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First Take

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


Making Strides
Mar 27 • 43 min
Stephen A & Max are joined by Jay Williams and Booger McFarland to discuss the Lakers, Drew Brees, the closest athlete to MJ status right now and more.
Ripple Effect
Mar 27 • 37 min
First Take is joined by Richard Jefferson and Damien Woody as they discuss the future of Antonio Brown, the impact of COVID-19 in sports, Teddy Bridgewater and more.
Finishing What Was Started
Mar 26 • 40 min
Stephen A, Max, Domonique Foxworth, Isaiah Thomas and Mark Ingram debate the importance of finishing the NBA season, if Lamar Jackson can stay hot and much more!
Going Deep
Mar 26 • 39 min
Stephen A, Max, Marcus Spears and Magic Johnson debate if Dak should hold out, if Brady can throw deep and who is the NBA MVP.
Bringing Out The Best
Mar 25 • 47 min
Stephen A. and Max react to Karl-Anthony Towns’ message about his mother, if LeBron is the best player in the world and Chris Godwin joins the show.
Where To Go?
Mar 25 • 34 min
First Take discusses if the Panthers will regret releasing Cam Newton, if the Bengals should consider getting Tua and what does Tom Brady have to prove in Tampa.
Next Steps
Mar 24 • 53 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Mel Kiper Jr. about his latest mock draft, Carli Lloyd and Lolo Jones join to talk Olympics and new Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders calls in.
More Dominoes
Mar 24 • 27 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Jeremy Schaap on the impact of a delayed Olympics, react to Terry Bradshaw’s comments on Tom Brady and talk to Olympic committee member Dick Pound.
Hour 2: Danny Green & Tyreek Hill
Mar 23 • 52 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Olympics should be postponed, plus, Lakers guard Danny Green and Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill join the show.
Hour 1: Brady Or Belichick?
Mar 23 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Tom Brady or Bill Belichick is more to blame for their separation, question which team has improved much after NFL free agency, and more.
Hour 2: Fate Of The NBA
Mar 20 • 40 min
Stephen A, Molly, Max, Mike Wilbon, Marcus Spears and Ryan Clark debate the fate of the NBA after COVID-19, how the NFC will be affected by Brady’s arrival and more.
Hour 1: TB to TB
Mar 20 • 30 min
Stephen A Smith and Max Kellerman are joined by Ryan Clark, Marcus Spears and Damien Woody to discuss Tom Brady’s signing with the Bucs, Todd Gurley to the Falcons and more
The Real One
Mar 19 • 44 min
Stephen A, Max, Ryan Clark, Marcus Spears and Tyrann Mathieu debate if Brady or Belichick will have more success, what Todd Gurley means for Derek Henry and much more!
Returning To The Top
Mar 19 • 38 min
Stephen A, Max, Louis Riddick and Jay Williams debate if Brady will be in the MVP race this year, if Foles or Wentz is more likely to win this year and much more!
Hour 2: NFL Free Agency Frenzy
Mar 18 • 53 min
Stephen A. and Max are joined by several analysts to debate the best chance for the Panthers to win the Super Bowl, if Brady or Belichick has more to prove and much more.
Hour 1: Replacing Brady
Mar 18 • 28 min
First Take reacts to Tom Brady going to the Bucs, who should replace Brady in New England and Kevin Durant testing positive for coronavirus.
Hour 2: Michael Irvin, Tedy Bruschi & Randy Moss
Mar 17 • 47 min
Stephen A and Max are joined by Michael Irvin, Tedy Bruschi and Randy Moss to discuss more on Tom Brady and the latest news on Dak Prescott.
Hour 1: Brady Gone…
Mar 17 • 29 min
First Take reacts to the breaking news that Tom Brady is officially leaving the Patriots.
Hour 2: Should the Titans have pursued Tom Brady?
Mar 16 • 35 min
Stephen A., Max, Adam Schefter and Marcus Spears debate if the Titans should’ve offered Tom Brady. Plus, what’s next for Amari Cooper and who got franchise tagged?
Hour 1: Should NBA skip to Playoffs?
Mar 16 • 39 min
Stephen A., Max, Greeny, Marcus Spears and Jay Harris debate how Tom Brady looks heading into free agency, if the NBA should jump straight to the playoffs and if Dak Prescott should hold out.
Hour 2: MLB Pushes Back
Mar 13 • 28 min
Stephen A, Max, Tim Kurkjian, Jenifer Ashton and Sean Farnham react to MLB pushing back opening day, how leagues should approach returning to sports and much more.
Hour 1: Sports Is Canceled
Mar 13 • 55 min
Stephen A, Max, Greeny Jay Bilas, Dan Graziano, Brian Windhorst and Jay Williams react to the NCAA Tournament cancelation, NBA Suspending the season and more.
Hour 2: Donovan Mitchell Tests Positive
Mar 12 • 40 min
Many on the show discuss the breaking news of Donovan Mitchell testing positive for the coronavirus and what the future holds for the NFL and NCAA.
Hour 1: Latest On NBA & Coronavirus
Mar 12 • 45 min
First Take reacts to the latest news on the coronavirus after Rudy Gobert tested positive and the NBA has suspended the season.
Taking Over
Mar 11 • 43 min
Stephen A. Max, Keyshawn Johnson and Matt Barnes debate if Marbury was right in his comments about LeBron, if Dak can win a championship and much more!
