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Jackson, Mississippi Gets a 3-Hour Billboard Thanks to ESPN’s College GameDay

“We get a billboard for three hours on Saturday morning. And it’s phenomenal.”

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ESPN is taking College GameDay to an HBCU this weekend.

The show announced on Twitter on Sunday that GameDay will be live on Saturday from Jackson State University in Mississippi. That of course is the school where head coach Deion Sanders resides. His Tigers will take on Southern University in a pivotal SWAC matchup.

The city of Jackson, which has been in the national headlines for an ongoing water crisis, will have a few million extra eyeballs on them on Saturday due to ESPN’s on-site presence. SportsTalk Mississippi‘s Michael Borkey told morning man Paul Gallo that the perception of the city isn’t the true reality.

“Jackson has not always been in the news for good things lately, but it’s not exclusively bad,” shared Borkey. “I tell people that don’t live in this area who see and hear the news that the second you cross the city limits into Jackson, your tires are gonna pop because of the potholes and everything’s gonna be terrible. And it’s not exclusively terrible. They have problems, yes, but there are good things happening and Jackson does have good things to offer. And now we’ll get to see it on a national stage.”

Sanders, since being hired as Jackson State’s head coach in 2020, has dramatically changed the program’s trajectory in the FCS ranks. The Tigers are 7-0 and ranked 5th in the country according to the most recent coaches poll.

Borkey said the platform ESPN is giving the school, the city and the state for three hours this weekend is massive in helping spotlight the good over the bad.

“At least now, three, four million people, however many people watch College GameDay, will get to see our state and our capital city in a positive light when so many people refuse to even try to find the good stuff,” he said. “We get a billboard for three hours on Saturday morning. And it’s phenomenal.”

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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