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Love Them or Hate Them? (Hour 3)

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June 17, 2024 6:07 pm

Love Them or Hate Them? (Hour 3)

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June 17, 2024 6:07 pm

What are some athletes that were beloved and also hated? Steve Sands joins the show to talk about the U.S. Open. Onsides/Offsides.

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For trusted protection, trust Pampers, the number one pediatrician recommended brand. You probably feel this way working with me, but I'm starting to get more and more of these moments. There's moments in my life that I just get to start to feel like very old.

Like one of those was when the Vikings drafted JJ McCarthy in the draft this year. And they're like, oh, he was born in 2003. I'm like, man, that makes me feel old as a talk show host and a sports fan. And I'm not that old. I'm 29.

I turned 30 in August, but I just saw a post from our buddy Jordan Schultz. Who does a great job covering the NFL. He just posted a photo of Jerome Bettis, Ike Taylor and Plaxico Burress. And they are all with their sons who all committed to play football at Notre Dame. That is wild.

Plaxico, Ike Taylor and Jerome Bettis all have kids that have now committed to go to Notre Dame. That's a moment in life, Samter, where I'm like, man, I'm starting to get pretty, pretty, pretty old. That's just the way that I feel about that. That is surreal. The crazy thing to me is that that's happened to me about 15 years ago.

So I probably just made you feel old once again. Yeah. I mean, there's guys like going into the Hall of Fame whose dads I remember watching basically. That's kind of crazy. Right.

Like that, that kind of stuff. Why? Who's one of those players? I mean, Griffey's one of them. Oh, yeah, that's true. Right. So there's, there's a few guys.

And then you got like, you know, I wasn't around for Archie, but I kind of tail end of that side of it. So like the Manning brother here, just like all of the really orange, the Matthews is, you know, Clay Matthews and Bruce Matthews. I was around for Bruce Matthews as a kid whose sons in the NFL, Patrick Sertan. Yeah. You know, there's a lot of guys on Winfield.

Yeah. We've seen Frank Gore Jr. And obviously Emmett Smith. Someone's playing a college ball. Bronnie James. Like I remember his son is now in the NFL. LeBron James was coming into the league and I was like an old grizzled veteran at that point.

And now his son is about to get drafted, potentially. For some reason, Jerome Bettis. And I was never a Steelers fan, obviously rooting for the Patriots, but I always respected Jerome Bettis. There are just certain players that you grow up that even though you aren't a fan of their team, you just grow a liking for. And one of those players was Jerome Bettis. Just always a great personality, a great iconic smile too. And someone that just played the game in a very fun, bruising kind of way for his position.

And just the great nickname too that also helps with the bus. So that was just one of the, like Taylor Plaxico-Burris doesn't like, I don't know if it was just them two okay, you know, is what it is. But seeing Jerome Bettis in there too, it's like, okay, he's a kid now going to Notre Dame.

That's just absolutely wild. Alrighty, yesterday we saw Bryson DeChambeau, who it really started at the PGA Championship when he finished second. And he had that tremendous moment of class where he walked up to, when he probably thought he was going to go to a playoff, or there was a chance he was going to go to a playoff, then he walked up to Xander Schauffele and he gave him a hug as Xander Schauffele won his first major championship. And then a month later, Bryson DeChambeau, right, is your leader by three strokes heading into the U.S. Open on Sunday. And for a while he was two back where it was after 13 with Rory's eight under and Bryson's six under Rory Chokes. And it wasn't like anyone did anything incredibly well on Sunday.

It was there for the taking. You know, I had a bet 25 bucks to win 1,500 on Patrick Cantlay. And it's not like Patrick Cantlay did anything outstanding, but even there was a moment if he didn't bogey late where he could have been one stroke off the lead, and maybe he could have found his way into the playoff. But the moment where Bryson did something outstanding, and it's wild because there were so many moments yesterday where Bryson DeChambeau hit the ball far left, would hit the ball far right, and you were like, here he comes, he's about to crumble.

Like he is about to implode. But because of how far he hits the ball from a distance standpoint, even if it goes way left or way right, it makes it easier, even with tough lies, for him to recover because he's so close to the frickin' pen with how far he hits the ball off the tape. But Bryson yesterday in the sand on 18 and DeChambeau puts the ball right next to the jar and then taps it in to go win and avoid the playoff, that was a great moment. And for Bryson DeChambeau, it's one thing to win another major championship, a second of the career, being once again a U.S. Open. But when he first got onto the scene, I think we were all blown away by the video game quality of Bryson DeChambeau to hit the ball as far as he did.

He was a big bomber. And to see that, and then how quickly people turned on him because of his own wrongdoing and his own petulance and his own immaturity with having to, he basically had a fight with Brooks Koepka, and then anytime fans would say like to get in his head, oh, let's go, Brooksie, to DeChambeau, he would get the fans kicked out. And DeChambeau kind of was immature, and he kind of came off as a jerk.

