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Quite frankly, it's on you. Not to be aggressive, but that's why we come on on the air in hour number two. If you missed the way we started the show, it was all about Franco Harris. His sudden passing, the Steelers sent out a statement today called it unexpected. Unexpected passing. Three days before his number is going to be retired as only the third number retired by the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. And two days before he put the Steelers himself, the city of Pittsburgh is a football town on the map with the immaculate reception.
I mean, it's really, it is shocking and stunning and you can't make it up. And our game on NFL Network that I'm flying out to call on Saturday night now has a feel of a memorial to remember and celebrate the life and times of Franco Harris in Accra Sure Stadium in a pretty big football game. The Steelers need to win and the Raiders need to win and they're both in that building on Saturday night.
And it's going to be freezing and it's going to be wild and it's going to be moving. And I'm going to be honored to be calling it. Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers coming up in about 40 minutes time. Justin Herbert's now going to go against Nick Foles. This cult season is what we call off the hook.
I thought you're going to call it a poop show. No, I mean, again, season starts, Matt Ryan, Frank Reich, Frank Reich out after Matt Ryan's out, Sam Ellinger in, he's out, Matt Ryan's back because Jeff Saturday is the interim coach. I remember you were sitting here on where you were and I'm here, you're there. And you're like, the interim coach has just been named, it's Jeff Saturday. I'm like, what? Excuse me? Say what?
One more time. And, you know, and Saturday's first few games are stuff that you can't forget because he gets out there five days after being named an interim coach, having never coached above the high school level. And he hires within the ranks, elevates within the ranks. A guy named Parks Frazier, who I'd never heard of before. And cause they, the Colts had fired their offensive coordinator before firing Frank Reich. And he was a play caller.
They didn't have anybody who'd ever call to play. And they also had a head coach who had never been a head coach above the high school level. And they go to Vegas and win. They beat the Vegas Raiders. And Matt Ryan had a 40 yard, damn near 40 yard run to help seal it on third down, late in the fourth quarter. The Indianapolis Colts follow that up by almost handing the Philadelphia Eagles a second consecutive loss. They almost beat the Eagles the next week before losing in the final seconds of that game. And then they have a Monday night game where the Steelers come in in a back and forth contest that the Steelers win.
Then they go to Dallas. And take a lead. And they're down 21-19 going to the fourth quarter. And just when you think this could be it, they give up 33 unanswered. Go on a bye, come back, score the first 33 points of a game. And then lose in historic fashion. Took Frank Reich's job and then his record. And then they come back and say, it's Nick Foles. Start. I don't get it.
I don't understand it. Saturday says it gives him the best chance to win. And as far as I'm concerned, if he's playing for his job, if he really has an opportunity to play for his job, then go for it. Go for it. And if the locker room feels it's the best chance to win, go for it. Nick Foles has come up with the best chance to win, go for it. Nick Foles has come up with Stranger Miracles, I might say. Right?
Go for it. That adds just another fascinating layer to another Indianapolis Colts game that for some reason the football gods have seen fit to be nationally televised. It's their last nationally televised game of the year. Because they're all going to win this game.
Of the year. Because NBC is not flexing into Indianapolis at the Giants. And Indy Houston will not be game 272. So. Wow. Keenan Allen's going to be joining us because the Chargers have a real shot to get that five seed.
No. If the Ravens, as Ian Rappaport said, now are number one, might not have Lamar Jackson back. He hasn't practiced yet all week. And when I spoke to John Harbaugh and the rest of that team on Friday going into that Saturday game in Cleveland, they all said, you know what? Lamar maybe could have played this week, but he would have to wear a brace.
And that's not the way he wants to play. So we left him home. And next week we should get him back. Next week looks better. Oh, okay. Well, now next week's here and he's yet to practice.
And their game is Saturday. So let's go to the phone lines. Dennis in Minnesota. You're here on the Rich Eisen Show. What's up, Dennis?
