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Boomer Esiason Details Announcing Bengals/Jets From Studio After Technical Difficulties

“We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing.”

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During the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets broadcast, CBS experienced technical difficulties which inhibited Ian Eagle and Charles Davis from being heard on the broadcast. During the glitch, CBS had the cast of The NFL Today — which features WFAN morning co-host Boomer Esiason — announce the game, and he detailed the experience Monday morning.

“It was the Boomer Bowl between the Jets and the Bengals so it was fitting that you were sitting there doing color analysis of this game for a good 10 minutes,” co-host Gregg Giannotti said.

“We all were which is interesting because I said we finally got our alternate broadcast in that we want,” Esiason joked. “We’re not even sure who’s on the field. We don’t have a flip card in front of us. We don’t know if there’s any major injuries or if there’s anybody missing. You can tell who Garrett Wilson is, who Elijah Moore is, who Joe Flacco is. You can tell Hendrickson is, but you don’t have the flip card there. Plus, we don’t have a closeup. It’s the all-high 22. You’re just trying to give the fans a little bit of perspective because at this point in time of the game. It was interesting with five guys.”

He then added that they were watching to see how Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow handled clock management, because former coach Bill Cowher’s pregame emphasis was about clock management. But Giannotti noticed Cowher and Esiason had another on-set disagreement.

“This is the second time in three weeks that you guys have gone at it on national television,” Giannotti quipped. “First was week one between the Steelers and the Bengals. Then yesterday, you guys were going at it about the Kansas City Chiefs. You were listing all the miscues the Chiefs had in their loss to the Colts and coach Cowher didn’t like that and he was barking back at you and you were barking back and him. This is a relationship that is deteriorating.”

“No, it is not deteriorating,” Esisason said. “He was barking at me because — I don’t know — it always seems like I’m the one who has to do the replays of the mistakes so our producer is in my ear. Indianapolis and Kansas City are two of the markets that are actually doing our postgame show so of course we want to highlight the games in the cities where people are watching us.

“As we are talking about that, I get in my ear ‘I have the Kansas City special teams miscues. You ready?’. I guess. So coach gets done making his point, and so I’m like here are the Kansas City miscues and this is why they end up losing the game. They miss two field goals, they ran a fake punt that didn’t work and something else happened. And then we come back from that and there’s coach steaming. ‘I don’t want to micro-analyze things’. I don’t want to micro-analyze anything! I’m just doing what Drew (the producer) is telling me to do!”

After Giannotti impersonated Cowher’s disgust for the segment, Esiason concluded “That’s the best part about live TV. You get reactions and you want reactions!”

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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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