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 Sep 28, 2019

 Nov 14, 2018


First Take is always a heated discussion as Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and guests debate about the day's top stories.

Episode Date
Do we HAVE to watch the Cowboys and Lions?
Stephen A, Max and Damien Woody debate if Andy Dalton is the most important player in today's games, if Brian Flores was wrong for benching Tua and if Steph can win without Klay Thompson.
Nov 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving!
Stephen A and Max debate if Dallas is the best team in the NFC East, if the Eagles should bench Carson Wentz and how the Steelers should feel about thier game vs the Ravens being postponed.
Nov 26, 2020
Best NBA Trades
Max & Kendrick Perkins debate which NBA team made the best trades this offseason, plus, is there a better NBA duo than LeBron and Anthony Davis? Ryan Clark joins to react to Nick Saban being out for the Iron Bowl after contracting covid-19, and the guys debate if losing to the Ravens would be a big deal to the Steelers. Also, does Calvin Johnson belong in the NFL Hall of Fame?
Nov 25, 2020
Critiquing the GOAT
Max & Ryan Clark react to Bruce Arians' comments about Tom Brady, Paul Finebaum joins to talk about College Football Playoff rankings, the guys debate if the Thanksgiving match-up between the Ravens and Steelers should be postponed due to the Ravens' covid-19 results, also, are the Cowboys more likely to impress or disappoint tomorrow?
Nov 25, 2020
Is Big Ben a top 5 QB?
Stephen A, Max, Paul Finebaum and Matt Barnes debate if Big Ben is a top 5 QB, if Dabo is right to be mad at FSU and if the Clippers are blowing it in free agency.
Nov 24, 2020
Slow Bucs
Stephen A, Max and Jeff Saturday debate if we can still trust Tom Brady and the Bucs, if the Lakers moves have made them a favorite to repeat and where James Harden should want to play next.
Nov 24, 2020
Ravens and Titans tussle
First Take debates if it's time to worry about Lamar, are the Steelers underrated or overrated and Stephen A, sounds off on the Cowboys.
Nov 23, 2020
Super Pack or Nah?
Stephen A, Max and Dan Orlovsky debate if the Packers can be a Super Bowl team, if we should have doubts about the Chiefs repeating and what we learned from Taysom Hill's first start with the Saints.
Nov 23, 2020
Must-Do NBA Free Agency Moves
Stephen A. & Max debate what NBA teams must make a splash in free agency, Tim Tebow joins to talk about college football, the guys question if Leon Rose is taking the Knicks in the right direction, debate if it's too soon to say Tua Tagovailoa is the real deal, and discuss who needs a win more: Aaron Rodgers or Lamar Jackson.
Nov 20, 2020
Seahawks in Control?
Stephen A. & Max react to the Seahawks win against the Cardinals and wonder if they're Super Bowl favorites, debate if the Warriors title runs are over after Klay Thompson's injury, question if the Patriots will win the AFC East, and discuss if the Raiders can beat the Chiefs again.
Nov 20, 2020
Did The Knicks Blow It?
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Knicks made the right choice drafting Obi Toppin, discuss if James Harden should want to go to Brooklyn or Philadelphia, question if Kevin Durant can return to his dominant form, more on Klay Thompson's injury, and a preview for tonight's Cardinals-Seahawks match-up.
Nov 19, 2020
Ups & Downs For Warriors
Stephen A. & Max react to the reports of a serious leg injury for Klay Thompson, debate if Michael Jordan made the right call in drafting LaMelo Ball, and talk about if they would start a franchise with Kyler Murray or Russell Wilson.
Nov 19, 2020
Win for Winston
First take is joined by Warriors owner Joe Lacob to discuss all things with the draft and his plan for fans at home games, if the Saints can reach the playoffs without Brees, and should the NFL discipline Antonio Brown.
Nov 18, 2020
Demanding Kyrie
Stephen A, Max and Jay Williams discuss if the Rockets should demand Kyrie as part of any harden trade, Who should be the number one pick in the NBA draft and if Kyler Murray or Russell Wilson is more dangerous.
Nov 18, 2020
Harden wants to be a Net
Stephen A, Max, Kendrick Perkins and Jeff Saturday debate if the Nets would have championship expectations with James Harden, if the Patriots are better than their record and Stephen's A list.
Nov 17, 2020
NBA Trade Reactions
Stephen A, Max, Kendrick Perkins and Marcus Spears debate if the Bucks trades are enough to keep Giannis, what Drew Brees' injury means for the Saints and much more!
Nov 17, 2020
Brady is still ballin
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if Brady's offense or the Bucs defense is having the bigger impact on the team, if the Dolphins and Raiders are super bowl contenders and what it would mean for James Harden to play with KD.
Nov 16, 2020
Hail Murray!
Stephen A, Max and Dan Orlovsky debate if the Cardinals are the team to beat in the NFC West, if the Patriots are coming back to life after a slump and if Carson Wentz is hurting the Eagles.
Nov 16, 2020
Steelers streak coming to an end?
Stephen A, Max and Tim Tebow debate if the Steelers are in danger of losing this weekend, what college football programs should do about COVID-19 related cancellations and more!
Nov 13, 2020
Pressure is on Tom Brady this week
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if more pressure is on Tom Brady or Bruce Arians this weekend, should we have more faith in Russell Wilson or the Rams defense and much more!
Nov 13, 2020
Westbrook wants out
Stephen A, Max and Kendrick Perkins debate who the Rockets should trade between Harden and Westbrook, and if the Titans are the sleepers to win the Super Bowl.
Nov 12, 2020
Houston, we have a problem
Stephen A, Max, Michael Collins, Damien Woody and Kendrick Perkins debate who is the problem in Houston, if the Eagles should regret keeping Wentz instead of Foles and what to look for as the Masters gets underway.
Nov 12, 2020
Diversity in the NFL
First Take reacts to NFL owners approving diversity incentive measures, if the Patriots should be aggressive or conservative with Cam Newton, and what's the best situation of Chris Paul?
Nov 11, 2020
Coming Around
Stephen A, Max, and Ryan Clark discuss if Jerry Jones is coming around on Dak now, reaction to Tony La Russa recent news, and if they would like to see Russell Westbrook on the Clippers.
