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So, Mike, how we doing today? Look.
What? What? Uh, no, don't.
That's Friday, my friend. Price.
Another week has gone by, and, uh, it's great to be here on NBC radio Live little Ah, little hiatus yesterday.
But we're back at it again today to close out the week at some great things to talk about action Back show today.
And I'm looking forward to it, my friend, as I always do every time we share them off course.
And we had Ah, basically, my internet was not working yesterday.
Well, the the service in this area was was pretty much shot.
So I was pretty much there's nothing we could have done.
I mean, unless I somehow invented a way to pick up the Internet with just what I had at my desk.
But I'm not quite MacGyver in that sense.
Um, but yeah, we're gonna have some fun today.
We're only gonna be on for an hour.
We had some, um, scheduling conflicts today again, This was kind of ah ah, feel it out week when it comes to ah, moving to our new time schedule, which will be 8 30 to 10 a.
m. So it kind of worked out.
You know pretty well that we were able to test it out this week, and the next week will be able to kind of really, really hit it hard at next week.
We will do the ah, the eighties love songs list that we were planning on doing today.
But because of the time shortage, we're gonna have to bump it.
So I apologize if if we have a bunch of ah, you know, fans that came in solely for that I assure you, we're gonna put on an entertaining show.
Ah, regardless of our not being able to do that.
So Ah, fortunately, though, we do have a bunch of stuff to talk about.
Uh, most importantly, uh, the, uh, both major league baseball and MBA have made strides or at least, um, made progress. Will.
Progress isn't the right word.
Let's just say they're both heading in opposite directions.
But at least there at least coming to a conclusion.
Toe what's gonna happen with their current season? And, ah, MBA will return at ah towards the end of July with 22 teams in Orlando.
Kind of what the the idea was, Um, you know, we've heard for a couple weeks at Orlando.
Seemed like the pretty obvious choice given the ESPN and Disney Sports complex down there.
And, of course, the ah states, you know, openness to allowing games like this to be played.
So, um, that's good news.
That's great. That's another step we hurt.
We learned about hockey last week about how their attempt to ah get back into ah, the season.
Ah, they have pretty started to to make progress towards, um, you know, defining dates.
June 8th is the first day of face to ah for the NHL, and the MBA obviously will be entering their own, um, you know, process to get ready to return to play.
But the good thing is, then they will be back.
And look, I'm excited.
Look, I'm obviously a bigger football and hockey fan than I am basketball fan, but I'm excited.
Toto, watch playoff basketball.
I'm excited to watch live sports in general, but I have a feeling like we talked about on Wednesday a bit that this spy the season or this stretch of these seasons here in in the fall and into the winter is gonna it's gonna feel different and in a way, pretty special because obviously everything that has happened over the last few months, not only the, you know, the Corona virus, but you know, obviously that the events of the last 10 days or so in the protest and and all that stuff So, uh, I'm anticipating it just a great stretch of a few months after, really, you know, having tea kind of, uh, power through these last few one.
So we're really putting the work in now.
Toe hopefully get a big pay off here at the end, and I think we're headed towards that, especially when it comes in a NHL and MBA.
100% agreed, as always, and you know it's pull that.
That's what you're paid to Dio to agree with company line.
But not in all actuality.
I I really do agree with you 100%.
It is going to be an interesting late summer early fall into the late fall when it comes to professional sports, and having all of them going clicking on all cylinders at the same time is gonna be really, really fun to watch.
One league continues to further away from getting back on the field, and I'm sure we'll get to that in a moment.
But kudos to the MBA for coming up with the, uh, what I believe is probably one of the better plans that they could come up with.
Um, yeah, after would, you know, probably think that the players air psyched to be able to get back, get back on the court and start being able to play meaningful games again.
It's something that has been a difficulty for them for a While um, you look at the way they structured this and the teams that will be playing.
I think it's gonna be fun to watch and I think it's gonna be interesting to watch.
I think a lot of people are anticipating what it's going to be like to be watching these games without fans in the stands.
Without that fan interaction and how much it may differ from what they've seen before.
I'm intrigued Teoh.
Watch it because I think there's ah lot that will be different.
But I think it's going to be a little bit more the same than people are anticipating.
You have to think that these leagues, whether it be the NHL or whether it be the MBA or even the NFL, have already putting measures in place to combat some of the void that people are going to be able to feel without the fan interaction.
So this will be cool.
It'll be definitely interesting to watch and I think keeping most of these teams relegated to one or two cities is a smart move.
The MBA obviously using the Disney complex.
That's plenty big enough, folks.
I think a lot of people are wondering, You know, how are they going to do this? So they're gonna make sure that that's all the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in conjunction with ESPN is a pretty good hub.
