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LeRoy Butler Shares Hall of Fame Joy with 1250 AM The Fan Colleagues

“I’m just so fortunate to have one of the best fanbases, especially the callers.”

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How many sports radio stations and shows boast a Pro Football Hall of Famer among their hosts?

Milwaukee’s 1250 AM The Fan can now do so after former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler was named to the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Butler joins offensive lineman Tony Boselli, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive lineman Richard Seymour and Bryant Young, and coach Dick Vermeil among those who will be inducted into Canton this August.

Yet Butler is also a sports radio host, part of 1250 AM’s The Wendy’s Big Show with Steve Fifer and fellow former Packer Gary Ellerson. Any member of the local NFL team and Hall of Famer would be a welcome interview. But someone who’s a radio colleague?

Butler joined The Bart Winkler Show Friday morning for the good news and to share how he found out he was getting a bust in Canton.

“I hear this BANG! on the door and was like, who is that?” Butler recalled. “I look out the peephole, and you know you can only see one person and I see [Charles] Woodson. I say, what in the world? Woodson? It was like 11 degrees so I open the door and step outside. I had no shoes on.”

“I’m just so fortunate to have one of the best fanbases, especially the callers,” Butler added. “And I appreciate them because there’s people listening to you every single day in Milwaukee. I just appreciate those people because they give you the platform to have fun. The fans are great.”

Winkler complimented Butler on being so approachable, not just with fans but with colleagues and staff at 1250 AM The Fan. Especially with fans like Winkler who watched Butler when they were younger and idolized him, Brett Favre, and Reggie White.

As Butler mentioned, you’ll be able to see the Hall of Fame class of 2022 find out about their selections on an NFL Network special Saturday night (Feb. 12). The Hall of Fame Knocks airs at 9 p.m. ET.

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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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