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    Hour 1: Antoni-Oh No!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 47:59

    Dan Orlovsky and Ryan Clark debate about Antonio Brown leaving mid game, if they are confident or concerned with the Cowboys, if Joe Burrow should be in the MVP conversation, if they trust Stafford in the playoffs and more.

    Introducing 'Probability' from Man in the Arena

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 29:42

    Whether you love him or hate him or are somehow completely indifferent, you've probably spent at least some of the last 20 years thinking about Tom Brady. Brady has altered friendships, families and communities. He's changed the trajectory of careers and reputations, enabled fairy tale dreams to be both realized and dashed. 'Man In the Arena' is a new 10-part series from ESPN and Religion of Sports that looks at those two decades of Brady through the eyes of the fans and the haters, those in the arena and those outside. Host Gotham Chopra grapples with these big themes, while grounding the podcast in his personal relationship with Tom and his journey from a Brady fan to Tom's friend.   Using Brady's improbable comeback against the Falcons, and all his other come-from-behind victories, this episode looks at the role probability plays in our lives.   Listen on Apple Podcasts (https://apple.co/3FgQalz), Spotify (https://spoti.fi/3c6q4oB), or search “Man In the Arena" wherever you're listening now.

    Hour 2: Dropping the Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 42:38

    Sam Acho and Domonique Foxworth debate about which teams dropped the ball in 2021, if Ben Roethlisberger or Eli Manning has the better career, Monica McNutt and Kendrick Perkins debate about which big three has more to prove in 2022, and more

    Hour 1: Pack Up & Leave

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 47:33

    Sam Acho and Domonique Foxworth debate about Aaron Rodger's Future, if it is fair to compare Joe Burrow to Tom Brady, college football Playoffs and more!

    Hour 2: Playoff Playoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 25:21

    ESPN reporter Joey Galloway and Sam Acho discuss the college football playoffs this weekend, Damien Woody and Sam Acho debate about if they would rather have Joe Borrow or Patrick Mahomes for the next 5 years, the Chiefs at the Bengals matchup, and more!

    Hour 1: Lakers at Grizzlies

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 48:51

    Kendrick Perkins and Monica McNutt debate about if health is the Lakers biggest issue right now, what the ceiling is for Ja Morant, Damien Woody and Sam Acho debate about what's in Aaron Rodger's future, which NFC Team the Packers should fear, and more!

    Hour 2: Celebrating the life of John Madden

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 47:02

    Charly Arnolt, Marcus Spears, Dominique Foxworthy, and Monica McNutt come together to celebrate the life of football legend John Madden. The First Take gang also contemplates which teams will make it out of each conference in the NFL amid more COVID complications around the league.

    Hour 1: LeBron Breaking Records Once Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 49:44

    Charly Arnolt, Marcus Spears, Dominique Foxworthy, and Monica McNutt discuss how and why LeBron is still able to perform at such a high level and whether or not the Nets made the right decision in bringing back Kyrie Irving. The crew also mourns the loss of football legend John Madden after he passed at the age of 85.

    We See You, Keep Killin' It

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 44:53

    Elle and Kimberley hold down the fort while Charly is off on another work assignment; but don't worry this pod is just as all over the place as usual. The ladies open up with a deep dive into KMart's latest series of nightmares and what they could mean. Then, we transition from hopeful to hopeless when Elle brings up the NFL and which teams have zero chance of making a late season comeback.

    Hour 2: MinA's List

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 46:11

    Mina Kimes gives her 'A-List', Marcus, Charly and Jeff discuss their QB heroes of the 2020 draft class so far, and everyone decides whether Arizona or Cleveland is a bigger disappointment.

    Hour 1: Pretenders or Contenders?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 49:21

    Charly, Jeff, and Marcus debate which team is the biggest threat to the Packers in the NFC. They also dive deep into the AFC and decide which teams we should take seriously come playoff time.

