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It is the J.R. Sport Brief Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. I'm coming to you live from Atlanta, Georgia. Shout out to everybody tuned in and locked in all and all over North America. Thank you so much to our super producer and host, Ryan Hickey.

He is holding down for us on the boards in New York City. You can listen to this show every single weekday starting at 6 p.m. Eastern, 3 Pacific. How can you listen?

I'll tell you. However the hell you're listening right now is one way. Is it on the free Odyssey app? Your local CBS Sports Radio affiliate? Well, it could be It could be Sirius XM Channel 158. It could be a smart speaker.

If you got one of those, all you got to do is ask it to play CBS Sports Radio. I'm going to be rolling with you for the next three hours. It's a four hour show, 6 p.m. Eastern, 3 Pacific.

Yeah, I've been here a while already. And thank you so much to the head coach of BYU. Mark Pope came on through and shattered it up with us as BYU was getting ready to take on Duquesne. Later on in the show, we're going to have a conversation live with the head coach of Florida Atlantic. Dusty May is going to come through and join us.

Oh, that'll be a lot of fun. Been a while. 855-212-4CBS is the number.

That's 855-212-4CBS. Of course, it's Wednesday. And an hour from now, you don't got to wait too much longer, but an hour from now, I'm going to give you a new top six list. This is March Madness. We're going to have I assume we're going to have tons of upsets over the next 24, 48 hours, maybe more. I'm going to give you a top six list of some of the biggest upsets that we have seen, not just an NCAA tournament history. I'm going to give you a top six list of some of the biggest upsets in sports history. That top six list comes in an hour. Thank you again to Mark Pope, head coach from BYU, from joining us.

If you missed that conversation, go ahead and hit rewind on the free Odyssey app. It's going to be a lot of fun catching up with Dusty May later on in the show as he is preparing his squad for March Madness. Right before we went to break, we talked about Russell Wilson, Adam Schefter letting everybody know there's no guarantee that he will make the Steelers. The Steelers could cut him if he sucks. If Justin Fields is ahead of the field in regards to holding on to the starting quarterback position for the Pittsburgh Steelers, then they will tell Russell Wilson sayonara. And when you only got to pay a guy, what, about a million, two million a year, you can afford to tell him goodbye.

We don't want you. Do I expect that to be the case? No, I don't, because unless Justin Fields is Clark Kent and becomes Superman, I don't see this man taking things over for the Pittsburgh Steelers or at least beating out Russell Wilson. What a sad state of affairs for Russell Wilson, if that happens to be the case. I just I don't see that happening.

Most players. Yeah, but I don't I don't think the Steelers would do that unless he really, really sucks. And Justin Fields all of a sudden becomes Tom Brady.

Mixed with Lamar Jackson. Anyway, right before we went to break, these are the stories that you can't make up as I sit around in the afternoon and start thinking about the show with Hickey and what the hell do we want to talk about? How are we going to have some fun?

How are we going to have some balance? Every now and then there's things that you can't make up. Last hour. We opened up the show talking baseball. We talked about the Dodgers because the Dodgers are playing in South Korea, along with the Padres. And early, early this morning, the Dodgers came back to beat those Padres five to two. Shohei Ohtani, no home run. I'm disappointed, but he did go two for five with an RBI, hit a home run in a few hours.

Shohei hit a home run in the morning time and I'll be happy. But not too long after I talked about the Dodgers, news broke about the Dodgers, news broke. About Shohei Ohtani, Shohei Ohtani is in the news and not for good reasons, not that he did anything, but it looks like his interpreter. Well, just listen to this clip courtesy of my friends at KTLA. This is breaking news.

Just into the newsroom. The LA Times is reporting that Dodger superstar Shohei Ohtani may have been swindled out of millions by his long time long time interpreter, according to the Times. Ipe Mizuhara reportedly placed bets with an Orange County man who is under federal investigation. The Times is saying that possibly millions of dollars had been stolen over the years. Amid the allegations, the Dodgers have fired the interpreter.

Ohtani is currently in Seoul, South Korea, for the season opening series against the San Diego Padres. What? Hickey, you can't, you can't make this stuff up. You can't make this stuff up. I mean, I have so many questions, so many questions about this. So this is this is all break.

