BATTLE-DRINK, SUPER BOWL: Manning, Sherman and Weed! OH MY!
By the way, when I see Wes Welker's name, it reminds me of the oddest "stiff" that Rich Lord and I sustained on Radio Row. Every year, you go into the week with a guest list, and some guests get added and some drop out at the last minute. The oddest, and maybe most insulting one, was Peter Scolari inexplicably no-showing us to start the show on Thursday. If you're like "Who?!?" don't worry, you're not alone. Scolari was best known for being Tom Hanks' co-star in early 80's sitcom Bosom Buddies, before one of the two of them became a big star. (Hint, NOT Scolari.)
Scolari went on to have a supporting role on Newhart and a few other nondescript roles, while Hanks became the signature actor of our generation. (Scolari is in a Broadway show about the Yankees, which is why he was scheduled for Radio Row. I know you were wondering.)
Anyway, where does Welker fit in? Well, when you think about it, Scolari acted alongside two of the greats of the last few decades, Newhart and Hanks, much the same way Welker has caught passes from maybe the two best quarterbacks of all time, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. I had the comparison all ready to go in a great metaphorical question. And Scolari screwed me. You suck, Scolari. You suck.
N1: Richard Sherman taunting penalty
N2: Richard Sherman interception
N4: "Thug" mention
N5: Michael Crabtree tweets at Sherman
Perhaps the biggest thrill I got all week on Radio Row was being part of an interview of the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The interview was fantastic, but how it came about was even better. Former Texan defensive lineman Travis Johnson was sitting in with Rich Lord and I for the afternoon on Thursday. Travis is great on the radio, fearless, and brings a ton of energy to the show. Well, we were sitting there doing the show, and out of nowhere, on air, Travis barks "Hey, it's REGGIE JACKSON!" I turn around, and it was actually Jesse Jackson, which, yes, made us all die laughing. Well, it didn't stop there. Travis basically sold Jackson in about two seconds on sitting down to an impromptu interview with us. An incredible moment, and I was thrilled to get to ask the Reverend a question about the Richard Sherman dust-up and the racial overtones of the reaction. I don't recall his answer because I was in awe of sitting next to Jesse Jackson.
G1: "Concussion" mention
G2: "Marijuana" mention
G3: "Goodell" mention
G4: "Counterfeit memorabilia" mention
G5: National anthem botch
This is the "NFL hot button" column. You can't do any interview with current or former players without mixing in one question about player safety and/or weed. It's Radio Row protocol this year.
O1: Beer commercial
O2: Automotive commercial
O3: Food commercial
O4: Kate Upton commercial
O5: Betty White commercial
This column is for all of the "once a year" NFL fans who are at the Super Bowl parties for the conversation, the appetizers, to play squares, and yes, watch the commercials. YouTube and the premature leak of some of these spots has really obsoleted "commercial guy" at Super Bowl parties. You know, that one guy (or gal) who knows everything about every spot that's supposed to run, but doesn't know which Manning is playing in the actual game. Hate that guy.
Enjoy the game, everybody! And please don't drink and drive!