Big Cat spent a lot of time in the ESPN Chicago studio on Tuesday. The Barstool star was a guest on Waddle & Silvy for a commercial-free hour. During that hour, the trio jumped around to a number of topics in sports. When the conversation turned to Kris Bryant of the Colorado Rockies though, Big Cat offered some personal insight.
The three were discussing a Twitter account that they believe is a burner belonging to Kris’s father Mike. The account has a total of three followers and has sent 77 tweets. All of them clapping back at people that criticized Kris Bryant.
Big Cat defended firing back at haters and mean tweets, saying he had no problem with Kris Bryant or his dad having a burner account specifically for that purpose.
“It’s fun. It’s cathartic sometimes,” he said.
Tom Waddle pointed out that for someone with such a big online following, he has never seen Big Cat lose his temper with people criticizing him. The Barstool host says it has happened before. In fact, it happened pretty recently when he was flying home the Tuesday after the Final Four.
The timing of his flight meant he would miss his daily show that day and plenty of fans were coming at him online. While he was in a cab on the way to the airport, he started responding. That turned some of the disappointment into mocking Big Cat for “being triggered.”
“Listen, I was sitting there doing nothing and I wanted to get something off my chest,” he explained. “I’m done. I’ve moved on. Why are we shaming that?”
Big Cat explained that this wasn’t normal, meaningless criticism. This struck a particular nerve for him.
“When people don’t understand the content and the amount of time I put into it, then I get upset.”
He also revealed that he would like to be back home. When Waddle & Silvy asked Big Cat what he misses about the days of working in the Barstool Chicago office, he responded that hopefully, he would be doing it again soon. Big Cat said he did not want his kids growing up in New York and added that he would like to be back home in Chicago sometime in the next 12-18 months.
That would create a very interesting dynamic for Barstool Sports. Would PFT Commenter want to head to Chicago too? Plenty of shows are done with multiple hosts in different locations, but would the brand be open to doing that with Pardon My Take?
Brian Murphy: Paul McCaffrey Tried to Make ‘Radio Magic Every Single Segment’
“He was the most consistent, energetic, relentless pro that I, or any of you, would ever want in your life.”
During a round of layoffs last week, longtime KNBR morning host Paul McCaffrey exited. His co-host Brian Murphy eulogized the pair’s 18-year morning show in his first appearance on the station since the cuts Monday morning.
While reminiscing about the pair’s original, Murphy said a former executive used to frequently point at the radio and say “magic comes out of that box”.
“Paulie Mac may have been the guy who understood that idea more than anyone I’ve ever met in the business,” Murphy said. “Paulie Mac strived every single segment, every single segment, to make magic come out of the box. And he succeeded wildly. He was the most consistent, energetic, relentless pro that I, or any of you, would ever want in your life. He taught this old newspaper guy that we were doing radio and radio mattered. And bits mattered. And getting people through the morning mattered.
“The show, the show, the show. It was always what was good for the show. Not what’s good for him, not what’s good for me, but what’s good for the show.”
Video of Murphy’s comments and reflection on his time with McCaffrey was posted by the station to social media. Former KNBR Program Director Kevin Graham chimed in, calling Murphy’s farewell a “fitting tribute”.
Chris Garagiola to Replace Greg Schulte As Arizona Diamondbacks Radio Voice
“I have a few big-ticket things I want to achieve in my life and being the voice of a major league baseball team is one of them.”
After 25 years as the only radio voice in the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Greg Schulte stepped aside after the 2023 season. Chris Garagiola will step into the team’s broadcast booth moving forward.
Garagiola has spent the past two seasons working as the fill-in voice for the club while Schulte missed time to undergo chemotherapy treatments as he battled cancer. He also served as the pregame and postgame host for the D-backs.
“This is the byproduct of a lot of hoping, a lot of being in the right place at the right time and a lot of hard work,” Garagiola told AZCentral.com. “This was a major life goal. It really was. I have a few big-ticket things I want to achieve in my life and being the voice of a major league baseball team is one of them.”
The 31-year-old previously worked as the voice of the AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He said if he had the opportunity to choose any MLB play-by-play job, this was the one he wanted.
“People would ask if you could pick any team what would you pick? My pick would have been Arizona,” Chris Garagiola said. “That was my team. That was my childhood team and some of the best sporting memories I ever had.”
Chiefs Radio Voice Mitch Holthus Misses 1st Game in 30 Years After COVID Diagnosis
Mitch Holthus claimed he had not missed a Chiefs broadcast in 30 years — calling more than 500 consecutive games for the team.
Mitch Holthus has been one of the most distinctive NFL radio voices during his 30 years as the play-by-play announcer of the Kansas City Chiefs. His voice was absent Sunday for the franchise’s game after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
In a post to X, Holthus said he tested positive for the virus on Friday, and attempted to find a way to broadcast Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers remotely, before ultimately coming to the realization that it wasn’t feasible.
“I appreciate everyone who spent most of the day Friday trying to figure out how I could broadcast this game 2020 studio style,” Holthus wrote. “If it was (a) home game could maybe have had (an) isolated booth. But no way to pull it off on road, and (I) would never put anyone in that travel party in jeopardy, especially those who are immune compromised.”
He called the situation a “challenging 60+ hours”.
Mitch Holthus claimed he had not missed a Chiefs broadcast in 30 years — calling more than 500 consecutive games for the team. However, he concluded that he would start a new streak of broadcasting the team’s games next week.