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Joe Rogan slams Stephen A Smith over McGregor v Cowboy UFC 246 criticism

Published: 25/Jan/2020 13:38

by Calum Patterson


Following Conor McGregor’s victory over Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246, famed sports commentator Stephen A Smith sparked debate after accusing Cowboy of “giving up”. Joe Rogan has hit back, saying Smith doesn’t understand the sport.

It took just 40 seconds for McGregor to put Cerrone down, in what Smith called “an atrocious performance on [Cerrone’s] part.”

But veteran UFC interviewer and color commentator Joe Rogan (who is now best known for his podcast) fired back at Stephen A Smith over his comments — which had been made as both men were dissecting the fight on ESPN.

Joe Rogan and Stephen A Smith on ESPN
Joe Rogan and Stephen A Smith broke down the very short fight together on ESPN.

On his latest MMA podcast on January 24, Rogan explained that Stephen A Smith has “made a career from sh*t talking,”, but while it works in other sports, he thinks it’s a “bad idea” to carry it over to MMA.

“There’s a lot of currency in being a Stephen A Smith. He’s really entertaining, but that sh*t-talking that he does, you know, he’s a guy that’s fun to watch, he talks a lot of sh*t, and gets real loud,” Rogan explained. “Look, it’s made him a fantastic career, [but] he carries that over to MMA, I think it’s a bad idea.”

“I don’t know him as a human being,” Rogan continues, “I’ve only met him a couple times, he’s a nice guy, nice guy to me, we had a nice conversation.” But, Rogan explains there was a “little weirdness” between them on-air, over Smith’s comments about Cerrone’s performance.

Joe Rogan then said that he believes other fighters, such as his guest Josh Thompson should be the ones giving post-fight analysis, rather than people like Smith who “don’t know the sport, and practice d**k punches.” His comment about “d**k punches” referred to a video Smith posted on his Instagram, showing him sparring with training pads.

“I would have preferred to talk to DC, or Felder, or [Josh Thompson], or anyone who understands the sport,” he reiterated. “And Stephen A Smith was very nice to me too, I have no problem with him as a human being.

“I just think– look, I don’t know jack sh*t about baseball or basketball, […] I know MMA, I understand, so if you want to talk about MMA, I’d like to talk to [someone] else who knows about MMA.”

Rogan went on to explain that MMA requires a “different perspective,” arguing that it’s “not the same as a ball going into a hoop, it’s not the same as crossing a line with a football. It’s very intense, it’s personal, and it’s also very f**king dangerous. And, to play it off like it’s just a game, I just don’t agree with it.”

He concluded by saying that Stephen A Smith’s style of inflammatory commentary works well in other sports, but that MMA is not the place for it.


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 20:47

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.