Pardon the Interruption | Tony Kornheiser debate: Does Michel Solve Rams RB problem?

Pardon the Interruption | Tony Kornheiser debate: Does Michel Solve Rams RB problem?

no she knows who you are she likes you welcome to pti boys and girls great wilbon’s still at the spa so i’m joined by our great friend the host of the espn daily podcast mr pablo torres like you and we begin today with the los angeles rams trading for sony michelle the familiar running back of the new england patriots the rams have been devastated at running back with a season-ending injury to presume starter cam acres and they’ve got a bunch of unknown backs michelle averaged 5.7 yards to carry in nine games last year pablo does trading for michelle solve the rams running back problem i think it does tony but what’s funny about this story to me is that lots of other smaller moves might have solved it too because running back as you know i mean to me it’s the most replaceable position in the nfl that’s not news to anybody the rams in particular though are a team that has taken guys like cj anderson off the street and made them viable playoff starters so they didn’t need to do this so what does it say though that they did do this it tells me that all of the chips tony every possible chip is moving to the center of the table they could not be more all in on this season they see even an upgrade a minimal one in my mind at running back they see that as important because they’re going for the super bowl which is hosted by the way in la of course this year there are some people who say that the ram should have waited to see who got caught i don’t think they should wait i think sony michelle is a professional running back and they know him well and let me get the statistics correct here because in the super bowl a few years ago he carried it 18 times from 94 yards and a touchdown against them and the guy who beats you is always the guy you want and by the way to your point if they have super bowl pretensions here they might want to get a guy who in three playoff games that year had six touchdowns i am so happy to hear you say this because i normally sit you know beside wilbon who’s always telling me how the arizona cardinals where he coincidentally owns a home are so much better than the rams and i thought that when the rams got matthew stafford given the fact they have the number one defense anyway when they got stafford i i’ve said on this show i think they’re the super bowl team i think it’s them or the buccaneers in the nfc tony which is no slight of course to the rams i think they’re just as good as you say and i had seth wickersham on espn daily today to talk about matthew stafford and what he does for that offense sean mcveigh get this sean mcvay had to read defenses for jared goff that was the issue in los angeles matthew stafford is not a guy he needs to hold his hand through matthew stafford is not just bringing a giant arm to that offense which makes of course the running back position that much easier to play when that guy is under center he brings a brain that we haven’t really acknowledged because he played in detroit but sean mcvay is so excited about the brain and the arm of this guy and i think his every reason to be i’m just going to be quick on this and repeat it again they already have the number one defense and points allowed and yards allowed and they just brought in a terrific quarterback for sean mcvay who knows what to do on offense i think they’re real good i do so speaking of the difference that a title and title contention can make tony the world champion bucks in the nba they awarded their head coach mike budenholzer a three-year extension through 20-25 so how should coach budd feel any had him fired during the playoffs so i mean i never really understood the amount of heat that he was going to take but i’ll reference wilbon again because we went back and forth during the playoffs when things look rather bleak from milwaukee and he just said he said a number of times on this show milwaukee’s the stupidest team in the nba and he held budenholzer personally responsible and said if they don’t win the title this guy should get fired so let’s just look and see what happened okay how bad a job he did they were down 0-2 against the nets they came back and they won they were down 0-2 in the finals against phoenix and they came back and they swept phoenix with superstars i’m told all the time devin booker and chris paul they swept them in the last four games in the finals butenholzer had to have something to do with this yes and look in wilbon’s defense if kevin durant’s foot is one centimeter behind the three-point line instead of directly on it his call on boudinholter getting fired may have come true and no one would have really complained but you’re right about the finals in particular tony because what he did was adjust the knock on mike boudenholzer was that he doesn’t adjust he doesn’t do the switching defense he doesn’t bench brook lopez he doesn’t play giannis at the five he doesn’t play his starters enough he did all of that and it got him a title and the biggest knock on