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Pat McAfee: Hard Knocks Is Allowed To Have Fun And Not Be So Serious

“There has been people, I guess around town that has been judging Hard Knocks because they thought the first week was infomercial fluff for the Detroit Lions.”

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Pat McAfee is far from the only person singing the praises of the new season of Hard Knocks. Episode one drew rave reviews from most fans and media pundits. On his show Tuesday, McAfee said a lot of the credit for that goes to Dan Campbell.

McAfee called him “the living embodiment of the sport of football” and said it is clear that his involvement gives this season of Hard Knocks potential to be the best we’ve ever seen.

“Behind the scenes, he’s a hard working guy that has love for his players, that wants to do something for a city that hasn’t had a winning season in a long, long, long time,” McAfee said of the coach. “The players all seem to be all the way bought in. It’s magical. It seems to be a recipe that seems to be created for for success for Hard Knocks majesticy. That is a real word.”

It hasn’t been universal praise though. Although he feels the exact opposite, McAfee says he has seen some backlash to all of the love that episode one received on social media. Some of it is coming from Detroit, where critics say the first episode didn’t show much that was meaningful.

“There has been people, I guess around town that has been judging Hard Knocks because they thought the first week was infomercial fluff for the Detroit Lions.”

Pat McAfee pushed back on the idea that nothing of importance was happening. Competing for a roster spot is hard, and every successful rep is a step closer to a guy achieving his dream. On top of that, football is wildly unpredictable. Any play can result in a season-altering injury.

That doesn’t mean everything needs to be presented with dramatic music and a somber tone McAfee said.

“I’m sorry we’re having entertainment! You’re allowed to have fun. Not everything has to be serious.”

The second episode of Hard Knocks will air Tuesday on HBO and HBO Max. A new deal with NFL Films will allow The Pat McAfee Show to use all of the video and audio the crew wants to from each episode. That means they will likely have plenty to say about the dramatic and the mundane moments on Wednesday, when Campbell is actually scheduled to sit down with McAfee on the show.

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ESPN 97.5 Host Vanessa Richardson Named New Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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The Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season and it’s a familiar name in Houston sports talk radio.

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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