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Jealousy surrounding Caitlin Clark's shoe deal l NFL reinstates players banned last year for gambling l Calls of the UFL


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It is the JR Sport Brief Show here on the Infinity Sports Network. I'm happy to be coming to you live from Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you to everybody tuned in all over North America. Whether you're here in Georgia with me, you could be next door in Alabama or Florida or South Carolina, Tennessee. What's up, Mississippi?

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Got Amazon, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Uber Eats. Ooh, I'm getting hungry. Anyway, I'm going to be hanging out with you for the next two hours. Much love to everybody who was locked into the first two hours of the show. We've already had a busy one. Damar Hamlin joined us last hour. Yes, Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills, an advocate for heart health, a survivor.

God bless him. Damar Hamlin came through and talked to us about one of his latest endeavors to educate the masses on heart health. If you missed that interview with Damar Hamlin, you can go ahead and hit rewind utilizing the free Odyssey app. This is the Infinity Sports Network. If you're listening live on your local affiliate, thank you so much. If you're listening live on Sirius XM Channel 158, thank you so much. If you're listening on a smart speaker, you are so technologically savvy. Thank you.

Thank you so much. Like I said, this is halftime of the show. We get started here every single weekday at 6 p.m. Eastern, 3 Pacific. And we'll be rolling some more. Hickey, you having a good time so far?

No, having a great time. Oh, oh, look at that. Look, it had me shocked for a minute. What'd you think about it? You know what?

Next hour, we'll get back into some NFL football. What do you think about Damar? He's he just seems kind of at chill and at peace. And I guess, how the hell could he not be that way? Right. That's true. I mean, you talk about having a unique outlook on life in the sense of getting that second chance. I think like the biggest thing was just kind of how like calm, cool, collected it was like it was not a big like everything in general, just like still not traumatized for what happened. I think that's part of the reason why he's able to get on a football field, what, nine months after the incident happened so quickly is that kind of demeanor of just kind of like moving forward. Next thing, let's go keep going forward here. It's I don't I would like to think I could be kind of like that if a situation like that ever happened to me. But I don't think that's realistic. I don't know.

And here's here's the other element. The general public does not know what Damar Hamlin was like before. That accident before that issue, before the near death, death experience, no, we don't know, like the world came to know Damar Hamlin more so he was filling in for Mica Hyde and he was out with an injury and then he was he was revived. That's we've learned about Damar Hamlin more as a public figure, you know, since then, I mean, even last year.

And by the way, he should have won a comeback player of the year over Joe Flacco. That's just me. I just what was he like before? I would I would imagine that he had the same temperament, but his just experience and perspective on life.

You heard it. He just everything was about life. It wasn't so much about football. It's like, yeah, I'm a football player, but but football is a part of my life.

Sharing my story is a part of it. So it's like football is something that I love that he's falling in love with. It did strike me that he said he's he's falling back in love with the game. Did you catch that part of it?

I did not know what over my head. Yeah. He said he was falling back in love with the game. I don't know if that meant that he at one point was just like, I ain't doing this anymore or what have you. But he's out there. He's playing. He's heading into the final season of his rookie contract.

I don't think the Mar Hamlin is going to go anywhere. We saw what he could do and in full time action had 90 plus tackles. But then last year with the return of their safeties before they got hurt, he played a much, much smaller role. And I assume a big part of that was was the comeback. So we'll see how many reps he gets, especially as guys like Micah Hyde is now gone from the team completely.

So we'll get into that next hour. Right before we went to break, we talked about Klay Thompson. Klay Thompson finally spoke to the media, sounded like he was trying to come to terms or trying to avoid a really looking forward to the future. He's like, listen, free agency doesn't start until July 1st. We just lost. What the hell do you want from me? I haven't thought about my future.

That would be dishonest. I think it would be not human to not think about your future, especially when there is no certainty as to, you know, what's going to happen next. And so Klay Thompson done for the year, Warriors done for the year. And we have to see what's next.

I think that he'll stick around just a matter of how much money they pay him and how much money he accepts. We also got some other news in the NBA today. Jimmy Butler dealing with an MCL injury is not is not going to play against the Chicago Bulls tomorrow. The winner of that game advances to the playoffs against the Boston Celtics, and the loser goes home. Meanwhile, in the West, we already know Zion Williamson is going to be out with that hamstring issue.

