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Pat McAfee: Most Conversations I Have With Aaron Rodgers Happen On Air

“It always stuck with McAfee that the best way to get through to Aaron Rodgers was to be genuine.”

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Pat McAfee is the guest this week on The Michael Irvin Podcast. While he talks a bit about his own career in the NFL and makes some predictions for the offseason, Irvin was most fascinated by McAfee’s media career.

During his time with the Cowboys legend, Pat McAfee talked about the weekly interview with Aaron Rodgers that helped his show grow into must-listen radio for football fans and media members alike. He said it started thanks to his Twitter account, which McAfee said began to grow in popularity while he was sidelined after a public intoxication arrest. That is when Aaron Rodgers started to follow him.

From there, AJ Hawk was instrumental in connecting the two. He encouraged Rodgers to invite McAfee to his golf tournament in the Bahamas. The event was delayed for nearly six hours by a storm. During that time, Rodgers and McAfee hung out in the hospitality tent.

“Irv, I do well in those situations where everybody’s drinking, having a good time, and telling stories,” McAfee said.

He told Irvin that the two spent two hours together telling each other stories and laughing. It always stuck with McAfee that the best way to get through to Aaron Rodgers was to be genuine. That is why even now, he still limits his conversations with Rodgers off air so that he can have genuine reactions on air.

“Honestly, I didn’t know him that well,” McAfee said. “I talk to him a little off air still. I like to keep our conversations on air just like ‘I’m going to ask you basically what I want to know, but I think everyone wants to know.’ He has been so gracious with his time.”

It has paid off. Aaron Rodgers has been on The Pat McAfee Show weekly, no matter what, and rarely does his appearance last less than 40 minutes.

Pat McAfee did acknowledge that there are things about Rodgers or things he has learned Rodgers enjoys that he calls “weird.” That doesn’t mean he has any reason to dislike Rodgers or go out of his way to put the NFL MVP on blast.

“He’s just been so incredibly nice, and I think it is just because, you know, that build up of him understanding me a little bit, having an appreciation that I am always myself, like you. And I think that is what Aaron respects in the whole thing of life.”

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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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