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Pizza Maker Joins 1280 The Zone To Refute Michael Jordan

“Fite said no other customers complained about getting sick from anything his store sold that night and noted it would be hard to get food poisoning from a thin and crispy pizza cooked in a hot oven.”

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The flu game, hangover game, pizza game, whatever it was, Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals is one of the most memorable moments of Michael Jordan’s career. 

While most of us have been able to sleep at night assuming Jordan had the stomach flu, as he scored 38 points and led the Bulls to victory in Utah where the Jazz were 10-0 to that point in the postseason, The Last Dance offered a different explanation. According to Jordan and friends, it wasn’t the flu that almost forced him to miss the game, it was food poisoning from a pizza delivered to his hotel room the night before. 

Monday afternoon, Craig Fite, who claims to have been a Utah-based Bulls fan, said he not only delivered the pizza, but also made it himself. Fite told 1280 The Zone’s afternoon program, The Big Show with Jake Scott and Gordon Monson, that he was recently hired as the assistant manager of a Pizza Hut in Park City when the store received Jordan’s order 23 years ago. 

Everyone in the area was aware of which hotel the Bulls were staying at and when the late-night order was placed, they knew it could be for a player, but didn’t know for sure and certainly didn’t know it was for Jordan. Still, Fite being a Bulls fan, decided to take the pizza order into his own hands and make it himself.

“I remember saying this, ‘I will make the pizza because I don’t want any of you doing anything to it,’” Fite recalled to The Big Show, which could be construed as an odd concern, but he continued. “And then I told the driver, ‘you’re going to take me there,’ it will be my first delivery.” As an assistant manager, Fite didn’t usually make pizzas or deliveries. 

Fite said the pizza never left him, from the time he began making it, until it was delivered. While Jordan’s personal trainer Tim Grover claimed in the docu-series that five guys showed up at the door to make the delivery, Fite told The Big Show it was just him and his driver. Fite also noted that he asked if he, “could at least say hi to Mike,” to which the person receiving the pizza opened the hotel door a little wider. Jordan then raised his hand from playing cards to wave and said ‘thanks man.’ 

Fite said no other customers complained about getting sick from anything his store sold that night and noted it would be hard to get food poisoning from a thin and crispy pizza cooked in a hot oven. 

“That pizza was made well, I followed all the rules. Heck, at the time I was so busy trying to impress the store manager that I followed all the rules and food handlers’ teachings,” Fite reaffirmed. “I’m 100% certain it wasn’t food poisoning or it sure as heck wasn’t that pizza.”

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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