By Max Herman
After a raucous day of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and some thrilling NCAA Tournament action, Boomer and Carton were back in the Allstate Studio this morning to close out the week. Boom accused Craig of lacking energy to kick off this morning’s show after all of yesterday’s festivities, but Craig said he’s feeling great despite having a blocked ear canal.
They started off by diving into a little bit of NCAA Tournament talk. St. John’s was one of the victims of yesterday’s March Madness, losing badly to 11-seeded Gonzaga. But Craig says he’s not here to say “I told you so” despite predicting the Johnnies would make an early exit.
After glossing over some of the other college basketball games from yesterday, the guys moved on to a very interesting story out of New York Yankees’ camp. It appears that Joe Torre will be returning to Yankee Stadium for this year’s Old Timer’s Day. But Craig isn’t so sure how Yankee fans will treat him upon his return.
Before Jerry Rello got into his first update of the morning, the Joe Torre talk naturally led to a discussion about his book, “The Yankee Years,” in which Joe said some less-than-kind words pertaining to certain members of the organization. That transitioned seamlessly into a conversation about a book that Craig is working on; a book which he claims is about 50,000 words away from completion. He gives you the inside scoop on what some of the better chapters will be about.
Then Jerry updated us on all of Thursday’s NCAA Tourney action in addition to the rest of the local scoreboard. You can listen to some of the best audio from buzzer-beating play-by-play calls to emotional players and coaches in postgame interviews. But speaking of great audio, in this segment, Craig teases a clip of the great Walt “Clyde” Frazier impersonating Boomer during the Knicks’ broadcast last night. More on that later…
Now that their union has decertified, NFL players no longer have to abide by the league’s player conduct policy, at least for the time being. So that got Craig to thinking. And he decided that if he were more of a Ricky Williams type of guy, he might be tempted to make a trip out to the west coast. Why is that you ask? Well, because medical marijuana can be bought in sold in mass quantities in California, and Craig believes the league’s owners shouldn’t be able to do a damn thing about it as long as they are locking out their players. Then the conversation delves deeper into why negotiations between the two sides in the NFL’s labor conflict came to a screeching halt last week.
WWE Superstar John Cena stopped by this morning to chat with Boomer and Craig live in studio. Wrestlemania, which is regarded as professional wrestling’s Super Bowl, is just a few weeks away, and Cena has his eye on the WWE Championship. We got his insight into several topics including Snooki being involved in Wrestlemania XXVII, the upcoming Triple H vs. Undertaker match, and even his own feud with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But most importantly, Craig has a beef with Cena stemming back to his last visit to the Boomer & Carton program, when Cena roasted Craig in a freestyle rap.
The Mets trimmed their roster today, cutting eight players from their Spring Training ranks. As the morning progressed, we learned that neither Luis Castillo nor Oliver Perez was one of the players cut loose. Needless to say this wasn’t the most popular move with our hosts. But naturally the question that came out of this is simple: Will Castillo and/or Perez still be on the roster in two weeks when the Mets kick off their regular season schedule against the Marlins? Since the show concluded, our very own Ed Coleman has reported that the Mets will in fact release Castillo. But here’s what Boomer and Craig had to say this morning before that report was filed.
Before hearing today’s Moment of the Day, Craig really wanted Jerry to sample the icing on the cupcake he was eating. The conversation that unfolded from there is rich with humor and sexual innuendo. But then we turned to the MOTD. Earlier in the show, we heard the audio from the Knicks’ TV broadcast in which Walt “Clyde” Frazier did his best Boomer Esiason impression. Boomer believes that this instantly made him cooler. And quite frankly it’s hard to argue it didn’t.
To close out the show, the guys talked to Jets’ fullback and member of the NFLPA Executive Committee, Tony Richardson. They get his take on the labor dispute, touching on everything from the salary cap, to the 18-game schedule, to rookie wage scales, to Adrian Peterson’s comments comparing the players’ situation to slavery. If you’re unclear on where the NFLPA stands on the core issues of these negotiations, this is a great interview to learn about their position.
***Now we get to one the blog’s most popular features, the daily ‘Attention Grabber’. We have teamed up with the folks over at Maxim.com and today’s AG is the beautiful Christa Campbell from Grand Junction, Colorado. And let me tell you, this Campbell is mmm, mmm good…
***This is a compilation of all the above audio in one nice package for your convenience…So go ahead and Enjoy!!!
***Don’t forget, March Madness doesn’t just apply to the NCAA Tournament. That’s because the field of 64 is officially set for this year’s Tournament of Babes! Be sure to click on the link and cast your vote!
See you all bright and early on Monday when we’ll do it all over again, from 6am-10am Monday thru Friday, on Sports Radio 66 WFAN, in New York. Until then I bid you all a fond farewell…
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