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December 17, 2022 1:59 am

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December 17, 2022 1:59 am

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You could be going from coast to coast or lake to lake, highway to byway, listening on Sirius XM Channel 158. Thank you very much. Hope you're safe. Hope you're well. Hope you're warm. Hope you're cool.

And if you're not, I certainly hope you get there. I'm gonna try my best to just chill out and have fun here over the next hour as we kind of wrap up another busy week in the world of sports and upcoming busy weekend. We got a full slate of Saturday games in the NFL. We have three consecutive nights of primetime games in the NFL, starting off with Tua Tonga Veloa and the Dolphins in Buffalo. Tomorrow night, supposed to be cold, 25 to 28 degrees, supposed to have some precipitation in the air. Obviously that would mean snow and we'll see how that goes down on Sunday night football.

You can go ahead and hit the fast forward button. You got the New York Giants taking on the Washington commanders as they are tied and jockeying for playoff position. And then we wrap things up on Monday night football, watching two teams going absolutely nowhere, but having some question marks for the future with some big names as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on Baker Mayfield and the Los Angeles Rams. Not something that I thought I would be saying at any point in the season, but here we are. Yes, Baker Mayfield and the Los Angeles Rams. Something else that I didn't think I would be saying this season is the name of Brock Purdy.

Why would I? I mean, unless you were sitting around watching the Iowa State, this guy was selected last in the draft. Most of America has never seen this guy play and he's done a very good job holding down the fort for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo.

You know, right before we went to break, we talked about the Detroit Lions and how well they're playing. They're going to take on the New York Jets this upcoming Sunday. And by the way, Mike White will not play for the New York Jets because of his ribs. He could not be medically cleared.

And he said he went to nine different independent doctors trying to be cleared. No one would give him the go ahead. And so Zach Wilson will be back in action for the New York Jets as the starting quarterback. And I think for his own sake, he better hope he has a decent game. Otherwise he will be eaten alive, not just by the media, but probably by his teammates, as Mike White has become a little bit of a legend. He's the anti-Zach Wilson, someone who plays hard and lights it up and the players appreciate him. They want to play for Mike White, but now they got Zach Wilson. Zach Wilson taking on those Lions who are surging right now, especially with that offense. A matter of fact, Coach Rob Salah of the New York Jets, former 49er defensive coordinator, he says this is a big deal for Zach.

Listen. This is going to be a great opportunity for Zach. When he was elevated to the number two quarterback, it was with the understanding that there's a strong possibility that he was going to play and to prepare accordingly.

Man. Hey Shep, I hope he has a good game. If this man does not have a good game, even though it's the holiday season, Jet fans will eat him alive.

There seems to be already a great segment, a big segment of Jet fans who are sick and tired of him already. If he stinks to join up, I better hope he just maybe crawls into a hole. We're going to see how tough he is.

What do you think, man? You know, to be honest with you, JR, you've said it the whole year. He's not ready.

It's that simple. He's not going to pull a rabbit out of a hat. We know this guy is not NFL ready right now. And the Jeffs, they whiff with him. And it's even more demonstrative when you consider the fact that you had the guys like Mac Jones and Justin Fields come after him.

Yeah, you know what? But everybody develops at a different rate, different times. It was very clear from a couple of weeks ago after he had a terrible game against the Pats and he didn't necessarily take full responsibility or his own responsibility for how the offense played and he did terrible.

You know, people develop at different rates. So I'm not going to throw the towel in on Zach Wilson and who he can become. But when you're selected number two overall and then you're benched and everybody basically calls you out on it. His own teammates, wide receivers. Garrett Wilson called him out on it. His head coach called him out.

He benched him. Like we've had to watch for the past several weeks Zach Wilson sit around with his hood on as he didn't even dress. Like it's embarrassing. We're going to find out how much Zach Wilson cares about his job cares about his status cares about his reputation. I'm very eager to see how he's going to bounce back from basically being told. You suck.

You need to get your act together because if you don't you ultimately might get the boot. And so I'm going to take a real deep look as a Zach Wilson takes on these Lions who are just on a roll right now. It's just a whooping everybody is scoring points at a ridiculous rate. The defense can stand to improve and we had one caller say hey man Jr. Can you talk me off the ledge of the lines don't make the playoffs.

