Is Billy Napier Urban Meyer 2.0? Plus NBA Playoffs, Gators, Knights, and Hurricanes spring game reaction

In episode 247 pf Sports Bliss with Rob and Kris, Rob and Kristie start the episode discussing this previous weekends college football spring games. First up , they discuss the Florida Gator’s spring game and Rob says Richardson is the real deal at quarterback. they also discuss the continued penalties and the areas the team needs to improve before the season starts. Rob also asks Kristie if Billy Napier could be Urban Meyer 2.0 as a star player is already in trouble off the field and he did not do anything to discipline the player.

Next, Rob and Kristie jump into the UCF Knights spring game. Rob breaks down the quarterback competition between Mikey Keene and John Rhys Plumlee. Kristie asks Rob who he thinks will be the starter week one. They also discuss the Knight’s uniforms that displayed unique QR codes for each player on the back. Rob explains this was a marketing campaign and worked incredibly well. You don’t want to miss Kristie’s reaction.

In final college football news, Rob and Kristie discuss the University of Miami’s spring game and how the fans ended up booing.

Then, Rob and Kristie discuss the first games of the NBA Playoffs. They talk about the teams that are hot and the teams that are not. They also discuss how the Miami Heat have stayed so successful over the years.

As always Rob and Kristie end the episode with trivia and a would you rather.

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What is up all of our sports fans and welcome back to another episode of Sports Bliss with Rob and Kris. We're here. I hope everybody had a great weekend. Happy belated Easter to everybody. I hope everybody had a great, fun, family filled Easter because my Easter consisted of eating candy and more candy. So I'm currently on a detox right now. I'm fiending for some more sugar.

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Of course you are.

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Let's get into today's episode.

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It's show time.

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We got a lot on the agenda today, and we are going to start it off, and we are going to start it off with some College football, baby. So last week, the spring games were happening.

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Yeah.

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So a bunch of spring games happens. So we'll talk about a couple of them, but the first one we'll talk about happen Saturday. We'll talk about my nights first.

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Okay, go ahead.

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We'll get to your Gators. You want to start with your Gators?

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No, let's talk some UCF stuff. I just didn't know if it was time for me to hate already. Can I throw some hate down right now, or should I just wait for you to say some nice things first?

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You can do however you feel you can act like a normal Gator. So one really interesting thing, I think this goes to both of them is Titus O'Neill, the wrestler. Uh huh. He played football with the Gators, so he opened we'll start with the Gators. Let's start with the Gators. Well, it happened first in real time, so it happened Thursday. So Titus O'Neill kind of announced the game. It was supposed to be on the SEC Network, but it really wasn't. It was on the ESPN plus. So I don't know. They were playing like, women's volleyball or something on SEC.

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Network. What's funny about that?

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Because the football team couldn't even be there.

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Well, we made it to ESPN plus.

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So that's the one you subscribe to.

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Why are you hating?

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I'm not. I'm just teasing you. No, it's actually a very smart move. The reason they did it Thursday night is because they said officially the reason was that they wanted to have a chance of having more Gator fans and alumni there because it was Easter weekend. Right. And they're like, if we have a Saturday, may not have a turnout. And I get that. That wasn't the real reason. The real reason was a the SEC Network wanted to put it on TV. Right. For content number two, Georgia spring game, Alabama spring game, UCF and Miami spring games were all on Saturday. And really the big ones were Alabama and Georgia. So Billy Napier wanted to get those five star, four star recruits there. They had about 200 to 300 there, mhm junior seniors, whatever. He wanted them there at the game. And it was smart of him that was really smart to move.

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I think that was a good move.

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Yeah, I think so. Because honestly, who cares if fans are there or not from the school standpoint spring game, it's a practice, basically. And so what do you take out of it? I actually watched some of it. You said you weren't that interested because I know you don't feel spring games are that big of a deal.

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They're not.

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But I like to just get an idea because you see the attitude of the team, right? That's the biggest thing.

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I think I saw one drive and they scored a touchdown.