If he if the well, let's put it this way. If the Pelicans move forward, they're going to take on the Kings. Zion is probably going to be out a couple of weeks as well. So no NBA action tonight. But basketball was at the forefront, especially earlier this morning, especially overnight. There was a whole big to do about some news that broke overnight, and it involves the biggest basketball star in women's basketball. I will say this for the college ranks, and the pros. The biggest female basketball player on earth right now is Kaitlyn Clark. And overnight, we learned that there was potentially a deal coming her way with Nike. Sham Sharani actually talked about this earlier today on up and Adams. Listen to this.

Nike came over the top. Like you said, eight-figure deal. I'm told it's eight figures.

I'm not a math major. That's $10 million at the least. I'm told it's well beyond $10 million. Okay, but eight figures is a big gap there. There's a big tax. There's like 19 tax brackets in eight figures. Are we talking? I think it's fair to say that it's above $20 million. Now, how above is, you know, we'll see once we get the final numbers.

I'm not one to speculate. Yeah, shout out to our team. To get a signature shoe before you ever step foot on the pro level, that's a big, big deal.

Yeah, yeah, it is a big, big deal. If you think about active WNBA players who currently have signature shoe deals, Elena Delle Donne, who's not going to play this year, taking a year off, she got her own shoe. Sabrina UNESCO of the Liberty, the New York Liberty, she got her own shoe.

She was actually doing very well. There's a lot of NBA players who wear her shoe. Candace Parker, she got a shoe deal.

Shout outs to Candace. She got a shoe deal with Adidas. And then speaking of another player on the Liberty, Brianna Stewart, she has her own shoe. She has a deal with Puma. And now there's a reported deal with Kaitlyn Clark in Nike.

Now, naturally, when this news broke, there were a lot of people going, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait a minute. How come Kaitlyn Clark gets a shoe deal and Kaitlyn Clark hasn't even played a game in a WNBA? I mean, earlier this week, people were taking a look at the discrepancy between the pay for the women's players and then the men's players.

And to me, everything is very cut and dry. It's how much money do you generate? Well, WNBA doesn't generate the billions that the NBA does. So why are we even looking at the salaries?

Why are we even doing that? And so we've now moved away from that towards, well, there are other players who are deserving of signature shoes and they don't have them. How about a big source that people want to take a look at was someone who just won another WNBA championship. People wanted to take a look at Asia Wilson, who is not only now a New York Times bestselling author. This is a two-time WNBA MVP. She is a two-time champion. She is a finals MVP. She's a three-time all WNBA selection. But she has won an NCAA championship. And people are saying, how come she doesn't have a signature shoe deal? Well, she deserves one. And Kaitlyn Clark got one before her.

There's quite a few people who are not happy about this. I mean, her own teammates. Sydney Colson says, I mean, I might get a shoe before Asia Wilson at this rate. Asia Wilson kind of laughed it off with a little bit of a, you know, a laughing emoji.

I think you really have to, you know, feel bad about this. Asia Wilson continued as well on social media to put up a Bible reference Psalms 37 seven that pretty much says and talks about being patient amid the success of others. So Asia Wilson is paying attention and it's tough to look at somebody and go, you know what they deserve. We can all deserve a lot of things. That don't mean you're going to get it. You can want a lot of things. That doesn't mean you're going to get it.

Life ain't fair when it boils down to dollars and cents, which it boils down to almost ninety nine point nine percent of the time. Kaitlyn Clark has moved the needle for women's basketball. She has moved the needle for an individual, a woman playing basketball that I don't believe. You know what? I'll go on on a stretch and say this is not even a stretch.

She moves the needle unlike any women's basketball player that we have ever seen or witnessed. Period. That's it. You can throw out names.

I don't care. It could be Cheryl Miller. We can start dropping down into I don't know. You know, Cheryl Swoop's Cynthia Cooper.

