The Dallas Cowboys on Sunday improved to 6-3 on the season with a convincing win over the New York Giants. Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for over 400 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception in the victory, but one caller to the Cowboys postgame show on 105.3 The Fan took issue with host Gavin Dawson being overly critical of Prescott late in the win.
The caller, who went by Dirk in Allen, TX, was upset that Gavin Dawson – co-host of The Fan’s afternoon drive show GBag Nation – tweeted an observation that Prescott has a preference when in 3rd and long situations to target receivers who aren’t near the line to gain.
Dawson’s co-host Bryan Broaddus, who was on the air and took the call, defended Dawson saying being active on Twitter is part of his job. The caller asserted that Gavin Dawson was out of line and that Broaddus needed to take his co-worker to account for the tweet.
Broaddus said they have to have discussions and opinions on Dak, even ones that might be perceived as overly critical in a blowout win, because that’s what they’re supposed to do as hosts. He continued saying if someone is out of line, they’ll call it out. But they have to have something to dissect because that’s what they get paid to do.
“We hold each other accountable. We point out the good play,” Broaddus said. “All we’ve ever asked is to try and be fair, you know? That’s the whole thing…We talk about the good and the bad.”
Dirk finished saying he felt like Broaddus was objective as a host, but the narrative overall on Dak isn’t, taking a passing swipe at Shan Shariff calling the criticism amidst a banner day for Dak a bit that the hosts do.
Broaddus once again explained to the caller that it doesn’t matter whether it’s on the postgame show or the daily radio show they work on together, they work for The Fan so covering the Cowboys and putting thoughts out there on Twitter about the quarterback play is part of their main job duties.
“Anybody on this station it’s our jobs,” Broaddus said. “Anybody on this station.”
On Shan & RJ on Monday morning, Shariff had a chance to respond to Dirk and called him a crybaby.
“I am so fair. Fair as F is what I would like the t-shirts to say,” Shan said of his thoughts on Prescott’s performance as of late. “I can give props. I didn’t say anything bad about Dak Prescott whatsoever. I said he’s been playing fantastic. I said that they need to turn the team over to him. I’ve said that the past two weeks. I’m not even gonna get mad at little crybaby Dirk right there, I’m not even gonna insult the little repeater. The guy that they should’ve hung up on three minutes prior with that phone call.”
Shariff added Dawson’s tweet was a cheap shot, but they’ve never shied away from calling out where Prescott made mistakes. Even Prescott told reporters after the game he wouldn’t fully sleep comfortably knowing he turned the ball over like he did.
“That was a cheap shot, but I’ve been calling it like I see it,” Shariff said. “Congratulations, Dirk, the Dallas Cowboys and Dak destroyed a college football team, and that might be an insult to college. Whoopdy-freaking-doo.”
“That was a joke. I appreciated the attempt at humor,” added co-host RJ Choppy. He thought Dirk’s take was a little soft. “It was a comedy tweet, you know? Very irreverent, very Gavin Dawson. Very dry, very British humor.”
“Get with the program,” he added. “Dak had a bad pick. It was a bad interception. It was a bad read. I also thought the Cowboys did him no service because they put him in a 3rd and long situation by their first two downplay calling, which was terrible. But Dak’s gotta make a better read than that.”
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Shan Shariff: FS1 Has the Worst NFL Analysts
He noted that Skip Bayless, Craig Carton, and LeSean McCoy were the “dumbest” analysts for FS1.
FS1 has assembled a wide-ranging cast of former NFL players and pundits throughout its analyst, panelist, and host roles. That doesn’t mean they have earned the respect of 105.3 The Fan’s Shan Shariff.
During the Dallas morning show Tuesday, Shariff shared that in a recent interview with Awful Announcing, he named the three “dumbest” analysts when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. He noted that Skip Bayless is the worst offender, while Craig Carton is third on his list behind LeSean McCoy. All three work for FS1.
A recent statement from McCoy caught the particular ire of Shariff, for arguing that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, despite playing well recently and being viewed as an NFL MVP candidate, needs to play worse to see how he’ll respond to the adversity.