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Yeah. So Anthony Richardson looked really good. He threw for like two 200 through three or four touchdown, something like that. But when he had the team out there, they looked good. And apparently the team he was going against, it was the blue and Orange team. He was the blue. The Orange team were basically almost all the defensive starters. So I don't know if this is a good thing that he looks so good because the tackling looked pretty bad. So I don't know if it was kind of a failure on the defensive side or if the offense was really kind of clicking. But I can tell you on the reverse side, the backup quarterback did not look good. So you look good at QB one. Yes. Richardson, I like him.

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He's the deal. He's going to do great. He's off to do good things.

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Yeah. He's the real deal. If he can make good decisions, like on the field and that I think you guys are in good shape from a quarterback standpoint. The thing that kind of keeps creeping up is you're still having penalties like these jumping off sides kind of undisciplined type of things. Not like being aggressive with plays and hitting a guy late or something like that. The coaches kind of live with. It was a lot of like false starts, jumping off sides, this kind of stuff. So I'm sure Napier wasn't too happy about that because going into that, he was saying that was one of the things he wanted to clean up. Now you have all full practice to kind of work on that still.

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But well, I think that they need to go to a different method of hiking the ball. Like the clapping is going to stop.

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Yes.

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But a lot of them were the defensive side jumping off the ball. It wasn't the offense.

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There was one plate. The one place that I watched it was the offensive line. Yeah.

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But everybody does that clap now. So I don't know. I don't get it either, especially in those big stadiums that are so loud in the SEC. I don't get it. But, you know, that's the way everybody does it. So I don't know, overall the team look pretty good. I think one well, kind of the weaknesses are you're very thin at quarterback, meaning you have a good quarterback, but if he's out of the game.

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That'S what I'm saying.

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Like you guys are going to have a bad season.

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I pray that Anthony stays.

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That he can play.

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That he stays healthy all season.

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Yeah. The other area is really wide receiver. You have some good wide receivers, but you're thin there too. They were even talking about Napier was even talking about it. He was saying, yeah, we're going to hit the portal hard before May one 1 and to get some more transfers in for wide receiver for next season.

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You would think that that would be like an easy position to fill. I feel like everybody's wide receiver now.

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You would think so.

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It's one of like the top before it was quarterback. I feel like it was very flooded.

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Yeah.

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There's still a good number of good quality. Wide receiver is extremely saturated right now and they don't have to be super high rated to be good. Mhm. You can get three stars, even two stars sometimes, but three stars for sure. And they can be really good in College. I don't know. So that's kind of the football outlook I saw for the Gators. Now here's the bad part. Some news came out right after the game about Anthony Richardson. Okay. Apparently on April four, 4 before the spring game like the week before.

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Right.

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Trying to make it to practice. You don't understand you don't understand the expectations that Napier puts on these to get there early. You don't want to be late.

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Yes.

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So he was pulled over and the problem with this is he was going actually he was going sixty, 60 miles hour over the speed limit. But if you go fifty 50, then you have to go to court. So he has a court date now that he has to go to. I think this is his weakness. This is his main weakness because he's a great football player. Mhm. But he's had this string of things off the field where he's had troubles last year. He had the problem where he was dancing and doing these dances and he basically messed up his knee.

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No, I don't think that's a fair.

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It was true. He omitted it.

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Yes, I know that's true. But that's not a fair argument to put against him. He was just being what, twenty, 20 old? I don't know.

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I know. But the question is he's doing a lot of dance. No, I'm just saying he's doing things kind of off the field. There's some other instances before even the old coach would say, listen, he doesn't really know the playbook. It's like he expects because he has all this talent. He can just walk in. I think he kind of has the attitude, and he can kind of do things. He was driving a car, a Dodge from an Nil deal. And so it's like people are starting to say, well, hey, maybe he's going to get his car taken away from him. And I think the problem is he doesn't realize what could happen from some of these decisions. What if he would have been in an accident? Luckily, nothing happened.

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I know that's. Luckily nothing happened. It's unacceptable.

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And he wasn't drunk or anything. So nothing like that has come out. He was just driving fast. And so he's like, yeah, I'm going to fix this and all, blah, blah, blah. So basically, he said when he was asked about it, he goes, I know I'm not perfect, but it was a mistake. I was speeding. My mom always tells me to drive safe because I can not only hurt myself, but I can hurt other people. I shouldn't have done it. And I can definitely say I learned my lesson. So he's saying the right stuff.

