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Joe Rose & Zach Krantz: ESPN Would Rather Have Peyton Manning Than Troy Aikman

“If Peyton Manning told ESPN he would take that job, they would drop Troy Aikman like a bad date.”

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Changes are afoot in the Monday Night Football booth it seems. Andrew Marchand reported on Wednesday night that Troy Aikman is closing in on an $18 million per year deal with ESPN. The expectation is that he would be partnered with someone other than Steve Levy if the deal gets done.

The big names and big money were a topic of conversation on WQAM in Miami on Thursday morning. Joe Rose and Zach Krantz were a bit confused as to why ESPN was looking to make a change. Both agreed that Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick did a fine job the last two seasons.

One hot rumor is that Joe Buck may follow his FOX partner to ESPN. Krantz said that while guys like Aikman and Tony Romo are the celebrities on their broadcast teams, he expects networks to be more protective of the guys actually calling the game.

“Nantz and Buck do so much for the network,” he said. “Aikman does football and when the football season’s over he goes away.” 

Al Michaels’s name has also been mentioned as a potential partner for Aikman. Either one would mean that ESPN would have to write another 8 figure check each year. Joe Rose says he isn’t sure that the production is worth the investment, because he has never seen evidence of who the play-by-play crew is effecting the ratings.

“Why are they paying the Romos and the Aikmans? There’s nobody watching going ‘I gotta watch because now Troy Aikman’s doing the game’. It’s not a show, because obviously he’s really good, but everybody they got doing the games is really good.”

Zach Krantz raised an interesting point. ESPN has invested a lot in the ManningCast. The network just signed an extension to its deal with Peyton’s Omaha Productions. Doesn’t the network already have its superstars on Monday night?

Krantz wondered why ESPN would not just ask the Manning brothers to move over to the main broadcast. Rose is sure that has been discussed.

“If Peyton Manning told ESPN he would take that job, they would drop Troy Aikman like a bad date,” he said.

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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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