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Mike Golic Jr: Michael Smith Made Me Feel Comfortable at ESPN

Golic Jr. gave Smith credit for helping him feel like his own person at ESPN rather than just Mike Golic’s son.

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When a person is at one particular job for an extended period of time, it has the chance to possibly define them rather than going to try new things. At times, that is what the current co-host of Brother From Another on NBC Sports and Peacock, Michael Smith, would feel like.

Smith was a recent guest on the GoJo with Mike Golic Jr. podcast and co-host Brandon Newman, who worked on Smith’s show in the past, asked what advice he would have for Golic Jr. now that he is no longer working at ESPN. Obviously, both Smith and Golic Jr, had different circumstances, but Smith talked about how he felt being at ESPN came to define him internally:

“The difference between me and you is I literally grew up there. I got there at 24, 25. I started appearing on-air at 23. It was all I knew for 15 years….When you’ve been in one relationship that long, that relationship comes to define you at times more internally than externally.”

“The process of me leaving that place was very challenging because I think I got into something of a sense of complacency. John Skipper said out of his own mouth you could be the Kobe Bryant of this place. You can spend your whole career there. I never wanted to spend my whole career there, but I always thought I would have that option.”

Smith even mentioned that when his career at ESPN was over, it took a while to transition into the next phase of his career.

“The way I left was such a shock to my system until it was very much a transition and a healing process that I had to undergo.”

Smith also went on to tell Golic Jr. that the media landscape is a lot different now than it was for him a few years ago and that you don’t need to be at ESPN to have a successful career in the media landscape.

“At 32, given the brand you built for yourself individually, it is a perfect time for you to leave. What you’ve been able to do and the media landscape in general is so different than when I first got there. You’re leaving and leaving ESPN now doesn’t mean what it meant 4 years ago. You didn’t lose ESPN, ESPN lost you.

“The industry and pop culture has done an exceptional job of making the people who work at ESPN feel like they need ESPN in order to be successful and that’s clearly not the case.”

Golic Jr. gave Smith credit for helping him feel like his own person at ESPN rather than just Mike Golic’s son.

“You and Jemele Hill were among the first people to treat me as just me and not just like dad’s son. You invited me to your show when you guys were on the 6 and just treated me like somebody who is an individual and was a part of that process. I can’t tell you what that meant then and how much more comfortable it has made me. Where I’m at now and the comfort level to lead doesn’t happen without people like you and Jemele creating the space for that.” 

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JJ Redick Confirms He Will No Longer be Podcasting

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts.”

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The Los Angeles Lakers made it official as they named former ESPN basketball analyst and podcaster JJ Redick their new head coach. Redick starred at Duke and had a 15-year NBA career, but has no real basketball coaching experience.

Redick was moved up to the No. 1 NBA broadcast team on ESPN and ABC with Mike Breen and Doris Burke. This was after Doc Rivers had taken the position but then left to become the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to working the games, Redick was doing a couple of podcasts. One of those, Mind the Game, was co-hosted by LeBron James whose relationship with Redick couldn’t have hurt his chances in getting the position. Regardless, Redick’s podcasting days are over for now.

“For the time being, and hopefully it’s a very, very long time, I am excommunicated from the content space so there will be no podcasts,” Redick said in response to a question at his opening press conference. “We’ll do something when I have a breather from what we have coming up. I am going to be drinking out of a fire hose for the next month but at some point, we’ll just do something for all the people that listened and have a small little video. But I’m done with podcasting for now.”

The 40-year-old Redick said in a release, “I am incredibly humbled to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most iconic and successful sports franchises in the world. This opportunity for me is all about service to the players, team and organization. I want to express my utmost appreciation to Jeanie Buss, Rob Pelinka and the entire Lakers front office. My goal will focus on delivering championship-caliber basketball for Lakers fans everywhere, building on the tremendous history and legacy of the Lakers. I am excited to surround myself with a veteran, innovative staff as we work relentlessly to develop individual players and maximize the team’s potential. My family and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for this new chapter in our lives and look forward to immersing ourselves in the vibrant Los Angeles community.” 

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Greg Cote Addresses Florida Panthers Ahead of Stanley Cup Final Game 7

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team.”

