Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN's Michael Wilbon stops by to chat and share his thoughts on the sports world.
Wilbon, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist, is co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, the popular weekday sports debate and discussion program, as well as an NBA studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC, in addition to writing for ESPNChicago.com. A pioneer in sports journalism, Wilbon was one of the first sports writers to broaden his success beyond newspapers to include television, radio and other media.
Send your questions now and join Wilbon Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. ET!
mike wilbon (1:39 PM)
What's up people? This is like Happy New Year when it comes to sports. Labor Day Weekend is always the first day of the Sports Calendar to me, what with college football already underway, pro football on deck, the U.S. Open, pennant races, the last big golf of the season leading up to the Ryder Cup...really excited to jump in...
What are your thoughts on the possible epic collapse of the Yanks? It iss it possible that the A's, Orioles and Rays make the postseason while the Sawx, Yanks & Angels stay home! What are the executives thinking about that?
mike wilbon (1:42 PM)
Damn right it's possible...I still have a hard time seeing the Yankees choke away--I mean entirely choke away--a 10 1/2 game lead...The franchise has never done that, ever...I think 7 is the largest lead the Yankees have ever blown...And the Orioles and Rays seem up to it, although you know the Rays are due to be no-hit or perfecto'd one more time...The amount of coverage a Yankees collapse would recieve is unthinkable...The Yankees surely seem a little old and injured at this point. How much more they gonna squeeeze out of A-Rod from here on in? It's like Jeter is carrying the whole damn team...And how hurt is Robinson Cano? Lotta questions...I just like seeing the race, a 3-way race involving the O's, no less...
MikeNo argument that Michigan doesn't belong on a practice field much less an actual game field with Alabama, and probably will not for a few more years until those recruits get in. But, was the tumble down to 19 in the polls from 8 too much? Seems like a big hit for losing to the #1 team, and also provides a disincentive for teams to schedule tough games in the future.
mike wilbon (1:44 PM)
Very, very good points you raise. And the game was played on a neutral field closer to Alabama; not like it was at Ford Field or someplace kind to Michigan. Look, that game when exactly as I expected and (as a Big Ten alum) the opposite way I was rooting. But...we knew already Alabama would be a great teama and those of us who follow the Big Ten closely suspected Michigan would be pretty good. Well, Great kicked Pretty Good in the teeth...The drop in the polls is a little steep for me, too. And YES, it leads teams to simply do what most of the SEC teams did over the weekend, which was play nobody. Kudos to Alabama for teeing it up for real.
Wilbon I'd love to hear your thoughts on Roddick's retirement. As a fan, he brought me into the tennis world I never would have entered otherwise. Not to mention 2009 Wimbledon Final was a legendary match, even if he lost. What's your take?
mike wilbon (2:02 PM)
I'm a Roddick fan, very much so. I was thinking about his career this morning, and how people are going to assess it...when he won that U.S. Open earlier in his career it made a lot of people (me included) think he was going to win five, six major championships...that didn't happen. But I still feel Rodick was good for tennis and an important figure over the last 10 years. Hell, he's the only important American male player, by and large, since Sampras and Agassi retired...I'd like to have seen him win more but he simply wasn't as good as those guys, or Federer/Djokovich/Nadal...There's not actually a sin in that...
Yeah, it's definitely a crazy time of the year on the sports calendar....so, what's your favorite part?
mike wilbon (2:06 PM)
Whoa, put me on the spot, why don't you!!! I think the college football start...because there's such urgency to it. I watched my alma mater, Northwestern, blow a huge lead at Syracuse and somehow come back to win the game (with the help of the worst penalty against Syracuse imaginable; sorry Orangemen but we're taking that one)...Anyway, I know I'll have a different answer at, like, 8 p.m. tomorrow when the Cowboys and Giants tee it up...I just like all of it. I'm a tennis fanatic, so I love the open...can't wait to watch Del Potro and Roddick tonight...love the way Serena is KILLING people...then again, I went to Nats-Cardinals Sunday with my son and I'm geeked about the pennant races...I guess all of it...I can't pick.
What do you think we should make of alabama destroying Michigan? just a tough matchup for Michigan or reason to be concerned?
mike wilbon (2:08 PM)
Michigan could win the Big Ten, but we know they're not close to Alabama...Not close. Nobody in the Big Ten is. Wisconsin struggled with nobody Saturday...Did the Badgers beat Northern Iowa. I like that my boys put up 40-plus but so did the opponent...Nebraska is the team I think in the Big Ten that could be really good...But none of our teams, Big Ten teams, come close to Alabama...not in the same solar system. not this year.
Joel (Chapel Hill)
What does a Cubs fan think of Jeff Samardzija? Is he part of the future or a part of some future deal for someone else?
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
Great question. I'd like to see Jeff stay...and not just because he's the guy who caught my first pitch (split finger, in the dirt) four summers ago when I threw out a ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley! I think he's part of the solution...
Mike, biggest team to be on the lookout for as a surprise NFL team?
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
The Carolina Panthers...because Cam Newton is going to be the MVP of the league. THIS year. Now.
It's been a fun US Open so far, but it's not the same without Nadal grunting and picking his shorts out of his butt all over NYC.
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
Oh, agreed. Nadal is sorely missed.
Doug (Santa Barbara)
Hey Michael. Is there some way to eliminating rankings for the first week of college football? Bama beats Michigan, ranked 8th in the country, and jumps ahead of USC. While I understand that, isn't it possible that Michigan could be bad this year?
mike wilbon (2:11 PM)
I wouldn't have rankings for four weeks. That's just me. Wouldn't have 'em. Michigan will bounce back. It's not about the Wolverines being bad, it's about Alabama being great (again)...Still, what's the point of rankings now, other than "this-is-the-way-we've-always-done-it" which simply isn't a good enough reason.
Please stop with the jeter is god crap. You sound like Tony re: Favre. He's the fifth best player on that team.
mike wilbon (2:12 PM)
Jeter is god. He's been god, and if you're not smart enough to see that blame yourself, not other folk. He's one of the dozen greatest Yankees of all-time, which is saying a lot. If you can't get with that, turn off your TV and start paying attention to something else...like horseshoes.
Your thoughts on DL3's Ryder Cup selections? I thought Stricker, Snedeker and Dustin Johnson were pretty easy picks. Do you think if Mahan or Fowler had shown any signs of life over the past few weeks that they would have gotten the nod over Furyk?
mike wilbon (2:13 PM)
Probably, yes...but I also know that captains like to have veteran guys (like Furyk) for a number of reasons, some that relate to performance (potentially) and some that relate to the notion of team in what is really an individual sport...
mike wilbon (2:14 PM)
Okay, gotta run and prepare for PTI...We'll get back on schedule next week, Monday at 1 p.m., when we'll be 24 hours into the NFL season following the first Sunday...have a great week everybody. Welcome back to work!
I think Joe from NYC is among the irritated hordes of other NYers who's A-Rod dreams have never fully panned out.
mike wilbon (2:15 PM)
Ha! I hadn't thought of that but now that you mention it, I second the motion...Thanks for that!
I should probably just go back to my mom's basement on my computer since the old men yelling at empty chairs refusing to use objective analyses told me to shut up.
mike wilbon (2:16 PM)
Only a dope thinks opinions and even analysis are objective. They're all agenda driven. You're trying to prove a point, which takes "objectivity" out of play. Get a dictionary. Learn the difference, then lecture.