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Tom Rinaldi: I Am Too Thin-Skinned For Social Media

“I know there is great value to it, especially in what we do. I know it is a way to connect with people and social media can do a lot of good, but that first sting when I wasn’t even trafficking it, it was so beyond the pale harsh that I didn’t want to traffic in that.”

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It is Masters week and while Tom Rinaldi will not be covering The Masters this year since he is now at FOX Sports, the StuPodity podcast  gave him the opportunity to talk about it on one of this week’s episodes. 

At the beginning of the podcast, StuGotz and Mike Antoniou were talking about how Rinaldi has the ability to tell stories that make people feel emotional and sometimes make you want to shed a tear. Rinaldi gave the duo a good answer as to how in a divisive time, people want to be inspired and he hopes the stories he tells can help people as they look for positivity.

“I like to think there are more shades and colors on the palette than that,” Rinaldi said. “It really isn’t me. When you tell stories in sport where people are already invested, that’s the magic of it. We live in such a divisive time and the one institution which by design is meant to divide. Yet, the institution has found a way to unify, to call people together, to have people experience something communally. People want to be moved. They want to be inspired. They want to feel. If you are already invested, I don’t know if it’s that great a leap.

“Digitally, when you open your newsfeed these days, you aren’t seeing a lot of stories of greatness and striving and accomplishment. You see a lot of stories of strife, difficulty, of loss, and pain. Greatness, whether you assign it any value, is chronicled in the sports column. As a record of human achievement, I think that is pretty incredible.” 

Throughout the podcast, Rinaldi tells great stories of playing Augusta with a great friend and taking in the friend’s emotional experience or an embarrassing moment talking to the late Jerry Sloan, he also mentioned a sad, serious story about why people won’t get to see him on social media. 

It was back in 2012 when there was a 20-minute delay during the Wimbledon final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer. ESPN decided to air a 10-minute feature on Murray’s hometown in Dunblane, Scotland. Murray was in the school when an infamous mass shooting happened in 1996. They went back to the town to ask people what it would mean if Murray were to win Wimbledon. An ESPN colleague showed Rinaldi what people were saying about the company’s decision to air the feature.

“In defense of our former colleague, I don’t think he understood the context. The tweet was ‘the last thing I want to see on a Sunday morning is Tom Rinaldi talking about dead children’. Right then and there, I knew. I am too thin-skinned, I see it as too much of a time suck, but I never ever wavered. I know there is great value to it, especially in what we do. I know it is a way to connect with people and social media can do a lot of good, but that first sting when I wasn’t even trafficking it, it was so beyond the pale harsh that I didn’t want to traffic in that.”

Rinaldi was a part of College Gameday at ESPN for 17 years and he gets asked on occasion what that show is all about and he mentions the bond that Kirk Herbstreit and Coach Lee Corso have. 

“I was asked what College Gameday was and to me, I gave an easy answer. It is Herbie’s hand on Corso’s forearm. That’s the thing we all desperately hope our family might be. That we will look out for each other, love one another. Herbie’s ability to simultaneously acknowledge, support, laugh at, and love Lee through everything. It is the thing which is his signature.”

I don’t think you will cry during this podcast, unless it is tears of laughter hearing Rinaldi’s Masters style promotion of the podcast. However, it is good to know more about the man that brings the inspirational stories to our television or social media feeds and allows us to take it in.

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Draymond Green, JJ Redick Sell Out Live Podcast Show

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness.

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The two new and most visible faces of the new media influx have teamed up for a live show that will take place in New York City. Draymond Green and JJ Redick are bringing their respective podcasts to the stage for a live experience.

On Monday (June 27), Draymond Green’s The Draymond Green Show and JJ Redick’s The Old Man and the Three will seek to entertain an already sold out audience at The City Winery in New York City.

The show will collaborate for the first time and it will mark an interesting time in the thrusting of new media onto the public consciousness. JJ Redick has earned universal praise for how he has handled his career post-retirement from the NBA, including appear often opposite Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take as well as the network’s myriad of other programming.

Draymond Green has been very public with his podcast that has very publicly recorded episodes minutes after Warriors games. He has recently invoked his mantra that he isn’t a part of the media (despite signing a contract with Turner Sports and Colin Cowherd’s The Volume). Instead he insists he is a part of the aforementioned new media.

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Scott Van Pelt Not Hurt By Draymond Green’s “New Media” Comment

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

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We have heard an awful lot in the fast month about “new media” with a large section of that discussion coming in regards to athletes in or formerly in the NBA. One such interaction was between a member of that new media and Scott Van Pelt.

After Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a victorious Draymond Green was interviewed on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. In the interview, Van Pelt asked Green about dealing with the outside “noise” around the Finals. After Green gave a to-be-expected type answer, Van Pelt followed-up with the initial comment that start a wave.

Van Pelt: You’re part of the media now and you get to control the conversation from your perspective and I know you’ll-

Green: New media.

He then corrected Van Pelt’s assertion that Green had stated Stephen A. Smith was new media by saying:

Green: And by the way go watch The Draymond Green Show. I said Stephen A. sometimes acts like the new media. Sometimes he doesn’t. That’s on you, but nonetheless, don’t just lump me in with media, baby. It’s the new media.

Scott Van Pelt appeared on the SI Media Podcast and was asked about this exchange.

“I didn’t get that,” Van Pelt said of Green’s resistance in being associated with the word “media.”

“He’s the one that said it. Isn’t he the one who said he’s new media? I was just trying to give him credit in saying, ‘Look, you now have control of your narrative and you can go do your podcast now.’”

Van Pelt went on about Green’s categorizing of Smith and other media as a separate column of media.

“I guess what Draymond actually said was sometimes he’s new media. I don’t give a shit who’s what…I think now as it relates to media, there’s no new and old because people that are in the old media are doing the new media and people that are in new media are cutting through in ways that people in old media didn’t think they ever would many years ago. I guess all I’m saying is whatever Stephen A. is, he exists in both lanes and Draymond, clearly his content cuts through on his podcast or with me.

I wasn’t hurt by it. I didn’t take it like he was mad at me. I was just correcting the semantics. It didn’t trouble me. Whatever. However Draymond frames what Stephen A. Smith is or what any of us are, it doesn’t feel important. I think it’s important he has that place where he wants to do his thing. And I think people are interested in hearing from the guy that was just out there not long after saying what he has to say.”

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Big Cat Asks For Listeners’ Help Booking Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take

“On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.”

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Barstool’s Big Cat has been trying to book NBA star Kevin Durant on Pardon My Take for five years, but the former MVP just won’t say yes.

On a recent edition of the podcast, Big Cat talked about how the Brooklyn Nets star has continued to snub requests to come on the show.

“We want Kevin Durant on this show, and he has just alpha-ed me so hard at this point,” Big Cat said. “I need people to start replying to his tweets saying just go on Pardon My Take.”

It’s not like KD has given Big Cat the cold shoulder. Big Cat said Durant has responded to his DMs on Twitter before, even wishing him Happy Thanksgiving one year. But so far all attempts to get Durant on PMT have been futile.

“Maybe if we start getting some rings, then he’ll be like, ‘Yeah they’re an elite team, and I want to join up with them. And maybe I can help them win something,'” PFT Commenter said, referencing the fact that PMT is yet to be recognized with any podcasting awards.

Durant did more or less tell the podcast on Twitter he wasn’t interested on Wednesday.

Durant’s response probably still won’t deter Big Cat from trying to get Durant on the show, but at least they know where KD stands.

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