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REShow: Amari Cooper - Hour 2

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REShow: Amari Cooper - Hour 2

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September 30, 2022 5:30 pm

Browns WR Amari Cooper tells Rich that he still doesn’t know why Jerry Jones traded him from the Dallas Cowboys to Cleveland, says how RB Nick Chubb compares to his former teammate Ezekiel Elliott, reveals what he did once that got Nick Saban fired up, and reacts to Tua Tagovailoa’s head injury that saw him carried off the field in Cincinnati on a stretcher. 

Rich previews the NFL schedule and breaks down the most intriguing games in Week 4, and expresses his appreciation as a baseball for what Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani have done this season.

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1, 2, 3. Tua takes that stage tonight and can say, I'm here now. This is the Rich Eisen Show. Tua's down. He got body slammed, he got thrown down and they're coming out right now. Oh, boy. Live from the Rich Eisen Show studio in Los Angeles. It's a tough moment for everybody. Earlier on the show, San Francisco 49ers tight end, George Kittle.

Still to come. Wife receiver, Amari Cooper. Actor and Steelers fan, Joe Manganiello. And now, it's Rich Eisen. Welcome to our number two of the Rich Eisen Show. We are on the air here in Los Angeles, California. Just hung up with George Kittle. And we're on the verge of welcoming in our number three into our studio, the actor Joe Manganiello on our program. 844204rich is the number to dial on the show. Full conversation about Thursday Night Football from the actual results in Cincinnati, Ohio to Tua Tungovailoa being home with his teammates now after flying home despite a frightening, scary, awful hit and reaction and hospitalization.

But for a brief moment, you've been talking about it as well. 844204rich is the number to dial here on the show. What's more likely? Chris Brockman is going to give me that. Some scenarios over the weekend.

I'll tell you what I think is more likely. We'll take a look at the rest of the week three schedule as well here on the program. But we turn to the Mercedes-Benz Vans phone line and talk to one of the best in the business as he has been for years since coming off the campus of Alabama. Now, new to the Cleveland Browns, we're two and one heading into Atlanta. Miles Garrett just spoke to the media with a bloody left eye. But other than that, seeming no worse the wear, saying he hopes to be a game time decision for that after a frightening accident of his own over the past week.

But joining us on the Mercedes-Benz Vans phone line is wide receiver of the Cleveland Browns. Amari Cooper, how you doing Amari? I'm doing well. How you doing? Thanks for having me.

Of course, absolutely. I'm just going to jump right in. How are things for you to be in Cleveland? What was that adjustment process for you, Amari Cooper? I think I'm a very adaptable person. It was a pretty smooth transition. I obviously had to move across the country. But other than that, just being able to stay focused on football and stuff like that, it was pretty smooth. It wasn't anything to where I was struggling to adapt to the situation.

Okay. Were you surprised that you were traded, Amari Cooper? I wouldn't say I was surprised because there were rumors lingering. In this social media era, I was able to see those rumors. So it kind of got my antennas up.

So by the time it had happened, I wasn't surprised. Okay. So then let me dive a little bit deeper. Why do you think you were traded, Amari? I don't know, man.

I don't know the mindset of Jerry Jones, so I can't exactly tell you why. Okay. Do you have any theories?

Any? Yeah, there's a lot of theories out there, but I'm going to go over what he said. I think I saw him say something a couple of days ago, actually, on Twitter. It was like the amount of money they were paying me or something like that. I guess it was too much.

I guess he felt like they could do other things with the money. Okay. Are you aware, Amari Cooper, of how much you are missed by the Dallas Cowboys fan base? Are you aware of that? Has that awareness reached you in Cleveland, Ohio? No, it hasn't really reached me. Well, let me tell you.

Let me tell you, there's been quite a bit of a conversation. I've got a Dallas Cowboy fan right here. Do you want to tell him how much you miss him? TJ Jefferson, do you want to tell him?

I mean, on behalf of Cowboy Nation, I'm just going to say, coo. Miss you, dog. We miss you, man. It feels good to be missed, I guess.

Well, I'm sure it also feels good to be where you are. And so walk me through Jacoby Brissett and your ability to connect in a way with him so quickly, Amari. Yeah, I would say the biggest reason we've been able to have the connection that we've built so far is just communication. Like, I mean, throughout the week, he's always asking me. He's always like texting me, sending me videos, a film that he's watching, showing me like a similar route that we have in and how guys that I might be facing that week have been getting beat on that route, et cetera, et cetera. It's constant communication throughout the week.

So that's been the biggest thing for sure. So he's watching film for himself, obviously, to prepare himself for the game, let's say, against Atlanta. And he's noticing something on film. What is he just shooting it with his phone and then sending it to you?

Or it's an actual clip or is that what's happening? He's doing with you? Yeah, yeah. Like record a video on his phone and send it to me. And then he'll be like, what do you think on this when you have this route? And then I'll communicate that to him and he'll be like, yeah, I see it the same way or he'll be like, nah, I don't think that will work as well as the way I'm seeing it because of X, Y and Z. So great communication.

And how helpful is that for you? The reason why it's very helpful is because Coach Szczepanski does a really great job of like, you know, with the stuff we practice during the week, most of it carries on to the game and we end up running like, I would say, 90 something percent of the plays that we're practicing. And so, you know, with other offensive coordinators, you know, we get to the game and it's like a whole new game plan.

But I say that to say the reason that it's helpful is because he'll send me those recordings and we'll talk about how he wants me to run a certain route that we've been practicing. And then like clockwork, the play is called in the game, we'll remember that conversation and how it's been working. So are you saying in, say, a previous stop, there wasn't a consistency between plays practiced and plays called during the game, Amari Cooper? Are you saying then in a, let's just say a previous stop of yours in the NFL.

There wasn't a similar consistency between plays practiced and then plays called in a game. Is that what you're saying? No, no, no. I'm saying, I'm saying like here.

Yes. Let's say we, let's say throughout the course of the week we have, because I mean, usually a game is like 80 plays or something like that. Let's say we have 80, 90 plays in the game plan. We're going to run, those 80 that we practice, we're going to run like, I mean, those 90 plays that we practice, we're going to run like 80 of them.

Those 80 in the game, but like at other places that I've been, of course, of course you're going to run what you practice in the game because, I mean, that's why you're practicing. But it's not like as big of a percentage, if that makes sense. No, it totally makes sense. I'm just trying to get Dallas Cowboy fans hair more on fire when you talk about them. It's okay. You can say the Raiders. You can say the Raiders. It's fine.

It's fine. That's funny. But I just love watching the offense at work, Amari. Certainly the way that Chubb is running the ball and clearly you were teammates with an A-lister in Zeke. Any similarities between Zeke and Nick Chubb that you see, Amari? Yeah, a lot of similarities. I mean, they both run really hard. They both run real hard. They're both really strong players. Yeah, they both have good speed.

So yeah, definitely a lot of similarities. And then what does he bring to the offense? Obviously there's Kareem Hunt as well, but it just seems to me the way that he runs the ball and the way it opens other things up and then also gives you that physical mindset.

It looks contagious to me. I wonder what it looks like from your perspective you're actually in the offense, Amari Cooper. Yeah, I mean as a receiver, Kareem and Nick, those are one, my favorite teammates, but two, the best teammates that I can personally have. It makes my job a hundred times easier because I know the defense, you'll be a fool as a defensive coordinator to not go into the game and say we have to stop this guy. We have to stop these two guys. You know what I mean?

That's like the primary focus. And so I just get to sneak through the back door. So I'm loving it. Well, I mean not to create any dissension, Amari, but let's just say early December there's an SEC Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. You're going to still call Nick Chubb your favorite teammate?

You going to do that then? I mean, he knows how it is. I don't think he ever beat them. But I mean, you know, Georgia is the national champ right now though, right?

Am I wrong? But I don't think he ever beat them. Oh, I see. How many times did you beat Georgia?

I only played them once. What's up with that? I don't understand.

I don't get it. I'm a Michigan guy. Michigan plays Ohio State every year and Georgia and Alabama should be playing every year. You know? Yeah, it's weird. Some teams just don't play every year.

Oh, by the way, it just hit me. You're the perfect person to ask this question because I ask this of everybody who comes on the show from Alabama. What is the most you ever pissed off Nick Saban?

Amari Cooper. The most I ever pissed off Nick Saban? Yeah. What happened? Me think. You got one? Me think.

Me think. I can only really remember two times that Nick Saban like somewhat got mad at me. One was when I was a freshman and, you know, we were done with a period. The thing is you can never like really walk on the field. And I was kind of walking to the sideline after the period was over with and he just like ran behind me.

Get off the field like he screamed at me. And then there was another time. I think I was. Yeah, I was.

