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Ryan McGee Says Appreciate Whatever College Football There Is

“Ryan McGee told fans to not worry about the amount of games on the schedule, but instead keep the sole focus that college football is going to get played at all in 2020.”

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The Big Ten announced last week that it would play a conference-only schedule beginning on October 24. Right now, the Pac-12 is the only power conference left not playing. That could change.  

The SEC will begin play this weekend and it is clear that not everyone is likely going to play the same amount of games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That topic came up on Saturday morning’s Marty & McGee show on the SEC Network and ESPN Radio. 

During the segment, Ryan McGee told fans to not worry about the amount of games on the schedule, but instead keep the sole focus that college football is going to get played at all in 2020.

“The complaints about ‘well, my conference is playing 11 games or 10 games. If I win the conference championship, I can play 12 games. The Big Ten conference champion would play 9.’ My response to that is ‘do you really think they are going to play all those games?’ because the answer is they probably aren’t. You and I have said it a million times. Everything is written in pencil. Everything is written in markerboard. It’s a Jenga puzzle. You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit.”

McGee pointed out how jam-packed the Big Ten schedule with no team getting a bye week between opening weekend and the Big Ten Championship Game (December 19). Of course, they had to do this in order to get in the College Football Playoff, but it is something to monitor.

“I hope everyone plays every game on their schedule, but that Big Ten calendar as it stands now is a tightrope. It is air-tight,” McGee said. “There is no room for poor Baylor. Today was supposed to be their 3rd different season opener, a game they put together in less than a week with Houston, and they had to cancel or postpone that game as well. The odds of everyone in the Big Ten getting in all of their games to me is zero. Just like I don’t believe everyone in the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 are going to play all of their games.” 

When the College Football Playoff committee gets together, they go over the data to try to figure out the four best teams. However, if all of the schedules are not equal, McGee points out that “if there was ever a year for the eyeball test, son this is it.” 

It is a good reminder that just the fact that sports are being played at all in 2020 is something to be appreciated rather than nitpicking how many games a team actually gets to play this year. 

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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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