Monday, May 12, 2008
memo to anthony gargano: shut up. just shut up.
Heard from a friend back in Philly that 610 WIP-AM radio host Anthony Gargano had ambushed a newspaper columnist from Pittsburgh on the air today, accusing the city of being a johnny-come-lately in terms of its passion for hockey. He also mocked the guy for daring to pick the Penguins to sweep the Flyers -- despite the inconvenient fact that, last we checked, the Pens were already halfway there. And for his coup de grace, Gargano proceeded to taunt the guy for wearing "Penguins panties" or something or other. OK, tough guy, OK. Your station has also often pointed out that the Pirates failed to sell out a few playoff games back in the early 1990s -- an inexcusable act for the fans in Pittsburgh, even if the unsold seats were way up in the outfield upper deck at Three Rivers Stadium, about 10 miles from the field. Very well. But lookie here, cuz: the life of kings has discovered that, as recently as 2000, the Eagles -- the so-called pulse and passionate lifeblood of Philadelphia sports -- needed the Fox Network to buy up approximately 1,500 available seats to avoid having a playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers blacked out. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself right here in The New York Times. That's right, ladies and gentlemen: Less than a decade ago, the Philadelphia Eagles needed help to sellout a playoff game. So shut up, Gargano, and enjoy your head start on the next 25 years of rooting for one loser after another while you continue to parade around with your knuckles scraping against the pavement.