Nov 11, 2020
LSU, Bama in Jeopardy
Stephen A, Max, Jeff Saturday and Paul Finebaum debate who is the best team in the NFL right now, if LSU and Alabama will play and is it championship or bust for Kevin Durant?
Nov 10, 2020
Patriots are bad, Jets are worse
Stephen A, Max, Marcus Spears and Brett Favre debate if Cam Newton should regret signing with Patriots, if the Steelers can survive a Big Ben COVID scare and if Patrick Mahomes is already a hall of famer.
Nov 10, 2020
All Hail The Saints?
In our salute to veterans and the Navy, Stephen A. & Max debate who the favorites in the NFC are now, question if Patrick Mahomes is so consistently great that we are taking him for granted, discuss if Lamar Jackson has proven he deserves top QB money, and more.
Nov 09, 2020
Brees Over Brady
In our salute to veterans and the Navy, Stephen A. & Max react to Drew Brees outplaying Tom Brady in the Saints win, question if they should be impressed with the Cowboys, debate if Tua Tagovailoa's season is a success if the Dolphins don't make it to the playoffs, and is Russell Wilson to blame for the Seahawks loss?
Nov 09, 2020
No Pressure
Stephen A, Max, and Ryan Clark debate if all the pressure is on Brady and Antonio Brown, if the 49ers super bowl window is closed, and who is most likely to dethrone the Lakers in West?
Nov 06, 2020
Rocket Power
First Take is joined by Stephen Silas to discuss his future with the Rockets, Tebow Time preview for Clemson-Notre Dame, and Donald Driver also joins the show.
Nov 06, 2020
The AB effect
Max Kellerman and Louis Riddick debate if you should want Antonio Brown on your team, Keyshawn Johnson's criticism on Carson Wentz. and much more.
Nov 05, 2020
Kap Space
First Take discusses if Colin Kaepernick would be a good fit with Cowboys, must=win game for Packers against 49ers, and who is more valuable to team between Brady or Brees.
Nov 05, 2020
Finebaum Preview
First Take is joined by Paul Finebaum to preview week 10 of College Football, if Michael Thomas or Antonio Brown will have the bigger impact, and who is the bigger disappointment between Cowboys or Patriots.
Nov 04, 2020
Deadline Losers
Damien Woody, Keyshawn Johnson and Freddie Coleman discuss if the Packers are the biggest trade deadline losers, if Tom Brady is responsible for Antonio Brown's success, and should the Cowboys considers tanking.
Nov 04, 2020
NBA running out of time
Stephen A., Max and Jeff Saturday debate when the NBA should restart the season, if fans should give the Patriots a pass for this season and Stephen A. gives us his top 5 teams.
Nov 03, 2020
Bucs top Giants on MNF
Stephen A, Max and Marcus Spears debate if the Giants got robbed on Monday Night Football, if the Cowboys would be struggling this much with a healthy Dak Prescott and who needs a big move at the NFL trade deadline?
Nov 03, 2020
The Brady vs Belichick question
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if we have the answer to whether Brady or Belichick was more important to the Pats success. Who is the better duo, Russell and DK or Mahomes and Tyreke hill and where does Gervonta Davis rank among the best fighters today?
Nov 02, 2020
Steel rollin
Stephen A, Max, Dan Orlovsky and Ryan Clark debate What we can take away from the Steeler's defeat over the Ravens, what is wrong with Cam and the Patriots and if Carson Wentz is the Eagles ' problem.
Nov 02, 2020
Battle for 1st in the NFC East
Stephen A. & Max debate if there is more pressure on Mike McCarthy or Carson Wentz this weekend, Tim Tebow talks Trevor Lawrence getting Covid and other college football topics, Hall of Fame cornerback Rod Woodson joins to talk about the Steelers, and does Max still believe in Nick Foles? Plus, how should James Harden and Russell Westbrook feel about the hiring of Stephen Silas?
Oct 30, 2020
Trevor Lawrence has Covid
Stephen A. & Max react to Trevor Lawrence contracting Covid, debate if a loss is a bigger deal to the Steelers or Ravens, question if the Patriots are out of the playoff picture if they lose this weekend, and react to Mike D'Antoni being hired as an assistant coach for the Nets.
Oct 30, 2020
Floyd "Money" Mayweather on Boxing
Stephen A. & Max debate if Carson Wentz or Mike McCarthy is under more pressure this weekend, discuss if Tom Brady is responsible be for Antonio Brown, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather joins to talk boxing, and Stephen A. shares more information on Justin Turner's breaking the MLB Covid-19 protocol after testing positive.
Oct 29, 2020
Morey to the Sixers?
Stephen A. & Max debate what the 76ers under Daryl Morey and Doc Rivers should look like, debate if Lamar Jackson has more to prove than Ben Roethlisberger in their match-up, and does Justin Turner deserve a big suspension after celebrating with the Dodgers after testing positive for Covid-19?
Oct 29, 2020
Kershaw's demons
Stephen A, Max, and Jeff Passan debate if Clayton Kershaw erased his demons, if Dez Bryant can help Lamar Jackson, and is it championship or bust for Nets this season.
Oct 28, 2020
World Series Champs
First Takes discusses what was the biggest story last night with Dodgers winning the World Series. Trevor Lawrence dodging the Jets, and Justin Turner's actions after positive coronavirus test.
Oct 28, 2020
When should the NBA restart?
Stephen A, Max, and Jeff Saturday debate when the NBA should restart, if AB makes the Bucs the favorites and Stephen A. gives us his top 5 teams.
Oct 27, 2020
Rams top Bears on MNF
Stephen A, Max, Jessica Mendoza and Marcus Spears debate if the Rams winning or the Bears losing was the bigger story on Monday Night Football, if Cam Newton will lose his starting job with the Patriots and if the Dodgers can close out the World Series tonight in game 6.
Oct 27, 2020
Steel undefeated
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if the Steelers are the best team in the AFC, if the Mike McCarthy should finish the season in Dallas and if Max will finally give Tom Brady his credit.
