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Bishop Enjoying Sports Talk Career

Jason Barrett

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Blaine Bishop made a living for 10 years in the National Football League by chasing down running backs and pass-catchers, building a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting safeties of his era.

His hits now are delivered through a microphone as he talks sports for three hours every weekday on sports talk radio and each gameday for the Tennessee Titans radio network.

Though drastically different, Bishop loves the view from his chair inside the studio of 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Tennessee.

“As a player you give a ‘corporate’ answer,” Bishop said Saturday during an appearance at the grand opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods. “You can’t tell everybody what you think or feel because it’s not appropriate.

“Now I can give my opinion, and there are no ramifications in the media. I like that. I can’t be fired for giving my honest opinion.”

Bishop made the most of his opportunity to play in the NFL after being selected in the eighth round of the NFL Draft in 1993 after starring at Ball State. He played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans for nine seasons, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl four times, and finished his career after one season with Philadelphia in 2002.

Giving honest assessments of the Titans on the radio sometimes goes opposite the opinion of players and coaches, but Bishop says he just tries to comment truthfully on what he sees.

Last year, when Titans safety Michael Griffin was having issues with his tackling, Bishop wondered – somewhat light-heartedly – on-air whether Griffin was closing his eyes when he tried to make stops.

“With his athleticism, I think he can be a top-five safety in the league,” Bishop said. “If I had his talent, I could be in the hall of fame. I just thought he could have played better.”

The two talked – Bishop said it was a pleasant conversation – and Bishop imparted some advice to help Griffin become a better tackler through different practice habits.

Bishop used the same approach when his radio crew (Three Hour Lunch, from 3-6 p.m. weekdays) discussed the recent – and ongoing – issue of domestic violence by NFL players.

Bishop said he was disappointed in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial two-game suspension of Ray Rice and equally discouraged when that decision was changed to an indefinite suspension.

“He should have got it right the first time, probably (suspended him) half the season,” Bishop said. “As a former player, I question the (NFL’s) leadership and whether I trust what the league will do.

“It will be interesting to see how long (Goodell) will be with the NFL. I don’t think he’ll be there (long term). He didn’t sound good or convincing in his interviews. He didn’t sound trustworthy.”

Bishop also is disappointed with the manner in which all pro athletes and entertainers forget about being responsible when it comes to dealing with social media.

He noted social media “has changed the game” and athletes need to be educated about it at the high school level. It’s too late when they reach the NFL, he said.

“There’s always going to be a group of guys who think they’re bigger than life and think they can use (social media) any way they please,” Bishop said. “There’s always going to be knuckleheads in the NFL or any major sport.

“All you can do is tell players, ‘You represent yourself, your family and the team. You are a brand and you have to think before you press send.’ I don’t think guys think before they press send.”

Credit to the Star Press who originally published this article

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Craig Carton: Adam Schefter Was Used By the Broncos

“Based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team.”

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Tuesday was a frenzy for NFL insiders as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans nearly simultaneously announced the hiring of new head coaches, and WFAN host Craig Carton believes one NFL insider was used.

Reporting from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:44 PM ET claimed the Broncos tried to hire DeMeco Ryans — who was hired by the Texans — at the last minute, but was rebuffed, and Denver hired Sean Payton instead.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — in no uncertain terms — refuted the validity of that report at 4:55 PM ET.

Carton believes Schefter was used by the franchise to help with damage control.

“So here’s the deal: Adam Schefter — many, many years ago — used to write for The Denver Post, and he covered the Denver Broncos,” Carton said. “He is clearly — to his credit – getting his information directly from the Denver Broncos who figure that that story from Ian Rapoport — and it is — is somewhat embarrassing…the fact that it’s out there is a bad look.

“So they go to Schefter who, along with Rapoport — the two voices of record as insiders — and they say ‘Nonsense. Put out there that that’s nonsense’. Rapoport’s getting his information DeMeco or his agent, saying “Naw, naw, no. He had choices. He could have gone to Houston, he could have gone to Denver. Obviously, the Texans sweetened the deal’.”

“Schefter’s getting his info from the Broncos, who are doing damage control,” co-host Evan Roberts concurred.

“Schefter’s great at what he does, I’m not saying that he’s not,” Carton continued. “But based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team — namely Washington — and again, he’s great at what he does. I wanna be clear at how I state this, he’s great at what he does, but it’s obvious that the Broncos are trying to spin this, and they’re using Schefter to spin it.”

Roberts added that the situation was similar to that of NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, where Wojnarowski “speaks for front offices, where Shams gets his info from players and agents”.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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