First Take

ESPN, Stephen A. Smith, Molly Qerim Rose

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

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857 episodes

Hour 2: Taking Charge

In this episode, Stephen A. and Bart Scott react to the NBA schedule release and debate what the Knicks need to do to be in the mix this season. We dive into Stephen A.'s Top 10 NFL storylines with #7 going to the Rams. Can they repeat as Super Bowl Champions or will the Chargers beat them to it? Stephen A. sits down with Kamaru Usman ahead of his welterweight title fight against Leon Edwards this Saturday. Plus, breaking news on Deshaun Watson's suspension. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46m
Aug 18
Hour 1: Lebr-on Top of the World?

In this episode, Stephen A. and Jay Williams react to Lebron's 2-year extension with the Lakers and discuss how it might impact Kyrie Irving this season. Jeff Saturday and Bart Scott join the show to debate if Aaron Rodgers was right to call out the Packers young wide receivers. Plus, with Bill Belichick refusing to name offensive and defensive coordinators this season, how much pressure is he under? Stephen A. and the crew go head to head. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Aug 18
Hour 1: Cowboy Expectations?

Stephen A and Marcus Spears are back in studio debating Cowboy concerns, what NFL offenses pack the most punch as well as the power Kevin Durant has in the Nets trade talks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Aug 17
Hour 2: Stanky Yankees

Stephen A. and Mad Dog get into it over Aaron Rodgers recent comments on the Packers WRs. Plus they debate if its time to panic for the Yankees. Later is it Super Bowl or Bust for the Bills? Sam Acho thinks so. Plus Stephen A. doesn't want to hear anything about the Cowboys winning the NFC East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46m
Aug 17
Hour 1: Relax Mr. Rodgers

Mad Dog Russo and Stephen A. battle it out over a variety of topics. The two start by discussing how much responsibility Rodgers should have with the Packers WR development. Then the two debate whether Patrick Mahomes will be better this season even without Tyreek Hill. Things get heated when Mad Dog says Serena is not the undisputed G.O.A.T of women's tennis. Later Sam Acho joins the crew and they debate just how far Lamar Jackson can take the Ravens this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Aug 17
Hour 2: Tiger Rallies PGA Troops

Stephen A, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum hop on the second hour to talk Alabama football expectations, Tiger Woods players only meeting and who is the best WR in the NFL? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45m
Aug 17
Be Truthful But Don't Be Rude

Charly, KMart, and Elle discuss everything from social media overload, to reporters asking inappropriate questions, to feeling sorry for Jets fans... kind of. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55m
Aug 17
Hour 2: Right The Ship

Stephen A. is back from vacation and he's already arguing with Michael Irvin about the Cowboys, but this time they're arguing on a yacht!. Is Dallas the best team in the NFC East? Harry Douglas and Keyshawn Johnson are back on land with their takes. With Kevin Durant doubling down on his trade request with Nets owner Joe Tsai, we debate if he's justified in his demands. Stephen A. and Irvin decide if these NFL teams can "Right the Ship" this season. Plus, Stephen A. kicks off his top ten NFL storylines with Joe Burrow and the Bengals: are they primed for another deep run? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43m
Aug 15
Hour 1: Don't Rock the Boat

Stephen A. is back on First Take but isn't quite ready to end his vacation... Michael Irvin joins him to debate their favorite topic: The Dallas Cowboys. Is it too early to hit the panic button on their season? Lamar Jackson gave the Ravens a Week 1 deadline for contract talks, but how much leverage does he really have? Stephen A. and Irvin decide whether these QBs will "Sink or Swim" this season with Harry Douglas and Keyshawn Johnson reacting in the studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Aug 15
Hour 1: Tua Good to be True?

