Joe Burrow’s next challenge? Avoiding Dan Marino’s fate

In some ways, the road Joe Burrow traveled to the Super Bowl began in the wake of a brutal hit that left him on the turf at the Fiesta Bowl, struggling to catch his breath.

The setting was the Fiesta Bowl between LSU and Central Florida, at the end of the 2018 college football season. The Tigers trailed 7-3 in the first quarter, but Burrow had LSU on the move. Facing a 3rd and 8, Burrow dropped to throw, but his pass found defensive back Brandon Moore, and was returned for a touchdown to give the Knights a 14-3 lead.

What sent Burrow to the turf? This hit from defensive lineman Joey Connors:

The Tigers now stared at a 14-3 deficit, and their quarterback was trying to get his bearings.

“The only thing I am going to say about it is, the only reason I didn’t get up in one

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Video Shows Dan Campbell’s Reaction To Lions’ First Win

Lions head coach Dan Campbell on the field.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell on the field.

It’s impossible to look at this video and say Dan Campbell doesn’t care deeply about this win. The Lions video team caught the head coach’s immediate reaction to Detroit’s first win of the season in the final seconds.

It’s great to see Campbell’s Lions finally get a win this season. The first-year head coach did a great job of keeping the team together through some tough breaks throughout the year.

Week-in and week-out the Lions show up to play and they play hard. Now the team has at least victory to show for it.

All things considered, Detroit got one of its better performances from quarterback Jared Goff. The former No. 1 overall pick finished 25-41 for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Though he did turn the ball over twice.

The offense also made up for the absence of D’Andre Swift

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How Dan Le Batard 24-hour marathon fared with listeners. And Wade, Bosh on Heat future

A six-pack of media notes on a Thursday:

Dan Le Batard’s 24-hour streaming extravaganza, dubbed Freedumb, was a rousing success, drawing nearly three million views across YouTube Live and social platforms.

On average, listeners tuned in for more than 45 minutes, with the total watch time nearing 430,000 hours.

Le Batard, who left ESPN earlier this year, opted for a 24-hour programming buffet to promote his new $50 million-plus partnership with DraftKing, a sports wagering site.

Le Batard and former ESPN president John Skipper in January announced the creation of Meadowlark Media, a new content company. In April, DraftKings and Meadowlark announced a content, distribution, monetization and sponsorship agreement with Meadowlark centered on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

DraftKings agreed to pay Meadowlark at least $50 million over three years.

The lively 24-hour marathon included segments with Pat Riley, Jim Rome, Bob Costas, Adam McKay, Michael Schur,

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Former ESPN Host Joining Dan Le Batard’s Company

Dan Le Batard talking about President Trump.

Dan Le Batard talking about President Trump.

Former ESPN host and anchor Adnan Virk is joining Dan Le Batard’s Meadowlark Media company as a contributor, according to The Wrap.

Virk, who has been with DAZN and MLB Network the last two years, will start at Meadowlark this summer. His “Cinephile” podcast will become part of the network and he’s also set to make appearances on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.”

Virk worked for ESPN from 2010 until February 2019, when he was terminated following an investigation into media leaks of ESPN information.

While with the Worldwide Leader, he hosted Baseball Tonight, ESPN College Football and College Football Final as well as SportsCenter and Outside The Lines.

Le Batard formed Meadowlark Media with ex-ESPN boss John Skipper following his departure from the Worldwide Leader in January.

In addition to Virk, Meadowlark has secured Le Batard’s former ESPN colleague

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