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Dabo Swinney Thanks Colin Cowherd For ‘Fraud’ Comment

“I told the boys, just get me to the press conference, and we will have some fun with this. We had a little fun at your expense.”

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In sports talk radio, sometimes hosts can provide “bulletin board material” for teams to go on a run to a national championship. While it may not be the only reason why that team ends up winning, it is ultimately a good extra motivational tool for the players. 

During Clemson football’s run to the national championship in 2016-17, Colin Cowherd went on his show, The Herd, and talked about how he didn’t buy that the Tigers could win the national championship and he called them a fraud. 

After Clemson defeated Alabama, 35-31, to win the national title, Swinney talked about in the postgame press conference how they used Cowherd’s “fraud” comments as motivation: 

Well, four years later, Swinney was on The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume recently to re-visit that and Swinney said he did not even know who Cowherd was when he said that because he isn’t on social media.

“I’m like who the heck is this guy. I had a lot of fun with our team and it was great. We were getting ready to play Alabama and somebody had got me this clip and it was perfect. I don’t do social media. I told the boys, just get me to the press conference, and we will have some fun with this. We had a little fun at your expense.” 

The day after the game, Cowherd went in early to do his prep for the show that day and had not seen Swinney’s comments about Cowherd being the true fraud until people showed it to him and he said it had to be the lead block on the show. 

“We loved it. I had a ball with it. I used to work at ESPN so I can tell you Dabo, they hated you saying that on the air.” 

When hearing this clip, it made me want to go back to listen to Cowherd’s opening monologue the day after the national title and as he told his audience, he is never afraid to own up when he is wrong and that is important for any sports talk show host or anyone in the industry.

“One of the things I realized, you do not punish me if I am wrong, you punish me as an audience if I choose topics you are not interested in. You have never punished me for being wrong…Politicians lose when they talk about topics that no one care about. I will continue to have super strong opinions.” 

People are going to get predictions wrong, that’s just the nature of the business. As Cowherd put it, keeping things interesting is more important and it is a moment that most will never forget, especially in the Clemson community. 

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Bomani Jones: Chris Canty Made Me Rethink How I Look At This Job

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job.”

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The Right Time with Bomani Jones has been one of ESPN’s most successful podcasts recently. Part of the appeal is that the conversations can go anywhere. Jones and his guests talk plenty about sports, but they will venture into pop culture, current events, and more. When it is “Foxworth Friday”, there is a good chance that the show will give some insight on other ESPN personalities.

On the most recent edition of The Right Time, Bomani Jones and Domonique Foxworth discussed how hard it can be to come up with a unique view on a topic every single time you are asked to talk about it. When Foxworth said that ESPN Radio’s Chris Canty makes it a little easier for him to be entertaining in those moments, Jones added to the praise.

He discussed a conversation he and Canty had at a Halloween party hosted by FOX’s Nick Wright.

“You’ve heard me say this before. I have a particular respect for former athletes that get in and treat this job with care like in the same way they would the other job,” Jones said. “Chris was like ‘Hey man’. You know, he’s got a Super Bowl ring, but he’s like ‘I didn’t get a gold jacket. I wasn’t great at that. But this? I have a chance to be great at something else.’”

Bomani Jones was impressed by that attitude. He admitted that it was eye-opening.

“That really made me look back at how I do my job and was like ‘Yo, I need to be looking at this in a very similar way.’”

Foxworth agreed. He said that it isn’t hard to believe that Chris Canty wants to be great on TV and radio. It is easy to see when he is making an effort to get better.

“He works at it and he doesn’t rely on just one move,” Foxworth said. “Using the basketball analogy, he’s adding new stuff to his game.”

Chris Canty clearly has fans in Bristol. ESPN keeps finding ways to use him across multiple platforms. In addition to his daily ESPN Radio show with Chris Carlin, he also makes regular appearances on Get Up with Mike Greenberg.

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Dave Portnoy Drops Appeal Of Lawsuit Against Business Insider

“In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.”

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Dave Portnoy is done with his legal fight against Insider. He filed an appeal after a judge dismissed his initial defamation suit in November. That appeal has been dropped.

Nich Carlson, the Global Editor-in-Chief of Insider, took to Twitter Friday to announce that the legal standoff had come to an end. He also notes that Insider is not surprised by the decision. The company stands by the reporting in the initial story, in which multiple women alleged that sexual encounters with Portnoy turned “violent and humiliating”. It was one of two stories the site published featuring these kinds of accusations against Portnoy.

Both sides will move on. In dropping the suit, both Portnoy and Insider have agreed to pay their own legal fees according to Awful Announcing.

In November, a Massachusetts judge ruled that Portnoy would have to prove that Insider acted with “actual malice” in publishing the stories. That was going to be a high bar considering that Dave Portnoy is a public figure.

Neither he nor his legal team have publicly commented about the status of the lawsuit.

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Nick Wright: Majority of Media Got Tom Brady Retirement Story Wrong

“I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions.”

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The news of the retirement of Tom Brady wasn’t the most shocking development, but FS1 host Nick Wright believes the way some of media coverage around Brady evolved wasn’t handled correctly.

During his What’s Wright? with Nick Wright podcast, Wright argued that those who have been given tremendous talents are put in different situations than those who weren’t, stopping just short of saying Brady had a duty to continue to perform his craft. He later added that those joking about Brady’s marriage failing for an extra season in the league weren’t viewing the entire picture, and that the divorce wasn’t something worth joking about.

“I see a lot of stuff people are saying about Brady, and I think it’s bullshit,” Wright said. “‘Oh, you sacrificed your marriage to 8-9’. And I don’t think people understand that these are not easy decisions. These are not easy things, and people know we know we are at times putting yourself first, in a selfish way that you’re not supposed to as a parent.”

The First Things First host then said the situation is similar to one he experienced as a child, but grew to realize there were bigger things than simply being a parent.

“It’s what I learned from my own dad. My own dad — who I have massive admiration for — absolutely put me and my sister — at times — on the backburner to negotatioting the best bargain possible for the Kansas City Firefighters. His legacy — he’s a great dad, who I adore — (but) his life’s legacy is not the things he did for me and my sister, his real legacy is the things he did for those firefighters and their families. You have those push and pull things and you make decisions and you deal with the fallout of it. It’s really sad that he and Gisele didn’t make it.”

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