This literally broke in the past hour. And so we are learning a lot as we share with you here on the air. But ultimately, and I know this guy, I know his face. I've seen him because Shohei Ohtani, for the most part, I cannot recall.

Hickey, maybe you can't. I've never seen Shohei Ohtani publicly speak English, have you? You know, I was actually watching an interview on MLB Network, actually played a part of the clip, the Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani that had a three way roundtable with Harold Reynolds. OK. It was very short.

It was like, yes, no. He said like three other words in English. But anything that was like a very short five words or less answer, he did say in English by himself. Other than that, you're right. He's next to him every single time.

Yeah. This this interpreter is next to Shohei Ohtani every single time, all the time. If you see Shohei Ohtani, this man is standing next to him. Shohei Ohtani has been in the majors since 2018 and his interpreter, I'm trying not to butcher his name.

Ipe Mizuhara has been next to him almost every single time that he has spoken publicly. And now it's being alleged that he stole four and a half million dollars from Shohei Ohtani to pay off gambling debts. Now, let me tell you something. Gambling, sports, gambling, sports betting, it's illegal in California. Forty states say that it's illegal to gamble, not in California. And so Shohei Ohtani reportedly, through an interview, well, granted this man an interview, well, they let the interpreter talk the ESPN and then things didn't add up.

And you got to go by some of the the information that we have here. Shohei Ohtani is now making, well, first of all, he's wealthy, just flat period. Just know that this man was wealthy before he got his seven hundred million dollar contract. I think Shohei Ohtani is just well off.

Let's put it that way. His interpreter, Ipe, says he started gambling in 2021. And by the way, he said he has never gambled on baseball and that Shohei Ohtani had nothing to do with any of this, had no idea, but that Ipe was gambling via a bookmaker, which would happen to be illegal in California. And so this guy is being investigated. This bookmaker, Boyer, is being investigated.

And as a part of it, guess whose name pops up? Shohei Ohtani. For making half million dollar payments to help pay off this guy's debt. And Mizuhara says that Shohei Ohtani was helping him. And now Shohei is just like, his lawyers like, no, that's not the case. And Mizuhara has been fired. What?

You always hear about the people close to you and in particular athletes. It's the best friend who wants the carwash. It's the friend who's the lawyer. It's the accountant. This is the interpreter stealing, allegedly. This is a new one. I mean, I think and I'm pretty sure if I can dig deep enough.

I'm sure we've we've heard stories about parents maybe stealing money from their star athlete child. But not not the interpreter. So this man who has been next to Shohei Ohtani as recently as Hickey went today, yesterday, this morning. Last night, this morning, hours ago, hours ago, they gave him the boot. He's got he got the look.

Here's the other here's the other funky part. It's been reported that since he has become Shohei's interpreter. I'm certain Hickey, you think he's paying for the hotels on the road? No way. You think he's paying for the flights? No, sir. I think he has to pay for any of that fancy food at the Four Seasons.

I think it's on the arm. This man reportedly has made three hundred to a half million dollars a year. To interpret and speak for Shohei Ohtani. Now, listen, gambling is terrible. It can be terrible if you don't know how to do it responsibly.

Like anything else you can drink. But what do they tell you? Do it in responsibly. Oh, I'm sorry. Same idea. My guy.

So I love you, Hickey. Yeah. Moderation responsibly. Do it that way.

It's like anything else. I love to eat. You know what I got to do? I got to do it in moderation. There's other things I like to do. I have to do it in moderation.

Otherwise they won't work. Talk about my car. I use the car moderation on the car breakdown. Everything in moderation. I don't gamble. Not just not a fan of gambling. Not my thing. I got no problem with gambling. But you got to do it in moderation.

You got to do it responsibly. That's right, Hickey. Yes. This man obviously had a problem.

You're making three hundred to a half million dollars a year. Your best friend's basically with Shohei Ohtani. And he's not he's not just interpreting for the guy, by the way. He's holding Shohei's water bottle. They're hanging out and having dinner.

This is his friend. I have seen little no nonsense clips. I've seen old angels footage where they're at the angel's stadium and they're doing food clips in the kitchen and the players are tasting food.

And it's a funny Internet segment. And the interpreter's right there. Shohei Ohtani did not come to the United States of America to get caught up in this mess. Shohei Ohtani. And I've done a lot of deep diving into this dude.

