Darren Rovell Award Winner: Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan

Darren Rovell Award Winner: Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan

UPDATE: Katie Nolan's show, Crowd Goes Wild registers a 0.1 rating

All national sports media and local Chicago media are eligible for the Darren Rovell award. Of course, priority will be given to Chicago sports media candidates. With Darren Rovell being a Northwestern alum and ESPN personality, this award is both local and national.

The Darren Rovell award will be given to the person/outlet who either

a.) gives us obvious product placement in their “journalism” or

b.) engages in prodigious self-promotion.

Often candidates do both at the same time. If you have a candidate for the Darren Rovell award, email thesportsbank DOT net AT gmail DOT com

Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan “wins” it today because…….


Fox Sports 1 has a new show centered around Regis Philbin. ("I’M REGIS! I’M OUT OF CONTROL" CC Dana Carvey) and one of his many sidekicks on the show is Katie Nolan.

We’ll get to criticizing the Regis hire in a bit, but first watch this video of “No Filter with Katie Nolan.”

Around the 30 second mark, Katie Nolan shows off a picture of herself in the New York Times and gloats about it for 10-15 seconds. Then she dismisses the New York Times newspaper as not being important and simply part of the past.

Yes, despite the fact that she just wasted a good chunk of her segment bragging about being in the very publication she then deems irrelevant seconds later.  And after this contradiction Nolan says “sorry newspapers, you’re the past. I’m the future.”

WHOAH! SLOW DOWN THERE Cowgirl. Who are you again?

How come I haven’t even heard of you until I saw this video?

And the only reason I saw this video is because I saw the promo for your show which debuts tomorrow. I can’t stand Regis Philbin, so there was a <5% I was ever going to watch this certain-to-be-terrible program anyway. Now, after getting to know who Katie Nolan is, there’s a less than zero % chance I’m ever watching this show. And that’s mathematically impossible.

I agree with Ms. Nolan that newspapers are archaic, and soon to be phased out. But you know who “the future” is?

Deadspin, The Big Lead, Yardbarker. And by the future I mean the people who run those sites, not just write for them.

I get that Katie Nolan is doing a bit here, that it’s meant to be a joke, but it doesn’t come off that way. At least, the joke is nowhere close to being funny. And it seems serious to anyone who's watching it. I guess it's a very poorly executed "I'm kind of a big deal," Ron Burgundy routine.

Katie Nolan just comes off as arrogant and overly self-aggrandizing. Even Darren Rovell wouldn’t do this. As narcissistic and self-promoting as Rovell usually is, he still would never go as far as Katie Nolan did here. (Then again the Mighty Darren did once tweet about how Playboy Mansion Super Bowl parties weren't up to his standards, and the women there weren't attractive enough for him)

If Katie Nolan really is “the future?” She should have more than 11,930 followers.

Following Darren Rovell on Twitter will make you want to intake all the cyanide you can find as fast as possible. However, I do respect the fact that he has 380,000 followers. And just in case you’re not yet sold on the idea of avoiding “Crowd Goes Wild,” remember that these are the two sports teams Regis himself claims to like: New York Yankees and Notre Dame football.

And his co-host Katie Nolan has equally front-runner, tourist “broham” taste in “culture” too. She recently tweeted her expertise in attending John Mayer concerts. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

This pair almost makes Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless look good by comparison.


Darren Rovell Award Ring of "Honor"

Mark Silverman, President, Big Ten Network

Chicago Cubs

Terry Hutchens, Indianapolis Star

Darren Rovell, ESPN/ABC

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan, he also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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