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Doug Gottlieb Questions Why Maria Taylor Gets All-NBA Vote

“For the second time in a week, Taylor was on the defense, touting her credentials as someone who covers the league for The Worldwide Leader.”

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Doug Gottlieb doesn’t think former Division I college basketball player and current Countdown host Maria Taylor is qualified to vote on who the best NBA players are. 

It’s an odd take from the FOX Sports Radio host, because if you’re able to remove fandom from the judgement, pretty much anyone who watches the sport with some regularity should be able to fairly assess who the best players are. But shortly after the All-NBA teams were announced, Taylor’s voting submission was released and shared by Lakers beat writer Harrison Fagen to note that she left Anthony Davis off her ballot. 

Despite Davis earning a spot on the first-team, social media criticized Taylor’s ballot, with Gottlieb leading the charge and questioning, why is she even allowed to vote? Taylor admitted overlooking Davis was a mistake. 

The timing of Gottlieb’s opinion made this an especially hot take, with Taylor being unfairly placed in headlines just days earlier after now-former 670 The Score host Dan McNeil posted a misogynistic tweet about the ESPN contributor. But Gottlieb was surely aware of the timing before posting the critical tweet of his own that triggered plenty of reaction. 

For the second time in a week, Taylor was on the defense, touting her credentials as someone who covers the league for The Worldwide Leader. But Gottlieb didn’t waver. 

I don’t expect Gottlieb to call them all out, but there are certainly more unqualified sports award voters. Baseball writers can be voting on who should be elected into the Hall of Fame a full decade after they stopped covering the sport. Mike Francesa still votes on the Heisman Trophy winner even after he admittedly forgot to turn his ballot in eight years ago. 

More than Gottlieb questioning Taylor’s credentials as an All-NBA voter, the hotter take in his tweet is just the idea that the award requires specific qualifications to properly judge who the best basketball players are. It’s not that hard.

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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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