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Juan Soto is officially a New York Yankee | QB News: Pt. 2 | Philadelphia morning radio host John Kincade joins the show. 

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I can't believe you don't have the drum ready. What is up with that? One Soto is a Yankee. The Yankees consummated the trade for the 25 year old slugging outfielder, San Diego Padres shipping him and another outfielder Trent Grisham to New York in exchange for one very attractive pitching prospect, three other pitchers, lightly used pitchers, and a catcher, starting catcher. That's what the Padres get in return for Juan Soto and Trent Grisham.

And there are questions. Certainly, this appeared to be what Juan Soto wanted. And his agent Scott Boris, of course, always looking for the most attractive landing spot, thinking about a year down the road when Juan Soto becomes a free agent.

And that is my question. Even before we see Soto in pinstripes, have the Yankees traded him away or traded for him and traded away a bunch of prospects for a single season. Now, if they end up winning the World Series, they couldn't care less.

Of course, they'd like to resign him and you probably have a better chance to resign him if he ends up helping you win a World Series. But there's no guarantee. And Scott Boris is known for being the type of agent who wants his clients to reset the market, meaning a lot of times, and he's got this reputation.

I don't know if it's true. It's probably case by case basis, depending upon who the client is. An agent can't force a client to do anything, but there have been times in his tenure as a Bulldog agent where he's reportedly kept players from signing contracts that may be offered hometown discounts or that would have undercut the market or would have not advanced salaries for a particular position, meaning the next highest paid player and the next record setting deal.

And he's behind a lot of those. He likes his clients to test the free agent waters. Again, some clients could push back, but generally when you push back, you don't want Scott Boris as your agent, right?

You'd go with someone else who was a little more malleable. Boris is a Bulldog. That's his reputation. And this is why a lot of teams don't enjoy doing business with him, because even if they feel as though they've offered a fair deal, fair compensation, Boris a lot of times will wait and drag it out and is looking for a bidding war. He's looking to reset the market every time, which is where free agency comes in. As much as the Yankees would like to be able to, I'm sure, give him a contract extension and have that locked up before this current deal runs out, it's more than likely that he will finish up this year, the last year of his deal, and then test the free agent waters. Similar to what Aaron Judge did, right? So Aaron Judge flirted with San Francisco, ended up getting more money from the Yankees than now he was coming off an incredible season, MVP season, but ended up getting more money from the Yankees than he would have otherwise. And that's what Scott Boris will expect and will want for Juan Soto.

That's his modus operandi. But for Juan, he had talked previously about playing in New York and how much he enjoyed it. For me, I think the crowd is incredible. All the things that they yell at you and everything, the food, the family that I have there, it's got to be all those parts. It's incredible when you go there and how they support you and they boo you at the same time. It's just crazy. They boo you, they cheer you, it doesn't matter. They just make a lot of noise.

That is absolutely the case. That was Juan Soto from the All-Star game about why he loves playing in New York. And he mentioned family there too, which is a big deal. Just 25 years old. He's got a long way to go in his career if he stays healthy. And Jay and I were talking about this earlier, considering the Aaron Judge contract, considering his age versus Aaron's age, Aaron ended up with nine years, $360 million, so $40 million per season. The Yankees still owe him the majority of that deal. They still owe $100 million on Giancarlo Stanton's contract. Garrett Cole makes over $300 million and now Juan Soto, who will be looking for a very fat paycheck. Obviously they're not in the running for Shohei Ohtani, but just for speculation purposes, you would think that he would get a contract north of $400 million because the one he turned down from the Nationals a couple years ago was north of $400 million. What'd you say? It was $440?

$440. 15 years. They wanted essentially to make him a lifetime National and he turned that down. He didn't think that the contract would be commensurate with what he was worth over the course of that deal or Scott Boris did not. I mean at the time he was what, 23, 22, 23 years old?

Yeah. He debuted when he was 18, 19 and so he was into the league as a teenager. He's been extremely productive, of course. He's got a batting title.