I mean, we can go down the list. Nobody has drummed up the attention that Kaitlyn Clark has. It's because of her play, her demeanor, her success. And yes, I know she didn't win a national championship. And yes, I know that she hasn't played a game in the WNBA, so she can't be WNBA MVP. She can't be an All-Star.

She can't do any of these things because she hasn't played yet. But this is what I do know. I know that the Las Vegas Aces, the home of Asia Wilson, that when Kaitlyn Clark comes to town, they are moving their game from a 12,000-seat arena, their normal arena, which I think is Michelob Ultra. Listen, everything's sponsored now. How about that? Hey, Hickey, that's how they get their value and their money's worth, huh? Hey, everything can be sold.

Everything can be marketed. Next time, I'll just call it Las Vegas Arena One, right? Next time. Michelob Ultra.

It ain't give me no check. Michelob Ultra Arena holds 12,000 people. They had to move the game to the bigger arena.

Get ready for the next sponsorship plug unintentionally, but intentionally. T-Mobile Arena holds 20,000 people. You want to know why that game is moving? Not because the Las Vegas Aces are two-time champs, but it's because Kaitlyn Clark is coming to town. Washington, the Mystics, they're getting ready to move their game. They're going to need to put it in whatever they call that stupid thing now, the Verizon Center, MCI Center.

MCI doesn't exist anymore. Whatever the hell the bigger arena is, that's where they move in the game. Come on now. This is called the Kaitlyn Clark Effect. I mean, this is one of the most, she had a couple of the most widely watched sporting events, period, in the country that had nothing to do with the NFL. One of the most watched sporting events, period, over the last several years that had nothing to do with the NFL.

More than MLB All-Star Games and World Series and NBA Finals games. It was Kaitlyn Clark. And so, yes, Aja Wilson, it'd be great if she had a shoe. She's deserving of one, and maybe she'll get one. But when it comes to pure economics and the dollars and cents, Kaitlyn Clark is, she's a phenom. That's it.

She's a meter mover. The jerseys sold out. She shows up to play basketball games or the tickets go on sale. They got to get bigger arenas.

The viewership records or ratings, they're records. If I'm Nike, which is a business, I'm not out here for charity or to make people feel, I'm out here to make money. A lot of people want to talk about how Nike makes their money and where they make their products.

They're about money. They'd be stupid not to give this woman a bag. They'd be stupid not to give her a check.

I'm sorry. No disrespect to Aja Wilson. But if Nike has to go ahead and prioritize somebody to make money with over the other, it's Kaitlyn Clark. So she can deserve a signature shoe. Is she being stopped? I know she's a Nike athlete. Is she asking to be let go from Nike?

Is she just waiting? And when it comes to shoes, let's be real. I mean, we can go back in time and think about needle movers, right? From a basketball perspective. We know the biggest one is a guy named Michael Jordan. That man moved shoes. I can think about an Allen Iverson with Reebok. Allen Iverson moved shoes. Steph Curry. Man had all these little kids running around shooting threes in these curries for a couple of years. Steph Curry moved shoes. And apparently Steph Curry also tried to get Kaitlyn Clark to be an Under Armour athlete. LeBron James, due to his longevity. I mean, he doesn't even move shoes.

The same way. Kobe Bryant. Later on in his career, he started with Nike Adidas. He ended up with Nike. His shoes move. There are very few athletes on the basketball side that you're just like, I'm going to get this shoe.

You want to know something? Russell Westbrook has had a signature shoe with the Jordan brand. Hickey, do you know what his shoes look like?

No idea. Neither do I. Neither do I. Paul George had a shoe. I know what his shoes look like because they look nice.

They could have gave them to anybody. Nobody cares about buying Paul George shoes. Giannis Atetokounmpo has a shoe. I don't think people are running to get a shoe because it's Giannis Atetokounmpo. Nike is a big, major brand. They have the athletes that they want to build around.

And every now and then you get a supernova. Kaitlyn Clark is a supernova. People are going to buy her shoes. People all over the country are going to buy her shoes. Little girls are going to buy her shoes. They're going to be men who want to buy her shoes to resell them or wear them. Maybe they're going to be fashion staples.

I have no idea. But if she continues the work that she's done, she, she going to be worth it to pay her 10 figures, millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of dollars. Nike feels comfortable that they're going to get a return.