One Step Back
Mar 11 • 39 min
Stephen A., Max, Greeny and Brian Windhorst debate what the Nets win over the Lakers means, big rumors from the NBA and much more.
Making A Pick
Mar 10 • 42 min
Stephen A., Max, Jay Williams, Emmanuel Acho and Keyshawn Johnson debate if Barry Bonds is being treated fairly, if Washington should draft Tua, and much more.
The Next Chapter
Mar 10 • 39 min
Stephen A. Max, Greeny, Jay Williams and Adam Schefter debate how the Cowboys are handling Dak’s contract, where Tom Brady will play next season and much more!
Hour 2: Bad Times In Brooklyn
Mar 9 • 43 min
Stephen A., Max, Jay Will and Keyshawn Johnsons debate what’s going on with the Nets, if the Bucks should rest Giannis and where Brady will play next season.
Hour 1: Failure To Launch
Mar 9 • 38 min
Stephen A. Max, Greeny, Bart Scott, Doris Burke and Jay Will debate what we learned from LeBron over the weekend, if the Rockets are falling apart and what Dak is worth.
Hour 2: Tougher Time For LeBron?
Mar 6 • 41 min
Max, Domonique Foxworth, Damien Woody and Bomani Jones debate if LeBron will have a tougher time with Kawhi or Giannis this weekend, who’s as dominant as Shaq and much more!
Hour 1: Brady or Brees
Mar 6 • 35 min
Max, Domonique Foxworth, Mike Greenberg, Damien Woody, Tim Kurkjian and Richard Jefferson debate if Curry can carry the Warriors back to their dynasty, Brady or Brees and more.
Hour 2: Megan Thee Stallion
Mar 5 • 54 min
Stephen A. & Max debate how close Giannis is to being better than LeBron, rapper Megan Thee Stallion drops by, and more.
Hour 1: Should Steph Play?
Mar 5 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the Mavericks win over Zion & the Pelicans, debate if Steph Curry should play this year, and will Bill Belichick win a SB with another QB?
Getting It All
Mar 4 • 51 min
Max and Stephen A. are joined by Eduardo Perez as they discuss an all access feature in baseball, if a healthy KD and Kyrie make the Nets favorites and Zion facing Luka tonight.
Best Spots
Mar 4 • 29 min
Stephen A and Max debate if Tom Brady is the best chance for the 49ers to win, reaction to Knicks’ statement in response to Spike Lee and Zion playing back to backs.
Finding Problems
Mar 3 • 53 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Alex Rodriguez at Spring Training, Spike Lee sounds off on James Dolan and the Knicks and more.
Coming In
Mar 3 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Heat should be feared in the East, should the Rockets be worried about their loss to the Knicks, and Todd McShay talks his latest mock draft.
Hour 2: Shot At MVP
Mar 2 • 52 min
Max and Stephen debate if King James still has a shot at MVP, what chances they give Wilder in a 3rd fight and Giannis clapping back at Harden.
Hour 1: More About Zion or LeBron?
Mar 2 • 28 min
Stephen A. and Max recap if last night was more about Zion or LeBron, Kevin Durant not ruling out 2020 Olympics and what’s going on with Tom Brady after this past weekend.
Hour 2: Moving On From Embiid
Feb 28 • 44 min
Stephen A, Max, Emmanuel Acho and Todd McShay debate if the Sixers should move on from Embiid, who impressed at the Combine and if Giannis Harden comments are out of line.
Hour 1: KD’s Comments On Weed
Feb 28 • 37 min
Stephen A, Max, Mike Greenberg, Matt Barnes and Emmanuel Acho debate what Jerry is doing with Dak, if LeBron is really injured and KD’s comments on weed.
Managing Talent
Feb 27 • 43 min
Stephen A, Max and Jay Williams debate if Dak should get franchised, if LeBron should be load managed and what’s wrong with the Sixers.
Where To Go?
Feb 27 • 37 min
Stephen A, Max, Dan Orlovsky and Mel Kiper debate if we should like Wesbrook’s attitude, where Brady will play next season and much more!
Hour 2: NFL CBA Talk
Feb 26 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if they’re confident Joel Embiid can carry the 76ers, talk about the new proposed CBA with Domonique Foxworth, and more.
Hour 1: LeBron Proves It
Feb 26 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max talk about what LeBron proved in the win against Zion and the Pelicans, debate who is the biggest threat to the Bucks in the East, and NFL Combine talk.
Hour 2: LeBron or Zion’s Rookie Year
Feb 25 • 51 min
Stephen A. and Max debate who’s having a more impressive rookie season between Lebron & Zion, Tom Brady’s future and what’s going on with the Sixers.
Hour 1: Kobe & Gianna Memorial
Feb 25 • 28 min
The First Take crew reacts to what stood out for Kobe & Gianna Bryant’s memorial, if the Clippers are doing fine and Stephen Jones recent comments about Dak.
Hour 2: NBA’s Best
Feb 24 • 31 min
Stephen A, Max, Jay Williams and Marc Spears debate if the Clippers are unraveling, who’s the best team in the NBA and what you remember most about Kobe.
Hour 1: Kobe’s Impact
Feb 24 • 49 min
Stephen A, Max, Paul Pierce and Ice Cube debate what the Lakers’ win vs the Celtics means, if they were shocked by Wilder’s TKO and what was Kobe’s impact.
