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Vic Lombardi Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

“Lombardi will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on February 28th, the recovery time is expected to be at least one month.”

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Longtime Denver sports media personality and current morning show co-host on 92.5 Altitude Sports, Vic Lombardi was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.  In a detailed interview with Nick Kosmider of The Athletic, Lombardi spoke about his career and fighting the disease.

The diagnosis came as a surprise to Lombardi who told Kosmider, “I’ve never felt better. I’m almost 50 years old and feel like I’m 22.”  

“When something like this happens you just don’t believe it,” Lombardi added. “You wake up in the middle of the night and say, ‘Oh my God, I have cancer.’ It’s a crazy thing.”

Lombardi will undergo surgery to have his prostate removed on February 28th, the recovery time is expected to be at least one month.

Even amid the shock of his diagnosis, Lombardi quickly turned his attention to raising awareness, sharing his story and emphasizing the importance of getting tested even when you feel decades younger than you are.

“With Vic it’s never about Vic. It’s how can I take something that’s happening to somebody else and make it better?” Lombardi’s friend and agent, Peter Schaffer told Kosmider. “My 18-year-old daughter got diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago. He was the first person at our house, he and (Lombardi’s wife) Terri. They were there all the time. It’s sort of the ironic twist of it.”

Lombardi joined Altitude Sports in 2016 after departing Denver’s 104.3 The Fan.  With nearly three decades of experience in the sports industry, Lombardi’s impact has been heard on both radio and television, winning 32 Emmys, 16 for best sports anchor.  Denver sports fans are used to the sound of Vic’s voice, now Lombardi will continue to use that voice to share his story and raise awareness for prostate cancer.

“I can’t just go invisible,” he said. “And talking about it, I’m not embarrassed. That’s who I am.”

Lombardi co-hosts the 92.5 morning show with Marc Moser and Brett Kane weekdays from 7 – 10am.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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