Sports talk radio exists to get people riled up about things. Sometimes the subject of said prodding are fans, other times it’s the guests who come onto the show. For example, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared on Colin Cowherd’s daily yodel-fest in a segment that eventually made its way onto FS1.
In their exchange, Cowherd tries to get Mayfield to admit he’s a bad teammate (or something of that ilk) because he didn’t celebrate a touchdown during Oklahoma’s 31-16 win over Ohio State last season with his teammate. Mayfield threw a pass to Trey Sermon, which was taken into the end zone to put the Sooners up in the fourth quarter, 24-13.
After the score, Mayfield didn’t celebrate with his teammates. He instead ran off to somewhere else. Cowherd tried using that as one of those sports talk radio gotcha moments, but instead, Mayfield proceeded to make the host look really bad.
Mayfield explained he was going to celebrate with Oklahoma’s band and the students who traveled from Norman to Columbus, then let Cowherd have it.
“Did you watch the rest of the game?” Mayfield asked. “You did? So you saw me celebrate with my teammates, like, the three touchdowns before that?
“You pulled the one clip of me running right there to our fans and people who traveled well to that game, first of all, and then you didn’t show the rest of the clip of me going to our sideline,” Mayfield continued.
Mayfield then accused Cowherd of saying he believed he was “going for the fact that I’m not a team guy, that I’m selfish,” and challenged him to look at the other Sooner touchdowns from the game, because it would show him celebrating. So let’s do that! Apologies in advance for the amount of “Boomer Sooner” you’re about to hear.
Here’s the first score Mayfield threw, which came at the start of the third quarter.
After throwing this score, Mayfield makes his way to the sideline to celebrate with the rest of the Sooners. Let’s check out touchdown No. 2, which occurred near the end of the quarter.
Again, Mayfield throws a touchdown, then makes his way to the sideline and celebrates, although he kind of goes Super Saiyan before doing that. Touchdown number three is the one Cowherd claims violates the Constitution or something, so let’s look at number four! It was actually a rushing touchdown, and you can’t quite tell what Mayfield does, but the first time he shows up post-score, he’s on his sideline.
After further review, I think this is an example of a sports talk radio host trying to sports talk radio someone into an awkward position, only for them to make a gross miscalculation because their guest ended up having none of it.