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Chris Christie reportedly being considered to take over for Mike Francesa on WFAN New York 02.22.17 at 4:25 pm ET
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Chris Christie is a regular on WFAN in New York. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Christie is a regular on WFAN in New York. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is fat, loud, opinionated and ignorant. He was made for sports talk radio, and apparently, is considering it as a career.

According to NorthJersey.com, Christie is a candidate to replace Mike Francesa in afternoon drive on WFAN when the iconic host’s contract expires at the end of 2017. Francesa said last year he plans to move on from the New York sports talk behemoth once his deal is up.

“I would certainly at least want to consider [Christie],” WFAN’s program director Mark Chernoff said. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.”

Christie, who’s one of the least popular governors in the nation, frequently fills in on WFAN’s morning show, Boomer & Carton. In an appearance last week, he said President Donald Trump forced him to eat meatloaf when they dined together at the White House, continuing his yearlong emasculation.

In a recent interview, Christie said he would consider making the move to sports talk.

“As my son said — ‘I can’t believe I’ve been listening to you talk about sports my entire life and that someone might actually pay you to do that. He said, ‘I can’t imagine how great that would be for you,’ ” he said on SportsNet New York. “And so, yeah, that’s certainly one of the things that I hope I’ll have a chance to consider when I get out and stop being governor.”

With his term ending in January 2018, the timing would be perfect for Christie to take over Francesa’s chair. He apparently is already focused on the possible career change, too. On SNY recently, he lambasted Phillies fans, calling them “bitter” and “awful people.” A sizable number of folks in southern New Jersey, of course, follow the Phillies. Christie seems to want the job so badly, he’s willing to burn bridges with his own constituents.

In a lot of respects, it seems as if Christie has been training to be a talk radio host for some time. As governor, he shot to viral fame for his blistering attacks on public school teachers. He would be able to spew that same kind of vitriol on WFAN, except it would be directed towards callers.

After an insipid presidential bid and losing out on a job in Trump’s White House, Christie’s political career appears to be over. But he’s got the goods to make it big in the sports talk radio world. Or, at least, he has the bombast.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Orioles get enthusiastic welcome back to Baltimore 05.12.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Hockey: IIHF World Championship, United States vs. Slovakia, 10 a.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Barcelona at Bayern Munich, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

— The Orioles returned to Baltimore on Monday night, hitting three home runs in a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays in a game that was played before an enthusiastic crowd of 20,468 that was happy to have baseball back in its troubled city.

“It felt great. It felt good to be back, having some pride,” pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez said after recording a season-high nine strikeouts in seven innings of work. “All of the people that came to the game tonight, they were into the game since the first pitch. So that definitely motivated us to play.”

The players wore white jerseys with “Baltimore” on the front instead of the usual “Orioles” to show their pride for the city, and the fans demonstrated their support as well.

“It did seem different, especially at the beginning of the game because they were more into it than they usually are,” infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce said. “I think they were just glad that baseball’s back. You could definitely tell.”

The Orioles last played at home on April 29, hosting the White Sox in a Wednesday afternoon game that was played before no fans due to the unrest in Baltimore following the death of a young black man in police custody. The O’s moved the ensuing weekend series against the Rays from Baltimore to Tampa Bay and have been on the road since.

Monday’s game started a stretch in which they will play 17 of their next 20 games at home.

“It just feels like we’ve been away the entire first month-and-a-half of the season,” first baseman Chris Davis said. “It’s just good to get back home and have our fans behind us.”

Added reliever Zach Britton: “It was nice to hear somebody rotting for you, and not against you, for once.”

— The Lightning will attempt to close out the Canadiens in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Tuesday night, but they’ll do it without veteran winger Ryan Callahan, who had emergency surgery Monday night to remove his appendix.

According to the Tampa Bay Tribune, Callahan reported feeling discomfort late in the day and went to Tampa General Hospital for testing. It was determined that he had acute appendicitis, requiring the removal of his appendix.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie calls Jets reporter ‘a complete idiot’ 08.27.13 at 8:18 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Reds at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Fenerbahce vs. Arsenal, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Basel 1892 vs. Ludogorets, 2:30 p.m. (FSC)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m., 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘€¢ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie inserted himself in the Jets’ quarterback controversy, blasting New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta for pestering Rex Ryan with questions after Saturday night’s preseason game vs. the Giants.

