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Minihane Returns To Barstool Show

“Having dealt with depression for much of his life, Minihane said he recognizes his mental health ups and downs will continue, but right now, he felt well enough to check in on the show.”

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A week and a day after tweeting that he’s taking a hiatus from his daily podcast, Kirk Minihane returned Sunday to record his Monday show for Barstool. 

Saturday, Feb. 29, Minihane announced he was entering a treatment program to fight his recent struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts. He returned to the airwaves Monday, describing his depression as an “elephant standing on your chest,” unable to breath or move.

Minihane joined Barstool last May after previously co-hosting WEEI’s popular morning show Kirk & Callahan Show in Boston. His brash, unfiltered style helped Minihane build a very loyal fanbase on WEEI, following him to Barstool. 

Twice in 2018, Minihane stepped away from the WEEI morning show for mental health reasons. The first time coming in August, when he checked himself into Winchester Hospital after experiencing suicidal thoughts. Following a brief return, Minihane still didn’t feel right and took a second leave of absence. He ultimately never came back to the Kirk & Callahanshow for varying reasons and left WEEI’s parent company Entercom in May 2019, shortly before joining Barstool.

Having dealt with depression for much of his life, Minihane said he recognizes his mental health ups and downs will continue, but right now, he felt well enough to check in on the show.

“I thought it was important to talk to you guys about it because you guys are great,” Minihane said while expressing gratitude for the amount of people that showed they care. “I understand you’re concerned and you have no idea how much that means, I hope you do, I really hope you do know how much you guys mean to me, the show means to me and knowing that people care,” he continued.

Minihane noted how many people reached out, including his former WEEI co-host Gerry Callahan. Since breaking up in 2018, Kirk and Callahan have reunited a few times on each of their podcasts, but Minihane said he told his former co-host it’s better if they don’t talk anymore. 

“There’s a toxic nature to that relationship,” Minihane said. “You get stuck in the past and have the same fights over again, it doesn’t do either one of us any good, it’s not productive anymore so that relationship is over and it’s unfortunate, it’s a casualty of war that neither one of us were really guilty in.”

Minihane plans to appear on his Barstool podcast again this Wednesday, Mar. 11, and estimated returning to the show full-time Monday Mar. 23. His two sold out shows at Boston’s Wilbur Theater, Jun. 20 are still scheduled to go on. 

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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