I think I was sophomore maybe. But I don't really remember. I just remember that time getting like yelled at. But other than that, I wasn't one of those players that really pissed him off. OK, because you're too damn good, right? Is that what it was?

Is that what it was? You could be honest. I mean, you know, honestly, the better players don't really get pissed off as much as the guys who aren't starting at the time. I get it now. I understand. Amari Cooper here on the Rich Eisen Show. I do want to, in all seriousness, ask you what you thought of when you saw fellow Crimson Tide player, a Tua Tungovailoa on the turf last night on Thursday Night Football. I asked this of George Kittle earlier. You know, you are a guy who puts it on the line every single snap as well there. But for the grace of football, God's can go any of you and your colleagues. What do you think when you see when you saw that last night, what went through your head?

Amari. Yeah, it was terrible. It was very frightening. And at the same time, because I mean, I've been through that situation twice, but I mean, it was very scary. Like when I was in that situation and mine wasn't nearly as scary as it is, even though we were both unconscious. I know I know how afraid my family was and my friends were and how they were all like texting me and stuff like that. But man, I was that was that was scary. I wasn't really scared for mine. You know, I hope and I pray that he's good.

He has all the sacrifices in place and everything like that. I was and I was I don't even know how to explain it. I was like real sad about that. Of course.

I mean, the whole country, we were our hearts were in our throats. But again, we're not the ones who are putting a helmet on every single week. Do you do you feel like when you have gone through the concussion protocol that that you if you have one, it is caught?

And and what are what are the pressures a player might feel about getting back on the field? Amari, you have any thoughts you can share on that? Yeah. Yeah. I mean, usually. Usually you you always want to play. I mean, that's just the nature of course, other than our players. We're competitive.

We always want to play. I think typically the protocol is like if they see you get knocked out, whether it's one second or ten seconds or something, they don't allow you to come back. But like if you get hit or something, you're not like unconscious.

You might be a little woozy. I think there's there's some leeway there. Like you'll go meet with the training staff. They'll talk to you. They'll see if you're like, you know, slurring your word or if you remember where you are, you know, a quarter you're in, you know, at the end of the week, it's in. If you don't get knocked out, you can answer all those questions. You know, typically they'll allow you to come back. But I think if once you get knocked out, no matter how short a time, then you can't come back. Because that's what happened to me in the past. Like I was asleep and everything like that wasn't allowed to come back.

But I really wanted to play. You know, I'm there. So I think that's like kind of the protocol. Amari Cooper, I really appreciate the time going down to Atlanta. And, you know, that's SEC country. I'm sure you'll be comfortable there. And it's a big opportunity, right?

Three and one. Certainly with Brissett currently there and Watson coming back, we assume after 11 weeks. This is a pretty big game for you. Would you agree on that front? Amari? Of course. Of course. OK. You have any message? Do you have any message for the last one? Do you have any message for Cowboys fans as you go out the door? Any message for them? Now, I've got a message. Can I can I tell Amari what he did against Georgia?

Sure. Just look this up. 2012 SEC championship game. Eight catches. One hundred twenty eight yards game winning. Forty five yard touchdown pass from A.J.

McCarron. You're just being humble. So he had a light day at the office that day. You know, it was nothing. It was nothing.

Yeah, I remember that visually, actually. My freshman year, one of my bigger games, like coming on to the scene as a college football player, even though it was towards the end of the year, I made like some like some really big plays in that game. So where I knew that I could like really be able to play at the next level, you know, Amari. Amari, thanks for the time. Let's do this more on the regular if you're up for it. I really appreciate it. Thanks for the call. Really.

Yeah. Thank you for your time. Yeah, I'll be down to it for sure. Let's do it. Let's do it.

Terrific. Amari Cooper. Amari Fridays. Amari Cooper nine on Twitter and Instagram from New York.

Cleveland Browns right here on the Rich Eisen Show. Take care of it. Amari Cooper, everybody. I think we have a new laugh to be putting in our in our in our drops. Right.

Absolutely. We got the Garland laugh. We got the Larry David laugh.

Right. He was in a great mood. He was laughing a bunch. I like that dude, man. He doesn't have any message for cowboy fans. Man. He really wanted to talk smack on the Raiders, too. Right. I wanted to push him that way. It sounded like it.

Man. I remember, guys, do you remember like four years ago, like we'll take you with the Cowboys. We were in the studio when the when the news came out, the Cowboys guys like twelve or five.