For years, the Atlanta Braves had their Ah, training camp in their rough spring training there.
So there is a lot of room.
There's a lot of area for workouts, things of that nature.
So, um, yeah, it's it's it's gonna be fun.
But I was very happy to see that the MBA took those strides that that was approved.
And then we're gonna get basketball back soon because, you know, say what you will.
The Celtics were right in the middle of the thick of things when it came to a playoff run when it came to making a run for the top spot in the conference.
Ah, this is a team that was clicking on a lot of cylinders.
I know there's going to be rust when they take the court once again, but, you know, I think that this is gonna be ah, lot of fun and something that is, I think, a long overdue people just want sports back.
But I think the sports they're getting back are not gonna be as watered down as some are suggesting.
I think we're gonna get good quality action.
And I think the players are gonna be ready to go.
Yeah, Look, July 31st is the start date.
So at the very end of July Ah, the Mbaye will start, Um, and it says no later than October 12th.
The Game seven of the N B A.
Finals will take place.
So their plan is somewhat similar to hockey's.
And I mean, there's there's certainly some very key differences.
Ah, you know, the MBA is is obviously extending the pool of teams returning to from 16 to 22.
So it's not like a, you know, if they're going right into the playoffs, they're going.
They're going to allow basically some exhibition games and regulation games to continue among these 22 teams because off the seeding issues and and and that's the big thing was like, you know, you know, a lot of these teams were kind of decided where they are in hockey.
I mean, you know, for the Bruins in particular, they were so far ahead.
And, you know, in the conference.
They were likely going to finish first.
But just like in hockey, there were a lot of teams right on the cusp of the playoffs with with a decent amount of games left to be able to enter into that tournament.
So this will allow them to do that as well as add, um, more games to the quote unquote regular season schedule, which has a salary implications and certain financial things when it comes a certain number of games that need to be played across an MBA season.
So ah, you know, again, this this is this is shaping up to be ah, you know, again, a fund, different type of tournament.
It's gonna be obviously in ah ah, an arena.
Ah, one facility.
So there's gonna be there saying there could be up to, like, five games a day type of thing and playoff games in the afternoon, which again, this is something we just haven't ever experienced.
I mean, we're basically getting an Olympic style, uh, production, because if you think about it, that's the closest thing I can think of when it comes to watching these games at odd hours.
Watching them all playing the same type of facility or crush, Just you know what I mean.
So it's It's different, but I'm excited for it.
And again, look, I like basketball.
It certainly would rank on the bottom tier of my list of the four major sports.
Hockey is a major sports, so your idiocy is not limited to just football.
Apparently, you just don't known anything about hockey.
And I'm glad the hockey Twitter and hockey fan world has started to ah, latch on to that.
That's that's been very enjoyable over the last 24 hours.
Um, well, give Maxim break.
He's just looking for his next cameo in Crete.
That's Yeah, that's, uh, yeah, I saw that.
I was like, You know what? I hope hockey Twitter gets a hold of it, and they did, and he's getting ripped apart.
And look, I mean, what What he said was really disrespectful to to some of his colleagues, who again, I mean, put in a lot of work.
And I Look, I have ah again I feel like, um, you know, I I feel like, you know, yes.
Been obviously put talking on the back burner.
I mean, you have toe go and search in the in the toolbar on the top bar, you know, to to go find the actual page on ESPN dot com.
So, like, you know, they don't necessarily care about it.
Ah, you can tell by the coverage the kind of just, you know, forgotten covers.
They give, like, five minutes here, five minutes there.
But they have some talented people that write for them and people that put in a lot of work.
And you know this idea that that maxim sit here and say that? Oh, you know, Well, ah, you know no one cares about.
Well, that's just foolish, that just honestly it and it's just factually wrong, too.
I mean, it may not be the biggest sport, but this idea that no one cares about it, it's just again.
It's it's factually wrong.
So again, it just shows his laziness and is basically is inability to do any sort of extended research into what he says.
He just says things and you know, hey, whatever, You know that that's who he is.
I just hope people and I'm glad people are starting to see it that you know he's not some authority on sports.
He just talks out of his ass.
So that's my rant for the day.
It just I got sidetracked cause I had that popped into my mind cause it was somewhat relevant.
And, ah, you know, Hey, that's what happens.
No, it's I completely agree with you when it comes to ah, so that you know, hockey may not be in terms of popularity and may not be up there with TV ratings and things like that of the NFL, or even, you know, the MBA, or sometimes even major league baseball to say that no one cares about it or to devalue the sport like that.
It's just again.
It's talking for the sake of talking.
