Eddie in Bayside knows how to hold a grudge. The listener called into WFAN’s Carton & Roberts on Wednesday to detail his hatred of Yankees radio voice John Sterling. The ire goes all the way back to 1972.
At that time, Sterling had a talk show on WMCA. Eddie says that Sterling said that he would give box seats to a game between the Yankees and Cleveland Indians to the next caller that could name five players whose names were part of the human body.
Eddie says he got through and listed four names: Bill Hand, Barry Foote, Rollie Fingers, and Elroy Face. Sterling told him that he just needed one more to win. That is when Eddie claims he said “Pete LeCock.”
Evan Roberts erupted with laughter telling Carton “I did not see that coming, Craig!”
Eddie says that Sterling hit the dump button and then launched into a five minute long rant. He claims that Sterling was upset that people didn’t take his trivia questions seriously. On air, Eddie says that Sterling’s producer said that Eddie should have won the tickets but he never heard back from the station.
On Thursday, Carton called Sterling to set the record straight.
Not only was the play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees on the line, the show got Eddie back as well. Sterling quickly got into the spirit of the bit.
“Eddie, it’s wonderful to talk to you again,” Sterling said when Eddie introduced himself. “I’ve been wondering for the last 50 years what’s been happening with you. I’m glad to hear you’re good.”
Eddie explained the circumstances of his call to WMCA in 1972. Sterling laughed, but said that he wasn’t sure that Eddie was telling the truth.
“I do sports. I don’t do nonsense,” Sterling said when he was told that he had hosted a trivia contest on air.
Still, Eddie pressed on. Carton made him go through the players he named one by one. Each time he said a name, Sterling gave a fact about the player. This time, when Eddie got to Pete LeCock, there was a pause on the other end of the line.
“Well, certainly I know the player,” Sterling said. “A left-hand hitting first baseman.”
Sterling maintains that he never hosted a trivia contest on air and that he never hung up on Eddie, still though he said that he hoped Eddie got to attend a Yankee game in 1972. Carton promised that WFAN would make sure Eddie got attend one this season as soon as the Yankees announce their attendance policy. It was an outcome Sterling called “marvelous”.
This was a truly fun moment for the relatively new show and showed off what Craig Carton and Evan Roberts can be at their best. The bit involved a New York sports icon, a listener from Bayshore, Carton leading the circus, and Roberts reacting spontaneously to the action that unfolded in front of him.
Even Sterling’s sign off, “I hope, Craig and Evan, that I’ve done a great job for you and I hope I have raised your ratings even higher than they are,” was a perfect capper.
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”
Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”
One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.
Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.
Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.
“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”
Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.
Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.