When a story leads headlines all over the country, it can be hard to understand how the story is playing in the local community it affects the most. That became clear on Thursday’s edition of Bull and Fox in Cleveland when the duo had NFL Network’s Albert Breer on and the issue of Tom Brady’s retirement came up.
Adam the Bull said he could not believe people in New England are actually upset that Tom Brady didn’t mention the Patriots in his retirement statement. Breer, a Boston native, said that not only does the sentiment exist, but it is fueling hosts and callers on The Sports Hub and WEEI.
“As you guys might imagine being in the business, it’s been sports radio gold for 48 hours,” he told the 92.3 The Fan afternoon show. “Thank you to Tom Brady for programming maybe a full week of sports radio in Boston.”
Breer went on to say that he thinks Tom Brady still holds a serious grudge towards the Patriots organization. It may not be a permanent feeling, but in February 2021, Brady may not want to give the team credit for anything.
“My guess is Tom looks at it and says ‘You gave up on me. I could have finished my career there and you walked away from me. I don’t owe you anything,’” Albert Breer said.
He noted that Brady is now surrounded by multiple PR teams. Nothing in the statement he put on Instagram was completely off the cuff. Multiple people likely asked him if he was positive he didn’t want to mention the Patriots before the post went public.
Dustin Fox asked another interesting question about Brady as it relates to the sports media. Adam the Bull pointed out that there could be as much as $25 million on the table for Brady to work in TV. Fox wanted to know if that was enough to have the GOAT truly put football behind him.
“He’s never done TV before,” Fox said. “All he knows how to do is play quarterback. Is there a chance next year he comes back?”
Albert Breer said that it is well-known that Tom Brady is afraid of what retirement looks like for him. He is sure that the Brady family will be very happy in June and July, but if September comes and a contender suddenly has an injury at quarterback, Breer said it is hard to picture Brady not answering a phone call.
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?”
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.
“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.
Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’
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.
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.”
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.”