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!
Jason (Los Angeles, CA)
Mike, yesterday's game reminded me of Pete Carroll's 2004 USC team that dominated Oklahoma. Dominated all three phases of the game. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.
mike wilbon (2:06 PM)
Hi Everybody...we'll go right into the Super Bowl beatdown and whatever else on on everybody's mind! But we have to start with Seattle's performance in the Super Bowl, which by the way Jason reminds me of NOTHING in college football. That was professional grade defense, circa the 1940s and 50s and 60s and 70s and 80s...I hear people talking about whether they got bored with the game... That's for people who are QB obsessed and don't really give a damn about defense or appreciate it or even know it. I LOVED that Seattle performance yesterday, loved it...It was a throwback to real football, to a time when teams like the Bears and Steelers and 49ers and Redskins and Cowboys had guys who HIT people, hit 'em hard and knocked guys off their feet and onto their asses. The Seahawks TACKLE people, old-school and text book. So do the 49ers and so do the Cardinals and Rams...The teams in that division play real football and there's so little of it now. So, hats off to Seattle and to Pete Carroll who really built something in Seattle than might be sustained. He's moved himself into a separate category by winning at USC and at Seattle...Wow.
Who are you and tony going to be speaking to on five good minutes today and let,s extend the questions because we want to get some extra time today.comments.
mike wilbon (2:09 PM)
Five good minutes will be...drum roll..TK and Wilbon doing e-mail about Sapp-Strahan, Bruno Mars, Joe Namath's fur coat and Duke-Syracuse! Is that a preview or what? We don't have guests on football Mondays. We rarely have guests on Monday anytime during the year because there are so many stories coming out of weekends that we want to take those 5 minutes ourselves to talk...So there! Hope you're not disappointed.
mike wilbon (2:11 PM)
Oh, from the What I Did On the Weekend department: Stood next to Kate Upton at a Super Bowl Party Friday night and stared for minutes on end...Not a bad highlight, right?
Whats your take on the crowd noise last night? Have you ever heard a Super Bowl that loud? And is there any truth to the rumor that Paul Allen bought up a bunch of tickets for Seattle fans?
mike wilbon (2:32 PM)
I wasn't there; I was watching on TV BUT it did sound louder to me than any of the Super Bowls I attended, which is about 20...I don't know about Paul Allen and buying tickets, but I know Seattle people travel and they're passionate. If you ask me to name the best fans in the NFL, in terms of travel, I'm going to tell you the Steeler fans are No. 1...not even close...After them, Bears and Packers (in whatever order you want) and after that, now, I'd say Seattle's fans...who have further to go than anybody...And don't tell me Cowboys fans because they just jump on the Cowboys from wherever they are...They're embedded everywhere; they don't actually follow the team...But Seattle's fans are really passionate people. And from my time spend there, they're WAY above the average fan i.q.
ted (cape cod)
What did you make of that thrilling OT game between Syracuse-Duke?
mike wilbon (2:36 PM)
It was thrilling. You said it. I loved every second I watched...I saw the first 12 minutes and the last 7 and missed the middle, but I thought it was a fabulous game that had the intensity and performance level of a regional final, at the very least. Loved it...
What do you think of the Pacers signing Bynum? Does he actually contribute or do you see this as a way to prevent the Heat from getting that big to help them for the playoffs? Maybe both?
mike wilbon (2:39 PM)
Well, keeping him away from the Heat is worth whatever the Pacers are going to pay him. I think this further demonstrates that the Pacers WANT TO WIN NOW...and they're doing everything in their power to win THIS season. Will he contribute? Maybe a little. But could he be insurance? Yes, if, say, Hibbert gets hurt or something...and I certainly hope that does NOT happen...And if he's a total pain in the butt of the players and causes chemistry or locker room issues, get rid of him. But as is, I think it's a big-time move that demonstrates management's willingness to give that coaching staff and team whatever it appears they need to beat Miami...
Marc (Malden, MA)
I may be 37 but I am old school, I believe in defense and controlling the line of scrimmage...I LOVED what Seattle did last night.
mike wilbon (2:40 PM)
Same here...Same here.
Eric in Sacramento [via mobile]
Mike, I believe the Pacers picking up Bynum was the nail in Miami's proverbial coffin. Indiana was already bigger than the Heat. Add the home court and hunger factor, and I think they win the ECF. I know you're probably going to say it's too early for such declarative statements but with all of the aforementioned plus DWade's health, I can't see the Heat three-peating. Thoughts?
mike wilbon (2:41 PM)
I'm not about to throw dirt on Miami; you're right about that. But I think the Pacers are ahead of the Heat right now, without question. And this move for Bynum certainly seems to limit Miami's options.
Can we please stop with the "Peyton Manning's legacy is diminished" nonsense!!! I am neither a Peyton, UT Vols, Broncos or Colts fan but the guy is an all timer. His OL couldn't block anyone last night. As a Falcons fan it reminded me of watching Matt Ryan get creamed on every dropback this year. Why does the media (not you persay) always have to make knee jerk statements about guys all the time?
mike wilbon (2:54 PM)
Peyton IS one of the greatest QBs of all-time but stop making lame excuses. I love him. I root for him. But stop blaming the offensive line, which I thought gave him a LOT of time, given Seattle's pass rush. Peyton was terrible last night. So was his team. That's it. They have to own it when you lose 42-8. Great players don't need people to blame OTHERS when the whole team stinks. As Chris Carter said, "You can't omit a loss like this from your resume." That's it. You win you get the credit, you lose you get none of the blame? Stop. That's really, really offensive. He can't omit this from his resume; he has to own it. It's okay. He's still great. He's still one of the All-time greats. Note: Dan Marino lost the final game of his career 62-7 to Jacksonville in the playoffs. I was there. It was unreal to see Marino go out like that. Now...clearly people forget; I doubt you knew Marino went out like that, but he did. He had to own it. It's there. I looked it up to confirm my own memory. I thought it was 62-0, but it was 62-7...Still, don't tell me, "They played bad." They ALL played badly, Peyton included. We hear hundreds of times a week how great his preparation is and how he lets NOTHING go unnoticed, and then, BOOM! the first play of the game the snap goes over his head? I'm not even saying it was Peyton's fault, but if he gets credit for all kinds of things when it works out well for his team, then he has to take some blame when it doesn't.
Hi Mike, love watching PTI! Do you think Nik Stauskas or Doug Mcdermott have any NBA pro potential?
mike wilbon (2:59 PM)
Yes, I think they're both pros...Absolutely. Skilled, size, savy, got some attitude going, a little nasty in 'em...Yes, I like them both...
Are the Seahawks as interesting to cover as they are to listen to. Without exception, I find all of their players to be thoughtful and reflective -- particularly Wilson and Sherman. Curious to know your thoughts, given your access.
mike wilbon (3:06 PM)
They ARE interesting and smart...I think that's part of the philosophy the Seahawks have. In fact, I think if you look at the championship teams in any/every sport you'll find an intelligence that characterizes each of 'em. Russell Wilson's intelligence is vastly underrated, even now. So, I think you definitely noticed something that escapes too many observers as they try to identify why some teams are better than others...
mike wilbon (3:06 PM)
okay, I gotta run and get to the PTI prep...thanks for chatting...We'll chat it up again next week...Thanks everybody...have a great week...MW