Clay Travis paid Patrick Mahomes a huge compliment Tuesday morning during his FOX Sports Radio show, saying the Kansas City quarterback is the NFL version of Michael Jordan, while at the same time criticizing the media for trying to create a rival for Mahomes when none exists.
“Patrick Mahomes is Michael Jordan right now,” Travis said. “Everybody else in the NFL is just the dudes that Michael Jordan beat.”
Travis quickly adds that his comparison is not a guarantee that the Chiefs will win the Super Bowl this year and then calls out the media for trying to manufacture a rival for Mahomes.
“It’s possible that Russell Wilson, who is six years older, or a 43 year old Tom Brady can come out of the NFC and figure out a way to beat him. I feel like what is happening is that the media is trying to come up with a Brady versus Manning rivalry for Mahomes when there is no rival to Patrick Mahomes. We are nowhere near a rival situation. What we have in the NFL today for Mahomes and people around his age is like if you had Tom Brady and Bill Belichick with no Peyton Manning. Right now there is just one dominant dude and he can do things at his age that nobody else can do.”
Travis says that in the future a rival could develop for Mahomes with Joe Burrow and Jared Goff being the leading candidates, but urges the media to simply enjoy Mahomes’ greatness.
“Stop trying to put a rival on the stage with Patrick Mahomes and let’s just let him be there alone and appreciate the fact that he is Michael Jordan,” Travis said.
“We all bought into the hype last night of Patrick Mahomes versus Lamar Jackson and we all saw what happened (a 34-20 Kansas City victory),” Travis continued. “The Mahomes pairing with Andy Reid reminds me of Brady and Belichick. He will be slinging the football at age 35. I’m not sure of the longevity of Lamar Jackson or any of these other quarterbacks (to create a rivalry). I’m not even that confident that some of them will still be playing in five years.”
Travis says that while he understands the media’s need to create a rivalry that they are taking it too far.
“Look I get it. Conflict sells. Every time we have a story on my website that features conflict, people click like crazy. Brady versus Manning sells. Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal sells or Phil versus Tiger. Everybody wants to create a man versus man conflict because then you pick a side. It’s great for sports. Whoever you chose to root for told us a little bit about you as a person. You weren’t just rooting for your guy. You were rooting against the other guy. We are trying to artificially create that in the NFL right now ,but Patrick Mahomes is Jordan and nobody else is even remotely close to challenging that throne”
Jacob Conley writes about news/talk radio BNM. He can be found on Twitter @GWUJake or reach him by email at email@example.com.
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 billion 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”.