Hi, Rich. I just want to say, I heard you talking about Franco Harrison back at reception. Yes. The interesting thing about that game is that was not broadcast live in Pittsburgh that day. Different times. That was the last year that the NFL did not broadcast home games in the home city. So they rebroadcast at midnight that night.
So my parents and I stayed up and watched it until like three in the morning just to watch that one play. You knew it was coming, huh? You knew it was coming? Oh, yeah.
We had it on the radio. Sure. Myron Cope.
I'm sure Cope was calling it, right, Myron? Yeah. Oh, sure. Sure. In fact, I have one of his terrible towels here.
I bet you do. I mean, you know, and of course, you know, and of course, it's being 50 years ago on Friday. That's five decades and two generations of fans who know the Steelers as a stable winning franchise. And they were not on fourth and 10 with 22 seconds and no timeouts left from their own 40 in that divisional playoff game. They just were not. I mean, and there they were going to be one and done in their only playoff season since 1947.
And then that happens and a dynasty is born. It really is unbelievable. It really is truly an unbelievable moment that is maybe the number one story in the history of the NFL.
Truly. Well, you talk about how bad they were before that. I think in 1967, they went one and 13. And then they got mean Joe Green and they got Chuck Knoll. And look at look what happened then. Thanks for the call and the recollection, Dennis.
Thanks so much right there. 1967. 1969 is when they were one and 13.
Yeah, they were written down here. One and 13 in 69. One and 13 in 69. And that's when Chuck Knoll did come on board and cut Ed O'Neill in training camp. That was Chuck Knoll's first year in 1969. One and 13. So they were two 11 and one in 68.
Right. And then Bradshaw shows up. Chuck Knoll comes in. Bill Austin fired. Chuck Knoll comes in.
Go one and 13 and then two years later they go on a run. Yeah, Bradshaw starts starting for the team in 1970. And then the rest, as we know, is history. Went back to back twice.
Man. Terry Bradshaw coming up in hour number three. Allen Dallas, how you doing Al? Gentlemen, happy holidays to everyone. I'm looking forward for a nice long holiday weekend and it's going to be 10 degrees here tomorrow so I'll feel your pain when you go off to Pittsburgh.
You and I are the same age, Richard, so 77, 78. The only teams that were on TV that you watched on national television was Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. So you either liked one or the other. I was a Pittsburgh guy and Franco Harris with all his pomp and circumstance. What a great player and a true gentleman. It's a shame that this happened right before that game. It's a terrible somber note. So we have that.
I would be remiss though if I couldn't just add some levity and some humor. How about those New York Mets, Richard? I don't know, man. It's really unbelievable.
It really is just unbelievable. A total godsend for Mets fans. The landscape is going to change. The landscape of sports ownership is going to change. The Phoenix Suns, the guy had to sell the team. It went for four billion dollars. If the Phoenix Suns are worth four billion dollars, what are the Knicks worth? What are the Celtics worth? The New York Mets sold for 2.2 billion two years ago. What are they worth now? When Man U sells for eight billion dollars, this is the way it is.
It's not about income producing. The team, I've said it before and I'll say it again, the Marra family, the Rooney family, all these people that don't have outside income that can help support their team, they're going to be selling. Well, it's different ball of wax though in the NFL because of the salary cap and revenue sharing. For instance, the new deal that's rumored to be imminent between the NFL and YouTube slash Google, two and a half billion dollars a year, that gets split up amongst owners and then players get a percentage based on the collective bargaining agreement.
That's spread around. The difference is what Jerry Jones can do with his building and what you can do with your building and what you could do with your fan base and what you could do with your local deals and what you could do with your marketing and what have you. The Steelers have one of the most diehard fan bases.
Thanks for the call, Al, and happy holidays to you and yours. That's the difference in the NFL. Baseball's a different story.
Let's hit on that. Growing up in New York City, there was a guarantee, a guarantee with George M. Steinbrenner the third being the owner of the New York Yankees, that the Yankees would be in on every single free agent worth a damn. And part of the reason why is because George not only wanted to win, but he was going to spend the money, is willing to spend the money. And there were other owners like Charlie Finley of the A's and other owners in baseball that just weren't going to do it.
