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Toucher & Rich Launch Twitch Simulcast

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98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich launched a simulcast on Twitch.TV Monday morning.  The announcement came after a heated discussion on Friday between the morning and midday shows in which the station’s TV simulcasts on NBC Sports Boston were mentioned.

Marc Bertrand of Zolak and Bertrand was upset that a radio bit from Toucher and Rich spilled into the midday show, leading Bertrand to question the quality of The Sports Hub’s morning program. The bit has listeners call shows on The Sports Hub and other stations to say “Sarge sucks,” referring to Mike “Sarge” Riley, the third voice on Toucher and Rich.  Bertrand didn’t like the bit, and Toucher didn’t like Bertrand being critical of the show.

The hosts discussed the incident on Friday during their crossover segment, but Toucher, Rich and Bertrand were unable to ease the tension.  NBC Sports Boston, which simulcasts Zolak and Bertrand as well as 98.5’s afternoon show Felger and Mazz, posted the interaction, minus the foul language, on Twitter.

“It’s 10:02 we got TV to do,” said Bertrand in an attempt to end the segment and move on to his midday show with Scott Zolak.

Fred Toucher quickly defended his morning show not being simulcast on TV, “Yea good cause we don’t do it anymore.”

“There’s a contractual obligation that they have to carry two shows and we said we didn’t want to do it anymore they had to pick one up,” Rich Shertenlieb added.

Toucher and Rich were simulcast by NBC Sports Boston for nearly three years, ending the partnership this past July.  Zolak and Bertrand began being simulcast by the TV network 10 days later.

The morning show’s newly launched Twitch.TV simulcast is a much more dressed down broadcast than being on NBC Sports Boston, but still gives consumers an additional way to access and interact with Toucher and Rich.

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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