And there's no doubt about it. But the last two tournaments, you know, last major tournaments, not only has he played really well, being 20-something under par in the PGA and then winning the U.S. Open, but he has been more humble, and he's been easier to relate to, and you forget that he's only 30 years old. Like, I've matured a lot from my late 20s, you know, to where I am now. Same with Bryson DeChambeau, too. It's just a natural part of life where things that used to get so caught up in, when you get older, you're like, oh, it doesn't really matter, and you learn to be more of a professional.

You do. So for Bryson DeChambeau yesterday, to see the ups and downs of his career, where at first it's like, wow, this is just ridiculous in terms of how far he can hit the ball. Then, oh, he gets in the kerfuffle with Brooks Koepka, he becomes the villain of the sport.

And we'll bring on Steve Stans coming up in 12 minutes or so, who brought this up the last time we had him. He's like, everyone needs a villain in sports. And he's like, I think Bryson's more of a beloved villain. And since that was kind of taken away from us in the traditional standpoint of golf because of live golf, I think what it showed at the PGA Championship, what Sandy said, is that people just miss seeing him.

But I think it's more than that. Because Bryson, we want big personalities in golf, but they're rare because how serious and buttoned up these golfers are because the game's so mental. But to see the emotions of Bryson, you know, just giving a fist pump, like how great was Tiger whenever he would give a fist pump, and you would see he would wear his emotions on his sleeves. You know, just giving a fist pump, or even when he missed the putt yesterday that almost went in and he fell to the ground. That's just cool theatrics.

It is. And for Bryson yesterday, before the round, during the round, after the round, just to be enjoying himself and interacting with fans, it was very much appreciated. So Bryson went from someone we were enamored by to then someone that we hated to now he's being back into the good graces of golf fans. So it's rare in sports that you have an athlete that in their entire career can be like universally beloved and also universally hated. And Bryson is only 30 years old and has a lot of golf left, has already gone through the wringer of that, of being someone that was liked, then someone that was hated, and now someone that is beloved again. And people beloved Bryson DeChambeau.

So let's go around the room here. We'll incorporate Botcher and Moist Mike as well and obviously yours truly. Who's an athlete in your lifetime that was hated and also beloved? For me, it was Alex Rodriguez. And I'm not really big into saying that steroid guys don't belong in the Hall of Fame and all that. Like I think A-Rod should be a Hall of Famer, I think Bond should be a Hall of Famer, I think Clemons should be a Hall of Famer. So on and on and on.

I don't want to ignore that era of history. But a lot of people loved A-Rod when he was with Seattle. Then with the Rangers, right, they were going to trade him.

A lot of us thought he was going to end up in Boston. And then he ends up with the Yankees and goes to third base and Jeter's at shortstop. Like A-Rod always had a good smile, right, always was like larger than life, for most of his career played shortstop until getting to the Yankees. Like he was just one of those players that when you were growing up, you know, in my era when people were growing up, you always knew of Alex Rodriguez and you're always like, wow, I would love to be like A-Rod on a baseball dime when you're playing in the league. But then with the steroid stuff, the lying, the suspension, the lack of accountability, Alex Rodriguez's image went right down the drain and no one ever thought he was going to recover. But with being on TV, you know, admitting his mistakes, and also right now being a minority owner, and we'll see what ends up happening there with the Minnesota Timberwolves, you know, we are very forgiving. And if there was a time where people used to love you, then they hate you.

They're asking for reasons to love you once again. And I'm not going to say A-Rod is loved once again. But I think there's a lot more people that like A-Rod now once again, who couldn't stand his guts for all those years. So for me, Alex Rodriguez, you went to the extreme of loving him and also to the extreme of hating him. And it's rare when you go through the rollercoaster ride of life nationally, when we talk about sports, that you could be at one time be the game's biggest star, and then also be the game's biggest villain, and be one of the game's more popular players and then also the game's, you know, one of the more hated and despised players and the test players. And A-Rod's been through all those emotions. So for me, it's Alex Rodriguez.

Botcher, who do you got cooking today? So I'm going different sport, kind of a different era. What sport? Basketball. Basketball.

Okay, go ahead. So this player was the chosen one, as they would say, coming out of high school, same state, Ohio, Akron to Cleveland, and then he was loved for his first tenure there. He decides to move away from the big three in Miami, and everybody hates him. LeBron James, despised by me, I think the entire country. Wait, you hated LeBron for the decision? Well, young version, yeah, like 10-year-old me hated LeBron, or 11-year-old me. But you weren't a Cavs fan, right? No, I just didn't like him.

Okay. I saw the competitiveness go down the drain, so that's why I was kind of happy when the Mavs won and then the Spurs won, so LeBron couldn't have an insane dynasty with the Heat. So it was kind of a warming moment, though, when he went back to Cleveland and said he wants to get one done with Kyrie and Kevin Love, and then he did in 2016, so the entire perspective of LeBron switched. So he was loved in Cleveland, hated by basically everyone that watched the NBA, and then loved again, but now he's kind of, blah.

You either hate him for his drama, or his PR. Bitchin' to officials. Yeah, everything. Lecry, everything. Lecry. There's something about LeBron. What's that Seltzer brand, Lecroy?

