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!
mike wilbon (1:57 PM)
Hi Everybody...Sorry for being this late but I don't fly my own plane, so I'm just getting in from Chicago where I got to see my Northwestern Wildcats beat a ranked Illinois team last night in a nerve-wracking (for me) B1G Ten basketball game in Evanston...Big ups to Chris Collins for getting his first B1G Ten victory as a head coach...Anyway, back to football (I'm sure) we go, specifically the playoffs!
Do you agree with Lebatard being stripped of his HOF Vote?
mike wilbon (1:58 PM)
Okay, maybe we hit a baseball or basketball topic or two, and this is one. Yes, I agree with it. And so does Dan. He anticipated this. He knew it was coming. He wanted to call attention to whatever his cause was, did, and this is the expected result...
Victor ( Monroe)
Hi mw did you enjoy the holidays ?and what is on for today with you and tony on pti ?if you will tell me please.comments.
mike wilbon (2:06 PM)
I spent Christmas Day in Brooklyn, as some of you might have noticed, talking all things NBA for multiple SportsCenters...And because that game was at noon eastern time I was able to get back home to D.C., have dinner with my extended family, AND see my son Matthew for the very first time on Christmas Day. In past years I was in the studio all day on Christmas Day and couldn't see Matthew...Arizona after that for a week-plus of doing next-to-nothing...had a great holiday season...
Victor (Genoa City)
Have you ever seen so much woofing and preening from a team that only scored 10 points and LOST? It isn't just the Panthers doing this.
mike wilbon (2:13 PM)
Yeah, there's way too much woofing from the Panthers. I always thought it was okay for Steve Smith to do it because that's truly his personality and because he's a receiver AND because he's a small guy who had to fight his way through everything and he has long been the heart and soul of that team BUT Cam Newton and this Superman stuff seems to set a tone for that team that the QB shouldn't be setting. AND mouthy Carolina wasn't alone because Anquan Boldin, who Troy Aikman wonderfully called out for this junk, yaps on every single play at the defender covering him AND NEVER GETS CALLED FOR TAUNTING!!! How does this happen that Boldin is immune from the taunting flag? Like Aikman, its so tiresome, and the officials can shut it down and DON'T...
Mr. Wilbon, No predictions, just tell us what are you expecting next weekend from the 4 teams left in the NFL.Thanks
mike wilbon (2:19 PM)
I picked the Seahawks and Patriots to start the season, have been riding with that all season long, and ain't about to change now. Do I think the 49ers are slightly better? Yes. Do I think they'll win Sunday in Seattle? No. So, I'm still riding with the Patriots, who simply adapat to any situation better than any team in football, and the Seahawks, who don't give a damn about their QBs advanced metrics, and simply play defense, run the ball, and let their QB make a play when its really, really needed...Don't get me wrong, these games are dead even and it wouldn't surprise me if my choices lost...The cool thing is these seem to be the four best teams in football, they've made it to the semifinals and here we go...
Mark (Brooklyn, NY)
I'm 30, a huge baseball fan, and have never cared about the hall of fame. Am I just too young to know better, or is the whole thing kind of irrelevant?
mike wilbon (2:22 PM)
What a great question! It's relevant because the players care SOOOOOO MUCH about it. They talk about it in clubhouses (or at least they used to back when I was covering MLB in the 1980s). A "Hall of Fame" career has always been the benchmark and a way to measure careers and their relative merit BUT perhaps this is going away because of all the controversies involving the HOF lately, mostly surrounding the steroid era. Look, I'm of an age where the Baseball HOF means everything. I went there this summer and genuflected for about 3 hours. I loved it so much I went to the actual museum twice. Maybe you should go, check it out, and then see how you feel. But things do change. Baseball itself doesn't have the grip on the culture that it did in the 1960s when I was a kid. There might be a wave of people your age who feel this way about it...thanks for bringing it up...
Keith H (Seattle)
There isn't much more you can ask for in the conference championships. Which QB battle excites you most, AFC or NFC?
mike wilbon (2:24 PM)
Oh Brady v Manning without question. Just the history of it makes it more glam to me...I love the other matchup but its not legendary, not yet.
You've been kind enough to answer questions about Marquette for me, thank you. Will their greatest rivalry DePaul ever rise? What in the name of Terry Cummings is wrong with them?
mike wilbon (2:29 PM)
Goodness, you know this question hits me where I live. Not that I have any official tie to DePaul, but I lived in Chicago at a time when DePaul basketball, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, was bigger than the Bulls. The games were on WGN and when Mark Aguirre was there for three years the games were civic theater. They were rock stars when they reached the Final Four under Ray Meyer...I just ran into Joey Meyer recently in Chicago and started reminiscing...They've tried so many things, so many good coaches, and they seem to have fallen and are not able to get up, which makes me sad. I love it when Marquette is good, and I'd love it if DePaul could be good again, even though that certainly would NOT help my Northwestern Wildcats who are located about 12 miles north, give or take a couple...DePaul mattered because they could get local kids like Aguirre and Terry Cummings to come. Schools like DePaul and Georgetown could ride a long, long way with a great coach and one great player who would stay for three or four years. I don't know if they can rise again. I keep hoping with each new hire than they can, but we're so far from those glory years now...
