January 4, 2021 admin

The Story of Dan and Bomani

I figured, with Dan leaving ESPN, I should probably jot some thoughts down.

I left Miami for New York in 2017. I’d been there four years, working on “Highly Questionable” with Dan. We caught up the day before I left at some typically Miami spot, one of the hotel bars on Collins. The man couldn’t have been prouder of me, just like he was anytime he saw that I was maximizing the platform we shared. We’d come a long way. I don’t remember if we discussed that explicitly, but we had. We’d gone through our own individual periods of stress, loss and pain in that time, and we were there for each other, mostly in knowing silence.

In 2013, I signed a four-year contract with ESPN, a contract that only came to pass because Dan asked John Skipper to bring me on. I went in fully expecting to have my own show at the end of the deal. That, more or less, happened. It was, to that point, my greatest professional triumph, the rare time in my life I set a goal and actually achieved it.

Dan and I did this interesting thing that happens in our business — we got to know each other on television. Not like that was the only time we ever talked, but a professional necessity was conveying a warm, on-screen relationship, even when we didn’t really know each other. Getting to know someone is a process, after all.

People approach that process differently. Dan doesn’t really ease in. He’s a big, tactile, gregarious man from the very beginning. He offers himself fully, which is pretty amazing considering his stature in his city and industry. If Dan wants to be your friend, it’s like he’s your best friend immediately. And with us younger folks in the game, it’s endearingly paternal.

I’m not like that. Through the years, I’ve grown more insular and less trusting. I don’t assume anyone’s out to get me, but I’m no longer built to throw myself into someone’s arms just because they’re open. It’s not personal. I don’t even think it’s a problem. Our friendship would have to develop. It couldn’t simply be ordained.

I also didn’t want to be the little brother. Younger brother would work, but not little. I picked up my life to be a co-host, not a sidekick, on what was “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable.” I had no problem with the idea that the show itself was Dan’s. After all, Miami wasn’t my city and Gonzalo wasn’t my father. Dan was the reason we were there. He was the job creator, whose success on every platform allowed him to make space — and money — for so many people. And, duh, he was Dan Le Batard. Equal billing wasn’t what I signed up for, nor was it deserved.

Other stars can shine bright, but there was only one sun. And I saw — and see — myself as someone meant to be the center of his own solar system. That time wasn’t then, but that time would come, and I was positioning myself for that day.

For the first time in my career, I was sharing the stage. I’d only done solo radio, and I did a lot of the production myself (an arrogant professional habit I’ve since broken). The TV shows I did weren’t about interacting with anyone else. And Dan, for the first time in forever, was working with someone positioned to be his peer. This wasn’t a “with Bomani Jones” production. This was “and.”

I’m sure that required some adjustment from him, more than he’d ever considered. Not only is Dan magnanimous, he is perfectly aware of his magnanimity. Being a good, selfless dude is part of his self-concept. But he’s a human being and far too talented to be bereft of ego. Considering how much he’d given just to have me on the show, I figure he had to reconcile a lot of things he didn’t even know were in him.

For a few reasons, I was resistant to Dan’s generosity. I don’t think he knew how to take that, because who would ever say no to a legend in the game offering anything he could do to help? But, to that point in my career — and, hell, probably still — I hadn’t come across anyone who understood how to get the best out of me but me or anyone I truly trusted to try to do so.

I probably listened more to his advice than he realized I did, but I didn’t take it all. There were limits to how much he could tell me because so much of my experience — heavily influenced by my skin color — was beyond his comprehension. Dan couldn’t understand how it was that I wasn’t already hosting a TV show, so the best he could do was guess. Maybe I was too acerbic for viewers and executives, so I should be a bit softer. He was right about softening a bit — something that’s definitely happened since I debuted on “Around the Horn” — but I never thought that was the holdup. I’d been successful on radio being who I was, and I’d built a warm, vibrant community around those shows. But on radio, there’s time to stretch out and really let people get to know you. On TV, they get moments from you. That required something different.

Luckily, there was a jolly old man who sat between us on television. Dan’s relationship with his father is complex, because that’s how father-son relationships tend to go. Now add to that bringing your father to work, and he’s doing the same job as you, putting you in the position to tell your father what he should or shouldn’t be doing, to correct him in front of other people. That was a lot for both of them.