This is straight business. The WNBA and women's basketball is still growing. But there is no bigger star, even though she hasn't played, than her. And so when it comes to business, we can put all of the, you deserve this and I deserve, we can throw that out the window. Can they make money with her the same way? Asia or anybody else?

The answer is no. People want to talk about the hype train. You know who built the hype? Kaitlyn Clark with a play.

It's it. Kaitlyn Clark is not the most charismatic. Kaitlyn Clark don't got a New York Times best-selling book, but when she's on that basketball court, she plays unlike any player that I have ever seen in my life. Give Kaitlyn Clark a break. She's the supernova and it's going to be a lot of players that are going to elbow her and push her around and try to knock her around.

Let's see how she overcomes it. Nike feel comfortable that she will. They feel good about the fact that she will. It's just about money, folks, dollars and cents. And Kaitlyn Clark is a proven commodity that can make our country better.

That can make a whole lot of dollars and cents. If you're not happy with her shoe deal, if you're jealous, get over it. Go be phenomenal on the basketball court and force the issue. But I guess for right now, there can only be one and it's her. There's nobody else in her stratosphere. When y'all get out onto the court, bust her ass and prove it. I think that would deserve it. It's a hard knock life out here.

You don't always get what you think you deserve. 855-212-4227. It's 855-212-4227. I want to get Hickey's thoughts on this on the other side of the break as well.

The phone lines are open. If you want to go ahead and give us a call and give us a holler. And speaking of money, we know that John Tate Porter got, well, he got banned by the NBA permanently yesterday. The NFL is letting a couple of guys who did some bad things back in. I'll explain on the other side. We'll hear from Hickey. The phone lines are open.

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Download it today. JR wants to hear from you. Call him now at 855-212-4227. It's the JR Sport Reef Show here on the Infinity Sports Network. We're talking about Kaitlyn Clark before we went to break. Looks like she's on the verge of signing a deal with Nike.

10 figures. We don't know what the dollar amount is, but we know Kaitlyn Clark is in the stratosphere of her own when it comes to just generating intentions surrounding women's basketball. So it doesn't matter what the accomplishments are of any other players or who has a deal or not a shoe deal.

Kaitlyn Clark is in a league of her own. That's just factual. It's accurate that that can't be disputed.

It is very black and white. And also speaking of money, you know, yesterday we talked about John T. Porter, formerly of the NBA, formerly of the Toronto Raptors. Adam Silver had him banned.

A lifetime ban for improprieties when it comes to gambling. I mean, he was acting as an insider. He was using insider information to influence prop bets. It's like, hey, you know, game says I'm going to play or have three rebounds today.

And hey, if you bet that I have less, you can win some money. And he'd go into games and he'd come out of games to try to get the under so people could win some cash. And I guess he some cash on the side as well. It's been reported that he even decided to bet on Raptors games and bet on them to lose. And so he's been banned forever from the NBA. Today, the NFL let everybody know that they got a few players who are being reinstated as free agents. A week in front of the NFL draft, you might recall we had players like Jamison Williams, who was suspended last year for gambling at the team facility, he did not bet on football.

You're not supposed to bet at the team facility at all. But there were five players who were reinstated. Unfortunately, they're free agents. They were pretty much dumped of a minute that they were suspended.

Quintez Cephas, CJ Moore, Demetrius Taylor, Rashad Berry, Shaka Toney. They've all been reinstated into the NFL. Now they did bet on games at the facility.

They have been reinstated. Now, are they going to end up on a team? I don't know about that.

That that that might be a little tricky, but they are certainly available to potentially get back into the league. Hey, Hickey is a question. I don't know if you know the answer. I don't know if anybody in America knows the answer.

Maybe five people. What the hell they call a new the new league? Is it the U.S.? It's the U.F.L. they call it again, right? Is that what it is? I think you're right.

I think it's the U.F.L. Are they still playing games? Oh, yeah. That I know. I have seen commercials for. I have not watched a game on the weekend, but I know they are playing games right now. Wow.

I haven't seen it because I don't know. I'm not necessarily in front of the television Saturday at one o'clock. I'm typically on the radio in New York. Yeah, I haven't seen a game on like a Saturday. The last game I saw in the background was like a Saturday a few weeks ago.

