Daily Bernie: Dec. 29 – Blues Get Nice Win With Classic Looming; Fabbri Notches First Hat Trick

Blues and NFL talk abounds on Thursday’s Bernie Miklasz Show, as Anthony Stalter and Mike Young are still in for Bernie.

Fabbri recorded his first career hat trick in Wednesday’s 6-3 win over Philadelphia.

The duo welcomes Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford to the program to talk Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Flyers, a game in which Robby Fabbri recorded the first of hopefully many hat tricks.

Bleacher Report NFL writer Jason Cole joins the program to talk everything pro football as the regular season enters the final week.

Your hosts also debate several football topics, including which team has the best shot at beating Alabama, and whether Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott deserves most credit for the Cowboys’ success.

7AM Hour

Blues Kickoff Homestand the Right Way

Robby Fabbri recorded his first career hat-trick as the Note dispatched Philly 6-3 in their first game back from Christmas break. He became the second youngest Blue in history to do so behind Bernie Federko.

The Blues host Nashville Saturday before the big one Monday, the 2017 Winter Classic with Chicago. The Note currently sits six points behind the Blackhawks, who have lost their last three.

Interview w/ Bleacher Report NFL Writer – Jason Cole

Cole joins to discuss Jeff Fisher and Rex Ryan’s futures, potential coaching vacancies, the LA job’s appeal, and this weekend’s Packers-Lions showdown.

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Who Has the Best Shot at Beating Bama?

On Wednesday, Anthony and Mike discusses what had to be done to beat Alabama, and today they decide which of the Tide’s potential opponents has the best chance at doing so.

Bama hasn’t faced a team with a top-15 rushing defense. Ohio State holds the 14th best in the country and Clemson the 22nd.

Steelers Plan to Rest Starters, Giants Likely Won’t

It’s again the time to debate whether teams playing meaningless Week 17 games should rest their starters. There are exactly two playoff spots up for grabs, but still plenty of room for seed changes.

The Giants are playing a meaningless game for them, but not for the opposing Redskins. The Steelers are playing the 1-14 Browns. Is there anything the league can do to discourage teams from sitting starters in Week 17?

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8AM Hour

Ranking the Three NFL Coaching Vacancies

There are certainly more to come, but as we sit here Dec. 29, the Rams, Bills, and Jaguars jobs are the three up for grabs.

The Rams locale is attractive, but what if Les Snead stays on as general manager? Buffalo has a stout defense, but plays in a tough division.

The Jags don’t know if Blake Bortles is a franchise quarterback or a bust, but they have a very winnable division. Which job looks best to candidates?

NFL ‘Truth or Trap’

Truth or trap – Sam Bradfrord deserves credit for keeping the Vikings afloat without Adrian Peterson? The guys debate this and several other ‘truth or trap’s’ this segment.

Zeke or Dak?: Who Deserves Most Credit for Cowboys’ Success?

Dallas is looking to set a franchise record with 14 wins and a debate has broken out as to whether Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott is most responsible.

Anthony and Mike make cases for both MVP candidates this segment.

Is Jason Garrett the Hands-Down Coach of the Year Winner?

Garrett currently has the best odds at the award according to Bovada. Has he really done the best job of any other NFL coach? Did Garrett draft Elliott and Prescott?

Should Atlanta’s Dan Quinn be getting more of a look for stabilizing the Falcons defense? Or even Adam Gase in Miami?

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9AM Hour

Interview w/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues Beat Writer and 101ESPN Insider – Jeremy Rutherford

JR talks Wednesday’s win over Philly, Robby Fabbri’s hat trick, why Jake Allen sat, and what will happen if it rains Monday during the Winter Classic.

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Which NFL Coaches Remain on the Hot Seat in Week 17?

With three coaches having already received their walking papers, who’s next? Could it be the Jets’ Todd Bowles in year two after last season’s late collapse?

What about Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis? Is John Fox safe in Chicago? Will this finally be the year Marvin Lewis gets the ax in Cincinnati?

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