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Chad, I see the producers are a little bit starstruck, odd, swooning a bit, he does indeed look like a Disney prince will go to him in a second. He hasn't aged. I don't understand how that's possible. Regardless, Christine Lacy, because the sports updates are sacred. We have to get the. And finally, from Christine Lacy in our segment of the show, instead of the sacred cathedral of the sports update. So here we go.
And finally, crocodiles can go through as many as eight thousand teeth over a lifetime. Thank you, Christine.
We appreciate the wait. We appreciate the way that these delights you. Reese Davis, thank you for joining us, sir. What the hell, man? What is going on in your sport? Like what is that like? What? I don't understand how you who's in charge?
Well, that's a good question, Dan. And the answer is there are several commissioners in charge. And the one thing that I pointed out, as disjointed as this has been in light of the pandemic in people wanting to see unity, having different leaders in each conference, in each conference, attending to their own interests and keeping it outside the NCAA purview in that regard has served college football really well over the last 30 years or so, financially particularly. But in moments like this, you would like to have seen a little more cohesion, a little more cooperation among those five conferences.
Do you have a side that you take because you can be pretty neutral? You are fair. Do you take a side? We all want to see college football. And I think we can all agree that America doesn't exactly with its behavior around this virus, deserve sports of any kind. But we have a lot of money and a lot of money to get. So we throw it at this like, no, I mean, that part can't be disputed.
We were terrible about handling the virus. We don't deserve sports. We all want sports, though. So which side do you fall on?
I don't fall on the side that says that we don't deserve to have nice things. I sure don't fall on that side. There's no question that in that this could have been handled much better. But I liken it to this. I think if it can be played safely and I'm not trying to be neutral, then I am recognizing that medical professionals can have different interpretations or different diagnoses, just as it might happen. If you are you or I went for a second or third opinion.
No one wants to see anyone get sick from this. No one wants to see a college team in any sport be the vector for a spread. But there there is data that shows in your state and others that some of the cases are improving. If they can do that, then maybe we can play. I'm still not sure about having these big crowds in the stands, and I'm sure it's better outdoors and then indoors. But these teams are operating in a quasi bubble anyway, almost without exception, at least among the teams that have remained in their covid infection rates have improved over the course after after reporting back to the campus.
So I fall on the side of if it can be done safely, I think they should be able to play. Reese, are we headed towards a place where I know five commissioners, separate commissioners to serve college football very, very well in the power five conferences, but are we headed towards a place where one person is in charge? There's one commissioner, one voice making the decisions for everyone.
OK, let me tell you this. You got and I've been skeptical with my friend Ivan Meixell, and I don't want to steal his idea without giving him proper do. So I will take the idea that I had and I've been made so eloquent. Now, Ormet, to you, in the phrase of a question, in any walk of life, when is the last time you saw someone willingly give up power? Good question, no answer. OK, not not very often, so I think this idea that everybody is going to say, my goodness, this has been disjointed, let's get a commissioner or a, you know, a czar or whatever it might be, someone over the commissioner, they're certainly not going to see this power.
I mean, I don't see that at all.
Might there be some mechanism to lead to greater cooperation in the future? Maybe. But they cooperate fairly well in informing the college football playoff. Still obviously all attending to their own interests, but it remains to be seen. I don't think that this is absolutely a situation is going to. Well, we must have one person in charge because that means a lot of people, conferences, powers giving up their power. And to someone who I don't know how they can be convinced totally that their best interests were being served, particularly when you see the divide that we have now.
Just among the power five, Garima, put it on the poll.
Would you be OK with Rece Davis getting all the power and just going ahead and running Gaelic football for all that?
I would be OK. Well, because. Well, because you're fair and also you are incredibly power hungry. Rece Davis with us on ESPN Radio, Colorado State.
Quietly, Because it's Colorado State, some awful things seem to be happening over there. If you believe the reports, if that kind of stuff is happening at Colorado State, a nowhere program race, like, how dirty is the sport if the USA Today report is true on what was happening at LSU here, where Derrius Guice is accused of a couple of rapes and it's according to USA Today, it's going to administrators and they're not doing anything.
How dirty is this thing that we love that if that is completely true and false, I've have been told obviously it's heinous in contact with people who have some knowledge of that situation there. Those who contend that the coaching staff anyway, was not necessarily aware of those allegations against various guys. I'm not here to say that's right or wrong. I'm just saying someone close to the situation told me that would follow protocol if it were a Title nine investigation. We all know that occasionally those get leaked.
