Hour 2: The Lions Den: 9/29/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark, and Chris Canty discuss just how good the Lions have been this season after taking down the Packers last night. Plus, we get into how concerning Trevor Lawrence's recent struggles are for the Jaguars. Desmond Howard joins the show to preview this weekend's CFB slate including USC vs. Colorado. Stephen A. and RC give their predictions for this weekend's fight between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo.
Hour 1: Doubt in Dallas?: 9/29/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark, and Bart Scott recap last night's Lions Packers game and discuss Jordan Love's season so far. And, as Dak continues to struggle, the crew debates if red zone issues are the Cowboys' biggest concern. In the AFC East, we debate how the Jets should handle their Zach Wilson situation and who will have the bigger game Sunday: Tua or Josh Allen?
Hour 2: Cuban Cigars: 9/28/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Monica McNutt, Kimberley A. Martin and Dan Orlovsky discuss if the Cowboys loss to the Cardinals is a bad sign for their season expectations, how the Damian Lillard trade changes the balance of power in the NBA and how Jrue Holiday factors into that balance.
Hour 1: Freaky Time: 9/28/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, Kimberley A. Martin and Dan Orlovsky discuss the biggest loser in this blockbuster 3-team deal, analyze the Orlovs-keys to Jets-Chiefs and who has more at stake this Sunday: Allen or Tua?
Hour 2: Cut the Kaep : 9/27/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Marcus Spears what Davante Adams quotes mean about his Raider future, if the Cowboys should be on upset alert and what Mad Dog is mad about today.
Hour 1: Doin' Too Much?: 9/27/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Marcus Spears discuss if we are overreacting to the Cowboys first loss, what 3-0 team they doubt the most and Swagu's Snafus from the weekend.
Hour 2: Y'all so EMBARRASSING : 9/25/23
Stephen A., Shannon Sharpe, and Ryan Clark discuss how much of the Bears futility is on QB Justin Fields, if the Chargers saved their season on Sunday and if we should worry about the Ravens offense?
Hour 1: Dammit Dak: 9/25/23
Stephen A., Shannon Sharpe and Rex Ryan discuss if Zach Wilson needs to be benched, what the blowout says about Colorado and is the 70-20 drubbing in Miami say more about the Dolphins or the Broncos?
Hour 2: Moment was too big...: 9/22/23
Stephen A., Ryan Clark, Desmond Howard, PLL Co-Founder Paul Rabil and surprise phone calls from Steve Harvey, Shaquille O'Neal and Stephen A's sister Carmen analyze Stephen A's underwhelming first pitch, if Colorado can win one of their next two games (@ ORE, vs. USC) and if the Chiefs offensive struggles are something or nothing.
Hour 1: Diggs Goes Down: 9/22/23
Stephen A., Ryan Clark, Bart Scott and several taped guests react to Stephen A's first pitch at Yankee Stadium (no, it didn't go well), if the 49ers are the clear team to beat in the NFC and who should feel more hopeless: Giants fans or Jets fans?
Hour 1: Playing the Fields: 9/21/23
Stephen A., Dan Orlovsky, Kimberley A. Martin and Damien Woody discuss if the Cowboys are the team to beat in the NFC, Stephen A. throwing the first pitch at Yankee Stadium and if it is a massive disappointment for the Ravens if they don't win the AFC North.
Hour 2: Fields Vision: 9/21/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Dan Orlovsky, Mina Kimes, and Damien Woody react to comments from Justin Fields where he points fingers to his coaching staff for his poor play and debate if the Bears made a mistake trading their Number 1 pick. Joe Fortenbaugh gives us his best bets for all of this weekend's football action. The crew debates if the Dolphins are the best team in the AFC. Stephen A. weighs in on the dating rumors between Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift and practices his form as he throws out the first pitch at the Yankees game tonight.
Hour 2: NFC BEast: 9/20/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Kimberley A. Martin and Marcus Spears discuss if No. 19 Colorado can upset No. 10 Oregon on the road Saturday, if Joe Burrow and the Bengals are in danger of missing the playoffs and what Mad Dog is mad about this week.
Hour 1: Sippin' the Kool-Aid: 9/20/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Marcus Spears discuss if the Jets can still make the playoffs in the AFC, what Shohei Ohtani's elbow surgery means for the 2024 season and Marcus Spears debuts a new segment: Swagu's Snafus.
Hour 2: Dak Im-Presscott?: 9/19/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe are joined by Pat McAfee to discuss the Dallas Cowboys becoming Super Bowl favorites and what's next for the Cleveland Browns. Stephen A. and Shannon deliberate Jerry Jones' comments regarding minority ownership in the NFL College football analyst Paul Finebaum joins the crew to examine the storylines surrounding Colorado and Alabama. NFL analyst Jeff Saturday joins to review Stephen A.'s A-List regarding the top 5 teams in the NFL.
Hour 1: Sunday Scaries: 9/19/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe discuss last night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. They also discuss how Browns' star running back Nick Chubb's season-ending injury affects contract concerns across the NFL. Super Bowl champion and NFL analyst Jeff Saturday makes his return to ESPN and the crew discusses the scariest units in pro football.
Hour 2: Jetting Away: 9/18/23
Stephen A., Shannon Sharpe and Ryan Clark discuss if they should trust the dominant Josh Allen to show up, how much of the Bears struggles are on QB Justin Fields and if we should be concerned about the Ravens offense?
Hour 1: Never a Doubt: 9/18/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe are joined by NFL analyst and former head coach Rex Ryan as they react to this weekend's NFL games, including the Cowboys 20-point win over the Jets. The crew debates whether the Giants or the Commanders had the better comeback. The crew also dives into Joe Burrow and the Bengals winless start to the season and if the Chiefs have enough around Patrick Mahomes to get back to the Super Bowl.
Hour 2: Rocky Mountain Rivalry: 9/15/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe are joined by host and college football analyst Pat McAfee to discuss the state of quarterbacks in the NFL and Colorado's position in the Pac-12 Conference. Colorado football head coach and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders joins the show to discuss taking over CU's program after an 1-11 season and his team's upcoming game against Colorado State University.
Hour 1: Regal Eagles?: 9/15/23
The First Take crew are live in Boulder, Colorado today. Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe recap this week's Thursday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. University of Colorado football stars Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter join to talk about their amazing season so far. ESPN NFL analyst Louis Riddick also joins the show as the crew debates predictions for this wekeend's upcoming NFL matchups.
Hour 2: Dynamic Thursday Night Duos: 9/14/23
Stephen A. Smith and Dan Orlovsky are joined by NFL analyst Mina Kimes to discuss who is the better quarterback-receiver duo before tonight's game; Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson with the Vikings or Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown with the Eagles? Betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh also joins to discuss NFL betting odds in this weekend's games. Comedian, actor, author and producer Cedric the Entertainter joins to discuss his love for sports and new book "Flipping Boxcars." NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins also joins to discuss the NBA's new rules and penalties for teams resting their players.
Hour 1: Josh Pit: 9/14/23
Stephen A. Smith, Kimberley A. Martin and Dan Orlovsky debate some of the biggest topics surrounding the NFL. The crew debates pressure on the New York Jets now that Aaron Rodgers will be out for the season with an Achilles injury. Stephen A. and Dan get into a heated debate on whether or not Josh Allen can be trusted to get the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl. Lastly, the crew makes some sportsbook predictions for this weekend's games.
Hour 2: Roger That: 9/13/23
Stephen A., NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Kimberley A. Martin and Marcus Spears discuss what Mad Dog is mad about including D.K. Metcalf, Sunday Night Football and of course, Stephen A. Smith's relationship with Deion Sanders.
Hour 1: Wilson Made: 9/13/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Marcus Spears and Kimberley A. Martin debate what team benefits the most from Aaron Rodgers absence, if Jalen Hurts is a superstar as well as Stephen's first NFL power ranking A-List.
Hour 2: Rodgers Out For The Year: 9/12/23
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe, and Pat McAfee react to breaking news regarding Aaron Rodgers' injury last night and discuss what it means for his Hall of Fame career. Robert Griffin III and Mike Tannenbaum join the show with their takes on how the Jets should proceed without Aaron Rodgers.
Hour 1: Rodgers Injured: 9/12/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe react to Aaron Rodgers' game-ending injury during his Jets regular season debut last night and discuss what it means for the Jets going forward... and if Tom Brady should enter the chat. Plus, are the Dolphins now the team to beat in the AFC East? Chris Canty joins the show to debate if Josh Allen can be trusted to take the Bills to a Super Bowl after a poor performance last night. The crew reacts to the Chiefs getting a contract done with Chris Jones and the latest on Kadarius Toney trolling Giants fans on social media.
Hour 2: King of the Hill: 9/11/23
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Dan Orlovsky discuss whether or not Dolphins' receiver Tyreek Hill is the scariest player to face in the league. The crew also dicusses Orlovsky's take that he trusts 49ers' quarterback, Brock Purdy, more than Cowboys' quarterback, Dak Prescott. Lastly, Orlovsky makes case that the Packers are legitimate threats to the NFC after their win over the Bears.
Hour 1: Dallas Dominates: 9/11/23
Stephen A. Smith, Shannon Sharpe and Ryan Clark discuss the Dallas Cowboys' historic 40-0 shut-out against the New York Giants. The crew also discusses whether or not Tua Tagovailoa was the most impressive NFL quarterback in Sunday's games, and they recap Stephen A. and Shannon's weekend after going to Nebraska vs Colorado on Saturday.
