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Payne & Pendergast Celebrate John McClain Day In Houston

“If you find somebody who’s doing their job poorly, you can publicly lambast them.”

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John McClain is calling it a career after 47 years at the Houston Chronicle, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner honored the Bill Nunn Award winner by proclaiming April 5 “John McClain Day” in Houston.

Over on Sports Radio 610, morning hosts Sean Pendergast and Seth Payne encouraged listeners to do two things in honor of John McClain.

“Do something nice for people,” Pendergast said was the first thing. “John has done many, many nice things for many, many people. He’s helped many young people in their careers. So find a young person and help them in their career today.”

Second: “If you find somebody who’s doing their job poorly, you can publicly lambast them,” he said. He then proceeded to play a McClain rant tearing into the Texans following a blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars late in the 2017 season where McClain called Houston’s performance, “an abomination from start to finish.”

“Find somebody who’s doing their job poorly and give them a G for effort today – G minus,” Pendergast added.

They then reflected on McClain’s Twitter account when the Texans are playing. McClain has no problems calling out issues.

“It’s funny, a lot of people outside of Houston wouldn’t know John other than from his Twitter account. And on his Twitter account on game days he’s a different person,” Payne said. “He goes a little bit psycho and he just turns into just your average fan and just lambasts the team.”

The two hosts then talked about a reported Peter King story about McClain allegedly trying to get the scoop on the Texans hiring former University of Miami and Cleveland Browns head coach Butch Davis.

The story goes that apparently McClain disguised himself as one of the landscaping workers working on Bob McNair’s mansion, looking in windows to see if Davis was in the house.

Pendergast said he had a hard time believing that story was true.

“There are many different things that somebody working on the grounds of a mansion can wear. John never wears that outfit ever, ever, ever,” he said. “If he was able to blend in the one area of the McNair empire I have to question is security. If John was able to blend into the grounds crew, I question security on the grounds of the McNair’s house.”

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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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