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Brandon Tierney Joining Boomer Esiason Foundation Fundraiser In Exchange For Jets Helmet

“I don’t have a bike, and I don’t know if I can do 40 miles. I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it! But 40 miles, dude.”

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Resident Jets fan and WFAN midday host Brandon Tierney couldn’t help himself Thursday morning.

The New York Jets sent a helmet and jersey to WFAN to showcase what uniform combination the team would wear during this weekend’s game, addressing it to former Jets quarterback and WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason. Co-host Gregg Giannotti sported the combo for social media pictures.

Tierney wanted to become the owner of the helmet, and asked what he needed to do to get it, while driving into the station.

“I’m thinking it’s Gio’s helmet. I’m stuck in traffic and I ask Gio ‘How much do you want for the helmet?’. I wanna give it to my son. I want to put it in the man cave, but they don’t need to know that. He texts me right back during the break and said you’ve gotta run through Boomer. They sent it to Boomer. Ok.

“So I text Boomer shortly thereafter. I text Boomer ‘Hey Booms. What would you like for the helmet?’ and I don’t even know if he texted me back but I hear them on the air talking about it. It got all twisted and distorted. I got some schmuck from Newark calling in saying I’m cheap. Long story short, they want me to do some things to earn the helmet. Which I respect; have a little fun. Gio comes up with eat 12 donuts. There’s no chance I’m doing that. That’s not me. I’m not doing that.”

Esiason agreed to give Tierney the helmet…but it came at a cost.

“Boomer says — listen to what you’re partner is now roped into. I should have just bought the damn helmet. I am now one of the captains for Boomer’s 40-mile, five-borough bike race on May 1st. I don’t have a bike, and I don’t know if I can do 40 miles. I’m gonna do it! I’m gonna do it! But 40 miles, dude. How am I doing 40 miles?”

The Boomer Esiason Foundation does an annual bike tour of the five boroughs of New York, raising money to fight cystic fibrosis.

Tierney’s co-host, Tiki Barber, told him riding a bike on bridges is difficult because of the incline. Tierney responded by saying he “almost dropped dead” while riding a bike over the Golden Gate Bridge due to the incline, but also because he’s scared of heights.

Barber later added he would join Tierney on the bike tour to help raise money for the organization and help train his co-host.

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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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