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Monday, July 09, 2021

Practically the poster boy for ESPN for nearly two decades, Dan Patrick is leaving Bristol, effective next month.

His departure had been rumored for weeks, including a dead-end destination as Bob Barker’s successor on “The Price Is Right”. Even before that, he had been speculated as bound for a mainstream news-anchor gig, especially whenever an opening at corporate brethren “Good Morning America” appeared.

But here’s some fanciful thinking: Why shouldn’t Versus make a run at recruiting Patrick? The Comcast-owned sports programming network has made noises about building itself into a bona fide rival to ESPN, and demonstrated that aim by acquiring broadcast rights to the NHL, college football and other properties. The next step is to develop an in-house stable of on-air talent to give the network an identity. Pulling in Patrick, the former ESPN icon, would get Versus a higher profile that has so far proven elusive.

And, taking the next speculative step: Would it be possible to pair a Dan Patrick hiring with a recruitment of Keith Olbermann? How much of a big to-do would Versus create by reuniting the former “Big Show” duo from SportsCenter’s glory years?

All this is purely pie-in-the-sky. I’m sure Patrick has a non-compete clause that would prevent him from taking a rival offer so soon after leaving ESPN, and Olbermann is probably locked into his MSNBC work (and who knows if he’d even want to give that up). But if I were part of the braintrust at Versus, I’d be strategizing along these lines right now. Put together the big-money deal it would take to get at least Patrick on board, and pull in Olbermann as a bonus. There’d be no substitute for the resultant fanfare.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/09/2021 09:54:06 PM
Category: SportsBiz, TV
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There’s a certain level of irony in taking a drug in order to cure addictions to drinking and smoking.

Sort of a methadone-heroin dynamic.

And what’s with the drunk rats?

In the new study, researchers trained rats to drink alcohol and measured the effect of varenicline once the animals became the laboratory equivalent of heavy drinkers. They found the drug curbed their drinking. Even when stopped, the animals resumed drinking but didn’t binge.

Maybe it’s a long-established practice to get rodents liquored up, but in my mind, teaching critters to develop a drinking habit is a scientific achievement all by itself.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/09/2021 09:05:28 PM
Category: Science, Society
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I’m a sucker for punny phraseology. Characterizing the anticipated implosion of the housing market over the next few months, due to adjustable-rate mortgages resetting, as an “ARM-ageddon” is gold, baby.

We’ll see if this latest talk of real-estate Armageddon is real this time. The warning sirens have been sounding for well over a year; whether or not it ripple-effects beyond the most volatile markets is anyone’s guess.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 07/09/2021 08:38:48 PM
Category: Business, Society, Wordsmithing
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