Coinage!

The race for the "Big Apple" should yield plenty of twists and turns. Buckle in!

The race for the “Big Apple” should yield plenty of twists and turns. Buckle in!

ARIZONA CARDINALS: (5-11) 2013 O/U: 5.5 Will a brutal division offset a new head coach, new philosophy and new QB? Close call. I watched Carson Palmer up close with the Raiders, and the former #1 pick can still spin it. Larry Fitzgerald, enjoy your respite from your recent tortured past. Good enough to win more than 5.5 games? Yes. Good enough to matter from late November on? No. Verdict: OVER.

ATLANTA FALCONS: (13-3) 2013 O/U: 10 Previous playoff failures aside, Matt Ryan is entering a stretch in his career that will produce gaudy stats and plenty of wins. Enjoy the ride, Atlanta. This team is loaded, and SHOULD have been in New Orleans playing Baltimore last February for the Lombardi Trophy. Verdict: OVER.

BALTIMORE RAVENS: (10-6) 2013 O/U: 8.5 Speaking of Baltimore, congrats to a great organization and terrific fan base on an amazing run towards glory. Now, hold on to that feeling when things go awry this season, because they will. Too many injuries and other defections to overcome. Verdict: UNDER

BUFFALO BILLS: (6-10) 2013 O/U: 6.5 The Bills last winning season came in 2004. The perpetual rebuild continues: new HC, new QB’s, etc. I’m rolling Missouri-style when it comes to this team: SHOW ME. They’re intriguing, but until they actually crack thru, I’m not buying anything Bills related. Verdict: UNDER, but close and by all accounts, they’re slowly emerging from the abyss. SHOW ME. 

CAROLINA PANTHERS: (7-9) 2013 O/U: 7 I’m a Cam Newton fan, period. Verdict: Over, 8-8.

CHICAGO BEARS: (10-6) 2013 O/U 8.5 Jay Cutler, meet Marc Trestman. You’re going to like this guy, trust me. Verdict: OVER

CINCINNATI BENGALS: (10-6) 2013 O/U 8.5 On paper, Cincy has as much balance as anyone in the league. Vertical weapons at TE should make life easier for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green to connect on some quick strikes. Tough early schedule gives me pause, but this team is still ascending, and they were pretty good last season. Verdict: OVER.

CLEVELAND BROWNS:  (5-11) 2013 O/U 6 See, Buffalo Bills. Verdict: UNDER, but improving.

DALLAS COWBOYS:  (8-8) 2013 O/U: 8.5 New contract, new play-caller…same old Tony Romo? Tough division, and given RG III’s injury and questions for Big Blue on defense, I’m expecting a revival in Big D. Verdict: OVER, but tread lightly.

DENVER BRONCOS: (13-3) 2013 O/U: 11.5 Peyton Manning + Wes Welker + Oakland + San Diego = wins. Verdict: OVER.

DETROIT LIONS: (4-12) 2013 O/U 8 Better balance for Matthew Stafford with Reggie Bush on the scene, allowing more methodical drives, which in theory, should keep the defense off the field more than last season. Last year was a disaster, but clearly, this team has the talent to win double figures. Verdict: OVER, barely. 9-7, 10-6 feels right for this squad. 

Leader of the Pack.

Leader of the Pack.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: (11-5) 2013 O/U: 10.5 Are they getting better or are they beginning to level out? Tough call. This is one I’d probably stay away from given the conflict between my brain and my eyes. The last time I watched this team play, they couldn’t tackle a QB. Granted a very, very fast QB, but a QB nonetheless. They were shredded at the ‘Stick, yet my brain says Aaron Rodgers will once again dominate the regular season. Verdict: Over, with sincere hesitation. Translation: stay away.

