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T-Bob Hebert Doesn’t Know Why Jordy Culotta Is Out At 104.5 ESPN

“Hebert said he isn’t sure what to tell the listeners about what the show will be going forward.”

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On Thursday, Jordy Culotta acknowledged that he had been let go from 104.5 ESPN’s popular morning show Off the Bench. Culotta thanked Guaranty Media management and his listeners across Louisiana, but did not give a reason or explanation of why he wouldn’t be back on the morning show.

Friday morning, Culotta’s now-former partner T-Bob Hebert did not dance around the subject on the listeners’ minds. He said that he did not know the reasons behind Guaranty management’s decision, but he was not happy about it.

“For the record, I disagree with the decision that has been made,” Hebert said on air. “Disagree with it. Unfortunately, like so many other employees and so many of us have found over these times, mine’s not to make reply. Mine’s not to reason why. Mine’s just to do and die.”

As is often the case when no explanation is readily available, rumors began to swirl around the internet about why Culotta was no longer with 104.5. Hebert said that he is upset by some of the more ridiculous ones including that LSU or head football coach Ed Orgeron have something to do with the decision.

Hebert said he isn’t sure what to tell the listeners about what the show will be going forward. Guaranty Media has posted an opening searching for a new morning co-host in Baton Rouge. Hebert told his listeners that he doesn’t know what to say that means in terms of style.

“The show will not be what it was, and that’s a huge bummer no matter how you slice it,” he said.

He did make it a point to say that he will not change, stating his goal “remains what it has always been – for you to be in a good mood while you’re driving to work”.

T-Bob Hebert gave Jordy Culotta a lot of credit for where his career is right now, saying matter of factly that he will always love his former partner and noting that Culotta is most responsible for convincing him and his family that he should leave New Orleans and return to Baton Rouge, where he played college football.

“It’s been incredible over the last 4 years to fall in love with this city from a different perspective than college. I enjoy raising my kids here. I’ve got a house. I love my neighborhood. I like my neighbors. My kids seem happy with school. And none of that would be possible without Jordy Culotta. So, I love this man and I will be grateful to him until the day that I die.”

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Fescoe in the Morning: ESPN Has a History of Ignoring Non-Partner Leagues

“They are risking being ignored by ESPN now,” replied Klingler.

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ESPN is out of the running for the Big Ten football and basketball media rights. Those will be awarded to a combination of other networks and likely a streaming service. ESPN appears to be focusing on NCAA Championships next.

Josh Klingler, co-host of Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, took time on their show on Tuesday to break down what that might mean for the Big Ten in terms of coverage.

“You’re (Big Ten) going to network television, which is better; more eyeballs and what have you,” noted Klingler. “But also, let’s not forget ESPN has a history of ignoring you when you’re not on their air. That’s the risk they are going to run.”

Klingler would add, “They are going to take the money. They are going to get network viewers, which is good. I guess the highlight and the hype and all those things that we are accustomed to doing that ESPN provides. We’ve already seen they ignore you if you’re not on their network.”

Bob Fescoe chimed in a reminder about another prominent league that chose not to partner with ESPN.

“Ask the National Hockey League what happened when they took the money from NBC and ran,” said Fescoe.

“They are risking being ignored by ESPN now,” replied Klingler.

“Right, but I think they are willing to do that for a billion dollars per year,” Fescoe responded.

Fescoe then said that the Big Ten might make up for the perceived shortcomings of not being on ESPN by being on network television.

“If you’re going to be on network TV in all three windows, Josh, quite honestly all your marquee games are going to be free,” said Fescoe.

“That’s exposure,” said Klingler.

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NESN’s Dave O’Brien Says National Networks “Blew It” By Not Hiring Dennis Eckersley

“I don’t know how they blew it as badly as they did but Dennis Eckersley should have been a national icon… they made a mistake on that. I hope somebody regrets it.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley decided to make it known that this season would be his last with NESN in the booth. He mentioned that after 50 years in baseball, it was time to go be with the grandchildren in San Diego.

His broadcast partner for a lot of those years in the NESN booth was Dave O’Brien. On the latest Sports Media Mayhem podcast, O’Brien joined show host Alex Reimer to talk about the retirement of Eckersley. Reimer pointed out that it took awhile before Eckersley became the main color analyst for the team. O’Brien remembered the time well.

“When he started, he was pre- and post- and he did that most of his career at NESN,” said O’Brien. “It was really, only the last six or seven years that he really started to get on as a game analyst.”

O’Brien was named the lead play-by-play announcer for NESN’s Red Sox coverage in 2016 which is about the same time Eckersley slid into the role of game analyst. In the time since, O’Brien has seen the work of Eckersley up close and is floored that he was working for a regional sports network and not somewhere more nationally prominent.

“I think the national people totally blew it on Dennis Eckersley,” blurted O’Brien. “And that includes Turner. They had an opportunity, I can say that because a lot of those people there now didn’t make the decision. He should have been the lead analyst doing national games. He should have been on ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball or FOX. I don’t know how they blew it as badly as they did but Dennis Eckersley should have been a national icon… they made a mistake on that. I hope somebody regrets it.”

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Sal Paolantonio Not Interested In Trying Ayahuasca To Better Understand Aaron Rodgers

“Halucinagenics have been at the center of a lot of conversations about Aaron Rodgers lately.”

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Dan Patrick is a very good interviewer. He asks the questions he knows his audience wants answered. He also makes a habit out of throwing out questions to his guests that they never see coming. That was the case on Tuesday for ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

Paolantonio joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss Pro Football Hall of Fame voting and the new NFL season. That is not what the host hit him with out of the gate.

The first question from Patrick to Paolantonio was “Just to relate to Aaron Rodgers, would you be willing to try ayahuasca?”.

Paolantonio was left speechless. All he could do was laugh and say “you got me on that one, Dan.”

Halucinagenics have been at the center of a lot of conversations about Aaron Rodgers lately. The Green Bay quarterback recently said on a podcast that experimenting with ayahuasca opened him up to be ready to succeed both on the field and as a leader. He credits the experience with laying the foundation for his 2021 MVP season.

Patrick pushed the issue challenging Paolantonio to beat Andrea Kremer to the experience.

“My money is on the fearless Andrea Kremer,” Paolantonio shot back.

For the record, Kremer responded to the challenge on Twitter.

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