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That's 855-212-4CBS. It's Wednesday night. I delivered and shared to you a new top six list, which is always fun. Ahead of the NFL draft, or excuse me, ahead of the NFL combine next week. I wanted to highlight some of the biggest and best prospects coming up in this year's draft, which is going to take place in Detroit, Michigan.

If you missed it, all the explanations, you can go ahead and hit rewind on the free Odyssey app. But at number six, I gave you Malik Nabors, wide receiver out of LSU. At number five, I gave you Brock Bowers. At number four, Drake May out of North Carolina. Number three, Jaden Daniels. Number two, Marvin Harrison Jr., bigger than his dad.

And at number one, I gave you Caleb Williams. And Caleb Williams is going to be an interesting case. Because this man, I don't think there's going to be an in-between. He's either going to sink or he's going to swim. And if he's going to swim, I think he's naturally going to mature, I would hope.

And I would think that his temperament would change. It's one thing to be in college and USC and season end and you go cry in mom's arms. It's another thing to be at a press conference and just be kind of miserable with the media. Like, bro, this is college, you're going to act like Cam Newton at the next level?

That's not going to last unless you have success. Cam Newton got away with it because he was an MVP. And then when he wasn't an MVP, Cam Newton, they got him the hell up on out the league. Nobody wanted him anymore. His personality couldn't match what he brought to the field.

And for Caleb Williams coming out of USC, it's he's an interesting case study. It's whether it's the nail polish or the crying, the short answers. I just want to go home with my dog. I want to go home and pet my dog.

I don't want to be here right now. It's like, well, bro, how's that going to fly if he is a Chicago bear? He would get eaten alive by the media in Chicago.

They would eat him alive if this was his behavior. You'd have to hope that his play on the field could justify whatever issues he might have when it comes down to his attitude. And so, as I shared with you him being the number one prospect for me in 2024, yeah, well, there are a lot of wide receivers and QBs on this list.

Why? They're the ones who are making the moves here in the NFL. They're the ones who are putting points up on the board. We know nobody gives a damn about the running backs anymore. After these dudes, you move to the trenches with the offensive linemen and then the defensive linemen, the guys who protect the quarterbacks and then the other ones who destroy him. But you need a quarterback.

You got to start somewhere. And so I want you to hear one more time. This is one opinion from Merrill Hodge. He was talking to NBC Sports Chicago. He is not a fan of Caleb Williams. I've only watched Caleb Williams three games last year, three this year, so I'm only halfway done, okay? The one thing that is clear, he is not special. He is not something unique like a Patrick Mahomes. And I hope the Bears don't think, well, let's try to make up for our mistake when we pass up Patrick Mahomes and go get the Patrick Mahomes. The kid is not Patrick Mahomes. Ain't even remotely close to that.

Well, that's one opinion, right? Merrill Hodge played in the NFL, running back, played. And then you got somebody else who was much more successful in the NFL, in college, and yes, he was also a USC quarterback, and that's Carson Palmer. Carson Palmer sat down with Rich Eisen, and he had some positive words about Caleb Williams. Maybe because they went to the same school?

I don't know. Caleb is the whole package. He's big enough. He's strong enough.

Caleb is the whole package. He's big enough. He's fast enough. He's quick enough. He's got so much velocity on the ball in the pocket. He's got even more velocity on the ball outside the pocket. He's mature beyond his years, and he's got a chance to go into next year's draft as a two-time Heisman winner, which hasn't been done since Archie Griffith and whatever year that was decades ago.

Right. I'm excited about Caleb's year, but I think from a pro NFL perspective, he has a chance to be one of the great ones, no doubt. We'll see. I think a whole lot more of it has to do with his attitude. I would be much more concerned. We can all look at the numbers and the Heisman. I'd be much more concerned with his attitude. Hickey, let me ask you, what do you think about Caleb Williams in regards to being the number one pick, which he's likely to be?

I am all in. I think he's the real deal. I think his talent is off the charts. I don't think there's, in terms of on the field ability, I don't think there's a concern. I have no problem, JR, honestly with the emotions, whether it's the expletive nail polish against Utah two years ago, whether it's the crying in the sand after a game. I think part of that is just competitiveness of wanting to win so bad.