So I'm missing out, I guess. Maybe these guys can join the U.F.L., XFL, U.S.F.L., whatever they call it. Maybe they could join that.

And you know what? Probably good marketing for the U.F.L. since I'm sure those are probably the biggest names they'd have in the league. Guys that were fined and suspended by the NFL. And at least they're in the league, right?

Because anyone that's in the NFL is not playing in the U.F.L. Yeah, yeah. No, anyway.

855-212-4227. We talked about Kaitlyn Clark in the last break, in the shoe deal and some of the responses. Well, Asia Wilson deserves a deal and how come nobody else and how she gets it.

What are your thoughts on all of this, Hickey? I agree with a lot of what you said in the sense that like she's earned it and I don't think the jealousy is warranted from really any other player. Kind of take it back to what we talked about a few days ago when we were talking about like baseball and you asked questions baseball mainstream is a sport anymore. Like in the sport of women's basketball, there's right now I'd argue only one person that's truly mainstream. It's Kaitlyn Clark.

My mom is not a big sports fan. She knows who Kaitlyn Clark is. She's someone who passes out at like seven o'clock at night, every night. She can't step late. She stayed up late, was it two weeks ago when they had that late game against UConn in the Final Four? That is someone that moves the needle for the non-sports fan and she's the only basketball player right now that has the cloud and attention.

Makes all the sense in the world. If you're Nike, like you said before, it's at the end of the day business and Kaitlyn Clark, people know who she is and those shoes are going to fly off the shelves. Yeah, they are.

They really are. I think it's lazy to make the correlation and the comparison. Unfortunately, Asia Wilson, who is an amazing player, is going to go down as one of the great players and go into the Hall of Fame and all that. She is, period. It's a shame that she gets roped into this because she's the latest star.

It's not fair, I think, to have the conversation. It's not taking away or diminishing anything that Asia Wilson has done. It just sucks that the comparisons to me are lazy.

It really is. If anybody can identify someone who has moved the needle like Kaitlyn Clark has, then I think you have a valid conversation. Asia Wilson, for as great as she is, the needle did not move the way Kaitlyn Clark moved it when Asia was at South Carolina. Okay, Asia Wilson winning two championships with Las Vegas that hasn't moved the needle the way Kaitlyn Clark has moved the needle for women's basketball. No one has done it like her. I don't think it's a stretch to say she could be the Michael Jordan of women's basketball.

That's not a stretch. When you think about the hype coming out of college, and LeBron James, I'm not putting him in the category because his journey is very different coming through high school and the expectations there. He's lived up to them and some. It's ridiculous that he has lived up to the hype given the expectations, the chosen one.

You want to tell me he hasn't lived up to that? But Kaitlyn Clark, what she's been able to do at the college level to build herself up, national prominence before she goes pro is unprecedented in the women's game. LeBron James didn't have the benefit of an NCAA machine behind him.

This guy was playing for St. Vincent, St. Mary's on ESPN. And that was a big deal. But there weren't 20, 18 million people tuning in to see high school LeBron James. And so it sucks that Asia gets roped in. Does she deserve a shoe? I mean, if you want to look at her accolades, yes.

If you want to look at business, I can't speak to the metrics. I'm sure. How about this? If Nike felt with 100 percent conviction that they were going to make millions and millions and millions and millions and hundreds of millions of dollars on Asia Wilson's shoe, then they would have given her a shoe. And we wouldn't have to have conversations about whether or not she deserves it. I think she has a Nike deal. She has one of those. She has to have a signature shoe, too. You can look at other players who are less accomplished.

Yes, sure. Well, Breonna Stewart has a deal. Not with Nike, but with Puma. I'm sure if Asia Wilson had a choice coming out of school, maybe she could have had a signature deal. But hey, who signed on the dotted line? She did. Not Kaitlyn Clark. When Kaitlyn Clark signs on the dotted line, she's going to get buckets of money herself. It's a cold world, folks, but money talks. 855-212-4227.

