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Meadowlark’s Mike Ryan Returns with a Fury for Philly Fans

Meadowlark executive producer Mike Ryan returned to the air Tuesday with an impassioned message for 76ers fans.

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Meadlowlark Media has been on a tear in its infancy as a company. Led by strong viewership numbers and a partnership with DraftKings, Meadowlark has made waves with its acquisition of noteworthy talent to its roster with new names seemingly added by the week. On Tuesday, it was not a new name who made waves on the air, but rather a familiar one in Mike Ryan, who returned after taking a few weeks off for R&R. Ryan came back with a fury, delivering a stern message for and about Philadelphia 76ers fans.

“It’s like when you turn on a kitchen light and the cockroaches go scurrying about,” Ryan said. “This team and their fanbase, their fanbase in particular, get so loud game seven of an NBA regular season when they trounce the Wizards, and it’s like they accomplished something. Yet here we are again and they can’t get past the second round.”

“You call into question the idea that they tanked to get where they are, which is nowhere by the way,” Ryan continued. “(76ers president of basketball operations) Daryl Morey said 26 other teams would love to be where (they) are. I’ll pass. I’ll pass.”

The venerable pot-stirrer Billy Gil reminded Ryan the 76ers made it further in the 2021 playoffs than Ryan’s beloved Miami Heat, who were swept in the first round at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. Ryan took that opportunity to pose that less than a year ago, Heat star Jimmy Butler left the 76ers for the Heat and made a finals appearance in his first season in South Beach. The 76ers have not been to the NBA Finals since 2001.

Ryan has taken personal time since the network’s Freedumb marathon earlier this month. During that time, when the 76ers were eliminated, much of the media derided 76ers guard Ben Simmons for his shooting inefficiencies. That seemingly surprised reaction from the general public, and 76ers fans especially, perplexed the network’s executive producer.

“(76ers fans) want to prop up Ben Simmons, make him a player he hasn’t been for his entire career: a confusing, half-ass player his entire career just to cut him down,” he said. “You want to get mad at Ben Simmons for not taking a shot? The hell have you been watching his entire career?”

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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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