Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, 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 Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Hey, thanks for your work! What are you thoughts on the crowd situation in Houston booing Schaub? Being a former athlete when I was younger, I couldn't imagine doing that to anyone while down, even if I despised them. I was at the Green Bay/Ravens game and Ravens fans gave a nice reception to Randall Cobb when he got up, and I'm sure they were frustrated at losing and staring at 3-3 at the time. What makes the frustration so much worse in Houston that they seem to believe this is called for?
mike wilbon (1:43 PM)
Hi Everybody...Thanks for joining us on this Columbus Day Holiday (well, in many places though not all)...I find this the most disturbing story of the NFL season so far, fans booing their own player when he's injured. It's sickening. It's such scummy behavior. And bad behavior usually begets more bad behavior because children and teenagers see adults do this and think it's just a fine way to go about life...and it isn't. What, a guy plays poorly or not to your liking so you think he should be injured? Increasingly, people are slobs...And Richie I'm with you in that I NEVER imagined this kidn of behavior, never. It's just too disturbing for words...
The Washington Football team stinks...
mike wilbon (1:54 PM)
Isn't "stinks" a little strong? I mean, I know they're 1-4 and they're certainly not good...but when you say "stinks" I think of Jacksonville or Tampa Bay. The Giants...The Giants stink. Granted, the only guy the Redskins beat so far is Matt Flynn, who's about the worst guy I've seen starting an NFL game in a a year-plus. But I think the Redskins have the capacity to win four of five or five of seven and climb back into the mix. I think they'll be favored to beat my Bears Sunday here in Washington and SHOULD beat the Bears...Look, it's likely a 7-9 season for them but it doesn't have to be, not yet, AND that's not the definition of "stink." See Giants and Jaguars for that...
Josh (Las Vegas)
After Denver's win over Jacksonville, do you think Denver was looking past the Jags to next Sunday's date with Indy, or are teams finding ligit ways to slow down the Broncos?
mike wilbon (1:56 PM)
Of COURSE the Broncos were looking past the jags. Of course they were. They're human. They know the Jags stink...they couldn't possibly be as up for the Jaguars as they were for Dallas last week or will be for Indy next week...Coaches and players will say all kinds of things to the contrary on-the-record...only totally off-the-record will guys tell you the truth...
How concerned should Bulls fans be about soreness in his knee already?
mike wilbon (2:00 PM)
Okay, let's get this out of the way right up front: I'm worried about EVERYTHING concerning D. Rose...especially his surgically repaired knee and the "soreness" that led to the Bulls resting him for precautionary reasons...Yes,I'm worried. Terrified would be more accurate in describing my feeling when I heard this. It's not like you expect Rose to come back from this any NOT have soreness. Still, the entire Bulls season and their ability to seriously contend depends totally on Rose's healt...and anything you hear other than that is, well, nonsense.
Watching sports center this morning, did Boston host a sporting event yesterday?
mike wilbon (2:05 PM)
I'm sure this is Nirvana for people at Headquarters, meaning Bristol, Conn., about 1 hour and 40 minutes drive (I've done it a couple of dozen times) from Boston. On a nothing day with zero having happened Bristol thinks anything that happens in Boston is at the front of every sports fan's mind even in St. Louis or Los Angeles (when it isn't) so yes, a day like yesterday in New England I'm sure caused euphoria in Bristol. At least this is warranted because the Brady comeback and the Papi slam-comeback is one helluva twin bill. My goodness, I don't know that short of winning two championships in one day that you can get better. Now, will Bristol notice when that kind of day plays out in Los Angeles or Chicago or Denver or Minneapolis and celebrate it in quite the same way? Well, not so much.
