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Funhouse Turns Attention To Anthony Gargano

Gargano was livid after the Sixers fell in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Courtesy: 97.5 The Fanatic

Philadelphia is trying to pick up the pieces from flaming out in the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks this past weekend. Don’t expect 97.5 The Fanatic’s Anthony Gargano to sugarcoat anything he saw on Sunday night. His rant ended up going viral with the help of the Funhouse twitter account.

The midday host went ballistic on the Sixers performance in a 103-96 loss at home. He had his sights set on head coach Doc Rivers and Ben Simmons in particular.

“Absolutely pathetic!!” Gargano exclaimed on Monday. “His [Rivers] body language, ahhhhh. Everything slumping in the chair, can you give off worse body landuage to a team that already lacks confidence? You’re the coach! There’s a reason why Pat Riley is cool and Phil Jackson sits there in a stoic manner because you don’t want your players to see you WITH A LOSERS FACE!!”

Rivers has the 2008 Championship ring that no one can take away but his overall playoff resume has some big misses. According to Mike Prada, Doc Rivers has now blown three 3-1 leads, three 3-2 leads, one 2-0 lead, and lost Game 7 at home four times (five if you count the bubble).

“What was his plan?!” Gargano said about Rivers. “You can’t design one play? not one frickin play? Yo dude, you’ve been in this league for 100 years. You can’t design anything; you can’t draw up a STICK FIGURE TO GET A BUCKET WHEN YOU NEED ONE!!!”

Gargano then turned his sights to Simmons, who attempted zero fourth-quarter field goals betweens Game 4-7.

“Ben Simmons cost them the series,” Gargano said. “That’s it, you’re right, that’s it. You wanna talk about shrinking violet, the oil painting that was him at the freaking rim!!”

Gargano closed by apologizing for all his past defenses of Simmons.

“I apologize to every one of you guys that I’ve ever debated and defended him because how could you pass the ball when you’re at the rim?! You’re 6’11” for Christ’s sake; in that moment, HOW IN THE WORLD COULD YOU DO THAT?!”

Funhouse, or @backaftathis, rose to prominence by sharing clips of some of Mike Francesa’s worst moments. Since the Sports Pope’s retirement, the account has mainly focused on the most outlandish takes and absurd opinions on sports radio.

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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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