Chat with Michael Wilbon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, ESPN's Michael Wilbon stops by to chat and share his thoughts on the sports world.
Wilbon, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist, is co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, the popular weekday sports debate and discussion program, as well as an NBA studio analyst for both ESPN and ABC, in addition to writing for ESPNChicago.com. A pioneer in sports journalism, Wilbon was one of the first sports writers to broaden his success beyond newspapers to include television, radio and other media.
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mike wilbon (1:09 PM)
Good Afternoon from Dallas, knuckleheads! Just got in for Cowboys-Bears tonight...maybe it'll give the NFL a little more depth because most of the games yesterday were rather blah...certainly the football wasn't as good as the golf yesterday...and I'm SURE we'll argue about that some...okay, let's jump right in...
Do the Boys have any chance moving the ball with any success against the stout Bears defense in the Windy City this evening?
mike wilbon (1:11 PM)
Well, Brian Urlacher talked yesterday about how determined the Bears are to stop the Dallas rushing game...I wouldn't be so certain they can, though, given the Cowboys runners...They're pretty formidable...Murray gives Dallas an added dimension, to be sure...The bigger question to me is whether the Bears OL, J'Marcus Webb specifically, can stand in against Ware and the Cowboys pass rush if they just decide to T off on Jay Cutler...I'm one of those who things Matt Forte is the best offensive player the Bears have and he's the key to keeping the Cowboys from killing Cutler...
Rob (San Antonio)
It has been a long time since I have been glued to a golf tournament. The Ryder Cup had everything, great match ups, great shots, exciting atmosphere and camaraderie between the players. What did you take away from the event?
mike wilbon (1:17 PM)
Pretty much the same thing you did...It was one of the extraordinary competitions I've ever seen...I was at Medinah to watch in person Saturday...The tension is so palpable...and that's when the U.S. was up 10-4, and ultimately 10-6...Chicago is such an international city there were tons of European fans on the grounds rooting for their favorites...And then yesterday, to lose that kind of lead on your home soil, such famous players as Tiger and Phil...I know American golf fans are concentrating on the "choke" aspect of the competition, and there's no question the Americans cracked under pressure...But the European golfers made 'em crack by coming out and winning those early singles matches...Even the conflicted feelings in Chicago over Luke Donald, who lives there and led Northwestern to an NCAA Championship but plays for Europe...there were so many twists and turns, such fascinating stuff...I'm glad I was there for the team part of the competition...
Will Chicago's o-line be the Achilles heal for the Bears for the rest of the season?
mike wilbon (1:19 PM)
won't tonight provide some of the answer for that? I will note that last year the Bears were 2-3 and the OL was awful but the Bears got straightened out and won 5 straight before Cutler broke his finger...and the line played well in those games, which included beating the Lions, who were hot at the time, and the Chargers...just sayin.'
Is there enough magic in the arms and legs of RGIII to keep the Redskins at .500 this season?
mike wilbon (1:29 PM)
If the running backs keep helping him out like that and the defense somehow holds it together despite losing starters for the season already...might be a bit much to ask, but RG3 seems to be a special player, doesn't he? I just look at some of the hits he takes and cringe...like the one at the goal line yesterday where he's going into the end zone and gets blasted...Man, we're all asking the same question: how long can he take these hits? All season?
Tony(ny) [via mobile]
Should the jets bench sanchez, for tebow?
mike wilbon (1:33 PM)
Yeah, why not. I mean, why get Tebow if he's not going to play QB? Is Tebow a game-changing WR? Hell no. He's a QB. This was doomed the moment the Jets got him...Sanchez is such a fragile personality...you knew he was going to buckle under the weight of this. And I don't even blame him; I blame the team for doing something so damn short-sighted and not really taking a hard look at how the consequences of creating this mess would affect the team...
NHL? Who misses the NHL? Aren't they getting just what they deserve?
mike wilbon (1:36 PM)
We don't miss the NHL YET...Just like we didn't miss the NBA the first of November last year...I will miss the NHL, but not for another month or so...You deserve, in my book, what you can successfully negotiate...It's just so, well, dumb to have ANOTHER work stoppage, given what happened the last time.