I'm like listen, bro. This season is a success. It wasn't too long ago that they were one in six. And you had Dan Campbell worried about his own damn job. A matter of fact, this is what Dan Campbell had to say a couple of weeks ago knowing that one in six. He was going to be fired.

Look, I don't read everything but I told you I get I get head up with things and so I know at one point I was going to get fired, you know, and now I'm not and so I know how all this works and the reality is man. We got five and seven. We got five to go here and this is a big five game stretch for us and I and we're getting better. Yeah, obviously they picked up another victory beating Minnesota this past Sunday, you got the return of Jamison Williams who didn't take too much time to actually go out there and score some points.

You're now pairing him up with a Monroe St. Brown. You got Jamal Williams. DeAndre is actually nice when he's healthy DJ chart like they they have an offense. They have some impact players on defense. They still have to work on their passing defense. They they have a tendency to still give up, you know, quite a few points, but their defenses has been improved.

They've taken advantage as well. You got to give them credit of some bad teams as they should some of these squads in their own division playing up in the NFC North. The Lions win lose draw unless they just crap the bed the rest of the season and they they've been competitive.

I don't think they will this is a success. The playoffs are the icing on the cake. They take on the Jets. They have a great defense. Luckily for them the Lions. They don't have to take on Quinnen Williams playing at an all-pro level on the defensive tackle dealing with a calf injury. They have Carolina up next Carolina has been decent under Wilkes.

They have a 500 record. A Chicago is absolutely terrible only three wins on the season and the Lions finish up against Green Bay a team of which they've already beaten at 15 and nine. And so kudos to the Lions all the damn way eight five five two one two four CBS.

That's eight five five two one two four CBS. Greg is here from Detroit. You're on the JR sport reef show. What's up, Greg? Hey, how you doing? JR? I'm very well.

What's up? Oh, listen, listen, a lot of reason for the surge in the Lions offense is from this guy named Johnson Ben Johnson. He's our office coordinator. I just want to make sure that he doesn't get yanked away and ruckus nucleus that we have someone's going to offer him a coaching position. I just know it after this year. What would it take to keep them?

I have no idea. That's that's the nature of the the beast. That's the nature of the game. Like when you have success as a coordinator you move on.

I mean the time that the team that they're going to be opposing Rob Salah. I don't even know how many years we heard about him as one of the next guys up and he was a defensive coordinator for the Niners all those years. And now they have another guy D'Amico Ryan's who played he's the next hot thing.

And so that's that's how it goes, man. I would just suck to lose him after one year, man. He's only had one year on the job and I don't know two years. He's had two years. But Dan Campbell brought him in from I think from New Orleans. Well, the nature of the game is when you have success and you actually have players, hopefully you can bring someone on who can quote-unquote carry and have the torch pass to him. I mean, I'm impressed with the lion skill position players now whether or not Jared Goff will be there when I believe the Lions are our full legitimate contenders if they can continue to grow.

I think that's even larger of a question. But for right now, man, I would enjoy the ride. Yeah, I'm doing that. I'm another guy that needs to be talked off the ledge. I'm 56. Long time tortured Lions fan, man. Oh, man, I'm not I'm not going to rehash some of the things that you've seen over the past 20 or 30 years. I won't.

I'll stop. All right, JR. Thanks, man. Thank you, Greg. No doubt about it.

Thank you for calling from Detroit. You know, Dan Campbell has done an amazing job. I know he had the fire his defensive backs coach. I really don't even see how I remember Aaron Glenn when he was coaching or actually playing for the New York Jets. I have no idea how he's going to be able to stick around as the defensive coordinator with the amount of points that they give up per game. So, yeah, there's there's going to be some adjustments here, but at least as a Lions fan, you you can admit to seeing the progress.

And there's nothing wrong with that. 8 5 5 2 1 2 4 CBS. Lewis here from Rochester. What's up, Lou?

Hi there. Tomorrow's game in Buffalo is going to be some heavy snow for the six inches or more. There's going to be five inches of snow tailgating eight inches by kickoff, 10 to 12 inches more for the ride home.

I canceled my plans to go to it. You're not so you're not going to the game because of the snow. Yeah.

Okay. But the other point that I really want to make it doesn't seem like McDaniel enough to really appreciate what's going to happen. That's no because he's going to find out soon that the way it snows in western New York is far greater than the way it snows in Alabama.

