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The Grant Napear Show – November 2, 2011

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The first day of the NBA season came and went today without a single game being played and no end in sight to the labor stoppage. With that, Grant reached out into the world of college football with an epic matchup set for this weekend.

In the first hour, Chip Patterson of CBSSports.com talked about Saturday’s LSU/Alabama matchup.  Grant and Chip speculated as to whether the loser can make it back to the National Championship game and break down the strengths and weaknesses of each team.  Patterson said that this matchup is the Super Bowl of college football.

The Raiders added to their roster on Wednesday, and Solomon Wilcots of CBS Sports started his spot in hour two by trying to predict how long it will take Carson Palmer to readjust to the NFL and if the Broncos this weekend will provide the right opportunity to get well.  Solomon offered some thoughts on the Raiders’ signing of T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Philip Rivers’ early-season struggles in San Diego, the Chiefs’ resurgence, Andy Dalton’s dynamite rookie season, and Sunday night’s Baltimore/Pittsburgh primetime showdown.

After Grant’s Rant, Charles Davis took his weekly trip around the football world with Grant, starting with with LSU/Alabama, where Charles echoed Grant’s sentiments that Saturday’s game will have a Super Bowl-type atmosphere.  Charles looked ahead to the implications for the loser and how dependent they will be on the results of the Pac-12 championship.  Charles also gave his opinion T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Tim Tebow, and Cam Newton.

Starting the final hour, the 49ers’ versatile tight end Delanie Walker commented on the team’s defense, the speed of their tight ends, the season to date, and what they can expect on their road trip to play the Redskins on Sunday.  Delanie went on to describe the attitude in the locker room, whether the team is getting complacent with a 6-1 start, and how playing next to Vernon Davis creates success for him and the rest of the offense.

Also in the final hour, Howard Beck of the New York Times provided Grant with the latest on the NBA Lockout and what he’s seen while camping out at the negotiations.  Howard doesn’t necessarily buy the report that Derek Fisher has been working a backdoor deal with David Stern, or that a deal like that could even be possible.  He also said there’s not really an explanation as to why the two sides can seem so close and still not be able to close the deal.

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