As a watcher of NFL, it pained me to see from Bear great Ron Rivera punt the ball back to the Falcons. Get 1 yard and get a victory on the road!
mike wilbon (1:36 PM)
Yep...I'm with you totally on that.
Frank (San Diego, CA)
Hi Mike, wow I thought for sure my Chargers were going into hybernation or like you like to say, go on a midseason sleepy time. Is there any way my Chargers are actually different this year, or are Norv and the Chargers gonna go into sleepy time a little latter?
mike wilbon (1:37 PM)
After five or six years of the same behavior, of Naptime, as I like to say, I need to see proof before thinking the Chargers have changed. Benefit of the doubt does not extend to them...
Michael......what do you make of the Vikings? Do you expect them to finish above .500?
mike wilbon (1:40 PM)
For sure, the Vikings are better. They're as surprising at 3-1 as the Cardinals are at 4-0...I'm not changing my playoff board at the moment...Okay, I don't have a playoff board...But you get the point...Let's see if they can get to 6-3 before we crown them...
Tony (Richmond, CA)
After 24 hours to reflect and review, can the Americans loss in the Ryder's Cup yesterday be seen as anything other than a choke?
mike wilbon (1:42 PM)
Well, if you want to give the European team ZERO credit you could describe it exclusively in those terms...But how about the putt Kaymer had to make on 18 to win the hole and the competition? How about the 30-foot putt Justin Rose made to stab Phil in the gut? Phil hit a terrific chip that brought a roar from the gallery, then sat there as Rose's putt fell good...You want to say Phil "choked: there and not credit Rose? Really? You want to give Poulter zero credit? Luke Donald gets zero credit...More than one thing can be true...I think in this case the European team put pressure on the U.S. and then the Americans did not/could not respond...
Who's the best sophomore QB? Dalton, Newton, Ponder, or Locker? Shouldn't it be Dalton in terms of both performance and team record?
mike wilbon (1:44 PM)
Would I take Newton first if I was drafting today? Yes, without hesitation...Is he struggling a little bit right now? Yes...But you think Andy Dalton or Ponder or Locker is going to sail right through any season? Or this one for that matter? No chance...Dalton and Ponder, right now, have played better this season but I'll stick with Cam...
Paul (Portland, OR)
I know Americans love to hate Poulter, but I love his passion. It's too bad he, like many Ryder Cup Europeans, can't translate his success in the Cup to any major wins.
mike wilbon (1:48 PM)
I get your point...But I also don't think everybody needs to feel the same way about everything...It's okay that Ryder Cup competition seems to mean more to some of the European players--or maybe it means NEARLY as much--as winning major championships. Ryder Cup is a honorable and time-honored competition...It certainly speaks to sense of teamwork and camaraderie...I don't think that needs to take a back seat to anything, really...
Marc (Malden, MA)
2012, Justin Rose, improbable birdie putt on 17...1999 Justin Leonard, improbable birdie putt on 17
mike wilbon (1:48 PM)
That's right...And did Europe choke in 1999 when Leonard made that putt? No, of course, not...though that comeback was achieved on American soil...The U.S. didn't come back on the road.
Will Marshall have a big enough game against the Boys for the people to give him a break?
mike wilbon (1:51 PM)
Hell if I know...He needs to have the kind of performance he turned in Week 1...He didn't do squat against the Packers. I expect the Bears to be up for a nationally televised game two weeks after their embarrassing performance in Green Bay...It should start with Cutler and Marshall...
N'western coming in at #24 this week in the AP- what are the odds they can make a run at a WEAK B1G this year?
mike wilbon (2:04 PM)
We're hopeful...and thanks for bringing up my Wildcats...I don't EXPECT us to win at Penn State Saturday...I think we CAN win...but expect to? Look, it's not out of the question that Northwestern can win at Penn State and at Minnesota...but the Nittany Lions are vastly improved after losing that first game and Minnesota, I think, is 4-1...neither is some gimme, though both winnable...7-0 going into Nebraska would be Nirvana...but I don't know that its really reasonable to think that will happen...But it's nice to be in these conversations!
