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Dave Portnoy Calls Brooks Koepka ‘Mentally Weak’

“The contentious chirp was elicited after Varney asked Portnoy about his upcoming charity golf match against Koepka.”

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy made an appearance on Fox Business Network’s Varney and Company on Monday morning to discuss a variety of topics.

During the show Portnoy and host Stuart Varney had a very transparent discussion about several recent breaking news stories that included the news that Barstool Sports had inked a sponsorship with the Arizona Bowl and the story that PENN National Gaming/Barstool Sports acquired theScore app last week for $2 billion in cash/stocks; however, Portnoy’s controversial comment that PGA golfer Brooks Koepka was “…mentally weak” stole the show and captured the headlines today.

The contentious chirp was elicited after Varney asked Portnoy about his upcoming charity golf match against Koepka. Portnoy confirmed the charity event by simply saying “yes”, which then prompted Varney to follow up by asking “Wait a second. He’s going to play left handed, right?” 

A wise man once said “some things are bigger than sports” and Portnoy’s response indicated that this charity golf match against Koepka was one of those things.

He began the chirp at Koepka by answering, “Correct. Well Stuart, I’m very confident in myself, but I know I can’t beat him if he’s playing as — I mean, he’s won a ton of majors. So I did win the U.S. Open, and let me clarify, they said I couldn’t beat the U.S. Open score with unlimited mulligan, which I did.

“So I declared myself champion. Brooks started chirping that I had terrible left-handed swing. Next thing I know, we have a $250,000 bet. The winner gets to choose the charity, and he plays lefty and I am a lefty”. 

The electric conversation continued with Portnoy saying “Now he may have been sandbagging me a little bit, but let me say this about Brooks Koepka and I hope people clip this, he’s mentally weak and I’m mentally strong. So golf, you know, golf for all those country club kids, they’re not used to people being in their kitchen, in their brain. So yes, Brooks Koepka against other soft golfers, we’ll see how he does when the pressure’s on”. 

Varney decided to add fuel to the fire by replying  “See — this is, this is Dave Portnoy at his best. He is mentally weak. Now there’s a headline that everybody’s going to grab hold of immediately, and you got a grudge match. Before you know where you are, it’s a grudge match”.  

Portnoy wrapped the topic up with a controversial, calculated, and cold-blooded statement. He simply said “Well, he is mentally weak”. 

It is clear that both men are battle tested with Portnoy battling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Koepka conflicting with rival golfer Bryson Dechambeau; but when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force at a charity golf tournament, then any outcome is possible.

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JJ Redick Confirms He Will No Longer be Podcasting

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers made it official as they named former ESPN basketball analyst and podcaster JJ Redick their new head coach. Redick starred at Duke and had a 15-year NBA career, but has no real basketball coaching experience.

Redick was moved up to the No. 1 NBA broadcast team on ESPN and ABC with Mike Breen and Doris Burke. This was after Doc Rivers had taken the position but then left to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to working the games, Redick was doing a couple of podcasts. One of those, Mind the Game, was co-hosted by LeBron James whose relationship with Redick couldn’t have hurt his chances in getting the position. Regardless, Redick’s podcasting days are over for now.

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts,” Redick said in response to a question at his opening press conference. “We’ll do something when I have a breather from what we have coming up. I am going to be drinking out of a fire hose for the next month but at some point, we’ll just do something for all the people that listened and have a small little video. But I’m done with podcasting for now.”

The 40-year-old Redick said in a release, “I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world. This opportunity for me is all about service to the players, team and organization. I want to express my utmost appreciation to Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka and the entire Lakers front office. My goal will focus on delivering championship-caliber basketball for Lakers fans everywhere, building on the tremendous history and legacy of the Lakers. I am excited to surround myself with a veteran, innovative staff as we work relentlessly to develop individual players and maximize the team’s potential. My family and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for this new chapter in our lives and look forward to immersing ourselves in the vibrant Los Angeles community.” 

