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Ryan Clark Blasts Kirk Cousins’s Toughness On Get Up

“Ryan Clark gave a very candid perspective into how he feels about Cousins from being his teammate with the Washington Football Team back in 2014 and being a carrier of the sickle-cell trait that nearly cost him his life.”

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When you look at sports morning shows that have multiple people on a panel talking about a specific topic, sometimes the person who goes last has the chance to access the most information before they have to speak. That happened on Wednesday morning on Get Up when Mike Greenberg, Dan Orlovsky, Adam Schefter, and Ryan Clark got into Kirk Cousins’ recent comments about COVID-19.

Cousins was on Kyle Brandt’s 10 Questions podcast on Spotify and the Minnesota Vikings quarterback gave his thoughts about why he was not too worried about the coronavirus.

Brandt asked, “If 1 is the person who says, ‘Masks are stupid, you’re all a bunch of lemmings’ and 10 is, ‘I’m not leaving my master bathroom for the next 10 years,’ where do you land?”

After a chuckle, Cousins responded, “I’m not gonna call anybody stupid, for the trouble it would get me in. But I’m about a .000001.”

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Cousins later said, “I want to respect what other people’s concerns are. For me personally, just talking no one else can get the virus, what is your concern if you could get it, I would say I’m gonna go about my daily life. If I get it, I’m gonna ride it out. I’m gonna let nature do its course. Survival-of-the-fittest kind of approach. And just say, if it knocks me out, it knocks me out. I’m going to be OK. You know, even if I die. If I die, I die. I kind of have peace about that.”

Ryan Clark gave a very candid perspective into how he feels about Cousins from being his teammate with the Washington Football Team back in 2014 and being a carrier of the sickle-cell trait that nearly cost him his life.

“I know tough people. I know a ton of tough people. Many of those tough people I have played with consider me a tough person,” Clark said. “As someone here who has dealt with something that happened on the field that almost cost them his life…Kirk Cousins ain’t tough y’all. This is not about toughness.” 

Clark also said he would not include Cousins on a particular list and blasted the short-sightedness that leads to a comment like Cousins’s.

“I played with Kirk. Kirk’s a good football player. Kirk is a football player that will stand in and do things that a quarterback has to do. If I had 10 people to take with me and say I wanted to take the 9 other toughest people that played on my team, Kirk Cousins wouldn’t be in that group.

“I think when you make statements like this and you pound your chest like this, it doesn’t show empathy for the people that have lost their lives to COVID-19 and empathy to the people who have lost family members…When you think about protecting yourself and saying that you don’t believe in certain things, if you have compassion, if you care about other people, you are going to do at least what is being mandated of you by the NFL and by your team and listen to some of the things that are going on with the reports of what COVID-19 can do to certain people who are predisposed to having this disease take their lives or put them in the hospital and at least try to protect them.

“This is not a time to judge Kirk Cousins’ opinions, but it is time to talk about what the ramifications of this type of thought process could be for himself, his teammates, or this league.”

Clark took the right approach in not judging the thoughts of his former teammate, but also trying to have people understand things from his own perspective of playing with a health issue. That alone speaks volumes. 

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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