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March 11 is ‘Les Grobstein Day in Chicago,’ Bobblehead to Honor Legendary Voice

“Les Grobstein was known as a walking sports encyclopedia who had an ironclad memory of even the smallest details and who equally loved all Chicago sports.”

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On what would’ve been Les Grobstein’s 70th birthday, the city of Chicago is honoring one of its legendary broadcasters on Friday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot officially proclaimed March 11 “Les Grobstein Day in Chicago.”

The celebration is “in recognition of his indelible contributions to Chicago sports and encourages all residents to join in honoring the life of a man whose legacy will live on in the hearts and lives of all those who knew and loved him,” wrote Mayor Lightfoot.

Danny Parkins, Grobstein’s colleague at 670 The Score, shared the official proclamation from Mayor Lightfoot on Twitter, which included several tributes to the longtime overnight host’s 50-year radio career in the city. Among them, his previous stints at WLS (890-AM) and WMVP (1000-AM), calling play-by-play for UIC hockey, and his 1983 recording of the infamous tirade by Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia (which Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko compared to the Zapruder film).

“Les Grobstein was known as a walking sports encyclopedia,” Lightfoot added, “who had an ironclad memory of even the smallest details and who equally loved all Chicago sports from high school, college, professional and everything in between.”

Grobstein, who passed away in January, was a Chicago native who started his broadcasting career calling Northwestern basketball games. After the aforementioned stints at WLS and WMVP, he joined 670 The Score, where he hosted the overnight show for 13 years and built a loyal following.

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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is also releasing a commemorative bobblehead in Grobstein’s honor. The figure depicts a smiling “Grobber” with a press pass around his neck, a microphone in his right hand, and his iconic tape recorder in his left hand. The base is decorated with a 670 The Score logo and a button that plays sound clips from Grobstein.

Grobstein’s bobblehead is only available through the museum’s online store at a retail price of $30. The figures are expected to ship in July. The bobblehead is being produced by the museum with Grobstein’s family and AUTOGRAPH1.

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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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