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Josh Lewin Manages Mets/Chargers Conflicts

Jason Barrett

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Josh Lewin admitted he might not have been quite as focused as usual Monday night when he was calling the Chargers’ game against the Steelers for the Chargers’ radio network.

That is because while that game was unfolding in San Diego the baseball team for which he usually calls games on WOR radio was busy winning Game 3 of the NLDS at Citi Field.

“It was absolutely bizarre,” Lewin said upon arriving for Game 4 Tuesday after driving to Los Angeles to grab a red-eye flight back to New York through Chicago.

“I don’t know that I did my Chargers job beautifully, because I had one eye on our game here if not both eyes at times. In fact, at one point both games were 7-3. Kind of a nightmare scenario to have that conflict. I feel awful.

“I was going to have to miss something I felt passionate about and felt that I was going to let somebody down either way. Going forward I am committed to the Mets from here on. I feel good about that. I feel awful I had to miss one.”

Lewin missed other Mets games of note in the regular season because of his Chargers duties, including when they clinched the National League East and when the Nationals’ Max Scherzer no-hit them.

His contract allows him to miss 12 Mets games per season. He only has missed 10, but he informed the Chargers he will not skip any more. That includes two potential Sundays during the NLCS. Wayne Randazzo filled in for him on Monday.

“They’ve been really great,” Lewin said of the Chargers. “I see their point. There are only 16 of those and every one of them is very special. But my position to them has been the Mets being in the playoffs is pretty special, too. And I’ve got 11 years out there, whereas I’m a little newer here.

“It’s a nice problem to have loyalties to split, I guess, because I’m passionate about both places I work. I love them both and I hate that there was a collision.”

Lewin called it a “Halley’s comet event” that the Chargers had a Monday game this week. Had they played on Sunday he would not have had to miss a Mets game. There was an off day in the NLDS on Sunday.

“It was a 16-1 horse that came in that we would have the conflict,” he said.

Lewin has made elaborate plans in case the Mets host Game 5 of the World Series Nov. 1, a day on which the Chargers play the Ravens in Baltimore at 1 p.m. He plans to hire a helicopter to deliver him in time for the night baseball game.

“It will be the most epic day of my whole life,” he said. “Believe me, I have done all of the math. I’m taking a loss financially, but it’s well worth it.”

Credit to Newsday 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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