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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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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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