Hour 2: Wilder v Fury II
Feb 21 • 42 min
Stephen A. Max, Timothy Bradley and Laila Ali debate what Tua was thinking with his comments, if the KD, Kyrie duo will live up to expectations and who will win the big fight!
Hour 1: Best In The World
Feb 21 • 34 min
Stephen A. Max and Timothy Bradley debate if Joel Embiid is the best in the world, if the Rockets are title contenders and what are the keys to victory for Wilder and Fury.
New Looks
Feb 20 • 50 min
Stephen A. & Max are live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the Wilder vs Fury fight. The crew talks the new proposed NFL playoff and Andre Ward joins the show.
Live From Las Vegas
Feb 20 • 26 min
Stephen A. & Max are live from the MGM in Las Vegas for the Wilder vs. Fury fight. The crew talks the Lakers and Andre Ward joins to talk the fight.
VP Irving
Feb 19 • 52 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Kyrie Irving being voted NBPA VP, question if the Rockets have enough to win it all, debate if Steph Curry should return this season and more.
New Clipper In Town
Feb 19 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max debate the impact of the Clippers signing Reggie Jackson, tell us how MLB should fix the cheating controversy and ask if Drew Brees’ return makes the Saints favorites to win it all.
Carrying It
Feb 18 • 30 min
Stephen A, Max, Mel Kiper Jr, and Jalen Rose debate if Embiid or Jimmy Butler’s team can go deeper into the playoffs, who will be the first QB drafted and much more!
Checking Optics
Feb 18 • 47 min
Stephen A, Max and Ben Affleck debate how Myles Garrett looks after Mike Tomlin’s interview, if LeBron or Kawhi will have the bigger impact down the stretch and much more!
Hour 2: Was Aaron Gordon Robbed?
Feb 17 • 42 min
Stephen A, Max and Mike Tomlin discuss whether Mason Rudolph has gotten a fair shake, if Aaron Gordon got robbed in the dunk contest and much more.
Hour 1: ASG Recap
Feb 17 • 38 min
Stephen A, Max and Dan Orlovsky debate how great the All-Star game was, if MLB botched the Astros scandal and if Brad will stay with the Patriots.
Windy City
Feb 14 • 48 min
First Take is live from Chicago for NBA All-Star Weekend. Guests are Chicago Sky star Diamond DeShields, Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade, rapper Common, & Bulls PG Zach LaVine.
Battleground
Feb 14 • 27 min
First Take is live from Chicago for NBA All-Star Weekend, the crew reacts to Myles Garrett’s allegation and previews the celebrity all-star teams with Stephen A. & Michael Wilbon.
Who’s On Top
Feb 13 • 42 min
Stephen A, Max, Lil Rel and Trae Young debate if the Pistons were better than the Bulls, the best athletes from Chicago and Stephen’s A List.
New Spot
Feb 13 • 35 min
Stephen A, Max, Isaiah Thomas and Scottie Pippen debate if LeBron and AD are enough for the Lakers, if Giannis is the best and if the Astros’ were punished enough.
That Is Over
Feb 12 • 35 min
Stephen A, Max and Teddy Bruschi debate if Myles Garrett’s suspension was fair, how far the Rockets can go and what the Cowboys’ should do with Dak.
Confidence Is Key
Feb 12 • 46 min
Stephen A, Max, Keyshawn Johnson and Vernon Davis debate if we should be confident in the 76ers, if Zion can win R.O.Y. and what’s next for Cam Newton.
Hour 2: Steve Stoute
Feb 11 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to rebranding consultant for the Knicks Steve Stoute, question if Philip Rivers is still an NFL starter and more.
Hour 1: Trading Embiid
Feb 11 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Kawhi would have had a better chance to win a championship with the Raptors, should the 76ers trade Embiid, & should LeBron consider load management.
Going Small?
Feb 10 • 30 min
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Bobby Carpenter and Sean Farnham debate if the Cowboys or Steelers are more likely to make the playoffs, if the Sixers can win it all and if small ball works.
The Real Problem In Philly
Feb 10 • 50 min
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Bobby Carpenter debate if Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are the Sixers’ problem, if Dak Prescott or Tom Brady would be better for Dallas and much more!
Hour 2: Frank Clark
Feb 7 • 42 min
Max, Emmanuel Acho, Jay Williams, Frank Clark and Damon Jones debate if the Chiefs can repeat, how bad James Dolan is for the NBA and if the Lakers should have made a trade.
Hour 1: Believing In The Sixers
Feb 7 • 39 min
Max, Emmanuel Acho, Jay Williams and Damon Jones debate if we should believe in the Sixers, if small ball can work for Houston and who’s the favorite after the deadline.
All In
Feb 6 • 42 min
Stephen A, Max, Foxworth and Damon Jones debate if the Heat should go all in, who the Sixers should want to lead them and if Tom Brady is calling too much attention to himself.
Do It Again
Feb 6 • 38 min
Stephen A, Max, Dominique Foxworth and Jay Williams debate how much pressure is on Mahomes to repeat, if the Rockets going small ball is smart and much more!
Hour 2: Jon ‘Bones’ Jones
Feb 5 • 52 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to SB-winning QB Doug Williams & The Undefeated’s Jason Reid about the black quarterback, UFC’s Jon Jones joins to talk about his upcoming fight, & more.