Lecroy, Lecry. They should get LeBron to endorse that. He's got the Sprite deal, too. So Sprite Cranberry with LeBron. But LeBron is the epitome of love to hate, so he's going back towards kind of hate now with how he's doing the head coaching search of the Lakers and Bronny and all this, so he'll be back on the hate train soon. So when I look at LeBron, you're right. Everyone who's larger than life when he gets to the Cavs. I think the reason why people hated him wasn't because he went to Miami, it's how he went to Miami. And the irony is, that was an event for the Boys and Girls Club that raised a lot of money. But it was leaving the Cavs at the altar and doing that, oh, I take my talent to South Beach and then forming the super team and getting up there at the press conference, your director of press conference. Not one, not two, not three, you know, seven or eight. But then him going back to Cleveland and winning that championship, it's one of the more memorable championships of my lifetime.

So you are right, it's a good one. There are people that love LeBron and then there's obviously people that hate LeBron. And there's been a bunch of different emotions when he's been like the most hated guy in the sport and then also the most beloved guy in the sport. Santer, who was your athlete here that was both beloved and hated? I was making a list and then there was one name that just came to the top. You know, I was thinking like Antonio Brown, T.O., Tiger, Conor McGregor, all guys that we loved and then they just kind of- T.O.

is a good one. Right? And you remember when T.O. caught that touchdown for the 49ers in the playoffs?

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And he was just crying and it was like, oh my gosh, this undrafted player, he's crying, he caught the touchdown, he's making this- everyone loved T.O. Or how about when he played in the Super Bowl and decided a waiver?

And I don't usually give an MVP award to a player that lost the game, but I would have no problem to give the Super Bowl MVP to him in 39. And Conor McGregor, that fall from grace where he's punching guys at bars or all these other things that he's doing. He's a jackass. Right?

But for me, there's just one answer. There was a guy who I think he was kind of- What sport? Basketball.

Okay. He was appreciated, beloved, then disliked for how he handled his superstar teammate. Then hated for what he did off the court.

Durant? Then loved again once he retired and posthumously beloved and revered and, you know, whatever ever since. And that's Kobe Bryant.

Yeah, you're right. I mean, when he was at the Lakers and he was young and he was a kid, people loved him. Then they hated how he pushed Shaq out and people hated him for the Lakers and their dynasty. Then they hated him again for everything that happened in Colorado. Then they hated him again when he was, you know, winning championships with Pau.

Then when she retired and we saw that personality come out and he had his daughters and all this stuff, he was just beloved. And obviously after everything that happened, the way we look back on Kobe is a way that's in such reverence that I don't think that there was that much reverence ever during his life. And we look back at Kobe in a way now that he is going to go down as one of the most legendary characters and people in all of NBA history, I think.

You know what it is? So many players are inspired by Kobe Bryant. You know, that's a big part of it. We're now like this generation of NBA stardom all revered Kobe Bryant and looked up to Kobe Bryant.

But you were right. He was loved. He was hated. He had to restore his image with, you know, everything that all the allegations of what happened in Colorado and write his marriage. And, you know, that's it's still crazy. It's surreal to talk about Kobe in the past tense with how many times he made people happy on a basketball court where he just wanted to be the best version of himself as being a dad, you know, after he retired.

And it's crazy how he got it's so surreal that he got robbed from that and still the impact that he made on so many people's life. Alrighty. This is Zach Gelb Show on the Infinity Sports Network. We will take a time out. We will recap the U.S. Open with Steve Sands. NBC Sports on the Golf Channel. We come on back. You're listening to the Zach Gelb Show.

Alrighty. This is Zach Gelb Show on the Infinity Sports Network. U.S. Open in the books. Bryson DeChambeau came up just short at the PGA Championship. He gets the job done yesterday at Pinehurst as he once again wins another major championship. And the story of Bryson DeChambeau is kind of crazy with all the emotions how we were all blown away when he first got onto the scene.

Then a lot of people hated him. And now back in the good graces of the golf fan. Let's go out to the guest line and walk with a man who was all over the U.S. Open coverage for NBC Sports and also the Golf Channel. He, of course, is Steve Sands, who's kind enough to join us right now. Sanzy, happy belated Father's Day. Thanks so much for joining us today. How you been, my man? Appreciate you, Zach. Thank you so much.

All is good, man. That was a heck of a Sunday at the U.S. Open, man. Wow.

Yeah, it really was. From a media coverage standpoint and you following storylines, what's the storyline that jumps out to you the most with Bryson DeChambeau winning it all? Oh, man. It depends, Zach. Do you think that Rory lost it or Zach or Rory lost it or Bryson won? It's tough.

It's I don't know. Bryson was the best player over four days. He was so good, Zach. Saturday night, he finished with a couple of late birdies to give himself that three shot cushion.

And that three shot cushion, you know, was really tested because he drove the ball terribly yesterday. So Bryson's great, man. He has a game plan. He sticks to it. Executes it well. Never wavers. Is aggressive. Plays to win. Loves the fans.

Loves the limelight. He is a special, special player for sure. Yeah, I don't want to take anything away from Bryson because it never felt like Rory should have been up by two strokes. And after he walked off 13 and Bryson bogeyed 12, he was eight under and Bryson was six under. And he went on that incredible run where he birdied four out of five holes. But, man, to be that close for Rory and then how he lost, I do think most people remember this U.S. Open as great as the Bryson storyline is for how Rory choked that one away on 16 and 18.

