Donovan McNabb: Michael Vick Should Just Ignore Sports Radio

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and NFL Network analyst Donovan McNabb suggested that current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick can be more successful if he doesn’t concentrate on “hearing the radio stations talk.”

When the San Francisco 49ers play a night game, that usually results in Eric Davis not appearing on NFL Network’s morning show “NFL AM” the following day, as he provides color commentary for 49ers radio.

So when “NFL AM” host Brian Webber reminded us that former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is currently a contributor on NFLN’s seasonal “Playbook” series, would be subbing for “ED” on Tuesday morning, we knew we’d be in for a treat.

McNabb’s appearance couldn’t be more timely, as the Eagles sink below .500 with a loss to the undefeated Falcons on Sunday. It was the first time in the Andy Reid era that the Eagles dropped a game following their bye week.

And with the recent firing of their defensive coordinator, coach Reid is willing to do anything to keep his job – even bench starting quarterback Michael Vick.

“You have to focus on your job,” McNabb said, when asked how Vick should deal with the local fans and the media – which, as McNabb could tell you firsthand, could be brutal if you’re not performing well. “If you focus on your job, you block everything out.

“I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos, and hearing the radio stations talk, and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched, then you begin to lose focus, and now your play begins to fall and… you focus on other things.”

McNabb added that Vick should “feed off of… not turning the ball over” during the game against the Falcons, a problem that had plagued him big-time (eight interceptions, five of nine fumbles lost through the first six weeks of the season) prior to the bye.

He also argued that turning to backup quarterback Nick Foles shouldn’t be the answer for the Eagles (“not at all”), but rather suggested the team consider benching players on the team’s offensive line or secondary. “There’s other people that need to be in this situation besides Michael Vick,” he said, even naming high-paid offensive stars such as LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson that are also “tied to this [predicament]”.

“If the defense for the Eagles were playing better,” he continued, “we wouldn’t be talking about Michael Vick so much.”

Or rather, sports radio in Philadelphia wouldn’t be talking about Michael Vick so much.

You see, Donovan McNabb got such a bad rap in Philadelphia from regular talk radio hosts, let alone sports radio hosts, and just as they let him have it on draft day, they couldn’t wait to celebrate after the Eagles traded him away.

It’s one thing for Andy Reid to tune out sports radio.

It’s another to hear his former quarterback attempt to analyze his team’s problems on NFL Network – a venue he himself once criticized.

And as a bonus, later in that “NFL AM” broadcast, Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel debated during a “Double Coverage” segment on which team could benefit from adding McNabb to their roster: the Arizona Cardinals or the Kansas City Chiefs?

For the love of God, please keep Donovan McNabb away from “Bulldog” Bob Fescoe.


How Hurricane Sandy Affected Sports Radio

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason was able to broadcast from his Manhattan studio with Craig Carton, despite inclement weather from Hurricane Sandy. However, there was no television simulcast with MSG Network. Other sports radio broadcasts were hampered as a result of this majestic storm.

On October 29, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast. It would later be given “superstorm” status, as it became a “post-tropical cyclone.”

As a result, millions of residents are without power, and it could take days – maybe weeks – for subway systems to return to normal.

And through it all, it was up to sports radio to maintain a sense of normalcy.

Of course, news and information were available on many television and radio stations, to those that who were still able to receive them.

But for those that wanted to talk about the Jets’ loss or the Giants’ near-loss, or hear the Monday Night Football game, that was feasible, as well.

