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ESPN Radio Rejected Mike Golic’s Offer of Reuniting With Mike Greenberg

“Golic is 57 years old and made it clear on Wednesday morning that he has no plans of retiring, stating it was management’s decision to cancel his ESPN Radio morning show.”

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If Mike Greenberg wants to do a radio show again, and Mike Golic is looking to continue his hosting career, why not reunite one of sports radio’s most famous duos? The pair did create 16+ years of radio success together, earning a permanent place in the NAB radio hall of fame.

Golic is 57 years old and made it clear on Wednesday morning that he has no plans of retiring, stating it was management’s decision to cancel his ESPN Radio morning show. 

With his former co-host of 16 years returning to the airwaves as a solo act, and Golic not ready to retire, many fans have floated the idea of a Mike and Mike reunion. 

Golic’s wife responded to one of those fans on Twitter earlier this week, confirming that her husband offered to join Greenberg in the noon – 2pm timeslot on ESPN Radio’s revamped lineup, but nothing emerged from his proposal.

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“I’m too young to retire. My wife won’t let me. I’m back Monday and I’ll be back until July 31,” Golic said, taking a break from vacation and guest appearing on his own radio show to address the forthcoming changes. “I’ll talk more about it then, what I’m going to do. I’m still going to stay in the business. This was management’s choice to do it.”

It’s not the choice of all of management. According to sources, some network execs weren’t sold on ESPN Radio’s new lineup which debuts on August 17th. The morning trio of Zubin, Keyshawn and Jay were said to be put together just within the last week. Reuniting the most iconic brand in the network’s history could have likely quelled whatever fears those individuals have.

Leaders of local stations around the country have expressed the same concerns. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic took to Twitter on Tuesday to describe a conversation he had with “a respected person in the biz” who suggested that stations in major markets would be wise to ignore ESPN Radio’s new morning show and that someone will sign Golic immediately if ESPN lets him hit the open market.

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Golic acknowledged the fan reaction to the new lineup saying that he has been touched by the support and kind words.

“I appreciate what’s been going on on Twitter, and the outpouring of positive thoughts. Certainly not everybody, and that’s fine. You can’t please everybody. It’s been incredible what I’ve heard from people out there and I do appreciate that.”

While the tributes have flooded in for Golic the last few days from fans and colleagues, one person who has remained quiet is Greeny. As of 11:59pm Wednesday night, it’s been silence from Greenberg on the Golic front. 

He undoubtedly has to acknowledge his former co-host getting replaced on ESPN Radio after being there for more than two decades. Even if there is bitterness between the two following their split three years ago, Greeny can’t and won’t ignore Golic’s impressive career. 

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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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