Grizzlies star Ja Morant claims he would ‘cook’ Michael Jordan one-on-one, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ stadium will no longer be called Heinz Field and fans are livid, and Dodger Stadium concessions workers have voted to go on strike, possibly impacting the 2022 MLB All-Star Game.
TAYLOR ROOKS: Yeah, this time, you're not saying I would have cooked them.
JA MORANT: I would have cooked them, too. [LAUGHING]
TAYLOR ROOKS: You would have cooked Michael Jordan?
JA MORANT: Man, I don't-- nobody got more confidence than 12.
TAYLOR ROOKS: Right. [LAUGHING]
JARED QUAY: Oh, Grizzlies star Ja Morant is confident for sure. Maybe even overconfident. In a conversation with Taylor Rooks, Morant explained what he'd say to Michael Jordan if they were to talk. And it started off nice.
TAYLOR ROOKS: But if you could have talked to Michael Jordan in that moment, what would you have said?
JA MORANT: Thank you.
JARED QUAY: And then Morant went to crazy town saying that he would cook Michael Jordan one on one. And we don't even need to ask Jordan what his response would be.
MICHAEL JORDAN: Really, oh, so that's how you're going to play it. Are you going to do this? OK, fine.
JARED QUAY: No way Jordan let's just one go. Sign me up for the pay-per-view. And if you're still under any illusion that Morant wouldn't take on all challengers, any time, anywhere, he thinks it could be Lionel Messi one on one in a soccer shootout.
JA MORANT: Messi, yeah.
TAYLOR ROOKS: You coming for Messi?
JA MORANT: That's pretty cold. [LAUGHING] But I want to be the goalie. I want to be the goalie, and have-- matter of fact, somebody set it up there.
TAYLOR ROOKS: Set up you and Messi? [LAUGHING]
JA MORANT: Yeah, for sure.
JARED QUAY: Heck, with that confidence, maybe he can go play quarterback for the Steelers, who could use the positive PR right now. Pittsburgh and Heinz, Heinz and Pittsburgh, the pair go together like well, dogs and ketchup. But the Steelers and Heinz couldn't agree on a deal to renew the naming rights. So now the stadium is going to be named after something dope, right. Wait, was it? Boy, the new name is an obscure insurance company?
- What the what?
JARED QUAY: Well, money, obviously. Acrisure Insurance is willing to pay $10,000,000.00 annually for naming rights. So Acrisure it is. Needless to say fans are ecstatic that their stadium will now be called Acrisure Stadium. All right, I'm lying. They hate it, and who can blame them?
- Not me.
JARED QUAY: I just want to point out that most professional sports teams have a corporate sponsor in the name of their stadium. But one of the few teams that kept their own name on their stadium is facing a different kind of disaster. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting this year's MLB all-star game, and it should be a fantastic occasion. Except there might not be any concession workers for the event.
JARED QUAY: Dodger Stadium concession workers have voted in support of a strike a week before the all-star game is set to be played, and the strike could happen at any time. I don't think it's a stretch to say that a baseball game this big without concessions would be an unmitigated disaster. 99% of the 4,500 workers voted to strike because they have trouble even providing basic necessities for themselves.
And there would be no bigger stage to make their voices heard than the all-star game. And I'll say it right now, give these people what they need because I can barely stand baseball as it is. But if I had to be at a game without popcorn and hotdogs and several beers, I might lose my damn mind, all right.