Part of that is just immaturity as a college kid that I think he will grow out of as you get older. So I am in. If I'm the Bears, I'm not even thinking about trading the number one pick. I'm all in on Caleb Williams. When you think about if he does, if he doesn't grow up and this does translate over into the NFL, I was trying to think of miserable ass quarterbacks, like guys who've been successful, but have been like real miserable, you know, over the past, I'm thinking 20 years, right?

Maybe less. I mentioned Cam Newton. He comes to mind. Chicago is real familiar with a miserable quarterback. Jake Cutler to me looked like he was always on the sideline, like he needed a cigarette, like he never looked happy. He looked miserable. Trying to think about somebody else who was successful, but never happy. You know, Baker Mayfield at times, you know, he's just like, are you happy? But he was a Brown and he had to go through a million different coaches.

So I don't know. It's tough to think about successful QBs who just give off miserable, you know? No, I would agree with that for sure. I mean, even the late, you know, not the late, but like late in his career is a better way to say it. Brett Favre seemed pretty miserable, too, towards the, even Aaron Rodgers right now seems miserable as well. So it's. But those guys are, those are Hall of Fame caliber dudes.

And different, right? Towards the end of their career, old, older age, different circumstances. Maybe it's the Packers as well. I would agree that if you, if he does not grow out of it and that misery, especially those kind of wild emotions that you wear on your sleeve continue, you know, year three, year four, year five, he could be in trouble and so could the Bears.

Yeah, that wears on people fast. And I think about it from a market perspective as well. And I'm just throwing cities out there. You know, if he were drafted to Minnesota, Minnesota loves loves football. I'm trying to think of a city that wouldn't beat him up.

I just know everybody in Minnesota. I know L.A. is big, but in terms of like diehard fandom. Yeah, he wouldn't get beat up in Los Angeles. He wouldn't. He wouldn't. And I think he'd get a little bit more grace being in the fact that he spent his college years out there. I think there are a lot of cities where he could, quote unquote, and I don't want to say get away with being miserable, where he wouldn't be picked apart for everything. Like if you got to wear nail polish to to kind of express an F you to a fan base or Chicago is a tough place to play.

Let me just put it that way. Chicago is tough. It can be unforgiving. Baltimore can be unforgiving.

New York, the Northeast Corridor can be unforgiving. There are a lot of places where you can get away with playing. And, you know, a couple of days later, yeah, you had a bad game.

You know, you can you could potentially be going to the supermarket. You know, there are some markets in some cities where if you have a bad game, you don't want to go outside. And we've we've heard this from from athletes.

How about this? It's a different sport. Joey Gallo of the New York Yankees. Oh, my God.

What a disaster. He's starting hurricanes at home plate with his baseball bat. He made it very clear when he was finally gone from the Yankees, he was so bad, it got to the point he did not want to go outside and be seen in New York. Like, really think about that, like you're a professional athlete. You do not want to go outside because you don't want the criticism. You don't want the hey, you'll do better next time. Oh, go out there and do better. It's not like anybody's going to run up to you on the street and say, hey, man, you suck. But there's there's certain elements that you feel it when people tell you that you're bad and you know that you're bad and you internalize it. That's a that's a tough, tough pill to go out there and swallow. And the way that he he behaved in college. I don't know if he set himself up for success or this can all be kind of water under the bridge. It's just the signs don't look good.

We got a lot of the guys who are just, I don't want to say diva, diva ish. For instance, we finally got the explanation from Justin Fields why he unfollowed the Bears. And to me, it's a new era.

I get it. New era, new player. Listen to Fields explanation why he unfollowed the Bears. And is this something that, you know, I don't know, Peyton Manning would say, could you imagine Tom Brady played more recently? Could you imagine Tom Brady saying this? Hey, Justin, why did you unfollow the Bears on social media?

Why do people take social media so seriously? Like, why are you unfollowing the Bears? Like, I still mess with the Bears. I'm just trying to take a little break. I unfollowed the Bears and the NFL. I'm not just trying to have football on my timeline.

I know y'all mess with a girl, especially you, just because you don't follow the girl on IG don't mean you're not messing with her. That's true. That's true. That's facts. That's facts.

Oh, so you're saying you mess with the Bears. There's more now that you don't follow them. Man, it's not even like that. It's something that I don't want to see in my timeline. I'm about to go on vacation.

