Bill Simmons is joined again by New York radio legend Mike Francesa to recap last week’s NFL picks (2:23) and offer up picks for Week 17 (19:06). Then, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor joins to discuss precocious NBA rookies (28:17) and the Oklahoma City Thunder trending upward (31:28); former NFL linebacker Chris Borland and The Ringer’s Kevin Clark come on to debate the factors that hinder player safety in football (35:33); and The Ringer’s Mark Titus and Tate Frazier sit down to consider a hypothetical college basketball rivalry (43:39).
Mike Francesa’s Week 17 NFL Picks
Plus: Kuzmania, the rise of OKC, Chris Borland on the dangers of football, and Pacific Ocean hoops
Bill Simmons and Van Lathan try to make it home before Thanksgiving so they can rewatch John Hughes’s ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,’ starring Steve Martin and John Candy
Mike and Jesse break down the latest NFL action and talk the rising card values of Christian Watson and Josh Jacobs
Steve and Paul hand out their favorite bets for USA-Iran and break down England-Wales
What ‘Strange World’ and ‘Glass Onion’ Can Tell Us About the Goals of Streaming Companies Right Now. Plus, ‘The White Lotus’ S2E5.
Chris and Andy also talk about the trailer for the new Taylor Sheridan series ‘1923’
Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the biggest problems on Disney’s plate in the Bob Iger Era, Part 2