Oct 162014
 
Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

By Finebaum Fan.

Herschel Walker  joined Paul Finebaum today and talked about some of college football’s hottest topics.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner gave very candid answers to questions about  suspended University of Georgia running back, Todd Gurley, and not yet to be suspended Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Like Gurley, Walker played running back for the University of Georgia, where he was a three-time All-American and winner of the Maxwell Award.

“I know Jameis Winston…  is a young man who needs some guidance.  He’s a young man who needs someone to sit down and talk to him.” – Herschel Walker

We’ll pick up the conversation where it began after an aborted attempt to speak with Finebaum due to a bad phone connection:

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Sep 232014
 
Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears

Paul Finebaum and Marcus Spears

By Finebaum Fan.

Former SEC and NFL player, Marcus Spears made an impromptu appearance today as co-host on The Paul Finebaum Show.

Spears, initially a guest on today’s show, is a member of ESPN’s “SEC Nation” along with Finebaum, Joe Tessitore, Kaylee Hartung, and Tim Tebow.

“SEC Nation” is the pregame show modeled after ESPN’s “College GameDay” and airs on the SEC Network.

Finebaum stated, “This has been my favorite show since we’ve been on the air.”  Twitter fans agreed and were quick to react with rave reviews.

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Apr 282014
 
Play Paul Finebaum Interviews AJ McCarron Prior To NFL Draft

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Apr 142014
 

By Finebaum Fan.

The Cover of Carson Tinker's Book.

The Cover of Carson Tinker’s Book.

Carson Tinker, is a familiar name to many people in the South.  It’s a name known today by thousands of fans supporting the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars.  Most SEC football fans can recall the name from fall Saturdays past.

But, it’s University of Alabama football fans who know the name best.  And it’s not necessarily because he was a great player who displayed unique abilities on a football field in Tuscaloosa.

Carson Tinker is an inspiration to many people.  He was a “walk-on” long snapper for the Crimson Tide in 2008 who earned and was awarded a full scholarship prior to his senior season in 2012.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban praised Tinker for his contributions to the team:

“We’re very excited that we’re able to award a guy that has been such a positive influence in so many ways – personally, academically and athletically in our program.”

But his triumphs on the football field are just a part of the story – perhaps, just a small part.  His triumphs off the field may prove to influence and inspire more people than he ever thought possible.

Carson’s book, “A Season To Remember: Faith in the Midst of the Storm”, is scheduled to be released on April 16th.

If you are one of the few football fans who have never heard of Carson Tinker, you should hear his inspirational story.

Here’s a start.

This moving video, narrated by the voice of ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, introduces Carson as he relates his experience during the devastating EF-4 tornado which struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011.  This video was broadcast prior to the Alabama vs. Penn State game on September 11, 2011.  You’ll hear commentary following by ESPN’s Todd Blackledge.

Carson was presented with a Patients of Courage Award by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In the following video,  produced by the ASPS, Carson discusses his experience, his injuries, and his forthcoming book.

Tinker announced recently, via his Twitter account, that he is scheduled to be a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday, April 14th.

It’s been almost three years since that tragic day in 2011.  Its memories have scared the minds and hearts of many Alabamians.  Most certainly, this book and today’s interview will serve to comfort and inspire a new group across the country who will also recognize the name – Carson Tinker.

Here’s an excellent interview with Carson by Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.

You may read excerpts from the book at Amazon.com.

Apr 112014
 
Ken Burns, Documentarian

Ken Burns, Documentarian

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.

Burns’ partners include President Barack Obama, and former Presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.

There is quite an impressive list of other notable participants from all walks of life. Their renditions of the speech can be seen here.

Of particular interest to Finebaum fans may be this mashup of members of ESPN broadcasting team:

Burns was a guest of Paul Finebaum on Thursday’s show. The interview can be heard here.

Here’s the trailer for the documentary:

The ninety-minute film that inspired this initiative, THE ADDRESS, premieres April 15th on PBS at 8PM CST.
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Feb 112014
 
Omar Sherif, Jr.

Omar Sherif, Jr.

By Finebaum Fan.

Omar Sharif, Jr., was interviewed today by ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, regarding Michael Sam’s announcement that he was gay.  Sharif is the grandson of  Academy-Award-nominated actor, Omar Sharif.

Sharif, according to his facebook page is an “Egyptian/Canadian, Muslim/Jewish, model/actor/writer/activist” who made a similar announcement nearly two years ago. He is currently a national spokesperson for GLAAD – Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Sharif was asked by Finebaum to react to comments made by nationally syndicated radio host, Rush Limbaugh.

Here’s the interview:  

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Feb 072014
 
Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

By Finebaum Fan.

The day after his interview with James Franklin went viral around the college football world, ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, took time on air to reflect on it with his audience.

Franklin, head football coach at Penn State, has been criticized for “poaching” five recruits who had committed to Vanderbilt – a practice popularly known as “flipping recruits”.

Finebaum began the show with an analysis of the interview.

“That was not something I was in the weeds waiting for.  I’ve been friends with James Franklin for a while.”

“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time.  I think my record is pretty public on that. This isn’t a coach that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into.”

He went on to elaborate on the thoughts he had during the interview.

“I was expecting James Franklin, the person I know and have great respect for, to give an honest answer.”

“I just felt like I needed to try to get an answer because he went into ‘coach speak'”.

“That’s all there was to it… But I just felt like I needed to explain that.”

“I’ve always liked him. Yesterday’s interview didn’t change any of that.  I just felt like he gave a really bad answer…”

Franklin appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in January to discuss recruiting etiquette and his reasoning for flipping Vanderbilt commits to Penn State.

Listen to a compilation of comments made by Finebaum and some of his callers during the show:

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Feb 052014
 

James FranklinBy Finebaum Fan.

James Franklin was recently hired as head football coach by Penn State University after three successful seasons with Vanderbilt University.

Franklin has been criticized for signing players he recruited to Vanderbilt to scholarships with Penn State.

He appeared today as a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show and the host was not bashful in breaching the subject of “flipping recruits”.

Listen to the complete interview as things got a little uncomfortable as it progressed:

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Related: Paul Finebaum Reflects On National Signing Day Interview With Penn State Coach, James Franklin

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Nov 292013
 

 

Lee Fitting, ESPN College GameDay Producer

Lee Fitting, ESPN College GameDay Producer

By Finebaum Fan.

Lee Fitting, is the Senior Coordinating Producer for College Sports Studio Shows for ESPN.

He is also one of the few who has the ability to render Paul Finebaum speechless.

Fitting joined Finebaum at the student center on the campus of Auburn University during a remote broadcast of “The Paul Finebaum Show” which was broadcast on Friday prior to “Iron Bowl 2013”.

Apparently, Finebaum was laughing so hard that, more than once, Fitting reversed roles with him to remind listeners that they were tuned to the show.

Said Finebaum on air (while choking back tears of laughter), “This has been my favorite interview of the football season.”

Finebaum’s self proclaimed “best caller”, “Jim from Tuscaloosa”, has been openly critical of Fitting and the past GameDay celebrity pickers.

Listen to Lee patronize “Jim from Tuscaloosa”:

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Nov 152013
 

This is a podcast of hour three on 11/14/2013 missing from the ESPN RSS feed.

Paul Finebaum and Ross Greenburg (Producer, Showtime’s Against The Tide) discuss the integration of CFB in the South, plus they take questions from callers.

Includes Jeff from Chicago, Jim from Tuscaloosa, Tammy, I-man, Cheerleader and more!

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