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Sept. 23, 2021

Justin Fields set for first NFL Start, Mac Jones' First Two NFL Starts, Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

Justin Fields set for first NFL Start, Mac Jones' First Two NFL Starts, Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

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On this episode of MTP, we react to the news that Justin Fields will make his debut as the starter for the Chicago Bears this week vs the Cleveland Browns (8:30), check-in on Mac Jones's first few starts for the Patriots (31:25), if Tom Brady and Gronks are going for the Peyton Manning Marvin Harrison touchdown in receiving yards records (37:20) and will take a look the MTP NFL Week 3 Power Rankings (35:50)

Hosts: Joe Malkin, Dave Clarke
Producer: Craig D'Alessandro

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Transcript
Craig D'Alessandro:

On this episode of MTP, we react to news that Justin fields make his debut as the starter for the Chicago Bears this week versus the Cleveland Browns. We'll check it on Mac John's first few stars for the New England Patriots. We'll see if Tom Brady and Rob gronkowski are going for the Peyton Manning Marvin Harrison, touchdown and receiving our record, and we'll take a look at this week's power rankings. This is missing the point, Episode 88. Let's do it.

Dave Clarke:

It's really nice podcasting. When? Because I think there's for me, at least I mean, this might make me very unprofessional is how many of you guys agree, but for me, at least there's the like, Okay, so this is what we're talking about. I didn't really pay attention to that. Let me go Google some stuff. And then there's the like, Oh, I watched all these games. I have actually opinions about them. And those are way easier.

Joe Malkin:

Well, that's what I like about football season, because we're all paying attention. And we all have opinions on things. That's the

Dave Clarke:

thing. And also like, there's so many basketball games going on. It's like at a different time. It's like, I'll be like, Oh, yeah, I like weirdly watched the Timberwolves the other day and ratio. I'll be like mine and see that what do you see like the sun's and I'll be like, I don't know, man. Let's just talk about the Celtics. No, I

Joe Malkin:

was watching the Knicks. That's why I like episodes like this too. When it's like you're a Bears fan. I'm a Patriots fan. So we at least can have like a is an

Dave Clarke:

actual an actually an advantage in our podcasts that there's a variation of the fan base. But it also makes us yell at each other actually is kind of a good thing.

Joe Malkin:

I shouldn't send you this, oh, I have to find that this Tick Tock I saw earlier it was this guy. And he said it's him sitting with himself in his truck. And he says, Hey, you want to listen to guys talking to each other, and they turn on the radio. And it's just too It's like three guys doing a podcast, but like in radio show format. And they're just like, hey, yeah, this is great talking to each other. Yeah, I really like that. Yeah, you're crazy, man. And it's just like, I was like, wow, Is this our podcast? simplified? Sorry, the roads just went up on nothing. You know, fake soccer. Oh, that's not a foul. Yes. It's

Dave Clarke:

real soccer.

Joe Malkin:

They're playing at Soldier Field, too.

Dave Clarke:

Oh, that's cool. Are they playing the Chicago fires,

Joe Malkin:

they are playing the Chicago Fire. And at this point in the game, we would be yelling piss on the fire in the fort. And it's really funny because they have attempt to paint over the football lines, but you can clearly see the bears logo.

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, you know, I watched the I watched the Seahawks stadium crew change over their stadium or a Sounders game. Really, like we got to Seattle, and I tech scout ID. It was cool tech scouting, because it was like just us walking through the stadium. You know, like no fans, like just walking through the back. And we're standing on the field, and it's the football field. And I was like, I thought you guys had a Sounders game tonight because I was like, you know, dealing with all of them logistically for like, when we're gonna get it, we had to get the field at the right time painted, you know, all this shit. So he was like, Yeah, Yeah, we do. I was like, how fast? Do you change it over? He's like, you want to stick around and see. And it was like, crazy. Like, if the grounds crew comes out. It's like a Formula One team changing a tire. You know, like, I was like these guys. And then like, they put the change and everything you don't even like you're watching it. You're like, Oh, yeah, that's choosing the banners up there. They have to change this over here. And there's tons of them running around doing it in like record time. So it's like, yeah, we get the footballs the primary thing, but like, it's actually pretty impressive that they're able to roll it over. Not even as cool as when they put the basketball courts on the ice. I think it's the coolest thing ever. That's like the greatest human invention. Like how do you do that? How do you do that? I mean, I know how to do it. But it's like, it's just cool that somebody was like, it's cool. Just put some somebody somewhere. had to be like, well just put some fucking wood over it play basketball. It's fine. Somebody had to say that at some point for this to become for that to become an idea. You know, dude,

Joe Malkin:

were you around the stories in the old garden when the ice would sweat through the woods?

Dave Clarke:

The old garden is become did the old gardens become more myth than reality at this point? Oh, absolutely. You know, you're getting old to it. Like this story is starting to evolve into myth. You're like, Oh shit.

Joe Malkin:

I remember driving by they're in like 1996 and like the walls of the old guard more open because they hadn't fully demolished it yet. And it was like such a surreal experience.

Dave Clarke:

I just loved that they like made the TD Garden new. But because it's in the city of Boston. Any exit will take you potentially to Narnia when you're leaving Celtics feet because like you're not it's not like like listen obviously I'm like this is like the worst thing to say on a Boston sports podcast but like obviously I'm Ryder died for like all of our home stadiums. I like walk out of the Staples Center and I'll be like, you know exactly where I am. What is it? Is this even a real basketball arena? Like why am I not immediately lost this This doesn't make any

Joe Malkin:

sense defending the Boston sports arenas because Fenway can be Similar

Dave Clarke:

family is great though because you can actually just leave a Fenway like are a Red Sox game and end up being lost is more fun for whatever reason you just kind of walk with the crowd and everyone's just kind of like be in a baseball crowd as opposed to like leaving a basketball game or you're like worried that the guys in the Miami Heat jerseys like might fight you outside because you were like yelling at them. So yeah, sorry, you're

Joe Malkin:

you're it's been a It's been a while since I've yelled at somebody in a Miami Heat. Really?

Dave Clarke:

I think it's really bad. Yeah, that's those are my memories. So there's going to the light Oh, eight 2012 like Celtics games before I moved as a young lad as a young as a young buck. Just just caught up in mob mentality and like Brian Ryan for a bunch of millionaires that have no idea who I am anyway. Don't pull down the whole glass house nowadays.

Joe Malkin:

Not now. Not on a podcast.

Dave Clarke:

Do you remember that podcast episode where Dave realized that watching sports was a lie of fabrication and quit. Network.

