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Tony Kornheiser & Michael Wilbon Explain Importance Of 5 Good Minutes To PTI

“We forgive anything for smart and funny,” he says. “It’s entertainment.”

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Over the last 20 years of Pardon The Interruption on ESPN, one of the segments that has helped define the show hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon is Five Good Minutes. During that segment, the two of them talk to an athlete, coach, broadcaster, or celebrity to get their thoughts and their opinions.

On Part 3 of the special four-part ESPN Daily podcast about 20 years of PTI, Pablo Torre talked to Kornheiser and Wilbon about some of their favorite interactions with guests on the show. For Kornheiser, a good guest only needs to be two things: Smart and funny.

“We forgive anything for smart and funny,” he says. “It’s entertainment.”

The two of them thought it was important to have other input on the show. Plus, the people they ask to come on, whether it is Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, Mike Tyson, etc, are people that have been a part of their lives.

Barkley was the show’s first guest in October 2001. He explained to Torre why he is still a PTI fan to this day. 

“Him and Tony, to do a show with your best friend, a white guy and a black guy who live different worlds. To have 2 guys who have been in the business X amount of years, I trust them on television.” 

Meanwhile, the guest who has appeared the most on PTI over the years is Steve Young (82 times). He told Torre that both hosts bring something interesting to interviews and make the people they talk to feel safe and comfortable.

“Michael always asks great questions. He was always fair. He could be critical, but he’s fair. I think you get a sense that he tries to see the athletes as a human experience. It’s an ongoing conversation.

“Tony is a guy that for all the cynicism and all the critical thinking, I think he always has a passion and a love for sports in general and an appreciation of how hard it is. With that, comes a critical eye for I want to look it straight in the eye and take every inch of it, but I don’t want any fluff.” 

While Kornheiser and Wilbon are known for debating each other, having another person join in on the fun is never a bad thing for the viewer and you never know what will come from the Five Good Minutes segment as evident by some of the stories on this episode. 

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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