That comment is going to become some kind of meme is it's going to be. Yeah, but it was it was taken out of context and and I understand what you're saying about they don't appreciate it or what what are they supposed to say? We're afraid of the snow.

The cold is going to get us and oh my God, we're coming from Florida with skin. What are they supposed to say? They really have no choice but to downplay it. That's a good point.

And I want to I want to share this again as well. And thank you so much, Lou, for calling from Rochester. So I'm not a meteorologist. You know, if there's one who's going to tell us with 100 percent conviction that it will snow, then God bless them. They should be doing weather all over the world. I don't know.

I digress. I'm going to expect it to snow. Will it stick? Will it be a few inches? Are we looking at multiple inches?

I have no idea. I just know there's a chance of it and it's going to be tough. But the idea that Tua Tonga Veloa has just flat downplayed playing in Buffalo, comparing it to going up or playing in Alabama is not accurate. Tua Tonga Veloa was stood there with the media for about 10 minutes the other day, and almost half of that time was dedicated to the weather in Buffalo. So Tua, what are you going to wear?

So Tua, do you think it's going to be cold or how are you going to feel? And this it just it got repetitious. It got monotonous.

It got slow real damn fast. And then one of the questions, the one that got mean already, where Tua said it snows in Alabama, like people take the snippet without the full context. Tua was asked directly by a reporter, and you might also consider this to be a stupid question. Tua was asked flatly, Hey, have you even ever seen snow in your life?

This is his response. Yeah, it snowed in Alabama my first year. Yeah. So it snows in Alabama, guys.

I know. I mean, people don't know that, you know, there's some people that just think, oh, you know, it just gets cold now. It does snow. Yeah, he wasn't directly comparing it to Buffalo. It snows in Buffalo. Excuse me, it snows in Alabama.

I don't have anything to worry about in Buffalo. That's that's not what he said. And that was only one of the ridiculous questions. I mean, we had another reporter ask him about, you know, hey, I heard you were in a cold weather place recently. Can you tell us about the cold weather place you were? And Tua's response was, yeah, I was in I was in Baltimore. I was in Maryland.

Take a listen to this one. Tell us back in the spring, you actually went to a cold weather location. Yeah.

Can you tell us the story about that? Yeah, I went to Maryland to go visit my brother in the spring and it was pretty cold up there, probably like in the 20s. And there was snow on the ground, too. So got to test that out.

Got to throw up there with a couple of his guys. So, yeah, that was that was good. Okay. Me personally, and it might be a mindset thing, too, but I it felt really good throwing it while it was snowing. So I don't know. I can't give anything more than that. Like I, you know, I didn't feel any any effects of throwing in the snow.

Okay. Well, thank you, reporters, for asking just some interesting I don't want to go as far to say stupid questions. So you threw you threw to your brother's wide receivers in Maryland when it was 20 degrees and snowing in in in Maryland. You know, what does this mean when you go play against the Buffalo Bills with giant human beings trying to kick your ass on on Saturday night?

Like, what did you learn from that experience? What? Huh? What is to throw in a ball outside when it's 20 degrees have to do with him actually in live football? Like I can knock down a three pointer. I can knock down a free throw by myself just standing there. What am I going to do when I actually play against competition? I'm gonna get my ass destroyed. Like, come on. Talk about practice here. Hi, Allen Iverson.

Some of these questions are absolutely wild. 8 5 5 2 1 2 4 CBS Tony calling from Massachusetts. What's up, Tony? What's up, Jay? How are you?

I'm good. I was with him talking about Zach Wilson, man. They about to get smoked. Now, the jet defense is legit. But Wilson, if you don't move the ball, man, what's going to run them out of it?

And I just thinking about something, man. Yeah, your mannerism and how you carry yourself and what you say goes a long way. And I don't know who's in his circle, but it's good to have people like, you know, to guide you in how to carry yourself. Because basically they turn on him from his responses after he's played. And he didn't own nothing.

I think if he would have, you know, did it a different way, he probably would have got, you know, some sympathy, a little bit of leeway. And, you know, but right now, I'm telling you right now, man, that dude, if he don't have a good game, he's done. He's done. And you're right. They're going to be slow on him, man.

