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Skip Bayless Won’t Give LeBron Credit, So Shannon Sharpe Mocks Him With Live Goat

“Bayless remained true to form, downplaying James’ accomplishments again on Monday’s Undisputed.”

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Undisputed 
co-host Skip Bayless seems to be fixated on LeBron James recently. Not only did he devote two separate segments of the FS1 program Monday to downplaying  James and the Los Angeles Lakers recent NBA title, he also compared Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to James when discussing Prescott’s career-threatening injury, a compound right ankle fracture. Bayless has also been active from his personal twitter account expressing his opinions on both topics.

Bayless, who has a long history of downplaying James’ accomplishments, began the process from his personal Twitter account just minutes after James won his fourth NBA Title on Sunday.

Bayless remained true to form, downplaying James’ accomplishments again on Monday’s Undisputed.

“These championship rings should be made of Cubic Zirconia and have a big asterisk inscribed on the inside that says ‘avoided Clippers’”, Bayless said. “You (the Lakers) avoided the one team that could have knocked you off, the one team that the odds makers had as favorites going into these pandemic playoffs. You got to play a team whose center is only as tall as your point guard… You were prohibitive favorites to win.”

It is likely that similar comments from Bayless and others that caused James to say after the Championship game, where he was named Finals MVP,  “I want my damn respect”.

Bayless also took issue with that statement.

“I was shocked that LeBron acknowledged all the doubt that’s out there about him,” Bayless said. “Some of it emanates from this side of the table (Bayless) but a lot of people inside and outside of basketball have doubts. LeBron is wrongly compared to Michael Jordan as the greatest player of all time. I covered Michael Jordan. I can’t imagine him saying, ‘I want my damn respect’. That’s because Michael Jordan is universally acknowledged as the greatest athlete to play any sport… There are probably even Laker fans who won’t say that about LeBron.”

Bayless’s Undisputed co-host was not having the disrespect. Shannon Sharpe mocked Bayless and his on-going vendetta against LeBron by brining a live goat onto the show’s set.

The LeBron topic then made the crossover from the hardwood to the gridiron as Bayless compared the toughness of Dak Prescott to that of James.

“I have raved about him ever since he was in college and I did on that other show on ESPN (First Take),” Bayless said. “From the first time I saw him pay in the NFL against the Rams .I knew he could be a franchise quarterback,” Bayless said. “Early yesterday, against the woeful Giants, we were down 17-3.Then the defense starts to cause some turnovers. Maybe there is some hope. I thought maybe this was our day, and then the injury happens. It took me a minute to process what just happened because he had been LeBron-esque ironman.”

Stats seem to back up Bayless’ point, as Prescott has yet to miss a regular season start in his five year career while James has also been relatively durable during his 17 year career. Although, it should be noted that it wasn’t even a month ago that Bayless questioned Prescott’s toughness and fitness to lead a team after the Cowboys’ quarterback admitted to suffering from depression during the early days of the Covid-19 Pandemic and after his brother’s suicide.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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