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Reese Waters Asks Listeners To Respond To Media Criticism of Dwayne Haskins

“Why is it that if you don’t have success at the highest level, then all of a sudden you’re fair game for us to call you everything but a child of God despite all the things you may have accomplished in your life on and off the field?”

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The blowback to some in the NFL and NFL media who spoke insensitively of Dwayne Haskins Jr. in the wake of his death has been overwhelming.

Adam Schefter, while reporting the news of Haskins’s death, tweeted that the 24-year-old had struggled in his brief time with the Washington Commanders. Meanwhile, Gil Brandt found himself in hot water for implying that Haskins should’ve played another season at Ohio State so that he wouldn’t have ended up dying.

On The Team 980 in D.C., host Reese Waters asked his listeners for their reactions to what was said and tweeted. Dwayne Haskins played high school football in Potomac, Maryland, a D.C. suburb.

“You don’t know the person until something happens, and his real friends come out,” one caller said talking about how some of the negativity has risen to the top. He summed up his thoughts on the Gil Brandt comments pretty clearly.

“All he showed was he was a bigot,” he said. “I heard what he said. That’s bigot talk.”

Waters then took another call who said what Brandt can do with his comments.

“Gil Brandt can kiss my ass, and everybody that thinks like him,” he said. He went on to say that with so much of an NFL player’s legal troubles always in the headlines, Haskins kept his nose clean. The caller said he knew some of Haskins’s high school coaches who spoke highly of his character.

“He wasn’t out there getting locked up. He wasn’t out there beating women,” he said. “Youngin was a young man having fun with life…You’re going to have a lot of haters come out the woodwork to poke and prod and hate on a youngin.”

Reese Waters, after that call, opened it up to more reaction but offered this question about Black NFL players.

“Why is it that if you don’t have success at the highest level, then all of a sudden you’re fair game for us to call you everything but a child of God despite all the things you may have accomplished in your life on and off the field?” he asked.

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Mad Dog: Gus Johnson ‘Bothered The Hell Out of Me’ Saturday

“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine.”

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FOX Sports college football voice Gus Johnson has made no bones about his affinity for Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has heard enough.

During his Mad Dog Unleashed program on SiriusXM, Russo shared that not only was Johnson obnoxious for the constant use of a nickname he bestowed up Harrison, but he was also misguided for calling Ohio State/Michigan the greatest rivalry in sports.

“Gus Johnson — the hype machine that he is — please, when you broadcast a ballgame, I don’t need to hear about Maserati Marv, number one. And number two, that’s not the greatest rivalry in sports history. Have you heard of the Yankees and the Red Sox? Giants and the Dodgers? How about Bears/Packers? Have you heard about that?

“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine. That bothered the hell out of me.”

When a caller pushed back on Russo’s opinion on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry, he continued by saying “That rivalry’s not Yankees/Red Sox. To compare college football to the Yankees and the Red Sox is ludicrous.”

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Nashville Predators Radio Voice Pete Weber Calling 2,000th Game Tuesday

“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team. I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”

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Nashville Predators radio voice Pete Weber is set to hit a career milestone Tuesday, as he’ll call his 2,000th game for the NHL franchise.

Weber told The Tennessean that he has relished the opportunity to be the voice of a team since its inception. He claimed he applied for and was a finalist for the radio play-by-play job when the Carolina Panthers were conceived, before ultimately landing with the Predators.

“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team,” said Weber. “I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”

Despite missing time late last season due to a rare brain condition, Weber said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

“I have not thought about it, other than when I thought about how (former Philadelphia Phillies announcer) Harry Kalas was carried dead out of the broadcast booth in Washington,” Pete Weber said. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s an interesting way to go. I don’t necessarily know that I want to do it like that. But it could happen. I’m not going to say no.”

Weber’s 2,000th game will come as the Nashville Predators play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 102.5 The Game is the flagship home of the Predators Radio Network.

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iHeartMedia Ending WEEI Simulcast in Cape Cod

A job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.

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iHeartMedia is preparing to drop its simulcast of WEEI on its 96.3 WEII-FM signal in Hyannis/Cape Cod.

According to a report from Radio Insight, iHeartMedia has posted a job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.

It goes on to state that the contract between the company and Audacy was $300,000 annually and it paid the Red Sox $65,000 annually.

The job posting alleges 96.3 FM will continue to carry sports programming with a local show.

WEEI is currently simulcast on stations in Springfield and Worcester, MA; Providence; Portland, Maine; and on stations in New Hampshire and Vermont, as well. Earlier this year, the station’s offices in Warwick, Rhode Island closed as part of a cost-cutting measure.

WEII-FM is licensed to Dennis, MA and features a 25,000-watt Class B signal.

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