The Herd with
Colin Cowherd is a sports talk radio show hosted by
Colin Cowherd on
Fox Sports Radio
Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. The show features
commentary on the day's sports news, perspective on other news
stories, and interviews with celebrities, sports analysts and sports
The program was originally carried by
ESPN Radio and simulcast most
ESPNU until July 24, 2015 as a result of Cowherd's exit
from the network. After Cowherd joined Fox Sports, The Herd moved to
the Premiere Networks-distributed
Fox Sports Radio
Fox Sports Radio network, airing
from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET. Its television simulcast also moved
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 1 airs a daily highlight show, The Best Thing I
YouTube also airs a weekly highlight show, The Best Thing I
Herd This Week, hosted by Kristine Leahy, or Joy Taylor.
Logo of the show when it was on ESPN
During its run on ESPN, Cowherd was joined by on-air by producers
Vincent Kates, David Fisch and Tom Wassell.
ESPN Radio SportsCenter
updates during the show were performed by Dan Davis. On his March 5,
2010 show, Colin announced that Amanda Gifford would be leaving The
Herd to become a "suit". Additionally, the show was cut back one hour,
airing three hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1 Regular guests
3 Guest hosts
6 External links
Trey Wingo and
Mark Schlereth - "The Simultaneous Game" is on during
the NFL season every Thursday.
RJ Bell - Every Friday During the NFL season, Colin does his "Blazin
Five" in which he picks 5 games against the spread. RJ Bell is a guest
at 12:45pm EST to give his Vegas insight on Colin's picks.
Stephen A. Smith
Stephen A. Smith - ESPN New York
Tedy Bruschi - ESPN Boston
Eddie Guerrero's Death - In November 2005, Cowherd was criticized by
former ESPN ombudsman, George Solomon for his treatment of the death
World Wrestling Entertainment
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler Eddie Guerrero. Colin
was quoted as saying "he passed away doing steroids", implying that
Guerrero's death had been caused by steroid use. According to Dr.
Kathryn Berg, the assistant chief medical examiner for Hennepin County
in Minnesota, the autopsy showed that Guerrero died from a hardening
and narrowing of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the
Using Un-attributed Material - In March 2006, Cowherd was criticized
for using a joke on his show that was posted on the "M Zone", a
University of Michigan
University of Michigan fan blog without crediting it. Cowherd later
apologized on-air and gave the M Zone full credit for the material.
The M Zone response: "He was very cool about everything. This incident
is now resolved and over."
The Herd Knocks
Blog Offline - On April 5, 2007, listeners of The Herd
The Big Lead
The Big Lead blog site offline. Cowherd directed his listeners
to access the web site home page simultaneously (emulating a denial of
service attack), which resulted in a massive increase in traffic. The
blog site's servers were not capable of handling so many users at one
time so the site was knocked off-line for approximately 96 hours.
ESPN's new Ombudsman, Le Anne Schreiber wrote an article sharing her
(negative) opinion of Cowherd's actions. Schreiber contacted Traug
Senior Vice President at ESPN Radio, and Keller indicated
that Cowherd would face no disciplinary action for the stunt, because
there had been no policy against such a tactic at the time. To prevent
this from happening again, Keller instituted a zero tolerance policy
of such activities in the future.
Sean Taylor's Murder - Cowherd was criticized for comments made
regarding the circumstances surrounding Sean Taylor's death. On
November 28, 2007, one day after Taylor's home invasion murder,
Cowherd claimed that Taylor's past had brought this upon himself, and
that Redskins fans who mourned him were not "grown ups." Cowherd
stated about Taylor's turnaround; "Well, yeah, just because you clean
the rug doesn't mean you got everything out. Sometimes you've got
stains, stuff so deep it never ever leaves." Taylor's death was later
found to be the result of a botched robbery, and the robbers hadn't
known Taylor was home when they entered.
Lavar Ball - Cowherd was criticized for he how handled Lavar Ball
during an interview on May 17, 2017. While interviewing Ball, Kristine
Leahy chimed in with her own thoughts and opinions. Ball never looked
at her, telling her, without eye contact, to "stay in her lane."
Cowherd continued the interview, not scolding him for his behavior,
which the media later deemed sexist and misogynistic. The next
episode, Cowherd and Leahy spoke of the incident during one of the
first segments, with Cowherd stating he didn't say anything because
Leahy is a strong woman who can defend herself and that if Ball did
anything deemed inappropriate, he would have ended the interview
immediately. Leahy agreed with Cowherd's assessment. Ball has never
returned to the show since then.
While on ESPN the regular fill-ins for Cowherd were Dave Rothenberg,
Ryan Ruocco, Jorge Sedano, Linda Cohn, Adnan Virk, and Ryen Russillo.
The fill-ins during his FOX tenure are Nick Wright, Cris Carter, Doug
Gottlieb, and Jason Whitlock.
Joy Taylor and former women's golfer
turned broadcaster Holly Sonders fill in for Leahy.
On December 19, 2005,
Sports Illustrated named Cowherd "Radio
Personality of the Year". Cowherd was lauded by columnist Richard
Deitch for providing "an engaging mix of entertainment, information,
Colin Cowherd officially signs with Fox; how the network will use
him". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
^ Best Thing I Herd This Week – via YouTube.
^ Solomon, George (December 27, 2005). "Radio aims to be provocative,
fair". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
^ Solomon, George (April 6, 2006). "Vitale still signature face, voice
of ESPN hoops". ESPN.com.
^ Schreiber, Le Anne (April 8, 2007). "Cowherd's 'attack' on blog:
'Zero tolerance'". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
^ Schreiber, Le Anne (December 11, 2007). "Proportion, perspective
missing ingredients in news coverage". ESPN. Retrieved
^ Deitch, Richard (December 19, 2007). "2005 Media Awards". Sports
Illustrated. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
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