Let me see if I can remember. Three-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger. I just did this for the CBS Sports Minute and he has more walks than strikeouts, which is a big deal for a home run hitter of his caliber. He's got nearly 500 RBI in fewer than 800 games, so he's very productive.

Like I said, I just did all of this Reddit all for the CBS Sports Minute before I recorded it, so it's fresh in my brain. Very productive, but the idea that he has more walks than strikeouts, I mean that's an aberration in today's Major League Baseball stats. It's an aberration among today's sluggers because of the way the game has changed, right?

And so he's definitely worth acquiring, but will they keep him for longer than a year? It's after hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. AJ Preller, the general manager of the San Diego Padres, points to New York's approach in coming after Soto. They were aggressive. I mean, I think they clearly made it known that, you know, that this was a deal and a player. I mean, I think Brian's pretty direct and I think they were pretty clear and, you know, again, I think everybody understood they had a need.

You know, Juan is an incredible player and fit the need really well, so when you have two teams that line up and, you know, you have a team that's calling you consistently, you usually get a feel that this is something that has a chance to happen. You know, ultimately hopefully it's a deal that works out for both sides. So much for the Yankees dialing back on payroll and getting underneath the luxury tax threshold, or at least closer. So there's actually two levels, less I checked, to this luxury tax threshold.

The first one is the basic level. You go over it, you have to pay a luxury tax into a big pot that's divvied up among the other teams and owners. If you then hit the second threshold, you get punished, or that's the wrong word, you are charged exponentially, right?

So you pay even more exorbitant taxes once you go over the second threshold. So not a hard salary cap. Owners, teams, like the Yankees, can still spend as much money as they want, but you are pouring more and more into this grand pot where the luxury taxes go, and theoretically you're helping out your opponents because you're putting money into their pockets with these taxes. So the Yankees have blown by that, but you know what? Their ace pitcher is a Cy Young Award winner. Aaron Judge was worth every penny, not just for what he does on the field, but for the way he represents New York. And they've been wanting to add another piece, another hitter, specifically to the outfield. And they were looking for lefties, so they got not just to Alex Verdugo, but Juan Soto, and then the Trent Grisham piece.

We'll see how that plays out. They don't love having Giancarlo in the field, first of all because he can pull a muscle just by taking a step or walking up some stairs, so he's a definite injury risk. You don't want him running around. They obviously, well, I think at times they would prefer to not have Aaron Judge as an everyday outfielder, but Aaron really likes playing the outfield. He prefers to be out in the field. He's not a natural center fielder, but he's a great defender, so they'll have to figure out who do they put in center field every day.

That will be a question too, but that's more to get into the weeds, not so much on our show. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, but what the Yankees wanted was to find someone that they could put at the very least as a tandem with Aaron Judge because he was too much alone on his island, and pitchers could get around him and not have to give him their good stuff. They could even intentionally walk him, but just in general not give him pitches to hit, but if you got protection behind him in the lineup, you don't want to walk Aaron Judge to get to Juan Soto.

That doesn't seem like a recipe for success. As for the Padres, they were looking for pitching because other than is it Yu Darvish, there's one other member of their rotation, so it's Yu Darvish and one other guy who are still under contract, but for the most part, they're starting pitchers. They're all free agents. Blake Snell, Michael Waka.

I'd have to go back and look Jay. I know Jay's like racking his brain right now trying to figure out exactly what it is that they have still left in their rotation, but they were looking for pitching, and so they got a young prospect. They got another righty in Michael King who really was only with the Yankees rotation for a few months. Go ahead Musgrove. That's right.

They signed him to a to a new deal not that long ago. So it's Yu Darvish and it's Ted Musgrove. Joe. Joe.

Oh my gosh. Where'd I get Ted from? Ted Musgrove.

I kind of like that better. No, don't say that. Is there a Ted Musgrave?

Yes, yes, yes. That's another sports name. Musgrave. Not the tight end. Yeah, but he's just trust me.

There was another one named Ted. Okay, so Joe and you, you and Joe, you and Joe, you and Joe are still left in the Padres rotation. So they were absolutely looking for more pitchers and that's what they got mostly from the Yankees. But I do think it's intriguing.

