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Landry Locker Can’t Believe WFAN’s Reaction to Deshaun Watson

“Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.”

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The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday afternoon, and while there were several notable trades around the league, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was not among the players dealt. The Miami Dolphins were rumored to have interest in acquiring the 26-year-old former first-round draft pick, who has not played this season amid 22 women suing him for sexual misconduct. Watson is a 3x Pro Bowler and during his time at Clemson, led the Tigers to a national championship in 2016.

On Wednesday morning, In The Loop on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, Texas reacted to the thoughts of other sports radio hosts on Watson remaining a member of the Houston Texans, honing in on a particularly-animated scene on Carton and Roberts in New York.

“They’re arguing about Deshaun Watson in other cities now, and it is causing friction in the most chaotic media scenes there are,” said Landry Locker, co-host of the morning drive program. “If you think things are uneasy around here, this is what’s going on elsewhere at possible Deshaun Watson destinations after the trade deadline came and went.”

To recap the situation, Craig Carton and Evan Roberts began a debate on their show yesterday as to which quarterback would be a better long-term fit for the New York Football Giants: Watson, or “Mr. Unlimited” Russell Wilson. Carton believed Watson would be the best option for the Giants, who enter Week 9 with a 2-6 record on the season and have not made the playoffs since the 2016 season. Conversely, Roberts believed the 32-year-old Wilson, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and won the 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, would be the better fit for the team. To break the tie, the show asked its Associate Producer, Chris McMonigle, to give his opinion, and, needless to say, his answer caused an uproar in the Big Apple.

“Russell Wilson,” said McMonigle.

“You’re disgusting,” said Carton. “Go home for the rest of the day — honestly. I’d like you to get up, go home and rethink your position on this show sir… Pack up your stuff! Pack it up.”

WFAN’s social media team filmed McMonigle as he left the station’s downtown studios, capturing his on-street reaction for all to see via social media.

“He gave me the boot,” said an indignant McMonigle. “[I] can’t even have an opinion around here — This guy’s a tyrant. And I’m tired of it. [The] joke’s on him — you think I want to stay there? I’ll see you tomorrow when I’ll still think Russell Wilson is the better quarterback.”

Landry Locker was surprised at Carton’s autocratic demeanor pertaining to this topic, and reminded listeners of Carton’s past experiences and how they may have contributed to his opinion.

“They followed him out of the studio — this is what’s happening in New York,” said Landry. “And you’re telling me that you wanted to trade Deshaun Watson yesterday to the effing Miami Dolphins without New York even [being] in the mix? This is a guy who is a sexual survivor; [Craig Carton] was molested as a kid.. You can see the documentary on HBO. He wants Deshaun Watson in New York. He kicked a guy off the show.”

As for the situation on the gridiron, In The Loop co-host John P. Lopez wishes that Watson’s talent could be displayed again for fans of the National Football League to enjoy on a weekly basis.

“It’s an absolute waste of a supreme talent in the prime of his career,” said Lopez. “It’s sad that we are missing out on this for an entire year. You know you’d love to have seen Deshaun Watson on a football field.”

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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