Hour 2: Mahomes Alone?: 9/8/23
Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Clark continue discussing the Kansas City Chiefs after their loss to the Detroit Lions in last night's NFL season opener. College football analyst Desmond Howard joins the show to talk Texas at Alabama and Nebraska at Colorado. Sports betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh also joins to discuss NFL wagers this weekend.
Hour 1: Lion's Den: 9/8/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark, and Bart Scott debate just how concerned the Chiefs should be after dropping their season opener to the Lions last night. Plus, how big of a statement did Detroit make at Arrowhead? The crew debates what's at stake for Rodgers and the Jets heading into their Week 1 matchup against the Bills. Stephen A. and Bart decide if they'd rather have Dak Prescott or Daniel Jones as their QB in Week 1.
Hour 2: Bout that Time!: 9/7/23
Stephen A., Dan Orlovsky, Mina Kimes, new old ESPN employee Pat McAfee and current heavyweight champion Tyson Fury discuss his upcoming fight against UFC champion Francis Ngannou, who is most likely to be upset in the NFL week one and Dan's Orlovskeys of the weekend.
Hour 1: Are you Ready for some Football?: 9/7/23
Stephen A., Dan Orlovsky, Kimberley A. Martin and 2x Super Bowl champ Eli Manning discuss who will shine brighter Monday night, Rodgers or Allen, what the Cowboys season expectations should be and the NFL season begins today. Who ya got: Chiefs or Lions?
Hour 2: Chief Concern?: 9/6/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kimberly A. Martin, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo gear up for the NFL season with debate over which team could benefit the most from Travis Kelce's absence after it was revealed he suffered a knee injury in practice this week. The crew gives their takes on Sean Payton's comments to Russell Wilson about his public image. Mad Dog tells us everything he's mad about this week in our favorite segment on TV. We debate what the most unbreakable record in sports is.
Hour 1: Come Saleh Way: 9/6/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kimberly A. Martin, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo react to Travis Kelce's knee injury ahead of the Chiefs' season opener tomorrow night and debate how concerned Mahomes should be about possibly missing his favorite target. Plus, we debate which AFC East QB we'd rather have going into the Jets-Bills opening matchup: Rodgers or Allen? The crew debates if Dak should take the lack of contract extension personally. Paul Finebaum joins the show to discuss Deion Sanders' impact across the CFB landscape after Colorado upset TCU last weekend.
Hour 2: Playoff Danny: 9/5/23
Stephen A., Shannon Sharpe and Paul Finebaum discuss if Dabo Swinney is the problem after Clemson's beatdown loss Monday, if the Browns will contend for the AFC North crown and what the crew thinks of Stephen A's top 5 NFL teams A-List.
Hour 1: G.O.A.T. Vote: 9/5/23
Stephen A. Smith and Shannon Sharpe debate which player has faced more scrutiny during their NBA career; LeBron James or Michael Jordan? ESPN NFL analyst Bart Scott also joins to discuss which NFL quarterback will have a better season; Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert?
Hour 1: Deion's Doubters: 9/4/23
Stephen A. and NFL Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe discuss if the Chiefs are on upset alert against the Lions Week 1, if Aaron Rodgers needs to make the Super Bowl in year 1 for the Jets and what player is under the most pressure to win a Super Bowl?
Hour 2: On the Decline?: 9/1/23
Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo debate which NFL team will have the biggest decline as we head into the 2023 regular season. Mad Dog tells us what he's glad about, ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard joins to talk Alabama's quarterback situation and ESPN tennis analyst Alexandra Stevenson joins to talk the US Open.
Hour 1: First Take Live at the US Open: 9/1/23
We are live at the US Open in Queens, New York with Stephen A. Smith and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo joined by Ryan Clark to debate if they prefer a happy or angry Aaron Rodgers leading the Jets and if the Chiefs should be concerned about Chris Jones holding out. Plus, does the crew expect the Bills to be better or worse this year? Patrick McEnroe joins the show to break down the field at the US Open including Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic, and Carlos Alcaraz.
Hour 2: Welcome To The Show: 8/31/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kimberly A. Martin, and Harry Douglas discuss the impact of the holdouts of prominent defensive players Nick Bosa and Chris Jones. We debate which team is more likely to reach the Super Bowl: the Cowboys or the Jets? Movie director Antoine Fuqua sits down with Stephen A. to talk about the final installment of "The Equalizer" in theaters now. The crew reacts to breaking news as T.J. Hockenson and the Vikings finalize a new deal. Plus, will Sean Payton be able to fix Russell Wilson this season? The legendary Joe Montana joins the show to give his takes on the recent QB moves in the NFL.
Hour 1: Tiger King: 8/31/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kimberly A. Martin, and Harry Douglas debate if the Chiefs are quite yet a dynasty and if the Jets will need Rodgers at MVP level to win the AFC East. The crew debates if it's a mistake for Joe Burrow to return to practice after his calf injury in the preseason. Plus, will we see Jonathan Taylor play for the colts again after their strained relationship?
Hour 2: Throwing Shade?: 8/30/23
Stephen A. Smith, Kimberley A. Martin and Dan Orlovsky, discuss questioning how the San Francisco 49ers organization is run after they traded quarterback Trey Lance to the Dallas Cowboys over the weekend. The crew also has fun reacting to Stephen A. and Dan Orlovsky's promo scene for the upcoming film "Equalizer 3" starring Denzel Washington.
Hour 1: Battle Under Center: 8/30/23
Stephen A. Smith, Kimberley A. Martin and Dan Orlovsky debate whether Joe Burrow or Lamar Jackson will have an MVP season this year. The crew also debates which version of Aaron Rodgers they'd prefer: happy or angry? This comes after Rodgers had an infuriated moment on last night's episode of "Hard Knocks."
Hour 2: Message Sent: 8/29/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Marcus Spears, and Mike Tannenbaum debate what message is being sent to Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy after Jerry Jones took them by surprise with the trade for Trey Lance. Paul Finebaum stops by to talk CFB ahead of Week 1, including if the Caleb Williams-led USC Trojans are a playoff threat to Alabama and Georgia and we discuss the Harbaugh-endorsed student-athlete revenue sharing. Stephen A. and Marcus discuss the challenge Matt Stafford is facing connecting with young players on the team. We debate which AFC East QB has the most at stake and cover breaking news about Von Miller.
Hour 1: House of Cards: 8/29/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears react to Jerry Jones saying he wanted to draft Jalen Hurts and they debate if he's sending a message to his current QB Dak Prescott. Plus, with the news of Kyler Murray still recovering from his ACL injury and Colt McCoy released, we discuss if the Cardinals' season is over before it even starts. And, the crew goes head to head in a debate over which QB is more likely to win their division: Jordan Love or Aaron Rodgers?
Hour 2: Wide Open?: 8/28/23
Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark and Dan Orlovsky debate whether or not having the best quarterback and wide receiver duo will get a team to the Super Bowl. Clark and Orlovsky also grade Stephen A.'s A-List on the top 5 NFL players and crew debates whether or not there is concern after Lamar Jackson didn't play in the preseason.
Hour 1: Chance on Lance: 8/28/23
Stephen A. Smith, Ryan Clark and Dan Orlovsky discuss the Dallas Cowboys' trade for Trey Lance over the weekend. The crew also also debate which quarterback will be the best in the AFC East and whether or not Jordan Love will lead the Green Bay Packers to the playoffs in his first year as the starter.
Hour 2: Colt Bolt?: 8/25/23
Stephen A. Smith, Herm Edwards and Ryan Clark discuss the best fit for Colts' star running back Jonathan Taylor after he was granted permission to seek a trade. The crew also discusses the Super Bowl window for the Buffalo Bills. Sports betting analyst Joe Fortenbaugh also joins to discuss upcoming NFL and college football odds.
Hour 1: Taking Flight?: 8/25/23
Stephen A. Smith, Herm Edwards and Ryan Clark debate whether or not the Eagles or any other NFC team will take the conference this upcoming season. Paul Finebaum also joins to discuss USC's chances to make the College Football Playoffs.
Hour 2: Game of Mahomes: 8/24/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kimberly A. Martin, and Dan Orlovsky debate if it's a bad idea for the Chiefs to play Patrick Mahomes in their preseason finale. Plus, should we be concerned about the 49ers' QB situation? The crew can't agree on which NFL team will make the biggest leap this season. We debate if the Cowboys need to trade for Jonathan Taylor before time runs out. Stephen A. announces the newest addition to First Take.
Hour 1: Keeping Up With The Joneses: 8/24/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Dan Orlovsky, and Kimberly A. Martin debate the impact of Chris Jones' holdout on the Chiefs' playoff chances if he sits out until week 8. And, we discuss the possibility of Dallas dumping Dak Prescott if they fail to reach the NFC title game this season. The crew debates how many wins the Packers can get this season with Jordan Love leading the offense. Plus, Stephen A. reveals BIG news about a new face joining First Take.
Hour 2: Ready For Takeoff?: 8/23/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Kimberly A. Martin debate whether the hype around the Jets heading into the season is good or bad for the team. Plus, we get the crew's reaction to Stephen A.'s claim that he hopes the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl. It's Wednesday so you know what that means... Mad Dog is here to tell us what has him so mad this week. Stephen A. responds to Lonzo Ball's clapback at him on social media and we discuss the concern level for the Yankees after they dropped their 9th straight game.
Hour 1: AFC Beast: 8/23/23
Stephen A., Louis Riddick and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo discuss how high Jalen Hurts' ceiling is, what teams should target All-Pro RB Jonathan Taylor and who is the best point guard of all-time: Steph or Magic?