Joe Malkin:

It's all a farce. Well, Vegas is the same way if you've ever been to Vegas, you can literally walk out of any exit at any casino and you could potentially end up at like McLaren airport. Or you could be in North Vegas. Or you could end up at the Hoover Dam. You don't know

Dave Clarke:

this is fucking He's a fucking weird placement. And so great. It reminds me what like I had never been there. Like, obviously as a younger person. But it reminds me when you get to Vegas, it's like that episode of Chappelle show, where he's like walking through the internet. And like the internet is a mall. Do you remember this one? debt consolidation, gambling. It's just like, you can go get into such and like as a person of like, what you know, the kind of I guess you call them like temperaments of my 20s. I went to Vegas a couple of times after moving to LA and got myself in, like all sorts of trouble. That places like can be pretty dark. Like really fucking dark.

Joe Malkin:

Oh, yeah. Well, I mean, so many things can but Vegas is very like light and cheery on the surface.

Dave Clarke:

Their basic, their tagline is basically that you can fuck someone other than your wife here. And we won't tell anyone. They just got away with you. We won't tell anyone. If you share your life, they should just say that, like it's a literal time. Just like have that be the 2021 slogan.

Joe Malkin:

We wouldn't The last time we were there in the summer of 2019 besides experiencing an earthquake, which was really cool.

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, it's cool until you die until you die. But this was really, it was like a fun, touristy earthquake, like a little shake.

Joe Malkin:

It was like, wow, this is really fun. Let's take pictures of

Dave Clarke:

everything you own on that piece of land. It's a it's a different feeling.

Joe Malkin:

This was also the one that happened between LA and Vegas. So you felt it too? It was July of 2019. And you're like, Yeah, probably. We have them every other day. But then we walked home from a bar. We walked from a treasure island back to Excalibur at 230 in the morning. And the ladies of the night. Stock you

Dave Clarke:

force? Yes. The ladies of the night. Yes. sex work, man crew fuckin

Joe Malkin:

legalized. No, sure. sex work is fine. I'm very liberal about that. Whether it's in Vegas or elsewhere, sex work is fine.

Dave Clarke:

I agree. I think it is weird living in Los Angeles. Because you do feel like you're living like on top of the realm of a dragon sometimes when the Earth moves beneath you. And you're like, oh, why don't I put everything I own here. But I can see it being like a fun little shake in Vegas. Yeah, that was kind of fun. I heard a rumor that the first thing we're going to talk about is going to be Justin fields, which I'm very ready to

Joe Malkin:

do. Yes, absolutely. But it was the my other experience in Vegas, we had this very nice dealer at the pie Gow table at the D in North Vegas. The name of the casino was the D and it was great, because but at six o'clock, they bring out all those scantily clad women who screw you out of all your money. But the Asian dealer we had prior to 6pm was a wonderful lady and we win lots of money with her. She had three thumbs. It was very interesting. Like she had two on one hand it was like

Dave Clarke:

pretty thumbs in the sense that like that's like her cool, catchy Vegas nickname like three thumb Mary. Yeah, right in the sense that there was a third

Joe Malkin:

going to the saloon to see three from Mary.

Dave Clarke:

So growing from her body. You know, I could actually see that being quite handy and dealing cards. Yeah, it wasn't intended.

Joe Malkin:

It adds extra surface area. Welcome into Mason Lapointe. I'm Joe Malkin. He's DK sizzle Dave Clark. Craig D'Alessandro with us. As always, Craig, I don't know if you saw the joke that I put in the rundown. But I called you our production assistant. You didn't you didn't notice. Okay,

Dave Clarke:

good. I was once a production assistant proudly for many years once thought it was I thought it was important to get paid as little money for as much work as possible. I thought that was in some way building character but instead it just gave me plantar fasciitis

Joe Malkin:

but that's what they tell you in business right? They tell you that you have to start from the bottom like you got to be the ball boy before you

Dave Clarke:

don't trip on the fact that I'm perpetuating the fuck the RS onto the younger generation I'm like yeah, no, no you're getting experienced Come on over. Because they made me worry about the bottom line now I get it.

Joe Malkin:

And and your fiance is even higher up to new so I'm sure she's, you know, she's doing it even more but

Dave Clarke:

adjacent. She's adjacent to me. We do different things

Joe Malkin:

Dave is it's 2021 it's okay for your wife to be higher on the totem pole.

Dave Clarke:

Dammit. Why do you have to make more money than me? Ah, this is why you make me yell at you stop emasculating me in front of my friend.

Joe Malkin:

Isn't she? Isn't she about to make you dinner for the end of this podcast?

Dave Clarke:

No, we're ordering dinner. Oh, nice. I also do my fair share of cooking. I feel like it always comes up when when she's cooking because she cooks when I'm trying to record a podcast that she supports our enterprise. You know, she's outstanding.

Joe Malkin:

She is one of our one of our biggest supporters also in our fantasy league. Yeah, she beat me week one. Yeah, she's moved me week one. So she is to win. Oh, and that's a problem unlike her Steelers. So let's start off with Justin fields file and getting the nod as the bear starting quarterback since Dame is a bear fan. And this is something that we have all been yelling at our TV and phone and computer screens about for two weeks because Dave during that Sunday Night Football game when they took on the Rams and just watching Andy Dalton play football was the problem and watching the play calling by Matt naggy and the bears coaching staff was a problem. I'm sure Today was a happy day for you as he was finally named the starter. What are your thoughts on your bears?

Dave Clarke:

I mean, yeah, it's like breaking news local idiot starts correct quarterback. Like it's just like, Well, yeah, obviously this is what everybody's wanted. Like, even if Dalton came in and was playing lights out. Like I still think people would be like, I don't care. Like it's not gonna last like we just want to see Justin fields and I think I was certain I was starting to think like, you know what, I kept trying to think like, What's that? What's Maggie's like approach here? You know, like cuz I know it's selfish. I know it's in some way try him trying to protect his job which is fine. But like why is he starting any dog and like where comes the breaking point? And the basically the worst thing that could have happened happened for the first part of last week's game which was he was like playing pretty well. Like he was playing pretty much well enough to like win in the game. It was like looking that way the defense is also playing great so it's looking like we're gonna win. So that justifies the justifies the thinking right? But still as a fan, unfortunately, you just want to see your new guy, you know, you want to see your shiny new toy, go and drive around the racetrack and I just think I just think when he finally did come out, it was the kind of best case scenario in like a devil's brokerage between the fans and Matt naggy where it was like alright, well if darlin got hurt, so it wasn't a tactical choice. It wasn't like any type of Matt naggy trying to do magic and like trying to groom dress the field into being you know, the next Patrick mahomes because he was in Kansas City and all these dumb storylines. The best thing that could have happened not to wish injury on the man is that Don picked up an injury now Justin fields gets to play a whole game football for the Chicago Bears. The fans are gonna be happy about it. Now he doesn't have a choice. Now you have an interesting situation present itself because you never really think about injuries, right? You never really like put injuries into your mind because it's like you're not trying to be a day until they happen until they happen. And now you have an interesting scenario because now you have a Justin fields. His first opportunity came very early for him to prove that he should be the best starting quarterback because every single person is saying he should everybody. No one isn't everyone saying? Yeah, we've all said it. He didn't have a great statline outing against the Bengals. I agree. I think there was a lot of promise there. I do have a problem more. So there's Matt now he's had a lot more time to piss me off than Justin fields has. And I think that's probably true of a lot of bears fans. But Maggie's play calling sometimes is so ridiculously boneheaded. And it's it he calls plays a little negatively a little bit more negatively than like I think we thought he was going to as a guy coming from like, the most electric offense you've ever seen a ball field. Right. So he's a little conservative. Now is that because he hasn't trusted his quarterbacks? I don't know. But I hope not because he should have trusted instruments at some point because he was supposed to be his guy. Right? I just think he's a conservative play caller. I think he tries to cover gaps in really obvious way. And I think that my best hope is that he'll draw up plays for Justin fields that compliment the kids skill set and give him a chance to win games just give him a chance to win games because it If he loses a game, but like he gave it everything he got the fan base will still be behind you. You know what I mean? Just let the kid go out and a shield. You know, it doesn't matter to us we know we're not winning a Super Bowl this year. I want to just put on good shows with like our awesome young QB and get excited for the future. You know what I mean? I'm not asking him to come in here when it's a Super Bowl. So why waste any more time you know? Well, the decision was made for him and now we got now we got Justin feel started with Yeah, it's fucking great news.

