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Damon Amendolara Retailiates for Jeff Passan Calling Him ‘a Horse Face’

“That was uncalled for. That was not in any way premeditated by an action by me. I thought we were on good terms.”

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Damon Amendolara had a bone to pick with ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan on CBS Sports Radio’s The D.A. Show on Wednesday morning.

Passan appeared on Tuesday’s The Jim Rome Show and in the first two minutes of his appearance, Passan reminded Rome’s listeners why he was a bronze medalist in smack talk in Rome’s “Smack-Off” segment. He took a shot at his friend D.A. in the process, a shot Amendolara couldn’t let fall by the wayside.

“That was uncalled for,” Amendolara said. “That was not in any way premeditated by an action by me. I thought we were on good terms. Why did you go on the largest sports radio show in America, one on my network, and call me a horse face? Why would you do something like that, Jeff?!”

D.A. came up with a couple theories as to why Passan targeted him. One theory goes back to their college days at Syracuse, when Amendolara and the student radio station he ran beat Passan and his school newspaper colleagues in a media contest.

“Perhaps that back in those days you still resent me for it,” D.A. said. “Or perhaps it’s because you have that damned Nintendo in your backdrop that you do all these ESPN spots with. And Jeff Darlington does it anyway. So you’re not even unique in that, and you’re bitter because of it.”

Passan went on to say that he had the Nintendo first, but he really didn’t go on to defend his shot. So D.A. decided to read his friend some mean tweets to level the playing field.

“Jeff Passan looks like John Mulaney’s less-successful older brother who works at a small accounting firm in suburban Illinois and paints custom chess pieces as a side hustle,” Amendolara read. “Jeff Passan looks like the son of the villain from Lazy Town… Jeff Passan looks like an animatronic young Ronald Reagan.”

There was another tweet implying that Passan himself had a horse face before D.A. put a bow on the argument.

“So it looks like if I’m a horse face, you’re a horse face too, brother!” Amendolara said.

Passan couldn’t help but laugh.

“Cousin Damon, it’s good to be back with you,” he joked.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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