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Colin Cowherd: World Cup Style NBA Would Get Ratings

“All the NBA should focus on according to Cowherd is getting back on the court and crowning a champion.”

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Colin Cowherd has never been shy about encouraging sports fans to throw out their preconceived notions about how leagues have to operate. The FOX Sports Radio host continued that trend on Tuesday encouraging all sports entities to learn from what Turner and the sport of golf just did with The Match.

“We just just watched two old quarterbacks play golf. Charles Barkley commented. It got 6 million viewers, double what Tiger Woods got last time on a Friday at the Masters. Schticky in 2020 works.”

The latest schticky proposals to bring live sports back comes from the NBA. The league is reportedly considering taking its top 20 teams, organizing them into groups of five, and then playing a round-robin first round of the playoffs, similar to the World Cup. After that, the top two teams in each group would advance to a traditional eight team playoff.

“I love it,” Cowherd said. He noted that if the NBA followed the World Cup model to the letter, the draw alone to see how teams are aligned would be an event in and of itself.

To fans that say such a unique path to a championship should be saddled with an asterisk, Cowherd says that the league has already experienced a surreal season. He pointed to the deaths of both Kobe Bryant and David Stern, the controversy surrounding Rockets’ GM Darrly Morey and China, and a pandemic shutting down the season. Not much could be weirder than that. All the NBA should focus on according to Cowherd is getting back on the court and crowning a champion.

Cowherd went on to say that the regular season is already irrelevant. Ratings were a constant concern. Innovating in a way that would guarantee multiple match ups of the league’s top stars could reverse that.

“I think it’s smart. I think it’s interesting. And ask yourself this: Would you rather see LeBron & Lakers play Memphis in the first round or Rockets twice, Heat twice, Zion & Pelicans twice. I’ll take that one.”

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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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