Let’s start with the New York market. On Monday, WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” were doing their show live from Manhattan, but with no television simulcast on MSG Network. At 10 AM, their regular midday duo of Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno did their show – albeit with Roberts in the WFAN studio and Benigno via telephone. Carl Banks, WFAN’s New York Giants play-by-play radio announcer, was also able to do his regular Monday appearance in the station’s studio, located at 345 Hudson Street in downtown Manhattan, where WFAN has been operating out of for three years and counting. At 1 PM, Mike Francesa was still doing his top-rated late midday/afternoon drive show, by way of an ISDN line from his home in an undisclosed county of Long Island. It was during that broadcast that he announced that the FM simulcast of WFAN on 101.9 would commence on Friday. However, like the morning show on WFAN, Francesa’s program was not simulcast on YES Network. By the evening, WFAN, with the “Monday Night Football” broadcast of the San Francisco 49ers/Arizona Cardinals game, was simulcasting on WXRK 92.3 FM, as WFAN’s transmitter is located on High Island in The Bronx, which was in danger of being wiped out due to high rising waters; likewise, all-news WCBS-AM 880, also transmitting from High Island, was simulcasting on WWFS/102.7 FM.

But by Tuesday morning, it was another all-news station in the CBS Radio family, 1010 WINS, that was broadcasting solely on 92.3 FM, as WINS’ transmitting facilities in Lyndhurst, NJ were done in by Sandy. WINS was actually broadcasting on WCBS-FM 101.1 on Monday night; as of this morning, WCBS-FM and WWFS have returned to regular music programming, and WCBS-AM and WFAN are maintaining regular spoken word programming on their respective AM signals. And as of Tuesday, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton were once again on the air, albeit sans an MSG simulcast for the second day in a row; and after “Boomer and Carton,” it was not “Joe and Evan,” but rather Richard Neer, who regularly does his weekend WFAN broadcasts via ISDN from his home in North Carolina. Neer stressed to listeners that, while he is “desperate for phone calls,” he wanted those with limited or no power to refrain from calling WFAN.

As for the other sports radio station in New York, WEPN/”ESPN Radio 98.7″? They, along with their previous home on the radio dial, AM 1050, now known as “ESPN Deportes,” were both simulcasting audio from co-owned television station WABC-TV/Channel 7, the ABC network’s flagship owned-and-operated station, starting Monday; they continue to do so on Tuesday.

Sandy also battered New Jersey pretty badly – not just the northern part of the state, where Lyndhurst is located, but southern New Jersey, as well. Atlantic City’s sports radio station, “ESPN 97.3,” suspended sports talk on Monday, carrying live, local storm coverage along with sister stations “1450 WPG” and “SoJo 104.9.”

Meanwhile, Connecticut was another state in the Northeast that was hit hard by Sandy. As a result, the syndicated “Dan Patrick Show”, which was broadcasting as normal on Monday (he even dropped an S-bomb during a “live look-in” segment of the TV broadcast), went on as scheduled on Tuesday, but with Pro Football Talk founder and personality Mike Florio subbing for Patrick from his West Virginia home. Incidentally, the television broadcast of “Dan Patrick,” which had ended abruptly on Fox Sports Net, will continue as anticipated on NBC Sports Network as of Monday, November 5; until then, the television simulcast continues exclusively on DirecTV Channel 101. And so, they lean on someone from the NBCSN family to fill in for Dan.

And in the Washington, D.C. area, WJFK-AM/”106.7 The Fan”, along with three other sister FM stations, was simulcasting CBS Radio’s 99.1 WNEW-FM’s all-news programming, from Monday evening until Tuesday morning.

Are there any other sports broadcasting situations that were altered due to Hurricane Sandy? Let us know and we’ll update our post accordingly.

Rosary Games: Mike Taylor On The Spurs And Superstitions

San Antonio sports radio host Mike Taylor talks about what appeared to be a good-luck charm for the Spurs this year – the rosary he’s wearing in this photo – in what started as a thrilling postseason for the team, until they were eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

What began as a surefire path to the NBA Finals last season for the San Antonio Spurs ended with an unexpected rampart.

