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Chris Christie Talks Covid Experience With Chris Russo

“The former Governor of New Jersey noted the timing of his symptoms likely means he contracted COVID while helping President Trump with debate prep, and not at the White House hosted “superspreader event” from Sept. 26.”

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Not long after former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was released from the hospital, he went on a small media tour, preaching the importance of wearing masks to avoid contraction of COVID-19. It included a visit to SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Unleashed, hosted by his friend Christopher Russo. 

Joining Mad Dog on-air, Christie acknowledged he believes not wearing a mask is the reason he caught the virus. The former Governor of New Jersey noted the timing of his symptoms likely means he contracted COVID while helping President Trump with debate prep, and not at the White House hosted “superspreader event” from Sept. 26. 

According to Christie, he was very careful for seven months because New Jersey was a hotbed for the virus and because of his asthma history, but he “let his guard down” being around the president where he believed each person was tested daily. 

Christie, who spent a week in the hospital, called his symptoms mild because his breathing didn’t become an issue, but he also noted it was “worse than the worst flu you ever had.” Christie also believes the experimental treatment he received from doctors may have kept his breathing from becoming problematic. 

“It was a mistake not to wear the mask during that period of time,” Christie told Russo of his debate prep with President Trump. “When you’re a leader you stand up and say to people, ‘look, this is something I did that turned out to be a mistake, that turned out to be wrong and I want you to learn from it.’ And I hope the people who follow me and care what I have to say about things, they’ll hear that and learn from it.”

Although he was never openly against mask-wearing, Christie’s leadership was previously more in lockstep with the president and less focused on slowing the spread of COVID. During an appearance on Mad Dog Unleashed in May, Christie strongly vouched for people to get back to work and states to reopen, telling Russo, “if we let the epidemiologists of the world run this world, we’re gonna stay in our houses until there’s a vaccine.”

Using a sports analogy, Christie compared the final two weeks of the presidential race to Biden running the four corners offense popularized by the late UNC head coach Dean Smith. Biden’s “passing the ball around and passing the ball around and hoping nobody turns it over,” Christie said. 

Christie chuckled when Russo asked if Trump is a clear underdog, responding with “the sand is running through the hourglass.” He called the president a “moderate underdog,” despite the polls showing a wider gap, but Christie believes it’s important for Trump to “stay disciplined,” rather than run a smear campaign in the final days leading up to the election. 

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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