How do you get him to stay? If it's just for one year, do you care about who you gave up? Maybe not. Now, in addition to the Juan Soto trade, again, Juan Soto is a Yankee. In addition to that, we're starting to hear rumblings that Shohei Ohtani is close to making his decision. And also, there was a story out yesterday that, and just be careful what you believe, what you read right now, because there's all kinds of leaks and reports and they can be dumped by agents. They can be put out there by teams. A lot of times it's misinformation with a specific purpose. Okay, so there's a reason that they're throwing out incorrect information. So I guess theoretically you could say it's on the reporter or the insider, but truly reporters and insiders get used a lot too.

So you have to be careful what it is that you take as gospel. Anyway, the Shohei report yesterday was that other than the Angels, the only two teams he would really consider are Dodgers and Blue Jays. And we know he's met with both of those teams in the last week. Well, I guess the Blue Jays didn't acknowledge it. The Dodgers did acknowledge it, but we know that he met with the Blue Jays.

We had multiple national insiders, reputed national insiders indicating that. So they got their info from somewhere, probably inside the Blue Jays organization, because of course they wouldn't mind it being known that they had a meeting with Shohei Otani. That's kind of attractive and interesting to the fan base to be sure, not to mention any other potential free agents who might not have previously considered the Blue Jays. But those are two very different cities and markets and Blue Jays and Dodgers.

So if he either leaves LA, it would, you know, he would go to Toronto or he could pick either the Anaheim Angels or Los Angeles Dodgers. Just kind of interesting how different those two places are. And Toronto is not close to Japan.

Different countries. Well, of course, but I mean, it's also, if you're talking about the North American continent, it's on the other side. It gets cold in Toronto. Well, right. I mean, I'm just pointing out that one of the reasons why you know Los Angeles is attractive is because I know the Pacific Ocean is large, but he's at least on the right side of the United States to be able to make that trip back to Japan. Whereas Toronto is not, wow. If you go into Japan from Toronto, you'd probably go over the globe, right?

Rather than across. Do you think? I think so. I don't know. That'd be interesting.

Maybe google it. What's the quicker path to go from Toronto to Japan? Toronto to Tokyo.

Would it be going across the Atlantic? No way. There's no way it's all the way across Europe and Asia.

There's no way. You've got to go over the Arctic. I would imagine. Oh, you mean over the top of the top of the world. Yeah. So you go to Toronto and you go up like all the way past like Northern territories over Antarctica. No, Antarctic is in the South. North pole.

Excuse me. Yeah. The Arctic.

And then go down over like Mongolia, China. Huh? All right. Look it up. See if you can figure it out. Quickest route.

Maybe google map it and see what happens. Ways. Put ways on it.

Roger Federer on it. This way says that it goes across the US and across the Pacific. But I mean, I guess you could really do it anyway, but what's the more efficient way is what I need to know. Well, did you google most efficient way, quickest way to get from Toronto to Tokyo? That's a really interesting question.

One that we just fell down the rabbit hole to try to find the answer to. Hmm. It's just giving me like flights. I don't want to buy a flight. Where do you go though? So where do you go?

Where is, what is it we're suggesting to you? If you're going to buy a ticket from Toronto to Tokyo, let's see. Go. I bet you go through LA. How much you want to bet you go through LA. What am I trying to leave Friday? Book return on Saturday. Are you on Travelocity? Kayak.

Oh, good price. Nonstop 14 hours. No. Um, let's see. Yeah, that doesn't help.

Nonstop 14 hours. All right. If I have to stop, this one stops me in Hong Kong. Okay.

All right. So you're released on the other side of the Pacific though. I don't know how I get to Hong Kong. Do I go over?

Do I go? Interesting. You know what's crazy though? Okay. So now look at, all right, go ahead. You have the answer. One, the Japan airlines one, this one stops at O'Hare in Chicago.