What he was in high school and his parents were athletes and he basically lived in a dormitory. You can tell this man is all business. Shohei Ohtani is not the best baseball player on earth by accident. It is all business. And specifically, when he's been asked about speaking English here in the United States of America, Shohei Ohtani said, listen, I came here to play baseball.

That's what they're paying me for. He's like, unless me not speaking English has an effect on me playing baseball and I'm going to do what I came to do. And that is play baseball.

And he is damn good at it. He is one of the best baseball players you've ever seen on earth. I have to imagine Shohei Ohtani has to feel like crap right now. Maybe he doesn't.

You got seven hundred million dollars coming. Shohei Ohtani ain't going to prison. He ain't going to jail. By the way, it's been reported that Shohei Ohtani does not gamble. He just had to deal with this guy.

And we don't know the details. How the hell did he end up with four and a half million dollars from Shohei Ohtani? How is Shohei Ohtani writing checks or sending wire transfers to a guy running an illegal sports betting ring in Southern California? This is going to be a story.

That does not go away. And it is oh so sad that a guy who doesn't speak English, we haven't seen him speak English, you know, he does to what degree I have no idea, who just plays baseball. Is in the mess because his interpreter, a man who's been by his side since he arrived in America in 2018, allegedly has stolen four and a half million dollars out of his wallet to pay off gambling debts. If I'm sure here, Ohtani, you know who I trust at this time?

Who's that? Nobody. Nobody like who the hell is Ohtani going to trust like your right hand guy stealing from you? What about Mookie Betts or Freddie Freeman? I mean, they got a lot of money. I don't think they're going to need to be stealing from Shohei.

Can they speak Japanese? I don't I don't think so. Although Mookie Betts, I mean, does everything.

So maybe I want to put it past him. He plays short. He plays left, center, right.

Play everything. What about the next interpreter, right? Well, now, I mean, when you're the Dodgers, Shohei, you can find an interpreter from the United Nations, right? So who's the next interpreter?

Is it going to be some 80 year old lady that that's not going to steal? That's a legitimate question. I'm trying to figure.

I'm just trying to go through my head of like what the job search is like. Are we going to go to LinkedIn and find like, you know, L.A. Dodgers interpreter? Do you go, you know, you stay here, you hire someone from back home and I'm assuming I guess he's from back home.

So maybe go here now to prevent that. You get United Nations. This is big time.

Call in a favor? Yeah, just get somebody from the United Nations, pass some background checks and and boom, I could tell you this much. They ain't going to be as close as this last guy. It's Shohei Ohtani, the next interpreter. He ain't going to be their best friend. This is a sad, sad story. If Victor, Victor, when Benyama speaks English, at least Victor, when Victor, when Benyama is shaking his head, he's going, damn, what a shame. This is sad.

Hey, all the best to Shohei Ohtani. Welcome to America, man. And it took your interpreter to steal from you.

Can't trust anybody. Shake my head, S.S.M.A. Yeah, shake my head. I had to do what is that, an acronym online? What do you call them things? Hickey online? Acronym, right?

That's yeah, you're right. I was going to say emoji, but that can't translate emoji. Crying my face off emoji over the radio.

Doesn't work as well. People, people get it. Tears, crying tears, not laughing.

The ones that stream hard down your face. Damn. Hey, good luck, Shohei Ohtani.

Welcome to America. It's the J.R. Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Thank God he hasn't met Don King. We're going to take a break when we come back. Let's just get another miserable baseball story out the way.

And then LeBron James has some positive words for folks. We got a March Madness game that's already underway. We got a Grambling State. I'll give you an update on that. We got a top six list of some of the biggest upsets in the world of sports coming at the top of the hour. Hey, do yourself a favor in the meantime.

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And now they have some other things to worry about. Eight five five two one two four CBS. I told you that Dusty May, he is going to join us later on in the show in the final hour of the show at nine twenty Eastern, six twenty Pacific. Dusty May, head coach of Florida Atlantic, is going to join us. I don't know what it is with baseball players.

I don't know what's going on in the water, what's in the water, especially for adults. But I'll tell you this, this story that just broke over the past hour involving Shohei and his interpreter, it's not the only story of someone in baseball behaving badly. Jazz Chisholm, he is one of the most eccentric players in baseball. He's originally from the Bahamas. He plays for the Miami Marlins.

