The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday afternoon, and while there were several notable trades around the league, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was not among the players dealt. The Miami Dolphins were rumored to have interest in acquiring the 26-year-old former first-round draft pick, who has not played this season amid 22 women suing him for sexual misconduct. Watson is a 3x Pro Bowler and during his time at Clemson, led the Tigers to a national championship in 2016.
On Wednesday morning, In The Loop on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texas reacted to the thoughts of other sports radio hosts on Watson remaining a member of the Houston Texans, honing in on a particularly-animated scene on Carton and Roberts in New York.
“They’re arguing about Deshaun Watson in other cities now, and it is causing friction in the most chaotic media scenes there are,” said Landry Locker, co-host of the morning drive program. “If you think things are uneasy around here, this is what’s going on elsewhere at possible Deshaun Watson destinations after the trade deadline came and went.”
To recap the situation, Craig Carton and Evan Roberts began a debate on their show yesterday as to which quarterback would be a better long-term fit for the New York Football Giants: Watson, or “Mr. Unlimited” Russell Wilson. Carton believed Watson would be the best option for the Giants, who enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record on the season and have not made the playoffs since the 2016 season. Conversely, Roberts believed the 32-year-old Wilson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and won the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, would be the better fit for the team. To break the tie, the show asked its Associate Producer, Chris McMonigle, to give his opinion, and, needless to say, his answer caused an uproar in the Big Apple.
“Russell Wilson,” said McMonigle.
“You’re disgusting,” said Carton. “Go home for the rest of the day — honestly. I’d like you to get up, go home and rethink your position on this show sir… Pack up your stuff! Pack it up.”
WFAN’s social media team filmed McMonigle as he left the station’s downtown studios, capturing his on-street reaction for all to see via social media.
“He gave me the boot,” said an indignant McMonigle. “[I] can’t even have an opinion around here — This guy’s a tyrant. And I’m tired of it. [The] joke’s on him — you think I want to stay there? I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll still think Russell Wilson is the better quarterback.”
Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.
“They followed him out of the studio — this is what’s happening in New York,” said Landry. “And you’re telling me that you wanted to trade Deshaun Watson yesterday to the effing Miami Dolphins without New York even [being] in the mix? This is a guy who is a sexual survivor; [Craig Carton] was molested as a kid.. You can see the documentary on HBO. He wants Deshaun Watson in New York. He kicked a guy off the show.”
As for the situation on the gridiron, In The Loop co-host John P. Lopez wishes that Watson’s talent could be displayed again for fans of the National Football League to enjoy on a weekly basis.
“It’s an absolute waste of a supreme talent in the prime of his career,” said Lopez. “It’s sad that we are missing out on this for an entire year. You know you’d love to have seen Deshaun Watson on a football field.”
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”