Paul Finebaum will be live during Iron Bowl

There surely will be some interesting calls to Paul Finebaum during this weekend's Iron Bowl. (AP Photo).

There surely will be some interesting calls to Paul Finebaum during this weekend’s Iron Bowl. (AP Photo).

If you want to talk about the Iron Bowl while it’s being played, here’s your chance.

ESPN radio personality Paul Finebaum (Does he really need an intro?) will be taking calls during Alabama’s annual grudge match against Auburn on the SEC Network on Saturday night, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported.

The special is titled “Finebaum Film Room: Iron Bowl Live” with Finebaum hosting a call-in show throughout the game. The call-in show will start after the conclusion of SEC Network’s airing of VanderbiltTennessee, and SEC Network viewers will see both Finebaum’s set and the live game concurrently on their screens. Finebaum, an SEC Network analyst, will be joined by some SEC Network regulars (such as Marcus Spears and Greg McElroy) during the broadcast.

An interactive Iron Bowl is an outstanding idea, but I hope the network’s delay has been tuned up and double and triple checked because they’re going to need it.

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor, who have been announcing games on the SEC Network this season, will have the call for the 7:45 p.m. game on ESPN.

“We hope fans will call in and you can get fan reaction as the game is going live,” ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming Burke Magnus told SI. “The feeling for us was this is authentically SEC. Paul is sort of the cornerstone voice of the network in a lot of ways, from his daily radio show to his work on SEC Nation. It is something we have not tried before and we felt like this was unique to the SEC.”

I wonder if ESPN has blocked Harvey Updyke’s number.


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