budenholzer honestly for being real about this is that his appearance is that of a guy who just woke up on his couch at 3am because he’s afraid of getting yelled at for not taking the trash out by his wife he looked rumpled and a mess but that same dude was in total control and i have to applaud him for that yeah let me just say again he won people will say oh he had antetokounmpo philadelphia had embiid they didn’t win yeah denver had jokic they didn’t win this guy went out there and delivered you know i’m not saying he’s the greatest coach in the world but he’s got a ring other people don’t at the moment move on yes the houston astros won last night to move to 74 and 52 on the season that’s the second best record in the american league they’re four and a half games ahead of oakland in the al west and they’re about to get alex bregman back everyone hates the astros but they keep winning pablo have the astros sufficiently validated themselves yet so if i could address astros fans here for a second it’s not that we thought or at least i thought that your team wasn’t good without the cheating what was so offensive about the cheating was that it was so involved and over the top and arguably unnecessary so the idea that the astros are a really good team a really well-run organization and have a forum system that should be applauded in all of that tony all of that is still so i think that we’re losing the plot a little bit if we think that okay well i guess they’re actually redeemed here because that to me was never the actual issue i’m going to go to the micro here if i could and i’m going to settle on dusty baker they fired their manager they fired their general manager and dusty baker came in and last year okay they were under 500 and they were shell shocked from what happened but they were within one game of the world series they go to game seven i believe against tampa bay in the alcs this year where there are fans in the stands and they are getting ripped particularly altuve and correa they’re getting killed everywhere they go they’re seven over on the road which is the hardest place to win and i think dusty baker has been expert in guiding this team around i would also point out it’s not the same team they’ve only got five people left from the team that cheated only one pitcher mccullough’s is the only guy left from that because everybody else got out of dodge when they could and the people who stayed have developed a hard shell about this and say bring it on i mean i think if they get to the world series against the dodgers for example what great viewing that would be you know you’re so correct about dusty baker i had sort of forgotten about his existence in all of this but think about that day when he has to give the press conference in front of everybody he has to take all of the arrows all of the slings and you think to yourself there is no way that i would ever want that job and there he is doing that job as well as anybody could imagine but tony i want to move to the u.s open here because well what’s left of it at least because serena williams has now joined roger federer and rafa nadal in withdrawing due to injury now serena has been struggling with the torn hamstring that forced her to leave wimbledon in the first set of the first round as you remember but she’s also almost 40 she’s been one short of tying margaret court’s record of 24 majors since january of 2017 now so where does this leave serena’s quest tony i think serena is in a station running after a train that she’s never going to catch you know she’s going to be 40 next month she’s not playing in any more majors this year and the majors got progressively worse i think she reached the semis in australia the fourth round before losing at the french out early at wimbledon and not even not even rolling in the u.s open which is her best event she made the semis last year in the two years before that she was in the finals next year at this time she’ll be almost 41 years old you know who wins majors over 40 in tennis nobody tom brady does phil mickelson does nobody in tennis the oldest woman to win a major in tennis is serena williams in january of 2017 which i believe is four years and seven months ago when she was 35 you need to tell me as great as she is you need to tell me why she’s going to win another major going forward why yeah no the reason is the one you alluded to which is that we’re now all suddenly very numb to the idea of yeah of course 40 year olds can win titles of course everyone’s doing that now but you’re right not in this sport not in a sport that is so tiring both mentally clearly and also physically it’s exhausting and i look i mourn for the us open tony because serena at that event for as combustible and as controversial as it is i love that i love going to that thing it’s right over there in queens i love going there but what we’re seeing right now is somebody who honestly look and i say this with all the self-awareness that it’s morbid but like all she has to worry about is the obituary and from that perspective the first paragraph we already think of her as the best of all