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Mike Ryan: Media Reaction To DeShaun Watson ‘Very Sad and Pathetic’

“The problems you had with DeShaun Watson entering this are not gone. They were confirmed by an independent arbiter, and yet it is framed as a win.”

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Dan Le Batard’s long time producer Mike Ryan has made secret of his Cleveland Browns fandom in the past. Earlier this year, the signing of DeShaun Watson put that loyalty to the test. On Monday, it wasn’t just fellow Browns’ fans but his colleagues in the sports media that broke him.

Ryan and the rest of the Dan Le Batard Show cast reacted to the six-game suspension handed down to Watson by Sue L. Robinson, the former US District Judge charged with determining the proper resolution. He noted that a lot of people are framing this as a win for Watson and the Browns and ignoring the fact that the core problems of the quarterback’s sexual misconduct with multiple women is not solved.

“The problems you had with DeShaun Watson entering this are not gone. They were confirmed by an independent arbiter, and yet it is framed as a win.”

Le Batard asked if anyone trusted NFL broadcasters to bring this up in ten weeks when Watson makes it on to the field. He described the situation as a win for the Browns and Watson but a loss for women and for the NFL.

Mike Ryan says he expects it to be brought up one time.

“They’ll talk about it on Monday Night Football when he comes back,” he said. “I think league broadcast partners have shown you they aren’t that interested in applying that kind of context. Look at the celebration of Ben Roethlisberger’s career that ESPN threw on his final home game.”

At one point, DeShaun Watson faced civil lawsuits from 24 different women. Robinson found enough credible evidence to determine that Watson was not innocent. Yet, according to Ryan, that has been completely forgotten in how both local and national media handled the news on Monday.

“Right now it disappoints me that on Cleveland radio you have people celebrating this. You have people analyzing this on ESPN. ‘What does this mean for the Browns. Only one division game. Wow! They got a lucky break for the schedule.’ All of it to me is very sad and pathetic.”

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  1. Dale Moog

    August 1, 2022 at 2:34 pm

    This is exactly why the NFL MUST appeal. They can get ahead of this by saying that they are doing this do show they care about the victims. They can say, We can not allow someone accused of 20+ counts of sexual misconduct toward women to only get a six games. They can hold the line that they will not allow this to go so lightly punished.

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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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