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Marcus Thompson to ‘Murph & Mac’: Draymond Green Always Rips the Media

“It’s a very common thing to get on the media. It’s par for the course, it’s not anything unique, everybody’s always ripping the media, I’m very used to it.”

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Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green returned to the NBA hardwood on Monday night, much to the delight of Warriors fans. But the story after the game wasn’t so much about Green’s performance on the floor, but rather comments he made in the post-game press conference.

Green appeared to have an issue with some reporting that was out in the press prior to his official return to game action and on Monday night, he said he was going to be tight-lipped about what he said.

“I’m not gonna give much in this interview, I’m just gonna let y’all know that now,” said Green, quoted in a SFGate article by Gabe Fernandez. “I’m not giving much today because I’m not sure that I can trust what my words are going to go from here because the integrity of this job is very important.”

Fernandez did some digging, and while it’s unclear if it’s the direct source of Green’s frustration with the basketball media, a March 7 story for The Athletic by Anthony Slater may have been the thing that set it all off.

“[Green] showed up on the second stop, in Dallas, got in a high-intensity workout and scrimmage, coached them up on the bench against the Mavericks, but then shifted into birthday mode,” Slater wrote. “He spent Friday in Los Angeles celebrating his 32nd birthday and didn’t show up for the Lakers game Saturday.”

“Steve Kerr said Green was ‘sick’ when asked about Green’s absence Saturday,” Slater added for good measure. “Instagram can tell you how Green’s Friday night went.”

Marcus Thompson, Slater’s colleague at The Athletic, joined Murph & Mac on San Francisco’s KNBR on Tuesday and when asked about the story, he said he wasn’t going to comment on what his colleague put out there. Thompson also said he was unsurprised Green had a bone to pick with someone in the media.

“It’s a very common thing to get on the media,” Thompson said. “It’s par for the course, it’s not anything unique, everybody’s always ripping the media, I’m very used to it.”

Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffery kept pushing Thompson to speak more about it, but he made it clear from a general sense it’s not about making members of the media the focal point.

“We’re not the story. It’s not about us,” he said. “We’re not important. We’re but waiters serving information.”

“There’s no victory in us complaining, and if there’s no victory, why are we doing it?” Thompson added.

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take

“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

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When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.

The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.

“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.

Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.

“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”

He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.

“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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