January 15, 2024

Pat McAfee: MLK Day Reminds Me I Was Cancelled: Did Pat McAfee learn anything from the controversy when Aaron Rodgers implied Jimmy Kimmel was a pedophile and his new ESPN gig became a political football? No, he did not. "Obviously it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He had a dream," McAfee said today on his show. "And I think LANK was one of the closest we’ve had to potentially that dream coming to fruition. ... Now, as somebody who was canceled by both parties last week, both of them canceled me. Two political parties canceled me last week and we are still alive. Let’s remember we don’t need all the outside noise. All we need is a little bit of love."

posted by rcade to football at 04:04 PM - 10 comments

First he attacks a longtime ESPN exec and now this.

I'll be surprised if McAfee is still on ESPN a year from now. His early ratings aren't blowing the doors off the network and he seems too dumb to play the political game in Bristol.

posted by rcade at 04:20 PM on January 15, 2024

I happen to know a sports radio personality. My take is that tribal, smarmy in-studio bro power overrides any semblance of reflective insight, workplace navigational ability and discipline.

It's a team sport. And woe betide the on-camera dude who has no doodads, swag and memorabilia festooning his spot at the table.

At my age, my wife wants to know what beverages McAfee keeps at his desk that render him unable to sit down comfortably and why he sometimes stands behind a chair. I've expressed to her my willingness to have what he's having.

posted by beaverboard at 06:40 PM on January 15, 2024

Pathetic manbaby.

posted by NoMich at 08:04 PM on January 15, 2024

Punters smh

posted by tron7 at 10:36 PM on January 15, 2024

The only clutter done well in the sportstalk world is Men With Blazers. Especially that sweet George Michael Sports Machine neon sign.

posted by rcade at 09:42 AM on January 16, 2024

I still enjoy the Dan Patrick Show quite a bit.

posted by NoMich at 10:53 AM on January 16, 2024

The Dan Patrick show is by far the best sports show out there and has been for years.

posted by BornIcon at 12:57 PM on January 16, 2024

Man, I really liked McAfee when he first started making guest appearances on the old Deadspin - maybe 10 years ago. He would usually sub in for a Drew Magary column and would add some quality content. I remember him as being pretty outspoken in a positive and insightful way. Like Aaron Rogers and many others (looking at you, Joe Rogan), he meandered too far down the bro science path and began believing a lot of the red pill bullshit that leads the simple-minded to get caught up in the science-denying, YouTube "researching" wave.

posted by tahoemoj at 03:32 PM on January 16, 2024

George Michael Sports Machine My local guy growing up. Had a phone line we would call to get sports scores. Sucked when you came in just after the score you wanted was read and you had to wait for it to loop around.

posted by scully at 03:47 PM on January 16, 2024

George Michael Sports Machine was must watch every Sunday night.

I loved how he connected with some athletes - like Dexter Manley.

Having grown up with professional wrestling in South Florida, George reminded me a little bit of Gordon Solie.

Our favorite was when George showed drag racing clips. We knew that we were about to see a massive fireball or airborne event. We waited for George's inevitable classic comment, that the driver had "devastated his equipment".

posted by beaverboard at 06:24 PM on January 16, 2024

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