Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is one of the more confounding cases of talent evaluation in the NFL. After a lackluster career in Miami, the former Texas A&M converted wide receiver-to-quarterback has experienced a resurgence in the Music City. On Tuesday’s edition of Greeny, ESPN staple Mike Greenberg lamented the immense disrespect he feels is being paid the Titans signal-caller.
“Ryan Tannehill’s numbers are stupendous, they’re off the charts ridiculous,” Greenberg said. “People still perceive them as a defense team. Their defense stinks. Ryan Tannehill is the reason they’ve gotten so good.”
Greenberg went on to discuss running back Derrick Henry’s numbers with ex-QB Marcus Mariota compared to what they are with Tannehill. He dispelled the narrative the Titans have relied on their defense, which he points out is one of the worst in the NFL. While accolades stack up for quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson, Greenberg said it’s about time some of that praise fell on the shores of the 32-year-old from the defending AFC South champions.
“He is as elite as anybody you want to name.”
Keyshawn Johnson Learns About Max Kellerman’s Rap Career On Air
“The topic came up now and then when Kellerman hosted his old radio show in Los Angeles.”
Plenty of athletes want to be rappers, and plenty of rappers want to be athletes, but it’s not often you hear about a rapper wanting to be a sportscaster.
That’s the case for ESPN’s Max Kellerman, who had to relive the 90s on ESPN Radio Thursday morning. His co-host Keyshawn Johnson hadn’t heard about Kellerman’s rap career. It came up when Jay Williams asked Kellerman what his rap name was.
“What was his what?” Johnson said with a perplexed look.
“You never knew this?!” Williams answered back. Johnson was surprised to find out that one of his co-hosts laid down enough bars in the mid-90s to ink a record deal.
Kellerman and his late brother Sam rapped together and even appeared in a music video as they took their shot at breaking into the rap game. Sam passed away in 2004 amidst a burgeoning career in NYC public-access TV. The rap duo sang songs like “Rumble Young Man Rumble” and kept their name simple, performing as Max & Sam.
“You didn’t know I had a record deal in ’94? Every couple months it comes up, people play the video and are like, ‘I didn’t know this!’ I’ve been dealing with this for 15 years,” Max Kellerman said on Thursday.
The topic came up now and then when Max Kellerman hosted his old radio show in Los Angeles. The former HBO Boxing analyst even had “The Game” on as a guest, and the rap star critiqued his interviewer.
“In 1994, I sounded ten times better than you,” The Game said. “Don’t quit your day job.”
Johnson got a big kick out of the revelation; maybe the Keyshawn, JWill, and Max crew will rekindle the glory days and spit some tracks with Kellerman. “We’re gonna have to pull that up and put that on the national TV screen for me,” Johnson said about the music video.
Citi Field Names Spanish Radio Booth After Juan Alicea
”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”
Juan Alicea will forever be remembered at Citi Field. The New York Mets announced that they are naming the Spanish-language radio booth after the team’s longtime Spanish play-by-play voice.
Alicea has a tenure with the Mets dating all the way back to 1969, working as a team scout and helping in community relations before moving to the booth in 1982. He has been there ever since, working with a number of different radio networks for their broadcasts, which can currently be heard on Que Buena 92.7.
”I’m incredibly humbled and honored” said Juan Alicea. ”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”
Mets President Sandy Alderson had nothing but praise for Alicea as he called him ”an innovator and pioneer in the Spanish broadcasting field.”
”He was instrumental in the creation of Hispanic marketing, promotions and community events. Juan has been a tremendously valued member of the Mets family” added Alderson.
“Juan has been a legendary figure on the Spanish Mets broadcasts,” Tim Scheld, the Program Director at the Mets’ English language flagship station, WCBS-AM, added. “We’ve been proud and honored to work alongside someone of such character and kindness and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”
Colin Dunlap Wants Predictions For Colleague’s First Pitch
“The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA.”
KDKA morning man Larry Richert is throwing out the first pitch at PNC Park on Thursday. The struggling Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds for a matinee at 12:35 pm Eastern.
No matter how bad the home team is, it is an honor when representatives ask you to throw out the first pitch. Colin Dunlap recognizes that. The morning show host at 93.7 The Fan celebrated his Audacy co-worker’s honor on Twitter.
Dunlap’s request for predictions on how the pitch would go was met with plenty of jokes. Many were at the Pirates’ expense. Some were based on Pittsburgh sports clichés. There were plenty of well wishes and congratulations fort Richert too.
Larry Richert has been in morning drive on KDKA since 2001 and has been on the air in Pittsburgh, either in TV or on radio, since the 1980s. Despite the news background, his voice is well-known to sports fans. He is the public address announcer at Heinz Field. He also hosts the pregame show for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and began narrating NFL Films in 1985.
The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA. The station posted a video last week of Richert getting loose and tossing a practice pitch.
If the pitch on Thursday is anything like the one in the video, Colin Dunlap has nothing to worry about. It doesn’t look like Richert is destined for the same low light reel that includes Baba Booey, 50 Cent, and Carly Rae Jepson.
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