It was a crazy Wednesday morning over on the Boomer & Gio Show on WFAN. With Jerry Recco filling in for Boomer Esiason, Chris Lopresti was scheduled to be in the morning update studio, but did not come in. For part of the morning, it was a mystery as to where LoPresti was.
LoPresti did end up calling the show during the second hour of the program and said he had no idea that he was on the schedule and that he had no idea that he missed it.
‘Jerry and I exchanged emails about February recently, but these were Boomer dates. I will go back and look, but I am almost certain I was never informed about this. I am not trying to make light of it. If I screwed up, it is on me. I will have to go review the tape as they like to say. I am sorry. I just don’t always go right to my phone with two young kids.”
Lopresti took to Twitter to thank the people who reached out for their support and explained what had happened.
With everything that was going on, the show had to find someone to do the updates. The producer, Al Dukes, did the update at 6:30 A.M. Then, for the 7:30 and 8:30 updates, they brought in Dave Ettinger, who Is the executive producer of After Hours hosted by Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio.
Throughout the morning, the show also took auditions from callers to do the 9:30 update via phone. After a couple of bad auditions, Claudia from Rhode Island impressed them with her knowledge and personality and she ended up doing the update with Recco having the audio clips ready to cut to.
After the update was over, Gio asked her if she ever had experience working in radio and Claudia said that before she moved to Rhode Island, she was an engineer, but she never did any work behind the microphone. Now, she works at a bank, but she works as a musician and has a studio, so she volunteered her services for the show going forward.
Recco and Dukes added to the praise that Claudia deserved after she went off the air for doing great work considering the circumstances:
“If I would have time to actually write her a legit update and put more sound into it, she would have nailed it. You have to see what I sent her. She had it,” said Recco.
“I thought she was great considering she was on the phone, she was throwing to clips, having to know when the clips were ending. I think she did a great job. Even when she stumbled a little bit, she didn’t let it get caught up in her brain and she plowed right through it,” said Dukes.
Throughout the show, the listeners were kept updated as to what was going on behind the scenes as it went from busting LoPresti’s chops for not showing up to being genuinely concerned about what was going on. Luckily, he is okay. In the meantime, one woman got to do something that a lot of people wish they could be doing.
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Jason Barrett Podcast: Jeff Smulyan, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down
There would be no sports radio if not for Jeff Smulyan. He takes JB through the triumphs and disappointments of his career and explains why he is sharing so many stories in a new book, Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down. To pick up your copy, click here.
Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans
“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”
Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.
Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.
“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”
On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.
“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”
Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.
“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”
Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.
“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”
Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.
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Paul Finebaum: ‘I’ve Been Accused Of Giving Up Objectivity For Nick Saban’
“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there.”
People not from the state of Alabama may not realize that there was a time when there was no more vocal critic of the football team than Paul Finebaum. On Monday morning, he told Cole Cubelic of JOX 94.5 in Birmingham that his perspective began to change in January 2007.
“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there,” Finebaum admitted.
To be fair to Finebaum, Saban and the Crimson Tide have won five national championships and eight SEC championships since his arrival. It has been way easier to wave the flag than find fault.
Paul Finebaum says that some people don’t see it as that simple though and he has had to learn to accept some criticism.
“I’ve been accused of losing all my objectivity and focus to support Saban,” he said. “I believe in that because I believe he has completely transformed that school into what it is today.”
Acknowledging that Saban has been a game changer not just for Alabama football, but for the university itself, doesn’t mean that Paul Finebaum never has anything critical to say about the coach and his team. In fact, he told Cubelic that he was really put off by the way Saban campaigned for Alabama to be included in the upcoming College Football Playoff.
“For a coach of Nick Saban’s intellect to go on national television and use the point spread as a reason for entrance, when he was a big favorite in the two games he lost, he was an overwhelming favorite at Texas, the game where he needed a last-second field goal, and probably was the game that cost him the birth in a TCU head-to-head comparison.”
Saban appeared on multiple television shows and halftime shows stating that if you put Alabama up against any of the other teams in consideration for the final two spots, they would be the favorites. Finebaum thought it was a step too far.
“I want to make it clear,” he said. “I understand Nick Saban standing up for his program. I’ve hear people say ‘well, every coach would do that’. Well, you know what? I didn’t see Ryan Day doing that. I didn’t see Josh Heupel doing that. I saw Nick Saban doing that and I think that is what was so startling to me.”