Johnny Manziel seems to tell Rice player he won’t give him autograph.
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Johnny Manziel seems to tell Rice player he won’t give him autograph.
What is your opinion?
ESPN signed sports writer and personality Paul Finebaum back in May in hopes that the opinionated and controversial analyst would spice up its programming. He made his College GameDay debut on Saturday with guns blazing as he called former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik the worst head coach to ever win a national championship:
— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) August 31, 2013
Finebaum has never been shy about saying what is on his mind, and he set the bar pretty high this time. While spewing vitriol right out of the gates might rub some people the wrong way, it’s tough to argue with Finebaum’s assertion.
In six seasons as an FBS head coach with Iowa State and Auburn, Chizik posted just one double-digit-winning campaign. He had a 5-19 record with the Cyclones before being named the Tigers head coach prior to the 2009 season.
Chizik led Auburn to an 8-5 record that year, but the team took a huge step forward in 2010 when quarterback Cam Newton led the Tigers to an undefeated 14-0 season and a national championship.
Newton was drafted No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 draft, which caused Auburn to revert back to 8-5 form. There were hopes for a bounce-back season in 2012, but Chizik and the Tigers hit rock bottom as they went 3-9, including an 0-8 mark in the SEC.
Because of that, Chizik was fired just two years removed from a national title. Auburn was so desperate to move on that it was willing to pay a huge contract buyout in order to do so. Auburn has since hired Gus Malzahn as its new head coach, while Chizik is left without a coaching job.
The Crimson Tide Has turned College Football Into a Snooze—Even in Tuscaloosa
Sometime in the middle of last season—which, like the previous season, ended with Alabama winning college football’s national title—the popular sports-radio host Paul Finebaum was filling up his car at a gas station in Alabama.
A listener stopped him to say three things. The first was “Roll Tide.” The second was that Nick Saban becoming the coach of the Crimson Tide was one of the greatest things that had ever happened in his life. The third was something Finebaum wasn’t used to hearing: “To be perfectly honest with you,” the fan said, “it’s really gotten boring.”
Alabama, the closest thing to a dynasty in modern college football, has managed to turn this sport into an autumnal snooze. The prohibitive favorite to win the national championship yet again, the No. 1-ranked Tide owns three of the last four titles, has been favored by Las Vegas oddsmakers for 43 straight games and is now targeting the sport’s first three-peat since the 1940s.
As Alabama prepares to open its season Saturday against Virginia Tech, the 124 other teams theoretically playing the same game are once again united in a single purpose: to dethrone the Tide. But hardly anyone appears up to it. Archrival Auburn is rebuilding. And by a stroke of scheduling luck, Alabama gets to skip Southeastern Conference powers Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Basically, there are two games between the Tide and the SEC championship: a Sept. 14 trip to No. 7 Texas A&M and a Nov. 9 home game against 12th-ranked Louisiana State.
Meanwhile, running back T.J. Yeldon is a Heisman Trophy candidate and quarterback A.J. McCarron is returning for his third season as the starter, having already collected a pair of crystal footballs in that role.
As other schools like Texas A&M, Oregon, Florida State and Southern California attract headlines about everything from lavish facilities and possible NCAA violations to uncertainty about who will be the starting quarterback, the only thing that approached controversial proportions during Alabama’s preseason is who might take on the role of McCarron’s backup.
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This week’s additions to the affiliate rosters of Cumulus Media Networks programming include the charter list of affiliates for former Cumulus Sports WJOX/BIRMINGHAM afternoon host Paul Finebaum’s new regionally-syndicated, Charlotte-based ESPN Radio show.
Besides the previously-announced WJOX and Sports WAPI-FM/BIRMINGHAM, Finebaum’s new show will air on WOOF INC. Sports WOOF-AM (AM 560 THE BALL)/DOTHAN, AL; SCOTT COMMUNICATIONS Classic Hits WALX-FM (ALEX-FM)/SELMA, AL; TOWNSQUARE Sports WDGM-F (THE DEUCE 99.1)/TUSCALOOSA, AL; TOWNSQUARE Sports KPEL-A (ESPN 1420)/LAFAYETTE, LA; R&B COMMUNICATIONS Sports WWTM-A (1400 THE TEAM)/DECATUR-HUNTSVILLE, AL; FRONTDOOR BROADCASTING Sports WTXK-A-W298BC (THE TICKET)/MONTGOMERY, AL; GREAT SOUTH WIRELESS Sports WZZN (97.7 THE ZONE)/UNION GROVE-HUNTSVILLE, AL; CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WAAX-AM/GADSDEN, AL; VALLEY BROADCASTING Sports WYTK-A (93.9 THE SCORE)/FLORENCE, AL; SARAH P. GRANT Sports WSLY-F (ESPN 104.9)/YORK, AL; DOT COM PLUS, LLC Sports WNSP-FM/MOBILE; MICHAEL BUTLER BROADCASTING Sports WTLS-A-W293BK/TALLASSEE, AL; EASY MEDIA Sports WBSR-A (1450 ESPN)/PENSACOLA, FL; BREWER Sports WALV (105.1 ESPN CHATTANOOGA)/CHATTANOOGA,TN; DAVIS Sports WIOL-A (THE ZONE)/COLUMBUS, GA; FREED AM CORP. Sports KTRG-F (ESPN TEXARKANA)/TEXARKANA, TX; SCOTTSBORO BROADCASTING Classic Country WWIC-AM/SCOTTSBORO, AL; YMF MEDIA Sports WRKS (ESPN 105.9 THE ZONE)/JACKSON, MS; THE CROMWELL GROUP/WINSTON COMMUNICATIONS Sports WQZQ-AM/NASHVILLE,TN; WOLFF BROADCASTING CO. Country WPPG-F (POWER PIG)/REPTON, AL; SOUTHERN MEDIA INTERACTIVE Sports WSEG-AM-W282AF (ESPN RADIO FM 104.3)/SAVANNAH, GA-WSFN-A-W279BC (THE FAN)/BRUNSWICK, GA-WFNS-A (THE FAN)/WAYCROSS, GA; L.M. COMMUNICATIONS Sports WLXG-A/LEXINGTON, KY; and NOALMARK Classic Rock KDEL (RIVER ROCK 100.9)/ARKADELPHIA, AR..