They ended the strike-shortened regular season with ten straight wins, and doubled up into the postseason with sweeps of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, plus two wins in a row against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. The twenty-win continuum was enough to surpass the Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 19 straight games won starting in the regular season and ending in the playoffs. The Spurs fell just short of that record in 2004 (17 games) but the twenty-game overall streak put them over the top.
Yet they were unsuccessful at reaching the pinnacle of the NBA playoffs.
Unfortunately for the Spurs, Thunder rumbled.
A rumbling to the tune of four straight wins, eliminating the Spurs, and deterring them from an appearance in the NBA Finals that seemed like such a lock when the playoffs began.
Perhaps the most stunned person in San Antonio after the Spurs’ collapse was Mike Taylor, who recently celebrated his fifth anniversary as host of the afternoon drive program, “Sports Talk San Antonio,” on KTKR/”Ticket 760″, and has also hosted Spurs programming for KTKR’s sister station 1200 WOAI, the 50,000-watt blowtorch he jokingly refers to on the air as “the big brother down the hall.”
Taylor relocated to San Antonio after spending years as a sports radio host in Dallas. (Like Taylor, the Spurs themselves are also Dallas transplants: did you know that for the first six years of their existence, they were known as the Dallas Chaparrals?) And even though he has yet to witness the team winning a championship as a member of the local media (they last won it all in 2007), he has seen them clinch their division for three out of five seasons – including, of course, the most recent one, where they finished with a 50-16 regular season record, tied with the Chicago Bulls, who clinched overall home court advantage by virtue of a better record against opponents in their division (13-1).
But once the Spurs started putting together a double-digit streak of wins, Taylor knew he was seeing something special. He thought that this could be the year the team could win their fifth NBA title.
He had enough confidence that he could practically swear to God that the Spurs would get it done.
In a word: The rosary.
“The Spurs had a season that I don’t even think they thought they could have,” Taylor told me. “So I think the rosary served its purpose.”
By now, you’ve probably seen or heard Bud Light’s current advertising campaign fabling football fans and their bizarre superstitions tied to the love and support of their favorite teams, all as the classic Stevie Wonder hit “Superstition” is heard behind them.
I think Bud Light, which coincidentally holds the sponsorship rights to the “Ticket 760” broadcasting studios, might have a premise for a new commercial on their hands, if they wish to foray their ad campaign into the NBA.
On one afternoon, as the Spurs were preparing for their playoff run, Taylor was broadcasting an edition of “STSA” live from a local establishment (or as regular listeners to his show would say, “the muskrat rule is in effect”) when he was paid a visit by “a fine everyday listener – one of those kind you never actually want to meet, because it would take away something cool.”
But it was what the listener transported to Taylor that was cool: a rosary, blessed by none other than Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican – that according to the Catholic church in town that the listener got it from.
“It smelled like the Pope, so I took it at face value,” Taylor said.
And so, during the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs, as the Spurs racked up win after win against the Jazz and the Clippers, and added to their overall winning streak that started April 29 against the aforementioned Jazz, Taylor would get on the air every day after a game and tell listeners how the Spurs are “[number of wins in the playoffs]-and-0” while that rosary was in his possession.
“There have been so many bits that just seemed to present themselves to me,” Taylor explained, “and the timing of the rosary and the streak just added to the pile. Luck has played a huge factor into it all… It just seems like things have fallen into place for me here.”
Further adding to the rosary “bit,” Taylor pointed out that ever since he started doing sports radio in San Antonio, “I have always joked that God loves STSA.”
So the fact that the Spurs didn’t win the title (for those of you who spent the summer under a rock, LeBron James finally got that ever-elusive NBA championship with the Miami Heat), let alone never advanced to the NBA Finals, and to be bounced from the playoffs by losing four straight games after starting the postseason with ten victories in a row, does that not somehow taint or curse the rosary?
“No, the Spurs didn’t win the title, but that wasn’t the essence of the bit,” Taylor recalled. “It was a rally cry that gave people down here, who have all but given up on another title, hope.”
Taylor likened his rosary to the fascicle of T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase “I Want Some Nasty” that circulated around San Antonio after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich uttered the phrase during a timeout in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Pop’s “nasty” pep talk inspired the Spurs to rally from a nine-point deficit to defeat the Thunder – their penultimate win of the season.
“Americans get so wrapped up in winning a championship,” Taylor said, “that they lose sight of the fun you have during a run like that.”
Getting back to superstitions: The Dallas Cowboys, another team Taylor talks about frequently on the air, possess a superstition of their own. Have you noticed how the team rarely, if at all, wears dark blue jerseys during home games? Apparently, it’s tied to a loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. When the team opened Texas Stadium the following season, they started exclusively sporting white uniforms – and by the way, they returned to the big game that year and beat the Miami Dolphins for their first of five Super Bowl championships.
All of this may have been before Taylor’s time – but he remembers a couple of Mavericks fanatics with their own superstition.
“There was this young man who would dress up like a lunatic Mavs fan, along with his fiancee,” Taylor recalled. “And they’d score free tickets to every home game because of their silly costumes.
“They somehow got it in their heads that if they ever got married, Dallas would never win a title. And they would certainly tie the knot, but not until the Mavericks won the thing. They went through all the playoff heartbreaks together, staying engaged and never planning a wedding.”
And when Dirk Nowitzki and company won the franchise’s first championship in its 31st year of existence, there were millions of sighs of relief around the Dallas Metroplex – none bigger than two particular individuals, I’m sure.
“I thought about those crazies the night the Mavs won in Miami,” Taylor said. “Actually got a little misty eyed.”
So the Larry O’Brien Trophy does not stay in Texas for another year. But the San Antonio Spurs will be looking to exact revenge against the team that eliminated them from the playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday night at the AT&T Center.
Mike Taylor may or may not have the rosary in his possession when the Spurs’ 2012-13 season starts. But he’ll most certainly be carrying around one personal good luck charm.
“I carry around a picture of my dad from when he was, like, 6 or 7,” Taylor acknowledged. “He’s such a sports fan, and I think I decided to get into this business to make him proud of me.”
By hosting the most popular sports radio show in San Antonio, the self-appointed “Mayor of Sports”, is definitely making many people proud.
And, of course, Jesus Christ.