It's knowing that you're going to rile a fan base and knowing that you're going to rile a, um ah, viewership or a listener ship of whatever you know, hockey, twitter or hockey.
Social media happens to be on a lot of ways.
Publicity has just become a double edged sword.
It's either positive or negative, but just make sure you have it, and it doesn't really matter, so you know what all intents and purposes, stupidity aside, student opinions aside, not the NHL again, I think set the standard here.
They were the first to come back with a concrete plan to be able to do it.
I think the MBA has come up with a solid plan as well.
NFL making strides did see ah over the course of the last couple of weeks here that training camps will happen on time.
And I know I spoke earlier this season study early in the season earlier this week, folks stating that at some point this season that they were going to try to work out some mini camp or ot a type things.
It's looking less and less likely that's actually going to be the case.
Adam Schefter has come out several times, and Rapid board has backed him up.
And now a lot of national NFL you know, correspondents have come out and said same that players really will not be reporting to team facilities until training camps and open.
So which seems like the smart thing todo exactly.
And that's 100% logical.
So bringing these teams back getting them back in training camps are gonna be very intriguing this year.
Most likely that is still not completely off the table yet.
But most likely, there will not be the fan interaction that most fans are used to seeing during training camp.
That is a shame.
I've said Training camp is one of my favorite times of the NFL season.
I get to go when I get to cover it and see kids go and be able to see their heroes in person.
Because again, you know NFL tickets, like all major sports tickets, are not affordable for everyone.
Sometimes this is a person's only chance to be able to see their heroes up close and personal, so unfortunately, that will suffer a little bit this year.
But again, the fact that we have a trade off and getting sports back on the field is something that I think all fans are willing to trade off of.
But this is gonna be interesting for the NFL teams.
Players come together, getting a chance to melt the rookies together in with the veterans.
There will not be separate workouts for the rookies or anything of that nature, so they're gonna get trial by fire and for teams that are working out new players or new positions, it's gonna be a little bit difficult.
The learning curve is gonna be a lot shorter this year, so it'll be interesting to see if young, exciting players coming in now.
All of a sudden may not make a roster in the NFL because they need those reliable veterans that know the system with shortened preparation time.
I think that could be a factor to look forward to their.
So keep sharp eye folks.
I always like to say that, but I think that's something worth monitoring and coaching staffs look like they're gonna be allowed back in the building pretty soon.
Um, you know, the front offices look like they're open up.
So NFL is really all systems, with the exception of O.
And, look, you know, we know some players have been working out together.
I mean, there's there's ability to do that. We know.
Ah, we see Jared Stadium and Julian Edelman working out.
We see Tom Brady working out down here in Tampa with some of his new teammates.
Ah, a couple weeks ago, and even before that, according to some, that had been going on for quite some time.
So, you know, maybe there won't be as much of a ah, impact from the loss of this training camp.
For for some of the players we've talked about specifically, obviously Brady being one of them being down in Tampa and playing with a bunch of new players, he's gonna be in a spot on the in the spotlight, you know, Not that he wanted anyways, but you know what I mean? In the sense that is he gonna be ready to play with these players if he was still with New England, you know, like Okay, whatever.
Julian Edelman, you get Samak, they'll be fine.
You know, they may have 1/4 of a game where they're a little rusty, but they will be fine with Tampa.
You just don't know.
I mean, I I think you can safely assume that there will be okay.
I mean, they're you know, all of a sudden he's not gonna forget how to play the position it should.
It's not gonna happen.
Ah, so I think they're gonna be all right.
But there is still a little bit of a question because, you know, It's natural.
You just gotta learn your new teammates.
And you can't necessarily do that to the fullest extent outside of the actual game field and in an actual game.
So, you know, we'll see how it goes.
But, you know, again, it's things are looking better.
Again, we've said it before, compared to a couple months ago, not having a clue as to what was gonna happen overnight, sports were taken away, and then all of a sudden it was all right, Well, you know, we can come back, you know, And we're getting closer and closer to that.
You know, we're talking, you know, for for hockey.
Ah, month and 1/2 away, Uh, for basketball, you know, just under two months.
So, you know, it seems like a while, but compared to what we've done and what we've had to wait through the last 34 months, it zits nothing.
So Ah, we're gonna take a quick break here in just a minute.
And when we come back, we're going to Ah, we mentioned it before.
We're going to talk a little bit about baseball and how they are failing at doing what the MBA the NHL, and to some extent, the NFL is doing, and that is preparing to be back to to finish the season.
So Ah, hang tight, folks.
We will be right back.
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Last half hour of the show.
Ah, we Ah, we started the show talking about Thea MBA and the return to, ah, play that they the action that there they put forth July 31st is the return of the league, and it will run at the very latest through October 12th.
