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John Jastremski Takes Over WEEI

“Wearing a Yankee hat and showing off his heavy Staten Island accent, JJ introduced himself to the WEEI audience in a Twitter video.”

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WFAN overnight host and contributor to the Mike’s On app, John Jastremski traveled up to Boston this week to join sister station WEEI 93.7 for two days.

Wearing a Yankee hat and showing off his heavy Staten Island accent, JJ introduced himself to the WEEI audience in a Twitter video.  Jastremski announced he would be hosting Monday night from 6 – 8pm with Steve DeOssi, also joining the WEEI morning show Mut and Callahan on Tuesday.  

While the Yankee hat isn’t popular among Boston fans, neither is JJ’s name, but it should be noted John Jastremski the radio host has no relation to John Jastremski the infamous New England Patriots equipment manager at the center of deflate gate in 2015.  

Prior to starting his 6 o’clock show on Monday, JJ joined Ordway Merloni and Fauria for a few minutes where Mike Francesa was quickly brought up.  OMF asked JJ what it’s like going to Mike’s house for his app contributions. 

“It’s classic Mike, he’s got the golf pullover he has the seersucker shorts and it’s like meeting with Don Corleone fellas,” Jastremski told the WEEI afternoon hosts.  “You feel like you’re going to The Godfather’s house when you pull into that driveway and see that beautiful house.”

Familiar with Francesa’s on-air gaffs, Lou Merloni asked JJ if Mike was aware of the Funhouse Twitter account that highlights the legendary host’s miscues.  “I couldn’t tell ya,” said Jastremski.

Jastremski’s unique voice and enthusiastic hosting style has been compared to Francesa’s old WFAN partner, Christopher Mad Dog Russo, making him a seemingly great fit as a Mike’s On app contributor.  In addition to his overnight and fill-in work on WFAN, Jastremski provides multiple weekly college hoops updates for the app, also hosting a college football show when in-season.

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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