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Sid Rosenberg Enters Francesa/Gio Fight

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In what is a somber day for the WFAN morning show, Mike Francesa and Sid Rosenberg shifted some of the focus away from the guilty verdict of former WFAN host Craig Carton.

The newest member of the WFAN morning show, Gregg Giannotti has made a habit of impersonating other FAN employees since joining the program. On Wednesday, Mike called Gio out in an attempt to rekindle a radio war between the WFAN morning and afternoon shows. Francesa said he happened to stumble on the morning show for about an “hour” and didn’t seem to find Giannotti amusing.

“Giannotti, stop with the impersonations of me. I mean, enough already. Get some new material, please,” Francesa said. “No wonder your show stinks. Jeez. Giannotti, I mean, he is short on ability, I’m sorry. I’m sick of the impersonations. I listened to them this morning, they stink.”

When Mike ended his rant, it seemed the battle vs. Giannotti would be put on hold until the morning show had an opportunity for a rebuttal, but Sid Rosenberg, former WFAN talent and current host of the Bernie and Sid Show on WABC saw an opportunity to get involved.

While Francesa will almost assuredly decline any assistance from Rosenberg in a radio fight, Sid still jumped in to support Mike’s talent assessment of Giannotti and add that listeners are leaving WFAN for his WABC show every day. Gio quickly responded to Sid on Twitter citing ratings, which led to a rant from Rosenberg, who many thought could replace Carton on WFAN.

Sid threw the first punch, so it was interesting to see him tell Gio, “I was your friend” and “show some respect,” but Sid is well aware that anytime he gets involved with WFAN drama it provides him with extra attention and listeners the next morning.

At a time where the WFAN morning show is dealing with the fact that their former captain was convicted of a crime which will ultimately see him in land in jail, they can be thankful to Mike Francesa and Sid Rosenberg for attempting to help them get through the day. 

Boomer and Gio do not take criticism too seriously, which continued Thursday as they found humor in the situation. The WFAN morning show remains a united front, and Wednesday evening’s comments from Mike and Sid appeared to serve the program well.

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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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