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May 13, 2009
by Jeff Briggs
On ESPN's First Take on Tuesday, when discussing the behavior of Dallas Mavericks fans in Game 4 of their series vs. the Nuggets, Skip Bayless called the way Mavs fans acted “Philly style rude, crude, dangerous behavior." Philadelphia’s ESPN 950 radio host Mike Missanelli took exception to this slight on Philly fans, and invited Skip onto his radio show to discuss his comment. Things quickly got heated. Listen to the full audio here.
The interview is full of gems. First, Mike asks Skip to back up his statement about Philadelphia fans with information.
Mike: It’s real easy for journalists who live outside Philadelphia to throw these barbs when you really don’t have any information at all.
Skip: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a second. Did you say I have no information at all?
Mike: Yeah, I’m asking you for the information. I’m asking you to produce it. In the last ten years, what have you heard about this rude, crude dangerous behavior in the stands?
Skip: Well, ok I’m going to have to go back to my 18 years of going to the Vet.
Mike: Oh, so let’s go back to the Vet. So we’re never going to live that down in Philadelphia because of nitwits like you who rip us and make it a modern day thing.
Skip: Ok, if you’re going to insult me I’m going to hang up.
Next Skip tries to play the role of a big-shot reporter, claiming Missanelli is not up to his level.
Skip continuously pretends to not know Missanelli's name despite the fact that, one, he called into the show, and I doubt he would call into a random radio show without knowing who the host is first; and two, Missanelli told him his name, several times, over the course of the interview.
M: Ahh, don’t hang up. Don’t cry. Come on Skip. Don’t cry. Let’s have a debate.
S: I don’t insult anybody on First and Ten when I debate with them
M: Yes you do, you do it all the time.
S: You’re the lightweight. I don’t even know who you are. What’s your last name? Seriously, who am I talking to?
M: Google me, you’ll find out. Let’s have a legitimate argument about this.
S: Say your name cause I don’t know your name.
M: It doesn’t matter. I’m Mr. X as far as you’re concerned.
S: No seriously, I’m serious, I don’t know who you are. Just say your name so I know who I’m talking to.
M: My name is Mike Missanelli. Mike Missanelli. I was a journalist for many years with the Philadelphia Inquirer when you were with Dallas so we don’t have to go over resumes right now. I’m just asking you a simple question.
Some fantastic lines in there.
Skip with the classic “No - you are!” attack, and Missanelli with a fabulous “Google me” response. The interview continues to deteriorate from there as Missanelli asks Bayless for any example from the past ten years (which he never gives) and in return, Skip calls Missanelli a “shock jock.” Good times. Seriously, take a listen.
Interview Audio - ESPN 950
Mike Missanelli Takes on Skip Bayless, Defends the Philly Rep, Likely Adds to It - The 700 Level
I Wonder How Skip Bayless Likes The Taste Of His Own Medicine - Sports Radio Interviews
Skip Bayless Gets A Formal Philadelphia Evisceration - Deadspin