one. But how do you really feel, Kirk Herbstreit?
ESPN’s top college football analyst, a former Ohio State quarterback, was not satisfied with his colleague Dan Orlovsky’s negative analysis of Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields. And he made it known to the world.
In case you missed it, Orlovsky got into the hot water of social media earlier this week because he told Pat McAfee that he had heard that Fields was a “last in, first in.” get out”. Orlovsky also said of Fields: “I like it, not the manic work ethic. I’ve even heard him compared to Justin Herbert, where he was like, dude, when Justin Herbert showed up, he was like a psycho when it came to working out and preparing for the draft. Or even at school, like, ‘Give me more; I want to work non-stop. ‘ And I’ve heard there are issues with Justin Fields’ work ethic. “
Rather than just ignoring social media pushback for a day or two to shut it down and disappear, Orlovsky posted a video on Twitter to try to explain your comments.
Herbstreit, however, did not buy it.
Now, in the grand scheme of life this is not a big deal. Immature people like me love these things because it’s rare for someone in sports media to publicly embarrass a colleague, and it’s very juicy when it happens on ESPN because the company has been so aggressive in enforcing its social media policies.
But as with all businesses, you can implement all the social media policies you want, but there will always be people who can get away with things that others can’t because of their status. Herbstreit is one of those guys. ESPN won’t (and shouldn’t) fire him or impose any serious discipline for this. And Herbstreit knows it, so you can let it fly on Twitter.
Orlovsky did not respond to Herbstreit publicly. We reached out to ESPN and Herbstreit for comment, but neither responded.
An irony here: ESPN found itself in the middle of another controversy when McAfee revealed that the network banned its talent from its show. ESPN quickly claimed that this was not their intention. Now this happens.
two. One of my best friends is Sal Licata. He is a radio host for WFAN in New York. Over the years, I’ve told him a million times, “I don’t know how you deal with callers.” You just wouldn’t have the patience to listen to silly questions and comments over and over again. Apparently, Cleveland’s Bruce Drennan doesn’t either. Poor better paced kid because he’s got 161 more games of this.
3. When you make $ 341 million, you’re a bad mom at any age, but this is still a solid response from Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor.
4. Baseball fans have to make up for a lost season when it comes to hating the Astros for their cheating scandal as they couldn’t make it to games in 2020. People at last night’s Houston-Oakland game got the ball rolling cheering loudly when A’s pitcher Chris Bassitt hit shortstop Carlos Correa with a pitch.
5. Having fans in the stands at MLB games also means that we again see people behaving in shameful ways just to get a baseball.
6. This week SI Media Podcast includes an interview with WWE Superstar Edge.
Topics covered include its main event this year. Wrestlemania with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan, returning 10 years after retiring, the importance of humor as a wrestler, his best friend Christian leaving WWE for AEW and much more.
You can also see the SI Media Podcast in Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: A friend reminded me of this scene from this morning and there’s really no better way to end the week than with a classic Social Assassin moment.
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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.