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Damon Amendolara Calls Out Last Dance’s One-Sided Storytelling

“On Monday’s edition of The DA Show, Amendolara says that part 7 of The Last Dance suffered due to no one questioning Jordan’s motives for retiring from the NBA in 1993 and pursuing a minor league baseball career.”

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If there is one common critique of ESPN’s docu-series The Last Dance, it is that the film’s subject, Michael Jordan had total editorial control. The latest sports media member to point this out is CBS Sports Radio morning host Damon Amendolara.

On Monday’s edition of The DA Show, Amendolara says that part 7 of The Last Dance suffered due to no one questioning Jordan’s motives for retiring from the NBA in 1993 and pursuing a minor league baseball career.

“Michael says ‘In 93 my dad was pushing me to play baseball.’ What? Why? That doesn’t make any sense to me, and I don’t know what filter you have to run that through to make any sense,” the host said.

The Last Dance does shed some light on Michael Jordan’s struggles and depression after the murder of his father. Amendolara says that it didn’t do enough though, and that the filmmakers should have taken the opportunity to explore what role the senior Jordan’s death had on his son.

“Can we get most of the family to discuss what was going on in Michael’s head upon the loss of his father, and if that just scrambled his brain so much that he couldn’t make a clear decision?,” Amendolara asked. “Because in this documentary it’s just ‘Of course. One plus one equals two here. Dad died. I was burned out. I went to play minor league baseball.’”

Documentarian Ken Burns was the first to get major attention for calling out the journalistic integrity of The Last Dance. He said in an interview with NPR’s website that PBS would never let him make a documentary where the subject had the final say in what gets cut.

Amendolara says plenty of viewers don’t care about journalism. But he does think that only focusing on Jordan’s career from his own point of view leaves a lot on the cutting room floor.

“I just think people want something nice to watch right now and this is nice to watch. It’s a quality documentary. It’s quality entertainment and people want that. They also want the Michael Jordan legacy to be what it always has been, and this just re-establishes all of that, but there are true flaws in the storytelling of the documentary. It just doesn’t counter anything Michael says with anybody else.”

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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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