Four teams remain for a chance to play in Super Bowl 52 after the latest round of NFL Playoffs. One is playing in its seventh consecutive AFC Championship game. The other three teams have never won the Super Bowl. Whelp.
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- “Sports News Read Like Real News” gave a flashback to when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to record postgame speeches in the locker room last year, even while those speaking said to take it easy on social media (2:16).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Which two teams will play in Super Bowl 52, 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.
- The debut of “The What??” a segment that highlights some soundbites or quotes from the latest week in sports. We’ve got Kevin Harlan attributing a touchdown to wide receiver ‘Oh Mygoodness,’ NFL Redzone anchor Scott Hanson sounding like Marv in Home Alone and a Steelers fan who threatened to KILL HIMSELF after his team lost to Jacksonville (11:00).
- This week’s guest is Russell Baxter, an NFL Insider, analyst and historian for more than three decades. You’ve seen and heard Russell on ESPN, NFL Network and various other outlets, and can read his work at Fansided, NFL Spinzone and Pro Football Guru just to name a few. We’ll definitely have him back on the show to tell some tales from 30-plus years covering the NFL, but this time he was kind enough to chat about the results of last weekend’s Divisional playoffs and what we can expect to see come Championship Sunday. This was incredibly informative and I left each of his answers with at least two tidbits learned and two more questions to ask. We’ll chat about the remaining teams left in the NFL playoffs, the remaining quarterbacks left standing, how those teams got here and which teams have the best chance of playing in Super Bowl 52.
- Follow Russell on Twitter -> @BaxFootballGuru. The interview starts at the 17:17 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
If the three other teams not named the Patriots to be playing for the Super Bowl are a surprise (17:50), how Jeff Fisher should feel about his two former QBs playing on Championship Sunday (19:24), feelings about the quarterbacks left in the playoffs (21:32), the smaller and bigger picture of the Pittsburgh Steelers (26:06), the Patriots and Bill Belichick “doing their job” and the ESPN “hit piece” (31:41), if the Falcons losing to the Eagles was surprising (35:37), major takeaways from the Vikings win over the Saints (37:24), the Vikings finally catching a break (40:46), who has the best chance of playing in Super Bowl 52 (41:29) and Tom Coughlin’s cheeks not having to be in the cold.
- “The Toll Bridge with Donnie RightSide.” Donnie is a professional handicapper who knows a thing or two about the lines of the sports world and joins The Bridge for a weekly segment to help us get on the right side of those lines, based on his years of numbers, strategy and overall knowledge of the market. This week, he’ll offer up some of his best bets to correspond with The Bridge Fade of the Week, where listeners are urged to completely go in the opposite direction of the show. You can find Donnie at DonnieRightSide.com and SportsBookReview.com and follow him on Twitter @RightSideVP. And remember, this segment is for entertainment purposes only (46:25).
- “Five Minutes in the Film Room” with Joe Baress, former star of the prestigious John and Joe Sports Show, breaks down “Molly’s Game,” which Rotten Tomatoes describes as: Based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade, before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe (52:50). You can follow Joe on Twitter @dukemich and read his movie reviews, previews and ratings at cupof-joe.com.
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