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Ryan Clark: ESPN Isn’t Going To See Me As a Host

“Sometimes, you have to create your own things and own lanes to show people you have some versatility that they might not find useful or they might not want to use you in that capacity.”

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While NFL veteran and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark has become one of the better analysts in the business, that hasn’t stopped him from trying to go further. He does not care to stick to doing just one thing in the industry. 

Clark was a guest on the latest episode of the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch podcast and he expressed that one day he might want to be a host of the show. He understands that hosting is not an easy job to do, but he wants people to know he is versatile. He tries to show that off in hosting his current podcast, FaceFirst Podcast With Ryan Clark and in co-hosting DC & RC with Daniel Cormier.

“Obviously. ESPN isn’t going to necessarily look at me and give me that chance,” Ryan Clark told Deitsch. “Sometimes, you have to create your own things and own lanes to show people you have some versatility that they might not find useful or they might not want to use you in that capacity.”

When he started at ESPN, Ryan Clark leaned on the advice of Michael Wilbon, Stephen A. Smith, and the late John Saunders. In fact, it was Saunders who gave him the idea to create content outside of the NFL. Clark said that Saunders told him that he was capable of much more.

During his playing career, Clark did tell Deitsch that he did have an “up-and-down relationship with the media.” He says the root of any clashes are also what makes him a good analyst now.

“I think what makes me good at my job now and probably what made me annoying to people doing the job then is I’m not scared to call BS when I see it or I’m not scared to say what the facts are. A lot of the times, people don’t like being corrected or challenged and I’m like F that.”

Once Clark’s media career started, he realized that authenticity is key to anything that he does. He told Deitsch that he has moved away from the bad habits of his early days that reulted in him being less interesting on air. 

“When I initially started, I was going to show people I was as smart as hell. I just studied and studied and got the numbers and did all those things, but it took so much of my personality. I had to learn how to be able to do all of that studying and then still be Ryan Clark. Once you kind of find your voice and you are willing to continue working, I think that’s how you have longevity. ”

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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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