Hour 2: Point of Contention?: 8/22/23
Stephen A. Smith, Marcus Spears and Kendrick Perkins discuss who's had the bigger impact on the NBA; Stephen Curry or Magic Johnson? Plus, Stephen A. does an A-List on the Top 5 NFC teams heading into this NFL season. Lastly, the crew discusses the NBA fining Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden $100,000 for his recent comments about franchise president Daryl Morey.
Hour 1: Best Ball: 8/22/23
Stephen A. Smith and Marcus Spears discuss if it's a mistake for the Colts to move on from Jonathan Taylor, will Deshaun Watson return to 2020 form and if Aaron Rodgers can produce multiple "MVP" caliber seasons for the Jets.
Hour 2: Baltimore or Less?: 8/21/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Dan Orlovsky, and Herm Edwards rehash Dan's list of sneaky Super Bowl threats and tell him exactly what they think is wrong with it. Kendrick Perkins joins the show to discuss James Harden's impact on the future of the 76ers and Dwayne Wade's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Stephen A. and Dan debate if the Ravens will have the most explosive offense in the AFC. Newly-crowned UFC Bantamweight Champion Sean O'Malley joins the show fresh off this weekend's TKO win over Aljamain Sterling in UFC 292.
Hour 1: Pack It In?: 8/21/23
Stephen A. Smith and Dan Orlovsky discuss whether or not the Green Bay Packers will be contenders in the NFC this NFL season. The two also debate the New York Jets having a target on their back after big moves in the offseason and "cheap" Orlovsky pays up after Stephen A. cranked out 20 push-ups a couple weeks ago.
Hour 2: Cause For Concern?: 8/18/23
In this episode, Kimberly A. Martin, Amber Wilson, and Bart Scott debate who is most likely to win MVP honors this year: Mahomes, Rodgers, or Lamar? And, will interceptions be a bigger concern for Josh Allen or Dak Prescott this season? The crew decides if it would be a major disappointment if the Ravens missed the AFC Championship. Daniel Cormier joins the show to get us ready for this weekend's UFC 292 action with the highly anticipated fight between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O'Malley.
Hour 1: Hurts So Good: 8/18/23
In this episode, Kimberly A. Martin, Amber Wilson, and Bart Scott debate how much Super Bowl pressure is on Jalen Hurts heading into this season and which team they believe will have the better year: the Eagles or the Cowboys? The crew gives their takes on whether or not it's smart for Tua to be playing in the preseason. And, do the Jets need to reach the Super Bowl in year one with Rodgers at the helm? The crew can't see eye to eye in a debate over whether or not Sean Payton will be able to turn Russell Wilson around this season.
Hour 1: Go home Rodgers: 8/17/23
Dan Orlovsky, Harry Douglas and Amber Wilson discuss their confidence in Brock Purdy's ability leading the 49ers, Deion Sanders scolding his players for NOT fighting and Dan's A-List of top 5 sneaky Super Bowl contenders.
Hour 1: Philly Special: 8/17/23
Dan Orlovsky, Harry Douglas and Amber Wilson discuss if Aaron Rodgers should be worried about the Jets O-line, who the scariest QB-WR duo is in the league and if Mac Jones is the QB with the most to prove in the AFC.
Hour 2: Rock or Harden Place?: 8/16/23
Stephen A. Smith, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Amber Wilson, Harry Douglas, No.2 ranked UFC Bantamweight fighter Sean O'Malley and undisputed Super Welterweight world champion Jermell Charlo join the show to discuss their respective upcoming fights, if Anthony Richardson being named the Colts week 1 starter is a mistake and what Mad Dog is mad about this week.
Hour 1: Out of Line: 8/16/23
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Amber Wilson, Harry Douglas and Sam Acho debut a new segment called speed debates. Also, which QB with a new OC is in the best situation and can Mahomes surpass Brady as the GOAT?
Hour 2: Hold Up: 8/15/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Kimberly A. Martin, Amber Wilson, and Adam Schefter kick off the ESPN Fantasy Football Marathon by breaking down the fantasy impacts of Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott's recent signings. Plus, the crew debates which QB they want running their fantasy squads. Harry Douglas is back to give his take on which holdout is more concerning: Nick Bosa or Chris Jones? We debate which QB will make the biggest leap in their careers this season.
Hour 1: Now We're Cookin': 8/15/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Kimberly A. Martin, Amber Wilson, and Harry Douglas react to the newest signings of Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott and debate who is the team to beat in the AFC East. Field Yates joins the show to help kick off ESPN's Fantasy Football Marathon with tips on drafting your team, including when to draft a QB... The crew debates who is the weakest link for the Cowboys and if Patrick Mahomes can surpass Tom Brady as the GOAT.
Hour 2: QB Continued...: 8/14/23
Dan Orlovsky, Marcus Spears and Amber Wilson discuss which NFL team is the biggest threat to the Kansas Chiefs' chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions. They also debate whether or not Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott should play in the preseason, and which quarterback will have the best season this year.
Hour 1: Ready for Takeoff?: 8/14/23
Marcus Spears, Dan Orlovsky and Amber Wilson discuss their expectations for the Kansas City Chiefs. They also discuss James Harden's comments over the weekend regarding Philadelphia 76ers' president Daryl Morey and concerns for the New York Jets' offensive line.
Hour 2: Bounce Backs: 8/11/23
Courtney Cronin, Harry Douglas, Sam Acho and Louis Riddick discuss which NFL quarterbacks will bounce back after struggling last season. The crew also discuss what they think are the biggest storylines heading into Week 1 of the NFL preseason and concerns regarding Washington Commanders' offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy's intensity with his new team.
Hour 1: CJ Struggle?: 8/11/23
Louis Riddick, Harry Douglas, Courtney Cronin and Sam Acho discuss if the Chiefs need DT Chris Jones to return to the Super Bowl, if the Bills will make the playoffs this season and who will have a better season: Jared Goff or Daniel Jones?
Hour 2: Cream of the Crop: 8/11/23
Damien Woody, Harry Douglas, Courtney Cronin and Mike Tannenbaum discuss if the Patriots have enough to make the playoffs, the most important Jet player not named Aaron Rodgers and which player not in camp creates the most concern for their team.
Hour 1: Emergency Landing: 8/10/23
Damien Woody, Harry Douglas, Courtney Cronin, Mike Tannenbaum and CFB analyst Heather Dinich discuss the roadblocks to Stanford and Cal's move to the ACC, will Joe Burrow have his best season yet and are Clemson's best days behind them?
Hour 1: Hard Knocks Life: 8/9/23
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Kimberley A. Martin, Courtney Cronin and Domonique Foxworth discuss Commanders' new OC Eric Bieniemy's intensity with players, if Dak Prescott's camp INTs are a bad day or bad sign, plus which QB has the highest ceiling: Burrow, Hurts or Allen?
Hour 2: How 'Bout Them Cowboys: 8/8/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Courtney Cronin, and Louis Riddick debate what the bigger concern is for the Cowboys this season: Dak's turnovers or Mike McCarthy's play-calling? Mike Tannenbaum joins the show to give his take on which new QB/WR duo he's anticipating the most heading into the season. Chiney Ogwumike is here to dive into the latest on Anthony Davis' record-breaking extension and what the Clippers need to do with Kawhi Leonard. The crew debates what should take the top spot as the worst sports uniform of all time.
Hour 1: Watch and Learn: 8/8/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Courtney Cronin, and Louis Riddick debate which duo will see more success this season: Justin Herbert and Kellen Moore or Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy? The list of the top 100 players in the NFL is out and our crew decides if the players got it right. Mike Tannenbaum joins the show to debate which NFC North QB will have the best season this year. Plus, we debate if rookie QBs would benefit from sitting on the sidelines to start their careers.
Hour 2: No Drought?: 8/7/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Courtney Cronin, Kimberly A. Martin, and Damien Woody debate who is more likely to end their drought and win a playoff game: the Jets or the Lions? Plus, the crew can't agree on which Dallas Cowboy is the most important player on the team-not named Dak Prescott. We debate which individual sports record should be deemed the most untouchable and what player is the biggest lock to be a first-ballot NFL Hall of Famer in 2024.
Hour 1: Bet Against Mahomes?: 8/7/23
Kimberley A., Martin, Damien Woody, Courtney Cronin and Heather Dinich discuss if the dismantling of the Pac-12 is good for college football, if Aaron Rodgers will play ay an MVP level this season and why Ja'Marr Chase wants Joe Burrow to sit out the opener.
Hour 2: Burrow's Best: 8/4/23
Stephen A., Ryan Clark, Sam Acho, HOF Mike Tyson and former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou join the show to discuss the confidence level before Ngannou fights boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. As well as expectations for Mac Jones this season and Stephen A's thirst-trapping (can you tell its Friday?).
Hour 1: Rodger That: 8/4/23
Stephen A., Ryan Clark and Sam Acho discuss the most important player for the Cowboys to make a deep playoff run, if Jalen Hurts is a superstar and if Josh Allen needs to change his playstyle?
Hour 2: Pac Up and Leave?: 8/3/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Damien Woody go back and forth on whether or not Dak Prescott is "that dude" in Dallas and debate what the chances are that the Browns win the AFC North. Paul Finebaum joins the show to give his take on if Florida State University should leave the ACC and if the Pac 12 is doomed. Stephen A. and Woody disagree on who the biggest threat to the Eagles is in the NFC. The crew has a heated debate on what the best variety of potato is.
