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Mets Beat Writers Dispute Boomer Esiason’s ‘Scoop’

“Another interesting note about Esiason’s Harvey claim was hearing the show discuss how to frame it in a tweet.”

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For the second time in as many months, a WFAN radio host reported a sports rumor, but quickly had it shot down by insiders. On Monday, former MVP quarterback and WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason dropped some inside information regarding ex-Mets ace Matt Harvey. According to Esiason, the free-agent and oft injured Harvey would love to come back to the Mets, and the club was at least receptive to the idea. After creating social media buzz, the report was quickly negated by those who cover the team. 

Similarly, two months ago WFAN Moose and Maggie co-host Marc Malusis reported the Browns and Vikings were engaged in trade discussions for polarizing wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but the rumor was quickly called “completely false,” by a Browns executive.  

“I’m seeing you now flex your insider muscles,” Esiason’s co-host Gregg Giannotti said, noting the mutual interest with Harvey and the Mets had not been reported elsewhere. 

Instead of confirming the report, Mets beat writers negated the Harvey rumor. Mike Puma of The New York Post called the thought of the Mets being interested in Harvey, “misguided.” MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo said there is “no truth to the rumor” of mutual interest between the Mets and Harvey on a reunion. Newsday Mets beat writer Tim Healey acknowledged Esiason’s report, but strongly countered the WFAN host, stating “the sides have not spoken.” 

Another interesting note about Esiason’s Harvey claim was hearing the show discuss how to frame it in a tweet. Even after Boomer already announced the rumor over a 50,000-watt radio station in New York City, they knew putting it on Twitter is where it had the potential to create a firestorm. With the go ahead from Esiason, Boomer and Gio producer Al Dukes tweeted the following:

Esiason’s insider info was addressed by The New York Post, SNY, MLB.com, Newsday and other outlets, but how far would it have gone with only the use of a 50,000-watt radio station, and not Twitter?

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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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