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FOX Hosts Blast Colin Kaepernick’s Madden Rating

“Clay Travis was the most outspoken critic of the move, while Marcellus Wiley questioned E.A.’s motives.”

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Fox Sports personalities took E.A. Sports and their popular Madden video game franchise to task Wednesday for their inclusion of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and his player rating, on the most recent update to Madden 21.

Clay Travis was the most outspoken critic of the move, while Marcellus Wiley questioned E.A.’s motives. Even Emmanuel Acho, who says he likes Kaepernick, says E.A. went too far in giving him a player rating of 81 out of 100.

“They put him (Kaepernick) in the Madden video game and they rated him better than half of the starters in the NFL,” Travis said on Wednesday’s edition of Outkick the Coverage. “He has a better rating than Cam Newton, Jared Goff, Kyler Murray and Ryan Tannehill. He has the same rating as future Hall-of-Famer Ben Roethlisberger. It’s crazy… Madden ostensibly rates players based on their football abilities. Nothing else matters in the game, and yet they are going to argue that a guy who hasn’t played in four years is better than half the starters in the NFL? It’s lunacy.”

SFY co-host Wiley says that E.A, is simply trying to profit of Kaepernick’s popularity with the African-American community.

“Let’s be real for a minute,” Wiley said. “E.A. is sitting there thinking, let’s do something that we really don’t want to do, but this is the flavor of the month. Let’s take advantage of it. Then they season it up and make it real tasty by throwing a Black Power fist on there (the cover) because they know his followers are going to eat it up. It’s not even really what we want. It’s the extras, the left overs. It reminds me of Soul Food. I was told the origins of Soul Food and how our people (African Americans) would eat it up, even though we all know how it started. As leftovers. It was not what we really wanted. I wish the pandering would stop, but there are too many people supporting it.”

While fellow SFY co-host Acho is not as harsh in his criticism, he does admit E.A. made a mistake in rating Kaepernick so highly and then also questions E.A.’s motives.

“Y’all know in hoops when they miss an  egregious call and back down the court they call something that was non-existent because they have got to make up for it?” Acho asks. “That’s a make-up call. That’s all they are doing. In 2018 E.A Sports left Kaepernick’s name off of the soundtrack. In 2019, he’s still not on the game. So in 2020, what do they say? We’re going to make a make-up call but not only are we going to make a make-up call, we are going to make it so outlandish, that he is rated higher than the reigning rookie of the year, former NFL MVP Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill, who had a historic season last year. I like Kaepernick and you know where I stand on all his stuff, but if you are going to do a make-up call, you have to be a little slicker with it. If Kaepernick was so important, why wasn’t he on the original release back in August? Why wait for the update? Was this done to be seen or was this done because it was the right thing to do?”

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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