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Mike Greenberg: NFL Coaches Feel About Jeff Saturday How Sportscasters Felt About ESPN ‘Dream Job’ Show

“I totally get why this rubs the coaches the wrong way. And that’s the parallel that I thought of yesterday.”

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Jeff Saturday won in his head coaching debut on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts, putting a bright spot on an otherwise head-scratching hire in the NFL. The narrative since Saturday’s hire was announced has been about the lack of head coaching experience the ESPN analyst and former Colts lineman brought to the table. ESPN host Mike Greenberg said he completely gets that reaction from people.

On his ESPN Radio show Greeny on Monday, Greenberg likened the Saturday situation to ESPN having a reality show called Dream Job back in the mid-2000s, which saw people with little to no previous sportscasting experience get hired to be SportsCenter anchors.

He said in regards to Dream Job, it made sense that people like him who at the time were still trying to claw their way up in the industry got passed over for the sake of a game show winner.

“I would’ve begged, borrowed or steal to be on SportsCenter with Robin Roberts and Charlie Steiner and Bob Ley and all that kind of stuff,” Greenberg said. “And they just give this job to this guy with no experience. And let me tell ya, people were bent out of shape.”

Greeny added that with Saturday and the Colts, he understands why people in the NFL would be bent out of shape about the decision to make Saturday an interim head coach.

“I totally get why this rubs the coaches the wrong way. And that’s the parallel that I thought of yesterday. Jeff is that guy,” he said. “I don’t think anyone who’s thinking it through faults him for it. But I do understand the resentment.”

Dream Job ran for three seasons on ESPN. The first two seasons hired SportsCenter anchors, while the third and final season of the show saw former first round NBA draft pick Dee Brown get hired to be the network’s newest NBA analyst.

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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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