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Katie Nolan calls Sean Hannity a ‘literal f****** moron’ during feisty Twitter spat 04.24.17 at 11:18 am ET
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Fox News host and Donald Trump lapdog Sean Hannity often spars with the vaunted mainstream political press. But he set his sights towards Katie Nolan this weekend, after the FS1 personality called him a “literal f***** moron.”

The exchange started when Hannity lambasted the New York Times, which published a story Saturday about Trump’s habit of phoning friends outside of the White House for strategic advice. Hannity, who’s been one of Trump’s most ardent defenders, was listed as a trusted confidante to the President. The right-wing firebrand didn’t take kindly to his inclusion in the piece, accusing the National Security Agency of surveilling and unmasking him –– an apparent reference to reports that former NSA head Susan Rice asked for the identities of some Trump associates whose conversations were caught on surveillance.

Maggie Haberman, one of the authors of the story, fired back at Hannity.

But Haberman’s rebuttal was nothing compared to Nolan’s reaction. The former “Garbage Time” host dug right into her Fox cohort, unleashing a stream of insults. This prompted Hannity to take a shot at Nolan’s career.

When Hannity stopped engaging Saturday night, Nolan went after tweeters who were taunting her with sexist remarks.

Hannity appeared to express contrition Sunday, saying he has “ZERO problem” with Nolan “being real.” While Nolan and Hannity work for different networks, FS1 and Fox News are both owned by 21st Century Fox.

Though “Garbage Time” is on indefinite hiatus, FS1 says they have big plans for Nolan. Earlier this year, the Sporting News reported the station is developing several new TV shows for the feisty commentator. Perhaps Hannity could be her first guest.

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Katie Nolan is overrated 03.01.17 at 12:37 pm ET
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Katie Nolan is reportedly on the cusp of receiving a major push at FS1. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Katie Nolan is reportedly being wooed by ESPN. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Katie Nolan is a superstar within the echo chamber of Twitter. But outside the cozy confines of social media, she’s a relative non-factor.

With 18 months left on her exclusive deal with Fox Sports, Nolan is reportedly being groomed for a larger role at the network. An unnamed FS1 executive told Sporting News last week the Framingham native’s TV exposure is going to increase “five-fold” following the cancellation of “Garbage Time,” her irreverent and lowly rated late-night talk show. But FS1 may have some competition for Nolan going forward. According to Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy, ESPN is wooing her for a role at the WorldWide Leader, perhaps to take part in a new national morning program with Mike Greenberg. The “Mike and Mike” co-host inked a new mega-contract with ESPN last year that will reportedly pay him $6.5 million annually.

Nolan, 30, first rose to prominence three years ago when she released an introspective commentary about the NFL’s gross mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. In it, she recounts her decision to pull back from asking Roger Goodell about the leniency of Rice’s original two-game suspension at a Fox Sports event, out of fear it would anger her superiors. Nolan chides herself for staying silent, and vows to be a leading opinionated female sports voice.

“It’s time for women to have a seat at the big boy table,” she says. “And not where their presence is a gimmick or a concept. Just a person who happens to have breasts offering their opinion on the sports they love and the topics they know. Because the truth is, the NFL will never respect women and their opinions as long as the media it answers to doesn’t. I’m ready when you are, Fox.”

Roughly six months after the Rice video, which has been viewed nearly 388,000 times on YouTube, Nolan launched “Garbage Time” in March 2015. But outside of a blistering rant about the media’s coverage of Greg Hardy’s return to the NFL, she failed to make noise on her weekly show. Last spring, SportsTVRatings calculated that “First Take,” the often mocked shout fest on ESPN, was nearly 14 times more popular than “Garbage Time.” Nolan averaged roughly 32,666 viewers per episode for her first three shows this year, drawing about one-third of the audience that Skip Bayless’ Undisputed attracted last week –– during the doldrums of the sports calendar. (More recent “Garbage Time” viewership data isn’t available.)

Nolan’s abysmal ratings may be more of a commentary on FS1 than her. The network also cancelled “Fox Sports Live” last week, after the highlight-centric show with Canadian anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole couldn’t attract an audience in four years. FS1’s lack of live game coverage at night gives it a dramatic disadvantage against ESPN, which owns rights agreements with almost every major sports league. With the absence of a strong lead-in, it’s difficult for FS1 studio shows to gain traction. This was evident last fall, when the station fell from first to 60th among cable networks in primetime ratings after the World Series had started airing exclusively on Fox.

It’s apparent that Nolan is talented and deserves the opportunity to have a bigger platform. Fox Sports missed a chance to do that at the Super Bowl, when it relegated her to social media segments during pregame coverage.

But make no mistake: Nolan is far from a TV star. As she demonstrated with her viral videos about Rice and Hardy, it’s possible to gain traction with a limited platform. As long as the content is good, people will generally find it. But it’s been more than one year since Nolan has factored into the news cycle. Perhaps her most recent notable bit was a crowdfunding effort last summer to buy David Ortiz a bench to put in Central Park –– a lame gimmick that doesn’t seem befitting for somebody who says she wants be a leading female sports voice.

