Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis joined Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis on Monday’s Outkick the Coverage to throw his support behind the “We Want to Play” movement started by high profile college football players like Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields, among others.
“Absolutely, without question, they should play,” DeSantis told Travis. “I’m not saying if for some reason they don’t feel safe, they should be forced to play. Just give them an extra year (of eligibility), but give them a choice and I believe a vast majority of student athletes will choose to play.”
DeSantis’ remarks come as the 2020 fall football season is in serious jeopardy. Two FBS conferences, The Mountain West and the MAC, have announced the cancellation of football this fall amid COVID-19, concerns while The Big Ten and Pac 12 are expected to make similar announcements soon. FCS football has also cancelled its postseason for 2020.
“From a practical perspective, it’s a no brainer,” DeSantis added. “Sports provide the most structured environment these athletes can have. By not letting them play sports, you are not helping with their development and you are not even helping them with the Corona Virus. They are likely to be out doing other things if not for sports… I would say that’s true for health generally. When you are a student athlete, you have access to medical care. A lot of them come from low income backgrounds, so it is harder for them to have access to the same type of care and they are being tested for the virus every day. I think the safest place for them to be is the college setting.”
DeSantis further argues that taking away sports from college athletes will have academic consequences, as well.
“I was a college athlete and sports was a big motivation for me to do well in the classroom,” DeSantis said. “I knew if I didn’t, I could not play. I imagine I am not alone in feeling that way. There are a lot of ramifications to think about.”
Amid making arguments as to why there should be a football season, DeSantis also praises Lawrence for spearheading the #WeWanttoPlay movement.
“What Trevor is doing is compelling,” he said. “He is speaking from experience and the points he is making are logical and well-spoken. That matters. To have someone of his caliber do that, people are going to follow that type of leadership.”
Throughout the rest of the nearly 30 minute interview, Travis and DeSantis discuss that most of the college age demographic who have the virus, display mild symptoms. Then the tone becomes more political in nature. DeSantis elaborates on Florida’s response to COVID as compared to other states’. He says that some media members are twisting statistics to “Increase fear, but if you peel the onion back, you see what is really going on”.
DeSantis was not the only politician to endorse the #WeWanttoPlay movement on Monday. President Donald Trump tweeted his support in a series of messages from his personal Twitter account.
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show
“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”
As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.
On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.
After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.
“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”
Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.
The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.
“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”
Seth Payne: Ross Tucker is Stealing My Takes Without Attribution
“He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”
Seth Payne cannot say he wasn’t warned. When Ross Tucker joined Payne and Pendergast on Sports Radio 610 in Houston earlier this week, the seven-year NFL veteran told Payne that his take was so good that he would be stealing it.
“You know what, Seth, that is a great point that I am going to use the rest of the week in all my media stuff,” Tucker said when Payne suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles “earned” an injury to the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks by taking advantage of poor blocking schemes that included using tight ends to block NFL sack leader Hasson Reddick.
A listener named Burch tweeted evidence to Seth Payne of Ross Tucker following through on his promise.
“If the rest of you out there can be more like Burch and let us know when people are stealing our good takes, they can have our bad takes,” Payne’s morning show partner Sean Pendergast said on Tuesday morning.
The duo then played the audio, which they said appeared to come from an unidentified CBS show. In it, Tucker says that the Eagles “earned those injuries” and used tight ends being assigned to block Reddick as his justification for the take.
“I think it’s pretty obvious what kind of a boss Ross Tucker is, like what kind of a manager,” Payne said. “He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”
Ross Tucker is no shortage of platforms to spread the take around. He is on multiple Audacy sports talk stations during the football season. He also makes regular appearances with Dan Patrick and SiriusXM as well as hosting his own podcast.
“This is what you get from these Princeton types,” Payne said of being ripped off. “This is how they get where they are in the world.”
Mully & Haugh: Mike Florio Had Perfect Response About NFL Games Being Fixed
There were questionable calls — both made and not — that played into the eventual outcome of the AFC Championship Game. Cynics have pointed to the officiating in the game’s final quarter as proof that NFL games are fixed. On 670 The Score, Mully & Haugh praised Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio for his response to those accusations.
“I always assume it’s incompetence and not corruption,” Florio said when asked about whether or not the league purposely got the matchup it desired. “The NFL does not rig its games. I will say that loudly, and I will say that clearly. Sometimes I will add ‘because I don’t think the NFL would be sufficiently competent to rig its games if it wanted to. That’s why I think they don’t even try.”
Florio then added that being lied to all the time doesn’t mean you’re being lied to all the time, adding that the NFL does need to be proactive against games being fixed, rigged, or altered after the expansion of legalized gambling.
Later in the program, Mulligan and Haugh returned to the discussion about whether or not a conspiracy was at play when Mulligan levied his praise for the Pro Football Talk founder.
“I thought Mike Florio handled that very well,” Mike Mulligan said. “They’re too incompetent to have a conspiracy. It’s true!”
When asked about whether the NFL would actually want to alter the outcome to pit the Chiefs against the Eagles, Haugh said it’s just not realistic.
“That’s a leap you can’t make. It’s not logical. It’s logical to think the referees stink and their incompetent,” David Haugh said. “They have proof of that. To me, it’s a bridge too far to say they wanted a certain team to win because it makes a better matchup or its better for the league. That, to me, makes no sense and is based on no fact at all.”