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LIFE-LONG PATRIOT CHIRPING ABOUT BILL BELICHICK. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT BELICHICK AND BRADY AND HOW THEY HAVE WON IN CONCERT WITH ONE ANOTHER. BILL BELICHICK WAS MAKING THE PLAYOFFS WITH DREW BLEDSOE. WITH MATT CASSEL THEY WON 11 GAMES. GAROPPOLO AND BRISSETT LAST YEAR WENT 3-1. THEY WENT 3-1 WITHOUT TOM BRADY. SO THE POINT IS THAT BELICHICK IS HEARING THIS NOW, TEDY, I BELIEVE, BECAUSE PEOPLE SMELCOM BRADY, THERE IS A CONNECTION, GRONK TO TOM BRADY, MAYBE THERE IS A PUSHBACK WITH BELICHICK. TEDY: YOU HAVE TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO BE ALL IN WITH BILL BELICHICK BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS. HE WILL RIDE YOU EVERY SINGLE DAY. HE WANTS TO GET EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF GREATNESS OUT OF HIS PLAYERS. HOW HAVE THEY HAD THIS AMOUNT OF SUCCESS, CONSECUTIVE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES, ALWAYS WINNING THE AFC EAST. THIS MAN WILL NOT CHANGE. BILL BELICHICK WILL NOT CHANGE HIS APPROACH, HOW HE TREATS PLAYERS. THE GRONKOWSKI, WHEN HE DECIDES TO BE ALL IN, HE HAS BEEN ALL IN FOR ALL OF HIS CAREER. THIS DOES CONCERN ME HE HAS NOT MADE A DECISION UP UNTIL THIS POINT. WE ARE IN APRIL. OFF SEASON PROGRAMS ARE ABOUT TO START. THEY ARE GOING TO WANT GRONKOWSKI IN THE BUILDING. THIS DOES WORRY ME SOMEWHAT. WHEN HE DECIDES HE WILL BE ALL IN. YOU DO HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION BECAUSE HE WILL BE ALL OVER YOU. I WAS IN THE LOCKER ROOM AFTER ONE GAME, IN THE MEETING ROOM, ME AND JUNIOR SEAU, IT WAS 2007, IT WAS REGULAR SEASON GAME. I THINK WE HAD JUST GOTTEN TO BE 13-0. BARTS GOT THROUGH THE FLAG, REX RYAN CALLED THE TIME-OUT ON FOURTH DOWN. WE WON THE GAME. BILL COMES IN, WE ARE 12-0, 13-0. BILL COMES IN AND SAYS, HAY BRUSCHI, HEY SEAU, HOW MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE IN THE NFL? 50 YEARS? HE REREAD THIS PLAY. HE PLAYED IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER. WE TOOK A FALSE STEP. WE WERE GETTING CALLED OUT IN FRONT OF THE ENTIRE TEAM. ME AND JUNIOR LOOKED AT IT AND LAUGHED AT IT. YOU KNOW WHAT THE OLD MAN IS TRYING TO DO. A LOT OF PLAYERS IN THIS LOCKER ROOM NEED TO UNDERSTAND. HE IS GOING TO BE THAT WAY. HE IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE. MAX: HE IS TRYING TO USE YOU GUYS AS PROPS TO SHOW THE REST OF THE TEAM NOBODY IS ABOVE THAT? STEPHEN A.: LET ME GET ON TO YOU ABOUT THIS. I’M UNDERSTAND THAT. I’M IN NO POSITION TO DISAGREE WITH WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. ESPECIALLY SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE NFL. BUT I COME FROM A BASKETBALL BACKGROUND. SO AS A RESULT WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS IT MORE INDIVIDUAL THAN TEAM PER SE BECAUSE OF A MULTITUDE OF POSITIONS AND THE LEVEL OF CONTROL A BASKETBALL PLAYER HAS OVER HIMSELF AND HIS FUTURE COMPARED TO AN NFL PLAYER. I GET ALL THAT. WHAT WE RELIGIOUSLY HEAR IN TODAY’S WORLD OF SPORTS IS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE COGNIZANT OF THE PERSONNEL YOU HAVE AND THE SAME MOTIVATIONAL TACTICS AREN’T APPLICABLE TO EVERYONE. I’M SAYING TO YOU, WHEN IS THE DAY GOING TO COME INSTEAD OF HEARING TEDY BRUSCHI SAY WHAT HE SAYS, HE IS NOT WRONG ABOUT A DAMN THING HE SAID, WHEN IS THE DAY GOING TO COME WHEN WE HEAR TEDY BRUSCHI LITERALLY POINT OUT THIS IS HOW THE OLD MAN IS GOING TO DO IT. IT WORKED IN THE PAST AND IT MIGHT NOT WORK NOW AND HE MIGHT NEED TO MODIFY. WHEN ARE WE GOING TO HEAR THIS? TEDY: RIGHT NOW. A LITTLE BIT HAPPENED IN THIS TIME WHERE I DO SHAKE MY HEAD. THE ALEX GUERRERO THING. YOU CAN GET ON ME ALL YOU WANT IN THE LOCKER ROOM. YOU CAN INSULT ME ABOUT MY PLAY, BUT IF YOU ARE AFFECTING THE WAY I TRAIN MY BODY TO GET READY TO PLAY, I CAN’T DO THIS OR CAN’T DO THAT, YOU ARE TAKEN IT AWAY FROM ME. THAT WOULD UPSET ME. MAX: WAIT A MINUTE, TEDY, THAT WASN’T JUST HIM. