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Barry Melrose Questions Sincerity Of Max Kellerman’s Hockey Comments

“Melrose was on The Jake Asman Show on SB Nation Radio on Tuesday and he talked about Kellerman’s comments and how maybe he felt Kellerman was trying to get stir up the debate with his comments.”

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Ever since Max Kellerman was on First Take last week saying that “in the United States of America, no one cares about hockey”, he has taken criticism from many in the hockey industry. First, it was ESPN anchor Linda Cohn, who tweeted her displeasure for the comments: 

Then, a couple days later, Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on FS1, chimed in on Twitter by saying that college football was one of the big four sports in the US instead of the NHL, which was further behind on his rankings: 

This week, another major NHL expert chimed in with his thoughts. During the season, Cohn hosts a show on ESPN+ called In The Crease, which is a nightly show that shows all the highlights from that night’s games. Plus, you get analysis from former head coach and analyst at ESPN/NHL Network, Barry Melrose. 

Melrose was on The Jake Asman Show on SB Nation Radio on Tuesday and he talked about Kellerman’s comments and how maybe he felt Kellerman was trying to get stir up the debate with his comments. You can find the full interview with Melrose here.

“The funny thing about Max, I was at ESPN when he started a long time ago. He likes hockey. He likes all sports. I think he was trying to get a razz out of the guys.

Despite the comments that have been made, the NHL should get their chance to gain fans nationally when they resume play, which looks to happen this summer. Melrose addressed during the interview that while the NHL isn’t the most popular sport, it still is popular in its own right.

“In a lot of places, hockey is played in front of full houses every night. They are number one in a lot of cities. Hockey is a billion dollar industry. Are we as big as the other sports? No. But, I will tell you the product on the ice is great, the athletes are great. You don’t have to knock another product to make yours look better.”

One thing is for certain. The NHL is going to get an opportunity to gain more fans with an extended Stanley Cup Playoffs format and potentially more national TV exposure. Since the Olympics have been postponed until 2021, we could see more playoff games on NBC this summer, which can only help the sport. 

Even though ESPN does not have the broadcast rights to the NHL anymore, it is safe to say the network will cover it when play resumes as more and more sports start to come back. Once the Stanley Cup Playoffs start, the excitement for even the casual sports fan brings them to the television. 

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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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