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Jackson, Mississippi Gets a 3-Hour Billboard Thanks to ESPN’s College GameDay

“We get a billboard for three hours on Saturday morning. And it’s phenomenal.”

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ESPN is taking College GameDay to an HBCU this weekend.

The show announced on Twitter on Sunday that GameDay will be live on Saturday from Jackson State University in Mississippi. That of course is the school where head coach Deion Sanders resides. His Tigers will take on Southern University in a pivotal SWAC matchup.

The city of Jackson, which has been in the national headlines for an ongoing water crisis, will have a few million extra eyeballs on them on Saturday due to ESPN’s on-site presence. SportsTalk Mississippi‘s Michael Borkey told morning man Paul Gallo that the perception of the city isn’t the true reality.

“Jackson has not always been in the news for good things lately, but it’s not exclusively bad,” shared Borkey. “I tell people that don’t live in this area who see and hear the news that the second you cross the city limits into Jackson, your tires are gonna pop because of the potholes and everything’s gonna be terrible. And it’s not exclusively terrible. They have problems, yes, but there are good things happening and Jackson does have good things to offer. And now we’ll get to see it on a national stage.”

Sanders, since being hired as Jackson State’s head coach in 2020, has dramatically changed the program’s trajectory in the FCS ranks. The Tigers are 7-0 and ranked 5th in the country according to the most recent coaches poll.

Borkey said the platform ESPN is giving the school, the city and the state for three hours this weekend is massive in helping spotlight the good over the bad.

“At least now, three, four million people, however many people watch College GameDay, will get to see our state and our capital city in a positive light when so many people refuse to even try to find the good stuff,” he said. “We get a billboard for three hours on Saturday morning. And it’s phenomenal.”

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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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