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE TOM BRADY. TEDY: I’M TALKING ABOUT THE ALEX GUERRERO SITUATION. MAX: THIS GUY WHO IS A SNAKE OIL SALESMAN. STEPHEN A.: WHO IS? MAX: GUERRERO. TEDY: IT DOESN’T MATTER. IF I TRUST HIM WITH MY BODY — MAX: IT WASN’T JUST ONE OR TWO GUYS, IT WAS SORT OF TAKING OVER THE TEAM. TEDY: IF I HAVE SOMEONE I KNOW CAN HELP ME BE PRODUCTIVE ON THAT FIELD, DON’T MESS WITH IT. DON’T MESS WITH ME. MOLLY: WHY DO YOU THINK — STEPHEN A.: TEDY IS ESPECIALLY RIGHT ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAD HIM IN THE BUILDING TO BEGIN WITH. IN OTHER WORDS, THE ACCEPTABILITY FACTOR WAS ELEVATED. TEDY: WHATEVER THAT WAS, THAT IS WHAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED. MAX: HIS BACKGROUND SUGGESTS YOU DON’T NECESSARILY WANT HIM AROUND ALL THE GUYS ON THE TEAM. AS IT BECAME MORE PERVASIVE IN THE LOCKER ROOM BELICHICK HAD ISSUES WITH IT. WHY WOULD YOU WANT BILL BELICHICK TO CHANGE? CONSIDER THIS. THEY LOST THE SUPER BOWL BY A SINGLE PLAY. TEDY AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS AN HOUR AGO. TOM BRADY HAD THE BALL WITH TWO MINUTES TO GO. WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL AT THAT POINT. THE MALCOLM BUTLER THING, YOU ARE GOING TO CRITICIZE BELICHICK? STEPHEN A.: YES. MAX: EVERY SUPER BOWL COMES DOWN TO THE LAST PLAY. THEY WON THE FIRST THREE BY A FIELD GOAL. GIANTS TWICE WAS ONE PLAY. SEATTLE WAS ONE PLAY. THE POINT IS YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE AT THE END OF THE GAME. TEDY: I’M WITH YOU ON THE MENTAL PREPARATION MY BODY. ESPECIALLY IF IT IS MY FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH. I WILL BE READY. I WILL BE PRODUCTIVE, BUT DON’T THROW A WRENCH BECAUSE IT AFFECTS ME PERSONALLY. STEPHEN A.: I AGREE WITH YOU THERE, BUT I’M GOING TO GET ON BOTH OF YOU. OOH. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW. IF YOU ARE SITTING THERE, OKAY, BILL BELICHICK, I HAVE TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE LEVEL HE HAS ACHIEVED WITH TOM BRADY. MAX: TAKE AWAY THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. YOU ARE GETTING SLICK. STEPHEN A.: YOUR SUCCESS STARTED AND CONTINUES WITH TOM BRADY. THAT IS ALL I’M TRYING TO SAY. SOME PEOPLE MAKE THAT ARGUMENT. HERE IS THE OTHER POINT I’M TRYING TO MAKE. I TELL YOU WHERE YOU CAN HOLD BILL BELICHICK ACCOUNTABLE. BECAUSE OF THE MALCOLM BUTLER SITUATION. I WILL BRING IT UP ONE LAST TIME. EXCUSE ME. YOUR PERSONAL FEELINGS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN TRYING TO WIN THE CHIP? MAX: WHY DO YOU ASSUME IT IS HIS PERSONAL FEELINGS? BELICHICK WAS DARING FOLES TO BEAT HIM WITH HIS ARM. TEDY: IF YOU HAVE A DECISION ABOUT MALCOLM BUTLER, THE PLAYERS SAID THEY KNEW ABOUT IT THE WHOLE WEEK. STEPHEN A.: SEVERAL PLAYERS SAID THEY DID NOT. TEDY: IN THE END YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TO WIN THE GAME AND THE BALL IS IN TOM BRADY’S HANDS. PHILADELPHIA MADE THE PLAY. STEPHEN A.: I’M NOT LETTING TEDY BRUSCHI GET AWAY WITH THAT. YOU PLAY 98% OF THE SNAPS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY TELL YOU YOU CAN’T PLAY ONE DEFENSIVE SNAP IN A SUPER BOWL. YOU TELL ME THAT IS COOL? TEDY: THEY JUDGE THE GAME BASED ON THE PRACTICE. MOLLY: LET IT GO, STEPHEN A. YOU ARE BOTH STUCK ON THAT ONE THING. STEPHEN A.: OH, OH. MOLLY: IT IS CALLED THE PATRIOT WAY. TEDY: MALCOLM HIMSELF SAID HE WASN’T DIALED IN THAT WEEK. TIM: OOH. MAX: THIS IS SO WRONG-HEADED OF STEPHEN A. SMITH. I SAID IT MANY TIMES. IT WAS FOR THE WIN AND “USA TODAY,” THE GUY WHO WROTE IT GOT IT EXACTLY RIGHT. STEPHEN A.: OH, PLEASE. MAX: HE DID NOT WANT THE EAGLES TO TRY TO RUN ON HIM, HE WANTED TO THROW ON HIM. PUT IN A PACKAGE THAT TEMPTS THEM TO THROW. STEPHEN A.: WE’VE GOT TO GO. BOTH OF YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU ARE LUCKY, YOU ARE LUCKY, “USA TODAY” IS LUCKY. MOLLY: YOU ARE STUCK IN THE PAST. LET IT GO. TEDY — SUCH A HATER. VILLANOVA AND MICHIGAN BATTLE I TAKE”. MOLLY: TONI, THANKS. HOUSTON’S 11-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED. D’ANTONI SAYS REST MESSED WITH THEM. HOW MUCH PRESSURE IS ON D’ANTONI IN THE PLAYOFFS? STEPHEN A.: I THINK THERE IS SOME PRESSURE ON MIKE D’ANTONI. LET ME FIRST SAY, THIS IS A MAN SOME WOULD ARGUE MAY HAVE REVOLUTIONIZED THE GAME OF BASKETBALL IN TERMS OF WHAT HE IMPLEMENTED IN PHOENIX WITH STEVE NASH, JOE JOHNSON, AMARE STOUDEMIRE, THOSE BOYS. THIS IS A MAN THAT IS TWO-TIME COACH OF THE YEAR. I THINK HE IS THE COACH OF THE YEAR RIGHT NOW WITH THE OUTSTANDING JOB HE HAS DONE THIS YEAR. MIKE D’ANTONI KNOWS OFFENSE. HE ARRIVES IN HOUSTON AFTER A SUB PAR STINT IN L.A. PRECEDED BY HIS STINT IN NEW YORK. HE WON 55 GAMES LAST YEAR. HE WON 6 THE GAMES THIS YEAR WITH FIVE GAMES TO GO. MIKE D’ANTONI HAS NEVER COACHED IN AN NBA FINALS. WHEN YOU LOOK FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, WE DON’T GET TO TALK ABOUT JUST JAMES HARDEN. WE DON’T GET TO TALK ABOUT JAMES HARDEN AND CHRIS PAUL. 47-7 WITH CHRIS PAUL ON THE COURT. MAX KELLERMAN RELIGIOUSLY POINTED OUT THEY HAVE ONLY WON TWO GAMES WITH CP-3, JAMES HARDEN AND CAPELLA ON THE FLOOR. YOU DON’T GET TO BENEFIT FROM ALL OF THAT IN THE REGULAR SEASON, PLAYOFF TIME YOU WET THE BED AND THE COACH HAS NOTHING TO DO THAT WITH THAT. IT IS NOT AN INDICTMENT. HE IS A GOOD MAN, VERY NICE GUY AS WELL. CLEARLY, HE KNOWS THE GAME OF BASKETBALL. AT SOME POINT IN TIME YOU HAVE TO BE CULPABLE, TOO, SINCE WE NEVER HESITATE TO GIVE YOU THE ACCOLADES WHEN YOU ARE SUCCEEDING. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THE HOUSTON ROCKETS IN SOME PEOPLE’S EYES, NOT MINE, IN SOME PEOPLE’S EYES THE HOUSTON ROCKETS ARE THE FAVORITES TO WIN IT ALL. THEY ARE THE FAVORITES TO COME OUT OF THE WEST AND UPSEND THE DEFENDING CHAMPIONS, NOT ONLY BEAT THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS BUT TO BEAT WHO I BELIEVE THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS AND LeBRON IN THE FINALS. WE TALK ABOUT THE PLAYERS? UH-UH. IT IS THE COACH, TOO. YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND LONG ENOUGH AND HAVE GOOD ENOUGH TEAMS WHO HAVE KNOCKED ON THE DOOR. MAX: NOT YOU, BROTHER. NO, NO, NO, NOT YOU. I CAN SAY THAT. MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT. STEPHEN A. SMITH CAN NOT. STEPHEN A., YOU CANNOT BOTH SAY I THINK THE ROCKETS WILL BE NO PROBLEM FOR THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS. THE WARRIORS ARE DEFINITELY WINNING THE WHOLE THING. STEPHEN A.: CAN YOU QUOTE ME ACCURATELY. I DID SAY IF THEY GOT THE NUMBER ONE SEED THE WARRIORS WOULD STILL BEAT THEM BUT IT WOULD TAKE SEVEN. MAX: YOU DID SAY THAT. CAN ANYTHING HAPPEN IN GAME SEVEN? NO. THE WARRIORS ARE WINNING. HOW CAN YOU THEN SAY THE PRESSURE IS ON THE ROCKETS. LOOK, MIKE D’ANTONI, YOU GAVE HIM CREDIT FOR REVOLUTIONIZING THE NBA. MAX: I CALLED HIMSELF THAT, MIKE ANTONI, NO D. CHRIS PAUL IS ON THE TEAM. THERE IS DEFENSE NOW. AND ALSO MIKE D’ANTONI, IF NOT FOR THOSE EJECTIONS WITH THE SPURS IN 2007, THEY SURELY WOULD HAVE BEATEN THE CAVS. HE HAD SOME BAD LUCK. DOES THAT ABSOLVE HIM FROM NEVER WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPITE OF POWERHOUSE TEAMS? NO. HIS STRUGGLES IN NEW YORK, CARMELO ANTHONY, DINOSAUR FROM A PREVIOUS ROSTER. WHEN HE HAD JEREMY LIN PLAYING THE WAY HE WANTED HIM TO, THAT TEAM WAS WINNING. AS SOON AS HE GETS TO HOUSTON A WILLING MUSE IN JAMSZ HARDEN, THAT TEAM DOESN’T LOSE. I THINK THE ROCKETS WILL WIN. I ACTUALLY DO THINK THERE IS SOME PRESSURE ON D’ANTONI. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU CAN THINK THAT WHEN YOU DON’T THINK THEY ARE GOING TO WIN ANYWAY. WHY IS THE PRESSURE ON HIM? STEPHEN A.: WHAT I’M SAYING IS IF WE ARE GOING TO HOLD THE PLAYERS ACCOUNTABLE WHY DOES HE GET A PASS. WHEN HE WON IN THE FIRST ROUND AGAINST OKC BEFORE LOSING TO THE SPURS IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WHEN HE WON SINCE THE YEAR 2007-2008, MIKE D’ANTONI HAD NOT WON A PLAYOFF GAME UNTIL LAST YEAR. I’M SAYING TO YOU WHEN YOU HAVE PROVEN TO BE THAT GOOD OF A COACH, AT LEAST ON THE OFFENSIVE SIDE OF THE BALL. WHEN YOU HAVE A SUPERSTAR LIKE JAMES HARDEN, WHO IS A SUPERSTAR, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. YOU ACQUIRED AN ELITE PAURDS. DO YOU BELIEVE DARYL MOREY HAS DONE AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB? MAX: I DO. STEPHEN A.: I UNDERSTAND WHAT STATE SO THEREFORE IT TAKES PRESSURE OFF D’ANTONI. NO. I’M PUTS PRESSURE ON JAMES HARDEN AND CP-3. MAX: YOU ARE WRONG FOR THAT, TOO. STEPHEN A.: EVEN THOUGH I BELIEVE GOLDEN STATE WILL BEAT THEM. IT DOESN’T TAKE AWAY FROM THE GREATNESS HOLDS YOU ACCOUNTABLE. MAX: I’M SAYING YOUR WHOLE POSITION IS WRONG. I DO BELIEVE JAMES HARDEN, CP-3 AND D’ANTONI ARE UNDER PRESSURE. I THINK THE PRESSURE IS ON THE FAVORITE. I THINK HOUSTON IS THE FAVORITE. STEPHEN A.: WE ARE TALKING PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES HERE. MAX: AT A CERTAIN POINT SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT CHRIS PAUL AND SAY, LOOK, YOU HAD PLENTY IN L.A. THE GAME CHANGED, DOC WASN’T UP TO PAR, OKAY. WHAT ABOUT D’ANTONI? THE GAME CHANGED ACCORDING TO THE BLUEPRINT D’ANTONI LEFT AND HE AND