Yeah, I think that if it's possible that two things can be true at once, Zach, Bryson won it and he's a deserving winner and he was the best player over the course of four days. But Rory also, you know, gave that one away. That was a very tough, tough finish for Rory.

And, you know, look, in team sports you say, oh, the window's closing, this, that, and the other thing. The window's not closing on Rory. Rory's going to be perfectly fine and he's going to give himself more opportunities to win majors. But when you're two up on 15T and you lose by one in regulation to a guy who did not birdie one of the last four holes, that's a very, very tough pill to swallow and a brutal finish for Rory. And I wonder how he recovers mentally because he knows he hasn't won a championship, a major championship since 2014. You know, you miss the putt on 16, it happens, but then to not even be close on 18, that was to me the more egregious one. Like 16 I thought was bad luck, 18 it just seemed like he was just mentally fried at that point. Yeah, you have to figure, Zach, without getting into his head, you have to figure that when he stood over the putt on 18, he had to be thinking a little bit about what happened at 16. So, you know, it all kind of comes together.

I don't know, man. How does he recover from this? I mean, this is this is what makes professional athletes so tough, so great.

How did it react to adversity? You know, everything's great when things are going well and you're winning and you're playing well and that kind of stuff. When you really find out about somebody is through adversity in all facets of life and especially in sports. So I think we're going to find out very quickly what Rory's made of.

We're going to find out very, very quickly. And I hope he recovers and I hope he goes and wins the next one next month at Royal Trune and gets it out of his mind. But you have to figure this one hurts more than anything that's ever happened to him on a golf course has ever hurt. Did you have a problem with him getting in that car right after it ended and not talking to the media?

Yeah, that was a mistake. More so not staying in shaking Bryson's hand. That's professionalism. That's sports. Zach, you know that, you know, it it's it's fine and great to be Mr. Nice guy when you're playing well and you win. But, you know, you need to be gracious in defeat. You need to, you know, be gracious when you lose. And Jack was the greatest major champion of all time.

He was also the greatest loser of all time. You've got to shake his hand. Tip the cat to tip the cap to him. That's sports. You know, imagine, you know, tomorrow night if Florida beats Edmonton in game five in some bizarre fashion, heartbreaking fashion for Edmonton, like an own goal or something, you know, bizarre at the end. And there's no handshake line.

Are you kidding me? That's that's not hockey. That's not sports on golf. You take your hat off. You tip your cap to the winner and you shake his hand.

And that didn't happen yesterday. And I think Rory, not that he would like to take that back, but I think he understands that that was not that was not his best moment in talking to the media. You know, you got to stand up there and take it, you know, again, it's easy to do when you win, Zach. You really find out what someone's all about when they do that in defeat. And I think it was a mistake.

It's not a death penalty or anything like that on McElroy. But I do think that that's something that he should not have done. And I think he knows that.

And you also look back at the PGA Championship when Bryson thought he was maybe going to a playoff. He went out of his way to go give Xander Shoffley a hug as that was wrapped up, lost by one heartbreaking fashion, ended up shaking his hand, tipping the cap to him. That's sports. You know, look, tonight, if the series ends tonight, you know, in Game five and in Boston, they'll shake hands. If they don't shake hands, they'll get crap forever. I don't know if Kyrie will.

I don't know. I think Kyrie may dip out early with that Boston crowd, depending on the score of the game. Kyrie might be one of those guys who ducks that early, like Isaiah Thomas.

You know, I think that, you know, people remember that, you know, people remember that moment when when the Pistons, you know, turn their back, you know, that kind of thing. People know that, you know, it's happened in sports before and people get over. It's not a big deal in golf. Imagine in tennis. Imagine you don't like that a call was made that really went against you or you made an unforced error and you lost in heartbreaking fashion.

And you didn't run to the net, walk to the net and shake hands with the winner. I mean, come on now. That's sports, man. You've got to you got to man up. And I think Rory made a mistake yesterday. Again, it doesn't mean that he's not a good guy and that kind of thing. But I think that he would probably like to have that back. You got it. You got to take it like a man when you lose like that.

Steve Sands here with us from NBC Sports and the Golf Channel. Get him back to Bryson. And, you know, I'm pretty much the same age as Bryson DeChambeau. And right. You grow up a lot when you get into your late 20s, your early 30s. And maybe you want some things back that have gone on in previous years. You know, we first got onto the scene, everyone was enamored by him, Sanzy, and then the whole Brooks incident.

He did not handle that the right way and he didn't treat the fans the right way. But to see the way he's grown professionally just in the spotlight the last two months, I'm blown away by the maturity of when Bryson DeChambeau. Yeah. You know, it's interesting, Zach. You know, I've known you your whole life. And you are a much different person now than you were five years ago and five years before that, five years before that. What I think people don't remember about professional athletes is that they're kids.

Yeah. They start out as kids, man. I mean, Zach, again, if you gave your dad, Bob, and me a hundred million dollars when we were 22 or 23.