Oct 26, 2020
Panic for the Patriots
Stephen A, Max and Keyshawn Johnson debate if the Patriots should be panicked over Cam's bad game, if Max needs to give Tom Brady credit and what Odell Beckham Jr's injury means for his future.
Oct 26, 2020
Dalton in Dallas
Stephen A. & Max debate what a win would mean for the Cowboys, Tim Tebow joins to talk this weekend's biggest games, anonymous agents are jealous of LeBron, Rich Paul, and Klutch Sports, plus, was Daniel Jones' 80-yard run embarrassing?
Oct 23, 2020
All Aboard the Wentz Wagon
Stephen A. and Max react to Carson Wentz leading the Eagles in a comeback win over the Giants, preview the match-up of unbeatens with the Steelers and the Titans, Stan Van Gundy becomes the coach of the Pelicans, and what would another loss mean for the Patriots?
Oct 23, 2020
Bake up a Storm
First Takes responds the Baker Mayfield's comments to Stephen A's criticism, if they're confident in Ezekiel Elliott's leadership, and Omari Hardwick joins the show.
Oct 22, 2020
What can Brown do for you?
Stephen A, Max, and Louis Riddick discuss if Antonio Brown would help or hurt Seahawks, if the Eagles should regret the Carson Wentz contract, Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell joins the show.
Oct 22, 2020
Free OBJ
Stephen A and Max push for Odell Beckham to get out of Cleveland, if the Rockets should trade Harden or Westbrook, and if the decision to start Tua versus Aaron Donald was smart.
Oct 21, 2020
Silencing the Critics
First Take is joined by Jeff Passan as they discuss how Kershaw can silence his critics after Dodgers win Game 1, who is the bigger problem for the Cowboys, and UFC fighter Justin Gaethje also joins the show.
Oct 21, 2020
King Henry, Stephen's A List
Stephen A, Max and Jeff Saturday debate if Mike McCarthy was the right hire for the Cowboys, if Derrick Henry will still MVP votes from QBs and Stephen A gives his top 5 NFL teams.
Oct 20, 2020
Time for Cowboys to Panic?
Stephen A, Max, Marcus Spears and Khabib Nurmagomedov debate if the it's time for the Cowboys to panic after a bad game against the Cardinals, if anyone can stop the Chiefs in the AFC and what Khabib has to do to be considered an all time great.
Oct 20, 2020
Tannehill for MVP?
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if the Buccaneers are the best team in the NFC, if Ryan Tannehill should be considered for MVP and if Lopez is the best in the world after his win over Lomachenko.
Oct 19, 2020
Bucs Smash the Packers
Stephen A, Max, Keyshawn Johnson and Dan Orlovsky debate what happed to the Packers against the Bucs, if the Browns should give up on Baker Mayfield and if Carson Wentz deserves praise or blame for the Eagles' season.
Oct 19, 2020
Bird Battle
Stephen A. & Max debate if Wentz or Jackson will lead their team to victory this weekend, Tim Tebow joins to talk college football and Nick Saban. Plus, the guys react to Daryl Morey stepping down as GM of the Rockets, and Saints DE Cam Jordan joins.
Oct 16, 2020
GOAT Battle
Stephen A. & Max debate if Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady will shine brighter on Sunday, react to Ty Lue agreeing to a deal to become the Clippers head coach, discuss if Ben Roethlisberger or Baker Mayfield need a bigger game this weekend, and Teddy Atlas joins to preview the Vasyl Lomachenko - Teofimo Lopez fight.
Oct 16, 2020
Durant's Expectations
Max debates Stephen A. why expectations should be tempered coming off Achilles injury for Kevin Durant, who is the team to beat in AFC East, and reaction to Nick Saban testing positive for Covid-19.
Oct 15, 2020
NFL Covid Problems
First Take reacts to the news of Falcons shutting down facility due to positive coronavirus test, which team should sign Le'Veon Bell and Rodgers-Brady matchup preview for this week.
Oct 15, 2020
Brady's Bucs
Max and Domonique Foxworth react to Tom Brady yelling at his teammates, WWE Universal Champ Roman Reigns joins to talk about The Rock and his next match, the guys debate if that Lakers can repeat next year considering Klay Thompson and Steph Curry's return to the Warriors and Kevin Durant joining the Nets. Plus, much more.
Oct 14, 2020
Stiff Arming the Bills
Max and Domonique Foxworth react to the Titans dominating win over the Bills, question where Dak Prescott's contact talks stand now, debate where the best location for Ty Lue is, and react to the Jets letting Le'Veon Bell walk.
Oct 14, 2020
Laker Legacy
First Take is joined by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Rajon Rondo as they give their reaction on Lakers recently winning, if Tom Brady or Lebron James has dominated their sport more, and T.I. also joins the show to express his frustration for the Falcons.
Oct 13, 2020
Dak's Future
Stephen A and Max discuss Stephen Jones' comments on Dak remaining part of Cowboys future, if they learned more about Herbert or Brees last night, and Russell Wilson joins the show.
Oct 13, 2020
First Takes discusses with Kendrick Perkins if LeBron's 4th NBA title make him the G.O.A.T, if Russell Wilson is the best QB in NFL right now, and Magic Johnson joins the show.
Oct 12, 2020
Titletown LakeShow
Stephen A, Max and Keyshawn debate if this was LeBron's most challenging title, reaction to Dak Prescott's injury, and if the Chiefs are too depending on Patrick Mahomes.
Oct 12, 2020
Depending on Lamar
First take debates if the Ravens are too dependent on Lamar Jackson , who will win the Finals MVP, and Tim Tebow joins the show with his take on Miami-Clemson matchup ahead.
Oct 09, 2020
4th Down Brady
Stephen A and Max discuss if this loss versus the Bears is on Tom Brady, Mark Jackson gives his Lakers-Heat game 5 preview, and should the Titans be forced to forfeit games.
Oct 09, 2020
Accident Waiting to Happen
First Take discusses what must the Cowboys change to save their season, MLB Playoff updates, Bobby Wagner season recap, and Rick Ross also joins the show.
Oct 08, 2020
Mike Drop?
Stephen A, Max and Kendrick Perkins debate Isiah Thomas' comments on moving LeBron past MJ, if the NFL should have played the 2020 season, and will Tom Brady top Nick Foles tonight.