DARYL MOREY DOUBLE DOWNED AND CHANGED IT STEPHEN A.: I THINK THEY ELEVATED IT. MAX: DID YOU IMPROVE ON THE DESIGN AND DO SOMETHING NEW? YES, HE DID AND MORE OF IT. I THINK THE PRESSURE IS ON STEPHEN A.: I THINK THEYCP-3 AND JAMES HARDEN. STEPHEN A.: SURE. ALL RIGHT. MAX: I THINK THE PRESSURE IS ON MIKE D’ANTONI — STEPHEN A.: I DON’T BELIEVE THEY WILL LOSE TO GOLDEN STATE. MAX: THEY WON’T LOSE IN THE REGULAR SEASON. STEPHEN A.: YOU ARE THE PERSON WHO ACCEPTS MEDIOCRITY. YOU WILL GIVE ANYBODY A PASS. I’M THE SAME GUY WHO THINKS CLEVELAND IS COMING OUT OF THE EAST. IF YOU THINK BECAUSE CLEVELAND IS FACING WASHINGTON IN THE FIRST ROUND THAT GIVES WALL AND BEAL A PASS? MAKE SURE IT IS SOMEBODY ELSE, NOT YOU. MAKE SURE PORTER DOESN’T SHOW UP, MAKE SURE GORTAT STINKS UP THE JOINT. YOU JOHN WALL, YOU BRADLEY BEAL, YOU BETTER SHOW UP. 138, 175 MILLION, HANDLE IT. EVEN THOUGH I THINK LeBRON IS GOING TO WIN. MAX: YOU ARE TAKING CLEVELAND BECAUSE OF LeBRON JAMES. STEPHEN A.: SURE. MAX: HE HAS A TRACK RECORD MAKING IT OUT OF THE EAST EVERY YEAR. STEPHEN A.: NO. HIS DOM NAACP. MAX: HE NEVER DOESN’T MAKE THE FINALS. YOU LOOK AT THE RAPTORS, YOU DON’T TRUST THEM, THE CELTICS WITH KYRIE COMPROMISED, I SEE THAT. YOU MADE THE CLAIM CP-3 SHOULD BE IN THE M.V.P. DISCUSSION. MIKE D’ANTONI IS YOUR COACH OF THE YEAR. STEPHEN A.: THAT’S RIGHT. MAX: THEY HAVE ONLY LOST TWICE IN THE REGULAR SEASON. STEPHEN A.: THAT’S RIGHT. MAX: ONLY ONCE WHEN IT WASN’T BACK-TO-BACK ON THE ROAD. STEPHEN A.: THAT’S RIGHT. I’M LOOKING AT EXACTLY AT YOU, MEANING THEM, LOOKING AT YOU IF YOU ALL LOSE. MAX: YOU ARE SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE TO GOLDEN STATE. MOLLY: HE IS SAYING YOU ARE HYPING THEM UP YOU SHOULD BE PICKING HIM. STEPHEN A.: THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS ARE THE REIGNING CHAMPIONS AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. THAT DOESN’T MEAN JAMES HARDEN, CP-3 GET A PASS. ON MONDAY NIGHT IN SAN ANTONIO. MOLLY: YEAH, IT IS. WHAT IS GOING ON, EVERYBODY. WELCOME INTO “FIRST TAKE”. SETH GREENBURG JOINS US. WHAT IS GOING ON? SETH: MISS MOLLY, YOUR BRACKET IS LOOKING GOOD. MOLLY: YOU KNOW IT. I PICKED VILLANOVA TO WIN IT ALL. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, COACH. SETH: THAT IS ALMOST SACRELIGIOUS. STEPHEN A., WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER ON THE COURT TONIGHT? STEPHEN A.: VILLANOVA IS SO LOADED, THE OBVIOUS CALL TO ME IS ON MICHIGAN. IT IS WAGNER. SEE WHAT HE DOES, WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF DOING, ALSO I’M GOING TO TEAM UP, TWO GUYS. IT IS YOUR BIG MAN WAGNER. AND I BELIEVE XAVIER SIMPSON. YOU CANNOT PLAY LIKE THAT AND MICHIGAN HAS A CHANCE TONIGHT. 0-6 FROM THE FIELD. NO EFFECT FROM THE FIELD. HE WAS TURNING THE BALL OVER. MISSING SHOTS. GOING UP AGAINST JALEN BRUNSON AND THE CREW TONIGHT. HE HAS GOT TO SHOW UP. HE IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WAGNER. IF HE DOES NOT SHOW UP AS THE POINT GUARD FOR THE WOLVERINES THEY ARE GOING TO GET BLOWN OUT OF THE BUILDING. WAGNER AND MATTHEWS IS NOT GOING TO BE IS NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH. YOU HAVE GOT TO GET STELLAR GUARD PLAY TONIGHT IN ORDER TO HAVE A CHANCE. EVERY BIG TIME UPSET I HAVE SEEN IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OR NATIONAL SEEM FINAL LEVEL, COACH, HAS BEEN PREDICATED ON GUARD PLAY. MAX: THAT IS WHY IT IS BRUNSON. YOU DON’T HAVE TO OVERTHINK IT. MOLLY: COACH? STEPHEN A.: STEPHEN A., I AGREE WITH YOU ON SIMPSON. I DISAGREE WITH HOW HE MADE SHOTS. HIM AND ABDUR-RAHKMAN DIDN’T MAKE SHOTS. THEY WERE THE-17 FROM THE FIELD. BUT WHEN THE GAME WAS DECIDED THOSE GUYS WERE IN LOCKDOWN MODE. THEIR ABILITY TO GUARD THE BASKETBALL. XAVIER SIMPSON HAS TO BE ABLE TO DEFEND, KEEP IN FRONT. JALEN BRUNSON HAS TO DEFEND WITHOUT HELP. IF YOU DOUBLE DOWN ON BRUNSON, IF YOU DOUBLE DOWN ON BRIDGES, YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN? VILLANOVA, GOOD, BETTER, BEST, THEY WILL KNOCK DOWN AN OPEN THREE. YOU HAVE TO TAKE AWAY THE THREE. XAVIER SIMPSON’S ABILITY, NOT OFFENSIVELY, YES, STEPHEN A., HE CAN’T TURN THE BALL OVER. MICHIGAN AS A TEAM CAN’T TURN IT OVER. THEY TURNED IT OVER IN THE FIRST HALF AGAINST MICHIGAN STATE AND LOYOLA. YOU DO THAT AGAINST VILLANOVA, GIVE THEM EXTRA POSSESSIONS, GAME OVER. HE NEEDS TO TAKE CARE OF THE BALL AND ON THE DEFENSIVE