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Friday’s Mashup: Jimmy Garoppolo says joining Jordan Brand is a dream come true

Lucy Burdge
August 31, 2018 - 5:52 am

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB:
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Boston at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7)

AROUND THE WEB:

-- The Year of Garoppolo continues.

Jimmy Garoppolo is now one of the newest members of the Jordan Brand and he couldn’t be happier about it.

"Since I got in the league, it was one of my dreams to be with Jordan and it came true, so I'm pretty excited about it," the 49ers quarterback said.

Garoppolo grew up in the Chicago area at the peak of Michael Jordan’s career.

"I was pretty young, but even when (the Bulls) were winning those championships, I can remember staying up with my three brothers, mom and dad -- we'd all be in the living room watching it," Garoppolo said. "It was so exciting. Ever since I was a little kid, (Jordan’s) been my favorite athlete, so it's pretty cool to be part of his brand now."

Garoppolo signed the endorsement deal this summer and an announcement about his addition is expected next week.

"Each player, you are your own brand," Garoppolo said. "I don't currently have one yet. We're working on that, but you have got to treat your brand like you want to be perceived by everybody. I think Michael did a great job of that."

-- Craig Carton returned to New York radio for the first time in over a year on Thursday and ripped into his former employer WFAN.

Carton was the host of the station’s morning show, Boomer and Carton, before he was arrested last September for allegedly running a fraud concert-ticket-reselling business.

In his appearance on WABC’s Bernie and Sid in the Morning, Carton said he’s not thrilled with WFAN’s new programming.

“Take any show on FAN and bring them here (WABC), they’re not gonna beat anyone over there (on WFAN) anyway,” Carton said. “You can put an intern on the air, which it seems like (WFAN) kinda did. While ratings have dropped 40 percent, they’re still going to do reasonably well … The show (Boomer and Gio) is not as good as it was. … When I left, it opened up a void on morning radio in New York City.”

He then took a shot at Mike Francesa.

“No, very few people live to see 65 when you’re that big,” he said of the Mike’s On host.

Carton also opened up on his legal issues.

“It’s very scary, it’s the fight of my life,” Carton said. “But I’ll tell you what I’ve said to everyone … and that is I’m not guilty and I look forward to my opportunity to lay it out for everybody. I wish I could have. I regret that I didn’t early on, but when you hire good lawyers and they tell you what to do, there are times you shut your mouth and do what the lawyers tell you to do. I’m not pleading to anything because I firmly believe that when the facts come out, you’ll see I was running a legitimate, legal business.”

He said he wants to return to radio after all of this is over and launched a podcast after his arrest called, “Hello, My Name Is Craig.”

“Ego-wise I believe I will have multiple people come to me, and I hope they do,” he said. “But when it comes out that I’m exonerated and the jury says not guilty, why wouldn’t you want to bring back the guy that was the most listened to morning show in New York? Do I want to be back on New York radio? You bet your ass I do.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “No, I have no concern at all. I think I have played this game long enough to know that you control what you can control and whatever they decide is up to them. I felt like throughout training camp, preseason, I have done my best. I felt like I have been able to execute, pick up the defense and those things. The ultimate decision of whether I am here or not is not in my hands.” -- Jason McCourty, on the cuts being made to the Patriots’ roster over the next few days

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