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McCabe Joins Darren & Daunic On The Game

“he Game’s new midday show personality has been heard regularly on The Chase McCabe Show, Saturdays from 9 – 11am and the Chasing Checkers NASCAR podcast.”

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Beginning July 30th, the midday show on Nashville’s ESPN 102.5 The Game will get a new look with Chase McCabe joining Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic as their new co-host each day from 10am – 2pm.

“It’s really hard to put into words how excited I am to finally live out my dream of being a full time on-air host.  The best part is I get to do it at ESPN 102.5 the Game.  This place gave me my start and is home,” McCabe said in the station’s press release. “It is also an absolute thrill to be able to join up once again with Darren and Willy.  They have been there through everything with me and I am so excited to add to an already awesome show.  I cannot wait to get started.”

McCabe began working with Cromwell Media Group’s 102.5 The Game in 2012, filling the role of Assistant Program Director, Executive Producer and weekend host for the radio station.  McCabe joins longtime Nashville radio fixtures, Darren McFarland and Willy Daunic who have partnered in the midday on 102.5 since 2016.

Three years ago, Daunic joined McFarland and former NFL wide-receiver Derrick Mason as the third co-host for The Game’s midday show.  Mason has since moved to morning drive for the ESPN affiliate and the midday show will go back to having three voices with the addition of McCabe.

“Through his years of being an executive producer on our staff, as well as Assistant Program Director, Chase has built up a great reputation in this market and has earned the opportunity to work every day in the hosting chair moving forward,” program director, Ryan Porth said.  “We look forward to having Chase make our lineup deeper and better.”

The Game’s new midday show personality has been heard regularly on The Chase McCabe Show, Saturdays from 9 – 11am and the Chasing Checkers NASCAR podcast.  In addition to making his weekday lineup debut for The Game, McCabe will also co-host Chase and TD with ESPN NFL Nation Tennessee Titans reporter Turron Davenport.  The Titans focused show will air most Friday nights from 6 – 8pm beginning August 2nd.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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