I don't want to see no football. And guess what? Just get away. Get away for a little bit.

It's either Keith Fields. We want Fields. See the draft, Taylor. So it's like, man, I'm tired of hearing the talk. I just wanted to be over. I'm tired of hearing the talk. I just want it to be over. I unfollowed the Bears on social media.

Well, everybody takes it so serious. And he was on the St. Brown brothers podcast. And I understand Justin Fields is 25 years old. Tom Brady is 45 years old. I just can't. I can't imagine in this and I get it. I've wanted a new generation of quarterback. I've wanted to see some of the older guys kind of give way to somebody like Patrick Mahomes, to Lamar Jackson's, to the Josh Allen's, to the Herbert's of the world. I have waited and I have wanted this.

But this is the stuff that comes with it. And I'm just like, ah, cringe. Like this is the new generation. Like I got to go on social media and I got to go, oh yeah, I unfollowed the team.

Nah, I just need a vacation. Come on now. We got LeBron James almost 40 years old. Has been through every era of social media while his career has gone through pretty much parallel this new era and the changes in it.

Going from flip phones to iPhones to camera phones. This has all been LeBron James. LeBron James is putting up hourglass emojis.

Hey LeBron, why'd you put up an hourglass emoji? I don't want to talk about it. Like Hickey, we're screwed in that regard. This part I hate, man. I hate it.

I'm with you and it's only going to get worse. I don't know, I guess, what's the next move? Do you block the team after unfollowing?

I don't know where we go from here, but it's definitely not going the other way. You know what? I'm waiting one day for a team to add a player because the teams do that now too, right?

Oh yeah. And the team realizes it's been blocked and the team then shares that. Like screenshots it to say, Hey, I've been blocked. And then they share with everybody and they make the player look petty. Hey, either get out ahead of the story or the story controls you. That would be the team getting out ahead of it. It's wild.

And you know what? I do appreciate that a lot of the teams now have, they have social, they have social media teams, of course, but they have younger people operating the accounts. And sometimes the accounts can be pretty snarky. Like you can't just tack a, you know, a tweet or message a team and expect, you know, just a clean answer.

They respond like people. It's that part I find pretty funny. Same. I like that that's been added.

I like the personality of like you tweet a team and it's like, they don't just let it sit there. Not afraid to go back. You might, you might get an answer back. Speaking of might get an answer.

Hey, hold on, hold on Hickey. I'm going to do this live on the radio. I want to know what Russell Wilson has been sharing on his social media because he's in the news. Let's see. What is Russell Wilson? I'm going to guess there is a nothing wrong with this.

I'm going to guess there's a Bible verse and a positive quote on leadership as you said, right? Let's see. Dangerous Wilson.

Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. The first thing here. Future's first NBA All-Star Weekend. He tweeted with his son.

There's another video. Steph Curry teaching his son how to shoot. They're wearing Kobe jerseys. How sweet. Happy Valentine's Day to his wife, Ciara. He thanks Jason Tatum for a jersey.

Oh, motivation and inspiration. There we go. So there's Russell Wilson. Well, he's in the news. And so when we come back and take a break, when we come back from break, everybody has some type of a thought or idea where Russell Wilson is going to play next. Everybody from Victor Cruz to all of us. Cruz to Ocho Cinco. And they both think that one team in particular would work well for Russell Wilson. We're going to talk about it.

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Everything is carefully manufactured and meticulous. It's Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson, who no longer of the Seattle Seahawks, soon to be no longer of the Denver Broncos, unless there's some type of massive change. We know that Russell Wilson is going to be moving on from Sean Payton. Russell Wilson just turned 35 years old. He just signed this big old contract with the Denver Broncos. Five years, 242 million dollars.

He's making about 50 million dollars a year. And all things considered, if the Denver Broncos want to move on, they're gonna have to cut them loose. And then, well, Russell Wilson will then be able to sign with another team at the veteran's minimum. It shouldn't cost another team more than two to three million dollars to sign Russell Wilson because the Denver Broncos are pretty much gonna pick up the majority, almost all of the tab. And so we've had talks and discussions here on air about where Justin Fields might go. And now also where Russell Wilson might end up, now that we know that, hey, Sean Payton doesn't seem to particularly care for the guy. Wants his own dude, whoever it might be. Probably some young guy that he could boss around and mold. Well, there's a couple of people who have some thoughts on where Russell Wilson might end up.

