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Chris Canty Rips Tiki Barber’s Defense of NFL Owners: ‘You’re The Problem!’

“If you’re a part of the crowd that comes up with convenient excuses and/or asks for more time, you’re the problem!”

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After watching Tiki Barber’s appearance on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night, ESPN Radio host Chris Canty was upset enough that he had to respond on Twitter.

What set Canty off was Barber following up on comments he made on his WFAN show that the Mara family, owners of the New York Giants, weren’t racist in his experience.

“To blanket call, generalize that NFL teams or executives within those teams are racist is a generalization that will always be wrong,” Barber told Cooper. “Because you can’t just say that based on what history has shown us as far as hiring is concerned.”

You can watch the segment below:

The Giants have come under scrutiny with Brian Flores alleging racial discrimination in NFL hiring practices. In his lawsuit against the league, Flores cited a text message exchange with Bill Belichick which tipped off that the Giants had already decided to hire Brian Daboll as their head coach before Flores’s scheduled interview for the same position.

“They embraced me like I was family. I know them intimately,” Barber said on WFAN’s Tiki and Tierney show Wednesday. “So when I say I don’t believe they’re racist, it’s because I know they’re not.”

Saying that history has refuted the contention that NFL teams’ hiring practices for head coaches are racist sent Canty to Twitter.

It’s a pretty easy argument against the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” mandating that minority candidates be interviewed for head-coach openings to point out that there were two Black head coaches in the league when the rule was implemented in 2003. Now, there is only one. As Canty points out, there were once as many as six Black head coaches in the NFL, but the trend has clearly gone in the opposite direction.

By saying otherwise and citing history as evidence to defend the NFL owners, Barber is “the problem” in Canty’s view. Among those who agreed with Canty’s criticism against Barber was ESPN analyst Damien Woody.

Whether or not Canty takes his feelings on Barber’s remarks to his ESPN Radio show with Mike Golic Jr. remains to be seen (or heard). But an exchange of differing opinions — or a war of words, to put it more strongly — would certainly make for some compelling radio.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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