While we may agree with the people we argue with, it is the fact that they are willing to hear your argument and are passionate about what they feel that we tend to respect. This week, we saw an example of that involving Bomani Jones, Domonique Foxworth, and Will Cain.
On Wednesday, Cain made his final appearance on First Take before heading to FOX News as he discussed his tweets about NASCAR’s handling of the Bubba Wallace investigation of a noose from Sunday, June 21 at Talladega Superspeedway. The FBI determined it was not a hate crime and the garage’s pull rope was fashioned like a noose long before anyone knew which garage stall Wallace’s ten would be assigned.
After that appearance, Jones decided to call into The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio to give his take and dive more into the racial divide in the country. You can catch that full conversation by clicking this link.
On Thursday’s episode of his podcast, The Right Time with Bomani Jones, Jones talked about the process of going on Cain’s show and how he felt that it was best to address the topic on the radio rather than on Twitter. So, he asked to call into the show and Cain agreed.
“I was going to tweet about it, but then I was like nah, I don’t think that’s the best way to go about it. I didn’t think it would be appropriate. The reason I did that is because I knew Will would agree to have be on. He ain’t no punk in that way. Will is willing to have an exchange of ideas back-and-forth. I appreciate that and I respect that…. I think Will does deserve a little bit more credit because most of y’all know damn well that if I called up your radio show and said I want to talk about it, you would s*** your pants.”
At the beginning of the segment with Jones and Foxworth, Jones flashed back to 2016 when Cain filled in for him as the host of his show the Monday after Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem. He explained how he was getting phone calls from people, including Foxworth, to get Cain off the air. Jones did say that he is okay with Cain before discussing the First Take segment.
“I had made a resolution to myself that I didn’t really want to do a lot of radio or television with Will and that’s not because of any animus I had toward him, but I didn’t really want to wind up with is people trying to turn this into some kind of cage fight debate sort of thing.”
Foxworth echoed the same sentiments in terms of wanting to address the disagreement on Twitter, but instead Cain wanted to call him and hear his thoughts himself.
“After I saw that tweet, I’m about to roast him on the Internet. I realized in myself if I was doing it on Twitter, I would do it only to perform, I texted him and was like, what you said is wrong, are you okay if we do this on Twitter? He texted I will call you in 20 minutes. We had a conversation about it and I felt better after the conversation.”
Jones did bring up an example of when Colin Cowherd was on ESPN and how Jones wanted to call in to give more information on the topic. It did not go over well.
“When Colin worked here, Collin once did a segment that was based on something I said on television. He’s talking specifically about the things I was talking about. I called the board and I was like let Collin know, we can talk. Whoever was working the phones hit me back and said ‘Collin doesn’t want you on.’ See, Collin’s thing was if you want to talk about it, you can talk about it on your own show.”
Even though Cain is no longer at ESPN, you can tell the respect he got from his colleagues. He may have had differing viewpoints, but he was always willing to discuss them, which is what Foxworth and others respected.
“I love Will Cain for that. So many people who are on the air have similar feelings but are afraid to say them. I appreciate that Will is not afraid to say them and is willing to engage with them.”
Jaime Jarrín Retiring After 64 Years As Dodgers’ Spanish Voice
“Jarrín and Dodger baseball have gone hand in hand since first joining the team in 1959.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers bid farewell to their legendary English radio voice, Vin Scully, in 2016, and now they are sending off Spanish-language voice Jaime Jarrín in a similar fashion.
Jarrín and the organization announced that 2022 is the 85-year old’s final season as the Spanish-language voice of the Dodgers.
“I’m grateful to the Dodgers — the best organization in baseball — for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most for 64 years,” Jarrín said in a team statement. “As much as I’ll miss my baseball family at Dodger Stadium and across the country, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my sons Jorge and Mauricio and my grandchildren and nurturing my love of travel.”
Jarrín and Dodger baseball have gone hand in hand since first joining the team in 1959. Jarrín has been with them ever since that second year playing in Los Angeles and is a fan-favorite in the Latino community.
Scully wished his longtime co-worker well as he embarks on a well-deserved farewell tour.