But see, Gonzo wasn’t my daddy. I never worried about whether he was holding up the shoot or doing something embarrassing. He was the dude I’d watched on TV, who made me laugh. I walked in the door loving the dude, making it easy for me to be helpful and gentle to him when he needed it, which allowed the audience to see me in a way that would be impossible while arguing about sports. The softener, for me, was right there. Dan was absolutely right about that.

These were the things we worked through, really, the first two years of the show, and we were doing it while not actually talking to each other on screen. The chairs faced the camera. We didn’t face each other. We just talked. We had great chemistry, but that was primarily intellectual. We tried to switch off who would lead interviews, but that wasn’t gonna work. Dan was so much better at it than I was, so I stepped back and figured out how to supplement the master at work. It was my job to know when Dan hit gold and didn’t realize it, something that struck my black, rural, Southern, public school sensibilities that might miss a man who spent his life around fancy parts of Miami. Which is to say, we were better at talking to other people than each other.

No one could tell, though, and the show was a massive success. The ratings went up as soon as we got together. Remember — the first of the studio shows to migrate from ESPN2 to ESPN was HQ. We were at the front of the network’s changing approach to what shows aired where. We’d figured out the TV show, even if we hadn’t figured each other out.

We never really figured out radio. It was an awkward fit, one that some feared would damage our relationship on the TV show. Long of the short was I didn’t do well as a co-host. I didn’t blend in well with the tenor of the show. I take up too much space, my sense of humor is totally different from theirs, and if I’m being honest, I don’t really get the show. I mean, I do, but that ain’t me. I’m friendly with everyone on the show, but I’m not part of it like some of my peers are. I’m not an acolyte. It’s Dan’s favorite place and thing, but it was never really for me. I’m not sure how much that could help our relationship.

It took time, but the rapport I figured would come with time got there. I trusted his counsel more. He understood that my caring looks different than his, but was always there. And, as I told him once, I had to reconcile the Dan I’d created in my head with the one I met. I’m not sure he ever had a chance to live up to the towering figure he was to me, both as a colleague and a caring individual. He was going to disappoint me at times because he was a legend by the time I met him. The fact I thought so much of him led to points where Dan felt I thought little of him, which was never the case. One of the coldest dudes in the game asked me to run with him. I never lost sight of how incredible that was, or how rare it was that someone would take his name off the marquee of his own television show to make room for someoneelse, in spite of what his friends and advisors thought. He made a big bet on me that, with twists and turns, changed my life and paid off handsomely for us all.

Lemme jump to November 2017. I was between TV shows, and came to Miami for a week to do HQ for the first time since I’d left. It felt like home. The things that were difficult sometimes — doing a radio show in a studio fully decorated for the real star in the operation isn’t always easy — didn’t matter because I wasn’t immersed in them. What I had was a ridiculously talented co-host, my second-favorite old man in the world, and a television show that hummed. We laughed at each other’s jokes. We knew when to push and to pull. I think we all knew what we were pretty sure of before — man, we had something special there. It had to end, but that was a helluva run.

Then the TV show I left HQ for, “High Noon,” was cancelled. ESPN renewed my deal in spite of that, and my primary duty outside of my podcast became doing HQ. It was listed in the press release and everything. It was still Dan’s show, but it felt different. Papi wasn’t doing the show daily. There was no longer a set. It wasn’t nearly as clear that it was all built around Dan. There was nothing wrong with what it was before, but it was definitely different.

Along the way, Dan got the bright idea that he and I should do the show together once a week, just the two of us. It was typically on Wednesday. Viewers would look up and see the two of us. It was both nostalgic and brand new. It was something few could do, as that’s a lot of airspace to fill with just two voices.

For me, it represented something I’d always wanted, even if I knew it wasn’t possible before. I was Dan Le Batard’s partner. I could set him up and he could set me up. We were obviously friends and peers, and the audience could see it.

We were what we’d hoped to be. And it’s what I expect we’ll be until the end.

(Now stop crying, Dan. It’s just the truth.)