It's 855-212-4227. We're going to take a break. And since we've talked about a champion in Asia Wilson, let's talk about another champion. This man is a Super Bowl champion. This man has a, well, he had a Super Bowl ring until he lost it. Want to talk some NFL on the other side? I'm going to get to your calls.

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The number is 855-212-4227. We talked about people making money, people losing money. The NFL, what do you call it, reinstating five guys that were banned, suspended from the league for betting on games. Hickey and I said that they could probably go play in the UFL, the USFL, XFL, whatever the hell they call it.

They can go play there. We talked about Kaitlyn Clark making all the money. Looks like she's on the verge of a big shoe contract for a signature shoe with Nike. We've been talking about the NFL draft. We're now exactly a week away. At this exact moment next week, we will probably know maybe the first couple of picks in the draft. So we're exactly a week away from that. We had Damar Hamlin on the show. So we've been doing a lot.

We'll get back into some football at the top of the hour. Let's go ahead and hit the phone lines up. 855-212-4227.

That's 855-212-4227. Frank from Michigan is here. Hey Frank, you're on the JR Sport Reef Show. What's up?

Hey, JR. I love you. I listen to you as often as I can. I'm a fan, let's put it that way. But one of the things I just want to talk to you about is that I think you were selling the USFL and the XFL merger a little bit short because it's a very viable spring football team. They've merged. They've tried to make it better. I don't think they would take the gambling flunkies from the NFL in the USFL or the XFL.

Wait, hold on, Frank. What the hell is the league? What is it? What are they calling it now? XFL.

It's still the XFL? Yes. Okay, well there you have it. Well, thank you.

What else you got? Go ahead. No, it's a very viable spring football league and it's given credence by the networks that give it a view and the players that are in there. These are guys trying to make the NFL and hopefully they will.

A few of them have but it's just, you know what it is? It's more than anything, it's entertainment for us football fans in the spring and that's all I can ask for is just that. Well, I'm happy for you. Me, in the springtime, you know what I want to do on a Saturday? You know what I want to do in the spring? When the weather has been improved and the sun is out, you know what I want to do? What's that? I want to go outside.

I get it. I'm not going to sit outside in the park and open up my phone and watch, what does the XFL come on like? NBC?

I'm not going to sit in the park. Actually, Fox, ESPN, there's some pretty stout networks. Yeah, I know their networks but you want to know something? What the hell else are they going to put on? They didn't agree to this because they feel that the demand is there. They put it on because there is potential and what the hell else are they going to do? That's why it's on. That's true. That's true. Is this something that's going to last for the next five to ten years? Is it going to grow?

I have no idea. It hasn't proven to be successful in the past. No, it hasn't because it's been done wrong in the past. The USFL back in 1985 was done wrong. Well, we can go through the list and I think I can do it faster. Whether or not you have scab players, whether or not you want to go ahead and create a rogue league, whether or not your name is Vincent Kennedy McMahon, we can spend an hour going down the list as to why some of these other leagues did not work.

But ultimately, with social media today and all of the options that people have when it comes to consuming content, there is no certainty, like anything else, that this isn't going to work. And sure, yeah, like I love football. To say that, hey, I don't give a damn about no XFL doesn't mean I don't like football.

That means I don't want to watch it in April. You know what the weather was today? I know you're in Michigan. Do you know what the weather is today in Georgia? Yeah, probably pretty damn warm.

It was 85 degrees and beautiful. The trees have other trees. Have they come back to life in Michigan? Are they all alive yet? Not yet.

No, not even close. The trees are past bloom here. OK, things are alive. The weather is beautiful. The grass is green. And on a Saturday in spring, you know what I want to do? I want to watch the trees, the sun. I want to look at people jogging through the park.

I want to run errands. I don't want to watch the St. Louis. What are they, the battle hawks or the frogs?

Battle hawk. I'm not interested. I'm glad that you're watching. Plenty of people are watching.

The most that I've seen is in passing. And, you know, I'm not saying that I don't want it to succeed. I really don't care.

I just know that unless something major happens. I'm not interested. I'm not. I get it.

I definitely get it. OK, I'm a fan. And what's your favorite? What's your favorite XFL team?

Tell me. Michigan Panthers. Michigan got Michigan got a team. Oh, yeah. Yeah.