time right like margaret court has the record but does anybody think margaret court is better than serena tony no they don’t say that but they would put billie jean king and chris everett and martina navratilova and steffi groff they put her right in the same sentence with serena you get an argument from me on that although not with margaret court chasing the record is honorable but it’s it’s really really daunting at that age let’s take a break coming up who would root against the poor orioles tonight losers of 19 in a row i might me hello and could the mariners tony actually make the playoffs even after their gm appeared to be you know giving up yeah i mean and serena is a great great great player but 35 is the oldest ever to win and she’s going to be over 40 yeah when the aussie comes along she wants she won a tournament pregnant like she’s done everything close it’s shohei ohtani i mean i actually root for him more as a pitcher than i do as a hitter he’s 8-1 with a 2-7-9 era and in july and august pablo he’s got the best era in baseball one five eight and he has 40 home runs he could win the cy young and the home run title so everybody’s talking about vlad guerrero jr as the mvp what what are you talking about and i i like the orioles i’ve always liked the orioles but you know if they lose tonight what is that 1920 whatever it is they already posted 21 in 1988 and the 1961 phillies posted 23 in a row so go for the gusto keep losing tony yesterday i asked you what you liked about the orioles you mentioned the ballpark everyone says the ballpark the ballpark is the yoshi is a really nice personality of compliments you don’t actually like the orioles you like the sort of structure around it that’s cool shohei ohtani though is the story you are one bazillion percent correct the guy has one of the most unhittable pitches in baseball he has that splitter that strikes out everybody when he throws it at the end of the count he has a slider that he’s throwing more of he’s mixing that in more fewer fastballs more sliders what he is doing i feel like a broken record that is somehow not broken enough because everybody should be aware what he is doing is so much more impressive than anything babe ruth has ever done and i know there should be a lightning bolt from mount wilbon striking me down for being a prisoner of the moment not appreciating history enough but the idea that shohei ohtani could be the cy young winner and the mvp is insane i’m rooting for that next toss-up who would you rather see make the ale wild card the a’s or the mariners so i’ve got skin in the game here my friend dave sims does play-by-play for the seattle mariners i i admire oakland they do what they do every year without any money but the better story here is seattle they haven’t been in the playoffs in 20 years it’s the longest drought in all of north america in the four major sports that’s the better story and remember the trade deadline when the gm traded away their best reliever and the other pitchers went crazy well look what they’ve done lately lately while oakland is two and eight seattle is six and two and nobody saw that coming they beat seattle twice so let’s root for them because we can’t name anybody on that spot that’s right and look the guys that i can name are the guys they acquired and i learned those names today because i wanted to fess up to being one of the people who looked at the gm jerry dapoto and said this guy has no idea what he’s doing but abraham toro the infielder joe smith the reliever they have been good they’ve been real good they had another starter that’s been helpful to them every compliment i have for the oakland days tony involves how they don’t pay their players anything and i just don’t want to reinforce that as like a virtue like they’re a terribly owned team they may be well run but they’re owned terribly the mariners though 2001 as you said 116 wins the best regular scene team of all time regular season team of all time franchises not since haven’t had a sniff of it since and it’s not like ken griffey jr and a-rod are walking through that door that’s it no papo took a beating let’s take one last break but still to come urban meyer picks his starting quarterback will pablo be forced to eat his eye oh god and vic fangio also selects his starter is it gonna be drew lock or teddy bridgewater seattle so many people have passed through they have well griffey stayed but randy johnson didn’t stay and a-rod didn’t stay you know even robbie canoe how long was he there i’d like to see them make the playoffs i think sims would be thrilled next on sportscenter live from the little league world series with full coverage of today’s must-see moments from an action-packed day in williamsport plus new developments around the 31st birthday max munson splitting time at second base and first base for the dodgers muncie is having a terrific season he has 28 home runs 76 rbi and a 951 ops right now one of those betting services considers muncie the number two choice for nlmvp behind fernando tatis junior muncie is one of a long line of dodger regulars who can pound home runs