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December 20, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with DJ Gallo

DJ Gallo
  (12:02 PM)

Hello, SportsNation. It's been a long time. But I'm back. Oh, come on. Don't make that face: http://bit.ly/gGxHLN.

Jon (Wisconsin)

Can someone tell anyone talking about Matt Flynn that he is not a rookie! I figured after the announcers last night screwed it up that everyone else would realize that he was drafted in 2008!

DJ Gallo
  (12:03 PM)

Stick with the storyline, Jon. Matt Flynn never played football before last night.

Dave (Cheyenne, WY)

Hey, DJ, I'm a Chiefs fan, and I think we're having a decent season. The other day a girl I work with made fun of the Chiefs' recent ineptitude with accurate sports facts, i.e. our poor playoff record, not having done anything since Super Bowl IV. Should I be embarrassed, or should I try to marry this chick?

DJ Gallo
  (12:05 PM)

What does she look like? These are the only facts that should really matter. Oh, and whether or not she has a great personality. Preferably a great personality that accentuates her even better looks.

Matt (St. Paul)

At what point should Chris Klewe realize that he is a punter and nobody cares what he thinks about the field conditions tonight???

DJ Gallo
  (12:07 PM)

The greatest part about your question is that you misspelled his name, further illustrating that no one cares what punters think. I'm sure old-timey players feel great empathy for the Vikings not getting to play indoors or on a heated field.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What do you think of P Zack Greinke playing with the Brewers?

DJ Gallo
  (12:07 PM)

I don't know. He wanted out of the pressure cooker of Kansas City. I'm not sure if he can ever become a True Brewer.

Vikeaholic (Edina, MN)

I'm going to the Vikings game tonight - outdoors. Any suggestions on how to stay warm?

DJ Gallo
  (12:09 PM)

Wear a coat. I don't understand what the issue is. Don't you people live in Minnesota? Why is the cold suddenly a huge problem?

Eddie (Hoboken, NJ)

How is it after 12PM on Monday on the East Coast and I have yet to see the transaction label "Giants have cut Punter Matt Dodge?"

DJ Gallo
  (12:10 PM)

Because to cut him he has to still be alive. Tom Coughlin took care of that late last night.

Tym (Work)

As a Brewer fan I?m pretty happy we landed Greinke, but are you as shocked as I am that he didn?t get traded to the Pirates? I mean, what better place for a guy with a social anxiety disorder to go to than Pittsburg, a team with utterly no expectations or pressure.

DJ Gallo
  (12:12 PM)

That's a good point, except that if the Pirates every actually acquired a decent player that anyone has ever heard of, the fans might actually have expectations. Thankfully, acquiring Lyle Overbay keeps everything nice, calm and depressing.

Gray (Chicago)

NFC North football was made for the outdoors, Minnesota and Detroit are soft.

DJ Gallo
  (12:13 PM)

Agreed. Do you hear that Minnesota and Detroit?!?!?! You are SOFT!!!!!! I know, you would totally meet me outside to fight if it wasn't so darned chilly out there.

John (texas)

How disappointed were you that the Pats lineman didnt retun the kick for 6?

DJ Gallo
  (12:14 PM)

Anytime fat football players run with the ball, it's special. It doesn't matter how far they go. I just try to appreciate every plodding, jiggly step. It's one of the true joys of life.

Josh (Knoxville, TN)

If you could only do one, assuming your pay would stay the same, which would rather keep: writing columns or doing podcasts?

DJ Gallo
  (12:16 PM)

Doing a podcast is much easier than writing a column. But I also enjoy writing more. Ideally, I would write columns and have Maya Angelou recite them on a podcast.

Mike (San Diego)

After yesterday's performance, how many consecutive MVPs will Rex Grossman win?

DJ Gallo
  (12:18 PM)

What a truly amazing performance. And I mean by Donovan McNabb. When you think he can't possibly get humiliated more, he manages to stand there while Rex Grossman -- REX GROSSMAN -- has a better game than most any he's had all year.

Jake (Chicago)

Why does ESPN keep comparing UConn women to UCLA men? That is apples to oranges. I know many a quality high school boys team that would dominate the UConn women.

DJ Gallo
  (12:20 PM)

I am forwarding your message to Geno Auriemma. Prepare for his wrath. John Wooden had the "Pyramid of Success." Auriemma has the "Pyramid of Blind Rage."

Mike (San Diego)

Well at least McNabb had Matt Flynn honor him by running the exact same two minute drill McNabb would.

DJ Gallo
  (12:22 PM)

I'm not sure if even McNabb -- with direction by Andy Reid -- ever ran out of time after getting the ball with more than 4 minutes remaining. That was truly amazing and thanks only to Flynn's Les Miles connection.

Jon (Colorado)

TEBOW!!!!