END, CAN HE NOT DISRUPT. YOU ARE NOT DISRUPTING THE LITTLE FUNDAMENTAL, JALEN BRUNSON. IMPOSSIBLE. NOT HAPPENING. WHAT YOU CAN DO IS CONTAIN HIM. BY CONTAINING HIM AND NOT OVERHELPING, MAYBE YOU CAN RUN VILLANOVA OFF THE THREE-POINT LINE. MICHIGAN DOES AS GOOD A JOB AS ANYBODY IN THE COUNTRY AT FORCING CONTESTED SHOTS. VILLANOVA HAS TO MAKE HARD CONTESTED SHOTS IF THEY PLAY BRUNSON ONE-ON-ONE AND THAT IS ON SIMPSON’S SHOULDERS. MAX: COACH, THERE WAS TALK ON “GET UP” THIS MORNING. THEY HAVE A HOT TAKE MACHINE. VILLANOVA IS AN ALL-TIME GREAT TEAM IF THEY WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. NO ONE AGREED. I SAY YES. WITH THE ONE AND DONE POWERHOUSES, IF THEY WIN 2-3. THEY ARE OVERWHELMING FAVORITES AGAINST A MICHIGAN TEAM THAT BEAT A DESTINY TIME IN LOYOLA CHICAGO, YES, WHATEVER THEY LOOK LIKE ON PAPER. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME GOING INTO THE FINALS, ANOTHER GOOD TEAM, YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE ANOTHER GOOD CHANCE TO WIN. SETH: WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS VILLANOVA TEAM, EVERYONE THINKING VILLANOVA IS A GOOD STORY. THEY’VE GOT PROS. OMARI SPELLMAN IS A PRO. BRUNSON IS A PRO. DiVINCENZO IS A PRO. THEY ARE AN EXPERIENCED TEAM. THEY HAVE SHARED EXPERIENCES. THINK ABOUT THIS FINAL FOUR, THINK ABOUT THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RIGHT NOW. ALL RIGHT. ONE FRESHMAN, ONE FRESHMAN WILL BASICALLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON THIS GAME. OMARI SPELLMAN AND HE IS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN. SO IF YOU LOOK AT 70% OF THE STARTERS IN THIS GAME WILL HAVE — THINK ABOUT THIS, THREE YEARS’ COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. 70%. LOOKING AT THIS VILLANOVA TEAM THIS IS A MATURE, PHYSICAL TEAM. FOR THE MILLENIALS, VILLANOVA A BLUE BLOOD IF THEY WIN THIS COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIPS. MAX: IS JAY WRIGHT, IF HE WINS AGAIN, WHO IS THE BEST COACH IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL, THE REIGNING CHAMPION WOULD BE JAY WRIGHT. IS HE SHOWING AS OPPOSED TO COACH K, THE ONE AND DONE ARE KRUTING, IS THIS THE BACKSWING WAY TO DO IT. MAYBE PLAYERS WHO ARE NOT IN THE TOP FIVE DRAFT PICKS SO THEY STAY AROUND AND DEVELOP. SETH: JAY WRIGHT RECRUITED THOSE ONE AND DONE GUYS. HE HAS RECRUITED GUYS THAT STAY AROUND FIT HIS CULTURE AS WELL. THEY GOT OFF TRACK A COUPLE OF YEARS BACK. BEFORE THEY MADE THAT FINAL FOUR RUN THEY WERE STRUGGLING. PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT JAY WRIGHT ON THE HOT SEAT. WHAT A JOKE THAT IS. WHAT THEY EE GOTTEN BACK TO RIGHT NOW IS BASICALLY VILLANOVA GUYS. TO PLAY AT VILLANOVA, YOU HAVE TO BE HIGH CHARACTER, YOU HAVE TO HAVE TRUST. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS. YOU HAVE TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE COACHED. YOU HAVE TO BE A GREAT TEAMMATE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS VILLANOVA TEAM, I GUESS JALEN BRUNSON IS A REFLECTION OF EVERYTHING. NOT ONLY IS HE A GREAT PLAYER, BUT HE IS AN INCREDIBLE TEAMMATE. WHEN YOUR BEST PLAYER ALLOWS HIMSELF TO BE COACHED EVERYONE ALLOWS THEMSELVES TO BE COACHED. IF YOU LOOK AT VILLANOVA IN THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, THAT IS WHO THEY ARE. STEPHEN A.: COACH, I’M THINKING AT THIS KID MATTHEWS WHO DROPPED 17 IN THE NATIONAL SEMIFINAL ON SATURDAY. HE IS GOING TO BE A KEY COMPONENT FOR THE WOLVERINES TONIGHT. HE STARTED HIS CAREER AT KENTUCKY BEFORE TRANSFERRING TO MICHIGAN. I’M WONDERING WHEN WE TALK ABOUT JAY WRIGHT, I KNOW HIS STOCK IS ELEVATED, BUT IS THERE A LEGITIMATE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT HE IS EXPOSING OTHER COACHES IN TERMS OF WHAT THEY ARE NOT DOING? WE ARE TALKING ABOUT OTHER COACHES THAT ARE RECRUITING ONE AND DONES. COACHES THAT ARE GETTING ALL AMERICANS. WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL BECAUSE WHEN YOU WANT TO SEE THE GREAT PLAYERS YOU ARE LOOKING TO THE NBA BECAUSE MOST ARE GOING TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL. JAY WRIGHT IS WINNING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, BEING IN THE FINAL FOUR WITH GUYS THAT ARE NOT ONE AND DONE. HE IS HELPING, BUT IS HE HURTING SOME OF THE COACHES WE ELEVATE IN THE EYES OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL? SETH: EVERYONE HAS TO BE COMFORTABLE