With Wednesday’s inevitable encounter of WIP’s Josh Innes and the Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli finally taking shape, perhaps fittingly on the sideline of an Eagles practice, you have to wonder.
Or maybe not …
Innes was so pumped to share the showdown that he couldn’t even wait the extra 10 minutes it took before his show started to announce that he told Mikey Miss that his show sucked. Instead, he had to give an “exclusive” to listeners of Mike & Ike.
Wow … Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
The reality is, at least for me, that Innes’ afternoon drive-time deal has gone blah with the addition of Hollis Thomas and Spike Eskin. It’s a bad teaming that will lean too heavily on Thomas’ carte-blanche expert status with being an ex-Eagle and see Innes go back to his never-ending whining about how people in Philly don’t like him.
For a while there, as Tony Bruno’s days came to a close and beyond, Innes seemed to be evolving … on his own. Frankly, his non-native insight was an incredible breath of fresh air from the typical ultra-provincial always on air in town. Now? With the new partners, that is disappearing.
M2, meanwhile, waited almost a couple hours before bringing up the “much ado about nothing” brouhaha. In classic Miss fashion, he had to paint himself as the tough guy. Ugh, gotta go with Innes on this one – who cares?
Especially when the guy outed himself earlier in his show as being a hero worshipper like those he takes pleasure in criticizing. In one revealing segment, Miss shared one exchange he had with Utley – you know, as only he could have since he played college baseball, and he has special insight because of that.
Anyway, apparently Miss brought up an incident in which Utley broke a bat while hitting a humpback liner for a single. Utley looked ticked off as the camera panned to him. The sportstalker, channeling what he hoped was his inner Chase, thought the player was mad because he hadn’t hit the ball on the proverbial screws and asked, looking to make that connection that only true baseball guys can have.
Utley responded in kind … that, no, it wasn’t that, it was that he had broken a bat, and now had to order some more.
With that, M2’s disappointment oozed … to where he labeled Utley weird, or odd.
He may be, but by having a normal, practical reaction to breaking a bat wouldn’t exactly rate No. 1 as a reason why.
Rather, that little ditty only displayed that M2 may be as much of a geek as Innes, just dressed in different attire.
UPDATE: Just to solidify his true geekiness (without even knowing it), Miss brought up the same Utley story again Thursday. Really?!!
GOOD NEWS: It appears that Jon Runyan grasps that less will be more to his stints on WIP. While Angelo Cataldi grovels over yet another former Eagle being part of his morning team, constantly trying to engage the big fella, Runyan keeps his comments short and then fades into the background, keeping his boredom hidden for another hour or so.
BETTER NEWS: Temple and Villanova will renew their football series in 2017. With the Owls on the rise in the FBS and the Wildcats already a power in the FCS, it makes sense to try to awaken the city to what it has with this local matchup – at every opportunity.
- Jack Kerwin | firstname.lastname@example.org