The good news is Colin Cowherd is recovering at his Los Angeles home and well enough to talk about why he’s been off-air recently. The frightening news is that he watched the Super Bowl from a hospital room because of a blood clot in his lung with the cause unknown.
Tuesday evening, Cowherd posted a video on Instagram explaining his absence from his FOX Sports Radio show this week. According to the 57-year-old radio host, the major health scare began Saturday night when he felt a sharp pain in the right side of his chest while eating dinner with his wife. A friend rushed Cowherd to the emergency room where X-rays discovered a blood clot in his lung.
Although blood clots are sometimes connected to COVID-19, Cowherd said he tested negative for the virus twice. While that is good news, it leaves the cause of his current condition undetermined. Cowherd added that he’s awaiting blood work results that will hopefully provide some clarity as to why this happened.
“It was the most pain I’ve ever been in,” Cowherd explained during the Instagram video. “It was limiting my breathing. Again, it was scary. Good news, they tested me again for COVID and I didn’t have it. I’m waiting for some blood work. I have no idea why it happened.”
When Cowherd was off-air Monday, following Tom Brady’s Super Bowl victory, it triggered concern from his audience. The day after the Super Bowl is typically an important time in sports radio and subsequently kicks off the final week before many hosts take a February break. First Things First host and frequent contributor to The Herd, Nick Wright has been filling in for his friend and mentor. But hopefully not for too much longer, as we offer Cowherd well wishes on a speedy recovery.
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”