And, um, yeah, I'm pretty Like we said, we're pretty excited for it.
I mean, ah, you know n b A NHL's NFL except one league, one league seems to be dropping the ball here or dropping the fly ball.
Let's let's put it that way.
And that's major league. They salt.
Yeah, you know you like that. That was right on the spot.
I did not have that written down.
Trust me, I plan nothing.
Oh, no. We trust you on that. Well, yeah.
Good, Because that that's why everything so absolutely kidding, folks, I'm kidding.
It is an elaborate, elaborate game plan each and every morning here on the radio live, this guy makes it look like it's wing that makes it look like it's on the fly.
It's part of his brilliance.
And ah, you will be seeing that, uh, bonus in your check for hitting the genius.
Mike has much like an NFL player, much like some NFL players has certain incentives.
So, uh, yes, yeah.
So if he compliments me X amount of times and in a given show, there's a little bonus involved.
You know, it has to be organic.
You can't before, So not every everyone counts.
That last one will count Kind of that one.
So, um, I have an incredible itch on my nose right now, and I don't want to scratch it, because again, I'm on camera, and sometimes it doesn't look good.
It's just it's driving me absolutely No.
Right now I want a Seinfeld here.
We don't want a picture of scratch.
Make it a week's worth of material out of that.
No, no, no, I'm good.
I'm good, But no.
Seriously, though speaking of Major League Baseball.
UM, it seems less and less likely, given the statement made by the Ah Players Association yesterday in response to the league's proposed ah plan both in terms of games and financial ah compensation.
The players Association is not even close to agreeing with what they where they are.
And I just I feel at this point I mean it just it seems less and less likely that the baseball season is going to return, and that's that's a shame.
And that's, you know, shame on baseball because, you know, much like again NHL in the n B a.
I mean the excitement of having the sports back.
Um, you know, I think we'll add an extra, you know, some extra flavor to it.
And look, baseball has an opportunity to hopefully gain some fans back, and this is only gonna hurt them, not only this season, but in the long term.
I feel because, like, I mean, people were losing interest in baseball.
As it is, they have a lot of ah pace of play issues.
The the younger generation, for the most part, um, you know the interest level in watching a game attending games it is just not there like it was.
And ah, if this that I just I get the feeling that this could be pretty devastating for the league.
Yeah, this has a chance to really be devastating for the league.
I've been trying to hold out hope.
I've said several times here on this show that I believe cooler heads will prevail and they will get baseball back.
That's starting to wane by the day, folks, and we read statement yesterday that he and just alluded to it, really paints a very pessimistic picture of getting baseball back on the field this year.
And for all intensive purposes, folks, I understand what we've all been through when it comes, the pandemic and the shutdown of major sports and the shutdown of businesses and things of that nature.
But you're looking at your three chief rivals the NHL, the N B A and the NFL chugging along and trying to pick up the baton and carry on business and doing whatever they possibly can.
They're doing whatever it takes at this point, baseball and you make the great You made a great point the other day that I don't think is made you know enough is baseball was probably the easiest sport when it comes to players social distancing, you're not really in constant contact in close proximity, whereas in the NFL you're lining up right alongside these guys.
In hockey, you're constantly fighting and scrums and what not and you know the pace is fast, but there's a lot of personal contact.
The MBA, you're pretty much right in peoples faces.
You're not protected by shoulder patch and I protected by helmets or our hats or anything of that nature.
But Major League baseball is a sport where you could very easily see players being able to social distance and not really miss a beat.
It's did smartening to think that the disagreements between the ownership and the union are what's going to derail this because that should not be the case.
This would not typically have been a year for a contract dispute, and I think they're using it as an opportunity.
And I blame both sides for this.
Oh yeah on and they're they're using it as an opportunity to posture, and I think they're doing it at the expense of their fans who really clamor and want baseball back.
It's a sport that has been on the decline a little bit in the course of the last few years because the pace of play is so slow and people are not tuning in the baseball games the way they used Teoh.
It's a shame because the game itself, it's still exciting.
There's still tremendous players in this league that that doesn't our appointment watching.
I mean, I was looking forward to seeing what Mike Trout was going to do this year in Los Angeles.
I was looking forward to seeing what Mochi was going to do this year in Los Angeles, even though you know he's no longer a red sock.
It's still something where you want to see what these guys are going to be able to do it, their new environments or some of the teams that are going to play.
I was looking forward to blowing the hell out of the Houston Astros, but unfortunately it's just doesn't look like it's going to happen and it's a head scratcher, my friend, because it's so easy to try to put this stuff back together or not.