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Greg Cote Addresses Florida Panthers Ahead of Stanley Cup Final Game 7

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team.”

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Earlier in the month, Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote wrote a column delineating the Florida Panthers run to the Stanley Cup Final in which he called Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid overrated. McDavid, who is the consensus best player in the National Hockey League, posted 132 points on 32 goals and 100 assists in the 2023 regular season and has 42 points in 24 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McDavid has made history with the fourth-most points in a single NHL playoffs of all time and will look to help the Oilers claim a Stanley Cup championship in a pivotal Game 7 on Monday night. Cote appeared on Monday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz where the matchup was at the center of discussion and the implications it has on both organizations.

The Panthers previously led the Stanley Cup Final three games to none; however, the Oilers have rallied to win the last three contests to force the series to a win-or-go-home Game 7. The matchup will be played tonight from Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Fla. at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and streaming on ESPN+. Cote has received backlash from Panthers fans on social media after calling McDavid overrated and the team proceeding to forsake a three-game lead.

Moreover, various hockey programs, including the ESPN on ABC broadcast’s intermission report, have made mention of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and the narrative surrounding the team. Cote, however, was recently contacted by the Panthers organization for a different reason as the team faces a critical final game.

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team – to give the team a little pep talk, preparatory to the biggest Game 7 in the history of the biggest Game 7s,” Cote explained, “and so I did.”

Cote outlined his address to the team on the most recent edition of The Greg Cote Show and branded it akin to an edition of Hard Knocks, the HBO and NFL Films program, focused on hockey.

Meadowlark Media producer Mike Ryan, a diehard Panthers fan with whom Cote has been in disagreement with of late on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, explained that he would listen to the show and wishes that he could enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs more at the moment. Furthermore, he expressed that he was in his youth when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, ending a 54-year championship drought and cementing the team in hockey lore.

“I don’t think I’d look back on it [and go], ‘Wow, what a cool time,’” Ryan conveyed. “I don’t think I’d be able to separate myself from the pain if they actually make history and blow this, but this is the biggest hockey game of our lifetime.”

Le Batard was surprised to hear that Ryan is preparing for a loss and stated that he would not be able to diminish the level of disappointment should it actualize. Ryan does not believe that preparing for a loss is going to make it hurt any less if it ends up happening. Last week, Ryan threatened to quit Meadowlark Media if Le Batard followed through on a plan to put up billboards in Edmonton and took issue with how the show was covering the Panthers.

“People know how much I care, and I’d like to thank everybody that didn’t text me over the weekend because they knew what kind of state I was in,” Ryan said. “Dude, all the blood left my face, and I don’t think it’s come back yet. I am a zombie.”

“It is a terrifying thing, and I love terror with your sports,” Le Batard replied. “I love caring so much that it is unreasonable; caring so much that you have a hard time getting it out of your head.”

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OutKick Adding Show with Ricky Cobb of Super 70’s Sports

“Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content.”

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OutKick announced today that it has added Ricky Cobb, the man behind @Super70sSports, as the host of a new daily show set to debut later this summer. The show will be an extension of Cobb’s trademark humor and vast expertise in both sports and culture, which he showcases every day on his popular Twitter account, @Super70sSports.

Aside from his own show, Cobb will also be featured on various OutKick programs such as Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich, OutKick The Morning with Charly Arnolt, OutKick The Show with Clay Travis, and Hot Mic with Jonathan Hutton & Chad Withrow. Currently residing in Chicago, Cobb gained recognition for his creation of the popular @Super70sSports in 2013, solidifying himself as a unique and genuine comedic talent in America.

OutKick Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Gary Schreier said in a release, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Ricky. Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content. OutKick just got even smarter, funnier and more entertaining.”

“This show makes the natural connection between the deep passion for sports, culture, and humor I’m known for on X with my two-decade background as a college sociology professor,” Cobb said. “The things I’ve prioritized most in my professional life are entertaining people and sparking critical thought and discussion. To do both on a daily basis is nothing less than a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring my voice and perspective to OutKick.”

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