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The Grant Napear Show – December 19, 2011

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In a rare four-hour Monday show from Buffalo Wild Wings in Folsom, Grant previewed tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the 49ers and Steelers in San Francisco while taking calls from disgruntled Raiders fans after their late-game collapse at home against the Lions.

Kevin Harlan joined the show in hour two from San Francisco, where he is set to call tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup between the 49ers and Steelers from Candlestick. Kevin cited the 49ers’ good fortune health-wise as one of the reasons they’ve been one of the top teams in the league and speculated about how Ben Roethlisberger’s high ankle-sprain will affect his play tonight. Grant and Kevin also discussed the effect that the labor stoppage has had on overall player health in the NFL and how it might cause similar trouble in the NBA.

Thom Brennaman of FOX Sports then recapped yesterday’s meltdown by the Raiders, saying he was shocked that Oakland was unable to hold a thirteen point lead late in the game. Brennaman and Brian Billick had the call yesterday from O.co Coliseum. Thom downplayed Calvin Johnson’s role in the Lions’ success this year and maintains the Green Bay is still the team to beat before moving on to a little baseball hot-stove analysis.

Rounding out hour two, Mark Jackson of the Golden State Warriors said he’s not nervous about his first head coaching job because he’s surrounded himself with good players and coaches that will help him succeed. He touted Golden State’s backcourt of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry is “the best in the business”. Jackson also had good words for rookies Klay Thompson and Jimmer Fredette for the Warriors and Kings, respectively.

After a rant about Carson Palmer’s Sunday performance, the phone lines re-opened to the Raider Nation whose solutions to the teams’ problems ranged from replacing the coaching staff to, well, replacing the coaching staff (not a lot of creativity in that department). Grant fielded calls for the final segments of the show between updates on the Monday Night NFL action.

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