Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has a ton of respect for what Tom Brady has done on the football field, but when it comes to Brady being a host on SiriusXM, Russo has had different feelings.
Brady, whose podcast with Larry Fitzgerald and Jim Gray Let’s Go! airs on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. on the SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio channel, has never gotten proper promotion from Russo during his daily sports radio show.
Part of it goes back to the fact that Mad Dog felt a bit slighted by the fact that the seven-time Super Bowl champion never thanked Russo for allowing his show to air on his channel.
But Russo told Howard Stern last week that a video Brady recorded celebrating Mad Dog’s Radio Hall of Fame induction this fall has changed things.
“Nobody knows how great he is more than me,” said Russo, who was a guest on the weekly “Hollyweird Squares” segment on Stern’s show. “He’s won seven Super Bowls, and you know me Howard, when it comes to sports if you win that means a lot. And I always pay attention to it, and I feel a little softer now for Tom.”
Stern said that Russo admitted he had no idea Brady’s show was going to air on his channel and that he had no say in that decision, adding that the WFAN legend has become more of a figurehead on satellite radio.
“They do things that I have no idea what they’re up to,” Russo said. “I have gotten away from the management aspect, but to be fair Howard I don’t promote anybody. Sirius wants me to use PGA golf guests for The Masters, I never put them on I get my own guys on. Sirius wants me to use NFL guys to promote Super Bowls, I never use them I get my own guys.”
But Russo made a decision on the fly shortly after he mentioned never promoting anyone.
“Because Jim Gray helped me with the Brady, with the little clip that they used, and I have been a little priggish,” he said. “100 percent about being a little too, ‘I didn’t put it on, I’m not gonna promote it.’ Because of you and because I probably gotta realize my role now as you said is more of a figurehead situation where I’m no longer in power, 2-3-6 and go home that kind of thing. But because of you and Robin (Quivers), I will now on Monday nights in the five to six o’clock hour, I will now promote the fact that Tom is up next with Jim Gray.”
Stern was happy with that, but he also said he really didn’t care one way or the other what Russo does.
“Don’t do it for me because Robin and I both don’t give a shit,” he said. “We think it’s funny that you don’t promote Tom Brady. We love it.”
“We know as much of your channel as you do,” Quivers added. “We know you’re on. That’s what we know.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach
“He’s got no patience whatsoever.”
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.”
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”