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The Grant Napear Show – December 30, 2011

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A packed lineup of guests joined the Friday show going into week 17 of NFL action. In addition to NFL talk, Kings fans were pressing the panic button the day after a relatively non-competitive game the night before against the Bulls.

NFL analyst Ed Werder kicked things off, saying that the Cowboys should have run away with the NFC East this year but for some reason haven’t been able to put it together; Jason Garrett has been the scapegoat in the eyes of the fans but Ed had a few reasons why Garrett should be given a pass. Grant and Ed previewed this weekend’s critical Giants/Cowboys matchup and gave us a glimpse into the mystery that is Jerry Jones. Werder also told us who the one team is that could beat the Packers in the playoffs.

In hour two, Jeremy Roenick of NBC Sports checked in to preview this weekend’s Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers. Jeremy also gave his thoughts on the San Jose Sharks’ season up to this point.

Closing out hour three, former Raiders’ quarterback and current CBS Sports analyst Rich Gannon said Norv Turner’s potential firing will make the Chargers a tough matchup for Oakland in a game the Raiders have to win to make the playoffs. Rich will be at O.Co Coliseum with Marv Albert to call the game on Sunday. The Broncos play the Chiefs in a game that’s also pivotal to the Raiders’ postseason chances, and Rich thinks Kyle Orton will have some surprises lined up for Denver’s defense. He then finished with some thoughts on the NFL MVP race.

In the final hour, NBA analyst Tim Legler explained why he thinks it’s unfair to judge any NBA team before mid-February and that the Lakers and Mavericks will both be fine despite slow starts. Legler also gave his take on Derrick Rose and some of the other bright young stars in the NBA.

Finishing off the show, Grant and Peter King of Sports Illustrated laid out the NFL playoff scenarios going into the final week of the season, including Sunday night’s Giants/Cowboys showdown.

Summary by Nate Goodyear

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