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Michigan Football Broadcaster Doug Karsch ‘Caught Off Guard’ By Colin Kaepernick

“I was so shocked, like completely shocked, because it was so random. Suddenly, I’m in a small room and there’s Colin Kaepernick. He’s tall.”

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As Michigan football’s spring game approaches, head coach Jim Harbaugh is creating a bit more news than who might win the Wolverines’ quarterback competition between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy.

Harbaugh invited his former quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, to Michigan spring practice and named him the honorary captain for Saturday’s spring game. Additionally, Kaepernick spoke to the team after practice Wednesday and several pictures of him at the Wolverines’ facility were posted to Twitter.

On Detroit’s 97.1 The Ticket, new Michigan football play-by-play announcer Doug Karsch, who also hosts the midday show with Scott Anderson, revealed how he discovered the news of Kaepernick not only being at the practice facility but his role in Saturday’s spring game.

“I am preparing for the Michigan football spring game this week, been at Schembechler Hall all week, and I’m sitting in an office talking to [wide receivers coach] Ron Bellamy last night,” Karsch explained. “Down the hall, there’s some commotion… then here comes Coach Harbaugh, you can hear him, and I had my back to the door when somebody walks in the room, like right next to me, and gives the bro-hug to Ron Bellamy.

“I look up right next to me and I say, ‘Sup, Colin.’ I’m like, I don’t know you, you don’t know me. Sorry. It’s Colin Kaepernick. I was so shocked, like completely shocked, because it was so random. Suddenly, I’m in a small room and there’s Colin Kaepernick. He’s tall.”

As Anderson noted, the news was already out by the time Karsch & Anderson took the air on 97.1 The Ticket. But Karsch reported, along with several outlets later, that Kaepernick would also hold a throwing session at Michigan Stadium during halftime with several NFL free agent receivers. Which receivers will appear hasn’t been revealed.

“You gotta figure there will be some NFL scouts there,” said Karsch. “Most of the scouts are preparing for the draft, but there will be NFL people there. It completely caught me off guard, though. Did not expect it at all.”

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons in San Francisco, compiling a 44-19 regular-season record and an NFC championship in his second season. (The 49ers eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.) Kaepernick’s best two NFL seasons occurred with Harbaugh in 2013 and 2014, throwing for a combined 6,566 yards with 40 touchdown passes.

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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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