Following back-to-back walk-off wins by the Atlanta Braves at home in the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to take two out of three games in Atlanta. Facing elimination down three games to one Thursday night, Dodgers’ utility player Chris Taylor provided the much-needed spark to his team’s offense and morale, becoming the first player in major league history to hit three home runs in a postseason elimination game. As the series shifts back to Atlanta for a decisive game six, where the hometown Braves will try to win their first National League Pennant since 1999, some writers feel the momentum has shifted towards the Dodgers, who overcame an analogous three games to one deficit in the NLCS last year against the Braves, and ultimately went on to win the World Series.
On Friday morning, “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta discussed the plethora of writers who have deemed the Dodgers to have the momentum heading into game six of the NLCS.
“Another shot at ESPN if I can — this is the website, ESPN.com,” said John Fricke, co-host of the morning drive program and former anchor at CNN. “The headline this morning: ‘Against all odds — here come the Dodgers.’ What odds are the Dodgers overcoming here? [They] have so much money that [they could] go out at the [trade deadline] and spend $200 million to get Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. There are no odds. [They] just buy stuff.”
The story, which was written by ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown, was shared on Twitter by ESPN.com Senior Writer and Sunday Night Baseball Reporter Buster Olney, who happens to have a whopping 1.3 million followers. The Tweet highlighting the story was flooded with comments, including one suggesting ESPN and Major League Baseball are hoping the Dodgers come back and win the series.
“I guess [ESPN] was just talking about how good the Braves are,” suggested former Pro Bowl NFL defensive end and show co-host Hugh Douglas. “It’s definitely hard to say.”
Later on in the program, the show referenced Dylan Hernandez, who serves as a sports columnist at The Los Angeles Times, who recently wrote an article with the headline, “Unpredictable series swings back with L.A. now in control.” Similar to the ESPN headline, this narrative was something that “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” were clearly not adopting as bon-a-fide fact.
“Is that really true?,” questioned Fricke. “You’re down [three games to two] coming to Atlanta.”
Hugh added to the conversation: “Especially since you haven’t won one [game] in Atlanta — I don’t think that’s the case.”
Before the article was released, though, Hernandez sent out a Tweet questioning if “the Waffle House takes reservations?,” purportedly referencing his impending trip back to Atlanta for game six Saturday night. The morning show hosts then made Hernandez an offer to him live on-the-air.
“First off, it’s not ‘The Waffle House;’ it’s just ‘Waffle House,’” said Fricke. “No they don’t take reservations and no, you’re not welcome; get the hell out of town.”
More congenial in his tone, Hugh suggested he and John Fricke treat Hernandez to a meal at the ubiquitous Atlanta-based restaurant chain, which recently tweeted “Go @Braves” in support of the team’s quest for a World Series berth.
“We should all go to Waffle House together,” suggested Hugh. “If you live here, you don’t have to worry about reservations because we got you.”
Agitation abound, Fricke is irked by writers doubting the Braves’ ability to close out the series, and is calling on sports columnists to stop putting ‘spin’ on their stories to generate more intriguing headlines.
“We’ve been putting up with constant spin on all of this,” said John Fricke, “and it just makes you roll your eyes.”
The Atlanta Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the National League Championship Series at 5:08 p.m. E.S.T. on TBS, with Brian Anderson on the play-by-play, former major leaguers Ron Darling and Jeff Franceour serving as analysts and Lauren Shehadi reporting on the action on the field. The Dodgers’ Max Scherzer is set to face off against Atlanta’s Ian Anderson in what will be, at the most, the series’ penultimate contest. The highly-anticipated matchup will also be available to listen nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jessica Mendoza behind the mics, and locally on AM 570 LA Sports and across the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.
David Feherty Launches Weekly SiriusXM Show
“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind.”
SiriusXM announced today that David Feherty, who has been entertaining golf audiences with his witty perspective on the game for more than two decades, is joining SiriusXM to launch a new weekly show.