So that means that I guess it goes down. Right. So you go Toronto to Chicago then to, what'd you say? Tokyo. I thought you said Hong Kong. That was on the first flight. Now this other flight has a one stop in Chicago.

Okay. So you do go that way. You do still go back to the West coast. Now look at LA to Tokyo and see, I'm sure there are direct, well, there's no place to stop. You better not stop.

Unless you're going to go down to Hawaii and then up to Tokyo. We're going to need a bigger boat. Jay, you're proud of me.

That's an iconic ride. Thank you. Thank you.

Okay. So is it direct and how many hours? Direct from Los Angeles to Tokyo will take 11 hours, 50 minutes.

11 hours. Do you know that I will be flying from New York to Honolulu next May for my honeymoon and the direct flight is 11 hours. Direct you're flying? Yeah. That's one hell of an ocean. That's a long flight. Oh, I know. You know I don't sleep on planes. So I just got this tweet from Robbie, A Law Radio. He says, I'm an air traffic controller.

How about that? They fly over the North pole. Jay, that's very impressive. Thank you, Robbie.

We appreciate that. So they fly over, they fly North over the North pole to get down the other side. It's kind of interesting though. Think about it. You fly down the other side, you go up and then back down.

It's like a roller coaster. Yeah. I wonder if it's a cold.

It's always cold when you're 36,000 feet in the air, but is it extra when you're above the Arctic? I don't know. Probably.

If you're not over the Caribbean. Yeah. Interesting. Thank you, Robbie.

That's very cool of you. And Jay says, Ted Musgrave is an American race car driver. Thank you. See, I knew there was a Ted. Ted. What about Ted? Okay. So questions answered.

Coming up in 25 minutes ish, a little over 20 minutes. Our friend John Kincaid, who not only is cancer free, but also was at the Eagles game last weekend, his first game back where he could be around crowds. And he was at the Eagles Niners game.

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Tell them big Snoop Dogg sent you. The homes fires for the end zone. Touchdown, Kansas City. And off the back door again. No, Herbert keeps it in.

So touch the charges. Herbert with his second of the day. Here's the snap. Josh going to keep it himself and run it again inside the five into the end zone. Touchdown, Buffalo. Josh Allen nine yard touchdown run.

The Bills respond and then some. It's time for QB News on After Hours. Part two of QB News. You know, it's a lot on a Wednesday. Going into a Thursday, week 14 is on tap with Patriots and Steelers coming up later tonight on Amazon Prime.

We'll get to that. The big news among quarterbacks though, Zach Wilson returning as the starter for the Jets after a two week hiatus. What about the report that he was nervous or reluctant to take the ball again to take the ball again because he's afraid of injury? Absolutely not. You know, absolutely not. I love the guys in this locker room and I would do anything.

And I think anytime you have an opportunity to step in this field, you need to take advantage of it. The other big news, in addition to Zach Wilson starting for the Jets as they host the Houston Texans, is that Trevor Lawrence actually did have a cart available on Monday night. The Jaguars cart was fully prepped and ready for their star quarterback, but he's the one that decided nah. We talked about getting a cart and I was going to get a cart and then I'm standing there and you know, I'm already on the sideline at that point.

The tunnel's right there. I just wanted to get off the field, get out of there. I didn't know what was going on with my ankle and I felt like I could get off. I was like, hey, you're good.

Just don't bring it out. I'm going in. And then once I got in there, I'm like, this is a pretty long walk, you know, but I was already there and they asked again if I wanted a cart.

I'm like, no, we're going to make it the whole way there. I didn't know there was cameras in the tunnel, you know, so that's kind of, they're everywhere. Exactly. So, uh, but no, it's, of course we have carts and we have everything we need. And I was the one that, that didn't choose to, to take one, you know, so I guess put that on me and maybe that was dumb.

Maybe I should have taken one, whatever. I love that he didn't know there were cameras underneath the stadium. There are cameras everywhere right now. He's one day at a time as the Jaguars prep for the Browns coming up on Sunday. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence, CBS Sports Radio. While we're talking about the AFC North, you know, the Bengals beat the Jaguars.

