Starting on September 6, NFL Network analyst and NFL Hall-Of-Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin will be joining Stephen A. Smith every Monday at 10 AM ET on First Take and debating him on some of the hot topics in football.
For the first time since the news was announced, Irvin discussed it on The Michael Irvin Podcast over at PodcastOne and it is safe to say he is very excited for this new opportunity since Smith was the first guest to appear on his podcast back in October 2020 and Irvin says they make a perfect pair.
“He and I both love talking and we love to think we are right all the time,” he said. “I got to prove I’m right and he’s the strawberry on my apple pie is proving you wrong. That’s what great debate is all about. I can’t wait to have a chance to do this with Stephen A every Monday.”
Irvin has thought about whether he could debate Smith on a daily basis, but says he likes the schedule that he has now. And with Thursday Night Football, Inside The NFL, and NFL Gameday Morning, that schedule stays pretty full.
“I’m a workaholic. I try to keep something. I like my schedule now. I work hard for 7-8 months and I get 3-4 months off. I like that. It’s a grind doing the time.”
Michael Irvin said he was excited by the idea of having something akin to a postgame show, where he could talk about what has actually happened instead of making predictions. Smith told him that it will not just be a postgame show, but it will be the number one postgame show for football fans to watch.
Will Michael Irvin be satisfied if some debates have no clear winner? Certainly not. That is why he says First Take fans will want to subscribe to his podcast.
“Right here, we will continue those debates. If I can’t finish it with him, I’ll bring him here, we’ll finish it here. Some of you may have different thoughts. I’ll get on you for getting on his side…It ain’t just about me being right, it’s about me proving you wrong, but I’m going to educate you and entertain you in the process.”
For those that were wondering, Irvin is going to be doing the show in-studio instead of going remote, so if the debates are anything like the two of them have had in the past, it should be very entertaining to say the least.
In addition to Irvin, Stephen A. Smith will be debating Tim Tebow every Friday and he will debate other ESPN analysts and personalities during the week.
Meadowlark Media Partnering With Skydance Sports On Documentaries
Up first will be a documentary series titled Good Neighbors, which chronicles the soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexican men’s national teams.
Since launching Meadowlark Media with Dan Le Batard, former ESPN president John Skipper has said that he wants the start-up sports media company to make a big push with video content, citing an opportunity in the sports documentary space.
On Thursday, Meadowlark announced a new partnership with Skydance Sports, a division of Skydance Media, to produce unscripted sports content. The production companies will collaborate on two upcoming projects.
Up first will be a documentary series titled Good Neighbors, which chronicles the soccer rivalry between the United States and Mexican men’s national teams. The series is currently in production and plans to debut before the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The second project from Meadowlark and Skydance will be a documentary on women’s basketball star Diana Taurisi, billed as “the definitive and authorized chronicle of [her] remarkable life and career.”
Last November, Meadowlark hired Deirdre Fenton as the company’s executive director of unscripted content. Fenton previously produced documentaries at ESPN and DAZN, with O.J.: Made in America and The Last Dance among her credits.
Skipper and Fenton will work alongside Skydance Sports executives Jon Weinbach and Jesse Sisgold in producing the upcoming documentary projects.
“Deirdre and I are excited for the tremendous opportunity to work with Jesse and Jon, who share our vision of using sports storytelling to explore and explicate larger cultural and societal issues,” Skipper said in the official announcement. “Our two first documentaries are a wonderful way to launch this partnership.”
It isn’t yet known with which streaming outlets or networks these projects will land. Meadowlark has a first-look deal with Apple TV+, but that is likely an exclusive agreement unrelated to the new partnership with Skydance Sports.
HBO Releases ‘Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep’ Trailer: “It’s Been An Amazing Life”
HBO has released a trailer and poster image for its Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep documentary, just over one week after the project was announced.
In collaboration with NFL Films, Going Deep is a combination of footage from a stage show that Bradshaw performed in Branson, Missouri (with singing, music, stories, and monologues), archival clips from the quarterback’s football career, and a new interview with the Fox NFL studio analyst.
Check out the trailer below:
Bradshaw taking the stage to tell personal stories and singing country-style music, with a band playing behind him, should help this HBO Sports special stand apart from a more conventional documentary with football-related interviews and clips. For example, Bradshaw’s A Football Life episode for NFL Network in 2019 or the 2003 installment of ESPN’s SportsCentury series.
Directed by longtime NFL Films documentarian Keith Cossrow, Going Deep appears to be Bradshaw telling his own life story and sharing personal anecedotes, rather than a filmmaker cutting together footage to tell his or her own version of the story. Though longtime NFL Films documentarian Keith Cossrow directed this film, not Bradshaw himself.
“As you can imagine, God knows I’ve had a lot of therapy,” Bradshaw jokes with the Branson audience, as shown in the trailer.
Terry Bradshaw: Going Deep premieres Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and will be available for streaming on HBO Max.
Lindsey Vonn To Be NBC Primetime Correspondent For Winter Olympics
“My first memories of Olympics were from NBC broadcasts, so I am very excited to be working with a team that has been there for so many amazing Olympic moments.”
Lindsey Vonn will be the newest former Olympian to join NBC to cover the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.
Vonn is one of the most well-known names in winter sports and one of the most accomplished. She has won 82 World Cup races, four overall World Cup championships, is one of six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines, and she took part in four Olympics, winning three medals.
Vonn has worked for NBC before, once during the 2014 Sochi Olympics as a correspondent while she recovered from injury. This role, however, provides Vonn the opportunity as a “primetime correspondent” in Beijing. It seems that by title alone, this position carries a little more weight.
Executive Producer and President, Molly Solomon, had this to say about the addition of Vonn:
“As one of the greatest Olympic skiers of all time and a superstar who has transcended her sport, we’re thrilled to have Lindsey join our team,” said Molly Solomon, Executive Producer & President, NBC Olympics Production. “Lindsey will provide a perspective unique to an athlete known for excellence, intensity and determination on the world’s biggest and most competitive stage.”
Vonn seems grateful and enthusiastic about the opportunity.
“I am excited to share my perspective along with my insight on what athletes might be feeling during high pressure moments,” Vonn said. “My first memories of Olympics were from NBC broadcasts, so I am very excited to be working with a team that has been there for so many amazing Olympic moments.”
Since she retired, Vonn has made the move into sports media a priority. Other than her correspondent work, she is also a co-director and executive producer of the upcoming Peacock documentary Picabo, on revolutionary American downhill racer Picabo Street which will premiere Friday.
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