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Roethlisberger Calls Out Rapoport on 93.7 The Fan

“‘You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to, said Roethlisberger.”

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The Ben Roethlisberger Show, which airs as a weekly 20-minute segment during Cook and Joe in the midday on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan, is very different from most quarterback radio spots and Ben proved that again on Tuesday.

After NFL Insider Ian Rapoport stated Roethlisberger suffered cracked ribs two weeks ago during the Raider game and played through the injury against New England, Big Ben boldly denied the report on his radio show.

“You shouldn’t even say his name on this show because nothing that comes from what he says is there any truth to,” said Roethlisberger.  “I don’t know where that guy gets his information from, so we’re not even gonna give him credence on this show, if that’s OK with you.”

A new trend in the NFL sees Insiders break news Sunday morning, shortly before the 1pm kickoff.  Adam Schefter, Jason La Canfora and others offer inside information that will generate a buzz, but Roethlisberger vehemently went after Rapoport’s most recent news drop.

Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Marcus Mariotta and Matthew Stafford are a few NFL quarterbacks with weekly radio segments.  The names draw attention, but usually quarterbacks will avoid saying anything before putting themselves at risk of making headlines.  Roethlisberger, though, is always willing to speak open and honestly.

While on 93.7 The Fan, Big Ben contemplated retirement after losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, said Martavis Bryant had to toughen up, criticized Antonio Brown for being on Facebook Live in the locker-room and revealed he was suffering from an injury days before a playoff game.

Many of the headlines Roethlisberger has made would have led teams to cancel the segment, but Big Ben has been on 93.7 The Fan for six seasons and continues to keep his show interesting. 

UPDATE (Dec. 19, 2018 at 3:08 pm): Ian Rapoport was a guest with Dunlap & Mack on 93.7 the Fan this morning and was asked about Roethlisberger’s comments. Rapoport had nothing but nice things to say about the QB, but also didn’t back off his report. 

Rapoport said that he was “very confident” in both his information and his sources and is standing by his report. When he was asked why he and Ben Roethlisberger have an “icy” relationship, Rapoport said that “personally, there is no relationship” and then added that he respects that the QB being willing to say exactly what he thinks instead of pretend he has no problem with someone that he strongly disagrees with.

When he was asked if he thought Roethlisberger’s problems go back to when Rapoport reported he might have been traded four years ago the reporter said that was possible. 

“Probably. I haven’t talked to him about it, but this happens not just with Ben, but with other people, players, coaches, GMs, whoever, even agents. You know, sometimes you report on things some people don’t like. Some say ‘Hey, I understand you were told this by multiple sources and you had to report it.’ Others will hold it against you forever.”

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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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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