– Bomani Jones

Comments (67)

  1. Larry Sunde

    The show has been a favorite for a long time and sad to see it leave ESPN. The chemistry on the set was obvious and was a joy to watch. High Noon was the smartest sports show going and I miss it to this day. Watching the last show today I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who had tears in their eyes. I look forward to watching and enjoying you both wherever life may take you. Thanks for the old memories and the new ones that I’m sure you guys will make.

  2. Ron

    What a great send off for a man I have listened to, and watched, for the better part of ten years. Hearing your eloquent words only makes how I feel about the show, and what Dan represents, even stronger.
    Watching you two together was always my favorite. When you left the show, it was never the same. I subscribed to your podcast, and the Evening Jones, just so I could hear your thoughts and perspectives. I am a white, 42 year old man from Pennsylvania. Your background is different from mine and hearing you speak on issues is enlightening. It provides me with knowledge that I can pass on to my children as they grow up in the same area I did my whole life. I find your perspective, intellect, and humor entertaining and educational.
    I just wanted to thank you for producing content that isn’t just sports related. It’s thought provoking and I make it a point every week to listen. The fact that I get sports, music, and social commentary all in one place, shows your true talent. So thank you again for all you do.

  3. Lindsey Bounds

    I was wondering why you didn’t give an interview with Sarah. Now I know why. This is awesome. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to listen to you and Dan moving forward. Thank you.

  4. Brandon

    Thank You. I used to watch the show everyday. The way it tied sports and funny clips into one show! My wife who rarely watches sports like the show as well. It was the only “sports show” that we watched together and shared thousands of laughs. Hands Down the funniest show ESPN has ever had. Good Luck Bomani, Dan and Papi

    Brandon

  5. Sal

    Thanks to you and Dan for occupying a part of my life that brings me joy and entertains the hell out of me. Your intellect is highly respected and I look forward to seeing more of the both of you in action.

    Much respect

  6. Ronald Cameron

    An amazing write up about two of my favorite sports media personalities. I’ve been a fan of Dan’s since the early 2000’s — because he was an amazing writer who’s goal was to make his readers think. And his radio show — while it was an acquired taste — was something I enjoyed because it wasn’t always about sports. And I liked the fact that Dan helped a lot of people along the way. And how cool is it that Dan brought his dad along for the ride, and in the process, he ended up stealing the spotlight. I’m gonna miss Papi on TV. Hopefully for not too long depending on what’s next for them.

    Which brings me to you Bomani. I’ve been following your work since the tail end of the Morning Jones. In many ways, you remind me of my favorite sports personality/writer of all time: the late, GREAT Ralph Wiley because of your versatility and blunt honesty on a plethora of topics or issues. Was happy for you when you got your opportunity to work at ESPN and with Dan. You say you and Dan didn’t quite click on radio but I disagree. Some of their best shows were when you were on there. Your views on tipping, when they tried mentioning a certain Indianapolis Colts WR, and you refused to say his name, were great shows. And what you two did on HQ won’t be duplicated. The two interviews that stood out for me was the Charles Oakley interview and the one with Jerry Stackhouse.

    Getting back to Dan, my hope for him and his new show is that he’ll be able to continue to do what he enjoys the most, but without as many restrictions. Some birds aren’t meant to be caged and Dan’s at his best when he’s allowed to operate freely.

    Again, amazing write up. HQ will be in great hands with you still there.

  7. John Fields

    That was tremendous. I can only hope that someday words like that are spoken or written about me. I love all three of you Cats.

  8. Michael McCashin

    Long time Le Batard podcast listener here. I kinda get what you said about how you take up a lot of space but i always loved you on the show and felt you fit in well. Your appreciation of Roy’s Top Ten was fun to listen to. You and Stugotz working together doesn‘t seem like it could work but you guys had an unlikely chemistry. It seemed that way to me anyway.
    I’ve learnt heaps from you Bomani. And enjoyed doing it.
    Thanks man.

  9. Alan Abrams

    What a great tribute! I’ve been watching you guys for as long as I remember. It’s really interesting to get your “behind the curtain” take on your expectations for working with Dan as well as the chemistry between the two of you. As a Black man, I personally enjoyed seeing you reach a wider audience as a result.

