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Booger McFarland Says College Football Debate Has Become ‘Selfish’

“How can it be safe for me to send my 17-20 year old son on the field, but you can’t have fans in the stands? How can it be safe for me to send my 17-20 year old kid to college, but you can’t have kids that to class and sit in those seats?”

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As the days go by, it becomes clearer and clearer that college football is in trouble for this fall. In a story first reported by Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger from Sports Illustrated on Sunday, Power 5 conferences would be meeting with their boards in the next couple of days and this telling quote was put in the article: 

“I think by the end of the week the fall sports will be postponed in all conferences.”

As of right now, one power conference has reportedly decided to cancel the season this fall. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Big Ten has made the decision to cancel the upcoming season due to concerns from COVID-19, but no official announcement has been made. Dan Patrick revealed on his show that the vote was 12-2 in favor of canceling: 

All morning long on Monday, there was debate around the issue. One of the topics talked about was if you had a son, would you let him play college football during these unprecedented times. Former LSU defensive tackle and Super Bowl champion Booger McFarland answered that question on ESPN’s Get Up and mentioned the selfishness he sees in college sports.

“I have a son. If he was old enough to play college football and he was on a team, I would not let him play…How can it be safe for me to send my 17-20 year old son on the field, but you can’t have fans in the stands? How can it be safe for me to send my 17-20 year old kid to college, but you can’t have kids that to class and sit in those seats? See, at some point, this has become selfish for everyone else and we want to make decisions when we are the ones not taking the risk.” 

On Sunday night, many high profile players, such as Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, tweeted using the #WeWantToPlay hashtag. Lawrence articulated his thoughts on social media.

“Unfortunately, for the NCAA, we still call these kids amateur athletics and we have hid behind that for years,” McFarland said on ESPN this morning. “I understand what Trevor Lawrence and all of these players around the country are doing, but guess what! It’s not up to you because you are an amateur. That means someone has to make the decision for you. I understand the hashtag, but it does not really mean anything.” 

Later in the show, McFarland used Tennessee guard Trey Smith, one of the best offensive linemen in the country, as an example of the reason liability will play a larger role in any conference’s decision than what players want. Smith had blood clots in his lungs back in 2018 and had a special practice plan last season.

“I understand he can say ‘we want to play,’ but at some point, when everything hits the fan, the University of Tennessee will be liable. Just like what happened in the NFL with the concussion lawsuit, when liability is put on one side, there are billions of dollars that had to change hands and these college institutions, they are afraid.”

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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