Joe Malkin:

So Andy Dalton plays into that conservative play calling much more than Justin fields does. But this conversation was the exact same conversation patriots fans were having in the preseason just flip flopped in terms of play calling and quarterback style, because Justin fields probably had a questionable statline this week, because the offense was against the bangles for the bears was structured around Andy Dalton's play style. And Justin fields can do that. The starting

Dave Clarke:

game is different thing. Hopefully he brought us up someplace he announced that he was going to be the starter on Wednesday. So you'd have to think they probably knew by like Monday morning and at dolphin probably wasn't gonna be good to go right. Give it another day. All right. We'll tell people on Wednesday it's going to be just feels they know they're managing the media. They know what they're doing. So there's no excuse now, like you should have some plays run up for this guy. You need a whole playbook. A whole games worth of office plays ran up, right? So yeah, so like now he's off the hook for the last game. Justin feels his last game. You want it because there's the bangles. The Browns are better. But they've also given up a shitload of passing yards. So I know they play Kansas City. So that's part of it. But you know, that's a defense on its heels in that sense, in some sense. So if Justin field starts comes out and starts to make plays, that becomes the story. The story brings with it the momentum, and hopefully he wins his first NFL football game for the Chicago Bears as the starting QB. I'm glad it's the Browns because it's fucking browns. I know. They're better than they used to be. But like, yeah, let it be the Browns cuz then you can be like, the Browns are good. The Browns are good. We beat the browns, but they're not really you know, like deep down in their soul.

Joe Malkin:

They're above average, but they're not as good as people say there. And that's the thing about the bears is I just don't understand where you mentioned naggy and him potentially trying to do everything to keep his job but it doesn't make sense as to why starting the veteran quarterback who in Andy Dalton, I mean, we all know who ended on this. So why is that the play over starting your franchise and being like, Hey, man, like I'm starting the rookie quarterback that we like, why do you trade up to 11 to get this kid and then not start on the first two weeks? Let's see. I

Dave Clarke:

think the logic I think the logic comes from the idea that Patrick mahomes have for a year. Yeah, it was behind Alex Smith. It's sort of a similar, you know, profile. Yeah, sure.

Joe Malkin:

Aaron Rodgers said behind brett farr.

Dave Clarke:

And I think, you know, the lawsuits there. But he came out with this kind of boilerplate media line where he was like, No, no, you know that you were saying this in the commentary that started the game. Yeah, any Dalton gives us the best chance to win football games right now. And yes, Justin fields is the future blog, but he fucking he blah, right. It's like, it doesn't matter if we win football games.

Joe Malkin:

No, it doesn't. But Andy Dalton isn't Brett Farve and Andy Dalton isn't Alex Smith. And so that that's what doesn't make sense to me is I get that.

Dave Clarke:

But it doesn't matter if we win football games or not. If Justin fields is the quarterbacks to take the pressure off yourself and off of him, because we're going to give them all the slack in the world. So

Joe Malkin:

that's how we feel about Mac Jones.

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, exactly. If we're losing games with any donors, our quarterback, you know what I mean? It's like it. That's the tough part. Because I was looking like we're gonna beat the Bengals is the thing. And I'm like, it's almost bittersweet. So I'm like, that doesn't prove anything. You know what I mean? Like, it doesn't let you know who you are. Now, on the other hand, the bears as a franchise identity wise, much like the Ravens. I think that are the two teams that are obviously franchise, historically tied to the idea of their defense is dominant in their offensive passport, you know, serviceable, because their defense is what wins them games. Right. So I think you saw a little bit of that. I think that the way that the base defense is constructed this year is better than a lot of people are giving them credit for. I think there's a lot of very smart people on their defense. And I think that the big thing for me is there's a lot of accountability on the defense now. So when mistakes are made, I can see players holding themselves each other and the coaches holding them accountable for the things that they fucked up. I saw that after week one against the Rams. That's something that's been missing from that defense for a few years because that the idea of a bears defense the idea of going up against the bears defense is something you should keep instilled in the DNA of the club. Your teams should be scared to come and play against the bears defense they shouldn't you know, people should play in fantasy football should be like, ah, who's playing the bears though? Like that is a thing you know, like that should be our identities. No, I'm not trying to go away from that. But the reality is in today's football, do you need a quarterback to win a Super Bowl? And that's what we're all in this business for. You know? So Justin feels to me like he's got the stuff so I want to see it. I just want to see it. I mean, if he's got mistakes in them cool. Like he threw that pic against the Bengals. That's fine. Like the kind of mistake it was, was such like, Oh my god, it's like a rookie QB mistake. But he needs volume to show what he's good at, too. You know, he's not throwing the ball enough. Get in there and run some plays for him, like you said, and I think I think America is excited to see Justin fields The thing I don't think this is Chicago. This isn't a Chicago centric idea. I think everybody wants to see if Justin fields is good or not. I think I think that's a narrative the whole football world should be interested in which I love having that spotlight on on Chicago, you know, you can have broad shoulders is a historically great franchise.

Joe Malkin:

And there's a there's a few reasons why everybody wants him to wants to see him and wants them to succeed.

Dave Clarke:

Because he's fucking lightning. That's what it is. He's

Joe Malkin:

a really good athlete. He's a very good football player. But you know, there's some people that want to see how he does because Ohio State quarterbacks historically are not good.

