1. Sports Media Prediction: The next NFL player to make a successful transition from the field to television will be Julian Edelman. “Successful” is an understatement; I hope Edelman becomes a sports media star.
The recently retired patriot announced yesterday that he will join the cast of Inside the NFL for the 2021 season. Edelman’s decision to start his media career on a smaller show is a smart move. I don’t know if the former catcher wants to eventually call games or work on a pregame show, but going straight from the field to a major role on television generally doesn’t work out for anyone other than Tony Romo.
So this is a perfect place for Edelman to get his feet wet and learn TV. In fact, I think CBS, which owns Inside the NFL, should have Edelman replace Kyle Long, who came out of retirement a few weeks ago to sign with the Chiefs, on CBS Sports Network That other pre-game show, but I am not paid to make those decisions.
Why am I so excited about Edelman as a sports media personality? Three reasons.
First, he has shown to have a great sense of humor. I pointed this out last week on Traina Thoughts, recalling the great way Edelman told a story about the night he saw Bill Belichick emerge naked from a hot tub at the Patriots facility. He also showed his sense of humor on this week’s show. Forgive my opinion revealing his impressions of Tom Brady and Gronk.
Two, it is creative. Edelman’s YouTube page is full of hilarious videos where he does everything from making milkshakes to hosting a burger-themed talk show to doing a mock episode of Policemen.
Three, he made those two traits clear while playing for the Patriots, which isn’t easy to do since New England doesn’t like its players showing too much personality.
With Edelman now free to be completely himself, we imagine we’ll see even more of his unique personality.
The NFL media needs more people than X and O analysts or player evaluators talking about “high engines.”
All sports media need more fun. That’s something Edelman will provide.
two. A brand new SI Media Podcast fell this morning, and features an interview with the new man from play-by-play to Monday night raw, Adnan Virk.
The conversation covers everything from how Virk landed the gig in WWE, meeting Vince McMahon, his wrestling fandom, being thrown right into the fires of wrestling to Virk’s firing from ESPN, if he felt the firing was just right for Virk’s love of movies, the top three movies. last year and much more.
3. The tweet of SportsAnthony Crupi made me happy because there is nothing I want more than to end DirecTV’s exclusive control of the NFL Sunday Ticket. If you are ruling out the possibility that NBC / Peacock can pick it up, there has to be something there. However, the tweet also saddened me because we still have two more seasons to pass before DirecTV’s exclusivity with Sunday Ticket ends.
4. The Knicks have been a complete disgrace for 20 years, so with the franchise finally turning things around this season, New York fans are ready to explode. This was the scene outside Madison Square Garden last night after the Knicks beat the Hawks for their eighth straight victory.
5. Here’s a crazy stat for my fellow degenerates.
6. When you lose 16–4, like the Mets did last night, things will get ugly. But this is still a fun stretch of bad defense that took place over two innings against the Cubs.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: I said this on Twitter last night and I’ll say it again: The only man who can help the New York Yankees right now is George Costanza.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.