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Right?

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But here's the thing. Billy Napier says after the game, he goes, I think Anthony is a product of a lot of hard work. When I think about a quarterback, we think about a person who represents everything of what the organization is about. The question I want to ask you.

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Is Billy, was that a day or no?

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No. I think he kind of means it definitely on the football field. But the question is, this is what rang in my mind, and I haven't heard anybody say this. You had a bad feeling about Billy Napier, right? Yeah. Is this kind of starting to see the cracks through the facade he has up, uh, that he's going to be Urban Meyer two point?

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Oh, yeah.

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He's trying to cover something because the only reason this came out is because Matt Barker found the police report that finally came out. He's the reporter with the Tampa Bay Times. He covers College football. And the Gator fans started roasting this reporter for writing an article about it. And he's like, well, it's news. And they're like, well, you held this on purpose until after the game. And he's like, I just got the report. They want to break the news first. Come on. He's not going to hold it, number one. And he kind of joked about it. He's like, at least I didn't get death threats because he broke the news on Jamie Winston when he was at FSU, and he got death threats about that. But I don't know. It's like Gator fans complained about Urban way back. Some of them doing the same thing, doing the same type of things. And is this a warning sign early on that he only cares about winning no matter what?

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What do you think about this, Hallelujah?

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Yeah.

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No, I one 100% what you're saying. And as you were telling me that story, I'm thinking, well, I mean, okay, what, uh, is the proper etiquette to deal with this as a coach? Do you come out before it leaks and you have to explain what happened? Or do you jump the gun and say, hey, listen, we had an incident. We're dealing with it the best we can.

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X, Y and Z. I don't know that you have to come out and say it because it's going to come out. You know it's going to come out.

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But it looks better if you jump the gun and set it from yourself than hearing it from a reporter or something like that.

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This is what I thought. You don't have to throw him under the bus and go out and say this, right. You can respond to the question when it comes. Meaning why let him just start springing? Why not make him send out the first half? It's a spring game, but show the team. Listen, we don't tolerate this type of behavior. I mean, it's a speeding ticket. It's not that big of a deal. But if he wants to change the culture, there to not be undisciplined in all this that was going on, mhm then you got to have zero tolerance, right? Even for your stars.

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Yeah, absolutely.

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Do it during the spring, not during the fall.

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You can't come into a new organization and say, I don't like how the attitude is here. Everybody here needs is undisciplined. Basically, he ripped on Dan Mullen. Exactly. And probably whoever else coached before that. But basically it was coming down on Dan Mullen, saying that he was a terrible coach. He had no control over the team. What is he doing, buddy? You don't either.

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His first opportunity we know of. He doesn't address it that way. Maybe show the guy a lesson so that in the fall, you don't lose him to games. Because next thing is, maybe he has a DUI, maybe he does something else and he's missing multiple games, and now your season is done.

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This is what I've been talking about. This culture of, um. I know that they're adults. I'm going to call them children, because to me, they're children. You are giving them endless amount of money, endless amount of, uh, not having responsibilities. They can get away with whatever they want. Do you think that they're ever going to learn a lesson by doing these things? No. So they continue to do it. And then you have somebody like Antonio Brown, right? I mean, I'm saying, at what point? Enough is enough.

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Hey, that's not fair. Don't compare anyone to Antonio Brown. He's, like, in a class of his own.

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I'm just saying you have people DeSean Watson, then.

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No, I hear you. But that was my point. I know this isn't that big of a deal, like, in the grand scheme of things, but if you want to change the culture, then why aren't you hammering down? Yeah, I don't know. That was the thought I had. And I think. Is he going to go down the road of being Urban Meyer? Two 20? Is he going to go down the road of being Spurrier? I think he's at a divide.

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I think he's Urban Meyer. Whatever number we're at with Urban Meyer.

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Well, at least you'll win some games if he's like Urban Meyer.

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Okay, let's go.

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All right, let's move on. So that was kind of the spring game for Florida. We'll have to watch that and hopefully he can make better decisions off the field so he can stay on the field. Right? Alright, mhm, let's move on to my nights. So they played Saturday and it was a good turnout. They had a decent turnout, but it was hot as everything. All the fans were complaining because it was so hot.