Dave Clarke:

Let me ask you this, though. Let me ask you this. You get that like, this is the first time that like, as a Bears fan, and I'm like, I'm gonna have like a highlight reel QB, like, that's what he could pay attention to me, right? He could just maybe be just making sick plays. You know? I want that sooner rather than later. Why won't you give that to me? Matt naggy like why do circumstances that divorce you? Why do I have to beg you?

Joe Malkin:

He's trying to save his job and right now to ownership of the Chicago Bears to the GM of the Chicago Bears to the fans of the Chicago Bears. He's expected to win win. He just got a lifelong they just got a lifeline when he doesn't need to he could go there already one on one. So he can't go oh and 17 but he could go on 17 with Justin fields as a quarterback and as long as they're competitive. I believe that Matt now you would be safe because of the play of the defense which has been outstanding, including row Kwan Smith picksix this past weekend, which that run back was outstanding for a guy that big. And I just feel like while I agree with you about Matt naggy his play calling and suspect it's sometimes it's

Dave Clarke:

ridiculous. He overthinks it is Oh yeah. Oh he absolutely overthinking but also it's just like he might not have been wrong though because the way I see it now the first two weeks I was going and the fucking dome and the fucking dog now I'm going to be going back fucking Nike mad fucking nagging because I'm not blaming Justin fields for shit.

Joe Malkin:

Well no there's no reason to there's no there's no reason to blame everybody else but

Dave Clarke:

I think that's what he knew though. He knew and that's actually very prescient of him he knew that what all of us psychopaths were going to be like Ah, the longer I can keep Dalton in there the more everyone's gonna he's gonna lightning rod a little bit away the hate of us getting you know our offenses looking horrific because there was gonna be like Dalton Dalton done to a certain extent they'll say 99 you put there you know, mostly gonna say Dalton Dalton.

Joe Malkin:

I just want you to know You sound a lot like the the Patriots fans that you called us when when we were selling ourselves on Cam Newton and selling ourselves on Mac Jones. It's kind of the same excitement and tone that you have right now. So but

Dave Clarke:

you own the biggest difference being though is that Justin fields is better.

Joe Malkin:

I hope I am so I do too. And and I think he might be but you know, that's another thing that people love about this season is that, you know, they get to see Justin fields that there's a big turnover coming in the in quarterbacks in the NFL and we don't see it very often, especially in this era. We've seen so many quarterbacks that have hung around forever. I mean, Aaron Rodgers has been in with the Packers since 2005. Tom Brady's been in the league Brady's 107 years old, he's 107 years old. I mean, you know, Philip Rivers, just retired, you know, Carson Wentz isn't a an elder statesman, but he's even been around for a while you have Jared Goff, who's been around for a while you have Matt Stafford, who's entering into the same realm as Aaron Rodgers

Dave Clarke:

have fucking guys reborn, huh? Yeah, he

Joe Malkin:

is. Well, you and I said that was gonna happen.

Dave Clarke:

I think a lot. Yeah, I think a lot of people were seeing like, let's see what Matt savage could do not in the worst franchise,

Joe Malkin:

when you put them with a head coach that's younger than him and give him weapons like he has. But it's just it's and then not only that, you have those elder statesman, those older quarterbacks, but now you have guys like Jones fields. Wilson, you know, Mills. Trevor Lawrence Mills is gonna start this weekend for Houston. You know, I know two is hurt, but two is still kind of an up and coming. So

Dave Clarke:

he was like, on my mind, it's weird. Like I just say want him to do I don't know why.

Joe Malkin:

No, no, I think it's I think it's just because he's, you know, he came out with such high expectations and there's no reason to dislike the guy like that. Wilson, I have no reason to dislike Zack Wilson. I wish the

Dave Clarke:

night yet. No, I know. It's been around long enough. These guys haven't been around long enough, he developed patriotism, that nobody hated Peyton Manning when he was a rookie.

Joe Malkin:

Well, he also went three and 13 in his rookie year, which is something I go back to when we're sitting here talking about or I hear other people talking on this show, because we're usually pretty level headed, or at least we bring each other back to level headed space. But when you're talking about these rookie, quarterbacks, everybody's like, oh, all the opponents had them. You know, being the best. This kid's not ready this kids this kids that and it's like he can't play in the NFL. All these experts are saying this and it's like, you guys do realize that Peyton Manning won three and 13. This first season like the Colts picked up the number one overall draft pick the following year, because they played so poorly. And the guy went on to win two Super Bowls and have one of the best careers in NFL history.

Dave Clarke:

It's funny, it's funny, too, because, like, you said something earlier that like rang in my head where it's like this, why? Why this season is so interesting, in particular, and like I've been thinking about it, it's like the first two weeks of football. Like, can we just talk for a second about how amazing this season has already been? Like, for a series of like pretty identifiable reasons. This has been just like the funnest football season ever. Like it's not post COVID obviously like people are still dying COVID like the fucking you know, wear a mask get vaccinated like Shut the fuck up. Mostly the second one get vaccine, but it's like, whatever these crowds back, it's the atmosphere is back in the NFL. The the enjoyment of watching the game came with it. You know, I think last season, I you know, a lot of the stuff that happened was kind of one note and yeah, it was cool. Like Tom Brady came home, but there was like nobody in the fucking stands. And it was just weird. And it was all these other stresses going on in your life. So you just couldn't really like appreciate it. Like in the world, but now it's like, ah, sweet, like footballs on today. Like I haven't had that feeling in a while. And I just and I think that's actually true of a lot of sports. They're coming back this year. I think we'll probably have a similar feeling with the NBA because like the bubble felt weird all this different stuff. But I can see it in my friends and the people I talked to like everyone's having such a blast. Yeah, absolutely. Watching this season of football in particular. And I just think it's cool because like, I enjoy the thing. You know, the things that are nice about it to me is like Bobby's a Cowboys fan we shit on him, but like Dak Prescott, I think has been looking pretty good. He has like one great game one kind of stay healthy. Yeah. But we want that, you know, we want we want them we want the Cowboys to be relevant in the conversation. We want the patient to be relevant in conversation. Justin fields is here. Let's talk about Justin fields for a while because he's exciting, you know, and this is like the like, as much as like, obviously the NFL is just like this giant evil corporation. They the product they sell I'm so addicted to and they just like got me hooked. Like they gave me a little bit through the fence in grade school. They told me to try it. And now I'm fucking mainlining say, Quan Barkley. We're watching football in grade school.

Joe Malkin:

I was watching I know what it was, but that we know you too well, to know that was just about football.

