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Clay Travis Receives a Call From President Trump

“These football players are very young, strong people, physically. I mean physically they are in extraordinary shape. So they’re not gonna have a problem.”

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President Trump has no problem expressing his opinion on any matter, particularly when it is a popular opinion in a part of the country where he is popular. That is why it shouldn’t be a surprise that the 45th President of the United States was quick to endorse the #WeWantToPlay movement started by several high-profile college football players in response to rumors that Power 5 FBS conferences were meeting to discuss canceling the 2020 season amid Covid-19 fears.

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The tweet earned the President an invitation to join Clay Travis on FOX Sports Radio’s Outkick the Coverage. Trump accepted and on Wednesday morning, the two spoke for more than 20 minutes.

President Trump shared his thoughts on multiple sports before eventually discussing college football. Travis asked him how confident he was that given the mystery surrounding college football, how confident is he that we will see an NFL season.

“Well, they want to open and they want to open badly, and they are working with government,” he said before segueing into his personal red meat, players kneeling during the national anthem. “I will say this. If they don’t stand for the national anthem, I hope they don’t open. But other than that I want to see them open and we are doing everything possible for getting them open.”

He says leagues need to consider what fans want more than what players demand. Fans aren’t going to watch something they are offended by.

“I think it has been horrible. Look at the basketball ratings. They are down to very very low numbers. They don’t realize that people are very very angry about it.”

When the conversation finally turned to college football, Trump had trouble putting into words why the issue was important to him. His answer for supporting #WeWantToPlay and more to do with the people around the sport he has met.

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“The people in that sport, it’s like incredible people, and you know like some of the coaches like Nick Saban and Coach O. How about Coach O? He’s central casting right? You’re doing a football movie. You’ve gotta pick him as your coach, right and put him in the movie. And uh, Lou Holtz is just a fantastic guy, a friend of mine. He’s been a supporter from the beginning. They’re just great people and they want to play football and they know better than anybody else.”

“They know better than anybody else” probably isn’t accurate when it comes to discussing the realities of Covid-19, but the President didn’t really go into any particulars. He did tell Travis and his audience that he spoke with “one of the great doctors” who swore there was virtually no risk of players getting sick.

Trump repeated a statement about only the elderly being at risk that even members of his own Coronavirus Task Force have said is incorrect.

“It just attacks old people, especially old people with a bad heart, diabetes, or some physical problem or a weight problem,” he said and then joked “Isn’t it wonderful that I am such a perfect physical specimen? It’s so great.”

The President is smart enough to know he couldn’t guarantee that everything would be okay if there were a season. He also did not say exactly what he could do to ensure teams did play. He did say though that he found it hard to believe that college athletes would face dire consequences even if they did contract the coronavirus.

“These football players are very young, strong people, physically. I mean physically they are in extraordinary shape. So they’re not gonna have a problem. You’re not gonna see people, could there be? Could it happen? But I doubt it. You’re not going to see people dying.”

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The Musers Mock Jim Nantz’s Farewell To Nick Faldo

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham.

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On Sunday, CBS Golf analyst Nick Faldo called his final tournament with CBS after sixteen years with the network. He was poised in the tower above the 18th green with Jim Nantz as he said his final goodbyes. It was an emotional moment that The Musers on The Ticket in Dallas had to comment on.

In the message, Faldo clearly has an issue getting thru the moment while Nantz tries to comfort his friend and buy him some time to regain his composure. However, The Musers thought it wasn’t helpful at all.

“I’m telling you, Jim, he made it worse with his funeral director voice,” said co-host George Dunham. “It sounded like he was going to say, ‘now, it’s time to send you to your happy place’. When he said that and when Nick said, in tears, ‘I’m ready,’ that made it sound like Jim was putting him to sleep.”

“(Australian accent) Go ahead and smother me, Jim,” Gordon Keith quipped, “go ahead and take that pillow over there and choke me out right now.”

“Nick are you ready for us to unplug the life support machine?” asked Dunham.

“Yeah, kick that thing right out the wall, mate.”

Dunham would later say, “I don’t think that any famous broadcaster has ever signed off in tears, proclaiming ‘I’m ready, I’m ready'”.

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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