    Hour 1: Commander in Chiefs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 43:08

    Dan Orlovsky and Ryan Clark debate if Dak Prescott is out of his slump. They ask if the Chiefs win is more about Kansas City or Pittsburgh. They react to Dan Orlovsky's hot take that Joe Burrow is a top 5 QB in the NFL. And they discuss who needs the #1 seed in the NFC.

    Hour 2: Yule Be Sorry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 44:26

    Sam Scho, Ryan Clark, Monica McNut and Santa Perk debate about various sports topics including: if the Chief's or Cowboys are more likely to be upset, Santa Perk gives his NBA naughty list, if Brady can overcome injuries to get the Bucs back to the Super Bowl, and More!

    Hour 1: Titans Defeat 49ers

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 45:50

    Ryan Clark and Sam Acho debate about if it's time for the 49ers to move on from Jimmy G, Kendrick Perkins and Monica McNutt debate about if the Warriors are the best team in the West, and more!

    Hour 2: HE'S A BAAAAAAAAAD MAN!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 44:00

    Dan Orlvovsky and Marcus Spears debate about if Aaron Rodgers is the best playmaker ever, who the bigger concern for the Cowboys is: Mike McCarthy or Dak Prescott, Vince Carter Joins the show to discuss the NBA on Christmas matchups and more.

    Hour 1: Bills at Patriots

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 47:11

    Dan Orlovsky and Marcus Spears debate about who wins the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Bills at the Patriots, if Carson Wentz will be a liability down the stretch, which team wins the AFC North, if the 49ers or Cowboys has the better offense, and more!

    Hour 2: Leaders of the Pack

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 45:00

    Marcus Spears and Harry Douglas debate who the biggest threat to the Packers in the NFC is. Later, the guys discuss if it is time for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to part ways. Kimberley Martin joins the show to debate if the Cowboys have overachieved this season. Marcus and Harry discuss if the top seed is more important to the Chiefs or the Packers. The guys talk about their favorite Lance Stephenson moments and Iman Shumpert's comments on how LeBron James ruined basketball. Kimberley rejoins the show to debate if the Colts or the Patriots are the bigger threat to the Chiefs.

    Hour 1: Matt's All, Folks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 47:07

    Marcus Spears and Harry Douglas debate if Matthew Stafford is the QB under the most pressure to win the Super Bowl and if Cooper Kupp is the best wide receiver in the NFL. The guys discuss what would be a successful season for the Dallas Cowboys. Kimberley Martin stops by to talk about if Jalen Hurts has proven he is the Eagles QB of the future after Tuesday's win and if the team can win a playoff game. The crew discuss if Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers should have the bigger chip on their shoulder to win the Super Bowl.

    The 25 Days of Skincare & Sports

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 36:18

    Charly, Kimberley, and Elle start off this week's episode with a deep discussion on skincare routines before diving into how COVID has impacted every sport at every level. After that, they get into which NFL QB could kill you and what holiday movies we're currently watching.

    Hour 2: The Real MVP?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 44:19

    Stephen A. Smith, Mina Kimes, and Jeff Saturday discuss if there is more concern with the Cowboys offense or with Mike McCarthy. Tim Legler stops by to debate if the Lakers are done with Anthony Davis being out with an injury and if the Nets are making a mistake bringing back Kyrie Irving. Mina and Jeff rejoin the show to discuss if the Buccaneers are making a mistake bringing back Antonio Brown. Harry Douglas visits the crew to debate who the NFL MVP is right now.

    Hour 1: Kyrie-Turning?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 47:54

    Stephen A. Smith and Tim Legler discuss if the Nets are making a mistake bringing back Kyrie Irving. Jeff Saturday and Harry Douglas join the show to talk about the Buccaneers' decision to bring Antonio Brown back with the team. The guys debate if they are more confident in the Patriots or the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl after Chris Godwin's season-ending injury. Stephen A. gives his list of the top NFL teams after Week 15 and discusses if Jake Paul's emergence is good for the sport of boxing. 

