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Felger & Mazz: Bill Belichick Absolutely Signs Off on Players Doing Media Hits During Bye Week

“He’s so far up those players asses about what they do with media it’s not even funny.”

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New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty got some attention in his appearance on NFL Today on CBS on Sunday, making comments about the situation with the New York Giants that raised eyebrows, but were squashed by Bill Belichick.

McCourty mentioned that he had talked to players with the Giants and was told that the atmosphere at the team’s facility under current head coach Brian Daboll was different compared to previous coach, and current Pats quarterbacks coach, Joe Judge.

Belichick was asked about McCourty and players making media appearances during the team’s bye week. Belichick said he doesn’t coordinate those sorts of things.

“As you know, all the things we do go through our media relations department,” Belichick told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s how those things get processed and so forth. I’m just trying to coach the team.”

On 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, Felger & Mazz co-host Michael Felger said it was hilarious for Bill to think he doesn’t have a say in what appearances players make and what they talk about.

“That is rich. That. Is. Rich,” Felger said. “Ask any player that’s gone through there and happened to just say something a little off in the newspaper – and show up the next day and have the newspaper clip taped to the locker with a circle around the quote that says ‘Go see B.B.’ And then the player has to go see B.B. and walk into his office, and Bill’s gotta grunt to them about what he says to the media.”

Felger, having only heard audio of the exchange, wondered if Belichick was being sarcastic with what he said.

“Did he say that with a straight face today, or was that one a half-joke? Cause if he said it with a smile on his face like I’ll drop this rant,” he said. “Cause he’s so far up those players asses about what they do with media it’s not even funny.”

“Tell me he was cracking a smile,” Felger later added. “Cause he can’t be serious with that. So he’s blaming (Patriots vice president of media relations Stacey James) for that?”

McCourty on Monday said he made a mistake by mentioning Judge instead of using a less specific phrase to imply Judge. But Felger made the point that to think Belichick isn’t overseeing what players talk about in the media is just not factual.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Mike Conti: ‘Appaling’ That ‘Some Creep’ Posted Bob Rathbun Video Online

“He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”

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Bob Rathbun, the television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a scary medical emergency on Monday night and it was captured on live television. The video then spread across the internet thanks to Twitter.

Mike Conti, the program director at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, is part of the station’s coverage of the Hawks. He admitted that when he saw the video, he had trouble getting in the right headspace to do the game.

“Bob’s a friend to all of us,” he said Tuesday morning as he talked to John & Hugh, the station’s morning show. “He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.” 

Conti noted that he was not watching TV when the incident happened. He saw the video on social media and is not happy about that.

“Some creep decided to post the video online, which I thought was appalling, but I could not avoid the video. It came up on my Twitter.”

The video is indeed disturbing. Awful Announcing posted the video on Twitter Monday night, but deleted it after backlash from members of the Atlanta media.

Bally Sports Southeast issued a statement after the game saying that Bob Rathbun was treated for dehydration. Conti reported that he had spoken to Rathbun, who is expected to fully recover.

“He’s good. He’s okay,” Conti said. “I don’t want to say too much just to respect Bob’s privacy, but I think Bob would be okay with me saying Bob is okay.”

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