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Fill-In Pokes Big 12 Over Suspended Texas Tech Radio Crew

“Let me give you the officiating crew, just don’t get me in trouble.”

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Geoff Haxton was in the booth on Saturday to call Texas Tech’s loss to Oklahoma State in prime time on Saturday. The regular radio duo of Brian Jensen and John Harris were suspended for Saturday’s game by the Big 12 Conference for questioning the integrity of the officiating in the Red Raiders’ win over Iowa State.

Jensen and Harris were still in the stadium on Saturday. They were on the field before the game to honor their engineer Steve Pitts, who is ending his radio career after 43 years as a part of Red Raider broadcasts.

Haxton gave a little love to the duo during the broadcast too. One of the actions that the Big 12 objected to last week was Harris reading the names of the officials and telling fans that was who was to blame for calls going against Texas Tech.

During Saturday night’s broadcast, Geoff Haxton named the officials right after kickoff, as is standard practice. He didn’t let the action go without a highlight though.

“Let me give you the officiating crew, just don’t get me in trouble,” he said before reading the names.

This isn’t the first time Haxton’s actions in the booth have won praise across the internet. A video of him barehanding a foul ball in the middle of a play call went viral in April during a Texas Tech baseball game.

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Paul Finebaum Writing Book on Nick Saban/Jimbo Fisher Feud

“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim.

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ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is taking some time to work on a book, and some of the subject matter is going to be juicy.

Finebaum plans to work with John Talty of AL.com to write the book. This will be Finebaum’s first book since 2014.

Plans are to highlight the rivalry between Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. That rivalry was amplified this past spring when the two coaches traded verbal jabs about recruiting and NIL.

“I think there’s a lot that has not been uncovered, and I feel very confident we are well under way of breaking this code in many different ways,” Finebaum told AL.com’s Mark Heim. “There is a great appeal. I’ve looked at other things in the past but, to me, this is the most intriguing story that I’ve seen in many many years.”

The book will be published by Penguin press and has a fall 2023 release date. Even Hollywood will be paying attention to the book, as a potential TV series or movie could arise.

Finebaum added that he hopes to take a deeper dive into NIL and talk to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.

“The main goal is to get the truth, unvarnished and as accurate displayed as we can through individuals speaking on the record or through sources,” he said. “That’s all you can hope to do. The goal is to get beneath the surface and go where you can’t go in a 3-hour radio show or a 750-word column.”

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Mason & Ireland Ink Contract Extensions with ESPN Los Angeles

The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo in L.A.

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The long-running West Coast sounds of Mason & Ireland will continue. The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo for ESPN Los Angeles.

Steve Mason and John Ireland have been on-and-off partners in radio since 1992.

Mason said of the extension, “I love L.A. sports and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I really appreciate ESPN and our new owner Good Karm Brands. We’ve got a really good team on Mason & Ireland with producer Greg Bergman and associate producer Jorge Briones. And I especially love doing the show every day with John Ireland, my friend of 30 years.”

Ireland also has a statement that read, “It’s both an honor and a privilege to continue this ride with ESPN. During the course of our last deal, the Lakers, Rams and Dodgers all won titles. Obviously, we were able to mistakenly convince our bosses that we had something to do with that, so they’re letting us continue. Please, nobody tell them.”

Mason & Ireland airs weekdays from 1-4p PT on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles.

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Mike Francesa and Phil Mushnick Lock Horns Over Golf Bets

That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claiming his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.

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Phil Mushnick of The New York Post, is no fan of Mike Francesa. The latest bout between the two was triggered by a series of erroneous golf bets that Francesa has given out in each of the last three majors.

Francesa, on his podcast with BetRivers Network, told folks that the best bet to win the Masters was Brooks Koepka. The best bet to win the PGA Championship was Scottie Scheffler. He also said the best bet to win The U.S. Open was Cameron Smith. Neither won. Neither even made the cut.

That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claimed his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”. 

Francesa heard about, or read, the piece and responded on Twitter, calling Mushnick “sad, pathetic” and said that Mushnick’s writings make him look “like the jealous old man that he is”.

Moments later, Francesa tweeted again, “Ask him to add up how much the horses I own have won the past two years. What a complete, obsessed fool.”

As AMNY points out, these two have rammed horns before.

Mushnick once said he had alleged tapes of Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo demanding loyalty oaths from Jews after 9/11.

The writer would also accuse Francesa of fighting with his then-boss Mark Chernoff, after losing to ESPN New York’s Michael Kay in ratings, an accusation Francesa denies.

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