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SiriusXM To Showcase College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries

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SiriusXM will air a special eight-part radio series focused on the history behind several of the most storied rivalries in the history of college football.  Gridiron Grudges: College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries will debut on Monday, November 23, and air throughout Thanksgiving Week, leading up to this season’s versions of these rivalry games.

Each episode of the series will be devoted to capturing the history, intensity and emotions of a different rivalry.  Those featured will be:

  • Ohio State-Michigan (Series dates back to 1897)
  • Auburn-Alabama (1893)
  • Clemson-South Carolina (1896)
  • UCLA-USC (1929)
  • Florida-Florida St. (1958)
  • Georgia-Georgia Tech (1893)
  • Ole Miss-Mississippi St. (1901)
  • Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. (1904)

Listeners will get an in-depth look at the origins of each long-standing matchup and be able to re-live historic moments and memorable game highlights. They will hear the perspectives of players and coaches who have been participants in these contests on the field, as well as the fans who have watched year after year and cheered and cried over the outcome.

The series will air nationwide on SiriusXM’s 24/7 college sports channel, SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 84 on satellite radios and on smartphones via the SiriusXM app). Each 30 or 60-minute episode will air multiple times, and will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand.

“Few things stir fans’ emotions the way these classic rivalries do. Every fall these games represent either the highlight or the heartbreak of the season for so many,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “On SiriusXM College Sports Nation we are able to delve deeper into the history and excitement of these matchups in a way nobody else on radio can. As the anticipation for this year’s games builds, this series will enable fans to re-live fond memories of these rivalries, and maybe learn something new, as we tell the stories behind them.”

Gridiron Grudges: College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries – Series Schedule

Ohio State-Michigan, narrated by Mark Packer
Air dates: Nov. 23 (4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (10:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (11:00 am & 3:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Ohio State RBs Eddie George and Robert Smith, former OSU LB Chris Spielman, former Michigan lineman Dan Dierdorf, former Michigan QB Chad Henne, former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, former Michigan DB Marcus Ray, and others

Auburn-Alabama, narrated by Taylor Zarzour
Air dates: Nov. 23 (7:00 pm ET), Nov. 24 (4:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (2:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Alabama QB Joe Namath, Alabama coach Nick Saban, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, former Alabama QB Greg McElroy, former Auburn WR Sammie Coates, former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, former Auburn coach Pat Dye, and others

Clemson-South Carolina, narrated by Mark Packer
Air dates: Nov. 24 (9:30 pm ET), Nov. 25 (4:30 pm & 8:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (12:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, former South Carolina RB George Rogers, country music star Tim McGraw, and others

UCLA-USC, narrated by Chris Childers
Air dates: Nov. 25 (7:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (10:30 am & 4:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former UCLA coach and player Rick Neuheisel, former USC QB Matt Leinart, former UCLA QB Matt Stevens, and others

Florida-Florida State, narrated by Jack Arute
Air dates: Nov. 24 (9:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (12:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Florida St. head coach Bobby Bowden, former FSU DBs Deion Sanders and Samari Rolle, former Florida QB Chris Leak, country music star Jake Owen, and others

Ole Miss-Mississippi State, narrated by Taylor Zarzour
Air dates: Nov. 24 (10:30 pm ET), Nov. 25 (9:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (1:30 pm & 5:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Ole Miss QB Archie Manning, former Mississippi St. head coach Jackie Sherrill, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, Mississippi St. head coach Dan Mullen, and others

Georgia-Georgia Tech, narrated by Chris Childers
Air dates: Nov. 24 (10:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (9:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (1:00 pm & 5:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: former Georgia QB Buck Belue, former Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, former Georgia coach Jim Donnan, and others

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, narrated by Jack Arute
Air dates: Nov. 25 (7:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (10:00 am & 4:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma St. head coach Mike Gundy, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, and others

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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Angelo Cataldi: Could Al Michaels Just Quit Already?

“How do you go from ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ to “There’s a flag on the field’?”

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Angelo Cataldi has never been one to shy away from his feelings about any topic, and has been especially outspoken on his criticism of different broadcasters. Al Michaels was the target of Cataldi’s ire Monday morning for his lackluster performance during the Super Wild Card matchup on NBC Saturday.

“This is not easy for me. The man is an icon. I gotta tell ya, Al Michaels sucked the life out of the game he did,” Cataldi said. “This is the first thing I don’t understand: Al Michaels — even though now he’s on Amazon — still did an NBC game. They made sure he was getting one playoff game, but they didn’t bring the partner from Amazon, Kirk Herbstreit. They brought in someone who doesn’t do color analysis in Tony Dungy. I love Tony Dungy, but not in that role. Tony Dungy is bland and boring in that role. He was bland and boring and it was awful!

“It’s 27-0 and Al Michaels is in a bad mood. And Al Michaels is talking about the overtime rules, and he says ‘We won’t have to worry about that in this game’. He’s dissing the game! A few weeks ago, he went crazy on a bad game and just ripped it apart. He said ‘I’m not here to sell a used car’. He said this on the air! Then you get to the end of the game, it’s a thriller. A great comeback by Doug Pederson! The fourth down chances he takes, the brilliant decisions he makes. And they’re lining up for the field goal, and I want you to hear how he sucked the life out of the moment,” Cataldi said before playing the clip of Michaels’ game-winning call.

“The guy’s an icon!,” Cataldi shouted. “A Hall of Fame broadcaster, and he never even called the play! He never told you who won the game! It was unbelievably brutal! How do you go from ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ to ‘There’s a flag on the field’?”

Cataldi concluded by saying the 78-year-old Michaels needs to retire if that’s the best effort he can muster. The 94WIP host then compared the call from Michaels to that of Jaguars radio announcer Frank Frangie.

Michaels was not the only NFL announcer to feel Cataldi’s wrath Monday morning. He also criticized Tony Romo, as well as Daryl “Moose” Johnston, and Cris Collinsworth.

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