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Mina Kimes Worries ‘It’s Gonna Be Ugly’ When Sports Return

“Once sports comes back (NBA, NHL, maybe MLB, NFL), the schedule will be overwhelmed with so many games/events that it will end up being the equivalent of a “sports buffet”, according to Kimes.”

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With the resumption plans of the NHL and NBA starting to come into focus, fans are starting to get excited about the possibility of being able to watch live sports on a daily basis for the first time since March. 

On Tuesday’s Highly Questionable (which has rebranded Highly Quarantined) with Dan Le Batard, ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes along with Pablo Torre were talking with Le Batard about the excitement level of sports coming back and let’s just say there was a unique analogy thrown in at the end by Kimes:

“We, as a nation, have been on a sports diet, right? We have been subsisting on three almonds a day of sports. And enjoying those three almonds, but now here we are, pulling up to the sports buffet, and it’s gonna be ugly! Like, spouses coming home and us passed out on the floor drowning in sports wrappers levels of ugly, because we crave it so much!”

Kimes brought up a good point right out of the gate by comparing the last two months for the nation being on a sports diet. When any live sports have been on, we have all been trying to get to a TV or a streaming service to watch the event, such as The Match II this past weekend. 

Once sports comes back (NBA, NHL, maybe MLB, NFL), the schedule will be overwhelmed with so many games/events that it will end up being the equivalent of a “sports buffet”, according to Kimes. It would surely make up for the last couple of months of few, if any live events to choose from. 

At the end of the clip, Torre’s comment was interesting after Kimes brought up her other analogy about us being in a long-distance relationship with sports right now. He said about bringing up old videos of older relationships, which you could say is the equivalent of watching classic games and remembering the good old days like many of us have done. 

It is important to remember the health risks that still exist when the major leagues resume play at some point. With that being said, many sports fans are waiting for the day where there will be many live events to choose from that it will be tough to make a choice as to watch. It will be like being at a buffet where you will have your choice once again. 

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

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During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.

However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

The 74-year-old has worked on FOX NFL Sunday since its inception in 1994. He will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame later this year.

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Scott Van Pelt’s ‘Bad Beats’ Becoming 30-Minute Monthly Show

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread.

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The popular “Bad Beats” segment from SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt is being turned into a monthly half-hour show on ESPN.

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread, otherwise known as a “bad beat”. Generally, the segment lasts around 5-10 minutes. ESPN will repurpose the content from the show to package it into a half-hour edition.

The new monthly show debuted yesterday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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