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Mike Florio Details Fights With NFL, Coaches

“Florio said that since Pro Football Talk partnered with NBC, his bosses have never told him what he can and cannot write. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t hear complaints from the outside.”

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Pro Football Talk has become one of the must-read sites for football fans. Mike Florio started the site in 2001 and has never been shy about sharing his opinions. In a recent interview with Awful Announcing, he explained that sometimes the people he writes about let him know how they feel about those opinions.

During an interview to promote Florio’s new book Playmakers, writer Michael Grant asked Florio how often he hears directly from the NFL office when they object to an opinion. Florio said that since Pro Football Talk partnered with NBC, his bosses have never told him what he can and cannot write. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t hear complaints from the outside.

“It happens,” he said. “Sometimes I go into a story knowing that it’s going to happen. Sometimes I go into a story expecting it to happen and it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it’s something that I didn’t think anybody was going to care about at all. It blows up and I have to get on the phone with someone from the league or talk to someone from NBC.”

When asked to describe his most memorable conflict with the NFL, Mike Florio pointed to the tryout the league set up for Colin Kaepernick in 2019. Florio says that he had some strong opinions about the language the league put in a release lawyers wanted Kaepernick to sign.

“The two sides got into a back and forth and the whole thing fell apart. I was expressing some pretty strong opinions about that. The league office didn’t like it, but they didn’t say anything (at first) They let it fester. It eventually erupted on a Friday afternoon. The next thing I knew I was on a conference call trying to help everyone understand.”

Mike Florio also talked about his most intense run in with a coach. That came when Dirk Koetter waited months to confront Florio about a question Florio asked him on NBC Sports Radio’s Pro Football Talk Live.

Koetter had just been named the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replacing Lovie Smith. There was some speculation that Koetter had been interviewed for another head coaching job and used the prospect of leaving the team and quarterback Jameis Winston as a bargaining chip for the promotion.

Florio says he asked Koetter about that rumor. The coach gave an answer that he described as “very fair and rational” and he did not think anything of it again until he was confronted by the coach months later at the league meetings.

“I’d never met Dirk Koetter, and I walked up to say hi to him. He chewed (me out) for 10 or 15 minutes. I tried to explain to him how this works. He didn’t want to hear it. It was awkward. At the time I felt bad. But the more I thought about it, the more I got upset because if you have a problem with what I said, don’t wait until you have a chance to jump me. Especially since my wife was with me.”

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Barstool Sports Star Big Cat Launches Coffee Business

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

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A new direct-to-consumer product from the minds at Barstool Sports has hit store shelves – coffee. Stella Blue Coffee is a new brand launched by Pardon My Take co-host and Barstool Sports star Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

The name was inspired by Big Cat’s love of coffee and his love for his recue dog Stella.

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

The coffee will feature three different blends. Positive Vibes is the light roast, Big Cat Blend is the medium roast and Electric Avenue Dark Roast. The coffee is available in 12-ounce whole bean bags, 12-ounce ground bags and pods for Keurig lovers.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coffee will go to PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill humane organization in Dan’s hometown.

Stella Blue is the latest Barstool-backed and created DTC product to hit store shelves. The company has a record of previous success launching other products including flavored vodka, beer and hard seltzers.

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Barstool Sports Raising Money In Memory of Murdered Virginia Football Players

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has announced a fundraising campaign for the three Virginia football players murdered earlier this week.

In a tweet, Portnoy said 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to support the families of Lavel “Tyler” Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, who were all killed in an on-campus shooting earlier this week.

Two of the three football players killed were Barstool Athletes, a name, image, and likeness program started by the online outlet.

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

Merchandise can be purchased here.

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Grant Wahl Details Run-In With Qatari Security At World Cup

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

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CBS Sports soccer analyst Grant Wahl has detailed an issue he had with security as the 2022 World Cup prepares to take place in Qatar.

In an article posted on his Substack, Wahl claimed he took a picture of a sign in the media center that said “Now is All”. He shared after he took the photo, a security guard immediately walked over.

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

The 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar has been viewed as controversial for a multitude of reasons, mostly centered around the country’s poor record on human rights. Other media members have shared their experiences with Qatari security, as a confrontation with a Danish television crew went viral earlier this week.

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