Who's who's the starting quarterback? Oh, boy. Well, there you go. Thank you for calling for Michigan. Good luck to the Lions.

Thank you. Are you going to the draft next week? You going to the draft?

No, I'm not. But hey, the Lions are for real and they're going to do some major accomplishments in next year. So tell coach to go easy on a gambling. OK, Frank. Absolutely. Thank you for calling for Michigan. Great, great call, man.

Great call. Hickey, I didn't I didn't know. See, they're only I thought they were only eight XFL teams. I didn't know Michigan had a team. Same. I couldn't. I know Birmingham has a team.

Do they? Maybe I can drop. Maybe I should drive out there to see it in person. No better way to spend a weekend.

Right. In Birmingham. I like Birmingham. It's nice to got some nice restaurants. I'm not saying the city I'm sure is great.

Michigan Panthers. He doesn't. He said it's called the XFL. Not what he said. Yes, he was wrong.

Yeah, we were we we were right. It's the U.F.L. with the rock. Yes.

Yes. The U.F.L. huh? Not good for the league if one of their quote unquote biggest fans couldn't tell with what league is the name or the name of the league and who's their his team's quarterback. This is weird. When I go to I'm looking at the Michigan Panthers on X on Twitter. Their tag that says that we are the U.S.F.L. Panthers.

Hm. U.S.F.L. Panthers. But it is the U.F.L.

They couldn't get the Twitter tag changed. Some league. Fox Sports also says U.S.F.L.

This is weird, man. The U.F.L. They use both. They use U.S.F.L. and U.F.L. It's all over the place.

And he couldn't even tell me who the starting quarterback is. Yeah. Big fan going big places. Hey, 8 5 5 2 1 2 42 27. Eric is here from Texas. You're on the J.R.

Sport Reshow. What's up, Eric? Hey, J.R., what's going on tonight? I'm good. Are you on speakerphone, Eric? Yeah, sorry.

I had to take my headphones off. Uh, you got about three seconds because we're short on time. You better say something quick. Please hurry up, Eric. OK, I was just gonna say, kids, the Golden State Warriors do a deal like the Detroit Lions and take that one team that's desperate for one player and trade Curry and get a good player back and a bunch of draft picks. And then like two or three years down the road, they'd be amazing like Detroit.

Could they do something like that? Do you play? No, that's that's terrible. Do you play video games?

Not anymore. I'm almost 50. You're almost what does that mean?

You're almost 50. You can't play video games. What does that mean? Well, I just don't. I'm like you. I don't have much time. Oh, OK. OK, I understand that.

Look, if I had it my way when I when I got out of the studio. Listen, my Super Nintendo is hooked up in my house. It's probably been played twice. You know what?

I probably played Super Nintendo. I don't know. Yeah, maybe twice over the last, I don't know, 25 years. It's been a long time, OK? I'll put it to you.

I'll put it to you this way, Eric. What you just proposed to me is something that you can only do in a video game because when it comes to life and reality, Steph Curry is not being traded from the Warriors unless he absolutely demands it. And I don't see that happening specifically for legacy reasons. I don't I don't foresee that happening.

I don't see that happening over the next year. And then if you want to think about Steph Curry, who also is having another child this year and I know he got all the money in the world, but they're human beings, too. I don't think Steph Curry says, well, I want to uproot my wife, my kids, leave the Golden State Warriors just to finish my career somewhere where I may not be happy. And that's not to say his family has to come with him. But why would he want to leave his family in the twilight of his career just to chase a championship and be away from his young kids? I don't know about that, Eric. That's true. I just even if Clay Thompson takes the pay cut, I still see him like treading water. I don't know.

Just these. Yeah, well, that's that's part of why you you want to get him a short deal. But look, they got so much money in the NBA. We got to see what deal he gets. Look, if there's anybody to trade that has value, it would be Jonathan Kuminga.

And that's a decision that they're going to have to make, I think, into the future. Hey, Eric, thank you for calling from Texas, man. OK. All right. Have a good night.

You as well. It's the J.R. sport re-show here on the Infinity Sports Network. Look, Steph Curry. There's a better chance that he gets somebody to go join him.

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