I should say it's easy to put it back together.
But it's so easy to come together wanting to find a common ground and build from there, and they're just not even willing to give it a try.
Yeah, it just doesn't seem that way.
And and look, the NBA Players Association Association still has to vote to approve this MBA plan, but it's essentially a formality.
At this point, it will be done today.
So there this motivation on both sides in the N B A on both sides and the NHL to get get this done.
And it just doesn't seem that way in the major league baseball.
And look, I look at this guy and I looked at this as it is a great opportunity, especially with some of the proposed ideas that they had and like, you know, I know there's some baseball purists out there that are, you know, that would hate the universal D. H.
But, you know, I said, look, if if they end up going to a universal de age for a shortened season, they're probably never going to go back because there has been, you know, a push in some circles.
Teoh bring the D H to the NL, and I feel like even in a shortened season, if you were to do that, Ah, once it's hard to go back or at least hard to go back permanently.
So, but most importantly, if they did have a shortened season, I feel like the intensity of the game, especially in the regular season, would be so much higher and again that will bring out the excitement in these games.
I mean, no longer are you just, you know, chugging along, trying to play 100 62.
I mean, maybe you're playing 81.
Maybe you're playing 70 games, and all of a sudden all these games means so much more than just, you know, Hey, we're just another day at the ballpark.
We're gonna, you know, give out these things.
It's more about the just.
Ah, you know, kind of like a circus type thing where you say you get popcorn all that's it.
No, it's it's it's It's playoff like intensity day in and day out.
And it's like I feel like Major League baseball is missing that opportunity.
Like I personally think that they should permanently reduce the number of games it will never happen because of the money involved.
But this particular situation, that's an appropriate solution.
And I feel like they're just They're missing a great opportunity to bring in some new fans because I do agree with you.
I I do think when when baseball is at its highest intensity, it is it is incredibly exciting.
It's really great.
You could really get into it.
I don't think you get that throughout the regular season because it's so long.
I mean, you just it's just natural that you're not going to, So all of a sudden you're in a Ah, in a situation where you're now back after months away, for out of sports and everything like that, you have a shortened season.
Every game matters that much more, and you're fighting two to win.
What would be a pretty special championship in the sense that you know you would forever be associated with this period of time and look, I again? It just it's It's on them.
It's on the players, it's on, It's on the owners.
It's on the commissioner.
It's on the league in general, you know, they dropped the ball, they're dropping the ball.
This is This is a ball through Buckner's legs under the glove through his legs.
Type of Ah, yeah, it really is.
It really isn't you look and you look at a zoo. Baddest.
Things were undersea league, and I know a lot of people love to throw him under the bus.
And look, there's a lot that you can for different reasons.
They were there were things that were Bakley and and you look.
But you look at Rob Manfred right now and you look at the type of commissioner he was supposed to come in and be.
And he was supposed to be the savior.
He was supposed to be the guy that had the answers that but Ceiling didn't have make the decisions that Bud Ceiling wasn't willing to make and be the person the type of commissioner that you wanted.
Major League baseball, uh, that you wanted running Major League Baseball that people didn't see in.
But Sealink Manfred is dropping the ball big time.
When you said, I mean, you know, they really are that the players union and the owners are definitely dropping the ball.
But you have to lay a lot of the blame on the commissioner himself.
When this situation first happened, that's his job.
To be able to bring these sides together, make sure that everybody's working toward a common goal and you move forward.
That's what a leader does.
Um, I'm not gonna turn the cynical political standpoint about do it.
I promise you, I'm not going to do it will stick to sports.
But when it comes to Major League baseball, yeah, you look at this.
He's the guy that they're looking to for leadership, maybe even something as simple as the players themselves or the fans looking to him for leadership.
And it's simply not there.
It's just it's a bad situation all around.
It's disheartening, because again, we're fans of Major league baseball.
We always have been.
It's in our blood up here in New England, you grow up.
The Red Sox are a big part of who you are. I mean, everybody.
It's it's funny.
I was watching on old movie that I hadn't seen, and I shouldn't say that all but it was one of my favorites in my formative teenage years.
And it was a movie called Blown Away with Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones took place in Boston, and Jeff Bridges obviously plays a Ah, I think he plays a bomb squad expert and Tommy Lee Jones plays and IRA terrorists that wants to get back in your wrong.
That happened when they were both living together in Ireland and raised incredible e i e.
I just had to comment on that on, uh, and essentially, what happened was they were filming a post funeral scene where families are all getting together and trying to, you know, console one another and what's on the TV.
It's a Red Sox game.
Everything outed around the TV, And I remember thinking while those were the good old days, you know, because I mean, that's exactly what used to happen.
