The first week of The Pat McAfee Show on ESPN seems to be going from strength to strength with its latest broadcast.
Thursday marked the popular sports talk show’s first day on cable television since it announced it would be joining the network in May.
And while most of their shows are broadcast live from their Indiana base at the facility they’ve dubbed the Thunderdome, Friday was an exception.
Ahead of the highly anticipated Alabama vs. Texas game on Saturday, September 9th at Bryant-Denny Stadium, McAfee and company hit the ESPN College Gameday in Tuscaloosa.
After opening the show with his traditional “Hello, beautiful people,” McAfee admitted there had been concerns that no fans would show up to their set, having only announced on Thursday that they would be broadcasting from the Quad .
“I’ll put it this way: We thought there was a chance zero people would show up,” he said.
That concern proved unfounded, however, as McAfee remarked to cheers from the crowd, “There are about 100 to 200 kids skipping class.”
Not only did the students have a lot of fun, but apparently the spectators also felt the enthusiasm.
“Most electrifying Friday opening ever!” commented one fan on X, formerly known as Twitter.
A second wrote: “The guys sitting at the college game day table are so cool #PMSLive.”
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Another added: “McAfee Show Live on campus must be the new Friday theme. This is electrifying.”
Former NFL cornerback turned ESPN analyst and Pat McAfee Show regular Darius Butler also commented: “My boys are KILLIN it on ESPN now!”
While Friday’s show took a look at the upcoming college football action, it also reflected on Thursday night’s NFL season opener.
The Detroit Lions pulled off an impressive 21-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on the night they unveiled their latest Super Bowl banner at Arrowhead Stadium.
And McAfee was full of praise for this new-look Lions team and their head coach Dan Campbell – nicknamed Motor City Dan Campbell.
“What MCDC has done to this place and this culture is nothing short of admirable,” he said.
“Last night I felt like the Detroit Lions should win this game.”