Let's listen to this man first. His name? Chad Ochocinco Johnson. I don't know if his name is officially Ochocinco or Johnson.

I have no idea. I do know, in speaking with Shannon Sharpe on their Nightcap show, that Chad Ochocinco said that he got a little birdie that told him where Russell Wilson might end up. Listen to this. A little birdie told me, and I said this many shows ago, Russell Wilson coming on over there to the Steelers. I think right now I saw Draft King, the betting favorite is Justin Fields to end up in Pittsburgh. No, he's going to Atlanta. I told you, I got the script.

OK, and we've heard that before, too, right? The NFL has a script, the NFL even made a joke prior to last season when the season got started about the script. We don't know where any of these guys are going to end up. I'm eagerly anticipating and trying to see where they end up. For all I know, Justin Fields, he might end up in Pittsburgh or, you know, Russell Wilson.

I think this would be best. Russell Wilson might end up in Atlanta. Somebody else who has some strong feelings about where Russell Wilson might end up and what he might do is Victor Cruz, because Victor Cruz, he was on The Carton Show on Fox, and Victor Cruz, he had some some words about the Steelers and Russell as well. Russell Wilson wins the division if he goes to the Steelers next year. You have Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers will be better than them. Yeah. OK, you have Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns, they're better than that.

Yes. You have Joe Burrow. There we go, Watson will be here before the weekend. There we go. Who will be here before week eight?

Yeah, I don't know if I'm going that far. I don't know if I'm going as far to say if Russell Wilson joins the Pittsburgh Steelers, that all of a sudden this team would be the favorites and the best team in the AFC North. We just heard him name all the squads. We heard him name all the quarterbacks. We heard him name all the quarterbacks and just in a general sense, the AFC North is nothing but a dogfight every single year, every single season. And so Russell Wilson would be joining the squad and he'd be looking at a bunch of, I don't want to say, disgruntled wide receivers.

George Pickens is seemingly always on another planet. Najee Harris, he ain't a receiver, he's a running back. He wants to get paid. He'd be kind of throwing the coach under the bus.

I don't know. I don't know who the Steelers can add. Like for a long-term option? I feel like the Steelers, even if they added Russell Wilson, would he add stability to the team?

I guess, but how much? He's older. Mike Tomlin and Russ?

That, that, Hickey, what say you, man? I mean, that'd obviously be, I think, better next year with Russell than they were this previous year with Kenny and with Mason Rudolph. I think Pittsburgh's problem too is the fact that the AFC was, we'll say, down last year in part because injuries, right? Aaron Rodgers goes out. Joe Burrow missed over half the year. Like, I don't think those injuries, I mean, knock on wood, are going to happen again. So you believe teams like the Bengals at least are going to be better in your division. Right?

And so, yeah, it's just, they may not be much worse, the Steelers, but I think everyone else around them is getting better, which is problematic. Carton shows in the morning time, right? Early morning? Very early morning.

Yes, sir. Maybe that's why you think Victor Cruz, did he miss some sleep the night before? Why would he say such a thing? Maybe for this exact reason.

I hate to say that, but... Attention? Maybe to get some attention.

Maybe to get people, you know, looking at him. Didn't we have some... Oh, like J.J. Riddick? Like J.J. Riddick amongst others.

Yeah. I saw that Patrick Beverley, speaking of J.J. Riddick, I saw Patrick Beverley responded and said that, why are you kind of shouting out Doc Rivers? Doc Rivers gave you your only starting job that you would have in the NBA. And J.J. Riddick took the time to respond to Patrick Beverley.

And he said, back when I received that offer from the Clippers, I received another one from another team to be a starter. I love it how everybody just, I don't want to say kills each other on social media, but everybody just puts in their two cents to respond. What a world. Does anybody talk to anybody privately anymore? Like when you have a problem or is everything public? Oh, it's all public. And it's all through text and social media.

It's never face to face or phone call. Yeah. What a world. It's like LeBron and his emoji. By the way, LeBron ain't playing tomorrow, right? He is out. So, LeBron James has been dealing with an ankle issue.

