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El Paso Radio Host Exchanges Words with Coach Tim Floyd

Jason Barrett

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UTEP Head Basketball Coach Tim Floyd is not a fan of El Paso sports radio host Steve Kaplowitz. That became clear on Tuesday when Floyd spoke to reporters during his normal press conference.

After Kaplowitz asked his first question, Floyd responded by calling the radio host “uninformed” and “irresponsible”, and then handed out copies of a 17-page document containing data that showed UTEP’s high transfer rate during his tenure was comparable to the regular trends nationally in college basketball. Kaplowitz had been critical of UTEP’s struggles to retain players in recent years.

The situation could have ended there, but Kaplowitz elected to respond, further annoying Floyd by mentioning that he had tried numerous times to reach out to the UTEP coach for comment, but never received a response.

That led to Floyd adding “I don’t respond to journalists that throw things against the wall to see what sticks. I’ve been around a lot of great journalists in Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and in my opinion, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, so I don’t respond to that. People who know not, and do not know that they know not, are fools and you shun them. That’s what I’ve done with you.”

The verbal war reached its peak when Floyd told Kaplowitz he regretted going on his radio show 10 times as a favor to former UTEP coach Don Haskins. Another testy exchange soon followed.

Kaplowitz: That’s wrong and you’re classless for saying that in front of the media.

Floyd: I’m dead-ass right.

Kaplowitz: No, you’re not.

Floyd: Your show is fiction.

Kaplowitz: How about the pulse of El Paso? How about all the fans, all the season ticket holders that are upset, that they’ve been upset with the lack of results over the last six years, and they’re tired of not going to the postseason. They’re tired of not going to the NCAA Tournament. How about that?

Floyd: We were in the NIT a year ago.

Kaplowitz: Yeah that really means a lot to El Paso right now.

Floyd: Is that right?

Kaplowitz: Yeah.

Floyd: Well, we lost four starters, we didn’t quite get there this year.

Kaplowitz: So every year it’s gonna be the same thing, coach? Every year? Is that how it’s going to be?

Floyd: If you’re upset about us not winning games and you want me fired because of not winning games, that’s your prerogative.

 

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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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