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Jeff Cavanaugh Leaving 105.3 The Fan and ‘GBag Nation’

“I LOVE The Fan and all the time I spent here and it makes me sad to leave it behind. But it’s time to follow my energy, so I’m going for it.”

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Jeff Cavanaugh has been a big part of Dallas’s 105.3 The Fan, joining the station in 2010 and quickly becoming a part of the GBag Nation show that began on middays and eventually moved to afternoons.

But that time is coming to an end. Cavanaugh announced on social media Wednesday that he’s leaving 105.3 The Fan. His final day on the air will be Friday, Feb. 25.

“Why am I leaving? I’m following my energy,” said Cavanaugh. “I just don’t have the same love of doing the show every day that I once did and I want to find that again. The thing that energizes me now is trying to build something by myself. So I’m going to try it. I want to be happy, and I’ve been struggling with that at work lately.”

GBag Nation will continue with current hosts Gavin Dawson, Lucious Alexander, and Bryan Broaddus.

Cavanaugh announced that he will host a nightly, one-hour show on his YouTube channel, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. CT. Additionally, he’ll continue his Trust the Tape NFL Draft podcast that he co-hosts with Broaddus.

NFL Draft and Dallas Cowboys content are what Cavanaugh is known for and he’ll presumably be able to focus on those topics with his own show. But at the risk of speculating, people just need to make a change sometimes. 11 years is a long time at any job. Working for yourself can feel more creatively fulfilling too. Judging from what he said on social media, it appears that’s where Cavanaugh is after an impressive run at 105.3 The Fan.

Longtime listeners and fans will have just over a week to express their appreciation and say their goodbyes to Cavanaugh before he leaves. But they also now know where they’ll be able to find him next.

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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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