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Brandon Tierney: Media Asked Me If Giants Fans Will Accept Tiki Barber

“Barber and Tierney discussed the negative reactions Barber once received from fans for some comments on then Head Coach, Tom Coughlin, and Quarterback, Eli Manning.”

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Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney were back on air, just in a new home, Monday as their show debuted on WFAN in New York City.  This is the first time Tiki Barber, former New York Giants running back, will be broadcasting for an exclusively New York audience.  Barber and Tierney discussed the negative reactions Barber once received from fans for some comments on then head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning.

Brandon Tierney mentioned that in the run up to the show’s launch on WFAN, some people still wanted to talk about the way Barber ended his playing days with the Giants and what that may mean for their listeners.

“I think history has almost blurred what you said about him,” Tierney told Barber in reference to his comments about Eli Manning in 2006. “What you said was not malicious! At all!”

While some of the comments may have been less controversial in hindsight, Tiki decided to clear up a few of the topics. 

“I had my issues with Tom.  Everybody knows them, I wasn’t the only one, so I don’t care what you think my relationship is with him. Eli and I have a good relationship and we always have, we never didn’t.”

Barber reiterated the fact that when the Giants, Coughlin and Manning included, won the Super Bowl shortly after he retired, he was happy for them.  All of them.

He did not shy away from his opinion on Coughlin but complemented his coaching ability.  “We had our issues.  He’s a great coach.  I will never ever ever discount how good of a coach he is.  He just didn’t treat people the right way.”

Tiki Barber was a little shocked that this is still an issue for some people. He said that he doesn’t lose sleep over the fact that he doesn’t have a Super Bowl ring. He did say that his biggest mistake was thinking that the Giants weren’t close to winning a title, but at the same time, he was ready to put football behind him.

An interesting note for all of us at BSM is that this topic may have come up on the first edition of Tiki and Tierney on WFAN because of our own Demetri Ravanos.

Earlier this week, he asked Tierney if he had “any concerns about interacting with a vocal Giants fan base that has a love/hate relationship with Tiki”. While Tierney did not call out Ravanos or BSM by name, it seems possible that this was the catalyst to revisit Tiki’s exit from the Giants on air.

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ESPN Names TV and Radio Broadcast Crews for 40 Bowl Games

The first bowl game broadcast is set for Saturday, December 16th.

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With the exception of Army/Navy on Saturday, the 2023 college football regular season has been completed, and now the focus shifts to the smorgasbord of bowl games taking place between December 16 and the national championship game on January 8.ESPN announced its full broadcast crew lineup for the bowl season on Thursday. All December bowl games will be simulcast on ESPN+.

It all begins with the Myrtle Beach Bowl at 11 a.m. on the 16th. Drew Carter and Dustin Fox will be on the call on ESPN, with Stormy Buonantony reporting from the sidelines. Chris Carlin and Orlando Franklin will also call the game for ESPN Radio.

For the College Football Playoff semifinals, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Alabama, with Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge reporting from the sidelines. Sean McDonough and Greg McElroy will be on the call for the Sugar Bowl between Washington and Texas. Molly McGrath and Katie George will be the sideline reporters.

On ESPN Radio, Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek and Quint Kessenich will be at the Rose Bowl, with Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer and Ian Fitzsimmons on the call for the Sugar Bowl. Kevin Winter and Trevor Matich will be in the ESPN Radio studios in Bristol anchoring pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage.

For the other New Year’s Six games, the crew assignments are as follows:

Cotton Bowl: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill

Peach Bowl: Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich

Orange Bowl: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George

Fiesta Bowl: Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden

The entire bowl broadcasting lineup is below.

