After NFL columnist Michael Silver criticized Troy Aikman for being too critical of Jared Goff, the FOX analyst and former Cowboy fired back.
During his first two years under the tutelage of Sean McVay, Goff looked to have a bright future with the Rams, but the quarterback regressed considerably in ’19 and ’20. Enough for the former first round pick to be considered a throw-in when the Rams moved him to Detroit for Matthew Stafford over the weekend.
But Silver is one who doesn’t seem to view Goff in the manner most football fans and analysts do. When writing a column in support of the Lions new quarterback, he took a seemingly unwarranted shot at Aikman.
“Routinely trashed this season on FOX telecasts, specifically those with Troy Aikman as the lead analyst,” Silver wrote for NFL.com. “Goff could reasonably assume that McVay’s words about his quarterback’s play in network production meetings were far from glowing.”
Was Aikman speaking critically of Goff because, like many, he saw the quarterback’s regression on the field? Or was he critical of Goff because McVay influenced the FOX analyst?
After reading Silver’s column, Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina went right to Aikman, offering him a chance to explain. And as expected, the former Cowboys quarterback said there was no agenda in his critique of Goff.
“Unlike Michael Silver, I strive to be fair and balanced and do not have an agenda when doing my job,” Aikman told Traina. “The record will show that I have been a strong supporter of Jared Goff’s over the years. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Rams and Jared Goff, he did not perform at his best in the games that I broadcasted this season, and I’m confident Jared would be the first to agree.”
“I don’t have an agenda when I go into the booth,” Aikman continued. “I try to call the game as I see it. And if there’s a play that’s poor, I try to point that out, but I never wanna do it at the expense of anyone and I just try to be fair in my critique.”
Hopefully Goff can return to the form he showed in ’17 and ’18, when he posted strong statistics and helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl appearance. But watching him lose to the winless Jets in Week 15, get benched in favor of John Wolford and struggle mightily to move the ball in his two playoff games last month, no agenda was needed to criticize Goff.
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.