It was a pretty incredible game in overtime Monday night. Jake Browning making what will be his third start of the season. But yeah, how did he get to the point where he was still bearing down, working hard, determined and committed, even though he never got a snap in the NFL until year four? Probably ignoring the media. Touche. Somewhat kidding there, but yeah, I think, uh, I've watched a lot of football and I feel like at least for quarterbacks, you know, it's, you're either the greatest ever or you suck, you know, it's just like this all the time.

And there's a lot of peace and sanity right here, which is kind of where I like to stay. I think Jake Browning might be my new favorite quarterback. Kind of ignoring the media. Oh yeah.

Zing. Colts taking on the Bengals this weekend. Big AFC clash among two teams that right now are in the middle, the middle of this huge log jam for wildcards. So that's one AFC North battle. Then you think about the Ravens coming off of their bye. Hey, they've got competition for the top seed in the AFC and Lamar Jackson says, Hey, we're not just now kicking it into high gear.

This is not just now crunch time. We've been feeling this way all season. I feel like every week for us been a playoff game throughout the season, uh, because people didn't think, uh, Texas was that good. And I believe they pretty good coats, pretty good, you know, pretty solid teams, Steelers, you know, they, they putting out fights in Cincinnati. I mean, not Cincinnati, but Cleveland, um, every week has been a playoff game for us. We just got to keep staying locked in.

And like I said, focus on what we can control. Ravens hosting the Rams this weekend as they come off their bye Rams, of course, six and six. And they're also part of the conversation in the NFC. I like that he could do the job of a talk show host is going through the various storylines from the NFL season, bread and butter, peanut butter, jelly, whatever you want to call it.

I do like both of those options. Mitch Trubisky will be starting. He'll be the 50, huh? 53rd different starting quarterback coming up this weekend when he takes over for, uh, Kenny Pickett, who has a high ankle sprain and just had surgery. So how does he, how do they spark the offense? Just lack of execution, lack of detail.

Um, I don't know what it is. I feel like we had a pretty good plan going into the red zone this week. Uh, we just didn't find a way. So whether it's them making plays and us not, there's no excuse. We got to, we got to find a way to, to score points somehow.

It just got to maneuver points and just focus. When we get down that red zone, red zone woes, those can down a team to be sure. I know there are some Steelers fans that are feeling like this could be a struggle. Think about what happened against the Patriots last week, the charger score, just two field goals against them in the pouring down rain, the cold, whether or not likely to be an issue. But that Patriots defense is formidable. The issue, of course, is that they can't score points themselves.

This could be a knockdown drag out. Although Mike Tomlin, he's, uh, yeah, he seems to think that the quarterback situation for the Pats could pose a problem. The quarterback mobility component, particularly on a short week, um, is something to be focused on and to make sure that we're solid. Thankfully, we play enough quarterback mobility that we're not starting at ground zero, because when you're working on a short week, there's a limited amount of physical reps that you get.

I mean, I understand the last part of that. Is he worried about either Bailey Zappi or Mac Jones being mobile? Maybe he thinks that neither of those quarterbacks will be starting, and instead they're going to go with a running back. They're going to do a wildcat direct snap to the running back.

Where's Derek Henry when you need him? This is ridiculous. This is another week in which the Patriots offense could really scuffle because the Steelers defense is damn good and they've had a short week to prepare.

Oh dear. I mean, I took the night off just because I have to be able to focus on the game. It's after hours with Amy Lawrence, CBS Sports Radio, second half of QB news. We've got Lions and Bears this weekend, and Jared Goff is talking about what could be some bitter cold in the Windy City. You'd like it to be, you know, 70 and sunny every time, but you know, you can't always have that. So I don't know anything that's not that would be on, you know, somewhat unfavorable, but you plan it every week. You know, we've been lucky to be in the dome a lot this year, but, um, you know, if you play outside and you play in a little weather, we deal with it.

That's one of my best games in weather. And, um, so yeah, we'll see. I mean, you start out your career in LA and you get into a dome. It's a coddled quarterback. Enjoy the sunlight.