They didn't have it or wouldn't spend it. And the Yankees were going to have an advantage, a competitive advantage, and then the Yankees create their own network, the Yes Network, and have that advantage, the advantage of their new stadium eventually, but the old Yankee Stadium, and they had the advantage. They had the competitive advantage and absolutely had the advantage over the Mets in town.
A million percent that, yeah, maybe the Red Sox or the Dodgers or somebody else in baseball might one day or in the present day combat the Yankees on free agency and the desire to spend and the willingness to spend front. Never the Mets. Never, ever the Mets. The Will Pond family, we all know what happened with the Madoffs and all that business.
Never. And then you and Steve Cohen strolls into town. And this moment in time, what we're seeing this year puts an exclamation point on the phrase that there's a new sheriff in New York City. Fact, fact, and the fact that it comes on the day where the Yankees announce officially Aaron Judge has signed his contract and is named the Yankee captain and also Carlos Rodón is officially signed by the Yankees. That there's another team in Major League Baseball telling everybody else to hold their team salary and luxury tax beer. And that team is the New York Mets. I can't believe it.
I can't hear you. I can't believe it. It is a stunning turn of events. And the New York Mets with Steve Cohen, who apparently again, the guys who write billions swear they did not base Bobby Axelrod on him. They swear, except the fact that if Bobby Axelrod owned a Major League Baseball team, he would be acting just like this.
Just like this. What's the name of the Mets GM? Who's in he's in the in like pink right now with no no no care in the world? Billy Eppler. Billy Eppler. Yeah. I was thinking you were talking about since I'm like, how much that show? Billy Eppler. Is he like the wags of the operation?
Like, go for it. You know? I'm freaking out.
Because it is off the charts. Carlos Correa signs, well, comes to terms with the Giants. He takes a physical. Something shows up where the Giants are like, we got to talk.
And apparently, from what I've read, and Jeff Passan wrote a great recounting of what he knows from ESPN. When the Giants are like, we got to talk, Scott Boris is like, all right, well, if you want to talk, I get to talk to other people, too. And then, boom, whatever showed up on the Giants physical, the Mets are like, we don't care. We don't care. I don't know what it is.
That's what it is, right? There is a Stephen A. It's like a Stephen A. Smith, we don't care. We don't care.
Whatever that, that's exactly how they responded, laughing. We don't care. We don't care.
Come on over 12 years, $315 million. Brock, when they asked Carlos about San Francisco, he's like, I'm not going to be there. I'm not going to be there.
Yeah, I'm not going to be there. Just like magic. I'm tripping out, man.
And, you know, just look at it. Correa, $315 million. They re-signed Brandon Nimmo, $162 million. Edwin Diaz, fire off the trumpets to the tune of $102 million. Justin Verlander, come on by and bring your wife and her middle fingers to show to Philadelphia Phillies fans. Justin Verlander, $86 million and change. Kodai Senga from Japan, not a single Mets fan's ever heard of. Well, I heard of him a few weeks ago.
Great. $75 million. Jose Quintana, flip your $26 million, win us some games. Omar Narvaez, $15 million. Adam Ottavino, even he gets some. We kept him like that. Even we, please don't worry. He'll disappoint you at some point.
Like he's done Brockman and I. And then David Robertson, which is, by the way, might be the best signing of all, just $10 million bucks. Total outlay in free agency.
Every number I just said, we'll do the math for you. $806.1 million. The payroll is $384 million.
The payroll tax. Now this is the key because baseball doesn't have a salary cap, but they've put something in place. So the last few collective bargaining agreements to have big spending owners sit there and pump the brakes. Because if you go over a certain threshold, you have to pay a tax that goes to the other teams that are more than happy to just sit there and throw one AAA player after one AAA player, hoping that they hit. And you might be able to sign them to some sort of value deal. So he doesn't go to the Yankees or the Mets or the Dodgers. They're happy to keep doing this and maybe be that plucky team that wins 90 games because they put the ball in play and maybe they can get a few guys who throw a hundred million miles an hour out of the pan. And sure enough, they might make a championship series or even shock the world, win the world series. Those teams that are content to just sit back and collect the luxury tax money, some owners in baseball are like, I'm not doing it. I'm cutting a check to people just so they could sit around and get rich and not compete against me. Steven Cohen in the same way that they looked at Carlos Correa's physical, we don't care.
