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Pat McAfee Details Fertility Struggle After His Wife Announces Pregnancy

“I think that’s something that women are embarrassed to share, but I don’t think anybody realizes the alarmingly high amount of times that it does not work out, and it is devastating – absolutely devastating.”

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Pat McAfee is officially a father to-be.

Pat’s wife Samantha announced on Twitter on Wednesday that their first child is due in May, and Pat revealed on his show that Sam had made it through the first trimester without any complications.

But the path to pregnancy for Sam has been nothing short of harrowing. Pat spoke in detail on his show about the previous difficulties in conceiving.

Over the last couple of years, Sam had to deal with ectopic pregnancies. Twice she had to be rushed into emergency surgery and had complications that came with a chance she could die. Pat said twice they had to work through the trauma of not only losing a baby, but fighting battles internally about his wife feeling like she was unfit to bear children.

Pat added that the experiences led them into researching statistics about ectopic pregnancies and miscarriages, and that he felt like it’s something that isn’t discussed as openly as you’d think.

“It’s not really talked about much, but it is an alarmingly high percent of pregnancies that don’t end up being successful,” he said. “I think that’s something that women are embarrassed to share, but I don’t think anybody realizes the alarmingly high amount of times that it does not work out, and it is devastating – absolutely devastating.”

McAfee said eventually they were led to in vitro fertilization. It was a decision that took a lot of time and discussion and healing between he and Sam.

“It took us a little bit to want to do that because of how emotionally draining everything was,” he said. “Sam is a f–king badass. Sam has battled and battled, not only physically but mentally and emotionally, she’s had to go through a bunch.”

Pat noted IVF was successful back in July, but he and Sam wanted to see how the beginning stages of the pregnancy went before sharing the news with others.

“We get pregnant, we think it’s gonna go good, but we didn’t want to tell anybody because we didn’t want to put the unwarranted pressure on people to not only be happy for us but then also because if it doesn’t work out – because we have been scarred a little bit – we don’t want anybody to feel bad and do the whole thing.”

But now that things have gone well through the first 12 weeks, Pat said they’ve been able to share the news with friends and family and now his YouTube audience. He expressed his admiration and appreciation for his wife.

“Her persistence and resilience has been something that is nothing short of inspiring,” he said. “She has been through a lot of pain, she has a lot of scars both physically and emotionally from this whole process. And I can’t wait to see you be a mom. You’re gonna f–king be the best mom on Earth, and I appreciate you so much.”

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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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