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Jeff Passan: ‘I’m Not Great’ On Hot Take Shows

“The way that my brain works, I can never sit here and say something definitive unless I feel like I have got some good evidence to back it up.”

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The “hot take” shows aren’t the best environment for some media personalities to thrive and show off their skillset. While you’ve seen ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan on First Take before debating with Stephen A. Smith, he admittedly will say it’s not the best show for him.

Passan was a guest on The Michael Kay Show with Kay, Don La Greca, and Peter Rosenberg on Wednesday and he mentioned that while there is a place for shows like First Take, it is not the best environment for him to come up with a hot take.

“I’m not great there. The way that my brain works, I can never sit here and say something definitive unless I feel like I have got some good evidence to back it up. There’s a marketplace for that. People love it. I think it’s great. It’s just not my thing, not something I do very well.”

Passan admitted on the guest spot that he’s not the greatest guest for hot take shows.

“People are just prisoners of the moment. It’s why I suck on hot take shows and why I’m just not a good guest sometimes because I refuse to sit here and say that’s what happened over the last week and last month is indicative of a whole lot.”

He would later add that on a hot take show that he would have to be different than who he is normally is in order to have success as a guest on those shows.

“I think I’m a terrible actor because I couldn’t fake that. I’m saying I would have to act differently than I normally do.”

While giving a “hot take” might not be best for him, he did mention that he has a ton of respect for the people on First Take because they have a unique talent that gets people to watch the show every weekday.

“I think everyone on First Take is brilliant. People watch everyday to see what they have to say. That’s an art right there.”

Even though Passan thinks he does not thrive on hot take shows, he is still a must-listen for his baseball acumen and the entertaining way that he can deliver information. Plus, it always helps when people can admit that something isn’t a strength of theirs. However, he did share his take on whether or not Aaron Judge would have the single-season home run record if he hits his 62nd home run? Let’s just say he thinks Barry Bonds has the record.

“73. Did 73 balls go over fences? Then, that’s the record.”

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Tom Crean Returns to ESPN As College Basketball Analyst

“You look around, you realize everybody is working at an extremely rapid pace. I might get emails for the next morning’s ‘SportsCenter’ at 2:30 in the morning.”

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Tom Crean is returning to ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

A report from Front Office Sports details Crean returning to the worldwide leader after previously working for the network during the 2017-2018.

“The game has changed completely,” Crean said. “There’s a 1,000-foot level of what people want you to think this is all about. But here’s the 10,000-30,000-foot level of what it really is. I don’t think I will have any fear of talking like that. There’s so many things changing around the game with how you recruit. And I had to live it.”

Crean was fired as the head coach of Georgia after four seasons on the job. He added that the work ethic shown by ESPN employees is a motivator for working for the network.

“You look around, you realize everybody is working at an extremely rapid pace. I might get emails for the next morning’s ‘SportsCenter’ at 2:30 in the morning.”

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ESPN Plans 20 Hours of College Football Playoff Selection Coverage

The College Football Playoff teams will be unveiled at 12:15 PM ET, with the rest of the New Year’s Six matchup being revealed at 2:30 PM.

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ESPN has more than 20 hours of studio coverage planned for the selection of the College Football Playoff.

The College Football Playoff teams will be unveiled at 12:15 PM ET, with the rest of the New Year’s Six matchup being revealed at 2:30 PM. Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will be on the main set as the selections are revealed.

Several other personalities will join the show including analysts Greg McElroy, Robert Griffin III, and Dan Mullen, in addition to Paul Finebaum, Matt Barrie, and Chris Fowler.

ACC Network and SEC Network will also separately produce shows discussing the bowl selections.

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Chris Fallica Leaving ESPN for FOX

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

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A prominent sports betting voice featured on ESPN’s College GameDay will be heading to rival FOX and their Big Noon Kickoff show starting in 2023. According to Awful Announcing, Chris Fallica, affectionately known as “The Bear”, will make his last appearance on GameDay will be this weekend.

Fallica has been with ESPN since 1995. Since 2013, Fallica had been featured on GameDay making betting picks with his patented “Bear’s Board”.

Neither FOX or ESPN would comment on the situation, but in the Awful Announcing report it’s believed that there will be a send-off of some sort for Fallica on Saturday.

Fallica joins Tom Rinaldi as the second former GameDay voice to jump over to FOX and be featured on Big Noon Kickoff.

Both shows have experienced incredible viewership growth this season. For GameDay, there have been several weeks this season that have seen some of the largest audiences in the show’s history.

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