Oct 08, 2020
LeBron Is The Best Player In The League
Stephen A. & Max debate how big the gap is between LeBron and the NBA's next best player. Is Jerry Jones the most to blame for the Cowboys? Plus, more on the NFL Covid cases, and WNBA Champion Sue Bird joins the show.
Oct 07, 2020
More COVID Cases For The NFL
Stephen A. & Max react to more positive Covid tests in the NFL. LeBron and the Lakers are now one game away from a championship; is Anthony Davis his best teammate ever? Plus, reaction to Aaron Rodgers' comments about his stats.
Oct 07, 2020
Isiah Thomas joins the show
Stephen A, Max, Isiah Thomas and Jeff Saturday debate who will have the biggest impact on game 4 between the Lakers and Heat, Stephen's A List of the top teams in the NFL and more!
Oct 06, 2020
He's a baaaaaaaaad man!
Stephen A, Max and Marcus Spears debate if Aaron Rodgers should be the MVP, if the Chiefs looked vulnerable against the Patriots and how bad is the NFC East?
Oct 06, 2020
Did Brady prove he's still elite?
Stephen A, Max, Kendrick Perkins, Chris Bosh and Ryan Clark debate, what we should expect from LeBron after the game 3 loss, if Tom Brady proved he's still an elite qb and much more.
Oct 05, 2020
The worst of the Cowboys may be yet to come
Stephen A, Max, Ryan Clark and Dan Orlovsky debate what happened to the Cowboys against the Browns, if the Heat's game 3 win was more about the Lakers or Jimmy Butler's triple double and more!
Oct 05, 2020
Battle For The Best
Stephen A. & Max talk about the weekend match-up between the Patriots and Chiefs, debate if there's pressure on Sixers stars with their new coach, Tim Tebow joins to talk college football, and Kyrie says he's coaching.
Oct 02, 2020
Kyrie's Comments Fall Flat
Stephen A. & Max react to Kyrie Irving's possible shot at LeBron, debate if a Lakers title would benefit AD or LeBron more, question if the Browns or the Cowboys need a win more, and Dr. and former NFL player Myron Rolle joins to talk about COVID-19 and the NFL.
Oct 02, 2020
Sixers call the Doc
Stephen A, Max, Damien Woody and Kenny Smith debate if Doc Rivers should be the Sixers' next coach, what the NBA can do about diversity among head coaches and more!
Oct 01, 2020
Lakers turn down the Heat
Stephen A, Max and Vince Carter debate if the Heat can get back into this series against the Lakers, if Belichick or Mahomes is more important to their game this Sunday and if Doc Rivers can fix the 76ers.
Oct 01, 2020
The Heat Is On
Stephen A. & Max question if the Heat can upset the Lakers. Alex Rodrigueze joins to talk about the MLB playoffs, updates on the NFL COVID outbreak, and more.
Sep 30, 2020
LeBron's Legacy
Stephen A. & Max debate if this Finals will have an impact on LeBron's legacy, discuss the NFL's handling of its COVID outbreak, Paul Finebaum joins to talk college football, and can the Heat upset the Lakers?
Sep 30, 2020
Wild Card Series Preview
First Take is joined by Jeff Passan as the MLB playoffs get underway, Titans-Vikings facilities to shut down after Titans personnel test positive for COVID-19, and much more.
Sep 29, 2020
Kansas City Kryptonite
Stephen A. and Max discuss if they learned more about Mahomes or Lamar last night, if the Clippers are justified in letting Doc Rivers go, and Stephen's A list is revealed after week 3.
Sep 29, 2020
Ravens and Chiefs Monday Night showdown
Stephen A, Max, Dan Orlovsky, Ryan Clark, and Kendrick Perkins debate which QB needs to have the bigger impact in the Chiefs/Ravens Monday Night game; Lamar Jackson or Patrick Mahomes, If Foles should be the Bears starter going forward and if the Rams got robbed by a bad PI call.
Sep 28, 2020
NBA Finals matchup set
Stephen A, Max, Keyshawn Johnson, Dan Orlovsky and Kendrick Perkins debate what's wrong with the Cowboys, If we should be excited about the Packers or concerned about the saints and if LeBron is closing in on the Goat.
Sep 28, 2020
Game 5 Predictions
First Take discuss their game 5 predictions for Heat-Celtics, Mike D'antoni a possible candidate for 76ers Head Coach Job, and Tim Tebow joins the show to react to the Pac-12 returning and more.
Sep 25, 2020
Comeback Kids?
Stephen A. and Max debate if there's a chance Nuggets can make a comeback again down 3-1 to the Lakers, Cowboys-Seahawks preview, and Chris Paul joins the show for HBCU Week,
Sep 25, 2020
Big game 4 for Lakers/Nuggets
Stephen A. Max, Troy Vincent and Louis Riddick discuss who will have the biggest impact in game 4 of the Lakers Nuggets series, the NFL's contribution to HBCU week and if the Chiefs or Ravens are the better team.
Sep 24, 2020
Celtics take game 4
Stephen A, Max, and Damien Woody debate if the Celtics/Heat series is over, how feel about the Breonna Taylor news and how concerned to be about the Eagles.
Sep 24, 2020
Prime Time on First Take
Stephen A. & Max talk to Deion Sanders about becoming the Head Coach at Jackson State and other NFL topics. Rapper Big Sean joins to talk about the Lakers and Detroit sports, and the guys debate if Kyler Murray is already a top-10 player in the NFL.
Sep 23, 2020
Nuggets Cut The Lead
Stephen A. & Max react to the Nuggets win in game 3, predictions on who wins game 4 in the East, plus, reactions to Cam Newton's comments on his contract, and best-selling author Jeff Benedict joins to talk about the Patriots.
Sep 23, 2020
Is Brees washed?
Stephen A, Max and Jeff Saturday debate, if we should be worried about Drew Brees, Colby Covington's comments about LeBron and who's the problem in Philly.
Sep 22, 2020
Are the Raiders for real?
Stephen A, Max and Marcus Spears debate if we should buy into the Raiders, if Saquon or Nick Bosa is a bigger loss for their teams and how important game 3 is to the Lakers.
