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Oregon State Voice Mike Parker Says He Was Attacked Before Sweet 16 Game

“The frightening incident, according to Parker, happened in broad daylight along the city’s Canal Walk, when he was approached by a man in his mid-20s, who demanded to see inside his bag.”

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Hours before the biggest men’s basketball game in decades for Oregon State on Saturday, the team’s radio play-by-play voice Mike Parker claims to have been attacked in downtown Indianapolis. 

The frightening incident, according to Parker, happened in broad daylight along the city’s Canal Walk, when he was approached by a man in his mid-20s, who demanded to see inside his bag. Parker told the man it was his work bag, and he was heading to work. But the man persisted, became aggressive and ultimately attacked Parker. 

“He said, ‘Stop! I need to see what’s in your bag,’” Parker recalled. “And then he said, ‘Do you have a bomb in that bag?’ ‘No, I don’t have a bomb in that bag,’ and I kept walking. And moments later I’m tackled to the ground.”

According to Parker, he ripped the elbow on his shirt after landing hard on his right side, almost rolling into the canal when the man threw him to the ground. Police were nearby to intervene and remove the man off Parker. The Oregon State radio voice gave police a statement, but chose not to press charges to ensure he would make it to work on time. 

Despite a few abrasions and feeling sore, Parker did call Oregon State’s Sweet 16 victory over Loyola of Chicago and noted the win helped lessen the pain. It was the first time Oregon State advanced to the Elite Eight in 39 years, but the Beavers Cinderella run came to an end Monday night in a loss to the University of Houston. Parker, a six-time Oregon Sportscaster of the Year winner, has been the play-by-play voice of Beaver football, men’s basketball and baseball for more than two decades. 

This was the second time in recent years Parker made news after walking away from a dangerous incident. In 2019, Parker’s car spun out on major West Coast interstate I-5, and was luckily stopped by median barricades, allowing the sports broadcaster to exit the vehicle on his own power. 

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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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