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Craig Carton Anticipates An Encounter With Mike Francesa at BSM Summit

“So it’s going to be a thing where we’re gonna have to cross paths.”

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Just as we are here at Barrett Sports Media, plenty of radio and podcast hosts, content creators, producers, programmers and executives are excited for the BSM Summit, happening on March 2 and 3 at The Anne Bernstein Theater in New York City.

But WFAN’s Craig Carton is anticipating his appearance at the Summit for reasons beyond his conversation on stage with Jason Barrett on Thursday. On Tuesday’s Carton & Roberts show, Carton noted that he will be in the same room with former WFAN host Mike Francesa, whom he has publicly said he does not like. And the feeling appears to be mutual.

“I’m being interviewed at a big radio gala, a morning thing,” Carton said after co-host Evan Roberts asked if he was going to see Francesa. “And apparently, after I go on stage and I’m interviewed, to talk about radio and all that stuff, right after I go, he’s coming on stage to present Felger and Massarotti in Boston with the Mike & The Mad Dog Award, which is some new radio award. So it’s going to be a thing where we’re gonna have to cross paths.”

Roberts asked Carton if he would say hello to Francesa, to which Carton said, “Of course. I always do.” But will Francesa say hello back to Carton?

“He will not, no,” said Carton. The two then guessed that Francesa would just look down and not acknowledge him. Or he might have BSM Summit organizers keep the two away from each other until Carton has left the theater.

Roberts encouraged Carton to make an effort to say hello to Francesa and maybe mention that he’s in Francesa’s old time slot at WFAN. How might that go over?

“Mike does not like me; I do not like Mike,” Carton explained to Roberts last October. “I respect Mike’s career, but he and I just don’t [get along], and that’s OK. You don’t have to get along with everybody. I typically do, of course. Too much was said back and forth. Most of it said by me, of course! But yeah, he and I, too much was said back and forth.”

Carton’s discussion at the BSM Summit is scheduled for 10:25 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET And shortly thereafter, as announced by Jason Barrett on Tuesday, Francesa will present Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz with the newly created Mike & The Mad Dog Award, honoring the top local sports radio show in the country.

As Jason pointed out, Francesa’s appearance will be part of Thursday’s 2022 BSM Summit Awards Ceremony scheduled from 11:50 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. And within that 50-minute window, there will be another discussion on stage with CBS Sports Radio’s Maggie Gray talking to ESPN’s Mike Foxx and Steve Braband from WWE about successfully executing digital content.

So it’s entirely possible that Carton and Francesa won’t encounter each other. The Summit will keep moving along, running on schedule. Yet Carton seems to think it’s likely because they’ll be in the theater with the other attendees.

Those in attendance may have to provide eyewitness accounts of Carton and Francesa possibly meeting. There could be some bonus activity to monitor at the BSM Summit. Or we may have to wait until Friday’s Carton & Roberts show to get a recap.

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Longtime Hornets Analyst, Radio Host Gerry Vaillancourt Dies

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia.”

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Gerry Vaillancourt, a voice synonymous with Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets basketball, passed away over the weekend.

According to information provided to the Charlotte Observer from the family, Vaillancourt, affectionately known at “Gerry V,” died due to complications from a heart condition.

Vaillancourt was a mainstay on Hornets broadcasts dating back to the franchise’s inception in the 80s. Additionally, he was a fixture on sports talk radio. Vaillancourt hosted shows on WCNT, WFNZ and WBT in Charlotte, as well as on 1280 AM and WRNO in New Orleans.

“Gerry was one of the originals in the start of sports talk in Charlotte: funny, entertaining and a basketball encyclopedia,” WBT and Hornets colleague Jim Szoke told the Charlotte Observer. “I used to love when Hubie Brown was on as a regular guest and listening to them talk hoops in great detail.”

Vaillancourt was born and raised in New York City. He played basketball collegiately at Gardner-Webb University and coached at James Madison, Davidson, and Appalachian State.

He was 72 years old.

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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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