They really are. Yeah, I'm not prepared to completely throw him to the to the wolves. He's he will be thrown to the wolves, but I don't I don't think they're going to go through the offseason without giving him one final chance, especially when you think about the investment that they've made in him with the number two overall pick.

But you are 100 percent correct. He has to he has to get it together. He does because he's going to get destroyed if he doesn't go out there and have a decent game. The Jets defense. Can they stop the Lions? I guess they can slow them down.

They have one of the best defenses in the league. It'll be interesting to see Quinnen Williams and his status for the game. That that will be a huge factor. But Zach Wilson, is he going to get into a shootout with the Lions?

I don't know. You want to talk about pressure and something to play for? Zach, he comes across as a quarterback, baby face crybaby. And for an NFL locker room, that's that's not going to get the job done. And who knows? Zach might have to play the rest of the season if Mike White cannot be clear.

This man was destroyed. He has the absolute respect of everybody in the locker room. And Zach Wilson, he's going to have to earn his against the Lions. It's the J.R. Sportbrief show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. I'm going to get some more of your calls on the other side.

I'm going to tell you about my amazing week in Phoenix and in Portland at Pacific University. We got a lot to do before our roll here on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the J.R. Sportbrief on CBS Sports Radio.

You're listening to the J.R. Sportbrief on CBS Sports Radio. Hey, J.R., man, it's going to be cliche as a mug, but a long time, long time listener. First time calling, man. And I appreciate your show big time.

You have so much insight. I just want to give you props on that. Call in now at 855-212-4CBS. Hey, Chef, what is it?

I'm like, Waldo, is that what it is? Trying to find where I'm at? You got that right. I'm in Atlanta. Travel more than a pilot for Amazon. Amazon pilot?

Well, you know, they go all over the world, yeah. Well, what's his name? Bezos hasn't used the robots yet? No. It's coming. It's coming.

Enjoy that money while it's coming. Jeff Bezos, you're going to have them robots flying the plane, but why not? I was going to say you travel more than an NBA superstar. Uh, hold on, let me see. Ja Morant. No?

They're number one in the West, by the way, and no one's talking about them. I'm not asking you about that. I'm talking about guys who travel.

Ja Morant? Oh, I see what you're saying. No, no, because he's so athletic that it's deceiving how little he actually steps. He carries the ball.

A lot of these do. No, that's different, though. It's not just him. It's just travel. He's not James Harden, like, taking five steps back to shoot a jump. Oh, my God. Oh, okay.

Step back, step back, step back, step back, step back, step back, three? Exactly. He's doing the Travolta out there.

Travolta from, uh... Saturday Night Fever. I haven't seen that since, uh, I don't know. I don't know. When did I see that? In the 90s, did I see that? 1990 is the last time I probably saw that. I'm impressed you even saw it.

It was just on one night at, like, two o'clock in the morning. What can I say? 855-212-4CBS, 855-212-4CBS. Bob is here from Michigan. What's up, Bob? Thank you for taking my call. Um, I really enjoy your show.

Thanks. You know, I've been sitting here thinking over and over today and actually the past couple weeks. I'm here to predict on Saturday morning, December 17th, 2022, that we've seen Matthew Stafford play his last NFL football game. I wouldn't be surprised. It's been, uh, quite terrible. I've mentioned it a few times here in the air. When you think about his injury and his wife's reaction to the concussion and the swelling and just the numbness in his legs, why would he want to unless he is 100% certain that he's going to be fine and there's no way to know that?

I wouldn't be surprised. Yeah, I mean, the thing is that when he was with Detroit, he took a beating. At times he didn't play very well. And then when the trade occurred with the Rams, the timing was perfect for both franchises. And Stafford helped put them over the top and he's got his Super Bowl right. Now the Rams don't look hungry.

They have to retool. Given everything that the Stafford family has been through, including Matthew Stafford's wife with the brain tumor surgery, I mean, if I'm Matthew Stafford's wife at the end of this season, I'm going up to him and I'm saying, Matthew, you've got your ring. You got beat up last year. You got the ring the year before.

Is it really worth it? No, I understand. That's reasonable, but we know we can look at Tom Brady.

It takes two to tango in that regard. But his injuries, and thank you for calling, his injuries are kind of, they're not being talked about. Maybe in Los Angeles, maybe not. Matthew Stafford suffered a concussion. The man is out for the rest of the season with a bruised spinal cord. The man also, there were reports about him having a little bit of numbness in his legs.

