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.”
Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football
“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”
The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.
“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit.
Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about:
As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.
“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”
Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan
“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”
John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.
Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.
“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”
Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.
The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.
“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”
Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’
“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.
On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.
“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.
“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”
Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.
The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.
“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”