Dave Clarke:

Here's it. But here's a fun fact. Right? It's like I said, When I came here, I was like eight years old. I kind of watch soccer but like I hadn't really gotten into any sports yet. The first football, football, American football is the first sport I ever really became manic about the Chicago Bears. And all they do is hurt me. Fine. The corporation is a giant evil corporation fine. I'm in an abusive relationship with this team and this organization all good. I kind of feel like it all paid off with this like the first two weeks of this NFL season. It's been so nice and so enjoyable that I have missed Sunday's back in a weird way. I don't know if other people feel the same way. But I do feel a collective increase in joy in this particular NFL season. Sounds like you agree.

Joe Malkin:

Yeah, there. I mean, there is I think there's definitely still the same selection of people to not to bring the the energy down or turn it dark. But there's definitely still the group of people that you know, boycott the NFL and don't think that there should be crowds in stadiums. And don't you know, this, that and the other

Dave Clarke:

thing is, is they're probably right and on a moral level. I agree with them on most things, but I'm an addict, like what do you want me

Joe Malkin:

to do? But from a societal standpoint, going back hundreds of years, 1000s of years, people have packed into stadiums and coliseums for sporting events. And honestly, it's not it's not healthy to do it. Not in a Corona but it's not healthy. It's It's It's actually

Dave Clarke:

I think I see where you're going with this. Make them fight? I agree. I do. I do think if we if we did involve chariots and swords of varying lengths and efficiency and killing in football, I think it would be better as a product.

Joe Malkin:

So I would say it's a form of government control.

Dave Clarke:

How picture this though, on that note, as a quick aside, I years ago, Craig's like where is this going? I said a years years ago invented the solution for modernizing and improving baseball and It's two words are combined into one word, linebackers. All you need is somebody This will make baseball so exciting to me there was a commercial about this somebody. Yeah, I bet they plucked it right out of my fucking head and I put it in universe into the sight guys. And then they made a commercial out of it. I was in the vicinity, probably when I had this idea of a commercial shoot. You hit the ball, you want to run the first base great, you got to juke this guy, you know, and he's coming to kill you. Like it's like research and and we let him do steroids. Fuck it. How good would that be? Also a timer?

Joe Malkin:

This is how the xfl was formed? Yeah, the x lb, the x lb, the extreme x bl extreme baseball? No, I think we should write this down and try and sell it. If you're listening to this and hear Dave say that. That is his intellectual property you cannot.

Dave Clarke:

Because what I want out of life is to have a great idea and not have to put any of the work in to execute it but reap all the rewards of its creation. Does that Is that too much?

Joe Malkin:

No, because a lot of times that stuff happens. And then we still sit here and say wow, these guys worked really hard to become billionaires when in reality they didn't. But besides the point before we get into government mind control and billionaires controlling all the world's resources.

Dave Clarke:

Epstein didn't kill himself. Sorry. Yeah, the

Joe Malkin:

Patriots had an A slightly unimpressive victory. Over the New York Jets though they scored 25 points and only allowed six. The defense played well. Mac Jones was good. Again. 22 of 34 186 he was not happy with themselves, Damien Harris. 16, carry 62 yards and a touchdown. James White is the lifeblood of this patriots offense with five carries 20 yards and touchdown but he had six receptions for 45 yards to lead the receipt, receiving attack. And on defense. The Patriots did have four interceptions of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson, including two by the Patriots number one corner or de facto number one corner. Jc Jackson, they played well.

Dave Clarke:

I mean, I heard this from I heard this from a couple patriots fans like this kind of attitude of I mean, I understand we always run into roadblocks about like how we think about our respective teams based on the success of the past like 25 years. But like a Windsor Witten, right, like I heard a lot of hurt a lot like, yeah, we smashed him, but it's the Jets. It's like, well, there was a world if you took a different turn, and there's like different personnel where you know, maybe the Patriots loses the fucking jets and like the panic buttons are getting pressed this season doesn't seem like that's happening. A lot of us said they're going to be a 10 win team. I think they're shaping up to be exactly that. And you need little unique games like that where Mac Jones can win a game, but then turn around and be like, I want to improve this, this and

Joe Malkin:

this. Well, that's what Tom Brady was. And if everybody wants to compare the kid to Tom Brady, which we really shouldn't do. Well, he is getting coached

Dave Clarke:

by the same guy though I'm not sure he

Joe Malkin:

is it No, no, he's nothing, some coordinators different.

Dave Clarke:

But I, but the coach is the coach and I think that's what's gonna help.

Joe Malkin:

So I mean, we're seeing a lot of similarities in the style of offense, the style of game planning, the style of play calling, that's where the two are similar. And what Mac Jones is doing in terms of game management, the completing 22 of 34 186 yards. That is game management as finest and he put his team in positions to score. Nick foles hit for field goals, which you know, there's 12 points right there they score two touchdowns on the ground one by James White, one on a great 2726 yards.

Dave Clarke:

See, that's not a philosophical level. I think, like, you know, listen to this and like what it looked like to them on paper, statistically great, like, I think those are all good numbers. But it's got me thinking like, you say the comparison between Tom Brady Mac Jones like whatever it's not really fair on the kid like whatever

Joe Malkin:

No, it's not but what I'm saying the comparison is is the style of play calling and the style Yeah,

Dave Clarke:

when you said that it made me think something which I don't have this stuff fleshed out at all so if you really stupid you know what me Tom Brady is still a one of the best two quarterbacks, NFL and he's the best quarterback. Sure, great. Just for argument's sake, let's say he's still the best quarterback in the NFL, like currently this season, like statistically, like ability wise, everything, not about his career. Just take the season. He's the best one right now on paper. So he's a million years old? Or do we think that maybe Bill Belichick didn't actually use him to his full potential for all those years? Because like, What if he was still? What if he was like, everyone's like, it's crazy how he got better as he got older. It's like, What if he didn't? What if he's actually worse now? And he was just being used all wrong for years, you know, I mean, he does throw the ball Oh, differently now, right?

Joe Malkin:

The spirals are a little tighter the releases will just make the kinds of throws

Dave Clarke:

though. I think they're a little more adventurous Don't you think? Maybe so weapons? I don't know.

Joe Malkin:

Well, no. J goes back to the same thing he just said about naggy. I mean, it's the same conversation there were bill was conservative and a lot of ways and he was very methodical.

Dave Clarke:

Not saying it using Ronnie, obviously, you know, they want a lot of struggles. Yeah, I'll just say like, maybe, maybe he could have been even better. If it still wasn't as conservative as he was, you know,

Joe Malkin:

right. I keep bringing those back up, because it proved to me that Tom Brady was the best of all time, when, again, I think I've referenced this 12 times since it's happened winning the NFC Championship game last year, with six seconds left on the clock, everybody thought they were going to call up the field goal team. And they did an end Tom called the play and threw an absolutely perfect pass to Scottie Miller and in the end zone. And right then in there anyone he was he I we knew before that he was the greatest of all time. But to do that, to to put that kind of a past and that kind of a position to you're number four receiver essentially, in Scotty Miller was six seconds left. And you know, when he walked into the huddle, he said we're scoring on this play right now. Here it is, go get it. And they did. And that shows his his balls that shows who he is as a person as a quarterback.

