Epic programming today…
Coach Petrino will be a guest on the Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.—
LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) January 13, 2014
Wonder how Finebaum poses his question about Grantham’s contract.
Little surprise from the biggest weather vane in the business:
Finebaum on Sportscenter: I was about to declare Saban the best coach in CFB history. I'm not sure he's the best coach in Alabama right now.—
Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) January 03, 2014
I hope Mrs. Malzahn isn’t the jealous type.
Good Lord, even for Finebaum this is embarrassing.
On Thanksgiving, worth noting the courage of Mike Slive bringing A&M and Mizzou to the SEC. Both schools have had major impact.—
Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) November 27, 2013
Yes, let’s make sure we give thanks for Mike Slive having the courage to make the only move he could to break a TV deal that wasn’t measuring up to what the Big Ten and Pac-12 were getting. I know I’m particularly thankful that the SEC has managed to sabotage its football and basketball scheduling as a result of that courageous action. Slive is just like a fireman rushing in to a burning building to save a young child… except for the fire and the kid.
Now this is job security: Muschamp’s got Foley, Machen and Finebaum in his corner. For a year, anyway.
It’s pretty funny how Finebaum’s seal of approval is offered as something definitive. Maybe Boom should publicly thank him for the show of support.
Finebaum has fond memories of the Classic City.
… Paul Finebaum doesn’t think Georgia fans care enough.
“I’ve always criticized Georgia fans because I don’t think they’re angry enough,” he said. “We got into this debate a couple years ago where I was asking the question, Georgia is coming off a mediocre year and the fans are still defending coach Richt I was like, ‘Georgia fans aren’t like Alabama fans. Alabama fans were ready to fire Nick Saban after losing one game.’ Georgia fans I think are a little more cerebral. They appreciate who Mark Richt is.”
But he does know first-hand that Georgia fans like to go crazy.
“My last time here I was doing a live shot for a local TV station in Birmingham in 2008, when GameDay was here and Georgia went down 31-0 after being ranked No.1 in the country, and right in the middle of it a lovely frat boy poured a beer can over my head,” Finebaum said. “I’m still waiting for somebody to reimburse me for that sport coat.”
I’d rather reimburse the fan for the beer, thanks.
This USA Today story about what Finebaum’s audience has been doing with itself while he’s been off the air is every bit the classic you might expect, but this quote is the topper:
“Paul has got the best persona out of anyone I’ve ever seen, including Rush Limbaugh, and you can quote me on that,” said Jim from Tuscaloosa, a longtime Finebaum caller who asked that his last name not be used because of past run-ins with other listeners. “He’s outstanding. Has gravitas.”
Gravitas? Jim from Tuscaloosa, that word… I do not think it means what you think it means. But thanks for the knee-slapper!
If Johnny Manziel ever appears on Finebaum’s show, the results are guaranteed to be awesome.
While we’re on the subject of Johnny Football, this may be the greatest moment in the annals of lack of self-awareness I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading:
This afternoon, Finebaum returned to ESPNU’s coverage of SEC Media Days and suggested that Manziel has “jumped the shark.”
The thing is, Finebaum is the guy driving the boat. And it’s his employer’s boat.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that Johnny Football’s gotten a lot of media attention this offseason whether he’s wanted it or not. You win the Heisman in an unprecedented fashion and getting Tebow-ized by ESPN and its ilk comes with the territory. Manziel’s obviously having a tough time coping with his newfound celebrity status – he’s a 20-year old who’s not fully mature, so it’s not exactly surprising. Life under a media microscope ain’t easy, especially when you don’t yet have the money to insulate yourself from the public (assuming you want to do so, of course).
Then, again, he is headed towards a major pay day soon, so it’s not as if I’m crying in my beer over Manziel. Still, we may have hit the moment when the finger wagging has jumped the shark.
ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum says Johnny Manziel is becoming less likeable every day…
Finebaum said, “When you say what he did the other day. When you say, ‘Walk in my shoes’ and you’re the Heisman Trophy winner and you have the world in front of you, that’s unacceptable. We’re reasonable people here. You can look past a lot of silly things, but I’m having a hard time looking past that.”
Boy, you’d think the kid poisoned a couple of trees, or something.
The interesting thing to watch with Manziel this season is how he copes with this critical attention to everything he says. Can he block that out when he’s on the field? If not, the Finebaums of the world are going to have a field day.