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Press Box fights or screaming matches

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Double Down, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Oh, the rent-a-cops are on a power trip at most state finals we have. And they clearly believe the media are of little use to the event.
  2. Orange Hat Bobcat

    Orange Hat Bobcat Active Member

    Without going back through old media guides (because I can't find them), I'm sure Akron and Kent State have beat BCS-conference teams — and I know Ohio beat Pitt last season — but I'm not certain whether either the Zips or Flashes have beat a ranked team.

    How did we jack this thread into a MAC football discussion? Blech.
  3. markvid

    markvid Guest

    How did we jack this thread into a MAC football discussion? Blech.

  4. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    rich vs. some chick sounds about right. ;D ;D ;D
  5. maberger

    maberger Member

    might that have been kisha ciabattari, as in (from AJR of June 1996):

    Phil Esposito , general manager of Tampa Bay's NHL hockey team, the Lightning, discovers that there is a price to pay for using choice words while talking to a reporter. Esposito was fined $10,000, the maximum allowed under NHL rules, for what the league called "inappropriate, vulgar and sexist" comments directed at Asbury Park Press reporter Kisha Ciabattari during a locker-room interview. Apparently Esposito told Ciabattari that he wouldn't talk with her if she were the last person on earth. Ciabattari responded by saying that made her lucky. Esposito then proceeded to deliver a litany of four-letter words, culminating in what the Press daintily described as "a profane statement about a sex act." Ciabattari laughed off the incident and chose not to write about it, but Press management stepped in on her behalf to request an apology from Esposito.
  6. lono

    lono Active Member

    There used to be a female reporter from the Orlando paper on the NASCAR beat. She thought she was a lot better than anyone else, that the regulars were just a bunch of bums, etc.

    She went off on a long rant one day and started telling everyone how good she was, how she was the only one with a shred of integrity and how she was going to be the standard by which everyone else would be judged.

    She concluded with: "I'm so good, that if you look in the dictionary under 'R' for reporter, you'll find my name," she huffed.

    Without a moment's hesititation, Bruce Martin looked at her and said, "Ah, that's the problem! I was looking for your name under 'C.' "
  7. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    I've told this story in a past thread, but it bears repeating.

    I was covering a girls basketball state final about 15 years ago and I was in my assigned seat. A couple seats down, a TV reporter -- who's there to cover the same team -- takes a seat. It's the first game of the day and press row is pretty empty, lots of open seats.
    Anyway, in the third quarter these two guys come up. One taps TV guy on the shoulder and jerks his thumb without saying a word. TV guy asks him what's his problem and the other says to the effect: "Get the f*** out of my seat."
    Now, TV guy was in the other guy's assigned seat. However, the other guy was being an ass about it from the start. TV guy waits for a timeout, stands up, and says "here's you're f****** seat, ass****." I thought TV guy was going to get decked, because the other jerk had a mean scowl on his face the entire time.
    Turns out the guy who badly wanted his assigned seat was from some fanboy recruiting newspaper, and really had no business being there anyway.

    And here's one from my Carolina League days: I actually had the radio guy from the visiting team get into a spat with the official scorer. Radio guy would wait until the commercial break and start yelling at him across the press box. The scorer would invite him over to his side to "talk about it," but radio guy had to go back on the air. Happened about two or three times. Radio guy would then rip the scorer on the air. I was sitting about halfway between them, so I would've had to break them up.
  8. markvid

    markvid Guest

  9. AP legend Ralph Bernstein, who had to be in his late 60s or early 70s at the time, punched the Eagles' PR director in the face in the press box at the Vet

    nailed him pretty good. PR guy, Ron Howard, tried to get a few punches in but the two were separated pretty quickly

    who knows what they were arguing about

    it was hilarious
  10. boots

    boots New Member

    Ron probably deserved it. he could be an arrogant sob.
  11. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    Furman Bisher, years ago, punched out a TV camera guy prior to a presser.

    I wasn't there, unfortunately, but the story goes Furman was sitting there and the camera guy set up his tripod right in front of him. Furman asked him to move, since there was ample space. Guy smarts off to him and takes a shot in the chops.

    Guy moved his tripod.

    Also, many years ago, two guys in our shop got into a post-game, deadline screaming match in the press box about their story angles. Neither are in sports now.
  12. KP

    KP Active Member

    Allow me to rephrase this. Other than D3 wanna-be Temple, Kent State or Akron have never defeated a BCS opponent. Technically, Temple was. My apologizes.
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