The moment college basketball fans have been waiting for has arrived with the start of the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. As the first round concludes Friday, it is safe to say that “madness” has already ensued; after all, three of the games yesterday ended in overtime.
Most sports radio hosts are invested in the college basketball action, but perhaps none more than Joe Giglio, co-host of The OG with Joe Ovies and Joe Giglio on 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, N.C. While the show was in the midst of its “What’s Trending” segment, the game between No. 5 Iowa and No. 12 Richmond was coming down to the wire in overtime. Giglio, not wanting his bracket to be spoiled, held up the show to watch the end of the game, which cultivated some unique banter on-the-air between he and his co-host.
“I’m not the only person who either – A – picked Richmond, which I’m probably in the minority on that, but there’s a lot of people who have Iowa in the Final Four; if not winning this thing,” exclaimed Giglio.
In an effort to move the show along, co-host Joe Ovies attempted to return to the “What’s Trending” segment, revealing the number two trending topic to be something pertaining to Baker Mayfield. The listeners remained uncertain, however, of what exactly the topic would be – even though Mayfield had just requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns – because Ovies was unable to focus, inadvertently diverting his attention to the overtime action.
“Honestly, I can’t move on with the show because Giglio is just going to blurt out whatever so we’re just going to have to wait this thing out,” Ovies explained to the listeners.
Shortly after, one of the teams took a timeout, meaning that it was a perfect time to try to curtail the entropic moment on the show. “Let’s talk about Baker Mayfield while they’re in the timeout – geez,” Ovies said, breaking into laughter upon realizing that there was no chance the show would be moving on until the sounding of the final buzzer.
“Oh, that’s a foul!” shouted Giglio as play resumed.
“For whatever reason, I apparently have the ability to multitask, and everybody else in this building has zero ability to multitask when it comes to a sporting event going on,” Ovies explained.
The chances of filling out a perfect March Madness bracket are 1-in-9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Giglio cares deeply about his bracket despite the slim chances of filling out a perfect one, and wanted Richmond to win since he has them advancing to the Elite 8.
The game seemed to dawdle towards the finish – and then more time was added to the clock by the officials. At that point, Ovies had had enough and wanted to move on with their radio show.
“I would like to continue the show!” Ovies said in desperation. “I can’t continue the show if this game keeps bogging down. This five seconds is taking ten minutes.”
When producer Jonathan Rand played the “What’s Trending” sound effect again prior to the end of the game, Ovies questioned why they were even on the air if they were just going to react in real-time to a college basketball game.
“Why are we doing this?,” asked Ovies. “We’re not moving on because they’re just going back out on the court now and I’m not going to be able to move on because Giglio is watching with wrapped attention. I mean, this is where we are right now.”
Finally, the game ended with a 67-63 Richmond upset victory, setting them up for a matchup with No. 4 Providence in the second round Saturday. Giglio stood up and applauded after the show had been considerably delayed, and conveyed his emotions to Ovies and the listening audience.
“Your boy feels good,” Giglio said, referencing that his bracket had been retained – for now.
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.”