Dave Clarke:

I don't know if it says anything about who he is as a person, he could still be totally up to

Joe Malkin:

shit. I mean, as a player as a person on the field. I don't mean that as a human being at home, you know, dancing in Costa Rica with a supermodel wife and kissing his kid on the lips. But But what I mean is it's just that moment, right there was he's different in Tampa than he ever was in New England. And I agree. I agree with you. I think that they're just letting him do what he wants. And he's doing it well.

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, I mean, what to focus for is Aaron's gonna say a tom brady like shut up pretty serious. Go sit down. Yeah, right. Just stand there and like, look like you're concentrating I've ever seen anyone, like look like they're trying to look like they're concentrating more than preparing. I'm doing this. I'm definitely doing something.

Joe Malkin:

It's the glasses too. They make you look smarter. Do you see when Brady called off a plane that Byron left which called?

Dave Clarke:

Yes, wave noise. Like we're not doing that. And then he, like made the play right after so it was like I should have,

Joe Malkin:

which is fun. I think that he had that kind of relationship with Josh too. But I think it's just he's just been around forever, and he knows what he wants. And he and Rob gronkowski have now connected for 103 touchdowns. And they're chasing Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison who have 114

Dave Clarke:

that's actually cool. That's a cool stat. Yeah.

Joe Malkin:

So gronkowski actually talked to Peyton and Eli, I don't know if you know this. Peyton and Eli are doing this Monday Night Football thing. Yeah, I watched him for a little bit. It was fucking painful. It was painful for a little while but when they had guests on like, Yeah, I saw some highlights with the guests. That was a little bit better. Yeah, and Eli Manning is a is a rock.

Dave Clarke:

Fucking wet blanket. Like dating can be fun, but like get like a larger than life character in there. You know? Well, yeah. But

Joe Malkin:

if you're gonna do the two brothers, if you lose one, you lose both, you know that you're in show business. So but when they were talking to gronk it was he really shows his money talks. Yeah, fair. It was just it was really interesting listening to him talk about it. And he was very candid about how he took a year off and he's broken down and he's a tight end and Marvin Harrison was a wide receiver and you know how it's going to be more impressive when him and Tom break this record actually

Dave Clarke:

kind of crazy to Yeah, sure. whatever you'd like. You're like fucking enormous human and you had a shitload of touchdown passes thrown you but it actually is to me The 114 is crazy with Peyton and Marvin Harrison. That seems that's wild. They fucking he scored a lot of touchdowns with that dude, that's like a I feel I don't know the numbers but I feel like that's like a Joe Montana Jerry Rice. Like type fuckin relationship. That's crazy. If they're in that club, they should count themselves lucky. You know?

Joe Malkin:

they're connected 386 times for 6710 yards and 67 touchdowns in 77 games between Montana rice rice got there towards the end of Montana's career anyway,

Dave Clarke:

he got there like 87 Montana play till like 95 and like a one year on the cheese for two years on the chiefs. But yeah, he had more weapons to a year Dwight Clark and stuff so I don't know maybe spread it around and also it wasn't as throw heavy. The off the league just wasn't as throw heavy back in like the late 1980s early 90s.

Joe Malkin:

Well, that's that's why you're right. It wasn't and that's why guys like Troy Aikman are Hall of Famers? Yeah, I have to go there

Dave Clarke:

every time call back from the cancellation show. We should do another one of those. Yeah, we absolutely have to do another one of those. I was gonna do a football themed on Zune. Um, I think we're gonna have to come. But these power rankings just so we don't run out of time.

Joe Malkin:

Let's get let's get the power rankings out of the way. So if those of you listening if you don't know go check out our Instagram at Add What are we now Greg at underscore MTP show.

Craig D'Alessandro:

I think it's just MTP show now, okay.

Dave Clarke:

Oh, we lost the underscore moving up in the world

Joe Malkin:

has been doing some reboots lately and I've loved all I discovered recently that we have a tick tock. Yes, and that's pretty good and Craig does a nice job with that.

Dave Clarke:

Craig walked outside and found a 12 year old to set up our social media like a kid come over here

Joe Malkin:

not uncommon in the town that we live in for that nevermind at this point. So So Bobby comes out with his his power ratings we always have the most

Dave Clarke:

controversial thing that happens all week during football season is we decided to let Bobby be a mad scientist and be completely in charge, which I thought was hilarious and it's still a hilarious move on our part. Oh, it absolutely is. And he is makes crazy choices with all the time in a hilarious way. be in charge of the power rankings, and it's already kicked off we've had arguments about the power rankings already. Well,

Joe Malkin:

so here's one that that you had tonight your first comment to his was so he put the Chiefs third and you said the chiefs are third. With a laughing

Dave Clarke:

He said he said the Rams are better than the cheese and I get that the Rams have not lost any games and they've looked very good. But it's like I just help yourself Bobby just leave it to the Chiefs in the bucks in what I wanted to but he does he knows what he's doing. And he's

Joe Malkin:

usually you know, he's usually pretty good and you know, we mentioned that last year like all you know, while you look at the other Yeah,

Dave Clarke:

but yeah, that's the other thing too is like we actually all had to fucking eat crow a bunch of times on some of the power rankings too because a lot of them turned out to like be true and all these like I haven't you gotta be so careful now. What hills you choose to die off? Because I was like thinking about it. I was like, do I really want to carry this across the entirety of the NFL season? I don't want to be riding with like the fucking the the Buffalo Bills until the end of the season. I don't know if I'm prepared to make that kind of commitment. But it puts me off but I didn't see them on the power rankings today. So it's like what is happening?

Joe Malkin:

Well, his biggest win was last year when he moved the Steelers down after their first loss. Yeah, and he was like watch just watch and then he was right and it was like okay, Bobby, like I guess I guess you keep going and I think at that point, that's when we were like Alright, well this is your segment because you seem to be right but that doesn't mean that he doesn't throw some surprises at us like last week he had the Browns fourth and they were all in one and I get that I mean who's to say that's not wrong so but he's got the box one the Rams to the Chiefs three the Browns are for the Cardinals who have been hot are now in fifth

Dave Clarke:

cartilage in ratio and said is the cartilage should definitely be over the brands. I think we could get a consensus on that but i think he was just trying to annoy everybody.

Joe Malkin:

Well he always puts one in at least one in there to noise but they are four and five I think they are for sure. The 40 Niners have look good they're in sixth. Your soco

Dave Clarke:

people put the foreigners I like to, on other less reputable websites like CBS, and Fox less reputable than missing the point.com.

