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

Marcos Maidana learns the hard way never to eat during a Jim Gray interview (Video)

Marcos Maidana Jim GrayJim Gray was in full-on mall cop mode Saturday while serving as the ringside correspondent for Showtime’s pay-per-view telecast of the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight.

I mean just check out his reaction when Maidana went to eat a snack after his fight. Did you see Gray snatch the wrapper right out of his hand? Guy was just trying to enjoy a little powdered something-something, and Gray rejects him like Dikembe Mutumbo.

Not in Gray’s house!

Although, now that I think about it, maybe Gray thought Maidana was trying to get an unauthorized plug for a food company during their interview. Gray’s not about to have any of that! You want some advertising during our show? You will pay the big bucks!

Video via @stoolpresidente

The Oklahoman goes with ‘Kevin Up’ headline after Kevin Durant drops 36


Kevin Durant looked pretty reliable on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City Thunder star scored 36 points while facing elimination elimination game against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. As a result, The Oklahoman decided to print a much more friendly headline in its Friday morning paper.

As you probably heard, The Oklahoman took a ton of heat on Thursday after they labeled Durant “Mr. Unreliable” in bold letters following the Thunder’s Game 5 loss. The sports editor of the paper later called the headline a failure and said it was misinterpreted.

If the insulting ink motivated Durant, Thunder fans should be grateful. He was just 0-for-6 from 3-point range and is still missing a lot of shots, but a win is a win. We know better than to count a player like Durant out no matter how cold he gets.

Photo: Twitter/Kevin Negandhi

Dan Patrick to host Sports Jeopardy! for Crackle

Dan PatrickIf you listen to “The Dan Patrick Show,” you know that one of the things Dan jokes about is one day ditching his show to replace Alex Trebek and become the host of “Jeopardy!” Well Dan is now one step closer to having that happen.

Crackle announced that it is creating a “Sports Jeopardy!” game show that will be hosted by Patrick. The Hollywood Reporter says the show will air weekly for 52 weeks and will be an interactive experience for viewers, who “will be able to download a mobile app that will coincide with the show and unlock new clues.”

Sports Jeopardy! is a spinoff of the — you guessed it! — Sony-produced Jeopardy!

Sony owns Crackle, which is the network best known for producing Jerry Seinfeld’s popular “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” web series.

Though the show will probably initially be popular/available online and through an app, my guess is the end goal is to produce the show and have it picked up by a TV network. This is something Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing also mentioned.

Of course, DP already has a strong background as a game show host, so he should be a natural: