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Dan Le Batard: The Life Of Pat Tillman Was Wasted

“Pat Tillman gave up his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.”

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The US government is pulling out from the war effort in Afghanistan and Dan Le Batard wanted to make sure one soldier who lost his life during the nearly two-decade-skirmish has his memory honored correctly.

Pat Tillman gave up his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The former NFL safety died less than two years later as the result of friendly fire.

Le Batard reminded NFL fans that it never had to end that way for Tillman.

“Turn on your television, and it’s biblical apocalypse,” Le Batard said. “The video coming out of Afghanistan right now is an unspeakable horror, and I will remind you again if you’re somebody who cares about sports – the life of Pat Tillman was wasted on a cause that spans across governments, across politics, 20 years of American failure.”

The video footage Le Batard referred to shows the capture of Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban and the ensuing evacuation of the city. 

NFL promotions and imagery are known to use Pat Tillman in his Cardinals uniform to promote their support for the troops. The patriotic promos were at the top of mind for the podcaster.

“That is what the NFL gives you during the Super Bowl when it is putting on a commercial that is remembering Pat Tillman. A life wasted. No less noble on his cause,” Le Batard said, to not blame Tillman. “This was a final death that was covered up by our government in just a horrific symbolic mess and the idea that the NFL still trots that out as something to throw in your commercials during the Super Bowl speaks to just what a waste his nobility was on behalf of that fight.”

Le Batard is not the first in the sports media to call out the propaganda the NFL has created around Pat Tillman’s military service. Earlier this year ESPN’s Bomani Jones called the media’s portrayal of Tillman’s death “indefensibly pathetic.”

Watch the full clip from The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz above.

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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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