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Clisby to Return to Purdue Basketball Broadcasts

Brandon Contes

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After being diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic brain cancer, stemming from lung cancer that he was also unaware of, radio announcer for Purdue men’s basketball, Larry Clisby is set to miraculously return for his 41st season beginning Thursday, November 1st.

At the time, returning to the radio booth seemed like an impossibility and Clisby was unsure of how much longer he would have to live, but following 10 rounds of radiation and four doses of chemotherapy, the treatment appears to have been successful.   Clisby twice beat cancer earlier in life, now referring to those fights with melanoma and bladder cancer as “simple.”

“Of course, anybody who’s been through this and knows anything about it knows cancer isn’t cured very often, especially when you’ve reached fourth stage like I have,” Clisby said in a story written by Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courrier. “Your hope is and your doctors’ hopes are to put the thing in remission and get a few years to add on to your life.

“Or you can have a miracle. There’s no question those things happen.”

A few weeks ago, Clisby underwent a PET scan, which allows oncologists to detect cancerous cells and tissues.  The scan results showed very little cancer remaining and Clisby was told he no longer needed to continue chemotherapy.  Since ending the treatment, the popular radio voice still takes up to 14 pills a day, but has started to regain strength and energy.

Clisby recently made his return to Indiana, attending Purdue basketball practice much to the joy of the entire team.  “They know how important he is to us and the program,” said Elliot Bloom, the team’s director of operations. “His role is bigger than just our radio guy.”

“Thank God for the Purdue fan base, because they’re the ones that got me through this,” Clisby said.

Before his diagnosis, Clisby discussed a long-term extension with Learfield Communications to remain the radio voice of Purdue men’s basketball.  The extension went unsigned and for now, Clisby is going to take it one season at a time and even one game at a time with a focus on Thursday.

Fans can hear Clisby call Purdue men’s basketball, who will open their season with an exhibition Thursday night against Marian, on their flagship WYCM 95.7.

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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