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Tony Massarotti: Success of Felger & Mazz Has A Lot To Do With Timing

“There is a certain amount of timing in these things that nobody really can control, right? As much as we like to think we do a good show, people have to care.” 

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Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti have been on the air for 13 years on 98.5 The Sports Hub. The two of them pride themselves on trying to give listeners the perspective of the beat reporter while also examining how fans feel. 

Massarotti was a guest on the latest episode of the Takin A Walk podcast with Buzz Knight and he said one of the goals of the show is to examine why fans might feel a certain way about an issue in Boston sports and that he and Felger can give great insight on a situation based on their past experiences as beat reporters.

“One of the things we really try to examine on the show, and Mike is excellent at this, is sort of the feeling of things and what the genesis of those emotions is and the conflict that exists both in terms of what’s inside any fan and what’s inside any organization. He and I were both beat reporters for a really long time and I think what that does is give you insight into how a sports team works and what types of stuff goes on inside the wall, whether it be at Gillette Stadium or Fenway Park because there’s a lot of politicking and angling and conflict and resolution that goes on that most fans aren’t privy to and we both were.”

Felger and Massarotti have seen a whole lot of winning in Boston since their show began and Massarotti knows that timing has been key to the show’s success because of the fans’ interest in talking about winning teams.

“Felger and I have talked about this a million times. Boston had not won a championship in a long time before the Patriots won in 2001, Mike was on the Patriots beat at the right time. Then, the Red Sox won and I was on the Red Sox beat at the right time. There is a certain amount of timing in these things that nobody really can control, right? As much as we like to think we do a good show, people have to care.” 

This year, Massarotti got the chance to be in the booth as a color commentator for some Boston Red Sox games on NESN. It was an opportunity that even surprised him, but he told Knight he enjoyed being back at the ballpark again since his days as a Red Sox beat reporter.

“It kind of came out of nowhere. I was surprised, I did not see it coming. My relationship with the Red Sox over the years has been, as you expect, hot and cold. Along the way, there were times when the relationship was tense and still are. Obviously, they own NESN. They have a say in who does their games. I was both floored and impressed. I give them a lot of credit for being willing to entertain it. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been a fun year. Where it’s leading, I have no idea.”

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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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