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  1. I'm watching Get Up! on ESPN, and Dominique Foxworth just gave an interesting answer for the NFL's version of "The Last Dance." He said Al Davis and the Raiders teams of the '70s. I'm not sure if that'll be worth watching as the Patriots of the 2000s or the Cowboys of the '90s or even the 49ers of the '80s.
  2. I don't know about anyone else, but I just got through watching "The Last Dance" documentary on ESPN about Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls of the NBA. This makes me wonder: if there were an NFL version of "The Last Dance," who do you think it should be about? My personal choice would be Brett Favre and the Packers. There's other choices you can consider, like Tom Brady's Patriots or Joe Montana's 49ers. But I want to hear from everyone else: who do you think ESPN should do a documentary on that would be similar to what they've been showing the last 5 weeks about MJ?
  3. This from Phyllis George, a former Miss America winner who became a pioneer in sports journalism and football broadcasting when in 1975 she was named a co-host for "The NFL Today," has died at the age of 70. George died Thursday from complications from a blood disorder, her ex-husband, former Kentucky Gov. John Brown Jr., told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Saturday. "Phyllis was a great asset to Kentucky," Brown told the Courier-Journal. "We had a great partnership. I think we enjoyed every single day." After winning the Miss America pageant in 1971, George returned to the nation's living rooms as the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV network when she was hired at CBS in 1974. Phyllis George served as a co-host of CBS' The NFL Today -- alongside Brent Musburger (right), Irv Cross and, later, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder -- from 1975 until 1984. Richard Lee/NY Daily News via Getty Images A year later, she joined the popular CBS pregame show "The NFL Today," working alongside Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and, later, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder. Each Sunday afternoon, "The NFL Today" aired three live versions of the half-hour pregame show -- one at 12:30 p.m. for the east, another at 1:30 for Midwest stations and again at 3:30 for the West Coast -- in addition to brief half-time breaks during the long afternoon. Until then, pregame shows had little cache; it was the postgame program with highlights from the Sunday games that held sway. Born in Denton, Texas, in 1949, George moved to New York City after becoming Miss America. She began her broadcasting career as a co-host on "Candid Camera." Soon thereafter, CBS Sports producers approached George about becoming a sportscaster. When she joined the cast of "The NFL Today," she became one of the first females to have a nationally prominent role in television sports coverage. "In my gut, I thought Phyllis was pretty special," the late Bob Wussler, who hired George at CBS, once told USA Today. "I thought there was a role for her, as somebody who could talk to guys who knew something about sports." But George said she was bombarded with hate mail. "When you're the first, you're a pioneer," George told USA Today in a 1999 interview. "I felt they didn't know who Phyllis George was. They played me up as a former Miss America, a sex symbol. I can't help how I look, but below the surface, I was a hard-working woman. If I hadn't made that work, women eventually would have come into sportscasting, but it would have taken them longer." Musburger tweeted Saturday night that George didn't get enough credit for the role she played in opening doors for other female broadcasters. Brent Musburger✔@brentmusburger 357 6:21 PM - May 16, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 137 people are talking about this During her stint at "The NFL Today" from 1975 until 1984 and as co-host of "CBS Morning News" for eight months in 1985, George was also regularly taken to task by critics who charged that she didn't know sports and she didn't know news. "[Being Miss America] has been a help and a hindrance," George once told the Los Angeles Times. "It's been a help in that it's opened doors. It's been a hindrance in that people immediately said 'BQ' -- you know, beauty queen. And you had to prove yourself more than the next person." George cited Emmys garnered by "The NFL Today" as evidence that she mastered the sports interview. "I kept showing up and they kept saying, 'Hey, maybe she's here to stay,'" George said. "Then we won a couple of Emmys for the 'NFL Today' show." Hannah Storm✔@HannahStormESPN Rest In Peace Phyllis George . A true pioneer who approached her job with enthusiasm, empathy and humour. She was herself-charming and funny ..helped her audiences connect with some of the great sports figures of the day. Condolences to her family & all who loved her. 472 5:40 PM - May 16, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy 100 people are talking about this ESPN's Beth Mowins, who in 2017 became the first woman to call a regular-season NFL game since Gayle Sierens called one in 1987, said seeing George on "The NFL Today" provided Mowins' "aha" moment. "There was a woman talking about football," Mowins told "That's what I was drawn to. I like sports and like to talk, so the two blended together perfectly." In addition to "The NFL Today," George worked regularly on horse racing events, including the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. George married Brown, a millionaire, in 1979. They divorced in 1998 and have two children.