    Hour 2: Chiefs Kingdom

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 42:18

    Ryan Clark and Dan Orlovsky discuss about the Chiefs having the shortest odds to win the Super Bowl and the Steelers defeating the Titans. Later, the guys discuss the Colts defeating the Patriots, Bill Belichick apologizing to the media, and if Urban Meyer's comments made him look worse. Ryan and Dan debate who is the NFL MVP frontrunner.

    Hour 1: Saints Top Bucs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 48:03

    Ryan Clark and Dan Orlovsky talk about the Saints defeating the Buccaneers and the Packers defeating the Ravens. Later, the guys debate who is the NFL MVP frontrunner, if the Cardinals are finished without DeAndre Hopkins, and if the Cowboys are a legit threat in the NFC. Ryan and Dan discuss Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum being ruled out for Monday's matchup against the Raiders.

    Hour 2: Tiger on the Prowl

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 41:11

    Rayn Clark, Sam Acho and Rob Ninkovich debate about the Cheifs defeating the Chargers, if the Chiefs are the AFC's best team, ESPN Golf reporter, Michael Collins, joins the show to talk about Tiger Woods returning to golf, and more!

    Hour 1: Chiefs Def. Chargers 34-28 (OT)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 45:55

    Ryan Clark and Sam Acho debate about the Chiefs defeating the Chargers, who has a bigger statement game- the Patriots or Colts, if Urban Meyer's coaching career is over, if Aaron Rodgers will stay in Green Bay, and more!

    Hour 2: Prime Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 42:41

    Marcus Spears and Dan Orlovsky debate why Urban Meyer failed as a head coach in the NFL. The guys debate which team in the NFC needs the one seed the most and what Deion Sanders flipping the No. 2-ranked CFB recruit in the country to Jackson State means for College Football. Paul Finebaum joins the show to discuss if Urban Meyer's coaching career is over. Dan and Marcus debate if the Chiefs or the Chargers will win tonight.

    Hour 1: Meyer Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 49:20

    Damien Woody, Dan Orlovsky, and Paul Finebaum debate why Urban Meyer failed as a head coach in the NFL. Later, Damien and Dan discuss if the Cardinals can win a playoff game without DeAndre Hopkins and if Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert is more important for their team in tonight's matchup. The guys debate if the Patriots defense or the Colts offense has the edge going into their game on Saturday and if Dak Prescott or Micah Parsons will have a bigger impact down the stretch for the Cowboys. Damien and Dan discuss Deion Sanders flipping the No. 2-ranked CFB recruit in the country to Jackson State on National Signing Day.

    Hour 2: Baker and Stefanski Test Positive for COVID-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 45:03

    Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears react to Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield testing positive for COVID-19. The guys debate if a Nets v Warriors is a better finals matchup than Nets v Lakers and if the Cowboys are among the best teams in the NFC. Stephen A. and Marcus discuss if the Packers winning a title would make Rodgers more or less likely to return to Green Bay. Stephen A. gives his list of the top Stephen Curry moments. The guys debate if Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant is having the better season.

    Hour 1: Steph-ortless

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 47:28

    Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears react to Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield testing positive for COVID-19. Jay Williams stops by to discuss Stephen Curry setting the NBA record for most career 3-pointers and to debate if Kevin Durant or Stephen Curry is having the better season. Stephen A. and Marcus talk about Jerry Jones' comments on Dak Prescott being in a slump and debate if Aaron Rodgers should return to Green Bay after this season.

    Trouble In Paradise

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 37:53

    Charly and Kimberley start off this week's episode with a shoutout to KMart's Mom, a discussion on Christmas music, and holiday travels. Then, they get into which QB they would rather rally behind: Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady. After that, they question what will happen with Urban Meyer in Jacksonville.

    Hour 2: The Right Steph

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 45:47

    Stephen A. and Keyshawn Johnson are joined by Mina Kimes to discuss if the Rams exposed the Cardinals on Monday night. J.J. Redick stops by to debate if Steph Curry can pass LeBron James as the face of the NBA. Mina Kimes returns to discuss if Urban Meyer should return to the Jaguars next season. And they react to Jerry Jones' comments about Dak Prescott's recent comments.

