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.
Send your questions now and join Wilbon Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Rob Dawson (Dallas, TX)
Is this Cowboys season the worst disaster in recent memory?
mike wilbon (1:49 PM)
I couldn't resist this first!!! Afternoon everybody...wow, there's so much to hit so we'll start with last night's demolition of the Cowboys in New Orleans...Do I think this is worse than other Cowboys seasons? No, not really. Why are people (and I'm not talking about you specifically) such suckers when it comes to the Cowboys??? Every year, no less. Every single year people praise the Cowboys "talent" to the Heavens and then the Cowboys either collapse mid-season or disappoint late and they wind up in this position, with people gasping in great shock even though the same theme plays out every single year since, what, 1996 or something like that...Looks like the same old thing to me...And having said that, I expect the Cowboys to probably win the NFC East. I admit, I'd love to see the Giants come all the way back, but I think the Cowboys will hold on...
Matthew (san gabriel, ca)
you think steve nash should just retire? clearly, those back issues aren't going to get any better.
mike wilbon (1:58 PM)
I was thinking about that late, late last night when I read the Mike D'Antoni's quotes about Steve's health...Hell, Steve's own quotes about his health are scary. It just sounds close to hopeless at this point, and if it sounds like I'm taking it hard I am...Steve Nash was my favorite NBA player from, let's see, 2005-2010. I spend a chunk of my life in Arizona and I got to sit courtside and watch Nash run those hellishly entertaining Suns teams when they would somehow fall short (once, 2007, because they were robbed by the NBA but don't get me started). I love the way he played, his philosophy of basketball, the way he conducted himself on the court...I'm an unabashed fan of Steve Nash, as you can tell, and whether he officially leaves right now or not the Steve Nash we knew during the oughts isn't gonna be walking through that door anymore. He's one of the two or three oldest players in the NBA right now...actually, I'm told the oldest, just ahead of D. Fisher...So, yeah, I might wear a black armband. Basketball without Steve Nash is just not as happy...not for me...
Eric Siano (East Lansing, MI)
Is the Kentucky Michigan State game going to have the most hype for a regular season game this year?
mike wilbon (2:03 PM)
Well, I'm going to Chicago for those games tomorrow and I must admit I'm just as interested in Duke-Kansas as Michigan State-Kentucky. Now, I know Kentucky-Michigan State is 1 vs. 2 but Duke-Kansas is 4 vs. 5. The only top 5 team not in the United Center tomorrow night is Louisville, ranked 3rd in the AP Poll...And if we're talking about individual players, I know Julius Randle is a stud BUT I'm want to see Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. This is in part because Parker is a Chicago kid, went to school at Simeon H.S., just outside the living room window of my parents house when I was growing up. But anyway, it's a helluva an evening...I can't wait to see it.
Adam R (Baltimore)
Are the Colts the new "Naptime" Chargers? Meaning: they can beat the good teams but then they lose against teams like the Chargers, Dolphins, and now Rams.
mike wilbon (2:08 PM)
Oooh, hadn't thought of that. But its worth keeping an eye on going forward. I don't think Rams are a bad team...in fact, I had the Rams as a darkhorse team when the season began. It took them a little while (they're 4-6) and they probably have zero realistic shot at a wild-card spot. BUT I still expect the Rams to make life a little tough for the 49ers and Seahawks the rest of this season...Jeff Fisher boys and girls. Maybe its taking root in St. Louis.
How can anybody not pick the Spurs to win the West? Warriors rely on a guy whose ankle is already hurt again and the Clips? What has Chris Paul ever won, like ever?
mike wilbon (2:11 PM)
The Spurs sure has hell look like THE smart bet right now, don't they? I will say this, its a long, long season and things happen you just cannot anticipate...slumps and injuries and people turning old and gray before your very eyes. Still, the Spurs look so good at this point, and Pop doesn't even think they're playing all that well yet. I will say this about the Warriors: they're going to be better positioned to win some games without Curry this year because they have sooooo much firepower, what with Thompson, Lee, Barnes, Iguodala, Bogut. The lineup is so formidable. Can they win long-term with Curry? No. But I think he only missed like 4 or 5 games last season...I think its a four-headed monster out West (or will be by April): Spurs/OKC/Clippers/Warriors...
If anybody says they have any idea who the favorites are in the NFL really are just talking because every team looks like it has problems.
mike wilbon (2:15 PM)
Ain't that the truth! I think I'm leaning toward taking the Chiefs over the Broncos for one of those two upcoming games, especially if this Peyton Manning ankle injury limits him. I will say I've been sticking with Seattle as my No. 1 team. The Seahawks are going to get both tackles and Percy Harvin into the lineup for the stretch run, apparently the final four or five games...If Seattle is whole offensively, I don't know they have any weaknesses. But I generally agree with you. And that's one of the many things that makes the NFL so compelling.
Christian Tippens (Woodstock ,GA)
If alabama and Florida state played today, who would you take?
mike wilbon (2:16 PM)
Alabama. I can't take anybody over Alabama right now. Why would you?
ted (cape cod)
What do you make of John Calipari's comments that preparing his Kentucky squad for experienced teams like Michigan State is unfair playing them early in the season?
mike wilbon (2:18 PM)
Then pull out. Don't play. Forfeit. I really, really like Cal but I don't want to hear this junk, not for one second. Tell your school to get out of the game then. But don't whine. This is a spectacular thing for college basketball, to elbow its way into some well-deserved attention on a Tuesday night with this extravaganza. Cal's got a great team almost always and if they're too young to play Michigan State whose fault is that. Izzo had the right reaction, laughing at his pal.
