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Seattle Kraken Make Everett Fitzhugh First Black NHL Team Broadcaster

“The team has not settled on Everett Fitzhugh’s specific role. He will be calling games on either radio or television.”

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NHL history keeps being made in Seattle. Just two weeks after the league’s 32nd franchise revealed its name and logo comes another major announcement. Everett Fitzhugh, currently the radio voice of the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, will become the play-by-play voice of the team. It will make Fitzhugh the first Black team broadcaster in league history.

Kraken CEO and Team President Tod Leiweke read a profile of Fitzhugh on The Athletic in February. He said it wasn’t the first time he had heard the name. NBC’s Doc Emerik had sung Fitzhugh’s praises to Leiweke previously.

In a new story for the site, Ryan S. Clark describes the Kraken’s pursuit of Fitzhugh for the job. It was the team that reached out to Fitzhugh, and despite some hiccups created by Covid-19, the two sides reached a deal that will bring the broadcaster to Seattle.

Fitzhugh told Clark that one of the ways the team sold him on the opportunity was by involving his fiancée in the process.

“They even asked Shelly, ‘What are your reservations?’” Fitzhugh recalled. “[Leiweke] told her, ‘This is not just about Everett. We want to make sure everyone’s happy and feels welcomed into the organization.’ That was really cool to share with her, and it helped me feel more comfortable because it was not just about me.”

Leiweke says he is happy that the Kraken will bring some diversity to the ranks of NHL broadcasters. That isn’t the team’s end goal though. Leiweke says he wants Fitzhugh to be one of the best.

“He has options, and his name was out there, and I want him to come here and make beautiful music and help us turn Seattle into a great hockey town.”

The team has not settled on Everett Fitzhugh’s specific role. He will be calling games on either radio or television. In the meantime, he will serve as a team ambassador in the city.

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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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