  4. Here's the rest of the list from, or what I'd like to call the honorable mentions: James Worthy Tracy McGrady Gary Payton Paul Pierce Vince Carter Ray Allen Clyde Drexler Many Ginobili Bob McAdoo Willis Reed Robert Parish Dennis Rodman Alonzo Mourning Earl Monroe Pau Gasol Dave Cowens Alex English Pete Maravich Bernard King Tony Parker Bob Lanier Damian Lillard Dikembe Mutombo Artis Gilmore
  5. Earlier this morning, came out with their list of the the Top 10 Players in NBA History. Actually, it was a list that started at #74. What I'm going to do is give the list from 50-1. 50. Wes Unseld 49. Reggie Miller 48. Bill Walton 47. George Gervin 46. Dominique Wilkins 45. Anthony Davis 44. Elvin Hayes 43. Rick Barry 42. Russell Westbrook 41. Bob Cousy 40. Chris Paul 39. Walt Frazier 38. Bob Pettit 37. Patrick Ewing 36. Kevin McHale 35. Jason Kidd 34. George Mikan 33. John Havlicek 32. James Harden 31. Isiah Thomas 30. Steve Nash 29. Allen Iverson 28. John Stockton 27. Giannis Antetokounmpo 26. Dwayne Wade 25. Kawhi Leonard 24. David Robinson 23. Charles Barkley 22. Elgin Baylor 21. Scottie Pippen 20. Kevin Garnett 19. Dirk Nowitzki 18. Moses Malone 17. Karl Malone 16. Jerry West 15. Julius Erving 14. Kevin Durant 13. Stephen Curry 12. Hakeem Olajuwon 11. Oscar Robertson 10. Shaquille O'Neal 9. Kobe Bryant 8. Tim Duncan 7. Larry Bird 6. Wilt Chamberlain 5. Magic Johnson 4. Bill Russell 3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 2. LeBron James 1. Michael Jordan Several years ago, I gave out my Top 50 list and got some real mixed opinions about it. But, after looking at ESPN's list, I've got to change my own opinion. This is the REAL list of the Top 50 players in NBA History. What does everyone else think?
  6. The name of the sequel that will be 25 years in the making is called Space Jam: A New Legacy. It will debut on July 16, 2021. I'm pretty sure it will have almost the same storyline as the 1996 film. What I'm about to do is give my starting five that I believe will face LeBron James and the Looney Tunes and compare it to the lineup that Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny & Co. faced in 1996. 1996: Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley 2021: Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis Comparing the 2 lineups, the 2021 version that will go up against LeBron is probably a little more physical than the version that went up against MJ and the gang in 1996. Do you think this is a reasonable lineup for LeBron & crew to deal with in the sequel? And how do they compare to the lineup that MJ had to deal with in 1996?
  7. I loved hearing the stories about him on ESPN and how tough a coach he was. My favorite was when he was on the road and he was having trouble with his players missing curfew. So, right before he went to bed, he gave a football and a Sharpie to the valet and told him that if any of his players showed up after midnight to get their autograph. He even tipped the valet $100 for it. The next day before the Dolphins were about to play their game, Shula went to the front of the team bus and read the names of the players who had signed the ball. Then, he said whoever signed the ball was benched for the first half. I'd really like to see Bill Belichick try to pull off something like that with the Patriots! Another story was from Chris Berman the night the Bears played in Miami in 1985. And right before the game, he saw all the Dolphins from 1972 on the sidelines with Shula and Berman said to himself, "Oh, my! They're here! The Bears are not going to win this game!" And, sure enough, the Dolphins beat the Bears to hand them their only loss of the season in 1985. Don Shula was truly an icon. The next time I go down to Miami, I'm going to go to one of his famed Shula's Steakhouses.
  8. Dolphins just traded pick #251 to the Seahawks who selected LSU TE Stephen Sullivan.
  9. Where do teams keep getting all these QB that I've never seen footage from is what I want to know!
  10. Vikings just selected Iowa QB Nate Stanley. How good is he?
  11. Saints just selected Mississippi State QB Tommy Stevens. What's he like?
  12. In case anyone missed, Chiefs just selected Tulane CB Bopete Keyes.
  13. They just said Ben DiNucci spent three years at Pitt before he went to James Madison.