Fred Toucher knows that Patriots fans are lucky. The team’s twenty-year run with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady defined generations of fandom in New England. He is smart enough not to try to predict who the next team to do it will be.
“To get the Belichick and the Brady is almost impossible. You get two all-timers, the two best together,” he said Thursday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Still, he wonders how much interest there is in reliving those teams’ success. He and Rich Shirtenlieb pointed out that they know very few people outside of the sports media that have taken the time to watch ESPN+’s Man in the Arena.
If Tom Brady can’t draw interest, Toucher & Rich can’t imagine that a ten-hour documentary about the team based on a book about how the Kraft family influenced their success is going to find an audience.
“You might as well release this thing on laser disc,” Toucher said. “Ten-part Apple+ documentary on the Krafts? Who gives a rat’s ass?”
Apple announced earlier this week that the series, based on the book The Dynasty, is coming to the platform. Co-host John Wallach has read the book and describes it as a love letter to the Krafts. Shirtenlieb said he isn’t sure how anyone can mine ten hours of content from something like that.
“The one thing you can say at minimum is he was smart enough to let them do their thing and not screw it up,” he said of team owner Robert Kraft.
“Rich, you’ve just given me a solid three minutes of a documentary,” Toucher shot back.
Toucher went on to say that he suspects the Kraft family had something to do with the movie getting made. The filmmakers had 2 years of unimpeded access to the team. That didn’t happen by accident in Fred Toucher’s mind.
“If you’re telling me that Ron Howard said ‘this is a great ten-part documentary,’ like read The Dynasty and said ‘this is a great ten-part documentary,’ it seems to me that someone would knock on the office door and say ‘here’s a ton of money. Make this propaganda film that’s gonna make four people happy.’ I mean, who’s gonna watch this thing and why is it necessary?”
No details are available on when the series will be released.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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”.