Ed (Queens Village)
Tonight MNF game is Drama Bowl, Circus Bowl, or Turmoil Bowl?
mike wilbon (2:20 PM)
All of the above. One of maybe a dozen times in the 44 years (give or take) of MNF that I know I will NOT watch the game...made travel plans (to Chicago) because I have zero interest in tonight's game, none whatsoever.
The Pacers are off to their best start in franchise history, and, as a fan, it is certainly fun to watch. Nevertheless, I still think they need an upgrade at the point guard position. Too often, opposing squads pressure the Pacers' guards or overplay passing lanes causing the team to start its offense far too late into the shot clock. If the Pacers' do not win it all, I think the guard position will be there downfall. Thoughts? Is there anyway, that Celtics might be interesting in dealing Rondo for Granger's expiring contract and picks? I know Bird has pursued deals for him in the past
mike wilbon (2:31 PM)
Yeah, that's the one point I would make about the Pacers too before we install them as champs. Point guard is so very important in the playoffs, handling the offense, the team, the pressure of the games and the postseason in general. I don't know if Hill is that guy. And I'm sure Bird and the Pacers powers-that-be will be keeping the closest eye on that every quarter of every game of every day as the season progresses. That said, the Pacers are damn good...Really, really good.
Looks liek Peanut Tillman going to IR. Is the Bears season over for all intents and purposes?
mike wilbon (2:35 PM)
Ah, its possible. Peanut hasn't played up to his standard recently and everybody in chicago knows its because he's had various injuries. But that secondary is challenged already, and without Peanut I'm afraid it looks bad for my boys. Real bad. And what's really bad is that Marc Trestman blew it yesterday--the Bears should have and would have beaten the Lions--by not getting McCown in the game earlier when it was apparent to everybody except Trestman that Cutler (courageous as he was to play hurt) had lost all mobility and therefore couldn't be effective. 6-3 with a split with the Lions is so different from 5-4 having been swept. Bad, bad loss at home, in my opinion.
Christian Tippens (Woodstock, GA)
Also, what do you think my falcons could get for Tony Gonzalez. He's still got it and is still one of the best Red Zone targets in the league.
mike wilbon (2:41 PM)
Haven't the Falcons said all along they're not going to trade Tony? And the NFL isn't like MLB where you can "trade" people after the trade deadline, which was last week. And even if you could a team isn't going to give up much because as great as Tony G. is--and he's going into the HOF on the first ballot, I think--he's at the end of his career. He's going to take somebody's chair on television either this spring or next...so I can't see that happening...
Jimmy V (Oak Lawn, IL)
Are you confident that the Cubs organization will allow Epstein enough time for his vision to come to fruition or will they be impatient like the Bosox organization allegedly was with him?..not to mention the fans' acceptance of these tough years.
mike wilbon (2:42 PM)
I am. Completely. Yes. We're not exactly an impatient bunch. It's been 105 years. What, we're NOW in a hurry?
Pats hitting their stride at just the right time. As good a chance at a 1 or 2 seed as any AFC team right now with the Colts and Bengals slipping, do you agree? Monday at the Panthers and the following Sunday vs the Broncos will be telling...
mike wilbon (2:45 PM)
Hell yeah, I agree! I've been saying on PTI for four weeks that I'll take the Patriots over the Broncos and or Chiefs in a playoff game. So you're preaching to the choir. All this stuff about Brady's receivers not being this or that, blah, blah, blah. When we get to January, I ain't betting against The Golden Boy and Coach Bill. It's like betting against Alabama right now. Not gonna do it. They'll figure out a way despite apparent personnel disadvantages (real or perceived)...I'll take the Patriots right now.
Should Jameis Winston be the favorite for the heisman?
mike wilbon (2:50 PM)
Hell yeah, he's the Heisman favorite. He's the odds-on fave in Las Vegas, I can tell you that. Right now, I'd vote (I did vote for years, but gave it up for awhile) Jameis, Johnny Football, and then Mariota third. Johnny Football is playing against tougher competition, almost certainly...He didn't play bad against Alabama or Auburn either...But Jameis is undefeatea and has played great, except for the Miami game...I think its Jameis' award to lose...
Christian Tippens (Woodstock, GA)
I know that the Pacers are undefeated, but I still don't believe that anybody is going to stop LeBron from winning every championship in the next four or five years. Your Thoughts?
mike wilbon (2:51 PM)
Four or five years? No. I don't agree. This year, LeBron and Miami are the favorites, no question. But do I think Indiana could beat Miami in a 7-game series? yes. But they'd be the underdog...
What is the Spurs plan for life after Parker, Ginobili and Duncan? Does Pop pull a Phil Jackson and leave town?
mike wilbon (2:53 PM)
why wouldn't he? Nobody stays in forever. How many times Tim Duncan going to drop from The Heavens into your life? He's won four and may have another shot at a fifth. How crazy would it be if the Spurs can fight through the disappointment of Games 6 and 7 last June and win another championship? What a chapter that would be. I wouldn't put it past them...
mike wilbon (2:55 PM)
Okay, gotta run to preapre for PTI. thanks for chatting this week. see you guys next Monday...have a great week...MW