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)

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