The fourth installment of the National Championship game of the College Football Playoff once again did not disappoint, with Georgia losing a heartbreaker in overtime to the juggernaut Alabama. The game was exciting, the storylines were aplenty, so we should probably talk about it, no?
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of the unfortunate betrayal of Sean McDonough’s voice in the NFL and College Football playoffs (2:14).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: What New Year’s resolution have you already broken, and why? Leave a voicemail or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest is Michael Felder, a college football video analyst for Bleacher Report. Mike is a former high school standout in Charlotte who then walked on to play with North Carolina in the 2000s and has certainly put his knowledge of the game to use in writing, broadcasting, radio and podcasting around college football over the years. We’ll talk about how playing the game has helped him covering the game and some of what he does in doing so, then dive in to the National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama, with focus on some of the bigger plays, quarterback performances, legacies and more.
- Follow Mike on Twitter -> @InTheBleachers. The interview starts at the 12:04 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
The best story he’ll tell about his playing days (12:29), late nights out and still making 6 a.m. practice (13:49), being on the team when North Carolina played in the Continental Tire Bowl in his hometown of Charlotte (15:15), what made him decide to go from playing the game to covering it (18:54), how he watches football differently as a former player and how that helps his work (24:51), if the College Football Playoff has been a success (30:27), was the end result of the National Championship surprising (32:48), what the biggest turning point of the game was (33:39), the depth and talent of Alabama being too much for the Bulldogs (38:36), the three-year rule in college football (42:36), if Nick Saban will leave for the NFL (47:36) and a potential wing-eating contest date.
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the prestigious John and Joe Sports Show, gives his Top Ten Worst Films of 2017 (51:08). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com.
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