Sunday Night Football on NBC will feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing off against the New England Patriots. For a viewer who is not heavily invested in the National Football League, nothing significant may be able to be surmised from just looking at the matchup. For NFL fans, casual or die-hard, this game is perhaps the most substantial of the season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will return to Foxborough to face his former team, the New England Patriots, where he won his first six championships. New details have recently emerged divulging the split between Brady and Patriots Head Coach and General Manager Bill Belichick, and should make the matchup even more interesting this Sunday night, further boosting its potential to shatter previous ratings records.
On Wednesday morning, “Keyshawn, JWill and Max” spoke on ESPN Radio about the primetime game, and how there should be plenty of content for the media to chronicle to attract and captivate viewers, especially after the game when the hall-of-fame duo meet at midfield to exchange pleasantries.
“Bill’s going to do what Bill does,” said Keyshawn Johnson, former NFL wide receiver and co-host of the newly restructured morning program on ESPN Radio. “[He’s] not going to give the media any opportunity for any major photo ops with him hugging Tom Brady.”
Viewership for Sunday Night Football on NBC has been on the rise this season, with the broadcast drawing an average of over 20-million viewers per week across its multiple platforms over the first three weeks of the NFL season, the first time the network has attained such a feat since 2016. This Sunday’s matchup though, thanks to the storylines and drama surrounding it, could eclipse those ratings… and considerably do so.
Just take the game trailer created by NBC, using “Hello” by Adele, a slow pop ballad to promote a football game. Uncharacteristic for sure, but appropriate based on the circumstances of this matchup. And it’s drawing viewers — nearly one million of them on Twitter in just two days.
The morning radio show welcomed former Major League Baseball player and current MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa on the program to talk about the postseason set to commence next week, but even he could not resist commenting on the highly-anticipated matchup coming up at the end of the week.
“I watched that Sunday Night Football trailer with Adele’s ‘Hello’ track underneath it about thirty times yesterday,” said DeRosa. “I cannot wait.”
Former New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson also joined the show to talk about the upcoming Brady vs. Belichick matchup, and echoed DeRosa’s sentiments regarding the trailer created by NBC.
“You got to hype it up,” said Watson. “You got to get people watching. That’s part of the deal.”
Craig Carton: Yankees Are Going To Give Marc Malusis A Heart Attack
“To turn what the Mets did into a referendum on the Yankees’ incompetence is a joke. It’s an absolute joke.”
Over on WFAN in New York, there seemed to be some friendly ribbing going on Tuesday from afternoon hosts Criag Carton and Evan Roberts. Marc Malusis was very upset by the New York Mets’ free agency acquisitions and the inaction to this point by the New York Yankees front office.
Malusis said in part that it was frustrating to see teams like the Texas Rangers and the Mets go out and sign sought-after free agents like Marcus Semien and Max Scherzer, while the Yankees front office essentially sits on its hands.
“You have the Yankees here basically collecting their coins, looking under the seat cushions to see exactly who they can find and who they can sign,” Malusis said.
He added that it was a disservice to Yankees fans to justify not signing anyone of note at this point by appealing to lesser player acquisitions and trying to convince fans to wait for prospects to develop.
“As a Yankee fan, you have every right to be frustrated,” he said. “And if you don’t go out and add one of these shortstops this offseason, it further shows the breaking point between the ownership and the leadership of the Yankees, and the fan base and how the Yankees operate right now as an organization. And I think you can easily make the argument that would be a failure.”
Meanwhile, Carton and Roberts opened their show saying it was ridiculous for Malusis and Yankee fans to be overreacting at this point.
“Malusis damn near had a heart attack at 10 o’clock this morning,” Carton joked. “I was worried about him. I called him to make sure he didn’t pass out.”
Ultimately Roberts explained that the Mets were further away from being a team capable of making a postseason appearance and run than the Yankees, who have routinely been among the league’s biggest buyers of marquee talent during free agency. Carton agreed and said Yankee fans need to just pump the brakes and calm down.
“To turn what the Mets did into a referendum on the Yankees’ incompetence is a joke. It’s an absolute joke…The New York Yankees have never sat still…Like shut up. It’s embarrassing.”
Bill Michaels Steps Up To Help Waukesha Victims & Families
“When people ask why do this? I say, because we need to.”
Wisconsin sports radio host Bill Michaels is stepping up to help Waukesha, Wisconsin. The small Wisconsin town has earned a flood of media attention recently after Darrell Brooks Jr. drove his SUV thru the town’s Christmas parade, killing six people, including an 8-year old boy, Jackson Sparks. Brooks has been charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He is being held in a Wisconsin jail on five million dollars bail and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted.
With so many impacted by the tragedy, Michaels decided to use his radio platform to help raise funds for the victims and their families.
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin sports voice called on his audience and local people to join him in making donations to help those affected. Michaels broadcasted from Nice Ash Cigar Bar, and encouraged people to donate to the Waukesha Foundation Fund. He shared on the air that he was headed to the Christmas parade on November 21st, when he learned that something had gone awry at the event.
“We’re out here today raising funds for the victims, their families, and those in need down here,” shared Michaels on his radio program ‘The Bill Michaels Show’. “This is one of those situations where people say ‘thoughts and prayers’ which is great, but you need to do something. When people ask why do this? I say, because we need to,” Michaels added.
As of Monday afternoon, seven children were still hospitalized at Children’s Wisconsin.
To help raise awareness for Jackson Sparks, the eight year old boy who was killed in the senseless tragedy, Wisconsin native and Texas resident Todd Ahrens took to social media asking people to wear baseball jerseys on Friday in honor of the boy’s love for the sport. The social post created by Ahrens has gone viral, being shared and liked by thousands all across the country.
Those interested in making a contribution to the Waukesha Foundation Fund to help the families and victims affected, can do so by clicking here.
David Feherty Launches Weekly SiriusXM Show
“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind.”
SiriusXM announced today that David Feherty, who has been entertaining golf audiences with his witty perspective on the game for more than two decades, is joining SiriusXM to launch a new weekly show.
Feherty will team up with fellow former pro and SiriusXM host John Maginnes for Feherty and Maginnes. The show will be on Monday evenings on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel.
They will preview the new show this Wednesday at 5pm. The show officially starts in its new time slot on January 3rd, as the PGA TOUR season picks up steam with the Hawaii tournaments.
“I can’t wait to work with John Maginnes,” said Feherty. “He is one of my favorite people and SiriusXM will be a really fun platform for us. The over/under on both of us getting canceled is about six weeks!”
The format will include long form interviews with personalities from the world of golf with storytelling to the listeners coming from the golf expertise of Feherty and Maginnes, who both had playing careers on the PGA Tour.
“David’s unique blend of wit and golf wisdom, and his experience from a lifetime in the game, really make him one of a kind,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “SiriusXM is the perfect platform for his many great stories and the insightful and revealing conversations he’ll have with his guests. We are thrilled to pair him up with John and bring together two terrific personalities who will deliver an entertaining, must-listen show for our listeners.”
Feherty spent time following his playing career at CBS and NBC as well as his own show on the Golf Channel.
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