IN THEIR OWN SKIN. LOOK, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KENTUCKY. NOTHING WRONG WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING AT DUKE RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT IS HARDER. YOU NEED GREAT PLAYERS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT YOU NEED TRUST BUT WHEN YOU BRING A GROUP TOGETHER THAT QUICKLY IT IS NOT LIKELY THEY WILL HAVE THE TRUST AND SHARED EXPERIENCES NEEDED TO NAVIGATE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. A FRESHMAN, 18-YEAR-OLD ROLLING INTO COLLEGE, DO THEY KNOW HOW TO WORK HARD? DO THEY KNOW HOW TO DIGEST THE SCOUTING REPORT? DO THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO COMPETE EVERY DAY. THEIR OWN AGENDAS. YOU HAVE A TEAM AGENDA, BUT YOU HAVE YOUR OWN AGENDA. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PULLING AT YOU TELLING YOU, YOU HAVE TO GET MORE SHOTS. YOU HAVE TO GET MORE POINTS. YOU ARE HURTING YOUR DRAFT STOCK, YOUR STOCK SITUATION. SO TO ME, WHAT JAY WRIGHT HAS DONE IS HE’S PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM, HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET OLD AND STAY OLD. HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP PLAYERS. HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET THOSE GUYS TO TRUST EACH OTHER. HIS WAY FITS VILLANOVA. VILLANOVA IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. LIKE CAL SAYS KENTUCKY IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. VILLANOVA IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. HE FOUND GUYS THAT FIT HIS CULTURE AND IT IS WORKING. JAY WRIGHT, AS GOOD AS IT GETS IN DEVELOPING PLAYERS AND BELIEVING IN EACH OTHER. MOLLY: WE WILL SEE IF THEY HAVE A QUESTION BY MO WAGNER. JAY WILLIAMS THINKS VILLANOVA WINS BY DOUBLE DIGITS. WHO DO YOU THINK WINS? SETH: I’M THINKING 78-74. IN THE END OF THE GAME, THE REASON VILLANOVA HAS BEEN ABLE TO PULL AWAY FROM PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY CAN STEP DOWN THE FREE-THROW LINE AND KNOCK DOWN FREE THROWS. MICHIGAN ON THE OTHER HAND, SUSPECT ON THE FREE-THROW LINE. I THINK IT IS 78-74 VILLANOVA. I DON’T SEE DOUBLE DIGITS, BUT I SEE THEM CONTROLLING AND OWNING THE GAME A GOOD PORTION. MOLLY: UNANIMOUS DECISION. ALL GOING VILLANOVA HERE. COACH, APPRECIATE YOU. MORE TO COME IN THE SECOND HOUR, INCLUDING THE STATUS OF GRONK IN NEW ENGLAND. COULD HE BE SPIKING TOUCHDOWNS FOR ANOTHER TEAM NEXT SEASON. PLUS — >>HE IS A GREAT, GREAT GUY, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN PEOPLE TURNED AGAINST HIM, HE LET IT REALLY AFFECT HIM AND HE HAS TURNED INTO A TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON. HE HAS BECOME A PAIN IN THE BUTT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. MOLLY: SIR CHARLES HAS HAD ENOUGH OF KEVIN DURANT AND NBA . LET’S GET IT BACK TO “FIRST TAKE”. MOLLY: LET ME RECAP FOR YOU REAL QUICK FOR YOU TO MARINATE. THE RAPTORS STILL IN FIRST. BOSTON WHO THEY LOST TO ARE TWO GAMES BACK, THE CAVS IN THIRD WHO WOULD FACE THE WIZARDS IN THE FIRST ROUND WHO GOT JOHN WALL BACK. DON’T SLEEP ON THE PROCESS. THE SIXERS WON 10 IN A ROW. MAX: MARINATE ON THAT. MOLLY: WHICH SITUATION SHOULD THE CAVS BE MOST FOCUSED IN ON? STEPHEN A.: I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ANY OF THEM. WHAT THEY SHOULD BE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE WIZARDS. THE REASON WHY IS IF YOU WENT UP AGAINST THEM IT IS THE FIRST ROUND. AS THE PLAYOFFS PERCOLATE AND EVERYONE GES ACCLIMATED TO PLAYOFF BASKETBALL. WHEN YOU FIRST START OFF YOU ARE MOST VULNERABLE. THE WIZARDS HAVE BEEN A DISAPPOINTMENT. I EXPECTED MORE. JOHN WALL OUT SINCE JANUARY 25, 15 POINTS, 14 ASSISTS ON SATURDAY IN HIS FIRST GAME BACK SHOWS AND HIGHLIGHTS HOW MUCH THEY DESPERATELY NEED HIM. I’M NOT IN ANY WAY SAYING THEY ARE THE BIGGER THREAT IN TERMS OF TALENT. I UNDERSTAND BOSTON AND TORONTO ARE THE TEAMS CLEVELAND NEED TO BE MOST WORRIED ABOUT. WHAT I’M SAYING IS IF YOU ARE CLEVELAND AND SINCE KEVIN LOVE HASN’T BEEN HEALTHY AND HE IS GETTING BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS. J.R. SMITH LOOKS LIKE A STARTER AND DROPS 15 POINTS ONE MINUTE AND IN THE NEXT GAME THERE IS AN A.P.B. OUT FOR HIM. MAX: DO YOU MEAN TO TELL ME J.R. SMITH IS INCONSISTENT? THIS JUST IN. STEPHEN A.: LARRY NANCE, JORDAN HILL, GETTING THOSE GUYS ACCLIMATED. YOU HAVE TO GET THINGS