Hour 1: What’s Next For Knicks?
Feb 5 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if LeBron can keep up this level of play, what should the Knicks do next, plus, SB-winning QB Doug Williams & The Undefeated’s Jason Reid join.
Hour 2: Franchise Dak
Feb 4 • 40 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Tom Brady on the Raiders makes sense, is it smart for the Cowboys to put the franchise tag on Dak Prescott, and more.
Hour 1: MJ Level
Feb 4 • 42 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Pat Mahomes will reach MJ level, question what is the problem with the 76ers, and Todd McShay discusses his latest mock draft.
Looking Ahead
Feb 3 • 37 min
Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman debate if the 49ers should be blamed for a collapse or if the Chiefs should be praised for a comeback. Also, how should Kyle Shanahan be viewed after the loss?
Chiefs Get It Done
Feb 3 • 43 min
Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman react to the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV, question if Pat Mahomes is the most valuable athlete in sports and grade Jimmy G’s performance.
Let Them Talk
Jan 31 • 48 min
The crew is in Miami prior to Super Bowl LIV. Redskins HC Ron Rivera stops by, the guys talk Cowboys, plus, Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller joins the debate.
Who Will Win?
Jan 31 • 28 min
The crew is in Miami prior to Super Bowl LIV. They make their picks for the big game, react to Tom Brady’s cryptic tweet and Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey stops by.
The Big One
Jan 30 • 54 min
Max and Stephen A. are joined by Adam Thielen, Steve Harvey and Sean Payton preview more on Super Bowl 54. They guys also debate Richard Sherman’s recent comments to the NFL.
Feeling The Heat
Jan 30 • 27 min
First Take is live from South Beach as Stephen A. and Max discuss if they trust the 49ers’ defense against Mahomes. Derrick Henry also joins the show.
Hour 2: On the Line
Jan 29 • 41 min
Live from Miami, Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark, Saquon Barkley and Rick Ross discuss whether Jimmy G. or Pat Mahomes have more to gain from winning the Super Bowl and if Barkley misses Odell Beckham. Plus, Stephen’s A List!
Hour 1: Who Will Win?
Jan 29 • 37 min
Live from Miami, Stephen A., Max, Marcus Spears and Brian Dawkins discuss who will win the Super Bowl, if too many players make the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the beef between Terrell Owens and Donovan McNabb.
Taking Responsibility
Jan 28 • 30 min
Stephen A. and Max are joined by Tim Legler as they react to LeBron taking on responsibility to continue Kobe’s legacy and reflection on the reactions to the tragedy.
Continuing To Remember
Jan 28 • 35 min
First Take continues to mourn Kobe’s death as they discuss what they think of the league postponing Lakers-Clippers. Bart Scott also joins to give a Super Bowl preview.
The Life Of Kobe
Jan 27 • 39 min
Stephen A. and Max are joined by several others to discuss personal stories of Kobe, what he meant to the Lakers and his impact on and off the court.
Remembering Kobe
Jan 27 • 44 min
First Take mourns the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and the victims of the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Is It Great?
Jan 24 • 49 min
First Take reacts to Eli Manning’s retirement press conference and if he had a Hall of Fame career. The guys also debate McNabb’s recent comments on Terrell Owens.
Forward Looking
Jan 24 • 37 min
Stephen A. and Max discuss how Brady should respond about his playing future. Also, Andre Iguodala joins the show to discuss the news around the NBA.
Filling Shoes
Jan 23 • 42 min
Stephen A., Max, Matt Barns. Domonique Foxworth and Jay Williams debate if the Pelicans can make the playoffs, if Dak should take a lower deal and can Daniel Jones fill Eli’s shoes.
The Arrival
Jan 23 • 37 min
Stephen A., Max, Jay Williams and Damien Woody debate how Zion looked in his debut. Plus, if Jimmy Butler can win a championship and if Mahomes or Reid need a Super Bowl win more.
Taking The Lead
Jan 22 • 43 min
Stephen A., Max, Domonique Foxworth, Jay Williams and Ryan Clark debate if Jeter was the best leader ever, if the Cowboys owe Dak and if Zion can catch Ja Morant.
Problem Reaction
Jan 22 • 38 min
Stephen A., Max, Jay Williams and Domonique Foxworth debate if Zion will lead the Pelicans to the playoffs, how the Kansas and Kansas State players should be punished and much more!
Fitting In
Jan 21 • 40 min
Max and guest host Marcus Spears debate if Jason Garrett is bad for the Giants, question who should be the Patriots QB next season and more.
Concerning
Jan 21 • 41 min
Max and guest host Marcus Spears debate if there’s concern with the Lakers, discuss who is the MVP of all sports and question if the Patriots made a mistake trading Jimmy G.
The Next Stop
Jan 20 • 50 min
Stephen A. and Max debate where Tom Brady should play next season, question if the title window for Aaron Rodgers has closed and react to Darrelle Revis calling out Richard Sherman.
Best QB Ever?
Jan 20 • 33 min
Stephen A. and Max debate if Patrick Mahomes is the best QB ever, talk about if it’s time to give Jimmy G credit and question if Mahomes’ weapons are the reason he’s so great.
