Congratulations are in order to Rod Lakin of Bonneville Broadcasting in Phoenix. He has been promoted to program director of ESPN 620 AM. He will continue in his role as APD of Arizona Sports 98.7 as well.
Lakin’s new job not only has him looking to maximize ratings. He will be working with the sales staff on a new initiative to grow revenue on the AM station.
Sean Payton Tries On TV Analyst Visor For Dan Patrick
“You’ve got to speak in 15-second sound bytes. You should actually practice this.”
One of the bigger stories in the NFL this week was longtime New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton informing team management that he would not return to coach the team next season.
Payton joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss his coaching exit but during the segment, Patrick also got him to basically audition for a TV analyst job.
“I’m asking you as an analyst, how the hell did the Chiefs (drive the field and force overtime against the Bills this past weekend) in 13 seconds?” Patrick said.
“They did it because defensively, Buffalo played outside technique in a zone coverage, defending the sidelines,” Payton explained. “The problem was Kansas City had timeouts, and you can’t do that when a team has timeouts.”
Patrick liked the answer, but he said he’d have liked Payton to have kept the response to about 15 seconds. Payton went on to break down the crazy ending of the San Francisco 49ers-Dallas Cowboys Wild Card playoff game, and Patrick was a fan of the more concise breakdown.
“I like that,” Patrick said. “You’ve got to speak in 15-second sound bytes. You should actually practice this.”
No word on where Payton will end up for the 2022 season. But surely, he will get calls from either of the networks looking for a coach’s mind to complement a broadcast.
Ian Rapoport Ditches ‘Gresh & Keefe’ for Phone Call on Breaking News
“That’s the first time that’s happened to us all season.”
With the NFL coaching carousel going full speed, news of the next head coach, coordinator or general manager hiring could break at any time.
That means NFL insiders like Ian Rapoport are basically on-call in case a shoe drops and news of a hiring needs to be reported. A perfect example of this happened Thursday while the NFL Network reporter was a guest on WEEI’s Gresh & Keefe.
After talking about the potential head coaching landing spots for Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Rapoport was asked about the possibility of the NFL changing its overtime rules following this past weekend’s divisional round game when his phone went off.
“Plus, at the time, the focus was more on… you know… oh, shoot — I just got a text, I gotta go,” Rapoport said before the call suddenly ended.
Shocked, there was some initial laughter before Andy Gresh responded to what just happened.
“Well now, there goes Ian Rapoport,” he said.
“That’s the first time that’s happened to us all season,” show producer Chris Scheim added.
This wasn’t the first time Rapoport has abruptly ended an interview due to his phone buzzing, and Gresh and Rich Keefe brought up the identical occurrence involving Rapoport and former Washington, D.C. host Chad Dukes.
Dukes notoriously called Rapoport a “son of a bitch” and a “douche” after he twice had to quickly leave a hit being pre-recorded. That led to a brief tiff between the two and Rapoport eventually re-appeared the next day to apologize for jumping so soon and demanded an apology from Dukes for cursing him. Dukes did not apologize for calling him an SOB.
Gresh noted that wasn’t how they were going to handle what had happened, even though it was sudden and left them hanging.
“It happens,” Gresh said. “Now we can at least circle back if we have something at 1:30.”
Turns out the news was the Chicago Bears hiring Matt Eberflus as their next head coach. Gresh and company joked they made Rapoport late to being first to break the news, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted it out a minute before Rapoport could.
They finished talking about what had happened, teased a Boston Bruins segment, and then tossed to commercial. But it was certainly a moment on-air talent doesn’t necessarily plan for or anticipate.
Shaquille O’Neal Calls Miami Zoo Director to Confirm Gorillas Are Scared By Him
“Every zoo in the world they go crazy. They try to break out the damn thing and try to fight me.”
Shaquille O’Neal is easily one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. It’s not just because he was such a great NBA player, but also because Shaq is just a massive human being.
And apparently any time Shaq finds himself at a zoo’s gorilla enclosure, the alpha male takes notice of the NBA champion as well and feels threatened. He then takes a defensive position.
Shaq discussed the oddity that occurs while opening a recent episode of his podcast, The Big Podcast with Shaq, and even dialed up the director of the Miami Zoo to confirm.
“Tell them what happens when I walk by the gorilla exhibit,” Shaq said to Zoo Director Ron Magill. Podcast co-hosts Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams thought Shaq was joking, but Magill indeed explained what happens with their alpha gorilla.
“He gets intimidated and he looks at Shaq and thinks that Shaq’s going to take away his girls,” said Magill, who’s a regular on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “And he gets tight-lipped and tries to stand up and make himself look as big as possible. But at the end of the day, he backs off. He knows who’s the boss.”
Turner and Adams couldn’t help but hold back their laughter. But Shaq said this always happens no matter which zoo he visits.
“Every zoo in the world they go crazy,” he said. “They try to break out the damn thing and try to fight me.”
Gorillas are among some of the world’s most dangerous and strongest animals. So Shaq is probably thankful every time the alpha male changes his posture there’s a barrier between them.
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