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Jeff Rickard: ‘WEEI Is A Different Level’

WEEI’s new brand manager Jeff Rickard spoke with Alex Reimer from the station ahead of his first day next week.

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Jeff Rickard comes to WEEI in Boston with a resume flush with sports media experience in arguably the most sports-obsessed city in the country. Most recently, he was the program director and a morning show host at WFNI in Indianapolis. The new brand manager for the iconic WEEI spoke with Alex Reimer of the station about his upcoming transition.

“It’s one of the great radio stations in the history of sports radio,” Rickard said. “It’s going to have a tremendous amount of backing with Audacy, and it has a complete list of teammates in front of the microphone and behind the microphone who are going to be really committed to it — like, really committed to it. That’s what attracted me. I was happy where I was, but EEI is a different level.”

Coming to Boston from Indianapolis is a move that sees two franchises to get over the ghosts of historic quarterbacks come and gone. There is some bad blood between the two, however, as the Indianapolis Colts were famously the whistleblowers that started the “Deflategate” scandal centering around Tom Brady when he was a New England Patriot.

“Anybody can ask me: I think it was the dumbest thing in the history of sports,” Rickard said. “In any normal circumstance, altering the football is a $25,000 fine, and you move on. But it became a players’ association vs. NFL battle that nearly went all the way to the Supreme Court. It was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in my life.”

Rickard had an engaged audience in Indianapolis, and he has seen his fair share across stops at ESPN Radio, Mad Dog Sports Radio, and NFL Radio. Still, he knows that going into WEEI, the city of Boston, and the community of greater New England will be an adjustment, though one he appears to be more than ready.

“What I will tell you is, as I’ve gotten older, I don’t know if I’m the biggest sports fan in the world — I still love sports — but as a radio guy, I’m a fan of the Boston sports fan,” he said. “I love that people melt down during a three-game losing streak. I love that they think they have the greatest team in the world after a four-game winning streak. I love it. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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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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