Hour 1: Jerry's World: 8/3/23
In this episode, Stephen A. (in a fit you have to see to believe) and Damien Woody debate if Aaron Rodgers should play in the Jets' Hall of Fame game against the Browns tonight. Plus, Jerry Jones is raising expectations for this Cowboys squad, but are the high stakes good for Dallas? Jordan Love is in the hot seat in Green Bay as he looks to prove himself to the team that chose him, but is it fair that he only has one year to do it? Stephen A. and Woody debate who the best WR in the NFL is. The crew decides if the "Balloon World Cup" is a sport.
Hour 2: What's Cookin'?: 8/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Dan Orlovsky debate what the best landing spot would be for Dalvin Cook: the Jets or the Dolphins? Plus, we discuss where the Steelers will finish in the AFC North. It's Wednesday so you know what that means-Mad Dog tells us what he's mad about this week in a wild segment that ends in a pushup contest. The crew reacts to Bill Belichick not naming Mac Jones as the starter during training camp. Stephen A. reacts to Joey Votto's impression of him.
Hour 1: Miami Nice?: 8/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, and Dan Orlovsky give their takes on Sean Payton's comments about Nathaniel Hackett's coaching during his season with Denver. And, we discuss if the Cowboys should have to make their offense "Dak-friendly" this season. The crew debates if Tua and Tyreek are the best QB-WR duo in the NFL right now. Stephen A. and Mad Dog debate how confident they are in the Yankees' ability to make the playoffs.
Hour 2: Roman Reigns LIVE: 8/1/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Marcus Spears go at it in a debate over the state of the Cowboys' offense with Dak at the helm. WWE Superstar Roman Reigns and promoter Paul Heyman join the show live ahead of WWE Summer Slam where Reigns will defend his title against his cousin Jey Uso in "Tribal Combat". Roman takes a crack at an A-List of his top 5 Super Bowl contenders this season and things get heated between Paul and Marcus. The crew debates if Tua and the Dolphins can win the AFC East.
Hour 1: Dak Impress-cott?: 8/1/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Marcus Spears debate if the Cowboys' offense being in Dak's hands is a good or bad thing. Sam Acho joins the discussion with his take on who has more at stake in New York: Robert Saleh or Aaron Rodgers? The crew can't seem to agree on which QB will make the biggest leap in their careers this season. We hear from Damar Hamlin after his first padded practice following his on-field cardiac arrest last season.
Hour 2: User Errol: 7/31/23
Stephen A., Kimberley A. Martin and Marcus Spears discuss who Dalvin Cook should want to sign with, Aaron Rodgers calling Sean Payton "insecure" and thoughts on Micah Parsons saying the Cowboys are a top NFC team.
Hour 1: Aaron it Out: 7/31/23
Stephen A., Dan Orlovsky and Marcus Spears discuss if the Colts should trade Jonathan Taylor, if it's a make or break season for Dak Prescott and will Justin Fields play MVP-level football this season?
Hour 1: J-oh No: 7/28/23
Stephen A., Kimberley A. Martin, Herm Edwards and Daniel Cormier discuss the blockbuster fights of the weekend (Spence/Crawford, Gaethje/Poirier), Sean Payton's criticism of Nathaniel Hackett and who has more at stake: Prescott or McCarthy?
Hour 2: Put ya Money where ya Mouth is: 7/26/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Harry Douglas and UFC fighters Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier discuss who will win their rematch Saturday night, why Damian Lillard should entertain going to the Knicks and what Mad Dog is mad about today?
Hour 1: Cowboy Conundrum : 7/26/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Harry Douglas discuss the likelihood of the Eagles being better than last year, if the Celtics are the favorite this upcoming season and who has the best QB division: AFC East, West or North?
Hour 2 : TODAY IS PAY DAY : 7/25/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Kimberly Martin and Ryan Clark. Saquon Barkley is still going to be a NY Giant this upcoming season but what does that mean for their expectations on the field? Plus Stephen A has a list that may shock you as we continue the countdown to the NFL season. This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Saqu-On The Money : 7/25/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Kimberly Martin and Ryan Clark. Saquon Barley and the New York Giants reach a 1-year agreement contract but what does this mean for not only Saquon but other running backs looking for deals this season. Plus, Dame Lillard still hasn't found a new home but find out why Stephen A believes he should join the Knicks. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2 : We The North : 7/24/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Kimberly Martin and Ryan Clark. With Aaron Rodgers out of sight, which quarterback will be the next king of the north in the NFC? But first, some of the top running backs are still unsigned heading into the season... so would Stephen A. be okay with using injuries as leverage for contract negotiations? This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : In The Running : 7/24/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Kimberly Martin and Ryan Clark. Over the weekend James Harden scrubbed the sixers from his social media...what does that mean for his future in Philly? The crew will weigh in on that. And new beginnings in Dallas as the Cowboys report to training camp. will the new offense help dak cut down on turnovers this year? big disagreement on this one, next. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2 : Bigger Shoes?: 7/21/23
In this episode Harry Douglass is joined by Mike Tannenbaum and Louis Riddick. Things are flying high in the big apple, but someone here is knocking on Rodgers chance for a fifth MVP. Plus, Russell Wilson is looking to have a bounce back year but is his last place broncos most likely to finish first this season? Tune into First Take to find out.
Hour 1 : Saquon Life to Live: 7/21/23
In this episode Harry Douglass is joined by Mike Tannenbaum, Louis Riddick, and Heather Dinich. After yesterday's first practice Rodgers and company realize the expectations and are embracing all that comes along with that but is it super bowl or bust for the Jets? The standoff between Saquon Barkley and the Giants continues but is this as big of a deal as we think? This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Disaster Ahead?: 7/20/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Ryan Clark, Harry Douglas, and Freddie Coleman debate who poses the biggest threat to the Chiefs from the AFC East. Paul Finebaum is here live from SEC media day with reaction to new comments from Lane Kiffin calling the state of college football "a disaster". The crew gives their takes on whether or not Saquon Barkley should sit out this season after failing to reach a long-term deal with the Giants. New comments from Asante Samuel fuel a debate over who carried who: Tom Brady or Bill Belichick? This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of hip hop, so in collaboration with Andscape First Take will be recognizing hip hop's influence on sports and culture all month long with a message today from Molly Qerim.
Hour 1: East Mode: 7/20/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Ryan Clark, Harry Douglas, and Freddie Coleman debate which AFC East team has the most to prove this season. And, with the news of Cowboys guard Zack Martin possibly skipping training camp we discuss what this could mean for Dak and the team. Paul Finebaum joins us from SEC media day to debate what Alabama's biggest issue is heading into the season: uncertainty at QB or their new coaching staff? It's Madden ratings reveal week and today we unveil the top 2 cornerbacks in the game, but do our guys agree with their ranks?
Hour 2: Run It Back?: 7/18/23
In this episode, Dan Orlovsky, Courtney Cronin, and Kimberly A. Martin debate which party is more at fault for Saquon Barkley's failure to reach a deal: Saquon or the Giants? Kendrick Perkins joins the show to unpack recent comments from Joel Embiid about winning a championship "anywhere else" and decides if he's sending Philly a message or just trolling. Paul Finebaum joins us from SEC Media Days to debate who the biggest threat to a Georgia 3-peat would be. The crew discusses who will walk into the NFL season as the biggest offseason winner. LeBron has decided to return to the #23 jersey this season after repping #6 in honor of the late Bill Russell, so we debate which LeBron was better: 6 or 23? This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of hip hop and First Take in cooperation with Andscape will be recognizing hip hop's impact on sports and culture with a message from Stephen A. Smith.
Hour 1: Running Low: 7/18/23
In this episode, Dan Orlovsky, Courtney Cronin, and Kimberly A. Martin react to some of the league's top running backs failing to reach long-term deals and debate why the RB position has been devalued recently. Plus, the crew debates which guy they'd want on their squad: Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, or Tony Pollard? Paul Finebaum joins us from SEC Media Days to break down the effect the NIL has had on college football. Madden 24 has revealed the ratings for some of the league's most talented edge rushers and our guys tell us if they got it right.
Hour 2: Cowboy Up: 7/17/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Damien Woody, Courtney Cronin, and Mike Tannenbaum debate what the most important game in the Cowboys schedule is as they look to make their first conference championship since 1995. Courtney and Damien play matchmaker and tell us the best landing spots for the league's top free agent running backs. Plus, the crew debates which QB needs a bounce back season the most and which NFL rivalry is most similar to a good old college football rivalry. This Summer marks the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop, so in collaboration with Andscape First Take is recognizing Hip Hop's influence on sports and culture with a message from Christine Williamson.
Hour 1: Hop to Tennessee: 7/17/23
In this episode, Shae Cornette, Damien Woody, Courtney Cronin, and Mike Tannenbaum react to the news over the weekend that DeAndre Hopkins is expected to sign a 2-year deal with the Titans. Plus, the crew debates how far Dak Prescott needs to take the Cowboys this year to keep his job as starting QB. And, it's officially time to talk College Football which means Paul Finebaum is here to tell us if there's anyone out there who can stop Georgia this season and what a lackluster Alabama season could mean for Nick Saban's legacy. Madden has revealed its ratings for the top wide receivers in the league, but do our guys think they got it right?
Hour 2: Wembanyama-rama: 7/14/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Courtney Cronin, and Chris Carlin debate which NBA matchup will be the most difficult for rookie Victor Wembanyama. Aaron Rodgers has come to accept his role in this year's "Hard Knocks" and the crew reacts to his new comments. Jeff Passan joins us for some baseball talk as we debate the best trade destinations for Shohei Ohtani. Patrick Mahomes made it a clean sweep at this year's ESPYs, but can we award him and Coach Reid GOAT status yet? Belichick and Brady might beg to differ... The crew tells us their favorite throwback jerseys in sports. This Summer marks the 50th anniversary of hip hop and First Take in partnership with Andscape recognizes it's influence on sports and culture with a message from Christine Williamson.
