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The Rush: Steelers survive Bears scare, COVID wrecks havoc on 76ers

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The Steelers narrowly escaped with a win against the Bears on MNF, which was the least of Monday’s sports drama. Between the Ben Simmons debacle and Joel Embiid becoming the fourth 76ers player to enter COVID-19 health and safety protocols, Philly is riding the struggle bus while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Howard Stern join forces in taking Aaron Rodgers to task for his behavior relating to the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, the Bucks are the first NBA team to visit the White House since 2016 as Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates celebrate their Championship with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Video Transcript

- From 40 to put the Steelers back on top, and he does!

[CROWD CHEERING]

JARED QUAY: The Steelers hosted the Bears last night for Monday Night Football.

- Who cares?

JARED QUAY: Yeah, I'm with you there. Normally I'd be happy if the Steelers won, but there was just way too much going on in the sports world. Have you heard what's going on in Philadelphia?

- So much fun!

JARED QUAY: Ben Simmons and the team are reportedly still at odds on multiple fronts. And that's just one part of the problem. Joel Embiid has to sit out multiple games after testing positive for COVID. He joined three other players and a coach who are in COVID health and safety protocols.

The shorthanded Sixers had their six-game winning streak snapped last night by the Knicks. But that's not even important right now.

- How's Joel doing?

- I mean, he's not doing great. He's struggling with it very similar to Tobias.

JARED QUAY: The Sixers have two elite athletes in their 20s who are sick with COVID, not like asymptomatic sick, they're sick sick. Meanwhile, expert researcher and anti-vaxxer, Aaron Rodgers, is off with COVID somewhere. He's complaining about being canceled by the woke mob, consulting with Joe Rogan, and taking a horse dewormer.

[HORSE NEIGHING]

- How is this happening?

JARED QUAY: Yesterday Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Howard Stern hammered Aaron Rodgers for his dangerous and misinformed opinion about the COVID-19 vaccine.

HOWARD STERN: I say the next time this [BLEEP] head gets injured on the field, they should bring in Joe Rogan to fix the bones. They should have him treat him. He's the only doctor they should have treat--

- When he has to go through that concussion protocol, send him to Joe.

JARED QUAY: Man, that's hilarious, and it should totally happen. How do we do that? Also kudos to Aaron Rodgers for getting Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Howard Stern on the same page. When that happens, you know you [BLEEP] up.

- Ain't that the truth.

JARED QUAY: But man, let's en d the show on a positive note, why don't we? For the first time since 2016, an NBA team visited the White House. Hmm, I wonder why they went on hiatus?

- You know why.

JARED QUAY: Yeah, yeah I do. The Milwaukee Bucks hung out with President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris at the White House on Monday to celebrate their 2021 championship. I'll leave you with the words of an awestruck and very grateful MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: A kid from Sepolia, Athens, Greece grew up from two Nigerian parents. They were struggling every day to provide for us, illegal in a country that they didn't call home at the time. It's an unbelievable opportunity to be able to be in the White House meeting the President of the United States. I could not be as honored and happy that something like this-- I've overcome something like this in my life.

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