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Listen, in Florida, you cannot have a noon football game in the middle of. I know it's spring, but listen, it was ninety 90. It's hot all year round. We get maybe three weeks of winter.

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Yeah, it was super hot. Some fans complained on the message boards in this and they started Twitter at the ad saying, oh, we need to change this to a night game. Any Friday or Saturday or Thursday. Whatever you want to do, just please make it a night team. But I think Gus Malzan wanted it early. He wanted it. And they ran this game really quick. It was less than two 2 hours because they have running times and they didn't mess around. Right. But the reason they want that, same as Billy Napier. They had a lot of recruits on campus. They got two commitments that day and he wanted to spend time with these recruits after the game. So I think it's not going to change. They're going to keep doing this because they want the day with the players that show up, the uh, recruits. And so anyway, it was a pretty good game. The big story of, uh, it was the quarterbacks though. Of course. Mikey King versus John Rice Plumbly. Okay, the jury is still out. Supposedly Mikey King can't run, right? That's what everybody says. Oh, he's a terrible quarterback from last year. But he won nine games, beat the.

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Gators. Why do you have to throw that in there?

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But from what you've told me.

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He'S been running better.

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It seems that he has stepped up a lot.

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He has. He's got a chip on his shoulder because nobody thinks he can start. Nobody has given him credit. They don't think that he can win the battle.

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Well, maybe that's what he needs.

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No, I know. And I think he's taking it to motivation. He's added like ten, £10 of he's much bigger. He's faster. He's running for first downs, not huge runs but like fifty, 56 on third down when they need it. That's what the coach told him to do and he's been doing it and they're like he always makes the right read. They're like he knows this offense, he's reliable.

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So tell me about this other guy.

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So John Rice, Plumley, mhm he played at Ole Miss his first year, ran the ball a lot but he was never told to throw the ball really there. They didn't really want him to throw the ball. They had a lot of running attack with the option and all this kind of stuff. The RPOs then he set out his next year and he converted to wide receiver because he's such a great athlete.

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I was going to say wasn't he a wide receiver?

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So he said a year out he said he still studied with the quarterbacks, he still threw and all that but he didn't play. And then he transferred to UCF because he wants to play quarterback, obviously. So the narrative coming in was he can't throw the ball, he's not accurate. All he can do is run, right? That's what everybody's saying. Well he completed like seventy, 74% of passes on Saturday. Um, he looked good. He threw four touchdowns through for like two 200 yards. Mhm. And they weren't live meaning that you couldn't tackle the quarterback so you couldn't really see his running. But he did escape one time and have like a forty, 40 yard. And then they called him down on the five because as soon as they get close to the quarterback they blow the ball dead, you know what I mean? So it'll be interesting to see him fall when they're playing tackle in practice in this who wins this job? Because I think both of them are very good and he is lightning fast. I mean he is fast running no faster than me, I'm sure. Not quite as fast as, you.

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Know, million dollar question.

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Yeah.

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Who do you have as the starter?

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I think week one, it'll be Mikey King. I think he'll be the starter. But Plumb Lee will play also. I think they'll both play all season to be honest. I think they'll both kind of play all season and whoever has the hot hand, one of the famous guys doing this with Spurrier actually, people are like oh, it's never worked. Urban did it with Temptivo but it wasn't the same. He kind of had Chris Lee bring the ball all the way down the field and then when they got in the red zone they gave it to Temptibo and they kind of did little passes and run options and all this stuff and they were successful with that. But Spurrier actually would change guys sometimes by the play and he was very successful with it. I think he did it with Jesse Palmer even. And he just expected a lot of the quarterbacks. If they weren't playing well, he ripped them out of the game and put somebody else in.

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Well, Nick Saban did that with Tua and Jalen.

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Yeah, but not to that extent. Not to that extent. He played both of them. But I think that's the way College football is going. You're going to see more teams using two quarterbacks because I think you're more efficient that way. Well, I think they have two different skill sets in a way. So you can add different dimensions. If you have to prepare for two different guys, two different styles, it's harder for the other team. And then also you want to keep them somewhat happy so they don't transfer. Yeah. So you have depth in that room. So I don't know, it'll be fun seeing going forward, but I think that's what's going to happen. But the receivers are beast. One 100% the who transferred from Auburn, who was their leading receiver. He's the third or four fourth. Right now in UCF, he's the third or fourth receiver. And their running backs are super deep, super deep. It's going to be a big year.

