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Bill Walton goes on a rant about Covid, empty basketball arenas


1. You never know what you’re going to get from Bill Walton when he calls a college basketball game for ESPN.

During last night’s Oregon-UCLA game, he compared the transfer portal to Tinder, had no idea he once won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award, and went off on the subject of people complaining that fans are not in the stands for matches due to COVID-19.

Walton’s partner, the excellent Dave Pasch innocently asked Walton a question during the show. In a vintage Walton gesture, he responded by asking Pasch why he was asking him a question. Pasch explained that Walton is the show’s analyst and he had no one else to ask because no one else was in the arena.

That was all Walton needed to leave.

“I’m tired of your complaining about it,” Walton replied.

Pasch said he wasn’t complaining, but was trying to let fans logging into the game know that UCLA isn’t allowing fans in the arena at this time. However, Walton went ahead.

“There is a PANDEMIC going on. Please. There are public health issues. »

Pasch then tried to explain UCLA politics, but Walton was not interested.

“There are no fans in the building because people are dying from COVID and people are worried about it,” he said.

Pasch, God bless him, again attempted to explain UCLA politics, but to no avail as Walton was on a roll.

“Well, are we going to listen to the doctors or not?” He asked. “Isn’t that kind of why we’re in this ongoing program? Because people don’t listen to doctors. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? »

And then it happened.

A “Walton Moment” became a real “Walton Moment” thanks to incredible timing.

Right after asking, “Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?” he shouted, “THROW IT DOWN!” as a player missed a slam dunk.

The man literally went from saying “people are dying of COVID” to “THROW IT OUT” in seconds.

Absolute perfection.

2. We told you in yesterday’s Traina Thoughts that Bill Belichick wore a “Danger Zone” sweatshirt at his press conference a few days ago. It was ripe material for Hello Soccer‘s Kyle Brandt, who gave a spectacular performance on Friday’s show.

3. It took a few years, but Tom Brady weighed in on this stupid story of the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles when Brady didn’t shake hands with Nick Foles and people all got pissed off for some reason.

4. Julian Edelman is doing a promotion for a sports betting company in which they gave him $100,000 to bet on a Patriots-Bucs Super Bowl. It makes the most of the content game surrounding the bet, as you will see with this video.

5. A note for one of my fellow degenerates planning to place a bet this weekend: the underdogs are 15-3 in the wilds round since 2017.

6. A brand new IS Media Podcast dropped this morning and this week’s show features an interview with Richard Deitsch, who previously hosted the show. Deitsch, who now works for Athleticism, discussed the state of podcasts, what makes a good podcast, and what makes a good host. We also talked about the news from the sports media, including the disappointing ratings for the college football national title game and the NFL’s set-up for a monster postseason when it comes to viewership.

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7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy 68th birthday to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, who, along with Yokozuna, was the catalyst for the most ridiculous performance of Vince McMahon’s entire broadcasting career.

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