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Eytan Shander Joins 97.3 ESPN

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Earlier this week, morning show contributor on Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic, Eytan Shander found himself relegated to weekend hosting after the station retooled its lineup.

According to Shander, his on-air hours had been cut from 39 to eight, but that number quickly fell to zero when the station was unamused by his Monday Tweet which stated, “I’m not good enough to host during the week on the Fanatic. Sorry.”

Shander, who also hosts for SB Nation Radio, rebounded quickly, joining The Sports Bash with Mike Gill on 97.3 ESPN in South Jersey just one day after being let go from The Fanatic.  For now, Shander will co-host with Gill part-time, doing so Tuesday and Thursday this week for the shows entirety.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Shander and Gill have had a long friendship which led them to discuss teaming up on the radio even while Shander was still with The Fanatic.

“I knew the Fanatic was going to cut my hours,” Shander told The Inquirer. “So once they decided to let me go, it just got moved up to when I would start.”

Following his first week on 97.3 ESPN, Shander was grateful to all of his loyal listeners who joined him.  “Once again the amount of support from YOU is amazing” Shander tweeted. “ Philadelphia has always been special to me, and for you to show me this type of love, to follow me and download an app to hear me. I’m trying to follow all of you back. Back on 97.3 next week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.”

After landing on his feet quickly, Shander told The Inquirer he’s not upset with The Fanatic for letting him go, a station he was part of since 2014. “I don’t have any ill will towards 97.5… They were going to significantly cut my hours before I sent that stupid tweet, so I can’t be mad I’m not in someone’s plans.”

The Sports Bash with Mike Gill broadcasts on South Jersey’s 97.3 ESPN each weekday from 2 – 6pm.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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