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Caller Thanks Michael Kay For Helping Him Get Through Covid

“I’ve been here a month already, and [these] four hours every day… [help] me get through the day.”

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been receiving extensive amounts of backlash for comments he made last Friday on The Pat McAfee Show regarding his decision not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The story has received substantial coverage on virtually every news outlet, late-night show and sports program across multiple platforms. After it was reported that Rodgers was stunned at the reaction to his comments, Rodgers returned to The Pat McAfee Show yesterday to clarify the situation.

“I made some comments that people might have felt were misleading… and to anybody who felt [that], I take full responsibility for those comments,” said Rodgers. “I understand that this issue, in general, is very charging to a lot of people because we are talking about public health. I totally respect that. I made a decision that was in the best interest based on consulting with my doctors… and I understand that not everybody is going to understand that necessarily. But I respect everybody’s opinion.”

On Tuesday afternoon, cast of The Michael Kay Show on 98.7 ESPN New York spoke about Rodgers’ reappearance on The Pat McAfee Show, and gave their thoughts on the 37-year-old quarterback’s shock towards the negative reaction regarding his comments.

Don La Greca touched on Rodgers’ lack of sensitivity in discussing the precarious subject of vaccination against COVID-19, ahead of a powerful moment on the show.

“Clearly, he’s clueless about the current climate in this country,” said La Greca. “[He] just didn’t realize how polarizing the subject is, and his opinion is. I guess when you surround yourself with people that are like-mind [sic], you figure, ‘Well, everyone’s going to understand what I’m saying.’ Then, he realized that over half the country thinks he’s a tool.”

Almost as if on cue, the hosts took a call from a man named Alan, who, although he is vaccinated, has been in the hospital for the last month battling COVID-19. He spoke openly about his predicament and Aaron Rodgers’ situation as a whole.

“Anybody that doesn’t get the shot — you’re crazy,” said the caller. “The doctor told me when I got here, ‘Did you get the vaccine?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘You have a good chance of walking out of here.’ If I didn’t he actually said I did not. I have a 20-year-old, 26-year-old, and a lonely wife, and I can’t imagine not ever being with them. So when I listen to the Aaron Rodgers stuff, I can’t understand him or anybody that wouldn’t take this vaccine.”

The caller then expressed his gratitude towards The Michael Kay Show during this difficult time in his life, a moment that represents the power radio still garners in today’s oversaturated media landscape.

“I’ve been here a month already, and [these] four hours every day… [help] me get through the day,” said Alan. “It’s invaluable… Even though I’m here and I’m really sick, I’m going to get out of here in a couple weeks. But I wouldn’t [be] If I didn’t have a shot. So please, all you listeners, don’t play around — it’s not a joke.”

Kay and the rest of the on-air crew sent Alan their regards, telling him that they would keep him in their thoughts and look forward to hearing from him when he was discharged from the hospital. Through it all, they will continue to be there for him, and Alan will continue to tune in — congeniality derived from calamity.

“Whether you are for [the vaccine] or against it,” said Rosenberg, “if you are in a situation where you are lonely, I love that we give you four hours a day where you know you have some friends to hang out with.”

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Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take

“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

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When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.

The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.

“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.

Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.

“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”

He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.

“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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