College: Southern Illinois
Professional Experience: Pro Football Weekly, CBS Sports, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Paper boy, DJ at country/western bar
Favorite Teams: Chicago Cubs, Liverpool FC, Yale football
Greatest Athletic Achievement: The first year of grade-school football, I was riding the pine. We were on defense and we had only 10 men on the field, some kid forgot to go out on D. I ran on the field right before the play started and made the tackle. The coach told me to stay in the game because he was mad at the kid who forgot to go in. I started from then on. I still stunk, but I was like Clint Longley when the Cowboys' Roger Staubach went down ... but I didn't punch out Roger the Dodger to end my career.
Sports Heroes: Walter Payton (He didn't showboat and played hard every week). Also Tony Hawk for making a street sport mainstream -- he gets ripped by skateboarders but he revolutionized sports.
Favorite TV shows: The Shield, Deadliest Catch, Friday Night Lights.
College: New York University Professional
Experience: WFAN (New York), KMPC (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Rams broadcasts, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Camp counselor
Favorite Teams: Denver Broncos, Houston Astros
Greatest Athletic Achievement: Once struck out 18 batters in a six-inning little league game. My team still lost 3-1 due to errors and walks.
Sports Heroes: John Elway and Nolan Ryan
Favorite TV shows: The Honeymooners, The Twilight Zone, All In The Family, Friday Night Lights, Saturday Night Live, Super Nanny
Patrick "Seton" O'Connor
College: West Virginia Professional Experience: Hartford radio, ESPN
Odd Jobs: Security guard, flower delivery person, Postal worker
Favorite Teams: Notre Dame, Seton Hall, and the New York Yankees
Greatest Athletic Achievement: My first year of Little League, city championship, I played for underdog Sanitary Fuel, taking on the heavily favored Progressive Firehouse. Bottom of the seventh, which is the last inning in LL, one out, bases loaded, we were up by one. I was playing left field and caught a towering fly ball (it seemed to hang in the air for hours) hit by Kirk Asterita and threw it in to second to turn two. Game over. When seeing the ball hit in my direction, my father was quoted as saying "Oh Sh**." The city newspaper recapped the game the next day, saying "O'Connor, who hadn't caught a ball all season ... " My big defense over the years has been that I didn't have any balls hit to me.
Sports Heroes: Muhammad Ali, Tony Hawk, Steve Balboni
Favorite TV shows: MSNBC, Cash Cab, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Law and Order
Andrew "McLovin'" Perloff
College: Dartmouth College
Professional Experience: Fox Sports, MLB.com, NFL, SI.com
Odd Jobs: Butcher's assistant, flower delivery person, grocery clerk
Favorite Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers
Greatest Athletic Achievement: Named MVP of Southeastern Pa. JCC (Jewish Community Center) 1982 Little League season. To be fair, I was one of few players in league who didn't have to worry about losing his yarmulke when running the bases.
Sports Heroes: Randall Cunningham, Julius Erving, Mike Schmidt
Favorite TV shows: Simpsons, Larry Sanders Show, Flight of Conchords
The Los Angeles Times' Chris Dufresne joined the show to discuss the big issues as college football kicks off.
-- Dufresne thinks Texas QB Colt McCoy is the favorite to win the Heisman. He thinks the Longhorns have a chip on their shoulder and McCoy will get a good shot since he hasn't won one yet.
Then again ... "If [Tim] Tebow goes nuts and they run the table, he could win it again," Dufresne said.
-- Dufresne said that Charlie Weis has more pressure on him than Rich Rodriguez. Dufresne said that Rodriguez hasn't had enough time to build that system. It takes time to change a system.
Dufresne said the real crime that Rodiguez committed was finishing 3-9 last year ... not practice violations. That's how college football works. If you win, those stories don't leak out.
-- Dufresne says too often big-name schools get favorable treatment in the polls. "That's the problem in college football. Too much importance is placed on the name on the uniform," Dufresne said.
-- Dufresne said that he gives Nevada a chance against Notre Dame.
The MLB Network's Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams dropped by the show to discuss
-- Williams got into the mindset of a closer and discussed the World Series home run he gave up to Joe Carter.
"People wanted to make it out to be so huge. In my mind, I hated losing any game ... but when it was over, it was over for me," Williams said.
Williams said the home run didn't kill his confidence. It was the Phillies dealing him in the offseason that did it. He loved being there and didn't want to leave.
"The thing that ended my career was being traded," Williams said. "The home run ... I gave up lots of them."
Williams said he knew Carter liked pitches down and in. "The pitch was supposed to be up and away. I threw it out of a sidestep and jerked it down and in," Williams said.
-- Williams also had interesting comments on Jim Thome. He said that worked so well for the Phillies with Matt Stairs. The Dodgers looked at Philly and said we want that kind of pop coming off our bench.
-- Williams said that he still likes the Phillies in the NL, but St. Louis is "no joke." He loves the Matt Holliday deal. Williams said Holliday wasn't happy in Oakland and is more comfortable now.
But Williams told Dan not to read too much into Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin's regular-season success. Williams said pitching in the postseason is a different ballgame.
"John Smoltz is not going to start for St. Louis in the playoffs," Williams said. "They got him for insurance in the bullpen."
Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn joined the show to discuss Ricky Rubio's decision to stay in Spain and not join the T'Wolves yet.
"Anybody who's ever had teenagers, there are twists and turns," Kahn said.
Kahn, however, explained that nothing about the way this played out surprised him. Kahn said at first that he didn't think Rubio would even consider coming over so soon. Kahn knew he'd come over eventually, but he didn't expect him immediately. Kahn said he had heard Rubio would only come over if he was a top-two pick.
"He started to send us some signals during the summer that he was interested in accelerating that path," Kahn said.
The plan is that he will be in Spain for two years and then join the Timberwolves.
Dan asked Kahn if he would do that pick over again. "Absolutely, he's 18," Kahn said. "Two years from now he's 20 and his whole career is still in front of him."
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden joined the show to discuss his upcoming season ...
-- Dan asked Bowden if he ever thought there would be a Tim Tebow. Bowden said yes, because he had a quarterback who was the same ... Charlie Ward. Bowden said Ward could run and throw as well, and he rarely lost. Ward lost two games in two seasons, including "wide right."
-- Bowden said people think he invented "wide right" ... the expression. "If I miss a putt to the right, someone will say 'wide right?'"
-- Bowden says it's not fair that the NCAA is trying to take away 14 games because of an academic cheating scandal. Bowden said the school turned itself in and deserve a break.
"It's tough to coach for 55 years and never have been involved in cheating," Bowden said. "Then all of a sudden 14 of your games are taken away. It doesn't seem right.
Bowden said he is concerned about the all-time win record. Bowden and Joe Paterno are in a tough competition for it. Those 14 games are big. Bowden says he cares a lot more than JoePa because he's from the South. Bowden says the South lost the Civil War and is still looking for prestige. Everyone around him wants him to end up with the all-time win record.
-- Bowden said it's going to be tough to have an undefeated champion. "Florida has a heck of a chance," Bowden said. But Bowden said it will be tough.
-- Bowden said they were pressured to play Miami so easy in the season.