    Hour 1: Is This Your Card?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 43:36

    Stephen A. and Keyshawn Johnson react to the Rams Monday Night Football win over the Cardinals, and ask if the Cardinals are really contenders in the NFC. They look ahead to Steph Curry's potentially record-breaking matchup with the Knicks tonight, and ask if Curry has passed LeBron as the face of their generation. Jeff Saturday joins to help break down Stephen A's list of Top 5 teams in the NFL right now...it's fluid! Then they debate who is the defensive player of the year right now in the NFL, Micah Parsons or Aaron Donald?

    Hour 2: 12 on 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 44:00

    Stephen A. Smith, Michael Irvin, and Ryan Clark debate if Dak Prescott can be trusted after his performance against Washington. Later, Stephen A. and Michael discuss if Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady is the MVP right now and if the Patriots or the Chiefs is the team to beat in the AFC. The guys debate which team will win the AFC North and preview Monday's matchup between the Cardinals and the Rams.

    Hour 1: Cowboys Thriller

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 47:57

    Stephen A. Smith and Michael Irvin talk about the Cowboys defeating Washington, the Buccaneers defeating the Bills, and Aaron Rodgers' toe injury. Dan Orlovsky stops by to debate if there will be a Super Bowl rematch between the Chiefs and the Buccaneers. Stephen A. and Michael discuss how Urban Meyer looks in Jacksonville after Sunday's loss to the Titans.

    Hour 1: Steelers Fall Short

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 46:24

    Stephen A. Smith, Tim Tebow and Sam Acho debate about the Steelers loss to the Vikings, Mike McCarthy and the Cowboys at Washington this weekend, Heisman candidates and more.

    Hour 2: Blame Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 43:19

    Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark and Sam Acho debate about more Steelers at Vikings, who's more confident in Rodgers or Brady to reach the Super Bowl, Big Perk joins the show to debate Stephen A. about the Lakers slow start and more!

    Hour 2: Cowboys Collapse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 40:25

    Stephen A. Smith and Vince Carter debate if Stephen Curry will have the biggest impact on NBA this season. Dan Orlovsky joins the show to discuss if the Cowboys can to be trusted down the stretch. Later, the guys debate if they would rather have Kyler Murray or Matthew Stafford for MNF. Damien Woody stops by to talk about Stephen A's list of matchups he wants for Super Bowl LVI.

    Hour 1: Curry Flurry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 48:30

    Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams discuss the Knicks losing to the Pacers and the impact Stephen Curry has had on the NBA. Dan Orlovsky joins the show to debate if Aaron Rodgers' comments on the Bears is bulletin board material for the Bears. Later, the guys discuss if the Cowboys making the Super Bowl is more likely to happen than an early playoff exit. Stephen A. gives his list of matchups he wants for Super Bowl LVI and talks about Damian Lillard's comments on not asking for a trade.

    Hour 2: Chef Curry v the GOAT?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 45:24

    Stephen A. and Marcus Spears talk if the scrutiny of the Lakers is fair. They discuss if Dak Prescott is the QB with the most at stake this season. Kimberly Martin joins to debate if another Super Bowl would mean more for Tom Brady or Bill Belichick. Stephen A. has strong thoughts about Damian Lillard wanting an extension with the Trail Blazers. And for Jimmy V Week, they look back at Stuart Scott's speech at the ESPYs.

    Hour 1: Jerry's World

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 47:12

    Stephen A. and Marcus Spears react to the Lakers win against the Celtics. They look at Jerry Jones criticizing Cowboys wide receivers. They discuss the possibility of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick meeting in the Super Bowl. And they debate if Steph Curry should be compared to Michael Jordan more than LeBron James is.

    There Are Levels To This...

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 43:05

    Buckle up y'all because this episode is a wild one! Charly, Kimberley, and Elle open up the show talking about everything from celebrity couples. to hair extensions, to Christmas tree decorations. Then, they get into KMart's rant on the Buffalo Bills before getting into what they would do for 35 million dollars...

