Paul Finebaum. What's with his bama love when he's UT grad?

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I only watched Finebaum because I like SEC sports and figured he was a good source for news. However, I found him a complete bore wasting my time with meaningless chatter. I can't watch that crap any more. Kinda like watching CNN propaganda hoping to get the news. Never delivers substance. Just biased gossip that makes a man dumber.
 
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Finebaum made his money by discussing news in the SEC and then either antagonizing or encouraging fans of football programs who listened to him. To maximize his impact, he needed an audience that would call in and make fools of themselves, complain like gibbering morons, and ramble on like they left the better part of their IQ in the gas station toilet bowl just that very morning. What better place to find such fine folk than Alabama?
 
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OP, you must be a young person. This is not meant as an insult, because, if you have been around very long you would have already figured out that the PF show is just a dog and pony show for BAMA porn.... Please, also remember the only reason that he is on the nation stage like he is today is because some freak poisoned the trees at Tummer's corner on the campus of Auburn. That same idiot called his show and admitted on live broadcast radio what he did!!!
 
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He owes his livelihood to Alabama football. They made him.
Bingo, he knows he's a millionaire because the Gumps sat on the edge of their seats with mouths agape, taking in his radio show. Which vaulted him to his current gig with the SEC's version of the Jerry Springer show. They do have an occasional good interview with SEC coaches.
 
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Am I the only one that gets sick just looking at the guy. His obsession with bama is so obvious and Espn loves him for it. You're a grad of UT for pete's sake! I can't watch Sec network because of this guy anymore Thoughts. Comments. Who agrees?
It's got to do with "MONEY" his that is. He rides the "Bama" wave. More Bama fans, more support for him and ESPN/SEC Network. Lit Bama fall (with/when the lose of "Satin") and see where ESPN's support goes. Very likely back to Ohio St/NDame... Their SEC support picked up a whole lot with the making of the SEC network. When Fine Bomb doesn't have Bama, then he will be just another sport's voice of no consequence.
 
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I thought the SEC commish gave more of a political speech rather than talking about SEC football ... terrible!
It didn't go unnoticed that he implied that "get vaccinated or forfeit games". Good for him! The same should go for all school kids. We already have a bunch of shots kids must have to even start to 1st grade and before. One more on the list should make no difference.
 
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It's a little more complicated than just saying $$$$$$.

Finebaum started out as a reporter. Not long after graduating from college (yep, UT Knoxville) in '78, he landed a gig writing for the Birmingham paper. Hey, you take the jobs where you find them. At that point he was still bleeding orange...I think. Still at that job, he broke the story on Antonio Langham hiring an agent while a student at Bama...and got the program on probation. Yep, still bleeding orange, heh. That was in '93 or '94.

The dude has a ton of journalism awards, so apparently his writing skills are pretty darn good.

Well, you know how the evolution happens. Hot sports writer gets interviewed on the local sports radio show...then gets a regular weekly call-in with those guys...then gets his own show. At this point, no surprises. Finebaum has a good voice for radio.

But this is, I think, where his blood starts turning from orange to crimson. Because it's much harder not going native when you're interacting in real time with a bunch of folks.

Anyway, he does well with radio, too, and somehow parlays that into TV gigs. Lord knows how he pulls that off, he has a face that could scare ghosts. And by the time he is making the big $$$$ with ESPN, I think he is already converted to the evil empire's side.

So follow the $$$$ isn't quite right. More accurately, follow the influence and pressure of the crowd. If he'd had more strength of character, he probably could've resisted. But...well...he's Finebaum.

Go Vols!

p.s. I believe he spoke the truth when he said he was a big Namath fan as a kid. But I think he only said he was also a Bama fan to endear himself to the bulk of his radio listenership. But who knows.
 
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This. He first gained notoriety in Bama with a radio show that catered to Tide fans. And without his rabble of drunken Bama nitwits his SEC Network show would've been cancelled a long time ago.
He actually first gained notoriety at the Knoxville News Sentinel. I can remember when he moved from Knoxville to the Birmingham news paper. That was long before sports radio.
 

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