This is a good situation for the guy. He was on the cover of a video game. Unfortunately, he's been hurt.

I feel like all the time. I don't think he's lived up to his potential because he cannot stay on the field. I'd love to know what he can do for a full season. Now, despite that, now that we are at the onset of the season, Jazz Chisholm sat down with the pivot. Sure. Yeah, right. They can talk to baseball players, too. And he went on to talk about the start of his career, which pretty much began in that terrible covid season of 2020. And Jazz Chisholm kind of drops a dime on what life was like in the Marlins clubhouse. He pretty much says it was crap that there was bullying, that there was back talking, that there were teammates who just were thinking for themselves and looking out for themselves.

Listen to Jazz Chisholm. I'm like, I was already a team leader without being called a team leader. But the vets, you can't be a team leader when you got guys in the clubhouse that's been in there for nine, 10 years, even though they suck.

They've been there for nine, 10 years. And the team calls them the team captain. But like, they're not a good captain.

They're not a good person. You're not even a good athlete at this point. You're just here. And you're bringing down the young guys that are supposed to be good, bro. Like, I watched someone get called up to the big leagues, supposed to be like top three prospects on our team, right? He gets up there, hits a homer. Like first or second at bat, hits a homer, right? Next at bat, he goes and does the Juan Soto shuffle, right?

Like, he's a kid. His favorite player is Juan Soto. He just got to the big leagues.

Tell me why he comes in the dugout after he walks, get around the bay, come in the dugout after. These vets sit on the side of him and start yelling at him saying, bro, you're not Juan Soto, bro. You shouldn't be doing that.

Juan Soto is an all star. You can't be doing that, bro. What do you mean? He's having fun, bro. We playing our kids games. Like, that's when I step in and say, well, y'all better back up off this boy, bro.

This man is starting. He's playing every day for us. Why are y'all in his face? Y'all don't even play every day. What's up?

Get off my man, bro. He's supposed to be helping us win when y'all bringing him down. Oh, well, there was also some continued commentary, which pretty much pinpointed a former teammate and Miguel Rojas, who is trying to stick around in Major League Baseball, was in training camp with the Dodgers. It just seems, what do we have? All these unwritten rules? Especially in baseball. What's the big deal?

He's right. It is a kids game. And God bless Jazz Chisholm for actually having fun.

I mean, there's a reason why they put him on the cover of that video game. Fun. Why? This is a problem with baseball.

It's so stodgy. You're not Juan Soto. Why are you celebrating and this and that? He told another story about a veteran pouring milk in his cleats and throwing them out. Vicki, man, what's what's the deal? These are grown men. I mean, we're not in no Major League locker room, but. I hate that this screams insecurity.

I always say if you got to bully somebody else, it says more about you and your own insecurities, you know? Oh, a million percent. And that's the case starting in second grade all the way to now even the Major League level.

That I agree with 100 percent. And it's also like especially for baseball more than any other sport, you're playing every day. Like if you're not having fun, if you're going to be like just a curmudgeon or a grouch, like the like, I would get I would understand why Anthony Rendon would hate baseball. If you go to work every day and you just are miserable and all you want to do is anyone that smiles, yell at them, anyone who's having a good time, you know, put them in their place or put them down. Like that's a that's a sport where you play every day for, you know, five or six months.

That is if you are with miserable people, not a job I would want. Hey, stop celebrating. That's too much fun. You know, I know they tell what's the guys they tell Roger Goodell that the NFL is the no fun league.

Too much dancing in the end zone. So much fun. We got to chop down on the fun like baseball in comparison to football is boring. And I love both. But it's boring.

That's why they tried to speed the game up in the monotony. You get 17 regular season games a year. They play every stinking day in baseball. You get an off day here. There you got a Monday off, what have you. Maybe you get a day in the middle of the week. It's just fun. Shouldn't show up like it shouldn't be like showing up to the morgue every day.

Have some fun. I'm glad that Jazz Chisholm spoke about this. And by the way, when he was called up to the big leagues, Don Mattingly was the manager.

They called these meetings to kind of tell everybody to chill out. And Derek Jeter was still a part of the team running the squad for Bruce Sherman. Maybe things will turn around. I know last year the Marlins did make the postseason.

