard is really no Oh, and by and by the way, the only two defensive tackles with the Ravens are suited up.
And by the way, do you know how much how many guys they figure it up in total? I don't even remember 30.
Say it's not something I was going to get. 30 something.
Yeah, so they had to sew the only two defensive they only suited up to defensive tackles.
Everyone else was like practice squad.
So, like, if you had a chance Thio bring back your run game.
That was this was a game to do it.
I mean, for me, Like from a Ravens fan, Like from as a fan.
I was like, You know what? I have? No.
Like I told you this, I haven't I haven't really no emotional.
In fact, I was like, I know we were going.
I figured we're gonna lose.
So, like, if you could make it, if you can make it a game, I'll be fine with it.
and the fact that we only lost by 55 and the only reason it was by five was because of bad clock management.
Like that could have been in 1917 game that could be in 21 19. Ravens win.
Yeah, like I will say, though I'm watching RG three play honestly, kind of e.
I will say this.
It kind of set football back about 20 years.
He is really bad, man.
That guy can't throw a ball.
He can't throw a pass.
And I think that um, like, I think that he's gonna go down as one of the saddest What if stories? Because going coming into the league, he was like, he's Lamar Jackson before Lamar Jackson.
He was like the next Michael Vick.
And then, ironically, the Ravens were the reason why blew out his knee. That's right.
And then, um but no like, and then it just went downhill.
And apparently, um apparently his dad went to Shanahan and said, we want him to be Peyton Manning or something like that.
And and then and then at that point, it was like injuries, and now he's on his 13.
He's a backup quarterback, I mean, but I mean and I would kind of get to the Ravens point a quarterback point here, but like it's just really glad to see that he's only 30 years old, but he's having that.
He's we're now looking at him like he's like a 39 year old veteran who's been out of the game of sport league for for a while, and he's on his last leg and the fact that he's only 30 and we have ever, and we're looking at him that way.
I think it's just really depressing.
Uh, here's what I'll say.
I think you will agree with me with this.
For any Ravens fans out there, I want to say, Oh, we need to go way Don't let's not resign Lamar Jackson watch this game.
Well, I don't care, I don't care.
I don't care if they were missing their key players.
You can't tell me that you can't tell 1st.
1st of all, we don't know who's gonna be in a draft for next couple of years.
We don't know where they're gonna picks.
We don't know who don't say we could get a guy to draft RG three like we just said He's on his last legs.
Unfortunately, he's on his last legs.
Second, I know there's a tick tock song about truth. McSorley.
And I know the most popular position is a backup quarterback.
I know that, but Trace McSorley is no more than a poor man's Taysom Hill.
Yeah, I mean, that's basically what he is. Fun Fact.
You went to high school 10 minutes from me and tore my high school up a few times.
Had a nice pass there, though.
I mean, Hollywood Brown kind of own trial trial.
Evans was really bad back game.
That's his worst game of the season.
To be honest with you, he was having a good year.
Yeah, I think it's like one of those things where, like I said, it's like it's clear that we're missing Lamar Jackson.
I mean, it's clear that if he was running this offense and, like, I mean, he well at least would have had more points.
I mean, we were been able open to playbook more often, but I mean, like anyone saying that Oh, we shouldn't resign the Mars like watch this game.
He you know he is Ravensoffense.
And and the good thing is that if you unfortunately because he has a down here, you could get him for, like, 35 37 year.
But for a guy like him who's only 23 his free, his extension is gonna be like when he's 26 27 28 years old and you expect he's gonna get better if you give him or help.
And those guys you have to imagine like it's gonna be around 40 million market value.
If you could get him around 36 37 38 year, that might be a bargain like you don't know what you could.
What else you could do with saving two or three million? Yeah, from that.
So I really Yeah, I really would want the Ravens to open the negotiations with the more now because, like like we're both both of us, like baseball fans and hockey fans as well closer to get free agency, the more expensive you become.
And you gotta imagine the Mark Jackson is going, it's gonna have teams tripping all over for him when he's a free agent.
I think they can use that on the receiver and then use that with Lamar.
Yeah, I mean, that's that's what I say about him.
I didn't want to finish up, though.
Just get to our next thing.
Yeah, I saw all this talk on Twitter from people like that.
We went to my school.
And what regular people online.
You were the worst of weapon of team.
Like Like you guys are a bunch of morons and honestly don't know anything about football.
I just think that's a ridiculous take.
Um, you don't go 11 to know by accident.
I mean, I saw this that I mean, Buddy, five teams in the last 22 years have won 11.
No, I mean, look into going 11.
No, sure, you get a couple of games.
I mean, they've been lucky to win the Dallas game.
And this game, of course, But you know, most of the other winds they've won like mostly convincingly, I would say I mean e would say convincingly.
