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Ben Maller Blasts FOX MLB Hosts Over Momentum Comments

“Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.”

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Around 6 AM on Wednesday morning, Fox Sports host Ben Maller blasted his Fox colleagues for their assertion that the Los Angeles Dodgers had momentum after their Game 2 NLCS loss to the Atlanta Braves. He specifically went after David Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, and Frank Thomas.

“I don’t normally watch postgame shows but this time I did,” Maller said. “I watched Big Papi, A-Rod and Frank Thomas all giggling like school girls because they said the Dodgers have momentum after scoring some runs in garbage time. NO! The Dodgers don’t have momentum. The Dodgers don’t have anything but an “L” because they didn’t score more runs than the other team. They don’t get a gold star or an extra-large juice box. This is not Little League.”

Approximately 12 hours later, the Dodger offense made Maller eat his words and vindicated the FS1 panel by scoring a playoff record 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to a 15-3 Los Angeles victory.

Before the Dodger bats destroyed his arguments, Maller also said that the idea of momentum is largely an invention of the media.

“I’ll admit momentum makes good sportscaster jargon,” Maller said. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually exist. It doesn’t exist for the Dodgers or the Atlanta Braves. Momentum is just an abstract idea that you can mold however you want, to fit to tell the story you are looking to tell. It is an after the fact explanation.”

Despite the Dodgers’ historic win, Maller continued to downplay the idea of momentum on his broadcast Thursday morning.

“The Dodgers have won one game,” Maller said. “They avoided being put on life support for a few hours. That’s all. They are still not out of the woods yet, but at least now they don’t have to worry about getting mauled by a Grizzly Bear (getting swept). They are still lost and their compass is broken though.”

Maller adds the reason the Braves lost Game Three was the poor performance of Braves’ starter Kyle Wright, who lasted only 2/3 of an inning.

“I know a lot of you, after what I said yesterday, were like, ‘hey Maller, it was the Dodgers’ momentum’. No it wasn’t. The reason the Braves lost the game was because Kyle Wright sucked. He pooped the bed and needs his diaper changed. It had nothing to do with momentum. The Braves scored a couple runs in the ninth inning last night. Does that mean they have momentum going into Game Four? No.”

Maller then criticized A-Rod once again.

“I think I was one of only four people to watch the postgame show,” Maller said. “With bravado and swagger. A-Rod says that the winner of Game 4 will win the NLCS. I disagree. The Braves still have the advantage even if it’s tied after four games. They have two ace pitchers in the hole. The Dodgers are likely to run at least one guy out there the rest of the way that will blow up.”

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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