There has been no shortage of people weighing in on the Aaron Rodgers situation, and Thursday morning, Jay Williams jumped into the fray. On ESPN’s First Take, he and Stephen A. Smith argued over the way the show covered Aaron Rodgers’ vaccination status versus the way it covered Kyrie Irving’s.
Williams has been one of the few notably sympathizing and at times defending Kyrie, and rushed to say that these two situations are not the same at all.
“They are drastically different, Aaron Rodgers situation is exponentially worse.” he said. “There was not only a lie, but an intent to lie.”
He then turned to criticizing Stephen A. Smith. Jay Williams accused Smith of being a hypocrite in how he has covered the two.
“I have a gripe with you Stephen A. I worked out some things that you have said here. You said it amounts to betrayal for Kyrie. You said ‘flat out stupid’ in relation to what he is doing. You called him a ‘bad teammate’ and ‘selfish.’ You say all of these things about Kyrie Irving when Kyrie Irving was very up front and honest about what his situation was.
“He wasn’t jeopardizing anybody else. He didn’t put anybody else on the Brooklyn Nets or any other team at risk. Kyrie has abided by all of the rules. But he was subjected to mass criticism by you.
“I just don’t feel the same energy when you criticized Aaron Rodgers to when you were critical of Kyrie Irving, and apart of me wonders why.”
Williams certainly has a point, Aaron Rodgers put everyone at risk with his blatant lie that he has been vaccinated, and while I don’t agree with Kyrie sitting out for the Brooklyn Nets, he has not put anyone at risk by lying like Rodgers has.
Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys
The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.
Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.
Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.
Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:
Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.
Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”
Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.
The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.
Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.
“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”
Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.
“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”
He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.
Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.
NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer
“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”
According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.
Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.
The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.
The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options.
A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.