Josh Lewin admitted he might not have been quite as focused as usual Monday night when he was calling the Chargers’ game against the Steelers for the Chargers’ radio network.
That is because while that game was unfolding in San Diego the baseball team for which he usually calls games on WOR radio was busy winning Game 3 of the NLDS at Citi Field.
“It was absolutely bizarre,” Lewin said upon arriving for Game 4 Tuesday after driving to Los Angeles to grab a red-eye flight back to New York through Chicago.
“I don’t know that I did my Chargers job beautifully, because I had one eye on our game here if not both eyes at times. In fact, at one point both games were 7-3. Kind of a nightmare scenario to have that conflict. I feel awful.
“I was going to have to miss something I felt passionate about and felt that I was going to let somebody down either way. Going forward I am committed to the Mets from here on. I feel good about that. I feel awful I had to miss one.”
Lewin missed other Mets games of note in the regular season because of his Chargers duties, including when they clinched the National League East and when the Nationals’ Max Scherzer no-hit them.
His contract allows him to miss 12 Mets games per season. He only has missed 10, but he informed the Chargers he will not skip any more. That includes two potential Sundays during the NLCS. Wayne Randazzo filled in for him on Monday.
“They’ve been really great,” Lewin said of the Chargers. “I see their point. There are only 16 of those and every one of them is very special. But my position to them has been the Mets being in the playoffs is pretty special, too. And I’ve got 11 years out there, whereas I’m a little newer here.
“It’s a nice problem to have loyalties to split, I guess, because I’m passionate about both places I work. I love them both and I hate that there was a collision.”
Lewin called it a “Halley’s comet event” that the Chargers had a Monday game this week. Had they played on Sunday he would not have had to miss a Mets game. There was an off day in the NLDS on Sunday.
“It was a 16-1 horse that came in that we would have the conflict,” he said.
Lewin has made elaborate plans in case the Mets host Game 5 of the World Series Nov. 1, a day on which the Chargers play the Ravens in Baltimore at 1 p.m. He plans to hire a helicopter to deliver him in time for the night baseball game.
“It will be the most epic day of my whole life,” he said. “Believe me, I have done all of the math. I’m taking a loss financially, but it’s well worth it.”
Credit to Newsday who originally published this article
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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.
On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.
The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.
“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.
Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.
“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”
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.
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.”
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.
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?!!!!”