On his podcast this week, Barstool’s Kirk Minihane called out Howard Stern. Over the weekend, social media was abuzz over a segment of The View in which Howard Stern claimed that he had never used the n word on his show. Several people on Twitter pointed out that not only had Stern used the word, he had even performed in black face.
Minihane took it a step further. He played a clip from Stern’s terrestrial radio show in the 90s featuring the King of All Media poking fun at the E! network for bleeping the word from the television version of his show.
During the early days of his show’s national syndication, Stern would put on people and characters that said terrible things in order to goof on how dumb those people sounded according to Minihane. He noted that he wouldn’t do a segment like that now, but noted that “there was a time and place for satire.”
Minihane described himself as a Stern devotee in the 90s. He described Stern as the inspiration for him to broadcast the way he does.
“Literally a light went off in my head,” Minihane said of the first time he heard Stern. “Like I have never heard anything like this in my life.”
Howard Stern’s personality transformation is something Minihane takes personally. According to Minihane, every time Stern denies that he did the things that made him famous, it is a slap in the face to his long time fans.
“Stern is now so pathetic. When I get angry about Stern, keep in mind 19 or 20 year old Kirk was listening to Howard Stern 4 hours a day everyday, buying his books, talking to friends about him. To see what he’s become is depressing.”
That is why Minihane says he wants to highlight Stern’s hypocrisy. In the clip played on the Kirk Minihane Show, Stern uses the n word more than half a dozen times in a five minute span. He also uses racial epithets directed at Asians and Hispanics.
While it should be pointed out that Stern was reading a letter complaining that E! was okay with letting the epithets for Asians and Hispanics air, the network bleeped the n word when airing a bit that was clearly making fun of the Cincinnati Reds notoriously racist former owner Marge Schott.
“I didn’t use the n word. Let’s be very clear,” Stern said in an appearance on The View when one of the hosts mentioned hearing it frequently on his show when she was in college.
“It’s so abhorrently not true and such an easy thing to answer,” Minihane said wondering why Stern wouldn’t note that it was always used on the show to make fun of the person saying it and using it as an opportunity to say that it isn’t something he would do today.
“When I have listened to Howard Stern, in my life, I’m going to estimate he used the n word 5000 times,” Minihane said. “That’s a very soft estimate.”
Minihane said that he believes Howard Stern can deny things he has done that are on tape because he lives “in a bubble” and doesn’t have anyone to challenge him. Minihane also said that Stern has been so used to using his black news anchor and partner Robin Quivers as a “protective cone” for provocative, racially charged material.
Online Sports Betting Not Happening In Maryland In 2022
“Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl.”
Online sports betting in Maryland appears to have no shot of happening this year due mainly to the fact that the state’s oversight committee on sports wagering is hung up on how to bring women and minority-owned businesses into the fold.
The Maryland Sports Wagering Application Review Committee (SWARC) is currently awaiting results of a disparity study by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency.
Some state regulators had expressed optimism at one point that online sports betting in Maryland would go live by the end of this year or in time for next year’s Super Bowl. But given where SWARC is, the whole process is being held up to the point that it’ll likely be later in 2023 before residents can use their phones to place bets.
It’s been just over a year since Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that legalized sports betting in the state. Since then, five casinos in the state have opened retail sportsbooks.
The casinos have handled more than $132 million in bets since December. $26.9 million in wagers were placed in April alone.
Media Reacts To Nick Saban’s Comments On Texas A&M, Jackson State
“Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.”
Nick Saban had some choice words about recruiting in the NIL era on Wednesday night. The Alabama head coach didn’t just voice frustrations with the process. He called out three schools specifically for using Name, Image and Likeness payments to create an advantage for themselves in recruiting.
He said that Texas A&M, which signed the top-ranked recruiting class in 2022 according to a number of outlets “bought every player on their team.”
He said that Jackson State gave a player $1 million to come to the school. “It was in the paper,” he said. “They bragged about it! Nobody did anything about it.”
It is likely that he was talking about defensive back Travis Hunter, widely regarded as one of the five best players in the class of 2022. It should be noted that Jackson State Coach Deion Sanders has been adamant that Hunter did not receive a dime from the school or anyone else.
The comments created plenty of content on sports radio on Thursday.
Jimbo Fischer, the head coach of Texas A&M took the story to a new level with a press conference of his own in which he cryptically encouraged people to “dig into” Saban’s career history.
The commentary in the sports media came in all kinds of forms. Plenty took to Twitter to express an opinion.
Others used the feud to create comedy.
Finally, others did actual reporting. they made phone calls to get context and further the story.
The coaches may be relatively quiet in public for a while. That doesn’t mean the stories and reactions are going away. Saban’s comments and the ensuing rebuttals will be used to fuel content on sports television and radio through the offseason and likely beyond.
Bleav Announces Partnership With SiriusXM
“The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.”
A new partnership will see content from the Bleav Podcast Network come under the SiriusXM umbrella. All 32 of the network’s NFL team-specific podcasts will now be available on the SXM app. The satellite radio company will also have the ability to air Bleav content on its sports channels.
“SiriusXM is a leader in content. We’re very happy to be a part of their programming and continue to amplify the voice of our talent,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said in a press release. “SiriusXM listeners will be able to regularly hear from athletes that played for their team, bringing fans insight and access that only a player can.”
The Bleav podcasts come with some serious star power. Each show features a former player paired with a host to discuss the latest news about their team. In adding Bleav, SiriusXM adds the likes of Eric Davis, Lorenzo Neal, Adam “Pac Man” Jones and others to its roster.
The deal will also lead to more content in the future. The companies expect to add to the Bleav content available on the SXM App, including shows focused on other professional and college sports.
“Bleav’s team-focused programming, hosted by many former stars from the league, give fans a unique and experienced perspective into their favorite players and franchises,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Bleav’s network of shows deliver valuable insight for fans of every NFL team. They are a great addition to the selection of sports podcasts available on the SXM App and we look forward to adding other shows, focused on other sports, from the Bleav network to SiriusXM in the future.”