New England isn’t exactly the hotbed for college football that the southeast is. That didn’t stop 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich from talking about the sport Thursday. Well, actually, they talked about college football fans, and more importantly the fans that call into The Paul Finebaum Show. Toucher & Rich mocked the fans, their education — or lack thereof — and their phone quality during a segment Thursday morning.
“Paul Finebaum is the voice of the southern football fan. He’s on in all the towns that worship at the alter of college football,” Fred Toucher said. “365 days a year, he is there to answer their calls. This weekend, you had a twofer with two SEC schools falling and two of the grandaddy hicks. Alabama — which is the number one hick school — and Tennessee — when relevant — can be very hickish. You’d be surprised how easy the University of Tennessee is to attend if you’re a resident of the state. That goes without saying that the callers to the Finebaum Show are all graduates of these institutions which they root for.”
“I think it’s a requirement before they put you on,” Rich Shertenlieb said.
“They ask you to scan a copy of your diploma before they let you on,” Toucher said.
Shertenlieb then said he and his son were flying to Texas to attend the Longhorns game against TCU. His son was excited for the game because he watches The Paul Finebaum Show and “will get to see these people in first hand”.
“Is the University of Texas the University of Alabama? No, it is not,” he joked. “But it sure as hell is miles away from anything that he has heard in New England. It is a whole different breed. It’s not the Harvard-Yale game.”
Jon Wallach then added he was dumbfounded when a Sports Hub caller compared the tailgating scene at the Harvard-Yale game to that of an SEC game because in the callers eyes “that’s where the lowest of the low are found”.
The show then played a compilation of interesting phone callers from the last week on Finebaum’s show, with the first caller having a noticeable static and clicking sound in the background.
“So this is like some crappy pay phone?,” Shertenlieb asked.
“Paul is so used to people being on rotary numbers that he can sit through that. If he hung on everyone with that bad of a phone, he would be in a whole mess of trouble,” deduced Toucher.
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?”
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.
“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.
Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’
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.
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.”
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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