You guys would be broke. I believe there'd be some bad choices. So, and some stupid things said and some stupid things done. And, you know, I mean, come on, these guys are kids and you've got to let them grow up.

It's not easy. You know, they are the ones who are in the limelight. They're the ones who are getting all the accolades and getting all the money to get all the things thrown at them.

But you've got to allow them to mature as individuals and grow up as people. And, you know, Bryson certainly has made that leap in the last year. He is a different person now, a more mature person now, someone who understands things more now.

And I think that all came out. He also loves the limelight, man. He loves to perform. He loves the fans. He loves all that stuff. And he embraces it. Some people fight it. He doesn't. And it gives him a little bit of a freedom. And boy, did that freedom come out this past week. He was awesome. Awesome.

And it was very fitting how it ended because there was a little bit for a while, like the last hour. I'm like, is anyone going to go out there and really take this thing by the horn? And when he hit that shot out of the sand on 18, when a lot of us thought we were going to a playoff before that, man, what a big shot that was by Bryson. The hardest shot in golf, every single player will tell you that. Doesn't matter whether you're a 20 handicap or a professional. The hardest shot in golf is a long bunker shot. And I don't mean the fairway bunker shot like Sandy Lyle and 88 at the Masters. I mean the, you know, the 50, 55, 60-yard bunker shot. He had a 55-yard bunker shot yesterday and hit it. I mean, my gosh, that's as good a shot as you'll ever see.

It's a top 10, maybe top five shot of all time. I mean, to win a U.S. Open, put it four feet underneath the hole like that from that distance with that golf shot, under that scenario and those circumstances, oh, man, that was a money shot. That was clutch. That was literally the definition of clutch.

And you know what's crazy too? How many times I thought he was going to employed where he would send the ball far left, he would send the ball far right, but because of how far he hits the ball, it feels like it's just easier for him to recover when you hit the ball that far, even if it goes way left or way right. Yeah, Piners is one of those kind of courses where a lot of times in professional golf, and especially at Piners, the wider you are, the better off.

If you hit it just off the fairway, it might be worse than it is if you hit it outside of where the fans are standing. And I think he got a lot of breaks yesterday. And I think that's just part of sports. And I said winning and losing is part of sports. So is luck. You know, sometimes you get the break.

Sometimes you don't worry. Got a terrible break on the fifth hole. He had two great shots, ended up with a bogey at the par five fifth because his second shot, which was a great shot, just got a little unlucky, didn't climb the hill.

And then all the way down into the natural sandy area and kind of like a thumbprint. And he just had no shot and he ended up getting that bogey and he lost by one. You could do that all throughout the week, all throughout the four days. But, you know, luck plays a part in sports. That's the way it works. And, you know, he was on the wrong end of it yesterday and Bryson was on the right end. Every time Bryson hit five fairways at five fairways at a U.S. Open on Sunday and end up winning. Normally, that wouldn't be the case. But at Piners, the rough is not like it will be at Oakmont, Wingfoot or Shinnecock or Pebble Beach.

You know, the rough's different, you know, it's that sandy area, the natural sandy area. And he never really got himself in a horrible, horrible spot. And he recovered a bunch and he was just, he was just great, man. He was so good yesterday.

Last thing I'll ask you. So going into this tournament, I picked two outright winners. It was Cantley and Matsuyama. I think I've been on Cantley like in every major since 2019.

I did take the Masters off this year on him and also the PGA Championship off betting him. But with Cantley, man, I've been rooting for this guy to win a major for so long. I know it's tough to be disappointed with this performance.

But on Sunday, when someone was begging for someone to go take this. Man, I walked away a little disappointed with Patrick Cantley. How do you examine his play the last four days? He was right there. The winning score was six at one point. He was five under and he just didn't make any putts. If he makes any putts and he putted so great. He's such a great putter. If he putted, if he put it as well as he did the first couple days yesterday. If he put it yesterday as well as he did the first couple days, he would have won. He just didn't connect.

But his best major finish, put him in the fray. And most people in golf will tell you if you don't win one really, really, really, really early in your career. It just takes time because they're just so hard to win.

There are only four of them a year. You've got to be playing well when you get there. So, you're just kind of at the mercy of the golf God sometimes. And Patrick will get there. I think he'll get there. And I think he'll get there in the next couple of years. But it was close yesterday. It just didn't get to the tape.

But he's getting closer for sure. He's Steve Sands. He does a great job at MEC Sports and the Golf Channel, obviously. Sandzy, thanks so much. Appreciate you doing this. No, anytime.

Anything for you, bud. There you go. Steve Sands joining us. And for people that don't know, my father was Steve Sands' camp counselor at a sleepaway camp all those years ago. And then Sandzy has three great kids. And I was one of his kids' camp counselor as well. So, that's how I know Steve Sands for all those years and how he's known me when he brings that up in the interview. So, good stuff with Sandzy.

Recapping the 2024 U.S. Open. We'll take a break. Santa's got some questions for me. I'll try to give him some answers. We do this segment every Monday and Friday.

It's called Onside, Offside. We'll get to it next. Update time, though, first. Here he is, the act man, Rich Ackerman.

