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One of our assistants, Lewis Woodard, provides a great recap of our Monday show from Catawba College in Salisbury…

The Drive team broadcasted live from Salisbury, taking part in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) awards banquet. Their All-Star guests included Teddy Atlas, Dick Vitale, Bob Ryan, Bob Costas, Dan Shulman, and John Feinstein.

Taylor and Marc debated the upcoming NBA Finals, the controversial Pacquiao-Bradley decision, and the importance of an uptown stadium for the Charlotte Knights.

Callers sparred with Marc about his constant anti-LeBron stance. Marc pointed to The Decision and the ill-advised, “self-coronating” pep rally as reasons to cheer against “The King.” In short, the results don’t match LeBron’s self-created hype. Taylor, on the other hand, forgives LeBron’s worst moments because he usually conducts himself with class. Taylor doesn’t see the Heat as evil.

Both Taylor and Marc agree that an uptown stadium for the Knights would be great for Charlotte, particularly if it could pave the way for a Major League Baseball franchise twenty years from now.

They also agreed that the Pacquiao-Bradley decision smacked of corruption and will hurt the already marginalized sport of boxing.

Teddy Atlas doesn’t think that Pacquiao-Bradley will kill boxing, but he believes it’s time for greater accountability within boxing through the creation of a governing body. The trainer-turned-broadcaster unloaded on corruption within the sport, especially the clout given to promoters.

Dicky V bemoaned the “black eye” that boxing just gave itself. He also claimed he would pick Thomas Robinson with the #2 pick, if he were Rich Cho. He called T-Rob “a sure thing.”

Famed sportswriter Bob Ryan enlightened our audience on the subject of LeBron James. He called LBJ the “greatest package of skills at that size, ever.” He also thinks LeBron is already a top 10 all time player. Bob stopped short of making a prediction on account of the Heat’s extreme inconsistency, but he did agree with Marc’s assertion that the Finals matchup is “good versus evil.”

Multiple Emmy Award winner Bob Costas stopped by The Drive and discussed the biggest moments in his broadcasting career: the Red Sox l986 World Series collapse, Gibson’s big-time homer in the 1988 World Series, and Michael Johnson’s jaw-dropping 200m dash in the 1996 Olympics.

NSSA Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman joined the program and also highlighted his favorite moments in the profession: Christian Watford’s game-winner against Kentucky, Austin Rivers’ dagger against UNC, and David Freese’s remarkable World Series Game 6.

NSSA Hall of Fame inductee and bestselling author John Feinstein was the last of the show’s incomparable guests. Feinstein praised his talented colleagues at the Washington Post: Bob Woodward, Tony Kornheiser, and Michael Wilbon among many others. He also criticized the impatient nature of modern sports fans by pointing out that Coach K would be fired after his first 3 seasons at Duke if they occurred today.

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