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NBC Announces Hockey Broadcast Teams for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

The U.S. women’s hockey team begins Feb. 3 versus Finland. The U.S. men’s team hits the ice the following week on Feb. 10 against China.

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NBC Sports announced its ice hockey broadcasters for coverage of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The commentary teams boast nine Olympic medalists, including three gold medal winners.

Kenny Albert will be the lead play-by-play broadcaster, with Brendan Burke, Chris Vosters, and John Walton also filling that role for NBC’s coverage.

Albert has called hockey at every Winter Olympics since 2002, while Burke will broadcast his first WInter Games. Vosters is on his third Olympics assignment and Walton is working his second consecutive Winter Games.

The roster of analysts is led by NHL veterans Brian Boucher, Anson Carter, Keith Jones, and Eddie Olczyk. Also providing color commentary will be Monique Lamoureux-Morando, A.J. Mleczko, Dom Moore, and Angela Ruggiero.

Boucher and Carter are working their second Winter Olympics, while Jones is on his third Olympics assignment and Olczyk calls his fourth Winter Games. Making their Olympics broadcasting debuts are three-time Olympic medalist Lamoureux-Morando, NHL veteran Dom Moore, and Hockey Hall of Famer and four-time Olympic medal winner Ruggiero.

Leila Rahimi will be NBC’s reporter for both men’s and women’s Olympics hockey coverage.

The U.S. women’s hockey team goes for a second consecutive gold medal beginning Thursday, Feb. 3 versus Finland on USA Network at 8 a.m. ET. The U.S. men’s team hits the ice the following week on Feb. 10 against China, also at 8 a.m. ET on USA Network. All Olympics hockey coverage will stream live on Peacock.

Coverage of the Olympic women’s hockey tournament begins Wednesday night (Feb. 2) with Canada versus Switzerland at 11 p.m. ET on USA Network. The men’s tournament opens on Feb. 9 with Switzerland facing the Russian Olympic Committee. USA Network’s live coverage begins at 4 a.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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