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Skip Bayless & Shannon Sharpe debate if esports is a ‘sport’ on Hot Ones

Published: 26/Dec/2019 19:30

by Eli Becht


Sports pundits Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe appeared on an episode of Hot Ones and discussed if esports can really be considered a sport.

Bayless and Sharpe make a living debating sports topics but they stepped out of their comfort zone and appeared on the wildly popular Hot Ones YouTube show.

The pair appeared during a “Truth or Dab” episode where they either had to answer a question truthfully or they’d have to take a bite of a chicken wing coated in the flaming hot “Last Dab” hot sauce.

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Sean Evans, the host of Hot Ones, asked them if they thought esports could be considered a sport and if Ninja could be considered a professional athlete. As with any debate, there has to be two sides taken so Sharpe, an NFL Hall of Famer, argued that esports is indeed a sport.

“I know who Ninja is,” Sharpe said. “I follow him on (Instagram) and on Twitter. I do know who Ninja is. I also know who Bugha is. I’m gonna say yes, it is a sport. If you notice Michael Jordan has bought into it, (Patriots owner Robert Kraft) has bought into an esport. So, yes, it is a sport.”

This means that Bayless had to take the alternative stance and argue against esports being a sport.

Ninja (YouTube)Shannon Sharpe knows about Ninja.

“I do not follow Ninja on anything,” he said. “And I’m going a big no. It is not a sport. It’s a skill, but it’s not a sport because there’s no real athleticism to it. There’s no full-body use at all. It is reaction time, obviously. It’s a sport of the mind.”

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The debate on whether or not esports can be considered a sport has long been argued and both sides make solid points. Bayless actually hit a couple of them in his argument – the players don’t display any athletic abilities and just sit down the whole time.

However, those who argue for esports being a sport will point out that players still have to put the time in for practice and playing with their teammates, just like you would for any other sport.

Not everyone who plays a video game is cut out to a professional player, just like not everybody who can dribble a basketball will be making it to the NBA.

More and more, it appears the general audience is becoming more accepting of esports, with the Overwatch League airing games on ABC, for example.

The players themselves have also categorized themselves as athletes, with Fortnite star Tfue’s Twitter bio reading “professional athlete.”

Riot GamesWorlds drew a huge audience.

Prize pools for esports events have even started to eclipse traditional sporting events, with Bugha’s win at the Fortnite World Cup earning him over $3 million, besting Tiger Woods’ incredible victory at the 2019 Masters by almost a million.

On top of this, viewership for some esports events is flat-out eye-popping. The League of Legends World Championship in 2019 hit a record-breaking 21.8 million Average Minute Audience (AMA), topping even the Fortnite World Cup.

Esports aren’t going anywhere and as they continue to grow, we’ll see even more big-name personalities looking to get involved.


Why Olivia Rodrigo’s song ‘Drivers License’ went viral on TikTok: a timeline

Published: 22/Jan/2021 16:26

by Georgina Smith


Star of Disney channel’s High School Musical series Olivia Rodrigo has taken TikTok by storm with her new hit ‘Driver’s License,’ with many fans speculating that it was written about co-star Joshua Bassett, and fan theories going viral. Here’s everything that’s happened so far.

17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo is a singer and actress who first made her Disney channel debut with the show Bizaardvark, and then later went on to star in a leading role as part of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Avid TikTok users may recognize her voice from the song ‘All I Want’ that she wrote for the High School Musical series. The song went unexpectedly viral on the app, with many shocked that the beautiful track had originated from a Disney show.

In her debut single ‘Drivers License’ Olivia flexes her insane voice and songwriting talent yet again. But many fans have theorized that the song could be about co-star Joshua Bassett, and it has got people on TikTok making theory videos matching up lyrics of the songs with aspects of her real life, boosting the song’s virality even more.

But how exactly did ‘Driver’s License’ become so viral, and what has happened since the song took off? Here’s everything you need to know.

February 2019 – Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett become co-stars

In February 2019, production began for Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which follows a group of students who put on a production of High School Musical for their school production.

Olivia starred as Nini, who in the show is cast as main female lead Gabriella Montez from the original HSM, and Joshua starred as Ricky, who gets cast as the main male lead, and Gabriella’s love interest, Troy Bolton. The show was also renewed for a second season.

Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett sing in HSM the series
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Olivia and Joshua played the leading roles, and love interests, in High School Musical: the Musical: the Series

August 2020 – Olivia Rodrigo hints at a potential breakup

The star was originally asked to write the song ‘All I Want’ for the Disney series, but it found an unexpectedly warm reception on TikTok especially, with countless people using the sound for their own emotional TikToks, surprised to learn that it was part of the soundtrack for a High School Musical series.

Olivia posted her own TikTok with the song in the background, with the in-video caption, “you think you can hurt my feelings? I wrote this song.” In the description beneath the video she wrote, “and that’s on failed relationships,” which led some to believe she had experienced a breakup – though it was unclear who she could have broken up with.

January 8, 2021 – Olivia releases debut single ‘Driver’s License’

Fans of ‘All I Want’ were thrilled when they found out that Olivia would be releasing her debut single, and it’s safe to say people loved the bittersweet lyrics and stunning arrangement of ‘Drivers License’ when it was released on January 8.

On January 9, not long after release, ‘Drivers License’ had ascended to number one on the US iTunes sales charts, a testament to the love the song was getting from her fans, and TikTok users alike.

January 9, 2021 – Theories about the song go viral on TikTok

It didn’t take long for TikTok users to get invested in the emotional meaning behind the song, and many took note of some distinctive lyrics that seemed to match up with events in real life, implying that Joshua was the one who could have prompted the emotional song.

User morganvybihal highlighted some potential ‘easter eggs’ in Olivia’s new music video. She appeared to be wearing a denim borg jacket very similar to one that Joshua wore in the HSM series.


#oliviarodrigo dropping easter eggs like Taylor ? lol #greenscreen #tea

♬ Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo – nickie j

They also pulled up an image of Olivia playing a keyboard from the show, matching it up with a scene in the music video that shows her playing a toy piano on the floor, adding to the references that could tie this song to the series in some way.

Another user posted a video in which Olivia recalls her first time driving with Joshua because she didn’t have her permit. The TikTok then plays a short clip of the song in which the star sings “I got my driver’s license last week,” and mentions how they always used to talk about it.

Perhaps most significantly, many suspect that the “blonde girl” Olivia refers to could actually be singer and actress Sabrina Carpenter, as the pair have seemingly got closer lately.

Olivia herself has not confirmed whether the song is about Joshua or not, and seems she just wants to enjoy the success of her new song without directing hate toward any party rumored to be involved. But it’s safe to say that fans are hugely invested in the song and its meaning.

January 10, 2021 – Taylor Swift praises Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia has made no secret of her love for singer Taylor Swift, occasionally posting about her on her Instagram account, and she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw that Taylor herself had commented on her post about ‘Drivers License’ being next to the popular singer on the iTunes charts.

Taylor wrote, “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud,” leaving fans (and of course Olivia) delighted that the pair had a chance to interact.


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January 22, 2021 – Sabrina Carpenter releases song ‘Skin’

The attention toward Olivia Rodrigo has amped up again after Sabrina Carpenter, the girl that many fans assumed was the “blonde girl” mentioned in Drivers License, released a song of her own.

Her song is titled ‘Skin,’ and listeners noticed some lines in the song that may indicate that it’s a response to Olivia’s insanely popular track.

Sabrina sings, “maybe you didn’t mean it, maybe “blonde” was the only rhyme,” in a potential reference to the iconic “you’re probably with that blonde girl,” line from Olivia’s own song.

In the bridge, Carpenter also sings, “don’t drive yourself insane,” which many also took to be a reference to the theme of driving in the original song.

She has not confirmed that the song is actually about Olivia, but many fans seem to believe it is. Some have said they think the song was written to hit out at the young star, but others actually think that the lyrics taking Olivia’s side against haters, and those prying into their personal lives.


Regardless of the intention, the new release has brought attention to the situation again, with countless TikToks going viral for reactions and memes about the exchange.

‘Drivers License’ has quite literally become an overnight sensation, racking up over 9 million views within the space of just a few days. While Olivia hasn’t confirmed who the song is really about — if it’s even about anyone in particular — the song is still proving to be a huge hit for its heartfelt lyrics.