There's bad stuff that happens in everything. Dan, there's certainly bad actors in college football. There's been cheating for as long as the sport has existed. Everyone understands this. No one condones it. It's just happened. This is far more serious than that. Obviously, the Dariusz guy situation particularly. But as it pertains to the pandemic, every program, I'm not in the meetings every day. And obviously they're going to tell me you put the best foot forward.
When I talk to people close to them, I get that that's sort the nature of the of the business. But they've been most of the players or all of the players in the programs I've spoken to have been told that, look, you're not comfortable, you know, step out, you can step back, you can go home. No penalty. I know that there was some disagreement over that with the player Washington State not too long ago. But by and large, I don't think these programs can afford to hide poor behavior as it relates to the pandemic, because we've seen example after example after example in this off season that if people aren't shooting straight with the players, the players are going to use their voice.
Now, that's a good thing. And that can help clean up a lot of the situations that you're talking about as it relates to the pandemic, as it relates to Darius Geisert situation. That's that's a much more horrific and heinous thing. And if that if any of that is true, if anyone looked the other way, then those those people should be held accountable and and no. And not spared at all as a result of that. Race, I feel like we're celebrating the wrong conference this year for dinner with my wife and I am nervous.
Something doesn't feel right about it. Should I be doing this? Am I supposed to be doing this? I think with the Big Ten and PAC 12 with their they made the truly difficult, unpopular decision and there's, you know, hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. There's a reason they made that decision. It's not the decision they wanted to make. Yet the conferences we are celebrating are the ones that decided to play. I happen to think the Big Ten in the PAC 12 made the responsible decision based on the uncertainty and based on where we're at with this pandemic right now.
But it's a reasonable take. But the one thing I would point out is that all three conferences, and particularly Greg Sankei, who I think has been a very good leader in all of this, he never once has said that the FCC is playing at any cost. He has said we are taking steps toward being able to play and we hope that is the case. So they're continuing on a step by step protocol. They push to start a season back to the end of September in order to see how things go on campus and all of those types of things.
So I don't know if celebrates the right word. I think you can come to a reasonable decision on both sides. I don't think that the Big Ten's hesitance to play was unreasonable. Certainly unfortunate, unfortunate for the players and the fans and and those within the conference who obviously differed with that decision. But it's not unreasonable to take these precautions. By the same token, the medical professionals, many of whom are also being relied upon by the professional sports who are planning to play and and the other three conferences, I think that the risk can be mitigated to the point that they can play without bringing undue risk or harm upon the players.
That just seems to be a difference in opinion of how the virus is handled by young people, how they can mitigate the spread with these. I know they don't like the term, but basically these are quasi bubbles that most of these teams are operating in right now. So I don't look at it necessarily at this point being a right or wrong decision, particularly when the conferences who are still pursuing play, in my judgment, have been pretty careful about saying we are taking steps toward playing, we plan to play, hoped to play, but they haven't said that they're playing in any race.
We're totally out of time. We've ruined the clock here. But just two quick questions. Quick, quick answers. Your hair, does it have a lot of wonderful expensive gel in it right now?
None just left over from yesterday. I've got to go work out, OK? Not not at the moment. OK, second question.
How do you keep that smile sparkling that way?
Oh, well, I don't have an endorsement deal with the particular toothpaste, but I would say just make sure you use your electric toothbrush and floss and do all those things you need to do for good dental hygiene.
Thank you. Some life advice with Rece Davis. We very serious on the college football. Whenever you want to come on and just give a morsel of life advice like that would be happy to take it. Flor's kids. Thank you, Reese. We appreciate your time. All right. See you guys.
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Speaking of which, I did want to help the audience with some of the changes there have been around here. Twitter has written in. We've had a lot of audio difficulties this week. Why is Stewart's microphone so much louder than everyone else's on the TV broadcast? Is there any way to fix that? I'm constantly having to adjust the volume during the show. We've had a ton of technical difficulties and I don't think anybody manning us over on ESPN News. So I would say don't watch it that way because it's not nobody nobody's paying attention to what's happening with the television product.
