The Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans agreed to a trade last week that sent beleaguered quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Browns in exchange for three first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and two fourth-rounders.
The news came on the heels of a grand jury choosing not to bring charges against Watson, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. He still faces 22 lawsuits in civil court regarding those allegations.
Sports radio had plenty of reaction to the news of the trade and on SportsRadio 610 in Houston, hosts John Lopez and Landry Locker couldn’t help but react to some of the more outrageous reactions.
“It doesn’t seem like a lot of people that have the strongest opinions have really done the appropriate research to speak on something as serious as what’s going on with Deshaun Watson,” Locker said Tuesday on In The Loop.
“There’s a certain portion of media types, and I’m not trying to get too much on my soapbox, that feel they can be extreme on one side of things and ignore facts. And if you’re ignoring facts, then how seriously are you taking the matter even if you’re siding on the more conservative side of things?”
Locker and Lopez first listened to a caller on Zach Gelb’s CBS Sports Radio show, who basically said Watson is a terrible quarterback and pointed to the Texans’ 4-12 2020 season as the reason why the former Clemson University standout was terrible. Despite the abysmal record as a team, Watson had his best season yet in 2020, throwing for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns, career-highs. He also only threw seven interceptions, a career-low.
Locker and Lopez brushed that aside and then turned to Fox Sports Radio host Ben Maller, who asked what the Browns are doing and called acquiring Watson a lose-lose situation. He couldn’t believe that the Browns would be dumb enough to make the trade and called the organization slimy.
“I don’t know if this guy is being serious, or I don’t know,” Locker said. “He’s trying to be funny. He’s failing miserably.”
The focus then shifted to Mike Ruiz of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, who told Le Batard he felt like someone died after news of the Watson trade broke. He felt like he got slapped in the face and felt numb by the news.
Ruiz did mention the grand jury, and Locker and Lopez both felt like he got some facts mixed up about how the legal process played out.
“If someone died, or he discovered himself (as a Browns fan), do a little more research and you might feel a little bit better about it, buddy,” Locker said. “I know that there’s a certain brand that you gotta keep going, but just do a little bit more research, you might feel a little bit better. You might be able to sleep.”
The duo did listen to a clip from Shannon Sharpe on FS1, who felt like it was no longer innocent until proven guilty in the court of public opinion, but rather guilty until proven innocent. Locker and Lopez believed that was a benefit of the doubt Sharpe doesn’t usually offer to others.
Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’
“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”
They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.
“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”
Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.
“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”
After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.
“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”
Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.
99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship
“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”
The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.
The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.
“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”
“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”
The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.
“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.
Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats
“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.
Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.
The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.
Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.
The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.
ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.