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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.