The Barstool Sports Chicago office and the Stoolies rallied together to successfully raise a quarter million dollars in approximately 72 hours for the family of fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French; who tragically lost her life in a senseless act of violence on Saturday night. Police Officer Ella French was a hero in Chicago after saving a one month old baby’s life that had been shot in July.
The call to action began on August 9th, when the tragic loss of Officer Ella French was brought to the forefront of social media by the Barstool Chicago office.
In a blog post, Barstool Carl wrote “Personally I would rather talk about Ella French right now. The 29 year-old that spent her young life dedicated to protecting Chicago. A passionate and respected and loved member of her community out doing her job and taking care of family just like the rest of us. Except her job consistently required her to put her life in danger at the sake and expense of public safety. And now she’s gone at the hands of senseless violence that never seems to stop. At time it feels nothing less than hopeless”.
Barstool Carl would go on to end the blog by stating “Help raise money for Ella French’s family and buy a shirt. All proceeds obviously going to them”.
The message was echoed from Barstool Sports Chicago personalities; such as Barstool Eddie, White Sox Dave, Barstool Chief, Dante the Don, and Big Cat.
The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today, which is the perfect example of how powerful a group of people are when they come together for one cause.
I reached to Barstool Carl in a private message via Twitter and asked, “What does it say about this company and the Stoolies that they are able to rally together so quickly for such a good cause”?
He responded by saying, “It was everyone at Barstool Chicago. Not just me. That’s important. Equal efforts. It’s amazing how quickly and rapidly Stoolies can rally around a common cause. This is another example of our audience rising to the occasion to support our local communities. They’re the absolute best. I couldn’t be prouder to work on their behalf for such an impactful company. Hopefully we can continue to raise money and awareness to actively support those who protect us”.
I also spoke with White Sox Dave, who said “I think the answer to why it hasn’t been covered by the mainstream media is twofold: 1. the mainstream doesn’t want to give us credit for anything at ALL because that hurts their narrative that we’re satan reincarnated. They know we do a ton of good work with charity, and 100% know it’s good, but they would rather be miserable and get their clicks and RTs than be rational on any level. I also think that it isn’t covered because of how the media tends to slant politically. Normal people know that most cops are good, some are bad, some are exceptional, but mostly just normal people trying to make a living. Somewhere along the way that living become vilified”.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”
Dave Portnoy Offers Pat Beverley ‘Blank Check’ To Join Barstool
“Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Minnesota Timberwolves player Pat Beverley turned heads with his comments about Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul after the Suns were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs.
Beverley told Mike Greenberg and Stephen A. Smith on Monday that he thinks Paul is a “traffic cone,” due to his poor defense and that on nights he knows he’s playing Paul he’ll have a nice steak dinner and wine the night before. He said he’s in bed by 8 p.m. and doesn’t want to hear from his mom or girlfriend if he’s playing Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Pat’s comments got the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said Monday he liked Beverley so much that he would hire him to do a podcast for Barstool.
“If Pat Beverley is a Barstool fan and he’s watching this, he has a blank check. You name your price for a podcast, and we will hire you — no questions asked,” Portnoy said. “Just say how many zeros and guarantee us once a week, you are hired.”
Portnoy made the push to sign Beverley to a podcast deal as the company seeks to scale back the number of podcasts it produces. Barstool CEO Erika Nardini announced the decision to cut shows last week.
No word if Beverley has responded to Portnoy’s offer.