1. During Saturday’s Dodgers-Giants game that aired regionally on Fox, the network showed a first pitch launched by Nascar driver Kurt Busch.
However, Busch threw out the first pitch first Thursday The game of giants. Amy Schneider, known for a memorable 40-game winning streak Danger!launched the first pitch on Saturday, which was Pride Day at Oracle Park.
People thought Fox had traded Schneider’s first launch for Busch’s first because Schneider is transgender.
Giants broadcaster Duane Kiper drew attention to this story when he called Fox for the first pitch exchange while calling Sunday’s game.
“I want to make a correction to what I saw yesterday on the Fox broadcast. The broadcast implied that Kurt Busch had launched the first launch yesterday, which was not true. Kurt Busch threw the first pitch on Thursday. It was Amy Schneider’s Danger! fame that launched the first pitch on Pride Day yesterday. I just wanted to make sure it was due to her.
So, Fox intentionally refused to show Schneider’s first launch? The network said no in a statement.
“On Saturday, as part of a promotional package for the NASCAR weekend race in Northern California, we aired a first recorded shot of famous NASCAR driver Kurt Busch. This promotion was in no way intended to overshadow the first ceremonial launch of the match, as it is not routine for us to go on air. “
While it’s perfectly understandable not to give Fox the benefit of the doubt, this appears to be a very sloppy production case rather than a nefarious storyline.
The airing of Busch’s first pitch went straight to the promo for a race that Fox would air on Sunday.
Regardless of whether the blame falls on a producer or comedy man Adam Amin, it absolutely turned out that Fox was trying to trick people into thinking Busch threw out the first launch on Saturday.
“Kurt Busch threw out the first pitch,” said Amin. “Of course, we have the NASCAR race tomorrow coming from Sonoma. You’ll see it on Fox Networks, 2 East on FS1.
It is brutal. It is beyond brutal. There is no way for any spectator to play it other than Busch threw out the first pitch on Saturday. I don’t know if Fox intentionally tried to trick people into thinking Busch kicked out on Saturday or if it was just a careless production.
But if I were Amin and read the promo as it was written, I would be furious. And if I were a producer who intended the promo to go differently and then Amin did, I’d be livid. This was such an avoidable controversy, but someone didn’t think enough to make it clear that the footage was on a Thursday and not a Saturday, so now Fox has had to contend with the backlash for several days.
However, it doesn’t appear that Fox has come up with a plan to snub Schneider. If the network had wanted to do it, it could have done it without airing the first Busch launch. Goals, outside of the World Series and possibly other playoff games, never show first pitches, unless they go terribly wrong.
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While Fox may not have intentionally ignored Schneider, it’s hard to sympathize with them being beaten.
It was terrible optics for Fox to show Busch’s first launch on the day Schneider launched the first launch. It was also insulting to viewers to present Busch’s first launch as if it were from that day. Just terrible execution all around.
2. Joe Burrow is already a superstar. He is only 25 and is only going to get better. He could easily agree to talk about gun control. However, on Tuesday he did exactly the opposite at a press conference. Props for him.
3. The New York post reports that Shaq was feeling very generous Sunday night while dining at a New York City restaurant. Apparently, O’Neal withdrew the check for each table while he was there and also took care of the servers. From page six:
“We were told the bill amounted to ‘well over $ 25,000’ in checks. O’Neal was also ‘extremely generous’ to Jue Lan’s staff. ‘He left them the biggest tip they’ve ever received.’ the source said. “
4. The Joc-Pederson-Tom Pham fantasy football kerfuffle continues. The Giants players showed their support for Pederson on Tuesday by wearing T-shirts that read, “Stopping players on The IR is not cheating.” This caught the attention of Pham, who didn’t seem amused.
5. If you need some quiet time today, this will do the trick.
6. This week Multimedia podcast YES presents a conversation about the latest sports media news with the ringtone ‘s Bryan Curtis. Among the topics covered:
- What went wrong with Drew Brees and NBC
- Is a mainstream NFL outlet ready to take a chance with Pat McAfee?
- ABC / ESPN NBA Finals studio schedule
- Is LeBron receiving a podcast?
- Excessive use of “breaking news” banners on TV
After the conversation with Curtis, Sal Licata of WFAN / SNY in New York joins me in our weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment. This week, we’re going to take a deep dive into Kevin Durant’s response to Sal on Twitter and saying that the radio about sports “makes him nauseous.”
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.
7. CASUAL VIDEO OF THE DAY: I’ve always said I wish the NFL network showed more games from the 80s and 90s. Last night, the network aired the 1998 Thanksgiving game Vikings-Cowboys and it was glorious. Here’s what Randy Moss did in that game.
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