We don't care. $111 million is his tax bill. $111 million. The average salary going into today in Major League Baseball of a Major League Baseball team, the average salary of an entire baseball team in Major League Baseball coming into today was $110 million. Steven Cohen's tax bill is $1 million more than the average total salary of a Major League Baseball team right now. And that's probably not including Bobby Bonilla's check. Oh yeah, we got to tack an extra million on to that. He is changing the way baseball owners must operate. If you're sitting there thinking, I can't just flip another few million bucks to that guy for some long-term deal I'm going to regret in 10 years from now when he's 36 pushing 37, I can't do that because it makes our luxury tax bill how much?
And what's his physical look like? I don't know if I could do that. And there's a guy in New York who says, I don't care. Bring me that player. I want the piece of metal and I want a frigging parade and I want ticker tape on top of my head and I want my family and friends to see it. And I'm going to stroll into what, Cipriani, wherever the hell he goes.
And I'm going to get people saying, good work, Steve, keep it up. And I'll be like, absolutely. Who's next, Otani? Bring him. Bring me Otani sitting there like Henry VIII chewing on a big old turkey leg. Bring me your finest meats and cheeses.
Bring me your finest meats and cheeses. That's what he's sitting there. And everybody's probably sitting there going, oh, he's sitting there. He's probably done spending.
And he's probably like, bring me Otani. We need him. Done. I'm just getting started. That's the message I'm receiving if I'm an owner in Major League Baseball and they have to look themselves in the mirror and say, how much am I willing to spend? How far am I willing to go when my competitor is absolutely already there?
Absolutely already there with the capacity to go further, and I don't know if I if I can. So. Maybe I should sell honestly. The Steinbrenners with their Goldman Sachs and their business deals with Jerry Jones and naming stadiums and having the Yes Network and all of this business. There's now somebody in town who's making them look like cheapskates. That's where baseball's finally hit. And I don't know what that how's this going to land in owners meetings?
How's it going to land? I don't know. And guess who doesn't care?
Steve Cohen. Man, that's a new phrase. They should raise a banner.
In Citi Field, we don't care. Amazing indeed. We'll take a break.
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Oh, hey, Rich. Really, thanks for taking my call. It's probably the first time I've ever called in to show, but I was a personal friend of Franco's. I've known him off the field for over 25 years, and I know how amazing he was as a football player, but I'm just calling to say that he was great off the field, and I was going to call him last night, but it was late.
I'm in Vegas. I text him about 6.30 my time and about seven my time, which is 10, which is around his bedtime. I got a really nice text back from him because I know there's the big game this weekend and the 50th anniversary, and I said I just can't believe all this time is going by, and I got a wonderful text back from him. It's right about 10 o'clock Pittsburgh time, so I just wanted to tell all those who knew him personally and off the field and to his family, Doc and Dana. I met with both of my boys.
One is a pretty well-decorated combat veteran. The other is a detective here in Las Vegas, and he just touched so many people's lives. It was in the back of his family, and his Super Bakery family is his business, and he was a very successful business owner also, but probably the kindest and most humble person I've ever met, but I'm so grateful. I got a text from him last night. He's wishing me happy holidays, and I couldn't believe it's the 50th anniversary. He was looking forward to the Raiders game in Pittsburgh.
I'm sure he was. Here in Las Vegas, everyone's up for the game too because the big rivalry, but I've done a lot of fundraising with him too for combat veterans, and we get a lot of stuff to feed all the unemployed here. A couple years ago he was so gracious with his time and his money, so I just wanted to let everyone know he was as great a person off the field as on the field. And that's a beautiful tribute, Jeff, you know, because at the beginning of the program I talked about his career and the highlights of them, and I wanted to make sure I mentioned he was the 1976 NFL Man of the Year, which is what the Walter Payton Man of the Year award has grown into from the Man of the Year award, and he could have won that every year. I mean he could have won that absolutely every year of his life, period, end of story.
