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Pat McAfee Talks Rising Media Career with ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ Podcast

“I’m not great with people if they are not all in.”

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With the success that The Pat McAfee Show has had, the former Indianapolis Colts punter is a person who believes in hard work and having the people on his team work hard. Plus, he also wants to know what makes people tick so he can interact with everyone daily.

McAfee talked about his career and much more on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast on Barstool Sports with Will Compton and Taylor Lewan. He knows that because he goes live on a daily basis, he needs to learn a lot and he relies on his team for help with that as well.

“For me, I go live every day. I have to know basically what pisses everybody off at all times,” McAfee said. “I have to know what pisses off the far left, the far right, what fanbases are getting mad about what, who feels they are being disrespected… That’s just kind of my style.

“I live on my phone. I’m on my phone full-time trying to learn and figure things out. If you don’t have a team of people around you that can help you get there, these old-school media people are like, you are the new blueprint and we are going to see people do what you do. They are going to have to hit a home run with the people they have working around them. You have to get real lucky with the people around you.”

As for wanting the show to grow in terms of people on his team, McAfee is a believer in having a small team because he knows all of them will work hard and there won’t be any problems that can usually come with large groups of people naturally in his opinion:

“For me, I can’t do a lot of people. I need a smaller group,” said McAfee. “I’m not great with people if they are not all in. It’s naturally going to happen that there will be beefs and cliques if there are a lot of people and I don’t like that.”

McAfee has done many things in his post-NFL career from commentating on wrestling to being on ESPN’s College GameDay to being on Get Up, among other things. He likes doing everything because it allows him to connect with different groups of people:

“When I do wrestling, I feel like I’m dabbling in a different group. When you do College GameDay, you are doing a different group there,” he said. “When you do Get Up, you are doing a different group there and you can also do different things. When I do Get Up, it’s awesome. I can turn this up to 4000 because that’s what they are trying to do and it’s in the morning. I have a take and I am righter than everyone else. It’s like a fun thing to do.”

McAfee mentioned he never really thought he was going to get into the media space. In fact, he never really got noticed in Indianapolis until he got arrested in 2010 on a public intoxication charge. After that arrest, he was recognized publicly and it led him to join Twitter to try to change the way people thought about him:

“I went to Wal-Mart or somewhere with my dad to pick up some stuff. It was one of the first times I was recognized in Indianapolis,” McAfee said. “I had to get on Twitter to basically change the narrative. Twitter was like a fish to water. Twitter is where I’m supposed to be, so I would interact with everybody and it just grew and grew… It just seemed it kind of all fell into place, but it was never like the plan.”

One of McAfee’s new roles is being a commentator on WWE Smackdown!. While he enjoys doing those broadcasts, he realizes that the way he does them might not be something that is sustainable in the long term. Nevertheless, people do like him because he does things differently:

“Commenting for WWE is probably not going to be forever because although I feel like I’m doing good, my way is not a way that is sustainable in that particular avenue because of how over the top I am,” said McAfee.

“Once I feel like my welcome has worn out, that’s normally when I disappear, but I have a pretty good run. There’s some things I stink at, though. I was not good, I wasn’t doing what you were supposed to do, but people liked it because it was different. As the people get past the ‘oh, it’s good because it’s different,’ they are going to start judging me so I had to get kind of good.” 

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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