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Thursday, April 16th, 2020

AHMAD RASHAD ON MICHAEL JORDAN & TIGER WOODS; MEL KIPER JR. ON 2020 NFL DRAFT QB CLASS — QUOTES FROM TODAY’S EPISODES OF LUNCH TALK LIVE WITH MIKE TIRICO AND THE RICH EISEN SHOW ON NBCSN

“Their quest for excellence and no one determines what that excellence is except them. They’re competing with themselves.” – Ahmad Rashad on similarities between Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods

“I think if he were in this draft, he’d be slightly behind (Joe) Burrow and slightly ahead of Tua (Tagovailoa).” – Mel Kiper Jr. on where Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence would be selected in this year’s draft

 “I walked out of that building every night and said ‘I can’t believe I get to do this’…I’ll never forget it, it was one of my best experiences covering sports.Michele Tafoya on covering Michael Phelps throughout the 2016 Rio Olympics

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2020 – Mike Tirico hosted today’s episode of Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN and was joined remotely by:

    • Former NBC Sports commentator and NFL player Ahmad Rashad
    • Motorsports legend Roger Penske
    • Four-time Olympic diving medalist David Boudia
    • Fashion designer Kiya Tomlin (wife of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin)
    • NBC Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya

 

The Rich Eisen Show followed Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN, as host Rich Eisen was joined by:

    • ESPN football & NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
    • FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer
    • Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan from AMC’s “Friday Night in With The Morgans”

 

Following are highlights from Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN:

Ahmad Rashad on the similarities between Tiger Woods’ and Michael Jordan’s greatness: “Their quest for excellence and no one determines what that excellence is except them. They’re competing with themselves. They’re trying to be the best they can possibly be and they have never set any type of limits…They work extremely hard to get to where they want to be.”

Rashad on his love for golf: “It is the best sport that I’ve ever attempted to play because it’s personal, and the best can play with the worst…It’s a game you can play forever, and as you get older, it’s about more than golf.”

Rashad on the future of the NBA post-COVID-19 pandemic: “Adam (Silver) has proved himself to be one of the finest commissioners of all-time, and he will do the right thing in terms of when and how to get the league back to fruition going forward with the safety of everyone being the most important thing.”

Michele Tafoya on her memories covering Michel Phelps’ performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics: “One of the things that comes to mind is how accessible he was for interviews…I walked out of that building every night and said, ‘I can’t believe I get to do this.’ It was historical…I’ll never forget it, it was one of my best experiences covering sports.”

Tafoya on interviewing athletes right after big moments: “Once you ask the first question, shut up and let them talk. Do not interrupt because what you are seeing is unbridled emotion…You also have to set them up properly, and what is fun about it is you are talking to someone who is victorious. They’re about as happy as they are going to be in their lives professionally in that moment.”

Kiya Tomlin on using her business to assist the local community by sewing masks: “This is something we can do. I got connected to Alleghany Health Network, and we started donating masks to the healthcare system…When I set out to donate, my goal was to send out 500 a week. The need has been so great, we have been doing 400 a day.”

Roger Penske on his purchase of INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2019: “When I step back, I made the right decision no matter what happens as a result of this pandemic for the sports world and INDYCAR, but to me (the Indy 500) is a generational race…It’s my goal to have the race with the same pageantry, same worldwide audience, and provide our fans with the best race ever.”

Penske on the INDYCAR/NASCAR doubleheader on July 4th at IMS: “I think you’re going to see more of it. It’s a fan experience and I think it will be very good from a television perspective seeing the different (racing) disciplines. I hope this is just the start of things we can do together going into 2020 and beyond.”

Penske on iRacing: “The fans love it, (it’s) getting good viewership, and it’s a way we stay connected with our fans. It gives the teams something to do and keeps the sport on top of people’s mind.”

David Boudia on the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: “It’s a different time for all of us, but at the end of the day, this is not about one person or even one nation. This is a global pandemic, so we are doing whatever we can to keep everyone safe at home and those outside of our home.”

Boudia on the postponement: “There is a blessing to it. What were those things during my offseason that I couldn’t get to and what can I do now going forward for the next 14 months that will help me get to where I want to be going into Tokyo in 2021?”

Following are highlights from The Rich Eisen Show on NBCSN:

Mel Kiper Jr. on Tom Brady being drafted No. 199 in 2000: “I just remember thinking after it was all over and Brady was developing into one of the best of all time, they didn’t even take him as their first pick in the 6th round….If you go back, New England got nothing out of that draft except for Brady.”

Kiper Jr. on the draft serving as a distraction for the country: “I think it does contribute to the mental state of a lot people who need this as a diversion to get away from what’s going on.”

Kiper Jr. on Tua Tagovailoa vs. Justin Herbert: “I like Tua ahead of Herbert.”

Kiper Jr. on where Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence would be selected in this year’s draft: “I think if he were in this draft, he’d be slightly behind (Joe) Burrow and slightly ahead of Tua (Tagovailoa) with the injury.”

Kiper Jr. on Giants QB Daniel Jones: “Daniel Jones has shown he is a franchise quarterback.”

Jay Glazer on the biggest story of the draft: “Wherever Tua goes.”

Glazer on if Cam Newton remains unsigned because of injury: “(Teams) want to be able to see that foot and shoulder…Without a doubt, that’s why Cam is not signed.”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, an avid Seahawks fan, on Marshawn Lynch returning during the playoffs last season: “To bring Marshawn back, ole’ number 24, Beastmode. I bought all that merch. I was on the Beastmode website buying everything that I could. It was pretty exciting.”

Morgan on Russell Wilson: “Russell Wilson is something to behold, how he can consistently pull off these games. I don’t know how many comebacks he’s had, I should know that. I want him with the ball in the fourth quarter with a minute on the clock. I feel like we’re going to win every time.”

Morgan on who the Seahawks should draft: “We need offensive linemen. But I think we also need to sharpen up the edge. If we can’t figure out what to do with (Jadeveon) Clowney, and I’m hoping we get him back, but I think we need help on the edge and we have to protect Russell.”

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