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Rich Eisen Asks Frank Caliendo To Call Double Punt As Madden & Summerall

“The comedian is famous for his impressions and had a long stint on FOX NFL Sunday doing comedic segments from 2003-12.”

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Twitter gets a bad wrap most of the time, but every now and then it produces something we can all cherish. Rich Eisen helped facilitate that this week when he requested comedian Frank Caliendo work his magic on a rare NFL play.

Late in the third quarter of Thursday night’s battle between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams, Seattle punter Michael Dickson had his initial punt attempt blocked, only to pick it up seconds later and punt it again.

The second go-around was successful, but the referees still threw penalty flags because they weren’t sure if what Dickson pulled off was legal. They quickly confirmed in the rule book and upheld the quirkiest play of the NFL season so far.

Rich Eisen knew exactly what the clip needed: commentary from Pat Summerall and John Madden.

So he called on famous comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo to revive the voices, for America.

Frank Caliendo saw the bat signal go up and heeded his friend’s request. The comedian is famous for his impressions and had a long stint on FOX NFL Sunday doing comedic segments from 2003-12. He has also done bits for a variety of ESPN shows as well.

Madden: “Russell Wilson might have them cut that finger off and get back in the game.”

Summerall: “Dickson back to punt…It’s blocked! He’s trying to get it back.”

Madden: “He’s scooping it up, what’s he going to do now?”

Summerall: “Looks like he’s gonna kick it again?”

Madden: “He did kick it again, Pat!”

Summerall: “Sure did.” 

Madden: “You know, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that! Have you ever seen that, Pat?”

Summerall: “I just did.”

Madden: “But is it legal?”

Summerall: “We’re about to find out.”

Madden: “That’s a double punt right there.”

Summerall: “And speaking of doubles! Coming up later tonight, a special double episode of Murder…She Wrote, except on the west coast.”

Summerall passed away in 2013, but Frank Caliendo is still carrying the torch for him and the great John Madden today.

In addition to Summerall and Madden, some of Caliendo’s best known impressions from the sports world include ESPN NFL Draft Expert Mel Kiper Jr and Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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