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Sterling Keeps His Consecutive Games Streak Alive

“With his triplets’ high school graduation scheduled for June 26th, the “Iron Man” broadcaster planned to miss his first Yankee game since joining their radio booth in 1989.”

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Yankees radio play-by-play voice John Sterling was prepared to let his 30-year consecutive game streak come to an end this season, but Thursday afternoon, on the day the streak was scheduled to end, Sterling was on the call.

With his triplets’ high school graduation scheduled for June 26th, the “Iron Man” broadcaster planned to miss his first Yankee game since joining their radio booth in 1989.  “There’s no issue,” Sterling told Neil Best of Newsday back in early April. “There’s no other priority. I’m going to my kids’ graduation . . . I think I’ve earned it.”

Rickie Ricardo, the Yankees play-by-play announcer for their Spanish broadcast was set to fill in, but with the game having a 1pm start time and Suffern High School’s graduation ceremony not beginning until the evening, Sterling was able to keep the streak intact.

Once the game began, the only thing that could have caused an issue for Sterling was a rain delay or extra innings.  Heading into the bottom of the 9th the Yankees and Blue Jays were tied at 7, but a Gleyber Torres game-winning single sent Sterling on his way to the graduation.  Although he isn’t missing a game, according to Neil Best, Sterling will miss the Yankees charter and will have to make his own way to London for their two-game series against the Red Sox which begins on June 29th

In 2016, Sterling’s streak also almost came to an end, planning to miss a game for his older daughter’s high school graduation, but it happened to fall on an off-day for the Bronx Bombers.  His older daughter just completed her junior year at Syracuse University and is on track to graduate on Sunday, May 10th 2020.  According to Sterling, the streak really will come to an end next season when he heads to Syracuse for her college graduation.

“Next year at this time, when Abby will be graduating from Syracuse, I guarantee you I’ll go up there,” Sterling told Best.  But with the way Sterling’s streak has continued so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if it rains wherever the Yankees are playing on Sunday, May 10th next year.

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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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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Howard and Jeremy: Amazon Prime Video Is Best NFL Broadcast

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

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Amazon Prime Video and Thursday Night Football received backlash last week for failing to mention a previously perceived concussion by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the third-year signal caller suffered a scary-looking concussion in the first half of a game against the Bengals. WGR morning hosts Howard Simon and Jeremy White discussed the Amazon crew, with White saying he believes it’s the best NFL broadcast on Howard and Jeremy.

“I will say, the Amazon crew is getting criticized for not mentioning the Bills game during halftime. So, that aside, for me it’s the best crew,” White said. “Everything about Amazon’s broadcast is the best one. You and I talked about it last week. It is the recently retired players. It is so much better.

“When they were talking on the pregame — just football points, not Tua points — Richard Sherman they ask him like ‘You’ll be mad if what?’ and he said ‘I’ll be mad — and I’m gonna be talking to you at halftime about it — if the Dolphins, after playing 90 snaps on defense against the Bills, put their corners out on islands and don’t give them safety help. They’re gonna get beat, and I’ll be here to tell you it was a mistake that they’re not helping out their corners’. And sure enough, what happened? They did it and they got burned. He would have come back and talked about it at halftime if the Tua thing didn’t happen.”

He continued by pointing out several of the studio analysts as performing well early in their broadcasting careers.

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

The pair also discussed the NextGen Stats alternate broadcast Amazon Prime Video produces as a viable way for those interested in learning more about deeper analytics and statistics of football to consume.

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