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Barstool Sports Raises Money For Fallen Chicago Police Officer

“The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today.”

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The Barstool Sports Chicago office and the Stoolies rallied together to successfully raise a quarter million dollars in approximately 72 hours for the family of fallen Chicago Police Officer Ella French; who tragically lost her life in a senseless act of violence on Saturday night. Police Officer Ella French was a hero in Chicago after saving a one month old baby’s life that had been shot in July.

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The call to action began on August 9th, when the tragic loss of Officer Ella French was brought to the forefront of social media by the Barstool Chicago office.

In a blog post, Barstool Carl wrote “Personally I would rather talk about Ella French right now. The 29 year-old that spent her young life dedicated to protecting Chicago. A passionate and respected and loved member of her community out doing her job and taking care of family just like the rest of us. Except her job consistently required her to put her life in danger at the sake and expense of public safety. And now she’s gone at the hands of senseless violence that never seems to stop. At time it feels nothing less than hopeless”. 

Barstool Carl would go on to end the blog by stating “Help raise money for Ella French’s family and buy a shirt. All proceeds obviously going to them”. 

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The message was echoed from Barstool Sports Chicago personalities; such as Barstool Eddie, White Sox Dave, Barstool Chief, Dante the Don, and Big Cat.

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The fundraiser reached its goal of $250,000 today, which is the perfect example of how powerful a group of people are when they come together for one cause.

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I reached to Barstool Carl in a private message via Twitter and asked, “What does it say about this company and the Stoolies that they are able to rally together so quickly for such a good cause”?

He responded by saying, “It was everyone at Barstool Chicago. Not just me. That’s important. Equal efforts. It’s amazing how quickly and rapidly Stoolies can rally around a common cause. This is another example of our audience rising to the occasion to support our local communities. They’re the absolute best. I couldn’t be prouder to work on their behalf for such an impactful company. Hopefully we can continue to raise money and awareness to actively support those who protect us”.

I also spoke with White Sox Dave, who said “I think the answer to why it hasn’t been covered by the mainstream media is twofold: 1. the mainstream doesn’t want to give us credit for anything at ALL because that hurts their narrative that we’re satan reincarnated. They know we do a ton of good work with charity, and 100% know it’s good, but they would rather be miserable and get their clicks and RTs than be rational on any level. I also think that it isn’t covered because of how the media tends to slant politically. Normal people know that most cops are good, some are bad, some are exceptional, but mostly just normal people trying to make a living. Somewhere along the way that living become vilified”.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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