Joe Malkin:

I also watched or listened to a fox sports analysts say that the Patriots, we're gonna have four wins this season. So sometimes those national guys don't know what the hell they're talking about. As we sit here and cover the National Football League as well, they

Dave Clarke:

haven't gotten there yet. So that guy's bet still stands. But yeah, as of

Joe Malkin:

right now he is not wrong. So the 49 or six, which I agree, I think they should be up there and they played really well. The Raiders are too And oh, it's ugly too. And I know how much of their head coach.

Dave Clarke:

Now you know what, it's actually crazy to me because I I do hate Jon Gruden. I'm on record, I don't need to go into it. But I do kind of like how their defense plays. It's like tough because like it actually is a really fun defense to watch. And they are pretty good. I just think when push comes to shove, he's gonna reveal his idiocy, and he almost did. So I just think Derek Carr is having a great season. I'll say that for him. And I didn't expect that. So that's on me. No problem. I'm still riding on the Jon Gruden nice. I'm gonna still have more unsuccessful seasons. Yeah, I want I it's not that I wanted to fail. You know, he's gonna so we'll see. You know, we'll

Joe Malkin:

see what's wrong Jon Gruden. I fail. I don't

Dave Clarke:

I mean, I want you know for the sake of my take

Joe Malkin:

on Gruden here's a hot take Jon Gruden is Matt naggy with money

Dave Clarke:

I don't know if Matt naggy is stupid as Jon Gruden. I'm sure Matt naggy and I find his car keys, you know and and he probably remembers his wife's name. You know, I mean, we're not we're talking about Matt naggy in terms of being a professional head coach in the NFL, the premier organization of America's biggest sport. I'm talking about Jon Gruden in the context of like a guy in front of you in line at a coffee shop and you're just like I just know this guy's gonna do something I'm stupid and take forever You know I just if you think you like Jon Gruden and picture him in front of Atlanta in a coffee shop okay and he gets up to the counter and you're in a hurry, and he's like How you doing today sweetie? And even right off the bat, you just know he's gonna take fucking forever with the ad best 7.5 barista, like can't let this opportunity go on sung right to like to old man and his lawn mower with this fucking high schooler. Maybe potentially. So thanks, john. Can you hurry up? Just give me one second like I always say yeah, like you always say john just like like you always say your fucking coffee order so I can get on with my life. I just I believe that as much as maybe I would look at Matt naggy and be like, why you weren't a baiser brother has never been a good fashion choice. But I think he would have his order ready and his fucking credit card out when he got to the counter. At least you know, at least

Joe Malkin:

but his coffee wouldn't be his coffee choice would be suspect.

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, probably Honestly though, can I get to believe in yourself shake? And I can I get the look what you can do when you chase your dreams or whatever. Okay, I'm just saying Jon Gruden. It's like a guy you're forced into an interaction. It's just very upsetting ever. His whole personality is just it's so again, so not mine.

Joe Malkin:

I just like hearing you go off about Jon Gruden. Then we go to I tried not to be a bad spot and the Seahawks i know i baited you and I won the Seahawks at eight. Bobby put his cowboys at number nine. We said this last year and we've already said it kind of now once now as we always we want the Cowboys to be in the conversation as painful as it can be. Dak Prescott is a good NFL quarterback if not above average. If not, I agree.

Dave Clarke:

He's also more likable to me then the last like 10 Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks

Joe Malkin:

well yeah because those last 10 Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks before him were like in nine years so let me

Dave Clarke:

ask you about the cowboys and I'm sure Bobby can rattle this off right away but what kind of contract is zekiel Elliott on is he like very well paid

Joe Malkin:

Yeah, he signed a contract before the 2020 before before COVID Yeah, I believe he signed a big contract because he signed before Dec did

Dave Clarke:

oh yeah so he's on it $90 million contract

Joe Malkin:

right he's not playing like he's on a $90 million contract

Dave Clarke:

but he's a fucking running back like I just stopped giving Max $90 million I'm not trying to take money out the man's pocket but come on man like we know this you know that

Joe Malkin:

i mean the average career is three and a half years

Dave Clarke:

right but and it's very unfortunate because right when they kind of get into a position to prove themselves that they're worth a deal. They're probably going to start to fall apart so it's tough.

Craig D'Alessandro:

So on September 4 2019, the Dallas Cowboys sign running back Ezekiel Elliott to a six year $90 million deal so he's on the second year of that new deal six years

Dave Clarke:

90 million Yeah, I get the constitution I mean like the constitution it must require to to sign your name when it's your money when you're Jerry Jones and it's your money I mean maybe you don't value $90 million that much but the constitution you have to have to be able to be like yes I'm going to give you $90 million over the course of the next six years. I'm like we mainly are looking at houses right now I'm trying to find like home loan docs for like a normal starter home for a couple in their early 30s and I'm like having sorry how much and this is just like 90 million anyway sorry tangent but fuck man that's a lot of money and he's running back and I'm just not 100% sure that he's worth that money so I think that might he's brought you know he's the kind of guy that can change a game though so we'll see what he's inspired Greg when does it expire? When is it over?

Craig D'Alessandro:

When we so six years 2019 so 2025

Dave Clarke:

Alright, so to justify that contract they have to win a Super Bowl in the next three years

Craig D'Alessandro:

but the thing is though when they sign that running when they sign that contract the Cowboys have had a line that straight up humped It was so good that's how we that's how that's why we saw explosive apps those first couple of years

Dave Clarke:

he's no he's a good Ronnie he's a good player though. You know he is that's just my big fear for that I'm just saying that's my big fear for that Dallas Cowboys offense which is supposed to be electric you know just kind of how it's currently constructed in an in a totally unbiased honest way that's that'd be my fear there defensively a lot better you know and i think that goes to show that you can I wonder if it's becoming the norm to like yeah, maybe we can just construct a defense out of guys and just if it's a good scheme we can like have a serviceable defense you know, like I feel like that's the thing more and more teams are doing just be like serviceable because they can you really win with defense as much as you could back in the day and I feel like it's your set up everything set up against you can

Joe Malkin:

I think you can I mean, I think the box had a better defense than Kansas City did last year. I

Dave Clarke:

do like how they've been calling the games this year, I think the rest of Atlanta and play a lot more. And I think that's, I think that's a good thing for the defense, I think you need to give the defensive the ability to play a little bit. You don't want to cheat. You don't want to be like throwing guys on the ground before the ball comes their way. But I think there's, it's just like, forget the fine lines, I think is the big thing that they're trying to do in the NFL is here's like, let's not agonize over half an inch. Like, let's just play the fucking game. I think there's a lot of that. And the way that you encourage that, as you just know, call some stuff as long as it's not a player safety issue. And it's not it's like if it's not blatant, if I didn't see it the first time like let's stop going to flip and replay I just feel like we haven't get around with replay as much the games are going to look quicker. Is that just me or

Joe Malkin:

other allowing him to come from upstairs on the fly now?

