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Bengals’ Radio Voice Can’t Believe Bengals Are In Super Bowl

“The first thing I’ve said to my wife is, ‘The Bengals are going to the Super Bowl!’ with the proper tone of disbelief. It’s unbelievable. It really is.”

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Don’t ask Dan Hoard to describe the year he is having. It isn’t easy for him to find the words. As the voice of the Cincinnati Bearcats, he never thought he’d see the team be in contention to play for the College Football National Championship. As the voice of the Bengals, he didn’t think a Super Bowl appearance was in the team’s immediate future.

Now he will experience both within just over a month.

“I have a renewed respect and maybe sympathy for athletes who are asked immediately after a huge moment to describe how they feel, because I find myself doing a very poor job of describing how I feel,” he told Cincinnati’s NPR affiliate WVXU. “Words are supposed to be the tools of my profession, and I’m coming up short because it’s so incredible.”

Sunday won’t be the first time Dan Hoard has attended the Super Bowl in an official capacity. He has covered six games dating back to 1992. It will be the first time he has called the game though. It is something he said he had trouble grasping at first.

“The first thing I’ve said to my wife is, ‘The Bengals are going to the Super Bowl!’ with the proper tone of disbelief. It’s unbelievable. It really is.”

Disbelief is more than fair and Dan Hoard certainly isn’t alone. After all, the Bengals were bad enough to have a top five pick in the NFL Draft each of the previous two seasons, including the top pick in the 2020 Draft, which the team used on quarterback Joe Burrow.

Hoard’s radio partner Dave Lapham is a bit more experienced in this realm. He played in two Super Bowls as an offensive lineman with the Bengals in the 1980s. He has never called the game though, and is excited to be part of a very small fraternity.

“To have played in a Super Bowl, and then broadcast one, has to be very rare. There aren’t that many. I don’t know what the number is. It’s got to be very small number. How lucky can you be?”

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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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