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Don La Greca Says His Rants Are ‘Better For Your Heart Than Holding Them In’

“It’s very cathartic to get it out. Everybody’s so worried about my health when I do this.”

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ESPN New York host Don La Greca has had some notable rants in his time behind the microphone, and he believes that it’s better he doesn’t keep things pent up inside.

In an appearance on The Jake Asman Show, La Greca recalled a few of his more memorable rants as a co-host of The Michael Kay Show. Don said he finds reacting the way he does is therapeutic in a way.

“It’s very cathartic to get it out,” he said. “Everybody’s so worried about my health when I do this. I tell them no you want to get that out. You don’t want to keep it in your body. You want to get it out, and it makes for entertaining radio I guess.”

One La Greca rant from a few years ago featured him flipping out over a caller believing Matt Forte would score a touchdown for the Jets in a game that weekend. The only problem was Forte wasn’t on the Jets anymore. Don said he was in Detroit working a Red Wings/Rangers game when Detroit TV broadcaster Ken Daniels saw him and jokingly referenced the Matt Forte quip.

La Greca said apparently the Toronto sports radio stations find humor in his reactions, and Daniels had heard a snippet replayed on the air up there.

“I’ve become like a folk hero in the Detroit/Toronto area up there because I guess Toronto radio plays my rants,” he said. “They think it’s funny.”

Another rant was one BSM reported on back in the summer. A caller ticked La Greca off trying to say Don wouldn’t be where he is without Michael Kay. La Greca went on an epic rant talking about how he’s a great driver, he has great hair and that he’s a great friend.

“At that point I was just going through the laundry list of things I had been complimented on in my life, and my hair was the first one I thought of,” he said.

But when asked which rant stands out the most, Don said a 2018 rant about how the New York Mets don’t have any forever players beyond Ed Kranepool stood out the most to him.

“People will scream Ed Kranepool if they see me at a game. I’ll get tweets from people,” he said. “That to me is the one that seemed to get the most traction, and the one I had the most fun doing.”

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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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