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Stugotz: More Respect For Kevin Durant In Game 7 Loss Than Warriors’ Championships

Stugotz has been critical of Durant in the past.

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Analysts expected a classic seven-game series from the Nets and Bucks. They got what they wished for after Milwaukee closed out Brooklyn in Game 7 on Saturday night. Jon “Stugotz” Wiener of the Dan Le Batard Show was particularly impressed with how Kevin Durant almost carried the Nets past the finish line.

“I’ve never respected Kevin Durant more than I do right now,” Studgotz said on Monday’s show. “That was breathtaking. That was amazing. The way he played in Game 5 and Game 7. That was the best basketball I’ve ever seen a player play.”

Durant was at the peak of his power in these playoffs. The Achilles injury he suffered in the 2019 Finals never seemed to slow him down all season. The rise from the ashes culminated in him having to be a one-man show once James Harden and Kyrie Irving got injured. He set a Game 7 record with 48 points and played every minute of the game.

According to ESPN, Durant joined Oscar Robertson and Jerry West as the only players in league history to play every minute and score 40+ points in a Game 7.

“I’m telling you,” Stugotz continued. “I had more respect for Kevin Durant after losing that Game 7 than I did with any win he had with the Golden State Warriors. In fact, I’m thinking about giving him back a championship. I’m thinking about it. I’m not there yet; that’s just a thought. That’s how good he was in Game 7. That’s how good he was in Game 7.”

One of Stugotz’s running bits on The Dan Le Batard Show is his personal record book. In it, Kevin Durant’s championships with Golden State do not count because they were not earned the hard way. The personal record book is a fan favorite that has inspired its own song and Twitter feed and is being kept online by listeners of the show.

Unfortunately for the Nets, they became the first team in this series to lose a game at home after going up 2-0 on the Bucks. Milwaukee advanced in that scenario for the first time in its history. They had been 0-15 all-time when falling 0-2 in a series.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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