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NC Governor Roy Cooper Fills Out NCAA Tournament Bracket For 99.9 The Fan

“For his Final Four, Cooper went with all one and two seeds, Gonzaga, Alabama, Houston and Baylor. Ultimately, his National Championship game prediction is Baylor over Gonzaga, a battle of No. 1 seeds.”

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Joe Ovies, Joe Giglio and Adam Gold of 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh welcomed North Carolina governor Roy Cooper on Thursday to go over his NCAA Tournament bracket. 

There was a lot of chalk, but not as much as former President Barack Obama who also released his bracket Thursday, picking all No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four. Cooper does have No. 1 seed Illinois getting knocked out in the Sweet 16 and 13-seed Liberty beating Oklahoma State in the first round. He also has two 12-seeds winning their first-round games, UCSB beating Creighton and Winthrop over Villanova.

For his Final Four, Cooper went with all one and two seeds, Gonzaga, Alabama, Houston and Baylor. Ultimately, his National Championship game prediction is Baylor over Gonzaga, a battle of No. 1 seeds.

As for the three teams representing North Carolina in the tournament, the governor didn’t display much confidence. Cooper has UNC making it to the round of 32, but noted his instinct says the Tar Heels will be knocked out by Wisconsin. Giglio reminded Cooper of coach Roy Williams’ 29-0 record in NCAA Tournament first round games, seemingly easing the governor, who is a UNC fan and alum, a bit. 

And while many people fill out their bracket just for fun, 99.9 The Fan wanted to know when North Carolina might be able to legally wager on the tournament. Cooper couldn’t give a timeline for legalized sports wagering throughout North Carolina, but he was certainly in favor of seeing it happen soon.

“There’s no reason why the state can’t do it because it would create a significant number of jobs and revenue. I’m for it, but I don’t think the General Assembly is ready for it yet,” Cooper said, noting the state did, however, approve it for the Cherokee and Catawba tribal casinos.

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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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