I feel like I've heard about this for like a month. He's played through a bunch of games. He's sat out some games. He's the oldest player in the NBA.

I understand that. He's 39 years old. This is the break. He played what, like 12 minutes on Sunday? Had a couple of crazy thunderous dunks.

And then he sat down, which I get. And so the Lakers play the Warriors on Thursday night. Supposed to be a big game. He's not playing. And then they play on Friday against the Spurs. And so basically they're giving LeBron James an extra day rest. So he can like get his ankle together. That's the logic, I guess. Right? Yes. But wouldn't like if the Lakers are trying to win as many games right down the stretch as they possibly can, which is obvious.

That's what they're trying to do. Wouldn't you play LeBron Thursday against the Warriors? Because there's a greater chance of you losing that game. Because Spurs suck. Right.

You have a chance. You're basically waving the white flag tomorrow night. It would be an upset if the Warriors lose tomorrow. Yeah, the Warriors have been playing better.

They have. And without LeBron, you think the Lakers are shorthand. It's going to be tough for them to win that game. And so it's like you're going to play LeBron against the crappy Spurs the next night. Wouldn't you try to play LeBron tomorrow, rest him Friday, and you have a chance still to sweep that double dip, if you will, versus feels like they're punting already on the first game back from the break.

Maybe it has something to do with being on the road tomorrow versus being at home on Friday versus the Lakers. I mean, if you're LeBron James and you know you're quote unquote running out of time, whether it's two more years or three or one, who knows, right? Do you want to play when Benyama in Los Angeles? Or do you want to just play the Warriors again in San Francisco, which it feels like he's done in the Bay Area a million times already, you know?

No, I hear you. I mean, I guess it also depends on his I mean, I think he's still motivated to win a championship, which if that's the case, you would think, all right, let me play against a better team and in a situation where we need a lot of wins to get out of play in tournament. You know, this is a chance to give us the best position to win. If I play on Thursday versus sitting. I don't know. I don't know, JR. If you were a Lakers fan, would you be pissed about this because he played on Sunday?

I don't know. I'm trying to also factor in the fact that he's he's old, right? He's old. He is.

He's 39. Like in the history of the NBA, we haven't seen anybody play as much as he has. Like regular season, postseason combined. And so I do want to take that into account. Like the rest of his career, if I have a much longer, it goes on.

There's going to be like tons of of maintenance here. Like there's going to be games where he doesn't play. You would think coming out of the break that he would be OK. See, I put it to you this way. Would you expect LeBron to play on on Friday against the Spurs? I would.

I would, yes, I do, too. And maybe it's either or. And I can only imagine that it's an extra day rest. And before we play at home, that that can be my only thought. But I would assume, especially with the NBA and its new rules and, you know, whatever the case might be. Is he going to be on the bench in Golden State? I would think so, right?

You would think. Yeah, it's I don't want to see the last road game before the break, if I'm not mistaken. I think you went home against I think they played the Jazz.

I don't think he was there. Now, I guess it's because of injury. So this doesn't count into the well, no, even if it's a, quote unquote, load management. And if it's a legitimate injury, I think I thought the NBA's new rules were that they at least want the players to still be visible. Yes.

Even if they're not, you know, going to play. Right. I don't know. Maybe he gets a little LeBron James. He's he's ancient. So maybe he gets a pass. Wild stuff. I don't know.

The idea of him on the floor. He hasn't played against one Benyama, has he? Oh, it's a good question. I forget if they played at least once already.

I don't I don't remember them playing each other. I feel like I would have saw that photo all over the damn place. Good point. You're absolutely right about that. And I don't think we've seen. Well, you know what?

LeBron stares down Victor when Benyama then hits a jumper. Yeah. So I guess they did play.

What do I know? I tried to find a reason and a hook, but yeah. Highlights LeBron James and Victor when Benyama first meeting. Wow.

Wild stuff. Anyway, LeBron James is old, so he's not going to play every game. It's the JR Sport Reshow here with you on CBS Sports Radio.

Yeah, it is. They're going to be Laker fans not happy. They're going to be Warriors fans not happy that they don't see LeBron again. We come back from break. I'm going to tell you about a league. I'm going to tell you about its players who aren't happy. And it has nothing to do with the game.

