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Dan Le Batard Show Reacts to Debut of High Noon

Brandon Contes

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Monday was the long awaited premiere of High Noon (9am Pacific), yes that is the full official name of the new fast-paced debate show on ESPN, hosted by Bomani Jones and Pablo S. Torre. Shortly after noon ET, I tuned into the The Dan Le Batard Show surprised to hear Jones and Torre on ESPN radio.

High Noon (9am Pacific) premiered during the popular sports radio show that prides itself on not talking sports and Le Batard threw to the new ESPN program, playing its first ten minutes live on the radio. It’s not uncommon for a radio show to pick up the broadcast of breaking news, a press conference or play by play for a relevant game in-progress, but I was not expecting to hear High Noon (9am Pacific).

I stuck with the program because I had interest in High Noon and was curious if simulcasting the first segment was by the request of management, or Le Batard’s choice. ESPN 3 will also broadcast Le Batard watching and reacting to Wednesday night’s NBA Finals Game 3. Having Le Batard’s radio audience listen to him watch and react to the debut of the network’s new show could have been a way to promote both High Noon and Dan’s upcoming ESPN 3 appearance simultaneously.

What ensued was a break from standard sports talk, which listeners expect from The Dan Le Batard Show, and entertaining content from their reaction to High Noon (9 am Pacific). After their decision to break away from the television show, Stugotz referenced the pace at which Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre conducted the program, commenting, “They went 18 minutes…no commercials, did anyone breath?”

“It’s going to have more words per minute than any show in history,” Le Batard added.

The Dan Le Batard Show continued to discuss High Noon’s  unique and creative imaging, along with the different camera angles and sound, which until I watched the full show, I was unsure if the constant background music was something the Le Batard show was playing or if it was a part of High Noon. Turns out it was part of High Noon and one of the few elements that received complaints from the audience. I planned on checking out the debut episode at some point this week, but listening to the Le Batard show describe it as having the appearance of a Quentin Tarantino directed production, convinced me to prioritize watching it Monday afternoon.

Le Batard takes pride in the inimitability of his program, being a sports radio show that doesn’t need to talk sports and has become a parody of the traditional sports talk format. Writing about a sports radio show which was talking about a sports television show, I’m not sure if that fits into the parody Le Batard tries to portray, or the chain reaction of sports and media coverage in 2018 he attempts to avoid, either way the segment led me to check out High Noon.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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