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WEEI Relives Most Memorable Lou Merloni Rants

Merloni isn’t leaving WEEI completely. He will be heard on the airwaves during the 2023 Red Sox season, where he’s expected to be a bigger contributor to the team’s radio broadcasts.

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Tuesday marked the end of Merloni, Fauria & Mego on WEEI in Boston, and while Christian Fauria and Meghan Ottolini will continue hosting full-time at WEEI working with different co-hosts, Lou Merloni will not.

The show celebrated the run Merloni has had on the air over the last 15 years, reliving some of the best moments of Lou.

“This isn’t a funeral,” Merloni said. “It’s a celebration of life.”

One bit reflected on was a mash-up of angry Lou moments that they dubbed the Lou Merloni Foundation for Anger Management. They were playing off of Greg Hill going to Ireland for a week with his foundation and thought it would be funny to come up with their own foundation to get a week’s vacation to the Caribbean.

“I wanted to build our own foundation, so we thought anger management is a good foundation, right?” Merloni said. “It worked out well. It was good therapy, though. Rants are good therapy I’ll say that much.”

Another bit included COVID for Kids. That stemmed from Fauria’s daughter trying to prank call Merloni during the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdowns that swept over the country and the world in spring 2020. The ensuing bit was a play on the annoying but catchy 1-877-Kars4Kids jingle.

Merloni said he had a revelation at that stage in lockdown about his drinking habits.

“After like the first month of being locked in your house, I think I had that moment looking in the mirror like I can’t keep drinking this much beer,” he joked. “Alcohol. Period.”

The trio looked back on a memorable debate they had over dynastic franchises versus storied franchises, and Merloni caught heat for saying he thought the New England Patriots were not considered a storied franchise yet.

“The Patriots are a unicorn because they went at it for 20 years,” he said. “You’re already telling stories about them. So I think that’s the thing with me.”

But one of the more memorable Merloni rants included him recapping having a bad day where he ended up sitting and waiting at a local gas station, having to take a three-hour class to coach his kid’s Cal Ripken League baseball team and Red Sox pitcher David Price talking about playing Fortnite. In the rant he referred to the residents of nearby Duxbury, Massachusetts as “pukes.”

“I really feel bad about the Duxbury comment,” Merloni said. “There’s good people down there.”

Merloni isn’t leaving WEEI completely. He will be heard on the airwaves during the 2023 Red Sox season, where he’s expected to be a bigger contributor to the team’s radio broadcasts.

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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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Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”

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One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.

Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.

Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.

“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”

Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.

Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.

“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.

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