Hour 1: Saqu-on Life to Live: 7/14/23
In this episode, Courtney Cronin and Chris Carlin break down the Saquon Barkley situation in New York and debate who needs who more: Saquon or the Giants? Kendrick Perkins stops by with his take on stars like Damian Lillard giving their teams specific trade demands. The crew debates if the Warriors should be favored over the Lakers to win next season's championship. Jeff Passan is here to talk some baseball and he tells us if Shohei Ohtani should rock the pinstripes in New York.
Hour 2: Tua Good to be True?: 7/13/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Jay Williams, and Courtney Cronin hold it down for Stephen A. as they react to LeBron James setting the record straight that he is not retiring and will enter his third decade in the league. The crew debates whether LeBron or Tom Brady has had a better run of dominance in their careers. Freddie Coleman and Mike Tannenbaum join the show to debate if the Dolphins are the most dangerous team in the NFL-if Tua stays healthy. We are still on Harden trade-watch, but should the star feel disrespected by Philly? Victor Wembanyama had some strong words after his Summer League debut, saying the NBA is less physical than Euro league play. Perk and Jay Will might have a problem with that... Babe Ruth set an unbelievable milestone when he hit his 700th career homerun on this date in 1934, which got us thinking... which records across sports are the most unbreakable?
Hour 1: Lord of the Rings: 7/13/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Freddie Coleman, and Courtney Cronin hold it down for Stephen A. with debate over whether or not LeBron-who is definitely not retiring- can lead Lakers to a title this season. Mike Tannenbaum and Kimberly A. Martin join the show with their reactions to the Jets being chosen as this year's Hard Knocks team and discuss if it's a good idea. Heather Dinich is here to talk college football live from the BIG12 media day as the crew debates if conference realignment is bad for football. With Asante Samuel stirring the pot on Twitter calling out Sauce Gardner, we debate if New York athletes are overvalued.
Hour 1 : Burner Boy : 7/7/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Monica McNutt and Kendrick Perkins. Damian Lillard has made it very clear that not only does he want out of Portland but he wants to ONLY play for Miami but someone here thinks that he is hurting himself by limiting his options. Kobe graces another 2k cover but which story would you rather have, Kobe Bryant or Lebron James. Plus after another disappointing season the Cowboys make a few offseason changes. Andrew Hawkins stops by to give us his NFC team to watch. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2 : Bold Pick : 7/7/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Monica McNutt and Kendrick Perkins. Things haven't been the best between Portland and Damian Lillard this offseason so find out who thinks there is a chance that we might see him in a blazers uniform next season. Plus Andrew Hawkins joins the show to give us his opinion on who he believes is the best coach. Finally the one and only Ice Cube joins the show as he goes 1 on 1 with Stephen A. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: MVP Mahomes?: 7/6/23
Stephen A., Sam Acho, Jay Williams and Monica McNutt discuss which team gives Lillard the best shot at a title, Stephen A's Top 5 NFC QBs, and what would you rather choose: $1 million up front or $20 million but you must score 15 points in an NBA game?
Hour 1: Common Chief: 7/6/23
Stephen A., Sam Acho, Jay Williams and Monica McNutt discuss the drama (or lack thereof) with the Buffalo Bills, Woj's new article about Damian Lillard's trade talks, and who is more likely to request a trade: Luka or Embiid?
Hour 2: All-Star Caliber?: 7/5/23
In this episode, Stephen A. returns to see what Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is so mad about this week. The crew discusses Draymond Green's struggle with his shooting and his confidence and debates whether or not Victor Wembanyama will be an all-star in his rookie year. Alexander Volkanovski joins the show to preview his upcoming UFC 290 fight against Yair Rodriguez.
Hour 1: The Sho is Over?: 7/5/23
In this episode, Stephen A. returns to take on Chris "Mad Dog" Russo in a debate over what the best landing spot would be for star Damian Lillard. The two also argue about how much (if at all) the Lakers improved this offseason. Courtney Cronin joins the show to give her take on what Aaron Rodgers should expect for his first season in New York. With Shohei Ohtani at the top of his game, the crew debates if now is the time for the Angels to consider trading him.
Hour 2: Put a Ring on it: 7/4/23
Courtney Cronin, Tim Bontemps, Harry Douglas, Kimberley A. Martin discuss the best rapper-athlete comparisons, if Joey Chestnut is an all-time athlete and if this is LeBron's last chance to win a 5th ring.
Hour 1: Three's Company: 7/4/23
Courtney Cronin, Tim Bontemps, Harry Douglas, Kimberley A. Martin discuss which stars across sports creates the biggest fireworks, chiefs or the field to win the Super Bowl and who is more likely to win a championship in Dallas: Luka or Dak?
Hour 2: Hard-en Road Ahead: 7/3/23
In this episode, Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins, and Mike Tannenbaum react to Damian Lillard's trade request out of Portland and debate if the Trailblazers owe it to Dame to send him where he wants to go. Courtney Cronin joins the show to discuss what Philadelphia should do with James Harden. The crew evaluates the new Big 3 in Phoenix and decides which player is the key to a deep playoff run: KD, Booker, or Beal? Kyrie Irving decided to stay with Luka in Dallas, but what must he do to this season to make his contract successful? In partnership with Andscape, First Take recognizes Hip Hop's 50th Anniversary by highlighting its influence on sports and culture .
Hour 1: It's About Dame Time: 7/3/23
In this episode, Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins, and Courtney Cronin take over the show to debate what the best landing spot would be for Damian Lillard after he requested a trade from Portland over the weekend. Plus, Draymond Green has agreed to a new deal to stay in Golden State, so is this Warriors roster a legitimate threat in the West? Speaking of the West, the Lakers made a few free agency moves that LeBron should be happy with... or should he? The crew gives their takes on various free agency signings around the league including Russell Westbrook, Donte Divincenzo, and Khris Middleton.
Hour 2: Philly Cheese Stake: 6/30/23
Brian Windhorst, Nick Freidell, Freddie Coleman, Chris Canty and Chris Carlin discuss who the best team is in the AFC East, which sport has the better golfers, NFL or NBA, and which trade was more impactful: Porzingis or Beal?
Hour 1: Trimming the Beard: 6/30/23
Brian Windhorst, Nick Freidell, Freddie Coleman, Chris Canty and Chris Carlin discuss if Russell Wilson has done enough to be in the Hall-of-Fame, the Blazers GM committing to Damian Lillard and if the Celtics are the best team in the East.
Hour 2: Perfect Harmony?: 6/29/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, Tim Legler, and Freddie Coleman hold it down as they dive into NBA free agency and debate who needs the other more: the 76ers or James Harden? Plus, we preview the NFL season with a debate on which young QB has more to prove this year: Lamar Jackson or Josh Allen? The crew discusses whether or not they believe Kyrie can continue to work with Luka in Dallas or if he should look elsewhere for a landing spot. Zion has had his fair share of off-season controversy, but do the guys see a problem with his recent actions on the court?
Hour 1: Decision Day!: 6/29/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, Tim Legler, and Freddie Coleman hold it down with debate over what Philly should do about James Harden as the clock ticks on his player option. In other free agency news, Kyrie Irving also has a decision to make-but what's the best landing spot for the controversial star? Draymond Green could say goodbye to Golden State, but if he re-signs can the Warriors stack up against the Nuggets? Damien Woody joins the show with his take on which team has a better chance to make it to the Super Bowl: Dak and the Cowboys or the new-look Jets?
Hour 2: Green Day: 6/28/23
In this episode, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Brian Windhorst, Tim Legler, and Domonique Foxworth hold it down for Stephen A. as they debate if Golden State's title window is closing and if Draymond could win elsewhere. Freddie Coleman joins the show to tell us who he trusts more under center: Joe Burrow or Josh Allen? It's Wednesday so you know what that means: Mad Dog tells us everything that has him fuming this week. The crew debates who is the most disrespected superstar in NBA history.
Hour 1: The Lake Show: 6/28/23
In this episode, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Domonique Foxworth, and Brian Windhorst hold it down for Stephen A. as they debate whether or not the Lake Show should run it back next year for an encore with their current squad or make moves in free agency. Plus, with a deadline looming, James Harden has some decisions to make-but should Philly want him back in a max deal? Tim Legler and Freddie Coleman join the crew to revisit the Larry Bird debate spurred by comments from Dennis Rodman. And, the Jets aren't keen to appear on ''Hard Knocks", but should they be more optimistic about the opportunity?
Hour 2: GOAT Talk: 6/27/23
Domonique Foxworth, Freddie Coleman, Tim Legler, Sam Acho and WWE superstars Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins deliver their own A-List of WWE Heels, their favorite dunked on moments and who would you rather chase a title with: Kyrie or Harden?
Hour 1: Two Biids in a Pod: 6/27/23
Domonique Foxworth, Freddie Coleman, Tim Legler and Sam Acho discuss who will win the NFC North, what the best place is for Damian Lillard and is Finals MVP Nikola Jokic more skilled than Larry Bird?
Hour 2: I Got Next: 6/26/23
Kendrick Perkins, Freddie Coleman, Nick Freidell, Dan Orlovsky and Kimberley A. Martin discuss the Heat Finals chances with Damian Lillard as well as the Jets Super Bowl chacnes with Aaron Rodgers. Plus, is Draymond Green worth $100 million at this stage in his career?
