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Craig Carton: Michael Kay, Andrew Marchand ‘In Cahoots’ To Unseat Carton & Roberts

“It’s not our style to brag. We all do a good job, we all work really hard, we’re just happy to come to work, tripling you,” Carton said.

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WFAN afternoon co-host Craig Carton was beaten to a story by Andrew Marchand of The New York Post about the New York Yankees moving their Friday broadcast — originally scheduled for Amazon Prime Video — to YES Network as Aaron Judge continues to chase the American League single season home run record. Carton then said Marchand probably got the notice from YES Network announcer Michael Kay, who Carton sarcastically called Marchand’s “best friend”.

“That’s why there’s always articles about Michael in the paper, because he and Marchand got together to try to unseat us as number one. It’s not gonna happen, but that’s what they’re in cahoots on.”

Carton then pointed out YES Network had tweeted about the high ratings for recent Yankee broadcasts, including Tuesday’s game being the highest-watched game since Derek Jeter’s final game. He then sarcastically noted discussing ratings is something he’d never do.

“Bragging about ratings is so beneath us. Every day for the last year and a half, we’ve been number one,” Carton jokingly said before bragging about the show’s top spot in the ratings. “It’s not our style to brag. We all do a good job, we all work really hard, we’re just happy to come to work, tripling you,” Carton said. “I’m just kidding! We’re just having fun! Can’t we all just get along and not be so sensitive and insecure?

“We’re having a good time — we’re number one — I just don’t understand why people can’t — we’re number one — enjoy our thing while they do their thing — we’re number one — and listen chips fall where they fall, no one is getting fired — we’re not ’cause we’re number one — and reality is that this is supposed to be fun — we’re number one — and I don’t understand why this isn’t fun for everybody. We’re number one. Let’s all put our cards on the table — we’re number one and you’re not — and just let it all go! That’s all!”

In the spring ratings period, Carton & Roberts topped The Michael Kay Show by a 6.3 to 3.2 margin. During the winter ratings period, Carton & Roberts were a 5.7 rating with The Michael Kay Show garnering a 4.5 rating. Kay called Carton “very nasty and rude” saying it “doesn’t sit well” with the ESPN New York host earlier this summer in a story with NJ.com.

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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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