WFAN-FM – Starts Friday On A Radio Near You

Save the date: Friday, November 2 will be when WFAN will begin simulcasting on 101.9 FM, with the callsign of WFAN-FM. There is no end date set for the termination of the simulcast of 101.9 FM and the station’s original dial position at AM 660.

We know that CBS Radio purchased 101.9 FM with the intention to simulcast WFAN, where sports radio had lived at AM 660 for a quarter century.

But we did not know when the simulcast will be in effect.

Until now – and it was their big kahuna that broke the big news.

On Monday, a day when Mike Francesa was conducting his top-rated radio show via ISDN line from his home on Long Island (sans YES Network simulcast), he announced at the top of the show that the effective date for the simulcast will be Friday, November 2.

Additionally, the WFAN Twitter account (which I would imagine needs a new handle by week’s end) tweeted the news that the simulcast would start “at 12:01 AM.”

Many speculated that the local marketing agreement (LMA) with Merlin Media, current owners of 101.9 FM, would start on Thursday, November 1, as the Brooklyn Nets – whose games were heard on WFAN since the turn of the century when they were based in New Jersey – play their home opener (basically their “Brooklyn opener”) at Barclays Center against the New York Knicks – whose radio flagship is ESPN New York 98.7, which itself had migrated to the FM dial earlier this year from AM 1050, which is now carrying “ESPN Deportes” programming (though for the next several hours, both AM 1050 and FM 98.7 are carrying audio from ABC O&O WABC-TV as Hurricane Sandy threatens the area; incidentally, WFAN is asking listeners to tune to 92.3 FM “if WFAN loses transmission today on 660 AM” – not too confusing, right?).

