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Nick Wright Recalls Impact Tiger Woods Had On His Life

“Wright said that for a three-year period, Woods felt like one of the lone constants in his life.”

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Throughout the day on Tuesday, the whole sporting world, and the non-sporting world for that matter, were on edge after news broke that Tiger Woods had been in a car crash out in California. He had emergency surgery to try to repair significant injuries to his ankle and right leg. Woods’ foundation released an update on the situation Tuesday night.

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When this news broke, many thought back as to how Woods had impacted their life through watching him dominate professional golf. One of those people was Nick Wright, one of the hosts of First Things First on FS1Wright said Woods helped him bond with his grandfather when he was a kid.

“In 1996, I remember the room I was in in my house. My grandfather calls me from Florida. I am in my dad’s office and he says you have to turn on the television. There’s this kid who is going to be the greatest golfer ever. From that moment, it was like a drug and I was hooked.”

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Wright said that for a three-year period, Woods felt like one of the lone constants in his life.

“From 2006-2008, I think the only constant in my life was Tiger Woods. My parents got divorced, I had falling out and re-united with family members, I moved a couple of times and Tiger was it. In 2009, I signed up for Twitter and my first tweet ever was on Tiger’s car crash and then he was gone from my life for a long time.” 

As Wright eventually became a father, he got to sit down with his daughter to watch Woods win at Augusta and they were able to connect over that.

“My youngest daughter and I bonded over watching him at The Masters. Made her want to pester me about golf lessons. Asking when we can watch Tiger.” 

Later in the segment, Wright did mention it is not the time to talk about the GOAT argument when it comes to Tiger, but even if he doesn’t get to win another major, Tiger still that had last big golf moment. 

“I’m like oddly choked up about this. I know he didn’t pass, I know he’s going to be okay, but it feels like a sports loss. I am so glad he got that Masters moment because if he doesn’t get another major, that walk to 18 at 2019 that was unlike anything we had seen in golf. It was a singular moment in golf history. If that’s his last significant golf memory, it was his great one.” 

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Nick Saban Joins Manningcast In Week 3

“The brothers are aiming to keep their strong Week 2 momentum rolling after averaging 1.9 million viewers last Monday.”

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The Manning brothers have brought on some heavy-hitting guests over the first two weeks of their ESPN Monday Night Football alternate broadcast. That theme isn’t changing anytime soon as the duo gets set to welcome Alabama Football head coach Nick Saban to their Week 3 show.

The appearance is aptly timed with Nick Saban and Alabama facing another SEC test this weekend when they match up with Ole Miss. Former Rebels quarterback Eli Manning and Peyton are having Saban on for the majority of a full quarter during Monday night’s game.

The Cowboys-Eagles matchup features plenty of Saban’s NFL connections. Five former Crimson Tide standouts are starting in the game, including, quarterback Jalen Hurts, who started at Alabama for 2 years before moving to Oklahoma, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and cornerback Trevon Diggs. 

Former assistants from Saban’s tenure with Alabama are on display as well. Doug Nussmeier (Cowboys quarterbacks coach), Jeff Stoutland (Eagles offensive line coach), and Joe Pannunzio (Eagles assistant special teams coordinator) all worked with Saban at one point or another.

In the alternate broadcasts’ first two weeks, Charles Barkley, Russell Wilson, and Brett Favre made up a few of the names to pop in to talk football with the Manning brothers. Fans and critics alike are praising the conversations as a whole new way to get these athletes into a relaxed environment.

Eli Manning and Nick Saban have some established history with each other already. The younger Manning followed in his older brother’s footsteps with Eli’s Places, a spin-off of Peyton’s Places. Eli spent one of the episodes hanging out with Saban for a lake day tubing on his boat.

The brothers are aiming to keep their strong Week 2 momentum rolling after averaging 1.9 million viewers last Monday. The figure made their second go-round the highest-watched alternate broadcast ever aired on an ESPN platform. 

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Jay Williams Off ESPN’s NBA Countdown

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post has announced that Jay Williams will not be returning to ESPN’s NBA Countdown.

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ESPN has made yet another change to one of their NBA shows ahead of the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Jay Williams will not be returning to ESPN’s NBA Countdown.

Williams was previously alongside Maria Taylor, Jalen Rose, and Adrian Wojnarowski in the cast. This show has gone through some major overhaul. Taylor left ESPN completely after the NBA Finals, and Jalen Rose’s future on the show is reportedly also in question.

A number of different possibilities are on the table for ESPN, they are reportedly looking at Stephen A. Smith or Michael Wilbon to come on in an analyst role. If Smith were to be the choice, he has stated that he would love to work with Magic Johnson and Michael Wilson on the show.

The new host of NBA Countdown has also not been announced following Taylor’s departure, but ESPN is narrowing down their list, which reportedly includes SportsCenter anchors Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan.

Jay Williams is still a part of the ESPN family. He will continue with Keyshawn, JWill and Max in morning drive on ESPN Radio. There is no word on whether he will continue in a different capacity with the network’s NBA coverage or move back to college basketball.

New Director of NBA Production at ESPN Dave Roberts has certainly made some big changes since assuming the role. We may not be seeing the “bloodbath” that BSM’s Demetri Ravanos predicted last month, but it certainly seems like there are a lot of moving pieces on Roberts’s chess board.

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Adele’s ‘Hello’ Used To Hype NBC’s Patriots-Bucs Sunday Night Game

“The 2015 hit was a mainstream success, but the song is slow, and not one you’d expect a network to use to fire up a rabid football audience.”

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During last night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers, NBC ran a promo to hype next week’s Sunday Night football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro is expected to produce massive audience interest so hyping up the game via promos is not unexpected.

What was a surprise was the choice of music NBC went with to build the storyline – Adele’s ‘Hello’.

The 2015 hit was a mainstream success, but the song is slow, and not one you’d expect a network to use to fire up a rabid football audience. However, the lyrics help tell the story perfectly, which should add to the build up for one of the most anticipated regular season contests in recent memory.

NBC pulled a few different lines from the song inside of a :45 second promo to help set the scene. The lyric pattern begins with “Hello, it’s me….I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…So hello from the other side, at least I can say that I’ve tried, it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore.”

Kickoff between Tom Brady and the Bucs and Bill Belichick and the Patriots takes place Sunday night October 3rd at 8:20pm ET. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will have the call. Football Night in America coverage on NBC starts at 7pm ET.

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