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Bob McCown Says Sportsnet Showed Interest In Bringing Him Back

“McCown said his 2019 exit from Sportsnet was led by a financial decision from the company, and although there may have been recent interest in a return, an offer never materialized.”

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In recent months, the Canadian sports radio airwaves have been littered with change. One change that was surprisingly discussed, but did not materialize, was the return of Bob McCown to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.  

It’s been nearly two years since the Rogers Media owned Sportsnet let him go, but McCown told The Athletic there was a recent moment where he felt “they were going to hire me back.” 

An iconic member of Canada’s sports media for over 40 years, McCown was the main host of Prime Time Sports from 1989-2019. He became a staple in afternoon drive, owning the area’s top-rated sports show for the better part of three decades.  

The 69-year-old McCown told The Athletic discussions of a return to Sportsnet came during corporate restructuring within the company, culminating by parting ways with program director Dave Cadeau last month. McCown said he spoke with president of Rogers Media Jordan Banks, while his agent was in discussions with president of Sportsnet Bart Yabsley. 

“I actually thought, for a period of time, they were going to hire me back. Then they made me an offer that was ridiculous, and then there was another, further extension of conversation with Yabsley, which was very amicable,” McCown added to The Athletic. “But it dissipated last month. It never got really substantial, other than he kept saying, ‘We’re interested, we’re interested, we’re interested … OK, we’re not interested.’”

McCown said his 2019 exit from Sportsnet was led by a financial decision from the company, and although there may have been recent interest in a return, an offer never materialized. 

The founder of sports radio in Canada, McCown was known throughout his career for tenaciously challenging guests and callers, although his fiery style toned down near the end. Since parting ways with Sportsnet, McCown has launched multiple digital ventures and podcasts through his production company, Fadoo Productions.

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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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