Pat McAfee is the living embodiment of an athlete betting on himself. McAfee, 29 at the time, prematurely retired from the NFL after a Pro Bowl season in 2016. Since then he has joined and left Barstool Sports, joined a stand-up comedy tour, and even grappled in the wrestling ring. Now he is best known as the host of The Pat McAfee Show, which has been distributed by both Westwood One and CBS Sports Radio since making its radio debut in 2019 and is now part of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio.
McAfee is joined 10 Questions With Kyle Brandt this week on The Ringer.
Brandt pressed McAfee on Monday Night Football. In the past, McAfee has mentioned that his dream is to be on that broadcast team.
“I’ve publicly gotten punked on that a couple times,” McAfee answered. “The first time it went up for grabs, I didn’t have a full-time job but my followers were like, ‘hey let’s go get this thing,’ and made some noise on the internet in my support. I got some messages from people that were like ’relax’…then they do Jason Witten, he goes back to football…and by that point I had a week 17 Lions/Packers game on tape and that game was trending for 5-6 hours… I thought since there was a little bit of experience now, let’s go get this thing, I think I could be good for the game…I got into the latest conversation but that got pushed aside…But at some point, I want to do it, hopefully.”
McAfee is something of a renaissance man and told Brandt stories about playing soccer, giving it up to pursue football, and a poker tournament that changed his life.
Brandt asked McAfee what his goals are for his wrestling career. The former punter has worked for both WWE and AEW. He explained that the sport has always had a huge impact on him and he will take whatever it offers.
“The Attitude era is where I lived…Monday Night Wars was awesome. If you listen to me on any given day, you can hear inspiration from The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, HHH, a little bit of Flair…that whole era created me into the person I am…Attitude Era is not only my biggest inspiration when it comes to wrestling, but also when it comes to life…Now that I’ve gotten the chance to do it, the amount of work and buy in you have to have to be successful, it’s a lot…I’m not 100% sure I can do what’s needed to allow for a run to WrestleMania,” he said.
New York Sports Media Reacts To Mets’ Gigantic Max Scherzer Deal
Many notable names in New York Sports Radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
The New York Mets have agreed with pitcher Max Scherzer on a three-year deal that is worth an obscene amount of money. The excitement around the team feels to be at a new high in the city of New York.
Many notable names in New York sports radio have taken to social media to let the world know their feelings on the move by the Mets.
There is no understating the significance of this move by the New York Mets. Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young winner and one of the most prolific pitchers in the sport for the last decade, winning 190 games over his 13-year career.
It is worth noting however that the Mets have had a notorious history of giving out bad contracts to veteran players, with players like Pedro Martinez, Bobby Bonilla, and Mo Vaughn just to name a few as examples.
This is just one of many big signings that the Mets have already made this offseason. They have already added Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha to the team as well.
Max Scherzer will be making $130 million over the duration of the three-year contract. The $43.33 million average annual salary sets a record, surpassing the $36 million New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole is averaging after signing a nine-year, $324 million contract in 2019.
Dan Le Batard Trolls Skip Bayless After Cowboys Loss
“It is hard to understand why such a video exists. It isn’t hard to understand why it ended up on Le Batard’s Twitter feed.”
When the Cowboys lose or when LeBron James wins, social media comes for sports media’s most notorious hater. After the Dallas Cowboys fell in overtime on Thanksgiving night, Dan Le Batard was among those with Skip Bayless squarely in their crosshairs.
Le Batard posted a video of Bayless dancing in an Ezekiel Elliot jersey with no comment.
It is hard to understand why such a video exists. It isn’t hard to understand why it ended up on Le Batard’s Twitter feed. No one loves poking fun at the industry or his colleagues more than Dan Le Batard and Skip Bayless is ripe for parody.
Whether or not Bayless takes it personally remains to be seen. There have been stories in the past of the FS1 host wanting those that make fun of him disciplined. We have even seen evidence of him being thin-skinned show up on television. Still, it is hard to imagine that he doesn’t know this comes with the territory of the place in sports media he has chosen to occupy.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 7-4, which is still good enough to keep Dallas in first place in the NFC East by a healthy margin. Skip Bayless may be a dyed-in-the-wool Cowboys fan, but surely a regular season loss didn’t ruin his holiday.
For Le Batard though, content will always be king and that video certainly is content.
Judge Puts Stop To Sports Betting Agreement In Florida
“Dabney Friedrich, the judge in the case, ruled that the deal and the app violate the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.”
Never say never as the saying goes, but there have to be plenty of disappointed people and companies in Florida. Late Monday night, a federal judge dealt a major blow to the Seminole Compact, an agreement between the State and the Seminole Tribe, which allowed gamblers to place bets in Florida on games.
The Seminole Compact gave the tribe control over sports gambling in the state. In return, its leaders agreed to pay the state $2.6 billion for the monopoly. Through the use of a mobile app, bettors could make their wagers from anywhere in the state.
Dabney Friedrich, the judge in the case, ruled that the deal and the app violate the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. It requires that any state-sanctioned gambling must take place on tribal land.
Servers receiving the bets are on Seminole tribal land, which the tribe argues satisfies the requirements of the IGRA. Friedrich dismissed that argument.
As of Tuesday, the Seminole Tribe had not shut down its app and was still taking bets. The tribe and its attorneys have filed an appeal, but it obviously has not been heard or ruled on yet. That puts any bets placed on the app between Tuesday and when it comes down on some seriously shaky legal ground.
It is likely that the Seminoles will have plenty of advocates. Local media groups had already enacted plans to take in gambling money, and certainly Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who signed the Seminole Compact, supports it. Time will tell what an appeals court will decide and how the state will deal with the mobile app remaining in operation after Judge Friedrich’s initial ruling.
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