In this episode, Damien Woody, Emily Kaplan, and Chris Canty react to the Browns' controversial decision to start Deshaun Watson in their preseason opener and debate if the NFL should take any action against it. Serena Williams will say goodbye to tennis after the US Open and the crew discusses what they expect from her final outing. With NFL preseason well underway, Woody, Kaplan, and Canty predict what kind of season is in store for Tua Tagovailoa and debate who is the most important player (not named Dak) on the Cowboy's roster. After Ja'Marr Chase revealed his Top 5 wide receivers in the league, the crew argues which players top their lists. We go back in the archives to relive our favorite moments in sports history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44m
Aug 11
Hour 1: Goodell vs. Watson

Mad Dog Russo, Chris Canty and Jay Williams join the show to discuss Roger Goodell calling Deshaun Watson's actions "predatory behavior." The crew also debates whether Kevin Durant will be in a Nets uniform this season. Later they debate if Aaron Rodgers will win another Super Bowl, and if Serena Williams is the G.O.A.T of women's tennis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45m
Aug 10
Hour 2: Sophomore Success?

Jay Williams, Amber WIlson and Keyshawn Johnson discuss sophomore QBs in the NFL, the Patriots offensive question marks and if Michael Thomas is a still a top 10 WR? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Aug 10
Hour 1: Serena Hints at Retirement

Jay Williams, Amber Wilson and Keyshawn Johnson discuss Serena's legacy in the sports world, Kevin Durant remains steadfast in his trade request and who is the most box office NFL player? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47m
Aug 10
You Can't Sit In Vegas

Charly and Elle update you on their recent travels, we discuss music today compared to 10 years ago, and we get into the most recent NFL drama. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31m
Aug 10
Hour 2: Sophomore Season

Ryan Clark, Courtney Cronin, and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo return in this episode to find the perfect fit for free agent Odell Beckham Jr. Could he call Dallas home sweet home? Plus, we debate which 2nd-year quarterback will take the biggest leap this season. Speaking of young guns, the crew has differing opinions on which QB age 25 or under is the best in the game right now. Michael Thomas is participating in Saints training camp drills after missing last season for ankle surgery, so we predict what kind of season the wide receiver will have and if he'll make it back to top-10 WR status. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45m
Aug 08
Hour 1: Repeat After Me

In this episode, Ryan Clark, Courtney Cronin and Chris "Mad Dog" Russo debate the likelihood of the Rams repeating as Super Bowl Champions and if Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are the best RB tandem in the NFL. Why is everyone ganging up on RC? It might have something to do with his choice for the best quarterback in the AFC North. Plus, are the Mets the best team in the National League? We go around the horn with the crew to get their takes on that as well as who they believe has the best offense in the AFC West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Aug 08
Hour 2: Cowboy Controversy?

Dominique Foxworth, Jordan Cornette and Chris Canty all join the show to debate which Cowboy is under more scrutiny this season, Mike McCarthy or Dak Prescott. Plus Dominique Foxworth gives his list of the top-5 WRs in the NFL. Later Ryan McGee and Marty Smith show off their Wiffle Ball skills. The crew also debates if the Chiefs or Bengals would be more likely to go to the Super Bowl this season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47m
Aug 05
Hour 1: Appealing to Who?

Dominique Foxworth, Jordan Cornette and Chris Canty all join the show to reacts to the NFL appointing Pete C. Harvey to hear the appeal of Deshaun Watson's suspension. The crew also discuss their confidence in the Rams after troubling injury news about their star QB Matthew Stafford broke. The crew then debates who will win the AFC West, and if Josh Allen will establish himself as the best QB in the NFL. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

47m
Aug 05
Hour 2: Brittney Griner Sentenced

TJ Quinn lays out scenarios for Brittney Griner to return home. While Katie George, Domonique Foxworth and Louis Riddick unpack Tua Tagovailoa's make or break season and 2nd year QBs best set up for success. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48m
Aug 04
Hour 1: NFL Judge and Jury

Katie George, Domonique Foxworth and Louis Riddick unpack the NFL's decision to appeal Deshaun Watson's six game suspension. Is Dak Prescott the QB with the most to prove? And are NFL players and owners held to the same standard? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Aug 04
Hour 2: Uncoordinated?