Co-hosting WFAN’s Boomer & Carlton morning radio show Monday, Christie said of Mehta: “Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid reporter ‘€¦ the only way he’s empowered is because we’re spending all this time talking about Manish Mehta this morning ‘€¦ who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a lineup, and no Jets fan gives a damn about Manish Mehta.”

Christie, who is friends with Ryan, continued: “We shouldn’t be giving this dope, you know, the amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”

Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez, who injured his right shoulder after being hit in the fourth quarter, following his insertion with the second-team offense, hopes to return in time for the team’s regular-season opener.

Sanchez said he was “a little sore,” but he refused to criticize Ryan for rushing him into action Saturday with the backups.

“If they call your number, you’ve got to play,” Sanchez said. “That’s what I do, and that’s what I’ve always done. They said to be ready to play, and I was ready to play.”

‘€¢ According to an ESPN report, NCAA investigators met with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for about six hours Sunday to talk about allegations that Manziel was paid by memorabilia dealers for his autograph.

Multiple dealers have said they paid the Heisman Trophy winner to sign thousands of items following last season.

Texas A&M administrators reportedly plan to let Manziel play despite concerns that this situation could affect his eligibility.

‘€¢ The Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues, are on pace to set a record as the most profitable team in league history, according to a report in Forbes.

With pitcher Erik Bedard the team’s only player making more than $1 million a year and the active payroll sitting at about $13 million (down from $26 million at the start of the season), owner Jim Crane should make $99 million this season, thanks in part to soaring television revenues.

The Astros have steadily decreased their payroll since Crane bought the team in 2011, although he recently told ESPN The Magazine, “Once our minor league system is filled in, we’ll move up into the top five or 10 in payroll.”

The report notes that 64 current major leaguers — including nine Yankees — each make more than the entire Astros roster.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 27, 1967, in another memorable game during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox held off the White Sox, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader after which Sox right fielder threw out Ken Berry at home in the ninth inning?

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Rutgers abuse scandal roundup: Former Robert Morris player says Mike Rice used gay slur 04.09.13 at 12:01 pm ET
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A former Robert Morris basketball player told school officials that Mike Rice threw a basketball at a player “once or twice” and used a homophobic slur during his time at the university.

Last week, during an episode of ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Rice’s physical and verbal abuse against his players at Rutgers became public knowledge. The day after the airing, Rice was fired. A former Rutgers staff member alleged that Rice also was involved in “coaches vs. players” brawls while coaching Robert Morris from 2007-10.

Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman said that an internal investigation did not reveal any evidence of the alleged fights. Coleman also said that one player, who left the program while Rice was at the helm, told school officials that the coach directed a gay slur at him and was involved in a shoving match with another during halftime of a game. The other player has denied having any improper contact with Rice.

RUTGERS REVIEWING PRACTICE VIDEOS FOR ALL SPORTS

Rutgers president Robert Barchi announced Monday that school officials are reviewing practice videos for all of the school’s sports teams to see if any other coach has engaged in similar behavior to Rice. The school also announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review of the situation.

During a town hall meeting on the school’s campus on Monday, Barchi said that he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately. Barchi acknowledged that he should have viewed the video of the abuse back in November, when it first surfaced, and that he would have fired Rice then.

Rice was not the only Rutgers employee to depart following the video’s release, as athletic director Tim Pernetti, an assistant basketball coach and the university’s top lawyer resigned last week.

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NCAA, four major leagues sue New Jersey for its plan to allow sports betting 08.08.12 at 2:36 pm ET
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Earlier this year New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a law allowing sports betting in the state. Now the  NCAA and four other major sports leagues have taken action against it.

On Tuesday, the NCAA, NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB filed lawsuits in federal court in Trenton, saying that New Jersey’s plans to allow sports betting violates the “character and integrity” of sporting events.

