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Pat McAfee Talks Rising Media Career with ‘Bussin’ With The Boys’ Podcast

“I’m not great with people if they are not all in.”

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With the success that The Pat McAfee Show has had, the former Indianapolis Colts punter is a person who believes in hard work and having the people on his team work hard. Plus, he also wants to know what makes people tick so he can interact with everyone daily.

McAfee talked about his career and much more on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast on Barstool Sports with Will Compton and Taylor Lewan. He knows that because he goes live on a daily basis, he needs to learn a lot and he relies on his team for help with that as well.

“For me, I go live every day. I have to know basically what pisses everybody off at all times,” McAfee said. “I have to know what pisses off the far left, the far right, what fanbases are getting mad about what, who feels they are being disrespected… That’s just kind of my style.

“I live on my phone. I’m on my phone full-time trying to learn and figure things out. If you don’t have a team of people around you that can help you get there, these old-school media people are like, you are the new blueprint and we are going to see people do what you do. They are going to have to hit a home run with the people they have working around them. You have to get real lucky with the people around you.”

As for wanting the show to grow in terms of people on his team, McAfee is a believer in having a small team because he knows all of them will work hard and there won’t be any problems that can usually come with large groups of people naturally in his opinion:

“For me, I can’t do a lot of people. I need a smaller group,” said McAfee. “I’m not great with people if they are not all in. It’s naturally going to happen that there will be beefs and cliques if there are a lot of people and I don’t like that.”

McAfee has done many things in his post-NFL career from commentating on wrestling to being on ESPN’s College GameDay to being on Get Up, among other things. He likes doing everything because it allows him to connect with different groups of people:

“When I do wrestling, I feel like I’m dabbling in a different group. When you do College GameDay, you are doing a different group there,” he said. “When you do Get Up, you are doing a different group there and you can also do different things. When I do Get Up, it’s awesome. I can turn this up to 4000 because that’s what they are trying to do and it’s in the morning. I have a take and I am righter than everyone else. It’s like a fun thing to do.”

McAfee mentioned he never really thought he was going to get into the media space. In fact, he never really got noticed in Indianapolis until he got arrested in 2010 on a public intoxication charge. After that arrest, he was recognized publicly and it led him to join Twitter to try to change the way people thought about him:

“I went to Wal-Mart or somewhere with my dad to pick up some stuff. It was one of the first times I was recognized in Indianapolis,” McAfee said. “I had to get on Twitter to basically change the narrative. Twitter was like a fish to water. Twitter is where I’m supposed to be, so I would interact with everybody and it just grew and grew… It just seemed it kind of all fell into place, but it was never like the plan.”

One of McAfee’s new roles is being a commentator on WWE Smackdown!. While he enjoys doing those broadcasts, he realizes that the way he does them might not be something that is sustainable in the long term. Nevertheless, people do like him because he does things differently:

“Commenting for WWE is probably not going to be forever because although I feel like I’m doing good, my way is not a way that is sustainable in that particular avenue because of how over the top I am,” said McAfee.

“Once I feel like my welcome has worn out, that’s normally when I disappear, but I have a pretty good run. There’s some things I stink at, though. I was not good, I wasn’t doing what you were supposed to do, but people liked it because it was different. As the people get past the ‘oh, it’s good because it’s different,’ they are going to start judging me so I had to get kind of good.” 

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Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP

“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”

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Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.

One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.

“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”

More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”

Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”

An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.

“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.

“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.

Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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