As for Justin Fields, he's already hearing the question that he has been, but they're becoming louder about his future and whether or not he remains in Chicago. Life isn't fair. So, um, you know, me personally, I'm just focused on what I can control and, you know, the rest is in God's hands and, you know, I mean, really you just put everything in God's hands. You know, it's going to turn out, you know, good for you. So, um, you know, wherever, if I'm here next year, if I'm not, um, you know, football doesn't define who I am as a person. Detroit at Chicago.

That's an earlier game. The Minnesota Vikings come off a bye and are on the road at the Raiders. And we now know who will be the starting quarterback for the Vikings. We will be starting Josh Dobbs, uh, in the football game on Sunday. Uh, feel great about, uh, kind of our bi-week process of really, uh, you know, two layers to it, evaluating, uh, kind of where Josh has been as far as, uh, immediately providing a spark and helping us win two football games. Um, and then, you know, transitioning to, uh, some things conditioning to, uh, some tough, you know, tough outcomes where, uh, there's all kinds of things that we could, we could do better. We could coach better.

Uh, Josh has continued comfort, um, in our offense and, and how we play, but also, uh, our offense and, and our staff's ability, uh, to evolve and, and, and help Josh thrive. Remember Justin Jefferson will be back in this game coming up this weekend, week 14. Dobbs, he's had a turnover issue the last couple losses.

Had two in a row, six turnovers in those two losses. Um, he's athletic. He's speedy. He obviously can make the throws, but still a relatively young quarterback with not a ton of experience. So, has that worn off or will Justin Jefferson help in that equation? It's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio.

A couple more before we get to our break. Logan Ryan, newest addition to the San Francisco 49ers because, yeah, they need more veteran guys. You know, he actually played in Brock Purdy's first game last season. So that was his first start.

Um, no, we weren't expecting that. Um, he showed great poise. Um, he showed who he is. It's a very good quarterback, great command of the offense for a rookie last year.

And he had a lot of extended plays and he made a lot of magic happen. I think that's when people got introduced to Brock Purdy was so fortunately I was on the wrong side of that, but Hey, I'm happy. I'm happy we gave him that confidence that he's my quarterback now. Logan Ryan, as I say, the latest addition to a veteran 49ers roster and he's already had a taste of Brock Purdy.

Okay. We teased this earlier and it's kind of cute. Well, I guess maybe not cute for Baker's wife, Emily, but Baker Mayfield found out that his wife was pregnant and didn't have, I guess, initially a real positive reaction. I was in shock.

Uh, to be completely honest, it was during training camp. Um, I had sent her a picture outside of our hotel. There was a golden doodle puppies sign with the number on it.

And I sent her a screenshot of that. Uh, and then two days later I go to the house and she put a big brother shirt on our dog. So I started looking around for a puppy, not seeing the ultrasound and the positive, uh, pregnancy test right in front of me. So, um, yeah, I was in the doghouse for a little bit on that one. Uh, but it was, you know, just complete shock.

Uh, but so blessed. He somehow misses the gigantic signs and instead, where's the puppy? Oh dear. I'm not going to fall for that trap.

I can imagine doghouse. Oh, it's appropriate. All right. Coming up next, our friend John Kincaid cancer free John Kincaid. Hallelujah. Great news. And, uh, he was at the Eagles game against the Niners. Of course the Eagles be looking their wounds, getting ready for now. Cowboys weekend.

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Blinds.com. Rules and restrictions may apply. Listening to the after hours podcast. First of 10 Niners, the Philly 48, Purdy looks left now. Middle throws caught. Broken tackle by Deebo Samuel. Runs for the first time 30, 20, 15, 10, 5, touchdown!

San Francisco! What an absolute beast, Deebo Samuel! I think the reality is the team changes from year to year. So we'll see how this team responds. We'll see.

This is after hours with Amy Lawrence. Oh so dramatic and the plot thickens. The Eagles head to Dallas this weekend and that is definitely a candidate for after hours game of the week. Before that, Deebo Samuel one of his three touchdowns. He had the last laugh against the Eagles. Niners beat the Eagles. No, it was not a rematch of the NFC Championship.

