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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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Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State

“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”

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Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.

He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”

He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”

It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.

The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.

Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.

The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.

Others used the feud to create comedy.

Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.

The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.

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Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM

“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”

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A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.

“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”

The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.

The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports. 

“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts.  “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team.  They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.” 

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Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool

“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”

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Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.

Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.

“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”

Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.

No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.

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