Earlier this week, WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton said he believed morning host Boomer Esiason would announce his retirement in the next year. Esiason responded Thursday morning, refuting the report while also making accusations about Carton.
While discussing how long they had been working together on Boomer & Gio, Gregg Giannotti brought up the rumors to his co-host.
“It happens so fast,” Giannotti reflected. “Is that why you’re contemplating retirement?”
“Yeah, I read that,” Esiason said. “I guess Span (Craig Carton) is predicting that I’m retiring next year. You guys ok with that? He just throws crap out there.”
“I read the one article that said Craig having worked with Boomer and he knows the executives there, so there’s probably some truth there because of his connections within the company.”
“Alright. Ok. Big article. ‘I’m retiring’. It gets sent to me and I don’t know where this comes from. Just wanna let you all know I will be signing a five-year extension today and also to let you know, in that new contract, I can leave at 9:00 any day I want. So I’m only working 6:00-9:00 AM, and they’re building me a whole studio out in the Hamptons,” Boomer joked before saying he also asked for a private bathroom and shower to be built at the studio, in addition to a hot tub on the roof.
“Well apparently people are panicking about you potentially leaving,” Giannotti countered. “So now would be the time to ask for all of those demands. You seem annoyed by this.”
“I am annoyed by this,” admitted Esiason. “Spank is working 18 hours a day. He knows not what he says. He’s so tired when he works here and when he comes here. He’s exhausted. I think he’s tired of working with Evan and I can hear that in his voice. The whole group. I think he’s just tired.”
Giannotti questioned his co-host on the comment, noting Carton & Roberts celebrated its two-year anniversary yesterday.
“I can hear it in his voice,” the former NFL quarterback continued. “I can just hear how tired he is and he’s working himself to the bone, which is good. I appreciate the work ethic, I admire it. I think when they go into stuff like that he’s sending a message to Evan. You know what I’m saying?”
“No, I don’t actually,” Giannotti said. “What message is he sending to him?”
“‘I can’t stand working with you. You’re a pain in my ass.’ Is what it sounds like,” said Esiason. “And I don’t know why because Evan’s a great guy and really good at what he does. And Evan is the sports aspect of that show and Craig is the fire-starter. He’s always been the fire-starter and that’s why he’s always been good at what he does.”
Boomer added he believes at the rate Carton is pushing himself he’ll be dead before Boomer retires. He also admitted he cut back on other projects to ensure he would remain sharp and prepared for his WFAN show each morning.
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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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Paul Finebaum: ‘I’ve Been Accused Of Giving Up Objectivity For Nick Saban’
“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there.”
People not from the state of Alabama may not realize that there was a time when there was no more vocal critic of the football team than Paul Finebaum. On Monday morning, he told Cole Cubelic of JOX 94.5 in Birmingham that his perspective began to change in January 2007.
“I’ve been a flag waiver for Nick Saban since the day he got there,” Finebaum admitted.
To be fair to Finebaum, Saban and the Crimson Tide have won five national championships and eight SEC championships since his arrival. It has been way easier to wave the flag than find fault.
Paul Finebaum says that some people don’t see it as that simple though and he has had to learn to accept some criticism.
“I’ve been accused of losing all my objectivity and focus to support Saban,” he said. “I believe in that because I believe he has completely transformed that school into what it is today.”
Acknowledging that Saban has been a game changer not just for Alabama football, but for the university itself, doesn’t mean that Paul Finebaum never has anything critical to say about the coach and his team. In fact, he told Cubelic that he was really put off by the way Saban campaigned for Alabama to be included in the upcoming College Football Playoff.
“For a coach of Nick Saban’s intellect to go on national television and use the point spread as a reason for entrance, when he was a big favorite in the two games he lost, he was an overwhelming favorite at Texas, the game where he needed a last-second field goal, and probably was the game that cost him the birth in a TCU head-to-head comparison.”
Saban appeared on multiple television shows and halftime shows stating that if you put Alabama up against any of the other teams in consideration for the final two spots, they would be the favorites. Finebaum thought it was a step too far.
“I want to make it clear,” he said. “I understand Nick Saban standing up for his program. I’ve hear people say ‘well, every coach would do that’. Well, you know what? I didn’t see Ryan Day doing that. I didn’t see Josh Heupel doing that. I saw Nick Saban doing that and I think that is what was so startling to me.”