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Dan Le Batard: I Don’t Need Colleagues To Clean Up Home Run Record

“For their time, the best player I ever saw was Barry Bonds and I don’t need you to clean that up for me with some of the mythologies of how competitive people might cheat in the margins because they are super competitive about being competitive.”

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Some people in the sports media are trying to rewrite baseball history. Plenty have argued that if and when Aaron Judge hits his 62nd home run, he should be recognized as the single season home run champ in Major League Baseball history. It is a point of view Dan Le Batard had no trouble dismissing on Tuesday’s episode of The Dan Patrick Show.

Le Batard, who was dressed as the Mad Hatter for a bit on his own show later in the day, told Patrick that he didn’t need his colleagues that are more nostalgic and romantic for Major League Baseball to try and convince him of what is and isn’t legit.

“For their time, the best player I ever saw was Barry Bonds and I don’t need you to clean that up for me with some of the mythologies of how competitive people might cheat in the margins because they are super competitive about being competitive.”

Barry Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001. Many assume that was achieved with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

Dan Le Batard is not so precious about how the record was achieved. He acknowledges that PED use is cheating, but doesn’t dismiss the accomplishments they lead to.

“It’s not that I don’t have a problem with it,” he said. “It’s that I lost my Hall of Fame vote because we were arguing the merits of whether these guys would go through the pharmacy to be competitive when McGwire and Sosa stole the sport from Bonds when they were cheating. He started cheating too and he was better than them when he was cheating. He was better than them when he wasn’t cheating. He was better than anybody I’ve ever seen, Aaron Judge included.”

He zeroed in on the treatment of Bonds specifically, revealing that when he was guest hosting Pardon The Interruption once, ESPN brass was unhappy that he asked why the network was comfortable burying Bonds based on circumstantial evidence, but let Lance Armstrong, who he said had “all this circumstantial evidence and a little more proof,” host the ESPY Awards.

The use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs bothers plenty of media members. Dan Le Batard is not one of them. In fact, he wonders why anyone would assume that steroids completely disappeared from American sports after Major League Baseball began testing for them.

“It’s funny to me that we don’t ask any questions of Pujols or Brady or any of these guys or women in their 40s where it’s like ‘how have we cheated science so much that these people have perfected a way to age with grace in sports in a way we wish we all could?’.”

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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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