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Christopher Russo Called Out in Epic Joey Votto Rant on High Heat

“Not everyone can be the next Roger Peckinpaugh, Mad Dog. You should be ashamed of yourself – you’re a disgrace!”

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MLB Network has had its fair share of memorable guests over the years, but there is, perhaps, no player that has stood out on its airwaves more than Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto. Over the years, Votto has appeared across the network’s programming and created many perdurable moments, including wearing a Canada Day outfit on Intentional Talk. Yet his latest moment with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo on the afternoon show, High Heat, may have eclipsed the previous conversations.

Votto mentioned to Russo how a couple of months ago, he heard him say that he and Zack Greinke are players that should not be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Instead, Russo suggested they be placed in the “Hall of Very Good” players, arguing for more exclusivity to be required in order to enter Cooperstown. In response, Votto accused Russo of discriminating against them since they have played a majority of their careers in smaller domestic market areas, such as Cincinnati, Ohio and Kansas City, Mo.

“You’re looking down on us,” Votto said. “A couple small market, midwest ball players – just because we’re not ‘Big City’ just like you.”

Seemingly in jest, Votto continued his rant and referred to Russo as a New York City superstar, especially since he has his own SiriusXM satellite radio channel, appears on ESPN’s First Take and hosts his program on MLB Network. For the duration of the rant, Russo smiled and ostensibly held back a burst of laughter until the very end, along with co-host Alanna Rizzo.

“ESPN star with your 5th Avenue ties and your crisp pocket squares; your tailored suits and your polished suits,” Votto said. “And your hair – your perfectly quaffed, Broadway hair. Must be nice to sit atop that Madison Avenue ivory tower looking down on us with those luscious locks. Not everyone can be the next Roger Peckinpaugh, Mad Dog. You should be ashamed of yourself – you’re a disgrace!”

Peckinpaugh was a former Major League Baseball shortstop and winner of the Most Valuable Player award as a member of the Washington Senators in 1925. Throughout his 17-year major league career, he played with the Senators, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. In 1924, he and the Senators captured the organization’s only World Series championship. Votto seems to have referred to him because of his excellence as a player in varying marketplaces, along with his consistency as a manager in Cleveland.

Even so, Russo pumped his fist to conclude the portion of the interview – the full version of which premieres today at 11 p.m. on MLB Network. It will be interesting to see how the remainder of the conversation went and how Votto demonstrates his baseball expertise while keeping viewers enthralled and entertained.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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