Sep 22, 2020
Problematic Wentz
First Take is joined by Dan Orlovsky to discuss if Wentz is more part of the problem or solution, if Tom Brady's week 2 performance was impressive, and Bill QB Josh Allen joins the show.
Sep 21, 2020
Falcons Collapse
Stephen A, Max and Keyshawn debate if they should give the Cowboys Credit for their win versus the Falcons, if Cam or Russ stood out yesterday and what did Anthony Davis prove with his game-winning shot.
Sep 21, 2020
Western Conference Finals Preview
First Take debates if the Nuggets have a chance to win against the Lakers, Giannis wins MVP, if the Falcons can upset the Cowboys in week 2 and much more in the NFL.
Sep 18, 2020
Faith in Baker
Stephen A, Max, and Ryan Clark discuss if there is faith restored in Baker Mayfield after his win versus the Bengals, is the Heat-Celtics series over, and Vernon Davis joins the show.
Sep 18, 2020
Crucial Lamar
First Take discusses if Lamar the most crucial player to the Ravens, if Lebron is let off the hook after Clippers collapse, and Eric Reid remaining an unsigned free agent.
Sep 17, 2020
Shave Clippers Roster?
Stephen A. and Max debate if they're confident this Clippers roster wins a title, how much is being made of Coach Arians' comments on Tom Brady, and D.K. Metcalf joins the show.
Sep 17, 2020
Ka-what Happened?
First Take is joined by Kendrick Perkins to debate how devastating this loss was for Kawhi, how much Doc Rivers is to blame for the elimination, and Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders joins the show.
Sep 16, 2020
Stephen A bringing out the Receipts
Stephen A. brings out the receipts for Max and discuss how bad is this for Kawhi & Clippers, Big Ten football season to resume in October and what was the biggest story from Heat-Celtics game 1?
Sep 16, 2020
Bucks tell Giannis they'll spend
Stephen A, Max, Vince Carter and Jeff Saturday debate if the Steelers are a playoff team, if the Bucks can keep Giannis by spending more money and if the Clippers can win game 7 against the Nuggets.
Sep 15, 2020
Giants take the L on Monday Night
Stephen A, Max, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum debate what happened to the Giants on Monday Night Football, if Sunday was just one bad game for Brady and if the Big Ten will play football this fall.
Sep 15, 2020
What happened to the Clippers?
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate if we should be crushing Baker for his play, if Cam can win a Super Bowl with the Patriots and what has happened to the Clippers.
Sep 14, 2020
Were the Cowboys robbed?
Stephen A, Max, Keyshawn Johnson and Dan Orlovsky debate if the Cowboys got robbed on a bad call, if Tom Brady's debut with the Bucs has gone to plan and if Aaron Rodgers is proving a point with his play.
Sep 14, 2020
Mahomes vs. Watson
Stephen A. & Max debate what they were impressed with in the battle between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, the guys react to Dak Prescott's comments on his depression, Tim Tebow joins to talk college football, and Stephen A. lists his top 5 NFL match-ups of the weekend.
Sep 11, 2020
Chiefs Keep Winning
Stephen A. & Max react to the Chiefs dominating win over the Texans, talk about the fans reaction to the teams social justice stance, and is it over for the Rockets?
Sep 11, 2020
Steve Nash Responds
First Take previews Rockets-Lakers Game 4 tonight, Steve Nash addresses Stephen A's 'White Privilege' comments, and Aqib Talib joins the show to discuss Brady and Belichick.
Sep 10, 2020
Forcing Game 7
Stephen A. and Max react to the Raptors forcing Game 7 against the Celtics, Texans-Chiefs matchup tonight, Kyle Brandt from NFL Network joins the show to discuss who has the most to prove in the NFC East.
Sep 10, 2020
How impressive are the Heat?
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark and Kendrick Perkins debate how the Rockets can compete with the Lakers how impressed we should be by the Heat and if the Packers are Super Bowl contenders.
Sep 09, 2020
Lakers take game 3
Stephen A, Max, Ryan Clark and Kendrick Perkins debate if LeBron is proving he's still the goat, what changes the Bucks have to make going forward and Jerry Jones latest comments on kneeling.
Sep 09, 2020
Giannis Shut down
First Take discusses if Giannis should shut it down for Game 5, who's under more pressure for Rockets Lakers matchup, and Teofimo Lopez joins the show to tak about his fight with Lomachenko.
Sep 08, 2020
Playoff P or Kawhi?
Stephen A. and Max react to Clippers taking Game 3 versus the Nuggets, if the Raptors are finished and if the Ravens can win a title with Lamar's QB style.
Sep 08, 2020
Djokovic misfires
Stephen A, Max and Ryan Clark debate how much better Dak Prescott will be working with Mike McCarthy, if Novak Djokovic accidentally hitting a judge with a tennis ball was handled too harshly and more.
Sep 07, 2020
Lakers even the series
Stephen A, Max, Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Clark debate if the Lakers have it figured out, if the Bucks can stay alive and where DeShaun Watson ranks among top QBs in the NFL.
Sep 07, 2020
Twitter Beefs
Stephen A. debates if LeBron is being too sensitive with his recent Twitter comment, more discussion on Steve Nash as Nets coach, can the Bucks get a game tonight vs. the Heat, and more.
Sep 04, 2020
Raptors At The Buzzer
Stephen A. reacts to the Raptors win via buzzer beater, Cam Newton becoming a captain for the Patriots, Richard Jefferson joins to talk about his Twitter exchange with Scottie Pippen, and will the NFL season get interrupted?
Sep 04, 2020
Ed Reed joins the show
Stephen A, Max, Ed Reed, Richard Jefferson and David Fizzdale debate what Steve Nash's hire will mean for the Nets, if the Ravens can win a championship this season and more!
Sep 03, 2020
Nets hire Steve Nash
Stephen A, and Max debate if Steve Nash was a good hire for the Nets, how we should feel about the Rockets and if the Buccaneers are more likely to make the Super Bowl or miss the playoffs.
