For those that don’t know what a death pool is, participants buy in and select celebrities that they believe have a chance to die soon. If your selection is the next to die, you win the pool. Chicago’s 670 The Score radio host Dan McNeil shared on Facebook, his dismay after being informed a listener selected him in a death pool.
“Give the dude credit for a sound investment strategy. I’m a good “value pick” in a pool like that,” wrote McNeil in what ended up being a very honest and emotional Facebook post.
McNeil went on to outline he’s out of shape for a 57-year old, something that has been discussed on-air. The radio host doesn’t exercise, drinks about nine cups of coffee per day and continues to smoke cigarettes which he has for decades. McNeil has also been open about his dealings with depression and mental illness, reiterating in the Facebook post that it runs in his family.
But McNeil didn’t just laugh off the selection, it forced him to reflect and picture his children living without him, which made it difficult to absorb the thought that he is a death pool pick. “I must confess, this guy got to me. I even cried a few times. Daydreaming about my sons’ sadness over the void in their lives is an optic I’d just as soon avoid,” the Score radio host wrote. McNeil has three sons, Van, Jack and Patrick all between the ages of 24 – 28.
The most emotional part of McNeil’s post and reflection was envisioning his 25-year old autistic son Patrick dealing with the loss of his dad. “His sadness is my biggest fear. Fear isn’t strong enough. It…takes my breath away. He doesn’t have typical friends. He’s verbal, but not conversational. I am his life soulmate and he is mine.
“Patrick already has expressed being terrified over the eventual passing of loved ones. He’s close to very few and my departure would be catastrophic for him. He still asks me to tickle him when he goes to bed. He has the spirit and doting eyes of a 5-year-old looking at daddy.”
McNeil has participated in death pools himself, just two week ago he asked his radio partner, Danny Parkins if he was “appalled” by the game. After Parkins said he doesn’t participate in them, but wasn’t appalled by the concept, McNeil said “I’m participating in one right now.” He then added that he plays with the “85 and over” rule, which both hosts agreed made the death pool more reasonable.
McNeil has been a sports talk staple in Chicago for decades and at the age of 57, he’s in the midst of his third tenure at 670 The Score. Last year he was paired with Danny Parkins. McNeil and Parkins broadcast weekdays from 1 – 6pm.
Dan Patrick to Appear in December Episode of The Simpsons
“I’ve had a couple of sessions, and I only had like four lines, five lines.”
For a sports radio host, Dan Patrick has quite an impressive list of IMDb credits. He will add a new one next month, when he appears on The Simpsons.
During The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, the legendary sportscaster mentioned that several of the voices for the show are reaching senior citizen status, putting future seasons in question. Patrick joked that the show’s guest booker, Todd Fritz, could be a natural replacement for Julie Kavner as the voice of Marge Simpson.
After joking that Fritz would want to change the script too often, Patrick revealed he would appear in an upcoming episode, and changing the script wouldn’t be an easy proposition.
“I’m on an episode that — I think — comes out on Christmas Eve (of) The Simpsons” Patrick admitted. “I’ve had a couple of sessions, and I only had like four lines, five lines. They wanna hear what they wanna hear.”
Patrick continued by noting that when he worked at ESPN, former co-worker Kenny Mayne was notorious for wanting to change the scripts of commercials during the “This is SportsCenter” campaigns.
“Kenny would always go ‘Hey, how about this?’ or ‘What about this?’, and I’d say ‘Let’s just stick to the script. They really have a good track record here.'”
He added that the voiceover artists on the program have deserved the millions they’ve made during the show’s long-running tenure.
“They’re extremely talented. They do a variety of voices there…that show has been on for how many decades? (It’s) still funny (and) relevant,” Patrick said.
On his IMDb page, Dan Patrick has 36 acting credits to his name, with the majority coming from projects with Adam Sandler.
Matt Jones: ‘I’m Not Ashamed to Have Epilepsy’
“It’s a medical condition, and there is nothing I can do about it. I take medication, and that helps, and I wanted to show people that you can have a condition like that and still succeed…”
In a Netflix documentary series released in September, Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones is seen having an epileptic seizure. He has shared why he allowed the video to be shown.
In an interview with Lexington TV station WKYT, Jones says he wants others with epilepsy to know they’re not alone.
“I think the world is a better place when people realize they are not the only ones feeling whatever it is they are feeling,” Jones said.
He shared that talking about the effects the condition has on him breaks down the stigma.
“You know I’m not ashamed to have epilepsy; it’s a medical condition, and there is nothing I can do about it. I take medication, and that helps, and I wanted to show people that you can have a condition like that and still succeed and still go through life, and you should not be ashamed of it,” he said.
The Kentucky Sports Radio host said his first seizure happened when he was 22, which is rare because most people with epilepsy suffer it at an earlier age. He said the seizure he suffered while filming the Netflix series Wrestlers — which features a behind-the-scenes look at Ohio Valley Wrestling and attempts to save the promotion in which Jones is a partner — was one of the worst he’s ever experienced.
Matt Jones told the TV station his only hesitation in showing the footage was he didn’t want his mother to see it.
“The director talked to me about airing it. He basically said are you okay with airing it? My initial inclination was no, not because of me, but because of my mother, and I didn’t want her to have to see it. She had never seen me have one,” Jones concluded.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month. 1 in 26 people in the United States suffer from the condition.
Ben Wagner Out As Blue Jays Radio Voice After Sportsnet Contract Not Renewed
“Thank you, Ben, for sharing your voice and expertise with listeners across Canada.”
Toronto Blue Jays radio play-by-play announcer Ben Wagner will not be on the team’s broadcasts next season, Sportsnet announced on Wednesday morning.
The company posted a statement on X that divulged that it decided not to renew his contract for the next season. The new radio broadcast booth for the team will be announced prior to the start of the 2024 Blue Jays season.
“Thank you, Ben, for sharing your voice and expertise with listeners across Canada,” the statement read. “We wish you the very best.”
Wagner had served as the radio voice of the team for the last six seasons and called road games remotely for the last several years following the COVID-19 pandemic. He was briefly taken off the radio broadcasts when Sportsnet decided to simulcast its television broadcast on radio; however, that move was expeditiously reversed.
During this past season, Wagner worked alongside color commentator Chris Leroux and had the opportunity to travel to call the team’s Wild Card Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which ended in a 2-0 loss. The Blue Jays and Los Angeles Angels were the only two MLB teams not to send their broadcasters on the road during the 2023 MLB regular season.
Upon graduating from Indiana State University with a degree in radio and television, Ben Wagner worked as the director of media and public relations for the Lakewood BlueClaws, a Class-A Minor League Baseball team for which he also served as its play-by-play announcer.
Three years later, he called games for the Buffalo Bisons in Triple-A for the next 11 seasons before replacing Jerry Howarth as the radio play-by-play voice of the Blue Jays.