I am looking forward to the upcoming NBA season. There are so many story lines... Rose's return, the Nets with Kidd as coach and the FA additions, Heat 3 Peat, Kobe watch, Howard in Houston, OKC without Westbrook. What are you most looking forward to during the start of the season?
mike wilbon (2:18 PM)
All the things you mentioned plus...the evolution of the Warriors and whether or not they're ready to contend, Rondo's return to the Celtics, whether the Wizards are ready to grow up in Washington, whether the Clippers are the best team in the Western Conference, whether the Spurs have anything left. Personally, I'm a Chicagoan so you know what I go into the season obsessed with as a fan and as an observer: Rose and whether he can come back to the form he had that made him the MVP in 2011...I really do wonder if OKC can even approach what they had two years ago when they got to the Finals...It's a lot to put on Kevin Durant...A lot. And obviously, Kobe's return will be studied and obsessed over, legitimately...Can't wait for it...
mike wilbon (2:24 PM)
Just checked a Vegas line...Bears are favored by one...So, don't act like a "pick 'em" game essentially is somehow a lock for the Bears. If the Redskins are going to climb back into the season they NEED to win this game and SHOULD win at home. Hell, if they can't beat the Bears, who are still trying to figure it all out under a new coach, how could they figure to beat the 49ers and Broncos who are still on the schedule...
Jake (St. Louis)
Should I get my hopes up at all about my Rams? Or should I just stick to putting all my optimism in the Cardinals?
mike wilbon (2:27 PM)
At the beginning of the season--and you can look it up, as they say--I had the Rams as my darkhorse team in the entire NFL. I had the Rams winning 9 games...Still got a shot now that they've pulled themselves up to 3-3...Don't know what to make of the Cardinals yet...
ted (cape cod )
Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer?
mike wilbon (2:34 PM)
Good and fair question. I think 2 Super Bowl wins puts you in. I think Jim Plunkett, who has two, should probably be in, too. Here's what I'm fairly sure of having been a Hall of Fame voter for 10 years: playing in New York helps a lot. Although Phil Simms won one and was a huge part of a second one, though he got hurt and have to give way to Jeff Hostetler...Anyway, I think Eli will get in...I'm not going to say anything dramatic like he has to get in on the first ballot (though if he wins a third...) but I think all things considered Eli get in...
How many games will it take the Cardinals to win the NLCS?
mike wilbon (2:37 PM)
Six. I think the Dodgers win two of three in Los Angeles and then the Cardinals close it out back at home...Pretty much the same thing for Tigers-Red Sox. I think the Tigers best chance to win this series died with that grand slam by Papi last night. I just think in the 2-3-2 format its expecting way, way too much to think either the Dodgers or Tigers will sweep at home...And I picked the Tigers to get to the World Series...A 2-0 lead would have given Detroit some room to breathe. They could drop a game at home and still close it out there. Now, if the Tigers come back to Boston up 3-2 they'll have a much better chance to get ONE win in Boston. The Dodgers, if they win 2 of 3 in L.A., would have to win both in St. Louis. You see that? I don't.
Fair to say nearly everything worked perfectly for Jim Leyland Saturday, and nearly everything went wrong on Sunday? Just the nature of baseball?
mike wilbon (2:39 PM)
Absolutely, yes! Great way to state it. Yes. I was screaming at the TV that I would walk Papi, yes with the bases loaded, and pitch to anybody else on the team with a 5-2 lead...Who knew? That scenario had never happened in the history of MLB in the postseason. Never. Ever. I don't come to second-guess Leyland and the Tigers; I come today to praise the Red Sox. Unreal.
It's 6 weeks into the season and I think it's fair to say there will be no truly dominany NFL team this year. Even the undefeateds, they all have warts. Should make for an interesting playoffs
mike wilbon (2:42 PM)
So, you're not counting Denver as a powerhouse, as dominant? I'm not sure if I'm ready to do that yet either. I think I agree with you, but I'm willing to concede Denver COULD be dominant...though that defense allowed the Cowboys 48...
What were your thoughts on the appropriateness of Bob Costas' comments on the Redskins name last night? (Regardless of whether you agree or not)
mike wilbon (2:45 PM)
You're asking a person who has worked for 23 years as a columnist and opinion-giver whether I think Bob Costas, who is paid to do this, should give his opinion in an essay on the network that pays him to do it? Huh? Of course it was appropriate, and let me say for the record I LOVE Bob Costas, his intellect, the fact that he has a strong point of view and the guts to express it and I loved every syllable that he uttered in his column/essay last night. Bravo for Mr. Costas.
mike wilbon (2:46 PM)
okay, a lot of folks might be off today from work because of the Columbus Day holiday but not PTI. We're working and I gotta join the production meeting...Thanks for chatting...See you guys next week! MW