When the AM/FM simulcast takes effect, the call letters on 101.9 will go from WRXP to WFAN-FM. CBS brass had not set a timetable for the simulcast to end, with AM 660 switching to different programming – specifically, the new CBS Sports Radio Network, which launches January 2, though there is a good chance it could pop up on 94.7 FM in New York, which was recently purchased by Cumulus, who, with CBS, will be heavily involved with the new network.

No word if the YES simulcast for Francesa’s show will resume by the time the FM simulcast begins. On Monday morning, Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton did their WFAN morning show without the assistance of their television simulcast via MSG Network; also, WFAN’s midday show hosted by Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts, which does not have a TV simulcast (yet) went on as scheduled, though with Roberts in studio and Benigno contributing via telephone.

For more information about WFAN’s new dial position, click here.

Morning Drive Plans Derailed For Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber may be running back to broadcasting after fizzling out at NBC. New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman reports that he could be part of a new morning show on CBS Sports Radio Network, which launches January 2.

As the launch date for the CBS Sports Radio Network launches ever closer, there have been announcements for hosts of various dayparts on the network.

The biggest fish, of course, Jim Rome, was rumored to join the network in late August, and later confirmed by the network in late September. Other air talent named to be part of the new network include Doug Gottlieb (afternoons), Scott Ferrall (late evenings), and most recently, John Feinstein (late mornings).

Still, there is but one glaring omission on the network’s lineup: the all-important morning drive daypart.

For months now, I’ve been speculating that the recipient of that time slot on CBS Sports Radio Network would be “The Boomer & Carton Show,” currently broadcasting locally on WFAN/New York.

And while it’s clear that they’re aiming for a pairing of a well-known former football player and a longtime professional radio host to do wakeups at CBSSR, apparently, it may not be in the form of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton.

Check this out: According to the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman, CBS executives had hoped to pair Tiki Barber – former New York Giants running back, former NBC and NBC Sports personality, and former decent human being (he left his wife, pregnant with twins at the time, for an intern at NBC, with whom he recently tied the knot) – with Brandon Tierney, who had toiled at ESPN Radio’s New York outlet since its inception in 2001, and currently is heard in San Francisco in afternoon drive on KGMZ/”95.7 The Game”.

The pairing of a notable name in New York sports lore (Barber) with a Brooklyn native (Tierney) on CBS’ national network to go up against “Boomer and Carton” on WFAN is intriguing at best, in that it gives the impression that there might be an interest in this program in the New York market. Recently, CBS Radio announced the acquisition of 101.9 FM from Merlin Media, with the intention to simulcast WFAN/660 AM – perhaps as early as this Thursday, November 1 – on the FM dial. Meanwhile, CBS hasn’t given a timetable for the end of the AM/FM simulcast of WFAN; logically, it would end at the start of 2013, with AM 660 taking on the New York clearance of CBS Sports Radio Network. However, Cumulus Media – which will be heavily involved with CBS in the new sports radio venture – just purchased WFME/94.7 FM from Family Radio, a station that had long been speculated to be on the block ever since they applied for a change in their license from non-commercial to commercial. So if CBS Radio does indeed intend to keep WFAN on AM 660 past 2012, Cumulus could use the recently acquired 94.7 FM to clear CBS Sports Radio. (Ironically, WFME had been speculated by some, including this humble blogger, to be purchased by ESPN Radio for a migration of their own New York AM station to the FM band; it instead opted for 98.7 FM.)

Given how Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney have the same letters in their initials, I can only imagine what the name of the show would be titled. “TB and BT”? “BT and TB”? “Tiki and Tierney”? “T and T”?

Well, it looks like we’ll never know the answer to that question. Per Raissman, Entercom Communications, which operates “95.7 The Game,” refused to release Tierney from his contract, thus wiping out the concept for this show. Tierney, who had just made the inaugural top 100 sports radio hosts list according to Talkers Magazine, had actually extended his contract with Entercom this summer. Perhaps that was what led to Entercom’s denial of letting Tierney go so fast.

