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Giants Pick’s Dad Fires Back At Francesa

“This is the kid that that guy [Francesa] wished he had as his son.”

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New York Giants sixth-round draft pick, Corey Ballentine was injured in a shooting Saturday night that killed his best friend and teammate, Dwane Simmons.  Although Ballentine and Simmons appeared to just be in the wrong place at the wrong time, a non-remorseful Mike Francesa went on his WFAN radio show and criticized the Giants for making the draft pick.  

“When you finish your draft and stress how you went out of your way to take the right kind of guys, guys that you want on the team, guys that are going to be great character guys and you stress that as strongly as the Giants did…it looks pretty bad when one of them gets shot on a Saturday night. It does not look good. It’s just more of the same for the Giants, who just can’t get out of their own way”

“As someone who’s been around the Giants for 40 years,” Francesa continued, “It’s sad to see the Giants become a laughingstock that they have around the league.”

The New York Post reached out to Ballentine’s father, Karl Vaughn who vehemently defended his son against any criticism from Francesa.

“This is the kid that that guy [Francesa] wished he had as his son,” Vaughn told Kate Sheehy of The Post.

After the Giants drafted Ballentine in the sixth-round out of Washburn University, the 23-year old defensive back went to an off-campus party with his friend, Dwane Simmons to celebrate.

“It was just two blocks from his house — it was not a thug area or a hoodlum area,” Vaughn said of the party Ballentine and Simmons attended. “It was just wrong place, wrong time.”

According to Vaughn, his son was the type of high-character player the Giants were looking for in this year’s NFL Draft.

“I tell you what. You can pick up every stone and every rock on the ground, and you won’t find a smidge of dirt tied to that boy,” Vaughn said. “He never had a discipline referral, never been suspended from school. He was an honor-roll student.”

In terms of how Ballentine is recouping from the act of senseless violence, Vaughn told The Post, “He’s about as well as expected for a 23-year-old who just got shot … and lost a good friend,” 

“He holds a lot of stuff in. He’s going to have to let some out,” Vaughn added.

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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Big Jab Sports Radio Adds Mannix & Mannix In Mid Day

“There is just a unique perspective from both of us because we grew up under different circumstances.”

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Maine’s Big Jab Sports Radio (WJJB) understands the importance of local sports radio, and is replacing syndicated programming with a new show in mid days.

Big Jab is adding Jeff and Taylor Mannix to their midday lineup to debut their new show “Middays with Mannix and Mannix” on weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

The two have been at the station hosting a Saturday morning show for the past three years, but will now take over a new time slot. They will be replacing FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick and CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome.

The afternoon “PM Jab” with Javier Gorriti will move from 3-7 to 2-6, shuffling around with the move.

General Manager for the station Jon Van Hoogenstyn said, “Our station leadership is proud and excited to add Middays with Mannix and Mannix to our weekday lineup. This is a significant differentiator for our station and aligns with our commitment to preserving and advancing the art of local talk radio programming.”

This move is a part of a bigger overall movement of all local programming at the station from 6 AM to 6 PM on weekdays.

“There is just a unique perspective from both of us because we grew up under different circumstances.” said co-host Jeff Mannix. ” There is an age difference between us, he is younger, I am older, so we just kind of mesh the two generations.” he added.

“We bring a little bit of different angles because our personalities are complete opposites.” said fellow co-host Taylor Mannix.

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Evan Roberts Falls For Fake Twitter Report On Air

“No, come on,” Carton said with a grin. “How did you not know that was fake?”

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With Major League Baseball free agency in full swing, everybody covering the sport is on edge looking for the latest scoop on a key player acquisition. But while there are plenty of honest, reputable sources and insiders on Twitter, some accounts out there just want to watch the world burn.

For the latter, at least WFAN’s Evan Roberts was able to laugh at himself after falling for a Twitter report from a fake insider account.

On Wednesday’s edition of Carton & Roberts, Roberts thought he was breaking some Freddy Galvis free agent news, but co-host Craig Carton immediately knew what he was trying to report was baloney.

Evan Roberts threw up his arms, saying “Breaking news! I can no longer make Freddy Galvis jokes about you guys signing him, New York Yankees,” reporting that the free agent shortstop had signed with a team named the Fukuoka Soft Bangkoks.

Carton made a face as soon as Roberts said the team name and caught his co-host falling for a bit.

“No, come on,” Carton said with a grin. “How did you not know that was fake?”

Evan Roberts, clearly embarrassed, said he blamed the mistake on not getting enough sleep.

“How could you fall for that?” Carton asked.

By that point the segment had gone off the rails, but everybody was having a good chuckle.

“You just read that on the air like you had news,” Carton quipped. “You gotta get some rest, buddy.”

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Former Las Vegas Sports Talk Host Frank Harnish Dies

“Harnish served as the first studio host for the Vegas Golden Knights on FOX Sports 98.9/1340. He also co-hosted The Insiders Show for the station with Ryan Wallis.”

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Sad news out of Las Vegas. Former host, producer and promotions director at Lotus Broadcasting, “Ballpark” Frank Harnish has passed away. He worked at Lotus for 27 years before being laid off in 2020.

Harnish served as the first studio host for the Vegas Golden Knights on FOX Sports 98.9/1340. He also co-hosted The Insiders Show for the station with Ryan Wallis.

In addition to his sports radio presence, listeners also knew Frank Harinsh from the cluster’s rock station. He went by Frank Fredricks on KOMP. He voicetracked the station’s overnight hours.

“Frank Harnish was as kind as he was passionate about all things sports and Las Vegas, and he will be missed by the Vegas Golden Knights,” a statement from the NHL franchise reads. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

Harnish had been battling cancer and documenting his struggles and chemotherapy treatments on Twitter. He was 62 years old.

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