DateTime (ET)Bowl/CommentatorsPlatform
Sat, Dec 1611 a.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio (Conway, S.C.)
TV: Drew Carter, Dustin Fox, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Chris Carlin, Orlando Franklin
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+
 NoonCricket Celebration Bowl: Howard vs. Florida A&M (Atlanta)
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich
ABC/ESPN+^
 2:15 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana (New Orleans)
TV: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+
 3:30 p.m.Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State (Orlando, Fla.)
Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
ABC/ESPN+
 5:45 p.m.Isleta New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Clay Matvick, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler
ESPN/ESPN+^
 7:30 p.m.Starco Brands LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State (Inglewood, Calif.)
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
Radio: Mike Couzens, Tom Ramsey
ABC/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 9:15 p.m.Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: California vs. Texas Tech (Shreveport, La.)
Kevin Connors, Rocky Boiman, Marilyn Payne
ESPN/ESPN+^
Mon, Dec 182:30 p.m.Famous Toastery Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dave Neal, Tom Luginbill, Abby Labar
ESPN/ESPN+^
Tue, Dec 19 9 p.m.Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl: UTSA vs. Marshall (Frisco, Texas)
Jorge Sedano, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
ESPN/ESPN+^
Thu, Dec 218 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: South Florida vs. Syracuse (Boca Raton, Fla.)
TV: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
Radio: Chris Carlin, Harry Douglas
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Fri, Dec 226:30 p.m.Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. UCF (Tampa, Fla.)
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ESPN/ESPN+^
Sat, Dec 23Noon76 Birmingham Bowl: Troy vs. Duke (Birmingham, Ala.)
Tom Hart, Cole Cubelic, Taylor Davis
ABC/ESPN+
NoonCamellia Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois (Montgomery, Ala.)
TV: Courtney Lyle, Hutson Mason, Ashley Stroehlein
Radio: Mike Couzens, Aaron Murray
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
3:30 p.m.Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: James Madison vs. Air Force (Fort Worth, Texas)
Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC/ESPN+
3:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Georgia State vs. Utah State (Boise, Idaho)
TV: Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Morgan Uber
Radio: Clay Matvick, Dave Steckel
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 7 p.m.68 Ventures Bowl: South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan (Mobile, Ala.)
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ESPN/ESPN+
7:30 p.m.SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Northwestern (Las Vegas)
Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Stormy Buonantony
ABC/ESPN+^
10:30 p.m.EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State (Honolulu, Hawaii)
TV: John Schriffen, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Tue, Dec 26 2 p.m.Quick Lane Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Minnesota (Detroit, Mich.)
Connor Onion, Dustin Fox, Tori Petry
ESPN/ESPN+^
5:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Texas State vs. Rice (Dallas, Texas)
Dave Neal, Aaron Murray, Morgan Uber
ESPN/ESPN+^
 9 p.m.Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas vs. UNLV (Phoenix, Ariz.)
TV: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Max Starks
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Wed, Dec 272 p.m.Military Bowl Presented by GoBowling.com: Virginia Tech vs. Tulane (Annapolis, Md.)
Jay Alter, Rene Ingoglia, Alex Chappell
ESPN/ESPN+^
 5:30 p.m.Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. West Virginia (Charlotte, N.C.)
TV: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
Radio: Mike Couzens, Charles Arbuckle
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
9 p.m.TaxAct Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State (Houston, Texas)
TV: Roy Philpott, Roddy Jones, Taylor McGregor
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Thu, Dec 2811 a.m.Wasabi Fenway Bowl: No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College (Boston, Mass.)
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Sherree Burruss
ESPN/ESPN+^
 2:15 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Miami (The Bronx, N.Y.)
TV: Drew Carter, Rod Gilmore, Taylor Davis
Radio: Mike Corey, Harry Douglas
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 5:45 p.m.Pop-Tarts Bowl: No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State (Orlando, Fla.)
TV: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Sean Kelley, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 9:15 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 14 Arizona vs. No. 12 Oklahoma (San Antonio, Texas)
TV: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Justin Kutcher, Max Starks, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Fri, Dec 29NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl: No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ESPN/ESPN+^
 3:30 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Memphis vs. Iowa State (Memphis, Tenn.)
TV: John Schriffen, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 8 p.m.Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 7 Ohio State (Dallas)
TV: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Brad Sham, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Sat, Dec 30NoonChick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Penn State (Atlanta)
TV: Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 2 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Auburn vs. Maryland (Nashville, Tenn.)
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ABC/ESPN+^
 4 p.m.Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 5 Florida State (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George
Radio: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Mon, Jan 1NoonReliaQuest Bowl: Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU (Tampa, Fla.)
Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
 1 p.m.Cheez-It Citrus Bowl: No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee (Orlando, Fla.)
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
Radio: Chris Carlin, Tom Luginbill
ABC/ESPN Radio^
 1 p.m.Vrbo Fiesta Bowl: No. 23 Liberty vs. No. 8 Oregon (Glendale, Ariz.)
TV: Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
Radio: Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
 5 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Prudential: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama (Pasadena, Calif.)
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
 8:45 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas (New Orleans, La.)
TV: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath, Katie George
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
Mon, Jan 87:30 p.m.College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (Houston, Texas)
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Molly McGrath
Radio: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Ian Fitzsimmons, Kris Budden

