The Grant Napear Show – August 4, 2014
Today, Grant opened the show by discussing Friday night’s devastating injury to Team USA’s Paul George, as well as the common reaction that it has evoked amongst NBA general mangers, many of who are now expressing concern regarding their team’s superstars competing in international play. The financial impact of a team like the Indiana Pacers losing a cornerstone like George was the focal point of the discourse.
Grant talked first with guest Paul Allen, voice of the Minnesota Vikings, about the new look of the team and their chances in 2014-2015, mentioning that they will have to survive one of the most difficult schedules in the NFL in the coming season. Paul and Grant also touched on the rumors surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves and the likely trade involving their star power forward, Kevin Love.
Grant also pointed out the staggering TV rating disparity between Sunday’s NFL Hall of Fame exhibition game and the regular season Sunday Night Baseball feature in which the Red Sox hosted the Yankees — the pre-season football game’s ratings evidence of the sport’s relative dominance among American sports’ fans.
Mike Rosenberg of San Jose Mercury News was the next guest on the show, and he discussed the new Santa Clara home of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as the worrisome traffic congestion that left attendees of Saturday’s inaugural soccer game infuriated by the inconvenience of departing from Levi Stadium’s parking lot.
Finally, Grant spoke with NFL broadcaster Ian Eagle to conclude the show, debating the likelihood of the New York Jets initiating a turn-around season behind sophomore quarterback Geno Smith and a slew of notable offseason acquisitions. Their conversation wrapped up with a discussion of the recent rumblings that Mason Plumlee will likely be selected to Team USA’s final roster over DeMarcus Cousins.