    Hour 2: Kurt Warner Joins the Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 43:51

    Stephen A. Smith, Keyshawn Johnson, and Mina Kimes debate if the Bills are more likely to make the Super Bowl or miss the playoffs. The crew discuss if the Cowboys are on upset alert. Kurt Warner stops by to discuss if he would rather have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, the biggest threat to the Buccaneers, and an upcoming movie that is based on his life.

    Hour 1: Patriots over Bills

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 47:08

    Stephen A. Smith and Keyshawn Johnson discuss the Patriots defeating the Bills on MNF. Jeff Saturday joins the show to discuss if the Cowboys should be concerned about the NFC East. Later, Stephen A. and Keyshawn debate if the Lakers are on the verge of irrelevance and if Frank Vogel should be on the hot seat. Stephen A. gives his list of the top NFL teams after Week 13. The guys talk about the University of Miami firing Manny Diaz and hiring Mario Cristobal. 

    Hour 2: Patriots at Bills

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 44:25

    Stephen A. Smith, Michael Irvin, and Ryan Clark debate if Patrick Mahomes can fix the Chiefs offense and if the Steelers will make the playoffs. Later, the guys discuss if the Bills or the Patriots will win Monday's MNF matchup. Stephen A. and Michael discuss if the Cowboys are in the same class as the elite NFC teams and if the Bengals or the Chargers are the bigger threat in the AFC.

    Hour 1: Chiefs Rolling

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 47:18

    Stephen A. Smith, Michael Irvin, and Dan Orlovsky debate if Patrick Mahomes can fix the Chiefs offense. The guys discuss if they trust Mac Jones or Josh Allen for tonight's MNF matchup, if the Ravens are contenders or pretenders, and who is the most complete team in the NFC.

    Hour 2: Suns at Warriors

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 43:11

    Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Clark discuss if the Cowboys got back on track after defeating the Saints on Thursday and Notre Dame naming Marcus Freeman as their next head coach. Later, Stephen A. and Ryan debate if Brian Kelly is the right choice for LSU and how Tom Brady should feel about Antonio Brown. Monica McNutt joins the show to talk about whether the Warriors should fear the Suns as title threat.

    Hour 1: Cowboys Roll

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 45:25

    Stephen A. Smith and Tim Tebow discuss the Cowboys defeating the Saints on Thursday and Notre Dame naming Marcus Freeman as their next head coach. Later, Sam Acho stops by to debate whether Notre Dame, LSU, or USC will win a national title first and if Georgia or Alabama will win the SEC Championship game. The guys discuss if Antonio Brown's suspension was too harsh.

    Hour 1: Cowboys at Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 48:20

    Stephen A. Smith and Dan Orlovsky debate about the Cowboys at the Saints matchup tonight, if the Ravens are legit a AFC threat, which is the better college coaching job: Notre Dame or LSU, if Baker Mayfield is a franchise quarterback and more.

    Hour 2: Twelve on Twelve

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 43:33

    Stephen A. Smith, Dan Orlovsky and Damien Woody debate about if they would rather have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers down stretch, who is more likely to be a franchise quarterback: Justin Herbert or Joe Burrow, and more

    Hour 2: Shining Suns

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 45:32

    Stephen A. Smith, Marcus Spears, and Kendrick Perkins debate if the Warriors should fear the Suns. Later, Stephen A. and Kendrick discuss the Nets defeating the Knicks and if it is panic time for the Lakers after LeBron James entered the NBA's health & safety protocols. Stephen A. and Marcus talk about Mike Tomlin rejecting Chase Claypool's request for music at practice. Later, Marcus gives his list of the top CFB coaching jobs. 

    Hour 1: Nets Top Knicks

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 47:04

    Stephen A. Smith, Jay Williams, and Marcus Spears discuss the Suns extending their winning streak to 17 games and the Nets defeating the Knicks. Later, Stephen A. and Marcus debate if the Cowboys are on upset alert for Thursday's matchup against the Saints. Kendrick Perkins stops by to discuss if it is panic time for the Lakers after LeBron James entered the NBA's health & safety protocols.

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