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Woody Paige Says He Stole Mike Wilbon’s Car

“Now, Wilbon has not commented on social media or on Pardon The Interruption about what happened.”

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When you watch Around The Horn on ESPN, you will find a debate show where the points matter and there is always competitive banter. However, sometimes, what you will find before the show starts are some interesting stories told by the people on the panel. 

Before Thursday’s show, Woody Paige mentioned before one of the Super Bowl that took place in Arizona (2008 or 2014) that he once took a fellow colleague’s car during the week of the big game off the ESPN compound in Scottsdale.

“When the Super Bowl was here and ESPN had a compound in Scottsdale, we did all of our shows there. I got through with my show. I’m out in the parking lot, trying to figure out where I parked my rental car. Wilbon comes into the compound area, pulls up there. He rolls down the window and says you got my car? I got the car, drove it down the compound down the street. When I came back, he was talking to the security guard about how someone came and took his car. I pulled up and said, you want to park my car, Michael?”

Now, Wilbon has not commented on social media or on Pardon The Interruption about what happened. However, if this is a true story, Paige’s prank does show some of the hijinks that can go on behind-the-scenes at ESPN. Plus, you never know what you are going to get during these segments that get posted on social media from the panelists. 

For example, before Tuesday’s show, Atlanta native Elle Duncan went on a rant about people that think Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan has a case to get into the Hall of Fame.

“I knew everything I needed to know about Matt Ryan when he didn’t look on that damn sideline during that Super Bowl debacle and go we’re going to f*** run the ball. I don’t care what you are calling Kyle Shanahan, I’m the league MVP, we are running the ball.” 

As far as Paige and Wilbon are concerned, we await to see if Wilbon comments on Paige’s story. Nevertheless, the viewer did get an inside look as to what potentially happens on the ESPN set during Super Bowl week.

The story also serves as proof that watching Before The Horn is just as important as the television show that comes after it. You never know what kind of story or rant or entertainment you are going to get. 

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XFL Signs Exclusive Deal With ESPN

“Games will return in 2023. The season opening slate will be played February 18.”

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All 43 games in the 2023 XFL season will air on Disney’s sports networks. The entire schedule will be seen on ABC, ESPN, and FX. Dwayne Johnson and Dani Garcia made the announcement at the 2022 Disney Upfront presentation.

This will be the third iteration of the XFL. The first attempt in 2001 ended after a single season. The 2020 revival was shut down due to Covid. Johnson and Garcia and their partners purchased the brand two years ago for $15 million.

“The XFL will tap into sports fans’ deep love of football by emphasizing competitive action while dedicating itself to innovation and entertainment,” Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content said in a press release. “You can see a great path to success when you combine the reach and influence of ESPN and Disney with the collective vision of XFL leadership led by Dany, Dwayne and Gerry.”

Games will return in 2023. The season opening slate will be played February 18.

“The XFL is going to be a league of passion, a league of pride, and a league of culture,” Johnson said at the event, promising that those three principles will drive every decision for the league.

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NBA Playoff Ratings Hit 8-Year Highs

“At 3.71 million, the average audience for games this postseason is up 14% from last year. It is up 4% from 2019, the last time the playoffs started on time.”

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More people are watching the NBA Playoffs than have done so in a long time. Through the first two rounds in 2022, the league is enjoying its best postseason ratings in eight years.

The average audience across TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV is 3.71 million people per game. If you take the less widely available NBA TV out of the mix, the NBA is averaging 4.08 million viewers per game.

At 3.71 million, the average audience for games this postseason is up 14% from last year. It is up 4% from 2019, the last time the playoffs started on time.

The Boston Celtics have been one of the most reliable performers this postseason. They have been involved in two of the three most-watched games. Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks is one of two games this postseason that now rank as the most-watched early round games in a decade. The other was Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Golden State has also been a hot draw. The Warriors have been involved in four of the seven most-watched playoff games.

With both teams still alive and plenty of star power left in the playoffs, the NBA is poised to deliver one of its most-watched postseasons in years.

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Domonique Foxworth: Tom Brady Contract Is About Impressing NFL

“I think that’s why the booths look the way they look. It’s because the league wants their games to feel big, and it’s worth it to them.”

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The shake-up of NFL TV broadcast booths has been one of the top storylines in the league this offseason.

Part of the reasoning is because of the massive sums of money involved. Whether it’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman or Tom Brady, NFL broadcasters have been getting paid. And it doesn’t seem like the spending is going to slow down anytime soon.

Speaking to Bomani Jones on The Right Time, Domonique Foxworth said the NFL just wants to continue to get bigger and bigger even with its broadcast crews.

“These TV partners want to be in good with the league. And I think that’s what this Tom Brady contract comes down to,” Foxworth said. “I think that’s why the booths look the way they look. It’s because the league wants their games to feel big, and it’s worth it to them.”

Even with some feeling like Brady is uninteresting and likely won’t move the needle as an analyst, it’s the name recognition factor that will set the table for Brady in the booth.

“I do believe that if you turn on an NFL game, and Tom Brady’s talking about it, it feels bigger no matter what he’s saying,” Foxworth said.

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