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Paul Finebaum: ‘I Don’t Believe College Football Is An Honest Game’

“I want to vomit every time I hear an administrator talk about student-athletes because that’s not what they are anymore.”

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Paul Finebaum visits with Cole Cubelic and Greg McElroy every Monday morning on Jox 94.5 in Birmingham. During this week’s appearance, McElroy asked Finebaum why so many people are talking about NIL deals for college athletes and the NCAA Transfer Portal as if they would be the end of college football.

Finebaum’s answer sure sounded like he was calling out, not only fans that talk that way, but some of his own colleagues as well. His point was simple. You may not like what is happening, but it isn’t actually hurting college football.

“I’m tired of hearing it because it’s not true,” Finebaum answered. “You’re 100% correct. On Saturdays this fall, there will still be, depending on the game, millions of people watching. Cumulatively the numbers are massive. And there will be 90,000 people, 100,000 people in the stadiums and there will be millions of people around the country betting on football, which is really what drives it.”

Last week, Paul Finebaum was in Las Vegas as part of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft. He said that he had a conversation off-air with a coach that had come to college football after a career in the NFL. This coach told Finebaum that the NFL can orchestrate a level playing field in a way that can’t be done with college football players now.

There was no reason to think the coach was lying, but Finebaum said the point was irrelevant to the popularity of the sport.

“All the conversations that we hear, really don’t matter. Yeah, there will be people that leave college football to go back to the NFL. There will be people that say ‘You know, I’ve had enough of this. I’m retiring’ or ‘I’m moving to something else.’ That’s fine. That’s not going to effect the number of people interested.”

Finebaum was blunt about what he disliked about what he has heard. He said he did not want to contribute to a conversation he did not agree with.

That wouldn’t have always been the case though. He told McElroy and Cubelic in the morning that when he was in the early days of his radio career, he may have been one of the people predicting that the changing landscape of college football spelled doom and gloom for the sport. Now, he is a little more skeptical of that kind of talk.

“I spent so much time early on looking into illegalities, and I was passionate about it. I believed college football should be run honestly,” he said. “I don’t believe that anymore. I don’t believe it is an honest game. I want to vomit every time I hear an administrator talk about student-athletes because that’s not what they are anymore.”

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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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