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?
Danny Parkins To Texas Governor: ‘Kiss My Ass’
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur.”
The mass shooting that took place on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas captured the attention of the nation.
Remarks from Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in the aftermath of the tragedy got the attention of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on 670 The Score in Chicago.
Gov. Abbot brought up the fact that Chicago has a gun violence problem even though gun laws in the city are among the strictest in the country.
Parkins took issue with the Texas governor trying to score political points by dunking on Chicago in a moment of tragedy.
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur,” Parkins said. “And if we want to talk about Chicago, we can talk about Chicago with facts…What about Chicago? Kiss my ass, Greg Abbot. I can’t stand it, man. It’s so insulting.”
What about Chicago is often a talking point from one side of the gun control issue that suggests despite having such tough laws on firearm ownership, thousands of people each year in the city end up shooting victims. Therefore gun control laws don’t work to prevent mass shootings.
Parkins used that phrase for good last year, putting on the What About Chicago Radiothon. The station fundraiser in 2021 raised more that $660,000 for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest.
Parkins explained Wednesday that the problems in the Windy City are multi-faceted. Yes, gun violence issues exist, but Parkins said “it is a problem that many, many, many, many people care deeply about and are trying to solve, but it’s a separate problem.”
Mike Breen Explains How The Knicks, Heat Rivalry Affected Him and Eric Reid
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA. For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid.”
Mike Breen and Eric Reid have history. But it’s a good history.
Breen was in Miami for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which he called for ESPN/ABC. Talking to Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami on Wednesday, Breen said he didn’t like being called the voice of the NBA because there are so many other great broadcasters, like Reid, out there.
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA” explained Breen. “For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid. We’re all part of a great fraternity and all thrilled to be calling games. That’s for sure.”
Reid has been part of the Miami Heat radio crew since the team’s inaugural season. He took over as the play-by-play voice of the team’s radio call in 1991.
Zaslow, who has handled studio duties on the Heat’s radio broadcasts since 2010, told Breen that Reid had told him stories about the 1990’s battles between the Heat and the New York Knicks. He said he remembered things even becoming intense between the two broadcasters at times.
“Because the Knicks and the Heat used to fight, Eric and I had some nasty fights back in the day,” Breen joked.
WSJS Adjusts Format To News & Sports Mix In Winston-Salem
“Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm.”
Truth Broadcasting isn’t sticking to sports. WSJS, which originates from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and also serves Greensboro, is transitioning from all sports talk to a mix of conservative talk and sports.
“While WSJS enjoyed providing the Piedmont Triad with a 24/7 sports format, so much was lost with our connection to the Triad community with little to no live and local talk, news features, guest host hours, award-winning talk shows and more. Now, we’ve remedied that. Just wait until you hear it!” Market Manager Tom Hamilton said in a press release.
Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm. Nights will be filled by the Rich Eisen Show, followed by programming from CBS Sports Network. The station will also continue to carry local high school play-by-play and the Duke Blue Devils.
The station will add a local morning show featuring Jeffrey Griffin. Triad Today will air from 7-10 AM. WSJS will also feature syndicated shows from Brian Kilmeade, Todd Starnes and Charlie Kirk.
WSJS can be heard on 600 AM as well as four translators. The station’s new weekday lineup goes into effect on June 6. It is listed in full below.
5 AM-6 AM – First Light
6 AM-7 AM – America In The Morning
7 AM-10 AM – Triad Today With Jeffrey Griffin (9 AM-10 AM – Expert Hour)
10 AM-12 NOON – The Brian Kilmeade Show
NOON-2 PM – The Todd Starnes Show
2 PM-3 PM – The Charlie Kirk Show
3 PM-6 PM – The Drive With Josh Graham
6 PM-9 PM – THE Rich Eisen Show
9 PM-10 PM – THE Zach Gelb Show
10 PM-2 AM – JR Sportsbrief
2 AM-5 AM – Amy Lawrence