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Summer = Less Sports Talk In Dallas

Jason Barrett

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Earlier this week, at the new studios of 105.3 FM The Fan, Ben and Skin were critiquing a top-10 ranking of the best space movies of all time.

Inside 103.3 FM ESPN’s studio, Steve Dennis and Mark Friedman were discussing how they consume more than one sporting event at the same time.

At 1310 AM and 96.7 FM The Ticket, the guys from BaD Radio we’re doing a hypothetical on whether 10,000 zombie-like fans could come down from the stands and overwhelm 50 professional hockey players.

It’s July. Cowboys training camp is still three weeks away. The NBA and NHL seasons are over. If you try to fill an entire show with only sports talk, it’s going to be a struggle.

“This is the tough time of year, where you start to run out of those things,” said Ben Rogers, co-host of the Ben and Skin show, on 105.3. “But the thing I love about the playbook here at 105.3 The Fan, they allow us to do non-sports.”

“I think it really lets some of the things shine that we’re really good at,” said Dan McDowell from BaD Radio on The Ticket.

In sports radio, each hour is divided into segments, and every radio host knows how many segments he needs to fill, every day. For BaD Radio, it’s eight. For longer shows, like Dennis and Friedo and Ben and Skin, it’s 16.

How to fill those segments is something that consumes these guys every waking moment.

“24-7,” said Mark Friedman, co-host on ESPN’s new midday show, Dennis and Friedo. “But it’s not hard. It’s not like you dread having to think about the show. It’s a great thing to have to have to deal with.”

“All the time, we’re always thinking about something to do for the next day’s show,” McDowell said. “If you think of something, you might write it down in your phone: ‘This might be a good segment.'”

“You never turn off what you’re going to do for the show,” said Jeff “Skin” Wade from the Ben and Skin show. “You think about it constantly, which is one of the reasons why my wife hates my job. I can never put the phone down, I can never stop reading the internet.”

Filling those segments is exponentially harder this time of year, when the only major professional team in-season is the Texas Rangers. Some of the segments that make the cut in July would never be considered during football season.

“I love it way more this time of year, because you can be creative, you can have fun,” said Bob Sturm of BaD Radio. “You can train a chicken – a really talented chicken – but a chicken to do Cowboys talk the day after a game.”

The real challenge is the worst sports week of the year, the week of the Major League Baseball All-Star game. After that game ends Tuesday night, there are no more games, at all, until Friday. Sports talk radio hosts either have to get even more creative, or just go on vacation.

“Absolutely,” Rogers said. “Planning your vacation around the All-Star break is the most coveted time you can get.”

“Here, there’s always something in play. There’s never a down time,” Sturm said. “My wife tells me when I say, ‘I’ll do it in the off-season.’ She says, ‘There is no off-season! You know that!’

“It’s great to be in a four-sport city.”

It gets even greater when the Cowboys get going again.

“Oh, I’m already counting down, late in July,” said Landry Locker, who produces the Dennis and Friedo show. “Two more weeks, training camp starts. It’s perfect.”

Credit to WFAA.com who originally published this article

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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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