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Mike North Joining ESPN 1000 For Weekly Show

“North will co-host The Odd Couple with Carmen DeFalco of ESPN 1000’s midday show every Friday from 6 – 7pm.”

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The legalization of sports wagering has lured a Chicago radio icon out of retirement.  Former hot dog truck owner and longtime host on Chicago’s 670 The Score, Mike North will join ESPN 1000 for a new weekly show, set to debut on March 8th.

Earlier this year, 670 launched a weekly sports betting show hosted by Joe Ostrowski, in keeping up with The Score, rival ESPN 1000 Chicago will now debut one of their own.  North will co-host The Odd Couple with Carmen DeFalco of ESPN 1000’s midday show every Friday from 6 – 7pm.

“As sports betting moves from the shadows to the spotlight, we expect to be a destination for those who participate and those who want to be entertained,” said VP and GM of ESPN 1000, Jim Pastor.  “This isn’t only going to be about updated betting lines and hot tips. It’s about the highs, the lows and how to succeed and have fun whether you’re a grizzled veteran or a newcomer to sports betting.”

During his legendary radio career, North worked his way up from owning a hot dog stand to earning seven-figures annually talking sports.  The at times controversial host spent 17-years with 670 The Score, helping to launch the all-sports radio format in Chicago.  North departed The Score in 2008, embarking on several other media ventures including Fox Sports Radio, television and podcasts.  The Chicago native announced his retirement from the industry in 2017, but North has continued to handicap sports.

“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years, but haven’t had a losing year in the last five.  You are judged by your picks and wins, and that’s why this show will be number one.  I’ve always said gambling and winning is about believing and confidence.  Scared money has no home,” North said about his new show.

“Those in betting circles already know of Mike’s incredible track record as a long-time gambling expert,” Pastor added.  “Bringing Mike back to Chicago’s airwaves to become a lead voice in local sports betting was too good to pass up.  Pairing him with ESPN 1000’s resident gambling guru, Carmen DeFalco, was a no brainer.”

DeFalco, the proclaimed “gambling guru,” can be heard weekdays on ESPN 1000’s midday show Carmen and Jurko from noon – 2pm, with his co-host John Jurkovich.  DeFalco’s new show with North, The Odd Couple will launch its first episode this Friday, March 8th.

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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