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Ryan Clark Returns to Radio Row, Stars in New Super Bowl Ad

“You can see how excited everyone is… to at least almost feel normal. Other than the masks, we get to move around and convene and have different events like we normally do.”

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As Super Bowl Sunday draws closer by the minute, various sports radio stations from around the country have taken their broadcasts on the road to Radio Row to interview guests, catch up with old friends, and feel the anticipation and excitement before kickoff.

This year’s matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams marks the first time the city of Los Angeles has hosted the Super Bowl since 1993 when the Dallas Cowboys won the championship at the Rose Bowl. Additionally, the Rams will try to become the first Los Angeles-based team to win a Super Bowl since the John Madden-led Los Angeles Raiders took home the championship in 1983.

With some signs of normalcy beginning to return throughout society, the buzz in the “City of Angels” is quite palpable both inside and outside of the area. Ryan Clark, a former NFL safety and current analyst on ESPN, joined The Pat & Aaron Show on 95.3 WDAE Tampa Bay, and spoke about the atmosphere not only surrounding “The Big Game” on Sunday, but also that of the week as a whole.

“It’s absolutely bonkers – it truly is,” said Clark, who won a Super Bowl championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. “You can see how excited everyone is… to at least almost feel normal. Other than the masks, we get to move around and convene and have different events like we normally do.”

Clark has always cherished the week leading up to the Super Bowl for the opportunities it gives people to see one another and reconnect. However, as a player, the focus is squarely on what happens on the gridiron Sunday. The game brings about conflicting interests. That is, a cultural phenomenon with league events, media coverage, and parties surrounding the most meaningful and decisive football game of the year.

“It’s about getting chances to see people you haven’t seen in years, or see people you haven’t seen in a year, and really enjoy what this is,” explained Clark. “It’s the biggest sporting event in the world. We have seven games in the NBA Finals, you have seven games for the World Series, but this is only one chance, one opportunity, and you got to savor every moment.”

On Thursday, Clark visited Radio Row himself, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, to experience the plethora of live broadcasts and to be interviewed by other stations.

“[There are] so many different people from so many different countries and [so many] opportunities to get athletes on,” said Clark. “It was really good to get back in that type of atmosphere.”

Clark, along with NFL legends Dan Marino and Eli Manning, recently starred in a new advertisement for Stella Artois titled “The Stella Substitutes,” in which they give bartenders tickets to Super Bowl LVI in exchange for filling in for the bartenders’ scheduled shifts.

“Tyrone is a bartender out here in L.A., [and] I got an opportunity to surprise him with tickets,” said Clark. “What we’ve gone through the last two years, people [have] not [been] able to truly enjoy life like we’re used to. We want to make sure that people are getting opportunities to share great moments with the people that they love, and so he’s going to get an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.”

Show co-host Pat Donovan was curious to know how many beers Clark’s ESPN colleague Mike Greenberg could drink “before he would be in the tank.” His response:

“A half a beer. [Greeny’s] one of the softest humans I’ve ever been around. I’m pretty sure Greeny would be one of those people that says beer has too harsh of a taste to actually drink and enjoy. He’s more like a very light dessert wine kind of guy.”

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Sean Bass Gets Texas Rangers’ World Series Box Score Tattooed on His Back

“It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”

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Sean Bass, co-host of The Sweet Spot on The Ticket in Dallas, showed off his new tattoo today, which just so happens to be the box score from Game 5 of the 2023 World Series. The tattoo is to commemorate the Texas Rangers winning the World Series, and was something Bass said he would do 14 years ago.

Bass’ co-host David Mino set up the reveal, saying, “This has been the best year of Sean Bass’ life. The Texas Rangers won the World Series, we get to go to [Spring Training], it’s all you’ve been talking about…also, you got a radio show, that’s awesome, big year for you. You said this 14 years ago, in 2010?”

Bass explained, “Sometime around mid-July, I was filling in for Ty doing The Hardline ‘Tickers’…we were talking about how the good the Rangers were. I was feeling very good about where the Rangers were at that moment in time and I said, ‘Listen if they win the World Series, I will get the full game-winning box score tattoed on my back.