But if you want to see us today or at least watch the game between the Heat and the Pacers today, you will have an opportunity to do so on Twitch. Tony, tell the people how they can do that. If you're part of this libertarian friends universe, if you're frustrated by the fact that you can't get us on television, we'll sort of try and do it ourselves to the best that we can on Twitch today. So how is this going to work, Tony?
What's the information people need if at 1:00 today they want to watch Heat Pacers with us? Well, we're going to put it on the social media handles at Libertador Show, and if you want to go just natively and find it on Twitch, it's Twitch that TV and friends, all one word. So we'll be there hanging out for the majority of the game and we'll just get into some shenanigans. All right. And so some people are writing in here like somebody tweeted Insta got shortening this show by an hour is incredibly short sighted and it's hurt the continuity and quality of that program.
If that is your complaint and I've been getting some of that this week, I understand. And I ask you to just give us a little time to figure out how we're going to do all this stuff, because on top of just having done it for three days so far, we've also had unholy audio issues all week.
Also faulty premise. The show is shortened, it shortened on terrestrial radio in the national format. But you're actually getting we've done the math, getting a lot more show now daily.
A lot too much probably given our audio difficulties. But that's not how it's going to be the entire time. We don't want you to always be chasing the show. We understand why you enjoy listening to all three hours live. We are trying to pivot not by our choice. An hour was taken away and so we are stumbling around on the treadmill a little bit, trying to figure it out. We ask for your patience, but we're telling you, like today you can watch the game with us on Twitch.
That's not something we do a whole lot of. So if you want with the show to sort of watch the game virtually with us, you'll be able to do that. We haven't done this before. We're going to try and I'm sure we're going to screw it up in a number of different ways. And I'm sure you will enjoy those screw ups because they are a hallmark of everything that we do around here. Speaking of screw ups, we've got to get to this Brennaman story again, because I don't think that you get this combination got of serious and stupid in the same place, very often serious and funny, serious and silly, because you've got both here.
You could discuss this story very seriously by talking about the damage done by and anti-gay slurs and language of the sort. Or you could spend a lot of time laughing at just the total awkwardness in the apology that couldn't have gone worse, because you've got a Hall of Fame broadcaster from a Hall of Fame broadcasting family. His voice, his baseball, his name is baseball. You've got this guy apologizing in the middle of the game and feeling the need to give play by play of what happens in the worst thing happens while he's in his apology, a dude hits a home run.
And so you get somber apology about serious thing mixed with somber, sad homerun called the saddest homerun call in the history of homerun.
Call mosquitoes to lead things off. Jim Day's going to be taken as the rest of the way through this game as Holland takes over on the mound. I made a comment earlier tonight that I just went out over the year that I am deeply ashamed of. If I have hurt anyone out there. I can't tell you how much I say from the bottom of my heart. I'm so very, very sorry. I pride myself and think of myself as a a man of faith as series drive in a deep.
I be honest, it'll be a home run. Sorry. And so that'll make it a four nothing ball game. I'm sorry. I don't know if I be putting on this headset again. I don't know if it's going to be for the Reds. I don't know if it's going to be for my bosses at Fox. I will apologize for the people who might turn that down.
We'll hear the rest of it. He apologized to a whole bunch of people in the wrong order. He's probably got to let the whole Runkel go there, right? Oh, you. Yes. Yes, of course. That would have made it less funny, though. I'm just telling you the awkward comedic timing. There are a number of things that are funny here, including the ball sailing into a judgment free zone, a sponsored judgment free zone in a game being played only because baseball is grabbing for dollars.
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This deal and free time for some at. Mike, what is the courtesy I've got to give on that sound, please? Fox Sports, Ohio, not yes. A rare time where I don't think we're doing them because they don't want the courtesy.
All right, more bonus sports update from Christine Lacy, give me that, Bangar. Or not gravity. And finally, I'm sorry, Christine, I had to move to God because I've only been telling him for six months to mute his microphone every time I come back. Go ahead.
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You don't know. Oh, Christine, listen, you're going to need to shape up around here because I'm not going to shape up. This is going to be my sheep. And you got to do better than that. Do not soften those. You have to do this very you have to come in strident and you have to kill me. You have to read what's read there, just like Stewart did, except more professional look. Exactly right.
Mistake number two for you this week. Yes. Mistakes. Yes. All right, Christine, thank you for being on with us, as always. Thank you. Tiffany as well. The only thing from that microphone that sounds good today, we're going to get to what you're you're going to object to that with a grunt. What are you going to object to every time we play?
