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Paul Finebaum Tells Cole Cubelic He Has ‘Big Fan in Kirby Smart’

“He was mentioning to me off the air how impressed he was with your interview with Lane Kiffin the week before.”

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There are often contentious relationships between college football coaches and the media that covers them. That doesn’t appear to be the case between an SEC head coach and SEC Network reporter and sports radio host Cole Cubelic.

“Before I go, I want to tell you, Cole, you have a big fan in Kirby Smart,” Finebaum said during his Monday appearance on McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning. “He was mentioning to me off the air how impressed he was with your interview with Lane Kiffin the week before.”

“Was it the postgame when Lane was cracking jokes or the halftime when he ran away from me and didn’t want to answer any questions?,” Cubelic joked.

“I think it was the postgame that somehow went viral,” responded Finebaum. “We were talking about something and that came up. He was quite amused by that exchange.”

“I’m glad I could offer Kirby some entertainment,” Cubelic said.

“Kirby pays attention — a lot — to our world and what goes on in the media,” Greg McElroy added. “He got mad at me one time and said ‘You need to go talk to your boy’ because John Parker (Wilson) said he thought Jeremy Pruitt would be a bigger threat to Alabama than Kirby Smart would be. That was like two years later. That’s his high school coach. Of course he’s gonna say that. Come on, man! Kirby holds grudges now. You better be careful on your show today, Paul, if you ever take shots at Kirby.”

“I thought 20 hours before the biggest game of the year in college football and he was asking me about Cole Cubelic was pretty entertaining,” Finebaum concluded.

“Paul, I’ll take it. Not many folks talking about me other times,” admitted Cubelic.

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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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