The leagues and NCAA say this is “in clear and flagrant violation” of the 1992 federal law named the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which allows betting on collegiate and professional games in only four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. New Jersey had an opportunity to be the fifth state but declined.

Gov. Christie signed the law in January, which will allow sports betting at New Jersey’s 12 casinos and four racetracks. In May, he said he would proceed with the law without trying to overturn the 1992 legislation. The regulations were published in July and are expected to become active over the next two months.

Christie still believed the law would stand despite the lawsuits.

“I don’t believe that the federal government has the right to decide that only certain states can have sports gambling. On what basis?” Christie said. “And it doesn’t acknowledge that there is illegal sports gambling going on in every state in America, as we speak. So why is this more injurious than illegal sports gambling to the operations of the league or the NCAA?”

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New Jersey to defy federal law and allow betting this fall 05.25.12 at 1:19 pm ET
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Thursday that he plans to allow New Jersey residents to bet on football, baseball and other sports in the fall of 2012.

At a news conference that was mostly about improving Atlantic City, Christie made it clear that his administration will not try to overturn a federal law that only allows betting in four states.

“We intend to go forward,” the governor said. “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented.”

A federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was created in 1991 to limit sports betting to four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. New Jersey had an opportunity to be the fifth but did not approve it by the 1991 deadline.

The state has been trying to implement sports betting for two years now. A state senator attempted to sue in order to overturn the law, but the case was dismissed. In the fall of 2011, New Jersey voters voted in favor of allowing people to bet on sporting events by a 2-to-1 margin in a nonbinding referendum. Earlier this year Christie signed a sports betting law that allowed bets to be taken at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s four horse tracks.

Christie realizes that the United States probably will take legal action, but he remains confident.

“Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes,” Christie said. “But I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Saints deny report of wiretapping opposing coaches 04.24.12 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Heat at Celtics, 8 p.m. (TNT; WRKO)
NBA: Suns at Jazz, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Panthers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Red Sox at Twins, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Athletics, 10 p.m. (WGN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Saints’ nightmarish offseason got a little worse Monday as the team denied an ESPN report that claimed general manager Mickey Loomis‘ booth in the Superdome was wired so he could listen to opposing coaches’ radio communications during games.

The “Outside the Lines” report said the system was in place from 2002 until it was disabled following damage to the stadium from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. There was no determination if it was ever used.

Loomis explained in a team statement that he watches the games on a small TV in his booth while listening to the radio broadcast through an earpiece.

“To think I am sitting in there listening and actually ‘€¦ doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less credible,” he said. “It just didn’t happen.”

‘™¦ Two New Jersey state troopers were suspended without pay Monday while the attorney general’s office investigates accusations that they provided a high-speed escort for former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs‘ caravan of luxury sports cars on a trip to Atlantic City on March 30. Witnesses reported the cars — with tape covering up the license plates — were traveling at speeds over 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic.

“We will not tolerate any conduct by a member of the State Police that puts the public in jeopardy, as this unauthorized caravan had the potential to do,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “We are thoroughly investigating this incident, and those responsible will face serious discipline.”

‘™¦ The Nets played their final game in New Jersey on Monday, and Governor Chris Christie was not there to wish them luck in their new Brooklyn home.

“You don’t want to stay, we don’t want you,” he said earlier in the day. “I mean, seriously, I’m not going to be in the business of begging people to stay here. That’s one of the most beautiful arenas in America that they got a chance to play in. it’s in one of the country’s most vibrant cities, and if they want to leave here and go to Brooklyn, good riddance. See you later.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 24, 1983, which player scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Sabres in Game 7 of their Adams Division finals series at Boston Garden?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everybody knows how tough it’s been on us, but nobody feels sorry for us. We’re going to keep having to go out there and grind it out.” — Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross, after hitting two home runs in Monday night’s 6-5 victory over the Twins that snapped Boston’s five-game losing streak

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-10 — The Royals’ record in home games this season, following their 11th consecutive loss overall, Monday night’s 4-1 setback vs. the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS: Flyers players Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds got loose for their game Sunday by playing basketball outside their locker room.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Brad Park

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert Knight turns 67 Tuesday.

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