With Jeff Saturday now the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, it means he will no longer be on Get Up every Tuesday on ESPN. It means the viewers won’t get to see Saturday give out some pancakes on Tuesday mornings for some of the best blocks of the weekend’s action. The move left many people in shock, including Get Up host Mike Greenberg.
Greemberg was a guest on The Adam Schein Podcast and he said when he saw on the show’s group chat that Saturday was going to be the Colts head coach, he thought it was a joke.
“Absolutely shocked as everyone was. I actually got the news in a text chain that I am on with a variety of people who work on the show, putting together some plans for tomorrow, what time are we going to do this?…Then, someone writes Jeff Saturday is the interim coach of the Colts and I thought it was a joke. I don’t think I actually hit the haha button, but I may have hit the haha button. Then, someone forwarded Schefty’s [Adam Schefter] tweet into the group chain.”
Greenberg had high praise for Saturday’s work on the show and while Get Up will still go on, the energy Saturday brought to the show was a major positive.
“I love Jeff and in the 30 years that I have been in this line of work, I don’t know anyone that I’ve come across who has a better attitude, who is more charismatic, who is a better teammate, who is just a better guy who everybody loves, and who has a natural charisma and leadership about him.
“We use the term force multiplier. He is that. He brings up the energy in every room he walks in both on and off the air. He’s a terrible loss for us frankly, but if this is what he wants to do, then I’m delighted for him. I talked to him very, very briefly. He sounds really excited and I hope that he does great.”
Even though the move by the Colts is viewed as controversial in different ways, Greenberg said it wasn’t hard for the people on the show to give their honest opinion about the rough situation Saturday finds himself taking over in Indy.
“The show is made infinitely more difficult by not having Jeff there in the first place because he’s so ridiculously good. It was not hard to offer our honest opinions because none of them are a reflection on Jeff at all. I will admit I am going to be hopelessly biased when it comes to this because he is a friend and he is someone I like so much.”
In addition to talking about Saturday, Schein asked Greenberg about the key to hosting Get Up everyday and Greenberg mentioned that he feels he hosts five daily shows instead of one, but everybody buys in to make the show great.
“I don’t host a daily show. I host 5 different daily shows and each one has its own flavor and chemistry and personality. The fact that they all work is a testament first off to all of them who buy in. Domonique Foxworth, for example, will be on the phone and in exchanges on texts with the people who will produce him 4 days before he comes in and he takes ownership of everything he does. He wants to be involved in all the stuff.
“Monday is a little different because when we have Dan Orlovsky, Rex Ryan, and Ryan Clark, we are just going to react to an NFL Sunday and all of that is generally pretty unpredictable. As the week goes on and we have to keep creating storylines and things like that, that could never be done without the buy-in of the people who are doing it and it could most certainly never be done without the extraordinary team of people we have behind-the-scenes.”
Ricky Keeler is a reporter for BSM with a primary focus on sports media podcasts and national personalities. He is also an active podcaster with an interest in pursuing a career in sports media. You can find him on Twitter @Rickinator555 or reach him by email at RickJKeeler@gmail.com.
Bomani Jones: I’m Better At Talking About Political, Social Issues Than Most In Sports Media
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry. Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James found himself in a few headlines last week when he questioned reporters for not asking him about the recent Washington Post story and photo surrounding Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and ESPN commentator Bomani Jones took the opportunity to discuss the revelation.
Jones was pictured as a 14 year old among a crowd during an early stage of integration of public schools in Arkansas during the civil rights movement.
LeBron pointed out that he would field questions when there’s a controversy surrounding a Black person and spoke about the situation with former Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, but he found it curious that no one had asked his opinion on the Jerry Jones story. LeBron had long considered himself a Cowboys fan, but in recent years he’s stopped supporting the team over Jones’ mandate that Dallas players stand for the National Anthem.
On his ESPN podcast The Right Time, host Bomani Jones talked about LeBron and circled it around to how he and other ESPN personalities caught a ton of flack for speaking about political or societal issues that often don’t fall within the confines of sports.
Jones said that being able to talk about political and societal issues comes easier to him than it does to most members of the sports media.
“I personally am better at talking about those things than most people who work in this industry,” Jones said. “Like I feel like I can say that fairly and then it not really be an arrogant thing.”
Jones said it comes down to the fact that there’s a bias at play. Are people going to take offense to what you’re saying because they disagree, or are they going to like what you’re going to say because they agree?
“They’re reinforcing the fact that you’re reinforcing what it is that you want to hear,” Jones said. “But the truth is that most people are not qualified to talk about these things before the world, because talking about these things before the world is very, very difficult.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
John Jastremski Fires Back After Craig Carton Criticism
“I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said John Jastremski — a former WFAN host now hosting a podcast for The Ringer — “shunned” his radio career advice.
During his New York New York podcast Thursday, Jastremski strongly condemned Carton’s remarks.
“I don’t like going here with this stuff, ’cause I know this plays right into what this guy likes to do,” Jastremski said. “This is his M.O. This is what he’s done his entire career. It’s what he’s done for his entire career and he’s had success doing it. He lives for this stuff. But it really set me off. It set me off because I gotta see it on Barrett Sports Media while I’m on vacation. Like I wanna be bothered with this shit, number one. Number two, it’s just tone-deaf, insulting, and flat-out rude every which way.
“Number one: going after people who work at McDonald’s? Who the hell are you to do that? Number two: You’re insulting a multi-billion dollar company where I work. I have a great job, a great platform, a great producer. I have two great jobs, I might add. And you’re insulting both of them. By the way, you’re on that network. Five days a week. And you’re insulting that network. How stupid are you? Taking shots at people of the network you’re on, I’m on. And I could tell you, it pays well. I do ok.
“As for career advice? Guess what? I listen to legends. Bill Simmons, you ever hear of him? Worth a lot more than you. Mike Francesa? My boy Adam Schein? I listen to those guys. I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike. How about that.”
Calling Carton a crook harkens back to the WFAN afternoon host’s stint in federal prison for participating in a ponzi scheme that scammed investors out of $5.6 million that he in turn used to pay off gambling debts. Carton was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison before serving just over a year in prison before being released in 2020.
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.
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.