SPORTS GALORE: Agree to disagree


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 12:43 pm on Friday, September 06, 2013

Sports fans are some of the most opinionated people I know. Yes, I am one of those people.

We are not always correct, but we do have a passion for our favorite teams and the sports topic of the day.

Some opinions I don’t care to hear. The good opinions will make me think.

With sports radio and the ever growing list of sports networks on television, our influences are everywhere.

My favorite is Dan Patrick. I love his radio show. Daily News sports writer Chip Burch, his favorite is PTI on ESPN.

It’s not surprising our favorite shows are different. We vary a lot with our opinions. If you ever listened to my former sports radio show (Sports Galore on AM 1380) you would know that. Chip would sit in with me every Friday and we would have at it. If you are in The Daily News office, at times you would also realize our differences.

It’s fun. It’s our job and we are always talking sports. But it has been a while since we have done anything together in print or on the radio.

So today, we discuss a variety of sports related topics. We agree and disagree today.

 

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly caused a stir this week when he said the rivalry with Michigan wasn’t “Historic.” Do you agree or where does this rivalry stand all-time?

Chip: I disagree completely. If Notre Dame-Michigan wasn’t historic, they wouldn’t show the game on prime time TV, nor would College Gameday be there. The two teams have split the last 14 meetings, so it’s a true rivalry. Thank God Kelly took back his comments Wednesday.

Bruce: I think Brian Kelly should be checked for a concussion. For someone who has been in the state of Michigan so long, he should know better. I think he is just trying to downplay the fact they will no longer be playing. People in California may not be as crazy about the game as we are, but I’m not as crazy about Alabama/Auburn. But I can’t deny it’s not a classic rivalry. Michigan and Notre Dame should be playing, no doubt. When the two winningest teams in college football history meet, it’s “Historic.”

 

The Detroit Lions begin the season at home Sunday vs. Minnesota. The game will feature two of the better defensive players in the league. Two players that also draw plenty of extra attention for their on field antics and/or comments when the microphone is on. Who has the bigger game, Ndamukong Suh or Jared Allen?

Chip: Jared Allen. Allen has always been a force when he plays the Lions, especially with some of the lousy offensive lines the Lions have put in front of him. I don’t see that changing this year. Everybody knows how to get Suh off his game, and that’s make him mad. Suh will cause more problems than he solves.

Bruce: Ndamukong Suh. I think Riley Reiff will handle Jared Allen, at least I hope so. Suh on the other hand will have a monster game. Suh had a solid year last year after an off sophomore year in 2011. I don’t think Suh is the player we saw in 2011 or the player that has to bring his check book to every game. I think Suh is starting to mature and is ready to lead on the field and the stat line. Detroit Lions’ captains will be announced today and Suh is hoping to be named one of them. He is aware of the responsibility that comes with being captain.

 

Because of multiple sports networks and 24/7 coverage, certain topics are overblown, over-reported or over-hyped. What recent story are you tired of hearing about?

Chip: The New York Jets are the most over-covered team in the NFL. I could care less about them, since they will be cellar-dwellers again this year. But it seems like the quarterback controversy is huge news when it’s absolutely nothing. Why isn’t the Oakland quarterback controversy getting the same coverage?

Bruce: Johnny Manziel. I’m going to say this, if you want college athletes to act like professionals, then pay them like professionals. I listened all week to talk that Manziel disrespected the game with his gestures against Rice. You know what, all I see is taunting in the NFL and in many college games. Did anyone else see the players from Rice taunting Manziel or did I make that up. Don’t expect Manziel to act any different than other college players because he won the Heisman. Get off his back.

 

Last but not least, we are two (same league) of millions of fantasy football players? After looking over your draft from Tuesday, what was your best pick and worst pick?

Chip: My best pick was my first one, Ray Rice. I look for him to carry the Baltimore offense. My worst was Roy Helu of Washington, since he was in coach Mike Shanahan’s dog house last year despite a breakout rookie season. It will take a while for Helu to come out of that.

Bruce: My best pick was my first pick, as well. When you have the No. 1 pick, Adrian Petersen is the easy choice. Here’s to him having a monster season like last year. My worst pick was one I didn’t make. I did not draft a backup quarterback. I’m not sure how I missed that, so I will have to burn one my allotted 15 waiver moves on securing a backup to Colin Kaepernick.

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