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Can we talk about these QR codes?

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Yes. I wanted to ask you about it. You know how I feel. So let's rewind. Last year, they put the Twitter handles on the back of the jerseys, and that blew up. People loved that. It went across the whole nation. There were a lot of national stories. It was on ESPN, it was on Pardon interruption.

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I think you're, uh, sizing this a little bit.

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You hated it, but everyone else liked it and the players loved it. It's a gimmick. Come on. It's to get them recognized, to get the school recognized. So this year they're like, what are we going to do to top last year or do something like that? Because we can't do Twitter handles again. Sj Tui. They call him the chief of staff. He's like a helper with Gus Miles on, but really, his goal is to eventually be an ad. So he came here from, I think, Virginia. So he's been here last year, and this year he came up and weird note, he is the brother of Blindside, uh, the family that adopted the Blindside guy. He's the kid in the movie. Like, he's the real person. Okay. So anyway, that's just a side note. So he came up with the idea. He's like, Why don't we put QR codes on the Jersey? And Gusmiles on loved. He's like, okay, great, let's do it. So the QR code, they made one for every player. They put it on the back of the Jersey. And the idea is not to scan the QR code while they're running around or whatever, but the idea was just to get it out there. Now, those kids can use those QR codes for their own marketing. It goes to their page. It has all their bio all their Instagram and all that. There one place has links to their merch stores if they want. So it's like they're trying to help these kids. That's where I think it's beneficial. It's been on a lot of tech websites have talked about it, how innovative it is. A lot of sports sites have talked about it. This morning. It was on Good Morning America. They were talking about it. I don't know about that.

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They weren't. I don't know about that.

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It was on Good Morning America this morning. And that is viral marketing. And that's the reason they did it. It's not as much for the kids. It was for the team recognition and the brand, but the kids get some benefit out of it, and they all loved it.

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It's really sad. You have to go through all those well, I mean, Hoops and stuff just to get recognized.

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Maybe the Gators should have done it.

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Where are we recognized?

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Recognize, but I don't know. It was interesting. It's a gimmick, obviously, but the kids loved it. The recruits loved it because they see that the school is trying to promote them and trying to help them. And Gus Malzon has done a couple of things that I think are interesting. This spring, every time he goes to a Press conference, he's wearing a different players T shirt. You know how they all make T shirts and they sell them or whatever. That's like the big thing now with all these football players across the country. When he goes to the press conference, he's wearing different T shirts with different players instead of just the UCF Polo, which I think is kind of cool because he's like, oh, yeah, see my shirt and you don't like this, you just give me the desk there.

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I am just listening, and I'm taking all of this in.

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Nick Saban wouldn't do that. He wouldn't help his players.

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He don't need to.

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Yeah, but maybe he should. Why wouldn't he want to help his players if he loves them and he's a family with them? He don't care.

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Exactly. He don't care.

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So the other interesting.

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Do you really think Nick Saban cares?

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He doesn't care. The other thing that was interesting is that Gus Mazan talked about certain players, like Isaiah Bowser. He's in his fifth year. He came back. He took over a year, and so he's like, he was banged up a lot last year. So he's like, I'm treating certain guys on this team that decided to come back that could have tried to go pro as pros. He's like, So they're not practicing the same. They're not getting hit. They didn't play in the spring game. And he's like, there's no reason to risk them getting injured. They know how to play. They know the system all, um, sort of thing.

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Is that going to cause, like, some turmoil in the locker room? No. Some kids are going to interpret that as some players are getting special treatment.

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They are. And he makes it very clear. He's like, these guys are getting special treatment. That's messed up. No, because he goes, when it's your time, you'll get special treatment. Meaning if you could go pro and you decide to come back, I'm going to treat you like a pro and save your body so you're healthier than this. And he has said that has helped him over the years. He's done this at Auburn, actually. And he said, where he's at now? He said, the next class coming up, he's like, uh, they'll look at it and say, hey, should I go pro and maybe be a fifth round or sixth, 6th draft pick, something like that, and maybe not make the team? Or should I come back one more year and try to improve and be a higher draft pick?

