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Francesa & Eisen Face Fox Changes

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Colin Cowherd will be on from 12-3pm on Fox Sports Radio, Fox has announced. As author Jim Miller reported, Cowherd debuts September 3rd on FS1’s Michigan-Utah pregame, and his new radio show begins September 8th. He’ll also be part of a pre-pre-game show on Fox NFL Sundays. The radio show announcement has a definite ripple effect for Mike Francesa’s program, and a possible one for Rich Eisen’s.

As SI’s Richard Deitsch passed along, Cowherd’s simulcast will supplant Francesa, who is moving to FS2 for the short-term, on FS1. It’s reasonable to suspect the Pope may be out of Fox entirely on a relatively short time horizon.

Francesa and Fox have had an unhappy marriage almost from the get-go, which remained public, and this domino felt like a formality the moment it became apparent Cowherd was joining the network. Whether Francesa stays on FS2 for awhile or goes somewhere else remains to be seen, though it wouldn’t be surprising if he landed at MSG, which has been in the bidding before. (Mostly irrelevant sidenote: I’d selfishly way rather have Mike on FS2 sometimes than MSG all the time, because the latter isn’t included in my Chicago cable package. Keep me in your prayers.)

How Francesa gets along with CBS in the next year or two warrants watching. He hasn’t had especially nice things to say about them in recent months. Anything that could facilitate a reunion with Mad Dog is what everybody should be rooting the hardest for. That tandem remains sorely missed. We should start a White House petition.

It hasn’t been made clear to us exactly what is happening with Rich Eisen’s show, which currently occupies the national 12-3pm slot on Fox Sports radio. Possibilities include remaining on some or most terrestrial affiliates over Cowherd (unlikely in the long-term), moving to another time slot, or being off Fox Sports Radio — which are distributed by Premiere Networks — and remaining at the same time, while staying on Sirius, DirecTV, and Podcast One. A Fox Sports spokesman declined to comment.

Credit to the Big Lead who originally published this article.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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