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Dan Patrick: Stop Pretending Kirk Herbstreit Isn’t Qualified To Call NFL Games

“Audiences don’t often think about the broadcaster’s NFL resume while watching a game according to Dan Patrick.”

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Dan Patrick was asked about his feeling about Amazon’s recently announced broadcast booth for Thursday Night Football. He said Thursday on his FOX Sports Radio show that he liked the pairing of Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit and he is tired of hearing people that say Herbstreit won’t succeed in the role.

“I don’t buy into this ‘Well, Kirk never played in the NFL!’. Can we stop with that?” Patrick asked his audience. “Al Michaels didn’t either. And there are guys that played in the NFL that can’t broadcast an NFL game.”

Audiences don’t often think about the broadcaster’s NFL resume while watching a game according to Dan Patrick. He doesn’t remember the audience using a color analyst’s playing days to measure his credibility before.

In fact, Patrick says that plenty of these guys have had their resumes lost to time.

“There are people that didn’t know John Madden coached in the NFL,” he said.

According to Patrick, Kirk Herbstreit is a very good compliment to Michaels, who brings plenty of NFL knowledge, having covered the league for years. Thursday Night Football, in Patrick’s opinion, will be able to offer fans a unique perspective with Herbstriet have three years of background to offer on rookies during their first professional season.

The only part of Herbstreit calling an NFL game that concerns Dan Patrick is the schedule. In fact, he is surprised that Amazon even made a move to hire Herbstreit. He expected that ESPN would say the hectic schedule it would create for one of its most iconic football broadcasters would be a problem for them.

“Let’s say you have to prepare,” Patrick said, working out Herbstreit’s new schedule in his head. “You go in Wednesday to talk to these teams. You can do that over Zoom, I guess, but you’re going in. You’ve gotta hit the ground running all day Thursday. Friday you’re gonna travel to wherever College GameDay is. You’re gonna get up early Saturday morning. You could be in Oxford, Mississippi. Then you’ve got that night game with Fowler that could be USC/Oregon. Man, that’s pretty intense.”

He did note that between his Amazon deal and a new contract at ESPN that Kirk Herbstreit likely doubled his salary. “I’m sure that helps,” Dan Patrick joked.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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