Over the weekend, college football was back in action with a handful of games, which meant it was time for the season preview episode of College Gameday. The segment that took centerstage was the players-only conversation where Maria Taylor talked to a group of six players about social injustice in America and what they and their teams have done to respond to the deaths of a number of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of police officers.
After that segment played, the panel gave their thoughts on what has gone on in this country and it was Kirk Herbstreit’s thoughts that received the most attention with the emotion he showed on camera.
While Herbstreit’s comments have received praise from many on social media from people at ESPN, one person was not exactly thrilled with the coverage of that segment. Bomani Jones shared his thoughts on Twitter in response to a post done by Awful Announcing.
Jones noted that Herbstreit seemed sincere in his reaction to the stories he had heard, but did note that not a lot of attention was brought to the other perspectives on the panel. He was struck in particular by what Desmond Howard had to say.
Howard said he was happy that the players have a voice and that they understand that they have power. He even brought up an example of when he was at Michigan and the former Heisman Trophy winner thought about staging a boycott of his own.
“As a young man at Michigan, I was I guess what these young men would call woke. I was strongly against social injustices,” Howard said. “I remember one time where I wanted to lead a boycott myself and I spoke to a couple of players. It wasn’t that they weren’t on board, but some of them went back and told the coaches and then the coaches contacted my dad. At that point, I knew that they weren’t where I was mentally, but I understood that social injustices was something that greatly affected my people, my community, our society.”
David Pollack followed Howard and brought up the viewpoint that people shouldn’t nitpick every word that the players say as they try to find their voice to speak about the issues that affect them.
“There’s no right and wrong with racism. Racism is wrong. You can’t put that in any other box… The fact that those guys can stand up there and share what they are feeling. Don’t nitpick what people are saying. It’s hard to express your feelings. It gets easier as you get older and you get more mature. I could have never done it in a million years the way they were going to do that… It’s not their job to fix things. It’s our job to love everyone. It’s not their job to show us the way.”
As Bomani Jones mentioned, Herbstreit emotional reaction was a standout moment. At the same time, he emphasized that the focus should have been on the content of the show, including Lee Corso saying that he would vote not to play in the fall if he were a coach. Jones called it an example of people doing the “same stuff that they said they weren’t going to do anymore.”
Herbstreit’s comments were eye-opening to say the least, but it should not take away from everyone else’s thoughts on the issue of social injustice. And it really shouldn’t have over shadowed Maria Taylor’s work in what was a strong segment as part of College Gameday’s return to television in this “new normal.”
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
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”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
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.
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.’
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.