1. Three months after testing positive for COVID-19, Scott Van Pelt is still unable to taste food.
Popular Sports Center presenter detailed his experience with the coronavirus in the SI Media Podcast. Van Pelt said he had no fever or cough. He had some back pain and lost his sense of smell and taste.
“I still can’t taste it, it’s a horror show,” Van Pelt said on the podcast. “I couldn’t taste an apple one day and it was like, ‘Oh man.’
“I went and did a quick test. I’ll never forget it. It was a snowy day that turned to ice and rain. It was miserable; I’m sitting on my couch and getting the installation text message and there’s Just this great red positive My wife and kids walk in and I wave my hand across her throat, like this is no good.
“Our family, for years, had a house in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and I just said, ‘I’m going.’ I went and sat alone and waited for time to pass. I never had a fever, thank you. I never had a cough, thank you. The only thing I had was this smell and taste problem. “
Unfortunately for Van Pelt, the loss of taste continues today.
“It’s horrible,” Van Pelt said, “because the only thing that tastes the same to me even now is peanut M & Ms, so I only eat family-size bags of peanut M & Ms because it’s the only thing that tastes good. All these weird things, like salty pasta with a beautiful tomato and onion, I just don’t get that taste. Many people have told me that they bring back these flavor windows, but they say that there are four or five flavor profiles that serve to make something taste like something. I only get two of them so I get this really sketchy flavor and it’s not the same and it doesn’t taste good.
I have read everything there is to read, and I have made all things like orange and brown sugar. I found a story from a doctor in Phoenix where you put your hand on your chest and someone hits the back of your neck. My wife was like, ‘Am I supposed to hit the back of your head?’ I’m like, ‘JUST DO IT!’
I do not know what to do. There is no pill to take or inject that will suddenly wake up my taste buds. So now I’m in wait-and-see mode and every day it’s like I can try this and it’s like crunch, crunch, crunch, not really. And it just sucks.
In addition to discussing his experience with COVID-19, Van Pelt also provided SI Media Podcast listeners get the scoop on how their weekly “Bad Beats” segment is organized and why punters have a unique bond.
We also talked about Roger Goodell who finally seemed open to NFL broadcasts acknowledging that fans bet on football games, whether he ever wants to call up NFL games, his appearance on the Jason Sudeikis show, Ted lasso, the problem these days with podcasts, how has it been to host Sports Center during the past year during the pandemic and much more.
two. Even during a pandemic with very few fans inside Madison Square Garden, controversy exists. This fan alleges that he was ejected from the arena during the Knicks game Tuesday night because he was wearing a “Ban Dolan” jersey.
If all of this is legit, and it sure does sound like it, it’s just a reminder that there may be no one smoother in sports than Knicks owner James Dolan.
3. ESPN today announced its broadcast teams for the upcoming NFL draft. Mike Greenberg will host the network coverage. He will be joined at the desk by Mel Kiper, Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland.
What stood out from the press release for this story was this tidbit: “This will be the 38th year in a row that Mel Kiper will cover the draft for ESPN. Like it or not, it’s a pretty impressive career.”
4. This is the best NCAA recap you’ll see this year.
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6. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Scott Van Pelt’s appearance in the SI Media Podcast, here’s a “Bad Beat” that you referenced many times during our conversation.
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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.