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CBS Hosts Fire Back At Francesa

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Late last week Mike Francesa spoke out against the plague upon the masses that is the CBS Sports Minute.  While the CBS Sports Minute drew a lot of Francesa’s ire, he also dissed CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara for using his initials when he’s been in the business for only “15 minutes.”  (Amendolara’s actually had his own national show for a few years now, but Francesa Time works different than everybody else’s.)

The mini-rant was classic Francesa and Amendolara even had fun with it on Twitter.

This is so great. The Pope hates my sports minute. He’s right. Admittedly, it wasn’t my best work.

But not everyone was going to take Francesa’s bombs thrown towards the CBS Sports Radio mothership lying down.

CBS Sports Radio weekend host John Kincade (formerly of ESPN Radio) dedicated eight minutes of his program this weekend to blasting Francesa for blasting Damon Amendolara and the CBS Sports Minute.  He mocked Francesa critcizing Amendolara for using his initials in the minute and made fun of Francesa’s popedom among other things:

Let’s keep in mind that WFAN in New York is a CBS affiliate, so all of these guys are on the same team here.  I’m not sure that really matters to Francesa, especially with his public frustration with WFAN management… but the thought of a Mike Francesa vs CBS Sports Radio feud is pretty juicy.  Maybe not to the level of his feud with Keith Olbermann, but there is some real entertainment in Francesa giving the ol’ hand wave to hosts on the national side of the company.  Kincade even took to Twitter to rally support for solidarity among CBS Sports Radio hosts.

I’m calling for to end Sports Minutes with their initials tomorrow in support of

You just know that Francesa’s response looking down his nose at Kincade today is going to be tremendous.

Credit to Awful Announcing who originally published this article

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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