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Erik Ainge Defends Tweet That Sanford Stadium Isn’t Loud

“It wasn’t a knock on any fans specifically, or the football team, it’s just a factual statement that noise shouldn’t be a huge factor in the game this weekend.”

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Former Tennessee quarterback and current 99.1 The Sports Animal host Erik Ainge caused a stir on Twitter earlier this week when he said Georgia’s Sanford Stadium is “not that loud and definitely not intimidating” before the #3 Bulldogs host the #1 Tennessee Volunteers Saturday.

Ainge appeared on The Morning Show with John and Hugh on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta to discuss and defend his tweet.

“I was just talking with a buddy and I got off the phone and I thought ‘Ya know, I feel like everyone should know that Sanford Stadium is not as loud as people think it is, and Neyland’s (Stadium) louder. That’s all it was. It didn’t have anything to do with a football game.

“When I played — and Georgia fans have tried to say ‘Well that was the Richt era’…when we beat Georgia under Mark Richt, they were the #3 team in the country, and had the all-time winningest SEC quarterback David Greene on their team — they were good. They weren’t maybe National Championship good, but they were good, and it still wasn’t that loud.

“It wasn’t a knock on any fans specifically, or the football team, it’s just a factual statement that noise shouldn’t be a huge factor in the game this weekend,” Ainge said. “Now I tweeted that, and I made them all mad. Now I guess they’re all gonna be extra loud.”

During his show in Knoxville Friday, a phone caller to the program also criticized Ainge for his take.

“My grandson showed me your little tweet you had this week, which I think is hilarious,” the caller, identified as Jeff who moved to East Tennessee from Georgia, said. “I get so tired of listening to you talk — it’s the funniest thing in the world — y’all have a dog as a mascot. Dogs don’t volunteer! They get told what to do!

“And my Georgia ‘dogs is (sic) gonna run Tennessee out the field and right on back to Knoxville! All the post and pans, you’re gonna be crying now. I just get so sick and tired of that talk. You sound like we ain’t got a team in Georgia. It’s unbelievable. All these Tennessee fans, it’s like their first date when they’re 13-years-old and it’s their first kiss.”

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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Stan Norfleet To Replace N.D. Kalu On SportsTalk 790 in Houston

“My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

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Change is afoot at SportsTalk 790 in Houston. Chris Gordy will have a new co-host in middays as N.D. Kalu exits and Stan Norfleet comes aboard for Next Up.

Kalu, a former Houston Texans defensive end, has decided to leave radio behind. Instead, he will focus on his real estate business.

“N.D. is a tremendous talent and one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He will be missed,” said iHeartMedia Houston’s head of AM programming, Bryan Erickson.

Stan Norfleet comes to Houston after most recently being on WFNZ in Charlotte. He is no stranger to Texas, though. He finished his college football career at Texas Southern University. He also worked in the sales departments for both the Rockets and the Texans.

“It is a tremendous blessing and honor to join the renowned iHeartMedia Houston family. I have long been a fan and avid listener of Sportstalk 790 and respect the history and contributions of its personalities,” Stan Norfleet said in a press release. “My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

In addition to his time on air in Charlotte, Norfleet has also been heard on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta and seen on Raycom’s regionally syndicated ACC Network. He is also a former columnist at BSM.

“Stan brings amazing passion to everything he does,” said Erickson. “He has strong local ties and we’re thrilled to add him to the team.”

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Mark Sanchez Jokes ‘Tom Brady Is Going To Ruin My Career For a 2nd Time’

“I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

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Now that Tom Brady is done on the field, it is only a matter of time before he makes his way to the broadcast booth. Before the 2022 season began, FOX announced that Brady had signed a ten-year deal with the network that will put him in the top NFL play-by-play booth and make him a brand ambassador.

That has created speculation and uncertainty for Greg Olsen, the current analyst on FOX’s top NFL crew, but it won’t stop there. The effects will almost certainly trickle down. Mark Sanchez was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday and joked that he knows his place is a little less certain now than it was last week.

“I guess thanks for ruining the trajectory of my career for the second time, Tom,” Sanchez said with a smile. “I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to two AFC Championship Games during Tom Brady’s Super Bowl drought. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and the then-Washington Redskins during his ten-year NFL career.

He began his broadcasting career in 2019. He was first with ABC and ESPN as a studio analyst for college football. Before the 2021 NFL season, he moved to FOX, where he joined Kevin Kugler in the broadcast booth.

With a few years and plenty of reps under his belt, Mark Sanchez is a broadcast veteran. He joked that that will give him some clout over Tom Brady when the GOAT makes his FOX debut.

“Hopefully he doesn’t get too annoyed with the hazing we put them through as rookies here at FOX. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too annoying for him.”

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