Hour 1: Trailing Behind: 6/26/23
Kendrick Perkins, Freddie Coleman, Nick Freidell, Dan Orlovsky and Kimberley A. Martin discuss if Dak can be the reason why the Cowboys win a Super Bowl, if Joel Embiid's future in Philly should be in doubt and where should Russell Westbrook want to go in free agency?
Hour 2 : Fashion Friday : 6/23/23
In this episode, Stephen A., JJ Redick, and Seth Greenberg rejoin the show to break down the NBA Draft and who they believe had the best and worst Draft. Also, there has been multiple top draft classes but which one is the best yet? This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Scoot Over : 6/23/23
In this episode, Stephen A., JJ Redick, and Seth Greenberg break down the NBA Draft and all of the new incoming players to the NBA. What was your biggest take away from the NBA Draft? This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: On Draft: 6/21/23
In this episode, Stephen A., JJ Redick, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo debate which Suns player would benefit more from Phoenix winning a title: Booker or KD? We preview tomorrow's NBA Draft and debate if Wembanyama will be the most highly-anticipated rookie debut in NBA history. It's Wednesday so you know what that means! Mad Dog tells us what's got him so angry this week. And, we get the debate going on which superstar has more at stake next season: Kevin Durant or Aaron Rodgers?
Hour 1: Rising Suns?: 6/21/23
In this episode, Stephen A., JJ Redick, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo debate whether or not the Phoenix Suns will be better next season with newly acquired All-Star Bradley Beal joining KD and Booker. With Draymond Green declining his player option with the Warriors, the crew decides if the dynasty in Golden State ends with him. Plus, the guys discuss Damian Lillard's future in Portland. Booger McFarland joins the show to talk Rodgers and the Jets' ceiling this season.
Hour 2: Nique the Freak: 6/20/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst and HOF hooper Domonique Wilkins discuss fellow HOF Isiah Thomas's influence with the Suns, Ja Morant and his perception of the media and who the best player in the NBA Draft is aside from Victor Wembanyama.
Hour 1: Seeing Green: 6/20/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins and Kimberley A. Martin discuss how much the Knicks can improve next season, why Perk says the Suns are the best team in basketball and who will go down as better in their sport: Durant or Rodgers?
Hour 2: Titletown: 6/19/23
Stephen A., Monica McNutt, J.J. Redick, Damien Woody, Marcus Spears and Brian Windhorst discuss if the Blazers should trade Damian Lillard, if the Cavs comeback in 2016 was the best sports comeback in history and will Mahomes and the Chiefs repeat?
Hour 1: The Real Beal: 6/19/23
Stephen A., J.J Redick and Brian Windhorst if the Pelicans should trade Zion, the Yankees getting swept and who is a better fit for Chris Paul: Lakers or Clippers?
Hour 2: NBA Suspends Ja Morant: 6/16/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, and Adrian Wojnarowski react to breaking news out of the NBA as Ja Morant is given a 25-game suspension following multiple videos seen on Instagram of the Grizzlies star holding a gun. We get the latest from Woj as it unfolds and react to a statement released from Ja Morant. Stephen A. and Perk debate what the Phoenix Suns need to do to surpass the champion Denver Nuggets next season.
Hour 1: BREAKING Ja Morant Suspended: 6/16/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Brian Windhorst, and Kendrick Perkins react live to the news of Ja Morant's 25-game suspension handed down by the league this morning. Woj joins us live in studio as new information comes in on the punishment. The crew debates whether or not the Knicks should be interested in Zion Williamson. Sam Acho and Louis Riddick join the show to discuss what a last place finish in the AFC East would mean for Bill Belichick's legacy.
Hour 2 : Beard Science : 6/15/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm is joined by Jay Williams and Kendrick Perkins. There has been a lot of talk about James Harden this offseason and where he may potentially land but find out what his former coach had to say about their relationship and what that might mean for their future. Plus, should we have "Big Truss: in a hot start for Lamar Jackson and his new star receiver OBJ? Fid out what Herm Edwards and Mike Tannenbaum have to say on that. This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Eye on Zion : 6/15/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm is joined by Jay Williams and Kendrick Perkins. The Pelicans may have interest in trading up in the NBA draft which would require either Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram to be apart of the trade package to get this deal done. Find out who thinks he should stay or go. Plus with a suspension coming up for Ja Morant find out what Perk thinks the future may hold for Morant in Memphis. Herm Edwards and Mike Tannenbaum stop by to tell us who they believe will be the clear MVP next season. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Dray Day: 6/14/23
J.J. Redick, Brian Windhorst, Damien Woody, Dan Orlovsky and Keyshawn Johnson discuss who should start at QB for the 49ers, what Windy thinks about Damian Lillard trade talks and who is more likely to repeat as champion: Mahomes or Jokic?
Hour 1: Can you Diggs it?: 6/14/23
J.J. Redick, Brian Windhorst, Dan Orlovsky, Keyshawn Johnson, Damien Woody and The Ultimate Fighter co-star Michael Chandler discussing Team Chandler vs. Team McGregor, if the Pelicans should trade Ingram or Zion and who will be the most improved QB in the NFL this season?
Hour 2: Who wears the crown next?: 6/13/23
Stephen A., J.J. Redick, Monica McNutt and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo discuss if Jimmy Butler is a superstar, if the Nuggets are on the verge of a dynasty and what Mad Dog is mad about this week.
Hour 1: Mile High Mission Accomplished: 6/13/23
Stephen A., J.J. Redick, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Ryan Clark discuss if it will be a "year to remember" for the Cowboys, if Jokic is the most skilled big man of all-time and should the Heat prioritize a superstar this offseason?
Hour 2 : Heat of the Moment : 6/12/23
In this hour Molly Qeirm and Stephen A is joined by Monica McNutt. The Miami Heat are one loss away from the offseason, who should they be looking to move to South Beach this summer? Find out what Dan Orlovsky has to say about if a super bowl ring with the Jets put him on par with Broadway Joe? This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Mile High Mission : 6/12/23
In this hour Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is joined by Monica McNutt and Jay Williams. Denver came off of a astonishing performance in game 4 as they have a chance to close it out tonight in game 3. Find out who thinks that the series might not be over just yet. Plus, New York may have a GIANT problem on their hands as Saquon Barkley has still not attended mandatory minicamp this offseason. Dan Orlovsky joins in on this conversation as he gives his opinion on what is taking place in the Big Apple. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Heating Up: 6/9/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Clark discuss who the biggest threat to the Chiefs, if the West will run through Denver and who the crews believes will win Game 4?
Hour 1: Championship Jimmy?: 6/9/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst and Kendrick Perkins discuss their confidence level in the Heat, the Sooners record setting 53rd straight game and if James Harden would make the Suns a championship team.
Hour 2: Droppin' Nuggets: 6/7/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jay Williams, Keyshawn Johnson and New Orleans Pelican C.J. McCollum discuss if Damian Lillard needs to leave Portland, if Aaron Rodgers has the most to prove of AFC East QBs and what Mad Dog is mad about today.
Hour 1: Take ya pick: 6/7/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jay Williams, Keyshawn Johnson and New Orleans Pelican C.J. McCollum discuss if Nuggets coach Mike Malone should've criticized his team publicly, how the PGA looks after merging with LIV golf and surprise NFC teams to threaten the Eagles.
Hour 2: Winning Time: 6/6/23
Stephen A., Monica McNutt, Brian Windhorst and Keyshawn Johnson discuss if the Bills are the team to beat in the AFC East, the most disrespectful play in NBA history on the anniversary over the Iverson step-over and who is better in crunch time: Butler or Jokic?
Hour 1: Needs vs. Wants: 6/6/23
Stephen A., Keyshawn Johnson, Monica McNutt and Brian Windhorst discuss if Jokic is the toughest player in the league to guard, if the Cowboys offense is built for a Super Bowl and what the PGA Tour merging with LIV means.
Hour 2: Gimme Jimmy: 6/5/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, and JJ Redick react to comments from Nuggets head coach Mike Malone after last night's Game 2 loss and break down the biggest reason Denver got burned by the Heat. Plus, is Jimmy Butler playing well enough for Miami to win it all? And, does Jokic need to score big every game in order to put the Heat away? The guys tell us which professional athlete they would pay more to see: Steph Curry or Patrick Mahomes?
Hour 1: The Heat Is On : 6/5/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith is joined by JJ Redick and Kendrick Perkins. We are headed back to the 305 as the Heat beat the Nuggets in game 2 and tie the series at one a piece. The Joker finished with 40-plus points but had more turnovers than assists, so find out who thinks the Nuggets have a larger issue at hand. Plus, the Suns hired Frank Vogel as their new head coach, but does Stephen A. think Vogel can lead Booker and KD to a title? The answer may surprise you...
Hour 2: Heat of the Moment: 6/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith. Kendrick Perkins, and JJ Redick recap Game 1 of the NBA Finals and discuss what Miami needs to do in order to even the series this weekend. Plus, the guys give their biggest takeaways from Adam Silver saying the NBA's ruling on Ja Morant will come after the NBA Finals. JJ presents us with an updated A-List of the top-5 hardest players to guard in the NBA. Perk and JJ are always going at it on our show, but will they put their differences aside to jump out of a plane together?
Hour 1: Sky's The Limit?: 6/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith, Kendrick Perkins, and JJ Redick break down Game 1 of the NBA Finals and debate if Miami can still win the series despite last night's loss. As far as duos go, Jokic and Murray might be the best in the league, but does Perk think so? The crew debates that as well as if Tatum and Brown can make it work in Boston with Mazzulla running it back next year. Speaking of star duos... did JJ and Perk just agree to go skydiving together??