DJ Gallo
  (12:23 PM)

The story of the 2010 Broncos: great excitement after a 16-point loss to the Raiders.

Jake (Jax)

Did Del Rio forget to mention the idea behind an onside kick is to cover the ball?

DJ Gallo
  (12:24 PM)

They got the ball back, didn't they? GREAT SUCCESS!!!

T.J. (N.J.)

How's your rehab coming along? Planning on making a Wes Welker-type recovery for next season?

DJ Gallo
  (12:26 PM)

Ah, yes. My flag football torn ACL ... AKA "The Manliest of Injuries." My rehab is going well. I am ahead of schedule. So I plan to make a Welkerian comeback. But I fear my team will acquire some miniature version of me who is far more scrappy and the fans will love him more. In fact, it might even be Danny Woodhead himself. Playing flag football in his spare time? He's just that scrappy.

Gerdwich Montamire (Odessa, Texas)

How did the big 10 come up with such stupid division names?

Craig (St. Paul, MN)

What's the story of the 2010 Minnesota Vikings?

DJ Gallo
  (12:27 PM)

Can you give me your cell number? It's more of a visual story.

Matt (St. Paul)

So, to sum up the Yankees' offseason so far....didn't get Lee, didn't get Crawford, didn't get Grienke....but thankfully they were able to resign their 37 year old shortstop for more than anyone else was willing to offer.....good work, Cashman.

DJ Gallo
  (12:29 PM)

Also, Mariano Rivera and Russell Martin. And Mark Prior to a minor league contract. Take THAT! Not so smug now, are you?

Tom (NYC)

What did Rex Ryan say to Mike Tomlin after the game??

DJ Gallo
  (12:30 PM)

Is this the start of a joke?

Jake (Chicago)

Concerning the Big 10, people are surprised a bunch of old white men in an Indianapolis boardroom are out of touch with the rest of the (sports) world?

DJ Gallo
  (12:30 PM)

I don't know if we can say if they're all old, white men. I think what we DO know is that they are LEADERS and LEGENDS.

Mike (Boston)

If you could sum up the Gaint's game last night in just one word what would it be?

DJ Gallo
  (12:31 PM)

Is "LOL" a word? Or is that three words? Or not a word at all? Either way, that's what I'm going with.

Joe (CA)

The Knicks are back! Yay, 6th seed in the east and first-round-playoff-loss!!! Yay!!!

DJ Gallo
  (12:33 PM)

You better believe it. And the Knicks-Celtics and Knicks-Heat rivalries are easily among the NBA's Top 74 rivalries.

Eric (Moreno Valley)

Are you going to post the Hangover after the chat so I can pretend to work for the entire morning?

DJ Gallo
  (12:34 PM)

It should be up shortly. Same with the podcast. Plenty of opportunities to get sick of me today.

jim (cincinnati)

The Panthers drafted 2 qbs last year... is it possible they would WANT to draft Andrew Luck?

DJ Gallo
  (12:35 PM)

Have you seen Tony Pike and Jimmy Clausen play? Is it possible they WON'T draft Andrew Luck?

Heather (Trenton)

More fun to watch tennis on ice or the NJ Nets(who only appear to play on ice.)

DJ Gallo
  (12:36 PM)

Tennis on ice sounds like a Japanese game show. That might be fun to watch. But the Nets have Beyonce, Sharapova, Kim Kardashian and Prokhorov's vast collection of ladies to distract you from the "basketball."

Connor (FL)

Who should be more embarrassed: NCAAW Basketball teams who can't beat UCONN, or NASCAR drivers who can't beat JJ?

DJ Gallo
  (12:39 PM)

Wow. A question about both women's basketball and NASCAR. This gives me an opportunity to opine on two things I know almost nothing about. You know, if UConn is going to lose this year, their opponents are going to have to draft behind the pace car and full-court press the rubbin' is racin'.

Caleb (Denver)

Your Photo looks like a mug shot.

DJ Gallo
  (12:39 PM)

But in my mug shot I look incredibly handsome.

Eric (Chicago)

DJ, I know we shouldn't care about what punters say or think...but I love punters especially Sean "Whiff" Landeta! Still remember him whiffing a punt like it was yesterday.

DJ Gallo
  (12:40 PM)

Maybe that was just a poorly-designed fake punt. I mean, he did fake kicking the ball. They just forgot to do the whole advance-the-ball thing.

Cheese (Pittsburgh)

The Pirates signed Lyle Overbay !!!!!!!! Sweet, I'm so sick of hearing about the Phillies rotation. Now I can hear Gammons breakdown the Bucco's 1st base platoon. CHAMPIONSHIP !!