God bless them. Maybe there's a larger turnaround. Miami. So tough.

Never. It's crazy. They've won two World Series, but I just can never imagine that place jumping for baseball. And they built that giant museum of a stadium.

I just I don't know. Move them somewhere else. Send them back to Canada.

Well, no, not send them back to Canada, but send the team back to Canada. Anyway, eight, five, five, two, one, two, four CBS. It's eight, five, five, two, one, two, four CBS. Don is here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You're on the J.R. sport. We show us up, Don.

Hi, J.R. Say, you know, you were born for that job. You are your way that I like the way you break things down. Anyhow, I got a little silly comment and an opinion. First of all, I get about NFL Pittsburgh. You know, they kept those quarterbacks, Wilson and Fields for darn near nothing. Is that why they call them the Steelers?

But, you know, you know, a bad joke. Yeah, I just want to want your opinion. Do you think like if Kenny Pickett wouldn't have moaned and groaned about them taking Russell Wilson? Do you think they would have taken Justin Fields at all? I don't know.

I don't I don't think so. I don't think it meant that I kind of think to myself, you know, Kenny Pickett. Kenny Pickett didn't want to be there anymore. He wanted to take his ball and go home. He wanted to.

And it's not so much about Philadelphia. He just did not want to be in that situation. He didn't want to feel the pressure, the heat of being demoted, having to show up to work. And another guy came in and took your spot.

I mean, there's there's so much that goes into that psychologically. When when you're basically been told, hey, you're not good enough. Take a back seat. You know, do you want to show up to work every day when it's been your job? You didn't get the job done.

And now they brought in your replacement. I mean, yeah, I think I think you're right. I think you're right. So he left.

And what it did was open up a space and spot for them. Yeah. My problem is a little bit like you are not kind of a no nonsense guy. But thank you. Thank you for taking my call.

Absolutely, Don. Thank you for calling from Milwaukee. And shout outs to the Brewers.

Shout outs to Bernie. Hey, Hickey, I never understood how Bernie the Brewer could go all the way up that slide in that big ass suit. And go down that slide and spin round and round and round and never lose his head. Not once.

You know, I never thought about it like that. It's a talent. Like what is his head?

Is it Velcroed on? It has to be your son, though, because that slide. I mean, that slide is no joke.

It's you go flying down there. You see the reporter who got injured? Oh, no.

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. They did a bit where a reporter went down Bernie the Brewers slide. I forget the team.

It was a visiting team. It's a lady, right? I saw it was a man. I think that's Steven Gilbs. Wait, it was Gilbs who went down the slide and he hurt himself or his ribs or whatever. Slid into the wall. Oh, sheesh. Well, that thing is built for you got to be in a mascot suit.

You just can't go down a slide. So that head must be fitted. You know, extra protection and probably zippered and Velcro down to make sure it doesn't fly off. How many how many pounds do you think Mr. Metz head weighs? Oh, got to be 50. Come on, come on. Fifty pounds. No, you couldn't you couldn't walk around with 50 pounds on your shoulders. No, I would say I would say it's probably five.

You know, I was going to say maybe five to ten. So I mean, a toilet paper. No, it's it's hollow. Yeah. But still, it's a big head.

There's a lot that goes into it. A human head. I mean, that's what goes in there. It can't be 50 pounds, bruh. Maybe it's a big. You'd fall right on your face if it was 50. Have you seen Mr. Metz jogging up them steps and clapping his hands that that man is moving left to right on a dugout.

He's running up the steps. His head can't weigh 50 pounds. Come on. You see him flip the bird to the fans that maybe he is upset. So he said, you know what? I did.

Your patience is, you know, his patience is smaller because the head so damn heavy. One of my favorite photos of all time. Angry, evil Mr. Metz flipping the bird to a fan. You didn't hear much about that.

That the guy who was in Mr. Metz, we don't know how many Mr. Metz they are. Did that guy get the boot? Did they fire him? I don't know. I don't remember. I think he did.

Yeah, but don't quote me on that. I remember that guy got the middle finger. Well, I remember that. Amazing. Yeah, Mr. Mr. Metz.

Anyway, it's the J.R. sport re-show here with you on CBS. Hey, Hickey, thank you for reminding me. I'm going to look that photo up. I may need to make that my my my phone's wallpaper. That photo to me is iconic.

