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Stewart Returns to Bama Broadcast Booth After Stroke

Brandon Contes

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As the Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball program is set to open their regular season Tuesday night against Southern University, it marks a miraculous return for their radio play-by-play voice Chris Stewart.

According to Christopher Walsh of the Alabama Maven, on the night of April 15th, the Alabama announcer suffered a stroke.  That night, Stewart who regularly goes for precautionary physicals based on red flags due to his family history, would not wake up from what his wife first thought was a bad dream.  Stewart was brought to a hospital where a blood clot was found on his second CAT scan.  After being transferred to a specialist, hours passed, but with time running out the medical staff was able to clear the clot and Stewart opened his eyes.

Weeks after the stroke, Stewart made an appearance in the booth during an Alabama baseball game and throughout the football season he contributed as the TV studio host, but last week was his first opportunity to call a full game in a Crimson Tide basketball exhibition

“When I heard the situation he was in my heart went out to him,” head coach Avery Johnson said. “I just felt helpless, because we care about him so much. So to have him back, calling the game for us tonight, it was just a thrill for all of us.

“He’s a part of our family.”

While no broadcaster wants to make mistakes, for Stewart they now create a deeper concern, telling Walsh, “tonight I’ll wonder if it’s the stroke.”

At the start of the football season, Stewart tweeted, according to doctors, less than two percent of those who suffer a stroke like Stewart have recovered to the condition he was just four months later.

“I think I was always grateful for who and what I have, but I think I’ve just become even more grateful for every minute,” he said. “I’m not trying to be overly dramatic when I say that, but it’s the truth”

Now, nearly seven months after suffering the stroke, the recovery for Stewart continues, but his full-time return to the radio booth signals an astounding return, one that everyone in the Alabama community is grateful to see.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”

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Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.

Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.

“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”

Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments

“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.

Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”

The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.

“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”

“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.

“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”

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Frank Frangie Prepared 20 Minutes of “Blowout Material” For Ohio State/Maryland Broadcast

“We almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

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1010XL afternoon host Frank Frangie had the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State/Maryland game for Touchdown Radio Productions over the weekend, and discussed his preparation for the game on his show Monday.

Frangie serves as the radio voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise had its bye week last Sunday, and was available to work for Touchdown Radio.

“I had the Ohio State/Maryland game, and I was so worried about a blowout and K.C. Jones — the former center from Miami who did the game with me and was on a couple of those Broncos Super Bowl teams — we had about 20 minutes of blowout material prepared,” Frangie said. “So much so that we almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

Luckily for Frangie, and listeners/viewers of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio State secure a late touchdown to extend a lead to 43-30.

“It was a hell of a game,” Frangie concluded.

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