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Mike Greenberg: Jeff Saturday Departure Is ‘Terrible Loss’ For ‘Get Up’

“I will admit I am going to be hopelessly biased when it comes to this because he is a friend and he is someone I like so much.”

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With Jeff Saturday now the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, it means he will no longer be on Get Up every Tuesday on ESPN. It means the viewers won’t get to see Saturday give out some pancakes on Tuesday mornings for some of the best blocks of the weekend’s action. The move left many people in shock, including Get Up  host Mike Greenberg.

Greemberg was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast and he said when he saw on the show’s group chat that Saturday was going to be the Colts head coach, he thought it was a joke.

“Absolutely shocked as everyone was. I actually got the news in a text chain that I am on with a variety of people who work on the show, putting together some plans for tomorrow, what time are we going to do this?…Then, someone writes Jeff Saturday is the interim coach of the Colts and I thought it was a joke. I don’t think I actually hit the haha button, but I may have hit the haha button. Then, someone forwarded Schefty’s [Adam Schefter] tweet into the group chain.”

Greenberg had high praise for Saturday’s work on the show and while Get Up will still go on, the energy Saturday brought to the show was a major positive.

“I love Jeff and in the 30 years that I have been in this line of work, I don’t know anyone that I’ve come across who has a better attitude, who is more charismatic, who is a better teammate, who is just a better guy who everybody loves, and who has a natural charisma and leadership about him.

“We use the term force multiplier. He is that. He brings up the energy in every room he walks in both on and off the air. He’s a terrible loss for us frankly, but if this is what he wants to do, then I’m delighted for him. I talked to him very, very briefly. He sounds really excited and I hope that he does great.”

Even though the move by the Colts is viewed as controversial in different ways, Greenberg said it wasn’t hard for the people on the show to give their honest opinion about the rough situation Saturday finds himself taking over in Indy.

“The show is made infinitely more difficult by not having Jeff there in the first place because he’s so ridiculously good. It was not hard to offer our honest opinions because none of them are a reflection on Jeff at all. I will admit I am going to be hopelessly biased when it comes to this because he is a friend and he is someone I like so much.”

In addition to talking about Saturday, Schein asked Greenberg about the key to hosting Get Up everyday and Greenberg mentioned that he feels he hosts five daily shows instead of one, but everybody buys in to make the show great.

“I don’t host a daily show. I host 5 different daily shows and each one has its own flavor and chemistry and personality. The fact that they all work is a testament first off to all of them who buy in. Domonique Foxworth, for example, will be on the phone and in exchanges on texts with the people who will produce him 4 days before he comes in and he takes ownership of everything he does. He wants to be involved in all the stuff.

“Monday is a little different because when we have Dan Orlovsky, Rex Ryan, and Ryan Clark, we are just going to react to an NFL Sunday and all of that is generally pretty unpredictable. As the week goes on and we have to keep creating storylines and things like that, that could never be done without the buy-in of the people who are doing it and it could most certainly never be done without the extraordinary team of people we have behind-the-scenes.”

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Barstool Sports Star Big Cat Launches Coffee Business

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

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A new direct-to-consumer product from the minds at Barstool Sports has hit store shelves – coffee. Stella Blue Coffee is a new brand launched by Pardon My Take co-host and Barstool Sports star Dan “Big Cat” Katz.

The name was inspired by Big Cat’s love of coffee and his love for his recue dog Stella.

Barstool conducted a recent fan survey, and 80% of respondents said they drink coffee on a daily basis. Katz and the folks at Barstool listened, and so Stella Blue was born.

The coffee will feature three different blends. Positive Vibes is the light roast, Big Cat Blend is the medium roast and Electric Avenue Dark Roast. The coffee is available in 12-ounce whole bean bags, 12-ounce ground bags and pods for Keurig lovers.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the coffee will go to PAWS Chicago, the largest no-kill humane organization in Dan’s hometown.

Stella Blue is the latest Barstool-backed and created DTC product to hit store shelves. The company has a record of previous success launching other products including flavored vodka, beer and hard seltzers.

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Barstool Sports Raising Money In Memory of Murdered Virginia Football Players

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has announced a fundraising campaign for the three Virginia football players murdered earlier this week.

In a tweet, Portnoy said 100% of proceeds from t-shirt sales will go to support the families of Lavel “Tyler” Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry, who were all killed in an on-campus shooting earlier this week.

Two of the three football players killed were Barstool Athletes, a name, image, and likeness program started by the online outlet.

Barstool created a design featuring the phrase C’ville Strong above the cross swords used in Virginia’s athletic logo. The design also features the initials and numbers for the three murdered players.

Merchandise can be purchased here.

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Grant Wahl Details Run-In With Qatari Security At World Cup

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

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CBS Sports soccer analyst Grant Wahl has detailed an issue he had with security as the 2022 World Cup prepares to take place in Qatar.

In an article posted on his Substack, Wahl claimed he took a picture of a sign in the media center that said “Now is All”. He shared after he took the photo, a security guard immediately walked over.

“Picture is not allowed, sir,” the guard purportedly told Wahl. When he asked for clarification, the guard told him “Kindly delete it, sir”.

The 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar has been viewed as controversial for a multitude of reasons, mostly centered around the country’s poor record on human rights. Other media members have shared their experiences with Qatari security, as a confrontation with a Danish television crew went viral earlier this week.

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