I will say I'm looking up right now in a different thing. In 1994, at least, there's a report out there that Mr. Metz costume weighed 40 to 50 pounds. That's the costume, not the head.

Well, I mean, how much is that? The jersey doesn't weigh much in the gloves. Each hand weighs two pounds. The body of the costume. I don't know. The head can't weigh 50, bro.

How much did you say the whole thing weighs? In 1994, they said 40 to 50. So maybe they've streamlined it since.

Technology has helped out. You got it. You got to figure that. Yeah, most definitely. Yeah. All right. Fine. I'll take the L. All right.

I'll wave the white flag. That's OK. Hey, by the way, quick story. I was in Arizona. I don't know what all star game it was.

And I was in the lobby, one of the players lobbies. And I don't know what the hell I'm getting ready to do. I'm getting ready to go to the stadium for something, not the all star game. Maybe it's the celebrity game or something.

Yeah, it was a celebrity game that they do on Sundays. And I'm standing in the lobby. And slowly but surely, some of the biggest suitcases that I have ever seen in my life get dragged down the hallway by some of the most athletic looking humans I've ever seen in my life. I mean, these people have calves like, I don't know, name an animal like elephants. These people are big as hell.

They're not tall, but they're big as hell. And I look at one of the bags and I go, I go, that's a that's a that's that's a baseball shape. That's it's it's a circle. And I go, he's got to be the mascots. And they proceeded to take these giant bags and they loaded them onto the bottom of buses. And I'm like, oh, they're going right over to Chase Field or whatever the hell they call it now. And I said, how about this? The mascots just walking around in daylight.

It's like if somebody had a piece of luggage and somehow, some way, you know, like a baseball bat shaped thing just stuck all the way through. I'm like, I thought you were supposed to hide the fact that you're a mascot, not for them. You saw you kind of you should have exposed them. If anything, could have took a picture and just outed and missed all the other mascots. Just take and then I'd be the bad guy.

Or you could have, you know, if you want to be a real bad guy. Back in the day, I was very friendly with the guy who played Hugo the Hornet in Charlotte. What's really he was he was an all American. I think he was an all American gymnast at Arizona State. Oh, my.

And actually, I think he might have gotten the job because his college teammate was the gorilla. The son, the son's mask. Oh, wow. Yeah. So they were all America.

They were I don't I don't know if they were all American, but they were gymnasts. Yeah. Look, these mascots make bank. I think.

What is it? Rocky is that the Rockies and Nuggets mascot, right? Was he a mountain lion? Yeah.

I think he's clocking almost close to a mill. You know, not that. Holy cow. Yeah.

Not that I'm pocket watching. But here in Atlanta are our guy, Harry the Hawk. Oh, Harry the Hawk makes bank. You make a major bank. I'm in the wrong profession. You got to you got to do it all like you got to shoot the basketball. You got to dance. You got to be good with kids. They make appearances.

Yes. They I actually I marvel at Harry the Hawk. I do because I see him interact almost every game that I'm there. He's literally on the floor doing a TV bit. And then two seconds later, he's up in a suite, you know, taking photos. And then he has to dance. And then he's on the court and he's throwing a ball behind his head at half court and he's making three pointers. And then he's he's doing dancing bits with dance moves that would destroy my pelvis.

And I'm like, wow, I understand why he gets paid a lot of money. But yeah, maybe it's not too late. Maybe the three of us can be a mascot. We need to replace the. What's that stupid thing up in Boston? The Celtic? What is he? Does he have a name? The Leprechaun? Yeah, we can we can do the Leprechaun, right?

I don't remember seeing him other than on the on the floor at mid court. You never seen the left. You never saw the real Leprechaun at the Celtics game?

I don't think so. I've never been. I've never been to one of their games. So you've seen the stupid Leprechaun, right? I've never been to TD Garden. Oh, come on, guys.

You've never seen on television either. No, I see that half court the logo. Well, he's he's like the logo. He does.

Yes. So does that disqualify us or not? Well, certainly disqualifies me because he's I don't know if they want the Leprechaun to be a little black guy, but Notre Dame, Notre Dame's done that in the past. They've had a black Leprechaun.