Yet as plans for “TB and BT” or “T and T” or whatever have now gone by the wayside, Raissman reports that Barber “is still a viable candidate” as the host of a program on CBS Sports Radio Network. Given the fact that they already had him in mind for morning drive, you’d have to think they’re going to preserve that plan and find a new partner for him.

Might I suggest a few possibilities: Buzz Bissinger. Known for authoring sports-oriented books including the popular “Friday Night Lights,” he currently hosts a radio show on CBS-owned WPHT in Philadelphia – which is not a sports radio station but a general news/talk station. But Tiki does have some experience in that realm: remember “The National Sweep”? Certainly, Bissinger shares the same “diversified interests” as Barber, and the two could discuss anything from Obama to Osi Umenyiora.

Dan Sileo is another possibility. I reported earlier about how the Miami-based sports radio host had been lunching with a Cumulus bigwig – and how it might lead to a potential program on CBSSR.

A dark horse to co-host a morning show with Barber would be Kevin Kiley, who currently co-hosts morning drive in Cleveland – on CBS’ “92.3 The Fan” – with longtime radio pal Chuck Booms. This, of course, would be on the count of Booms having another meltdown, leading to the ensuing cancellation of the Cleveland show.

And how’s this for a wild card: Frank Caliendo. A staple of Fox’s NFL pregame show for years, he has recently turned up at ESPN’s Sunday morning NFL “countdown” show. But the highly talented Caliendo is definitely someone you would want to hear in the morning. And paired with the cardboard personality that is Tiki Barber, it might be trainwreck radio gold, but we all know how we can’t help but look at train wrecks, don’t we? I can just picture the name of the new show: “Tiki And Frank.” I’m sure Tiki might like how that rolls off the tongue.

With nine weeks to go until CBS Sports Radio Network signs on January 2, you’d think they’d want all of the regular dayparts in place by Thanksgiving at the latest. I would expect an announcement on their new morning show by then.

And who knows, maybe Tiki Barber will indeed be heard in the morning hours.

Perhaps the graveyard shift would be most ideal for him.

And CBS, if you know what’s good for you, please do not let him anywhere near your television network.

Eagles Playing At "Franklin Field," According To Michael Lombardi

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi mistakenly referred to the Philadelphia Eagles’ current home as “Franklin Field.” The Eagles have played at Lincoln Financial Field since 2003; they were at Franklin Field from 1958-1970.

Sunday on “NFL GameDay Morning,” Michael Lombardi was talking to Rich Eisen about the possibility of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, under intense pressure to make the playoffs this season, possibly considering benching turnover-prone quarterback and recent dog owner Michael Vick in favor of rookie quarterback Nick Foles.

“That tolerance isn’t gonna last much longer,” Lombardi said, pointing out how Vick “does turn the ball over” quite often in his career – a foible that could perhaps do him in against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

It’s a game that the Eagles will be playing at home – though the NFL Network personality sounded a bit misguided as to exactly which home the team will be playing in.

“On a day like today, with Hurricane Sandy breaking into Franklin Field, it could be a problem,” Lombardi said.

Wait, what? Rewind that back…

Of course, everybody makes mistakes, but the priceless part of this clip is that neither Eisen nor anybody else on the “GameDay” set ever corrected Lombardi’s faux pas, which he said so nonchalantly.

Obviously, the Eagles have called Lincoln Financial Field their home for the last decade; they have not played a down in Franklin Field in 42 years.

Granted, there are still games played there: the University of Pennsylvania has been playing football there since 1895! Also, UPenn field hockey takes place there – in fact, a game scheduled for today is being played there at an earlier start time due to the impending hurricane.

So unless Michael Vick has taken up field hockey, chances are you won’t find him fumbling at Franklin Field today.

Torg: Herbstreit Was "Pretty Harsh" On Me

Scott Torgerson told John Corby (pictured) on Columbus radio station WTVN that he apologized to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit about a week before he finally heard Herbie’s diatribe against him. He also insisted that he volunteered to be suspended from “97.1 The Fan.”

