1. People often ask me: “Which is your favorite football team?” I then explain that I don’t have a favorite team and that every year. I support different teams depending on which players or coaches I like for whatever reason.
Even though this season is six months away, I’ll be all about the Dolphins for one reason and one reason only: their new coach, Mike McDaniel.
To say the 38-year-old with a history degree from Yale doesn’t come across as the stereotypical head coach would be a gross understatement.
McDaniel is the biggest breath of fresh air to hit the NFL in ages.
It’s no surprise to those of us who have followed what McDaniel has done since getting the Dolphins job that he’s a character. He’s a man who played F-Marry-Kill with a reporter a few weeks ago. Imagine Bill Belichick doing that.
McDaniel’s charming and unique personality was on full display Wednesday when he made the media rounds at the NFL Reaper.
During an interview with Mike Florio and Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk, McDaniel spoke of having a “random, random sense of humor”, which he showed when discussing his look, saying that his “style and swag was probably better” than Kyle. Shanahan’s.
McDaniel also addressed his personality, saying, “I was randomly called. People sometimes call me cool. Most do, I think. Then there are people who say I’m corny. What is a nerd? I do not understand. It’s cool to be a nerd sometimes. A successful nerd.
Besides being cool, random, and possibly corny, McDaniel is also honorable. Last week, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen challenged McDaniel to use three clichés – “I don’t have a crystal ball”, “It is what it is” and “I can only control this. that I can control” – at an upcoming press conference. .
On Wednesday, McDaniel came by.
Also on Wednesday, Niners general manager John Lynch praised McDaniel at a press conference, completely unaware that the former San Francisco assistant was in attendance. When McDaniel heard Lynch’s positive words, he gave a double fist pump.
McDaniel also quoted LeBron on Wednesday when talking about leaving San Francisco for Miami.
How can you not love this guy?
During his interview with Pro Football Talk, McDaniel said: “People are embracing authenticity.”
That couldn’t be truer in McDaniel’s case.
2. A brand new IS Media Podcast dropped this morning, and it contains an interview with Jim Miller. The author, journalist and podcast host shared his thoughts on all the NFL broadcaster madness that has happened and should happen. Troy Aikman at ESPN. Joe Buck at ESPN? What’s going on with Al Michaels? Where will Fox turn for an NFL No. 1 stand. Is Kirk Herbstreit in play for Amazon? All of this and more is covered by Miller.
Additionally, Andrew Perloff of Maggie and Perloff Show joins me for this week’s Traina Thoughts segment, during which we discuss my recent appearance on his show, the MLB lockout, a rumored Vince McMahon vs. Pat McAfee match at WrestleMania and more.
3. This video alone is quite funny.
But then a wonderful human being went and added some Mike Breen to it and gave us a present.
4. In yesterday’s Traina Thoughts I posted the viral clip of Wheel of Fortune the contestants being perplexed by a very simple puzzle in which most of the letters were filled in for “Another Feather in Your Cap”.
Show host Pat Sajak took to Twitter to complain about the online “treatment” contestants were receiving.
And one of the contestants also talked about the fallout.
Here’s a tip for Pat and the candidate: If you didn’t tweet about it or do interviews about it, the story would disappear within 24 hours. But all you did was keep the story, which is really a big nothing, in the news.
5. Every once in a while you see a stat that blows your mind. This is one of those times.
6. If you ever wondered what Kevin’s chili recipe was Officeeverything was there for you the whole time.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: There was a lot of buzz Wednesday about Chris Russo’s weekly First appearance, which was covered in yesterday’s Traina Thoughts. While most agree that Russo has been a smash hit since joining Smith, let’s never forget that the best person to debate Stephen A. Smith will always be Stephen A. Smith.
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