When you think of iconic sports shows, your mind travels to TV: Around the Horn, PTI, First Take. But none of those have created conflict, created buzz and even created a national story like The Paul Finebaum Show has. Truthfully, no show has even come close.
It's a show hosted by a man who's quirky, a man who's smart and a man who knows how to handle people. All kinds of people, that is. Not many shows take the volume of callers that The Paul Finebaum Show does. But that's just Paul Finebaum. For years he wrote columns for the Birmingham Post-Herald and for years he enraged his fellow Birminghamians. He was well-read and, whether people liked it or not, he was a force when it came to sports in the Southeast.
Eventually, he earned the spot on the local radio station, WJOX. And he not only earned that spot but he excelled in it. Excelled so much that he has become the "Voice of the SEC" and will become the "Face of the SEC" as he'll host the show every weekday on the SEC Network.
You might get mad watching the show and listening to the callers. Actually, you will definitely get mad. A man named Charles from Realtown will rave about his Auburn Tigers and another named Jim from Tuscaloosa will talk up the Alabama Crimson Tide -- and that's every day. These callers are dedicated to their calls. Just like you work daily, they call daily. Weird, I know, but that's what makes the show great and that's why it will soon be a staple in sports television.
Listening to the show on the radio, I wonder sometimes what Finebaum does during the callers' rants. What faces does he make? What does he do during these times? Luckily, we'll see. And fortunately, for those that await the SEC Network and await the Finebaum show on television, ESPN gives fans a sneak peak this week. From 4 p.m to 5 p.m. ET, The Paul Finebaum Show will air on ESPNU and from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, his show will move to ESPN2 for the national audience to see.
So you've heard about him, and you've seen him on College Gameday. Watch the man in action on television this week and see what he's all about. Don't be afraid to call in, too -- trust me, your call can't be worse than the ones Finebaum already gets.