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NC Governor Roy Cooper Fills Out NCAA Tournament Bracket For 99.9 The Fan

“For his Final Four, Cooper went with all one and two seeds, Gonzaga, Alabama, Houston and Baylor. Ultimately, his National Championship game prediction is Baylor over Gonzaga, a battle of No. 1 seeds.”

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Joe Ovies, Joe Giglio and Adam Gold of 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh welcomed North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on Thursday to go over his NCAA Tournament bracket. 

There was a lot of chalk, but not as much as former President Barack Obama who also released his bracket Thursday, picking all No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four. Cooper does have No. 1 seed Illinois getting knocked out in the Sweet 16 and 13-seed Liberty beating Oklahoma State in the first round. He also has two 12-seeds winning their first-round games, UCSB beating Creighton and Winthrop over Villanova.

For his Final Four, Cooper went with all one and two seeds, Gonzaga, Alabama, Houston and Baylor. Ultimately, his National Championship game prediction is Baylor over Gonzaga, a battle of No. 1 seeds.

As for the three teams representing North Carolina in the tournament, the governor didn’t display much confidence. Cooper has UNC making it to the round of 32, but noted his instinct says the Tar Heels will be knocked out by Wisconsin. Giglio reminded Cooper of coach Roy Williams’ 29-0 record in NCAA Tournament first round games, seemingly easing the governor, who is a UNC fan and alum, a bit. 

And while many people fill out their bracket just for fun, 99.9 The Fan wanted to know when North Carolina might be able to legally wager on the tournament. Cooper couldn’t give a timeline for legalized sports wagering throughout North Carolina, but he was certainly in favor of seeing it happen soon.

“There’s no reason why the state can’t do it because it would create a significant number of jobs and revenue. I’m for it, but I don’t think the General Assembly is ready for it yet,” Cooper said, noting the state did, however, approve it for the Cherokee and Catawba tribal casinos.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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