HOUSTON TEXANS: (12-4) 2013 O/U: 10.5 Plenty of horses, but last season’s swoon should be reason for slight concern as the Texans dropped 3/4 to close out the regular season. Are you truly a Matt Schaub believer? I’m not. Verdict: UNDER, but close. 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: (11-5) 2013 O/U: 8.5 Seamless transition for Andrew Luck, who never stopped winning after leaving beautiful Palo Alto. However, there were more than a few charitable bounces that Indy cashed in. What happens if they bounce the other way this season? Are they good enough to close the gap. If it’s my money, I’m leaning towards no. Verdict: UNDER.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: (2-14) 2013 O/U: 5 Would you risk a penny on any team with real, legitimate QB concerns? Of course not. Verdict: UNDER, as the Blaine Gabbert “era” officially ends.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: (2-14) 2013 O/U: 7.5 Plenty of talent for Andy Reid, and Alex Smith should stabilize the circus that emerged under center last season. How bad was Matt Cassel? Wow. As long as they don’t ask Smith to shoulder too much, the Chiefs should be much improved. I watched Smith mature with my own eyes in the Bay Area, and while I recognize some obvious physical limitations, he’s smart and tough. Exactly what this franchise needs right now. Verdict: OVER, Wild-Card threat in AFC.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: (7-9) 2013 O/U 8 Very, very tough call. All summer I’ve positioned Miami as a Wild-Card threat in the AFC, but O-line issues might be too big to overcome. One thing working for Miami (aside from a fair amount of talent) is the dearth of talent in their own division. They should bag enough wins to push the number past 8. I’m sticking with my instincts here. Verdict: OVER

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: (10-6) 2013 O/U: 7.5 I could be wrong, but the 2012 Vikes felt and looked like a team that somehow stumbled upon 10 wins. While that might be unfair and a 2.5 drop in wins represents a radical twist, I think they are “capable” enough to do just that. Verdict: UNDER, not sold at all. 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: (12-4) 2013 O/U: 11 I’ll just save everyone the trouble: it’s over. The league has changed quite a bit since ’05, the last time the Pats hoisted the big one. Respect Brady immensely, and they should once again win the division, but the erosion is obvious. Why is everyone so afraid to say it? Prediction: UNDER, 10-6.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: (7-9) 2013 O/U: 9 They won 7 games without Sean Payton, which means they’ll win at least 2 more with Sean Payton. Love the fact that it’s an even 9. I like this play quite a bit. Prediction: OVER.

NEW YORK GIANTS: (9-7) 2013 O/U: 9 I like the fact that the 9 stands alone here as .5 would probably force me to go the other way. Terrific coaching, team pride and QB play should push the number north of 9. If not, a push looks more likely than a loss here. This team always bounces back under Coughlin. Right? Verdict: OVER. I think.

NEW YORK JETS: (6-10) 2013 O/U: 6.5 I like the Jets defense quite a bit and if Chris Ivory stays healthy, along with Bilal Powell they should be able to run the ball with enough efficiency to surprise a few teams. The sooner Mark Sanchez disappears, the better. Is Geno Smith the real deal? Regardless, an overall dearth of talent at the skill positions makes this offense pedestrian, at best. Verdict: OVER, BARELY (or complete implosion)

OAKLAND RAIDERS: (4-12) 2013 O/U: 5.5 GM Reggie McKenzie is gutting the roster, and understandably so. Things are real bad in Oakland. By deleting bloated contracts and underachieving, lazy veterans the cupboards will slowly fill with hungry, viable NFL talent. The question is, will Dennis Allen be around to enjoy the fruits of his GM’s purge? My gut says no. This team is terrible.  Al Davis was lost for a decade, and it shows. Verdict: UNDER

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: (4-12) 2013 O/U: 7.5 By early October, Chip Kelly will be reaching into his own pocket, hoping to book Bowling Green for a layup win. Tough camp for Philly as injuries and Riley Cooper’s stupidity have dominated the NovaCare Complex. Who’s playing QB, by the way? Verdict: UNDER

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: (8-8) 2013 O/U: 9 I want to respect the logo, they’ve earned it. The Raven’s stumble could open the door for a revival in Pittsburgh, and at the very least, inspires enough to lay a little wood on the Steel Dawgs. Verdict: OVER, barely.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: (7-9) 2013 O/U: 7.5 What the heck happened to Phillip Rivers’ career? He should rebound, but not enough to invest any real coin in the Bolts. Tough call. Verdict: UNDER

Less posing minus Crabtree?

Less posing minus Crabtree?

