NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State area is getting ready to host its first Super Bowl. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to insult the region, its fans and teams.
Wait — what?
NFL reporter Pam Oliver wasn’t exactly the hostess with the most-ess when she took some ill-advised swipes at the Jets and Giants during a Super Bowl business breakfast Thursday, according to multiple media accounts.
At one point, Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Al Kelly said he couldn’t be worried about “a couple of idiots” who might not layer appropriately for a cold-weather game.
“They’re probably Jets fans,” Oliver responded, according to the New York Daily News.
But wait, there’s more. Among her questions and comments:
— To Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch: “How are we going to instruct the people of this area, particularly New Yorkers, to be nice, to say please and thank you.”
— Another for Tisch: “And Jonathan, what the hell is wrong with the New York Giants?”
— To Jets owner Woody Johnson: “How does Rex Ryan keep his job?”
Oliver apparently recognized the gaffe following her query into the manners of Tri-Staters: “I’m sorry. I’m from the South.”
“I’m from New York City, and I take exception with that,” Tisch responded, according to the New York Post. “New Yorkers are unbelievably hospitable.”
FOX Sports said in a statement that Oliver made the remarks “in jest,” and even received compliments from many attendees at the event put on by the Association for a Better New York. But the Post reported that she drew “gasps, groans and more than a few boos.” According to the Daily News, there was a palpable “negative buzz.”
Sensing a need, WFAN radio co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton made themselves available to the Super Bowl Host Committee.
“Boomer and Craig are here. We’ll help you out,” Esiason said during Friday morning’s show. “You need a hand, you need somebody to do something like that, as long as you don’t do it as a breakfast, we can handle it as a lunch.”
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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