It was anything but. We are so excited to welcome our friend John Kincaid for so many reasons. He's getting set for his morning show on 97.5 The Fanatic at the game with his amazing daughter on Sunday.

So forget the game for a second. What was it like to be back in a stadium, John? First time I got to be in a crowd of people since March. So it was really amazing to be able to be out there and keep a dad daughter Eagles game tradition alive with my 19 year old junior in college who still was willing to hold my hand as we walked through the different tailgates. Made my day. It was wonderful.

The game didn't make my day but the event made my day and great to be with you, Amy. Great to be with you. Great to be with you.

Yeah, I'm so thrilled. I've talked about you. I've talked to you. I prayed for you. I prayed with you.

I know that. Yeah, I felt them. Thank you. What has this last couple weeks been like for you knowing that in fact you did kick cancer's ass again? Well, it's been a little, it's honestly been a little overwhelming for somebody who, you know, could talk a cat off a fish truck. I get emotional, very emotional things. The Sixers had me out to ring the bell before a game.

The Flyers had me as one of their honorees on Hockey Fights Cancer Night. It's been a little much for me as far as emotionally. But I'm getting there. I'm getting there and getting back to it.

My energy level is just what I got to battle. I mean, I still get up in the morning, I do my show and I come in in the afternoon and right after like Young and the Restless, I need a little nap. So, you know, just get a little bit of a break.

But everything's going well and they tell me that I'm doing great. So, that's all that matters and it'll be the most wonderful holiday season ever. And for you too.

For you too. Yes. Ten days. Ten days. Yes. Oh, geez.

I'll tell you this. You're no bridezilla, I hope. No, please. Please. Good, good, good. You know me better than that. I do. Absolutely. John Kincaid is with us from Philadelphia. Now cancer-free and as he points out, just recovering from all that his body went through. But man, that's a good problem to have.

You wouldn't trade that problem for any other, would you? No, no, no, no, no, no. Except the fact that my doctor, John Sprandio Jr. told me that I would, my oncologist told me that I would lose 15 to 20 pounds doing chemo. And I set the record for him in his practice.

I put on 22. What? How is that possible? I didn't vomit. Not once. Good. He's like, you don't vomit.

You don't. And I didn't. I bet it was the sedentary nature of it all too. But all the steroids that I had to take, I had to take a bag of liquid steroids that they literally would give me. They didn't just give you a shot, a little shot.

They gave me a full bag to try to keep my energy up and everything and all the water weight. But it's coming off. It's coming off pretty quickly, which I'm very pleased with. So it's coming off already in just like two weeks.

It's been declining big time. So it's great. Again, all a great problem to have. Absolutely. Awesome.

All right. So what did you see then? What happened against the Niners last weekend, besides the fact that they got run? Well, I'm glad the Niners won their regular season Super Bowl because it's like when the Eagles beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead. And I said it before the game.

So I'm not being contradictory. I said it before my own team's game. This doesn't do anything to make up for what happened as February. You don't win a regular season game and be like, we got revenge. We did. Oh, crap. I mean, it's ridiculous. It's a joke. And so and I said it, I said it's a great win for the Eagles to win at Arrowhead, but don't spin it like it's a revenge for the Super Bowl. We didn't get to have a parade because of a regular season win.

San Francisco. I know Kyle Shanahan. Well, I think he's the most brilliant play caller and designer in the NFL.

He's really, really good in that. I also know he has a great history of gagging, much like the Dallas Cowboys who the Eagles play this week. So we'll see how everything plays out. But boy, they celebrated. They celebrated. So good for San Francisco. I mean, it's good for them.

I'm so glad to hear that chemo only stole your hair for a time and not your sense of humor. Oh, no, no, I can't. I mean, it's look, it was a it was a whooping on Sunday. And it was a the big thing was that the only thing that disturbed me about it because I don't care about the you know, they lose a game and they still have the best record in the NFL. They've been and they also have the best record against winning teams in the NFL. So anybody saying like, oh, boy, is this Eagles team for real? Well, nobody else could be for real.