In this episode, Dan Orlovsky, Katie George, and Domonique Foxworth return to debate Bill Belichick's strategy in failing to name an offensive coordinator ahead of the start of the season. The crew is joined by Jeff Darlington to discuss whether the penalties given to the Dolphins due to their tampering violations were too harsh or not harsh enough. Plus, we predict which NFC East QB will have the better season. We remember and pay tribute to Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully after his passing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37m
Aug 03
Hour 1: Fins Sins

In this episode, Tim Kurkjian and Karl Ravech join the show to help us remember hall of fame sportscaster Vin Scully in the wake of his passing. Dan Orlovsky, Katie George, and Domonique Foxworth discuss the punishment handed to the Dolphins after they were found to have violated the NFL's anti-tampering policy and debate whether or not the NFL should appeal Deshaun Watson's 6-game suspension with less than 24 hours to go until the appeal deadline. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52m
Aug 03
Hour 2: Tony Buzbee joins the show

Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the women who sued Deshaun Watson, joins the show to discuss the suspension decision. Plus, Harry Douglas, Damien Woody, and Domonique Foxworth join the show to debate who has a better shot at a Super Bowl, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. The crew also debates if the Cowboys can still count on Zeke Elliot, and which 2nd year QB will make the biggest jump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46m
Aug 02
Hour 1: Watson Suspension

Harry Douglas, Damien Woody and Domonique Foxworth all join the show to discuss the suspension of Deshaun Watson. Plus the crew debates who will be more impacted by losing their top weapon, Patrick Mahomes or Aaron Rodgers. The crew also discuss if Bill Belichick is making a mistake by not naming an Offensive Coordinator. Later the crew debates if Deebo Samuel should accept a dual-threat role in the 49ers offense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Aug 02
Hour 2: Deshaun Decision

In this episode, Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor continue to react to breaking news as Deshaun Watson has been handed a 6-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Joining the discussions are Browns Reporter Jake Trotter, Dan Orlovsky, Kimberly A. Martin, and Angela Rye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Aug 01
Hour 1: Deshaun Watson Suspended

In this episode, Ryan Clark, Channing Crowder, and Fred Taylor react to breaking news as Deshaun Watson is handed a 6-game suspension after violating the league's personal conduct policy. Also joining the show with more reaction and information are Adam Schefter, Louis Riddick, Mary Kay Cabot, and Stephen A. The crew remembers 11-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Bill Russell in the wake of his passing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50m
Aug 01
Hour 2: Down a Buc

Chris Canty, Harry Douglas and Damien Woody join the show to react to the news that Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro-Bowl center Ryan Jensen will be out for months. The crew also debates which team they like best in the NFC. Later the crew debates if Kyler Murray is primed for a big year, and if Aaron Rodgers should play in the preseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52m
Jul 29
Hour 1: Will Levis joins the show!

Harry Douglas, Chris Canty and Damien Woody all join the show to discuss the Cardinals removing the "independent study" clause from his contract. Plus the crew debates when Lamar Jackson should get his deal done, and if you'd rather have D.K Metcalf or Deebo Samuel. Plus Kentucky QB Will Levis joins the show to discuss the upcoming season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43m
Jul 29
Hour 2: Lamarvelous

Harry Douglas, Chris Canty and Sam Acho join the show to debate if Lamar Jackson is the toughest QB to game-plan for. The crew also discuss if there is a problem with Deshaun Watson being at Browns camp and if there's an issue with Tyreek Hill's comments about Tua. Later Angela Rye joins the show to discuss the recent updates regarding the release of Brittney Griner. The crew also debates if the Cowboys can still count on Ezekiel Elliot to be an impact player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49m
Jul 28
Hour 1: Notre Dame comes to town

Louis Riddick, Harry Douglas and Sam Acho all join the show to discuss whether Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams has more to prove. The crew then debates if Lamar Jackson should play without a new contract, and if Trey Lance gives the 49ers the best chance to win. Plus, Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman joins the show to discuss the upcoming season and conference realignment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46m
Jul 28