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ESPN Radio Team on Both Coasts This Weekend

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Get a comfortable bed, blackout mask, and white noise machine ready for Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, & Ian Fitzsimmons. They will need it after this weekend. The broadcast team is pulling double duty for ESPN Radio.

On Friday, the team will call the Pac-12 Championship Game between the Washington Huskies and Utah Utes. That game is in Santa Clara, CA. Once that game is over, the group will catch a red eye flight bound for Charlotte, NC. That is where they will call the ACC Championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the Pitt Panthers the following night.

This group has been ESPN Radio’s A-Team for college football this season. This weekend won’t even be the group’s first cross-country assignment in a single weekend. Back in week 4 of the season, Rosinski, Norris, and Fitzsimmons called Washington State’s visit to USC on Friday, September 21. They were in Atlanta the next afternoon to call Clemson vs. Georgia Tech. At least this weekend it is two night games, so maybe the crew can get a nap in before its Saturday assignment.

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Reese Waters Doesn’t Believe Most NFL Owners Will Vote Dan Snyder Out

“When it’s all said and done, 31 owners are gonna claim after the fact they voted for Dan Snyder’s ouster, and he’ll actually get like 10 votes.”

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The cloud surrounding Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder continues to swirl, and things are not looking good for team owner Daniel Snyder.

The latest report indicates several NFL owners are preparing to vote to force Snyder to relinquish ownership of the newly-named Washington franchise.

On The Team 980 in D.C., host Reese Waters said this latest development shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“If you don’t know Dan Snyder by now, then you’ll never ever know him,” he said. “I don’t know what it was that you didn’t understand but I tried, many times, to communicate to you the kind of owner that I am.”

A pretty strong majority of the owners would have to vote in the affirmative in order for the process to begin. But Waters said the number of owners in favor of getting Snyder out won’t be that large.

“When it’s all said and done, 31 owners are gonna claim after the fact they voted for Dan Snyder’s ouster, and he’ll actually get like 10 votes,” he said. “That’s basically how this is going to go. That’s where I’m at with it.”

One listener suggested that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would likely be the biggest hurdle for other owners to get past, as it seems every season the one game the Commanders and Cowboys meet FedEx Field is overrun with Cowboys fans.

Waters understood that logic, but said in a larger sense, keeping the Commanders weak does nothing to help the rest of the league.

“I can see it helping Jerry. I don’t think it really helps Stan Kroenke,” Waters said. “I don’t think it’s really helping Woody Johnson and them. I don’t see it helping Shad Khan. I think they’re all helped by us being a legitimate stand-up, actually big boy pants run franchise.”

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WGR Turns 100 Years Old

“On May 22, 1922, it became the first commercially licensed station to offer uninterrupted service to Western New York.”

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It seems like dozens if not hundreds of stations on the AM dial across America are celebrating 100 years on the air in 2022. Add WGR to the list. The Buffalo station first signed on in 1922.

The station officially crossed the century mark on Sunday.

Buffalo’s first radio station was WWT. The Department of Commerce and Labor granted a license to launch the station to McCarthy Bros. & Ford, a dealer of electrical equipment in April of 1922. It was out of business by October.

WGR started life as an experimental station owned by Federal Telephone & Telegraph Company. The station was known simply as 8XAD. On May 22, 1922, it became the first commercially licensed station to offer uninterrupted service to Western New York.

The station flipped from news to sports in 2000 and has been in the format ever since. It is the flagship partner of both of Buffalo’s major pro sports teams, the Bills of the NFL and the Sabres of the NHL.

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Ernie Johnson Explains Shaquille O’Neal vs Charles Barkley Dynamic

“Sure it gets heated sometimes, and when you’re trying to decide or defend your point, it gets a little heated. But I’ve never thought, ‘Uh oh this is out of control.'”

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The Inside the NBA desk can get lively very quickly. With the big personalities of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, it’s easy for discussions to be intense.

Speaking to Dan Patrick on Monday, Ernie Johnson said when it seems like discussions, particularly between Shaq and Chuck, get serious it’s not really that serious.

“They actually are great friends. The guys love each other,” Johnson said. “Sure it gets heated sometimes, and when you’re trying to decide or defend your point, it gets a little heated. But I’ve never thought, ‘Uh oh this is out of control.'”

Shaq and Barkley recently had a discussion on location for the Western Conference Finals that had the internet thinking the two were at each other’s throats. But Johnson said not to listen to social media reaction.

Patrick mentioned that one of the go-to insults used against Barkley is the fact that he never won an NBA championship. Johnson said Shaq typically has that card saved for last in his deck if he’s ever in an argument with Barkley.

“I always know that any disagreement is about to end when that’s brought up,” he said. “That’s like Shaq’s last line of defense.”

But when it comes to that popular jab, Johnson said Barkley doesn’t let that sort of stuff get to him.

“Look, he’s lived with that forever, and it’s brought up from time to time,” Johnson said. “I don’t know if he’s OK with not having one. But he’s OK with answering that question. And I try not to go there unless he’s really made me mad.”

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