Sep 03, 2020
Must Win for Bucks
First Take debates if Game 2 is a must win for the Bucks, if it's fair to put Saquon ahead of Zeke, and how important is Kamara to the Saints.
Sep 02, 2020
Nuggets Advance
Stephen A. and Max react to Nuggets getting pass the Jazz in Game 7, whom is most important for Game 7 for Houston, and Trump lauds "Very productive" chat with Big Ten.
Sep 02, 2020
Where is Giannis?
Stephen A. & Max question if Giannis will step up, debate if Donovan Mitchell or Jamal Murray will show up bigger in GM 7, plus, a breakdown of the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
Sep 01, 2020
Thundering Back
Stephen A. & Max react to Chris Paul and the Thunder evening up the series with the Rockets, was the Heat winning about them or about bad Bucks, more on our NFL Prime Time Players countdown, plus Bill Belichick talks about Cam Newton.
Sep 01, 2020
Wakanda Forever
Stephen A, Max, Jay Bilas, and Kelly Carter discuss the legacy of John Thompson and remember Chadwick Boseman.
Aug 31, 2020
Rest in Peace John Thompson, Chadwick Boseman
Stephen A, Max, Michael Wilbon, Mark Lamont Hill and Kendrick Perkins discuss the legacy of John Thompson, Jamal Murray's huge game 6 and much more!
Aug 31, 2020
NBA Creating Change
First Take is joined by Isiah Thomas to debate how impactful are these leagues calling for social justice, Trump and Brian Urlacher facing backlash and much more.
Aug 28, 2020
NBA Playoffs will Resume
Stephen A. and Max react to the NBA Players decide to resume playoffs, Michael Jordan impact among owners for the players, and how much pressure has NBA put on NFL to act.
Aug 28, 2020
NBA Boycott Part II
Stephen A. & Max react to the NBA boycott and other league boycotts in response to continued racial injustice in America. Kendrick Perkins and Dr. Harry Edwards join.
Aug 27, 2020
NBA Boycott
Stephen A. & Max react to the NBA boycott and other league boycotts in response to continued racial injustice in America. Jay Williams and Maria Taylor join.
Aug 27, 2020
Doc Rivers Emotional over James Blake Shooting
Stephen A, Max, Richard Jefferson and Ryan Clark discuss Doc Rivers' comments on James Blake's shooting, Aaron Donald appears on our Prime Time Players list and we cover the breaking news involving Nate McMillan
Aug 26, 2020
Playoff P Arrives in the Bubble
Stephen A, Max, Ryan Clark and Vince Carter discuss Paul George leading the Clippers to a game 5 victory, players discuss if they should take protesting to another level and do the Lakers or Clippers look better in the bubble?
Aug 26, 2020
Coaching Woes
First Take debates if the 76ers or Nets is a better fit for Gregg Popovich, If the Heat will upset the Bucks and Angela Rye joins the show to discuss how important are athletes in fight for social justice.
Aug 25, 2020
The Outcry for Jacob Blake
Stephen A and Max react to Lakers taking a 3-1 lead, the sports world responding to the Jacob Blake shooting and George Hill's comments on they shouldn't have came to the NBA restart.
Aug 25, 2020
What Has Happened to Paul George?
Stephen A., Max and Kendrick Perkins debate what's happened to Paul George, Rodger Goodell's comments on Kaepernick and can the Blazers force a game 7.
Aug 24, 2020
Luka Carries Mavs
Stephen A, Max and Dan Orlovsky debate if Luka can take the Mavs past the Clippers, who's to blame for the 76ers being swept and much more!
Aug 24, 2020
Confident Rockets
First Takes debates if they are more confident in Rockets to contend for West, if Patriots will be better than last year, and Triple H with Drew Mcintyre joins the show.
Aug 21, 2020
Lakers taking Control
Stephen A, Max, and Kendrick Perkins discuss if Lakers Blazers series will go seven games, what the Bucks need to show to beat the Heat, and Dak praising Mike Mccarthy.
Aug 21, 2020
Can the Mavs win it all?
Stephen A, Max, Chiney Ogwumike and Kenny Smith debate if the Mavs can win it all, if Game 2 is a must win for the Lakers and what happens if the Bucks don't reach the finals?
Aug 20, 2020
Luka's revenge
Stephen A, Max, and Booger McFarland debate if the Clippers are in trouble, who's to blame for the Sixers' playoff woes and will Bill Belichick use two QBs?
Aug 20, 2020
LeBron's Excuses
First Take debates if LeBron is running out of excuses, how the Hayward injury may impact the Celtics, and the release of NFL prime time player #8.
Aug 19, 2020
Blazers shocking the Lake Show
Stephen A. and Max react to Blazers taking game 1 against the Lakers, if the Rockets can win their series without Westbrook, and how much should we be worried about the Bucks.
Aug 19, 2020
Can Lakers Sweep?
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Lakers will sweep the Blazers, UNC says they intend to play football this season, the guys talk to Pelicans former Head Coach Alvin Gentry, and more of our Primetime Players NFL countdown.
Aug 18, 2020
Clippers Beat Mavericks In Gm 1
Stephen A. & Max react to the Clippers pulling out the win vs. the Mavericks, do the Sixers have problems, how good will the Cowboys offense be this season, and who is better: Donovan Mitchell or Jamal Murray?
Aug 18, 2020
Stephen A, Max, Kendrick Perkins and Jason Wright debate if we should be worried about the Lakers or the Clippers, if anybody can stop the Bucks in the east and what Jason Wright wants to do as the President of the Washington Football Team.
Aug 17, 2020
Stephen A, Max, Vince Carter and Tim Hasselbeck debate if the Lakers should be worried about the Blazers, which superstar is under the most pressure in the NBA playoffs, if Justin Fields should be starting a petition to play football and more!
Aug 17, 2020
Sneaky in Seattle
First Take debate if the Nets are destined for NBA finals next season, Mark Emmert's comments on no fall championships, and Seahawks CB cut after trying to sneak guest into team hotel.
Aug 14, 2020
Blazers Survive Another Day
Stephen A, Max and Kendrick Perkins react to Blazers surviving for play-in game for the 8th seed, Brett Favre comments on Aaron Rodgers, and which team had been the biggest disappointment in bubble.