Absolutely, and I think everyone that knew him, I'm sure you knew him well, he was just so beloved for who he was, not what he accomplished. And he personally helped my son who came back from Iraq, and we did fundraisers helping with the golf tournament for about four years, and he just, you know, he just did so much to give back, and if he ever, and people always stopped him for photos when he'd come to Vegas, and he would always make sure that he would not just get them, but say hey take a second one, just in case the first one. That is so, that is so, that is so him, and hey Jeff, I'm touched, I'm touched obviously by your emotion, but most that you wanted to share, and you picked up a phone, and you called, and you know, in a show that you, you know, you normally wouldn't call into, and you chose this one, and my condolences to you, and your family, and I thank you, and I send you on on the day with love and appreciation. Thank you. Thanks so much.
Rich. Thank you. It's Jeff in Vegas. Jeff, appreciate you.
All right. John in Corpus Christi, Texas. You're here on The Rich Eisen Show. What's up, John? Hey Rich.
Thanks for taking my call. I know this is a sad day for everybody, but I wanted to share with you just my perspective as a kid growing up in Pittsburgh in the 70s. What Franco did for the Steelers, and the Steelers meant to the city. I was kind of a weird kid growing up, but I knew if I went outside, and I had my Steelers gear on, I'd be okay. There was so much togetherness about what the Steelers were doing, and what it meant, and I wanted to share an idea I had. Obviously, Najee Harris is number 22, but depending on when they retire Franco's number, that I was wondering if maybe you could make this happen, if Najee could wear 32 up until halftime when they retire his number. What a wonderful idea. I will pass that along. I think you just did right there, and I appreciate your call. What a tribute that would be.
I do like that idea. Because I'd imagine the numbers not being worn. I mean, just because it's not retired doesn't mean they hand it out, but I don't have my flip chart with me. It's in my bag in the other room. Is 32 being worn by somebody right now?
I doubt it. From the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of course you'd have to let the league know, and wow, what an idea that would be. I'm getting the chills just even thinking about it.
Nobody on the current roster. All right, so Najee would wear 32 for the first half, take it off, and then actually give life to the number for a half of football, and then it gets retired at halftime. What a brilliant idea that is for a tribute.
I just don't know, other than just saying it right here how to go about it, but I'm gonna make a phone call. And I do know somebody who definitely knows the history of this league and this team is the commissioner who found out he was in fact the commissioner, because the person who knocked on his door to tell him, hey, you got the job, Roger Goodell, was Dan Rooney. I mean, so what an idea that is. I thought what might be cool this morning was if all the Steeler running backs kind of wore those high hip pads and had them hanging out the way Franco used to run, because you don't see that anymore. And I thought, man, that might be a kind of a fitting tribute just for maybe some running backs this weekend to pop out some hip pads. Well, I mean, with the way the NFL's been going lately, the Steelers will win when Pickett throws one over the middle off of Pat Fryermuth, and it goes right into Najee Harris's hands for the touchdown with 22 seconds left. Like, that's the way the NFL's been going lately. That would be awesome. After the weekend we just saw, you can't discount that as a possibility.
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We're going to take a break, come back in the Los Angeles Chargers receiver who gave his quarterback one of those you the man points on that Sunday night, went over the dolphins the other night. Can't wait to chat with Keenan Allen about what's been going on with the Chargers who are currently sixth in the AFC standings going into this holiday weekend. Back on the Rich Eisen Show in a moment.
844-204 Rich, number to dial here on the Rich Eisen Show. You know, and the Terry Bradshaw is going to join us in about 20 minutes time. And I if there is time with Terry, I do want to talk about the immaculate reception play itself. What's he thinking when he's under center, no timeouts left on 40 yard line. He needs 60 yards in the next 22 seconds.
