BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian is fired up about the debate regarding whether or not NCAA basketball players should be getting paid to play while they are in college. He firmly believes that players should be getting a cut from the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS the universities make from these games, but what do his guests think?
The stars of Swamp People, R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere, gave Brian the inside scoop on their very successful hit TV show. The father-son duo explained that their family has been gator hunting for generations. "The women do it, the men do it, everyone does it," Jay Paul explained, "Believe it or not, it's not a choice... It's a way of life."
The Molinere men also gave tips on how to handle a gator if one comes near you. They explained that by running in a zigzag formation instead of a straight line, the gator will not be able to run after you because gators cannot run from side to side very quickly. Jay Paul also admitted that even though he isn't afraid to wrestle an alligator, he is terrified of spiders! "I'll jump in with a 12-foot gator any day, don't get me a spider," Jay Paul said.
Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large of National Review Online and columnist for the LA Times and USA Today, talked to Brian about how President Obama is paying for the sequesteration politically. Goldberg explained, "He's a guy who actually relies on a lot of assumptions about how the old politics worked. He thought that Republicans would never go for the sequester because of the defense cuts; he thought that if the sequester went through, he would be a replay of the budget showdowns with Clinton..."
Co-host of FOX & Friends, Gretchen Carlson, joined Brian in talking about whether or not NCAA basketball players should get paid to play while they are in college. Carlson disagrees with Brian, and does not think the players should get paid monetarily: "They are being paid, it's called an education! It's called 50,000 dollars a year in many cases to go to college, plus room and board. You cannot begin to tell me that 250 grand isn't being paid!"
FOX's Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel made his debut as an official friend today! Emanuel weighed in on the breaking news that the Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice has been fired due to his abusive phrases and actions. Emanuel, who went to Rutgers and was heavily involved in Rutgers athletics, was deeply saddened by the news. "You could kind of see the whole thing collapsing around Mike Rice," he said.
America's Newsroom co-hosts Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum joined Brian in discussing whether or not NCAA basketball players should be getting paid while they play for their college basketball teams. Hemmer had a lot of opinions on the subject, but ultimately agreed with Brian that the players should receive some type of stipend. MacCallum disagreed with the two: "We have already made getting into college all about sports... What the heck is going on?! That's not what college is about. College is about academics."