Today on the Grant Napear Show it was all about the City Council vote that approved the Kings’ new arena in Sacramento and Peyton Manning. Grant discussed with callers what happens next for the Kings and the upcoming steps in the process of building a new arena. Along with discussion about the Entertainment and Sports Complex, were some questions about Peyton Manning and his future following being released by the Indianapolis Colts. Grant talked about Manning’s future and where he might end up, and the chances that he will find himself in a San Francisco 49ers’ uniform next year. Other callers asked about Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Tyreke Evans, JJ Hickson, John Salmons and some possible Kings trade scenarios with the NBA’s trade deadline coming up on March, 15. Grant interviewed Carmichael Dave and Mike Silver.
1140 The Fan’s own Carmichael Dave joined Grant to discuss the Sacramento City Council vote on the Entertainment and Sports Complex, and how the process took place to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Neither Dave nor Grant had a lot of confidence in the Kings staying in Sacramento, last year, but both were as instrumental as Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Maloofs in helping to keep the Kings in California’s capital. Grant also talked about how important the 7-2 vote was in favor of going forward with building the arena.
Both Grant and Dave had thoughts about how the other was vital in getting the movement going. Grant talked about how Dave got the grassroots movement started by way of Twitter and other social media. Dave, on the other hand, said that the turning point for the Kings getting a new arena was Grant and Jerry’s “organic,” emotional sign-off on what looked to be the Kings’ final game in Sacramento.
Finally, Grant and Dave spoke about how the arena’s location will revitalize the city. They talked about how the old rail yards are an eyesore when driving into the city down I-5, but the Entertainment and Sports Complex will completely revamp that area. Grant and Dave observed how the area will be a place where people can spend a day, and it won’t just be about going to a Kings game. They added that business will boom in downtown Sacramento and the benefits of all the increased employment opportunities that the Entertainment and Sports Complex will provide.
Mike Silver from Yahoo Sports came on the show to talk about Peyton Manning being released, and where he may end up. Mike discussed why exactly the Colts and Jim Irsay decided to cut ties with Manning, He cited the money that Manning was going to be due, and the effects of his four neck surgeries and not having played all of the 2011 season. Grant asked Mike about the San Francisco 49ers being a potential landing spot for Manning. Mike explained that the 49ers should pursue Manning, but have multiple fallback options with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
Grant and Mike also discussed the current saga regarding bounties in the NFL, and what will happen to the Saints and Gregg Williams. Mike offered his thoughts on what Roger Goodell would do in regards to punishment for the New Orleans Saints’ organization, as well as Sean Payton and Gregg Williams.
Next, Grant asked Mike about Dennis Allen, Reggie McKenzie and the new regime for the Oakland Raiders. Mike said that Mark Davis has done a good job of implementing football people to take over operations of the team, after his late father Al Davis treated him like a “punk,” which may have made Mark’s job difficult. Mike talked about moves the Raiders may make to get under the salary cap and the future of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Mike also talked about Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and where each of them fits with the Raiders following the exit of Hue Jackson as the team’s head coach.
Finally, Grant asked about Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Mike talked about Brees’ commitment to the Saints and how the Saints are banking on that commitment in helping to sign him long-term. Brees was given the franchise tag by the Saints, which didn’t allow him to hold out for a long-term deal with the team.