He's probably thinking I'll get half of it back right here. But he chose the middle of the field right. So they're going to have to run and they're gonna have to clock. They're gonna have to get it down and then go one shot at the end zone. He thought I got two plays. And all he needed was one. And because I'm researching this for Saturday night, if I'm if I'm going to be behind the mic for the immaculate reception, this is before, you know, Franco passed.
I should know the details of it. There was not an they called touchdown, but then they stopped the proceedings. They didn't just immediately kick the extra point that the head ref went into the dugout. Because again, this is the multipurpose stadium, the pirates and the Steelers were using, went into the dugout and made a phone call to now Hall of Famer Art McNally, the the I guess the head of officials was there to talk with him about.
What do I do? I mean, there's a lot of there's a lot of rumors about he was talking about what do I do or how do I handle? Like, what did you see? Because, you know, we think it went off of Jack Tatum and. And Tatum, if the ball went off of Tatum, it was a legal grab by by Franco Harris. But at the time, the rule was if you are an offensive player and it hits you and the ball goes up in the air, you're the only person who can catch it.
That rule was changed six years later in 1978. And, you know, Raiders fans to this day say, you know. Art McNally used replay like there's a rumor that this is the first time the league used replay to confirm what was going on in the field, which, as you might imagine, was not copacetic to use them.
Wasn't Myron copacetic? And I think Bradshaw even feels he's done some interviews where he thought that the head ref went into the dugout and there was a television there and was and looked at it. The NFL has sworn that they did not use replay at all in any way, shape or form. So the question of the moment wasn't, did Franco grab the ball before it hit the ground? The question the moment was, did it hit Tatum or not?
And it took a long time. And there's also a rumor, as you might imagine, there's also a rumor that the ref in question on the day didn't call Art McNally, but rather somebody in security to see if there was enough security if they ruled this incomplete. That's always the one that I've heard. You heard that too, right? Yeah. So this is a tale that has many different tellings to it. We're never going to know.
I like both of those scenarios. Like, hey, can we get out of here? But it looks like they got it right. Yeah.
Right. It does look like it hit Tatum. It does.
It does. And the ball hit the ground. Did the ball hit the ground? I mean, we found there's been new footage that has been unearthed, which is clear and is that the ball did not hit the ground. Yeah.
Yeah. Someone has an angle. I don't know where they came up with it from, but definitely didn't hit the ground. What was he doing there? Like, Franco just happened to be at the right place, right time. Franco said that Joe Paterno always taught them to head towards the ball.
Interesting. And he was out as an outlet for Bradshaw if he needed one. And so he was out in the pass pattern because of that. And then when the ball went over his head, he ran towards the ball because that was his instinct as taught to him by his college coach. And the ball caromed and he was the guy on the spot.
And then if you look back, I mean, he could have been caught from behind, but wasn't. And then the dynasty was born. They won the Super Bowl and then won it three more times. And the dynasty was wrong. That's why I mentioned at the top of the show, like what, what's comparing, what, what do you compare that to Brady being, you know, blood cell being knocked out of a game and then brings in Brady and, or the tuck rule and other Raiders, another Raiders moment, like at, had the tuck rule not been in the book, had the tuck rule not been in the book, Brady, that's a fumble. I mean, it's as fumble as the day is long, but the rule is that if the ball is being brought down, that's considered an attempted pass, even though, as I pointed out over and over and over and over again to get rid of the tuck rule and any platform that I had at the time, you know, when you take a football from a throwing position and start to bring it down, that's the indication you no longer intend to throw, but intend to brace yourself for a hit or run it. So it was a properly interpreted rule that a lot of people didn't know existed. No way. And then an arcane rule that eventually like the tuck rule got taken out of the book is what the immaculate reception was about that did the ball hit Tatum or did it not?
Because that would have made it an illegal grab regardless of whether it hit the ground or not by Franco Harris. Just so you're accurate on the broadcast on Saturday Rich, they actually lost the next week to the Dolphins. They won the Super Bowl two years later. Oh, that's right. In 74.
Thank you, sir. And that's when he actually went on to... What's funny is the very next year in 73 they lost to the Raiders. Raiders got revenge the very next year in the divisional round.
