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Pat McAfee Talks Politics & Football With Teammate Turned Congressman

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Election night was a notable night for football. In Alabama, former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville was elected a U.S. senator. Meanwhile, in Ohio, former Ohio State and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez won re-election as the representative for the 16th Congressional District in the state.

Gonzalez, who was a first-round pick of the Colts in 2007, played 5 seasons with the Colts and a couple of those seasons were with punter Pat McAfee as his teammate. Before Election Night, McAfee had Gonzalez as a guest on the Pat McAfee Show to give the listener more of an insight into Gonzalez’s job and how politics work.

When talking about the work that leads up to Election Night, Gonzalez compared it to a boxing match: 

“It’s more like a boxing match where you train, train, train, and you have one shot. If you don’t win on that one day, then you are starting all over again.” 

Gonzalez, who said he is more recognized as a congressman than as a football player, mentioned that he thought he would get into politics, but not this soon in his life: 

“I thought I would get into it at some point. I didn’t think I would get into it when I did. After I left the Colts and had a cup of coffee in New England, I went to Stanford and got my MBA. I just felt a bit of a calling and felt it was the right time to get in when things were getting crazier and crazier by the second.”

At the end of the interview, McAfee described how Gonzalez helped change his understanding when the media talks about a player who is injury-prone: 

“He had 3 terrible injuries when he was in the NFL. Very unlucky. I think Gonzo was the first person who opened my eyes to when the media says a player is glass or whatever, maybe he just got unlucky on a couple of occasions. He grinded his ass in the rehab. He’s one of the best humans I have ever been around.”

The conversation between McAfee and Gonzalez brought together a good mix of sports and politics without people giving their opinions. In addition, it was a good way to bring Election Day into a sports show by taking the listener inside the life of a person who works in Congress on a daily basis to help get laws passed. 

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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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