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Mad Dog Blasts US Open For Making Broadcasters Wear Masks

“Russo took particular issue with a few issues at this year’s event.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is talking plenty of tennis this week with the U.S. Open happening in New York City. He took particular issue with a few issues at this year’s event. Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina caught a few of them during “Mad Dog’s” Wednesday monologues.

Russo has a problem with tennis player Reilly Opelka saying “the media sucks” for how they are handling the Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom situation. The Greek tennis player is getting criticized for his extended restroom breaks at the tournament.

“I don’t know Tsitsipas, I don’t know his situation,” Opelka said to media at Flushing Meadows. “I doubt he’s getting coached. I highly doubt it. Today I couldn’t even take my bag in to change. I’m like, guys, my clothes and shoes are in here. You can come in and stand with me if you want.”

“What the hell does the tennis media care about Tsitsipas’s bathroom breaks?” Russo declared on Mad Dog Sports Radio. “It’s not the media? You’re blaming the media? What are you crazy?”

Russo was clear who Opelka should be directing his anger towards. One of Tsitsipas’s opponents, Andy Murray, made a bigger deal about the bathroom breaks than the media.

“It’s [Andy] Murray!” Russo exclaimed. “Who’s won three more Grand Slams than you’ll ever win. By the way, it’s Murray who’s ticked off.”

“Mad Dog” wasn’t done; he turned his vitriol at the indoor mask policy put in place for New York City. Officials implemented the mandate once the matches moved indoors due to rain.

“How the hell can you call a tennis match in a 23,000 seat stadium with a mask on?” Russo asked during another monologue. “I mean, this is ridiculous… You know why it’s ridiculous? Because the player’s box people didn’t have masks on!”

Listen to both rants from Russo above and catch his show on Mad Dog Sports Radio airing weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. ET.

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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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