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TSN 690 Host Matthew Ross Apologizes, Deletes Twitter Account After Tweets About Blue Jays Catcher Alejandro Kirk

Ross since posted an apology to Facebook for the back and forth, saying his words “were harsh.

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A weekend host in Montreal found himself receiving the brunt of blowback on social media for his comments about Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk.

Matthew Ross hosts on TSN 690 in Montreal and responded to a video posted by the team of Kirk scoring a run from first in a game against Tampa Bay last week.

The tweet from Ross’ now deleted Twitter account read in part that “guys like this prominence feeds negative baseball stereotypes.” He also said Kirk being on the bigger side is “embarrassing for the sport.”

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The response prompted Kirk’s teammate Alex Manoah to respond, saying “What’s actually embarrassing for the sport is people that go by the name of Matthew and have never played a day in the big leagues thinking they can control the narrative and stereotypes.”

Ross since posted an apology to Facebook for the back and forth, saying his words “were harsh. The sentiment was out of bounds and I deeply regret it. Period.”

“The narrative went in a different direction, referring to all people who may be struggling with body issues. It never dawned on me that this is where the topic could go,” Ross added. “I was clumsy and inconsiderate in my sports commentary. Defaming people for the way they look is not where my heart or intent was in this moment – or ever!”

There’s no word on what kind of punishment, if any, Ross faced from the station. Ross’ show page on TSN 690 remains on the station website. The last time his show Weekend Game Plan aired was September 11.

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    Ivan

    September 27, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Ross should be fired for his comments.

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Gregg Giannotti: Eli Manning Has ‘Complete Changed’ Personality

“Eli coming out firing! You don’t normally get that from him! Ever since that Chad Powers bit this guy has completely changed his entire personality.”

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Monday Night Football With Peyton & Eli, mostly known as the Manningcast, has proved to be a popular alternate broadcast, and WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti pointed out how much he has enjoyed seeing Eli Manning’s personality come out more and more during the broadcast.

“Eli Manning doesn’t say a lot so when he says something mildly controversial, everyone’s gonna jump on it,” Giannotti said. “He took a shot at Russell Wilson last night. Did you hear about this? Eli Manning taking shots!”

“Welcome to the dark side, Eli. It feels good to have an opinion,” co-host Boomer Esiason said.

“Talking about the 11-10 game on Sunday night and Eli said they should probably give the punter $250 million instead of Russell Wilson,” Giannotti said.

“I mean, Eli’s had a few games like that,” Esiason countered.

“But still, I thought that was great,” Giannotti admitted. “Eli coming out firing! You don’t normally get that from him! Ever since that Chad Powers bit this guy has completely changed his entire personality.”

Giannotti then admitted he didn’t watch Monday Night Football With Peyton & Eli last night, due to it interfering with his job.

“I have not watched the Manningcast yet this year,” Giannotti said. “I think because it’s distracting for me now. I checked it out a couple of times last year later in the season and I enjoyed it. It was fine. But if I’m trying to watch a Giant game because we’re gonna talk about it the next day, I can’t have six Zoom interviews on the Manningcast. It’s impossible.”

Giannotti is on record saying the Manningcast needs to eliminate guests. He said the guests were a “big problem” adding “They put them on those Zooms and the connection is always terrible and they are talking over each other and there is a delay.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Jim Nantz and Tony Romo Should Have Been at Bills/Dolphins

“It was obvious to everybody that Bills and Dolphins was the game of the week yesterday and yet Tony Romo and Jim Nantz were in Indianapolis.”

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Many pundits questioned why CBS sent their top NFL broadcast crew of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to the Colts versus Chiefs matchup Sunday, while the Bills and Dolphins faced off in a game featuring two undefeated teams. 93.7 The Fan host Andrew Fillipponi had the same question and asked CBS sideline reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala how they decide who goes where.

“It was obvious to everybody that Bills and Dolphins was the game of the week yesterday and yet Tony Romo and Jim Nantz were in Indianapolis,” Fillipponi said. “You now work for CBS. Can you tell us how that happens? Why didn’t CBS send their best announcers to the best game yesterday, Aditi?”

“These things are decided several weeks in advance,” Kinkhabwala revealed. “They’re decided two or three weeks in advance, and sometimes what you think is something obviously does not turn out to be that way. For instance, this coming week, the ‘A’ crew — the Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson crew — are going to Green Bay. Now, part of that is because Green Bay is an NFC team and there’s not always an opportunity for CBS to get Green Bay. It’s a national window, 4:00 PM game, it’ll go to the entire country –“

“And it’s Brian Hoyer for the Patriots!”, Fillipponi interrupted.

“Exactly. My game, which is actually the fifth or sixth game, I think is arguably one of the two best games. Jaguars at Eagles. You’ve got Doug Pederson going back to Philly. Philly is one of the only 3-0 teams. The Jags have won two straight. They’re looking really good. They have a ton of talent on defense.”

According to Richard Deitsch of The Athletic, CBS told their broadcast teams in August where their assignments would be for the first three weeks of the NFL season and didn’t want to shift announcers around this early in the season.

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Kansas City Chiefs and Missouri State Broadcaster Art Hains Diagnosed With West Nile Virus

“He is in critical condition and we are wanting to get him into a specialized research hospital that sees this type of issue more frequently and may have different treatment options,” Hains’s son, Chris, sent in a text Sunday to the Springfield News-Leader.

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After originally believed to have an autoimmune disorder, Missouri State broadcaster Art Hains has officially been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

A report from FOX 4 in Kansas City indicated that while he doesn’t have Guillain-Barré Syndrome, autoimmune issues have made treating Hains difficult.

West Nile is transmitted through mosquitoes and can be deadly in some cases.

“He is in critical condition and we are wanting to get him into a specialized research hospital that sees this type of issue more frequently and may have different treatment options,” Hains’s son, Chris, sent in a text Sunday to the Springfield News-Leader.

Hains is beloved by the Missouri State community. He’s been called “The Voice of the Bears” and has served as the school’s play-by-play broadcaster for football, basketball and baseball for the last 45 years.

Art also hosts an afternoon show on Jock 96.9 in Springfield called SportsTalk.

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