Now I assume that's related to the bruised spinal cord and the nerves that make your feeling go to your arms and your legs and your limbs and the rest of your body, etc. I ain't no doctor. I tap out. I'd be like, I'm done. I'm done for what? I got a Super Bowl ring.

I'm getting money. Maybe that might be a motivation to continue on. It's tough, man. It's tough. You hear those injuries. A bruised spinal cord is enough for me to just be like, nah, I'm done.

That's just me. 855-212-4CBS. Darrell's calling from Pittsburgh. What's up, Darrell?

Hey, good morning, JR. To you as well. What's going on? I'm just talking about the stuff with Buffalo Bills. They're professional football players. You know, the weather is just going to be a factor.

All that stuff is just sound bites. You know, reporters asking the stupid questions. I mean, it's lightly snowing here in Pittsburgh right now. I'm out here driving a truck.

I got to adjust what I'm doing because of the weather. So they'll play the game. You know, I'm a big Bills fan.

I hope the Bills win this game. So they got to play it. So what are you saying?

Well, yeah, we know that Tua was asked some interesting questions about the weather. Yeah, everybody has to deal with it, yeah? Is that your point? Yeah, and they're professional football players.

So they got heaters now on the field. It still factors in when you're on the field, you know? Oh, absolutely. I realize that, but I don't think that asking somebody with his answer about it snowed in Alabama, you know, that's got nothing to do with what's going to be in the game tomorrow. Well, that was as a response to the question. The questions were dumb. I can't kill Tua for his answer because it was very repetitive what they were asking.

And they asked him if he's ever seen snow. Exactly. I agree with you completely. I mean, it's like, come on, they can come up with better questions than something like that.

That's my point. You know, it's going to be a heck of a game because Miami's tough. I hope so. I hope it's a competitive game. I hope it's a fun one.

I mean, we can always expect in the snow or a lot of rain, precipitation of any kind, to see fumbles and turnovers and the like. And let's see if we get that tomorrow. I know there's going to be a lot of people watching all over the country. I certainly will. I'm going to have to listen to it because I'll be at work. Make your money down. All I can say is go Bills.

OK, that's it. Thank you for calling from Pittsburgh. Yeah, go Bills from Pittsburgh. I should have asked him a question, said, hey, man, why the hell are you a how are you a Bills fan? Did he move? Possibly.

Maybe he didn't move. 8 5 5 2 1 2 for CBS. I'm going to take more of your calls before we roll out.

I'm going to tell you about the amazing time that I had in Pacific University up in Portland, Oregon. It's the JR Sport Reshow on CBS Sports Radio. You're listening to the JR Sport Brief on CBS Sports Radio.

Hey, what's up, JR? I agree with you. I like your show because I tend to disagree. But tonight I agree. Call in now at 855 2 1 2 for CBS.

It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Man, we've had a busy night. We've talked about a lot. We've had a busy week.

I've had a busy week. I've been all over the damn place. I was in Atlanta. I'm back in Atlanta. I went to Phoenix. I went to Portland.

We continued on with the media for the movement tour. It's been tons of fun. Man, Midwestern University out in Glendale, Arizona, outside of Phoenix and going to Hillsboro, Oregon, right outside of Portland to connect with the students and faculty and staff at Pacific University. It's been a lot of fun.

I'm going to share with you some of the amazing just comments and some of the amazing students and just doing amazing things, getting their master's degree and helping people out. I'm going to share that with you momentarily up in Oregon. Let's hit the phone lines before we roll out. 855 2 1 2 for CBS. Let's not waste any time. Let's go ahead and talk to Drew. He's calling from Michigan.

You're on CBS Sports Radio. Go ahead, Drew. What's going on, Jay? How are you doing, man?

I'm excellent. What's on your mind? Well, what's on my mind is I'm trying to be cautiously optimistic about my Lions right now because the talk around here is the SOL is in the rear view mirror. But I think this game coming up now against the Jets is going to be the true test.

I mean, I'm not saying that the Jets are world beaters. Okay, but it's on the road and it might be a little bit cold. Okay. And everybody's expectations have changed. And I heard you say something a little earlier about if the Lions because of the way the season has turned out, you know, one in six start and now they're almost 500. You know, if they don't win out and make the playoffs, it's still a successful season. Now, I get where you're coming from with that, but expectations change as the landscape changes.