And after the show, look, look it up to would you please look it up? I don't think he's even remotely close to 30. Is he or he's twenty nine. He's really he was born in ninety four. So twenty eight. He's twenty eight.

He's really young. And they gave up on him. Who gave up on my front office? Twenty million Raiders gave up on him, but got a first round pick.

Well, that's true. The Raiders did, but I don't care about what they did. We had to remember when people were all over the Cowboys for giving up a first round pick for him. Well, we joked we're like Amari Cooper just got traded for a first round pick. We're like Cowboys. If I'm not mistaken, that was around the time where Jerry Jones said that they were like the Rams offense. Right. Like the McVeigh Rams offense.

And everyone's like, OK, Jerry. OK, sure. Whatever. And then Amari kind of opened things up in a way that you think burst on the scene and was just. Oh, yeah. Lights out and got paid his aid. And then now he's a brown.

I tried to run on top of an elf. I tried to make myself believe I didn't care that he was gone, but I can't even front. I care. Sorry to put it right there in front of you, man. All right. When we come back, a whole bunch of week three games that interest me week for a whole bunch of week four games.

Trust me, I'm not going to review week three games, week four games that I'm I'm really into that are kind of a little bit below the radar. Not all of them. But when we come back, we'll take your phone calls as well. Eight four four two or four rich being the number to dial here on the show. That's funny. There it is. 2000, 2008, 2022, when it comes to the economy, those are some scary years, dotcom crash, housing crash and the roller coaster we're kind of going through right now.

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Unlock your potential inside a Mercedes Benz Sprinter. Dr. Alan Sills, the chief medical officer of the NFL, just went on NFL network and told Judy Patista that, let me get this correct here, that throughout the week, an independent evaluation and an independent neurological evaluator took a look at Tua Tungo Valoa and found no signs of concussions. And that once they do this, once they do have this study done, it will be made public because they want to be completely fully released. Check for concussion symptoms every day since Sunday and a neuro expert who is independent had to clear him. Again, my question is, if there is an evaluation going on as to what happened, why was he allowed to play while this investigation is going on? What if the investigation came out? Well, yeah, this thing's got slipped up that thing and you allowed him to play. If there's an investigation going on about something, then he's not allowed to play.

Like, that's what I'm like. We were saying earlier, Protocol Plus. Protocol Plus. You mean on Sunday, don't let him back in the game last week? No, but if he's let in the game last week and people are questioning how the hell did he get back in the game last week and we're like, we're going to do an independent study. Players Association in the league. Then until, if that's announced, if something happened that sparks an independent investigation that is now, you're in the protocol. It's as if you were concussed until we find out that you were not. That's what I'm saying, is if something required an investigation, how is the guy allowed to play until the investigation is complete?

Then you go out on the field and you see him with his hands like that? 844204 Rich is the number to dial here on the show. Let's go to Terzo and Ira. He's been hanging out on him for quite some time. What's up, Terzo? Hey, what's up, guys? A little out of breath here. I was just holding a 25-pound bull by the head chute and watching my dad doctor him, so I'm a little out of breath.

Okay. That's a first for us, Terzo. Is that a first for you? A bull getting neutered? No, man, I grew up on a ranch. I'm just back home and we had to doctor this bull, so I had to hold him in the head chute while my dad gave him some antibiotics to help with his hoof rot.

Is this like a Jackie Sherrill moment that we just jumped in on here on the Rich Eisen Show? What's going on, Terzo? What's on your mind? Well, so the last night with Tua, you know, when his hands went all exorcism-like, you know, it's just a scary moment and your heart goes out to him because I think if he kept playing in the game, I think they keep it pretty close and I think they almost have a chance to win it. And so I just feel bad for him.

Also, I just hope with Monday Night Football for our boy Kittle, he gets more than five targets because we need him to get more than that to win that football game on Monday. I appreciate that, Terzo. Catch your breath. Thanks for calling in. Thanks for holding on and all conducting your ranch work still. There's Terzo calling in from the Yellowstone Ranch right there. She's like, rip.

Don't go to the train station. Good one. There's your new drop.

There's your new Amari Cooper drop. Did Kittle kind of hesitate when I asked him about how Jimmy G's handling everything? I don't think there was a kinda about it.

He goes, hmm. And then you put that together with Steve Young yesterday, him talking about, you know, there's a lot of broken glass on the floor between the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo. But Jimmy stayed, right? Jimmy stayed. Jimmy got surgery. Jimmy got surgery. So Jimmy couldn't get traded. Then Jimmy eventually wound up staying. And he knew if he took a pay cut and wound up starting that he'd be giving a cut right to the team.