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: (11-4-1) 2013 O/U: 11 They’ll miss Crabtree and Dashon Goldson, but Jim Harbaugh is a brilliant head coach, and he has a great locker room. This team loves football, and has strong interior play on both sides of the ball. Love Kaepernick, but Boldin’s odometer is running high and the division is getting better. They desperately need a young WR to emerge. Verdict: UNDER, but a playoff lock and viable threat for the title. 10-6 sounds right.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: (11-5) 2013 O/U: 10.5 Last time Seattle played the 49ers, they beat them to a bloody pulp. It’s the kind of loss that empowers one franchise and possibly raises question for another. Another playoff lock, I think they edge out SF for the division by a game. Verdict: OVER, legit.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: (7-8-1) 2013 O/U: 7.5 Ignore the sub-500 mark from 2012 for a moment, as it doesn’t tell the entire story. This team improved as the year progressed, and oh yeah, by the way, also had the best divisional record: 4-1-1. Sam Bradford remains the key, but Fisher will have this team ready to roll after laying the foundation last season. Ascending. Verdict: OVER.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: (7-9) 2013 O/U: 7.5 Interesting offseason for Tampa, as Greg Schiano and ownership drew a line in the sand for Josh Freeman: it’s time. I like Freeman, always have, and think he responds nicely. Improved field position courtesy of a revamped secondary will help. I’m buying the Bucs. Verdict: OVER, and playoffs.

TENNESSEE TITANS: (6-10)  2013 O/U: 6.5 Aggressive play by Tennessee in FA tilts the needle in the right direction, and given the small bump in wins, I’m inclined to roll the dice and push the number to 7, possibly 8. They’re not as bad as most people position them to be. Verdict: OVER, barely.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: (10-6) 2013: 8.5 RG III is great for football, and like everyone else, I’m rooting for a quick and full recovery for the second year star from Baylor. That knee, however, has been problematic for quite some time. When it comes to green, I’m rolling with my head over emotion and sentiment and I’m simply not convinced he’ll hold up for the  duration of the season. Plenty of holes on the roster. Verdict: UNDER

*Team record from 2012 in ( ), followed by updated Vegas Over/Under projected win totals in ’13.

***If you take this too seriously, you’re insane.

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“Elite vs. Ideal”

A true draft anomaly: from bust to hero

I can’t necessarily pinpoint when, but somewhere along the way, we simply lost our way.

We lost our edge as sports fans. We compromised our principles and cashed out, succumbing to a barrage of mindless, useless and mostly scripted and contrived banter focused around two words: “elite” and “legacy.”

We lost our poise and focus and creativity.

In essence, we were brainwashed.

Well, some of us anyway.

Truthfully speaking, baseball’s steroids scandal forced us to evaluate, long-term, how some of the luminaries of the game would be remembered. Bonds and Clemens opened up the legacy dialogue, and that was more than acceptable. It fit. How would two titans of the game, both cheaters, be remembered? Legacy. Fair game.

The word was also quite popular during Phil Mickelson’s erratic yet riveting quest for his first major. How would a player with such undeniable skill and creativity around the green be viewed without a major on his mantle? I get it. I didn’t follow golf during Greg Norman’s reign, but I imagine the word was used in an effort to provide clarity and help quantify his peaks and valleys, especially at Augusta.

Same with Lebron for a few years, and to a lesser extent, before that, Kobe without Shaq.

In terms of the sweet science, before Mike Tyson completely lost his mind, enthusiasts of the ring established their own criteria developed over decades of watching championship tilts and hot prospects.

Long before sports radio cemented itself as a viable outlet, society has always turned other venues into their own, personal afternoon drive slot: bars, locker rooms and tailgates all fit the bill. It’s what men do. We did it as kids in the street and we do it at family BBQ’s as adults.

But what the hell is so hard about the word “elite?” Really, there is nothing nebulous about the term or what it represents.

e·lite or é·lite  (-lt-lt)

n. pl. elite or e·lites

1.

a. A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status: “In addition to notions of social equality there was much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them” (Times Literary Supplement).

b. The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team’s elite.

Does that describe Alex Smith? Of course not.

When referencing the elites of any sport, their greatness should be undeniable; their talents rare and tantalizing; their production and accomplishments beyond question. To me, that is what the word “elite” has always represented.

But in this watered-down world of “every-kid-gets-a-trophy,” that list has been distorted. Scrubs gets paid like stars and stars are treated like Babe Ruth and Jim Brown. The actual superstars? The deserving ones are dissected like lab rats by Skip Bayless, their true greatness eventually diminished.

Which brings me to Alex Smith, and his remarkable journey from the QB grave yard: saved by Jim Harbaugh, and currently, one of the leaders on the NFL’s best team, the San Francisco 49ers.