Okay. And there you have it. And they won two years later in 74.
There you have it. They did lose the conference game. They lost the division. And then 74 is when they went on the run.
That was the undefeated Dolphins year, 72. As it was, was it not? Greatest play ever, right? It was voted as such. Without question, though, in your guys' mind, I think that's... It's voted as such.
I mean, there's other ones, the Holy Roller, there's the Hail Mary, which we refer to anybody throwing a ball, needing some miracle to happen. Like I said, Franco Harris able to live 49 years and 362 days basking in this glorious moment. I can't believe it. I can't believe it.
Others can't either. 844-204-rich number to dial. Keenan Allen is stuck in a meeting, as they say right now. Nick in South Carolina, you're here on the Rich Isaac Show. What's up, Nick?
Hey, Rich. How you doing, brother? I'm well. What's going on with you?
Oh, man, just another day in paradise. Listen, a great call Saturday night. I'm looking forward to it. I think you did a great job, man. I think you got a future in this business, kid. Thank you, sir. I am sitting here drinking my hot chocolate, as I don't drink coffee, out of my brand new Rich Isaac Show coffee shop. Hey, very good.
You went to richicesshop.com. Attaboy. That's good.
But I think my cup is defective, brother. I only got the logo on one side. Oh, he got. Oh, my gosh. We'll get on that for you.
The left handed model. It's OK, man. But listen, is there any way we can get Tua back on the show? Because, you know, you like Salty Tua.
We all love Salty Tua. And he hasn't gotten the message yet so far. I know you asked Tyreek to tell him, but he hasn't gotten the message yet, apparently. And I wonder if maybe you can help him out with that.
He needs more salt in his diet. There's no doubt about it. And this is the time. This is the time. Green Bay Packers come to town and thanks for the call.
Thanks for the call. And you all know every single person who just heard what he had to say about the mug. No, that's going to keep me up tonight. You know that, right? Oh, absolutely. Every person who knows me and knows the show and knows the way that I react to things like that. I've got I've got it's going to be it's going to be it's going to be lit once the show's over.
And just the spec is real. It is. You know what I do right now? I'm going to do it. Let's do the power rankings. Let's do it. It's a Wednesday.
It's the Rich Eisen Show. We're going to do power rankings. Hit it, hit it, hit it. Power rankings. All right. I need NFL Films music.
Jay Felley, thank you very much to get me in the mood. It's an interesting power ranking list. Because number 10 on it is a new team on the list. I put him there.
I believe I've done it. They've done it. They've got a red hot quarterback. They've got an offensive team that's believing and the coach is making them believe it. He's serving them ice cream and they're eating up everything that he is putting on their plate, football wise and everything else.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are number 10 on my list. You don't want to see him right now. You don't want to see him right now. You don't. You know, that's a fact because they don't know what they don't know.
And you don't know what you don't know until you see him. And right now I'm looking around the league right now and who would beat him? I think maybe the nine teams above him.
But other than that, I don't know. Put him against the Ravens who fell off the list. Who wins that game right now, do you think? Right? Honestly.
Yeah, you're probably right. Right now, put the Jaguars against the Giants, the Jaguars against the Commanders, the Jaguars. I'm putting the Jaguars on this list right now. Number nine up one spot, even though they lost. Even though they lost, they look terrific. And everybody thought they would fold.
Everybody thought the cold would make them just, you know, melt, which is odd. But the Miami Dolphins really impressed me with their with their loss in Buffalo. They were up eight and they had it right there in their midst. And you thought that they couldn't run it.
And you thought that they wouldn't be able to do their high flying act in the freezing cold in the in the snow. And they did. So the Dolphins are up one spot, even though they lost.
Number eight on the list up one spot. Hey, man, the Los Angeles Chargers have have Justin Herbert and an offense that is fully healthy and the defense that's getting healthier. And the Chargers are going to go into Indianapolis, I think, and come up with the dub on Monday night. And then they've got two winnable games and then they're going to be showing up on the road, potentially in in the spot of whoever finishes last amongst the trio of Super Bowl contenders from the Bengals, Chiefs and Bills.
