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Merloni & Fauria: No One In The Media ‘Bullied Tom Brady Into Retirement’

“Are we to believe Tom Brady, who has told Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick to go screw, who has basically flipped a bird at the commissioner of the NFL, who is a titan of industry of sport, was bullied into retiring because Adam Schefter reported it?”

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On Tuesday morning, Tom Brady Sr, the father of Buccaneers quarterback and NFL GOAT Tom Brady, told Mike Greenberg that his son is returning to the NFL because he never intended to retire in the first place. Brady Sr said that reports and speculation about Tom’s future came while the quarterback was still trying to process the Bucs’ loss to the Rams in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

“The media made the news,” Tom Brady Sr. insisted. “He was not ready to make any decision.” 

Later that day on WEEI, Merloni & Fauria dove into that claim with some real skepticism.

“So Tom Brady was peer pressured? Was bullied? That’s what we’re selling here?” Christian Fauria asked.

Mike Mutnansky, who was filling in for Lou Merloni on the Tuesday show, noted that Tom Brady has said in the past that his dad talks too much. He also said the number one rule of journalism should be to never talk to parents. Fauria responded that parents get wrapped up in emotion when talking about their kids, so they are sure to provide an entertaining answer, if not the right one.

“Are we to believe Tom Brady, who has told Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick to go screw, who has basically flipped a bird at the commissioner of the NFL, who is a titan of industry of sport, was bullied into retiring because Adam Schefter reported it?” Mutnansky asked.

Fauria said he did not believe that anyone could bully Tom Brady into doing anything. There was no peer pressure, but it is reasonable to think the way the retirement announcement was put together was an emotional response to what was being reported. If that is the case, it is easy to believe that Brady has some regrets.

During his appearance on ESPN Radio, Tom Brady Sr. specifically called out Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. The two ESPN reporters were the first to report that Brady planned to retire.

Christian Fauria took exception to that. If Tom Brady was upset the news got out, he says Brady’s problem is not with the reporters.

“He shouldn’t be mad at Schefter or anybody else. Whoever is close to him, whoever is in his camp, whoever his crew is, really needs to shut the hell up, because those guys are the problem. Schefter and Darlington and whoever, those guys are just doing their jobs.”

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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