First, I would say the first couple of segments. I would agree with you. I acknowledged I sounded terrible, perhaps earlier. Do a show now. You. No, I did. I yelled at you because of it. But then as the as the day wore on, the voice came back. And since about 10, 30 this morning, it's been relatively flawless. So I'm going to start speaking a half hour before the show, moving forward to myself, just walking around, giving tapes to what you've been doing this for 20 years, like, I mean, 20 years.
And the voice the voice is the one thing you've got to protect the gods. I got to explain something to the audience. You've got a great radio voice, like an old Fascher. You had one, you had a great radio voice. And it's no longer in its prime. It's got life experience. I can hear in it. It's got heaters, it's got regrette. I can hear all that stuff. It's got sleeping issues. It's got not taking care of its body because it's eating a lot of peanut and peanut Eminem's and ice cream at midnight.
I can hear it.
Well, I'm going I'm going to take measures to try to to try to get it fixed. I'm going to eat ice cream at ten instead of night. Chris, what are you laughing at? What are you laughing? You don't want me to bring this up anymore.
I'm just imagining you guys later on, like pulling a ruler out and like measuring something like, oh, I got this, dad, I'll take care of it.
Yeah, yeah. Ice cream. P'tit Eminem's a little bit earlier than normal. I'm still not going to exercise. But again, I will address this and try to take it seriously, perhaps some tea.
OK, so getting to what you guys were laughing about during the break, what did you hear from those NBA press conferences that had you guys laughing? I thought you guys were making that up. That can't be true that Donovan Mitchell actually said something about we're just happy to get a split as if he was going back home and getting on a flight like that that couldn't have been. He just went to go to cliche. Yet they did their job. They got one of the first two on the road.
And yes, Mitchell is acting like they're hopping on a jet going back to Salt Lake City for a big game three. He's walking back to his hotel and then walking to the same court. They played games one and two one just with different stickers. I think the notion that this is real or feels like the real NBA playoffs, I'm into it. The players are into it, but they are speaking cliches that make me happy. But they also make Meeker's ability laugh.
I mean, now they do kind of have a point. The ball teams do get to sleep in their own hotel bed tonight. So that is one thing that they all have going for them.
It's the rare case then where everybody gets to sleep in their own bed and nobody gets to sleep in their own bed. Wow.
That is so right. That is so true, Billy. So what were some of the things they they work. Can you explain to me what the specifics were of Donovan Mitchell and what he said? You're telling me that he said we've got the split as if like, that's not that's not what happened where he is he forgetting that there's not travel? Does he not know that getting the split in the first two games, does it really matter if you don't have it?
Like, does he not know? What are you guys alleging here?
Well, no, you need to get the split then if you're the road team, because then home court is back in your favor. And I think Brett Brown also kind of said, look, we got we need one or two. That's what we need to get done. I'm pretty sure that they think that they need to win one of two road games to get the advantage in the series.
I mean, Brad Stevens said we held serve. That's all we did.
These guys are going to the same cliches. Better wait a minute. This can't be true. You guys you guys have to be because I'm not listening. Any of these press conferences, what what Billy the seventy six ers are also down to, so I don't think that Brett Brown actually said we got one of two because they didn't get one of two.
I thought you were saying that he was saying we've got to get one of two that he was saying before the game, as if during the pregame press conference, because you love going for useless sound at a Brett Brown press conference.
Well, then now they've got to get four or five if they want to advance. Yeah. Thank you. Got it for nothing. Thank you. I do appreciate that it has next to nothing to do with what I'm talking about. But I do think these guys are so wired they've got to say and got to go about it the same way where some of that is going out. Media, Chris, just find it funny that there is no homecourt.
There are just chords with different stickers. That's it's now are we sure that they aren't going with the strategy of where they have a hotel room they sleep in? That's really nice. When their home team and when their road team, they have to sleep in a different hotel room. That's just like the worst possible hotel room you could possibly be. And maybe that's the case. That's a terrible idea.
I don't understand. Like, that's one of the worst things you've said in a long library of awful things that you've said, like what are you talking about?