    One of the things that truly made the show enjoyable for me was your relationship with Papi. I loved the way you interacted with him and I’m sure that helped to soften your image with viewers (not that you needed it) . I’m looking forward to seeing how the show will continue to evolve with you at the helm.

  10. Roy Goodman

    Hi wow very nice. Meaningful. Heartfelt. Job well done. Honest and human like

  11. Michael J. Zatarga

    Human life.
    Duration: momentary.
    Nature: changeable.
    Perception: dim.
    Condition of Body: decaying.
    Soul: spinning around.
    Fortune: unpredictable.
    Lasting Fame: uncertain.
    Sum Up: The body and its parts are a river, the soul a dream and mist, life is warfare and a journey far from home, lasting reputation is oblivion.

    Based around the idea, emotions, and thoughts of and about Dan, this seems appropriate to say.

  12. Mitch Morrison

    You, Dan, Papi, and the rest of the extended family definitely brought great joy to me during some dark days over the past few years. I appreciate your sharing your perspective. You make me laugh and you make me think. I am grateful.

  13. Amanda Jackson

    I love watching you and Dan together. It seems as if y’all have been friends forever. Dan is the best thing ESPN had.

  14. Kyle Levy

    Love this man. And I gotta say you and Pablo liked High Noon. I loved that show.

  15. Christopher Jerry - DC

    What a tribute. For one guy (Dan) who is my favorite media personality that led me to following another (Bomani) who is my second favorite. Thanks for writing your remembrances Bo and thank you Dan for allowing the brotha to have an opportunity to have a larger platform.

    Plus, it’s always good to smell your flowers while you’re still living.

  16. Jonathan Reidenouer

    Thank you for the honesty and transparency of those reflections, as well as the excellent writing.

  17. Galen Rock

    Thank you for letting us in, Bo. This was honest and real AF. I’ve been a huge fan of yours since The Morning Jones and it was following you, that I found the Lebatard show w/ Stugotz. I loved Wednesday and thought you brought a much needed voice to that show but I definitely agree with your assessment of your fit. I love the Lebatard crew but there’s a “bro-ey” aspect to them that is totally different than your vibe. I will say, I looooooved the last couple discussions between you and Dan on the Big Suey. Hope we can get more of that!

  18. Macartney Heriveaux

    Your fit in Dan’s radio show is right where it needs to be, as a frequent guest (not necessarly a host) for (preferably) several segments and within its new format I think you’ll have more room to operate. Great text by the way, pertinent yet genuine.

  19. Theo

    This was great to read and experience. Glad to hear about and see the outcomes from taking a chance on compassionate and talented people. It was wonderful to see y’all working together!

  20. TJH

    Dear Bomani

    I truly find you and Dan, together or separate, informative and insightful. Candidly I don’t care about your sports views but I always enjoy hearing through you life lens. You point out how you and Dan have different backgrounds. I think that is why I enjoy you both. You frame things up in a way I cannot do for myself…not for lack of caring and compassion but perhaps a lack of reference. Thanks for helping me understand things from your perspective.

    They say content is King. Makes sense to me then that the King is the King always, and that means you can build your own stage. I so desperately want to use a good Wire quote here, but I am always torn between Avon and Marlo.

    Great story. You and Dan are lucky to have each other.

  21. Christopher

    Great piece! I love to see you and hear you when you get on ESPN. I miss your radio show, as well, Bo.

  22. Robert Harper

    Excellent article Bo. I appreciate your work and your standard. The mix between you and Dan was remarkable.
    So from Trinidad and Tobago all the best for 2021.

  23. Taj W.

    Thanks for the years of insight, laughter, and warmth you two brought to my Television set. HQ was the one show I could not and still can’t miss daily. It’s going to burn watching it and not seeing Dan/Papi, but it’s in good hands. I can’t wait to see what you and Dan have in store and hope it’s not the last time you two work together. Excellent piece.

  24. Stephen Eric Bryden

    I very much appreciate you both, from what you do, to how you do it, to who you are.

