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Dan Graziano Tells Mike Greenberg: NFL Replay Reviews Are Bad TV

“It detracts from the reason I watch the game. Look there’s no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. I mean it’s never going away, I understand that.”

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NFL reviews and challenges of certain types of calls can ultimately affect the final outcome of games, but Dan Graziano feels like consistently interrupting games to check if the right call was made on the field is bad for business.

Graziano, appearing on ESPN Radio with Mike Greenberg on Tuesday, believes that no matter how much instant replay time you use, not everyone is going to be happy with the result, especially if their team comes out on the losing end. But Graziano added that staring at replays in the middle of games doesn’t make for compelling television either.

“It’s not interesting to watch a replay review,” he said before mentioning the VAR reviews that many feel like plagued soccer. “It detracts from the reason I watch the game. Look there’s no putting the toothpaste back in the tube. I mean it’s never going away, I understand that. But just the idea that as a fan that what you need is every call to be correct, I just don’t think it’s feasible, I don’t think it’s realistic, and I don’t think it should govern our decisions about how we present our games and watch our games.”

Greeny said the replay review in the NFL, despite being such a huge fan of it, has gotten much bigger than what it was originally intended to be. But he believes replay shouldn’t go away completely.

“The calls should be made exclusively to overturn obviously missed calls,” he said. Greeny continued and brought up the one look rule. “If I need to look at it a second time, the call stands. And here’s how you govern that. You give coaches one challenge, but they don’t lose it until they get one wrong.”

Still, Graziano says trying to correct mundane calls early in games versus overturning obvious mistakes isn’t going to keep people happy. But ultimately the teams need to play to a level that reviews shouldn’t make the difference in a win or loss.

“I see officiating, as long as it’s done by human beings, as a game condition. It’s like weather,” he said. “Unless you can tell me that the officials are crooked, and that they’re favoring one team over another, then blow the whole thing up. But if not, if it’s just human error and mistakes, to me it’s like outplay it.”

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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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