Excluding the 2008 season, Alex Smith has led the 49ers to records of 2-5, 7-9, 2-5, 5-5, and 3-7 before last season’s 13-3 resurrection. I’m constantly reminded (now) by 49er fans that a QB should be judged ultimately by the scoreboard, not stats. After glancing at his career win totals, are you sure that’s how you want to begin your defense of Alex Smith?

I didn’t think so.

In 2005, the same year Smith was drafted # 1 overall our of Utah, Apple introduced the first IPod Shuffle. The IPod Shuffle! That’s a while ago, and while fans hate the fact the first 6 years of the Alex Smith Era were painful ones, it doesn’t change the fact that they actually occurred!

2005 NFL Draft

1. Alex Smith, 49ers

2. Ronnie Brown, Dolphins

3. Braylon Edwards, Browns

4. Cedric Benson, Bears

5. Cadillac Williams, Buccaneers

6. Pacman Jones, Titans

7. Troy Williamson, Vikings

8. Antrel Rolle, Cardinals

9. Carlos Rogers, Redskins

10. Mike Williams, Lions

Almost every name on that list is a bust, criminal, or retread, with the exception of Rolle and Rogers, and now Smith. Their careers have already been defined. In the very literal sense of the word, failures, at least on Sundays. And while Alex continues to rehabilitate his image, some numbers are undeniable. Last season, the 49ers ranked 31st in 3rd down conversions. A closer look at the breakdown paints an interesting picture:

1. Saints (56.7%)

2. Chargers

3. Packers

4. Steelers

5. Patriots

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28. Bills

29. Cardinals

30. Broncos

31. 49ers (29.4%)

32. Rams

I don’t know about you, but if given the choice, I kind of like the Brees-Rivers-Rodgers-Roethliesberger-Brady aisle a whole lot better than the Fitzpatrick-Skelton/Kolb-Tebow-Smith-Bradford bin.

Last season, despite having an above average ground presence, the 49ers ranked 30th in red zone scoring percentage (TD’s only). Only one team in the NFL threw the ball less the entire season, and again, just looking at the numbers, Smith ranked 19th in total passing yards with 3,144. Pedestrian numbers, at best.

This season, Alex is off to a superb start, leading his team to a pair of high-profile wins (Packers, Lions) while completing 70.4% of his passes. He’s currently on pace for 32 TD’s, and has yet to throw a pick, which he hasn’t done, seemingly, in years. He has additional weapons at his disposal, and the offense is far more diverse and dangerous than it was a season ago. Barring injuries, the 49ers appear destined to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Who’s better? The Giants? Philly? Dallas? Saints? Please.

The point of this, really, is not to knock Alex Smith, but rather, to more accurately identify what he is at this stage of his career. And after watching him in person all of last season and the first two weeks this year, here’s my scouting report:

Tough, mobile, cerebral and his accuracy in the short to intermediate routes is good. His arm strength is average to slightly above average. He senses pressure well in the pocket, and has silenced, for the most part, his once happy feet. He’s learned to take control at the line of scrimmage, and his teammates love him.

But does Alex Smith make his teammates better, or has he finally been insulated by a great coaching staff and placed in a system where the defense sets the tone and offense is asked, merely, to be competent?

You see, in a lot of ways, we’ve been debating the wrong thing. It’s not about whether or not Alex Smith is elite. Who cares. For the record, in my opinion, he’s not, and he never will be. Too much has transpired in what was, until last year, a disappointing career. But right now, in 2012, he’s good.

And right now, he’s the absolutely perfect QB for what just might be, a perfect team.

After all these years, Alex Smith finally fits.

But after years of watching Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and Tom Brady carve up the AFC East, my definition of elite appears to be very, very different than some out here in the Bay.

And I’m perfectly fine with that.

The race is on!

EAST

1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-5) Like a rough Saturday night, I’ll probably regret this pick in the morning, but it’s impossible to ignore their talent. I’m not a big Michael Vick fan, but with immense pressure on Andy Reid to win, I’ll give the edge to a man who’s battled adversity his entire life, and more times than not, found a way to survive the flames of fandom in Philly. They can beat you on the ground, in the air, and after last season, should be starving for redemption.   Add it all up, and they’re the top dog in the East when the smoke clears.

2. Dallas Cowboys (9-7) Pretty fitting that “America’s Team” mirrors America itself, given it’s volatile and underachieving ways the past few seasons. The one area they needed to shore up was CB, and they did, signing FA Brandon Carr away from the Chiefs and drafting LSU stud Morris Claiborne. I think they drop the opener to the Giants, but should bounce back with wins in Weeks 2-3 against Seattle and Tampa. It’s always an adventure in Big D, but this year, the road finds the playoffs.