They aren't. But what I will say is that to me is that the physical beatdown, the 49ers beat them and took their lunch money. And that surprised me. That's the only part of it that really bothers me is that part of it is that it was a physical beatdown.

And Deebo Samuel, man, man, he was a he was difficult to corral, as we heard in the in the first highlight coming in from the break. Well, so Dallas is now waiting in a place where they've won 14 consecutive games. They do appear to play a lot better when they're at home.

Yeah, they do. Last game was really tight. There were a couple of plays that could have gone the other way.

What's in store on Sunday night? Well, I'm looking at a back and forth battle because I think both teams' defenses are deficient. Like if the Eagles were to win a Super Bowl this year, the only way they're going to do it is outscoring people because their defense is has been deficient.

And I think that's what has been deficient. And I think Dallas defense is the same way. I mean, Dallas, when they play anybody that's good, they're going to give up on average around 30 something points, maybe 35. And so this game is going to be I think it's going to be a shootout. I think it's going to be wild. The Eagles rarely sweep Dallas, which concerns me a little bit as far as going into the matchup.

But there's got to be a pride check after what happened on Sunday. I expect to see the Eagles have a really, really strong offensive effort. Defensively, though, I question this team big time.

I really do. And they don't have the same defensive team they had last year. And Slay and Bradbury played so great last year and they haven't played that way this year. So I have a lot of questions, not doubts, but questions, because, again, even if Dallas ties the Eagles this weekend, they're going to need the Eagles to lose one more game and then they have to go 4-0. And Dallas going to the Bills, going to the Dolphins, playing the Lions. I'm not worried about Dallas coughing up one game because the calendars turn to December. And we know what happens to Dallas in December, much like Cinderella in that carriage of hers.

Very similar. It turns into a pumpkin. And I'm not talking about Mike McCarthy. OK, the man just had an emergency surgery yesterday.

Show them a little grace. I didn't even know that. What did he have emergency surgery for? An appendectomy. Oh, really? I had my port taken out yesterday, so we were both in a procedure. Good. Good. I hope he's OK. He's OK. John, you never change.

OK, I got about 90 seconds here. What's your reaction to Juan Soto heading to the Yankees? Well, the Yankees will continue to try to buy something and it hasn't worked for a long, long time. And I would wonder and one of my co-hosts was saying this morning, I wonder why two organizations couldn't wait to get rid of this guy. And to me, I just wonder if there's something about him that organizations like, no, we good. We'll let him go. So I question that with Juan Soto.

He's a tremendous talent, but I don't think it's going to win the Yankees a World Series. Let's put it that way. Just out of curiosity, do you think that the Phillies ascribe to that theory of potentially trying to buy a World Series? Well, it depends on who, what they're doing.

I mean, they're trying to. I absolutely am. I'm against that, by the way. I don't like the go buy a new piece, buy a new piece. I'm more into the young players.

Thankfully, they have a lot of young players on the horizon and they have a lot of young players like Stott and Boehm and Marsh that had part of the organization that are managed to help be a part of the thing. So I think you have to have a good mix, but I'm not into the going and buying something. I don't think that it works that way. No, nothing that really matters in life can be purchased. At least that's no, I wouldn't think so. All right.

I wouldn't think so. Have a blessed weekend next weekend and I'll be thinking of you and praying for you. I appreciate that. Thanks to all your listeners and love everybody at CBS Sports Radio.

I miss you guys. All right, John Kincaid from 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, but longtime friend and ally of mine going back to our previous network. Most incredible to look at his Twitter account now and see three time cancer survivor, three time cancer survivor. He is one of the bravest and strongest and also most uncomfortable radio hosts that I know because he does not care.

The man, you cannot make him uncomfortable. It's not even possible. At John Kincaid, K-I-N-C-A-D-E. I've got a long weekend. Enjoy Patriot Steelers. I'm back with you on Sunday night following Eagles and Cowboys.

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