It is not uncommon for sports’ pundits to make bold predictions of how a team will finish before a season starts, but it is rare that they prognosticate a team, particularly in the NFL, will go undefeated. That’s exactly what Colin Cowherd did, however, on Wednesday’s edition of The Herd, when he predicted that the Baltimore Ravens could finish a perfect 16-0 this season.
“I always do my NFL predictions and I never make anybody undefeated or have them go 0-16,” Cowherd said. “But the more I think about it the more I realize it’s not ridiculous that they (the Ravens) go 16-0.”
Cowherd then outlines his reasons for such a bold prediction.
“First of all, they have everybody back (from a 14-2 team), and they have upgraded their secondary. They now have the best secondary,” he said. “They have the best running game in the NFL and their toughest game is at Philadelphia. They can take a bus there. They don’t have to go out West. They only have to travel 6,000 miles all season. Teams like Seattle have to travel over 30,000.”
Cowherd adds that there are big question marks surrounding the teams in Baltimore’s division.
“They are in a division where Cincinnati has a rookie quarterback, Cleveland has a rookie coach and Pittsburg has an old quarterback coming off an injury who looks like he hasn’t shaved in years,” he said. “I don’t know what to make of the Steelers. I do know what to make of Cincinnati. They are bad and as far as Cleveland, they have a rookie head coach, a new system in a year with a pandemic, no OTAs and an abridged pre-season.”
Cowherd admits that there are two teams that could ruin his prediction of perfection.
“There are two teams on the schedule that have equal talent with Baltimore and that’s Cleveland and Kansas City,” he said. “They host Kansas City on a Monday night and they play at Cleveland to open the season. Cleveland shocked them last year, so Baltimore will be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Baltimore is a rare team for me. I think it is entirely possible that they steamroll Cleveland early and they start rolling and don’t slow down. As good as Kansas City is, they will have three or four missteps. As great as those New England teams were, I never thought they would go undefeated. Predicting an undefeated team just doesn’t make sense, but when you looking at the continuity this Baltimore team has, even with no OTAs, and the fact that they have a great quarterback that appears to be getting better, I don’t think it’s crazy to say we may be looking at a 16-0 football team.”
Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’
“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”
They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.
“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”
Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.
“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”
After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.
“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”
Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.
99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship
“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”
The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.
The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.
“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”
“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”
The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.
“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.
Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats
“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.
Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.
The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.
Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.
The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.
ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.