DJ Gallo
  (12:42 PM)

What's neat about the acquisition is that he has the same number as their current 1B and bats for the same side of the plate, but is four years older, has less power and is more expensive. You don't have 18 consecutive losing seasons without trying.

David D. (College Library)

Thanks for helping me not study for my final exam. I wonder if my parents will consider this a good excuse for my inevitable F?

DJ Gallo
  (12:42 PM)

They still have college libraries?

Jason (Philly)

How do Giants fans go to work today?

DJ Gallo
  (12:43 PM)

Come on, Jason. They're fans of a bitter rival. You're supposed to add: "Oh, that's right. None of them have jobs anyway."

gregg (dc)

would you say the tebow era started off more as "ball" or "juice"?

DJ Gallo
  (12:45 PM)

I don't know if we can really say. "Ball" and "Juice" are intangible things, just like all that is Tebow. We can never really define Ball and Juice. We can just try to honor it each day by our words and actions.

Matt (IN)

DJ Gallo I've been trying to come up with a question or comment, but couldn't. That's when I realized I'm just not that into you.

DJ Gallo
  (12:45 PM)

So you're not walking out on this chat, you're just walking out on me.

Jason (Philly)

Giants Fan's are just lucky the game wasn't in Philly cause then they would have been embarrassed and gotten puked on

DJ Gallo
  (12:46 PM)

But it was such a sound beating before the comeback started that many Eagles fans would have been engaged in fights and would have missed the entire fourth quarter due to getting arrested or having their eyes swollen shut. So it's for the best it was in the Meadowlands.

Tom (New York)

About to win our fantasy football league championship. How should "The Peeping Toms" celebrate?

DJ Gallo
  (12:48 PM)

Oh, I think you already know the answer. Treat yourself to a new ladder.

Rick (Painesville, OH)

Doesn't this scenario seem ridiculously plausable...Brett Farve buys majority ownership of the Indianapolis Colts and inserts himself as starting QB just to kill any chance of P. Manning breaking his consecutive starts streak?

DJ Gallo
  (12:49 PM)

Let's not give anyone any ideas, Rick. Mr. Favre could be reading this chat right now. He's far more technologically savvy than we ever knew.

Justin (Chicago)

When I read your responses to these questions, for some reason I use a voice that's really high pitch and squeeky. I'm not sure if you've seen I Love You, Man, but a high pitch squeeky voice like that.

DJ Gallo
  (12:50 PM)

I see. Well, considering I've never seen this movie called "I Love You, Man," I'm going to guess that my voice is lower than yours.

Neal Huntington (Pittsburgh)

Gallo, I need your advice. I'm trying to solidify our rotation for 2011, so I'm thinking of bringing back Kris Benson, on a four-year, $39 million dollar contract. Do you think that's enough to get him, or should I go to five years?

DJ Gallo
  (12:52 PM)

I know you are not Neal Huntington because the Pirates would never give that much money to a major league player. Those sort of dollars are for draft picks and fireworks displays.

Marc (Charlotte)

Come on DJ, Farve is losing at least half in the divorce. No way he can buy the Colts.

DJ Gallo
  (12:53 PM)

I don't know where you are hearing about a divorce. That is simply not true. They've had problems, sure. But they will stick it out. Brett Favre and the football media are in it for the long haul.

Philly Fans (Philly)

We only puke on children.

Ray (Baltimore, MD)

Gallo, you've sold out. You used to be all about hobocide and mock turtlenecks. What happened to you man?!

DJ Gallo
  (12:56 PM)

I have to save my material. I'm working on a Hobo screenplay. It's exactly like The Walking Dead, but the zombies are all hoboes. You can only kill them by cutting their heads off with their bindle stick.

Matt (IN)

Did you remember that Ross Ohlendorf pitches there?

DJ Gallo
  (12:58 PM)

Kevin Correia pitcher there now, too! The promotional materials just write themselves.

Frank (Chicago)

You think the Vikings asked Joe Mauer and the Twins how they deal with the Minnesota cold?

Craig (St. Paul, MN)

Watched "Christmas Vacation" last night, so just need to say 'Merry Christmas! Sh**** was full!"

DJ Gallo
  (1:00 PM)

If only the Twins weren't eliminated before it gets cold every year. The Minnesota teams somehow manage to avoid ever playing in bad weather. Only the U. of Minnesota football team does. It's no coincidence their coach is named Jerry Kill. They're real men.

Caleb (Denver)

Would you be hobo if you didnt work for ESPN?

DJ Gallo
  (1:00 PM)

I hobo on nights and weekends.

DJ Gallo
  (1:01 PM)

Alright, dear ones. My time is up. Please stick around for Mike Rupp's chat. He is a Pittsburgh Penguin, SO I TRUST YOU WILL SHOW HIM THE PROPER RESPECT!!!!!!!!!!!!