Perspective
Jan 17 • 44 min
Stephen A., Max and Louis Riddick debate how we should look at Odell now, what a loss would mean for Mahomes and Stephen A. responds to Antonio Brown.
How Bad?
Jan 17 • 37 min
Stephen A., Max, Emanuel Acho and Chael Connen debate who will win the NFL Conference Championships, how bad the Astros’ scandal is, and if Conor McGregor is still great.
For Real?
Jan 16 • 44 min
Stephen A., Max, Damien Woody and Dominque Foxworth debate if the Rockets are contenders, what a loss means for Aaron Rodgers and how we should look at OBJ.
Talking Trouble
Jan 16 • 38 min
Stephen A., Max, Damien Woody, Jessica Mendoza and Michael Bisping debate if Kyrie is the Nets’ problem, what the Mets should do with Beltran and if Conor McGregor is back.
Building Blocks
Jan 15 • 51 min
Max and Stephen A. are joined by Marcus Spears to debate if they have a problem with the Cowboys’ structure. Cowboy Cerrone also joins the show.
Next Steps
Jan 15 • 32 min
Stephen A. and Max react to the Alex Cora out in Boston, if Stefanski should be all in on Baker and Luke Kuechly retiring from the NFL.
Hour 2: Astros’ Fallout
Jan 14 • 51 min
Max and Stephen A. debate if Floyd Mayweather and Connor McGregor would be a waste of time, Antonio Brown’s recent incident with the police and more on the Astros drama.
Hour 1: Proving Ground
Jan 14 • 30 min
Stephen A and Max face the gloating from Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears as they discuss what LSU proved last night and if Trevor Lawrence was to blame for the loss.
The Final Showdown
Jan 13 • 53 min
The fun continues from New Orleans ahead of the CFP National Championship game with Paul Finebaum, Dexter Lawrence, Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears all joining the show to preview the matchup and more.
Don’t Call It A Comeback
Jan 13 • 25 min
The crew is live from New Orleans for the CFP National Championship game. Tim Tebow joins to react to the Chiefs’ comeback win over the Texans and preview the National Championship. Plus, Leonard Fournette joins the show.
Stay Or Go
Jan 10 • 29 min
Stephen A., Max, Marcus Spears and Tim Tebow debate if Rodgers or Wilson will win on Sunday, if Tom Brady would go to Dallas and if Clemson or LSU will win the CFP Title.
True Leaders
Jan 10 • 50 min
Stephen A., Max, Marcus Spears and Jay Williams debate who is more important to their team Mahomes or Watson Plus, if KD looks bad for Twitter beef and Captain Kirk vs Jimmy G.
Problem Solver
Jan 9 • 35 min
Max, Stephen A. and Domonique Foxworth debate if KD should clap back at fans, if Rodgers can win another chip and if the Rooney Rule can be fixed.
Run The Town
Jan 9 • 47 min
Max, Damien Woody, Stephen A. and Jason Williams debate if McCarthy can win it all in Dallas, if Lamar can run past the Titans and if Josh McDaniels should stay or go.
Solving Problems
Jan 8 • 50 min
First Take goes into a deep discussion on how the NFL can fix the lack of minority coaching hires and Paul Finebaum joins the show to discuss Clemson vs. LSU.
Making A Statement
Jan 8 • 30 min
Stephen A. and Max talk Anthony Davis’ injury, if McCarthy makes the Cowboys favorites and who has the most to lose on divisional weekend.
New Judge In Town
Jan 7 • 55 min
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Dan Orlovsky debate what Sunday’s loss says about Carson Wentz and the crew reacts to the Giants hiring Joe Judge as head coach.
Coaching Vacancies Filled
Jan 7 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max Kellerman talk about the Cowboys hiring Mike McCarthy, react to Matt Rhule going to the Panthers and more. Plus, Max & Dan Orlovsky go head-to-head about Carson Wentz.
Hour 2: Wild Card Weekend
Jan 6 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max give more reaction to the Cowboys hiring of Mike McCarthy, question if Clowney’s hit on Carson Wentz was dirty, and more debate from Wild Card weekend.
Hour 1: Should Brady Retire?
Jan 6 • 31 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Tom Brady should retire. Plus, the crew reacts to the Cowboys hiring Mike McCarthy as head coach.
Hour 2: Need It More
Jan 3 • 41 min
Domonique Foxworth, Bart Scott, Damien Woody and Chiney Ogwumike debate if Brees or Cousins needs to win more, if Zion will play this year and if the Cowboys can win it all.
Hour 1: Who’s Next?
Jan 3 • 37 min
Domonique Foxworth, Bart Scott, Marcus Spears and Bobby Carpenter debate who should coach the Cowboys next, if the Patriots are done and if the Browns are a good job.
Hour 2: Brady vs. Tannehill
Jan 2 • 44 min
Damien Woody, Domonique Foxworth, Bart Scott, Chiney Ogwumike and Emmanuel Acho discuss David Stern’s legacy, this weekend’s Tom Brady/Ryan Tannehill matchup and some bold predictions for 2020 in the sports world.
Hour 1: David Stern’s Legacy
Jan 2 • 35 min
Damien Woody, Domonique Foxworth, Jalen Rose, Chiney Ogwumike and Emmanuel Acho discuss the impact David Stern had on the NBA before debating which teams will win during Wild Card Weekend.