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Earlier in the month, Miami Herald sports columnist Greg Cote wrote a column delineating the Florida Panthers run to the Stanley Cup Final in which he called Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid overrated. McDavid, who is the consensus best player in the National Hockey League, posted 132 points on 32 goals and 100 assists in the 2023 regular season and has 42 points in 24 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

McDavid has made history with the fourth-most points in a single NHL playoffs of all time and will look to help the Oilers claim a Stanley Cup championship in a pivotal Game 7 on Monday night. Cote appeared on Monday’s edition of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz where the matchup was at the center of discussion and the implications it has on both organizations.

The Panthers previously led the Stanley Cup Final three games to none; however, the Oilers have rallied to win the last three contests to force the series to a win-or-go-home Game 7. The matchup will be played tonight from Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Fla. at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and streaming on ESPN+. Cote has received backlash from Panthers fans on social media after calling McDavid overrated and the team proceeding to forsake a three-game lead.

Moreover, various hockey programs, including the ESPN on ABC broadcast’s intermission report, have made mention of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and the narrative surrounding the team. Cote, however, was recently contacted by the Panthers organization for a different reason as the team faces a critical final game.

“Paul Maurice, through one of his P.R. people, gets in touch with me a few days ago and asks me to address the team – to give the team a little pep talk, preparatory to the biggest Game 7 in the history of the biggest Game 7s,” Cote explained, “and so I did.”

Cote outlined his address to the team on the most recent edition of The Greg Cote Show and branded it akin to an edition of Hard Knocks, the HBO and NFL Films program, focused on hockey.

Meadowlark Media producer Mike Ryan, a diehard Panthers fan with whom Cote has been in disagreement with of late on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, explained that he would listen to the show and wishes that he could enjoy the Stanley Cup Playoffs more at the moment. Furthermore, he expressed that he was in his youth when the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, ending a 54-year championship drought and cementing the team in hockey lore.

“I don’t think I’d look back on it [and go], ‘Wow, what a cool time,’” Ryan conveyed. “I don’t think I’d be able to separate myself from the pain if they actually make history and blow this, but this is the biggest hockey game of our lifetime.”

Le Batard was surprised to hear that Ryan is preparing for a loss and stated that he would not be able to diminish the level of disappointment should it actualize. Ryan does not believe that preparing for a loss is going to make it hurt any less if it ends up happening. Last week, Ryan threatened to quit Meadowlark Media if Le Batard followed through on a plan to put up billboards in Edmonton and took issue with how the show was covering the Panthers.

“People know how much I care, and I’d like to thank everybody that didn’t text me over the weekend because they knew what kind of state I was in,” Ryan said. “Dude, all the blood left my face, and I don’t think it’s come back yet. I am a zombie.”

“It is a terrifying thing, and I love terror with your sports,” Le Batard replied. “I love caring so much that it is unreasonable; caring so much that you have a hard time getting it out of your head.”

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OutKick Adding Show with Ricky Cobb of Super 70’s Sports

“Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content.”

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OutKick announced today that it has added Ricky Cobb, the man behind @Super70sSports, as the host of a new daily show set to debut later this summer. The show will be an extension of Cobb’s trademark humor and vast expertise in both sports and culture, which he showcases every day on his popular Twitter account, @Super70sSports.

Aside from his own show, Cobb will also be featured on various OutKick programs such as Don’t @ Me with Dan Dakich, OutKick The Morning with Charly Arnolt, OutKick The Show with Clay Travis, and Hot Mic with Jonathan Hutton & Chad Withrow. Currently residing in Chicago, Cobb gained recognition for his creation of the popular @Super70sSports in 2013, solidifying himself as a unique and genuine comedic talent in America.

OutKick Senior Vice President and Managing Editor Gary Schreier said in a release, “We’re extremely excited to be working with Ricky. Our audience knows and loves the Super 70s Sports feed and it’s high time for America to get to know the genius behind that incredible content. OutKick just got even smarter, funnier and more entertaining.”

“This show makes the natural connection between the deep passion for sports, culture, and humor I’m known for on X with my two-decade background as a college sociology professor,” Cobb said. “The things I’ve prioritized most in my professional life are entertaining people and sparking critical thought and discussion. To do both on a daily basis is nothing less than a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring my voice and perspective to OutKick.”

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