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Ken Carman: What is Tony Romo’s Motivation to be Better?

“I hate to go into what other broadcasters are doing for prep work, but now people are noticing.”

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Tony Romo has fallen out of favor among NFL fans. Whereas the early days of his broadcasting career were met with great enthusiasm, now he is more often the subject of criticism and ridicule.

Add Ken Carman to the list of people questioning Romo’s performances of late. On Tuesday morning, the 92.3 The Fan morning show host questioned how much time the CBS analyst is putting into preparing for his game each week.

“I hate to go into what other broadcasters are doing for prep work, but now people are noticing,” Carman said. “I mean Tony Romo is just showing up day of. He’s golfing all week. He’s living the good life. So what’s the motivation there?”

Carman’s partner Anthony Lima was surprised to learn that Romo is nearing the end of his sixth year on CBS. He described the ability to predict that next play as “a nice parlor trick” Romo could do, but it is an act that has worn thin on the audience.

“At first they loved it and then they didn’t like it and then he started getting them wrong,” Lima said.

Ken Carman compared Tony Romo to Cris Collinsworth. He said that the prep time they each put in is evident and their respective approaches could not be more different.

“Now it’s become chic to rip all these announcers, but look at Collinsworth. He has his own ideas. He is actually studying the film like a coach and I appreciate that in Collinsworth.”

Tony Romo will call one more game this season. He and Jim Nantz will be in the CBS booth on Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals visit Kansas City with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

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Stephen A. Smith: Jerry Jones Cancelled 105.3 The Fan Appearance Because He Was Scared Of What He Might Say

“Jerry Jones cancelled that interview because Jerry Jones has decisions to make.”

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Jerry Jones is a regular guest on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. So is his son Stephen, who serves as the Dallas Cowboys’ Executive Vice President. Usually, both men make multiple appearances per week on the station, but that is not the case after the Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs and Stephen A. Smith doesn’t blame the family at all for that decision.

“Jerry Jones cancelled that interview because Jerry Jones has decisions to make,” Smith said Tuesday on First Take.

Smith is among the many that speculated that despite making it to the postseason, head coach Mike McCarthy’s job was far from safe. Jones has said that is not the case, but after the team’s disappointing finish in San Francisco, Stephen A. Smith isn’t buying it. He isn’t so sure that the decisions are only about McCarthy either.

“There may be no changes, but he’s thinking about it,” Smith told Molly Qerim, Keyshawn Johnson and Marcus Spears. “That’s why he cancelled that interview, number one. Plus, he’s scared of what he’s gonna say because he knows how he feels.”

Shan Shariff was the one to tell listeners that Jerry Jones had cancelled his appearances this week.

On Tuesday morning, Shariff’s morning show partner Bobby Belt reminded him that Jones has cancelled in the past when big news is coming.

“Stephen cancelling doesn’t pique my interest as much as Jerry does, because it’s like ‘Oh, what secret doesn’t he trust himself not to tell.’”

That lends some credibility to the theory Stephen A. Smith floated on First Take.

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Audacy Reportedly Planning to Add Single-A Broadcaster to Mets Radio Booth

“According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Keith Raad has emerged as the leading candidate for the job.”

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Wayne Randazzo has left the Big Apple for the City of Angels. That means the New York Mets are in search of a new voice for their radio broadcast team. Just like when there is a need to fill a hole on the field, the team’s farm system may produce the answer.

According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Keith Raad has emerged as the leading candidate for the job. Raad spent last season calling games for the Mets’ single-A affiliate the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Raad was reportedly impressive in his interview with Audacy bosses. Audacy is the parent company of the Mets’ flagship station, WCBS. While he is their desired target, the team does have to approve his hire.

There should be no doubt about Keith Raad’s passion. He is a lifelong Mets fan who grew up on Long Island.

The exact number of games Raad would be expected to call is not known at this time. Howie Rose made the decision last year to cut back on the number of dates he spent in the team’s radio booth.

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Rich Shertenlieb: NESN Really Did Chaim Bloom Dirty

“If you’re asking if any of the boos were left in, sure they were! But it was a little bit of a pick-and-choosing when and who was talking when the boos were aired.”

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NESN recently aired video from the Boston Red Sox Winter Weekend in Springfield, MA. During the event, team owner John Henry and Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom sat down with Tom Caron to answer questions about the future of the franchise.

Raw video from the event has been floating around social media that shows that Henry received a lot of heckling and boos when he spoke. Most of it was edited out when the event aired on NESN. Tuesday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Toucher & Rich played some of the real audio and edited audio side by side.

“If you’re asking if any of the boos were left in, sure they were! But it was a little bit of a pick-and-choosing when and who was talking when the boos were aired,” Rich Shertenlieb said.

He pointed out that the audio was manipulated more significantly when Henry spoke. More of the audience’s true reaction was preserved during Bloom’s responses. To illustrate this point, they played a clip that had audience backlash to John Henry saying that this past season was disappointing edited out completely while the boos for Bloom answering the same question were not manipulated at all.

Fred Toucher joked that the audio made it sound like the stage manager “had slides of Chaim Bloom pushing old ladies over” and must have shown the audience photos of “Chaim Bloom flipping off kids.”

“They did Chaim Bloom dirty,” Shertenlieb said. “They took out all the boos for John Henry and let in every single one of them for Chaim Bloom.”

Chad Finn of The Boston Globe reached out to NESN about the editing. They responded that the presentation was edited and the audio was manipulated but insisted that it was nothing nefarious or abnormal.

“The show tonight at 8p — as is always the case with television production,” the network responded, “we made tweaks where needed to accommodate sound quality in the unique amphitheater environment at MGM and condensing a 90-min period to the hour-long format of the show. With that said, the lion share of the ownership/front office Q&A is included in the show.”

Shertenlieb is not buying that explanation. He played raw audio of the audience booing and heckling John Henry when he said it was expensive to field a winning baseball team. That is why the team raises ticket prices. The NESN audio cut out the response to Henry and the team owner was not heard from again during the telecast.

“Either he talked and they edited it out or he just didn’t answer for the rest of it,” Shertenlieb said. “And they really did Chaim Bloom dirty, because when Chaim would speak they left in every single boo and they edited out the time when John Henry spoke and all those boos that we heard, where he got the worst response, were cut out.”

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