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The Sports Junkies Hoped ‘Washington Commanders’ Might Be Misdirect By Team

“It would have been so creative, but obviously it wasn’t. They’re transparent. They’ve been transparent for 20 years.”

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After two years of anticipation and excitement, the National Football League’s Washington Football Team announced its new name as the Commanders on NBC’s Today.

The announcement had been teased on various media platforms, including radio, television and social media, for quite a while. However, the news was made official when Washington Commanders President Jason Wright broke the news this morning by saying, “We are the Commanders.”

This revelation, though, was hardly a surprise to those who had been following the name change over the last few months. There were people who saw the domain name “Commanders.com” had been purchased, former quarterback Joe Theismann went on CBS Sports Radio Tuesday and spoke as if the name was definitive, and a video from an NBC 4 chopper Tuesday night zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field to reveal the new Washington Commanders wordmark on the front window, which has been viewed over three million times.

On Wednesday morning, The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. reacted to the name’s public dissemination prior to its formal announcement, and their thoughts on a scenario that would have made it the greatest name reveal in history.

“For a lot of people out there, Chopper Brad zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field, and there was a banner saying ‘Washington Commanders,’” explained John-Paul Flaim, co-host of the morning drive program. “And then there were more leaks later on in the evening of the gear.”

Indeed, the new name was leaked early. However, some of the morning radio hosts were holding onto hope that the “Commanders” was an intentional means of deception to avoid the actual name being leaked early.

“I was thinking it would be the greatest misdirection in history if Jason Wright was thinking, ‘We’re just going to leak the name to our players and former players knowing that [it] would get out somehow,” said co-host Jason Bishop. “It would have been so creative, but obviously it wasn’t. They’re transparent. They’ve been transparent for 20 years.”

Washington Commanders beat reporter and co-host of 106.7 The Fan’s BMitch & Finlay J.P. Finlay said a few months prior that all signs were pointing to “Commanders” being the new name of the football team. Yet WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported on the air last month that the new name would be the “Washington Admirals,” just after the Feb. 2 reveal had been announced by the team.

“I know… I started leaning towards [Commanders] because [J.P. Finlay is] over there every day,” said co-host Eric Bickel. “Boomer was my outlier. Turns out Boomer knows nothing.”

On a day when the Washington Football Team was seeking to make headlines with the announcement of their new team name, Auville felt bad for Jason Wright and company in that the announcement was clearly going to be overshadowed by the football news over the last 24 hours, in particular the formal announcement of Tom Brady’s retirement and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores suing the NFL and various organizations for racial discrimination.

“Of course, Tom Brady retires and the Brian Flores bombshell hits,” said Auville. “The name change is the biggest thing here [in Washington, D.C.]. They’re looking for that pop around the country [and] I just feel bad for Jason Wright. He’s thinking, ‘I’m going to dominate the news cycle. I’m going to own this day.’”

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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