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Mad Dog Rips Players Who Say They Are Ready For MLB Season

“In addition to his SiriusXM radio show, Russo also hosts High Heat on MLB Network, which is primarily owned by Major League Baseball.”

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Who has a more impressive resume in their respective industry? Radio’s Christopher Mad Dog Russo or baseball’s Bryce Harper?

Russo lost it during his Tuesday afternoon show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, tired of hearing from baseball players who are “overpaid” and “stink,” with Harper topping the list. MLB players are saying they’re ready to go, “tell us when and where,” regarding the need to reach an agreement and start the season. It doesn’t seem like an outlandish negotiating tactic from a frustrated players association, but it clearly got under Russo’s skin. 

“Bryce Harper is getting paid $336 million,” Russo yelled. “If you don’t live up to the money and you stink, as he did, I can’t listen to you tell me, ‘I’m raring to go.’ You know what? How about last year? You were awful! Gee whiz! Come on. There is some accountability! Guy’s the highest-paid player in the sport and didn’t even make an All-Star team. For crying out loud! My gosh. With that kind of money comes some responsibility!”

“Stop tweeting when you stunk!” Russo added. 

Russo continued the rant, calling out Trevor Bauer and Manny Machado, but said he’d accept tweets from Mike Trout or Anthony Rizzo, considering them more credible because of their career contributions to the sport. It’s an odd take from Dog, screaming that some of the game’s biggest stars aren’t within their right to say they want the season to begin. But credit Russo’s ability to cause a stir. 

2019 NL MVP Christian Yelich fired back in support of his fellow MLB players, wondering if Russo’s career accolades should warrant him offering an opinion. 

https://twitter.com/ChristianYelich/status/1273313329478422528

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman also weighed in, questioning comments Russo made in 2014 about racial inequality in the sports radio industry and specifically on the SiriusXM channel that bears his name. 

At the start of his Wednesday show, Russo defended his career achievements, directing people to his Wikipedia page and highlighting the ESPN 30 for 30 doc which told the story of Mike and the Mad Dog. Russo even sounded a little bit like his former WFAN partner Mike Francesa who would pompously tout his impressive resume. “Ratings, longevity, paychecks” Francesa once said, welcoming resume comparisons in those three areas.

“The idea that I have to sit there and read you my resume to any player – look it up,” Russo said in response to Yelich. “Look up the resume if you wish. Just go look at my Wikipedia page and look at the 37, 38 years of being on the air successfully. You know how hard that is?”

Russo also claimed doing his radio show is as hard as what Bauer does (as a pitcher in Major League Baseball). While it might not be easy to remain relevant and host a drive time radio show for more than three decades, there are a lot more professional athletes who built successful second careers as a radio host than there have been radio hosts who became pro athletes. 

Last month Russo crushed the players association, telling them to “go to hell” for pushing back on the owners demands of financial givebacks beyond prorated salaries. In addition to his SiriusXM radio show, Russo also hosts High Heat on MLB Network, which is primarily owned by Major League Baseball. 

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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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