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Dunlap, Switzer Turn Twitter Beef Into Charity Drive

Brandon Contes

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Ryan Switzer of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Colin Dunlap from 93.7 The Fan proved that good can come from a social media spat after the NFL wide receiver and sports radio host turned a Twitter quarrel into a charitable “reception challenge.”

As Bleacher Report first noted, during the Steelers’ Week 11 victory in Jacksonville, Dunlap reacted to a goal-line target of Switzer by tweeting, “So the plan was to throw to Switzer? Yikes.”

Switzer later saw the tweet and took exception to the analysis replying, “You and I both know you have some quarrel with me. It’s fine. I apologize for whatever it is I upset you with. Just keep it professional, please. The “yikes” in your tweet was unnecessary. You’re applying I’m not good at what I do. Which I am. I don’t speak on your profession.”

The morning radio host defended his original tweet, but also provided a peace offering to Switzer, suggesting a performance based charity donation.

“Talking about sports is what I do. Sometimes that involves criticism. It’s my goal to never make it personal. [Ryan Switzer] felt I did, I felt I didn’t. It bothers me and demands olive branch. That said, for every catch he has rest of season I’ll donate $20 to his charity($500 min).” Dunlap wrote on Twitter.

Switzer took Dunlap up on the offer, selecting a charity that is very meaningful to Dunlap and his family, the oncology program at UPMC Children’s Hospital where the morning radio host’s 7-year old daughter, Darran Dunlap is a patient being treated for leukemia.

“Great idea. You hear that Colin Dunlap? I’ve picked my charity of choice. And I’d like to double down. $40 from me for every catch the rest of the season/playoffs to the oncology programs at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.” Switzer wrote on Twitter after a follower suggested the “reception challenge” should benefit the children’s hospital oncology program.

What started out as a Twitter disagreement over an NFL play call, quickly turned into a positive impact.  The Ryan Switzer Reception Challenge page at givetochildrens.org allows the public to provide a pledge per reception or a flat fee donation.  In less than one week, the challenge surpassed its $5,000 goal and is currently closing in on $10,000 while still accepting donations.

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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Gregg Giannotti: CBS Won’t Show Deshaun Watson Accusers Sunday

“I think people know what’s going on. You’re not gonna show them and start trashing them on the broadcast.”

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Quarterback Deshaun Watson is set to make his 2022 season debut against his former team on Sunday following an 11-game suspension. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct, and 10 of the women who believe the now-Cleveland Browns QB preyed upon them are planning to attend the game in Houston. On Boomer & Gio on WFAN on Wednesday, co-host Gregg Giannotti had a thought on CBS cameras dedicating a snippet of the game broadcast to showing the women in attendance.

“I wonder does like the broadcast show them?” Gio asked to co-host Boomer Esiason. “Are you guys gonna have to talk about that on The NFL Today?”

“I have no idea,” Esiason responded. Boomer explained that they hadn’t had their production meeting for this week’s show, but he felt like beyond that he and Gio had already discussed the Watson situation at great length.

Still, Gio said if he were in charge of the CBS broadcast, he would find a way to show the alleged victims’ faces.

“I mean you could show them and explain the situation,” he said. “I think people know what’s going on. You’re not gonna show them and start trashing them on the broadcast.”

Once the 2022 NFL season started, and Watson accepted the suspension and began going through the various processes he needed to go through in order to be reinstated, the focus shifted away from the story. But Gio added that now that Watson is ready to play, the story gets thrust back into the limelight.

“Nobody was talking about it for weeks and weeks and weeks, and now he’s back,” he said. “And now it’s back.”

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98.7 ESPN New York Shuffles Lineup, DiPietro & Rothenberg Expanding To Four Hours

DiPietro & Rothenberg will now move to 6:00-10:00 AM to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio.

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According to a report from Andrew Marchand and Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post, 98.7 ESPN New York is expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours as part of a revamped daily lineup. The changes are expected to go into effect on January 3rd.

DiPietro & Rothenberg currently airs on the station from 5a-8a while ESPN Radio’s national morning show — Keyshawn, JWill, & Max — airs from 8a-10a. By extending the local show, 98.7 ESPN New York will finally have a chance to feature a local show and compete in all four hours against WFAN’s Boomer & Gio.

Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Bart & Hahn will move back to 98.7 ESPN New York as an exclusively local show. Bart Scott played a portion of his NFL career for the New York Jets, and worked at both WFAN and 98.7 ESPN New York before the show moved to the national stage. Alan Hahn has spent more than 25 years working in New York media with Newsday, MSG Network, and 98.7 ESPN New York.

The changes create some adjustments for ESPN Radio’s national network too. Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas are listed as options for the newly opened 12p-3p slot on ESPN Radio according to the report. The network is also expected to pair Amber Wilson and Joe Fortenbaugh from 7p-9p to fill the timeslot vacated recently by Sarah Spain.

Greeny — hosted by Mike Greenberg — will remain in its current 10a-12p timeslot on the station. However, the move to a local morning show on 98.7 ESPN New York raises questions about KJM‘s future on ESPN Radio.

The Michael Kay Show, and the station’s other shows hosted by Dan Graca, Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer all remained unchanged.

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Jon Marks: ‘Can’t Take Chris Simms Seriously’ After Jalen Hurts Criticism

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments. Or compliments, I guess.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and while there’s criticism from sports media members inside the city, 94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks doesn’t want to hear it from those who aren’t fans, especially Chris Simms.

During Chris Simms Unbuttoned, the former NFL quarterback turned NBC Sports analyst said “people are scared to talk about Jalen Hurts” and that the third-year quarterback doesn’t pass tests “with flying colors”.

“He had him ranked as the 35th best quarterback in the league,” Marks said. “Now I can’t take anything he says serious. Kellen Mond — is he even in the league? I think he got released by the Vikings. So, anyway, whatever with Chris Simms.”

Co-host Ike Reese had less criticism for Simms but did say he disagreed.

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments,” Reese said. “Or compliments, I guess.”

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