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ESPN Honolulu Host, Rainbow Warriors Voice Bobby Curran Needs Double Lung Transplant

“My biggest worry I think at this point is that they don’t find a donor in time. That’s a legit worry. You don’t really know that that’s gonna happen. But you hope.”

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Bobby Curran provided an update on his health on Thursday, and things have taken a very serious turn. What started as a mild case of Emphysema has advanced to the point that Curran needs a double lung transplant.

Curran told Josh Pacheco, who has been filling in for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors play-by-play man on his ESPN Honolulu morning show, that he hopes that by talking publicly about his battle more people will feel the need to go see a doctor and get a potentially lingering issue looked at.

The Aloha State broadcasting legend is already registered at the Mayo Clinic and is going through the evaluation process.

“It’s going to be kind of a long road, but I think it’s necessary if I’m going to be around a while, and I’m otherwise fairly healthy,” he said. “So I really would like to extend this and be with my family and do all the things at work, et cetera that other people do. That’s really where I’m at.

“I just think I can put myself in other people’s shoes and say, ‘OK I get the urge to keep everything to yourself.’ But I just don’t think that’s helpful here. I think too many people are probably paralyzed by their own fear because this stuff is scary stuff.”

He said he contracted Covid-19 after attending a wedding back in April, but the doctors have so far not been able to say definitively whether or not the virus made his Emphysema worse.

The Mayo Clinic is what Curran’s medical providers in Hawaii told him was his best chance of survival right now.

“When someone puts it in those stark terms it makes it a lot easier to pull the trigger on what I would’ve said a year ago was fairly dramatic action,” Curran said.

He has two sons, ages19 and 17. One just finished freshman year of college, while the other is headed into their senior year of high school. Curran spoke of his wife before talking about the support he’s received from his employer.

“I’m going to have the support I think I need to get through this,” he said. “My biggest worry I think at this point is that they don’t find a donor in time. That’s a legit worry. You don’t really know that that’s gonna happen. But you hope.”

While not immediate, Bobby Curran said he is cleared by his doctors to return to work in a limited capacity. But fatigue and stress, in addition to other health factors, can make matters worse. Still, he expressed his excitement to eventually get back behind the microphone.

“I can’t wait to get back,” he said. “I’m gonna do the best that I can to get back as fast as I can and we’ll take it from there.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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