including justin turner cody bellinger corey seeger lucky betts will smith and now trey turner the dodgers plus 207 run differential is the best in baseball it’s 67 more than the first place giants muncie signed with the dodgers as a free agent in 2017 after being released by oakland who had drafted him in 2012. getting to the dodgers was like oxygen muncie who hit 186 for oakland in 2016 need only 183 at bats to hit 20 home runs for the dodgers in 2018. tony i look at the dodgers lineup sometimes just to refresh my memory and it’s insane i mean when cody bellinger is like hitting eighth for you and he’s an afterthought and that by the way trey turner’s also on the mvp balloting according to las vegas rightfully so they are the best team whoever wins the world series may beat them but the best most talented team is the los angeles dodgers as you described 100 happy anniversary tiger woods on this day 25 years ago tiger beat steve scott to win an unprecedented third straight united states amateur championship the year before tiger beat buddy marucci and the year before that tiger beat tripp keaney those three championships followed three straight victories in the united states junior championship and those six victories formed the myth of invincibility of tiger woods tiger did not simply appear one year on the first tee like lebron james everybody saw a tiger coming tiger of course went on to win 15 majors behind only jack nicklaus but who knows if he will ever win another people magazine reports that a source close to tiger says quote tiger is in good spirits and doing well but he has not been able to play golf at all unquote on a personal note i got to play with buddy marucci last month and it was a delight wait a minute tony if you play with buddy marucci how much does buddy marucci still talk about this whole tiger thing because if i was buddy marucci i would talk about that approximately 23 hours of any given day well i asked him about it a lot and he pretty much said enough already enough let’s talk about you and me so we did happy trails this is the big one happy trails to pablo eating his tie on television you may remember that two weeks ago on this very program young mr tori in a spirited fit of brashness said that if barton and minshew started over trevor lawrence for jacksonville in game one he pablo would eat his tie on television now the specific tie is inconsequential all of them are five bucks at thai city and penn station they’re junk but i would have loved to see him actually eat it sadly it’s not to be urban meyer is named lawrence the starter keeping pablo’s digestive tract safe from rayon dakron and unknown flammable fighters lawrence will open under center at the houston texans a team that doesn’t even have a quarterback minshew will be on the bench awaiting word if he will sit in jacksonville or play somewhere else and jacksonville’s on the water i hope minshu didn’t burn the boats he’s gonna need him i love this tony i love this so much first off my tie today at least is j crew not penn station thank you very much it’s also a skinny tie which is strategic for the purposes of my hypothetical bet imagine you said the tie was inconsequential imagine if i was dressing up like meryl hodge used to with that tie that’s like a fist if i tried to eat that i would just die immediately forget about all the rayon i would have died by asphyxiation one omission venus williams also withdrew from the u.s open with an injury and let’s go to the big finish if we could broncos coach vic fangio told the team that teddy bridgewater will start a quarterback has had a good choice it is a good choice teddy bridgewater is very talented needs a shot and everybody also loves him joe burrow meanwhile will play against the dolphins in the last exhibition game for the bengals does that make sense not to me he got hurt last year he’s very valuable you don’t risk him don’t risk cowboys coach mike mccarthy says dak prescott will do quote competitive throwing on quote today is that a big deal i feel like it’s a bigger deal than rhythmic throwing which i imagine is some sort of olympic event at this point so sure let’s go with it the dodgers beat the padres in game one of their series tony is that a big deal well it’s a big deal for the padres because they really need to win this particular series and it gets worse for them tonight because they have to they have to face max scherzer they did not lose ground in the wild card that’s the only good thing that happened last one your yankees have the day off after winning their 11th in a row how does it feel fanboy it feels so good tony my in-laws are from boston my father-in-law the firefighter this will make thanksgiving so much better or possibly also much worse now that i think about it we’re out of time we’ll try and do better the next time and i’m tony kornheiser and i’m pablo torre please please check out espn daily on apple spotify wherever you get podcasts and now your sports side steve fedor at caves valley good luck with the bmw that starts tomorrow that’s a big deal event
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