PHILADELPHIA — A budget pictures and low blows are flying, and the Tremendous Bowl remains to be greater than every week away.
If the large sport is half as nasty as what is going on on between sports activities discuss radio rivals in Boston and Philly, it’s going to be a massacre. Sports activities stations WEEI in Boston and WIP in Philadelphia have been launching bombs at one another all week with a string of shock-jock-generated feedback that ranged from outrageous to easily depraved.
Former Eagle Jon Ritchie, who co-hosts the 94WIP Noon Present with Joe DeCamara, got here out with each barrels blazing through the first week of pregame hype, going to the tried-and-true topic of dishonest in ripping the Patriots.
Ritchie mentioned he hates New England as a result of he believes the dishonest Pats value him a hoop once they beat the Eagles within the Tremendous Bowl 13 years in the past. Ritchie mentioned the Patriots filmed Eagles practices earlier than that sport, claims the Eagles additionally made in an ESPN article three years in the past.
“When Spygate broke, among the Eagles now believed they’d a solution for a query that had vexed them since they misplaced to the Patriots 24-21 in Tremendous Bowl XXXIX: How did New England appear fully ready for the hardly ever used dime protection the Eagles deployed within the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on three of 4 drives?” the article mentioned. “The Eagles suspected that both practices have been filmed or a playbook was stolen. ‘To this present day, some imagine that we have been robbed by the Patriots not enjoying by the principles … and understanding our sport plan,’ a former Eagles soccer operations staffer says.”
Ritchie, who was additionally on the dropping finish of the “tuck rule” sport as a member of the Raiders, took his conspiratorial hatred of the Pats one step additional, including he feels the NFL gave the Patriots the Tremendous Bowl that yr after Sept. 11 as a result of it will be good for the nation.
“That was an terrible yr as a result of that was the yr of 9/11,” Ritchie mentioned. “After the very fact, there’s a part of me that mentioned the powers that be wished the Patriots to win this factor and perhaps it helped our nation.”
As you may count on, Ritchie is now a joke in Boston and nearly all of WEEI’s hosts have eviscerated him for his outlandish feedback. The Dale, Holley and Keefe afternoon present was particularly savage, stating Ritchie was on IR when the Pats beat the Eagles within the Tremendous Bowl. The argument spilled over to Twitter, the place the Boston present hosts engaged Ritchie’s dishonest claims.
“Hey @RitchieJon, which observe did the Patriots tape once more?” the Dale, Holley and Keefe afternoon present account tweeted.
“Follow, singular?” Ritchie responded.
“In order that they filmed your groups a number of instances?”
“Who is aware of?” Ritchie mentioned. “Who’ll ever know? The whole lot they filmed that wasn’t their workforce was smashed by Goodell. The very fact exists that tapes have been smashed. Simply guessing these tapes weren’t puppies and sunsets.”
Whereas Ritchie made himself a simple goal, one other Philadelphia sportscaster, Howard Eskin, drew the ire of the Boston media along with his rant towards them and the workforce they cowl.
“They seem to be a shame,” Eskin mentioned this week. “The media within the Boston space is shame. It is a joke. They’re frauds. Invoice Belichick does not discuss to them anyway. They’re afraid he would shut ’em down. They’re afraid fairly boy Tom Brady would shut ’em down in the event that they mentioned something unfavourable. They can not do something flawed.”
Eskin additionally blasted away at Invoice Belichick’s Corridor of Fame credentials after the Pats have been busted in Spygate.
“They cheated,” Eskin mentioned. “It is that easy. They cheated. It has been documented. they cheated a number of instances. … We all know once they cheated, however we all know they needed to cheat greater than they have been caught. There is not any query.”
Dale, Holley and Keefe responded with, “This is identical metropolis that had Invoice Conlin, so we’re a shame?” a reference to the previous Philadelphia sports activities columnist accused of kid molestation. Additionally they dredged up Eskin’s personal previous and referred to a lady whose husband murdered her in 1997 after Eskin despatched her a dozen roses. Ouch.
Subsequent week on Radio Row, the gloves shall be off.