But he also, he's also a good season, you know, hit free agency next year. Is Jimmy getting upset? I think Jimmy's been upset. OK, I need NFL Films Music, sir. I need NFL Films Music just to get me in the mood.

Because I'm going to set the stage. Week four has begun in the National Football League. And there are some great games coming up. There are not one, not two, not three, but four windows of football on Sunday. The four windows of football.

I love it. Was that was that an old NFL Films film? Four windows of football. Four windows of football. First the London game, then there were early games, late games and the Sunday night football game. Four windows of football. You writing that down? There you go. The vaulted four windows of football. All right.

Anyway, sure. The London game is going to be of interest. Sir Andy Dalton. No relation to Timothy Dalton. Is that the last U.K. Dalton of note? Was Timothy Dalton his little cup of coffee being James Bond?

Well, what double 0 14 is coming now, right? Hey, so what he's wearing in New Orleans, Andy Dalton. So it looks like Andy Dalton is going to be going without can't guard Mike against the Vikings, who are going to have Dalvin Cook with full practices under his belt, despite maybe needing a harness on his shoulder. But to me, the marquee matchup of the early window games on Sunday, Bill's Ravens, man.

I mean, this is it. Josh Allen, the Lamar Jackson, same draft class, easily the two most successful guys from that draft class back in twenty eighteen. Here we go. Josh Allen, fully paid, fully long term, committed and the other guy going year to year. And how is that going to affect play this year? Well, all he is is the most prolific touchdown thrower through the first three weeks of this season. Not Josh Allen.

It's that guy, Lamar Jackson, with his 10 touchdown passes. Gabe Davis suddenly might not be able to go in this one. We know that back end of the Bills defense is banged up and green, but the Dolphins didn't take advantage of it. Will the Ravens in their sneaky, outstanding passing attack? OK, like let's go. How will the Bills respond from their first loss of the season? Ken Dorsey getting all of his belongings neatly arrayed in front of the camera. Let's go.

Bank is open. The winner of this game is three and one and presumably in excellent shape at the quarter post point. The other one is two and two. So the Bills can go back atop the AFC East, although they'll be behind Miami if they're tied in record wise because of the win in week number three. But the Bills would have the same record as the Dolphins and the Ravens would be assured of having a piece of first with that game.

Can't wait for that. Winner of that game is three and one. You know, the winner of another game where the winner's three and one? Giants, Bears.

One of these. That's that's the truth. By the end of Sunday, barring a tie, either Daniel Jones or Justin Fields is going to be a three and one quarterback in the National Football League. Facts.

Wow. Debo and his offensive genius going against. And his defensive stout.

Chicago Bears. Khalil Herbert getting some run now. And that offense can Justin Fields take care of business against the Giants in week number four winner of that game? Yes, it's three and one in New Jersey.

How about down the road down to turnpike? How about the homecoming of Doug Peterson? Mr. Philly Special is coming to Philadelphia and the Eagles team that he finds is now the lone remaining undefeated team in the National Football League, quarterbacked by a current and early season MVP candidate in jail and hurts. But the offensive player of the week coming to the game belongs to the AFC team in this one. Yeah, Peterson's bringing his young quarterback. And Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars win.

They are still be in first place at the quarterpost point. Can Doug Peterson come back in and his homecoming and spoil the party? The homecoming is Doug Peterson's. And as we all know, Jacksonville used to be everyone's homecoming. Not this time. Unless the Eagles just make mincemeat out of this team like they've been doing to everyone else that they've been facing.

Right. Except for the Lions. How about Jacksonville and Philly being a nice little week four game that nobody saw coming? Meanwhile, in Carolina, there have been only two instances in the history of the National Football League where the two opposing quarterbacks in a game won a Heisman Trophy at the same school. The only other times that we've seen it prior to this week's matchup between Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield was the matchup between the two last year and a matchup between the two in twenty nineteen. For the third time, we're going to see Kyler versus Baker. A little Boomer Sooner situation. In Carolina, Kyler's 2-0 against Baker, loser of this game, is one and three. There's a lot at stake in this contest. You're either two and two or one and three. Huge difference. One of these Sooners is going to make the other Heisman Trophy winning Sooners the other one and three.

