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Erik Ainge Defends Tweet That Sanford Stadium Isn’t Loud

“It wasn’t a knock on any fans specifically, or the football team, it’s just a factual statement that noise shouldn’t be a huge factor in the game this weekend.”

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Former Tennessee quarterback and current 99.1 The Sports Animal host Erik Ainge caused a stir on Twitter earlier this week when he said Georgia’s Sanford Stadium is “not that loud and definitely not intimidating” before the #3 Bulldogs host the #1 Tennessee Volunteers Saturday.

Ainge appeared on The Morning Show with John and Hugh on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta to discuss and defend his tweet.

“I was just talking with a buddy and I got off the phone and I thought ‘Ya know, I feel like everyone should know that Sanford Stadium is not as loud as people think it is, and Neyland’s (Stadium) louder. That’s all it was. It didn’t have anything to do with a football game.

“When I played — and Georgia fans have tried to say ‘Well that was the Richt era’…when we beat Georgia under Mark Richt, they were the #3 team in the country, and had the all-time winningest SEC quarterback David Greene on their team — they were good. They weren’t maybe National Championship good, but they were good, and it still wasn’t that loud.

“It wasn’t a knock on any fans specifically, or the football team, it’s just a factual statement that noise shouldn’t be a huge factor in the game this weekend,” Ainge said. “Now I tweeted that, and I made them all mad. Now I guess they’re all gonna be extra loud.”

During his show in Knoxville Friday, a phone caller to the program also criticized Ainge for his take.

“My grandson showed me your little tweet you had this week, which I think is hilarious,” the caller, identified as Jeff who moved to East Tennessee from Georgia, said. “I get so tired of listening to you talk — it’s the funniest thing in the world — y’all have a dog as a mascot. Dogs don’t volunteer! They get told what to do!

“And my Georgia ‘dogs is (sic) gonna run Tennessee out the field and right on back to Knoxville! All the post and pans, you’re gonna be crying now. I just get so sick and tired of that talk. You sound like we ain’t got a team in Georgia. It’s unbelievable. All these Tennessee fans, it’s like their first date when they’re 13-years-old and it’s their first kiss.”

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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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