Feherty will team up with fellow former pro and SiriusXM host John Maginnes for Feherty and Maginnes. The show will be on Monday evenings on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel.
They will preview the new show this Wednesday at 5pm. The show officially starts in its new time slot on January 3rd, as the PGA TOUR season picks up steam with the Hawaii tournaments.
“I can’t wait to work with John Maginnes,” said Feherty. “He is one of my favorite people and SiriusXM will be a really fun platform for us. The over/under on both of us getting canceled is about six weeks!”
The format will include long form interviews with personalities from the world of golf with storytelling to the listeners coming from the golf expertise of Feherty and Maginnes, who both had playing careers on the PGA Tour.
“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “SiriusXM is the perfect platform for his many great stories and the insightful and revealing conversations he’ll have with his guests. We are thrilled to pair him up with John and bring together two terrific personalities who will deliver an entertaining, must-listen show for our listeners.”
Feherty spent time following his playing career at CBS and NBC as well as his own show on the Golf Channel.
Industry Analyst Predicts Crypto Will Surpass Gambling In Sports World
Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year.
Industry insiders have believed for quite a while that sports betting was the future for sponsorship and advertisement revenue, but it appears that there is a new venture on the rise that is quickly surpassing it.
Crypto.com made a huge statement in purchasing the Staples Center in what will be known as Crypto.com Arena come Christmas Day.
SponsorUnited Founder and President Bob Lynch believes that there is no doubt that Crypto and Blockchain will far exceed sports betting as the premiere revenue money maker for the sports industry over the next decade.
“They’re essentially buying equity,” which would be particularly valuable in an industry that is still widely doubted, Lynch said on Crypto.com’s purchase of the arena. “The Lakers and Clippers have global exposure, media value and mentions that give instant brand legitimacy with top-of-mind awareness through national/global TV exposure,”
Crypto has already started to push its way into major advertisements for key events in the world of sports. Cryptocurrency exchange FTX purchased an ad in this upcoming Super Bowl, and already has the backing of the biggest star in professional football. Tom Brady has an equity stake in the company.
Industry sources believe that crypto could grow into a $100 million dollar industry for sports television within the next year. It seems that the possibilities are endless for crypto within the sports landscape. While sports gambling certainly isn’t going away from the public eye, it could be overtaken by crypto in terms of ad spending and sponsorship visibility very soon.
Colin Cowherd: Lincoln Riley At USC Is Good For Networks
“Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches.”
Colin Cowherd is a self-professed college football fan. When the sport is interesting, he talks about it. The sport may never be more interesting than when the coaching carousel is spinning.
On Mondy’s edition of The Herd on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd dove in on USC’s hire of Lincoln Riley. He says that it is good for college football that Riley left Oklahoma for Los Angeles.
“My phone blew up yesterday, not only because people know I’m kind of a USC honk, but network people,” Cowherd said. “They’re like ‘do you understand how big this is for networks?’”.
Colin Cowherd pointed out that when USC is a contender, LA watches. He noted that when USC lost to Texas in the 2006 Rose Bowl, ABC scored a 22.5 rating in the city.
“The networks want USC to be good. You know why? Because New York, DC, and Boston have never watched college football. Chicago does and LA does. So the Big Ten being good is good for college football TV ratings. But LA doesn’t watch college football anymore. They will now.”
As for the hard times USC has fallen on and been stuck in mostly since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL, Cowherd is not particularly worried. He pointed out that Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, and Notre Dame were all down before they hired the right coach. Programs at the blue blood level in the sport have a way of bouncing back quickly.
Network executives are hoping Cowherd’s assessment is correct. USC is the only brand on the West Coast capable of resonating on a national level.
The Los Angeles sports landscape has changed though. When USC was a celebrity program under Pete Carroll, the city did not have an NFL team. Now it has two. The Dodgers were not annual contenders in Major League Baseball. The Lakers had stars, but the Clippers didn’t. Now both do.
Does LA love college football enough for the Trojans to turn some heads in the city with the most stars in the sports world?
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