I mean, it's not like like last year was the Ravens, where they would win one game like 59 10 or 45 6 or 40 to 10.
But I mean, yeah, I mean, I would say like if you win by 10, you win by 14.
That's convincing, but I would like to see that against, like, a team like the Ravens.
Like a destiny as they were.
I would have liked to like if you're a fan, I would have liked to see, like, a 20 point win or something like 100% agree with that.
I just I think, like the people that are just like roasting them by saying that weird take.
It's just like get lost.
It's mainly people who just want a reaction.
It's like when, um, it's like when, um if that's why on on this is like on the undisputed, they always, like, try to put in, like, three or four of them.
Uh, LeBron topics like they know what's gonna happen every single time.
I mean, like, this is like the second best team in the conference.
I'm sorry, can cities a better team than them and you could make an argument.
This is the second best team in football That's the thing.
These are the two top teams in the Yeah, on paper, Absolutely.
Absolutely. I did.
And yeah, it's just crazy to me that people, like, just say, like the one of the most overweighted 11 team.
They staying like everyone just talk about how bad they are.
It's just like they obviously have issues.
They've had issues all year long, and hopefully they can correct them.
As the playoffs get closer, they can clinch a spot this week.
They can clinch the North this weekend.
I expect them to clinch the North this weekend because Cleveland ain't gonna go down to Tennessee and beat them.
But, um, it's just No, you guys, you guys, you guys unofficially have clinched north because you got the tiebreaker over Baltimore and then you have you already be in Cleveland one.
So that's not going like that's not gonna even Yeah, you probably have a type of Grover Cleveland as well at some point.
So yeah, well, I just wanted to say, Man, I'm just thinking, tired of them, talking about how bad we are.
It's just like Shut up.
Yeah, and also, like I'm thinking like also on the Ravens side of things like saying that Lamar Jackson.
The link has figured out Lamar Jackson like Lincoln's. Figure out this offense.
Or this is like a gim****y offense.
I'm like, No, it's not like you lose Marshal Yanda.
What do you think happens? Like You don't get it.
You don't get hard. Number one target.
Yeah, Ronnie Stanley is not there either.
Ronnie Stanley, isn't there? Yeah.
I mean, I'll say this the Hayden Hurst trade when they trade in for a second round pick, it's a move you make for the future.
Yeah, it's a move you make because you know that guts Edwards is a free agent after this year.
You know that Mark Ingram is getting up there in age if you're releasing to get five million savings.
In fact, all this this is kind of like a brief thing, but this is how I think this is a move for the future.
It definitely hurts the president.
I would have I would have gone a Band aid solution like a Delaney Walker on a one year deal to kind of offset the loss of Hayden hers, But the way I looked at that Hayden Hurst trade was, and I wanna hear your thoughts on this one.
Getting Dobyns within the second round gives you a clear running back one.
Yeah, And then with that pick and then with that pick, you could now release Ingram, get the five million back and savings, and then either resigned Gus Edwards or use that money in a way that indirectly helps the running back position u two s.
So it's it's worked out for both sides.
Yeah, and you got just in mark.
You get dressed in tailored.
And not only that, you also like and and to me it's like taking care like preemptively thinking about Oh, this might be a secondary need this year, but a primary need next year.
So we solve this problem now, or at least get the bulk of it done.
Now we don't have to invest.
The amount of resource is that we would need to invest next year in this position.
I think that's a smart way of doing the GM because I think being a GM, if you're GM, you don't want to deal with like primary needs, which take a ton of resource is, the more you found on them, the less you can spend on everyone else and the last primary needs you have and the more luxury needs or secondary need to have.
I think that's the way you kind of build a more balanced team.
So I think that Hayden Hurst trade and allowing them to get three third round picks because you got extra seconds you could turn out to three third round picks.
And then those guys kind of became a key piece.
They could become key pieces, and then pretty much that trade worked out well, Uh, do you want to preview the Steelers and football team previous game? Sure.
I mean, there's really not much to say.
It's a short week.
Um, if there's a walk taking on the schedule, honestly, you could make a case for this one.
It's an NSC team.
If you see what still 15 and one of the season as well as the Chiefs, I think they win the tiebreaker over.
Then, if I'm not mistaken just because they're only also between NSC team and the Steelers, whatever you have, they they would have won every team against the A F C The Chiefs would not have.
They would have that.
I think it's conference record.
So when the Tigers So there's a game to lose.
And uncle 16 now? Yeah, I had to head.
They didn't play each other.
It was probably cause it's probably common opponents, and I don't have the information in front of me.
And so I can into that vision.
Fourth division record.
The Steelers would be 60 Chiefs will be five and one.
I'm not really sure what the first tiebreaker is, though, but I think common records common teams.
Maybe you have the right.
