During Carton and Roberts Tuesday, co-host Evan Roberts revealed to Craig Carton that WFAN morning man Boomer Esiason would be appearing on the Manningcast next Monday night.
“Did you hear the big Boomer news?,” Roberts asked.
“I did not hear the big Boomer news. Is he retiring?,” Carton asked.
“Boomer Esiason next Monday night on the Manningcast,” Roberts revealed. “I heard him say it this morning. I was listening –“
“Why?”, Carton interrupted.
“Because the Bengals are playing, so there’s a Boomer connection,” Roberts responded.
“We went from President Obama to Boomer in a week,” Carton joked. “Yikes. Wow. My god. Think about that drop off.”
The pair then discussed their lack of interest in the Manningcast, now that ESPN features “the best broadcast crew” during Monday Night Football.
“No offense to Boomer or President Obama, but I’m kind of over the Manningcast. I’m done,” Roberts said.
“It jump the shark a bit for you?,” Carton asked.
“Yeah. I loved it last year, but last night, I’m mostly watching the Nets game, to be honest with you. And the Knicks,” Roberts said. “But when I flip over to the football game, I go right to Joe Buck. And I think a part of it — I didn’t realize it — is I love Buck and Aikman.”
“Well, Buck and Aikman are great at what they do,” Carton admitted. “And by the way — let me rephrase that — I don’t think Aikman is all that great. He’s certainly competent and good. Joe Buck’s fantastic. I love listening to Joe do a game. Aikman I could take or leave.”
“I didn’t realize last year that I think my draw to the Manningcast was that the regular broadcast was so ‘blah’. I didn’t realize that,” Roberts said.
“Absolutely right. And no disrespect to Steve Levy and that crew,” said Carton. “It was (Brian) Griese, Levy, and (Louis) Riddick, I believe, who are all competent broadcasters. I mean, Riddick is being thought of as a General Manager candidate right now by a number of teams. Steve Levy is a puker, but he’s a competent broadcaster. He’s a great guy, and a very good broadcaster, and I used to play softball with him, but he’s a puker. That being said, if I have Peyton Manning over here and Eli Manning over here, and those guys, I’m more apt to check out the other broadcast. When you have the best broadcast crew — for a lot of people’s money — it’s just easy to stay right there.”
WEEI Producer Begins Campaign To Get Greg Hill into Radio Hall of Fame
“He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”
Greg Hill already has a Marconi, but that honor isn’t enough according to one of his producers.
Jackson, who hosts The Greg Hill Show’s after-show podcast, revealed on Monday that he is ready to make the case to the Radio Hall of Fame for the WEEI morning man to be included in next year’s induction ceremony.
He said that Hill treats the Marconi Award he won for Major Market Personality of the Year like it belongs to everyone. Hill credits not just the current cast he works with on WEEI, but partners from his days at active rocker WAAF as well, with helping him take home that award. Jackson wants to see Hill get an honor that is just for him.
“The Radio Hall of Fame would be very much Greg only, and I think he needs that solo recognition. Not for his ego, but for posterity and for his legend because he is legendary,” Jackson said. “He has been around for a long time in the Boston radio scene and raised a lot of money for charity and done a lot of good things and a lot of good radio.”
This year, the Radio Hall of Fame included a trio of WFAN legends in its induction class with found Jeff Smulyan, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and Suzyn Waldman all being honored.
Jackson says he is taking it upon himself to make the case for Greg Hill getting in, but he encouraged listeners to find out what they can do and then do it. While he made it clear that Hill deserves the honor, Jackson acknowledged that the recognition would make him feel pretty good too.
“That would be cool because then I would be working for a Radio Hall-of-Famer and in the circle of trust of a Radio Hall-of-Famer perhaps.”
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Zolak & Bertrand: Kirk Herbstreit’s Comments A Wake Up Call For Patriots Fans
“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough.”
Things appeared to come to a head for the New England Patriots and their fans last week as the team fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-10.
Many fans of the Patriots with the loss seem to have accepted the fact that the glory days of the franchise are officially over. Thursday Night Football analyst Kirk Herbstreit even noted that it was off-putting that fans near his broadcast vantage point were fine with the Pats coming out on the losing end.
“I just felt the sense of acceptance of where they are,” Herbstreit said during a Friday appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “It really shocked me. I’m just so used to the Patriots’ 20 years of excellence, and not just the NFL in all of professional sports. And to see their fan base just like, we suck, whatever, game’s over, like early they were like that.”
On Zolak & Bertrand Monday, co-host Scott Zolak disagreed with Herbstreit’s take.
“I don’t know what you want from a fan base to do after that when the game’s over, and the place starts to dump out,” he said. “The game was well in hand.”
Zolak’s cohort Marc Bertrand felt differently, praising Herbstreit for offering that sort of perspective.
“Next time you feel like they shouldn’t be booing them, there’s someone from a national perspective – who has been calling games now in the NFL for at least all of this year – but is very familiar with the league and all the different cities and he’s been in college environments for a decade plus, and said their fans aren’t angry enough,” Bertrand said. “They let ’em off the hook.”
Bertrand felt like Patriots fans had every right to be pissed off with the product the team put on the field last week and have done so far this season. Especially when people are paying top dollar for admission to games.
“That product doesn’t match those prices last Thursday night,” he said, continuing to agree with what Herbstreit said. “You don’t hear that a lot around here. So I thought it was a nice change up.”
Zolak and Bertrand both seemed to determine that perhaps it was a case of fans being too nice and being willing to accept failure from head coach Bill Belichick and his staff.
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