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Mike Tirico: Geno Smith Received Medical Treatment in ‘Weirdest Production Meeting of My Career’

Tirico said the NBC Sports crew did their pregame interviews with Smith as he worked with an athletic trainer in an attempt to play on Thanksgiving night.

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Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico has seen a lot and called a lot over his decades in broadcasting. But the job found a way to surprise him as he prepared for NBC’s Thanksgiving Night game.

Tirico was on Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan on Thursday ahead of Sunday night’s Eagles/Cowboys game in Arlington, and Mike said his check-in with Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith made for one of the weirdest production meetings he’s ever done in his 25 years of broadcasting football games.

Smith got injured the Sunday before Seattle’s Thanksgiving Night game against the 49ers, and Tirico said at the team’s request, they did their interviews with Geno while he was receiving treatment from medical staff on his elbow.

“There’s this guy who’s just like beating the heck out of his elbow with this procedure to get blood flow down to the elbow,” Tirico said. “And we’re like, ‘Geno, are you OK?’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah man I’m alright. Go ahead. Ask away, ask away.’ I felt really uncomfortable doing it, to be honest.”

Mike Tirico was asked if he was still going to be speaking to Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy ahead of Sunday’s game given McCarthy is only a couple days removed from an appendectomy. He thought he had a good feeling he’ll catch up with him at some point this weekend.

“I’m sure it’ll be health permitting, I don’t know where Mike will be health wise either Friday or Saturday when we get over to see the Cowboys at The Star,” Tirico said. “Those are those things that happen and pop up during the week where you’re like, ‘Ooh, that wasn’t expected.’ We’ll have to adjust.”

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Dan Bernstein: Media Reaction to MLB Winter Meetings Outrageous

“It doesn’t make any sense to me.“

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The MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone, without the sport’s biggest fish — Shohei Ohtani — being caught by any one team. Several MLB writers shared their displeasure with the lack of movement by players at the meetings, which dumbfounded 670 The Score host Dan Bernstein.

During Bernstein & Holmes Thursday, Dan Bernstein shared his sentiment that the expectations from MLB national media members bordered on ridiculous.

”So many people had a problem with (the Winter Meetings). ‘Do something! Entertain us! Do something!’ and this whole group of seemingly unionized national reporters are echoing this ‘How dare that not do something!’ (sentiment),” Bernstein said. “Other sports have a salary cap. That’s the difference. And if you’re advocating for MLB to have a salary cap, you’re doing Rob Manfred’s work for him, and that doesn’t make any sense.”

After co-host Laurence Holmes mentioned that a player making a decision on their future home required due diligence and time, Dan Bernstein continued by claiming that the idea that Ohtani needed to pick a destination during the Winter Meetings to appease the national media showed a lack of empathy from reporters.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me. How dare Shohei Ohtani be careful and deliberate and exercise power when he’s the most powerful person in baseball right now,” said Bernstein. “He’s deciding his professional future. How dare he! What does he owe you?”

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