“They’re going home, tell them good night,” Jackson began. “Tu-tu-lou, bye bye, birds are chirping.”
Anthony Gargano is not on the air today and it doesn’t sound like it’s because of a previously scheduled day off or vacation. G Cobb and Brian Haddad are hosting the Afternoon show (with a delightful placed ad read from Gargano as a lead-in) and made no mention of Anthony’s (or Rob Ellis’) absence. The show’s usual theme music wasn’t played.
As I mentioned the other day, Gargano’s contract is up in… carry the 2… subtract 94.1… exactly 12 days, and as of yet no deal on an extension has been reached. The thought is that WIP Operations Manager Andy Bloom eventually plans to put his guy, Josh Innes, on in the afternoons. I’m told WIP offered Gargano a one-year extension, perhaps to give Innes more time to be groomed for that role and thus his battle with stated foe Mike Missanelli. Gargano, not surprisingly, didn’t appreciate the offer. Ensuing negotiations have been contentious. I’m also hearing that there have been discussions between Gargano and 97.5 The Fanatic Program Director Matt Nahigian about Cuz hosting a show that leads into Missanelli’s. It would cost Greater Media (97.5) some dough, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.
This isn’t an unprecedented move, of course. Last year around this time, Glen Macnow recused himself from his show with Gargano while details of his new contract were being hammered out. And this summer, Tony Bruno did the same when 97.5 offered him what he says was a six-month deal. Macnow is still on WIP and other CBS Philly properties, but has been replaced by Rob Ellis on the Afternoon show. Bruno, as you know, is podcasting. Cue the music:
UPDATE: Since posting the story multiple folks have told me that Gargano is done at WIP. Something like this isn’t going to be confirmed by the station too eagerly, but barring a drastic change here, it sounds like Gargano is out.
UPDATE 2: Sources say Gargano is out at WIP and that the final decision to cut ties, following a contentious negotiation, may have come from CBS corporate suits in New York.
UPDATE 3: There are, of course, two sides to every story, and other sources say the decision was Gargano’s, and that blaming CBS in NY is a convenient way for WIP to sidestep blame. These are, after all, RADIO WARS.217 Comments
After a week’s worth of “maybe” and “why haven’t they announced anything” and “Matt Kemp has old-man hips,” the trade between the Dodgers and Phillies for Jimmy Rollins is officially official.
As previously reported, the Phillies will send Rollins to L.A. and will receive minor league pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle in return. The Phillies released a statement on the trade, and I think Chase Utley has something in his eye:
“The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy. I’ve said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pre-game handshake.”
The trade will formally be announced in a press conference later today.9 Comments
DUDE, THE SEASON IS NOT OVER! Everyone seems so down. Eagles win two, Cowboys get crushed by Colts, Eagles make playoffs, go to NFC Championship Game. Simple.*
Another one after the jump.
*Alternate take: The Eagles are going to lose again because they didn’t use Bradley Cooper.23 Comments
The NFL regular season is starting to wind down, and while Draft Kings runs games for every major sport (and some collegiate ones), something about “fantasy” and “football” just goes hand in hand. The Millionaire Maker leagues for the season are over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still walk away with some real money.
This week, Draft Kings is offering up a chance to win your share of $400,000 — with a top prize of $50,000 — for a deposit of only $5. The $400,000 Flea Flicker Championship works just like all of the other football leagues:
– Starts on Sunday, December 21st at 1:00 EST
– Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots. 8 players and 1 defense
– Roster Format: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex and 1 Defense
– First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600
The only difference is that $400,000 prize pool, $350,000 of which will be spread out to those who finish from second place to 18,995th place. Those are some pretty solid chances. Go ahead and pick your team now.0 Comments
When you’re down in Clearwater this year watching Phillies Spring Training, especially keeping an eye on [player name] and [player name] who we got in return for Jimmy Rollins, you’ll also be able to check out [player name] and [player name] of the Philadelphia Union.
According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Union have agreed to a multi-year deal that will bring their pre-season training camp to the Joe DiMaggio Complex in Clearwater, right across from the Phillies’ Brighthouse Field home. The Union’s pre-season training takes place in February. So when you’re checking out the anonymous dudes the Phillies invited down there (or just the guys you wish were anonymous), you can pop across the street and check out the anonymous dudes on the Union. They’re cool, I swear.12 Comments
Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Jimmy Rollins trade will finally be finalized to finality soon.
The trade that will send Matt Kemp and his arthritic hips to the Padres is complete, which means pitcher Zach Eflin is a Dodger and can be sent to the Phillies as part of the Rollins deal:
Multiple baseball sources told CSNPhilly.com on Thursday night that the Phillies were close to being ready to announce the trade of shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“The I’s are being dotted and the T’s crossed,” a person with knowledge of the situation said.
And, um, yeah, that’s pretty much the whole story. This thing is about to be done, thankfully, because as Matt Rappa points out, Rollins has been floating out there like Sandra Bullock in space in the HIGHLY overrated Gravity.2 Comments