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Or you can come back, get special treatment and still not be.

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Drafted. But you never know.

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How about that?

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I never know. Like, one of them was a lineman and he was projected to be a fifth or six round draft pick. Someone would take him, but he decided to come back because he loves College. Basically, he wants to play one more year. And so he's like, you don't need to make that guy get hit every day in practice. He can take a few reps off. He knows the offense, let other guys get more reps that are younger. So I don't know, we'll see how it works. But he said it's worked in the past. You just hate my team.

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I am just patiently listening and waiting to move.

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On. All right, listen. One last one. The last one is the state of Florida.

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Miami had their springy or should we say their Duns game. Get it? Because they're all wearing dunce hats.

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Why are they wearing dunce hats?

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I didn't see that. No, um, they weren't wearing it. I'm just being silly. No, the game was really bad.

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Oh, yeah, I heard it was bad. And people were joking because the quarterback just got a BMW from the BMW dealer for an Nil deal. Okay. Like last week or something. It's a sweet one. It's like a seventy 70. Eighty $80,000, right? He gets to use it, they give him a lease. Right. So anyway, by the way.

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He is responsible for taxes.

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Apparently, he wasn't great in the game. The receivers were dropping the balls everywhere. He would make some good throws and they would just drop the ball. And the fans started booing during a spring.

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Game. I don't know why everybody is trying to hype up Miami. They're trying to hype them up. Oh, Miami is going to be so good. No, they're not.

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They're trying to protect them as a top fifteen 15, and they're not.

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You are out of your mind if you think that they are going to be the top fifteen 15.

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Give them a couple of years with Crystal ball and maybe but I don't know. So the Miami spring game wasn't that great from what I heard. Yes. And this is the crazy part. I think we talked about it last time. I don't remember if it was on air off, but the voice of the Miami Hurricanes, the guy who broadcast the games, he said that he expects there to be a ton of transfers out after the spring game because the coaches want to clear they want to clean house and try to bring in a bunch of other guys before fall.

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But how is that going to help them?

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Because basically they're saying the guys are not good enough. They're saying they're not good enough. So how is everybody projecting to be a top fifteen, 15 when their own team is saying, oh, we're going to get rid of a bunch of guys and try to recruit new ones before the season?

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Yeah.

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That's crazy. It makes no sense whatsoever. Espn and them want them to be good so bad because they have so much money probably invested in them. Well, they own a part of the ACC network, so they need Clemson or FSU or Miami to be good because those are the ticket draws.

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And I can guarantee you none of them will be good.

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I hope Wake Forest wins the SEC this year.

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Be the best.

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All right. Can we move over to a little bit of NBA before we wrap up? Because it was a good weekend.

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We are in the playoffs, officially. Round one, game one, the best done. Most of them are done. A few of them. Yeah.

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They're going to the round two.

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I think there's one tonight.

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Yeah.

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But basically they were getting into game two. Game two, the best game I saw. I didn't watch that many, but I watched some were the Celtics.

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The Celtics.

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Was it the Nets and the Nets. Yeah. Because that's really not a two seven match up. The Celtics are the second seed and the Nets are seven.

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Yeah.

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But the Nets are much better than a seven seed. The Celtics had to come back at the end and they won on a last second bucket. It was like a beautiful play. They were rotating the ball around. Marcus Mark got the ball. He could have taken a shot, but he didn't. He made the correct pass. Uh huh. To Jason Tatum. And he did this like spin layup type of thing right at the basket with time expiring.

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It was amazing.

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And it crushed the Nets. It just crushed them because they came back and apparently Kairi killed it in the fourth quarter. He was on fire. He was just killing it in the fourth quarter. But Kevin Durant didn't really show up. He didn't play well, which is scary for the Celtics because they had to squeak that game out. If Kevin Durant plays well, they don't have a chance in the series.

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Yeah. So what do you think? Why was he not playing so well.

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I don't know.

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He having a mental block like the garbage can in the other team.

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I think he was having separation anxiety from the, uh, garbage can on.

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The bench.

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You know who I'm talking about? Yeah.

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Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons. Yeah.

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Trash can.

