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Darren Rovell: I Am One of the Most Hated People on Twitter

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

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In the world of social media, sometimes it is better to be either loved or hated than to not be noticed at all. That is how Darren Rovell, formerly of ESPN and now a reporter at The Action Network feels.

Rovell was a guest on the Sports With Friends podcast hosted by Seth Everett and says that he knows that he is one of the most hated people that is currently using Twitter:

“I am one of the most hated people on Twitter. I am reviled. I always say the worst thing is to be someone that people just don’t know if they love you or hate you, you are in the middle. If they love you so much and they follow you or they hate you so much and they follow you, you are in a good place. You are valuable.”

Rovell said that he was one of the first sports journalists to join Twitter and he feels that he was made for the social media platform:

“I want to be relevant and I think I was made for Twitter because for my whole life, I’ve pretty much had a hard head. 2012, I’m now 34 years old or something like that. I was sure of myself. I was ready to battle people and didn’t care as much that they bashed me as long as they kept following me.”

When Rovell first joined Twitter, he told Everett that as a sports business reporter, it helped him figure out what the secondary story was in a quicker fashion and how the platform quickly became part of his identity while at CNBC:

As a sports business reporter, I have to figure out what the secondary story is. The primary story is the real thing going on. Twitter presented this opportunity where I felt like I cut my time in half finding out what the important story was. It wasn’t about me being one of the originals, it kind of  became almost my overarching identity. I embraced it, I didn’t change who I was. Everyday, willing to fight someone for whatever reason.”

While Rovell does not like the adrenaline of being on-air, social media has helped fill the gap because it allows him to keep himself relevant regardless of whether it is because of something good or something bad:

“I do love the adrenaline of being on-air. I’ve since not cared as much about the on-air because of what social media provided. I like to be relevant. I like people to talk about me, whether it’s good or bad. I think that’s what provides my everyday juice in the business.”

Even though Rovell is known for being on Twitter, he does not use the app as much as he used to because of how toxic it can be sometimes:

“It’s so awful. I have been on Twitter less because of it. If you look at my phone, I’m on Instagram more than I am on Twitter. It feels like there is a family and Twitter wants to cancel you everyday. That’s their goal.”

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Big Cat: Listening to ESPN Wisconsin After Packers Playoff Loss ‘Highlight of My NFL Season’

“For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

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During a recent interview with Barstool Sports, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a poignant question for noted Chicago Bears fan Dan “Big Cat” Katz that he then used to slam the Packers quarterback while also expressing his enjoyment for Green Bay fans.

“Is it hard, for you as a Bears fan, that some of your greatest moments are cheering against me when the Bears aren’t playing?”, the Packers quarterback half-jokingly asked.

“Very good question,” Katz responded. “No, it’s actually great, because what I’ve told everyone is — I’m very realistic about the Bears — ‘not a great franchise, (the Bears) just don’t do the right things’ for the most part. Every year I look forward to the playoffs and the game that you’re going to lose. I’ve told this story on air, but, when you guys lost to San Francisco this year we were watching the game in New Jersey and I drove back to Brooklyn — brag — and I listened to (Mark) Tauscher. For three hours, I sat in my car. I arrived home –it’s a 20-minute drive — I arrived home, and I sat for three hours listening to callers be like ‘blow up Lambeau!’, ‘get 12 (Rodgers) outta here!’, ‘we need to build a dome, this team isn’t built for the outside’, and that was the highlight of my NFL season. And I have no problem saying that.”

Rodgers laughed at Big Cat as he delivered the message, seemingly getting genuine joy out of the conversation.

“I know I’m a loser,” Katz continued. “That’s the best part. I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m a loser, so yes, watching you lose in the playoffs is…that’s my Super Bowl. And I’ve won a lot of Super Bowls if you do it that way. More than you.”

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Michael Silver Joins San Francisco Chronicle

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle.

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Veteran NFL reporter Michael Silver is joining The San Francisco Chronicle as their newest NFL columnist.

Silver will continue his work with The Volume, Bally Sports, and Backstage Media in addition to adding a column with the Chronicle.

“I’m ecstatic to join forces with some of my favorite journalists and be part of a publication I’ve been devouring for decades — in the greatest region on Earth,” Silver told The Chronicle. “It will be a thrill to write columns alongside Scott Ostler, a living legend, and my amazingly talented friend Ann Killion, who I’ve dreamed of working with since we were competing on the 49ers beat in the early ’90s. … As a native San Franciscan, this feels like home.

Silver has previously written for Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, GQ, NFL Network, and Yahoo! Sports, among others. He’s also authored books on Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner, and Dennis Rodman.

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Skip Bayless Tries to Win Debate Rounds ‘Like Muhammad Ali’

“I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign.”

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When people watch debate shows, they sometimes don’t want the debate to end. However, bills have to get paid and commercials have to be shown. However, when is the right time for a debate show to air a commercial? On the latest episode of The Skip Bayless Show, Skip was asked in an email by a listener about when he and Shannon Sharpe know to go to a debate on UNDISPUTED on FS1. Bayless said the show has more room to roam in the first two hours, but eventually, he gets the signal from his line producer.

“We loosely plan on 22-23 minutes in what we call our A block. We block out 25-ish minutes for our B block, which is the only block in the show that has two topics in it.”

“Our line producer in the control room, Nick, who is in our ears. He tries to sense along the trail when we are winding down or when we are trying to push the clock too far. His first cue to us in our ears, he tries to avoid speaking when we are speaking, the first cue is ‘start to wrap’. Then, a minute or so later, he says ‘wrap’. If we continue to not wrap, maybe we get a much stronger ‘wrap’.”

However, it might not be easy for Bayless and Sharpe to end the debate, especially if they both want to be the one who wins the argument. So, sometimes, they can easily go past the hard wrap sign that is given.

“Sometimes the guy sitting across from me at the debate desk gets all worked up and barrels right through that stop sign. I must admit I have been known upon rare occasion to try to win a debate the way Ali won rounds with a flurry at the end trying to get the last word also going through the stop or wrap sign,” said Bayless.

If there is one thing that Bayless is proud of, it’s the fact that UNDISPUTED has never gone past the allotted time, which allows The HERD with Colin Cowherd to begin on schedule.

“I must tell you not in 6 years have we ever not finished a show right on time. Not once have we pushed Colin over the cliff as he begins his show. That is just not acceptable.” 

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