They have recently, too. They had a movie about that. I think it was Tales from the Hood. Thank you, Rudy, with the Leprechaun. Not Rudy.

Anyway, I'll figure out a mascot. It's the J.R. sport re-show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Hey, it's we have so much negativity this hour. Shohei getting robbed.

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Lock yourselves in the house or the office on front of your screen or the computer. Right before we went to break, we've had a very busy hour. Besides talking about mascots, we heard from or we learned the breaking news that Shohei Ohtani has fired his interpreter. His interpreter has been fired by either him or the Dodgers.

Doesn't matter. He's gone. Allegedly stole four and a half million dollars from Shohei Ohtani to help settle some gambling debt. Heard from Jazz Chisholm.

Miami Marlins star. He detailed some of the the hazing and abuse that took place in the Marlins locker room. Doesn't sound like anything physical, but certainly verbal.

Maybe abuse of property as well. Hard knock life in baseball. Why can't we all just get along?

Why do we still need hazing and abuse? And so let's end this hour on some positivity. A couple of days ago, we told you that LeBron James has a new podcast called Mind the Game with J.J. Reddick, and it's a lot of X's and O's and an even some praise.

Let's end on a positive note, because I was surprised to hear this. LeBron James. He basically said Steph Curry and Allen Iverson, two small ish undersized ish guards or two of the most influential players, influential players in NBA history that he's seen.

Listen to this. Since I've been watching the game, the most influence on the game. And obviously we know what Mike did for the game. Sure. You know, well, Steph and Allen Iverson are the two biggest influential guys in our game since since I've been watching and covering it. You know, one, they're six, three, six, four.

If you want to. Steph's not six, four. If you want if you want to look on the back of a basketball card, you know, you're always a lot taller on the back of the back of the basketball card. You know, Allen Iverson and Steph, they were just so relatable and kids felt like they could be them. They were there. They were guys that was not always counted on. They were small in stature and they just defined the odds.

So you got A.I. who's like unbelievable crossover cornrows arm sleeve. We were obviously everyone was arm sleeve now because Allen Iverson and he's going in the trenches, you know, laying it up over bigs, whatever the case may be. And now you have Steph who's shooting over the Empire State Building. You know, it's like those two are the two most influential when you say the game, how they changed the game and the kids and like those are two guys that you just want to watch every single night. Hickey, I wish he he provided more clarity on his statement, like he started off by saying, hey, we we know about Michael Jordan. And so what I want to know is, is he excluding Michael Jordan?

Is he elevating him into a different space? You know, LeBron says, since I've been watching and covering the game, these are the two most influential we know about Michael. So is he including Michael in that space or is he elevating Curry and Iverson with Mike?

Like, what is he doing? I kind of took it as like he was saying those two are above him. Like he said, I mean, like we know about him and his greatness. And it almost sounded like a but Steph Curry, A.I. in terms of influence that I didn't take it as like they're in the same class or it's MJ than those two below it. I kind of took it as he's putting them in their own class above Michael Jordan. Yeah, he I wish he would have provided more context. But this is what happens when you sit around and do a podcast, right?

There's no room. J.J. Redick, certainly on television, likes to go back and forth. He could have kind of prided him for more clarity. And maybe there is I'm going to I'm going to look for a little bit more nuance.

Now, I got a reason to tune in, Hickey. I want to find out what LeBron meant, but I can't say that. Has has Allen Iverson did he have a major change in effect on the game? Yes, and absolutely, especially when you want to think about the culture of basketball. Without a shadow of a doubt, Allen Iverson did that. Steph Curry, you want to think about a style of play? Yeah, he affected and had an impact on the game so much. There are people who say that Steph Curry with his style and people thinking that he could do or they could do what he did, that it has now ruined the game. But before any of that, there was a guy on earth who played named Michael Jordan.

They had an entire campaign about people wanting to be like Mike in a different world with no cell phones and cameras, phones and videos. There was a couple of Michaels, Michael Jackson, Mike Tyson, and on the larger scale right there with Michael Jackson was some guy named Michael Jordan. I don't even think Allen Iverson and Curry may have got any attention if it wasn't for that dude. It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. When we come back, March Madness is here. I'm going to give you a top six list. Some of the biggest upsets, not March Madness, some of the biggest upsets in sports history here on CBS Sports Radio.

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