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9-21-16 Review: The Herd with Colin Cowherd
Like some of the other popular sports talk shows such as First Take or His and Hers, The Herd is
mostly opinion based. Colin Cowherd is the broadcaster with Kristine Leahy as his co-anchor. I’m going
to tell you how well I think he fills his time slot, if I think he uses facts to support his opinions, and if he stays
away or dodges certain topics because of sponsors. I will also look at the switch he made from ESPN to Fox
Sports 1 and if it was a good move.
Colins show is on a three hour time slot weekdays from noon to three. That is a lot of time to spend
talking to yourself in a microphone. Most sports hosts have numerous guests daily to talk with which helps
fill the time slot. Colin a guest or two almost every day, likewise, but his guests only stay on air for no more
than five or ten minutes. Other shows keep their guests on for most of the show. On other shows, the guests
end up speaking more than the host. The Herd isn’t like that. You can tell Colin really prepares for his show.
He fills three hours like it is nothing. He never runs out of stuff to talk about. He does bring up the same
points several times a day, but he explains why to his viewers. His analytics crew discovered that the average
viewer only stays tuned to a show for nine minutes at a time. When he found this out, he let his viewers
know that he would be jumping on certain topics a few times a day for those who missed it. I, as a regular
viewer of the show, respect how he lets his viewers know what is going on.
The Herd is one of the better shows, I think, to put numbers behind their opinions. When Colin
makes a prediction, he always states why and shows the analytics to back it up. In the few cases that
numbers don’t back his argument he tells you “this is completely opinion based”. Colin doesn’t try
to push topics or teams on you. He lets you come to your own opinion but he gives you enough proof and
statistics to help support where he is coming from that I end up swaying more to his side, most of the time.
The show also has a news segment to let you know everything that has went on from the time the last show
went off air to the time this show started in the sports world.
There are certain topics that he sticks to. He talks football, basketball, soccer, and occasionally golf.
The network that shows The Herd sponsors soccer, basketball, and football. Colin never strays from criticizing
any of the leagues or owners when they deserve it. I respect that. I watched ESPN for years. Over time I
figured out that the leagues were feeding ESPN the news. The leagues were only letting ESPN report their
side of the stories and not the players. All the news was there to make the leagues look good. Hardly ever did
I see a story that made any of the leagues look bad. The NFL leaked false information to ESPN on my favorite
player (Tom Brady) to sway the public in their favor because they were suspending Tom. When it came out
on Fox Sports 1 that most of the information was lies and the reporters starting telling us that the NFL had
given them the information, I quit watching ESPN. I haven’t run into this problem on this network, yet. Also,
most of ESPNs employees are coming to work for Fox now.
All together I think The Herd is the best sports show on television right now. Colin may bring up
subjects several times a day, which is annoying, but he doesn’t shy away from any
uncomfortable topics. He fills the entire time slop with useful information and the popular stories. He
also lets keeps you informed on any smaller stories that may be going on in his news segment. Colin backs up
his opinions and picks with numbers and he makes it hard not to side with him. I think his style of speaking
his mind truthfully and not avoiding subjects is why the show is doing as well as it is. All and all the show has
some fault but what show doesn’t? Now it is time to see for yourself and tune in or, for people like me that
work, you can download the podcast from Itunes. Herd with Colin Cowherd
some fault but what show doesn’t? Now it is time to