GOING. ALL OF THAT STUFF IS NEW, IF YOU WANT TO FACE LeBRON THE BEST TIME TO CATCH HIM IS EARLY AS POSSIBLE AND THAT TEAM WOULD BE WASHINGTON IF THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN TODAY. MAX: I GET THIS. I DON’T CARE IF THESE DUDES WERE ACTUAL WIZARDS WITH MAGIC, THEY AIN’T BEING THE CAVS. STEPHEN A.: I AGREE. MAX: WHAT HAS STRUCK ME OVER THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS, BACK BEFORE THE WEEKEND, IS THAT TORONTO NEEDED TO GO INTO BOSTON AND WIN AND ICE THE DIVISION. RIGHT? SALT IT AWAY. THEY COULDN’T DO IT. THAT NOT ONLY MAKES ME NERVOUS ABOUT TORONTO. IS WHAT IS GOING ON WITH TORONTO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH HOUSTON RIGHT NOW? YOU CAN’T CONVINCE THESE DUDES THEY NEED TO BE IN RHYTHM? WILL THAT HURT THEM, THAT ATTITUDE? THAT IS THE QUESTION. TO ME, THE BIGGEST TAKEAWAY IS THE WAY THE CELTICS HAVE BEEN PLAYING WITHOUT KYRIE. THIS IS NOT A SITUATION WHERE THEY ARE BETTER WITHOUT KYRIE. NO, THEY ARE NOT. THEY ARE BETTER WITH KYRIE. THEY ARE BETTER WITH KYRIE. OBVIOUSLY. I’M TELLING YOU THIS RIGHT NOW, IF KYRIE IRVING, THIS IS WHAT THE TAKEAWAY IS FOR ME, IF KYRIE IRVING GETS BACK IN TIME TO BE KYRIE IRVING AGAINST CLEVELAND CAVALIERS, THEY WILL BEAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS THIS YEAR. THE CELTICS WILL BE THE ONES TO DO IT. BRAD STEVENS, I HAVE BEEN SAYING POPOVICH IS COACH OF THE YEAR, THE JOB HE HAS DONE WITHOUT KAWHI LEONARD, A BUNCH OF OLD GUYS AND MISFITS AND SOMEHOW THEY HAVE THE RECORD THEY HAVE. IT IS AMAZING. BRAD STEVENS — STEPHEN A.: HE IS THE BEST YOUNG COACH. MOLLY: DO THE CELTICS KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BEAT — STEPHEN A.: IT IS “FIRST TAKE”. LET’S BE VERY, VERY CLEAR. THERE IS NO GREATER NEGATIVE THAT CAN HAPPEN TO LeBRON JAMES THIS YEAR THAN LOSING TO KYRIE IRVING. MOLLY: KYRIE IS GOING TO STUN HIM. STEPHEN A.: THIS IS WHY I SAY CLEVELAND IS COMING OUT OF THE EAST. LeBRON JAMES CANNOT LOSE TO KYRIE IRVING THIS YEAR. I AIN’T TALKING ABOUT NEXT YEAR. MOLLY: I GET YOU. STEPHEN A.: I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BOSTON. THIS YEAR WITHOUT GORDON HAYWARD, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, THIS IS HOW BAD THIS IS. LeBRON, LOSE TO SOMEBODY ELSE. LOSE TO THE WIZARDS IN THE FIRST ROUND. LOSE TO TORONTO. IT WON’T BE AS BAD. IF LeBRON JAMES LOSES TO KYRIE IRVING, HE WON’T LIVE THAT DOWN. MOLLY: DO YOU THINK THERE IS A CHANCE THEY DO? STEPHEN A.: THEY ARE NOT LOSING TO BOSTON. THEY ARE NOT LOSING TO BOSTON. I BELIEVE OF ALL THE YEARS LeBRON JAMES HAS BEEN IN THIS LEAGUE, THIS IS THE CLOSEST WE WILL EVER SEE TO HIM BEING JORDAN-ESQUE. MAX: I’M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW. STEPHEN A.: IN A SERIES AGAINST KYRIE IRVING. HE HAS TO RIGHT NOW. MAX: THAT PRESSURE IS GOING TO BE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO LeBRON. STEPHEN A.: NOT AT ALL. MAX: IF KYRIE GETS BACK AND KYRIE IRVING HAS ENOUGH TIME TO BE KYRIE IRVING AGAINST THE CAVS, HE IS 80% OF HIMSELF, THE PRESSURE IS ALL ON LeBRON BECAUSE KYRIE IS PLAYING WITH HOUSE MONEY. THEY WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO BEAT THE CAVS THIS YEAR. STEPHEN A.: DON’T THINK 80%. KYRIE AIN’T COMING BACK 80%. KYRIE IS GOING TO COME BACK CLOSE TO 100%. THAT IS WHY HE HAS BEEN OUT. THEY KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. THE WHOLE POINT IS HAVING THAT BROTHER READY FOR THE POSTSEASON. MAX: WATCH THIS. LeBRON IS BETTER THAN KYRIE BECAUSE LeBRON IS BETTER THAN EVERYONE. OKAY. FINE. KEVIN LOVE MAY BE BETTER THAN EVERYONE AVAILABLE ON THE CELTICS EXCEPT FOR KYRIE. OKAY? STEPHEN A.: OKAY. MAX: EVERY OTHER NEXT BEST PLAYER IS ON THE CELTICS AND THE CELTICS HAVE THE BEST COACH. STEPHEN A.: JALEN BROWN HAS TOLD ME THAT ON MANY, MANY OCCASIONS. HE WASN’T SCARED OF LeBRON BEFORE THE SEASON, HE WASN’T SCARED OF LeBRON AS A ROOKIE. MAX: IT IS NOT JUST KYRIE VS. LeBRON. STEPHEN A.: I KNOW THAT. I’M NOT TRYING TO SAY THAT. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY TO YOU THIS IS BASKETBALL. THIS NBA SEASON, I WAS SO DISGUSTED LAST YEAR. SO DEPRESSED. THIS YEAR I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THESE NBA PLAYOFFS. I CAN’T WAIT. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, I’M ROLLING WITH THE KING. I’M ROLLING WITH LeBRON JAMES. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, LeBRON CANNOT AFFORD, I MEAN, IF HE LOSES TO KYRIE STRAIGHT UP, NOT GETTING KNOCKED OUT BEFORE BOSTON. IF HE LOST IN A MATCHUP, IF KYRIE IS BACK, WE ALL KNOW THE STORYLINE. IT IS KYRIE AND LeBRON. THAT IS WHAT EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT. MAX: ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH CLEVELAND RIGHT NOW — STEPHEN A.: THERE IS NOTHING MORE DAMAGING MAX KELLERMAN THAN LeBRON LOSING TO KYRIE IRVING. IT CAN’T HAPPEN. IT CANNOT HAPPEN. MAX: THAT IS WHY THE PRESSURE IS ON LeBRON AND OFF KYRIE. KYRIE IS SUPPOSED TO LOSE THIS YEAR AND BEAT HIM NEXT YEAR. THEY ARE GOING TO BEAT THEM THIS YEAR. STEPHEN A.: YOU JUST SAID THAT YOU THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL WORK AGAINST LeBRON. I BELIEVE THAT IS WHEN WE WILL SEE LeBRON ELEVATE TO ANOTHER LEVEL. MAX: HE WILL AVERAGE A TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH 40 POINTS. THAT DOESN’T MEAN HIS TEAM WINS. STEPHEN A.: I’M TALKING ABOUT COMPLETE DOMINATION. HE HAS TO. MAX: CLEVELAND FEEL IN THEIR BONES THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT TO THE FINALS. IF YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS THE STORY CHANGES, OH, THEY DIDN’T MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE HOTEL ROOMS RIGHT NOW, TELL PEOPLE HOW THIS WORKS, IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE AT THE FINALS YOU START LOOKING INTO HOTEL ROOMS IN LIKELY CITIES. LET ME TELL YOU ONE CITY YOU CAN’T GET A HOTEL ROOM. CLEVELAND. YOU CAN LOOK IN THE BAY AREA, BOSTON. TORONTO. STEPHEN A.: I’VE GOT MINE. I’M STRAIGHT. MAX: IN CLEVELAND THEY THINK IT IS THEIR BIRTHRIGHT SINCE LeBRON HAS BEEN THERE. I’M TELLING YOU THEY ARE NOT GETTING BACK. STEPHEN A.: MOLLY, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING RIGHT NOW. MOLLY: WHAT. STEPHEN A.: LeBRON COULD AVERAGE 50. I’M NOT SAYING HE WOULD, 50 AGAINST BOSTON AND IF THEY LOSE, HE WILL STILL GET CRUCIFIED. MOLLY: FIRE IT UP. BRING THE PLAYOFFS. BOSTON WON SIX STRAIGHT, 7 OF H VIEWED UP OUR ELECTION. MOLLY: MAKES ME SMILE. CHARLES BARKLEY SAYING THE F.B.I. HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO THAN PAY ATTENTION TO COLLEGE HOOPS. MAX: I WOULD WATCH CHARLES BAILEY READ THE TELEPHONE BOOK. HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT THIS. WHAT ABOUT HIM IS DING ROUSE GAME TO PLAY. THERE IS WORK BEING DONE OVER HERE. WHY ABOUT THAT? WHY ISN’T THERE WORK BEING DONE OVER THERE. IT IS LIKE ARTS IN THE SCHOOLS. THEY ARE NOT THERE ANYMORE BECAUSE FUNDING IS LIMITED. CAN’T PUT THE MONEY IN THE ARTS, WHAT ABOUT THIS. OKAY. I UNDERSTAND THE POINT. WHY IS THE F.B.I. BOTHERING WITH SPORTS, COLLEGE SPORTS? THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS FOR THEM TO DO. THERE ARE MORE IMPORTANT PLACES FOR THEM TO PUT THEIR RESOURCES. THAT IS TRUE. BUT THAT IS NOT REALLY THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS, AND THIS IS THE REASON THERE IS CORRUPTION, BECAUSE THERE IS MONEY THERE. AS SOON AS YOU POINT A CAMERA TOWARD SOMETHING AND START SELLING ADVERTISING TIME AND PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED, CHARGING MONEY FOR TICKETS AND THE PLACE IS PACKED, BUT YOU ARE NOT PAYING THE PLAYERS, THE PROBLEMS START RIGHT THERE. THE REASON COACHES SALARIES ARE NOW INFLATING, MORE AND MORE MONEY IN THE GAME. HOW DO YOU GET A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE? IT GOES TO THE COACHES’ SALARIES AND UNDER THE TABLE TO PLAYERS. THE SEED OF CORRUPTION IS THE CORRUPT NATURE OF THE NCAA’S PHILOSOPHY IN TERMS OF COLLEGE SPORTS. THE OVERLY CONTROLLING ATTITUDE THEY ADOPT AND RULES THEY DRAFT ABOUT COLLEGE ATHLETES. THAT IS WHY THERE ARE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED THAT THE F.B.I. IS LOOKING INTO. THAT IS WHY. IF YOU TAKE THAT AWAY, THE ONEROUS RULES, THERE ARE NO CRIMES BEING COMMITTED. THE F.B.I. DOESN’T NEED TO WASTE THEIR TIME LOOKING INTO COLLEGE SPORTS. AS THE RULES ARE CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTED, I SUPPOSE THEY DO. LET’S GET TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE. THE NCAA RULES REGARDING COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKING MONEY. PERIOD. STEPHEN A.: WELL, THE NCAA IS BIG BUSINESS. THEY ARE CROOKS AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED HALF THE TIME.

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