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Dabo Swinney Thanks Colin Cowherd For ‘Fraud’ Comment

“I told the boys, just get me to the press conference, and we will have some fun with this. We had a little fun at your expense.”

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In sports talk radio, sometimes hosts can provide “bulletin board material” for teams to go on a run to a national championship. While it may not be the only reason why that team ends up winning, it is ultimately a good extra motivational tool for the players. 

During Clemson football’s run to the national championship in 2016-17, Colin Cowherd went on his show, The Herd, and talked about how he didn’t buy that the Tigers could win the national championship and he called them a fraud. 

After Clemson defeated Alabama, 35-31, to win the national title, Swinney talked about in the postgame press conference how they used Cowherd’s “fraud” comments as motivation: 

Well, four years later, Swinney was on The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume recently to re-visit that and Swinney said he did not even know who Cowherd was when he said that because he isn’t on social media.

“I’m like who the heck is this guy. I had a lot of fun with our team and it was great. We were getting ready to play Alabama and somebody had got me this clip and it was perfect. I don’t do social media. I told the boys, just get me to the press conference, and we will have some fun with this. We had a little fun at your expense.” 

The day after the game, Cowherd went in early to do his prep for the show that day and had not seen Swinney’s comments about Cowherd being the true fraud until people showed it to him and he said it had to be the lead block on the show. 

“We loved it. I had a ball with it. I used to work at ESPN so I can tell you Dabo, they hated you saying that on the air.” 

When hearing this clip, it made me want to go back to listen to Cowherd’s opening monologue the day after the national title and as he told his audience, he is never afraid to own up when he is wrong and that is important for any sports talk show host or anyone in the industry.

“One of the things I realized, you do not punish me if I am wrong, you punish me as an audience if I choose topics you are not interested in. You have never punished me for being wrong…Politicians lose when they talk about topics that no one care about. I will continue to have super strong opinions.” 

People are going to get predictions wrong, that’s just the nature of the business. As Cowherd put it, keeping things interesting is more important and it is a moment that most will never forget, especially in the Clemson community. 

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Henry Abbott: Bill Simmons Is ‘Supertalented Guy, Difficult Teammate’

Abbott appeared on the “Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre” podcast.

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TrueHoop founder Henry Abbott appeared on Straight Fire with Jason McIntyre last week and expounded on the article he wrote last year surrounding Bill Simmons. The two worked together for years at ESPN after the network bought TrueHoop and Abbott went in-depth on their working relationship in the article.

“Bill’s fine. I don’t know, maybe he’s really mad at me because I wrote that piece,” Abbott said on the podcast. “He’s not the devil. A thing that frustrates me is a lot of talk without a lot of evidence.”

Abbott went more in-depth about the goal he set when he started writing the article last June.

“Bill Simmons was trending nationally, and the two positions were either he’s a terrible racist, or he’s the most wonderful human in the history of the planet. Like, have any of you f*cking met that guy? Like he is neither of those things. Like this is all incorrect. Trust me; it’s far from my collection of these are the worst things I could say about Bill. It was just kind of a summary of what my experience was like working for him for over a decade.”

The TrueHoop founder stuck to his brand with a basketball comparison ready for Simmons.

“I think he’s a super talented… This is a common NBA theme. Supertalented guy, difficult teammate, hard to get along with. Not really interested in team success right and pretty skilled at getting what he wants. It wasn’t the case that he was some sort of all or nothing hero or villain, he’s just kind of selfish.”

Simmons has not reached out to Henry Abbott about the piece, but the basketball blogging pioneer has no regrets about writing it and would welcome another opportunity with a big brand under the right circumstance.

“The dream for me and I think everyone I know in this business is to have a boss you really respect,” Abbott said about working for another large company. “You want a boss who makes your work better. If you can get that, greatest thing in the world. If you can’t, be your own boss.”

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Howard Bryant Heading To Meadowlark Media

“Bryant’s next major project is a biography of Ricky Henderson due out soon.”

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Another ESPN voice is choosing Miami over Bristol. Howard Bryant is the latest to join Dan Le Batard and John Skipper at Meadowlark Media. Bryant had been a versatile voice in Bristol, appearing on both TV and radio programs offering commentary.

Ian Casselberry of Awful Announcing speculates that “Bryant will focus largely on podcasts and documentaries” in his new role. Meadowlark says that he will “work on project development, including reporting, scriptwriting, and on-air narration.”

It is hard to imagine that Howard Bryant won’t continue to write. In fact, he is free to work on projects for multiple other employers, including ESPN.

Bryant is a three-time National Magazine Award nominee. He has written for Oakland TribuneSan Jose Mercury NewsBergen RecordBoston Herald, and The Washington Post. He is also one of the great baseball historians, having written five books about the sport. Bryant’s next major project is a biography of Ricky Henderson due out soon.

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Sinclair to Launch Streaming Sports Service

Two sources with knowledge of the plans told the Post that Sinclair is working with investment bank LionTree to raise more than $250 million for the venture.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group has made a lot of changes in the last year and, according to the New York Post, more are coming.

Sinclair recently rebranded what were formally Fox Sports regional networks to Bally Sports. Now, the Post explains that the media company is raising money for a new streaming service that would stream St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Mavericks games, and scores from other popular sports teams.

Two sources with knowledge of the plans told the Post that Sinclair is working with investment bank LionTree to raise more than $250 million for the venture.

Sinclair hopes to launch the streaming service at the beginning of the next MLB season and has told potential investors that it aims to charge $23 a month to fans who want to stream games in markets where it owns broadcasting rights.

The Post notes that “fans who live outside of Sinclair’s 21 territories, where it owns broadcasting rights tied to 42 teams, would likely be out of luck.”

“This is a major, major development,” a director for a non-Sinclair broadcaster told The Post. “And if Sinclair is successful it will change the industry more quickly than I imagined.”

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