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Steak Shapiro: Todd McShay ‘Did A Number’ On Jalen Carter

“He tries to tiptoe around it, but he uses the term ‘questionable character’ two or three different times.”

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Bowl season is upon us, and part of the way ESPN talks about college football’s postseason is through the lens of the NFL Draft. Thursday morning Todd McShay was on SportsCenter providing some information about what he has heard from teams and scouts and it wasn’t exactly good for Georgia’s Jalen Carter.

“With Carter, there are some character issues, does he get along with everybody, what’s he like to deal with in the locker room, those sorts of issues,” McShay said.

He noted that all the intangibles are undeniable for Carter. That will likely still have him highly drafted, but he has heard plenty of concerns.

Steak Shapiro and the rest of the cast of 92.9 The Game’s The Steakhouse were taken aback by the criticism.

“Boy, does he do a number on him,” Shapiro said of the comments. “He tries to tiptoe around it, but he uses the term ‘questionable character’ two or three different times.”

One common criticism of the lead up to the NFL Draft is the way some players are discussed and what is being reported. What could be disinformation put out by one team to mislead others is treated as fact.

Shapiro and co-host Drew Butler, who is himself a former Georgia Bulldog football player, theorized that Todd McShay could be unfairly comparing Jalen Carter to Jordan Davis. Last year’s first round pick for the Eagles was beloved for his demeanor in the locker room and interactions with the media.

Butler added that he has not talked to anyone that expressed concerns about Carter’s characte.

“I haven’t heard that, and I think I am close to the program.”

Shapiro wonders how much Todd McShay and other draft analysts consider what the prospects they are covering are trying to accomplish. Being beloved probably isn’t any of these players’ primary goal.

“What is he supposed to be?” Shapiro asked of Carter. “Does he want to be getting paid a lot of money and winning championships and going to the Hall of Fame? He’s that kind of talent!”

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Joey Votto Tells Dan Patrick He Has Had Analyst Job Offers; No Firm Offers to Play

“I’m on the show and I am here to hock my wares. I’m hopeful that a Dan Patrick push will get me a job. So, here I am.”

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Joey Votto is campaigning for a job, but unfortunately the offers he continues to get are for media jobs and that is not what he is looking for, yet. Votto took to X to ask for an interview on The Dan Patrick Show and he made it clear when the interview began that he was looking for a push.

Patrick asked Votto how his morale is doing as Spring Training is underway and he has not yet received a solid offer to play. “Low, it’s as low as it gets, and I just don’t see it getting any better,” he said. “But, I’m on the show and I am here to hock my wares. I’m hopeful that a Dan Patrick push will get me a job. So, here I am.”

The veteran first baseman spent all 17-years of his big-league career with the Reds. The team declined a $20 million option for 2024, opting instead to pay a $7 million buyout.

Many have thought Votto will make a terrific baseball analyst when he does decide to hang up his cleats. Barrett Sports Media’s Andy Masur recently listed Votto as an athlete to watch when it comes to future standout analysts.

Masur wrote in part, “Votto’s personality is unbelievable. He was always talking to fans when he was on-deck or even in the field. A man of the people and a man that is really good behind the mic. While rehabbing from a shoulder injury in 2022 Votto did a couple of stints in the Reds’ TV booth, even doing a little play-by-play… Here’s hoping Votto considers this vocation when he’s done with his current one. He’s got what it takes to be really good. Perhaps the most important to current broadcasts, he respects the industry.”

As it relates to offers on getting a media career started, Votto said, “Funny enough, I’ve had 10-times the analyst jobs over this offseason than I have had any baseball offers.”

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Mike Stone Does First Fill-In Shift on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit

“I drove across the state to thank [Tigers manager] A.J. Hinch for all he was able to do with me when I did the morning show.”

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Mike Stone said he wasn’t retiring. Two weeks to the day after stepping away from the morning show at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, ‘Stoney’ filled in for Mike Valenti with Rico Beard.

Prior to the show starting, Stone did the crosstalk segment with Doug Karsch and Scott ‘Gator’ Anderson on Karsch & Anderson. Stone had said he was headed to Florida when he ended his final full-time appearance on the station. Today, he gave the hosts and listeners the insight on how his trip went.

“It was good, got to see a few innings of Tigers baseball,” Stone said. “I drove across the state to thank [Tigers manager] A.J. Hinch for all he was able to do with me when I did the morning show and I said ‘you’ll be more sick of me now, because now that I don’t have to get up early, I’ll be at more games.'”

Stone said his golf game is not doing badly, although he said one range session made him not want to play the game anymore.

Beard was excited to welcome Stone backto the station and said they had done one previous show together, which was a Lions based broadcast, however this was their first weekday talk show together.

Stone had told listeners the day of his last morning show, “I am not retiring. I will be here for two years filling in for a lot of shows, Lions football, I will have a presence at the draft. It’ll be different, yes…And when those two years are over, who knows, I might want to staty another two years.”

Stone signed on with The Ticket in 2009 and hosted with Rob Parker, Bill McAllister and Jamie Samuelsen before starting with Jon Jansen. Prior to his time with the outlet, he was one-half of the Stoney and Wojo Show on WDFN with Bob Wojnowski.

Jim Costa has taken Stone’s place and the show is now known as Costa and Jansen, as he joins Jansen and Heather Park.

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FOX Sports Radio Adds New Affiliate in New Orleans

The signal had previously been home to Cumulus’ Nash Icon format since November, 2018, and was known as “The Gulf South’s Country Station.”

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Cumulus Media has flipped 106.1 FM (WRKN) in New Orleans to ‘106.1 The Ticket’ and is airing FOX Sports Radio programming. The signal had previously been home to Cumulus’ Nash Icon format since November, 2018, and was known as “The Gulf South’s Country Station.”

Since signing on in 1991, the signal has been several different formats, including sports from 2012-2015. At that time, the station was a CBS Sports Radio affiliate and aired mostly national programming along with one local show, The Sports Hangover, hosted by Gus Kattengell. That show currently airs on rival sports station ESPN New Orleans (100.3 FM).

FOX Sports Radio features The Dan Patrick Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET with 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe with LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox in mornings and The Doug Gottlieb Show in afternoons.

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