For sports fans in Denver, the current state of affairs is about as good as it can get, with legitimate championship runs occurring in both hockey and basketball, and the announcement of impactful new additions to help rebuild underperforming teams.
All of this good news resulted in a jaunty, enthusiastic open to Friday’s edition of Schlereth and Evans on 104.3 The Fan, with co-host Mike Evans beginning his dialogue with the backing track of Culture Club’s 1983 hit single “Karma Chameleon.”
“Oh yeah!,” said Evans. “Oh, it’s baseball opening day. Sorry, there’s a few other things going on that kind of made me forget – happy Friday everybody!”
The apparent celebration that took place today was undoubtedly for more than solely acknowledging the satisfying state of sports in The Mile High City though. Shortly after the completion of the show’s introduction, Evans was able to share with listeners an update on the condition of his co-host and three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth.
Schlereth recently underwent heart surgery and has been in recovery, which is why he has been absent from the show since Wednesday. Chad Andrus has been co-hosting the show with Evans over the last three days. The plan is for Schlereth to return to the airwaves at the start of next week.
“Mark shared with all of you yesterday on social media why he’s been out the last couple of days,” said Evans. “He had to have a heart procedure…. He’s doing well, and he got back home yesterday and [is] resting…. I think the expectation still is that he’s going to be back on Monday, but we shall see.”
Evans himself underwent open heart surgery in 2018 to replace a valve in his aorta after being told he had a heart murmur at a routine physical examination. After that surgery, Evans called in to the show and reminded listeners to be proactive about monitoring their health and maintaining healthy habits.
“Go get your heart listened to,” Evans implored listeners in 2018. “Go get your heart checked, and just make sure you’re okay because a lot of that stuff that ends up happening down the road can be prevented if you jump on things right now.”
With the good news surrounding both Denver sports and Schlereth, Evans and Andrus quickly transitioned to talking about Jokić and the Nuggets, along with the Rockies’ season opener. Trying to enjoy the moments of jubilance, after all, is a factor of sports radio that generates engaging content and higher ratings, and with the impending return of Schlereth to the airwaves, the show is positioning itself to have a strong spring. On an opening day that baseball fans were not even sure would happen after 99 days of contentious debate between Major League Baseball and its players, the time is now to enjoy the return of “America’s Pastime,” along with the imminent playoff appearances of both the Nuggets and Avalanche.
“There will be plenty of time – plenty of time – to get down on the Rockies and dismiss [them] and grumble grumble grumble about [them],” said Evans, “but you know what? Today is Opening Day!”
Derek Futterman is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. In addition, he serves as the production manager for the New York Islanders Radio Network and lead sports producer at NY2C. He has also worked on live game broadcasts for the Long Island Nets and New York Riptide. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks and wrote for The Long Island Herald. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”
FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.
USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.
The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.
“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio.
Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media
“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.
Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.
“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.
“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”
Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.
Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN
“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”
A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.
During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.
“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.
“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”
Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.
The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”
“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”
“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.
“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”
After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.
“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”