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Stephen A. Smith: I’ll Admit What I Don’t Know

“I think one of the problems that exist in the world of television and in the world of communication as a whole is that people have adopted this mentality of fake it until you make it. Hell with that.”

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You might think that Stephen A. Smith can debate anybody on any topic imaginable and that might be true. However, Smith is not afraid to admit what he doesn’t know and that is perfectly alright with him.

Smith was a guest during The Pat McAfee Show’s alternate broadcast of the Clemson-Florida State game on Saturday night and he said that people in the business need to stop faking what they know and just be honest.

“There’s plenty of things that I don’t know about and if I don’t know enough about it, I’m honest enough with my audience to say I don’t know. I think one of the problems that exist in the world of television and in the world of communication as a whole is that people have adopted this mentality of fake it until you make it. Hell with that. If you don’t know, be honest and forthcoming with your audience to let them know that you don’t know.”

“The bottom line is the audience decides and dictates what’s of most interest to them. It’s your job to know what’s percolating and know what the pulse of the people is and touch on it that way. It’s not your job to talk about what you want to talk about and just ignore what their wants and needs are when you are asking them to elevate you by listening to you and watching you.”

Every week, people look to Monday to help set the tone for their work week and that’s the same for Smith when he gets to debate Michael Irvin on First Take. For him, working with Irvin makes things easier for him.

“It’s just made life easier because he [Irvin] is a born entertainer, particularly when it comes to the sport of football. He knows what he’s doing….You’ve got to have people you can vibe off of and feed off of, that know what they are talking about and also know how to have a good time. It’s called the Entertainment Sports and Programming Network for a reason. You want to laugh, you want to play around, you want to have a good time. You want to do everything you can to give the audience that smile on their face…When it’s time to get serious, you can do that too…When you have him as a catalyst to start off Mondays, it sets the tone for the rest of the week.” 

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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