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John Fricke Tells LA Times Writer He Isn’t Welcome At Waffle House

“First off, it’s not ‘The Waffle House;’ it’s just ‘Waffle House,’” said Fricke. “No they don’t take reservations and no, you’re not welcome; get the hell out of town.”

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Following back-to-back walk-off wins by the Atlanta Braves at home in the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to take two out of three games in Atlanta. Facing elimination down three games to one Thursday night, Dodgers’ utility player Chris Taylor provided the much-needed spark to his team’s offense and morale, becoming the first player in major league history to hit three home runs in a postseason elimination game. As the series shifts back to Atlanta for a decisive game six, where the hometown Braves will try to win their first National League Pennant since 1999, some writers feel the momentum has shifted towards the Dodgers, who overcame an analogous three games to one deficit in the NLCS last year against the Braves, and ultimately went on to win the World Series.

On Friday morning, “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta discussed the plethora of writers who have deemed the Dodgers to have the momentum heading into game six of the NLCS.

“Another shot at ESPN if I can — this is the website, ESPN.com,” said John Fricke, co-host of the morning drive program and former anchor at CNN. “The headline this morning: ‘Against all odds — here come the Dodgers.’ What odds are the Dodgers overcoming here? [They] have so much money that [they could] go out at the [trade deadline] and spend $200 million to get Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. There are no odds. [They] just buy stuff.”

The story, which was written by ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown, was shared on Twitter by ESPN.com Senior Writer and Sunday Night Baseball Reporter Buster Olney, who happens to have a whopping 1.3 million followers. The Tweet highlighting the story was flooded with comments, including one suggesting ESPN and Major League Baseball are hoping the Dodgers come back and win the series.

“I guess [ESPN] was just talking about how good the Braves are,” suggested former Pro Bowl NFL defensive end and show co-host Hugh Douglas. “It’s definitely hard to say.”

Later on in the program, the show referenced Dylan Hernandez, who serves as a sports columnist at The Los Angeles Times, who recently wrote an article with the headline, “Unpredictable series swings back with L.A. now in control.” Similar to the ESPN headline, this narrative was something that “The Morning Show with John and Hugh” were clearly not adopting as bon-a-fide fact.

“Is that really true?,” questioned Fricke. “You’re down [three games to two] coming to Atlanta.”

Hugh added to the conversation: “Especially since you haven’t won one [game] in Atlanta — I don’t think that’s the case.”

Before the article was released, though, Hernandez sent out a Tweet questioning if “the Waffle House takes reservations?,” purportedly referencing his impending trip back to Atlanta for game six Saturday night. The morning show hosts then made Hernandez an offer to him live on-the-air.

“First off, it’s not ‘The Waffle House;’ it’s just ‘Waffle House,’” said Fricke. “No they don’t take reservations and no, you’re not welcome; get the hell out of town.”

More congenial in his tone, Hugh suggested he and John Fricke treat Hernandez to a meal at the ubiquitous Atlanta-based restaurant chain, which recently tweeted “Go @Braves” in support of the team’s quest for a World Series berth.

“We should all go to Waffle House together,” suggested Hugh. “If you live here, you don’t have to worry about reservations because we got you.”

Agitation abound, Fricke is irked by writers doubting the Braves’ ability to close out the series, and is calling on sports columnists to stop putting ‘spin’ on their stories to generate more intriguing headlines.

“We’ve been putting up with constant spin on all of this,” said John Fricke, “and it just makes you roll your eyes.”

The Atlanta Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers in game six of the National League Championship Series at 5:08 p.m. E.S.T. on TBS, with Brian Anderson on the play-by-play, former major leaguers Ron Darling and Jeff Franceour serving as analysts and Lauren Shehadi reporting on the action on the field. The Dodgers’ Max Scherzer is set to face off against Atlanta’s Ian Anderson in what will be, at the most, the series’ penultimate contest. The highly-anticipated matchup will also be available to listen nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon “Boog” Sciambi and Jessica Mendoza behind the mics, and locally on AM 570 LA Sports and across the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

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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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Angelo Cataldi Bans Andy Reid’s Voice From WIP Morning Show

“25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

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As Super Bowl LVII approaches, many storylines have emerged. One includes Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid facing off with the team he coached for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid is a beloved figure in NFL circles, but 94WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi couldn’t hold back his disdain for the coaching legend.

On Tuesday morning, Cataldi mentioned he couldn’t believe Reid was so highly regarded in NFL media circles. The longtime host said Reid was never truthful during interviews.

After playing clips that included Reid saying the Eagles “were a good team” and how the Chiefs “would need a good game plan” to grab a victory, Cataldi took issue with the generalities Reid spoke with. When asked what he expected from an NFL head coach, Cataldi compared Reid to current Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni.

“I was expecting something like Nick gives me every time,” Cataldi said. “I hate Reid ’cause he never won me the Super Bowl, I hate Reid that it took him six years to get there, it took Nick two, and I hate Reid because he never bothered to share a damn thing. If you’re out there, with 25% of the people who voted in our poll and said they admire and respect Reid more than Sirianni, you 25% have not been paying any attention for years.”

Cataldi — who admitted “I don’t like the man, and I’ve never liked the man” — said he received more than 300 emails about Reid, noting he didn’t realize he was “widely regarded as the all-time Andy Reid critic” in Philadelphia.

The 94WIP host added listeners will not hear the voice of the “phony, fraud” Reid any longer on his morning show.

“I do not control the other dayparts here. I don’t control the newsroom. I’m done playing anything said by Andy Reid. ‘Cause I learned over 14 years it’s a waste of time.”

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Seth Payne: Ross Tucker is Stealing My Takes Without Attribution

“He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”

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Seth Payne cannot say he wasn’t warned. When Ross Tucker joined Payne and Pendergast on Sports Radio 610 in Houston earlier this week, the seven-year NFL veteran told Payne that his take was so good that he would be stealing it.

“You know what, Seth, that is a great point that I am going to use the rest of the week in all my media stuff,” Tucker said when Payne suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles “earned” an injury to the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks by taking advantage of poor blocking schemes that included using tight ends to block NFL sack leader Hasson Reddick.

A listener named Burch tweeted evidence to Seth Payne of Ross Tucker following through on his promise.

“If the rest of you out there can be more like Burch and let us know when people are stealing our good takes, they can have our bad takes,” Payne’s morning show partner Sean Pendergast said on Tuesday morning.

The duo then played the audio, which they said appeared to come from an unidentified CBS show. In it, Tucker says that the Eagles “earned those injuries” and used tight ends being assigned to block Reddick as his justification for the take.

“I think it’s pretty obvious what kind of a boss Ross Tucker is, like what kind of a manager,” Payne said. “He is the manager that takes your ideas and then sends them up one level without any attribution whatsoever.”

Ross Tucker is no shortage of platforms to spread the take around. He is on multiple Audacy sports talk stations during the football season. He also makes regular appearances with Dan Patrick and SiriusXM as well as hosting his own podcast.

“This is what you get from these Princeton types,” Payne said of being ripped off. “This is how they get where they are in the world.”

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