“The crew loved the idea, because if you open up a newspaper and read a box score, it’s not what you get on some websites, it’s everything…its runners left on base, time of game, the umpires, all the pitching lines, all the hitting lines, you name it.”

Bass continued, “It didnt happen in ’10, of course we were one strike away twice in 2011 and I would have been very happy to do this then. Then, we go through the desert for over 12 years, of not making the Fall Classic. And then they got it done in five games against Arizona and I was like, ‘Ok, man of my word, I’ve talked about it on the air enough, let’s do this.’ And this week was the right time.”

Bass had a PDF made of the actual box score from the Dallas Morning News and took it to a local tattoo artist. He said four and a half hours after he sat down it was complete.

“That is beautiful,” said Mino as he described the tattoo. “It’s on the left side below the shoulder blade…about 12-13 inches long.”

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ESPN 1410 WING-AM in Dayton Adds New Midday Show

Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton.

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Dayton’s ESPN 1410 WING-AM is partnering with Chatterbox Sports in a deal which will see the station add a new midday show. Starting on March 25th, Chatterbox Sports’ Off The Bench with founder Trace Fowler will air from Noon to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday on ESPN Dayton. The Kinner & Kev Show, which airs in afternoon drive on the station and is hosted by Justin Kinner and Kev Nash, will now also be broadcast live on Chatterbox YouTube from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

As Fowler and Kinner discussed the upcoming moves, Kinner said, “There’s some opportunity to combine our radio station with your digital platform, you guys are kicking ass…a big opportunity here.”

Fowler laid out how the programming schedule will work, saying, “We are going to go from the 12 to 3 slot in Dayton, for as long as you’ll have us, we will see how long we make it on radio. We will be 10 to 12 [on Chatterbox] every single day and then we will go from noon to 3 on ESPN in Dayton, 1410 WING-AM”

Chatterbox is the outlet where you will also find former Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman, who hosts Dialed In with Thom Brennaman.

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Danny Parkins: Colin Cowherd was “Making People Upset Again”

“He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”

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Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score in Chicago responded to a verbal attack thrown at the Chicago media by Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports Radio and FS1. Parkins introduced a clip on the Parkins and Spiegel Show by saying, “Colin Cowherd was talking about Chicago again and he’s making people upset again and it has to do with the Bears.”

The topic was rumors about Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields and whether or not the team will keep him or trade him, as they hold the first pick of the NFL draft which will take place starting April 25. The decision the Bears have to make has been the dominant topic for Chicago sports radio for several weeks.

Cowherd said on his show, “…[Fields] doesn’t win a lot of games and that’s a problem. Don’t listen to the analytic nerds, good quarterbacks win close games. He is a dreadful 4th quarter quarterback, the worst in the league. Chicago media, their opinion of him is just not reality. Everybody else sees it, the Chicago media all season long tried to defend him, elevate him, protect him, promote him. Maybe they’re watching Ohio State film.”

Cowherd then went on to give Fields’ second half statistics and compared him to New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson. “…New York media never defends Zach Wilson,” Cowherd continued. “They call it as they see it, as they should, I respect that. Chicago media: ‘This guy deserves another year.’ He is, in the second half, Zach Wilson. The New York media calls it, the truth. The Chicago media has been protecting him and buying into this ‘ we really like him’ [from the Bears]. Stop it, c’mon.”

“I’m offended by being looped in with whoever he is talking about as propping up Justin Fields and not speaking the truth,” Spiegel said. “He’s not listening to this show enough, Danny…He’s going way too far to try and make a point.”

Parkins replied, “To say that Justin Fields is Zach Wilson so that Chicago media should treat Justin like New York media treats Zach Wilson, I just think it’s crazy…I do think Chicago media is softer than New York media. We are.”

Spiegel interjected, “I think [Cowherd] is inventing a particular branch of the media, which I don’t believe exists anymore.”

Parkins came back with, “The New York media would not treat Justin [Fields] like they have treated Zach Wilson, because Justin has accomplished more than Zach Wilson.”

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