After two years of anticipation and excitement, the National Football League’s Washington Football Team announced its new name as the Commanders on NBC’s Today.
The announcement had been teased on various media platforms, including radio, television and social media, for quite a while. However, the news was made official when Washington Commanders President Jason Wright broke the news this morning by saying, “We are the Commanders.”
This revelation, though, was hardly a surprise to those who had been following the name change over the last few months. There were people who saw the domain name “Commanders.com” had been purchased, former quarterback Joe Theismann went on CBS Sports Radio Tuesday and spoke as if the name was definitive, and a video from an NBC 4 chopper Tuesday night zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field to reveal the new Washington Commanders wordmark on the front window, which has been viewed over three million times.
On Wednesday morning, The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. reacted to the name’s public dissemination prior to its formal announcement, and their thoughts on a scenario that would have made it the greatest name reveal in history.
“For a lot of people out there, Chopper Brad zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field, and there was a banner saying ‘Washington Commanders,’” explained John-Paul Flaim, co-host of the morning drive program. “And then there were more leaks later on in the evening of the gear.”
Indeed, the new name was leaked early. However, some of the morning radio hosts were holding onto hope that the “Commanders” was an intentional means of deception to avoid the actual name being leaked early.
“I was thinking it would be the greatest misdirection in history if Jason Wright was thinking, ‘We’re just going to leak the name to our players and former players knowing that [it] would get out somehow,” said co-host Jason Bishop. “It would have been so creative, but obviously it wasn’t. They’re transparent. They’ve been transparent for 20 years.”
Washington Commanders beat reporter and co-host of 106.7 The Fan’s BMitch & Finlay J.P. Finlay said a few months prior that all signs were pointing to “Commanders” being the new name of the football team. Yet WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported on the air last month that the new name would be the “Washington Admirals,” just after the Feb. 2 reveal had been announced by the team.
“I know… I started leaning towards [Commanders] because [J.P. Finlay is] over there every day,” said co-host Eric Bickel. “Boomer was my outlier. Turns out Boomer knows nothing.”
On a day when the Washington Football Team was seeking to make headlines with the announcement of their new team name, Auville felt bad for Jason Wright and company in that the announcement was clearly going to be overshadowed by the football news over the last 24 hours, in particular the formal announcement of Tom Brady’s retirement and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores suing the NFL and various organizations for racial discrimination.
“Of course, Tom Brady retires and the Brian Flores bombshell hits,” said Auville. “The name change is the biggest thing here [in Washington, D.C.]. They’re looking for that pop around the country [and] I just feel bad for Jason Wright. He’s thinking, ‘I’m going to dominate the news cycle. I’m going to own this day.’”
Derek Futterman is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. In addition, he serves as the production manager for the New York Islanders Radio Network and lead sports producer at NY2C. He has also worked on live game broadcasts for the Long Island Nets and New York Riptide. He previously interned for Paramount within Showtime Networks and wrote for The Long Island Herald. To get in touch, find him on Twitter @derekfutterman.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Mully & Haugh: Mike Florio Had Perfect Response About NFL Games Being Fixed
There were questionable calls — both made and not — that played into the eventual outcome of the AFC Championship Game. Cynics have pointed to the officiating in the game’s final quarter as proof that NFL games are fixed. On 670 The Score, Mully & Haugh praised Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio for his response to those accusations.
“I always assume it’s incompetence and not corruption,” Florio said when asked about whether or not the league purposely got the matchup it desired. “The NFL does not rig its games. I will say that loudly, and I will say that clearly. Sometimes I will add ‘because I don’t think the NFL would be sufficiently competent to rig its games if it wanted to. That’s why I think they don’t even try.”
Florio then added that being lied to all the time doesn’t mean you’re being lied to all the time, adding that the NFL does need to be proactive against games being fixed, rigged, or altered after the expansion of legalized gambling.
Later in the program, Mulligan and Haugh returned to the discussion about whether or not a conspiracy was at play when Mulligan levied his praise for the Pro Football Talk founder.
“I thought Mike Florio handled that very well,” Mike Mulligan said. “They’re too incompetent to have a conspiracy. It’s true!”
When asked about whether the NFL would actually want to alter the outcome to pit the Chiefs against the Eagles, Haugh said it’s just not realistic.
“That’s a leap you can’t make. It’s not logical. It’s logical to think the referees stink and their incompetent,” David Haugh said. “They have proof of that. To me, it’s a bridge too far to say they wanted a certain team to win because it makes a better matchup or its better for the league. That, to me, makes no sense and is based on no fact at all.”