Aug 14, 2020
How Should Dak feel?
Stephen A, Max, Ryan Clark and Daniel Cormier discuss how Dak should feel about not getting paid, what to expect in Cormier/Miocic III and if the NBA should relax the bubble visitation rules.
Aug 13, 2020
Jerry speaks
Stephen A, Max, Keyshawn Johnson and Stipe Miocic discuss Jerry Jones finally speaking on what the Cowboys' policy will be on players protesting, Russell Westbrook's injury and how good DeAndre Hopkins can be.
Aug 13, 2020
ACC, BIG 12 and SEC still plan to play fall sports
Stephen A, Max, Vince Carter and Louis Riddick debate if College Football should be played in the fall, how much pressure is on DeShaun Watson and Jerry Jones finally speaks on racial injustice.
Aug 12, 2020
Dame Time
Stephen A, Max, Vince Carter, Paul Finebaum and Todd McShay debate if the Lakers should be afraid of the Trail Blazers in the playoffs, if the Pac 12 and Big Ten should play football in the spring and more!
Aug 12, 2020
Sleeping on the Raptors?
First Take release their NFL 14th ranked prime time player, Lebron admits he's still adusting to playing without fans and are we sleeping on the Raptors in the bubble?
Aug 11, 2020
LakeShow Concerns
Stephen A. and Max react to Lakers concerns after barely beating the Nuggets, Coaches making case to play College Football, and if MLB will be able to finish the season.
Aug 11, 2020
Not Worth The Process?
Stephen A. & Max debate how much pressure is on Joel Embiid with Ben Simmons out, Rece Davis joins to talk about the emergency meeting had by Power 5 conferences, day 1 reveal of our Top 15 NFL Primetime Players, Draymond Green gets fined for tampering and much more.
Aug 10, 2020
College Football In Jeopardy
Stephen A. & Max react to Power 5 commissioners holding an emergency meeting to discuss the possible cancellation of the season, Damian Lillard, Paul George, and Patrick Beverley exchange words on social media, plus, several NFL teams are creating their own voluntary bubbles; should the NFL re-assess having a season?
Aug 10, 2020
LeBron Injury Concerns?
Domonique Foxworth, Matt Barnes, and Richard Jefferson debate how big of a deal LeBron's groin injury is. Paul Finebaum joins to talk about Jim Harbaugh calling out Ohio State, Will the Patriots overcome all the opt-outs and more.
Aug 07, 2020
Lillard Goes Off
Domonique Foxworth, Matt Barnes, and Richard Jefferson debate how big of a threat the Blazers are to the Lakers. Damien Woody joins to talk about Tom Brady adjusting to the Buccaneers' playbook, More NBA debate; are the Bucks better than the Raptors, and more.
Aug 07, 2020
LeBron responds to Trump
Domonique Foxworth, Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Clark debate LeBron responding to Trump's comments, the Packers interest in Antonio Brown and Kevin Durant's pick for the finals.
Aug 06, 2020
Concern for Lakers?
Domonique Foxworth, Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Clark, Bomani Jones, Paul Finebaum and Michael Collins debate if we should be concerned about the Lakers after losing to the Thunder, if Cam can handle the pressure of playing for Belichick if the Big 10 players uniting will accomplish their goal and more!
Aug 06, 2020
Lou Will Magic
First Take discusses Lou Williams admitting to making a bad decision for strip club incident, If Derek Carr is the right franchise QB for the Raiders, and Rashod Bateman joins the show as he opts out for the 2020 College Football season.
Aug 05, 2020
Carmelo Apology
First Take reacts to Blazers beating the Rockets, If Max Kellerman owes Carmeo Anthony an apology, and Uconn cancelling their 2020 Football Season.
Aug 05, 2020
Stephen A, Max Time Hesselbeck and Jackie MacMullan debate if Aaron Rodgers is still a top qb, if the Buccaneers or the Saints will be better and if there's trouble with the 76ers.
Aug 04, 2020
Stephen A, Max and Tim Hesselbeck debate if we should be worried about the Lakers, if Odell should play this season and if the Pelicans are Pampering Zion.
Aug 04, 2020
Jimmy Butler sending a Message
First Take dives deep into Jimmy Butler's jersey message over the weekend and decide which side are they on.
Aug 03, 2020
Rockets Rolling
Stephen A, Jay Williams, and Kendrick Perkins debate if the Bucks loss to the Rockets is a big deal, Doug Pederson testing positive for the coronavirus and how much concern is there for the Lakers.
Aug 03, 2020
First Take is joined by Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Clark, Jay Williams and Paul Finebaum to break down the Pelicans loss in NBA Opening Night and the SEC's stance on college football this season.
Jul 31, 2020
First Take is joined by Louis Riddick to breakdown last night's showdown between the Lakers & Clippers. Marquise Goodwin joins the show to talk about his decision to opt out this season.
Jul 31, 2020
First Take hour 2: Players under the most pressure in NBA restart
Stephen A, Max, Jay Williams, Kendrick Perkins and Mark Jackson debate which players are under the most pressure during the NBA restart, the biggest threat to Giannis in the East and more!
Jul 30, 2020
First Take hour 1: The NBA is back
Stephen A, Max, Jay Williams and Jeff Van Gundy debate if LeBron or Kawhi is more likely to deliver a title, if the NBA should be worried about the bubble popping and who can stop one of the LA teams.
Jul 30, 2020
First Take 2nd hour: the battle for Los Angeles
Jalen and Jacoby are joined by Kendrick Perkins, Jeff Passan and Tim Hasselbeck to debate if the Lakers or Clippers have a better shot at the title, what Aaron Rodgers had to say about Jordan Love and how the MLB should handle the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak.
Jul 29, 2020
Dodgers - Astros clear benches
Jalen and Jacoby guest host along with Eduardo Perez, Louis Riddick and Kendrick Perkins to debate what we should think of the retribution against the Astros, who got disrespected by the NFL Top 100 list and if LeBron or Giannis should be MVP.
Jul 29, 2020
Roy Jones Jr. Return
Roy Jones Jr. and Dan Orlosky join the show to discuss Roy's upcoming match vs. Mike Tyson, how Coronavirus continues to impact the future of leagues and more.