3. New York Giants (9-7) Yes, Eli Manning is officially entrenched as one of the best QB’s in football, and while Cruz and Nicks remain great targets, quietly, the Giants will miss Mario Manningham, who had a TD reception in all 3 playoff games leading up to the SB. Their pass rush is fierce and they are very well-c0ached, but the talent base is a bit overrated. They clawed their way into the playoffs after losing 7 regular season games. I can’t completely ignore that.

4. Washington Redskins (7-9) Looking forward to watching RG III transition to the NFL, and for the most part, I expect a pretty smooth ride for the former Baylor star. While the secondary remains suspect (not a good thing in this division), Washington’s front 7 is stout. They remain a year or two away, but you better tie your laces before kickoff against this team, otherwise, they’ll pick off a few decent teams.

NORTH

1. Green Bay Packers (13-3) Think they learned their lesson by sitting Aaron Rodgers in the regular season finale? They were stale and flat against the Giants, and it destroyed their season. Not sure if 15 wins is realistic again, but the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC, even though the Lombardi Trophy rests comfortably in New Jersey. Can Rodgers blow past 50 TD’s this season?

2. Chicago Bears (11-5) Absolutely love the way this team looks on paper headed into the season. Michael Bush was a nice addition behind RB Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler have undeniable chemistry. This team is legit, and if healthy are a lock to win double digit games and make life miserable for someone come playoff time. DANGEROUS.

3. Detroit Lions (9-7) Personally, I’m not sold. They’ll flip the scoreboard with Stafford to Mega Tron, but the Lions are a little too one-dimensional to reside in the upper-tier of a monster division. They ranked 22nd against the pass last year and 23rd stopping the run. Mix in some immaturity and off-field chaos, and I’ll pass on the boys from Motown this season. Elite? Hardly.

4. Minnesota Vikings (4-12) Here’s a great idea: even though we pretty much suck, let’s rush Adrian Peterson back! I’m sorry, but sometimes an organization needs to protect a player from himself, and the Vikings are failing to do that with AP. To be fair, I was initially lukewarm on Christian Ponder, but am slowly becoming a fan. Bottom-line: this is no division to rebuild in.

SOUTH

1. Atlanta Falcons (11-5) Simply put, it’s time for Matt Ryan to erase the donut in the column entitled “playoff wins.” This team has terrific balance, combining vertical explosion with the ability to stop the run (6th overall last season) How they react to two new coordinators very well should determine whether Atlanta is merely good, or legitimately in the mix come mid/late January. I’m leaning towards the latter.

2. New Orleans Saints (9-7) Yes, Drew Brees is great, and yes, Drew Brees runs the huddle like a coach, but there is a fine line between having coaching characteristics and actually being a coach. Mix in suspensions and free agent defections and the Bayou will lack the energy of the last few football seasons. The window has shut, my friends.

3. Carolina Panthers (8-8) Raise your hand if you ever encountered an athlete like Cam Newton in the schoolyard growing up? Didn’t think so. Good God, what laboratory was this prodigy created in? Yes, he’s really that good. Here’s something else that’s pretty good in Carolina: the LB’ers. Still a year or two away, but you just know that eventually, Newton and Carolina will be hosting a few NFC Title games.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10) On one hand, I really like the addition of Vincent Jackson. Smart move getting Josh Freeman a sorely needed weapon. However, given Greg Schiano’s penchant for running the ball, I’m not sure how much they’ll actually utilize him. Seems like a strange fit, no? As for Freeman, the kid can play, and in my opinion, last season’s step back is a temporary trip, not a foreshadow of his career arch. Rebuilding.

WEST

1. San Francisco 49ers (10-6) The Niners were pretty damn good last year, and the additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham should create better balance on offense. Defensively, this is the best unit in football, and special teams remains one of the elite units in football. There are very few holes, but for this team to take the next step, they’ll need better QB play and personally, I’m not sprinting to the window in Vegas to lay money on Alex Smith. The red zone and 3rd stats need to improve significantly. The real pressure begins now for # 11. The Niners could win the SB or regress significantly from 13 wins. I reside somewhere in the middle. 10 wins and capable of beating any team in football.