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Get guaranteed low prices and excellent customer service from the professional parts people at O'Reilly Auto Parts. 855-212-4CBS is the number, that's 855-212-4CBS. You know, throughout the show we've heard from quite a few, or talked about some just not miserable, but just folks aren't happy. Justin Fields wants to know what his future looks like. Kevin Durant and Charles Barkley are at it again. We talked about Dan Hurley from Yukon.

Yukon got smacked by Creighton. And Dan Hurley is, the fans are chanting F you. And he's like, I'm going to beat you up. Like, why do you want to beat up a college kid, man?

What are you in your 50s, your 60s? Just give it a break. Caleb Williams, he didn't do anything. He just, sometimes he's come across as miserable. And then we talked about Russell Wilson, who in the most positive way possible at times has come across as disingenuous, a little miserable, while still smiling. As we get ready for the major league baseball season, and I can't forget LeBron, he's the king of passive aggressive. But as we get ready for the start of the major league baseball season, it's spring training, right? Players are out in the sun, playing catch, getting stretched, getting warmed up, getting their timing together for both the pitchers and the catchers and the hitters. And one of the biggest stories that has just been percolating across spring training all over the damn place. It's about their jerseys. You heard me correctly.

They are major league baseball players. It's not Anthony Rendon. Hey, Hickey, it's not Anthony Rendon. He's not complaining about his jersey, is he?

No, no, sorry. Wouldn't that be something if he was one of the players complaining about his jersey? I mean, be par for the course. What else does he hate about the sport? He doesn't want to show up to work. He doesn't want to wear the jersey. Next thing you know, he's going to ask not to wear the baseball cap. The hat messes up his hair too much. It's like, I don't want to wear the hat anymore.

Find somebody else to do it. Anyway, the players are mad about the jerseys. I want you to listen to this news clip. This is courtesy of the Today Show.

Yes, the Today Show on NBC. With spring training in full swing, baseball's not only buzzing about megastar Shohei Ohtani switching jerseys to join the Los Angeles Dodgers, but they're also talking about his actual jersey after the league debuted a new fabric in technology. Somehow this feels even more authentic than the ones that we've been wearing.

Some players like Ohtani's Dodgers teammate Jason Hayward speaking up as negative comments surfaced about the new apparel. From The Athletic, reporting an Angels outfielder saying they look like a replica to the Baltimore Banner, quoting an Orioles veteran who said, I think that the performance wear might feel nice, but the look of it is like a knockoff jersey from T.J. Maxx. Whoa, a knockoff jersey from T.J. Maxx? What does that mean?

What is it? What is a knockoff jersey from T.J. Maxx? Hickey, I thought I thought T.J. Maxx, they sell like real clothes, right?

No, they do. They do at a low price, I guess. But a knockoff, like, wow. I guess T.J. Maxx, you wouldn't fond on. Yeah, they don't sell knockoffs in T.J. Maxx. Gotta go. Maybe they got a what?

So you got to go across the seas for that. The knockoffs. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm trying to think of a baseball player whose jersey would be in T.J. Maxx. Ah, Shohei Ohtani Angel's jersey, right? T.J. Maxx?

Yes, yes, that's a good one. That would be in T.J. Maxx. But they're not selling knockoffs in there. And I see people complaining about the jerseys. The players say some of them don't feel right. The letters, the font on the name is too small. It's like you have these massive numbers on the back, but then their names are real small.

Like, what are we doing here? And so we got these new jerseys. They're designed by Nike.

Like, how difficult is it? They're designed by Nike. They're manufactured by Fanatics. And I like Fanatics.

I know people have Fanatics. And you know what they send me every now and then? They don't send me no stinking jerseys.

Every now and then I get a t-shirt. And so maybe that's why these baseball players, maybe this is why their jersey sucks so much. I don't know. I guess there's something to complain about. The players got to complain about the jerseys.

And it's spring training. So what's the big deal? Like, these dudes, are they spoiled? Are they making much to do about nothing? Like, why the hell they complain about jerseys for? Oh, they're on the right. You can't play good if you don't look good. And these jerseys look like knockoffs from T.J. Maxx.

Why do you say that? Because the names are small on the back or what? Names are small on the back. Just the stitching itself is not pristine. A lot of it's iron-on logos on the sleeve.

