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Dan Patrick discusses bold decision to leave ESPN (Video)

Dan PatrickLB went out to Milford, Conn., last month to visit “The Dan Patrick Show” and interview DP. One of the things we talked about during the interview was Dan’s big decision to leave ESPN.

Several years later, it’s obvious that Dan made the right decision. His radio show is syndicated nationally and has become a TV show carried by multiple networks, including DirecTV and NBC Sports. He’s also become one of the main faces on NBC’s “Football Night in America.” But at the time, the decision to leave ESPN where he had built such a huge name was a risky one.

In the interview conducted on behalf of Ram Trucks, I asked Dan if he ever doubted himself upon branching out from ESPN. He said that there were times he didn’t even know if they would make payroll. He also discussed when he knew the show would make it. You can watch it all in the video at the top.

Previously: Dan Patrick explains how he got his start with Adam Sandler
Previously: Recapping my trip to ‘The Dan Patrick Show’

FOX Sports 1 hires Adrian Wojnarowski to be TV NBA insider

Adrian WojnarowskiFOX Sports 1 made a huge addition to their network by hiring Adrian Wojnarowski to be their NBA insider.

Wojnarowski is the top NBA reporter in the country and frequently breaks news or shares exclusive information that can’t be found elsewhere. He gained notoriety writing for Yahoo! Sports and will continue to do so according to The Big Lead, which broke news of the hire. Woj’s work with FOX Sports 1 will be on TV as an insider. As TBL noted, this deal will be similar to the arrangement Sports Illustrated/Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King has with NBC Sports, where he’s able to write for one outlet and do TV work for another.

Though Woj will continue to break his news and write for Yahoo!, this is a strong hire for FOX Sports 1 and should enhance the “FOX Sports Live” program. This also is another sign that FOX Sports plans to get into the NBA business. Currently, ABC/ESPN and Turner are the networks that have national TV rights for the NBA. FOX Sports is trying to get into that as well to bring more live programming to the network.

Mike Evans does interview on Jim Rome ‘That started badly and ended badly’

Mike EvansFormer Texas A&M wide receiver and recent Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Mike Evans joined Jim Rome for a radio interview on Tuesday, and it did not go well.

Evans conducted the interview much like the same way a top college football program playing a small-time bowl game in December would: he so did not want to be there.

Evans repeatedly gave short answers, did not open up, and generally seemed annoyed that he had to do the interview. Rome worked hard to open Evans up and make him feel comfortable by varying his questions the entire way, but nothing he did seemed to work.

After doing the interview, Rome spent the next part of the show reviewing the interview like he usually does. He took a lot of listener feedback, and much of it was the same; the listeners all compared the interview to the one Ken Griffey Jr. did with Linda Cohn. It was that bad.

Rome’s final thoughts on it summed it all up: “that started badly and ended badly.”

Maybe we should give Evans a break and figure that he’s a rookie with the media, too. Maybe he hasn’t done too many interviews, so you figure he’ll get better over time.

H/T Deadspin

Dan Patrick got his start with Adam Sandler thanks to Keith Olbermann error

Dan Patrick Just Go With ItAs you well know, last month LB went out to Milford, Conn., for a trip to “The Dan Patrick Show” to interview Dan Patrick as part of a collaboration with Ram Trucks. We solicited questions from you here on the site, on Facebook and Twitter to ask Dan during the interview.

One of the popular questions was how Patrick’s relationship with Adam Sandler came about. Patrick has had significant roles in numerous Sandler movies over the past 10 years, so we wanted to know how it all happened.

We came to find out that Patrick got his start with Sandler thanks to Keith Olbermann. Watch the video above to learn the full story.

We’ll be rolling out videos all week from the interview, so make sure you check back each day this week for new ones!

Mark Jackson rejoins ESPN as broadcaster

Mark JacksonLess than two weeks after being fired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson has already found a new job. Well, to be fair, it’s his old job.

ESPN announced Saturday that Jackson has signed a deal to serve as a broadcaster for the network and return to his previous role. Prior to being hired by Golden State, Jackson was part of the main NBA announcing team along with Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Breen. The trio will be back in action beginning Sunday calling the conference finals and NBA Finals:

Does this mean Jackson is out of the running for NBA coaching jobs? Probably not. He can broadcast for the rest of the playoffs and then look into coaching gigs if he wants. It will just be weird hearing him broadcast games when he was just coaching them a few weeks ago.

Houston writer John McClain eats newspaper after draft prediction goes wrong (Video)

John McClainVeteran NFL writer John McClain is a man of his word, and we love him for it.

McClain, who is an NFL columnist for the Houston Chronicle, was so confident a few months ago that the Texans would take a quarterback first overall, he told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that he would eat the front page of the newspaper if the Texans did not take a QB with the first pick:

As time went on and the draft neared, McClain’s opinion changed. He started predicting the Texans would take Jadeveon Clowney first overall:

It didn’t matter that McClain had changed his opinion, because he’d already opened up his big trap. He said Thursday that he would stick to his promise to eat the paper if the Texans didn’t take a quarterback.

McClain may have had to eat the newspaper, but that’s a lot better than the next promise he made:

Good thing we didn’t have to see him commit suicide.

Seattle TV station refusing to acknowledge ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’ during playoffs

The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008, but that doesn’t mean the city of Seattle is over the loss of their beloved basketball team. Not at all.

In fact, Seattle TV station KIRO 7 is vowing not to mention “Oklahoma City Thunder” or any variation of the team’s name at all during their newscasts.

KIRO former Sonics

“The former Seattle SuperSonics are in the NBA playoffs. Throughout their run, KIRO 7 promises you we won’t say OKC or their team name in our newscasts,” they said on Facebook Tuesday.

Instead of calling them OKC or the Thunder, KIRO listed the team as the “Former Sonics” on a graphic after Monday night’s Game 1 loss to the Clippers.

Would someone get this city a new team already? They sure could use it!

H/T Mona