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Al Michaels: ‘I Love Calling NFL Games And Want To Keep Going’

“I, at this moment in time, hope to be doing games next year.”

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For the last fifteen years on Sundays at approximately 8:15 p.m. EST, NBC has televised Sunday Night Football. This season has brought many thrilling moments and exciting finishes and behind the mic through it all has been the legendary Al Michaels.

On Tuesday afternoon, Al Michaels joined Roggin and Rodney on AM 570 LA Sports to talk about his future broadcasting NFL games. His contract with NBC Sports expires following this season.

Coming off of a year where fan capacity was strictly limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic that ended in Tom Brady winning his seventh Super Bowl championship, and first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Michaels realizes the high amount of dramatic finishes that have occurred around the league during this season in particular.

“It’s crazy in the sense that there have been so many games that did not turn out [how] we thought they would,” said Michaels. “It just speaks to what the NFL is – obviously, it’s a parody-driven league, [and] it’s set up that way because [of] the way the draft is done, the salary cap and all the rest.”

Michaels has a nascent love for sports largely due to his father taking him to Ebbets Field at 6 years old while growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. His experience in watching a wide array of professional sports has allowed him to understand the ebbs and flows of the game, or as he describes it, acting as a songwriter who is able to provide the right lyrics that align with the melody of the game itself.

While there has been recent speculation that this year’s Super Bowl on NBC could be his last broadcast for the network, or even altogether, Michaels could be heading to Amazon’s new Thursday Night Football broadcasts starting next season. Wherever he ends up though, Michaels just hopes to remain behind the microphone next season so long as his health remains optimal.

“My contract is up, but we’re still talking about the future and a couple of other things are out there. I, at this moment in time, hope to be doing games next year.”

After Fred Roggin asked Michaels to list his top five moments he has witnessed over his time broadcasting the National Football League, he and co-host Rodney Peete marveled at their guest’s encyclopedic knowledge and passion for the game.

“It feels like you remember those games that you called,” said Peete, who played in the NFL for fifteen seasons as a quarterback, “and so vividly. [The] details that you gave us [were] incredible.”

For Michaels, his ability to vividly recall moments off the top of his head, as he did during this interview, encapsulates why he hopes to remain on the call next season.

“This is why I love what I do, and I want to continue doing it because it’s exciting to me,” said Michaels. “I’m kind-of blessed with some sort of chip in my brain that enables me to kind-of see [the games] in my mind’s eye, and I can see all of those plays and remember how it felt.”

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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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Luke Kuechly Joins the Carolina Panthers Radio Broadcast 

“I just love the Panthers; I love being around it,” Kuechly told Panthers.com. “I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow.”

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The Carolina Panthers radio booth just added another piece to their crew for the 2022 season. Luke Kuechly, the retired linebacker who spent his entire eight-year career with the Panthers, will be an analyst this season.

“I just love the Panthers; I love being around it,” Kuechly told Panthers.com. “I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow. I think it could be a lot of fun. I think that’s the biggest reason, to do something around the game on game day that’s fun. You still get the atmosphere, and all the good memories I have here in Carolina.”

Kuechly will join the three-man Panthers radio broadcast with play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and two other former Panthers who call some but not all of their games, Jordan Gross and Jake Delhomme. Kuechly will be a part of the broadcast team for seven of the team’s games. Jim Szoke is the third man in the booth for the games Kuechly doesn’t call.

The Panthers have already announced which games Kuechly will broadcast. He will call Week 1 at home vs. Cleveland, Week 4 vs. Arizona, Week 5 vs. San Francisco, Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay, Week 9 on the road at Cincinnati, Week 12 vs. Denver and Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh.

The Panthers have made several broadcast changes this offseason. It includes a new flagship television partner and a new flagship radio partner as well.

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