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Yeah. So that's going to be a good series. I think it's going to go seven. They're going to keep battling back and forth.

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Can we talk about Kyrie for a second? And his attitude towards the fans or haters? Sure. I caught a glimpse of this on, um, Instagram. And this one fan obviously did not like him. Was talking smack to him.

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Right? A Celtic fan, I'm sure.

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Yeah, I'm sure of it. Yeah. You know what, Kay? And he was, of course, recording this whole thing. You know what Kyrie did? He turned around and he said.

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Suck my Babe.

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I swear. I swear. I swear. Are you surprised by that?

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Not really. You know what I'm really surprised at? Why did they let him wear red socks and nobody else can? I want answers to these. These are depressing questions I need to know because he thinks he's he's on fire.

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I don't know.

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He thinks he's like, remember he was the one after he left the Celtics that he said that Boston is super racist. Mhm and he lived in Boston, I think growing up, too. Uh, he's lived in different places. He was born in Australia, but he lived in good neighborhoods and stuff. I don't know. I mean, but that's his attitude, and he let them know it. He lets people know his attitude for sure.

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He just has a poor attitude.

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Yeah. I mean, welcome to crybaby. Nba players that are superstars and billionaires. So it'll be interesting to see what the Celtics can do if they can keep up, because when I was watching the game, the nets look like the better team. Yeah, they should have won that game.

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Probably. I take the nets for the next game.

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I think so. The sons beat the Pelicans, and Chris Paul kind of took over in the fourth quarter. The old man. But that series should be an easy win for the Suns, I think. Then we had the Bucks and the Bulls, which was a good game, too. The Bucks won, but they had to come back. They had to come back. And I felt bad for my boyfriend's, IC he had a chance to make it a two point game or one point game, I can't remember. And he missed the layout. Like he was, uh, going in and people, they're battling in there, and he had a chance to put it in. And then another tip, he got the hand on the ball again, and he couldn't put it in. And he just put his head down and ran back because at that point, there was only like thirty five, 35 seconds knew that that was the game. That was the game. He knew it because they needed that bucket and then they had to foul and all this and it ended up being stretched out more. But it was basically a one possession game and they had the chance. I think it may have even been to go ahead or pulled away than one, I don't remember. But his head went down and Alex Caruso looked at him and was like, come on, man, come on. But that makes me wonder. People have always said this about when he was on the Magic in the current Magic roster. Someone asked this, does all this losing that they did with the Magic when he was here.

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Yeah.

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And what they're doing with the team now by Tanking, does that break these players? Does it change their mental willpower? Do you know what I'm saying something to them because some people say that's the worst part of Tanking that you can't keep these guys on the team because it must be something. You lose for three or four years and you're like the worst team in the League and you're never playing in competitive games that mean anything.

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Right.

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Then you break their will almost.

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Do you know what I mean?

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Broken. Yeah. So like now he's on a winning team and it's like broken. It's like one of those things where you kind of always lose at the end. So then you're like so close and then the ball doesn't go in and you're like, oh, I knew it was going to happen.

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Yeah.

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Do you know what I mean?

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That's the look he had. Well, I guess we'll see how the games play out more.

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Yeah. But it was interesting. The Bulls were right there. They were ahead and the Bucks came back. So I think the Bulls were behind. They took the lead in the fourth quarter by mhm a good bit. And then the Bucks came back and won it.

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Yeah.

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Eighty six, 86 to 93. It was closer than ninety three, 93 to 86 free throws at the very end that stretched it. It was a three point game.

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Wow.

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With the chance of the Bulls to tie it or come within one. And then anything could have happened at that point. The Heat, they cruise.

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They destroyed the heart name with.

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The Heat and they just shot the lights out. That Duncan Robinson that was undrafted, that anybody in the League could have had, was like crazy. He scored a ton of points. He only missed like one three pointer or something. He was like twelve or thirteen or 13 from the field. He tore it up and they made Trey Young look really bad for the Hawks. It was probably his worst game ever. I think they're just really. Yeah. They're just going to stomp the Hawks. I think it's not going to be close the way that game looked.

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Okay. So what changed from last season to this season?

