WFAN’s Evan Roberts is admittedly “very awkward” and the awkwardness was on display when watching him play basketball.
Regardless of your skill level, if attempting to bring any sort of legitimacy to your hoops game, one thing you probably shouldn’t do is pretend your sneaker is the ball.
Copycatting ESPN’s less than successful H-O-R-S-E event, Roberts challenged WFAN part-time host Sal Licata to a basketball shooting contest. I have no issue with the game, the well-edited video or the poor shooting skills, but using your shoe instead of the ball was an interesting decision.
When a caller brought up the game of H-O-R-S-E during WFAN’s afternoon show on Thursday, Roberts’ co-host Joe Benigno sounded very disappointed in his radio partner for attempting to throw a shoe through the hoop.
The now infamous shoe-shot comes at the three-minute mark of the video.
A confused Benigno first asked what was the point of using your shoe instead of the ball? Roberts called it “strategy,” but a baffled Benigno clearly wasn’t buying it.
“It’s a strategy, shooting your shoe instead of the ball? What the hell kinda strategy is that?” Benigno asked.
Roberts quickly played defense, pointing fingers at his opponent who used a basketball for every one of his shot attempts. “Well one of Sal’s strategies is that he’s shooting behind the basket!”
Benigno seemed unphased by Licata’s behind the basket shot attempt.
“The rule is it has to be the basketball?” Roberts asked Benigno.
“I would think so! What are we playing here, we’re not playing shoe ball!” Benigno answered emphatically.
Now we know, Benigno’s old school sports mentality translates to using a basketball when playing H-O-R-S-E.
Peter Schrager: ‘Next Good Morning Football Host Has Massive Shoes To Fill’
“I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it.”
This week, Good Morning Football ended up winning a Sports Emmy for the best daily studio show. It is a show that has turned into part most football fans’ morning routines. However, there will be new people on the panel eventually with the departures of Nate Burleson and Kay Adams.
This week, one of those left, Peter Schrager, was on The Pat McAfee Show. He did not have a name for McAfee that would fill the role Adams leaves behind and he isn’t going to interfere in the process of the executives picking the next host.
“I would think that there is going to be a long line of people who will want that,” he said. “Those are massive shoes to fill. I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it. But, for now, I trust the executives to hire someone who is going to take care of that hosting job.”
As for Burleson’s seat, the show has used a number of ex-players to fill-in. Schrager likes it that way because he can learn many different stories each week:
“Nate and I can finish each other’s sentences. Now, you have a guy I don’t know the story this player is going to tell. I don’t know where he’s going to take it and I think it’s kind of cool for us.”
Last summer, Schrager hosted The Flying Coach podcast on The Ringer with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Unfortunately, there will be no season 2 of that show this summer. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another season of the podcast in the future though.
“I won’t do it without McVay. I begged him. He’s just out….He’s getting married this offseason. He’s got his honeymoon. He’s like, we’ll pick it up another offseason. I’m upset. I love doing it. All these new coaches, Sean and I would have had a good time with it and we talked about it, but it’s his decision and he’s saying no and I totally get it. He’s really good at it and he liked it. He’ll have opportunities and you see some of these numbers that these guys are getting. Trust me, he’s aware.”
Shan & RJ: ‘Inside The NBA Was Trying To Prevent A Riot Last Night’
“I think he knew the wrestling role, but I don’t think the other guys did,” Choppy said.