Uh, my thoughts on this game, uh, Pouncey is gonna be out if he tested positive, he's gonna be out.
Unfortunately, um, so and we have close contact, and then he's able to come back to the game, though I'm not sure if he's Yeah, that's the thing.
Like whether he's close contact or positive.
We don't know, uh, football team of the great D line.
That's gonna help you guys.
Ah, and I think on offense, Terry McLaurin is gonna be a tough matchup.
Yeah, Alex Smith is that good, though.
He's kind of be running for his life from TJ Watt.
I would think if they don't Yeah, Who's the running back again? And General Gibson? Yeah, he's good.
Do you like you said that the line is awesome.
I mean, Chase Yang's.
He's a stud, man.
He's gonna be so good.
They saw they saw character or something Sounds awesome.
Their their secondary is.
I mean, it's an underrated defense, To be honest, I mean, their teeth all right, but they're four and seven.
They're still not that good.
The Steelers should win this game, but, you know, short week playing again on that next Sunday against the Deals.
I'm not gonna be really upset if they lose this game.
They're kind of honestly do to lose one anyway.
But if they're able to win it, they lock up the North.
I'm going to be awesome, and they already basically have it.
But if they win, they also puts their playoff.
I thought, I think they have.
They can clinch it four different ways this weekend.
They have, like, one of three teams. E.
I mean, they've already clinched a place on my, uh, but they should they should win this game.
But you know, like you said any given Sunday, that's what people don't understand.
You know, that's also thinking when I laugh at when they say like, they're like, Oh, like people think like they they're going to go to the Super Bowl.
It's like any given Sunday.
A team could be the team I've always been told.
Yeah, like the type of beat the Ravens last year in the playoffs went on paper.
Ravens now granted their injuries, and But I said like like about, like, cheese.
And I was like, I'm just saying like any given Sunday, like with a cheese be favorable, Absolutely.
They probably will be you guys, but like any given day, a team that can beat another team.
So I just I just want to say that, too, but, um should women and then they have that big game against Buffalo.
That's gonna be a fun one.
Um, I don't know about you know he's good, but then e Digs is helping him a lot.
Do you want to review your game? Yeah, sure.
So I think a lot of this game this should be a game to the Ravens when ah, lot of it depends on who is coming back.
Because Lamar apparently.
So, um, I was watching ESPN and Die University, and he said that so apparently when you get covered, it's 10 days a quarantine and in a two or three day ramp up period.
So Lamar would be in that second day of that ramp up period, which is why Dobbins and England were in plain because they were, If they were activated, they would have been activated on the day of the game.
So you gotta You gotta worry about soft tissue injuries and stuff like that.
So it wasn't worth playing either of those guys and risk them getting reinjured or something like that.
So eso ifit's trace McSorley is starting.
I mean, the cowboys and he's gonna have some practice so I can see him have, Honestly, I would consider starting him, seeing how he does.
And then if he doesn't do well, then goto Lamar if he's activated.
But if traces playing well, just keep him in there.
Because obviously Lamar is not gonna be Lamar after like, um, like getting covert.
I mean, he might take a while so I could see a combination of both of them kind of being being in the game.
Oh, I think Dobbins and Ingram should be back.
I don't think they I think it was just more of this.
We don't want soft tissue injuries just like they weren't playing.
Hopefully Brandon Williams and plays Campbell.
Um, obviously Dallas.
Obviously, Dallas has three receivers.
I mean, that's gonna be tough.
I mean, Ezekiel Elliott has butter fingers at this point.
Honestly, he's terrible.
I doubt benching advantage I got.
But most starting this week. Thanks for the reminder.
Yeah, and then, yeah.
I mean, I if I'm Ezekiel Elliott, I do not want to run your Marlon Humphrey.
Like if I Butterfingers I don't want to run here, Marlon Humphrey.
Because, Marlon, I think Marlon has like, six forced fumbles this year so far, and he's any I think he's missed one game.
So, like, that's how good the guy is like he has, like, and and by the way, I see a lot of like Ravens corn, especially that Steelers game that, you know, like you know, that they like the peanut Tillman punch out move that he didn't do that.
Yeah, he was trying on on juju.
He didn't once last year and the juju was like, Oh, I know, I know he's going to do that.
So he so he's holding the ball extra tight.
Oh, absolutely, Yeah, yeah.
And on that play was James Washington when you saw Jay, like in the fourth floor when he catches it.
And then you see Chuck Clark literally wrestled him to the ground.
And even when the play is done, you you kind of see him kind of like trying to yank that ball from I mean, it's like a lot of like the corners and out learning from from Humphries.
And so if I'm so if I'm Ezekiel Elliott, I'm holding on to that ball super tight.
I might do something illegal, like, put on, like to stick on the gloves because those guys, because that defense is coming for you, not defense is gonna try toe yank the ball out any way they can.