Hour 2: Athlete Of The Decade
Dec 31, 2019 • 50 min
Domonique Foxworth joins the guys in a heated debate about Dak’s impact on the Cowboys coaching decision and if Lebron is the best male athlete of the decade.
Hour 1: Jason Garrett’s Future
Dec 31, 2019 • 29 min
Final First Take of the decade with Damien Woody and Emmanuel Acho as they discuss the countdown to Jason Garrett’s future, the best NFC East coach opening and much more.
Hour 2: Playoff Pressure
Dec 30, 2019 • 44 min
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark and Dominique Foxworth debate who’s under the most pressure in the playoffs, the Cowboys next coach and Joe Burrow vs Trevor Lawrence.
Hour 1: Blaming Baker
Dec 30, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark, Dan Orlovsky and Adam Schefter debate if the Cowboys can turn it around, how much to blame Baker and if Wentz has been impressive.
Hour 2: Luka’s Hype
Dec 27, 2019 • 49 min
First Take goes on to discuss if people are buying into the Luka hype, Dak’s recent comments and a preview of 49ers versus Seahawks.
Hour 1: Tim Tebow
Dec 27, 2019 • 30 min
Louis Riddick and Emmanuel Acho discuss the breaking news of Antonio Brown working out with the Saints, NFC East clashes this weekend and Tim Tebow joins the show.
Becoming Independent
Dec 26, 2019 • 30 min
Damien Woody and Damon Jones recap the Clippers taking down the Lakers last night, if the Rockets are too dependent on Harden and if Dak should get a long term contract.
Rising Up
Dec 26, 2019 • 43 min
First Take is joined by Victor Cruz to debate Big Ben’s possible return next year, if the Saints need home field to win the NFC and can Embiid be the best player in the east.
Hour 2: Load Management?
Dec 25, 2019 • 47 min
Stephen A. & Max question if LeBron & Anthony Davis should consider load management, can Harden & Westbrook outduel the LA duos, and much more.
Hour 1: Battle For L.A
Dec 25, 2019 • 27 min
Stephen A. & Max debate how important the Christmas Day match-up with the Clippers is for LeBron, has Kemba made the Celtics better than Kyrie did, and more Cowboys drama.
Talk Is Talk
Dec 24, 2019 • 53 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Walt Frazier’s comments about Wilt Chamberlain, talk about the allegations against Kawhi Leonard’s uncle and more.
Tasting Rainbows
Dec 24, 2019 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the Packers’ win vs. the Vikings, question if Jason Garrett deferring to his O.C. confirms he should be fired and how big of an addition Marshawn Lynch is.
Hour 2: Stephen A. Santa
Dec 23, 2019 • 42 min
Stephen A., Max and Ryan Clark debate what the Cowboys should do with Dak, Odell’s latest drama and Stephen A. has a gift for Cowboys fans.
Hour 1: Who’s To Blame
Dec 23, 2019 • 35 min
Stephen A. Max, Dan Orlovsky and Rex Ryan debate who’s more to blame for the Cowboys loss to the eagles, what Brady proved on Saturday and more!
Taking Flight
Dec 20, 2019 • 51 min
Mike Missanelli joins Stephen A. and Max to debate if Carson Wentz is elite and the greatest athletes of all time in Philadelphia. Philly Native Kevin Hart also joins the show.
Closing Out
Dec 20, 2019 • 25 min
First Take is live from Philly as they discuss the NFC East rivalry matchup, if Stephen A. changes his mind on Giannis and if Josh Allen will out-perform Tom Brady.
Looking Ahead
Dec 19, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A, Max and Michael Irvin debate if the Cowboys can win the NFC East, if LeBron is a threat to Giannis for MVP and if the Pelicans have reason for optimism.
Dealing With It
Dec 19, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A, Max and Damien Woody debate if Dak’s injury will affect the game Sunday, if opponents should disrespect LeBron and if the Browns can turn it around.
Hour 2: Penalize The Pats
Dec 18, 2019 • 42 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if the Eagles can handle the Cowboys, question if the NFL needs to penalize the Patriots hard, and more.
Hour 1: Anthony Davis
Dec 18, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Jerry Jones is replaceable, react to Tom Brady not being selected for the Pro Bowl, and the crew talks to Lakers superstar Anthony Davis.
Hour 2: Pressure in the NFC East
Dec 16, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. & Max question if the loss means people should pump the brakes on Jimmy G praise, question if the Cowboys or Eagles are under more pressure, and more.
Hour 1: Punishment Coming?
Dec 16, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the Cowboys dominate showing against the Rams, debate if it’s time to give Carson Wentz praise, and question if the NFL should punish the Patriots.
Hour 2: The Heat Is On
Dec 13, 2019 • 40 min
Stephen A. Max and Damien Woody discuss Sunday’s Cowboys/Rams matchup. Stephen A. also explains why he’s excited about the Miami Heat. Plus, will James Harden score 100 points in a game this season?
Hour 1: Lamar’s MVP Case
Dec 13, 2019 • 39 min
Stephen A. Max, Louis Riddick and Mina Kimes debate Lamar Jackson’s MVP candidacy, if the Pats should run up the score on the Bengals and if Joel Embiid can maintain a high level of play for the rest of the season.
Old Home
Dec 12, 2019 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Kawhi’s reception in Toronto, debate if the Rams or the Cowboys are the better team and much more.