Paul (Portland, OR)
Speaking of how people feel about the Cup, some say, and I don't agree, that the Cup doesn't mean as much to Tiger. However, the camera shot of him crouching in the 18th fairway as Europe celebrated Kaymer's putt told me a different story. He actually looked choked up.
mike wilbon (2:07 PM)
Great point! You tell me Tiger didn't feel that? Look, once upon a time it might not have been something that was overly important to him...but in the last 15 years you want to tell me it hasn't become important? What, the son of a military lifer doesn't care about representing his country, and the disappointment that flows from losing the Ryder Cup? I don't buy that for a minute...I think the look on his face yesterday told a BIG part of the story...
A lot of people are going to point blame at Davis Love III, but the simple fact is that the veterans (Furyk, Stricker, and Woods) didn't get the job done and that's on them. They were abysmal don't you think?
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
Yes, you're speaking facts...I also think Davis Love wasn't particularly creative in throwing Tiger and Stricker together like he did...It wasn't working, so go to something else...He stood pat and didn't adjust in the ways the European captains seem to adjust and get better results. But YES, what you state is absolutely true...
Who is the NFC west best team right now?
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
The Falcons. No doubt about it. They weren't going to blow out a capable division opponent yesterday, Carolina...That was going to be a tough game and ATL prevailed. Atlanta is the best team in the NFC right now.
Dan (Oak Lawn)
Is it safe to say that the lions are not a playoff football team? Stafford is NOT elite and Calvin Johnson is somewhat human... a very soft defense.
RG111 needs to learn to slide or as Jerry Glanville used to say the NFL stands for Not For Long if he keeps that up
mike wilbon (2:12 PM)
The Lions are the biggest disappointment in the NFL right now. I'm not going to accuse that team of not having character, but I wonder if it does? They've lost 11 of 16 games, I think, since their hot start last year...They've got too much talent to do some of the stupid things the Lions do...
If you had a choice between Newton vs E. Manning, who do you start on a weekly basis?
mike wilbon (2:13 PM)
I don't play Fantasy Football, don't have any real intimate working knowledge of the stats you need to have produced to make that decision. If I ran a real team I'd start E. Manning until further notice. Has something to do with those two championship rings on his fingers.
PFM! As he is known in Denver as Peyton Freaking Manning!
mike wilbon (2:14 PM)
You're amped because the Great Peyton Manning beat the Raiders at home in Denver? Really? Like Peyton hasn't been 2-2 before in his life. Calm down dude...
Rob (San Antonio)
I am a Pirates fan. What should I do?
mike wilbon (2:15 PM)
The same thing this Cub fan does...Move your attention to NFL season...
What was the ratio of US fans to European fans in crowd yesterday? You think either had an effect on the teams? Also, Falcons or Texans as best team in the nfl then?
mike wilbon (2:17 PM)
I don't see any real difference at this point between Falcons and Texans...It's too early. They're the two best teams, followed by Arizona, in my book...Ratio? I'd say the crowd was 15-18 percent European fans...I'm guessing, of course...That's the feeling I had walking the grounds...
Jake (Scottsdale, AZ)
What would have happened if Rory was 5 minutes late? Also have you ever seen a golfer miss his tee time in such an important event?
mike wilbon (2:18 PM)
I presume he'd have been disqualified...I know it's happened, but I cannot imagine it has happened in Ryder Cup competition! Where was his caddy? How come nobody knew he wasn't there? It's a story that's going overlooked because he and his team won...But it's quite a sidebar...
Dexter (Scottsdale, AZ)
RE the Ryder Cup: I just have to say if in 2 years Woods and Stricker are paired together again and are deemed the power group by the so-called golf analysts (I believe 0-5 the last 2 years) I'm gonna puke! On a side note, Keegan Bradely is my new favorite player, what awesome mannerisms! Also is it unpatriotic of me to be somewhat happy Europe won, with Jose Maria being so happy to win it for Seve?
mike wilbon (2:20 PM)
It would not be unpatriotic...It would mean you have some perspective...You can root for your team but be happy for the winner if it's the other guy...Not that it was an international situation, but I rooted like hell for the Bears to win the Super Bowl vs. Indy, but was happy for Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning when the Colts beat the Bears...
mike wilbon (2:21 PM)
Okay, I gotta run and prepare for PTI and get to the House that Jerry Built for the game tonight...See you guys next week, same time, same channel! Thanks for chatting and have a great week...MW