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Dan Le Batard Rehires Chris Cote Personally To Keep Him On Air

“Le Batard and the rest of the show made sure to thank the listening audience for their support as complaints have been sent to ESPN by this decision.”

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Last week, the producer of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,  Chris Cote, announced that he was being laid off at ESPN. Today, on The Big SueyLe Batard addressed the situation with the local listeners and shared the pain that the people on the show have been feeling since the news. 

Amidst the pain that was felt at the beginning of the podcast, Le Batard told the audience that the crew had been trying to come up with a way to keep Cote on staff and with creativity involved, they were able to come up with a way to make it happen.

“I’m actually happy to report that I am going to hire Chris Cote as my personal assistant with a raise to fill the role vacated by Allyson Turner,” the host said. “I will cover the raise, the entire thing. It means that Chris Cote is still going to be on the show”

When the crew wondered if that move could happen, Le Batard took a shot at ESPN since the show has since moved solely to ESPN+ this week.  

“Since we are on ESPN+, I am not sure anyone is going to notice for 6 weeks. It’s going to be so confusing. This is a big sprawling corporation. The people who see us don’t understand what we do. We missed our big unveiling at ESPN+ because we were so wounded by all of this.”

Before the exciting news, Le Batard made it clear that he felt that ESPN had blindsided him by not having him be involved with the company’s decision. He understood that the recent layoffs have affected everyone, but it felt personal to him. 

“Chris Cote, we were blindsided by him being let go. It’s the greatest disrespect of my professional career that I got no notice. I would have loved to work something out if somebody had told me to protect him because anyone who knows, Stugotz, what we do around here understands that we are a family. 

“This time at the company has been horrible. So many people have been affected. We have been affected far less than anyone else…No matter how hurt I am about this, I very much understand that this is the product of a very dangerous and brutal time for the company. The part that makes it so hurtful to me is that you blindsided me”

The executive producer of the show, Mike Ryan Ruiz, mentioned how this isn’t the first time their show has dealt with ESPN layoffs and they feel the network is trying to change them, which adds to the frustration in their mind that the company doesn’t see why people like the show.

“You see the writing on the wall. The show is shrinking. We are now on ESPN+.” 

On the podcast, Cote made an appearance and talked about how his dad, Greg, had him on his podcast to talk about the layoff and let’s just say Chris was not too happy about that, but he was thankful for the support shown by the crew and the fans. He even mentioned he got a call from Tim Kurkjian. 

“My dad is the worst. He for sure made this weekend worse and more stressful for me. That’s just a fact. I’m so moved right now by the support from you guys and the rare, terrifying heartwarming weekend. I am so grateful for everything.”

Le Batard and the rest of the show made sure to thank the listening audience for their support as complaints have been sent to ESPN by this decision.

“I just want to tell the audience how grateful we are for your outpouring that has inundated and continues to inundate ESPN to explain to them that you don’t understand that this is a family. You don’t understand what Chris Cote meant to our entire group…The part that I was stunned by is that it is a producer on a radio show and ESPN has never been flooded with more complaints by anything they have done than this.” 

As the cast mentioned numerous times, the family aspect of The Dan Le Batard Show is what makes it unique. It was a great act by Le Batard to keep the show family together and a producer that people enjoy listening to employed. 

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Michael Irvin Tells Parkins & Spiegel How He Learned What Guacamole Was

“Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid.”

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NFL Network analyst and First Take fighter Michael Irvin was the guest of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on Tuesday. 670 The Score’s afternoon hosts asked The Playmaker what his favorite fruit was. It led to a story from Irvin about a recruiting trip that ended in a Mexican restaurant.

Irvin prefaced the story by saying that he has loved avocados since he was a kid. His mother used to clean houses and one of her clients would often send her home with a few avocados. That is how he was first exposed to them.

Fast forward to Michael Irvin’s high school years when he was being recruited to play college football. He was taken to a Mexican restaurant where he saw guacamole.

Irvin told Parkins & Spiegel that he told the waiter “whatever you do, do not put that green, it looks like bird doo doo, on my plate. I can’t even take it. I can’t even stand looking at it.”

Later in the meal, he saw the same waiter walk by with avocado and he asked if he could have some. The waiter said that Michael Irvin had said earlier that he didn’t want it.

“I didn’t say that,” Irvin said. “I said I don’t want that bird doo doo.”

He says that is when one of the people he was dining with spoke up and said “Michael, the bird doo doo is avocado.”

“We asked you for you’re favorite fruit and you had a fruit story. That is why you are one of one,” Danny Parkins responded. “You are Michael Irvin and you are the best man.”

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”

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Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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