President Trump has no problem expressing his opinion on any matter, particularly when it is a popular opinion in a part of the country where he is popular. That is why it shouldn’t be a surprise that the 45th President of the United States was quick to endorse the #WeWantToPlay movement started by several high-profile college football players in response to rumors that Power 5 FBS conferences were meeting to discuss canceling the 2020 season amid Covid-19 fears.
The tweet earned the President an invitation to join Clay Travis on FOX Sports Radio’s Outkick the Coverage. Trump accepted and on Wednesday morning, the two spoke for more than 20 minutes.
President Trump shared his thoughts on multiple sports before eventually discussing college football. Travis asked him how confident he was that given the mystery surrounding college football, how confident is he that we will see an NFL season.
“Well, they want to open and they want to open badly, and they are working with government,” he said before segueing into his personal red meat, players kneeling during the national anthem. “I will say this. If they don’t stand for the national anthem, I hope they don’t open. But other than that I want to see them open and we are doing everything possible for getting them open.”
He says leagues need to consider what fans want more than what players demand. Fans aren’t going to watch something they are offended by.
“I think it has been horrible. Look at the basketball ratings. They are down to very very low numbers. They don’t realize that people are very very angry about it.”
When the conversation finally turned to college football, Trump had trouble putting into words why the issue was important to him. His answer for supporting #WeWantToPlay and more to do with the people around the sport he has met.
“The people in that sport, it’s like incredible people, and you know like some of the coaches like Nick Saban and Coach O. How about Coach O? He’s central casting right? You’re doing a football movie. You’ve gotta pick him as your coach, right and put him in the movie. And uh, Lou Holtz is just a fantastic guy, a friend of mine. He’s been a supporter from the beginning. They’re just great people and they want to play football and they know better than anybody else.”
“They know better than anybody else” probably isn’t accurate when it comes to discussing the realities of Covid-19, but the President didn’t really go into any particulars. He did tell Travis and his audience that he spoke with “one of the great doctors” who swore there was virtually no risk of players getting sick.
Trump repeated a statement about only the elderly being at risk that even members of his own Coronavirus Task Force have said is incorrect.
“It just attacks old people, especially old people with a bad heart, diabetes, or some physical problem or a weight problem,” he said and then joked “Isn’t it wonderful that I am such a perfect physical specimen? It’s so great.”
The President is smart enough to know he couldn’t guarantee that everything would be okay if there were a season. He also did not say exactly what he could do to ensure teams did play. He did say though that he found it hard to believe that college athletes would face dire consequences even if they did contract the coronavirus.
“These football players are very young, strong people, physically. I mean physically they are in extraordinary shape. So they’re not gonna have a problem. You’re not gonna see people, could there be? Could it happen? But I doubt it. You’re not going to see people dying.”
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.