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Clay Travis, Darren Rovell Covid-19 Debate Takes Over Twitter

“Travis concludes the exchange on Twitter by inviting Rovell to appear on his show to continue the debate.”

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Debates continue to rage on social media platforms about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Outkick.com’s Clay Travis and Action Network’s Darren Rovell joined the fray Wednesday, exchanging arguments and statistics in a Twitter feud that spanned most of the afternoon.

By the time the dust settled, Travis and Rovell had exchanged no less than six main tweets directed at one another with each tweet receiving numerous follow-up responses. As a result ,“Clay Travis” became a top trending topic on Twitter and remained so for several hours.

The feud began when Rovell tweeted that the Miami Marlins had canceled Wednesday night’s game with the Baltimore Orioles after 12 of 30 Marlins’ players tested positive for the virus. At the end of the tweet, Rovell added that he was not rooting for the MLB season to be canceled.

Travis, who is an ardent skeptic of the virus’s severity, responded by saying that professional athletes are in  far more danger driving to the stadium (presumably from the possibility of an accident) or the seasonal flu than COVID-19, adding that he is unaware of any games being canceled because of the flu.

Rovell sarcastically agrees with Travis in order to make the point that even if a player recovers, the long lasting effects of the virus are not known.

The argument then devolves into the pair exchanging previous quotes from the other. Rovell quotes Travis tweet from March where Travis said that flu deaths would likely outnumber COVID deaths, which did not happen. Travis brought up a deleted tweet from Rovell where he tells his children if they are bored being stuck in the house due to COVID, think about what Anne Frank went through in World War II.

Travis concludes the exchange on Twitter by inviting Rovell to appear on his show to continue the debate. It is unclear if Rovell will accept the invitation, but he did appear on Travis’ podcast last October discussing the NBA’s relations with China.

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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.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

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.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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