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Snoop Dogg Texts Stephen A Smith That Lakers Are Doomed

The rapper is a diehard Lakers fan having grown up in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers tailspin is taking a toll on Snoop Dogg. The rapper has been steadfast in his diehard support of the purple and gold, but the “First Take” crew had to discuss his latest declaration after Lebron James and L.A. fell into a 3-2 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns.

“Never thought I’d say it, but we sorry and the Clippers are better than us,” Snoop Dogg said on his Instagram. “Frank Vogel can’t coach… this is heartbreaking. AD hurt more than Mary J. Blige records.”

Snoop wasn’t done. Scheduling issues forced him to miss Wednesday’s appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” but he texted Stephen A. Smith his full thoughts on the Battle for L.A.

“Lakers too many non-shooters,” Snoop Dogg texted to Smith. “Soft ass guards in our rotation, can’t guard, can’t shoot, we doomed. Clippers may come out of the west, and I wouldn’t even be mad at this point if Kawhi [Leonard] and PG-13 [Paul George] faced Brooklyn for it all. Popcorn, get it ready.”

Smith and Kellerman framed the rest of the discussion around the idea that James’ title as the King of L.A. could be up for grabs if they get bounced in the first round and the Clippers become the fifth team ever to lose their first two games in a series at home then move on to the next round. The Lakers and Clippers aren’t even two weeks into their 2021 Playoff campaigns, and they’ve faced a full season’s worth of drama.

Snoop Dogg has come off his pedestal from back in January when he scoffed at the idea of the Clippers on Smith’s ESPN+ show, “Stephen A’s World.”

“Laker to a Clipper man I can’t be faded?” Snoop Dogg said in January. “We talking about the Clippers? The team that has zero banners… there’s something about that purple and gold man. They need to get a whole new stadium, a whole new stigma, cause they’re never going to win playing in our living room.”

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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