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Brandon Tierney Joining Boomer Esiason Foundation Fundraiser In Exchange For Jets Helmet

“I don’t have a bike, and I don’t know if I can do 40 miles. I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it! But 40 miles, dude.”

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Resident Jets fan and WFAN midday host Brandon Tierney couldn’t help himself Thursday morning.

The New York Jets sent a helmet and jersey to WFAN to showcase what uniform combination the team would wear during this weekend’s game, addressing it to former Jets quarterback and WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason. Co-host Gregg Giannotti sported the combo for social media pictures.

Tierney wanted to become the owner of the helmet, and asked what he needed to do to get it, while driving into the station.

“I’m thinking it’s Gio’s helmet. I’m stuck in traffic and I ask Gio ‘How much do you want for the helmet?’. I wanna give it to my son. I want to put it in the man cave, but they don’t need to know that. He texts me right back during the break and said you’ve gotta run through Boomer. They sent it to Boomer. Ok.

“So I text Boomer shortly thereafter. I text Boomer ‘Hey Booms. What would you like for the helmet?’ and I don’t even know if he texted me back but I hear them on the air talking about it. It got all twisted and distorted. I got some schmuck from Newark calling in saying I’m cheap. Long story short, they want me to do some things to earn the helmet. Which I respect; have a little fun. Gio comes up with eat 12 donuts. There’s no chance I’m doing that. That’s not me. I’m not doing that.”

Esiason agreed to give Tierney the helmet…but it came at a cost.

“Boomer says — listen to what you’re partner is now roped into. I should have just bought the damn helmet. I am now one of the captains for Boomer’s 40-mile, five-borough bike race on May 1st. I don’t have a bike, and I don’t know if I can do 40 miles. I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it! But 40 miles, dude. How am I doing 40 miles?”

The Boomer Esiason Foundation does an annual bike tour of the five boroughs of New York, raising money to fight cystic fibrosis.

Tierney’s co-host, Tiki Barber, told him riding a bike on bridges is difficult because of the incline. Tierney responded by saying he “almost dropped dead” while riding a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge due to the incline, but also because he’s scared of heights.

Barber later added he would join Tierney on the bike tour to help raise money for the organization and help train his co-host.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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