Okay. So what I'm trying to say is it's going to be a heck of a feat that the Lions can pull this off because if they win out, you're asking these guys to win six straight games on the road. I think that's a heck of a thing to do in the NFL today. So if they do pull that off, I don't know how high their ceiling could be. But I'm just trying to stay cautiously optimistic like I said before because my team how they've hurt me over the years.

I'm just waiting for the other shoe to fall. Okay, and I'm asking Dan Campbell. He's a coach this game this weekend as a textbook game. No tricks. Just play get points because if you get to 20, I think you're good.

Okay. Well, I think that the New York Jets they I mean with their quarterback Zach Wilson, he's going to be tasked to go out there and hopefully get them more than 20. This is this is right for the picking. If you're the Lions, this is a real interesting game. I know people aren't necessarily screaming and hollering about the Lions and the New York Jets, but these are two teams that are currently in rebuilding situations that that appear to be ahead of schedule. And that the expectations have changed as a year going on.

I feel the same way about the Jets it all things considered for this season the Jets if their biggest problem is quarterback and everything else is in place. They're ahead of schedule and I don't know if I subscribe to the idea of all the the expectations change as the season goes on. You got to be realistic.

You have to be realistic. They able to pick up Jamison Williams. He's finally healthy after getting hurt in the National Championship. Their defense is holding him back.

If you're a Lions fan, look at the defense, please, please look at it. Think about experience. There's nothing wrong with being optimistic, but you have to be realistic. The run that they were on is damn good right now. Enjoy it. Savor it.

See how far the team can go if they can go to the playoffs. God bless them if they don't take solace in the fact that unless they just completely crap the bed the rest of the year that they're on a they're on a positive way and speaking on a positive way. I need to spread and share some positivity here with you. I've been able to do this all semester long and we have come to a conclusion. And that's the media for the movement tour where I've gone out to colleges and universities all semester. And we've talked about inclusion using sports for good, especially for individuals who have intellectual disabilities. And we've really been able to highlight the health sector of it, because in order to play sports, in order just to be functional in society, you can do that if you're healthy.

And unfortunately, people who have intellectual disabilities sometimes aren't treated the same type of way by medical professionals, or maybe they're not even given a chance or an opportunity to play. And so last week I was here at home in Emory University in Atlanta. I've been up at D.C. and Baltimore, John Hopkins. And this time I ventured out west, which is why I was in Arizona and also in Portland. We shared with you some amazing faculty and staff out in Midwestern in Arizona, right outside of Phoenix.

And then a couple of days ago, I spent the past couple of days in Oregon at Pacific University and was able to connect with some amazing staff members and students there. I want to give a big shout out to Jeffrey Kawaguchi. He's the doctor. He's the director and professor of the athletic training program there at Pacific University. And he's done a whole hell of a lot trying to make sure that the school, the university, that the people and students that he worked with, that he works with, that they are all familiar and involved with Special Olympics, making sure that they get equal care. And I also had a chance to connect with two students who are second year's master's students studying athletic training, care, diagnosis of injuries, rehab, preventative care. It's Courtney Richardson.

It's Chelsea Shobbs. And they're doing an amazing job in the community while they learn. And I asked Chelsea kind of right out of the gate, the first part, the first clip actually, I asked her about why she volunteers, why she participates with Special Olympics.

And this is what Courtney, excuse me, this is what Chelsea had to say. I actually first got with Special Olympics back at home in Hawaii during high school. We would like volunteer with the athletes, play with them. And I had a couple of my classmates as well, like partner up with them in competitions. And then I also got into volunteering because my boyfriend's brother has autism. And I've seen the way that Special Olympics has brought, like the things that it has brought to them encourages more.

What have they done to him to bring his life more up? And when I found out that Pacific had a partnership with them, I was really excited for it. Yeah, I asked Courtney the same question. She's also, well, both of them are second year master's students in athletic training.

Big deal. Getting more degrees. Congratulations to them. I asked Courtney the same thing. This is what Courtney had to say about her experience. I had a friend who was in a physical therapy program and she told me that she worked with Special Olympics when she was doing school. And so when I found out that we had the opportunity, kind of immediately jumped on it, I felt like I've always had a desire to help people. That's just how I grew up, was helping others.