Hour 2: Then There Were Two: 6/1/23
Stephen A., Jay Williams, Monica McNutt, Joe Fortenbaugh and TNT analyst Kenny Smith discuss who the best big man ever is, what the best bets are for Game 1 of the Finals and what's worse for Joel Embiid: Jokic winning or Butler winning?
Hour 1: Altitude Schmaltitude: 6/1/23
Stephen A., Jay Williams, and Monica McNutt discuss if Jimmy Butler is more challenging to guard than LeBron or KD, who's the most crucial player in determining the Nuggets success, and which Finals run was more impressive: Heat 2023 or Knicks 1999?
Hour 2: End of the Road: 5/31/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, J.J. Redick and Monica McNutt discuss the X-factor in the NBA Finals, what Mad Dog is mad about today and Stephen's A (or C+ if you're J.J.) List on the top five Supermax worthy players.
Hour 1: Brown and Out: 5/31/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and J.J. Redick discuss who the most important player in the NBA Finals is, if Bob Myers gets too much credit for the Warriors dynasty and if Shohei Ohtani can will the Angels to the playoffs?
Hour 2 : Surprised but not Impressed: 5/30/23
In this hour Molly Qerim and Stephen A Smith is joined by JJ Reddick and Marcus Spears. Nikola Jokic has been having one of the best postseasons in NBA history but is the Nuggets run more impressive than the Heats? Huge debate on that. Plus we are 100 days away from the start of the NFL and the pressure in on for Dak and the Cowboys but find out who thinks this is a make or break season for Dak. Finally, the NBA Finals are set but should the Nuggets fear Jimmy Butler and the Heat like we think? This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : The NBA Finals are SET!: 5/30/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is joined by JJ Reddick and Tim Legler. Boston was unable to make history and become the first team to come back from being down 0-3. The Heat went on to win the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 7 vs the Celtics 103-84, but find who the crew thinks you should blame for the Celtics loss. Plus Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown has had a lot of success in Boston but will this be the end of this dynamic duo? Finally, the Sixers got their new guy in Nick Nurse as their new Head Coach but should we be expecting a Finals run next season? This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Pippen Flippin?: 5/29/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, and Tim Legler debate which player's legacy would be hurt more by a loss in tonight's decisive Game 7 between Boston and Miami: Jayson Tatum or Jimmy Butler? The crew reacts to recent comments from Scottie Pippen about Michael Jordan being "horrible" before they played together. The guys debate what the NBA should do as they investigate referee Eric Lewis over an alleged burner account on Twitter. Harry Douglas and Rob Ninkovich answer the NFL's most burning questions including what kind of season Lamar Jackson will have, if the Chiefs can repeat as Super Bowl champs, and if Dak can lead the Cowboys into the postseason this year. We continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special message from our own SportsCenter anchor Zubin Mehenti.
Hour 1: Wicked Wild: 5/29/23
In this episode, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, and Tim Legler hold it down for Stephen A. as they react to the wild ending in Miami that saw the Boston Celtics force a Game 7 in the last seconds of the game. The guys debate if the Celtics deserve credit for their dramatic win or if the Heat deserve the blame for failing to close out the series. Plus, could tonight's game be the last time we see Tatum and Brown in green? Perk, Rob Ninkovich, and Jeff Passan can't agree on what the greatest comeback in Boston sports history is. Harry Douglas joins the show to discuss which team needs to win the DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes.
Hour 2: Anything is Possible?: 5/26/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Mike Tannebaum, Kimberley A. Martin as well as undefeated boxers Errol Spence Jr. and Terence "Bud" Crawford join the show to discuss their undisputed championship fight July 29th, if there should be an issue with Davante Adams venting publicly about the Raiders and what would be bigger: Jets Super Bowl win or Knicks NBA Finals win?
Hour 1: LeGone?: 5/26/23
In this episode, Stephen A. Smith is joined by Kendrick Perkins and Alan Hahn to preview tonight's Game 5 matchup between the Celtics and the Heat. Kimberly A. Martin and Mike Tannenbaum are here to educate Stephen A. on the state of his Cowboys and debate how far QB Dak Prescott needs to go this season to silence the critics. Stephen A. and Perk discuss the possibility of LeBron retiring.
Hour 2: Big Apple Aaron: 5/25/23
In this episode, Monica McNutt, Brian Windhorst, and Alan Hahn step in for Stephen A. and debate whether the Celtics have a chance to come back from down 3-0 to Miami following news that Gabe Vincent has been ruled out of tonight's Game 5. Louis Riddick and Bart Scott get into it discussing if Aaron Rodgers' Jets can win the AFC East in his first year leading the team and debate if the Super Bowl window in Buffalo is closing in on Josh Allen. Plus, with so many stars going into the NBA offseason without a head coach, the crew debates which job is the best available. Speaking of coaches, is Joe Mazzulla coaching for his job tonight?
Hour 1: Turning Up The Heat: 5/25/23
In this episode, Monica McNutt, Brian Windhorst, and Alan Hahn hold it down for Stephen A. as they debate just how much trouble Miami will be in if they fail to close out the Celtics once and for all in tonight's Game 5 matchup. Plus, Kyrie speaks out against media speculation on his free agency, so we discuss who we'd rather see Kyrie play with next year: LeBron or Luka? Louis Riddick and Bart Scott join the crew to talk some football including what to expect from Lamar Jackson this year and if Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
Hour 2 : Fire in the Hole: 5/24/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is joined by JJ Redick and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. The Celtics avoided the sweep and are looking to make a historic comeback but if they lose in 5 how would this impact their offseason? Plus, Dan Orlovsky rejoins the show to give us who his top 5 qb's that are under the most pressure to have a great season and you may be shocked to see who doesn't make this list. This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Survived But Alive? : 5/24/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is joined by JJ Redick and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. The Boston Celtics kept their season alive with a 116-99 victory in Miami but is this enough to overcome a 3-1 deficit? Plus, Dan Orlovsky joins the show and breaks down how Aaron Rodgers is putting his best foot forward in he big apple but find out why someone here says one play off win would be enough to call the Jets season a success. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Sweep-stakes: 5/23/23
Stephen A., Monica McNutt and J.J. Redick discuss if its time to split up Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Aaron Rodgers at Jets OTAs and is Kyrie Irving the missing piece for the Lakers?
Hour 1: Golden Nugget: 5/23/23
Stephen A., J.J. Redick and Brian Windhorst discuss if they buy LeBron contemplating retirement, Deandre Hopkins top five QBs he'd play for and who is more pivotal in avoiding a sweep tonight: Tatum or Brown?
Hour 2: Last Chance?: 5/22/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Kendrick Perkins debate if the Celtics should fire Joe Mazzulla if they get swept by the Miami Heat. Plus, actor and comedian Anthony Anderson joins the show to talk NBA Playoffs and his Lakers. Marcus Spears is with us to discuss if the Tatum-Brown duo have hit their ceiling together. The crew debates if this Lakers run is LeBron's last shot at a 5th ring. We continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special message from our own SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi.
Hour 1: Celtic Slide: 5/22/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Kendrick Perkins react to the Celtics' blowout loss to Miami last night and debate whether the loss falls more on Coach Joe Mazzulla or stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Plus, they tell us just how shocking this Miami heat postseason run really is. The guys react to the news of 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony announcing his retirement after 19 seasons. Stephen A. and Perk debate if LeBron's legacy would be impacted if the Lakers get swept in the Conference Finals. And, Stephen A. has an issue with this weekend's UFC Lightweight Title decision between Haney and Lomachenko.
Hour 2 : THREE-SASTER: 5/19/23
In this episode this episode Christine Williamson is rejoined by Jay Williams and Kendrick Perkins. Someone says that what we know of the Lakers is over but find out who thinks there still might be some light at the end of the tunnel. Plus the Celtics and Heat square off tonight and find out who thinks this is a must win win. This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : LeBoink: 5/19/23
In this episode Christine Williams filling in is joined by Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins and Jay Williams discuss if it's the Nuggets title to lose, if Joel Embiid should force his way out of Philly and if tonight is must win for the Celtics?
Hour 2: Celtic Slide: 5/18/23
In this episode, Jay Williams and Monica McNutt debate who is the most to blame for the Celtics' Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat last night. Plus, they discuss where Jimmy Butler ranks among the stars remaining in the playoffs. The WNBA season is here and Monica tells us what the biggest storyline is ahead of tip-off tomorrow. Damien Woody joins the show and chimes in on which duo he believes will have a better Game 2: LeBron and AD or Jokic and Murray? The crew debates which current player has the Mamba Mentality. And, can the Warriors move past the Draymond Green-Jordan Poole drama from this season? We continue celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special message from SportsCenter Anchor Gary Striewski.
Hour 1: Jimmy Cooks: 5/18/23
Jay Williams, Allen Hahn and Monica McNutt discuss if Nikola Jokic is the best one-man offense in the NBA, if the 76ers made a mistake firing Doc Rivers and how concerning is the game one loss for the Celtics.
Hour 2 : Don't go to Europe on Vacation: 5/17/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is rejoined by JJ Redick and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. Jokic dropped a cool 34-point triple double in his team's game 1 win vs the Lakers. Did the 2-time MVP prove he's the best player in the world? Plus, JJ Redick has a top 5 list of the best performances in these playoffs. You don't want to miss it. Finally, Stephen A Smith is sitting down with the undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney to talk about his showdown with Vasily Lomenchenko.
Hour 1 : Nuggets Survive : 5/17/23
In this episode Molly Qeirm and Stephen A Smith is joined by JJ Redick and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo. The Nuggets survive a thriller last night against the Lakers. Find out who thinks the Nuggets pulling out this win might not be as easy as they think. Plus, Draymond Green talked about the punch that rocked the Warriors and is take if the team is fixable. Finally, Adam Silver spoke about Ja Morant's latest issue. Find out how Mad Dog thinks the league should proceed.