Look forward to that one. All right, folks, this one's for me. I'm addressing you, the Las Vegas Raiders Raiders, three letters for you, W, T and F. Put everything from this table right here on the Rich Austin Show, I put it on the line. I looked at you when everybody's talking about Russ Cookin in Denver. Now that he's left Seattle, he's going to cook in Denver.

Missing ingredient. Here comes Russ Cookin. I looked at the Chargers and getting Khalil Mack and getting J.C. Jackson and Justin Herbert another year. Looked at them, looked at the Chiefs losing Tyreek Hill, but they still had Mahomes and everybody else. I looked at all those people and I said, no. I look at you, Las Vegas, and I crown you the winner of the AFC West.

And how have I had that faith? Returned? In kind? No, very unkind.

Not in kind, very unkind. Not a win? Zero wins? Not a win? Zero wins. We're talking about wins. Zero wins.

Zero. And who's coming into your house? Russ.

And he's cooking. You got 11 points. Let's ride. How about let's ride this? Let's go.

Let's go. And if you're up 20 to nothing, let's finish it. Because if you lose, you're 0 and 4.

0 and 4. And Russ and everything that's going on with Nathaniel Hackett and the, you know, game management coach. And the weirdness of the play calling and Javonte Williams just like getting almost as many snaps as Mike Boone. That team going to be 3 and 1. Huge game in Vegas.

And then you got Tennessee and Indianapolis. Oh, yeah. Last time this matchup took place, remember Derrick Henry, despite winning in overtime because Carson Wentz made a stupid ass throw.

It's the only way to describe it. Derrick Henry broke his foot, remember? I do. These two teams, weird stuff happens. And Boyd of the Tennessee Titans need to win. If they win, they'll be at 2 and 2. And the Colts will be 1, 2 and 1. And Jacksonville could lose in Philadelphia. Hey, Tennessee, just like Cincinnati might be.

You'll restart at 0 and 2, but look at us now. Or the Colts might, where are they getting? Are they getting Shaq back? Let's take a look. Maybe Shaquille Leonard makes his start.

They get healthier. Jonathan Taylor missed his first practice of his life, apparently, this week with a toe. Let's go. Follow up that Chiefs win. Why don't you show everybody that you don't need some weird, still to this point, unexplained personal foul penalty because Chris Jones said the wrong word. You don't get that help.

Okay. Tennessee Titans are taking their heart pills. They've buckled up.

They're coming to town. This is a big AFC South matchup between the two teams that we entered the season, assumed would battle it out for that division. Jacksonville has joined the fray. So that's a huge one in Indianapolis between Tennessee and the Colts.

And those are the games that I'm looking forward to seeing in week number four. All right, we'll get one more. All right, George, give me one more. All right, here you go. I got one more.

I got one more. Nobody's talking about this game. Nobody's talking about this game.

Pretty much. How about Seattle and Detroit? How about how about how about like if we have a power rankings of teams that the weirdest stuff happens to. Oh, gosh, I think the Chargers are they've won a lifetime achievement award on that.

They're always number one. But outside of that, who plays weirder games in Seattle? Now, if this was in Seattle, I mean, you all know that was when Calvin Johnson fumbled it in the end zone and KJ Wright batted it out of the end zone. And the refs are like, good play, KJ. That's legal.

It's not legal. No. That was in Seattle. This is in Detroit, where, as you know, Lions, if they fall down by 14, they're going to keep trying to take hunks out of your leg, right?

I think so. And then last week, it looked like Dan Campbell had his first road win as a coach and is an HC all locked up and then decides to go for a field goal rather than going for it on fourth down or punting. Look, these two teams just I think this is poised to just be nuts. Please tell me Gus Johnson's calling it. I don't know if this will be one of those Johnson games because this has got a Gus Johnson type nuttiness result written all over it.

I can't wait for it. It seems like I'm on Ross, St. Brown is out. And the same thing with DeAndre Swift, which is unfortunate. But keep an eye on Kenny Walker coming back to the state where he just had a nice run at Michigan State. You know who's on the call? He's there. He's there. We're here watching. We're here. You got a nice little show, Rich.

Thanks for talking about my day. So here we go. Seattle and Detroit. I'm looking at their depth chart. TJ, you talked about having the little red letter next to your fantasy players. Everyone on the Lions offense has a red letter. DeAndre Swift, doubtful.

