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Dan Le Batard Show Reacts to Debut of High Noon

Brandon Contes

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Monday was the long awaited premiere of High Noon (9am Pacific), yes that is the full official name of the new fast-paced debate show on ESPN, hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo S. Torre. Shortly after noon ET, I tuned into the The Dan Le Batard Show surprised to hear Jones and Torre on ESPN radio.

High Noon (9am Pacific) premiered during the popular sports radio show that prides itself on not talking sports and Le Batard threw to the new ESPN program, playing its first ten minutes live on the radio. It’s not uncommon for a radio show to pick up the broadcast of breaking news, a press conference or play by play for a relevant game in-progress, but I was not expecting to hear High Noon (9am Pacific).

I stuck with the program because I had interest in High Noon and was curious if simulcasting the first segment was by the request of management, or Le Batard’s choice. ESPN 3 will also broadcast Le Batard watching and reacting to Wednesday night’s NBA Finals Game 3. Having Le Batard’s radio audience listen to him watch and react to the debut of the network’s new show could have been a way to promote both High Noon and Dan’s upcoming ESPN 3 appearance simultaneously.

What ensued was a break from standard sports talk, which listeners expect from The Dan Le Batard Show, and entertaining content from their reaction to High Noon (9 am Pacific). After their decision to break away from the television show, Stugotz referenced the pace at which Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre conducted the program, commenting, “They went 18 minutes…no commercials, did anyone breath?”

“It’s going to have more words per minute than any show in history,” Le Batard added.

The Dan Le Batard Show continued to discuss High Noon’s  unique and creative imaging, along with the different camera angles and sound, which until I watched the full show, I was unsure if the constant background music was something the Le Batard show was playing or if it was a part of High Noon. Turns out it was part of High Noon and one of the few elements that received complaints from the audience. I planned on checking out the debut episode at some point this week, but listening to the Le Batard show describe it as having the appearance of a Quentin Tarantino directed production, convinced me to prioritize watching it Monday afternoon.

Le Batard takes pride in the inimitability of his program, being a sports radio show that doesn’t need to talk sports and has become a parody of the traditional sports talk format. Writing about a sports radio show which was talking about a sports television show, I’m not sure if that fits into the parody Le Batard tries to portray, or the chain reaction of sports and media coverage in 2018 he attempts to avoid, either way the segment led me to check out High Noon.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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