1. I’ve said many times that the only negative with ESPN Monday night football ManningCast is that because it’s so good, we’re now going to be subjected to a million ManningCast imitators, and the vast majority of them will be awful.
However, ESPN has come up with a concept for a new type of ManningCast that will no doubt be a smash hit.
Pat McAfee announced Thursday that he is teaming up with Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions to do a six-game “simulcast” during the college football season that will air on ESPN2.
Some news details:
- Although McAfee used the word “simulcast”, this will not be a traditional broadcast. It will be an alternate TV show similar to what Peyton and Eli do on Monday nights.
- Peyton won’t be a regular part of McAfee’s alternative TV show, but will likely be a guest at some point. This show is all McAfee.
- The McAfeeCast will likely debut in October, and bowl games are expected to be part of the six-game package McAfee has agreed to do.
The marriage with college football, Pat McAfee and the ManningCast format is a perfect idea. There’s probably no one better equipped right now in sports media to host a loose, freewheeling, chat-based alternative TV show than McAfee.
He’s got momentum, he’s become an exceptional interviewer, and he’s got the exact personality for a ManningCast TV show.
College football is also the perfect forum for a McAfee-led ManningCast. The NFL is serious business. Many people said that while they liked the ManningCast, they still needed the traditional broadcast for bigger games to find out what was going on with penalties, tries and distance, and match situations.
Those things are less important in college football. Sport lends itself to a lighter and more fun atmosphere. Every NFL broadcaster has to worry one way or another about saying something Roger Goodell might not like. This is not the case in college football.
And that’s why McAfee will thrive in his new role.
2. New Hello Soccer host Jason McCourty has shared a Twitter account with his brother, Devin, for many years. This week, Jason reactivated his own personal account, which had been inactive since 2011, and when he did, all of his old tweets were still there. On Friday’s show, McCourty’s co-hosts had a blast reading and poking fun at those 11-year-old tweets, and it was very entertaining.
3. As someone who grew up in the 80s, it was great to see LeBron James enjoying the classics, as he rocked to Karma Chameleon after a workout.
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4. Speaking of classic songs, the Bills rookies sang one of the greatest pop songs of all time in training camp Thursday.
5. Derek Jeter addressed the famous history of gift baskets on Thursday night’s episode of The captainsharing this fun story.
6. This week Sports Illustrated Media Podcast is a celebration of the series’ 400th episode.
Jimmy is joined by his weekly guest, Sal Licata of WFAN radio and SNY TV in New York, to talk about the story of the IS Media Podcastremember Jimmy took over as host after Richard Deitsch left Sports Illustrated and discuss how the podcast has evolved over the years. Jimmy also takes the time to thank several people, including his audience, for helping the podcast move forward. Jimmy also reads the latest IS Media Podcast reviews that listeners have written about Apple.
This edition of IS Media Podcast also features an interview with Alan Sepinwall, Chief Television Critic for rolling stone. Sepinwall gives recommendations on what TV shows you should watch this summer and digs deeper The bear, the repetition and Succession. Sepinwall also shares his memories of Tony Siricio and The Sopranos character he played, Paulie Walnuts.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google.
You can also watch the IS Media Podcast on Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Today is International Beer Day, so let’s pay tribute to the greatest beer drinker of all time.
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