So it's like the craftsmanship, just the overall look. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. You're joking.

I'm being dead serious. They ironed the patch. They're not stitched on? On the sleeve. Like, some teams have like a commensurate look. Like a commemorative patch or like their team's logo on the sleeve of their jersey. Those, I am 95% sure, are like ironed on or like digitally enhanced on the jersey. Which saves some money, right? That, yes.

Yeah, that's a problem. Can't look that bad out there on the field. I'm going to reserve judgment until they start playing in a few days. As a matter of fact, it's not even playing in... Yeah, it is playing in a few.

I think about four days they get started. Is it really that big of a deal? I hope you're right and it's just spring training jerseys and that the regular, regular season jerseys are somewhat normal. Though I don't know why they make different spring training jerseys, but... Let's, let's think about how far things have gone, right? There used to be spring training jerseys because it's played in hot weather. The jerseys are just, you know how you have the, the, the old football material, the mesh that you would practically throw over some pads when it's hot. Like there were spring training jerseys that were just mesh. And what was anybody going to complain about?

It was mesh with a stitch logo on it. And so now you got a full jersey and now because they ironed the logo on, it's something to have a fit about? Again, you can't win a lot of games if you look like crap.

If you look cheap, you're going to play cheap. Oh, and that's what, who said that? Deion Sanders? Is that where we'll be getting this from now?

I stand by that. Yeah. I'm not, I'm not big. I'm not, I'm done on the jerseys, man. You, you, you wear jerseys, you got a collection? No, not a collection. I'm a strict one jersey at a time kind of guy.

What does that mean? One, one at a time? Like for example, I'm a big Mets fan. I only have one Mets jersey. So let me guess, wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait, is it Pete Alonso?

It is not Pete Alonso. Is it an active Met? It is an active Met.

I try to go one active at a time. Per season? No, no, no. Just like when they're there, like for example, my last jersey, the reason why I got one last off season was because Jacob DeGrom left the Mets. Had a Jacob DeGrom jersey, he left.

Okay, got to get a new one, but I won't get another new one until this current player, I'll say most likely is off the team for the most part. Lindor ain't going nowhere, it's Lindor. Francisco Lindor, that's right. Yeah, that's the safest bet to get a jersey, right? Love Lindor. He ain't going anywhere.

No, oh no. Yeah, I'm not a big, not a big jersey dude. Most of the jerseys that I have, man, they got my name on the back.

You know, they've been gifts, but yeah. Do you go retro, so no retro jerseys? So I do, I have retro jerseys. Like I have a, I have a Tim Duncan authentic jersey from like, I don't know, maybe 98, 99.

Oh, okay. And that's, that's one of my, my favorite jerseys. It's black, it's white. Nike did it. It's, it's heavy, it's authentic. How these dudes played an NBA game in these jerseys, I don't know, because I would think what they wear now is much, much lighter.

It looks lighter. But yeah, I have a, I have a Frank Thomas big hurt jersey and yeah, I don't, I don't wear any of it because I'm like, it's kind of, kind of pointless, you know? So no, no, and I don't want to park walking around with a Tim Duncan throwback. No, no, no, I don't, I don't need the attention that people are going to ask me about it. You know, like who wants that?

That's true. I want to go out, I want to go outside and wear my clothes and I'd have to have a conversation about, oh, hey, you know, where'd you get that Tim Duncan Jersey? Like somebody saw me the other day, I had a hoodie on, it said Atlanta across the front. A guy said, hey man, that hoodie is nice. And then he wanted to talk to me about where I got it. I don't want to do this.

I just want to walk outside. I don't want to talk about Tim Duncan or my clothes, you know? So nah, no, no throwbacks for me. And major league baseball players, if they're not happy with their clothes, then, I don't know, tell the union to do something about it. I think they did. It's some just wild stuff. We got to find something to get into. Anyway, the JR Sportbreeze show here on CBS Sports Radio, it's done. That's it. And I will not be back tomorrow, but I will, but at a different time, just for tomorrow, I think I'm filling in for Zach. I think I'm filling in for Zach, so that'll be 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 Pacific. Hey, Hickey, you're going to be here though, right?

That's right. In your chair the next two days. Amazing. Where can people follow you, Hickey? Ryan underscore Hickey and the number three on Twitter.

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