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Daniel Jeremiah Admits He Didn’t Make His Own Game Picks For NFL Network

“The hectic schedule led Jeremiah to use a ghost picker that he might want to use every single week.”

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NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah came clean about a few of his great picks from this past weekend’s NFL slate.

Jeremiah appeared on The Rich Eisen Show and confessed something about his NFL Network game picks, which included a lone wolf prediction that the Cincinnati Bengals would beat the Baltimore Ravens.

“You want the content to live as long as it can; it’s not evergreen when you’re picking games,” Jeremiah said to Eisen, describing the process for NFL.com’s expert picks. “They want that to go up on Tuesdays.”

Jeremiah acknowledged that Tuesday isn’t the most ideal day to pick games on his schedule, or the NFL’s, seeing as the teams don’t have injury reports up until Wednesday. His hectic schedule led Jeremiah to use a ghost picker that he might want to use every single week.

“I get these text messages, ‘hey you gotta pick the games, gotta pick the games, can you please pick the games?’… Finally, I’d had enough. I said give me the Cardinals 45-10; you can pick the rest.”

Jeremiah’s ghost picker made him the only NFL Network analyst on the picks graphic to correctly nail the Bengals 41-17 upset win over the Ravens.

“My ghost picker picked the Bengals to beat the Ravens,” Jeremiah admitted. “I was the only one out of like 15 experts to pick the Bengals to beat the Ravens. The Bengals account–after the game–shouted me out and thanked me for being a believer in the Cincinnati Bengals! Turns out, I didn’t even make the pick! Wasn’t even me.”

Eisen asked him the tough question to close the story: Did you regret seeing the Bengals pick when you first saw it?

“I’m going to be honest with you Rich,” Jeremiah responded. “The first time I knew I picked the Bengals was when the Bengals account tweeted out that picture.”

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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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