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The Sports Junkies Hoped ‘Washington Commanders’ Might Be Misdirect By Team

“It would have been so creative, but obviously it wasn’t. They’re transparent. They’ve been transparent for 20 years.”

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After two years of anticipation and excitement, the National Football League’s Washington Football Team announced its new name as the Commanders on NBC’s Today.

The announcement had been teased on various media platforms, including radio, television and social media, for quite a while. However, the news was made official when Washington Commanders President Jason Wright broke the news this morning by saying, “We are the Commanders.”

This revelation, though, was hardly a surprise to those who had been following the name change over the last few months. There were people who saw the domain name “Commanders.com” had been purchased, former quarterback Joe Theismann went on CBS Sports Radio Tuesday and spoke as if the name was definitive, and a video from an NBC 4 chopper Tuesday night zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field to reveal the new Washington Commanders wordmark on the front window, which has been viewed over three million times.

On Wednesday morning, The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. reacted to the name’s public dissemination prior to its formal announcement, and their thoughts on a scenario that would have made it the greatest name reveal in history.

“For a lot of people out there, Chopper Brad zoomed in on the team store at FedEx Field, and there was a banner saying ‘Washington Commanders,’” explained John-Paul Flaim, co-host of the morning drive program. “And then there were more leaks later on in the evening of the gear.”

Indeed, the new name was leaked early. However, some of the morning radio hosts were holding onto hope that the “Commanders” was an intentional means of deception to avoid the actual name being leaked early.

“I was thinking it would be the greatest misdirection in history if Jason Wright was thinking, ‘We’re just going to leak the name to our players and former players knowing that [it] would get out somehow,” said co-host Jason Bishop. “It would have been so creative, but obviously it wasn’t. They’re transparent. They’ve been transparent for 20 years.”

Washington Commanders beat reporter and co-host of 106.7 The Fan’s BMitch & Finlay J.P. Finlay said a few months prior that all signs were pointing to “Commanders” being the new name of the football team. Yet WFAN’s Boomer Esiason reported on the air last month that the new name would be the “Washington Admirals,” just after the Feb. 2 reveal had been announced by the team.

“I know… I started leaning towards [Commanders] because [J.P. Finlay is] over there every day,” said co-host Eric Bickel. “Boomer was my outlier. Turns out Boomer knows nothing.”

On a day when the Washington Football Team was seeking to make headlines with the announcement of their new team name, Auville felt bad for Jason Wright and company in that the announcement was clearly going to be overshadowed by the football news over the last 24 hours, in particular the formal announcement of Tom Brady’s retirement and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores suing the NFL and various organizations for racial discrimination.

“Of course, Tom Brady retires and the Brian Flores bombshell hits,” said Auville. “The name change is the biggest thing here [in Washington, D.C.]. They’re looking for that pop around the country [and] I just feel bad for Jason Wright. He’s thinking, ‘I’m going to dominate the news cycle. I’m going to own this day.’”

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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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