Back Again
Dec 12, 2019 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the latest Antonio Brown tweets, debate if Lamar Jackson’s arm or legs are more important and talk more about Spygate 2.
Hour 2: Urban Meyer To Dallas?
Dec 11, 2019 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Paul Finebaum about rumors of Urban Meyer to the Cowboys and the CFP, react to Troy Aikman’s comments on Jerry Jones, and more.
Hour 1: Spygate 2
Dec 11, 2019 • 28 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Bill Belichick’s explanation to Spygate 2, and talk to welterweight champion Terence Crawford about his upcoming fight.
Can The Knicks Be Saved?
Dec 10, 2019 • 39 min
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark and Fat Joe debate how to save the Knicks, which quarterback has the biggest injury and if Eli Manning should retire.
Up To Their Old Tricks? (Hour 1)
Dec 10, 2019 • 43 min
Stephen A., Max, Dan Orlovsky and Mel Kiper Jr. debate the Patriots’ cheating allegations, how impressive Carson Wentz was on Monday Night Football, if Joe Burrow will go No. 1 overall and more.
Hour 2: CFP Rankings
Dec 9, 2019 • 44 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Clemson should feel undervalued, are the Rams still a contender in the NFC, and more.
Hour 1: Jimmy G Steps Up
Dec 9, 2019 • 37 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Jimmy G’s performance against the Saints, debate if the Patriots got robbed, and tell us if Lamar Jackson has locked up MVP.
Time For The Show
Dec 6, 2019 • 39 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Damien Woody about the struggling Cowboys, talk to Tim Tebow about this weekend’s college football games and more.
Mistakes Made
Dec 6, 2019 • 42 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Marcus Spears about the bad Cowboys loss to the Bears. Did Jerry Jones make a mistake in not firing Jason Garrett? The crew debates.
Handle With Care
Dec 5, 2019 • 37 min
Stephen A Smith, Max Kellerman, Damien Woody and Domonique Foxworth debate how the 49ers handled the controversy, if this is Tom Brady’s last shot and much more!
Eli The Elite?
Dec 5, 2019 • 46 min
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Victor Cruz debate who will lead the storylines when the Bears meet the Cowboys, if Eli Manning is a Hall of Famer and if the 49ers’ response was enough.
Biggest Issue
Dec 4, 2019 • 34 min
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark and Paul Finebaum debate if Jason Garrett or Jerry Jones is a bigger problem, if Nick Saban’s dominance is over and much more!
Throwing Down
Dec 4, 2019 • 47 min
Stephen A., Max, Ryan Clark and David Pollack debate what the NBA should do about Harden’s blown dunk call, if Cam’s out in Carolina and if Clemson should make the playoff.
Apology Time
Dec 3, 2019 • 33 min
First Take has a deep discussion on the current state of the Cowboys with Jerry Jones’ recent comments, if Max owes Carmelo an apology and if Brady is lost without Gronk.
Big Time Moments
Dec 3, 2019 • 40 min
Stephen A. and Max and Dan Orlovsky discuss if Kirk Cousins is ready for primetime and a heated debate ensues about who’s to blame for the Eagles’ struggles.
Bald Eagles (Hour 2)
Dec 2, 2019 • 52 min
Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman debate who is the most to blame for the Eagles’ issues, question if the Patriots should bring back Antonio Brown and much more.
Losing His Touch? (Hour 1)
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
Stephen A. Smith & Max Kellerman react to Tom Brady’s performance in the loss to the Texans, debate what Freddie Kitchens’ t-shirt choices say about him, and react to the Ravens’ win over the 49ers.
Hour 2: Who’s In?
Nov 29, 2019 • 20 min
Stephen A Smith, Max Kellerman and Tim Tebow debate if Alabama can still make the playoff, if the Texans can stop the Patriots and if the Cowboys are done after this loss.
Hour 1: Trouble in Big D
Nov 29, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Louis Riddick debate if the Cowboys should fire Jason Garrett now? Plus, if Jimmy G or Lamar has to do more for their team and much more!
Hour 2: AD’s Return
Nov 28, 2019 • 51 min
Stephen A. and Max recap Anthony Davis’ return to New Orleans, if it’s a big deal for the Saints to win versus the Falcons and Stephen A’s list for what he’s thankful for.
Hour 1: Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 28, 2019 • 29 min
Happy Thanksgiving from First Take as they discuss if today is a must win for the Cowboys, Max has a problem with Kyrie’s response to Boston and much more!
Hello, Goodbye
Nov 27, 2019 • 42 min
Stephen A., Max Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears debate if Jerry or Garrett is the bigger problem in Dallas, if this should be Melo’s farewell and if AD should be boo’d in NO.
Making Moves
Nov 27, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A., Max and Ryan Clark debate if Coach K has something to prove, if Hodges is the right move for the Steelers and if Ohio State should have passed LSU in the rankings.
Time To Go?
Nov 26, 2019 • 43 min
Stephen A., Max, Marcus Spears and Desmond Howard debate when Jason Garrett should be fired, who’s the team to beat in the East and if Alabama will make the CFP.
Top Dog
Nov 26, 2019 • 37 min
Stephen A., Max, Marcus Spears and Michael Eric Dyson debate if Lamar Jackson is the best QB, if LeBron is the MVP and if Jay-Z is the most influential person in sports.