So I they should win.
I mean, it depends a lot on health.
I mean, we needed um obviously, we're five days away from the games.
We have no idea who's gonna be healthy, who is not gonna be healthy and all that other stuff.
So e I mean, that's how that's what I think.
Uh, obviously they've seen Andy Dalton plenty of times.
Andy Dalton has seen down plenty of times.
And I'm just gonna ended by saying with my weekly reminder that Greg Roman is a one trick pony.
He's done this in San Francisco.
He did it in his.
His track record in San Francisco is League has figured him out.
Then he goes to Buffalo.
Chiron has won't go two years.
League figured him out.
If I'm the Ravens, I'm saying, Sorry, Greg, you can go.
Um, and I think that they should go after, like, the cortex.
So James Urban as an in house option.
But I wanna hear your your thoughts on this.
So they're two options that are former their current head coach, that we don't know if they're gonna be fired or not.
Anthony Lynn now also his financial in.
He was the guy that replaced Greg Roman in Buffalo.
So if Anthony Lynn was fired, theoretically and he do you think he would be and Greg Roman was fired as well.
Do you think that Anthony Lynn, as an offensive coordinator, not as a head coach, would do a good job at least better than he is in L.
Right now? Because he just continues to make mistake after e.
Don't know if you saw what happened when they got the Hail Mary at the five girls like they did a Q B sneak who was just a nerve er with no time left.
He's just such a he said that as a head coach, Harvin's going there, though, I think.
And the other option is this John Harbaugh.
Uh oh, he hits former employee was in and was in, uh, Philadelphia from Andy Reid.
Now there's another there.
The coach as a disciple of Andy Reid that it's on the hot seat.
And that's Doug Peterson.
I don't know if he and I know they had some joint practices.
I wouldn't mind seeing Doug Peterson kind of like being there for a year as the offensive coordinator, rebuild his value and go somewhere else, and then make James Urban the next offensive coordinator.
But, I mean, I think he could.
I think Pietersen could be a decent offensive coordinator.
That's why what he's better suited for that Super Bowl win that he had is still probably the biggest flutes have ever seen.
What happened after that has just been a like a freefall.
And then, uh, friend.
And for those Ravens fans that want to know like, Oh, it's hard.
But it is going to get one of his boys to be the offensive coordinator.
Do keep in mind.
When they hired Gary Kubiak a few years ago, he, uh that was an Ozzie Newsome choice.
That was not Harbaugh choice.
So does DeCosta override Um, Harbaugh on this and say like, Oh, Doug Peterson available.
Let's go get him, E Think maybe I would like to see, like, someone like him in there.
So let's now, Jenny, was there any other games? Um, games or you wanna talk about either this week or last week in the NFL? E u have Titans are getting hot at the right moment.
I mean, they crushed the colts pretty good.
The titans also just they're playing well.
They're probably when the A F.
C yeah, that basically just locks it up even more.
But there's really nothing other stuff in the n f l e.
I mean, energy. It's still embarrassing.
The energy South.
I mean, uh, Brady still looking older.
I mean, I don't think I think Arians is.
I think it Bruce Areas might be looking for a new job, sometimes soon.
I don't know about that.
He'll probably stay there next year, but Brady looks washed.
He ain't That's not the same time ready that we're used to seeing, um, you know, I love love seeing Antonio around kind of struggle down there, but the Chiefs are just a machine.
It was a close game at the end, but, I mean, there really weren't any danger of losing that game.
Mental thing, my homes.
It's just best player on the point, man.
It's It's gonna be really tough for any team to be done.
But do you want to go into what's going to happen tomorrow night with the football team? I mean, okay, let me say this.
Here's I'm not watching that game.
I'm Yeah, I'm not watching that game.
I mean, I'll probably keep in eye out on the on the ESPN app to see if it's close.
But if it's close, then, yeah, I'll turn it on.
But I'm not like I'm not going to watch the game.
I mean, there hasn't really been any news on the coaching front.
I mean, I think one, I think that Evan Watkin said, um, like there's an over 30% chance that Fuentes fire.
But then again, not 100. So we don't know.
Yeah, I'm on the board right now, really going on there today.
We did get a couple of recruits like the Twin Corners or something.
I mean, way you talk about the basketball team.
That's what fun team to watch there are. Tournament team.
They struggled a bit last night.
That was kind of a bit a little too close against VM.
Yeah, before no, which is great.
They could go in a little bit of a run here.
I think they get Penn State coming up.
Yeah, they spent the next.
Yeah, and then they have a few games against couple gimme opponents, which they should do and what you know, we only have, like four more games against nonconference teams for the A.
C C schedule starts.
Oh, yeah. I mean, yeah, that'll be Yes.
I think that those will be big.
Here's what say I'm I mean last year.