It’s probably tempting for ESPN to throw millions at Nolan and thrust her into a leading role. She’s shown flashes of brilliance, willing to buck conventional wisdom and condemn the usually staid sports media industry. But right now, outside of the insulated world of social media, Nolan is a fringe player. She’s more notable in theory than reality.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Connecticut aquarium names seal after Trey Flowers; ESPN reportedly looking to woo Katie Nolan from FS1 02.28.17 at 9:30 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Tuesday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

MLB: Exhibition: NY Yankees at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Exhibition: Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Arizona at Boston, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Colorado at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Golden State at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBA)
NBA: Charlotte at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBA)
College basketball: Buffalo at Ohio, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Georgetown at Seton Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Maryland at Rutgers, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Florida State at Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Purdue, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Mississippi State at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: St. John’s at Creighton, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: DePaul at Providence, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Ohio State at Penn State, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Fresno State at Boise State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)


— Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium is honoring the Patriots’ Super Bowl win by naming a rescued seal after a member of the championship team.

Each year the aquarium has a naming theme for its rescue seals and this year’s theme is flowers. Fittingly, it decided to name one of the seals Trey after Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers. Trey is expected to be released back into the wild after he completes his rehabilitation in two to three weeks.

Before the Super Bowl, Mystic Aquarium made a bet with the staff at the Georgia Aquarium that whichever aquarium’s team lost the Super Bowl, the staff must perform the sea lion show in the opposing team’s jerseys. Georgia’s staff fulfilled the bet while the sea lions performed “Under the Boardwalk” last week.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Warren Sapp takes feud with Michael Strahan to new level 01.30.14 at 8:11 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN, NHL Network)
NBA: Cavaliers at Knicks, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Providence at Marquette, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Florida at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Cincinnati at Louisville, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Bryant at Robert Morris, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Indiana at Nebraska, 8:15 p.m. (BTN)
College basketball: Houston at UConn, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Purdue at Michigan, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: UCLA at Oregon, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)


Warren Sapp, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who now appears on NFL Network, took his feud with Michael Strahan to a new level Wednesday.

The dispute started when Sapp said Strahan, a favorite to be named to the Hall of Fame this weekend, does not deserve enshrinement this year. Strahan, the former Giants standout, called Sapp a “coward” for not addressing him directly, adding, “The tiger doesn’t listen to the opinions of a sheep.”

Strahan receive plenty of support, with former Strahan teammate Osi Umenyiora calling Sapp and “idiot” and Boomer Esiason referring to the controversial Sapp as “an embarrassment to anybody who’s ever played the game of football.”

On Wednesday, Sapp fired back.

“I can’t make that man respect me, but I will stop him from disrespecting me — I tell you that,” Sapp told New York Newsday on Super Bowl Radio Row. “It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man.”

Added Sapp: “It was about his resume; I wasn’t talking about the man. But the sheep and the lion and all that? I don’t understand. ‘€¦ I just didn’t understand the venom in it this morning. Oh, that’s right, I’m in his city. I should be more hospitable.”

In an interview with Jim Rome, Sapp said he hadn’t made it personal, but then he got in a couple of backhanded shots.

“[Strahan] took it to a level that it didn’t need to be,” Sapp said. “I was just talking about his resume. I didn’t say anything about his gap tooth or his ‘S’ words or his ‘F’ words that I don’t understand. What the hell is he saying? So if he wants to go personal we can go personal, but I was just stacking his resume against the class.”

As for Strahan’s comment that Sapp is a coward, Sapp said: “Pick the spot and I’ll come see you and you can have a dose of it. If you think that’s what it is, pick the spot and I’ll come see you.”

— In other media-war news, Katie Nolan, one of the hosts of Fox Sports 1’s’ “Crowd Goes Wild” show, was not pleased with ESPN columnist Rick Reilly‘s lack of respect toward her colleague Regis Philbin at Super Bowl media day.

Reilly said that he didn’t think any of the players knew who Philbin was, referred to the longtime television personality as “the little guy in the makeup.”

Nolan responded with a diatribe in which she calls out Reilly for mistaking congresswoman Gabby Giffords for Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and criticizes him for rehashing old material in his columns, among other things.

— At, Elliot Harrison ranks all 47 Super Bowls from worst to best. The best is Super Bowl XIII, when the Steelers beat the Cowboys, 35-31. No. 2 is the Giants‘ 17-14 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, followed by the Jets’ 16-7 upset of the Colts in Super Bowl III.

The worst is Super Bowl XXIV, when the 49ers routed the Broncos, 55-10.

The rest of the Patriots’ Super Bowls are ranked 7 (Super Bowl’s XXXVIII’s 32-29 win over the Panthers), 10 (Super Bowl XXVI’s 20-17 win over the Rams), 17 (Super Bowl XLVI’s 21-17 loss to the Giants), 20 (Super Bowl XXXIX’s 24-21 victory over the Eagles), 21 (Super Bowl XXXI’s 35-21 loss to the Packers) and 24 (Super Bowl XX’s 46-10 loss to the Bears).

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 30, 1973, the Patriots had perhaps their best draft ever. Which three players did they select in Round 1?

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