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Former Assistant Calls Paul Finebaum To Defend Bill Snyder

“Finebaum previously stated that the College Football Hall of Fame member isn’t necessarily a top-40 coach of the last 50 years.”

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Kansas State fans have not been happy with ESPN’s Paul Finebaum lately, and former K-State assistant football coach Jon Fabris called into The Paul Finebaum Show to set him straight. 

ESPN’s Bill Connelly recently put out a list of the 100 best college football coaches of the last 50 years. Bill Snyder, who spent 27 years coaching the Kansas State Wildcats, was at number 8 on the list. That put him ahead of the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Bob Stoops, Mack Brown, Joe Paterno and other National Championship winning coaches despite never securing the hardware for his team. Paul Finebaum vehemently disagreed with a top ten spot and stated that Snyder may not even be a top-40 coach of the last 50 years.

Snyder lifted the K-State program from the ashes during two separate tenures from 1989-2005 and 2009-2018. The only head coaching job Snyder ever accepted at the college level was in Manhattan, Kansas.

“I’m not sure if you’re aware of this or not, but Kansas State lost 500 games quicker than any other school in the history of college football,” Fabris began on Thursday, when he called into defend his former boss’s honor. “So most people would consider that the losingest program in the history of the game, at least before he got there.”

They were anything but losers during Snyder’s duel tenures. He won the AP Coach of the Year Award in 1998 and finished with 215 wins, more than five times the total victories amassed by any other K-State head coach. Snyder’s teams won the Big 12 in 2003 and 2012.

“The 43 years before Coach Snyder got to Kansas State,” Fabris continued. “They only had four winning seasons in 43 years. So again, I don’t think anyone can really conceive, unless you’ve been there, exactly how tough a job it was and still is.”

Snyder’s 333 games are almost four times as many as the next longest-tenured Wildcat coach. Ron Prince sandwiched his 17-20 record in between Snyder’s two runs as head coach. Now, Chris Klieman is trying to fill those big shoes, sporting a 12-11 record in two seasons.

“I had the highest regard for him,” Fabris told Finebaum in closing. “He was as consistent an individual as I ever worked for or ever worked with, and his word was his bond, and you knew what to expect every day. There were no surprises.”

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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