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Craig Carton Surprises Boomer Esiason With His 1994 Pro Bowl Jersey

Esiason confirmed that the “cheap-ass jersey from back then” was real, but he didn’t want it.

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Craig Carton dropped by the WFAN morning show on Tuesday with a surprise for his former co-host Boomer Esiason.

Carton somehow had Esiason’s game-worn jersey from the 1994 Pro Bowl. Apparently, it was missing but Boomer didn’t even realize it. (He apparently had very little affection for the jersey with No. 8, rather than Esiason’s No. 7. Boomer wore No. 8 for the AFC Pro Bowl squad that year because John Elway had No. 7.)

But how did Carton get the jersey? He read a letter on the air from a man writing on behalf of his wife, whose father was a baggage handler on the ground crew for American Airlines. In 1994, he was working at JFK Airport in New York when a flight arrived from Honolulu. A big sports fan, he stole Esiason’s Pro Bowl jersey from the quarterback’s luggage.

Following the man’s death, his wife and son attempted to return the jersey to Esiason in 2018 through WFAN. But producers didn’t believe the woman’s story. Esiason’s representatives said that all memorabilia from his career was accounted for and he wasn’t missing a jersey.

Upon hearing this from Carton, Esiason agreed. He wasn’t missing a jersey from his career. And that’s when Carton took the game-worn, white No. 8 Pro Bowl jersey from a box. Carton joked that bidding for the piece of game memorabilia started at $100. But even when Esiason confirmed that the “cheap-ass jersey from back then” was real, he didn’t want it.

So where could the rare No. 8 Boomer Esiason jersey end up? Will it hang in the Boomer & Gio studio? Will Carton take it for his show with Evan Roberts? Might Jerry Recco swipe it? Esiason said he’ll probably give it to his son, Gunner. But Carton might just end up sending it back to the woman so she can hang it up again in her home, maybe as a tribute to her husband. Stay tuned!

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ESPN 97.5 Host Vanessa Richardson Named New Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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The Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season and it’s a familiar name in Houston sports talk radio.

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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