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Stephen A. Smith: Michael Irvin Has Contaminated the Cowboys

“What has happened is the Dallas Cowboys, the modern day Dallas Cowboys, who ain’t won a damn thing, feeling themselves, won six straight, acting like they Super Bowl champions. What do they do? They go out there and they wet the bed.”

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It’s never a bad day for Stephen A. Smith when the Dallas Cowboys lose. The First Take star has milked the futility of America’s Team for all he could in the past, but this season, things have mostly been pretty good in Big D. That wasn’t the case on Sunday though and on Monday morning, Stephen A. let his First Take partner have it.

Smith said that the loss to the Broncos was squarely on Michael Irvin’s shoulders. He said the former Dallas receiver and current favorite opponent of Stephen A. Smith had “contaminated” the Cowboys. He pointed in particular to cornerback Treyvon Diggs, who is having the best season of his career.

“You got this dude addicted to making plays cuz obviously he likes hearing his name,” Smith said of Irvin hyping Diggs’s achievements. “He likes people giving him that kind of shine. You want that right? Well, opponents are relying on that lack of discipline in favor of trying to be a hero. They lure the Dallas Cowboys in and they turn them into a bunch of fragmented individuals.”

Michael Irvin won three Super Bowls in Dallas. Smith says that is a legacy the Cowboys franchise and their fans should celebrate, but it is hype that is carried in to every discussion of the current team.

“What has happened is the Dallas Cowboys, the modern day Dallas Cowboys, who ain’t won a damn thing, feeling themselves, won six straight, acting like they Super Bowl champions. What do they do? They go out there and they wet the bed.”

The Denver Broncos jumped on the Cowboys early. Despite a made rush late by Dallas, there was no way they could overcome the hole they had dug for themselves earlier in the game. That is what ultimately resulted in a 30-16 Denver win.

Irvin defended Diggs saying that he doesn’t show a lack of discipline. Instead, he takes calculated risks to compensate for shortcomings elsewhere on the defense.

Stephen A. Smith wasn’t having it.

“That’s why Michael Irvin is worried. That’s why he’s got those eyebrows raised, because he knows! He knows! He knows! They don’t have the discipline to sustain stuff week to week that’s gonna get you a Super Bowl.”

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Kay Adams Reveals Her NFL Network Contract Expires In May

“Adams was complimentary of Burleson before she dropped the tidbit about her own contract.”

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The first “Super Wild Card Weekend” in the NFL has come and gone, and Good Morning Football co-host Kay Adams joined Pat McAfee on Monday afternoon to break down the weekend’s games. But McAfee and company weren’t expecting Adams to hint that she could potentially be on the move by the spring.

Adams and McAfee were talking about Nate Burleson, who recently left Good Morning Football for a role on CBS This Morning. His role has since evolved into Burleson covering more general news than sports. But McAfee asked about NFL Network’s plans for finding a replacement for Burleson.

Adams was complimentary of Burleson before she dropped the tidbit about her own contract.

“My contract is up in May, so we have to work that out and figure that out,” she said. “So the future is all super exciting.”

Adams is a University of Missouri alumna, who got her first start in media in 2011 hosting overnights on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports. That then took her to NBC Sports before she eventually landed on NFL Network.

“I always knew I wanted to do something in media,” she said. “Sports sort of pulled me along, which is great.”

The conversation moved from talking about Aaron Rodgers to what an ideal position for Adams would be. Being as vague as she could be and to not tip her cards, she said she would love to stay in football media.

“It’s no secret the goal is to have the pedigree to have the big boy seat at the table,” she said. “I love visiting stadiums…I like being part of the game day experience and obviously love being on in the morning. We get to set the tone and the agenda for the day.”

McAfee continued to press about her options, and Adams mentioned the rise of sportsbooks, which have recently been on the move in acquiring media personalities, McAfee included.

“It’s a really energizing time right now, that’s all I’ll say,” she said.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Spoofs Yao Ming Replacing Shaq on ‘Inside The NBA’

The entire Kings team was out due to COVID, so a replacement squad of fans and arena support took its place.

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Most of the headlines surrounding the 2021-22 NBA season thus far have concerned COVID outbreaks and several teams unable to field competitive rosters because of positive tests and close contacts.

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live joked about the NBA’s COVID difficulties with a sketch spoofing TNT’s Inside the NBA covering a horribly one-sided game between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings. The entire Kings team was out due to COVID, so a replacement squad of fans and arena support staff took its place.

At halftime, Sacramento trailed 268-1. Nets guard James Harden took advantage of the matchup versus Kings equipment manager Dougie McCormick, outscoring his opponent, 83 points to zero.

“In my opinion, the biggest thing to me is that the Kings don’t have any NBA players, whereas the Nets do,” said analyst Charles Barkley (Kenan Thompson).

Check out the sketch below:

The SNL sketch also made fun of broadcasters who have missed on-air assignments due to COVID. James Brown and Tony Romo are among the names who have been sidelined in recent weeks.

In this sketch, it’s Shaquille O’Neal who can’t join the broadcast. Taking his place is former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming (played by Bowen Yang). At 7-foot-6, he’s a mismatch at the Inside the NBA studio desk with Barkley, Ernie Johnson (Alex Moffat), and Kenny Smith (Chris Redd). Ming also isn’t as polished as most professional broadcasters when explaining why the Kings were losing so badly.

“They’re tiny people,” he said, sounding like Lurch from The Addams Family. “Too small.”

Succinct and right to the point! Maybe we need more of that from studio analysts on sports broadcasts.

What this sketch really needed was Ming racing Smith to the giant TV screen in the TNT studio. Unfortunately, Saturday Night Live‘s Studio 8H really isn’t set up for that sort of visual gag. Plus, the sketch would’ve been ruined by Yang having to stand up. Next time, maybe this can be a digital short instead.

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Netflix Adds ‘Drive to Survive’ Producer for Tennis Series

“It looks like the tennis series will start off with a bang due to the events that have ensued dealing with top-ranked player Novak Djokovic. “

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Netflix has shown a great interest in sports as of recent. The success of shows such as The Last Dance have proven to drive traffic to the streaming service. Box to Box Films, makers of Netflix’s hit Formula 1 series Drive to Survive, is working on a tennis docuseries that looks to be forming into drama-filled excitement. Multiple tours and tournaments, men’s and women’s, will be included in the docuseries starting with this month’s Australian Open.

The racing docuseries is credited with a huge increase in F1’s popularity, especially in the U.S. The 2021 season averaged 931,000 viewers through its first 14 races – up 53% from 2020 and 40% from a comparable period in 2019.

It looks like the tennis series will start off with a bang due to the events that have ensued dealing with top-ranked player Novak Djokovic. Djokovic was deported from Australia after he refused to get vaccinated against COVID, contracted the virus, and acknowledged making false statements on documents regarding his whereabouts prior to traveling to the country.

He will miss out on a shot at a record 21st Grand Slam championship and up to $2.1 million in prize money.

Netflix is also working on a golf series with the PGA Tour, similarly modeled after the F1 show.

CEO Reed Hastings reportedly said he would consider bidding on F1 rights to enter into the live sports arena, which Netflix has not yet pursued.

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