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Excludes restaurants. Additional terms and fees apply. You're listening to the Zach Gelb Show. All right, it is the Zach Gelb Show on the Infinity Sports Network. Rory McIlroy just released a statement, actually. And this is what Rory McIlroy tweeted on out. Hold on, let's make sure that this is a real Rory McIlroy account first.

Now, let me ask you this. Do you think this is a real Rory McIlroy account? Where he has 3.2 million followers. In the bio, though, it says I hit a little white ball around a field sometimes. Santa, I got to send this to you before I read this to a national audience. But I'll slack it to you real quickly. And you tell me if you think this is Rory McIlroy's real account.

I think it's his real account. But before I go and read this statement on the air, I just want to double check. So, we will stall here for a second and I'll do the Ask the Pros question once Santa proofreads this, as I just saw when we were coming back from break. It's time to answer Ask the Pros question of the day. It's brought to you by O'Reilly Auto Parts. From Dallas to Zach, will the Mavericks send this baby back to Dallas for a Game 6 on Thursday? You can submit a question by tweeting out I-N-S sports that are at Zach Gelb using the hashtag Ask the Pros. Think O'Reilly Auto Parts for all your car care needs.

Get guaranteed low prices and excellent customer service from the professional parts people at O'Reilly Auto Parts. I usually don't like betting the NBA, but I think the Celtics get the job done tonight. I will take the Celtics laying the 6.5 points. So, that's the way that I answer that question. You think that's a real statement there, Santa? It looks like it's a real account. I went down and it looks like personal pictures and stuff. 3.2 million verified, but obviously we know that you never can trust the verified, but 3.2 million with all those personal pictures and months and years of Rory content. I think this is him. And I heard that Rory got back with his wife too? Yeah, they reconciled.

Which is, you had all the rumors of the man at the Bally owners and then him and his wife, I guess, got back together and he put his wedding ring back on, which I did see. So, anyway, here's the statement from Rory McIlroy. Yesterday was a tough day, probably the toughest I've had in my nearly 17 years as a professional golfer. Firstly, I'd like to congratulate Bryson. He is a worthy champion, exactly what professional golf needs right now.

I think we can all agree on that. As a reflect of my week, I'll rue on a few things over the course of the tournament, mostly the missed two putts on 16 and 18 on the final day. But as always, I try to do a look at the positives of the week that far outweigh the negatives. As I said, at the start of the tournament, I feel closer to winning my next major championship than I ever have. The one word that I would describe my career as is resilient. I've shown my resilience over and over again in the last 17 years and I will again, I'm going to take a few weeks away from the game to process everything and build myself back up for my defense of the Genesis Scottish Open and the Open Championship. See you soon in Scotland.

So there you go. That is Rory McIlroy. I'm telling you, and that's why I asked the Sanzi, I am very concerned about Rory and how he recovers from this one because he's had to deal with a lot of crap the last few years trying to be the face of golf and doing the right thing. And then the PGA tour basically spat right in his face.

And to be that close, you have one of major since 2014. And on 16, I'll give you a lip out, it happens, right, even though he was at a crazy rate of made putts within what three feet this year, I had the stat right here, let me just pull it up before we get the onside offside. He was 496 for 496 on putts inside three feet this season, and he had that miss on 16. But then on 18, you know, AC and I were talking about it wasn't even close.

I know it hit a little bit of the jar, but it wasn't even close. And he was in five feet again. I don't know how you mentally recover from that one, but it's something you can root for. I would love to see Rory win another major. I used to not like Rory, because I was a Tiger guy, but he has not won a major championship since 2014.

And he was up two by two strokes on that back nine and he couldn't find a way to get the job done. Alrighty, Sam just got some questions for me. I got some answers. Ryan Botcher, let's get to a little onside offside. Hit it!

Alright, Samta, what do you got for me? Alright, well, your boy Drake May, the third overall pick by your Pats, and while most expected he would start the season backing up Jacoby Brissett, the Boston Globe reports that Brissett isn't a lock as a starter at this point, saying, quote, If May is ready and playing better than Brissett, which he did on Wednesday, then there's no reason to sit the rookie to start the season. Onside offside, Drake May will be starting for the Pats by week four. I don't think he should be starting week one. I've made that abundantly clear personally, and I'm not usually like this, but I don't think the Patriots have a good roster, so I want to wait till like November, December to see him. But the Patriots first four games, Bengals, Seahawks, Jets, and 49ers. I don't think by week four he's the starting. You're going to trot him out his first game potentially for the 49ers or before that?

I don't see it. The Patriots have a tough start to their season. At the Bengals, Seattle, at the Jets, at the Niners, Dolphins, Texans. It's the first six games of the season.

That's pretty rough. So, onside offside, Drake May will be starting by week four. I will go offside.

Next question, please. Trevor Lawrence got his monster deal worth $55 million a year. All eyes then switch to Dak and Tua. Yahoo Sports is now reporting that Dak is going to be looking for $60 million a year from the Cowboys or his other future team. So, onside offside, no matter who it's with, Dak's contract will surpass Lawrence's annual salary of $55 million a year.

Oh, yeah. Dak is more accomplished in the NFL than Trevor Lawrence. I know Trevor Lawrence is significantly younger than Dak Prescott, but Dak will make more than $55 million a year on his next contract.