Danny Sheridan will join the new Paul Finebaum Show today as Paul’s guest airing on ESPN radio. Sheridan and Finebaum made national news a couple of years ago when Sheridan confirmed he had knowledge of the infamous “bag man” in the Cam Newton “pay-for-play” conspiracy.
Here a is clip from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” with guests Finebaum and Sheridan.
From ShermanReport.com by Ed Sherman
Paul Finebaum begins his new radio gig today at ESPN. The four-hour show debuts at 2 p.m. ET.
The question is where?
This is from the official release from ESPN:
ESPN Audio has selected Cumulus Media Networks to secure terrestrial radio distribution for Finebaum’s show.
ESPN affiliated stations in every market will have the first opportunity to carry the show. His former home station in Birmingham, Ala., WJOX 94.5 FM, as well as WAPI 100.5 FM, will offer the show. His previous show attracted nearly a quarter of the adult male listeners in Birmingham, ESPN’s highest-rated college football television market the past several years.
ESPN Audio is overseeing satellite and digital distribution.
Paul Finebaum on ESPN
Finebaum will appear on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine. Starting in August 2014, when the SEC Network launches, a television simulcast of Finebaum’s radio show will anchor the network’s afternoon lineup.
In a USA Today story, Finebaum “could not confirm how many affiliates have committed to airing the show.”
So I guess, check your local listings.
Hopefully, ESPN will find a way to place Finebaum’s show nationally on a Sirius XM outlet. Otherwise, I’ll never hear his show in Chicago. There’s no room at the Inn here.
That’s also the case for me with shows such as John Feinstein’s on CBS Sports Radio and Brian Kenny’s on NBC Sports Radio. I know, I know: Those programs are available on the Internet, but I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone work and listen to the radio.
As a result, the bulk of my radio listening in the car. Since I am in the car quite a bit, I hear a lot of radio, which is a big reason why I subscribe to Sirius XM. That’s where I heard Finebaum prior to him making the jump to ESPN.
There’s little question that this is a great move for Finebaum, especially when the SEC Network gets up and running. However, it isn’t so great for people like me who won’t be able to hear his show.
As for the show, Finebaum told USA Today the format will remain the same.
So what will be different about the show? Finebaum doesn’t anticipate changes other than it will be broadcasted from Charlotte, N.C. and have better resources being an ESPN product.
“I’ve said this before and I’ll say it as long as I’m doing radio,” Finebaum said. “There are better shows in the country with better guests, who may have better hosts, but no show has better callers.”
Jim is bored to death. Darriel went crazy. Tammy took a second job.
That’s what happens when Paul Finebaum goes off the air.
Finebaum, a sports talk-radio host whose show was considered by many to be the be all and end all on college football in the South, has been on a 6-month hiatus after his contract with WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. ended in January. But as of Monday, he’s back. This time on ESPN.
So what have his most famous callers — those on a first-named basis — been doing for half a year without their beloved Finebaum? Afternoons haven’t been the same.
“Paul has got the best persona out of anyone I’ve ever seen, including Rush Limbaugh, and you can quote me on that,” said Jim from Tuscaloosa, a longtime Finebaum caller who asked that his last name not be used because of past run-ins with other listeners. “He’s outstanding. Has gravitas.”
Tammy Hethcox, who claims to be the show’s loudest caller, said: “It was pretty hard at first. I’ve been working from 3-7 so I have something to do.”
All callers who spoke with USA TODAY Sports about the show said they haven’t enjoyed radio in the interim.
“The shows on the air now stink all across America,” Jim said. “They’re boring. Horrible hosts. They interview each other, not the callers. That’s what’s so great about Finebaum. He puts himself second most of the time. You couldn’t get me to listen to ESPN radio for five seconds if Finebaum wasn’t coming on.”
Finebaum’s philosophy is to have a caller-driven show. Originating from Birmingham since the early ’90s, most callers were Alabama and Auburn fans. Then several years ago when Finebaum went national on SiriusXM radio, it added a new dynamic. Fans from Ohio State, Georgia, Southern Cal, etc. could chime in.
Fans miss the show, and they aren’t alone.
“Being on the air isn’t that important to me, but I do miss the interaction,” Finebaum said. “I miss the fun of it. It’s a cliché to say that’s my extended family, but in many respects, that is true. These people are part of my life. And an important part of my life. I really don’t think without them I’d be where I am.”
Over the years, Finebaum invited callers to Christmas parties and luncheons. He gave the eulogy at one regular (Shane)’s funeral. Another (Smokey) called the show from the hospital while he was having a heart attack.
“In radio, I’m looking for a lot of things during a program,” Finebaum said. “Unpredictability is high on the list. I want people to be hanging on the edge of their seat.”
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