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‘Dan Le Batard Show’ EP Mike Ryan Reviews Batman Calzony From Little Caesars

“The artistic representation of it, the presentation, the assorted accoutrement, it was a beautiful thing.”

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It should come as no surprise that The Batman did very well at the box office this past weekend, as the new iteration of the DC Comics icon portrayed by Robert Pattinson hit the big screen.

It’s not uncommon for fast-food restaurants to come up with promotional meals or food items in advance of a blockbuster film’s release, and pizza chain Little Caesars rolled out a special Bat-themed pizza/calzone called the Batman Calzony. The restaurant describes it as a pepperoni pizza with a parmesan and buttery-tasting, calzone-like crust filled with garlic white sauce, cheese, and julienne pepperoni, plus Crazy Sauce.

Over on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, executive producer Mike Ryan offered a review of the Batman Calzony at the top of Monday’s show. He said he would reserve his review of the actual film for an upcoming episode of Cinephile, a movie podcast on the Le Batard & Friends Network.

Ryan prefaced his food review by saying the item had become a bit of a meme recently, with social media users sharing photos of their Calzonys not exactly coming out like advertised.

“My Batman Calzony was spectacular!” Ryan told Le Batard and crew on Monday. “The artistic representation of it, the presentation, the assorted accoutrement, it was a beautiful thing.”

Ryan added that it being a meme helped lower his expectations.

“It is quite delicious when you go into it with the expectations of ‘Oh, I’ve seen all these other photos of it online, and that must mean it’s bad,’” he said. “It thoroughly exceeded my expectations.”

Even Dan admitted that they weren’t that bad. Still, it appears the Batman Calzony isn’t being considered a sudden culinary delicacy.

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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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