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Former Syracuse Radio Voice Finds Kidney Donor

“If Hyder does receive the kidney from McMorrow on the planned date of July 15th, it means he has just 16 dialysis treatments remaining.”

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Five years ago, former Syracuse basketball radio announcer, Steve Hyder was diagnosed with kidney disease, changing his life and putting him in need of a transplant.  In January, it was reported Hyder was in search of a donor, but now the broadcaster tells Syracuse.com a perfect match has been found. 

Liz McMorrow, Hyder’s 35-year old second-cousin came up as a perfect match, with the procedure currently scheduled to take place on July 15th.

“Ironically enough, I’m her godfather,’’ Hyder told Mike Waters of Syracuse.com. “I’ll tell you what, as great as it is to get the kidney, the connection I’ve made with her has been so great. We talk every day. We text every day. Her kids are awesome. Her husband’s a great guy. It’s a tremendous gift.’’

Hyder called Syracuse men’s basketball for 10 years during the 80’s and 90’s.  Hyder moved to his hometown of Newport after Syracuse chose not to renew his contract in 1996 and began serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox where he worked with the current radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals Dan Hoard.

But in the last three years, sports have been pushed aside with Hyder’s life revolving around dialysis treatments.  “It wears you out,’’ Hyder said of dialysis, which he receives three days a week for four hours at a time. “Afterwards, you’re utterly exhausted. You’re too tired to do anything. Grocery shop or anything. I’ve got to go home and take it easy.’’

If Hyder does receive the kidney from McMorrow on the planned date of July 15th, it means he has just 16 dialysis treatments remaining.  Assuming all goes well with the procedure, Hyder should see immediate improvement.  “I don’t know what it’s like to feel normal,” Hyder said.  “It’s been so long. I can’t even believe it.’’

Hyder’s cousin, Liz McMorrow chose to become an organ donor after being involved in a serious car accident a few years ago, while she was seven-months pregnant.

“She had made a promise to herself if she could ever help someone she would do it,’’ Hyder said. “Lo and behold, she’s a perfect match.’’

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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