I'm on St. Brown, out. DJ Chark, questionable. Josh Reynolds, questionable. Hawkinson, questionable. Their fullback, Jason Cabinda, out. Their left guard and starting center, questionable. Who knows what's happening in this game? Hey, and Geno's going to cook? Here we go.

I don't know. I don't know why Seattle and Detroit just fascinates me, but they do. This is a game that will be sneakily featured on Red Zone. Like just when you don't expect it, you're like, hey, Seahawks are in the Red Zone again. So that's my preview for week four right here on the Rich Eisen Show. Let's go.

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What's more likely? And it's new every Thursday. Go ahead. You never know who's going to pop by to say hello, Ross.

It could be an Oscar winner, the star of your favorite show, even my dental hygienist. Really? No, she's fascinating.

OK. Anyone else? One time I was at a dinner party and the lady across from me, turns out she was a dominatrix. Oh, that's going to hurt.

I've been a naughty boy. Are you going to ask? We're going to go there. For reals?

And there. For real reals? You better stretch.

I better stretch? On our show, nothing's off limits. I'm going to ask that question. No. And that question. No. And I'm going to get away with it. Oh, boy. So it's like Mr. Rogers neighborhood, right?

Except think of it. Mr. Matthews Gayborhood. Oh, that sounds fun.

You know, that actually does sound fun. And it's on YouTube or wherever you listen. That's my line. Hello, Ross. Available on YouTube or wherever you listen.

OK, now you just repeated me. We are so over our time limit. Oh, that's a bummer. Patrick in Modesto, California, has been on hold for a while. What's up, Patrick? Hey, what's up, Rich?

What's going on? Hey, so since we're going to be watching history being made tonight, I have a couple of questions for you. What history is being made tonight?

You know, my boy Aaron Judge is going to break that record. Fantastic. I'd love to see it.

That'd be great. You're not going to love what I have to say next, though. All right, I'll bite. All right. Well, all right.

So I'm a present state alma mater, so I'm a big Judge fan regardless. Good. But I'm also a big Giants fan.

OK. So we don't want to see him go to the Mets because, you know, they suck. Chill, B. Chill.

But if he went to the Giants, would you be mad? Well, first of all, you're right. I don't like what you had to say next. You're correct. You're very accurate. I have one more for you.

I don't like it at all. Answer this, OK? Yes. OK.

I like this guy, Patrick. So if he didn't go to the Giants, if you... I have another team that I would really want to see on because... The Yankees. The Mets. The problem with the Yankees is that he doesn't have someone that can bat behind him, so he's going to get... What are you talking about?

What if he went to the Mariners and batted behind Julio? Sure. That sounds great, Patrick. Wonderful. Great idea.

Great idea. What if he stayed in his... Are you walking around? You sound out of breath. What are you doing? Are you on a treadmill? Are you on a treadmill?

No. Where are you? I'm at home. I've been kind of nervous because my dog has been a little sick with me all my self. I'm sorry to hear that.

My best to your dog. And again, maybe you're just so out of breath with all these great takes you're having. Maybe you're just out of breath. It's cool because he's from Fresno State, and if he stayed at the Yankees, that's one of the most historic teams ever. But I'm saying, like, if he didn't stay on the Yankees, we don't want him to go to the Mets. That's true. He went to the Giants.

Would you have met? Yes. Yes. Imagine how killer he would be on the Mariners.

Thank you so much. Imagine if he just stays in his own apartment and has Pete Alonso batting behind him from Allen. By the way, I'll push back at the notion there's no one to protect Judge, okay? There's a guy who hit 59 in season who's there. He's a big man. Okay.

Just as if, for instance... I think he just struck out again. Or he hit a grand slam to make the night that Judge hit 60, a winning night. 2023 team odds for Aaron Judge, Rich. Yankees your favorite, plus 175. Not going anywhere.

Giants plus 300, Mets plus 55. I told y'all this weekend when there are fannies in every seat in Yankee Stadium, despite the fact that the Yankees have clinched all that they can essentially clinch, Hal Steinbrenner should look around and not think all those fannies in the seats can help defray his cost of getting a piece of AC Milan. He should say, let's take all these receipts and bundle them up and give it all to Aaron Judge when he asks for it. He's not going anywhere.

Not going anywhere. And I do want to say this because I feel guilty when I keep saying this guy's the MVP and not Shohei Ohitani. Okay.

