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Rob Parker Rips ESPN’s Upcoming Tom Brady Doc

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Sports documentaries are a hot commodity right now and with the success of ESPN’s The Last Dance, it seems everybody wants a piece of the pie. Many prominent athletes have announced that documentaries about their lives and careers are in the works, including Magic Johnson and Tom Brady.  FOX Sports personality Rob Parker contends, however, that a documentary about the NFL quarterback nicknamed “Tom Terrific” will be anything but.

“Tom Brady is a bore and nobody wants to see a 9-part series about him,” Parker said during Monday evening’s broadcast of The Odd Couple. “He doesn’t say anything and he’s barely ever said anything… He’s given us nothing in all these years. There’s nothing compelling about him, and nothing that makes me want to hear (the documentary).”

Parker’s comments come after Brady announced that he will be the subject of a nine part documentary series called Man in the Arena, covering multiple topics from Brady’s six Super Bowl wins to the controversies surrounding the New England Patriots, including “Spygate” and “Deflategate.”

“Everybody has Last Dance fever,” Parker said. “But I don’t want to hear about how Tom Brady is the greatest, about his perfect life, his supermodel wife, his kids, his hair or his clear skin. I just don’t want to hear it.” 

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, the documentary’s producer Gotham Chopra says they will set Man in the Arena apart from The Last Dance.

“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra said. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

That immediacy is one of the issues Parker has with the documentary implying that not enough time has passed to garner much interest.

“Right there is when Adam Vinatieri kicked that field goal to beat the “Greatest Show on Turf”, Parker said. “Right there is when the Falcons choked down the Super Bowl because they didn’t run the football in the second half. That’s when Pete Carroll didn’t run ‘Beast Mode’ from the one-yard line. Is that what it’s going to be about?”

Parker admits though that he would be interested in watching if Brady does indeed address the scandals. 

“Maybe if he opens up about the scandals, the cheating, wants to rip Bill Belichick, and wants to talk about Robert Kraft and his situation down in Florida, now I’m interested in watching.”

ESPN is set to air Man in the Arena in 2021.

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Doug Franz Launching Sports Betting Podcast, ‘Props Arizona,’ With Sean Lockhart

“I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

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Following his dismissal from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Doug Franz has found a new gig. Franz will join sports gambling expert Sean “Papa Bear” Lockhart to host a new podcast for Props.com titled Props Arizona.

Franz was a mainstay on Phoenix sports talk radio, co-hosting The Doug and Wolf Show in the market for 15 years. Parent company Bonneville Phoenix said Franz would be moved to a “digital role” in shuffling the Arizona Sports daily lineup last August.

But Franz said he was effectively fired. Soon after leaving 98.7 FM, he launched a daily podcast titled Doug Franz Unplugged.

Lockhart has been a mainstay in Arizona, consulting on sports betting and sales since graduating from Arizona State. He’s provided analysis for several sports betting podcasts and digital shows, in addition to his own website, for several years.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Sean on this new podcast,” said Franz in the official announcement from gambling media company American Affiliate. “I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

For American Affiliate, which has several sports betting and investment properties in its portfolio including BetPrep and Wagers, Props Arizona is the first regional (or state-exclusive) spinoff of its Props City podcast.

Props Arizona is set to launch at the end of January. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A teaser for the show is currently online for download.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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