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Van Everyman

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So is ESPN's plan basically to make Stephen A Smith 16+ hours of TV a day?
Not sure. When I questioned the wisdom of that strategy some months back, I was told every viewer loves SAS and such decisions are always data-driven and not the whim of some Zaslav-like corporate overlord.
 

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I like that Lombardi has now moved to bringing on a voice disguised nba informant who is basically a nba Lombardi version of himself.

I'm 50/50 that is actually just him.
 

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I like that Lombardi has now moved to bringing on a voice disguised nba informant who is basically a nba Lombardi version of himself.

I'm 50/50 that is actually just him.

Lombardi is kind of nuts when he isn't talking about football and I enjoy it.
 

ElUno20

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Lombardi is kind of nuts when he isn't talking about football and I enjoy it.
Football yes. NBA is just not his space at all. This informant is hilarious. He also has a very specific way of saying Daryl Morey.
 
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Kendra Middleton is now on 98.5 (I didn’t really know who she was before) but is 27 and I feel so old at 41. I understand what she’s saying but it’s so clear she’s a completely different generation. She’s got her own Twitch gaming channel, says things like “it slaps” not ironically. She’s been good so far, very different energy but I’d rather this than whatever retreads WEEI is rolling out like Ken and Curtis.
 

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If you want to take a break from watching baseball and read about it instead, I recommend "The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game" by Tim Brown with Erik Kratz. Kratz was a Red Sox for a hot minute in 2015. Brown leans a little too hard into the "folksy life lessons from catchers" shtick, in my opinion, but the parts about the actual baseball are very interesting.
 

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Not sure if this is exactly the right thread, but big ups to the Audacy app for allowing me to easily listen to the opening of every WFAN show today. The way the app saves and annotates every show really facilitates my shadenfraude listening.
 

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Not sure if he counts as "media," but Kurt Benkert's content on YT and TikTok is really great. He is a former NFL QB who does a great job nerding out, especially about QB play. I assume a tv network will snap him up at some point, as he is easy on the eyes and is (as far as I can tell) a really good analyst.
 

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Pete "the Meat" Sheppard announced that he was let go from his ESPN/ Beasley afternoon radio show yesterday.
 

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I don't get it. It's the playoffs. There are fewer teams involved, fewer games being played. Isn't it always the case that there are more credentialed media at these games (and in the clubhouse) than would be if it were a random day in July? Players need to be aware of that and their surroundings at all times. If they're going to say things in front of a reporter, especially one they might not know/recognize, they can't expect the reporter won't report what he heard.
 

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I don't get it. It's the playoffs. There are fewer teams involved, fewer games being played. Isn't it always the case that there are more credentialed media at these games (and in the clubhouse) than would be if it were a random day in July? Players need to be aware of that and their surroundings at all times. If they're going to say things in front of a reporter, especially one they might not know/recognize, they can't expect the reporter won't report what he heard.
Exactly. And the clubhouse is closed for x amount of time before reporters are let in. You want to talk shit about Bryce Harper then? Go for it. And TBH, what he said wasn't that huge of a deal. Harper did fuck up and he looked kind of silly racing back. Then Harper didn't look so silly on Wednesday. It's sports. Every one needs to take a minute and breathe.
 

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Exactly. And the clubhouse is closed for x amount of time before reporters are let in. You want to talk shit about Bryce Harper then? Go for it. And TBH, what he said wasn't that huge of a deal. Harper did fuck up and he looked kind of silly racing back. Then Harper didn't look so silly on Wednesday. It's sports. Every one needs to take a minute and breathe.
I thought the whole thing added a bit of fun to game 3, with Harper staring Arcia down each time he rounded the bases. As long as it doesn't get physical, I like to see players get chippy and talk smack.
 

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Listening to other reporters....there's a MEDIA section of the clubhouse and a private NO MEDIA portion. It's "common knowledge " that anything you say in the MEDIA section is fair game.

Arcia ran his mouth around 10 reporters and also there were cameras rolling. There is one person to blame for all this, and it ain't the reporter
 

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In a shocking development, Russo won't be retiring. He's going to make a donation to the Diamondbacks charity foundation ... and wear a bikini in NYC while carrying a sign saying "I'm a dope"
https://www.si.com/mlb/2023/10/25/chris-russo-negotiates-howard-stern-out-retiring-because-diamondbacks-win
Bringing this over from the LCS thread. Mad Dog was always a wild card, but pulling this kind of Morning Zoo nonsense at age 64 seems pretty pathetic. Did he not save his money? Mad Dog isn't exactly a Nobel laureate, but he has got to have made enough money in his career to be beyond needing to debase himself like this.
 