And we'll see what happens when they go in the cold. But right now, I'm fascinated by what the Chargers are putting together. And they could finish with five straight wins.
They really could. Number seven on the list. No change because I can't knock down a team with 11 wins. I kept the Vikings where they were. I kept them where they were at seven. I still think that they're just any time you put Justin Jefferson on the field with cousins playing the way he is and and Dalvin Cook, the way he can play, you can't overlook him as much as you want to just keep kicking them when they're down or you don't believe in them.
So they're number seven on the list. It's eerily quiet in here. Normally, you guys are heckling me like like like, you know, it's a two drink minimum. I'm just waiting. Well, no change. I kept the Cowboys where they are.
OK. I kept I kept them where they are a little low, but you beat the Vikings. I think you can beat the Chargers.
I think they might lose the Dolphins, to be honest with you. And you just lost the Jaguars are number 10 on the list. They surfed off of your 10 wins to get to number 10 on the list, as far as I'm concerned. So I kept them at six, but I kept them out of the top five.
That's for damn sure. Now, in terms of my top five, here's how I ordered it. They all won. So like who's had the last couple of weeks that have caused a little bit of concern for me, even though they've won?
They all win. So I wasn't no dolphins in the top 10. They're number nine on my list.
Sorry. Number five is the Chiefs down three spots. Denver, the game in Denver, I guess you could say on the road against the division opponent. That's cause for concern for they got lucky in Houston. They got lucky in Houston. Number four are the Bengals up one spot. They have been phenomenal the way that they have been played playing football and going out the door. I'm going to hit that in our number three, after we talked to Terry Bradshaw a little bit more up one spot of the 49ers, I think they are dynamite. They have the best defense in football and up one spot are the bills.
I put the bills here. They've beaten the Chiefs. I can't wait to see them play the Bengals coming up. Josh Allen in the snow, what a big W that was, and the Eagles, you can't touch them. You can only hope to contain them to use the Dan Patrick phrase, and we'll see what happens with Jalen Hurts. But right now they are the best team in the national football league.
And that's my power rankings going into Christmas weekend. There you go. Yeah, just for the record, I was only, I can't speak for Chris. I only heckled because I wanted to give you a sense of what I would feel like. I'm a former standup comic.
I need the mayor. I need the, I need the, I need the, I need the feedback, but I stopped after a few weeks, you know, so that's my list. That's my list. The Eagles have a big question mark now going into the, but coming into this week, they're the 13 win team. They're the tops of the NFL. They're the team to beat with an injured quarterback or not.
They say you might go. I don't know until he doesn't. He doesn't. You can't really argue with that fact. They're number one.
They have to be. That he's injured? No, that the team is number one.
I'm not going to knock them out just because Jalen Hurts. It's been after they came up with that win in Chicago. And then, you know, again, the Eagles, Bills, Niners, Bengals, Chiefs all won. So they're all got to be in my top five.
The question is how do you order them? And the Chiefs were two going in and I'll just watch that game in Houston. And they kind of sleepwalked.
Yeah. I think they let the Cowboys did. They expected to show up. So if I if I knock the Cowboys down, I got to knock the Chiefs down now just to keep things. I look at the rest of the way and I see they've got three winnable games. And the Bills and the Bengals play each other. And if the Chiefs win out and the Bengals beat the Bills, the Chiefs are the one seed, which is why I think they have a great chance to make the Super Bowl.
When I said, who do you put your marker on? I'm putting my marker on the Holmes and the team that wins the first seed in the in the AFC. You know, because the Chiefs need to be one better than the Bills, which they would be if they went out and Bills lose one of their last three. And the Bengals are just still one behind the Chiefs with that win if they went out.
So they can't cash in their head to head over Kansas City. Just throwing that all out there. I like it. That sound, but I love the how the Bengals are playing. I love it. Terry Bradshaw is coming up. Wow. Can't wait to talk to Terry on the day we find out that Franco Harris has passed away.
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