And we're talking about a ridiculous premise here. And we're saying that if they want to create some sort of home court advantage in this bubble, they could make the road team sleep in tough scenarios in the bubble so safely, which is not as dependable as when they're home. You know what? I think this is actually a great idea. You know what they should do. I think when this is done, what they need to do is and we'll do this for next season, because this season it seems like we figured it out, but the ball seems to be working, so maybe they'll do it again next year, but with improvement.
So what they could do next year is when you're going to travel on a travel day, just put them on like one of those Disney trams or even the monorail and just have them going around in circles that the ratio of a flight like you want to go on a six hour flight across the country, you just need to ride around the Bonnaroo six hours and then you get on and then you're going to feel like you did the traveling six or monorail.
All right. I want to explore this part of it a little bit more because I thought you guys were headed down the path of the making the road team like sleep in a cave with a bear or something just to simulate things. But I don't know about we like that, too.
All right. We'll explore that and more. Brennaman laughter I suppose. Tony, one more time, please tell the people we are going off the air here in a few minutes, but tell the people where they can join us after our lunch at one o'clock Eastern. He Pacer's, where can people find us? Tell them slowly. Which TV celebrity and friends, again, that's Twitch TV celebrity friends, so we will be there.
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We're doing a lot of things with this digital push. So this is interaction with the fans that we promise. And just to get you back to subscribe and and listen in daily. Little must win for the Pacers today. Did you want to go back to Miami down to I guess yeah, I guess they would they would be stupid, all of it. The quality.
I did think that Stan Van Gundy was interesting, the quality of players to God. I hadn't considered the idea rested guys focusing 100 percent on basketball that that would explain the skill level I'm seeing in these games where the shooting is crazy. The gods like guys who are just covering beyond what's reasonable guy. I had not taken into account the idea. I hadn't thought of it. The idea that flying all over the place over an 82 game season, the guys aren't going to be as sharp that if you put them in a bubble without the kinds of temptations and nightlife that they would normally have, you're absolutely getting a fresher specimen at the height of physical performance science.
That's why you're getting what you're getting from Lillard and it. And it seems so clean, right.
Yeah, offense. The offense has been great. The defense has not been nearly as good and that then you combine that with the fact that these guys, I mean you had three months off. So in some cases you have different rosters. You have guys who have been able to rest, you have guys who've been able to practice. But yeah, offensively it looks really, really good. What's the guy that really is really, really good? I disagree with you.
I don't think the defense is bad. The reason I'm noticing that the offense is so great is because I'm looking at the defense. I'm like, damn, that was good defense, too. And it doesn't matter because these guys can keep making shots, keep making shots. I don't actually think the defense has been bad. I think the level of play I'm watching is better than any I've ever seen. Like, I'm not kidding you when I say playoff basketball in a bubble.
What I'm seeing on the court looks to me more skilled than anything I've ever seen while watching basketball. And I hadn't considered the idea that fresh legs, you know, without any distractions whatsoever, that it would make a huge difference in the quality of play. We need to figure out how to scale this, so every after every playoff game, Dan will give us a rating. That game was played at a seven out of 10 in this game, was played at an eight a.m. So we know after a game the level of play that we just witnessed.
We do like the idea, like the road team. Right. The team that does not have home court advantage. There has to be some disadvantage for the road to work thinking that maybe home team sleep in the hotel road teams have to sleep out in some sort of tent city like something like that. You got to make it more difficult for the road team.
You just have to I mean, but like all the accommodations at Disney are pretty good, right? Like, what are you doing? You're making a tent city. Like, what are you doing?
No, no, no, no. Then they have a camping ground. And Disney, we think that the road teams should have to stay at Fort Wilderness and they have to camp out and obviously they're on the road. So what happens when you're on the road then? You don't get home cooking. So they're going to have to eat a little bit less than some of the food that you get at the nicer home hotels. Now, this kind of goes back to his original idea where people are moving back and forth.
But that's why, look, there's going to be a lot of teams on the move, Dan. Obviously, each round, less and less teams are on the move because I don't know if, you know, each round we lose some teams. So we have the monorails at play, but we're also going to bring some of the trends into play. So if someone were to get into the bubble, they may be confused as to why it is that there's tram's just kind of doing wheelies and figure eights around the parking lot travel days.
That's all we can say are pretty good. We can get them on some of these ideas.
He's busy now. I love you. I like to hear after after game. Just you see for six hours on the tram, just DeAndre Jordan, is he in uniform. Do you have him in uniform. How ridiculous.
We have no clothes.