People were. So it was.
How is the weather today? What was a sock score last year? And if you didn't know it, there was something wrong with you because everybody knew it.
It was the question that you asked, sort of like, How you doing where you are.
You knew the answer, or you really didn't care about the answer.
It was just a conversation starter CEO.
So what was the score? The Sox game last night.
You just wanted an excuse to talk about it for 10 or 15 minutes.
And where we are missing that the Patriots have definitely feel the void.
The Celtics have filled the void.
The Bruins continue to fill the void.
The really, I think the Bruins have come out so well through not only through the pandemic.
You know the players I'm talking about, but even through, Ah, some of the crisis that we've been going through right now in the statements made my Patrice Bergeron.
They're taking the mantra up here in New England.
But there's there's a big void when it comes to major league baseball, and I think you're gonna find that throughout the country.
And it said it really is.
Yeah, and, look, I mean, they have no one to blame but themselves again.
When it comes down to it, it's it's there, inability to come to an agreement where, as we've seen sacrifices and and and ah, P players and owners given on both sides and other leagues that were, we just don't feel like we're seeing with baseball and again, it's it's it's sad.
So, um, yeah, I mean, you know.
Who knows? Maybe maybe there's gonna be some shift, but ah, there certainly trending down and all the other leagues, they're trending upwards at this point.
So, um, yeah, we'll see.
And then again, I mean, these are just plans.
I mean, nothing's guaranteed.
We're still dealing with the uncer*****y of everything going on.
I mean, again, I don't want to, you know, put it down.
But, you know, we'll kind of find out.
I mean, when all these protests kind of subside and kind of where we're at, Because again, I mean, I think there is some concern that, you know, if things were going to flare up yet again because of you know, the you know it a I guess, you know, in a sense that it is worth it.
I mean, we're not saying that this is just saying, like a large crowds together all of a sudden, I mean, we'll really see what the long term ramifications of this is going to be here in the coming weeks.
So well, you know, and then who knows? You know what's gonna happen.
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And it's a shame.
And the only positive of it is is somehow the Dodgers don't get a season out of Mookie Betts.
And I'd be happy about that because I'm petty and better so I can't blame you there.
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Mike, there's a bit of an anniversary coming up tomorrow, and no, it's not.
My ah, 15th 16th anniversary of my high school graduation happens.
Share me Well, it is, but it's not what I'm talking about.
I happen to share the same graduating date as a very famous date in American history, which is which is de day and obviously, um, lost.
I don't want to get lost in the in what everything that's going on is again something, you know, one of the most important days in this country's history.
And in a a day that's certainly um, you know, a lot of people sacrificed a lot t to win a What would have been a bad war to lose.
Let's put it that way.
Um, but it brings up a great conversation, and that is certainly what movie.
And that's the thing.
There's been so many movies portrayed, so many do***entaries.
It's the most ah, sought after ah, topic in American history.
And I don't have any data to back that up.
I'm just going off of I mean just I mean, World War two Ah, you know the whole thing that you know the entire ah, you know, You know what I'm saying? Like not just American and put the entire process that, you know, talking about Germany, Italy, all that stuff. Japan.
Ah, the entire situation.
World War Two, I think, is the most, um ah, researched and most, ah, just sought after ah topic in history, even even for those who don't like history.
And I think that's pretty safe to say right.
I think most people find find that era fairly fascinating, especially, you know, those that didn't live through it.
It was such a turning point in the history of our country.
Andi, I think the world will look at it.
It really in the world.
But when you take a look at the D Day invasion, specifically, it's so revered throughout the course of American history.
And look with with due cause.
I mean the bravery that was shown the ingenuity that was shown in the leadership in our American generals at the time.
That we're able to coordinate such an amazing ah offensive on the on Omaha Beach is something that I think is always going to be indelible.
And it's something that's always going to be a part of our culture.
It's very much, um, memorialized through a lot of pop culture references, most notably through movies, TV shows like You said.
But the games now video games? Yeah, absolutely video games now, too, you know, that's that's definitely a medium.
That's Ah, that's used that as well.
But, uh, the Normandy invasion was something that I believe is it will always hold a special place in my heart.
My grandfather was actually scheduled to be a part of the Normandy invasion.
His orders changed three days before invasion, and he ended up getting sent Teoh Salerno in Italy, which is where my family is from.
And as a result of that, he was a part of a liberating force that was going in.
Teoh free a lot of the, uh, the exiles under the Mussolini regime that did not agree with who he was and the leadership that he was.
There were a lot of families that had taken to living in dwellings and in caves to try to escape the evils that were happening in the Italian country.
And my grandfather was a part of that liberating force.
