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Andrew Fillipponi: ESPN A ‘Propaganda Place’ For Mike Tomlin

“There have been very, very, very faint criticisms of Tomlin even after things like the Jaguars playoff loss. The Browns playoff loss. Three playoff wins in the last 11 years.”

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled out of the gate, which is something fans haven’t been used to dealing with. Andrew Fillipponi of The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh has sensed a shift in the national perception of Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

“For a long time for the national media, Mike Tomlin has been off-limits,” Fillipponi surmised. “There have been very, very, very faint criticisms of Tomlin even after things like the Jaguars playoff loss. The Browns playoff loss. Three playoff wins in the last 11 years. He generally has avoided the harshest criticism. That’s been reserved for Ben (Roethlisberger). Well now that Ben’s gone, there’s no more cover. Chris, we pegged this. We nailed this. This is how Tomlin wants this. He wants to be ‘The Man in the Arena’. He hoped it would go the other way. If they were 4-1, he’d be the Coach of the Year.”

“Right, but they’re not. They’re 1-4 and they suck,” co-host Chris Mueller replied. “They’re the odds-on favorite from ESPN to get the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.”

“And speaking of ESPN, they’ve been a long time propaganda place for Tomlin talk. Today, on their morning show with Mike Greenberg — I’m really digging this new insider they’ve brought on, Kimberly Martin. She goes on these shows — the thing I like about her is she’ll go on with Stephen A. and he’ll try to do the routine where he just raises his decibel level and tries to scream her down, and she just hits him with sass and cogent points.”

The show then played a clip of Martin laying the blame for the Steelers stumbles at the feet of Tomlin, before the pair said they appreciated her commentary.

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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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