I feel guilty because Shohei Ohitani is so amazing and let's enjoy what we're seeing right now in baseball, especially since the conversation we saw or we had with Judge based on some of the comments from Roger Maris Jr. that echoes the sentiments of many people about the steroid era and what this means for Judge's record and all of that stuff. Let's live in the moment as baseball fans because over the last two nights, Wednesday night and Thursday night, we saw on Wednesday night, somebody hit a 61st home run in a playing season. Okay. And we saw that guy do it and he is clean as we all can attest based on whatever baseball is trying to catch and he's given the ball to his mom. And then on the next night, we see a guy on a 14 game hitting streak with 34 home runs, throw seven and two third no hit innings of baseball.

Okay. Back to back nights. We have seen that and he, by all intents, is clean too. It's amazing. Back to back nights, 61st home run, dude on a 14 game hit streak, throw seven and two thirds strikes out 10 of no hit ball.

Amazing. And I totally get Angels fans chanting MVP to him. And he is definitely your most valuable player and you got trout there too. So it's pretty neat to see. Baseball deserves that sort of stuff. And it was awesome to watch. As soon as the Thursday night game was over, I flipped right to, we all playing on our poker night. We watched it and he gave up the hit a couple minutes later. By the way, when Garrett Cole had a perfect through five, Coop turned the game on.

Oh no. Did you let him know he jinxed it? He turned it on because the major league, the MLB app. Oh, sent an alert.

No. It says on the screen, perfect game next to it. What?

It was Yankees three, Blue Jays nothing. And there's this red rectangle next to it says perfect game. What?

It's an app. Top six is his perfect game. And Coops goes, I think Cole's got a perfect game. I'm like, okay, great.

Who's running the app? We turned it on. Get that out of there.

That's a jinx. We turned it on and the perfect game ends on the spot. And Cooper says it was his fault and leaves the room. That's my man. Says it's his fault, leaves the room.

Okay. And then the next guy gets on base and now the Yankees potentially can lose the lead, right? And eventually two runs do come in and they lose the lead.

Coop comes back in the room, sees they lost the lead. Blame that on me. Amazing. And I'm like, am I raising a psycho superstitious baseball? Yes. Is that what I'm doing? Absolutely.

You are. That's funny. Amari Cooper finds it funny.

Another Cooper. And I told him, I'm like, buddy, like this would have happened had we not turned the game on. And he looks at me and he says, how do you know?

How do I respond to that? I'm like, come on, man. And then judge hit the home run next inning and we talked about something completely different the rest of the night. Whole family watched. Zan watched through the window.

He was doing a workout in the backyard. Suze Taylor, we were all around watching that. So special. And last night, I mean, can't can't say it enough, unicorns, one in New York, one in Southern California or soon to be in New York.

I saw that report that Otani would be open to the idea of the Yankees, quote unquote, try again. Oh, yeah, baby. Oh, yeah. A lot different than playing in Disneyland, buddy. I would agree, Mr. Steinbrenner's wild ride. Yeah, I mean, he's tall enough to ride that, right? Little different. Joe Manganiello coming up an hour three.

Don't go anywhere. I also think this tiny season is literally just like better than last. Let's create another award, like just create most outstanding player major league baseball. Just do it.

The NFL has MVP and most offensive player of the year and defensive player of the year. Let's just do it. Why? Why should why can't we do that? What are we waiting for?

Why can't we do it? I mean, after name. I mean, it's Clemente's anniversary of his 3000th. He would be a great most, you know, Roberta Clemente award goes to the most outstanding offensive player. Yeah. Hank Aaron's already got an award, doesn't he? Does he?

Is that the Silver Slugger's name right there? I don't know. Well, there's the Internet right in front of you. It's in front of you, too.

I don't know why you always say that. I'm hosting. I could keep talking while you do it. But I was the first one who brought up this conversation. Fine.

I'll look it up. Geez. All I'm saying is, like, rich eyes and show you create an award is given annually to the MLB players selected as the top hitter in each league voted on by baseball fans and member of the media.

There you go. It's kind of. Yeah.

But you can't name Ohtani's top hitter in the league when he's also a great pitcher. Tony's 15 and eight, man. This doesn't make sense. I know. No, no.

Until eight. Like, come on. Guess what?

There are 30 games under 500. There's nothing to do. I don't like I've always said we're not going there. Let's not go there. Let's just not go. There's nothing to do with him. Guys, let's not go there. Let's not go there. T.J. didn't spend all that time Googling to go negative. Great job. It didn't take long. It really didn't. T.J.'s new fantasy segment.

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