So, Dak will surpass Lawrence's annual salary onsides. Aaron Rodgers is missing from Jets mandatory minicamp with an unexcused absence. Albert Breer joined Rich Eisen and speculated as to where Aaron Rodgers might actually be. . Hmm.

Ayahuasca Aaron, baby. There you go. However, Jets reporter Rich Cimini responded and seemed to refute that report. Oh, that's not fun, Rich. No, that was from the Rich Cimini flight deck podcast. So, I believe that was Rich.

Maybe his voice has changed a little bit. I don't know. Why do you think that? Why do I think that was Rich? No, why don't you think that was Rich? I thought you just said that's not Rich Cimini. Oh, no, no, no. I didn't say that. This is not where Jack Stern put who was it in the system last week.

Rob Thompson instead of Paul Skeens. Yeah, no, no, no. I was just simply saying that's not fun, Rich. I didn't hear the fun part. I thought you said that's not Rich. I'm like, wait.

Yeah, it is. I want to believe that Rodgers is either at some RFK Jr. event or an ayahuasca function. So, do you believe Rodgers missing camp for an ayahuasca retreat?

If you tell me that, I can't say that it's 100% false. Like, the moment this was put out by Salah that he's at an event important to him, I tweeted out, so what? Ayahuasca or an RFK Jr. event?

Like, what are those events out there? Let's investigate. So, yeah. Do I believe Rodgers missing camp for an ayahuasca retreat? It would not shock me. I would go onsides. I could believe that.

I believe Breer more than Cimini there. Now, there seems to be growing problems around Dion. If, let's just say, he's taking a vacation very, very, very, very, very far away. He's not doing ayahuasca on this vacation very, very far. It may not be a retreat, but he's definitely dabbling in his ayahuasca a little bit, right? Yeah. So, the next one, there seems to be a growing problem. We should make Santa do ayahuasca. Again, you mean?

Live stream. Maybe or maybe not. Listen, if Marc Messier could do it, I can do it.

Go ahead. There seems to be growing problems around Dion, I mean, I'm sorry, Coach Prime. Hey, be right.

Be respectful there. And his program at Colorado. A new rumor circulating says many players decided to hit the transfer portal after Dion reportedly threatened to kick them off the team if they didn't attend his son's Chador's rap concert. To be fair, Prime responded, calling the rumor, quote, one of the best lies I've heard, and quote... Wasn't he like one of the opening acts for Lil Wayne I read? Yes. Correct.

Oh, man. Hate to have to go to a Lil Wayne show. Oh, what a big crime that is. But if they're being threatened to get kicked off the team for it, that's a different story. Let me tell you, there was an event once, when I played football in high school, there was something for like the band and the cheerleaders that we had to go to, and it was like the middle of winter when it was freezing. And everyone made an excuse to try to get out of it, or a lot of us did.

But like, if I had to go to a Lil Wayne concert, I'm not making an excuse to get out of that. So, what's the question here? So, onside also, how do you buy that this rumor is true? I'm going to say onsides, and here's why. I'm not saying he emphatically implied that you would get kicked off the team. But he would strongly suggest that you go support your teammate in Chador Sanders, and this is what teams do, and if you want to continue to be with us and be a part of the team, you do what we suggest. I could see something like that being sent from the message from Coach Prime. Well, I'm a believer, and I hope Colorado is a very successful season.

Alrighty, that's onside offside, that's where we could cut it for today. It is the Zach Gelb show on the Infinity Sports Network. Big thanks to Ryan Botcher for joining us today. Big thanks to Moist Mike, always producing a phenomenal extravaganza. And also, we'd like to thank Steve Sands for stopping by on the Golf Channel and NBC Sports, and each and every one of you for contributing, participating, and listening to this very, very fine national radio program.

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day yesterday. We will be back, Minyana, at 3 p.m. Eastern, noon Pacific. We will see if the NBA season is over, if the Celtics will have their 18th championship, or will we get a Game 6 that will come your way on Thursday night. Enjoy your evening, everybody. We'll talk to you tomorrow, right here on the Infinity Sports Network.

This is the Zach Gelb show. We out. Bye-bye. Peace!

Alright, Samta, what do you got for me? Alright, well, your boy, Drake May, the third overall pick by your Pats, and while most expected he would start the season backing up Jacoby Brissett, the Boston Globe reports that Brissett isn't a lock as a starter at this point, saying, quote, If May is ready and playing better than Brissett, which he did on Wednesday, then there's no reason to sit the rookie to start the season. Onside, offside, Drake May will be starting for the Pats by Week 4. Ooh, I don't think he should be starting Week 1. I've made that abundantly clear personally, and I might usually like this, but I don't think the Patriots have a good roster, so I want to wait till like November, December to see him. But the Patriots' first four games, Bengals, Seahawks, Jets, and 49ers. I don't think by Week 4 he's the starting. Are you going to trot him out his first game potentially for the 49ers or before that?

I don't see. The Patriots have a tough start to their season. The Bengals, Seattle, at the Jets, at the Niners, Dolphins, Texans. It's the first six games of the season. Oof.