And I found that this was a really great way to do it. In my time working with Special Olympics, for me, it's like the purest form of sport because you get to see sportsmanship in its truest form. And I think that's really something that we need to look at. Oh yeah, we need to look at that as a society as a whole. We need to really dive deep and appreciate the power of sports.

And believe me, everybody out there is competing. And I think Chelsea pretty much hit the nail on the head. My final question to her was pretty much about appreciation and her experiences. And she's talked about providing medical care during some of the events and just trying to help people. And she says that they appreciate it. And she says they appreciate it because they don't necessarily always get this type of attention.

This is what Chelsea had to say about that. The presence there and knowing you're a volunteer, they really appreciate it. And there was this one time where we had to give medical services to an athlete and he was just really surprised. Like, oh, you're here to help me? I'm like, yes, we're here to evaluate you, see what's going on. And he was just so surprised on it because he's never had that attention, medical attention towards him, which was even really rewarding as a student to give that medical attention that a professional medical advisor would be able to give him. Yeah. Can you imagine that when you have to walk around just feeling like, you know, you'll be ignored?

It's a terrible feeling. And so I want to show a lot of love and a lot of thanks and a lot of appreciation. A, to Pacific University for having me out along with Rebecca. Thank you, Rebecca, for all the great work that you do out in Oregon with Special Olympics International as well. Thank you to Mary Vaughan.

Thank you so much to Dr. Jeffrey Kawaguchi. Thank you to Courtney. And thank you to Chelsea for doing just amazing things to help improve the lives of others. And I tell people all the time, it's not just what you do for other people.

You would be shocked at what you get back in return. And so I encourage you to go to Special Olympics dot org and figure out, you know, what might be going on in your area. Special Olympics has events all year long in your neighborhood, right where you live, in your state. Just go ahead and check that out. So thank you so much to everyone who's been involved with this tour. Thank you. It's obviously the Special Olympics and a personal thank you to the great people at Experian.

Yes, Experian also believing in diversity and inclusion and giving people an equal chance. So thank you one more time to everyone out at Pacific University in Oregon. Eight, five, five, two and two for CBS.

Let's end on a positive note. Let's go to San Diego and talk to Derek. You're on the JR Sport Show.

JR. Hey, man. So I got an NFL question. So last year. Right.

The Rams. They went all in. Right.

They made some trades. They put all their chips in to get like the players and everything that they needed to go all the way. And they got it. Now they're having to pay for that. Right. You know, like their team, they aren't doing that great. Right. And I guess what I'm just saying is that like, is that kind of like a tactic that we're going to see in the future?

I don't think so. No, I think it's an I think it's an outlier. I think the Rams are outliers there.

I think if you want to have sustained success, you can't just cobble a team together and mortgage your future. Los Angeles is an interesting market. And you know this being close by in San Diego. It's not like fans are clamoring up the road from you to go check out the Rams or even the Chargers. Right.

You can you can say, hey, let's swing and hit and miss. The majority of the people who are running to that stadium happen to be, you know, the opposing fans. And I think what is more sustainable having a franchise quarterback, having a sustainable team that you can roll with. And yeah, the Rams paid for it. But I don't I don't see other teams picking that up because I don't think other fan bases that are diehards for football across the country will will pay for that or even accept it.

I think that's it's a it's a road to failure for most teams. I really do. Listen, folks, it's been an amazing week. From Portland to Phoenix to back to Atlanta. Thank you to Pacific. Thank you to Midwestern. Hey, chef, thank you, man, for another amazing week.

More importantly, J.R., thank you, man. I love the work that you do with Special Olympics, but it never, ever gets old. Hey, listen, I think it's important to to use sports for good. I consider myself a whole jackass if I sat around and just talked about sports and didn't try to be a positive influence. That's regardless of what I say or people agree with me or disagree with me on a topic. I could care less about that.

I care about people and human beings first at its core. Listen, folks, if you miss me in the meantime, you can find me online everywhere at J.R. Sport Brief Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I'll be back with you Monday night, 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 Pacific. We'll have a lot to talk about. Three straight days, three straight nights of NFL football.

Thank you, chef. The J.R. sport we show you on CBS Sports Radio. It's a wrap. But Ryan Hickey, he's damn good.

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