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Stewart Returns to Bama Broadcast Booth After Stroke

Brandon Contes

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As the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball program is set to open their regular season Tuesday night against Southern University, it marks a miraculous return for their radio play-by-play voice Chris Stewart.

According to Christopher Walsh of the Alabama Maven, on the night of April 15th, the Alabama announcer suffered a stroke.  That night, Stewart who regularly goes for precautionary physicals based on red flags due to his family history, would not wake up from what his wife first thought was a bad dream.  Stewart was brought to a hospital where a blood clot was found on his second CAT scan.  After being transferred to a specialist, hours passed, but with time running out the medical staff was able to clear the clot and Stewart opened his eyes.

Weeks after the stroke, Stewart made an appearance in the booth during an Alabama baseball game and throughout the football season he contributed as the TV studio host, but last week was his first opportunity to call a full game in a Crimson Tide basketball exhibition

“When I heard the situation he was in my heart went out to him,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “I just felt helpless, because we care about him so much. So to have him back, calling the game for us tonight, it was just a thrill for all of us.

“He’s a part of our family.”

While no broadcaster wants to make mistakes, for Stewart they now create a deeper concern, telling Walsh, “tonight I’ll wonder if it’s the stroke.”

At the start of the football season, Stewart tweeted, according to doctors, less than two percent of those who suffer a stroke like Stewart have recovered to the condition he was just four months later.

“I think I was always grateful for who and what I have, but I think I’ve just become even more grateful for every minute,” he said. “I’m not trying to be overly dramatic when I say that, but it’s the truth”

Now, nearly seven months after suffering the stroke, the recovery for Stewart continues, but his full-time return to the radio booth signals an astounding return, one that everyone in the Alabama community is grateful to see.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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