Hour 2: White Men Can't Jump: 5/16/23
In this episode, Stephen A., JJ Redick, and Ryan Clark debate whether or not LeBron and AD can maintain their minutes load this postseason as they look to take an early lead in the series in Game one against the Nuggets tonight. Woj joins the show and the crew reacts to breaking news out of the NBA as Doc Rivers is officially out as Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The stars of the new "White Men Can't Jump" remake Jack Harlow and Sinqua Walls are here to talk about the movie, their playoff predictions, and get a surprise visit from an NBA legend.
Hour 1: Put A Ring On It: 5/16/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and JJ Redick preview the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Lakers and the Nuggets and debate who the most important player in the series will be. Plus, which team should be the title favorite: Boston or Denver? Ryan Clark joins the show to give his take on the Ja Morant situation in Memphis as the crew discusses the severity of his suspension. Stephen A. and JJ debate who in the playoffs has the most to gain by winning a title this season.
Hour 2: 76ers 86'd: 5/15/23
In this episode, Stephen A. and Kendrick Perkins debate the fate of Doc Rivers as Philly's head coach after the 76ers lost Game 7 and the series to the Celtics yesterday. Marcus Spears joins the crew to discuss the latest in the Ja Morant saga that continues this week with the NBA handing down a suspension after he was seen on social media holding another gun despite his previous suspension and counseling in March. Plus, the guys debate if a Lakers NBA Championship this year would be LeBron's most impressive title yet. Stephen A. lets his frustrations out about his Knicks after their postseason run came to an end.
Hour 1 : Suspended...Again: 5/15/23
In this episode Stephen A Smith is joined by Kendrick Perkins to talk about the crazy past NBA weekend. The NBA Conference Finals are set and it is going to be an exciting rematch of the bubble matchups. Find out who thinks this may be the end all be all of one of your favorite superstars. Plus, Ja Morant is once again facing suspension after having a gun during an ig live video. Find out who thinks this may be the end of Ja's career. This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: On Schedule: 5/12/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Monica McNutt, and Kendrick Perkins debate what Jayson Tatum needs to do to win Game 7 for Boston this weekend. RGIII is here to talk about his favorite matchups this coming NFL season following the schedule release, including which game on the Cowboys' schedule caught his eye. It's time for a Stephen's A-List as he gives us his Top-5 playoff buzzer beaters of all time, but Perk has a BIG problem with his rankings... The crew debates who on the Warriors needs to step up in order to avoid elimination tonight against LeBron and the Lakers. Plus, Stephen A. tells us if he's anticipating orange and blue skies in New York tomorrow with his Knicks' facing elimination tonight against Miami. We continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a message from LPGA Golfer Michelle Wie West.
Hour 1: Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?: 5/12/23
In this episode, Stephen A., Monica McNutt, and Kendrick Perkins debate what could come of the 76ers' season after their Game 6 loss to the Celtics. Plus, does the crew think the Suns' season was a failure after KD failed to lead Phoenix to the Western Conference Finals? Stephen A. and Perk preview tonight's win or go home Game 6 for the Warriors against the Lakers. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson joins the show to talk all things XFL ahead of tomorrow's Championship game on ESPN+.
Hour 2: King of Cali: 5/11/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst, Jay Williams, Louis Riddick, Sam Acho and rapper, producer, comedian Dave Burd aka Lil' Dicky discuss the recent Philly sports success, the importance of Aaron Rodgers having a good start and are the Suns better without Chris Paul?
Hour 1: Bruised Brow: 5/11/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst and Jay Williams discuss the chances the Knicks can comeback down 3-2 vs. the Heat, the Celtics slow starts and are they confident that the Warriors righted the ship?
Hour 2: Sixer-Upper?: 5/10/23
In this episode, JJ Redick and Tim Legler hold it down while Stephen A. is away with heated NBA playoff debates, including whether or not they believe the Suns can force a Game 7 against The Joker and the Nuggets. Matt Barnes joins the show to tell us if Embiid or Jokic had a better Game 5 performance and what factors will determine if the Warriors go home or force a Game 6 against the Lakers tonight. JJ puts on his best Mad Dog impression as he tells us what he's mad about this week. JJ and Legler debate if the Knicks season was a success even if they lose and go home in tonight's Game 5 against Miami. Plus, the guys react to Giannis saying he feels disrespected. We continue to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a message from NASCAR Cup Champion Kyle Larson.
Hour 1: Rising Suns?: 5/10/23
In this episode, JJ Redick holds it down in Stephen A.'s absence (but not without Stephen A. chiming in on Twitter) and debates Tim Legler and Jay Williams on whether Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semis was more about Boston's poor performance or Philly's spectacular show. Plus, how confident are the guys in former favorite Phoenix to rally past the Nuggets in Game 6 and win the series? The crew previews the Warriors' must-win Game 5 against the Lakeshow tonight and debates if Steph should be in shoot-first mode to avoid elimination. JJ steps in to give us his top 5 NBA title threats in an A-List that would make Stephen A. proud.
Hour 2: No Splash Zone: 5/9/23
Stephen A., Tim Legler, Brian Windhorst, J.J. Redick and Premier League Lacrosse Co-Founder Paul Rabil discuss the growth of lacrosse in America, if the Celtics/76ers winner is the title favorite and what would a 5th ring mean for LeBron?
Hour 1: Sky Walker: 5/9/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst andJ.J. Redick discuss who let Steph Curry down the most, if the Knicks are finished down 3-1 and is tonight a must-win game for the Nuggets?
Hour 2: Shining Stars: 5/8/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins and Monica McNutt discuss if they believe the 76ers can win a championship, and who needs a bigger impact tonight, Steph or AD, as well as who needs a game 4 win more: Knicks or Warriors?
Hour 1: Lightskin Mamba: 5/8/23
Stephen A., Brian Windhorst, Kendrick Perkins and Monica McNutt discuss if Nikola Jokic should be suspended, their confidence in Anthony Davis ahead of game 4 and who has more pressure: Randle or Brunson?
Hour 2: Brow Down: 5/5/23
Stephen A., Monica McNutt, Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst, Kimberley A. Martin and NBA star CJ McCollum discuss which form of Steph is the scariest, if Lamar Jackson should attempt to pass for 6,000 yards and who has more pressure: Tatum or Embiid?
Hour 1: Klay Bay Bay: 5/5/23
Stephen A., Kendrick Perkins, Brian Windhorst and Monica McNutt discuss what Giannis' future looks like in Milwaukee, how impactful Anthony Davis' inconsistencies are and if the Suns can win their series with no Chris Paul.
Hour 2 : Take Charge : 5/4/23
In this hour Stephen A Smith is rejoined by Jay Williams and Brian Windhorst. Plus the NBA star CJ McCollum stops by to break down the latest NBA games. The Warriors had everything go their way and still walked away with an L. Find out who thinks game 2 is a must win for the Warriors. We got UFC's Daniel Cormier joining the show stopping by to give us his list of all time greatest combat fighters. You may be surprised by that one. This and more on First Take.
Hour 1 : Tantamount Rushmore: 5/4/23
In this hour Stephen A Smith is joined by Jay Williams and Brian Windhorst to give the hottest NBA debate. Stephen A turned a lot of heads when discussing Basketball's Mount Rushmore. You don't want to miss Jay Will's and Windy's response to that! Plus should Philly just wanna rock with Embiid as the leader of that offense? This and more on First Take.
Hour 2: Top 2, Not 2: 5/3/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, J.J Redick discuss if the Suns can beat the Nuggets without Chris Paul, if Joel Embiid should play in game two tonight and what is Mad Dog mad about?
Hour 1: Drained Poole: 5/3/23
Stephen A., Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, J.J Redick and 3x NFL DPOY J.J. Watt reminisce on his NFL career, discuss the Grizzlies not re-signing Dillon Brooks and who are you more confident in: Knicks or Heat?
Hour 2: Snoop Dogg In The Building!: 5/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A. is joined by the one and only Snoop Dogg to talk all things NBA playoffs, the Lakers, hip-hop legends, and his latest venture into the NHL. J.J. Redick and Tim Legler are back to give their takes on how worried the Celtics should be after dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to the 76ers last night. J.J. tells us who needs to step up if the Knicks hope to even the series against the Miami Heat tonight. Plus, Stephen A. tells us who the biggest x-factor will be in the much-anticipated Lakers-Warriors series.
Hour 1: Out of Luck?: 5/2/23
In this episode, Stephen A., J.J. Redick, and Tim Legler react to the Sixers stealing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals from Boston and debate whether they're more impressed with a James Harden-led 76ers or more disappointed in the title-favorite Celtics. Plus, with the Suns down two games to none to the Nuggets, the guys give their diagnosis of Phoenix's chances to move on. Stephen A. and J.J. preview the highly-anticipated rematch between the Warriors and Lakers and discuss the biggest factors that will determine the series. And, Marcus Spears is here to unpack LeBron's latest comments on Steph Curry. We celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month with a special message from pro golfer Michelle Wie West.
Hour 2 : Embiid-Less: 5/1/23
In this hour Molly Qeirm and Stephen A are rejoined by Kendrick Perkins alongside Tim Legler to dive deeper into what teams should we expect to win it all while what teams have a great chance of doing so. Pus Dan Orlovsky rejoins the show to give his viewpoint on the stats of how many HBCU players were drafted over the weekend. You'll be in shock for this one. This and more on First Take.
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