Jul 28, 2020
Corona Virus takes on MLB
First Take, joined by Charly Arnolt, Freddie Coleman and Eduardo Perez react to multiple players on the Miami Marlins testing positive for Coronavirus, Donta Hightower choosing to opt out this season and more.
Jul 28, 2020
Seahawks Get Adams
Max & Bomani Jones talk to Bruce Irvin about the Seahawks trading for Jamal Adams, more incite into MLB's plans after the Marlins Covid-19 outbreak, Roland Martin joins to talk about Colin Kaepernick and the late Rep. John Lewis, plus more.
Jul 27, 2020
Marlins Covid-19 Outbreak
Max & Bomani Jones react to Major League Baseball cancelling games due to a Covid-19 outbreak with the Marlins, debate who won the Jamal Adams trade, discuss if Lou Williams' extra-curricular activities were a big deal, and more.
Jul 27, 2020
Jetting Out of New York
First Take is joined by Bakari Sellers, Angela Rye and Kendrick Perkins to discuss athletes continued push for social activism, Jamal Adam's recent comments on Jets head coach and more.
Jul 24, 2020
MLB Opening Day
First Take, hosted by Charly Arnolt is joined by Jalen Rose, David Jacoby and Louis Riddick to disucss MLB players kneeling during Opening Day, Lakers first scrimmage in the NBA Bubble and more.
Jul 24, 2020
Harden-Iverson Comparison
First Takes gets into a heated debated with Kendrick Perkins about James Harden comparing himself to Allen Iverson, if the Celtics can win the title this year and Greg Olsen joins the show.
Jul 22, 2020
Social Justice Decals
Max Kellerman and Marcus Spears discuss NFL's plan for social justice helmet decals, Anthony Davis vouching for Lebron to be the MVP and Jessica Mendoza joins the show for MLB Opening Day preview.
Jul 22, 2020
Game of Mahomes
First Take is joined by Rick Ross to discuss the Miami Heat, Dolphins. Jeff Saturday then joins the show to discuss if Mahomes is hall-of-fame ready,
Jul 21, 2020
Gridiron Gridlock
First Take is joined by Booger McFarland and Kendrick Perkins to discuss the possibility of the NFL's return during the pandemic, how Westbrook can impact the Rockets title race and more.
Jul 21, 2020
Can The Heat Win The East?
Stephen A. & Domonique Foxworth debate if Jimmy Butler and the Heat could win the East, more on the NFL's lack of plan to return to play, are the Bucs the team of the future, and is LeBron more valuable to his team than Giannis Antetokounmpo is?
Jul 20, 2020
NFL Safe Return
Stephen A. & Domonique Foxworth react to NFL players calling out the league over it's lack of a safety policy for COVID-19, react to an ESPN panel ranking the Cowboys future higher than the Eagles, plus, a tribute to Rep. John Lewis.
Jul 20, 2020
Scandal In Washington PT. 2
Guest hosts Damien Woody & Domonique Foxworth react more to the scandal with Dan Snyder's team, preview the Jazz's chances in the bubble, and react to Myles Garrett's comments about his altercation with Mason Rudolph.
Jul 17, 2020
Scandal In Washington
Guest hosts Damien Woody & Domonique Foxworth react to the harassment allegations against Dan Snyder's team, react to JJ Watt's tweets about questions for the NFL season, and debate if Odell Beckham Jr. is a top-5 receiver.
Jul 17, 2020
Zeke Defends His Status
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Cowboys or Dak Prescott will regret not agreeing on a contract more, react to Zeke Elliott's tweets on his stats and being a top RB, plus NFL RB LeSean McCoy joins.
Jul 16, 2020
No Contract For Dak
Stephen A. & Max debate if Dak Prescott is under the most pressure this season as he plays under the franchise tag. Cardinals QB Kyler Murray joins to talk about his Madden ranking and the return of the NFL, plus, the guys react to Zion Williamson leaving the bubble, and more.
Jul 16, 2020
Myles of Money
First Take reacts to Myles Garrett 5-year $125M contract extension, compare Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott and more.
Jul 15, 2020
Dak & Cheese
First Take discuss Dak & Cowboys failure to reach an agreement on a contract and more.
Jul 15, 2020
College Football Decision
Stephen A and Max are joined by Paul Finebaum to discuss if there will be college football this fall, Desean Jackson accepting invite to visit Auschwitz, and recent running back madden ratings.
Jul 14, 2020
Bubble Trouble
First Take reacts to the recent news of Russell Westbrook testing positive for COVID-19, if Dak looks worse now due to standstill and Brett Brown moving Ben Simmons to Power Forward
Jul 14, 2020
Time for Change
First Take reacts to Washington retiring team nickname, Lebron's stance on jerseys and new madden rating between Brady and Rodgers.
Jul 13, 2020
Simmons or Embiid?
Stephen A, Marcus Spears, and Jay Williams debate who is more important for 76ers in restart, Charles Barkley's recently harsh comments, and Coach John Calipari joins the show.
Jul 13, 2020
Can Dak and the Cowboys get a deal done?
Max, Kendrick Perkins and Dominique Foxworth debate if the Nets' new signees will make a difference in the NBA restart, if Dak and Cowboys can reach a long term deal and what players think of the NFL's new post game restrictions. 
Jul 10, 2020
Are College Sports in Danger?
Max, Kendrick Perkins, Jay Williams, Dominique Foxworth and Daniel Cormier debate what will happen now that the Big Ten is planning to play all conference games this season, if Duke could've handled Zion better and what to expect from Usman vs Masvidal.
Jul 10, 2020
Committing to HBCU
5-Star basketball recruit Makur Maker joins to talk about why he committed to Howard University. Stephen A. & Max react to Amazon pulling Washington NFL merchandise, talk about Stephen Jackson's defense of Desean Jackson, and much more.
Jul 09, 2020
Ivy League Cancels Season
Stephen A. & Max react to the Ivy League cancelling Fall sports, UFC President Dana White joins to talk about Fight Island, and the guys break down what the MLS Black Lives Matter tributes mean for the NFL.
Jul 09, 2020