  25. Bomani,I have been following you for a long time. From North Carolina til now. I’m a huge fan of all the stories and laughter you share with us. You helped inspire me to continue my education by showing me a black man can excel in the educational world, and you have inspired me to start my own sports podcast. Continue to do great work and create great memories. Just like with Dan, rather you are with Espn or not, we will be here with open ears and full hearts.

  26. Channa

    Thanks Bo for such a beautiful goodbye. Being an immigrant to this country, a sports buff, love the way you explain things. The art of telling what you know by you and Dan is a gift that very few have in the world. I hope you both get together and create more shows in future. TI wish you guys talk about all matters – Life, Society and so on. I have learnt so much from you both, please keep doing the good work.

  27. Barry P

    Fantastic! Two of the smartest guys talking about sports but you are totally different dudes. And that’s what has made it such a pleasure to watch over the years. I will continue to watch and listen to both of you in the next chapters ahead. Thanks!

  28. Julius Austin

    Thank you Bo. You didn’t have to share this. But just like many other times, you are giving us a piece of yourself to get us all through a turbulent time/transition period. Thanks again. For everything.

  29. Michael Battle

    Thanks Bo I’m gonna miss Dan and Gonzo a lot. I caught on to you guys when I got tired of local sports talk. Going to work in afternoon listening to Dan and the crew, leaving catching Bo on the way home. Got turned to all of the endeavors. Tv and radio, best of luck to the both of you.

  30. Roderic Perez

    Oh man, Mr. Jones, I was not ready for this. After my eyes got watery watching the last show you did together- until the bachelor ending that is – (Well played by the way.), I saw this and said, “How bad could it be?” It was so much worse than I imagined. The sincerity in your words and hearing the respect from one man to someone he truly considers a friend made the waterworks begin again. I had to take a moment because I had not felt this way since the first time Boomer retired. Thank you for making someone who is more of an introvert than necessary, feel there is always someone who will bring you out of your shell, even if it appears like one is kicking a screaming against it. Thank you for this. Dan will be missed but your words make it clear that no one will miss him more than you. Fantastic job.

  31. Jorge Paredes

    Excelente. Los sigo desde hace años y los mejores intercambios se veian en cuestiones de raza, religion y cultura. Espero verlos juntos algun dia!

  32. Dale Ganaway

    Your words, your brilliance, and bring able to speak your words on hq made you a star. Its really refreshing to see and hear you speak your opinion on a national tv show. Its obvious that Dan is a good man. You 2, along with Dan’s dad had that it. Your chemistry together was a winner. Hated when you left, and when Gonzales left, and with Dan leaving. I tip mu hat to you, with continued success. Salute!

  33. Gus

    The only reason I read this article is because it was on my news feed, so I have one question that is not answered. Who the hell are Dan Lebatard and Bomani Jones? I’m 66 years old, have attended more sporting events than this platform allows me to list, and am familiar with many noted sport journalists.
    Never heard of these guys, never heard of the tv program, don’t know anyone who is. Suddenly a couple of obscure guys, not known to have reached water cooler fame, as in people talking about you at the office, are taking up space on my news feed.
    In the immortal words of Charles Brown……Good Grief!

  34. Leonard Lynce, Jr.

    Man this was deep. Being in that position is never easy, and you guys made it look seamless. I thoroughly enjoyed watching you guys together, I made a point of it daily.

  35. Joe Garcia

    I always said the you were going to leave Miami someday. Then your story got even better when you moved to wonderful Harlem. NICE!

  36. Aaron

    Thanks Bo, appreciate the perspective. Also still wish they’d have figured out how to let High Noon breathe, miss the show! GL with future HQ too.

  37. Scott

    I never laughed as much, hard or as often as I did watching HQ while you were there. I would often find myself stopping whatever I was doing to watch the three of you interact. Thanks Dan and thanks Bo for representing our community in a positive and intellectually stimulating manner. It is really refreshing to see you being you and not a “stick” for ratings grab.

  38. Ed Smith

    This was awesome, Bo. I’m a fan of you both and to see behind the curtain is cool. I look forward to you being the man for HQ.