Struggle Bus
Nov 25, 2019 • 43 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if we should be worried about the Saints, talk to Ryan Clark about Tom Brady, question if Jason Garrett can save his job and more!
What’s Wrong?
Nov 25, 2019 • 39 min
Stephen A. & Max debate what the biggest problem with the Cowboys is, react to the Packers’ loss to the 49ers and is Carson Wentz the problem with the Eagles?
Must Win Time
Nov 22, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A., Max, Damien Woody, Tim Tebow and Jonathan Vilma debate if Tua should have been playing Saturday, if the Eagles are facing a must win and much more!
Next Up
Nov 22, 2019 • 38 min
Stephen A., Max and Hue Jackson debate the latest in the Miles Garrett suspension, what to make of Kaepernick’s workout and if Dak or Brady will come out on top this weekend.
Hour 2: Terrell Owens
Nov 21, 2019 • 33 min
Terrell Owens joins First Take to confront Stephen A. for comments about Colin Kaepernick’s workout with the NFL.
Hour 1: MVP Luka
Nov 21, 2019 • 30 min
Stephen A. and Max discuss if they were more impressed by Celtics or Clippers, if Luka is an MVP candidate and was Le’Veon Bell overacting about the random drug testing.
Hour 2: Melo’s Debut
Nov 20, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Carmelo Anthony’s debut with the Blazers, debate if the Patriots should bring back Antonio Brown, & ask Paul Finebaum about the latest CFP rankings.
Hour 1: LeGOAT?
Nov 20, 2019 • 40 min
Stephen A. & Max question if LeBron is proving he is the greatest of all-time, and debate if Myles Garrett’s suspension should be shortened.
What’s Next?
Nov 19, 2019 • 55 min
First Take continues to debate what’s next for Colin Kaepernick, if Tom Brady is the problem for the Patriots and more. Also, Chadwick Boseman joins the show.
He Is The MVP (Hour 1)
Nov 19, 2019 • 28 min
Stephen A. and Max discuss if Pat Mahomes is the clear-cut best QB in the league, Myles Garrett appealing his suspension and more. Plus, Howard Bryant joins the show to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick.
Kaeped Opportunity? (Hour 2)
Nov 18, 2019 • 53 min
Stephen A. & Max continue to debate the Colin Kaepernick situation with Prof. Michael Eric Dyson, and also question if the Cowboys are still Super Bowl contenders.
Action Jackson (Hour 1)
Nov 18, 2019 • 30 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if Lamar Jackson is the clear-cut MVP, question if Pat Mahomes can overcome the Chiefs’ defense, and welcome Prof. Michael Eric Dyson to the show to talk Colin Kaepernick.
What Is Going On?
Nov 15, 2019 • 40 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Damien Woody, Marcus Spears and Jonathan Vilma about Myles Garrett hitting Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet.
Proper Reaction
Nov 15, 2019 • 43 min
Stephen A. & Max react to Myles Garrett hitting Mason Rudolph in the head with his helmet, Josina Anderson & Louis Riddick weigh in. Plus, actor David Boreanaz stops by.
Hour 2: Ed Orgeron
Nov 14, 2019 • 50 min
Max and Stephen A. debate Lamar versus Deshaun Watson and who is on the hotter seat between Gase and Shurmur. Also, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron joins the show.
Hour 1: Rockets Impress
Nov 14, 2019 • 32 min
Stephen A. and Max discuss how impressed were they by the Rockets last night, Baker’s recent comments and if there should be optimism about the Kaepernick situation.
Scandal Breaks
Nov 13, 2019 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the Astros’ cheating scandal, debate which team should want Colin Kaepernick, talk to Paul Finebaum about the CFP rankings and more.
Chances To Return
Nov 13, 2019 • 27 min
Stephen A. & Max react to news of Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout, debate if Alabama will make the CFP and if Paul George’s return enough to put the Clippers over the Lakers?
Rockets Have Liftoff? Harden, Westbrook, and Houston’s Offense
Nov 13, 2019 • 16 min
Tonight on ESPN, the Rockets - led by a reunited James Harden and Russell Westbrook - play host to the LA Clippers. But Houston’s superstars share a complex past, which they are hoping will lead to a mutually beneficial future. NBA analyst Kirk Goldsberry…
Load Management
Nov 12, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. & Max debate if load management is good for the NBA, how Max feels about the state of the Giants and who the NFL MVP is right now.
Best Game Yet?
Nov 12, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. & Max ask what did the Seahawks’ win prove, debate if the Knicks would be justified in firing David Fizdale and question if LSU ended Alabama’s playoff chances?
Hour 2: LSU’s Big Win
Nov 11, 2019 • 51 min
Stephen A. & Max talk to Ryan Clark about LSU’s big win over Alabama, question if the Cowboys or Vikings are a bigger threat in the NFC, and more.
Hour 1: AFC Favs?
Nov 11, 2019 • 29 min
Stephen A. & Max react to the Cowboys loss, was the Saints losing to the Falcons a big deal? Plus, should the Ravens be favorites in the AFC after another shining performance?
Hour 2: Leaders In Sports
Nov 8, 2019 • 41 min
Stephen A. Max, debate if AB can return to the NFL, who are the best leaders in sports and we have Stephen’s A List.