The Los Angeles Lakers tailspin is taking a toll on Snoop Dogg. The rapper has been steadfast in his diehard support of the purple and gold, but the “First Take” crew had to discuss his latest declaration after Lebron James and L.A. fell into a 3-2 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns.
“Never thought I’d say it, but we sorry and the Clippers are better than us,” Snoop Dogg said on his Instagram. “Frank Vogel can’t coach… this is heartbreaking. AD hurt more than Mary J. Blige records.”
Snoop wasn’t done. Scheduling issues forced him to miss Wednesday’s appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” but he texted Stephen A. Smith his full thoughts on the Battle for L.A.
“Lakers too many non-shooters,” Snoop Dogg texted to Smith. “Soft ass guards in our rotation, can’t guard, can’t shoot, we doomed. Clippers may come out of the west, and I wouldn’t even be mad at this point if Kawhi [Leonard] and PG-13 [Paul George] faced Brooklyn for it all. Popcorn, get it ready.”
Smith and Kellerman framed the rest of the discussion around the idea that James’ title as the King of L.A. could be up for grabs if they get bounced in the first round and the Clippers become the fifth team ever to lose their first two games in a series at home then move on to the next round. The Lakers and Clippers aren’t even two weeks into their 2021 Playoff campaigns, and they’ve faced a full season’s worth of drama.
Snoop Dogg has come off his pedestal from back in January when he scoffed at the idea of the Clippers on Smith’s ESPN+ show, “Stephen A’s World.”
“Laker to a Clipper man I can’t be faded?” Snoop Dogg said in January. “We talking about the Clippers? The team that has zero banners… there’s something about that purple and gold man. They need to get a whole new stadium, a whole new stigma, cause they’re never going to win playing in our living room.”
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.