The power of a Barstool Venmo account shouldn’t go unnoticed.
You probably weren’t sitting in front of your TV last Wednesday night during a five-hour rain delay waiting for the Mets and Marlins to play a meaningless game baseball. You almost certainly weren’t one of the few people sitting at CitiField in the rain, but you may have seen Barstool radio host, Kevin Clancy (KFC), post on Twitter about someone who did.
Barstool is often in the news feuding with ESPN and Deadspin, at times being criticized for their frat-like culture, but Barstool is proof that fraternities can do a lot of good. Barstool firing up their Venmo account and uniting its supporters to raise money for a cause is a perfect example of that good.
Two teams without any hope of making the playoffs were scheduled to play, yet Allison Ruddick sat at CitiField for five-hours eagerly awaiting the game between the Mets and Marlins. At around 9pm, Allison took to social media pleading with the Mets to start the game.
While most people already left the stadium, or just decided to never go, Allison was determined to watch a baseball game while she was on a break from chemotherapy. Her “chemo vacation treat” as she fights colorectal cancer for the second time at the age of 35.
As soon as fellow Met fan KFC became aware of Allison’s situation, he shared her story and it didn’t take long for countless offers from Stoolies to buy Allison and her fiancé beer as they sat in the rain.
Lotta people reached out asking about Venmo and what not to buy Mets Superfan/Cancer’s Worst Nightmare Allison beers during the rain delay…naturally this was her response. Would rather people donate to Sloan Kettering instead. Class act. #KeepingCancerClassy https://t.co/qW5csNn2Th
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
It doesn’t take much effort for Kevin to fire up his Venmo account, but rallying the Stoolie community for a good cause should still be commended. It’s not uncommon for people to see something or someone on social media they would like to support, but they never go forward and research how to donate. KFC offering up his Venmo account spreads awareness and provides an instant opportunity for people to support a cause that they otherwise never would have.
Let’s get like $2500 or how about $5000 for @KeepCancrClassy. If you’re a @mets fan, a Stoolie, or a person who hates cancer (please note: this Venn Diagram consists of all of humanity), donate! pic.twitter.com/uiXMjAj7Hy
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) September 13, 2018
This isn’t the first time KFC and others from Barstool have used their Venmo account to garner support from Stoolies. In March the Barstool community rallied to raise over $100,000 for the family of Michael Davidson, the New York City firefighter who died on the movie set of Motherless Brooklyn. Davidson was survived by his wife Eileen and four children.
This time money was raised for Allison, but she will instead bring it to Sloan Kettering so that everyone can benefit from it. Great job by KFC and the Stoolies that donated this time, last time and next time. It’s inspiring to see the Barstool community meet baseball and rally to help beat cancer.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.
The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.
The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.
After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.
No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.