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Colin Cowherd Supports Joe Kelly Throwing At Astros

“He then compares the situation to syndicated crime.”

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Colin Cowherd threw his support behind Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Joe Kelly on Wednesday’s edition of The Herd. On Tuesday, Kelly threw a pitch behind the head of Houston Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman. The move was clearly in retaliation for the Astros’ 2017 World Series win over the Dodgers. Houston was later accused and admitted to stealing signs during that season.

Kelly was suspended for eight games for the pitch, but Cowherd still supported Kelly’s actions.

“The Astros are cheaters and the Dodgers are non-cheaters,” Cowherd said. “It (the cheating) was egregious. They weren’t just stealing signs. They were relaying that information to all their hitters in Houston, who were better because they knew what kind of pitch was coming.”

Cowherd also addressed Houston manager Dusty Baker’s reaction to the pitch and the name Kelly called Houston’s Carlos Correa.

“Dusty Baker, the Astros’ manager, is very upset. ‘What are you supposed to do,’ says Dusty Baker. ‘If you call my batter a name?’ Dusty, what are you supposed to do when your team, the Astros, stole a World Series from me, and all baseball did was fire a GM and take away some Draft picks?,” Cowherd asks. “What are THEY supposed to do? This is a sport that polices itself, and that is the culture. What you’re supposed to do now is throw the ball at Astros.

“Baseball has the most punitive repercussions in the world. This is what they do in baseball. As Dusty said, ‘what are we supposed to do, they called us a name!’ What are the Dodgers supposed to do? Taking away Draft picks doesn’t give them the World Series ring.”

Cowherd argues that throwing at players happens all the time, but it rarely affects their careers. He then compares the situation to syndicated crime.

“I’ll never be in a drug cartel, but if I was, you don’t steal from the boss,” Cowherd said. “There are repercussions. They lop your head off. I’ll never be a mobster, but if I was in a New York crime family, I’d never sell heroin because the bosses don’t like it. Why? You end up in the Hudson.

“If you work in baseball and you are willing to cheat egregiously, these are the repercussions. They throw an orb, 98 miles per hour at your ribs, butt, shoulders, and head. I may go five miles an hour over the speed limit or jaywalk, but you have to know the penalty for the crime. In baseball, if you cheat, you get thrown at. The Astros? They cheated and now they are going to be a target for a long, long time. That’s just the way it is.”

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”

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Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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