  39. Benjamin Vazquez

    Mr. Jones,

    I cannot even come close to such a well written letter as yours to describe my affection for HQ and the cast. The intelligence and passion of Dan and you made it must see tv for you. I described HQ as being sweet and mean all at once because the chemistry between you, dan and papi was was evident almost immediately as was the melding of your senses of humor. I’ve come to rely on your work because unlike some of the other personalities on ESPN your language skills and vocabulary isn’t forced. Your opinion and the language used to express it is fluid and unrehearsed. Dan will be missed but i hope that the suits at ESPN allow HQ to continue to be an organic effort from the awesome collection of folks that Dan helped mold. Elle Duncan, Katie Nolan, Mina Kimes, Pablo Torre, Izzy Gutierrez, Sarah Spain and Amin El Hassin.

  40. Alan Pruss

    You always bring a perspective I wouldn’t have ever thought about and on this tribute you did it again. I loved both you guys and the show’s. This is definitely selfish of me but please write…words…anything. Thank you.

  41. jpizz

    most of the shows i like on espn got canned. sportsnation, stephen a smiths first show(cant remember the name) and now hq. most of the shows they got right now has same premise. which is debate. shows which got cancelled are wacky and funny.

  42. MOE

    I discovered HQ when you came to the show..see I’ve always been a huge fan of yours and was tuning in to hear your perspective. I quickly realized that I had been missing out on the television gold that was Dan and Papi.

    Thanks for the introduction and the wonderfully written piece. Appreciate You

  43. Latif Loveless

    Thanks for the insight Bomani. I always loved HQ and admire the intellect that both you and Dan brought to the show (and ESPN as a whole). I hated that High Noon was cancelled. I was interested in the chemistry that was developing between you and Pablo. Best of luck to you.

  44. Patricio

    As a Latino form Newark NJ who wears his heart on his sleeve, I value your words of acknowledgement and appreciation to Dan & Papi.

    Like many, I view HQ as a family and like any family, you can be proud of each other’s past endeavors. Case in point – https://youtu.be/Oi3Lgi4pNok

    Best

    Patricio

  45. Jeffrey A Moore

    I have to respectfully disagree with you Bomani. You had great chemistry, different chemistry from other guest, but still great chemistry on the radio show with Stugotz and the shipping container. The uneasiness was a great listen.

  46. Joe McGovern

    Thanks for writing this Bomani. I have really enjoyed what both you and Dan have brought to ESPN over the last 10 years and this was a fitting tribute to the man who turned ESPN on it’s ear. I think it’s safe to say that without Dan, we might not have seen you, Mina, Pablo and so many other young and fresh voices on how we look at and consume sports. It was a great ride. I will miss Dan but look forward to what you and the others have for us on HQ and other ESPN platforms.

  47. Kristi Reuille

    Bomani- Thanks for keeping it real. I love how Dan interacts with and cares about the shipping container and his audience. I love your ability carry a show….and inform. You’re the best!

  48. I used to hate Dan Le Batard. I thought he was every arrogant sports dick and simultaneously every arrogant Miami dick. I would deliberately not watch “Pardon The Interruption” when he guest-hosted.

    I softened to him when I caught an episode of “¿HQ?” and saw that he got a TV show on ESPN and let his dad loose on it. In odd ways, Papi reminded me of my dad: uncensored sports rants, gleefully anachronistic, and far too willing to show his tits.

    I resented you for messing up that dynamic. The panky-rang swagger didn’t help. But in time I realized that the show needed your balance like sometimes a sweet lemonade needs a smooth iced tea to make a great Arnold Palmer. (I’ve also come to respect you as someone who comes from a smart place even if disagreeable, which is more than I can say for most hot-take sports gasbags.)

    The radio show couldn’t have you because chaos and anarchy was the point. But when they needed somebody to explain why David Bowie or Prince was so important to pop music — they knew where to find a good smart answer on two minutes’ notice.

    ESPN are idiots because they don’t understand the future of their business. Dan and you and Pablo and Mina and Sarah are all your own brands now, almost on a first-name basis. In 10 years, ESPN will be an app that has live sports and 30 podcasts. Dan recognized this reality before most and did his damnedest getting all of you off the launching pad before the suits brought out the knives for him.