“I wanna see when he messes and how he responds,” McCoy said.
“I honestly think — I don’t know if he’s a clown or if he’s just not intelligent…he made zero sense,” Shariff said. “Everyone else on set was looking at him like ‘You want him to be worse and mess up so he can respond to that in order to get more MVP consideration?'”
“If he had said ‘I need to see Dak play well against good teams’, that’s a totally valid statement,” co-host RJ Choppy said. “This makes no sense.”
Shariff then brought up a recent statement from FS1’s Joy Taylor that argued Prescott can’t win the MVP due to his on-field play.
“This is like a two-and-a-half-minute clip. I don’t have the patience for or the tolerance for that,” Shariff said.
Co-host Bobby Belt responded by saying “She’s clearly on TV because of her football opinions,” which led Shan Shariff to say “Yeah, Thanks, Jason Taylor,” the older brother of Joy Taylor, who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 13-year NFL career.
ESPN 1400 Coming to KGVL in Greenville, Texas
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas.
KGVL in Greenville, Texas is preparing to flip formats from oldies to sports radio with ESPN 1400 set to debut after Christmas.
After it wraps up airing Christmas music, the station will permanently air a sports format with ESPN Radio.
“While we have enjoyed bringing you classic hits for the last few years, we have an opportunity to bring something to Northeast Texas that we can’t pass up!,” a post to the station’s Facebook stage said. “Starting after the Holidays, we will become ESPN 1400! Not only will we bring you non-stop sports, but we will also carry LIVE sports like college football, NFL, NBA, MLB, and even CFP Bowl Games!”
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas. KGVL is a Class C, 1,000 watt station owned by E Radio Network. The station covers the majority of Dallas and the eastern portion of the Metroplex. It can also be heard on FM translators on 105.9 FM and 107.7 FM.
The news was first reported by RadioInsight.
Scott Van Pelt: ‘Say Yes Until You Earn the Right to Say No’
“You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer…”
On Monday afternoon, the New York Jets made headlines when Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported that quarterback Zach Wilson was reluctant to reassume the starting role when asked by the team. Shortly after the report was promulgated, ESPN New York afternoon program, The Michael Kay Show, welcomed ESPN SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown host Scott Van Pelt for his weekly appearance on the show. When he was asked about the Wilson situation, he compared it to how those in the sports media business interact with management and earn credibility and prestige.
“Peter, you wear a lot of hats man,” Van Pelt said, addressing co-host Peter Rosenberg. “Your boss says, ‘Hey, we need you to come in and do this, that or the other.’ I always say to people in any business, ‘Say yes until you earn the right to say no.’ You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer; and then at some point maybe you earn the right to say, ‘Listen, I’d rather not do this, but I’ve got you on all these other things.”
Show co-host Michael Kay hypothesized a scenario in which Van Pelt would tell ESPN management that he did not want to host Monday Night Countdown because of the injury to Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow. For Scott Van Pelt though, he understands the position he is in and how there are other people that look at him with a sense of envy.
“This is where you could point out, ‘How many people would kill to do this?,’ and that’s what we hear in our business [is] ‘You know how many people would kill to do this?,’” Van Pelt said. “Of course, and we get all that, and we’re lucky people – all of us – we’re in the get-to job, not got-to.”
Scott Van Pelt brought up how there are likely listeners who work extremely hard and would be aghast and perplexed if they heard someone in sports media talking about how they did not want to go to work. Moreover, he referred to what Wilson reportedly said as “an indefensible position” as the segment concluded.
Earlier in the segment, Kay called it “bizarre” that the discussion was even being had about Wilson not wanting to return to the starting quarterback job after being relegated from the role two weeks ago. Co-host Don La Greca also added his perspective into the situation, addressing Kay about how he goes about his work as the play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees and working in other roles.
“Michael, you know in your life there’s probably lots of times you’d love to tell your boss, ‘Are you kidding me?,’” La Greca said, “but you still say ‘Yes’ because it’s your boss.”