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Boomer Esiason Details Announcing Bengals/Jets From Studio After Technical Difficulties

“We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing.”

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During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets broadcast, CBS experienced technical difficulties which inhibited Ian Eagle and Charles Davis from being heard on the broadcast. During the glitch, CBS had the cast of The NFL Today — which features WFAN morning co-host Boomer Esiason — announce the game, and he detailed the experience Monday morning.

“It was the Boomer Bowl between the Jets and the Bengals so it was fitting that you were sitting there doing color analysis of this game for a good 10 minutes,” co-host Gregg Giannotti said.

“We all were which is interesting because I said we finally got our alternate broadcast in that we want,” Esiason joked. “We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing. You can tell who Garrett Wilson is, who Elijah Moore is, who Joe Flacco is. You can tell Hendrickson is, but you don’t have the flip card there. Plus, we don’t have a closeup. It’s the all-high 22. You’re just trying to give the fans a little bit of perspective because at this point in time of the game. It was interesting with five guys.”

He then added that they were watching to see how Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow handled clock management, because former coach Bill Cowher’s pregame emphasis was about clock management. But Giannotti noticed Cowher and Esiason had another on-set disagreement.

“This is the second time in three weeks that you guys have gone at it on national television,” Giannotti quipped. “First was week one between the Steelers and the Bengals. Then yesterday, you guys were going at it about the Kansas City Chiefs. You were listing all the miscues the Chiefs had in their loss to the Colts and coach Cowher didn’t like that and he was barking back at you and you were barking back and him. This is a relationship that is deteriorating.”

“No, it is not deteriorating,” Esisason said. “He was barking at me because — I don’t know — it always seems like I’m the one who has to do the replays of the mistakes so our producer is in my ear. Indianapolis and Kansas City are two of the markets that are actually doing our postgame show so of course we want to highlight the games in the cities where people are watching us.

“As we are talking about that, I get in my ear ‘I have the Kansas City special teams miscues. You ready?’. I guess. So coach gets done making his point, and so I’m like here are the Kansas City miscues and this is why they end up losing the game. They miss two field goals, they ran a fake punt that didn’t work and something else happened. And then we come back from that and there’s coach steaming. ‘I don’t want to micro-analyze things’. I don’t want to micro-analyze anything! I’m just doing what Drew (the producer) is telling me to do!”

After Giannotti impersonated Cowher’s disgust for the segment, Esiason concluded “That’s the best part about live TV. You get reactions and you want reactions!”

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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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