Stephen A. Smith had plenty to say about Kyrie Irving and the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday. On Stephen A. Smith’s show Stephen A’s World, he made his stance very clear on what teams should do with players who do not want to get the vaccine.
I said it last week about Andrew Wiggins and Golden State in regards to the vaccine, so I will say it again about Kyrie Irving, TRADE HIM!” said Stephen A Smith.
”If he isn’t going to take the vaccine and be able to play half of your home games, trade him. How can you commit to any player, even one as magnificent and brilliant as Kyrie Irving if he is going to miss half of your games.” added Smith.
Stephen A added that he actually did not want to take the vaccine either, but he did so in order to keep working.
”A lot of us didn’t want to take it, I didn’t want to take it. But you gotta do what you gotta do, sacrifices yall, sacrifices.” said Smith.
Disney made the decision in late July to mandate that all employees will be vaccinated, including 4,000 employees at ESPN.
It appears that their mandate mostly went over pretty well at the company, although Allison Williams, a sideline reporter at ESPN did decide to step down this month due to the mandate at the company.
Lane Kiffin To Michael Wilbon: Life Is Too Short To Be So Angry
“Kiffin is known to interact with his fans and detractors on Twitter, so when one of his followers sent Wilbon’ criticisms his way, the Ole Miss coach responded.”
ESPN’s celebration of PTI’s 20th anniversary began on Tuesday. While the network was busy celebrating the show’s success, the show was busy carrying on business as usual. That means Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were commenting on the biggest names and stories in sports. With Alabama set to welcome Ole Miss to Tuscaloosa for a top 15 match up this week, that is where the duo’s college football focus rested.
Wilbon didn’t just say that he expected Alabama to win the game. He unleashed a brutal rant on Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin. He called Kiffin “a clown,” said he “has been an embarrassment everywhere he goes,” and characterized him as nothing more than “a cute little story for guys like us who have to talk about sports every day”.
If this were 2013, it would be hard to argue with Michael Wilbon. That was the year USC athletic director pulled Lane Kiffin off the team bus, fired him and left him on the tarmac after giving up 62 points in a loss to Arizona State. Remember, that came after Al Davis claimed Kiffin “conned” him and fired Kiffin as Raiders head coach for cause. After that, Kiffin bolted Tennessee after one season to take the USC job.
Plenty has changed in the last eight years though. Lane Kiffin may still not behave like a traditional football coach, but he rehabilitated his image and won a national championship as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator and put together a resume at Florida Atlantic good enough to get him back to the SEC.
Kiffin is known to interact with his fans and detractors on Twitter, so when one of his followers sent Wilbon’ criticisms his way, the Ole Miss coach responded.
No response yet from Michael Wilbon, but this doesn’t seem to be a shots fired situation. It will be interesting to see if he bites back at Kiffin at all on Wednesday’s edition of Pardon The Interruption.
ESPN’s Jesse Palmer Is New Bachelor Host
“With a January start, it is likely that Jesse Palmer will be able to finish college football’s regular season on ESPN without conflict.”
Jesse Palmer came from Toronto to play quarterback for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida in 1997. Four years later, the New York Giants selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
If you aren’t a college football fan or a New York Giants diehard, chances are the first time you heard his name was when he was the titular focus of The Bachelor during the ABC reality show’s fifth season. Seventeen years after being the focus of the show, the ESPN college football analyst is returning to the series as its host.
Season 26 of The Bachelor debuts in January, and The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jesse Palmer will take over as the new host. The job became available earlier this summer when Chris Harrison exited the role after 20 years.
With a January start, it is likely that Jesse Palmer will be able to finish college football’s regular season on ESPN without conflict. Bowl season could be a different story depending on when The Bachelor starts filming. He signed a contract extension at ESPN earlier this year.
“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” Palmer said in a statement. “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”
A fun fact about Palmer’s time on The Bachelor is that it almost never happened. The show’s producers wanted Chris Simms, who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time. The NBC NFL analyst told Dan Patrick that he passed because he was worried he would be cut.
Jesse Palmer has been with ESPN since 2007. He has filled multiple roles on the network’s college football coverage. He and Brent Musberger were the original primetime broadcast team for the SEC Network. Currently, Palmer is an analyst on College Football Final alongside host Matt Barrie and Joey Galloway.
Manningcast Audience Grows For Second Consecutive Week
“More than 1.9 million people tuned into watch Peyton, Eli and their guests talk football, analyze the game and shoot America the double birds.”
Peyton and Eli Manning have a dedicated audience on Monday Night Football and it has gotten a little bigger each week. Count week 3 as no different. The Manningcast pulled in its largest audience to date in the Cowboys’ 41-21 route of the Philadelphia Eagles.
More than 1.9 million people tuned into watch Peyton, Eli and their guests talk football, analyze the game and shoot America the double birds. That is up from 1.86 million viewers in Week 2. That makes these last two editions of the Manningcast the two most-watched alternate broadcasts in ESPN history.
The traditional broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN drew 14.9 million viewers. That represent’s year-over-year growth of 1% from 2020 and 3% from 2019. It was the most watched program on TV “among households, viewers, and all keys demos” according to an ESPN press release.
The Manningcast now takes a break. Peyton and Eli will be off for three weeks. They will return for games in Weeks 7 and 8.
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