Hey Mike huge fan been watching the show for years. Do you think the winner of this Brady vs Manning showdown will end up being considered as the best QB of all time.
mike wilbon (2:39 PM)
Not necessarily. To me this game, while its a chapter in the book, doesn't alter the entire history. I think the "Greatest QB Ever" conversation includes a lot more guys than you're doing to hear about on SportsCenter this week. People act like Otto Graham's years with the Cleveland Browns didn't happen, or that John Unitas' career with the Colts doesn't count. Hell, they played when a defensive lineman--say Deacon Jones--could literally rip your nose out of the helmet...and today's QBs don't face that, though they have to study the game in a way that perhaps wasn't mandated 50 years ago...Anyway, I my list has Elway and Brady in the top 3 and Manning isn't with them. Not yet. I think winning championships and MAKING IT TO championships should count so much. I've had those two toward the top of my list for years...Elway has been my No. 1 guy, and I don't know that he can withstand another win or two this postseason by Brady, who could EASILY be No. 1 on somebody's list...But we're clearing watching, in Brady v Manning, two of the greatest QBs ever...Brady has something to gain personally with a win but Peyton, to me, has so much more to gain with another trip to the Super Bowl...
Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)
Speaking of greatest QBs, who has been the greatest of your lifetime?
mike wilbon (2:48 PM)
Elway...continuing this conversation, which I love...Elway, Brady, Montana is my top 3...And if we go to 5 I guess I'm going to say Manning 4th and I feel really bad leaving out Bradshaw, who was asked to do something completely different than today's QBs and therefore gets passed over now. I might to Staubach after Bradshaw...and Unitas...I didn't see Unitas in his prime...Of the guys who never won, which is really Tarkenton and Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, I'm probablly going with Tark, who most of you never saw and can't appreciate as something of a wizard, a magician...And I didn't even mention Troy Aikman who has 3 of those SB wins and Steve Young, who has 2 SBs and is probably the best athlete to ever play the position. Goodness, we could do a chat just on this. But yeah, Elway still tops my list. 5 SB appearances, the first three with a team that barely had Pro Bowl players, much less Hall of Famers...
I was surprised to look at the Western Conference standings and see the Spurs had the best record despite all of the OKC, Portland and Golden St. talk. Wait, no I wasn't. Where do you think 50+ wins every season of the Pop/TD era ranks amongst all time great streaks? It seems comically underrated to me.
mike wilbon (2:50 PM)
I'm totally with you on this, and particularly this season given the disappointment of the way last season ended in Games 6 and 7 in Miami...it was so difficult to lose those games like that. It was crushing. Pop has talked about how he thought about it constantly over the summer, how it just dogged him and stayed with him...To rebound like this and get past it to play to their form and personality...I just love the Spurs and essentially everything about them...
Do you think the Bulls can nab either Lebron or Carmelo this offseason to team up with Rose and possible Mirotic.
mike wilbon (2:51 PM)
Nope. I don't see that. That's never been the Bulls m.o and I don't see it starting now.
Why do you write a book for every answer? Don't you get sick of typing?
mike wilbon (2:51 PM)
Not really. I am much more likely to get sick of doopes like you! LOL
Andrew Z. (Struthers, OH)
What would the Yankees do if ARod shows up for Spring Training?
mike wilbon (2:58 PM)
I don't know what the Yankees will do, but if I ran a team that was in the position the Yankees are now with Alex Rodriguez I would write him and his attorneys a letter now and tell him he is banned from the facilities. Banned. He'll be paid whatever he's owed (do players even get paid anything for spring training?)...But I'd tell him to stay away, he's locked out, banned...He can do whatever he wants, he can go to Japan and try to play or wherever there is professional baseball...BUT, if he's banned I wouldn't let him make a circus of spring training...
How come TK never get's his own chat?
mike wilbon (2:58 PM)
We used to do one together for The Washington Post for years and years...But for ESPN? No. Never.
Jason J (NYC)
What did you think of the Patriots power run game this weekend?
mike wilbon (3:07 PM)
I think the Patriots do absolutely whatever they need and want to do on a given Sunday to win the game. I think THAT'S the brilliance of Bilichick and Brady, that they are beholden to NOTHING except winning the game, except stalking the championship. So running this past week, maybe throwing it 60 times against the Broncos. Who knows? They go into the lab, they figure out what they need to do, and they do it, based on the most observant scouting imaginable, I'm sure every advanced metric available, instinct, common sense, etc. These people are brilliant and I expect them to beat the Broncos in Denver Sunday. I don't understand why people pick against the Patriots. Yes, they lose sometimes. They can't win 'em all and won't. Hell, they may lose Sunday in Denver. But to bet on Indy beating them in New England? What?
How come every player that gets injured and doesn't return to play in a playoff game doesn't get the Jay Cutler treatment of Maurice Jones-Drew challenging said player's toughness?
mike wilbon (3:08 PM)
maybe because people learned their lesson and got smarter?
mike wilbon (3:08 PM)
Okay, I gotta run and prepare for PTI...I could have gone another 30 minutes on greatest QB...Thanks for chatting, have a great championship week, and see you Monday to talk about the Super Bowl!!! MW