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J.J. Redick Responds to ‘Worst Take in Sports History’ Criticism

“I’ll vehemently disagree. One of the problems with aggregate media is a quote everybody uses out of context.”

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J.J. Redick defended himself from criticism from Rob Parker, among others, who claimed his recent opinion on the Lakers was “the worst take in sports history”.

During his latest episode of The Old Man & The Three podcast, Redick said the problem wasn’t his opinion on the subject, it was the way it was reported by aggregate media sites.

“The last thing I want to talk about is the worst take ever in sports history, which apparently I had last week,” Redick said. “I’ll vehemently disagree. One of the problems with aggregate media is a quote everybody uses out of context. A quote out of context that people read as a headline and in this case it was our old friends at ClutchPoints, which is the worst website, aggregate sports media — I don’t know what to call them. Are they a site? They’re certainly not creators but they’re the worst sports media aggregators in the world. So they took this clip I had from First Take. (Michael) Wilbon, Stephen A. (Smith) and I started off talking about expectations for the Lakers.”

He then played a clip of his First Take appearance saying the Lakers winning a first round playoff series would be considered a “win” for the team.

“If you took the time to watch the 12 or 13 minutes we talked about the Lakers, it was actually a nuanced, intelligent discussion that we gave. We talked about why this roster’s not good. Obviously, it’s the shooting and the spacing. Not a lot of high-level big wing defenders. Not a lot of depth. We talked about the fact that when Anthony Davis, Russell Westrbook, and LeBron James are all in the lineup together — small sample size — but as of last week, they’re 11-11. It’s worse now, they’re under .500 since this team was formed.

‘Talked about — for five minutes — about whether or not the trade for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield would actually move the needle for the Lakers. So we had this great conversation about it. We provided a bunch of data points and a bunch of analysis, and it was a really thoughtful — I thought — 12 or 13 minutes. “

Redick then said the reason he talked about the positives about the Lakers and LeBron James was because nothing had changed from the previous season.

“As sort of a — not a dig — at the producers at ESPN, but look, we spent all of last year talking about what ills the Lakers. Why are the Lakers so bad? It’s the same f—ing reason! It’s the same f—ing reason this year, and I don’t want to spend the entire season talking about it! So I noted — if you’re a Laker fan or a producer of the show — let’s not spend the entire season talking about the same f—ing thing over and over! Here’s an idea, here’s a silver lining for your Lakers fans out there: Lebron’s going to be in a Lakers uniform when he breaks Kareem (Abdul-Jabaar)’s record. And all the sudden that turned into ‘the worst take in sports history’? How lazy are you?”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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