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Jordan & Shae Peppler Cornette Join ESPN Radio Weekend Lineup

“The couple has been married now for over a year. They met in Chicago, while working for Stadium, also contributing to Kap & Company on ESPN 1000.”

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Continuing to build their weekend lineup, ESPN Radio recently debuted their new host pairing for GameDay, which airs every Sunday from 1 – 5pm ET during football season. 

It shouldn’t take long for the new hosts Jordan and Shae Peppler Cornette to find their chemistry, considering they’re partners on-air and off. The couple has been married now for over a year. They met in Chicago, while working for Stadium, also contributing to Kap & Company on ESPN 1000. 

“Shae has made such a great partner in life, a similar result in radio is only logical,” Jordan said in the press announcement. “Sports permeate our house on a typical Sunday, why not bring those sports debates, spousal debates, etc. to the airwaves. I look forward to having an audience mediate our marital disagreements along the way.”

Jordan moved to the East Coast in 2019, joining ESPN’s ACC Network where he hosts The Huddle and contributes as a basketball analyst. For seven months, the newly married couple lived in different parts of the country with Shae staying in Chicago as a sports anchor for FOX 32. But earlier this year, she relocated to the East Coast for a job with SiriusXM’s NFL Radio, and the couple was back under one roof just before the COVID-19 caused shutdown.

“They say marriage is work, well one year in, and it LITERALLY is,” Shae added in the press release. “If I had to pick my ideal co-host, it would be someone who can highlight my strengths and challenge me to see things from another perspective all while making me laugh. There is no one that does that better than my husband. The two of us have passionate opinions on who is winning the NBA title to who is watching ahead on our Netflix series; it’s real life, just with a microphone and a producer. And I am thrilled to bring this unique but relatable set-up to the ESPN airwaves.”

Pairing a husband and wife for a sports show is unique, but not completely without precedent. RADIO.COM Sports offers a two-hour weekday podcast, Swings & Mrs. hosted by married couple Cody Decker and Jennifer Sterger.

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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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