Dave Clarke:

Yeah, yes, that's been helpful. That's been Why have they Why were they not doing that before

Joe Malkin:

they did that in the Patriots game the other two weeks ago at home,

Dave Clarke:

it's see it shows up the product so much like you remember the height of it, how bad it was, when you were sitting, watching the same toe, like press against the white paint on the sideline over and over again, it's like that this is not good. It's not entertainment, guys. You got to figure something out. I feel like they're let them call it on the field a little bit more. And I just like that's how you should be doing it. They're letting

Joe Malkin:

them call on the field. And then they're, they're making corrections or making final calls from the booth. And then when a coach throws a challenge flag or there's something to look at, then they'll go you know, they had they've had a couple of turnovers which they review every turnover, which I liked that they do that but they're doing it all upstairs during that commercial break. And then there's

Dave Clarke:

no we should we trust you, whatever. Sure.

Joe Malkin:

You made the call on the field. Great, but we're gonna make sure that you were right. Yep. Okay, you're good or no, this is blatantly wrong. Yeah, you come take a look at it at this point and see what what happened and then we kind of went on the flying dog. It's been so much faster.

Dave Clarke:

Did you see friend of the show Dean blandino get into it about he was he came into a little bit of a segment on the bears game, where it was like a potentially a pass interference, offensive pass interference. I think the bears player like pushed off. Maybe was defensive, I can't really remember but it was like, in my head. I was like, I wonder if it's because it's within five yards. And like, like he was like, it's definitely going to be PII like they're gonna overturn it and and they didn't, which like never happens. And you were like, Okay, well, what happened there? And you're kind of thinking like, you know what, not enough it should be the rule, not enough to overturn the call, you know, overturn, it should be harder than leaving it as it is. You know what I mean? It has to be like, absolutely definitive. Maybe that was I don't know what I'm just saying, like, Yeah, I don't know, we call it that way. Let's just get on with the game. I just think we should be like the rule across the board. Because it's like, attention spans are shrinking, folks. We got to get back to this fucking game because I can barely pay attention,

Joe Malkin:

which is what they were doing with touchdowns and stuff to where they're like, Alright, well, that's touchdown. Now we'll go look at a scoring play. So we can review it. It's like, well, just call it the way you see it. And let's take a look at and be like, Alright, now got that wrong. It was in fact a touchdown, or no, that's what he called it.

Dave Clarke:

Just let us celebrate. We'll look at it while they find celebrating. And then that's what they take enough time especially on turnovers. Exactly. It's like you can manage, like the amount of commercial breaks and all that shit if but you still got to keep the fucking game moving. You know what I mean? Like you remember when it would I remember a few times show me puking bananas where it would be like, Alright, here's the replay. Here's we think there's so looking at it. We're gonna go to commercial, and then go to commercial and come back from commercial everything. Alright, you're still looking at it. We're gonna go back to commercial. You're just like, what the fuck? I mean, it's just like, Come on, guys. Like

Joe Malkin:

another way, it was just another way for the league to be that evil empire they were speaking of and to kind of go off topic a little bit, but it goes along the same lines of the best thing a sports league ever did was when NASCAR went to the picture in picture commercials. So you could still see what was going on on the track. But they were still getting their advertiser money from the commercials.

Dave Clarke:

Is that a real thing that NASCAR does? Yeah, that's a real thing the NASCAR I swear to Christ if I see a snap happen and picture develop while they're like while the Carl's Jr. Volume is like fuckin review and shit with within minutes. I don't

Joe Malkin:

think you need to do it there. What I'm saying is is if you and the team's coming out for the kickoff instead of going into two and a half minutes

Dave Clarke:

commercials never never go away from the what's happening in football. Always have a little box when you go to commercial always have a little box what's going on on the screen?

Joe Malkin:

Right so like, those are the times I'm talking about not like in the middle of a redzone Drive and all

Dave Clarke:

Sorry, I reacted so violently your retirement something else.

Joe Malkin:

Now we're on the right where I'm gonna say fun fuck yeah. Oh, yes, cars not a real sport. What? For? Real games from Europe. Formula One's real. NASCAR is not So, but besides the point, so yes, the game overall, I think the overarching theme of our show is that the game this year has been more exciting than not. And it's been fun. I mean, the game the other night, the Ravens and chiefs. I mean, you know, I have the question of was the Chiefs loss of the Ravens a big deal, but even that Monday Night Football game, where Aaron Rodgers throws three touchdown passes to Aaron Jones, and the Packers basically, essentially blow out the the lions, which I thought Dan Campbell made, bonehead coaching decisions, at one point, not taking a redzone field goal that would have cut the score to 2120 at that point, but besides the point that

Dave Clarke:

doesn't, yeah, but you're right, though, because it doesn't tell you anything when you fuck Ryan's

Joe Malkin:

No, it doesn't. But just like watching every game, paint, being able to pay attention to everything. And the coverage has been great. The news coverage has been great. The media has actually I never given the media credit, but I thought they've done a great job with how they've covered the games this year. And it's overall been a blast to watch. Yeah,

Dave Clarke:

I mean, honestly, I'm just excited the football seasons here. I think it's been fun to watch fun to talk about fun storylines. And, well, if they're the evil empire, then sign me up. Yeah, exactly. Call me Darth sizzle.

Joe Malkin:

Where do I sign up to be a stormtrooper?

Dave Clarke:

Sorry, sorry, I can't write my values very easily learn that about me.

Joe Malkin:

We have learned that about you many times. But it is nice because I feel like as a us as a group as a podcast, and we were the same way on the radio. This is the time of year where we get the most excited because we have we're the most invested in this sport. And it's it's been fun to watch but who's playing on a Thursday night game? I don't know. Is that on Thursday? Oh, we're gonna be when people are listening to this.

Dave Clarke:

And it's right. We're talking about

Craig D'Alessandro:

Panthers, Texans. Panthers Texans.

Joe Malkin:

That's right. And Davis Mills the starting for the Texans tomorrow night. Another rookie. I love every I was the guy that the Patriots will probably would have taken Have they not taken Mac Jones. So that

Dave Clarke:

was good. I think it looks really what y'all really worried about.

Joe Malkin:

I'm not I'm not worried about anything. I thought he has looked above average. I thought he's been managing the game very well. His passer rating has been good. His decisions have been great. And he's doing everything he's supposed to do. I don't know how much fun he's actually having right now. But we're gonna find out. The season is young and like I said to Mike the other day. This is the dolphins in the jets and they shouldn't be too and oh had Damien Harris not fumbled the football. But besides the point. This has been missing the point he is Dave. I am Joe Craig is our producer. We've had a fun time. We hope you have had a fun time listening and we'll see you next week.

Dave Clarke:

Peace out nerds.