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Gregg Giannotti Lists Pat McAfee Or Pardon My Take As Suspects In Aaron Rodgers Prank

“Evan Roberts joked that Craig Carton needed to come clean about being the one to send the texts.”

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Boomer Esiason broke a lot of news last week. One story he absolutely did not report is that Aaron Rodgers is willing to boycott the Super Bowl.

The Twitter account @BackAftaThis edited a clip of Esiason and partner Gregg Giannotti reacting to a text that said that Aaron Rodgers would threaten to boycott the Super Bowl if the Packers made it that far and that he has already told backup Jordan Love to “be ready”. The way the video was edited made it appear that the pair were reporting this as news and even characterized the information as coming from “a trusted source.”

The @BackAftaThis tweet even drew a reaction from Rodgers himself.

What actually happened is that the text came into Boomer Esiason’s phone from a number he did not recognize. Listeners to Boomer and Gio were never led to believe the duo were taking the news seriously. The majority of the conversation was focused on who could be trying to pull a prank on the show.

“My theory on this, and I talked about this on the air, is that because Boomer talked about the Matt Nagy thing and then he talked about the Washington Admirals and those stories are out there is that someone tried to get him to say something else,” Gianotti explained on Friday afternoon when he called into WFAN’s afternoon show Carton & Roberts.

Gianotti revealed that one text came from a Chicago number. Another text relaying similar information came from a number in Virginia. A website that allows users to look up who owns individual cell phone numbers did not yield enough information to identify the culprits.

Evan Roberts joked that Craig Carton needed to come clean about being the one to send the texts. Gregg Gianotti admitted that Carton was one of the first three names he thought of as potential suspects.

For the record, Carton said “I wish it was” when accused.

“So there’s a couple theories that I had,” Gio said. “One was I thought the Pat McAfee Show could have been doing it. Another was you. And another theory I had was the Pardon My Take guys.”

Carton pushed back on it being a well-known media personality. He said that Boomer Esiason doesn’t give his cell phone number out to many people.

Giannotti brought up that Esiason makes a lot of radio appearances around the country, so plenty of people in the media have his number. He added that he is confident that Big Cat has Esiason’s number after the former Bengals and Jets QB appears on Pardon My Take several years ago.

Roberts joked that someone will claim credit for the bit on Monday. Giannotti said that is exactly why he wanted to address the @BackAftaThis video. He didn’t want someone to “claim they got us when they never got us.”

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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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Howard and Jeremy: Amazon Prime Video Is Best NFL Broadcast

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

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Amazon Prime Video and Thursday Night Football received backlash last week for failing to mention a previously perceived concussion by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after the third-year signal caller suffered a scary-looking concussion in the first half of a game against the Bengals. WGR morning hosts Howard Simon and Jeremy White discussed the Amazon crew, with White saying he believes it’s the best NFL broadcast on Howard and Jeremy.

“I will say, the Amazon crew is getting criticized for not mentioning the Bills game during halftime. So, that aside, for me it’s the best crew,” White said. “Everything about Amazon’s broadcast is the best one. You and I talked about it last week. It is the recently retired players. It is so much better.

“When they were talking on the pregame — just football points, not Tua points — Richard Sherman they ask him like ‘You’ll be mad if what?’ and he said ‘I’ll be mad — and I’m gonna be talking to you at halftime about it — if the Dolphins, after playing 90 snaps on defense against the Bills, put their corners out on islands and don’t give them safety help. They’re gonna get beat, and I’ll be here to tell you it was a mistake that they’re not helping out their corners’. And sure enough, what happened? They did it and they got burned. He would have come back and talked about it at halftime if the Tua thing didn’t happen.”

He continued by pointing out several of the studio analysts as performing well early in their broadcasting careers.

“Fitz (Ryan Fitzpatrick) is good. Andrew Whitworth is good. It’s top to bottom — maybe Tony Gonzalez is the weak link, I mean, he’s fine — but top to bottom it’s a great broadcast.”

The pair also discussed the NextGen Stats alternate broadcast Amazon Prime Video produces as a viable way for those interested in learning more about deeper analytics and statistics of football to consume.

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