And he ended up meeting my grandmother.
And as a result, here you are today, okay by my grandmother and grandfather obviously had two Children, one of whom happen to be my dad.
And there you go.
The rest is history.
So there's there is a personal connection.
I know so many families throughout the conference tree have personal connections to families that did fight on.
Um you know, you know, men that did fight there that day, it was So, um, I remember toward the end of his life, my grandfather had a chance to watch saving Private Ryan, and it was one of the very, very few times ever watch my grandfather cry That really, really touched him.
And it was because he said the realism was as accurate as you could possibly imagine.
So it is a special today.
It's a day that should be commemorated.
Um, I know there's an awful lot of controversy and an awful lot of feelings and anger and just uncer*****y and things of people that are going through right now, and I can't negate that, and I cant lesson it.
But one of the things that I think is gonna help us as a country to move forward is to remember where we've come from, not just the negatives, which there are a lot of them and things that we need to learn from and things that we need to do better as a country.
But there will also so many good things that we can build on Remember the true spirit of what it meant to fight for something that you believe in that generation got it.
They understood, and they did it.
And to this day, that's why they're called the Greatest Generation, because they were called to make sacrifices that no other generation since or currently has ever had to dio.
So, yeah, my head is always off to them.
Some of those movies are my favorites to what some of them are uncomfortable to watch, particularly when you look at you know you, the do***entary miniseries like, um, Band of brothers.
Yeah, is another really good, really good? Well, through HBO Ah, one that I don't think gets enough press.
Well, maybe it did back in the day, but it doesn't necessarily anymore.
Is the Longest Day starring an unbelievable amount of Hollywood stars at the time.
When you're talking about Robert Mitchum talking about Richard Burton, John Wayne, I mean, there was so many great actors of the golden age of Hollywood that were in that movie.
I encourage everyone to go and check that out a little on the long side.
But it's one of my favorites.
It was my grandfather's favorite movie up until seeing Private Ryan, so I used to watch that with him a lot and are probably watching it this weekend in his honor.
Yeah, and and look, I mean, that's thinking back.
I mean, looks even, probably Ryan came out, what with 97 or 99 99.
Well, you was OK.
Ah, wait. Wait a minute.
No, I might have been It might have been 98 or right around.
Yeah, video in 99.
Okay, so yeah, so Probably came out in 90 98.
So we're talking 22 years ago, and you could go back and watch that it's still to me the most, Riel.
You know what I mean? I I I've heard pretty great things about about 1917.
I think that that was obviously the one that came out most recently with everything happening.
You know you're not going to theaters right now, but, um, I've heard a lot of great things about that, but, you know, to me, it's, you know, that's that's a movie that I remember having toe the dual cassette.
That's how big the movie was you needed to to VHS tapes and one of those thick boxes, you know, pick VHS tapes to ah to take carry it.
But, um, no, I'm glad you brought a band of brothers because I was gonna mention that too, because again another Ah, Spielberg.
Uh, Tom Hanks collaboration.
I believe if I'm not mistaken, right, Because I know, I know Tom Hanks was involved, Obviously not on screen.
Um, but I know it was him and Spielberg, right? For a band of brothers, okay.
Was Yeah, that was the collaboration between Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
You know, you and Tom Hanks has obviously gone.
Boys and men accompany you go in and look at that.
And it's really I think it tells the story about, you know, the camaraderie, that the troops had the show during that time just to get through one of the more difficult times in our country's history and look and and like we said when we started talking about this year and this is definitely a unique part for us is like we're actually not really, because we're talking about TV and movies.
But, you know, we're bringing a little history into it, you know, we do everything here on full press radio.
I mean, it's just when no sports you got, you got to do what you gotta do.
And you know, for us here it's it's an appropriate time to do it, given tomorrow's anniversary.
But, um, you know the importance of again.
We can't understate how important it was again, not only for this country, but the world.
I mean, up until the point that, you know, the United States was was forcefully brought into the war by obviously part harbor and everything like that.
Um, the allies were just handing things over to Germany.
I mean, Hitler, it it's it's remarkable thinking back now at how much he accomplished.
And I'm not praising it.
I'm just saying, like I mean, that's that's what he did.
I mean, he took over, you know? He got his leave entry.
You know, it's his living space there any.
But they were They were giving it to him. They were like, No.
Here you go. I promise I won't do anything.
Okay, take this. Take that.
Then all of a sudden, you know, there's two things that, but that really, you know, completely changed the fortunes form one United States entering the war.
I don't think he anticipated it.
Ah, And at that point, I mean, there would come a time where if things would have continued, you know, the normally would have been big enough to have forcefully taken on the United States, but fortunately, didn't get to that s Oh, yeah, one.
