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DJ: Dantonio's Heart Attack Is Punishment From God

By now you’ve probably had a chance to see the highlights from the Notre Dame-Michigan State overtime thriller on Saturday.

During the fake field goal called by Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio, the play clock was at :00 before the ball was snapped, upsetting Irish fans as Notre Dame lost 34-31.

But one radio host took his frustration about the loss too far, claiming that “God’s going to get you” if you cheat.

Matt Patrick of the Michiana’s Morning News on WTRC-FM 95.3 in South Bend, Ind. took to YouTube to vent his frustration and had a explanation for why Dantonio suffered a mild heart attack following the game:

“The moral of the story: If you mess around with the Fighting Irish. You cheat on the last play of the game, overtime, and beat the Irish, God’s going to get you.”

The station was immediately flooded with phone calls and e-mails from people offended by his comments. Patrick, who just started at WTRC, quickly issued an apology to Dantonio.

Why did Patrick make the comments in the first place?

“I was trying to be funny,” Patrick told the Detroit Free Press. “Maybe I could’ve chosen my words a little bit differently. I don’t believe God did anything (to Dantonio). And I don’t believe Coach deserved it (the heart attack). I’m not out to shock anybody. This situation, to me, is one where I can step back and say, ‘I should have said it a little bit differently.’ I can take my lumps.”

Those lumps should come in the unemployment line.

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The SportsNewser Interview: Jemele Hill

Jemele Hill is more than just Skip Bayless‘ competition on ESPN’s “First Take.” The Detroit native realizes that debating sports with the surly Bayless is just part of her day-to-day duties as an ESPN.com columnist.

“That’s not a job,” Hill tells SportsNewser. “Debating Skip is not my job. It’s what I do, but my job is to be a journalist.”

Hill has been a standout at her job as a journalist since starting her professional career at the Raleigh News & Observer in 1997. After stops at the Detroit Free Press and Orlando Sentinel, Hill joined ESPN in 2006.

SportsNewser.com spoke to Hill on the phone about her experience covering the World Cup in South Africa and the challenges she’s come across as a black woman in the journalism industry.

SportsNewser: Where does covering the World Cup in South Africa rank on your all-time list of favorite sporting events?

Jemele Hill: I would have to say that would be in the top three. It’s kind of hard to pick one but it would definitely be in consideration I guess. It was a fantastic experience. It was a beautiful country and a wonderful sporting event. It is almost hard for me to put in words because I have never been to Africa before. That was the first time I covered soccer on that scale. I just felt so many emotional connections in going to South Africa, a place that I think the last real recognition most of us had of it, myself as well, was apartheid. To see how the country had grown in those few years since it had been on the worldwide stage was very moving. It was definitely a benchmark for my career.

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