Jonathan Peterlin, filling in for Ken Carman and Anthony Lima on Wednesday morning’s program on 92.3 The Fan, has witnessed historic losing streaks before. The Cleveland Cavaliers lost 26 consecutive games during the 2010-11 campaign, the first year without superstar forward LeBron James after he decided to sign with the Miami Heat. Moreover, the Cleveland Browns compiled a winless season in 2017, marking the first time in the history of the NFL such a result had been attained in a 16-game regular season schedule. In fact, there was an 0-16 parade held in the city of Cleveland acknowledging the team’s difficulties.
On Tuesday night, Little Caesars Arena was filled to capacity as fans watched the hometown Detroit Pistons lose to the Brooklyn Nets by a final score of 118-112. After beginning the season with a 2-1 record, the team has now dropped 27 straight games, marking the most consecutive losses in NBA regular season history. The Pistons have not qualified for the NBA Playoffs over the last five seasons, and the organization is approaching two decades without its last NBA Championship, heightening concerns for a team that has had several high-end draft picks and young talent in recent years.
“I’m like, ‘Alright, I’m going to talk about it the next day,’” Jonathan Peterlin recollected in thinking about his preparation for the show. “It’s not one of those things where I thought, ‘Let me tune in to see the Detroit Pistons game and see how that goes.’”
When the Pistons broke the record on Tuesday night, there seemed to be considerable interest in the event. Various mobile applications sent notifications to users informing them as to what had just taken place, and there were many recaps and stories authored thereafter. The Pistons take on the Boston Celtics Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST, the team with the best record in the Association thus far, in a game that experts predict will extend this losing skid to 28 straight games. The team did have a five-point lead during the fourth quarter on Tuesday, but the effort to seal the win turned out to be fruitless thanks to a subsequent 13-0 run by the Brooklyn Nets.
“They have fans in attendance with bags over their head, which is always a very comical sight,” Peterlin said. “You have the whole entire crowd chanting [for the owner] to sell the [team], but the part that got me a little agitated was that it felt like people were there not necessarily to support the Pistons. They were there to see history, and it all felt very odd to me.”
The game was televised locally on Bally Sports Detroit and YES Network, along with radio broadcasts on 97.1 The Ticket and WFAN. Part of the alluring factor of this game ostensibly came from a combination of schadenfreude, disbelief and a desire to witness the unfolding of a historic event. Jonathan Peterlin reminisced on how upon being assigned to cover the 0-16 Browns parade, his boss informed him that it would be a moment he would never forget. Incredulous at the time, he came to realize that the assortment was true, with callers throughout the year seeming to want to continue losing games. After some time, these calls began to give off a sentiment of “fun-bad;” that is, trying to find revelry and amusement in the futility.
“How long can they go where they don’t win games? How long?,” Jonathan Peterlin said of the Pistons. “If this streak goes to 40, will you start tuning in to Detroit Pistons basketball games just to see how long an NBA team can go winless?”
KFC on WFAN: What Makes Barstool Sports Successful is the “Reality TV Aspect”
“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly.”
Kevin Clancy, better known as ‘KFC’ from Barstool Sports, filled in for Boomer Esiason on WFAN this morning with Gregg Giannatti. The two hosts discussed the feuding going on between members of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls as some players, most notably Scottie Pippen, are disputing some of what was said in The Last Dance back in 2020.
They compared the situation to some of what they face at their offices, noting they spend a lot of time with their co-workers, who aren’t members of their family or in most cases their best friends and drama can sometimes ensue. “Barstool has taken that office drama to a level that no one else has achieved,” Giannotti said to KFC. “When we do stuff like that here [at WFAN], it’s very rarely serious. The drama that you guys have, it’s real and it’s out there and that’s got to be a really difficult thing to deal with if you’re not prepared for it.”
“We usually refer to it as “being in the mud,” Clancy responded. “And there’s only certain people that can really live in the mud…It’s part of what made Barstool successful, is that reality TV aspect of it in that it is kind of like a team, and there is internal drama like clubhouse drama, locker room drama and the way we usually handle that is let’s do it out there and on the air.”
KFC talked about being a fan of WFAN and seeing it from the outside looking in. He said as a listener you could sense who was not a fan of certain people. He used the example of the feuds which would take place between Mike Francesa and Craig Carton and then the subsequent feuds Giannotti found himself in with “The Pope” when he took over for Carton.
“Anybody that has success in entertainment and sports…I think there is going to be that desire to see behind the curtain and we just kind of opened the curtain willingly,” KFC said about Barstool Sports. “We will probably fight each other more than anything, but then when there’s an outside problem, we close ranks and we are like, let’s handle business.”
Gow Media Parts Ways With Sports Map Radio Program Director Craig Larson
“With Larson exiting, Gow Media will make another change, tapping into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations.”
It’s been a tough week in Houston for Gow Media. First, the company made cuts to ESPN 97.5, parting ways with the midday team of Joshua Beard, Michael Connor and Andrew Carlson. Then yesterday, the company informed longtime network program director Craig Larson that he too was unfortunately a budget cut casualty.
Larson had been with Gow Media since the company acquired the Sporting News Radio network in 2010. He started with Sporting News Radio as a producer in Illinois, moving next to Los Angeles to take on programming duties for the network before relocating to Houston to lead the outlet following David Gow’s acquisition of the brand.
During the fourteen years that Larson managed the network, it’s gone through a few changes. Gow elected to change the identity from Sporting News Radio to Yahoo Sports Radio in 2011. That was followed by rebrands to SB Nation Radio and its current name, Sports Map Radio.
With Larson exiting, Gow Media will tap into its partnership with VSiN to satisfy its Sports Map Radio affiliate stations. The two groups have already been working together. This just gives the sports betting network an even bigger push. It also helps Gow stand out better in a crowded national sports radio marketplace.
As for Larson, this is his first trip to free agency in nearly a quarter century. When reached by BSM, he acknowledged that his time with the company had come to an end. He added, ‘It was an amazing 14 years in Houston. I’m proud of the work we put in, and there’s no better person in the world to work for than David Gow.’
Those interested in chatting with Larson about future possibilities can reach him at [email protected].
Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run
“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”
The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.
“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”
Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.