2. Seattle Seahawks (9-7) Personally, I thought Pete Carroll did a fantastic job last season, turning over a roster and improving greatly as the season progressed. The team that showed up at the ‘Stick for Week 1 was a shell of the inspired unit that finished the season. In December, Seattle knocked off Philly, St. Louis and Chicago in succession, lost by 2 points vs SF and lost in OT at Arizona. No one knows what to expect under center the first month of the season, but Seattle is definitely on the way up. Russell Wilson, please report to the front desk…

3. St. Louis Rams (8-8) Remember when the Rams were the trendy pick for many entering last season? Injuries quickly destroyed any chance for a semblance of a season, which lead to a change at the top: enter, Jeff Fisher. Absolutely love the hire. The Rams were actually picking CB’s up off the street last season, that’s how far down they were forced to reach on the depth chart. Impossible to compete that way. Still, Sam Bradford needs to reestablish himself as one of the premier young QB’s in the league. If he does, the arrow for this team is pointing north. They’ll be much, much better.

4. Arizona Cardinals (4-12) When your best player is a WR, yet, you begin the summer with an uninspiring and at times perplexing QB battle, you know things are rough. They remain athletic on defense, but this team is going nowhere, even in a division looking to define itself.

God Bless the 718…look out, 415

Weekdays 2-6 PM

Brandon Tierney to Host Afternoon Drive on 95.7FM in San Francisco 

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2011

Contact: Josh Pearlman,
(415) 546-8608
jpearlman@entercom.com

San Francisco, CA – SportsRadio 95.7FM (KBWF-FM), The Bay Area’s only FM sports station, announced today it was teaming Brandon Tierney with San Francisco 49ers Radio Color Analyst Eric Davis as Co-Hosts for the 2:00 – 6:00pm afternoon show. The afternoon show will debut August 1, 2011.

“This show will be a lot of things, but stale won’t be one of them,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director of SportsRadio 95.7FM. “Brandon Tierney and Eric Davis will provide Bay Area Sports fans with the choice they deserve in afternoons. Brandon is an emerging superstar and a perfect fit for sports on FM.”

Tierney joins SportsRadio 95.7FM from ESPN 1050 (WEPN-AM)/New York where he hosted middays, evenings, and the New York Knicks pre and post-game shows. Prior to ESPN 1050, he hosted middays at 1130 The Fan (WDFN-AM) in Detroit.

“His passionate ‘tell it like it is’ style makes him likeable and relatable and his ability to be well versed on all sports allows him to connect with so many different fan bases. To have the opportunity to bring him to the Bay area and pair him with someone the caliber of Eric Davis, gives us the fire-power we need to make a major difference during afternoons on the FM dial,” added Barrett.

“I’m thrilled to team with Eric Davis every afternoon on SportsRadio 95.7FM and I promise Bay Area sports fans that our show won’t be the same, old, boring thing day-after-day,” said Tierney. “With so many sports teams in the Bay Area, I’m excited to bring a hard hitting, but fair style on the air and I look forward to ingratiating myself into the Bay Area sports scene immediately.”

Tierney is an experienced television presence as he is a frequent contributor to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”. Tierney was a panelist on SportsNet New York’s signature nightly show “The WheelHouse,” and hosted the “Red Storm Report” with St. John’s University basketball head coach Steve Lavin.

SportsRadio 95.7FM launched on April 15, 2011 and is the largest market FM sports station in America. The station features live and local personalities, exciting play-by-play sports as the radio broadcast partner to the Oakland A’s, and the most entertaining and informative sports radio experience for Bay Area fans.

Entercom Communications, the parent company of SportsRadio 95.7FM, operates several outstanding sports talk stations around the country, including America’s most successful sports franchise, WEEI and WEEI.com in Boston. WEEI has set the standard for sports programming innovation for more than 20 years.

About Entercom Communications
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is one of the five largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio of 110 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City.

Known for developing unique and highly successful, locally-programmed stations, Entercom is home to some of radio’s most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company is also the radio broadcast partner of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Athletics, and San Jose Sharks.

Entercom focuses on creating effective integrated marketing solutions for its customers that incorporate the company’s audio, digital and experiential assets. Additionally, the company has a long-standing commitment to responsible corporate citizenship and environmental stewardship. Entercom stations play a vital, hands-on role in improving their communities, providing over $100 million in annual support for local charitable organizations.

The company’s radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Awards for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Entercom one of America’s “Most Trustworthy Companies”.

For more information, please visit www.entercom.com.
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