That's pretty rough. So onside, offside, Drake May will be starting by Week 4. I will go offside.

Next question, please. We saw Trevor Lawrence got his monster deal worth $55 million a year. All eyes then switch to Dak and Tua. Sports is now reporting that Dak is going to be looking for $60 million a year from the Cowboys or his other future team. So onside, offside, no matter who it's with, Dak's contract will surpass Lawrence's annual salary of $55 million a year.

Oh yeah. Dak is more accomplished in the NFL than Trevor Lawrence. I know Trevor Lawrence is significantly younger than Dak Prescott, but Dak will make more than $55 million a year on his next contract.

So Dak will surpass Lawrence's annual salary onside. Aaron Rodgers is missing from Jets mandatory minicamp with an unexcused absence. Albert Breer joined Rich Eisen and speculated as to where Aaron Rodgers might actually be. The best I can answer this right now that I feel solid about is that he is somewhere that they could not excuse and maintain credibility with the rest of the locker room, but would be expected, would not be an out of left field thing for him.

So you guys can open your mind, so to speak, as he's been known to open his mind sometimes into all the possibilities that might create. Ayahuasca Aaron, baby. There you go. However, Jets reporter Rich Cimini responded and seemed to refute that report. I do not believe he's on a darkness retreat. I do not believe he's on an ayahuasca retreat. I don't think it has anything to do with RFK's campaign or campaigning for RFK.

I know that's come up. I think he's on a vacation. I think he just took a trip far, far away out of the country, like really far, like on the other side of the world. Well, that was from the Rich Cimini flight deck podcast, so I believe that was Rich.

Maybe his voice has changed a little bit. I don't know. Why do you think that? Why do I think that was Rich? No, why don't you think that was Rich? I thought you just said that's not Rich Cimini. Oh, no, no, no. I didn't say that. This is not where Jack Stern put who is it in the system last week.

Rob Thompson instead of Paul Skeens. Yeah, no, no, no. I was just simply saying that's not fun Rich. I didn't hear the fun part. I thought you said that's not Rich. I'm like, wait.

Yeah, it is. I want to believe that Rogers is either at some RFK Jr. event or an ayahuasca function. So do you believe Rogers missing camp for an ayahuasca retreat?

If you tell me that, I can't say that it's 100% balls. Like the moment this was put out by Salah, that he's at an event important to him. I tweeted out, so what, ayahuasca or an RFK Jr. event?

Like what are those events out there? Let's investigate. So yeah, do I believe Rogers missing camp for an ayahuasca retreat? It would not shock me. I would go on sides. I could believe that.

I believe Brea more than Cimini there. Now there seems to be growing problems around Dion. Let's just say he's taking a vacation very, very, very, very, very far away. He's not doing ayahuasca on this vacation very, very far. It may not be a retreat, but he's definitely dabbling in his ayahuasca a little bit, right? Yeah, so the next one there seems to be a growing problem. We should make Santa do ayahuasca. Uh, again, you mean?

Live stream, though. Maybe or maybe not. Listen, if Mark Messier could do it, I can do it.

Go ahead. There seems to be growing problems around Dion, I mean, I'm sorry, Coach Prime. Hey, be right.

Be respectful, then. And his program at Colorado. A new rumor circulating says many players decided to hit the transfer portal after Dion reportedly threatened to kick them off the team if they didn't attend his son Shadora's rap concert. To be fair, Prime responded, calling the rumor, quote, One of the best lies I've heard, end quote. Wasn't he, like, one of the opening acts for Lil Wayne I read?

Yes, correct. Oh, man. Hate to have to go to a Lil Wayne show. Oh, what a big crime that is. But, but, if they're being threatened to get kicked off the team for it, that's a different story. Let me tell you, there was an event once, when I played football in high school, there was something for, like, the band and the cheerleaders that we had to go to, and it was, like, the middle of winter when it was freezing. And everyone made an excuse to try to get out of it, or a lot of us did.

But, like, if I had to go to a Lil Wayne concert, I'm not making an excuse to get out of that. So, what's the question here? So, onside, offside, do you buy that this rumor is true? I'm gonna say onsides, and here's why. I'm not saying he emphatically implied that you would get kicked off the team. But he would strongly suggest that you go support your teammate in Shadora Sanders, and this is what teams do, and if you want to continue to be with us, and be a part of the team, you do what we suggest. I could see something like that being sent from the message from Coach Pride, who I'm a believer in, and I hope Colorado is a very successful season.

Alrighty, that's onside, offside, that's where we could cut it for today. It is the Zach Gelb show on the Infinity Sports Network. Big thanks to Ryan Botcher for joining us today. Big thanks to Moist Mike, always producing a phenomenal extravaganza. And also, we'd like to thank Steve Sands for stopping by on the Golf Channel and NBC Sports, and each and every one of you for contributing, participating, and listening to this very, very fine national radio program.

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day yesterday. We will be back manana at 3 p.m. Eastern, noon Pacific. We will see if the NBA season is over, if the Celtics will have their 18th championship, or will we get a Game 6 that will come your way on Thursday night. Have a great evening everybody, we'll talk to you tomorrow right here on the Infinity Sports Network.

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