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Ariel Helwani: ‘Lazy Media’ Thinks Boxing Is Dying & The Paul’s Are Why

“People like to say the Paul brothers are an indication as to why boxing is dead. My argument is the Paul brothers is why boxing is alive and well and, dare I say, thriving.”

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Boxing is in very good shape. Ariel Helwani is sick of hearing that it isn’t. The combat sports reporter was a guest on The Pat McAfee Show Thursday and called his colleagues that question the sport’s health lazy.

“Nothing pisses me off more, Patrick, honestly, nothing grinds my gears more than when I hear these lazy media guys out there with their hot takes that love to say ‘Boxing is dead, boxing isn’t what it once was,’” he said.

Ariel Helwani characterized boxing as “kicking ass” right now. In fact, he said two boxers that people say are proof that boxing is in trouble are responsible for its resurgence.

“People like to say the Paul brothers are an indication as to why boxing is dead. My argument is the Paul brothers is why boxing is alive and well and, dare I say, thriving.”

Jake and Logan Paul rose to fame on social media. They were known for their videos on YouTube long before anyone knew they had athletic aspirations.

Ariel Helwani says that not only are the Paul brothers making money for themselves, they have other boxers believing in them and signing with their company. They are able to pay more than other promotions including the UFC.

Paul brothers aside, Ariel Helwani says that there is plenty of evidence that boxing is doing just fine. He pointed to all of the media companies that have secured boxing rights.

“You’ve got your old friends at DAZN doing there thing. You’ve got ESPN involved with Top Rank. You’ve got Fury/Wilder on October 9th. You’ve got Anthony Joshua. Did you see that fight on Saturday in front of 70,000 fans? It was absurd. Boxing’s on fire!”

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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