As LSU heads to the Sweet 16, Dick Vitale joined Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert’s Off The Bench on ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge to discuss the Tigers men’s basketball head coach, Will Wade. Earlier this month, Wade was indefinitely suspended by the school after being named in an FBI investigation regarding payments to recruits.
Wade and LSU was not the only program named in the investigation, but Tiger fans feel Vitale has been particularly hard on their coach, while showing leniency toward others. With that being the background for the interview, the fireworks that ensued between Culotta, Hebert and Vitale were no surprise.
After being welcomed to the show, Vitale quickly jumped into explaining his stance, controlling the first four minutes of the interview before the hosts asked any questions. From the start, Vitale seemed agitated that he needed to defend his opinion, specifically with fans on social media who wished him ill will in profanity laced tweets.
Half way through the interview, the hosts clarified that they’re not defending Will Wade, but they do wonder why Vitale is zoning in on the LSU coach and not others involved in the scandal.
The iconic ESPN college basketball analyst became especially tense when the word hypocrisy was mentioned. “I come on your damn show, and I’m gonna be on it for you, but don’t sit there and tell me its hypocrisy when I’m telling you play the tape! Let your people hear the tape of that coach!” said Vitale.
Throughout the interview, Vitale would yell at the hosts to “play the tape,” which isn’t possible considering the tape hasn’t been made public while the federal investigation ensues. At least three times, Culotta and Hebert asked Vitale if he heard the tape, but he never gave a clear and definitive answer.
Vitale wasn’t amused when he was asked, “how much did Duke pay for Zion, in your opinion?” The hosts were confused as to why Vitale was defending certain coaches, even supporting the idea of paying players, but dug his heels in when claiming Wade committed “one of the biggest sins and crimes in all of sports.”
More than once, the interview sounded as if it was about to end on bad terms, but credit Vitale for sticking with the show for 20 minutes. Although the trio never reached an agreement, the interview ended cordially.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Ken Carman Continues To Look For Play-By-Play Opportunities
“I just can’t — for the life of me — understand how I drop hint after hint after hint over the last decade and nothing.”
92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman has not been shy about his ambitions to one day work as a play-by-play announcer. One of the more frustrating things for Carman is that his co-host, Anthony Lima, works as a play-by-play broadcaster for Mid-American Conference football games for ESPN+.
“How do I put this? I am jealous but I’m not — quintessential jealousy is like I want something bad to happen to Anthony,” Carman said. “I don’t want anything bad to happen to Anthony. I want him to do a good job and keep doing games. I just can’t — for the life of me — understand how I drop hint after hint after hint over the last decade and nothing.”
When a producer told Carman instead of dropping hints he should drop job applications, the host replied “I’ve tried that route”.
“It’s been a decade and now it’s getting to the point where it’s pathetic. That’s why I’m not gonna sit there and say ‘You want me to fill out an application?’.”
Carman believes if he were to be the play-by-play broadcaster for a game, it would bring increased viewership, adding he tunes into to football games just to hear his partner on the call.
When a listener sent a text to the program saying Carman isn’t jealous of Lima but he is envious, he agreed saying “Anthony lives my dream every Saturday, and I tune in and watch Anthony and hope for the best for him”.
Lima concluded by saying the pair went every broadcasting job in the city, and in turn they tune in and watch people worse than them do higher profile jobs.
Brady Quinn: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Criticism ‘One of the Dumbest Things I’ve Heard’
“And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Last week, Booger McFarland said New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Many criticized him for the stance, and FOX Sports Radio host Brady Quinn is the latest to point out the perceived absurdity in the comments.
During an appearance on the Pick Six Podcast, Quinn levied harsh criticism for the ESPN NFL analyst, saying it was completely unwarranted.
“It was one of the dumbest thing I’ve heard on air,” said Quinn. “And that’s saying something because Booger was on Monday Night Football and he said a lot of dumb stuff during that period of time.”
Quinn later made comments questioning McFarland’s legitimacy as an analyst.
“The interesting thing is that Booger came out on Ross Tucker’s podcast and defended himself as an analyst,” added Quinn. “O.K., well you just contradicted what you just said. Because as an analyst, you’re supposed to be analyzing what’s on the field. The last time I checked, you don’t have a doctorate or you’re not a doctor in understanding the sociology of the relationship or the parenting or anything else that goes along with that yet you want to analyze that. It was a bizarre deal.”
Greg Hill Creates NFTs For Foundation Fundraiser
“I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Greg Hill has done several good works with his foundation in New England, and has now created a new way for those to give to his charity on Giving Tuesday.
During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, Hill announced NFTs will now be available as an option for those who seek to give to the organization.
“Because we wanted to try find a different way for you to give on Giving Tuesday –those of you who would normally give to The Greg Hill Foundation or to any other charity — I am pleased to tell you that we are — at this moment — dropping the first ever Greg Hill Foundation NFTs.”
After the show joked that he is the owner of a Marconi Award and now featured in NFTs, he should retire, Hill joked “I have always dreamed of being immortalized digitally, and now we are doing that for you this morning.”
Hill then added NFT buyers will be invited to a private event at Cisco Brewers Seaport in Boston. Buyers will also be in a raffle to win tickets to The Greg Hill Foundation events, a suite to a Boston Celtics game, $1,500 cash, or two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert this summer.