Recently unemployed Columbus sports radio host Scott Torgerson revealed that he had apologized to ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit after unloading on “The Torg” on his weekly radio program on WBNS-FM/”97.1 The Fan”, following the infamous “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again” tweet – a tweet that led to a suspension and ensuing termination of Torgerson from his own show on “97.1 The Fan.”

“I actually talked to him on the phone… the Wednesday while I was suspended, and apologized to him for putting him in that situation.”

Considering how Herbie’s Torg rant went viral by that Wednesday, it would show what great character Torg has, saying sorry to Herbie knowing he ripped him to shreds on the radio station his top-rated afternoon drive show used to be heard on.

As it turns out, Torgerson was practically the last person in Columbus to find out about it.

“I didn’t hear it at the time,” Torgerson admitted Friday on John Corby’s own afternoon drive program on WTVN-AM 610. “I actually just heard it a few days ago… After listening to it, wow, it was pretty harsh.

“Then I looked at his Twitter feed, and he kinda was going at me a little bit… And then he did some TV interviews on Tuesday, where he went at me some more. But you know what? I don’t have any ill will. He can decide to do whatever he wants, if he decides to take that road, you know, it’s not a road that I would take, but remember, I did it, and I own up to it, and whatever he did, he has to deal with it.”

Corby suspected WBNS-FM’s affiliation with ESPN, the network that employs Herbstreit, did Torgerson in. “Maybe,” Torgerson said. “I don’t really have any proof of it… I don’t want to accuse anyone of doing anything, because I really don’t have the proof.

“I could tell you ‘I guess,’ but I don’t want to goof up my suit, if it comes to that,” he added, regarding a potential lawsuit he has intentions of filing against the station and its owner, Dispatch Media Group. But 48 hours after he wrote on his website that that was the direction he was going to go, he didn’t sound very committed about taking legal action to Corby. “I don’t know if we’re going to,” he said. “Obviously, there’s a process to this… If it drags out long enough, I guess we’ll find out.”

Also in his first local media interview since his dismissal from “97.1 The Fan,” Torgerson explained how, while “running errands” the day he posted a tweet that he thought was “sarcastic,” he came to the conclusion that, “Boy, that was a dumb thing to tweet.” He also disclosed how the Monday after his Twitter trouble, he “proposed” to station management that he be suspended for a week, “and it kinda took off from there.”

Corby asked Torgerson how his employment status at “The Fan” had gone “from suspended to fired.” Torgerson said that he was assured by “some management” that his job was safe with the station, and was told to “hang tight” for the duration of his suspension. “You just kinda hear more and more things,” Torgerson said, recalling his anxiety late last week. “The more time went by, and the more no one would give me an update, I knew I was a goner.”

After Torgerson finished the interview, Corby expressed his suspicion that the Worldwide Leader did indeed have a hand in Torgerson’s termination.

“It’s hard for me to believe,” Corby told his listeners, “that Herbstreit and ESPN weren’t somehow involved in this, because ESPN, all they had to do was say, ‘Hey, you’re no longer an affiliate.’ Then, what do they do? Most of their programming is ESPN… And we’ve got Fox [Sports Radio] on [our sister station], so that’s not available. You’d be pretty much screwed.”

Apparently, Corby is unaware of the two new sports radio networks that have launched over the last couple of months. Supposing “97.1 The Fan” stood by The Torg and kept him on the payroll, while the station may have indeed risked losing the ESPN Radio affiliation – remember, it was a talent on an ESPN Radio affiliate taking an unwarranted swipe at an ESPN network talent – they may have considered signing up with either NBC Sports Radio Network or the CBS Sports Radio Network, which officially launches its 24/7 schedule on January 2.

But would it have been worth risking your affiliation with former Ohio State Buckeye Kirk Herbstreit? Probably not.

Listen to the John Corby interview with Scott Torgerson here.