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Peter King: I Always Wanted To Be Peter Gammons

“I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball.”

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Every Monday, football fans can go to NBCSports.com to read Peter King’s Football Morning in America or his old Monday Morning Quarterback column in Sports Illustrated. Fans go to that column to check out King’s latest interview or any news that he is able to find before anyone else does. 

On The Tony Kornheiser Show last weekKing was a guest and both he and Kornheiser dove into how they got their careers started and some advice they give to high school and college kids that want to get into journalism

King wanted to work as a journalist ever since he was in 5th Grade and there was one writer he met in high school that he always wanted to be like. 

“I kind of wanted to be the next Peter Gammons once I saw him in high school,” said King. “I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball. Over the years, in a weird way, I write a column on Monday this past week that was 11,883 words and that’s almost Gammons-esque. In essence, isn’t that what Gammons did in the Boston Globe?”

If you’re a fan of King’s work, he says there is one team and one coach you have to thank. It goes back to his time at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I was incredibly lucky that in 1984 I covered the Cincinnati Bengals. Sam Wyche was crazy in a good way and he basically would tell me anything I wanted to know about everything with the team. I sat there and watched practice that first training camp with Paul Brown probably 30 times. I was an expert in this team after 3-4 months…I just thought this is really a fun thing to do. I loved football and it’s a fun thing to do. The Bengals of 1984 got me into it.” 

During training camp, King has had the opportunity to interview Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes and he told Kornheiser that still excites him today.

“I walked away from Tampa Bay training camp last Wednesday with a real spring in my step because I think I will be the only guy in our business to get Tom Brady 1-on-1 in this training camp a week after getting Aaron Rodgers 1-on-1, a week after getting Patrick Mahomes 1-on-1. Those are the things that still thrill me. To get the story that other people want to get. That’s what appeals to me and it still does to this day. I’m 64 years old but you tell me here’s $10,000 or here’s 20 minutes with Tom Brady, guess what I’m taking?”

While accomplishing so much in his career so far, King is still out there getting the scoops before most of the top writers in the business, which makes his columns weekly a must-read. 

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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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