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Paul Bissonnette Reveals His Nickname For Wayne Gretzky

“The retired NHL journeyman came up with a new on-set nickname for the ‘The Great One.'”

Russ Heltman

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Turner hockey analyst and Barstool Sports podcaster Paul Bissonnette joined the Pardon My Take crew this week to discuss the start of the 2021-22 NHL season.

Bissonnette made his debut on the TNT NHL studio show last Wednesday with Liam McHugh, Rick Tocchet, Anson Carter, and Wayne Gretzky. The retired NHL journeyman came up with a new on-set nickname for the “The Great One.”

“I call him Wayne-O,” Bissonnette said when Dan “Big Cat” Katz and PFT Commenter asked what he calls the legendary hockey player. “Yeah, I didn’t know how that was going to sit, but I think he likes it.

“I bought the Gretzky aluminum growing up,” Bissonnette continued. “Now, mind you, when he was breaking all of those records, I was still very, very young…He’s the greatest of all time. I would say, at that time, the most dominant athlete to their sport, at that particular time.”

Bissonnette’s hiring drew direct comparisons to another Turner star in Charles Barkley. The prevailing thought was that Bissonnette would drive the humor on the show like Barkley does on Inside the NBA, but that’s not the sense Bissonnette felt inside the building.

“They don’t say anything,” Paul Bissonnette said when PFT Commenter asked how often the network tells him to be the “Charles Barkley of hockey” on the show. “That’s the beauty of it there. They say, ‘hey bring what you normally bring, and we’ll throw it all together and see what works.’

“So yeah, I tend to try and bring it a little more lighthearted,” Bissonnette continued. “Because I don’t necessarily have the credibility that the other guys on the panel do. I think Anson played ten years, maybe a little bit above that. Tocchet had the career that he’s had.”

Paul Bissonnette appears to be finding his lane smoothly as Turner navigates uncharted waters for hockey broadcasting at the network.

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Fanatics Sportsbook Letting Gamblers Stream NFL Games They Have Money On

“The only condition is that the game must also be available in the bettor’s local market.”

Jordan Bondurant

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NFL fans using the Fanatics Sportsbook in four states have the ability to watch the broadcast of some of the games they bet on.

Legal Sports Report writes that users who place at least $1 in wagers on the NFL in the app will get access to the stream of the corresponding bet. The only condition is that the game must also be available in the bettor’s local market.

This feature of the Fanatics Sportsbook app is available in Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and Tennessee, and it’s been available since the start of the regular season.

Fanatics joins Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings and FanDuel as platforms that have agreements with the league’s exclusive rights holder of official NFL data, Genius Sports. These agreements give the sportsbooks the ability to provide live streams.

So far, Caesars is the only other platform with stream access available, but Legal Sports Report noted that DraftKings and FanDuel will likely bring streams online later this season.

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More Than 5000 Attend Barstool Pizzafest Amid Washington Post Controversy

“Everyone had a great time. The vibes were actually probably higher because of the controversy surrounding it.”

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With the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia bearing down on New York City and a wave of buzz surrounding Barstool founder Dave Portnoy in the days leading in, some 5,000 people braved the elements to attend the One Bite Pizza Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Portnoy went viral last week after he posted video of himself calling Washington Post food reporter Emily Heil to confront her and ask why she and the pave had been contacting festival sponsors and asking them how they feel about Portnoy’s past controversies.

Participating pizzerias and sponsors also faced pressure to back out from other food writers and Barstool critics. But Portnoy told FOX & Friends Weekend on Sunday that the festival was a rousing success.

“It couldn’t have gone better,” he said. “It was our Woodstock moment with the rain. We had 5,000 people strong. Everyone had a great time. The vibes were actually probably higher because of the controversy surrounding it.”

Dave added that he owed the pizzerias a debt of gratitude for standing strong against those trying to shame them out of the event.

“The thing about the hit pieces, what they try to do, whether it’s those or the Washington Post, if you can get one sponsor to drop, one pizza place to drop – which none of them did so I owe them a huge thank you – that becomes a story in itself,” he said.

“They don’t deserve this,” Portnoy added. “They’re just trying to promote their small business, and they’re being put in this box.”

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Dave Portnoy: Anyone With ‘Unbiased Mind’ Would Look at Accusations and ‘See There’s Nothing Here’

“I’ve come to grips it’ll never ever change.”

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy opened up Thursday about his viral video confronting Washington Post food reporter Emily Heil, saying that it’s crazy that media outlets continue to come after him with stories and accusations from the past that he says are not rooted in truth.

Portnoy in recent years has been the subject of investigative pieces by outlets that paint a picture of Portnoy as a sexual deviant.

On Barstool Radio on Thursday, Portnoy wished people that continue to bring up these accusations would do a modicum of research.

“There is quite literally, if anybody sat down even for 15 minutes, and went through each accusation from the least important to the most important. Anybody with a clear, unbiased mind would be like, ‘There’s nothing here,'” he said. “That’s the only explanation to come from when you look at both sides. They just don’t look at both sides.”

Portnoy continued his assertion from the phone conversation with Heil that a negative story about him was already written by the Post and that they either had no intention of actually talking to him as evidenced by the cancelled interview Thursday morning, or they planned to reach out after they had formed their narrative talking to sponsors of his One Bite Pizza Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday.

He said it’s par for the course when it comes to journalists and outlets that clearly don’t like Barstool or him.

“I’ve come to grips it’ll never ever change,” he said. “Thats just the way it goes, but it is frustrating when you’re trying to do a f–king pizza event that has nothing to do with anybody and people are trying to destroy it.”

Dave has always said he’s caught flack from folks on both sides of the political spectrum, and that it doesn’t matter whether it’s FOX News, the Washington Post or the New York Times. He felt like they’re all of the same cloth.

“If you want to get a straight spin on a story, where do you go?” Portnoy asked.

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