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Hitting Coach Tells WFNZ Jordan Was Challenged By Teammates

“Thursday morning, Barnett joined The Mac Attack show with Chris ‘Mac’ McClain and Travis ‘T-Bone’ Hancock on Charlotte’s WFNZ to discuss.”

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Death, taxes and Michael Jordan’s competitive nature. The first time Jordan retired from the NBA to try his hand at baseball, no one thought he made the move because of diminished basketball skills. But that didn’t stop some of his baseball teammates from testing him.

As the former hitting coach for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, under then-manager Terry Francona, Mike Barnett was able to witness it up close. Thursday morning, Barnett joined The Mac Attack show with Chris ‘Mac’ McClain and Travis ‘T-Bone’ Hancock on Charlotte’s WFNZ to discuss.

“We had two Division III All-American basketball players on our team — Kevin Coughlin and Scott Tedder,” Barnett recalled. “And we’re coming back from Huntsville, and they’re in the back kind popping off, going ‘MJ, why don’t you get your team together, get your old guys up there, and we’ll get our guys, and we’ll play a game.’

They organized a four-on-four pickup game, which Jordan’s team naturally won. 

“After we got done with that game, there was a kid there that was about 6’7”,” Barnett continued. “I mean, same size as Michael, athletic-looking. So we played another pickup game, five-on-five this time. So this kid’s playing. And Michael’s just playing flat-footed, and this kid scored a couple baskets over him. Michael’s just trying to basically make him feel good.

“So we’re coming down the floor and he goes, ‘Man you’re not that good. You’re my idol.'”

“And Michael goes, ‘Excuse me?'”

The kid repeated himself, again saying “you’re not that good,” according to Barnett.

“You’re mine now,” Jordan answered. 

For some reason, Francona thought Jordan needed his help and attempted to set a pick, but Michael waved him off and let his competitiveness take over. 

“It was the classic logo picture that you see of him,” Barnett remembered. “He jams on the kid, the ball comes down, hits him on the head and he says, ‘that’ll teach you to talk trash about someone you don’t really know.’”

Of course, not long after that pickup game, Jordan would compete against more formidable basketball talent than past D-III players, as he returned to the NBA to win three more titles.

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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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