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Brian Rice Declares Pat Forde is Banned From Knoxville’s WNML

“The comments struck the wrong chord for Brian Rice who co-hosts The Erik Ainge Show on Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville.”

Russ Heltman



Courtesy: SportsRadio WNML

A few Tennessee fans showed their true colors and soured a great game this weekend, but one radio host in Knoxville wants to make sure those fans and a particular sportswriter don’t ruin Tennessee sports for everyone else.

Ole Miss escaped with a victory against Tennessee. Fans were not happy with the officiating and started tossing all sorts of debris onto the field. Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin even got hit by a golf ball at one point.

The chaos prompted a tweet from Sports Illustrated writer Pat Forde, who most recently criticized Tennessee fans for their delusions around the Greg Schiano hiring.

“Joe Milton literally runs out the clock, and it was by no means the most embarrassing thing of the night for Tennessee,” Forde tweeted. “Pitiful display by the petulant fan base.”

The comments struck the wrong chord for Brian Rice, who co-hosts The Erik Ainge Show on Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville. He tweeted this in response to Forde.

“Almost as embarrassing as someone who claims to be a professional journalist saying that 100 jackasses are fully representative of the other 101,950 fans that were in the stadium tonight,” Rice said. “Pitiful display by a sportswriter who was once respected.”

Rice didn’t let 240 characters stop his tirade, declaring Forde banned from the station and that he “will literally fight anybody on our staff who tries to have you on.”

Not the most level-headed response from someone trying to defend a fanbase on tilt. For what it’s worth, Mike Golic Sr. was at the game calling it on the radio for Learfield IMG and agreed with Forde.

Whichever side you land on, I think we can all agree that someone needs to check the sanity of whoever brought that golf ball into Neyland Stadium and chucked it at Kiffin.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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