    Now you inherit his legacy. What will you do with it?

  49. Julio Polanco

    That was from the heart man, thanks for sharing. Hope keep thriving in HQ, but also that you and Dan could work together again in the future.

  50. Dorian

    I got goosebumps reading this, reflecting on the YEARS i have spent listening to both The Right Time and The Le Batard Show (and watching on TV as well, though not as often). I’ve enjoyed Bomani’s perspective since very early on and I’m happy Dan made a conscious effort to support Bo’s exposure and growth.

    Great piece of writing here, Bo. Keep crushing it! And while you may not “fit” the Le Batard Show with Stugotz the way you think, you always bring an element of humor, intelligence, and humility that only adds and doesn’t subtract from the show. Don’t be a stranger.

  51. Beau Bradley

    Your shows with Dan and Papi were a gift. They hit on multiple levels and brought brightness to my day in some very dark moments. Thank you for what you do.

    Beau originally from Dade county, now Seattle metroplex

  52. Sudha Hillary

    Bo,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, observations and insights over the years! The diversity of thought, opinions and life experiences shared on-air was appointment TV. I certainly enjoyed the unusual “family” created by co-hosts, entertainment, and challenging this viewers viewpoints sometimes. Thanks to you, Dan and Papi for making viewers think, consider and sometimes feel!

    Best always,
    Sudha Hillary

  53. Karl Woods

    Bomani, I am sincerely thankful for your perspectives and presentation on all platforms. HQ literally has brought out the best in you in my opinion. All three of you were and are rebels with causes who raged against the machine. We’ll miss Dan. Hope someone doesn’t have to write this about you at ESPN anytime before you want them to.

  54. Arlene

    Wow, so appreciate how you let us into your life. It can’t be easy. Glad that it’s you carrying on HQ.

  55. Ryan

    A Cuban Miami based mega-star and a proud & loud southern black man connected with a white man from Kansas in ways that deserve books written on. The genuineness of both of you have connected with many of us in ways I don’t know that you specifically; truly realize. Through the show I grew a true appreciation for your work and seek it out anywhere I can get it and snort it like cocaine as Dan would say. Because of this I’ve learn so much perspective on things I just never would have. Maybe importantly that there are certain conversations only meant to be heard and learned from not responded to.
    I say all that to say in ugly times like these what started as a goofy tv show has connected you with a lot of us which otherwise would have never have happened in this way. You’re far too important for that to not have been the case.

    Thank you.

    Ryan – From Kansas.

  56. Tiara

    I have watched you for so long and my brother recently introduced me to The Evening Jones. I loved it immediately… its a more real you. I have been a faithful daily listener Dan’s radio show for six years now. Lol I get the show. But honestly Bo I dont know if you will see this but this post is just the best thing Ive seen in a long time. I was ready to cry. It is a soft side of you I have never seen. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. Just when I thought I couldn’t be a bigger fan you go and do some shit like this: beautiful. -Tiara from Ohio

  57. Daniel

    Hey Bomani,
    I just want you to know that when I’m not sure of what’s going on, I seek out your thoughts on a lot of topics because I trust your judgment. I thank Dan for introducing me to you. I appreciate you both and look forward to you taking HQ in your own direction and Also following Dan’s next move. Good luck to you both and thanks for all of the laughs and unique perspectives you have brought to my little world. You both have opened my eyes and widened my perspective with your thoughtfulness.✌🏽

  58. John & Alison

    My wife and I record very few programs, but HQ is one of them. It is always a bright-spot to our evening and has helped carry us through this past year.

    Our best to Dan and we will miss him dearly. Thank you for establishing a legacy of outstanding panelists. You all impress, amuse, and endear us to the world of sports…and what have you.

    All the best Bomani. We hope to continue watching you and the rest of the panel (won’t list them here because they are all terrific).

  59. Colleen Grisham

    I don’t watch sports shows by choice (my husband likes a few and we live in a one-room apartment). So I just want to say how happy I am that you are now the host of HQ. It is a joy to watch. You are clever, observant and a great host. You are thoughtful and articulate and I hope you carry on for many years. Thanks for what you do.

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