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FOX Turns Cam Newton Signing Into Full Day Of Content

Jacob Conley

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Much like his playing career, when the signing of former Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton with the New England Patriots was announced, reactions ranged from praise to skepticism. Fox Sports personalities were no different, as they filled the radio and television airways Monday with a wide range of opinions on Newton signing a one year deal to replace future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. 

“To use a stock market term, I am very Bullish on Cam Newton,” Outkick The Coverage host Clay Travis said. “He is playing for the best coach he ever played for. He has an offensive genius in Josh McDaniels calling plays. He’s healthy and in a system that allows him to get rid of the ball quickly so his body does not have to take as much punishment. That was the reason Tom Brady was able to play for so long and it is a perfect fit for Cam.”

Colin Cowherd took the opposite view, however on The Herd.

“New England will be interesting (this year),” he said. “I don’t think Cam is going to take New England to a special place. Number 1, New England runs a very complicated system and he has not taken a snap yet. Number two is, Cam’s not going to get all the snaps. Jarrett Stidham has plenty of fans in the Patriots’ locker room and on the coach staff. He is going to get some snaps… New England does not have any deep threats, and Cam is a homerun hitter. This is not an offense built for a two play drive. This is an offense that is built on the quarterback engineering a 10 play drive and not making a mistake. It’s built for efficiency and detail. It’s built for Tom Brady, but it’s not Cam’s game. His career completion percentage is around 59 percent. I do think they will go from a boring 6-10 with Jarrett Stidham to a dynamic, fun to watch 8-8.”

Other pundits argue that the flamboyant Newton will not mesh well with the more straight-laced philosophy of New England head coach Bill Belichick. Emmanuel Acho of Speak For Yourself disagrees.

“Cam Newton is not a bad guy,” Acho said. “I spoke with someone who was in the backfield with him in Carolina for five years. He said Cam was a great teammate. People just think he is a bad guy because he dances and is outgoing and does the Superman on his chest when he scores. Let’s rewrite the narrative. Cam Newton has NEVER been a problem. We made him a problem because of his wardrobe.  We made him a problem because he hit them folks (dabbed after he scored.) Cam does charity during Christmas, during Thanksgiving, and any other time he can give, he gives. Anytime he can score on the field, he scores, but there is no reason to think, insinuate, imply or believe that he and Bill Belichick will have issues. Cam’s just not that kind of guy.”

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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