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Former Teammates Upset By Chris Cooley’s Comments

Jason Barrett

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One of the best parts about Chris Cooley hosting a sports talk radio show is that he delivers his opinions without fear of consequences. Even if it might create a divide with some of his former teammates.

During Monday’s show on ESPN 980 in Washington DC, Cooley was asked by co-host Al Galdi about the relationship between Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III.

Cooley said “There’s a working relationship where guys show up and they work. I would drink a beer with Mike Shanahan today; I did not like him as a head coach. I like him as a dude. That said, I don’t think Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin are going to be drinking any beers together. One, Robert doesn’t drink, [and] Kirk rarely drinks. But there was never a friendship relationship. From the moment Kirk was drafted, I think Robert had animosity towards him. A lot of people in this area hated that fourth-round pick; I don’t think anyone hated it as much as RGIII hated it.”

Cooley pointed out that RG3 was never interested in being friends with Cousins, and when people started to suggest that Kirk might be the better long-term guy, the situation became even worse. He also added that some of Griffin’s teammates were not fans of playing with him.

Upon hearing of Cooley’s comments, a few current and former Redskins players took to Twitter to share their anger with the former Skins Tight End turned radio host. None was more vocal than Brian Orakpo!

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Ricky Jean Francois and Niles Paul also chimed in on Twitter.

 

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RGIII hasn’t responded and is likely focusing his efforts on finding a new team to suit up for. After hearing about the comments from some of his former teammates, Cooley explained his position.

“I don’t care one little bit about a headline. I don’t care one bit about generating interest for ratings. I don’t care one bit about promoting myself. I have a job that I’m going to do for a long time. It’s not about pumping myself up or trying to be cool. I made a couple points and I’m not coming off of them. I’m not looking for an out. We can talk about them. We can discuss them, but I believe them. They’re my opinion. They’re not given to me by anybody inside. I didn’t see it as the big issue that it became.”

Cooley went on to mention that it’s become difficult for people in society to speak candidly about the way they feel, and any negative comments made about others become instant headlines. He also addressed the comments made by Brian Orakpo and Niles Paul, and Ricky Jean Francois appeared on the show in studio. To hear Cooley’s response click here.

 

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Sean Bass Gets Texas Rangers’ World Series Box Score Tattooed on His Back

“It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”

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Sean Bass, co-host of The Sweet Spot on The Ticket in Dallas, showed off his new tattoo today, which just so happens to be the box score from Game 5 of the 2023 World Series. The tattoo is to commemorate the Texas Rangers winning the World Series, and was something Bass said he would do 14 years ago.

Bass’ co-host David Mino set up the reveal, saying, “This has been the best year of Sean Bass’ life. The Texas Rangers won the World Series, we get to go to [Spring Training], it’s all you’ve been talking about…also, you got a radio show, that’s awesome, big year for you. You said this 14 years ago, in 2010?”

Bass explained, “Sometime around mid-July, I was filling in for Ty doing The Hardline ‘Tickers’…we were talking about how the good the Rangers were. I was feeling very good about where the Rangers were at that moment in time and I said, ‘Listen if they win the World Series, I will get the full game-winning box score tattoed on my back.

“The crew loved the idea, because if you open up a newspaper and read a box score, it’s not what you get on some websites, it’s everything…its runners left on base, time of game, the umpires, all the pitching lines, all the hitting lines, you name it.”

Bass continued, “It didnt happen in ’10, of course we were one strike away twice in 2011 and I would have been very happy to do this then. Then, we go through the desert for over 12 years, of not making the Fall Classic. And then they got it done in five games against Arizona and I was like, ‘Ok, man of my word, I’ve talked about it on the air enough, let’s do this.’ And this week was the right time.”

Bass had a PDF made of the actual box score from the Dallas Morning News and took it to a local tattoo artist. He said four and a half hours after he sat down it was complete.

“That is beautiful,” said Mino as he described the tattoo. “It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”

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ESPN 1410 WING-AM in Dayton Adds New Midday Show

Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton.

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Dayton’s ESPN 1410 WING-AM is partnering with Chatterbox Sports in a deal which will see the station add a new midday show. Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton. The Kinner & Kev Show, which airs in afternoon drive on the station and is hosted by Justin Kinner and Kev Nash, will now also be broadcast live on Chatterbox YouTube from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As Fowler and Kinner discussed the upcoming moves, Kinner said, “There’s some opportunity to combine our radio station with your digital platform, you guys are kicking ass…a big opportunity here.”

Fowler laid out how the programming schedule will work, saying, “We are going to go from the 12 to 3 slot in Dayton, for as long as you’ll have us, we will see how long we make it on radio. We will be 10 to 12 [on Chatterbox] every single day and then we will go from noon to 3 on ESPN in Dayton, 1410 WING-AM”

Chatterbox is the outlet where you will also find former Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who hosts Dialed In with Thom Brennaman.

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Danny Parkins: Colin Cowherd was “Making People Upset Again”

“He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”

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Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago responded to a verbal attack thrown at the Chicago media by Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports Radio and FS1. Parkins introduced a clip on the Parkins and Spiegel Show by saying, “Colin Cowherd was talking about Chicago again and he’s making people upset again and it has to do with the Bears.”

The topic was rumors about Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields and whether or not the team will keep him or trade him, as they hold the first pick of the NFL draft which will take place starting April 25. The decision the Bears have to make has been the dominant topic for Chicago sports radio for several weeks.

Cowherd said on his show, “…[Fields] doesn’t win a lot of games and that’s a problem. Don’t listen to the analytic nerds, good quarterbacks win close games. He is a dreadful 4th quarter quarterback, the worst in the league. Chicago media, their opinion of him is just not reality. Everybody else sees it, the Chicago media all season long tried to defend him, elevate him, protect him, promote him. Maybe they’re watching Ohio State film.”

Cowherd then went on to give Fields’ second half statistics and compared him to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. “…New York media never defends Zach Wilson,” Cowherd continued. “They call it as they see it, as they should, I respect that. Chicago media: ‘This guy deserves another year.’ He is, in the second half, Zach Wilson. The New York media calls it, the truth. The Chicago media has been protecting him and buying into this ‘ we really like him’ [from the Bears]. Stop it, c’mon.”

“I’m offended by being looped in with whoever he is talking about as propping up Justin Fields and not speaking the truth,” Spiegel said. “He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”

Parkins replied, “To say that Justin Fields is Zach Wilson so that Chicago media should treat Justin like New York media treats Zach Wilson, I just think it’s crazy…I do think Chicago media is softer than New York media. We are.”

Spiegel interjected, “I think [Cowherd] is inventing a particular branch of the media, which I don’t believe exists anymore.”

Parkins came back with, “The New York media would not treat Justin [Fields] like they have treated Zach Wilson, because Justin has accomplished more than Zach Wilson.”

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