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Nick Wright Avoided Dan Patrick’s Texts During Bengals-Chiefs AFC Title Game

“You personalized it. You made this as a Dan Patrick versus Nick Wright thing, which is interesting, because I didn’t know you were a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.”

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On Monday, Dan Patrick told his audience that he had to turn off Sunday’s AFC Championship game when the Kansas City Chiefs took a 21-3 lead on the Cincinnati Bengals. But he eventually made his way back to the TV as the Bengals overcame the 18-point deficit and forced the game into overtime.

But as the Bengals completed the comeback, Patrick reached out to noted Chiefs fan, Kansas City native, and FS1 host Nick Wright in an effort to get a rise out of him.

Wright was a guest on Tuesday’s The Dan Patrick Show and according to the host’s recollection, he texted “I think the Bengals have your attention” to Wright. But Wright said that wasn’t quite accurate.

“Let’s be fair, Dan, because I have to unblock your number,” Wright said. “I think the exact quote, if we’re going to be fair, is quote, ‘I think MY Bengals have YOUR attention,’ end quote. You personalized it. You made this as a Dan Patrick versus Nick Wright thing, which is interesting, because I didn’t know you were a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan.”

Patrick defended himself further, saying he didn’t mean anything other than it just being a great game. He said Wright could’ve just responded, but Wright felt like Patrick was trolling.

“I wasn’t rubbing it in your face when it was 21-3,” Wright said. “Why would you reach out to me when I’m at my most vulnerable?”

“I thought it was rude, I thought it was unbecoming, I thought it was bullying much like our last interview,” he added.

Wright said Dan knew how much was riding on the game for the First Things First co-host. But Patrick maintained his innocence.

“I just wanted to put it out there and just say, ‘You know what, that was a nice contest, and the Bengals put up a good fight,'” he said. “That was it!”

The bit ended with Wright just saying he had hoped to run out the clock on their segement without talking about the game during the alloted time. But Patrick got one last jab in.

“No, I’m going to blow right through the commercial break and just keep going because the dynasty of one continues in Kansas City,” Patrick said to groans from Wright.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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Longtime Hornets Analyst, Radio Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dies

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia.”

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Gerry Vaillancourt, a voice synonymous with Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets basketball, passed away over the weekend.

According to information provided to the Charlotte Observer from the family, Vaillancourt, affectionately known at “Gerry V,” died due to complications from a heart condition.

Vaillancourt was a mainstay on Hornets broadcasts dating back to the franchise’s inception in the 80s. Additionally, he was a fixture on sports talk radio. Vaillancourt hosted shows on WCNT, WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, as well as on 1280 AM and WRNO in New Orleans.

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia,” WBT and Hornets colleague Jim Szoke told the Charlotte Observer. “I used to love when Hubie Brown was on as a regular guest and listening to them talk hoops in great detail.”

Vaillancourt was born and raised in New York City. He played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University and coached at James Madison, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

He was 72 years old.

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