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Carton & Roberts Won’t Avoid Gambling Topics & Ads

“Carton will not leave the studio nor will he hang up on a caller who wants to discuss a gambling line.”

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Immediately after Craig Carton admitted his addiction to gambling, there were questions as to how that would impact his potential return to sports radio. Three years after departing sports radio, Carton is coming back to an industry that used to dabble in gambling, but now it fully embraces and prioritizes the practice.

In his first full show back behind the mic for WFAN since his Sept. 2017 arrest, Carton did not hide the fact that he has a gambling addiction and cannot discuss betting lines. Also during his first show back for WFAN, their parent company Entercom ironically announced another gambling partnership, this one features the acquisition of a sports betting app.

Shortly before the five o’clock hour Monday evening, a caller asked Carton and his new co-host Evan Roberts how he should handle sports betting as a topic on the show. Carton embarked on a passionate speech regarding his addiction and inability to gamble responsibly. But Carton also noted that it shouldn’t preclude listeners from discussing betting lines with his co-host, even though he will not partake. 

While Carton remains energetic and brash since his one-year stay in prison, his on-air persona is certainly different without the ability to yell “lock it up!” when giving betting advice. Now the only advice on the topic that Carton will offer is the need for people to wager responsibly. Carton will not leave the studio nor will he hang up on a caller who wants to discuss a gambling line. But gambling did play a part in why Carton spent a year in prison, so the only way he will discuss betting is by mentioning its potential dangers.

Not more than 20 minutes after Carton readdressed his gambling addiction, Roberts read a promo for FanDuel, promoting the ability to bet on the Jets-Patriots Monday Night Football game set to kick off a few hours later. Roberts also discussed future bets that were available on the app before noting “you can place a bet risk free.” 

To be clear, the “risk free” portion of the ad is meant to explain you can use the promotion to get a credit if you lose your first bet wagered on the platform. But while the ad touts no risk, Carton was sitting six-feet away as living proof that with gambling comes plenty of risk.

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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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