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Coach K’s Chides Student Journalist For Postgame Question

“Krzyzewski pressed the reporter for his major and hardest class at Duke, attempting to compare it to the position he’s in, which includes nearly $10 million per year to coach the school’s basketball team.”

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Coach K needs time to evaluate things before being asked what the next step for his basketball team is. Or maybe he just needs to be coming off a win. 

Following Duke’s loss to Louisville Saturday night, Krzyzewski was asked a basic and reasonable question from a student reporter. But instead of just answering the question, Coach K used it as an opportunity to lecture the young journalist. 

“Hi coach,” the student began to ask. “I’m just curious as to what the next step forward is for the team as you guys move into another week of basketball?”

Coach K couldn’t answer the straightforward question, instead demanding time to evaluate the game before eliciting his response. Krzyzewski pressed the reporter for his major and hardest class at Duke, attempting to compare it to the position he’s in, which includes nearly $10 million per year to coach the school’s basketball team. 

“Say you just had the toughest econ test in the world,” Krzyzewski responded, “and when you walked out, somebody asked you, ‘What’s your next step?’ See what I mean? Do you have some empathy?”

Does Krzyzewski have a philosophical issue with the question or would his response have been different if Duke won their game against Louisville? If Duke was a top-10 team coming off a strong victory, is Krzyzewski still looking for empathy from a student reporter? 

It certainly wasn’t the most direct ask from the likely nervous student journalist, but it was a softball question that could have prompted Krzyzewski to at least give a similarly generic response. Instead, the Duke basketball coach attempted to lecture the student about why it wasn’t a valid question and why it didn’t warrant an answer. 

The student journalist was Jake Piazza and it was the first postgame question he ever asked the Duke basketball coach. Piazza didn’t get the insightful answer he hoped for, but the student journalist certainly received more attention than he could have anticipated.

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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