It was, Ah, United States entering war into it was Hitler's terrible decision to fight a front on to work on two sides, one of which was in the dead of winter, First Russia.
So, you know, there's very obviously fortunate things that that happened, but the biggest thing was obviously the United States entering the war.
Ah, and not just supplying the Allies, because up until that point, they were, you know, they were helping the allies, supplying, you know, ammunition and tanks and things of that nature.
But they weren't involved.
They obviously got involved after Pearl Harbor, and it just kind of from that point on, just, you know, that was the beginning of the end for basically the the Axis powers there.
So a little history lesson, So no, absolutely.
And I mean, those were the two turning points before You want to talk about the logistical to two turning points in the war? D Day was the turning point for on the European front.
Up until then, the allies really knew nothing but defeat.
They were getting defeated time after time after time, and it was just it was wearing on them.
And that's where the odds were against him to.
I mean, this this wasn't like up against Absolutely.
Ah, this was not a foregone conclusion.
This was a very, very risky operation.
We look at it today with kind of, I think, science hindsight, being 2020 and saying, Oh, well, they had this elaborate burger plan to go in and do that.
They were as uncertain that this was gonna work as that they were was going to work.
It was a 50 50 shot, and Eisenhower said that several times in years, following with the planning and everything that went into D Day, they weren't sure how it was gonna work out.
They just knew they had to do it, whether it worked or whether it didn't, they had to give it a shot, and it ended up working.
Eso This was really the turning point in the war in Europe.
You mentioned Pearl Harbor.
I mean, there's obviously the turning point in the Pacific was the Doolittle raid, where they were able to go in and bomb strategic areas in Japan and then turned the tide there.
That with the Japanese? No.
Oh, these guys are not decimated.
They still have the opportunity to retaliate.
And we all know how that ended.
And I'm not gonna get into moral arguments there.
But that was the, um that was the the thrust.
The catalyst for essentially being able to take over and and and be successful in this war.
So, yeah, a little A little history lesson on the radio live this morning.
And I reflects in our history month.
You can tell we were you could tell we were good history students lower, which I'm gonna bring that out.
Show the world that heads aren't just at racks.
My friends, I, uh, before we close the show, we have just a couple minutes.
But I have time to tell this quick story because it shows those foolish in how much I don't plan things.
When I was, um, I believe is a freshman.
I was a freshman at u Mass yet? No, it's freshmen.
So it was his second semester freshman year. That's what it was.
I had this one class that I ended up dropping because I just wasn't going to it.
I was it was of no interest of me.
And I dropped it.
Not thinking, though, that Oh, I'm like right on the borderline of being able to drop classes, which means the availability of other classes is pretty slim.
So here I was stuck like borderline being a part time versus full time student, which would have had ah, implications, obviously, on my ah, you know, on my ability to live in the dorms, all that stuff.
So I had to find a class.
So I'm scrolling through scrolling through a scroll through and I'm like, Oh, I I land on one history of Nazi Germany and an examination of of everything.
And I'm like, OK, you know, I took German in high school, I visited Germany.
Zob Vesely A You know, I love history and in any sense, so you know Hey, I was gonna I was gonna hop in full feet.
Well, I should have probably done a little bit more research because it was a history 400 level class.
And if anyone knows what a 400 level classes, that's essentially, um, senior upperclassmen level college class and I was a second semester.
Uh, goof off freshman at you mess.
So I ended up going into this class two weeks late, and I got handed a list of six books for this class six and I'm talking not easy.
Picture book, like reading.
I'm talking like complicated, right? I mean, you I'm sure no one.
I'm talking about the very intricate, very heavy reading.
Very like you have to pay attention and focus on what you're reading type of history books.
And, um, yeah, it was It was it was incredibly hard.
Um, it was very satisfying because I did pass.
I passed, but, um, I almost lost it when I got my midterm study sheet.
And it was 98 short questions, and he said there was only gonna be 15 on him.
So three anxiety experience during that class was I mean, by far, that was the only class I put in all that work.
That semester I had e con 104 I went to two classes and I got an A minus.
So hey, what can I say? But I know that that's going to wrap it up here for us today.
Like I said, we had to cut it a little bit short.
I have some obligations here having a ah, another podcast that have to do.
But fortunately, always, FBC takes priority.
Just with this week, we've had to juggle some things.
But next week we will be back 8 30 to 10 a.m.
Every day we're gonna do our eighties songs.
We got some great guests lined up next weekend, a lot of things to talk about.
So for myself in London and my great co host, Mr Mike Debate, we say thank you have be safe, be healthy.
And, uh, we'll see you next week.