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Mike Ryan Stepping Down as ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’ Executive Producer

“Thank you? You’re leaving? But you’re staying? This is another one of your annoying bits that go on too long?”

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Mike Ryan announced on Thursday that he was leaving his role as executive producer of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

Rumors of Ryan stepping aside from that position had been rumored for quite some time. The Dan Patrick Show even poked fun at those rumblings, with Patrick joking that he was trying to poach Ryan to replace Andrew Perloff, who left for CBS Sports Radio.

But Thursday’s annoucement wasn’t a rumor or speculation. The news came from Ryan himself via Twitter.

Ryan went on to say in that Twitter thread that he wouldn’t be leaving the Le Batard Show completely and would still be involved. Maybe he’ll still have a prominent on-air role, but he won’t be executive producer any longer.

But Ryan has been a longtime part of the Le Batard Show, going back 15 years to when the show was local on Miami’s 790 The Ticket. So this is a big move both for that crew and the loyal listeners to the show.

Since Ryan is sticking around, you would expect the Le Batard Show crew to have fun with this news and they did not disappoint.

As Ryan mentioned, he’ll be taking on new responsibilities at Meadowlark Media. The Le Batard Show tweet called this a promotion.

Considering the number of projects the company is taking on with podcasts, documentaries (both for TV and streaming, as well as audio), and scripted projects, he could be involved in any number of endeavors. And that sure seems like a reason why he would need to step away from the daily grind of producing a daily radio show (or podcast).

For one thing, he has a musical to help produce. Is it a coincidence that Ryan made this announcement while such an ambitious, risky project is in development? Maybe his role in “The Big Game” production is even larger than imagined.

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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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