“Los Angeles has been so lucky to have enjoyed the talents of Jaime Jarrín for over six decades,” Scully, 93, Tweeted on Tuesday. “I’m thrilled my dear pal will get to spend precious time with his family in retirement. All the best to you Jaime.”
Jarrín had been calling games with his son, Jorge, who retired from the broadcast in February. Next up is Jamie, who has called three Perfect Games throughout his career. He has also been a part of 30 World Series and 30 All-Star Games, all while being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
The broadcaster’s talents extended beyond the baseball diamond. Jarrín was the Spanish-language broadcaster for the 1984 Summer Olympics and the “Thrilla in Manilla.”
The Dodgers plan to honor during the 2022 season at an unannounced date.
Lance Zierlein: Manningcast Is What People Have Wanted For Years
“Zierlein showered the alternate broadcast with praise for not only the guests but the football lingo as well.”
Most of the country seems to be catching Manning Fever, and Lance Zierlein of ESPN Houston is no different. The sports talk host discussed the third edition of the “ManningCast” with his co-host John Granato on Tuesday’s episode of The Bench.
The Mannings rolled out another star-studded guestlist on Monday night that included, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, NBA superstar Lebron James, Alabama Football head coach Nick Saban, and retired NFL defensive end Chris Long.
Zierlein showered the alternate broadcast with praise for not only the guests but the football lingo as well.
“I called my dad up,” Lance Zierlein began talking about the broadcast, “I’ve been telling my dad for years that the fans want more advanced football stuff… I was telling him this eight years ago, I said, ‘getting more advanced X’s and O’s stuff out there is a big deal because more and more people want that,’ well that’s what this is.”
If anyone can take the pulse of sports fans at large and NFL fans, in particular, it’s Zierlein. The host also helps lead NFL.com’s NFL prospect coverage during draft season. Zierlein is responsible for 500-plus player evaluations leading up to the big day every April.
“No they ask questions of each other that obviously, they are going to know the answers because they are setting it up for them to tell fans,” Zierlein continued. “Listening to them talk about safety play and certain looks and protections and stuff. Golly! From a football standpoint, it’s awesome.”
His co-host agreed and sees this type of broadcast as the way of the future.
“I’m telling you,” Granato said. “I think this is the future… this couldn’t be a better idea, because those guys are entertaining and informative.”
Lance Zierlien could see ESPN employing the model in coverage of other sports in the future. He suggested former Rockets and Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy to lead the NBA version of a conversational, X-and-O heavy broadcast.
ESPN went all in on this idea for that exact combination of traits, and fans now have to wait through a three-week hiatus before the Manning brothers return in Week 7.
Scott Hanson Shouts Out ESPN’s Greg McElroy On NFL RedZone
“Scott Hanson used a rough day for Justin Fields to remind those that had forgotten about McElroy’s pro career that he is technically in the NFL record books.”
Media members are often friends with their colleagues that work at competing outlets. They are often fans of people that may be their direct competitors regardless of whether or not they have ever actually met. Sometimes, it is nice just to acknowledge that. Surely that was Scott Hanson’s thinking when he shouted out Greg McElroy on NFL RedZone on Sunday.
McElroy was a seventh round selection of the New York Jets in 2011 after winning a national championship as a quarterback at the University of Alabama. He played two seasons in the NFL, including one start during the 2012 season. Now he calls college games for ESPN and ABC on Saturdays.
Scott Hanson used a rough day for Justin Fields to remind those that had forgotten about McElroy’s pro career that he is technically in the NFL record books.
“Shout out Greg McElroy, if you’re watching. Love your work on television. Loved you in college as well,” said Hanson before lowering the boom with a stat McElroy would probably prefer history forget. “But Greg McElroy, in his rookie NFL debut, got sacked 11 times. That’s the all-time NFL quote unquote record.”
The Bears worked hard to get that record for their rookie quarterback but came up short. Chicago gave up 8 sacks to the Browns in Justin Fields’ debut as an NFL starter.
There is nothing quite like a good radio partner. That is where Cole Cubelic comes in. He co-hosts McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning on WJOX in Birmingham and caught the shoutout and wanted to make sure his audience did too.
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