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Bringing this over from the LCS thread. Mad Dog was always a wild card, but pulling this kind of Morning Zoo nonsense at age 64 seems pretty pathetic. Did he not save his money? Mad Dog isn't exactly a Nobel laureate, but he has got to have made enough money in his career to be beyond needing to debase himself like this.
IDK, I think it's kind of fun when a broadcaster does something like that. I mean we all knew that he wasn't going to retire, but the donation and the bikini thing shows that he can have some fun. Pathetic seems to be an awfully harsh word but YMMV.
 

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Bringing this over from the LCS thread. Mad Dog was always a wild card, but pulling this kind of Morning Zoo nonsense at age 64 seems pretty pathetic. Did he not save his money? Mad Dog isn't exactly a Nobel laureate, but he has got to have made enough money in his career to be beyond needing to debase himself like this.
Debase? That’s a lot. Like, listening to his infamous 2003 rant did you think he really meant that he’d give up his kids to non existence for a SF Giants championship?
 

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https://nypost.com/2023/10/31/sports/chris-broussard-on-james-harden-trade-is-the-man-r-d/

Chris Broussard went a step too far on Tuesday, so much so that he walked back his words seconds later.

The FS1 host was discussing the James Harden trade on “First Things First” when he used a rather unfortunate word to describe the newest member of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Broussard had been arguing with Nick Wright about Harden’s usage in LA when he made the slip-up.

“Is the man ‘r——d’?” Broussard queried.
Man the clip is so weird. After asking if James Harden is "r**arded", he then appears to stumble on his words to talk about his mentally disabled first cousin, and I swear he was about to say said cousin had to be put down.
 

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Surprised, but not really.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2023/11/16/charissa-thompson-fabricate-sideline-reports/

Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports and Amazon Prime’s “Thursday Night Football” garnered criticism Thursday when a clip went viral in which she admitted to inventing quotes from coaches while working as a sideline reporter.

“I’ve said this before, so I haven’t been fired for saying it, but I’ll say it again. I would make up the report sometimes,” Thompson said in a recent interview on “Pardon My Take,” “because, A, the coach wouldn’t come out at halftime, or it was too late and … I didn’t want to screw up the report, so I was like, ‘I’m just going to make this up.’”
 

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Am I alone in thinking that many of these reports are made up? Maybe it’s the way she just casually mentioned it like no big deal. She obviously felt comfortable confessing it.
If they're not, they might as well be with how boring and clichéd most coaches are in sideline interviews. Chances are even when she (or any other sideline reporter) gets real quotes, they're not far off what she/they could have made up anyway.
 

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This is shitty on a number of different levels. The first being that it demeans women sideline reporters who work hard to get these positions. It also is yet another reminder of what happens when you engage in token stick bullshit like the NFL does by using a somewhat meaningless position to add to the diversity of your program. Which, of course is exactly what you would expect from the NFL. Which sucks..
 

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If they're not, they might as well be with how boring and clichéd most coaches are in sideline interviews. Chances are even when she (or any other sideline reporter) gets real quotes, they're not far off what she/they could have made up anyway.
Or just simply, "Coach Asswipe didn't stop to talk, Joe, but based on what we've seen, the Nimrods need to tackle better and stop turning the ball over. wouldn't you say?"
 

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I'm sure coaches would get fined if they're obligated to do these sideline reports. I bet they'd rather have anyone of any gender say "well coach X said he really hopes his team fights harder in the 2nd half" than pay $25000.

I'm sure it's an open secret and it wouldn't surprise me if a coach or some PR person reminded the sideline reporter before the game "Coach X isn't gonna do the halftime run by as always. Just give a generic rah rah thing"

It's why no coach has ever called out a reporter and why no reporter has (until now) admitted they're garbage
 

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Or just simply, "Coach Asswipe didn't stop to talk, Joe, but based on what we've seen, the Nimrods need to tackle better and stop turning the ball over. wouldn't you say?"
Agreed.

Other professional sports use a sideline reporter as well, but it isn’t nearly as fluffy. Abby Chin on NBC Sports Boston does an excellent job interviewing the players, who clearly like her, and she really knows her stuff. Likewise, the sideline reporters in the major-league baseball world, while they tend to be clearly a change of pace thing, are valuable given that the pace of the game can be slow.

In the NFL, it’s as simple as “we want to soften the image a little bit so we’ll put a woman in this completely meaningless role.” Some—like Salter and Andrea Kramer—rise above it. Others, like Thompson, sink to that level. Fuck her but more importantly the league she works for.