Pinkel vs. Finebaum

This tweet came down yesterday afternoon from SiriusXM radio host Paul Finebaum:


The “war” as Finebaum described it to his 80,000 Twitter followers and listening audience was declared on our show yesterday.

Now, many of you may immediately recognize the name Paul Finebaum. If you’re a big college football fan, you know it. They call him “The Voice of The SEC” when they intro him. His show is incredibly popular throughout the SEC states, and starting just this past Tuesday, it began airing on KFNS.

Because of that, we had Finebaum on the show to announce his debut on the station.

When I asked him about James Franklin deciding not to take a painkiller and missing Saturday night’s game against Arizona State, Finebaum said, “I don’t know James Franklin, but with all due respect to him, he better man up, or he’s going to get laughed out of the SEC.”

As I wrote last week in the column regarding Gary Pinkel’s candid interview on our show following the Georgia game…sometimes you get him on, and he’s ready to share all kinds of thoughts that you didn’t expect him to share (such as last week)…and sometimes you get him on, and you can tell he’s not in a great mood. When that happens, it’s closer to Tony La Russa following a 9th inning loss.

Yesterday, Pinkel was somewhere in between.

Considering the attention the Finebaum comment got, I felt like it was our responsibility to get Pinkel’s response to it. So, we played it for him.

“What is your response to that?” I asked Coach Pinkel.

“I don’t have any,” he replied.

Pause. Pause. Pause.

However, having interviewed him more than 100 times at this point, I sensed he wasn’t done.

And, he wasn’t.

So, I didn’t say anything and let it breathe.

Pause. Pause. Pause.

“I have none. I don’t care what he says. I have none. It’s not worth a response.”

I followed up.

“You said Monday in your press conference that anyone who questions James Franklin’s toughness has been in a coma for a few years. So, elaborate on that if you would.”

“True. Well, look how he played last year. He’s one of the toughest players I’ve ever been around in my life. And no one has ever questioned his toughness. So, that dude (Finebaum) must have been in a coma. I don’t even know who you’re talking about. I don’t know who he is. So, it doesn’t matter to me.”


If you ever want to take a shot at someone who fired a shot in your direction…one of the best ways to respond is to ignore them. And, if you don’t care to completely ignore them, pull the, “I don’t even know who he is” move.

Finebaum picked up on that shot, fired off the tweet saying Pinkel declared war on him, and played the audio throughout his show. Over and over. Often referring to himself as “that dude.”

And with that…Gary Pinkel became the talk of the most popular show for SEC football fans.

Personally, I enjoyed Pinkel’s response. He most definitely knows who Finebaum is. Hell, he’s been on his show. But, he was just blowing him off in classic form.

And, I find Finebaum’s response amusing. I listen to Finebaum for entertainment…from both Paul and his callers.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m passionate about Missouri football. But, I’m also looking to be entertained. I like the way the Tigers are firing back at the condescension coming from some down South.

Now, if Pinkel and his team could just win a game in Columbia East this Saturday.

That’s the way to win “the war.”

Listen to Gary Pinkel on the ITD Morning After:

Listen to Paul Finebaum's response: (courtesy Paul Finebaum Show)

Log-in to post your comments, or you can email me at tmckernan@insidestl.com.

SHARE: E-mail | Permalink | Comments (6)| RSS comment feed | | |

# cpondoff
Thursday, September 20, 2012 7:37 AM
Not a Mizzou lover. Nor am I a Mizzou hater ... even as an Illini guy. I just HATE when people (i.e. this Paul guy) uses terms like "declaring war" in today's state. It's college fucking football. Let me guess, Nick Saban is a "hero" too. Its sad how these words are used but to each their own I guess. I know its not intentional ... I just wish the awareness was there from this toolbox.

# brockohol
Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:59 AM
I have always thought Pinkels radio voice does not match his look and demeanor on the sidelines. He looks like a pretty poised demanding dude on the sidelines (and quite handsome if I do say so my damnself) but he is a stuttering almost jittery guy on the radio. He kind of sounds like he is nervous and has his mouth sewn shut. But who wouldnt be nervous talking to the likes of McKernan?

Either way he is awesome for throwing out the "Kobe" comeback. (Who is Raja Bell?)
Mike Laga
# Mike Laga
Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:32 AM
I appreciate asking tough questions, but this was baiting Pinkel. Since when do you play sound bites from radio hosts and ask coaches to respond?

Would you invite TLR on for an interview and play a soundbite from Slaten and ask him to react?
# cabowabo
Thursday, September 20, 2012 1:24 PM
Have had satellite radio for many years now, Paul's show makes my ears bleed. The show should be called "How high will the tide roll this weekend, Auburn sucks, and when will mcelroy be a starter?" Fuck Bama,
Tim McKernan
# Tim McKernan
Thursday, September 20, 2012 8:34 PM
Following the 2003 Cardinal season and collapse in September, I interviewed Tony La Russa for KMOV. I asked him about the clubhouse chemistry with Tino Martinez and whether or not it played a role in the team's problems down the stretch.

I cited Bernie Miklasz's column.

He said something similar to what Pinkel said...except he didn't say he didn't know who Bernie was...but rather something along the lines of Bernie didn't have credibility. I pointed out that he was the most well-tenured columnist in town, and whether he agreed or not, his column caught peoples' attention.

Considering it's what many Cardinal fans were talking about in 2003, in my opinion, I had a responsibility to ask the question...even if La Russa came after me.

Same principle held true Wednesday.

If some would like to say I baited Pinkel, I'd ask them what they think my motive was.

As the person who runs this business, I can assure you there's zero financial incentive. And, the comical misunderstanding of "ratings" sure as hell didn't factor in.

It was the same principle. People are talking about this Franklin situation. Here's an influential voice in the SEC who said something conveying the thought that a healthy number of people wondered about as well. What was Pinkel's thoughts...because he said Monday---a day before Finebaum's interview on our show---that anyone who questioned Franklin's toughness must've been in a coma the last few years.

If Pinkel said, "I have no interest in addressing that," and left it at that, it doesn't get the attention it does.

But, he fired his own shots in a unique way, and I enjoyed that...because it was a pretty good shot. He's defending his guy. That got the attention. Finebaum's doing what he does...playing it up.

Personally, I love the fact that something that was as big of a joke as Missouri football was 10 years ago is now the talk of the conference with four of the top seven teams in the country.

# cdengler
Friday, September 21, 2012 9:24 AM
Pinkel IS Finebaum! I'm sorry, that's Finkel IS Einhorn from Ace Venture. Drank too much last night :-/

Post Comment

Only registered users may post comments.