From the moment The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz got national syndication, the host and his colleagues were adamant that is would retain its Miami identity. Nowhere is that more evident than in the character played by producer Billy Gil, Pipo.
Pipo is an over-the-top Miami Hurricanes fan that seamlessly switches between English and Spanish as he calls out the Canes’ shortcomings and declares the program’s right to be viewed amongst the nation’s elite.
Last week, Pipo made an appearance when Dan was interviewing new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal and apparently some Miami football alumni were not amused at all.
Alex Mirabel was the butt of one of Pipo’s jokes. Pipo questioned how a man that stands 5’4 and doesn’t carry much excess bulk is a good choice to be the Canes’ new offensive line coach. While Cristobal played along, he also made sure Pipo knew that Mirabel had his full support.
“Last time I checked, the Outland Trophy winner, the No. 7 overall pick for the Detroit Lions (Penei Sewell) was groomed and coached by Alex Mirabal,” the coach said.
Joaquin Gonzalez, a member of Miami’s 2001 national championship team told The Athletic’s Manny Navaro “I wanted to punch Dan LeBatard and that guy Pipo in the f—ing mouth. You could tell this guy Pipo obviously doesn’t know shit about football.”
In addition to playing at Miami, Gonzalez also played at Miami Columbus High School. His coach there? Alex Mirabel.
Clearly, Gonzalez does not get the show. Though it is worth noting that he credits Mirabel not just with making him better, but with teaching him to really love playing football.
Sentimentality aside, the Le Batard Show crew had a blast on social media with Pipo finding himself in hot water with one of his beloved Canes.
Peter King Doubted ‘MMQB’ Column Was Worth The Money at The End; ‘I Don’t Think Words Are Profitable Anymore’
“I’m sure we could’ve worked out some sort of deal…but I just don’t think words are very profitable anymore. It’s a sad thing…”
As Peter King embarks on his retirement tour across sports media, his comments on a prominent sports media podcast could have lasting repercussions throughout the sports journalism industry. During a lengthy appearance on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast, Deitsch asked King if NBC tried to talk him out of retirement. King responded in the negative and offered some reasons why they likely wouldn’t — and it’s tied to a contract he signed in 2018.
“Honestly, we may love this column…but I doubt that it made enough money to pay what NBC was paying me,” King said. “Remember, I went to NBC in 2006 originally part-time to do just Football Night In America for 90 seconds…I did it for three years with Florio, then he took over and I just started to do the column. Then, when they hired me full-time in 2018 when I left SI, there was no way they were paying me what they paid me to be on TV. I’m sure we could’ve worked out some sort of deal if I wanted to keep doing it, but I just don’t think words are very profitable anymore. It’s a sad thing, but that’s happened to our business.”
King built his four-decade legacy with the written word across multiple channels, most notably at Sports Illustrated before leaving and starting his own website, MMQB. King echoes sentiments made yesterday by Dan Le Batard, who said we may never make another Peter King due to a supposed decline in print journalism and written content.
In his final column, King retired after forty-plus years covering the NFL after spending time with longtime friend and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid. During his conversation with Deitsch, King revealed that the upcoming NFL Draft Combine and the most recent coaching carousel were reasons why he looked forward to retirement, though it will be bittersweet come training camp time.
However, King retired with an asterisk, because while his longtime column might be done, King isn’t. Within his conversation with Deitsch, King supposes that he could teach at nearby universities but still wants the flexibility to do what he wants.
“What I’ve honestly thought about is doing nothing for the next two months, so I don’t really want to make a decision,” King said. “I’ll take a meeting and I’ll talk to people, but I don’t want to do anything for a while. Then, I want to wake up one morning and say, ‘You know, teaching would be really cool. I think I should do that.'”
Jeff Kotuby is a nationally-published journalist with bylines on many popular broadcasting and pop culture sites, including The Streamable, eBaum’s World, Twin Galaxies, and more. Jeff grew up in the shadows of New York City and cultivated his love for sports media with the classic broadcasting voices of the area, like Mike & The Mad Dog, Mike “Doc” Emerick, and Michael Kay. You can reach Jeff on Twitter @JeffKotu3y.
Mark Jackson Launches New Podcast With Son Mark Jr.
“If you don’t know, I got fired!”
Former NBA player, coach and broadcaster Mark Jackson has launched a new podcast, The Mark Jackson Show. Airing as part of the Come and Talk 2 Me network, Jackson is doing the podcast with his son, Mark Jr. who is also known as ‘Bluu.’
The first episode of the new show has dropped and it didn’t take long for Jackson Sr. to get emotional. He said for those not aware, he is known to cry frequently and as he and his son shared how special it was for them to be doing the show together, the tears already started to flow.
“Launching this podcast with my son is an incredible thrill, especially on the Come and Talk 2 Me network,” Jackson said in the show announcement. “Discussing the NBA with him brings me true joy, and being part of a network that caters to our specific audience feels like the perfect fit. Brace yourselves for captivating stories, expert analysis, and a unique perspective as we explore basketball and beyond.”
“Welcoming a basketball legend like Mark to the network adds incredible depth to our roster, and we couldn’t be happier to have him and his son,” said Cam’ron. “Together, we’re offering fans an exciting new perspective on the NBA, and I can’t wait for listeners to tune in and experience the energy and insights Mark and Bluu bring to the table.”
Jackson, who was let go by ESPN at the end of July when Doris Burke and Doc Rivers were named as the new top analysts, started the show by answering his son’s question about what went into his decision to start a podcast.
“If you don’t know, I got fired!” he said. “That’ll do it, that’ll make you make an adjustment and an audible real fast.”
The Come and Talk 2 Me network was founded by hip-hop icons Cam’ron and Ma$e and their involvement is another major reason Jackson has started this podcast.
“What also happened was two legends out of New York City, two guys from Harlem, you never know who you’re impacting, and when I got fired they took my firing personally and they basically had a vision and they proposed that vision to me, two guys by the name of Cam and Ma$e, who are making a historic run with It Is What It Is, changing the game of how we cover sports. I’m honored to call them partners and even more honored to call them friends and family.”
Stephen A. Smith Podcast Moves to iHeartPodcasts
“When you connect with anything or anyone at the top of their field, the excitement can’t be tamed.”
Stephen A. Smith and iHeartPodcasts announced The Stephen A. Smith Show will join the iHeartPodcast network, effective immediately. The podcast had started in September, 2022 in partnership with Audacy’s Cadence13 studio.
“When you connect with anything or anyone at the top of their field, the excitement can’t be tamed,” said Stephen A. Smith. “As the noted top distributor of podcasts anywhere, I’m honored to have their commitment and faith, and I can’t wait for their collaboration with The Stephen A. Smith Show to begin — knowing even more success is coming down the road. Buckle up! Here we come!”
“The Stephen A. Smith Show features an extraordinary talent with a powerful host in Smith who provides honest, unfiltered and passionate commentary on the platform,” said Will Pearson, President, iHeartPodcasts, “We couldn’t be happier to welcome The Stephen A. Smith Show to iHeartPodcasts and continue expanding its loyal following.”
Smith serves as Host and Executive Producer of the show, in addition to his work with ESPN’s First Take where he serves as lead commentator and Executive Producer. Smith is also a panelist on NBA Countdown on ABC and in January, 2023, he released a book, “Straight Shooter; A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes,” which became a New York Times best-seller.
Earlier this week it was announced Stephen A. will be appearing at the upcoming 2024 BSM Summit in New York. On March 13th, Stephen A. and BSM founder Jason Barrett will close out day 1 with a wide-ranging, in-depth conversation on the state of the sports media business.