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Texans Announce Broadcast Lineup

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This season’s Houston Texans games will be broadcast throughout Texas on 29 Houston Texans Radio Network affiliates, and a network of 15 television affiliates will televise the team’s preseason games throughout the Lone Star State and Southwestern Louisiana.

The Texans Radio Network, spanning from the West Texas to the Piney Woods. New radio affiliate KIXZ in Amarillo headlines the stations joining the network this season, with additional stations expected to join prior to the Texans’ regular-season home opener on Sunday, Sept. 7 vs. the Washington Redskins. This year’s radio pregame show will be 30 minutes for affiliates; and the postgame show will last 20 minutes.

Once again this season, affiliates will air Texans programming during the week in addition to the game broadcast. Affiliates will air the Bill O’Brien Show, which will air Mondays at 5 p.m. in Houston, The Duane Brown Show, which will air Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Texans Replay, an hour-long condensed replay of the previous week’s Texans game, will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. All three shows, along with all Texans Radio programming, will be produced and broadcast live on SportsRadio 610, the team’s flagship station.

Texans TV affiliates will carry all four of the team’s preseason games this year, beginning with Saturday’s game at Arizona at 7:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, Aug. 16 vs. Atlanta, Saturday, Aug. 23 at Denver, and Thursday, Aug. 28 vs. San Francisco. KTRK-ABC 13 in Houston produces and broadcasts the games across the Texans Television Network.

Again this season, most TV affiliates (italics below) will air the team’s weekly Inside the Game show, which airs every week of the season starting this Sunday, Aug. 10 at 11 p.m. in Houston. In addition, some affiliates will air the newly Texans-produced TV specials about the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, training camp, and the 2014 season preview.

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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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