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18WT 046:  The NFL, Hoops, Daytona and More from our LIVE Stream 2-21-2022

February 21, 2022  Patrick Heller and Janet McCue

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18WT 046:  On this episode we talked about the NFL, Hoops, Daytona and more. 

NFL - Antonio Brown vs the Tampa Bay Bucs … 2 months since the Jets game where Brown took his shirt off while leaving the field and the receiver still seems as mad as ever about being dumped. Brown took to social media on Monday to lodge another complaint against his former team. This time around, not only did the receiver throw the organization under the bus, but he also pinned some blame on Tom Brady for not throwing him the ball in Tampa Bay's infamous game against the Jets.

Here's what Brown posted to Instagram on Monday (via the Tampa Bay Times):   He blamed the Buccaneers for his injury: "They tried to hurt me intentionally. Sent me out there after knowing I was still hurt." He says that Brady lied to him: "Tom said he would throw it if I came to play hurt, I came. He didn't throw it, imagine being hurt, having to play through this and being lied (to) too." He continues to insist that Bruce Arians made him play hurt: "Coach said if I couldn't run on this, get the f--k out of there." “Fuck all you M-F” “still caint (sic) stop me @nfl” the Buccaneers coach has denied that version of events.   BTW…He walked off because he was tole, come play and you will get the ball. And he hadn’t. Question answered.

The Senior Bowl is behind us, the Super Bowl is in the books and the combine is a week away. Free agency is also on the horizon and then, finally, the NFL draft will be here in just over two months. Which means that as we begin to settle into how the first 32 picks might shake out, there is still a ton of uncertainty. The biggest talk right now is QB’s or rather the lack of them. None are picked to go in the first 10.

NBA - All- Star game, Stephen Curry hits 16 3s to win All-Star Game MVP; LeBron James nails game winner. Noticeably missing from the starting lineup was any player from the league’s best team the Phoenix Suns.

Curry, who set the NBA's all-time record for 3-pointers made earlier this season, hit an absurd 16 3-pointers -- which would be the most in any game in NBA history, and smashed the prior All-Star Game record of nine. The first three quarters of the game are played individually for charities. The last quarter was played to a target score of 24 over the final of the first three, to honor the late Kobe Bryant

Chris Paul of the Suns did play for a few minutes in the first quarter with a fractured thumb. However he is now out for about six weeks for recovery. Michael Jordan arrived late in the game but in time for the ceremony of the 75 greatest of all time (he is one of them). He was in Daytona Beach where he had two cars in the Dayton 500.

College Hoops – Michigan vs. Wisconsin…In a postgame boxing match, no, a postgame fight! In one corner was Michigan coach Juwan Howard, a former NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion, the dust-up makes for particularly compelling hot takes. In the other corner short Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft! Ladies and Gentlemen le the fight begin!

It was Howard's decision to continue with a full-court press while down 15 with under a minute to play that prompted the Wisconsin timeout. The Badgers had walk-ons and reserves in the game, and if a timeout by Gard in that situation was against the game's unwritten rules, then wasn't Michigan's continued use of the press also a poor display of sportsmanship?

Then, there's also the reality that Gard had coolly gone through nine members of Michigan's handshake line before reaching Howard, who can clearly be seen saying something to Gard. So the idea that Howard was just calmly headed to the locker room before Gard placed hands on him doesn't hold up. it's understandable that Gard wanted to defend himself against whatever Howard was saying. But by placing his hands on Howard, he forfeited his claim to innocence. There should also be some punishment for the other coaches and players involved. But as for the two-most visible participants — Howard and Gard — proportion seems like the most important element. Whatever punishment Howard gets, Gard's should be considerably less.

There should, and likely will be, multiple suspensions incoming, but Howard's should be the stiffest punishment handed down by the Big Ten not only because his swing at Krabbenhoft was really what precipitated the melee in Madison, but because this is the second time in the last year he's had an incident. (A year ago he was ejected from a game after an exchange with Maryland coach Mark Turgeon escalated and he had to be restrained.) A five-game suspension — through the end of the regular season — feels right. And two games for Gard seems fair, given that he shoulders some blame after holding Howard up — with at least some force — in the handshake line. From there anyone who did not diffuse the situation must be held liable with at least a one-game suspension, maybe two, dependent upon how egregious the actions. I expect the Big Ten will want to be heavy-handed to send a message that what happened Sunday was not OK, so don't be surprised if the list of those facing punishment is a long one.

So for those of us who do not follow college hoops to the hilt, here is the bottom line. Watch the video, sit back, and enjoy the show. And if you can find the one that has the last few minutes of the game and all in it?! Then really watch, wait, and see.  Coach Krabbenhoft didn’t take any crap from Coach Howard, big name or not, big height difference or not! But keep it real, no firings over the heat of the game please!

Daytona 500 - Harrison Burton's car did a barrel roll (he’s ok) near the end of the first stage of Sunday's Daytona 500. That took out  Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin (the only multi-time Daytona 500 winner in the field), and others. Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman and Ross Chastain, Burton, Matt Snyder, and William Byron were also involved.

Austin Cindric, a rookie, is the sixth first-time winner of the Daytona 500 since Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his second in 2014. All three of Hamlin's wins have come in that span. Bubba Wallace took second in the photo-finish and Ryan Blaney placed third.

Cindric is now the ninth driver in history to earn his first career Cup win in the Daytona 500, and the second in a row to do so. Cindric now joins a group that includes Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001), Trevor Bayne (2011), and Michael McDowell (2021).

This race was the first time all cars in the race were next-gen. What is different about the NASCAR Next Gen car?

The car features a shorter greenhouse, shortened deck lid, and widened track width, as well as 18" forged aluminum wheels and wider tires. The wheels will also feature a single lug-nut design, as opposed to the traditional five lug-nut design of previous generations.

THE OLYMPICS – Our medal count was 8 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze, 25 total! Erin Jackson made history when she shot to gold in the women's 500m, becoming the first American to win the event since 1994 and the first Black American woman ever to win an Olympic speed skating medal.

Brittany Bowe wins the first individual medal of her speed skating career after sacrificing her Olympic spot for a teammate.

But well before the games began, Bowe made a sacrifice to help improve Team USA's gold-medal chances. Jackson — the winner of four of the past eight World Cups in the 500-meter race — uncharacteristically slipped during her qualifying event falling to third overall. Only the first two finishers were guaranteed spots in Beijing, so Bowe — who finished first in the event despite specializing in longer races — offered to give up hers. Though she wound up qualifying after all, there was no guarantee she'd make the field for the 500-meter race once she relinquished her place to Jackson. Brittany took the Bronze home.

And in colder news…The men's 50km mass start race at the Beijing Games was shortened to 30km but that did little to help Finland's Remi Lindholm, who needed a heat pack at the end of the race to thaw out a particularly sensitive body part. Lindholm explained that he used a heat pack to try to thaw out his appendage once the race was over. "When the body parts started to warm up after the finish, the pain was unbearable," he added.