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Well, the Heat were pretty good last season. Remember, didn't they go to the Finals or almost the Finals the year before they did? No, but with Trey Young. Oh, Trey Young. I think it was all the Heat Eric spokesperson is up to be coach of the year again. He's in the final voting for that. And he's an excellent coach. Since he took over from Pat Riley, they've only had two seasons in all those years under five hundred, 500. And I think he had Shaq and Dwayne Wade and then they rebuilt with LeBron and Bosch and Wade. Then they rebuilt again and they've just kind of done it on the flying. They've always been good. Now they have Jimmy Buckets, they have Oli Depot. They have all these guys that they got cheap. And a lot of people are saying they are the model organization in the NBA that knows how to just keep it rolling and they just keep bringing in new guys.

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Why aren't we taking notes from them?

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The problem is we don't have Pat Riley. He's like so shrewd. He's so good. He kind of took the Lakers model and brought it east. He just gets these guys to buy in and believe and they sign for less. It's so crazy. Whatever these guys come there the warriors, they did it again. They won their first game against the Nuggets. But the interesting part is Curry was coming off an ankle injury. He. Uh huh. Only played twenty two minutes 22. Sixteen points in 16. Two minutes 22. Did pretty well. But the guy who really dominated for this game was Jordan Pool. He's only in his first couple of years as a guard. He scored thirty points. He 30, the team leader, and he looked great. So they need to continue this effort with him and the young guys. So he scored a lot. Thompson scored a lot. A lot of the younger players scored too. Mhm and that's good for their future. Meaning when they move on from this core, they got guys waiting to step up.

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That's really good because that really worries me about Steph Curry. Yeah. He didn't play very much even though they won. Is this going to be how it is moving forward with all the games? Are they going to reserve him until like if they get by into the next round?

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I think they need to try to rest him as much as they can this round.

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Yeah.

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Because it's going to get tougher and tougher. And he's always had ankle injuries. So you really want to kind of limit him if you can. Yes. But the Nuggets are good team, so that's a big win. That's a big win to start off.

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I'm calling it. The warriors are going to be in the Finals.

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Yeah, I said that. No, I think the Suns will. No, I'm saying the Suns. I'll say it today. Then the big upset of the weekend was the Timber Wolves. They beat the grid lease and they beat them pretty good. It was one thirty to 130 to 117, a huge upset, and they were one of the playing teams, so it's like that was a big upset. So I don't know. That's a series to keep an eye on.

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Okay.

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But this was only the first game then. Yeah, I know, but that's a good one. You can still a game on the road. I mean, listen, now they just have to win at home.

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When we were in the play offs, we won the first game and lost. What's the math?

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The next four.

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The.

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Next four.

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Yeah.

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Yeah, I know. We'll see. We got to keep that in mind. No, I know. Everything can change. This is.

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Overreaction one day. It's trivia time. Nba playoff edition. Are you ready for your question? Let's do it. This is kind of an oldie okay, so desktop your little knowledge book. In Western semifinals between Seattle SuperSonics and Houston Rockets, Sonic set a new NBA record for the most three pointers in a game.

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How many do they make? Well, not as many as today, I think it was. I don't know. Can I have a range? Don't have to guess the exact number. It's a double digit. I know. I was going to say twenty two.

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Okay, 22 was twenty, so I'll 20.

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You that one. I was going to say twenty one St 21st and I maybe twenty two. What 22 like average now? Teams hit twenty now. Fifteen 20. Twenty 15 to 20. Then it was like the only teams that did that, honestly, the only teams that did that were the Seattle SuperSonics and the magic because they had shack and they would dump the ball in and kick it out to, like three D. The 3D the the leading three point shooting team for years, meaning they would have the most three point attempts and that they played basketball kind of the way basketball is played now. Very similar and they were just way ahead of their time.

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Okay, let's wrap it up with the would you rather if you could pick one player to take a game winner from half court? Would you prefer Steph Curry or Damian Lillard?

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Oh, that's a good one because they're both really good long shooters.

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But I'm taking I got Curry also.

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Uh, that's my boy.

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Friday's. Um, episode. Thank you for listening to sports bliss with Rob and Chris available on anchor. Fm, Apple podcast, Spotify and everywhere else. Fine podcast for fans. Follow us on Instagram and leave voice comments at four hundred and 407. A sports list with.

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