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Colin Cowherd Says Short Season Is What MLB Needs

“Cowherd points out that baseball is steeped in tradition, and says that it is that tradition, not the shortened season and the other changes that come with it, that has been killing baseball.”

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Many pundits have forecasted that the long dispute between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association and the resulting 60 game season, along with other changes, would be the death nail for America’s Pastime. Not Colin Cowherd, however, as he holds the polar opposite opinion which he expressed on Monday’s edition of The Herd.

“I have had the privilege of living in all four corners of the country,” Cowherd said. “I lived in the Northeast for 11 years where baseball and tradition rule.”

Cowherd points out that baseball is steeped in tradition, and says that it is that tradition, not the shortened season and the other changes that come with it, that has been killing baseball.

“Tradition can be wonderful,” Cowherd said. “It can give you great memories of doing the same thing year after year with your family. But tradition can be really bad, too. People watch things, eat things, and do things that are really boring just because they always have. Baseball has a lot of traditions, but good God, it needs changes and it is going to get some of them now.”

According to Cowherd, the biggest change is the 60 game season instead of the traditional 162 game schedule.

“Hallelujah,” Cowherd exclaimed. “A DH in both leagues, Hallelujah. In extra innings they will put a runner on second base to start the inning so we don’t have 17 inning games, Hallelujah.”

Cowherd strengthens his argument by comparing baseball’s traditions to other sports.

“Baseball games that go into extra innings don’t end sometimes before 12:45 or 1 o’clock in the morning and the majority of the games are played Monday through Thursday. If I told you I watched the AFC championship game between the Ravens and the Chiefs that didn’t end until 2 a.m., you would be like ’what idiot scheduled a game to start so late?’, but that’s been baseball for the last 20 years. Too much of baseball is about tradition and habit and doing it this way because we have always done it that way. I can’t wait for baseball and these changes.”

With the 60 game season, Cowherd also argues that each game takes on a sense of urgency.

“It (the season) is a sprint now,” he said. “The Yankees  and Dodgers are favored but if they go on a four game losing streak or fall four games under .500, they might not make the playoffs. If you tried to sell baseball as it is now to a bunch of investors and pitched them, ‘Oh it’s 162 games and some of them last five hours and the stars spend most of the time sitting in the dugout’, nobody would buy it. Those same investors if you brought up MLS soccer: where the games are really fast, there are no stoppages, the ball is always in play, the stars are always in the game, you have two 45 minute halves and games are over in two hours so you could play a game every day, then MLS would be an easy sell to investors but not baseball.”

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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