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Paul Finebaum: ‘I Don’t Believe College Football Is An Honest Game’

“I want to vomit every time I hear an administrator talk about student-athletes because that’s not what they are anymore.”

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Paul Finebaum visits with Cole Cubelic and Greg McElroy every Monday morning on Jox 94.5 in Birmingham. During this week’s appearance, McElroy asked Finebaum why so many people are talking about NIL deals for college athletes and the NCAA Transfer Portal as if they would be the end of college football.

Finebaum’s answer sure sounded like he was calling out, not only fans that talk that way, but some of his own colleagues as well. His point was simple. You may not like what is happening, but it isn’t actually hurting college football.

“I’m tired of hearing it because it’s not true,” Finebaum answered. “You’re 100% correct. On Saturdays this fall, there will still be, depending on the game, millions of people watching. Cumulatively the numbers are massive. And there will be 90,000 people, 100,000 people in the stadiums and there will be millions of people around the country betting on football, which is really what drives it.”

Last week, Paul Finebaum was in Las Vegas as part of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft. He said that he had a conversation off-air with a coach that had come to college football after a career in the NFL. This coach told Finebaum that the NFL can orchestrate a level playing field in a way that can’t be done with college football players now.

There was no reason to think the coach was lying, but Finebaum said the point was irrelevant to the popularity of the sport.

“All the conversations that we hear, really don’t matter. Yeah, there will be people that leave college football to go back to the NFL. There will be people that say ‘You know, I’ve had enough of this. I’m retiring’ or ‘I’m moving to something else.’ That’s fine. That’s not going to effect the number of people interested.”

Finebaum was blunt about what he disliked about what he has heard. He said he did not want to contribute to a conversation he did not agree with.

That wouldn’t have always been the case though. He told McElroy and Cubelic in the morning that when he was in the early days of his radio career, he may have been one of the people predicting that the changing landscape of college football spelled doom and gloom for the sport. Now, he is a little more skeptical of that kind of talk.

“I spent so much time early on looking into illegalities, and I was passionate about it. I believed college football should be run honestly,” he said. “I don’t believe that anymore. I don’t believe it is an honest game. I want to vomit every time I hear an administrator talk about student-athletes because that’s not what they are anymore.”

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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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