Jemele Hill leaves ESPN after 12 years at the network.
1. After a year filled with controversy, Jemele Hill's final day at ESPN is today. She confirmed Friday morning that she's leaving the network after 12 years there.
Hill faced the ire of the White House last year over tweets calling Donald Trump a white supremacist and then faced the ire of ESPN after, again, on Twitter, suggesting people boycott Jerry Jones's advertisers.
People have a hard time separating Twitter from what actually airs on ESPN, and others don't want to separate it because it helps their agenda. Therefore, Hill became the face of the "ESPN is too political" nonsense narrative.
In the middle of all this Hill's show with Michael Smith, His and Hers, got turned into the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter and never worked out. I firmly believe if ESPN had left His and Hers alone, Hill and Smith would still be at the network, because that show had an audience.
Of course, most people can't be objective when it comes to Hill because she's become a pawn in the political game.
Personally, I think whether you like or dislike Hill, you have to give her credit for never once backing down, always sticking to her guns and doing things her way. There are not many people in sports media who can say that.
2. The latest SI Media Podcast features an interview with Gus Johnson. The Fox Sports lead college football and college basketball play-by-play man covered many topics in the wide-ranging conversation, including:
- Why he gave up Twitter
- Being a fan favorite
- Critics who say he's too loud and over the top
- His overall philosophy when calling a game
- His first big break
- His famous NCAA Tournament calls
- Whether all his calls are spontaneous
- The longevity of good play-by-play broadcasters
- His favorite sport to cover
- His favorite analysts that he's worked with
- Whether he misses calling NFL action
- His opinion on players taking a knee during the national anthem
- His biggest pet peeve with college football
- Not loving the "Gus-gasm" phrase
- His biggest on air gaffe, which involved quite a mix up of people
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on iTunes.
3. Baker Mayfield becomes more and more likable by poking fun at himself. This may be his best effort yet.
4. It seems Mets third baseman Todd Frazier pissed off the umpires by bragging about tricking them last week when he revealed he did not catch a foul pop up that was called an out because this happened yesterday when he hit a game-winning home run.
5. Wrestling icon Ric Flair got married for the fifth time on Wednesday and pictures from the happy event are surreal.
6. Important lesson for NFL players out there: If you grab your crotch during a celebration, you will be fined $13,000.
7. Former Georgia Tech lineman and current WWE champion Roman Reigns will join Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Lee Corso for picks on College GameDay on Saturday morning.
8. The MMQB Gambling Podcast for Week 2 in the NFL is live and here for your handicappping needs.
9. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Ric Flair's marriage, let's take a trip down memory lane and remember the time he bragged about having an "affair" with Miss Elizabeth.
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IN CLOSING: Marcus Peters was fined $13,000 for putting his hand on his junk, but Mychal Kendricks, who faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to insider trading, gets a contract from the Seahaws. My goodness, the NFL is a mess.