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Ryan Clark Blasts Kirk Cousins’s Toughness On Get Up

“Ryan Clark gave a very candid perspective into how he feels about Cousins from being his teammate with the Washington Football Team back in 2014 and being a carrier of the sickle-cell trait that nearly cost him his life.”

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When you look at sports morning shows that have multiple people on a panel talking about a specific topic, sometimes the person who goes last has the chance to access the most information before they have to speak. That happened on Wednesday morning on Get Up when Mike Greenberg, Dan Orlovsky, Adam Schefter, and Ryan Clark got into Kirk Cousins’ recent comments about COVID-19.

Cousins was on Kyle Brandt’s 10 Questions podcast on Spotify and the Minnesota Vikings quarterback gave his thoughts about why he was not too worried about the coronavirus.

Brandt asked, “If 1 is the person who says, ‘Masks are stupid, you’re all a bunch of lemmings’ and 10 is, ‘I’m not leaving my master bathroom for the next 10 years,’ where do you land?”

After a chuckle, Cousins responded, “I’m not gonna call anybody stupid, for the trouble it would get me in. But I’m about a .000001.”

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Cousins later said, “I want to respect what other people’s concerns are. For me personally, just talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I’m gonna go about my daily life. If I get it, I’m gonna ride it out. I’m gonna let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.”

Ryan Clark gave a very candid perspective into how he feels about Cousins from being his teammate with the Washington Football Team back in 2014 and being a carrier of the sickle-cell trait that nearly cost him his life.

“I know tough people. I know a ton of tough people. Many of those tough people I have played with consider me a tough person,” Clark said. “As someone here who has dealt with something that happened on the field that almost cost them his life…Kirk Cousins ain’t tough y’all. This is not about toughness.” 

Clark also said he would not include Cousins on a particular list and blasted the short-sightedness that leads to a comment like Cousins’s.

“I played with Kirk. Kirk’s a good football player. Kirk is a football player that will stand in and do things that a quarterback has to do. If I had 10 people to take with me and say I wanted to take the 9 other toughest people that played on my team, Kirk Cousins wouldn’t be in that group.

“I think when you make statements like this and you pound your chest like this, it doesn’t show empathy for the people that have lost their lives to COVID-19 and empathy to the people who have lost family members…When you think about protecting yourself and saying that you don’t believe in certain things, if you have compassion, if you care about other people, you are going to do at least what is being mandated of you by the NFL and by your team and listen to some of the things that are going on with the reports of what COVID-19 can do to certain people who are predisposed to having this disease take their lives or put them in the hospital and at least try to protect them.

“This is not a time to judge Kirk Cousins’ opinions, but it is time to talk about what the ramifications of this type of thought process could be for himself, his teammates, or this league.”

Clark took the right approach in not judging the thoughts of his former teammate, but also trying to have people understand things from his own perspective of playing with a health issue. That alone speaks volumes. 

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Kevin Negandhi: I’m the Same on SportsCenter As I Am In Real Life

“I’ve always just tried to find that blend where I can be respectful for the audience and have a good time and have fun delivering highlights.”

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Kevin Negandhi has been one of the hosts of the 6:00 PM ET SportsCenter on ESPN over the last few years. Even in this prominent role, Negandhi takes great pride in making sure the viewer is being entertained and getting an escape from the real world, at least for an hour.

Negandhi was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast this week and Schein asked him how he would describe his broadcast style. He wanted to make it clear that if you met him on the street, he is the same person that you see on ESPN.

“I’m the person that you would meet casually, I’m the same person on TV. I’ve always said that I represent not just my family, not just where I’m from, I represent the passion of the great area and region that is Philadelphia. When you see me on TV, I feel like I’m letting you into a conversation I would normally have with you if we were talking about something. You are here for an escape, let’s talk about it because I got in the business because I passionately love sports. It was my connection with my family growing up. Connection with my family still to this day. It’s kind of like get in with us.”

Whenever Negandhi is hosting SportsCenter, he told Schein he tries to find a good mix of giving the highlights and the news while also understanding that the viewer is looking to be entertained as well.

“I’ve always just tried to find that blend where I can be respectful for the audience and have a good time and have fun delivering highlights and delivering the news and making sure you are entertained but at the same time understanding that I’m having fun with you while you are watching us as an escape.”

One other broadcaster that stands out for not being just a broadcaster according to Negandhi is Scott Van Pelt because Van Pelt is comfortable being himself and doesn’t have a filter.

“Scott Van Pelt really stands out to me because when you watch Scott, there is no filter with Scott. He’s not a broadcaster. Scott is Scott and he is comfortable in his skin.”

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MLS Season Pass Debuts on Apple TV

The first MLS season begins on Saturday, February 25th, with Nashville SC taking on New York City FC. All matches will be available for free during the first week of the season.

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MLS Season Pass on Apple TV debuted to much fanfare for Major League Soccer fans Wednesday.

Fans from around the world will be able to watch every MLS contest as the launch of the service begins the streaming platform’s 10-year, $2.5 billion media rights contract with the American soccer league.

With the debut of the service, most MLS games will now take place on Saturdays and select Wednesdays with 7:30 PM local start times.

MLS Season Pass will feature several prominent soccer voices, including analysts Taylor Twellman and Cobi Jones, play-by-play man Max Bretos, and studio host Liam McHugh.

The MLS season begins on Saturday, February 25th, with Nashville SC taking on New York City FC. All matches will be available for free during the first week of the season.

The streaming service will cost $14.99 per month or $99 per season, with existing AppleTV+ subscribers being offered the package at a discounted price of $12.99 per month or $79 for the season.

MLS Season Pass launches on a wide range of viewing platforms. Not only is the service available on televisions, smartphones, and tablets, but it can also be viewed on smart TVs, computers, and video game consoles.

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MLB Network Dropped By YouTube TV

“MLB Network has offered terms consistent with what close to 300 other U.S. providers have agreed to for distribution.”

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After contract negotiations stalled, YouTube TV dropped MLB Network from its channel lineup.

“We apologize for the news and will continue conversations with the MLB to advocate on your behalf, in the hope of restoring their content on YouTube TV,” an email to YouTube TV subscribers said.

MLB Network was previously included in YouTube TV’s $64.99 per month plan before being dropped Tuesday.

Spring Training for MLB franchises begins on February 24th.

“With Spring Training about to start, we regret that YouTube TV has been unwilling to negotiate a fair carriage agreement,” an MLB Network spokesperson told Barrett Sports Media. “MLB Network has offered terms consistent with what close to 300 other U.S. providers have agreed to for distribution.

“With the great demand and value for live baseball content, Major League Baseball’s commitment to MLB Network now and in the future is stronger than ever before, and we remain open and committed to reaching an agreement with YouTube TV as soon as possible.”

YouTube TV has gone through several carriage disputes in the past, with most — like those with NBCUniversal and Disney — being resolved after short disruptions to subscribers.

Viewers affected by the decision from YouTube TV can go to findlmbnetwork.com to see alternative options.

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