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Chris Vosters Named New TV Voice Of Chicago Blackhawks

“Vosters will turn 31 next month. He has been alive for less time than Foley has been calling Blackhawks games.

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Pat Foley announced before the start of the NHL season that this would be his last as the television voice of the Chicago Blackhawks. Throughout the year, he would take games off so that the team could audition broadcasters to replace him. On Sunday, the team announced that honor would go to Chris Vosters.

Vosters will turn 31 next month. He has been alive for less time than Foley has been calling Blackhawks games.

He told Scott Powers of The Athletic that as soon as the audition process began, Foley reached out. The veteran showed his support and encouraged Chris Vosters to be himself and own the broadcast.

“Pat said, ‘When I’m doing the game, I’m absolutely in no way part of the broadcast,’” Vosters said. “So, you know, he’s telling me, ‘Just don’t think about me or don’t think about this as my job or my chair or anything like that, just be yourself and call the game the way that you feel fit.’ And that really meant a lot to me.”

The Chicago Blackhawks’ search prioritized candidates with national TV experience. Chris Vosters has called college sports, events at the Olympics, and minor league baseball in his career. He has worked for NBC Sports, FOX Sports, Big Ten Network and ESPN.

Fans were not shy about expressing their opinions this season as new voices would step in for Foley. Eddie Olczyk, who will continue to serve as the color analyst on the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast, says he expects his new partner to win over Blackhawks fans quickly.

“He’s got a great personality. He’s very outgoing. I think he’s got a quick mind, a quick wit that will go over very well moving forward,” Olczyk said. “His call, to me, just was very comfortable, and it was easy to work with him. And that’s no disrespect to anybody else that sat in the chair. I think I got along, I felt comfortable with everybody, but just kind of felt with Chris, he has some air under him and he’s got some experience. I think fans will appreciate his cadence and (I’m) looking forward to being able to build a following and build that camaraderie and that trust with a fan base, because, as we’ve always said, we’re pretty much the voice for the franchise when we’re on television, so that’s a very important seat, and just enjoy getting to know Chris and work with him.”

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Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

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During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.

However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

The 74-year-old has worked on FOX NFL Sunday since its inception in 1994. He will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame later this year.

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Scott Van Pelt’s ‘Bad Beats’ Becoming 30-Minute Monthly Show

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread.

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The popular “Bad Beats” segment from SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt is being turned into a monthly half-hour show on ESPN.

Van Pelt, alongside “Stanford Steve” Coughlin, recaps the toughest losses suffered by sports gamblers with unconventional final moments and unexpected outcomes as it pertains to the over/under or point spread, otherwise known as a “bad beat”. Generally, the segment lasts around 5-10 minutes. ESPN will repurpose the content from the show to package it into a half-hour edition.

The new monthly show debuted yesterday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN.

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Sports Media Reacts To Rodney Harrison Concussion Plea On Football Night In America

“This isn’t the first time Harrison has spoken about his own experience with CTE”

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Everyone that covers the NFL has spent the better part of a week talking about Tua Tagovailoa. The Miami Dolphins quarterback’s health has been the subject of speculation after suffering two traumatic hits in the span of five days leading many to wonder if he was sent back onto the field after suffering a concussion.

Questions about the way the Dolphins and the NFL treated the quarterback are being asked all over TV and radio. There have already been consequences on the field too as the independent doctor that examined Tagovailoa has been fired for making “several mistakes” in his evaluation.

Sunday night, Rodney Harrison sounded off about what he saw and his own experience with head injuries. The former Patriots defensive back explained the lingering effects he has dealt with.

“I would implore these young men, don’t go back on the field if you get hurt,” he told Maria Taylor and Tony Dungy on Football Night in America. “Because I don’t want them to have to feel like me and so many other players that had to deal with concussions, whether it’s depression, anxiety, paranoia, broken relationships, not being able to communicate with your spouse. It’s a lot. CTE takes you to a dark place and I want these players to know it’s not worth it. Please take care of yourself.”

One of the most eyebrow raising moments of Harrison’s statement came from his blunt advice to players about the people evaluating them after big hits.

“Don’t depend on the NFL. Don’t depend on anybody. If something’s wrong with your head, report it!”

The clip was shared all over social media and drew praise and commentary from Rodney Harrison’s colleagues.

This isn’t the first time Harrison has spoken about his own experience with CTE. He was on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday to talk about the way Tagovailoa’s injury was handled. He said that he would regularly lie to doctors when he was being checked out after a big hit.

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