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Peter King: I Always Wanted To Be Peter Gammons

“I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball.”

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Every Monday, football fans can go to NBCSports.com to read Peter King’s Football Morning in America or his old Monday Morning Quarterback column in Sports Illustrated. Fans go to that column to check out King’s latest interview or any news that he is able to find before anyone else does. 

On The Tony Kornheiser Show last weekKing was a guest and both he and Kornheiser dove into how they got their careers started and some advice they give to high school and college kids that want to get into journalism

King wanted to work as a journalist ever since he was in 5th Grade and there was one writer he met in high school that he always wanted to be like. 

“I kind of wanted to be the next Peter Gammons once I saw him in high school,” said King. “I was driven to be as smart in something as Peter Gammons was in baseball. Over the years, in a weird way, I write a column on Monday this past week that was 11,883 words and that’s almost Gammons-esque. In essence, isn’t that what Gammons did in the Boston Globe?”

If you’re a fan of King’s work, he says there is one team and one coach you have to thank. It goes back to his time at The Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I was incredibly lucky that in 1984 I covered the Cincinnati Bengals. Sam Wyche was crazy in a good way and he basically would tell me anything I wanted to know about everything with the team. I sat there and watched practice that first training camp with Paul Brown probably 30 times. I was an expert in this team after 3-4 months…I just thought this is really a fun thing to do. I loved football and it’s a fun thing to do. The Bengals of 1984 got me into it.” 

During training camp, King has had the opportunity to interview Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes and he told Kornheiser that still excites him today.

“I walked away from Tampa Bay training camp last Wednesday with a real spring in my step because I think I will be the only guy in our business to get Tom Brady 1-on-1 in this training camp a week after getting Aaron Rodgers 1-on-1, a week after getting Patrick Mahomes 1-on-1. Those are the things that still thrill me. To get the story that other people want to get. That’s what appeals to me and it still does to this day. I’m 64 years old but you tell me here’s $10,000 or here’s 20 minutes with Tom Brady, guess what I’m taking?”

While accomplishing so much in his career so far, King is still out there getting the scoops before most of the top writers in the business, which makes his columns weekly a must-read. 

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Michael Kay: Vin Scully Was ‘A Gift From The Gods’

“No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

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As sports media figures continue to mourn the passing of Vin Scully, Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay penned a special op-ed to Scully in The New York Post.

Kay noted the sheer length of Scully’s career — pointing out he announced games for Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges just as he did for Clayton Kershaw — and how his style “transcended generations”.

“If you listen to how some called a game in the 50s, you can question if they would even be hired by today’s execs or, more importantly, accepted by today’s audience,” Kay said. “Scully was just as good and relevant in 2016 as he was in 1950. There is an incredible genius to that accomplishment.”

The two baseball broadcasters both graduated from Fordham University, which Kay said bonded them after they were introduced to one another in 1999 by Scully’s friend Keith Olbermann.

Kay also echoed a sentiment shared by many the day following Scully’s passing: that he was the greatest sports broadcaster of all time.

“In an era of hot takes where debate shows argue about the greatest this and the greatest that, there is no debate that Scully is simply the greatest sports broadcaster who ever lived,” Kay definitively said. “No one can come close to his talent and his ability to communicate so easily with his audience.”

He later added Scully’s ability “was a gift from the Gods. A lovely, soft, easy voice and a disarming manner that made him sound like a friend and not an authority figure giving you the score.”

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NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt Will Host Podcast With Omaha Productions

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

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You’ll soon be able to hear NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt on your favorite podcast platform.

Brandt, who co-hosts Good Morning Football, signed on with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions according to Adam Schefter.

Among other duties, Brandt will be hosting a podcast distributed by ESPN called Kyle Brandt’s Basement.

“I’m thrilled about this show, and I’ll be shot out of a cannon every single day,” said Brandt. “It’s in my own basement and I’ve got games, toys and takes. I can promise one thing: it will not be boring.”

Caesars Sportsbook will be supply all betting lines for Brandt’s show. Caesars will also present Brandt’s weekly gambling segment Caesars Picks: This Time It’s Personal where Brandt will risk his own personal items around his basement when picking games based on Caesars Sportsbook spreads.

Brandt’s show joins a lineup of six other podcasts originally announced back in June.

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DirecTV Strikes Deal with Amazon to Carry Thursday Night Football in Bars and Restaurants

. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so.

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This season, Thursday Night Football moves over to Amazon’s streaming service for the first time. That might be good for consumers at home, but that left a drastic issue still with bars and restaurants carrying the games.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that Amazon has agreed to allow DirecTV co carry its games to bars and restaurants. Owners were being faced with the choice of having to upgrade their video systems to handle streaming video. Some are not currently equipped to do so. Some establishments that have upgraded their equipment recently have run into issues syncing the video to go to different televisions from the stream.

DirecTV is also entering its last season with NFL Sunday Ticket.

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